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“Donald Trump election will lead the end of Palestinian state”-Israeli Minister

Nov 16, 16
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Israeli Cabinet minister Naftali Bennett with PM netaniyahu

Israeli Cabinet minister Naftali Bennett with PM netaniyahu

 

Naftali Bennett , a senior Israeli Cabinet minister said the election of Donald Trump has helped create an opportunity for Israel to completely finish  the establishment of a Palestinian state. The remarks by Naftali Bennett reflect sentiment in the nationalist Israeli right wing that Trump’s election could usher in a new era of relations with the United States. While the two countries are close allies, relations were sometimes tense between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of their vastly different world views.

Bennett last week welcomed Trump’s election, predicting that “the special relationship” with the U.S. would grow stronger and noting that the Republican campaign platform had no mention of a Palestinian state. “The era of a Palestinian state is over,” he declared at the time. he also said “The combination of the changes in the United States, in Europe and the region provide Israel with a unique opportunity to reset and rethink everything.” he added. “I believe that we have to bring alternative new ideas instead of the Palestinian state approach.” “My expectation is not from anyone abroad,” he said. “After many years, the Israeli government has to decide what do we want.

Bennett leads the Jewish Home party, a coalition partner that is affiliated with the West Bank settler movement. He is one of the most influential voices in Israeli politics, and both his party and most members of Netanyahu’s Likud oppose Palestinian statehood on either religious or security grounds. Israeli hard-liners welcomed Trump’s election last week, noting the strong support for Israel in his campaign platform and the many pro-Israel officials who advised him during his campaign.

Bennett’s comments were also an indicator of the pressure Netanyahu could soon face to abandon his commitment to the “two-state solution” favored by Obama and the international community. For two decades, the international community has been pushing for a negotiated peace deal that would include the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip — areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.

In an interview with “Israel Today,” a free daily owned by Republican super-donor Sheldon Adelson, Trump said he believed his administration can play “a significant role” in helping the Mideast parties reach an agreement. on the other hand, Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that he would soon be meeting Trump. He ordered his Cabinet and lawmakers to avoid speaking to the media about the election while the incoming U.S. administration formulates its policies

 

Donald Trump wants to make peace between Palestine & Israel

Nov 14, 16
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Donald Trump Meets Netanyahu

Donald Trump Meets Netanyahu

The newly elected US President Donald Trump said he wants to put an end to the Israel-Palestinian conflict through negotiating an “Ultimate deal” between the Palestinians and the Israelis with his staff reportedly warning the current Obama administration not to make any major move that could interfere with Trump’s future policies. Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, referring to the complex conflict as the “War that never ends.”

Just one day after winning the election, Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with him in the US. Trump noted that any deal should be directly negotiated between Israel and Palestine, but that his administration would play a “significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace.” He also stated that Israel is a “beacon of hope to countless people,” and that it shares the same values as the US, such as “freedom of speech, freedom of worship and the importance of creating opportunities for all citizens to pursue their dreams.”

The Israeli right hopes Trump’s election will end the animosity between Netanyahu’s government and that of US President Barack Obama’s administration. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been at a standstill for two years since US efforts led by Secretary of State John Kerry failed. The sides stopped consultations after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas forged an unexpected pact with Hamas.
Trump, unlike his predecessors, is reportedly prepared to turn a blind eye to the issue of Israeli settlements that are being built on the occupied lands that Palestinians want for their future state. Despite their illegality under international law, Trump believes they do not present an impassable obstacle to peace talks.

 

Israel imposes new racist laws over Palestinian Muslim prayer: Palestinians will go to the Security Council

Nov 14, 16
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Palestinian Mosque destroyed by Israel

Palestinian Mosque destroyed by Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he backs a bill limiting the volume of calls to prayer from mosques, a proposal government watchdogs call a threat to religious freedom.  The draft bill applies to all houses of worship, it is seen as specifically targeting mosques only. He said in a cabinet meeting that “I cannot count the times – they are simply too numerous – that citizens have turned to me from all parts of Israeli society, from all religions, with complaints about the noise and suffering caused them by the excessive noise coming to them from the public address systems of houses of prayer.”

Israel’s population is roughly 17.5 percent Arab, most of them Muslim, and they accuse the Jewish majority of badly discriminating against them. East Jerusalem is also mainly Palestinian and traditional calls to prayer by muezzins through public address systems can be heard in the city. The Israel Democracy Institute, a non-partisan think-tank, has spoken out against the proposal. On Sunday, 13 November, 2016, one of the group’s officials accused Israel’s right-wing politicians of dangerously using the issue to gain political points under the guise of improving quality of life.

Meanwhile, Palestinian presidency official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina, warned of the danger of the latest Israeli procedures of legislation outposts and prevent prayers call  for Muslim prayer through mosque loudspeakers, which will drag the region into a disaster. Mentioning these measures as completely unacceptable, the Palestinian leadership have decided to go to the UN Security Council and to all the international institutions, to stop this Israeli escalating  measures. According to Israeli sources, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved unanimously on a draft regulation bill that seeks to regularize the status of thousands of housing units in settlements built on private Palestinian land. Israeli Minister of Education and the far-right Jewish Home Party president ,Naftali Bennett who introduced draft decisions for voting said  after the vote that “Israel today began a historical process to arrange a settlement in Judea and Samaria.

On the other hand the ministerial committee also approved legislation on Prevention prayer  call over loudspeakers  for Muslims after it was put to a vote and the resolution was voted on unanimously. Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs Yusuf Adeis, denounced on Sunday evening, the approval of the ministerial committee for legislation in the Israeli government, to prevent the call to prayer in Jerusalem and surrounding Arab neighborhoods. He called the international community and the Arab and Islamic worlds, and international institutions to protect the holy Islamic and Christian holy sites and places, calling for immediate action to push the Israeli government to retreat from these extremist and irresponsible decisions.

Palestinian Muslims pray in the Mosque

Palestinian Muslims pray in the Mosque

A Tribute to Yasser Arafat

Nov 13, 16
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Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat

November 11, 2016 is the 12th death anniversary of the great global leader Yasser Arafat, who was the very best friend of Bangladesh. This life-time fighting Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader left the world in 2004 in a Paris hospital at the age of 75. Thousands of Palestinians attended a rally in the West Bank to remember the man who guided Palestinian aspirations for four decades. Yasser Arafat is one of the greatest world leaders who are always remembered by history. The legendary Palestinian leader was not only for a freedom and an independent state for the Palestine, but also was the symbol of liberty for the rest of the world. It’s been more than a decade since his death but he is still alive in the heart and mind of every Palestinian.

The relation between Palestine and Bangladesh started since the birth of this country. Since the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, Yasser Afarat has been regarded as a great friend of the people of Bangladesh. Like any other Muslim nation, Bangladesh has always been supporting the independent state of Palestine with its capital in Jerusalem. Those who came to power in the state of Bangladesh, have always maintained a warm friendly relationship with Palestine. Yasser Arafat was one of the best friends of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. In the later periods, Hussain Muhammad Ershad, Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina have kept up their constant support for Yasser Arafat during and even after their reign. Amongst the 134 countries that have recognised the independent state of Palestine, Bangladesh is one of them. Yasser Arafat paid several state visit to Bangladesh and had a number of stopovers at the then Dhaka International Airport. In 1997, he came to Dhaka as per special invitation of the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of independence of Bangladesh. On that particular occasion, there were also world renowned global leaders like Nelson Mandela and Turkish President Suleiman Demerol, among others.
In the remembrance of this great leader print, online and broadcast media will highlight the day. The Embassy of the state of Palestine, Dhaka is going to arrange some special programmes on the occasion. According the Embassy sources, the former Ambassador of Palestine to Dhaka is on a visit to Bangladesh at this moment. Also, the one & only Bangladeshi Palestinian, the freedom fighter in the Liberation War, Captain (rtd.) Sayeed Ahmed is also currently here in the country. Palestinians are getting ready to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat, their iconic leader who even in death embodies their struggle for independence and statehood. Palestinians organise prayers to mark the day of Arafat’s death.
Conspiracy theories that he was poisoned despite doctors finding no trace of toxins, piling yet more mystery on the life and legacy of a man who shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. Accused of fomenting violence and branded as an obstacle to peace with Israel and Washington by Israeli leaders, Arafat’s passing has done little to reignite the stagnant Middle East peace process.
Yasser Arafat’s grave in the courtyard of the Muqataa, the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Ramallah, will also come into focus in the official commemoration of his death anniversary.

Our deepest respect to this great leader!

The writer is a Freelance Journalist, the Daily Sun, Dhaka Bangladesh and CEO of Ra’dia Inc. He can be reached at: radiadhk@gmail.com.

Yasser Arafat Museum opened in Ramallah at his 12th Death Anniversary

Nov 13, 16
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Yasser Arafat Museum

Yasser Arafat Museum

 

Twelve years, since the death of the Palestinian World leader Yasser Arafat , a museum of his life opens on Wednesday 09 November, 2016 in the West Bank complex, Ramallah,  where he spent his last years under Israeli siege. the project which began in 2010, Costing $7m (£5.6m) to construct, and years in the making, the Yasser Arafat Museum traces a life indelibly associated with the Palestinian experience and includes the preserved suite of modest rooms he inhabited in the muqata, his Ramallah headquarters. The museum follows Arafat’s life from his birth in 1929 – which it places in Jerusalem, although other historical sources have suggested he was born in Cairo – through his emergence as Fatah’s leader at the height of the armed conflict against Israel, which saw Arafat move around bases in the Middle East including Tunis and Beirut, including the plane crash he survived in the Libyan desert.

According to Nasser al-Kidwa, chairman of the board of the Yasser Arafat Foundation, the museum intends to present the most important events in Palestinian history from the beginning of the 20th century until the death of Arafat in 2004. He said, The team of curators had a hard time collecting all of Arafat’s belongings. Also he said while the belongings in Ramallah were easy to find, most of Arafat’s items in the Gaza Strip were lost  in 2007. Arafat’s Nobel Peace Prize medal, which he won after signing the interim agreement with Israel in 1993, was found in a market in Gaza.

 

A museum’s staff displays one of Yasser Arafat’s notebooks.

A museum’s staff displays one of Yasser Arafat’s notebooks.

The opening of the museum on Wednesday – by his successor President Mahmoud Abbas – comes two days before Palestinians commemorate the 12th anniversary of Arafat’s death in a hospital near Paris.The museum’s inauguration, and its deliberate appeal to the memory of the single overarching political figure in recent Palestinian history, comes at a time when Arafat’s Fatah movement, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), and indeed the Palestinian people, have never appeared more divided, with Fatah ruling on the West Bank and the Islamist group Hamas controlling Gaza.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said: “2017 is going to be the year to end the occupation, and even though Arafat is gone in body, he still lives among us in spirit.”

The museum is housed in a sleek white building a short walk from Arafat’s mausoleum, where his body was brought from France for burial. An aerial walkway links the museum building to Arafat’s cramped old office and bedroom. On display are a selection of personal belongings, including his pistol and his keffiyeh kerchief.

Yasser Arafat Museum Inauguration

Yasser Arafat Museum Inauguration

Palestinians demand UK apology on the 100 years of Balfour Declaration

Nov 02, 16
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Palestine demand apology of- UK for-1917-Balfour declaration

Palestine demand apology of- UK for-1917-Balfour declaration

 

Palestinian activists have launched a campaign yesterday demanding the UK to formally apologise for the Balfour Declaration, which pledged a homeland for the Jewish people in historic Palestine nearly a century ago. Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Jenny Tonge hosted the launch at a launch at the House of Parliament last Tuesday where Palestinian groups and their supporters blamed the plight of the Palestinian people on the legacy of the pledge and wider British colonialism in the region. The activists, backed by the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the UK, intend to pressure the British government in the lead up to the hundredth anniversary of the pledge in November 2017. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also called on the UK to apologize for the Balfour Declaration while in New York last week.

In 1917, in a letter to Lord Rothschild, the head of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, British foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour, promised support for a homeland for Jews in Palestine so long as existing communities in the area were not “prejudiced”. Shortly after the letter was published, the Ottoman Empire, which ruled historic Palestine, was defeated by allied powers in World War I, and Britain established mandate rule in the territory.

Speaking at the debate, the head of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), Majed al-Zeer, said the Balfour Declaration marked the beginning of almost a century of Palestinian suffering. He said, “[Britain’s] role directly contributed to the displacement of the Palestinians … the suffering that we are living through today is a direct result of Balfour’s legacy. So instead of independence, Palestinians were to get wars, camps, refugees, blockades, massacres and many more painful memories.”British Palestinian author Karl Sabbagh said Balfour’s promise to the Zionist movement was just one in a series of conflicting pledges made to Jews and Arabs.

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the British parliament will have to consider debating the subject

UNESCO approves new Jerusalem resolution

Oct 27, 16
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Jerusalem

Jerusalem

 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed on Wednesday 26 October, 2016, a resolution that denied Jewish ties to Jerusalem’s Old city, two weeks after voting on a resolution announcing Al-Aqsa mosque  compound Islamic heritage. The resolution passed with 10 votes in favor, two against, and eight abstentions in a secret ballot. The resolution denounces Israeli settler entering into Al-Aqsa Mosuqe and ongoing excavations carried out by Israeli Occupation Authorities under Al-Aqsa mosque, and call for a halt to these aggression. It also criticised Israel for its continuous refusal to let the body’s experts access Jerusalem’s holy sites to determine their conservation status. The document refers to the Jerusalem site only by its Arab name. The resolution was passed by the World Heritage Committee’s 21 member countries. Ten countries voted for, two against, eight abstained and one was absent.
PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat in an official statement on the vote said “Israel’s Illegal attempts to change the identity of Occupied East Jerusalem, including its Christian and Muslim traditions, have been ongoing since its occupation of the city in 1967.  The State of Palestine, in full cooperation with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, through diplomatic channels, has been doing everything possible in order to preserve the status quo of the historical Holy Sites in the city in line with the internationally recognized status quo arrangement and all international resolutions and treaties Makram Queisi, Jordan’s ambassador to UNESCO, said, “Jerusalem is a site listed on the World Heritage List, and this is the place where this site has to be discussed because the Israeli government after the occupation has changed many aspects on the ground.”
The Old City, home to holy sites, lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is situated in East Jerusalem – the area of the holy city occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. Israel had already suspended its funding to UNESCO when Palestinian membership was approved, along with the United States, which used to provide 22 percent of the agency’s budget. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised Wednesday’s decision and said he would recall his ambassador to UNESCO for consultations on how to proceed.

Israeli Minister Lieberman says next war on Gaza “will be the last”!!

Oct 24, 16
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Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman

 

Yesterday, The Israeli Defense minister Avigdor Lieberman in an interview  said that “The next war in Gaza will be the last War, because we will destroy them completely.” He said ” As minister of defence, I would like to clarify that we have no intention of starting a new war against our neighbors in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, Lebanon or Syria. In Gaza, like the Iranians, they intend to eliminate the state of Israel… If they impose the next war on Israel, it will be their last.  It will be their last confrontation because we will completely destroy them.

Lieberman also said in the interview that “The solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute should be based on two states with major land and population swaps between them, with keeping the Israeli settlements.”

Avigdor Lieberman, who took charge in May, 2016, made a series of threats directed at Ismail Haniya, Hamas’ Gaza leader, before taking up the post. He has since backed away from the statements and has said he is committed to “responsible, reasonably policy.”He serves under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what is seen as the most right-wing administration in Israeli history: many government members are publicly opposed to recognising the state of Palestine.

The last Israeli aggression on Gaza in 2014 had killed at least 2,000 Palestinians, over 500 of them children, and caused 11,000 injuries according to UN statistics. Last war on Gaza was the third within six years only.

Despite UNESCO resolution, Israeli settlers continue entering Al-Aqsa and break into committee office against the wall and settlements in Hebron’s old city

Oct 24, 16
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Israeli-occupied forces oustide-Al-Aqsa-mosque

Israeli-occupied forces oustide-Al-Aqsa-mosque

 

Over 240 Israeli illegal settlers on Sunday, 23 October, 2016, have entered the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound even with the UNESCO announcing it a purely Islamic site. The settlers, going into the mosque in small groups and heavily guarded by special Israeli occupied forces, entered it from the Mughrabi gate. Right-wing Israeli organizations called by intensification of settler break-ins into Al-Aqsa, especially during Jewish holidays, to “confirm” the Jewishness of the place, especially after the UNESCO resolution, which called the proclaimed Temple Mount with its Islamic name, Al-Aqsa mosque and Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

 

According to Israeli narrative, the site is considered Judaism’s holiest site. In Islam, it counts as the first Qiblah (direction) and third holiest place. The initial vote was held one week ago, where 26 countries abstained from the vote, including Serbia and Turkmenistan, while 24 countries supported the initiative and six voted against it.

 

Meanwhile, Israeli Occupation Forces broke into the office of the committee against the wall and settlements in Hebron’s old city on Sunday, 23 October, 2016. Head of the committee, Younes Arar announced this on his Facebook page. The office is located in the center of the old city of Hebron, and monitors violations and crimes carried out against Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and settlers. The attack came since the committee had displayed photos showing their violence against Palestinian citizens and farmers in the area, and photos of minister Ziad Abu Ein, who was killed two years ago during a protest against the wall and settlements near Hebron when Israeli soldiers threw teargas grenades.
The committee had denounced the attack on the office, and called on holding Israel accountable for such systematic attacks on rights organizations
Israeli Occupied Forces

Israeli Occupied Forces

Israel starts exerting pressure to cancel UNESCO’s vote on Al-Aqsa; UNESCO to hold new vote

Oct 18, 16
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Al-Aqsa Compound, Jerusalem

Al-Aqsa Compound, Jerusalem

 

Just after a few days of declaration By UNESCO regarding Al-Aqsa compound, the Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs, said communications have been underway to reach a consensus over a recent resolution denying Jewish ties to the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque at Jerusalem. Worbs said more time and dialogue between the members of the board are needed to reach a consensus over historical ties with al-Aqsa Mosque.

Thursday’s vote, which erased any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount or Western Wall by referring to them only by their Islamic names, was taken by UNESCO’s 58-member Program and External Relations Commission in advance of its expected ratification on Tuesday by the UNESCO executive board, which is made up of the same member states. On Friday, Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett condemned the UNESCO resolution, and instructed the Israeli committee to UNESCO to freeze ties with the UN body.

UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, also stepped away from the decision, writing on the UNESCO website that “Jerusalem is the sacred city of the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.”

The Palestinian authority and world leaders welcome the resolution of UNESCO although The Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu claimed that rather indicates the absurdity of the UN’s one-sided, unbalanced attitude toward Israel.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold a new vote today 18 October, 2016, on the Jewishness of the proclaimed Temple Mount, or Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Muslim terms.