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15 avril 2017 6 15 /04 /avril /2017 08:54
Publish Date: 2017/04/13
Israeli forces tear gas students outside Jerusalem area campus
 
 
 

JERUSALEM, April 13, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday fired tear gas canisters at students outside al-Quds University campus in the town of Abu Dis, east of occupied East Jerusalem, causing multiple suffocation cases.

Witnesses told WAFA that clashes had erupted between Israeli forces and students from al-Quds University when army patrols provoked the students.

The forces fired tear gas canisters at the students. Many suffered from suffocation but none was hurt or arrested.

M.N./M.K.

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14 avril 2017 5 14 /04 /avril /2017 07:53

Maghreb : Washington veut rayer la Libye de la carte

 

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Le quotidien britannique The Guardian a rapporté, dans son édition de lundi dernier, que Sebastian Gorka, conseiller à la Maison-Blanche chargé de la politique étrangère, a proposé la partition de la Libye.

L’assistant adjoint du président américain, précise la même source, a suggéré à un diplomate européen quelques semaines avant l’investiture de Donald Trump de diviser la Libye en trois Etats : un à l’Est, un autre à l’ouest et dernier au Sud. Une suggestion à laquelle le responsable européen a répondu que c’était «la pire solution» pour la Libye.

Sebastian Gorka, qui dit-on est en lice pour le poste d’envoyé spécial du président Trump pour la Libye, n’a semble-t-il aucune connaissance de la région et encore moins de la Libye. Ce plan proposé par le conseiller de Donald Trump chargé des questions internationales inquiète à plus d’un titre les diplomates étrangers, notamment son approche de balkanisation de la Libye. Le plan, révèle The Guardian, débutera par la mise en place d’une période de transition en Libye pour pouvoir exécuter le plan de partition du pays en trois zones, se basant apparemment sur une configuration des anciennes provinces ottomanes de la Cyrénaïque à l’est, dans le nord-ouest la Tripolitaine et Fezzan dans le sud-ouest.

Mattia Toaldo, expert du dossier libyen au sein du Conseil européen sur la politique étrangère, a qualifié dans une déclaration au Guardian que l’idée de régler le problème de la Libye de cette façon, c’est-à-dire diviser le pays en plusieurs zones, «montre à quel point les concepteurs de ce plan veulent tout simplement rayer la Libye de la carte et lancer un projet de balkanisation de toute la région».A signaler, par ailleurs, que l’ancien chef des services de renseignement extérieurs britanniques, John Sawers, s’est livré à une critique cinglante du président américain.

Selon M. Sawers, Donald Trump n’aurait «ni les compétences, ni l’expérience, ni l’instinct nécessaires pour être un président américain efficace». Celui qui a dirigé le MI6 de 2009 à 2014 a déclaré, au cours d’un entretien accordé à la BBC le 9 avril, que le chef d’Etat américain n’était «pas un individu qui inspirait confiance». Egalement interrogé sur les risques de conflits dans le monde, John Sawers considère que la Syrie n’est pas le dossier le plus préoccupant. «Si vous voulez savoir quel théâtre d’opérations est le plus à même de donner lieu à un affrontement entre grandes puissances, sachez que (l’approche américaine) de la question nord-coréenne est bien plus préoccupante que (celle de) la question syrienne», a estimé M. Sawers.

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Publish Date: 2017/04/13
President Abbas pledges decisive steps to end division
 
 
 

MANAMA, April 13, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday evening that he was about to take decisive steps to end the current division between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

This came during a speech Abbas made at a meeting for Palestinian ambassadors to the Arab and Islamic countries held in the Bahraini capital, Manama.

“Hamas committed a crime against our country with its 2007 coup,” said Abbas. “Yet, we had since then been trying to end this division.”

Abbas said that reconciliation and mediation efforts have not succeeded in convincing Hamas to end the division and as a result he finds himself obliged to take decisive steps to end it.

“We are at a critical juncture and this requires decisive steps,” he said. “We are in the process of taking these steps because after 10 years of support for our people, which is our duty, they came up with a strange move and for this reason we are in the process of taking steps in the coming days,” he said in reference to Hamas forming a committee to administer Gaza affairs.

Abbas reiterated his demand for a total Israeli halt to settlement activities, stressing that “demanding an end to settlements does not mean legalizing what has already been built because all settlements built since 1967 are null and void.”

He said the Palestinians want a state based on the Arab Peace Initiative, adding that “we are ready to talk about security arrangements on condition they do not come at the expense of our sovereignty. We do not want to see an Israeli soldier sitting on the hills or borders. This is unacceptable.”

The President renewed his call on Britain to apologize for the injustice caused to the people of Palestine as a result of the Balfour Declaration, calling on the United Kingdom to recognize the State of Palestine.

M.N./M.K.

 

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13 avril 2017 4 13 /04 /avril /2017 08:50
4 Apr 2017

Khirbet a-Ras al-Ahmar families served substitute all-night evacuation orders

 

 

On the morning of Mon. 3 April 2017, the Civil Administration (CA) arrived at Kh. a-Ras al-Ahmar in the northern Jordan Valley and served nine families with evacuation orders from Wed. 5 April 2017 at 5:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M. next morning.

As a result, 40 people, incl. some 15 minors, will have to spend an entire night away from home.

Last week, the CA served ten families with evacuation orders for Wed. afternoon to Thurs. morning.

Yet no military training was then carried out on land near their homes and, contrary to past practice, the CA did not arrive to evacuate them.

Residents remained in a state of uncertainty all night long, concerned they might be evacuated.

Kh. a-Ras al-Ahmar is a small shepherding community located east of the village of Tammun; the settlements of Ro’i and Beka’ot were built nearby it.

In 2016, families from this community were temporarily displaced on ten different occasions by the CA and the military, citing essential military training train on their land. Israel must immediately cease the temporary displacement of communities as well as all other measures it takes in a bid to force Palestinians living in the Jordan Velley out of the area.

 

 

 
 
Military training in Khirbat Ras al-Ahmar, December 2016. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem
 
 
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Prisoners' committee calls on all Palestinian factions to join Fatah-led hunger strike

April 11, 2017 6:32 P.M. (Updated: April 11, 2017 6:32 P.M.)
 
 
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Head of the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe has called on all Palestinian factions in Israeli prisons to join an upcoming mass hunger strike, which was originally called for by the Fatah movement.

All Fatah-affiliated prisoners have committed to joining the strike, led by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthii, scheduled to begin on April 17 on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day -- with conflicting reports emerging over whether or not prisoners affiliated to other political factions would join as well.

Qaraqe said that Fatah-affiliated prisoners comprise 65 percent of all Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there are a total of 6,500 Palestinian prisoners.

The committee’s statement said that Qaraqe called for all factions to join, in order to solidify a “genuine national unity to confront the procedures and practices of the administration of prisons and the government of Israel.”

After the hunger strike was announced, an Israel Prison Service official reportedly said that they would not respond to any of the prisoners’ demands, while Israel TV reported that Israeli security has expressed fear of a “collapse in security conditions” in prisons during the strike.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan ordered for a military hospital be established to ensure that hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners were not transferred to civilian hospitals -- which have so far refused to force feed hunger striking Palestinian

While the Israeli Supreme Court recently decided force feeding hunger-striking prisoners was constitutional, Israeli doctors have sided with internationally accepted medical ethics that regard the practice as a form of torture.

Palestinian prisoners’ solidarity network Samidoun warned that it was “highly possible” that Erdan’s field hospital proposal “is an attempt to impose mass force feeding on striking Palestinian prisoners outside the civilian medical framework.”

The Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs reiterated the list of demands of the strike, which were issued by Marwan Barghouthi, who is serving a life sentence in Israeli prison:

 

1. Install a public telephone for Palestinian detainees in all prisons and sections in order to communicate with their families.

 

2. Visits:
• Resume the second monthly visits for Palestinian prisoners that were halted by the International Committee of the Red Cross last year.
• Ensure the regularity of visits every two weeks without being disabled by any side.
• First and second degree relatives shall not be prevented from visiting the detainee.
• Increase the duration of the visit form 45 minutes to an hour and a half.
• Allow the detainees to take pictures with their families every three months.
• Establish facilities to comfort the families of detainees.
• Allow children and grandchildren under the age of 16 to make visits for detainees.

 

3. Healthcare:
• Shut down the so-called Ramla Prison Hospital, because it does not provide the adequate treatment.
• Terminate Israel’s policy of deliberate medical negligence.
• Carry out periodic medical examinations.
• Perform surgeries to a high medical standard.
• Permit specialized physicians from outside the Israeli Prison Service to treat prisoners.
• Release sick detainees, especially those who have disabilities and incurable diseases.
• Medical treatment should not be at the expense of the detainee.

 

4. Respond to the needs and demands of Palestinian women detainees, namely the issue of being transported for long hours between Israeli courts and prisons.

 

5. Transportation:
• Treat detainees humanely when transporting them.
• Return detainees to prisons after the visiting clinics or courts and do not further detain them at crossings.
• Prepare the crossings for human use and provide meals for detainees.

 

6. Add satellites channels that suit the needs of detainees.

 

7. Install air conditioners in prisons, especially in the Megiddo and Gilboa prisons.

 

8. Restore kitchens in all prisons and place them under the supervision of Palestinian detainees.

 

9. Allow detainees to have books, newspapers, clothes and food.

 

10. End the policy of solitary confinement.

 

11. End the policy of administrative detention.

 

12. Allow detainees to study at Hebrew Open University.

 

13. Allow detainees to have Tawjihi exams in an official and agreed manner.
 
 
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13 avril 2017 4 13 /04 /avril /2017 08:38
Publish Date: 2017/04/11
Muslim and Christian clergy stand in solidarity with Egypt’s Copts
 
 
 

RAMALLAH, April 11, 2017 (WAFA) – Muslim and Christian clergy Tuesday stood outside the Coptic Church and the Egyptian embassy in Ramallah in a show of solidarity with the Copts of Egypt following the explosion that ripped through two Coptic churches on Sunday.

Participants denounced the explosion that killed and injured dozens of people on Palm Sunday.

Speaking to the gathering, Sheikh Mustafa Tawil, head of the Islamic Sharia court, condemned the attacks, describing them as “criminal acts committed by people who do not follow any religion.”

“Terrorism has no religion and those who commit such cowardly acts are devoid of humanity and ethics,” he said.

Father Abdullah Yolyou, a priest at the Catholic church in Ramallah, said the Palestinian people, Muslims and Christians, stand together against terrorism.

He called for a united stand against those who try to create a rift in Arab society.

M.K.

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Crise libyenne : Accrochages et bruits de bottes dans le Fezzan
 

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Des mouvements de troupes ont été observés ces trois derniers jours en Libye, à partir des axes est et ouest, vers les bases aériennes de Tamanhint et Barak Chatt, près de Sebha, plus de 700 kilomètres au sud de Tripoli et Benghazi. La base de Tamanhint est contrôlée par Tripoli, celle de Barak Chatt par les troupes du maréchal Haftar.

C’est le colonel Ahmed Mesmari, le porte-parole de l’Armée nationale libyenne (ANL) de Khalifa Haftar, qui a été le premier à lancer les hostilités, le 5 avril, en annonçant le début de l’opération de libération de la base aérienne de Tamanhint, située 40 kilomètres au nord de Sebha, principale ville du Sud libyen.

La page Facebook de l’ANL a montré un vaste mouvement de troupes de l’est vers le sud. Les informations provenant ce jour-là de la zone ont rapporté que des avions de Misrata ont bombardé la base de Barak Chatt, 90 kilomètres au nord de Sebha, alors que des avions de Haftar ont bombardé la base de Tamanhint.

Le ministre de la Défense du gouvernement de réconciliation de Tripoli, Mehdi Barghathi, avait donné l’ordre aux commandements des forces aériennes basées à Tripoli et Misrata de secourir Tamanhint, en attaquant Barak Chatt. Le chef du gouvernement, Fayez El Sarraj, a averti des risques d’une guerre civile. Depuis, c’est la mobilisation des deux côtés. Chacun veut renforcer ses troupes basées dans la région de Sebha. Haftar appuie la 12e brigade mécanisée, alors que Barghathi envoie du soutien à la 3e force, chargée par Tripoli de protéger le Sud.

Enjeux

Après ses victoires à Benghazi, la reprise du contrôle du Croissant pétrolier, le maréchal Haftar s’est intéressé à étendre son emprise aux zones du Sud, pouvant être une source d’instabilité pour l’acheminement du pétrole vers les terminaux de l’Est. Ainsi, le vieux maréchal a renforcé ses positions à Al Kofra au Sud-Est, et il commence à s’étendre vers Sebha, la grande métropole du pays Fezzan.

La présence militaire dans cette région relève des gouvernements de l’Est et de l’Ouest libyen. Les hommes de la 12e brigade mécanisée de Mohamed Ben Nayel, relevant de l’ANL de Haftar, contrôlent la base militaire de Barak Chatt, alors que la 3e force, désignée par Tripoli, est positionnée à la base de Tamanhint. Des accrochages sont survenus entre les deux camps à plusieurs reprises en 2016. L’arbitrage des chefs de tribu a abouti à cet armistice ; les tribus ayant toutefois demandé à la 3e force de quitter la région.

Les derniers communiqués des chefs de tribus sont favorables au Parlement de Tobrouk et déclarent leur allégeance au maréchal Haftar. Un tel positionnement de la chefferie tribale de Fezzan n’a pas empêché le porte-parole du ministère de la Défense du gouvernement de réconciliation, Mohamed Ghasri, d’annoncer sur la chaîne Raed que l’opération «L’espoir promis» a été lancée pour déloger du Sud libyen les troupes de Ben Nayel et celles de l’Etat islamique. La déclaration de Ghasri a suivi un communiqué émanant des «colonnes de défense de Benghazi», annonçant la remise du contrôle de la base aérienne de Tamanhint/Sebha aux troupes du bloc soudé, relevant du ministère de la Défense de Tripoli.

Risques de confrontation

Rappelons qu’un mois plus tôt, suite à la prise par ces mêmes «colonnes de Benghazi» des ports pétroliers de Ras Lanouf et Sedra, leur chef, Mustapha Charkassi, a également annoncé la remise du contrôle de ces ports au général Driss Boukhemada, désigné par le gouvernement El Sarraj.

Les troupes de Charkassi ont été chassées par Haftar du triangle pétrolier et elles se sont repliées sur Tamanhint, 775 kilomètres, loin de Ras Lanouf. «Les troupes de Charkassi sont là, juste pour contrarier les plans de Haftar, afin de justifier une prétendue intervention de réconciliation de la part des troupes du gouvernement de Tripoli», explique Jamel Bennour, ex-président du conseil local de Benghazi. Pour ce juge, exilé à Tunis, Haftar essaie de cerner Tripoli et Misrata de tous les côtés.

«Déjà, à l’ouest, sur la route vers la Tunisie, les gens de Ouerchfana sont opposés au gouvernement de Tripoli ; un peu plus au sud-ouest, il y a les gens de Zentane qui ont une revanche à prendre après leur sortie de l’aéroport de Tripoli en 2014 ; la base aérienne de Wtiya, pas loin de Zentane, relève de l’autorité de Haftar ; ne reste donc que la base de Tamanhint pour fermer la boucle, puisque toutes les bases militaires de l’est sont sous le contrôle de Haftar», selon la lecture de J. Bennour, qui croit néanmoins que «Tripoli est dans l’obligation de riposter, d’où un risque élevé de confrontation.

 
Un silence de Tripoli signifie un feu vert pour Haftar». Jamel Bennour est sceptique quant à l’aboutissement des solutions de réconciliation tribale qui «entretiennent le conflit sans le résoudre». Entre-temps, la tension est à son paroxysme autour des bases de Barak Chatt et Tamanhint, dans la région de Sebha. La scolarité est suspendue depuis une semaine. La mairie de Ouadi Bawanis essaie d’installer un comité de crise, en collaboration avec les chefs de tribu. C’est l’incertitude qui plane.
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12 avril 2017 3 12 /04 /avril /2017 08:57
Publish Date: 2017/04/11
Israel uproots olive trees to build water supply system serving settlements
 
 
 

SALFIT, April 11, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers Tuesday cut down olive trees to the south of Salfit’s Deir Ballout town, to build a new water supply network serving nearby Israeli settlements, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli bulldozers, backed by Israeli forces, uprooted 18 fully grown olive trees in an area located to the south of the town of Deir Ballout in order to build a new water supply network that would serve settlers living in nearby illegal settlements, built illegally on the town’s land.

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12 avril 2017 3 12 /04 /avril /2017 08:47

Fatah delegation to meet with Hamas in Gaza in bid toward reconciliation

April 11, 2017 3:40 P.M. (Updated: April 11, 2017 3:43 P.M.)
 
 
Hamas rally in Gaza (Photo: Hamas official website)

 

 

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A delegation representing the Palestinian Authority's ruling Fatah party is set to travel to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, after Israel ends its lockdown on the occupied West Bank and Gaza imposed for the Jewish holiday of Passover to end Monday night.

Member of Fatah’s Central Committee Jamal Muheisin told the Voice of Palestine radio station that the delegation would appeal to Hamas officials to uphold to the terms set out in the 2012 Cairo agreement.

Muheisin accused Hamas of taking steps that violated past agreements made toward reconciliation, namely, a recent plan unveiled by Hamas to form a new administrative committee to run the Gaza Strip. Hamas officials have meanwhile countered that the committee was merely a temporary solution to coordinate between Gaza’s ministries in Gaza, and lobbed accusations back at the PA for failing on efforts towards forming a unity government for both territories.

Regardless, Muheisin warned that if Hamas did not back down on such moves, “possible future steps will be discussed upon the delegation’s return in order to protect our national project."

The Fatah official’s remarks came after sources close to the PA told Ma’an on Monday that the Palestinian government would be “reshuffled” if Hamas does not adhere to policies set out in the 2014 agreement to form a national unity government.

According to the sources, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has already requested a reshuffle of five ministries, including the ministries of agriculture, health, and culture. The motive behind the reshuffle is that “some ministries were not doing their job properly.” Minister of Culture Ziad Abu Amr is based in the Gaza Strip.

The sources said that Abbas has presented a roadmap consisting of five measures to be taken which are: disbanding Hamas’ administrative committee, transferring authority over crossings and ministries in Gaza Strip to the PA, commit to forming a national unity government, conducting legislative and presidential elections in three months, and “cancelling all decisions unilaterally taken by Hamas in Gaza.”

If Hamas agrees to the roadmap, which the sources said was “nonnegotiable,” the formation a national unity government will be immediately declared.

Tensions between Hamas and Fatah have escalated recently, particularly after the PA introduced massive cuts to salaries for civil servants that only affected employees in Gaza.

Despite numerous attempts at reconciling the groups, Palestinian leadership has repeatedly failed to follow through on promises of reconciliation, as both movements have frequently blamed each other for numerous political failures.

Officials from the Fatah-led PA have criticized Hamas for creating a shadow government in the Gaza Strip and blocking efforts to reach political unity.

Hamas has in turn accused the PA of executing a plan to "eradicate" the movement from the West Bank, accusing Fatah of “escalating security collaboration” with the Israeli authorities through politically motivated arrests and “adopting a revolving door policy" funneling Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons.

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Palestinian archbishop to boycott DC conference in protest of American policies

 
 
 
April 9, 2017 6:18 P.M. (Updated: April 9, 2017 6:18 P.M.)
 
 
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Sabastiya Archbishop Atallah Hanna, of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said he would boycott an upcoming conference in the United States aiming to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East, over what he called “misguided” American policies in the region.

Hanna, the only Orthodox Palestinian archbishop, who is renowned for his high profile political activism against the Israeli occupation, said in a statement Saturday that he and a number of Christian leaders from the region were invited to the conference, scheduled to be held in mid-May.

"We won't partake in this conference and we urge all Christian leaders in the Arab world who have been invited to boycott this suspicious conference," Hanna said, without specifying what the conference was called. The archbishop could not confirm to Ma’an whether or not it was the same event held annually in Washington DC by the non profit “In Defense of Christians.”

The Palestinian archbishop explained that he called for the boycott in protest of the US’s “misguided” policies in the Middle East, particularly those related to the question of Palestine.

"These misguided American policies in the Middle East are a major reason behind the mass exodus of Christians from the region that has occurred over the years," said Hanna, adding that US officials should “stop siding with Israel and assaulting the Arab people before they invite us to a conference about Christians in the Middle East in their capital.”

Hanna accused the United States trying to cover up crimes committed in the Arab world by holding the conference, which he stressed was yet another move by the US government to show that it cares about Middle Eastern Christians -- "when in fact, it doesn't.”

"Who created the terrorist groups and who is providing them with money and arms? Who has been destroying Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya? Who caused the displacement of the Palestinian people? All catastrophes that Palestinians have suffered and are still suffering from were abetted by American and Western governments."

Referring to recent airstrikes in Syria ordered by the US president Donald Trump, Hanna said that "American aggression in Syria on Thursday is clear evidence that the current US administration adopts aggressive policies against our people and our region, just as previous US administrations have."

 
 
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