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Hizb ut-Tahrir Protest at Syrian-Jordanian border warns of foreign intervention

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

AMMONNEWS – Jordanian authorities and security forces on Friday prevented hundreds of protestors in Ramtha, northern Jordan, from reaching the Syrian-Jordanian border during a protest against the Syrian regime’s crackdown on Syrian pro-reformers.

Hundreds of activists and members of the banned “Hizb ut-Tahrir” movement marched following Friday noon prayers from Al Taqwa Mosque in the border town in a solidarity stand with the Syrian people.

Hizb ut-Tahrir protestors chanted slogans criticizing “Arab silence” towards the bloody events in Syria, and called on the Arab League to take action to protect the Syrian people.

The protestors were stopped from marching towards the Syrian-Jordanian border and staged a sit-in near the state-run Ramtha hospital.

Several speakers blasted the military crackdown on Syrian activists whose demands have escalated to call for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad following bloody clashes in several Syrian cities.

Protestors warned against foreign intervention in the Syrian political scene, and blasted US President Obama’s speech on Thursday and US administration’s position towards events in the region.

They urged Arab intervention in resolving “Arab-Arab” issues, and warned against continued “Western intervention” in the region.

Banan Malkawi
24th May 2011

Source: Ammon News

Source: Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia.

Hamas in Gaza: ‘End Zionist project in Palestine’

May 15, 2011

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: A Hamas leader affirmed the group’s hard-line principles in a speech to thousands of Muslim worshipers Sunday, as they commemorated the uprooting of Palestinians during the 1948 war over Israel’s creation.

Palestinians mark the occasion this year “with great hope of bringing to an end the Zionist project in Palestine,” Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, told about 10,000 people at a Gaza City mosque.

Haniyeh’s apparent reference to Israel’s destruction could prove embarrassing for Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He recently reconciled with Hamas after a four-year split and is trying to market the Islamic militants to the international community as an acceptable political partner.

Marches commemorating the 1948 events, known in Arabic as “nakba,” or the “catastrophe,” were also planned in the Abbas-ruled West Bank and in Arab towns in Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven out during the fighting more than six decades ago. The dispute over the fate of the refugees and their descendants, now several million people, remains at the core of the Mideast conflict.

Israeli security forces were on high alert Sunday, and the Israeli military sealed the West Bank for a day, barring Palestinians from entering Israel.

Haniyeh launched the nakba commemorations with a dawn sermon at Gaza City’s Al-Omari Mosque.

He said Palestinians have the right to resist Israeli occupation and will one day return to property they lost in 1948. “To achieve our goals in the liberation of our occupied land, we should have one leadership,” Haniyeh said, praising the recent unity deal.

As part of the that agreement, Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah movement are to share power in a transitional government until elections are held next year. The US and Europe consider Hamas a terrorist group and have said they will only deal with it if it renounces violence, recognizes Israel and honors previous peace commitments made by the Palestinians.

Haniyeh reiterated Sunday that his movement would not recognize Israel at the outset.

However, Hamas leaders are often vague or issue contradictory statements about the group’s political aims.

In recent weeks, some in the group have spoken of reconciliation with the West and a halt to armed hostilities with Israel, and even hinted at some sort of political accommodation with the Jewish state.

While Israel is not convinced, there are hopes in some Palestinian circles that the Iran-backed group could become a more accepted part of the Mideast diplomatic equation.

Source: Arab News.

Hamas, Fatah delegates to hold talks in Cairo

RAMALLAH, May 14 (Xinhua) — Delegations from Hamas and Fatah, the major Palestinian factions, are heading for Cairo Saturday to hold the first high-level meeting after they signed an agreement of reconciliation earlier this month.

The meeting will focus on the formation of the technocratic unity government according to the Egyptian-brokered deal the two rivals signed, an official from Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) told Xinhua.

Fatah will try to persuade Hamas to accept Salam Fayyad, the head of the West Bank-based government, to lead the new government that will also rule the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua.

Fayyad, the western-educated economist, enjoys an international credibility and may succeed to reduce the level of isolation on the government that would be formed with Hamas.

The new agreement allows President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, based in the West Bank, to enter in alliance with Islamic Hamas movement, which the United States and most of European countries classify it as a terrorist group.

Meanwhile, the PLO official said that Hamas “delivered positive signals” about nominating Fayyad for the upcoming government.

The official expected that Hamas and Fatah will agree on the new government and its members by Monday.

Source: Xinhua.

Islamic Jihad to take part in local elections

Friday 13/05/2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad will participate in local elections, but not in presidential or legislative elections, movement leader Nafeth Azzam said Thursday.

Azzam told Ma’an that Islamic Jihad would take part in National Council elections, as it included Palestinians from the occupied territories and abroad, and the council was not involved in agreements signed with Israel.

Islamic Jihad would also participate in local elections, as they were important to provide services to people and were not related to any agreements signed with Israel.

However, the movement would not take part in presidential or legislative elections as they stemmed from the Oslo Accords, which the movement rejected, Azzam said.

The Jihad official said the party would join the Palestine Liberation Organization, once it was restructured and reformed.

Islamic Jihad was part of the Cairo Agreement of March 2005, in which factions agreed to form a committee of general secretaries, Executive Committee members and independent leaders to manage PLO affairs until elections were held.

Azzam said Islamic Jihad welcomed the reconciliation agreement signed last week in Cairo. The party had made huge efforts to end the internal division between Hamas and Fatah, and the West Bank and Gaza, he said.

The movement was working to enforce the reconciliation, Azzam said, adding that the next stage would be difficult due to Israel’s opposition to Palestinian unity. Islamic Jihad was ready to increase efforts to remove residues of the division from the ground, the official said.

Source: Ma’an News Agency.

Fatah, Hamas in Cairo soon for talks over forming new cabinet

by Saud Abu Ramadan, Fares Akram

GAZA, May 12 (Xinhua) — Leaders of Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah party are to head to Cairo Monday for bilateral talks, sponsored by Egypt, on forming a new independent Palestinian national unity government.

Azzam el-Ahmed, Fatah delegation chief told Xinhua that his party’s delegation will hold the first meeting with Hamas delegation on Monday in Cairo over forming the new cabinet and implementing the inter-reconciliation agreement reached in Egypt on May 4.

“We will discuss the practical steps and the timetables for implementing the reconciliation agreement. The priority of the implementation will be for forming the new technocrats’ cabinet that will run the internal Palestinian affairs for one year until the general elections are held,” said al-Ahmed.

Following around four years of internal division between Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, and Abbas’s Fatah party, the two groups together with eleven minor Palestinian factions signed last week an Egyptian-drafted pact of reconciliation.

Earlier on Wednesday, local media reports quoted well-informed sources as saying that Fatah and Hamas agreed that Abbas will be the prime minister of the new cabinet, while Hamas premier Ismail Haneya and Palestinian premier in the West Bank Salam Fayyad will be his deputies.

Al-Ahmed denied the reports, adding that “such reports are inaccurate and untrue. We haven’t yet discussed any details and we haven’t yet agreed upon the names of those who will be in the new government.” Hamas had also denied that it had agreed on Fatah on anything related to the new cabinet.

“Such an agreement is not in our considerations at all because it contradicts with the reconciliation agreement,” al-Ahmed said. “Leaking such roamers on the names of the new cabinet and the mechanism of forming it aims at undermining the efforts to finalize the reconciliation.”

Fatah and Hamas agreed in Cairo to form a new national unity government where its Prime Minister and all its ministers are technocrats. Despite the leaked information, Fatah leader Nabil Shaath told a local Gaza-based Radio station that there are no problems facing the formation of the government.

“The nominee to be the prime minister must be agreed upon, and this person has to be an accepted person to the Palestinians, to the Arabs and to the West,” said Shaath, adding that the new government has lots of missions that will prepare for the future of the Palestinian people.

Meanwhile, al-Ahmaed had earlier revealed to the Ramallah-based al-Ayyam daily on Wednesday that leaders of Hamas and Fatah party decided to hold the municipal elections in the Palestinian territories at the same time in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

El-Ahmed said that it was agreed to postpone holding the elections decided several months ago by the government of Fayyad in Ramallah. This decision came after the two movements suddenly reached an initial agreement for reconciliation in Cairo last week.

He said that it was agreed to demand the upcoming technocratic government to postpone the elections so they are held simultaneously in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The Palestinian Central Elections Commissions (CEC) said it can run the elections in July in the West Bank, but needs more time to prepare for holding them in Gaza. The CEC agreed that voting in Gaza and the West Bank at the same time is possible after July.

Meanwhile, Nafez Azzam, a senior Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza said his movement would join the municipal elections and the elections of the Palestinian National Council (PNC).

“The Islamic Jihad will not join the presidential and legislative elections because they are an outcome of Oslo peace accords that the movement still opposes,” said Azzam.

Source: Xinhua.

Fatah and Hamas leaders to head to Cairo for cabinet talks

May 11, 2011

Gaza – Leaders of Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party will head to Egypt at the weekend to begin talks on forming a new cabinet, under the terms of the reconciliation deal they signed a week ago, a Hamas official said Wednesday.

Under the reconciliation deal, the Islamist Hamas and the secular Fatah will set up an interim government of technocrats.

Salah al-Badaweel said that once the new government is formed, it will also work to rebuild the Palestinian security organizations, in addition to laying the groundwork for elections to be held next year.

‘An Arab committee that includes Egyptians and other Arab officials has been formed to follow up the implementation of the reconciliation pact reached in Cairo on May 4,’ he said.

The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation pact ended a four-year-long bitter, and at times violent, rift between the two largest Palestinians factions.

Although tensions between the two movements were high once Hamas defeated Fatah in the 2006 elections, the animosity peaked in June 2007, when, in a week of bloody fighting, Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip after routing security officials loyal to Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.

The Islamist movement took control of Palestinian Authority ministries and institutions in the salient, and Abbas responded by pulling Fatah out of a short-lived national unity government.

Ever since, a Hamas government has administered the Gaza Strip and an Abbas-appointed government has run the West Bank.

Egyptian attempts to reconcile the two rivals were unsuccessful until two weeks ago, when Hamas and Fatah representatives reached agreement on the issues dividing them.

The reconciliation agreement was signed in Cairo on May 4.

The Hamas and Fatah leaders will now meet in Cairo on Saturday.

Source: Monsters and Critics.

Hamas credits foreign donations as reconstruction begins in Gaza

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

GAZA CITY — Hamas has reported the launch of a reconstruction effort in the Gaza Strip paid for by foreign donors.

Hamas reported $30 million in foreign donations for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Officials said the first stage of the program, located in the south, has begun.

“We can assure our people that the reconstruction stage has already begun practically,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said.

In an address on May 7, Haniyeh said Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were contributing to the fund, Middle East Newsline reported. The prime minister said the Islamic regime would oversee the construction of thousands of apartment units more than two years after the end of the Hamas-Israel war in January 2009.

“The Public Works Ministry has begun to erect complete residential areas granted to residents according to specific arrangements and procedures,” Haniyeh said.

In the first stage, Hamas allocated 1,800 hectares, or nearly 450 acres, in the Isra area of southern Gaza. The prime minister said Egypt and Qatar would help the project, but did not elaborate.

Saudi Arabia was also said to be helping the reconstruction program. Officials said the kingdom’s Islamic Bank has pledged $137 million for infrastructure and sanitation projects in 2011.

Officials said Turkey was also contributing to the Hamas program. They said Islamist charities in Turkey, including those that sponsored the Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine people were killed by the Israel Navy in April 2010, were providing support.

Source: World Tribune.

Two Hamas officials kidnapped in Jenin and Ramallah cities


The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped on Saturday senior Hamas official Khaled Al-Hajj in an ambush south of Jenin city as well as Sheikh Majed Hasan from Hamas after a raid on his home in Ramallah city.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped on Saturday senior Hamas official Khaled Al-Hajj in an ambush south of Jenin city as well as Sheikh Majed Hasan from Hamas after a raid on his home in Ramallah city.

An informed source told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that a large number of Israeli troops on board of six military jeeps ambushed Khaled Al-Hajj who was inside a car driven by Hamas official Abdulbasit Al-Hajj near Arraba village south of Jenin.

The troops stopped the car the two Hamas officials were inside, confiscated their IDs, and rounded up Khaled Al-Hajj and told Abdulbasit to follow their jeeps.

When the Israeli jeeps arrived at Dotan camp near Arraba village, they took Khaled in chains into the military camp, drove Abdulbaset to a nearby checkpoint and told him to go home after confiscating his car.

Khaled Al-Hajj had spent more than 10 years in Israeli jails.

At an early hour on Thursday, the Israeli occupation forces also kidnapped another Hamas official called Majed Hasan from his home in Ramallah city and took him to an unknown destination.

An official source from Hamas in the West Bank told the PIC that the Israeli occupation started to carry out an expected scenarios aimed at preventing Hamas from taking part in the political life after it reconciled with its rivals in the West Bank.

In another incident, a group of Israeli troops kidnapped at dawn Saturday journalist and director of Palestine newspaper Waleed Khaled from his home in Skaka town in Salfit city, according to Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies.

Khaled was released last January after he spent four years in Israeli jails.

Source: Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA).

Somalia’s Al-Shabaab Bans Smoking Cigarettes, Chewing Khat

By Hamsa Omar – May 9, 2011

Somalia’s al-Shabaab, an Islamic militant group that controls most of the southern and central parts of the country, banned smoking cigarettes and chewing khat, a leafy narcotic, in the Afgoye district.

Anyone caught violating the ban, which includes selling tobacco products, may face 30 days and a fine, said Sheikh Aby Ramla, head of the information department in Afogye, 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.

Al-Shabaab, which the U.S. alleges is linked to al-Qaeda, has been battling the western-backed Somali government for control of the Horn of Africa nation since 2007.

Source: Bloomberg.

Hamas’ Haniyah to head legislative Palestinian council

Reports suggest that Ismail Haniyah will be nominated by Hamas as its candidate for the role of speaker in the Palestinian Parliament, which should be passed by their legislative majority.

Saleh Naami, Monday 9 May 2011

Hamas is considering putting forward Gaza government head Ismail Haniyah for the position of speaker of the Palestinian Parliament in the upcoming round of the legislative council, succeeding current head of parliament Aziz al-Duweik.

Informed sources told Ahram Online that Haniyah’s candidacy to head Parliament would create a “geographic balance” in the share of leading posts, which also includes the presidency and the premiership.

The sources said that what is pushing towards the appointment of Haniyah is the fear that Hamas may fail to convince other Palestinian factions to accept its candidate for the leadership of the transitional government to be formed in the wake of the unity deal between Fatah and Hamas.

Other sources are of the view that if Haniyah headed Parliament, it would grant Hamas a large maneuvering space due to its presence in Gaza where the movement has a free hand. This is in contrast to al-Duweik who was always subject to arrest by the Israeli occupation forces, in addition to the Palestinian Authority, hindering him from fully carrying out his tasks.

Haniyah’s post as speaker would give Hamas a base of legitimacy allowing for it to operate in internal and external Palestinian affairs.

It is widely believed that Hamas will not encounter obstacles if it puts forth Haniyah as a candidate for the post due to its share in parliament, which exceeds half of the total seats available for lawmakers.

Source: Ahram.

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