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Democratic Front calls for PA to end punishment of Gaza

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) has called for the Palestinian Authority to cancel the “collective punishment measures” against the Gaza Strip, Safa News Agency reported on Tuesday. The group pointed out that the PA’s measures caused a lot of harm to junior employees and the poor in the besieged enclave. According to the Safa report, the DFLP hailed the Hamas decision to dissolve the administrative committee in Gaza. It also called for the movement to cancel all of the committee’s decisions. Addressing the PA, the DFLP said that it should respond immediately in order to end the ten-year-old “destructive division” between Hamas and Fatah. The Ramallah-based PA government must, it insisted, take up its responsibilities in […]

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Report: 8,000 civilians trapped for 38 days near Hama, Syria

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

More than 8,000 displaced civilians have been trapped for 38 consecutive days in the Wadi Al-Atheeb area, east of Hama, under a siege imposed by the Syrian regime forces. The head of Akirbat’s local council Ahmad Al-Hamawi told the Anadolu Agency that the civilians left the Akirbat village to escape the fighting between the Syrian regime forces and Daesh fighters. Al-Hamawi warned that a major humanitarian disaster was imminent if food did not enter the area soon. Civilians live in the open in Wadi Al-Atheeb, a desert area, he explained, without protection from the sun. According to Al-Hamawi people left Akirbat following an agreement between the Syrian regime and Daesh which had controlled the area. Read: Insurgents attack Syrian-government areas […]

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Palestinian activists charged by Israeli military to speak in London

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Two Palestinian activists currently facing charges in Israeli military courts are set to speak in London next week, at an event organised by Amnesty International and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). Issa Amro and Farid Al-Atrash will speak alongside Baroness Tessa Blackstone at Amnesty UK’s headquarters on Monday. Both men face charges “related to their involvement in protests, including one in February 2016 – the ‘Shuhada Street protest’ – against restrictions placed by the Israeli military on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron.” In addition, earlier this month, Amro was also arrested and charged by the Palestinian Authority, over “alleged cybercrimes after writing about the arrest of a Palestinian journalist on Facebook”. Read: Amnesty slams charges […]

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Israel seeks to block PA from Interpol membership

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israel has launched a diplomatic campaign to block the Palestinian Authority from joining the International Police Organisation, Interpol, during its upcoming meeting in Beijing, i24 reported on Tuesday. According to Quds Press, the Israeli news website said that Interpol has delegated former UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Hans Corell to study the membership criteria for countries seeking to join the organisation. To undermine the PA’s application, Israel is said to be working with the Interpol leadership to make the membership criteria stricter for new applicants. It is also, apparently, putting pressure on members to vote against the PA when its application is considered. This is not the first time that the PA has tried to join Interpol. In 2016, member […]

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Knesset legal adviser to court: Reject petitions against Settlements Law

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Knesset’s chief legal advisor has asked the Israeli Supreme Court to reject petitions against the controversial Settlements Regulation Law which gives retroactive authorisation to thousands of settler homes constructed on private Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank. The law, passed in January this year, would see the status of dozens of so-called settlement “outposts” regularised. All settlements are considered illegal under international law. According to the Jerusalem Post, in a 20-page brief submitted to the court, Knesset chief legal adviser Eyal Yinon and legal assistant Avital Sompolinsky argued that “the Knesset can legislate for the West Bank in certain cases, even though it is standard practice not to do so”. Yinon and Sompolinsky noted that until now, the […]

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Syrian opposition welcomes France’s call to form new contact group

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Chief Coordinator of the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC), Riyad Hijab yesterday welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron’s calls to form a new contact group to resolve the conflict in Syria. “This initiative breaks the regime’s allied forces’ attempts to monopolise the formulation of a political solution,” Hijab said during a meeting with Macron on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. He said that the most effective way to achieve political transition is to “hold Bashar Al-Assad, who has killed more than half a million Syrians, displaced millions, destroyed the country’s infrastructure, torn the Syrian social fabric and created terrorism, accountable of his actions”. Hijab stressed that the calls to keep Al-Assad in power during the transitional period would exacerbate […]

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Turkey urged to pressure Kurds to cancel referendum

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The largest opposition party in Turkey yesterday called on the government to give the Kurdish President Massoud Barzani 24 hours to abandon his plans for a referendum on Kurdish independence or face military, political or economic repercussions. Deputy Chairman of Republican People’s Party (CHP), Ozturk Yilmaz, told reporters at the parliament building in Ankara that the referendum will destabilise the region and may lead to civil war. #KurdishReferendum He stressed that the referendum is contrary to “international laws, the Iraqi Constitution, and the laws in the Kurdish region.” Yilmaz renewed the Republican People’s Party’s rejection of the referendum and criticised the ruling Justice and Development party’s rapprochement with Barzani over the years. He added that the Turkish government must now […]

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Delegation from Hamas arrives in Moscow

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said Tuesday that a leading delegation headed by Moussa Abu Marzouk arrived to Moscow to discuss “the latest political developments in the Palestinian arena.” “A Hamas delegation led by Moussa Abu Marzouk and other leaders arrived to Moscow,” the movement pronounced in a statement. “The delegation will hold several meetings with Russian officials, and the visit comes in the context of further strengthening relations between the movement and Russia,” the movement added.   Hamas movement said that during the visit, “the developments of the Palestinian issue, the latest records of national reconciliation, and the expected Russian role in the Palestinian cause will be discussed.” Hossam Badran, a leader in the movement, had earlier revealed details […]

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Egypt to receive third $500m portion of AfDB loan

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egypt will receive a payment of $500 million as the third and final tranche of the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s 3-year $1.5 billion loan, AfDB’s Resident Representative for Egypt, Leila Mokaddem, announced today. Speaking at the Euromoney Conference which was held in Egypt’s capital if Cairo, Mokaddem said that the bank is planning to send a high-level mission to Cairo early next month to discuss the disbursement of the loan. AfDB is currently financing various multi-sectoral projects in Egypt, including electricity, energy, agriculture, irrigation, transport, and airports sectors. The African Development Bank is affiliated to the African Development Bank Group, which is the first institution to finance developmental projects in Africa. The group affiliates also include the African Development Fund (AFD) […]

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Tunisia: Left-wing opposition coalition warns of “Constitutional Coup”

September 20, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A coalition of the Popular Front opposition parties in Tunisia on Tuesday warned of “serious” attempts to “overthrow the constitution” and “change the political system” in the country. “There are real and serious attempts in Tunisia to overthrow the constitution and change the political system by the ruling coalition, which would lead to the loss of democratic gains,” coalition spokesman Hamma Hammami said in a news conference today. “The political parties and the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) have to present a clear agenda and real commitments to hold municipal elections on their new date (March 25),” Hammami said. On Monday, the head of Tunisia’s electoral commission, Anwar Ben Hassan, officially announced that the municipal elections, originally scheduled for […]

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