Hamas journalist says Hamas has organized protests to begin Sunday in Ramallah, demanding Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority ‘protect Gazans from PA’s punishments’ i.e. reinitiate salaries & fuel costs for electricity and prepare the West Bank for a Hamas takeover of both PA and PLO institutions.
By Dalit Halevi
Hamas journalist Muhammad al-Qiq said that a protest against the Palestinian Authority (PA) will be held on Sunday in Ramallah.
The protest aims to push the PA into ceasing its punishments of Gaza.
Past protests against autocrat Abbas in Ramallah – Photo: AFP
Speaking with Hamas newspaper Al-Risala, al-Qiw said Gaza has taught Israel and its allies a lesson about military and lone-wolf terror, and that the protest was aimed at the PA leadership, which has taken steps against Gaza. Continue Reading »
Refusing Fatah’s demand that Hamas unarm itself as required under the Palestinian reconciliation agreement, the terrorist group Hamas vowed their arsenal “will not be touched,” with plans to expand its military activities against Israel into the West Bank.
By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas vowed Monday to expand its military activities against Israel into the West Bank, underscoring the challenges ahead since the organization began its reconciliation with the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas has ruled Gaza since winning legislative elections in 2006 and ousting Fatah the following year in a military coup, a move that prompted an Israeli and Egyptian blockade. Continue Reading »
On Fatah-Hamas reconciliation in Gaza, Palestinian Authority official says “We couldn’t even arrange a safe trip for Abbas to Gaza….In actuality, Hamas is in control on the ground in Gaza…It is not in our interest or desire to prevent Hamas from continuing its security-related activity in the Gaza Strip.” • Jordanian-Palestinian communication nearly severed over Fatah-Hamas reconciliation.
Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
The Palestinian Authority does not have the ability to prevent Hamas or any of the other Gaza Strip-based terrorist groups from continuing to dig terror tunnels, senior PA officials told Israel Hayom on Thursday.
In Hamas’ decision to dismantle their ‘administrative control’ in Gaza, the radical Islamic movement has moved the ball into Abbas’s court. The PA leader’s refusal to end the sanctions he imposed on the costal enclave’s population 5 months ago would portray the Palestinian autocrat in an even more dictatorial role, especially vis-à-vis Egypt, since they brokered Hamas’ surprise decision.
Since he began imposing sanctions on the Gaza Strip five months ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly declared that dismantling the Gaza Strip’s administrative committee would be the only way to end the sanctions and ease the pressure on Hamas. Continue Reading »
Hamas’ new leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, stated that the enclave’s government was “opening a new page” with Egypt, having mended their previously strained ties.
Gaza-based Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for all Palestinian factions to create a unified national government and to hold open elections at a press conference in Gaza on Wednesday.
Haniyeh was elected to head Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza, in May.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh vs. Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas – AFP
The Islamist group, considered a terrorist group by the US, EU and Israel, seized control of the territory from Fatah, the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas’s party, in a near civil war in 2007. Continue Reading »
Human Rights Watch has accused Abbas’ gov’t of arresting and abusing local journalists and activists critical of PA policies, seen as a violation of media freedom and freedom of speech.
The Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank has blocked 11 news websites associated with their Gaza-based rivals Hamas and other political adversaries critical of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to Arabic media reports.
Autocrat of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas – AP
The shutdowns were ordered by the Palestinian Attorney General’s office, with Palestinian media outlets quoting one anonymous official as saying that the sites blocked were in “violation of the rules of publications” which bars the dissemination of alleged fake news and defamation. Continue Reading »
Energy & Infrastructure Minister Steinitz opposes the COGAT head Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai’s decision to reduce electricity to Gaza in the face of an internal PA-Hamas dispute, saying we should decide where to cut “and not become a pawn in their hands.”
By Itamar Eichner
A sharp confrontation broke out between the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Dr. Yuval Steinitz, and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, following Mordechai’s decision to reduce by more than a quarter the amount of electricity that Israel transfers to the Gaza Strip.
Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Mordechai recently wrote a letter to the directors-general of the Ministries of National Infrastructures and Finance, the National Security Agency and the Shin Bet, as well as to the military secretaries of the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, informing them of his decision to reduce the amount of electricity that would be transferred to the Gaza Strip via the electricity lines. Continue Reading »
As part of the ongoing power struggle between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, Abbas decides to reduce the financial support the PA pays for electricity sent to Gaza, leading the Israel Electric Corporation to cut over a quarter of electricity it provides to Gaza.
By Elior Levy
In two weeks’ time, Israel will cut over a quarter of the electricity it provides the Gaza Strip, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Thursday.
Every month, Israel provides the Gaza Strip with 125 megawatts of electricity, which costs NIS 40 million on average. Israel takes that sum out of the tax money it collects for the Palestinian Authority.Two months ago, the PA decided to stop paying that sum due to a power struggle with the Hamas government. Continue Reading »
Hamas, who refuses to purchase fuel for Gaza’s local power-station, receives electricity from Israel that Abbas pays at least $11 million a month for, which Hamas then profits from after selling it to the Gazans. • Aide to Mahmoud Abbas says next step will be to limit the free medical aid that Hamas receives for Gaza residents, but is ‘selling the medicine and pocketing the profits.’
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will stop paying for electricity in the power-starved Gaza Strip and “dry up” the flow of funds to the territory’s Hamas rulers, a senior official said Wednesday. Continue Reading »
After Gaza’s sole power-plant was shut down due to Hamas’ refusal to purchase fuel, PA President Mahmoud Abbas informed Israel he is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza if Hamas does not yield some of its political control over Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.
By ADAM RASGON
PA President Mahmoud Abbas has warned over the past two weeks that he will take “unprecedented measures,” if Hamas does not concede some of its control over Gaza to the PA.
Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas (L) & Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh (R) – Google Images
The Palestinian Authority informed Israel that it is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza through 10 electrical lines, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said on Thursday. Continue Reading »
With Palestinian President Abbas not representing Hamas or the 1.8 million Gazans, “A federation between the West Bank and Gaza Strip may be better than the ongoing division,” admitted Mousa Abu Marzouk, of the Hamas Politburo, to a London-based Arabic satellite network.
A senior Hamas official said on Friday that a federation between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip could be a feasible solution to the ongoing division between Hamas and Fatah.
“A federation between the West Bank and Gaza Strip may be better than the ongoing division,” Mousa Abu Marzouk, the vice president of the Hamas Politburo, told Al-Ghad, a London-based Arabic satellite channel. Continue Reading »
Facing continuous financial troubles and ignoring the disapproval of the Palestinian Authority, the Hamas terrorist group offers a solution to compensate loyal employees who are owed months in back pay.
By The Associated Press
Hamas has begun handing out plots of the land to 40,000 civil servants loyal to the Islamic militant group, to make up for millions of dollars in salaries it owes them for the past two years. The land giveaway is the latest sign that Hamas is struggling financially after almost a decade of uncontested power in the coastal strip.
Building materials in Gaza – Photo: AP
Gazans grumble about a lack of jobs, constant electricity shortages and a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt that has confined the territory’s 1.8 million people to the tiny strip.
Strategic affairs adviser to West Bank based PA President Abbas, accused Israel of trying to reinforce the split between the West Bank & Gaza, “a lethal blow to the prospects of a two state solution.”
By BEN LYNFIELD/THE MEDIA LINE
A proposal by an Israeli minister to construct an island to serve as a port that would open up the blockaded Gaza Strip to the world has gained adherents from Israeli security experts, who view it as a way to avoid further rounds of conflict with the coastal enclave run by the militant Hamas movement.
But the initiative by Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz is receiving a cold reception from both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, both of which doubt Israel is actually interested in alleviating the suffering of Gazans. Continue Reading »
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