Category: Palestine Written by Rana Abu Abdurrahman and Edited by Syarif Hidayat
Khan Younis, 16 Jumadil Akhir 1435/ 16 April 2014 (MINA) – Palestinian PM Ismail Haniyeh called on the Egyptian authorities to open the border to the Gaza Strip around the clock for individuals and goods, and allow the entry of all goods and materials needed to complete the Qatar Grant Projects.
Haniyeh said during a news conference through his round at Hamad City on Wednesday," the implementation of these projects which transferred the previous Israeli occupation settlements to green yields is a message of Palestinians to the world that they are able to build and liberate their lands," Haniyeh said.
He emphasized that the Qatar projects formed a quantum and civilized leap for the Gaza Strip, especially through the ongoing siege imposed on Gaza to prove that Gaza challenges this unjust siege by its people's steadfastness and the supporters of the Palestinian issue.
He thanked all countries that support the Palestinian people and appreciated Qatar's role in supporting the Palestinian issue, ALRAY, Palestinian Media Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Haniyeh called on the Arabs and international world to continue their political and public efforts to bring the Israeli-imposed siege to an end.
This round gains its importance because it is considered a challenge message against the siege that failed to break the steadfastness of Palestinians amid tightening the closure of the crossings and continuing preventing the entry of construction materials and food to the besieged enclave.(T/P02/E01)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:28
Category: Palestine Written by Fauziah & Rina and edited by Sayarif Hidayat
Al-Quds (Jerusalem), 16 Jumadil Akhir 1435/ 16 April 2014 (MINA) – Dozens of worshipers were hurt Wednesday morning in fierce clashes with Israeli forces who stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccan and Chain gates.
Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers and police officers broke into the compound and deployed in the southern quarter firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshipers, according to Ma’an News Agency report quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
Director of al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Azam al-Kahtib told Ma’an that "about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound." He highlighted that Israeli officers used live ammunition.
Special forces deployed at the main gates since dawn prayer, witnesses said, denying Palestinian worshipers entry to the compound.
Employees of the ministry of endowment and students who attend schools inside the compound were also denied entry. Only security guards were allowed in addition to men over 65 years old. Several people performed dawn prayer in the alleys near the gates.
About 100 Muslim worshipers have decided to stay inside the compound day and night after right-wing Jewish organizations urged Jews to flock to the compound which they believe is the site of a former temple and slaughter their Passover sacrifices inside.
Witnesses told Ma'an that the young volunteers foiled plans to tour the compound.
Jewish fringe groups have vowed to build a third Temple, but Israeli political and religious authorities have repeatedly dismissed the idea.
Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967. (T/Fauziah/P03/E01)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 20:49
Category: Europe Written by Nur Rahmi and edited by Widi Kusnadi
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:18
Category: Europe Written by Rina edited by Widi K.
It’s all in our thought when an international group of ships attempted to reach the blockaded Gaza Strip but were prevented from reaching their destination when members of the Israeli military attacked them in international waters in what have been a highly coordinated Israeli attack to the ship.
The "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" was a group of ships organised by six organisations, namely, the Free Gaza Movement, the Turkish Foundation for Human rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), European Campaign to end the siege of Gaza, Ship to Gaza-Greece, Ship to Gaza-Sweden, the International Committee to end the siege of Gaza, and other groups who concern in Palestine’s issues as they’re suffering of Israel’s continuation siege such as Indonesian Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C).
In their efforts to send aid to the blockade Gaza, Israeli attacks on the innocent Comorro-flagged ship then killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American and wounded at least 156 volunteers, with 52 of them experienced serious injuries.
Nine volunteers who died were citizens of Turkey, namely Furkan Doğan, Cevdet Kılıçlar, İbrahim Bilgen, Necdet Yildirim, Fahri Yaldiz, Ali Haydar Bengi, Cengiz Akyuz, Çetin Topçuoglu, Cengiz Songür, and a journalist Cevdet Kılıçlar.
Since then, the activists as well as Comorro itself is on their efforts to bring Israel into Criminal Court, as the latest (fifth) hearing of the trial was held at the İstanbul 7th High Criminal Court on Monday with some of the survivors, victims' family members and lawyers representing the Israeli military members and flotilla victims in attendance.
The trial began on Nov. 6 of last year and saw the attendance of a large number of attorneys from both Turkey and abroad as well as the flotilla activists and families of the victims. The court is hearing charges that were filed against four of Israel's most senior retired commanders, including the ex-army chief, in absentia. Prosecutors are requesting life imprisonment for the officers who directed the raid, but the trial of four of Israel's most senior retired commanders was dismissed by Israel as a politically motivated "show trial" and threatens to further strain already strained relations.
Bülent Yıldırım, chairman of İHH, has said they will never drop legal cases filed against Israeli military members who raided the Mavi Marmara humanitarian aid ship heading to Gaza in May 2010 that killed their people. Here’s the complete talks between one of Mavi Marmara activist from Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) and Bülent Yıldırım:
Activist: Are you more optimistic about the outcome of the trials held in Turkey or in ICC?
Bülent Yıldırım: For me the most important trial is the one held in Turkey because Turkish people died on Mavi Marmara and the result of this trial would be precedent.
Activist: When the witnesses mentioned about IDF soldiers who speaks Turkish very well this means that they could be Turkish citizens. What do you say about this?
Bülent Yıldırım: Jewish who lives around the world who want to be citizens of Israel need to participate in the military service and there are a lot of Turkish citizens who participates in the Israeli military service . And regarding those people who are also the citizens of other countries and participating in the Israeli army, they are also fighting against the Palestinian people like some Turkish citizens who were part of the group that attacked Mavi Marmara and the Freedom Flotilla, and now we are trying to find those people and when they are found we will bring them to the trial for the crimes that they did.
It was not known up to now if the Israeli soldiers who attended the military service also attacked the Palestinian people in Palestine, and now we are looking for them.
Activist: Have there been efforts made by the Israeli side to close this case?
Bülent Yıldırım: The apology and the negotiation regarding the compensation by the Israeli side is made as part of their efforts to close this case. Closing this case has been requested as their condition for their apology and compensation , secondly Israel is pressuring Turkey to accept the closure of this case and by putting Turkey in a corner and collaborating with neighbouring countries financially and politically. They tried to use all kinds of pressures on Turkey in order to close this case and in addition to this. They are Also running a very big campaign against IHH in order for this case to be closed. They know That IHH is the main actor in continuing this case, they now try to weaken IHH and in the end they want to make IHH to accept their conditions but we will never stop we will continue to get the result of this case.
Activist: What is happening to Furkan Dogan's case?
Bülent Yıldırım: In Furkan Dogan's case we sued for compensation but the judge refused this case claiming that Furkan Dogan's representatives cannot sue Israel. And unfortunately Israel has been doing lobbies, well they are still doing lobbies in Turkey with birocrats and the judges and one person (who was Being lobbied ) was one of the judges, and this is why Furkan Dogan's case was closed. But now we are going to take this case on a higher court and we will see the result later
Activist: This is such as a Multi-dimentional case, in which you are actually suing the state of Israel. What outcome do you expect from this and how long will you pursue this case?
Bülent Yıldırım : The enemies have to pay for their crime so that justice is served and now they are in debt in the eyes of justice to pay for the crimes that they committed. And we have no doubt that Israel will be brought to justice and we depend on Allah SWT and we trust Allah SWT for Him to help us in reaching this aim.(L/P02/P03/P04)
Mi'raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:09