Photostream : Hamas Leader Khaled Meshaal meets Iran's acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran's acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (L) welcomes Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal before a meeting at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Hamas/Handout

Iran's acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (R) meets Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Hamas/Handout

Al-Jazeera leaks reveal negotiation scandal: Hamas



GAZA, Jan. 24 (KATAKAMI / Xinhua) — A senior Hamas official on Monday said documents released by pan Arab Al-Jazeera channel on a decade of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations were “big political scandal.”

The classified documents “drove the final nail in the Palestinian National Authority’s coffin,” said Mahmoud Zahar, a Gaza-based Hamas outspoken leader.

The PNA was ready to give up Jewish parts in East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians seek as a future capital, including Jewish settlements there, according to the Qatar-based TV network.

The documents also said that the Palestinian negotiators were ready to hand the compound in which Al-Aqsa mosque under the international control. The compound, known as Haram as-Sharif, is the third holiest shrine in Islam.

Al-Jazeera said it has obtained more than 1,600 documents, maps and minutes of decade-long records of negotiations.

Zahar accused the PNA of “selling Jerusalem and giving up the right of return” of Palestinian refugees.

Most of the records revealed so far goes back to 2008, when the negotiations were under supervision by the former U.S. administration.  (*)


Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas orders release of Hamas woman prisoner

Palestinian Tamam Abu Suud is greeted by her family after her release from jail in Nablus. Abbas on Wednesday ordered the release of Abu Suud, jailed over her alleged ties to a political murder plot, security sources said.

Jan 20 (KATAKAMI.COM / FRANCE 24 / AFP ) — Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday ordered the release of a Hamas woman jailed over her alleged ties to a political murder plot, security sources said.

Abbas “decided to free Tamam Abu Suud in response to her request to be released and pardoned,” a Palestinian Authority security source told AFP.

Abu Suud was arrested in November in connection with what Abbas’s security forces said was an alleged plot by the Islamist movement Hamas to assassinate the governor of Nablus, Jibrin al-Bakri. She was never charged.

“Her release was agreed after Abu Suud admitted preparing plans targeting Palestinian national institutions and leaders as part of a Hamas cell,” the source said.

She was freed on Wednesday afternoon.

Her release was a humanitarian gesture, the source said, while warning Hamas “against the exploitation of Palestinian women and children to carry out its agenda which targets national interests and principles.”

Abu Suud, 52, thanked Abbas during a press conference with the governor she was accused of trying to help kill.

“I thank president Abu Mazen, who generously took the decision to free me even though I was accused and should have been tried,” she said, using Abbas’s nom-de-guerre.

“I offer my apologies to the Palestinian people and to the governor,” she added, flanked by Bakri.

Abu Suud, who preaches to Muslim women in the northern West Bank town of Nablus, called on the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya, “to reconcile with the Fatah brothers so we can live in peace.”

Bakri accused Hamas of having “abused” Abu Suud “in the name of religion.”

“We call on Hamas to stop their destructive plans, which exacerbate divisions,” he said.

In November, Palestinian Authority officials said a number of suspects from Hamas had been arrested in connection with the plot, in a charge strongly denied by the rival faction which rules Gaza.

Hamas and Fatah are bitter opponents which have carried out periodic arrests of each other’s members, often holding detainees without charge or trial and routinely trading allegations of prisoner abuse.

Their ties have been tense for several years. But resentment boiled over after Hamas won elections in 2006 and, a year later, seized control of the Gaza Strip after deadly streetfighting with Fatah.

Since then, the Palestinian territories have been effectively split in two, with Abbas’s rule confined to the West Bank. The parties held reconciliation talks last September and November but without any progress.

Relations were further frayed after the revelation in leaked US diplomatic cables that Fatah had urged Israel to attack Hamas in 2007.  (*)

Kremlin says Palestinian leadership should take into account HAMAS position

PHOTO FILE : Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal leaves the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters after meeting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow February 8, 2010

MOSCOW, January 17 (KATAKAMI.COM / Itar-Tass) –The Palestinian Authority should take into account the position of HAMAS, presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said.

He believes that the Middle East conflict can be resolved “through political dialogue and by taking into account the position of HAMAS.”

“We think it necessary to take into account the real situation because HAMAS is a real political force, and everyone should heed them, at least to the degree to which they reflect the opinion of their voters,” the aide said ahead of President Dmitry Medvedev’s upcoming visit to the Palestinian Authority slated for January 18.  (*)

Hamas leader promises to rebuild all Gaza houses

PHOTO FILE : Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh gives a speech to Palestinians and international peace activists inside al-Garbi mosque at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City October 22, 2010. Hundreds of international peace activists arrived in Gaza on Thursday in a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies, to show solidarity with Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip, an official in the convoy said. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

RAMALLAH, Jan. 17 (KATAKAMI.COM / Xinhua) — Hamas will rebuild all houses that were destroyed or damaged during Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip two years ago, its leader in Gaza announced Sunday.

“We have got the money to complete the first phase of the project and we will lay the cornerstone within 48 hours,” said Ismail Haneya, the deposed premier of Hamas’ government.

Haneya made his announcement during a conference in Gaza City. He did not reveal where his government got the money from.

In March 2009, international donors, meeting in the Red Sea Egyptian resort of Sharm Al-Sheikh, pledged more than 4 billion U. S. dollars to rebuild houses and infrastructure that was destroyed in Israel’s three-week offensive in the winter of 2008-09.

However, the international projects could not begin because the international community doesn’t deal with Hamas.

Pledging that the project will include “every destroyed house,” Haneya added that the reconstruction “is a clear message to everybody who bet on the fall” of the Islamic movement which seized Gaza by force in 2007.

The Israeli assault, codenamed Operation Cast Lead, left some 1, 400 Palestinians dead and destroyed thousands of structures, most of them houses.

Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in 2006, tightened its grip on Gaza after it routed security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and ousted his Fatah party, leaving the Palestinian National Authority confined to the West Bank.  (*)

PM Ismail Haniyeh : Israel fire divine strike from Allah

Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh participates in a special prayer for rain in Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. (Getty Images/ AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)



Gaza City, Dec 5 (KATAKAMI / NEWKERALA.COM) — The de-facto Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya said Sunday that the massive forest fire in northern Israel was a “strike from Allah”.

Commenting on the fire in Israel, which killed 41 Israelis and burnt more than 50 square km of forest, Hamas’ Haniya told reporters as he joined emergency prayers in Gaza City to ask for rain that “those fires are divine strikes for what they (Israel) did”.

He expressed hope rain would fall in the Palestinian territories struck by an unprecedented dry season.

Meanwhile a prominent Israeli spiritual leader and the guru of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, said in his weekly sermon late Saturday that according to the Talmud, fires erupt only in places where the Sabbath is desecrated.

He called the fire on Haifa’s Carmel Hill terrible, but argued it proved the need to return to Judaism and observe the Sabbath.

Shas is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s third-largest coalition partner and while Yosef is not a cabinet member, Shas ministers usually consult with the rabbi before taking any major decisions.  (*)


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