Saturday, July 26, 2014

Gaza ceasefire takes hold - in pictures

As a temporary 12-hour ceasefire comes into force in Gaza, Palestinians take to the ruined streets to survey the damage to their homes, find missing loved ones and locate scarce supplies
Palestinians walk across the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City.
Palestinians walk through rubble in the Shujai'iya residential neighbourhood of Gaza City. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
Palestinians carry a body of a man found under the rubble of a destroyed house during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighbourhood.
Palestinians carry the body of a man found buried in the rubblein the Shujai'iya neighbourhood of Gaza City. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP
A Palestinian woman looks at the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Shejaiya district of Gaza City.
A Palestinian woman shows her defiance amid the rubble in the Shujai'iya neighbourhood of Gaza City. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
A Palestinian man walks with a mattress rolled on his back while leaving the northern district of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian man carries a mattress as he leaves the northern Gaza district of Beit Hanoun. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
Palestinians inspect destroyed houses in the Shejaia neighbourhood of Gaza City.
Palestinians inspect destroyed houses in the Shujai'iya neighbourhood of Gaza City. Photograph: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/Corbis
A Palestinian man walks past a unexploded tank shell while walking back towards the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian man walks past an unexploded tank shell in the northern Gaza district of Beit Hanoun. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
A Palestinian woman chants slogans in support of Palestinian fighters as she stands next to her destroyed house in Beit Hanoun town.
A woman chants slogans in support of Palestinian fighters in front of her destroyed home in Beit Hanoun. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters
Rescue workers look on as a father grieves over the body of his son after it was removed from under the rubble of his home in Beit Hanun.
A father grieves over his son's body after it was removed from under the rubble of his home in Beit Hanoun. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images
A Palestinian woman looks at a shrapnel-scarred wall at the hospital in Beit Hanoun town.
A Palestinian woman looks at a wall damaged by shrapnel at Beit Hanoun hospital. Photograph: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
Palestinians hug each other after seeing their homes destroyed, during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood.
Palestinians console each other after finding their homes in the Shujai'iya neighbourhood of Gaza City destroyed. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP
A Palestinian girl looks on as her family salvage belongings found in the rubble of their destroyed house, during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighbourhood.
A Palestinian family salvage belongings in the Shujai'iya neighbourhood of Gaza City. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP

Friday, July 25, 2014

Middle East explodes into protest as Israeli onslaught on Gaza fuels anger

A protester holds a Palestinian flag at a barricade of burning tyres in clashes with Israeli troops
A protester holds a Palestinian flag at a barricade of burning tyres during clashes with Israeli troops at the Qalandiya checkpoint. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Ramallah doctor says 'We have seen this before but not since the intifada' as hospital treats 250 injured with gunshot wounds
On his 17th birthday, instead of celebrating at home with his family, Mohammed al-Araj made the fateful decision to join thousands of others on the West Bank in a protest over spiralling civilian deaths in Gaza, 50 miles away. As the violence that has consumed that tiny strip of land for the past 18 days ignited in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Araj met his own premature and brutal end.
The young chef from Darna, one of Ramallah's best known restaurants, was shot dead in clashes between protesters and Israeli forces at the notorious Qalandiya checkpoint. At his funeral on Friday, squeezed between the noon prayers and the start of more confrontations, a family friend said he had seen Araj's body in the morgue. "No one could recognise him – the bullet had destroyed his face," said Raja Hananiya, 37, adding that he was "a nice boy, always smiling and joking".
Outside the Qalandiya refugee camp, where Araj was buried on the final Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, fresh tyres for burning had been placed on the main road leading to the checkpoint amid rubble, broken glass, scorched debris and the spent live ammunition cases from the night before.
By mid-afternoon, at least five more Palestinians had been killed, bringing the death toll to seven, and Ramallah's public hospital, already reeling from the 250 or so injured people who were brought in on Thursday night, was braced for a fresh influx.
Nearly all the injuries were gunshot wounds to the head, chest, stomach and limbs, and four or five people were still in intensive care, said a doctor in the hospital's emergency department, who was not authorised to speak to the media. "Ambulances were coming every minute. We have seen this before but not since the intifada," he said, referring to the Palestinian uprising from 2000 to 2005.
Thursday night's protest against the Israeli military onslaught in Gazaand the rising civilian death toll was the largest seen in the West Bank since the second intifada, with estimates varying from 10,000 to 25,000. Unusually, women, children and the elderly joined the march from Ramallah to Qalandiya, where some tried to breach the heavily manned checkpoint in an effort to reach Jerusalem.
"We went to show solidarity with the people of Gaza," said Mahmoud Amar, 27. "We are very angry about what's happening in Gaza –specifically the shelling of the [UN] school, and the killing of civilians in general."
But, according to Amar and others, the protest also reflected the mounting frustration of Palestinians in the West Bank over the continued Israeli occupation and diminishing hopes for a Palestinian state. "People are exploding," said Amar.
The gym trainer said he had no political affiliation, but support for Hamas was "up about 200%". The militant group's resistance to Israel's military campaign "is giving us a boost, bringing pride and dignity to our people," he said, adding that he would join protests again "today and everyday".
As Araj's body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag and adorned with flowers, was carried aloft from the mosque to the cemetery, Mohammed Assaf, 15, struggled with crutches and a bandaged leg to keep up with the crowd.
He had been throwing stones at soldiers at the checkpoint when they opened fire with live ammunition. A bullet fragment struck his leg. "Everybody joined the protest. There was no one left in the camp," he said. "Hamas are heroes."
On Friday, four Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, and a fifth appeared to have been shot dead by a settler.
Two, aged 21 and 22, were shot during a protest in the village of Hawara near Nablus in the north of the West Bank, said Mazen al-Hammouz, director of the city's Rafidiyeh hospital. Another three, one aged 47 and another 27, were shot in Beit Omar, near the city of Hebron, in the south.
In Iran, hundreds of thousands of people took part in nationwide rallies in solidarity with Palestinians. Images showed demonstrators holding banners, such as one reading "Stop killing babies in Gaza." A group of demonstrators set fire to Israeli flags and carried effigies of Israeli and American politicians.
Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, was among many senior officials who participated in rallies.
Earlier in the week a group of prominent opposition activists in Iran, many of whom have endured lengthy jail terms in recent years, protested in support of Gaza in front of the UN offices in Tehran. The celebrated film-maker Jafar Panahi was among them.
Iran's Nobel peace prize laureate, Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and human rights activist who currently lives in exile, also expressed serious concerns.
"Deliberate targeting of civilian areas by anyone is a violation of international law," she said in a joint statement signed by other female Nobel laureates. "Israel's continuing collective punishment of the Palestinian people because of its ongoing war of attrition against Hamas is a war crime."
About 2,000 people protested in Jordan's capital, Amman, after Friday prayers, chanting: "We sacrifice our blood and souls for you, Gaza" and "Bomb and destroy Tel Aviv". Protests were held in the northern cities of Zarqa and Irbid as well as in the south, in Karak.
Back in the Ramallah hospital, extra medical staff had been called in and operating theatres prepared for another night of violence. "We are ready," said the young emergency doctor as another ambulance screeched to a halt outside with its siren blaring.

Gaza crisis: Deadly force used on West Bank protesters as barrage of Gaza continues - live

The Guardian

".....A UN team had to cut short a visit to the scene of Thursday's attack on a school in Beit Hanoun when it encountered gunfire, UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness says in a statement. The Israeli army had been notified of the mission in advance, he says:

At 1400 today an UNRWA team which included an international weapons expert went to the school at Beit Hanoun which came under attack yesterday causing multiple deaths and injury. The aim of the visit to the site was to survey the scene in the aftermath of the incident. The Israeli army had been notified in advance about the composition of the team, the time and purpose of the visit. The mission had to be cut short and the team was forced to leave the area after gunfire around the school. UNRWA regrets not being able complete even this initial assessment. We will attempt to visit the site when the situation allows. We again underline our call for an immediate and comprehensive investigation......"

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Thrid Intifada in progress Middle East Monitor

Sharif Abdel Kouddous: In Gaza, Unrelenting Israeli Assault Causes "Grave Humanitarian Crisis"

Democracy Now!

"Amidst talk of a potential ceasefire, the Palestinian death toll has passed 815 in Israel’s relentless bombings of the Gaza Strip. On Thursday, at least 16 civilians died and more than 200 were wounded when a United Nations shelter was bombed in the Gazan area of Beit Hanoun. Palestinian officials have blamed Israeli tank shelling, while Israel has suggested militant rockets were at fault. Reporting from Gaza City, Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous describes visiting the morgue where bodies are being taken, as well as a children’s hospital in northern Gaza that was severely damaged Thursday in a nearby air strike. "If the ceasefire falls apart, then we can only imagine that an escalation of the ground offensive — that’s what Israel has declared — will be in the cards," Kouddous says. "We are looking at a very grave humanitarian crisis."..."

"No Safe Place": After Deadly Attack on Gaza School, U.N. Warns 150,000 Seeking Shelter Are at Risk

Democracy Now!

"At least 16 people were killed and more than 200 injured Thursday when a school used as a United Nations shelter came under fire in Gaza. Palestinian families displaced by the assault had reportedly gathered to move to a safer area when the school was hit. Palestinian officials have blamed Israeli tank shelling, while Israel has suggested militant rockets were at fault. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has declined to directly accuse Israel, but says it gave the school’s coordinates to the Israeli army numerous times. "Within Gaza, there is no safe place," says Christopher Gunness,UNRWA spokesperson. "If the parties to this conflict have shown themselves callous enough to be able to hit a clearly designated, clearly marked U.N. compound where hundreds of people have come to take sanctuary, we cannot guarantee anymore the safety of our installations." Gunness says the number of people now seeking shelter amidst the violence has swelled to 150,000....."

Turning Point? Largest West Bank Protest in Decades Raises Spectre of a 3rd Intifada

Democracy Now!

"Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip has triggered the largest West Bank protest in years, with more than 15,000 people people marching Thursday from Ramallah towards Jerusalem. Two Palestinians were killed and more than 200 were wounded when Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition. We go to the West Bank to speak to journalist Amira Hass, Ha’aretz correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories. "There were whole families, and women and men, traditional and modern, and middle class and workers. Everybody went very determined to show that this is enough," Hass says....."

Doctor: After "Losing Everything," Gazans Cling to Hope That Conflict Will End Crippling Siege

Democracy Now!

"We are joined from Gaza City by Dr. Belal Dabour of Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza. Dabour describes how Shifa has been stretched beyond capacity since the Israeli military assault began on July 8, struggling to treat thousands of victims amidst frequent power cuts and outdated equipment. He also discusses the hopes of his Gazan patients that the current conflict will bring an end to Israel’s eight-year siege. "After eight years, life has become intolerable," Dabour says. "People have no hope. They feel that the horizon for any prosperous future is [impossible] until the siege is lifted."...."

Israeli universities lend support to Gaza massacre


A Palestinian child wounded in an Israeli strike on a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, receives treatment at Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, 24 July.
 (Ali Jadallah / APA images)
Two leading Israeli academic institutions are offering strong support for Israel’s ongoingmassacre in Gaza.
Tel Aviv University is giving students who serve in the attack on Gaza one year of free tuition.
“Tel Aviv University embraces and supports all the security forces who are working to restore quiet and security to Israel, including its students and employees called up to reserve duty,” the institution says in 24 July statement on its official website.
The context for the university’s declaration “is that there a witch hunt against Palestinian students [who are citizens of Israel] and others who are posting in social media against the Israeli occupation forces attack on Gaza,” Nadim Nashif, director of Baladna – the Association for Arab Youth, told The Electronic Intifada.
The university “wouldn’t say directly” that their statement is aimed at such dissenters, Nashif added, “but for people here it clear.”
The university statement continues:
Tel Aviv University absolutely condemns and denounces the hurtful and extreme statements being circulated nowadays over social media – statements that have no place in the public discourse. The university will take action in accordance with its disciplinary regulations, which are applicable to students and employees, in the any event of any infraction.
It is signed “In hope for quieter days.”
Meanwhile, Tel Aviv University announced that it would be providing students called up to serve in Gaza one year’s free tuition and the scholarships would be funded by “private donors” and “friends of the university.”
Tel Aviv university president Joseph Klafter expressed his “appreciation” for students who went to serve in the army and said “Tel Aviv University has contributed and still contributes greatly to national security.”


Tel Aviv University waves the flag for the massacre in Gaza
Israeli attacks killed at least 26 Palestinians since midnight, Friday, including 45-year-old Salah Ahmad Abu Hasanin and his three sons Abd al-Aziz, 15, Hadi, 12, and nine-year-old Abd al-Hadi, Ma’an News Agency reported.
Israel’s latest killings brought to at least 825 the number of Palestinians killed in 18 consecutive days of Israeli bombardment.
At least 170 of the dead are childen.
More than 5,240 people have been injured and nearly 150,000 are desperately seeking shelter.
On Thursday, at least 17 people died when Israel shelled a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip where hundreds of diplaced persons were sheltering.

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Collecting goods for the troops

Meanwhile, a notice circulated at Hebrew University announces a collection for goods including hygiene products, snacks and cigarettes “for the soldiers at the front according to the demand reported by the IDF [Israeli army] units.”
The notice, signed by the university along with its academic staff committee and the official student union, says “we have opened collection centers on all four campuses.”
copy of the notice was posted to Facebook by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
These are examples of the kind of brazen complicity in Israel’s violence against Palestinians that has led Palestinians to call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

4 شهداء وإصابات خطيرة في مواجهات في الخليل ونابلس ورام الله

تاريخ النشر: 25/07/2014 - آخر تحديث: 17:00
استشهد 4 شبان فلسطينيين، ظهر اليوم الجمعة، برصاص الاحتلال والمستوطنين في بلدة بيت أمر شمال الخليل، وحوارة جنوب نابلس.
وقالت مصادر فلسطينية في الخليل إن هاشم خضر أبو ماريا (47 عاما) استشهد إثر إصابته بالرصاص الحي في صدره خلال المواجهات التي اندلعت في بلدة بيت أمر بين الشبان وقوات الاحتلال، عقب صلاة الجمعة، كما أصيب 10 شبان على الأقل بالرصاص الحي والرصاص المطاطي.
كما استشهاد الشاب سلطان الزعاقيق (30 عاما) برصاص الاحتلال في بيت أمر أيضا.
يشار إلى أن هاشم أبو ماريا يعمل موظفا في الحركة العالمية للدفاع عن حقوق الأطفال فرع فلسطين.
وفي مدينة نابلس استشهد شابان، سقط أحدهما برصاص مستوطنة، في حين الثاني برصاص جنود الاحتلال الاسرائيلي في قرية حواره جنوب نابلس.
وأعلنت المصادر الطبية الفلسطينية استشهاد الشاب خالد عزيمي (18 عاما) إثر إصابته برصاص مستوطنة في صدره بعد ظهر اليوم، التي أطلقت النار على المتظاهرين تضامنا مع غزة.
كما واستشهد الشاب طيب محمد أبو شحاده (22 عاما) برصاص قوات الاحتلال في مواجهات اندلعت في القرية عقب استشهاد عزيمي.
يشار إلى أنه قد أصيب 4 شبان برصاص مستوطنة في حوارة.
إلى ذلك، أصيب 5 شبان بالرصاص الحي، وصفت إصابة أحدهم بالخطيرة، وذلك في المواجهات التي اندلعت ظهر اليوم الجمعة، قرب مستوطنة "بيت إيل"، المقامة على أراضي شمال البيرة.
وكانت مسيرة جماهيرية انطلقت من أمام مسجد جمال عبد الناصر في البيرة، بدعوة من حركة حماس، وجابت شوارع البيرة وتوجهت نحو منطقة البالوع، واشتبكت مع قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي المتواجدة بكثافة في مستوطنة "بيت إيل"، حيث تتواجد ما تسمى الإدارة المدنية الإسرائيلية.
وأطلقت قوات الاحتلال الرصاص الحي بغزارة نحو الشبان المتواجدين في المسيرة، فأصابت 5 منهم، جراح أحدهم خطيرة جراء إصابته بالرصاص الحي في الرأس.
وألقى الشبان الحجارة والزجاجات الفارغة والحارقة والألعاب النارية نحو قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، كما أشعل الشبان الإطارات في المكان.
ويرتفع بذلك عدد الشهداء في الضفة الغربية منذ بدء الهجوم البري على قطاع غزة إلى 8 شهداء، في حين أصيب المئات برصاص الاحتلال في المواجهات.

Real News: No Safe Place in Gaza: How Silence Encouraged a Genocide

Yousef Al-Helou: As the Israeli military offensive on Gaza entered its third week, there's been more horrific mass killings committed because of indiscriminate Israeli tank shelling and bombardment throughout the besieged Gaza Strip.

As the Israeli military offensive on Gaza entered its third week, there's been more horrific mass killings committed because of indiscriminate Israeli tank shelling and bombardment throughout the besieged Gaza Strip.
After the massacres in Shujaeyyah and Khoza, now the supposedly safe United Nations-run schools have also become targets. A school in the northern Gaza strip town of Beit Hanon, which sheltered hundreds of displaced people who thought they would be safe on United Nations-controlled premise, came under Israeli fire. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least thirteen civilians were killed and more than 200 were injured. UNRWA spokesman said that his agency was not warned.
A wittiness interviewed by a local radio station said that her two daughters needed amputations after the shelling.
“We were not warned before the attack, we do not know whether the school was targeted by shells, fired by tanks or artillery. I can confirm that most of those who were in the school were old men, women and children. Previously we have asked the Israeli army to grant us more time to evacuate people and our staff but our request was declined,“ said Adnan Abu Hasna.
Currently, more than 300,000 Palestinians are internally displaced, of that group about 120,000 of them are seeking shelter at UN schools. 77 of UNRWA’s schools have been damaged so far.
The attack on the school, took us back to the sad memories of the 2008-2009 offensive, when a UN-run school was shelled with white phosphorus bombs which led to the killing of scores of Palestinians
Both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad resistance movements have denounced what they called an "ugly bloody crime" and said that this heinous deliberate attack will not go unpunished.
Despite the wide scale condemnation and outrage, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fumed over the UN Human Rights Council’s plan to strike up an investigation into Tel Aviv’s human rights violations in the Gaza Strip. The UNHRC’s decision to launch the inquiry was made shortly after its chief, Navi Pillay, said that there is a “strong possibility” that Tel Aviv was violating international law in its military operations against Gaza.
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has expressed deep concern over the shortage of food and water in the Gaza Strip, as Israel continues its offensive in the besieged enclave for the 17th day. Amos said on Thursday that 44% of Gaza has become a no-go area for Palestinians due to the ongoing military operations and residents are facing food shortages.
Abu Abdallah, 52, is a resident of Gaza City who lost members of his family. He said that Palestinians have lost faith in the international community, especially the UN. “Ban Ki-Moon position is very weak. We do not want talks - we need actions.  He is afraid to criticize Israel, and he rushes to the rescue of Israel and ignores our suffering. We are not beggars for food. We want a just solution and to see Israel held accountable for its actions in Gaza."
People are running for cover, and many are going without food or drinking water.  The humanitarian situation is dire and terrible, and public services such as electricity are lacking.
Israel began its offensive on Gaza on the July 8th under the stated goal of halting the retaliatory rocket fire from Gaza and destroying underground tunnels near the border fence, but instead we are seeing entire residential areas being destroyed. For example in Shijaeyyah, thousands of residential homes have been bombed. Hundreds of Palestinians were killed - the vast majority of them being civilians.
Hospitals are overwhelmed with injured civilians, especially children, many of them have had their limbs amputated. Health officials say that some even arrive with deep wounds caused by internationally banned or controversial weapons like DIME, white phosphorus, flechette bombs and gas poisonous bombs.
The ongoing Israeli land and naval blockade has had a disastrous consequences on the people of Gaza. The costal strip’s only gateway to the outside world is through Rafah, a border town under Egyptian control, which remains shut.
“It's a grim feeling when we see the Egyptians keep the crossing closed even during this difficult time. We have had enough humiliation. We really hope one day to have our own seaport and airport to travel to the outside world without the need to cross through Egypt,” said Abu Abdallah.
Scenes of dead bodies and destruction are devastating. People are eagerly awaiting any news of a ceasefire, and of course any good news about the lifting of the siege.
“This war is bloody, the scarcest one we have had, simply because civilians are deliberately killed in their homes, in the street, even in the places which they think could be safe like what happened today at the UN school in Beit Hanon” said Saeed Elian, 33, a father of two.
There have been rallies organized worldwide to condemn the Israeli aggression on Gaza and show solidarity with the Palestinians of Gaza. Some countries such as Brazil have even called their ambassador back from Tel Aviv in protest.  
“The most disappointing thing is the shameful stance of Arab regimes, especially Egypt. The crossing is closed even in the face of delegations and aid conveys destined for Gaza. History will not forgive all those who are complicit and conspire against us in Gaza.”
Gaza’s nearly two million people, especially children, are traumatized. They bear the brunt of Israel’s offensive on Gaza, where safety is nowhere to be found.  Some families have fled the eastern parts of Gaza to the city center, but they were killed in the heart of Gaza assuming it was safer for them.
International pro-Palestine activists in Gaza said that they are inspired by the steadfastness and resilience of the Palestinians. This growing support on part of the freedom loving people shows that this indeed is an awakening, especially in light of the power of social media which has enabled Palestinians to tell their own narrative and correct the distorted image that the mass media projects.
I’m one of those Palestinians who grew up in Gaza, and I did not enjoy my childhood under Israeli military occupation and attacks. Now after 30 years. my children too are going through the same suffering. My house has been targeted like the thousands of other Palestinians throughout Gaza. I’m one of the thousands of Palestinians who has lost family members in this aggression. I've lost many other members in the previous two aggressions in late 2008 and 2012.
This is the third war on Gaza in less than six years, and it will end sooner or later.  A ceasefire will be reached, but these tragic experiences will never cease to exist in our memories.

I did not ask to be a Palestinian, I just got lucky.

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Foreign Press Complain of ‘Intimidation’ by Israel During Gaza War

FPA Complains of Official 'Incitement' Against Press
It’s a tough time to be a foreign correspondent in Israel, covering the ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip. Especially those perceived as working for “unfriendly” foreign media outlets are finding themselves under attack, sometimes literally.
Several reporters have cited intimidation from Israelis, who threaten violence against them if their coverage is not sufficiently pro-Israel, and Israel’s government openly talks about banning certain unfriendly outlets, like al-Jazeera.
The Foreign Press Association issued a statement today condemning the “official and unofficial incitement against journalists” covering the Gaza War, along with the reported Israeli military attack on al-Jazeera’s office in Gaza City.
CNN reporter Diana Magnay, who complained about threats from Israelis in Sderot watching and cheering Israeli airstrikes, was withdrawn from the country by CNN, and “deeply regretted” her complaints about them.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal exclusive interview - BBC News

بشارة: المقاومة تخوض معركة رفع الحصار والضفة على شفى انتفاضة

تاريخ النشر: 25/07/2014 - آخر تحديث: 10:44
توقع المفكر العربي ومدير المركز العربي للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات الدكتور عزمي بشارة أن تنتهي الحرب الإسرائيلية في قطاع غزة بتسويات مؤقتة ترفع الحصار المفروض على أكثر من مليون ونصف مليون مواطن منذ سنوات.
وقال بشارة في حلقة الخميس 24/7/2014 من برنامج "غزة تقاوم" إن أهل ومقاومة غزة يريدون وقفا لإطلاق النار على أساس مطالب الشعب الفلسطيني التي يتصدرها رفع الحصار المفروض على القطاع، ثم التوصل إلى اتفاق عبر مفاوضات تجري بضمانات دولية خلال فترة محددة غير قابلة للتمديد.
وتعليقا على تصريح وزيرة العدل الإسرائيلية تسيبي ليفني بأن إسرائيل تدرس إمكانية وقف إطلاق النار من جانب واحد، قال المفكر العربي إن ذلك لا يلزم المقاومة بشيء.

وأشار إلى أن تصريح ليفني يوضح أن إسرائيل ضاقت ذرعا بالحرب، وأن صمود المقاومة دفع إسرائيل للسعي في وقف إطلاق النار عن طريق مبادرة مصرية لم تستشر فيها الفصائل الفلسطينية.
وأضاف أن على إسرائيل عدم الركون إلى عامل الوقت لأنه ليس في صالحها، مؤكدا أن المقاومة أبدعت حلولا جديدة للتغلب على الحصار المفروض عليها، وأنها استفادت من الثورات العربية.
المبادرة المصرية

وبشأن المبادرة المصرية المطروحة للتهدئة، أكد مدير المركز العربي للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات أنها لم تكن مبادرة، وإنما طرح يهدف لإحراج حركة المقاومة الإسلامية (حماس)، مشددا على أنها "انتهت وفشلت، والتمسك بها يطيل الأزمة".
وأشار بشارة إلى أن المبادرة الحقيقية كانت تقتضي التحرك بنفسها لمعرفة مطالب الفلسطينيين والتفاوض مع جميع الفصائل للتوصل إلى صيغة للتهدئة، وأبدى استغرابه من تحرك مصر من خلال الأمين العام للجامعة العربية نبيل العربي الذي وصفه بأنه ليس موظفا بالخارجية المصرية.
وتمنى قيام العرب بممارسة ضغط جدي لفرض منجزات المقاومة على إسرائيل لرفع المعاناة والحصار المفروض على القطاع من عدة أطراف.
وكشف بشارة عن قيام وزير الخارجية الأميركي جون كيري بطرح أفكار وملاحق لها تتضمن وقف إطلاق النار إلا أنه سحبها، وتوقع أن يكون الوزير الأميركي قد تعرض لضغوط عربية إضافة للضغوط الإسرائيلية.
انتفاضة بالضفة

وعلى الصعيد الميداني، ألمح بشارة إلى أن المزاج العام في الشارع الفلسطيني بكافة أرجاء الضفة الغربية يميل إلى القيام بانتفاضة شعبية، مشيرا إلى أن تنظيم عصيان مدني شامل مدروس في الضفة الغربية تحت قيادة فلسطينية موحدة يمثل مبعث قلق للإسرائيليين.
وقال "أكثر ما يقلق الإسرائيليين هو الانتفاض المدني في الضفة الغربية أثناء عملياتهم العسكرية في غزة".

وفي هذا الصدد، أوضح بشارة أن العالم "لا يتضامن مع الضحايا، وإنما يتضامن مع الضحية التي تقاوم ولا تقبل الظلم بسهولة".
وطالب بوحدة فلسطينية تذهب باتجاه تصعيد انتفاضة في الضفة الغربية والقدس، مؤكدا أن الأجواء الشعبية مهيئة للانتفاضة، وقد أثر ذلك في خطاب السلطة الفلسطينية الذي بدأ في تبني مطالب الشعب الفلسطيني.
وشدد بشارة على فشل إسرائيل إستراتيجيا ومخابراتيا في حربها على غزة، حيث لم تنجح في الوصول إلى "أوكار الإرهاب" كما تسميها، مضيفا أن عمليات الاحتلال أنشأت ظاهرة جديدة تمثلت في دخول المقاومين الأراضي الإسرائيلية للاشتباك مع قوات الاحتلال.
وأوضح أنه في حالة الحرب غير المتكافئة فإن القصف العشوائي يمثل أسوأ السيناريوهات بالنسبة للمقاومة التي تتمنى المواجهة المباشرة، مشيرا إلى أن ذلك ظهر في الخسائر الإسرائيلية منذ بدء الحرب البرية.