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Gunmen kill Palestinian worker in Qalansuwa

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Gunmen have killed a Palestinian worker in the town of Qalansuwa in the occupied territories.
plfkillAbd al-Azim al-Wadiya, the head of the village council of Qusra in the Nablus district, where the victim was from, said that the incident occurred on Saturday when three gunmen opened fire on a workers’ apartment in the Arab town.
Kathem Ramadan Sami Odeh, 25, lost his life after three bullets hit him in the stomach and the neck, Wadiya said.
He added that other workers in the apartment managed to escape the attack.
The motives behind the shooting remain unclear.
Odeh’s body has been transferred to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, Wadiya said.
Israeli police have made no comment on the incident.

Palestine not to recognize Jewish state: Abbas

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The president of the Palestinian national unity government says Palestinians cannot and will not recognize Israel as a "Jewish state".
plfyo08Palestinians "cannot recognize a Jewish state. We will stand against this enterprise, not out of obstinacy, but because it contradicts our interests,” Mahmud Abbas said an interview with the Egyptian daily Akhbar Al-Yawm.
He further said that there are six million “Palestinian refugees”, including himself, who’ve become homeless since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1948.
The recognition of a Jewish state contradicts the Palestinians’ interests by “preventing the return of the Palestinian refugees,” Abbas added.
Abbas further said in the interview that Israelis are too difficult a partner to negotiate with because they are not interested in "peace".
"Working with Israel is very difficult, if not impossible. We are conducting mutual relations with people who don't believe in peace. You ask for peace, and they do not want it...,” he said
The president of the Palestinian national unity government also reiterated the Palestinians’ call for an independent state based on the pre-1967 boundaries and an end to the Israel occupation.
"We want a state in the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, and we want to [set] a date to end the occupation. That is all we want. If Israel agrees to this now, we will go to negotiations. [But] they use deception and excel at media fraud,” Abbas said.
In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem Al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip. However, Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.On May 17, 2014, almost all countries in the United Nations voted in favor of Resolution 58/292 stipulating that the borders of a Palestinian state should be based on the pre-1967 borders.
"If we cannot get what we want, there are other steps [we can take]. The first step is joining many international organizations, such as the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice,” Abbas further said, adding, “There are 520 international organizations, and [joining them] will surely bother everyone. If there is an appeal to the ICC, and a Palestinian files a lawsuit against an Israeli, they [the Israelis] get scared, because they are wanted and cannot travel."
Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of East Jerusalem Al-Quds.

Netanyahu plays with fire in al-Aqsa: Meshaal

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The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the recent rise of violence in the occupied territories.
plstoday3“Netanyahu is playing with fire when he allows members of his government, the Knesset, and the extremists to repeatedly storm the al-Aqsa Mosque - that’s dangerous,” Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal said in a Thursday interview with Sky News.
Meshaal added that “the action of the occupation targeting the Islamic and the Christian Holy sites, in Jerusalem (al-Quds) and Palestine, and specifically the al-Aqsa Mosque, brings about the angry Palestinian reaction.”
He said the resistance of Palestinians against the Israeli regime “is a national fight, but Netanyahu is turning it into a religious fight. He bears responsibility for the consequences of what is happening.”
“The al-Aqsa Mosque is for the Muslims. The Muslims were blocked from praying there. The soldiers and the police and the right-wing extremists were allowed to storm in with their shoes, into the sanctuary of the mosque — this is playing with fire.”
Over the past weeks, the al-Aqsa Mosque has been the scene of clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli settlers and troops.
The al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, a Palestinian non-governmental organization, has said in a recent report that nearly 14,000 Israelis, most of them extremist settlers, have forced their way into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds since the beginning of 2014.
Israel has over the past decades tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Israeli troops arrest 13 Palestinians across West Bank

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Israeli forces have abducted more than a dozen Palestinian people in overnight operations on a number of houses across the occupied West Bank.
plftoday1According to the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Israeli troops stormed the Palestinian town of Tuqu’, located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) southeast of Bethlehem, late on Wednesday, and detained six people.
A Palestinian was arrested in the town of Beit Fajjar, situated eight kilometers (about five miles) south of Bethlehem, while an 18-year-old Palestinian, identified as Abd al-Rahman Naim Abd al-Rahman, was detained in the village of Deir Abu Mash’al, located 24 kilometers (15 miles) west of Ramallah.
Israeli soldiers also seized five Palestinians during operation across East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The Palestinian Prisoners Society recently said Israel arrested as many as 549 Palestinians from East al-Quds and the occupied West Bank in November.
The NGO further delineated that the Tel Aviv regime’s arrests included 120 Palestinians from al-Khalil, 43 from Ramallah and al-Bireh, 34 from Bethlehem, 30 from Nablus, and 26 from Jenin.
It added that most of a group of 233 detainees from East al-Quds were minors who were released later. It added that the released minors were subsequently forced to pay fines or were put under house arrest.  
According to latest reports, there are over 7,000 Palestinians in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps. Among Palestinian prisoners behind Israeli bars, there are 18 women, 250 children, 1,500 sick detainees, who are mostly in a critical condition, and 540 Palestinians held under administrative detention without any trial.

UN raps Israel over demolition of Palestinian houses

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The United Nations has censured the Israeli regime for demolishing Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank, calling it a violation of the most basic human rights.
plf1205The demolition of homes as a “punitive” measure against Palestinians runs counter to international laws and must stop, UN Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley told a press conference on Thursday.
The Israeli regime routinely demolishes the houses of those Palestinians whom it accuses of being involved in attacks against Israelis.
Rawley said, “Punitive demolitions are a form of collective penalty that punishes people for acts they did not commit. They render innocent people homeless. The impact on children, women and the elderly is particularly devastating.”
“Punitive demolitions must stop. They contravene international law and risk undermining the already fragile situation. Human rights violations are not only a symptom of the continued conflict here; they contribute to it,” he added.
In November, the Israeli regime ordered the destruction of the houses of two Palestinians who Tel Aviv claimed had carried out attacks against Israelis in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
According to reports, 34 Palestinians, including 16 children, have lost their homes as a result of Israeli demolitions from June to November this year.

Unity government’s mandate to expire this week: Hamas

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The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says that the mandate of the national unity government,
established in June, with the rival Fattah group will expire this week.

hms d 1Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told a news briefing in Gaza City on Sunday that the national consensus government declared six months ago will end on December 2, adding that talks should take place regarding a future government.
Earlier in April, the two Palestinian factions signed an agreement to end years of rivalry and form a unity government. The new cabinet of the Palestinian unity government was sworn in on June 2.
Abu Zuhri said that any decision on either extending the mandate or forming a new government must be made through national dialogue and consensus.
“We should agree on the coming period either by extending the mandate for this government or look for forming a new government,” he said.
“Therefore we need to continue our debates and discussions concerning the future. So keeping this government or reshuffling it should go through dialogue, discussion and consensus,” Abu Zuhri added.
He said that Hamas “isn’t interested in incitement, but rather seeks to maintain national unity.”
Abu Zuhri also censured the arrests of dozens of Hamas supporters by Fattah security sources in the West Bank.
Meanwhile, Faisal Abu Shahla, a senior Fattah official, denied that the unity government was meant to last only six months, adding "What we agreed in June is to form a government and after six month is to hold the elections.”

Gaza keeps suffering from extreme weather, flooding

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The Gaza Strip has witnessed extreme weather and severe flooding over the past several days, 
People in some neighborhoods have been forced to leave their homes due to the floods triggered by poor infrastructure, which was damaged in Israel’s latest war on the besieged strip.
floodgaaThe flooding has forced residents in the Nafaq neighborhood to stay indoors, waiting for emergency aid.
“It happened last year, and it's happening again now. The water level has exceeded two and a half meters and flooded into my home. We had to stay on the second floor after our apartment was completely flooded. We will lose our home this way,” an affected Gaza resident told 
Gazan authorities have rushed to deal with the crisis, with repair operations underway to enhance the capacity of drainage systems.
The devastating floods have already badly affected Gazans, with prices of their homes sharply decreasing. “Nobody is interested in this land as water floods destroyed the farmlands. I had to evacuate and rent a home in a different neighborhood. This is unfair,” another Gaza resident said.
The flooding has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza caused by the Israeli blockade and the unprecedented destruction from the regime’s brutal war.
More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the recent Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which started on July 8 and ended 50 days later.
Major parts of infrastructure from roads to sewage treatment plants were also seriously damaged in the Israeli assaults. However, Gaza’s reconstruction has yet to begin three months after the war.
The strip has been under Israel's crippling siege since 2007.

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian man north of the Gaza Strip

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A Palestinian man has been shot and injured by Israeli forces in the Palestinian town of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip.


Israel’s latest violation of a truce deal with Palestinians came just hours after Israeli forces fired upon Palestinian homes and properties near the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday.

Israeli forces stationed near the Kissufim military base fired upon Palestinian homes just after midnight and again in the morning, witnesses said.

On Thursday, an Israeli tank fired into the eastern Gaza Strip. Tel Aviv claims that the indecent was in response to Palestinians opening fire on an Israeli military vehicle.

On Sunday, Israeli military forces shot dead a young Palestinian man north of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Fadil Muhammad Halawah was the first Palestinian to be killed in the Gaza Strip by Israel since a truce agreement was signed in late August.

The truce agreement was signed on August 26, following indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The truce ended the Israeli military’s recent 51-day onslaught against the Gaza Strip, which killed nearly 2,140 Palestinians and injured thousands of others.

Meanwhile, the occupied West Bank has been the scene of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces over the regime’s recent desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque as well as Israel’s new settlement construction plans.

Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds (Jerusalem) over the past decades by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.

The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Israel abducts dozen Palestinians across West Bank

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Israeli forces have abducted at least a dozen Palestinian people in overnight operations on a number of houses across the occupied West Bank.
IS ARSTAccording to reports on Wednesday, the Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians, including a young woman, in the East al-Quds neighborhood of al-Tur.
In a similar incident, the Israeli forces raided the village of Wadi Fukin, west of Bethlehem, and kidnapped thee young Palestinians.
Three more Palestinians were also abducted by Israeli forces in al-Fawwar refugee camp, to the north of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), situated 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of al-Quds.
Israeli forces also arrested two Palestinians in Ramallah, in the central West Bank.
Tel Aviv has cited no reason for the move. 
On November 23, Israeli forces have arrested at least eleven Palestinians in overnight operations on a number of Palestinian houses across the occupied West Bank.
On September 26, the Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies said Israel was holding 540 Palestinians without trial, showing an increase in the number of these cases over the past six years.
The Palestinian human rights organization added that the number of the Palestinians in Israeli administrative detention is the highest since 2008.
According to the group, Israel has used the detention policy for scores of Palestinians arrested since June, following the disappearance and deaths of three Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
Tensions have been running high in East al-Quds since November 18, when at least four Israelis and two Palestinians were killed in an attack on a synagogue there.

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