ISRAEL: ‘ Government to issue report on Protective Edge in Gaza ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:June.14: The Israeli government is to issue a report on last year’s Gaza offensive on Sunday at 1100 GMT, pre-empting a UN war crimes investigation to be published later this month, Reuters reported.

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“Whoever wants to know the truth, let them read this report. Whoever wants to continue with baseless blaming of the state of Israel, let them waste time reading the report by the UN commission,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet, as cited by Reuters.

Israeli’s two-month Operation Protective Edge took the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, while in Israel 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

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ISRAEL: ‘ Palestinian Killed in Jenin Refugee Camp in Special Forces Raid ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:June.10: A 21-year-old Palestinian has been killed in an Israeli raid in the West Bank town of Jenin, AP reported. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said special forces raided a refugee camp in Jenin early on Wednesday.

They saw a man preparing to throw an explosive device at them, and an Israeli soldier opened fire, she said. The suspect, who dropped the explosive, was reportedly injured as it detonated.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to Palestinian officials.

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SYRIA: ‘ Muslims Defy ISIL & Open New Mosque Named After Virgin Mary ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SYRIA:June.07: Muslims in the Syrian city of Tartous have inaugurated a mosque named after the Virgin Mary, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported. Observers called the opening a symbol of peace and religious tolerance between the country’s multiethnic, multi-confessional society.

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Muslims defy ISIL and open new Mosque ‘

 Speaking at the inauguration, Syrian Minister of Religious Endowments Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed noted that this was the first time in the Muslim world when a mosque has been named after the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. He added that the mosque embodies calls for amenity and fraternity between Syrians of all faiths.

Al-Sayyed noted that Syria is one of the places where Islamic culture and architecture originated, adding that Syrians of all confessions deplore and condemn the barbarity with which ultra-extremists from ISIL and other terrorist groups operating inside Syria demolish and deface places of worship.

Tartous and Lattakia Maronite Patriarchate representative Antoine Deeb noted that the symbolic gesture of naming the Mosque after Mary shows that Islam and Christianity share the messages of peace and love.

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‘ Israel Agrees Extension to Ceasefire in Gaza to Evacuate the Wounded ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 20 – Israel has extended the ceasefire in Gaza by another hour after fighting resumed in Gaza, less than one hour after a humanitarian truce was agreed by Israel and Hamas to allow the evacuation of wounded from the area.

The announcement was made by the Israeli Defense Force. Earlier, the country’s military said its forces were shot at shortly after the two-hour truce began.

“The agreement to implement a ceasefire was ended because of Hamas who started shooting at our soldiers. We had to answer back,” said an Israeli army source.

Hamas is yet to comment on Israeli allegations that it had breached the ceasefire.

Though we agreed to the Red Cross‘ request for a cease-fire in Shuja’iya until 15:30, Hamas has not stopped shooting from Shuja’iya.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 20, 2014

At least 87 Palestinians were killed on Sunday as the Israeli Defense Forces shelled the Shejaia district in the north-east of Gaza.

The casualties are the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on July 8.

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‘ South American Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia Call IDF’s Incursion of Gaza Genocide ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 20 – The presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia have decried the IDF’s incursion into Gaza as genocide and called for the UN to condemn Israel. President Nicolas Maduro likened the latest operation, which has claimed over 350 lives, to an “extermination.”

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Venezuela called for an emergency session of the UN’s Human Rights Council to address Israel’s ongoing military incursion in Gaza, on Saturday. The South American nation’s government reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and warned the Israel had “initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys.” 

“President Nicolas Maduro has instructed the Ambassador to the UN Jorge Valera to call for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council,” said an official statement on Saturday, adding the UN should address the “systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations.” 

Venezuela has been a staunch supporter of Palestinian statehood, with the previous president, the late Hugo Chavez, severing relations with Israel after he compared its 2009 military incursion into Gaza to the Holocaust.

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' Protective Edge Day 12 Red Cross Calls for Three Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire '

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – Sunday, July 20 2014

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The Red Cross has called for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, Israeli officials confirmed to Haaretz. Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri says Hamas has already agreed to the ceasefire, but claims Israel has refused the request. There has been no official response from Israel as of yet.

 

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Israeli shelling of Shejaia neighborhood in the Gaza Strip on Sunday resulted in killing at least 40 Palestinians, a medical official told Reuters.

“Forty martyrs have been counted so far and bodies were picked up. Medics are searching for possibly more casualties,” the director of Gaza’s Shifa hospital, Naser Tattar, said, adding that about 400 people were wounded in the Israeli attack.

 

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A Palestinian cameraman and a paramedic have been killed in violence in North Gaza, AFP reports, citing medics.

 

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The death toll in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza City has risen to 20 and dozens have been wounded, reports Haaretz.

 

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Hamas has launched an ambush on an IDF armoured personnel carrier and a tank close to Gaza City, reports Haaretz, citing Hamas sources. According to the reports, Hamas fighters opened fire on the vehicles with antitank missiles and explosives.

 

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Israeli bombardments killed at least 12 people in Gaza on Sunday, medics said, Arab News reports, bringing the toll in a 13-day long campaign to 355 Palestinians, and five Israelis, including two civilians.

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IDF says its goal remains to strike a blow to Hamas’ capabilities so“that the citizens of Israel can live in safety and security.”

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IDF says it is expanding its ground offensive against the Palestinians as Operation Edge enters its 13th day.

“This evening, the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge expands, as additional forces join the effort to combat terror in the Gaza Strip and establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security,” the army said in a statement.

 

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At least five soldiers were wounded in the military operation in Gaza and have been hospitalized, Israeli media reports. One of the soldiers appears to be in critical condition while others suffered moderate injuries.

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An Israeli airstrike on the home of Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayyah killed three members of his family and a neighbour, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said. The Hamas leader was not home when the airstrike occurred.

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In the last 48 hours the IDF has targeted 500 sites in Gaza city with 2,500 targets in the entire Strip. Thirteen tunnels have been discovered, five of which lead into Israel. Another 34 tunnel openings have been uncovered. Thirteen terrorist suspects have been arrested, Jpost reports.

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‘ Protective Edge Israel’s Military Incursion ‘

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#AceWorldNews – 17 July – A ground operation in the Gaza Strip has been launched by Tel Aviv following more than a week of Hamas shelling the country and the IDF responding with air strikes. Over 200 Palestinians and one Israeli have died in the violence.

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Palestinian radicals in Gaza have fired at Tel Aviv for a second time today. The Iron Dome system shot down two rockets over the city this evening, reported the press office of the Israeli army.

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Egypt has renewed its call for a truce in the region. Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, speaking at a news conference in Cairo said: “We hope that all sides will support this initiative so that bloodshed stops and this escalation does not get worse. We call on all sides to accept this proposal. We are working to find a framework so that both sides agree,” reported Reuters.

 

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Israeli tank shells have killed three in Gaza, including children, medics told AFP.

 

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CNN has pulled correspondent Diana Magnay out of her post covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the reporter tweeted that Israelis cheering bombs hitting Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”

 

A CNN spokeswoman said Magnay has been reassigned to Moscow.

 

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Shortly after the air raid siren report, the IDF tweeted that its Iron Dome air defense system had intercepted rockets over Tel Aviv.

 

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The United Nations said it is going to ramp up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel’s ground invasion intensified water shortages and fears of sewage contamination and water-borne diseases, Reuters reports.

“We are still very concerned about the water supply in Gaza, about half of the population are without water supply at this time,” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokeswoman, Amanda Pitt, told a news briefing in Geneva.

On Tuesday, UN aid agencies and the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that Gaza’s water system has been degraded over the course of years, with potential infrastructure damage incurred during the assault leaving the entire coastal strip vulnerable to a water crisis within a matter of days.

 

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing from the coastal Palestinian enclave following an Israeli air strike, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana)

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip shows smoke billowing from the coastal Palestinian enclave following an Israeli air strike, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana)

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IDF attempt to show they abide by the Geneva Convention by providing medical treatment to a wounded combatant.

According to the first Geneva Convention – ‘for the Amelioration of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces and Field’ – if a member of the armed forces is wounded or sick, and therefore is unable to actively engage in combat, he is no longer part of the fighting force and becomes a vulnerable person in need of protection and care.

 

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of state terrorism and genocide, saying the two states would not find rapprochement on his watch.

“Israel threatens world peace. Israel threatens peace in the Middle East. Therefore, I personally, can never contemplate anything positive with Israel as long as I remain on duty,” Erdogan told reporters after Muslim Friday prayers:

“Israel is at the moment waging terrorism; Israel at the moment is carrying out genocide,” he said.

Turkey and Israel had been working toward improving ties after Israeli commandos killed eight Turks and one Turkish American during a raid on a pro-Palestinian aid ship in 2010. Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and recalled its own top envoy following the incident. Israel ultimately apologized to Turkey for the deaths and agreed to pay compensation under a US-brokered arrangement in 2013. In March, Turkish officials said the two sides had come close to reaching a compensation deal which would fully restore ties.

 

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Cihan News Agency has posted video footage showing the pro-Palestinian rallies outside of the diplomatic missions in Istanbul and Ankara on Thursday. The first video, shot in Istanbul, shows police deploy a water cannon and pepper spray to disperse protesters after some turned violent, smashing windows and attempting to scale the compound gates.

 

The video from Ankara depicts a heated by far more peaceful scene, though there are unconfirmed reports that the compound in the Tukrish capital was attacked on Friday.

Turkey has since bolstered security at the facilities, though Tzachi Moshe, a spokesman for Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, said Israel “sharply protested the flagrant violation of diplomatic rules.”

 

 

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said since there is no way to deal with the tunnels only from the air, “our soldiers are doing it now from the ground,” the Jerusalem Post cites him as saying during the opening session of an emergency cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu said the ongoing military operation did not offer a100 percent shot at success, though everything would be done to get “maximum results.”

The Israeli PM said the army had been readied for the possibility of a significant expansion of the ground operation, blaming Hamas for not upholding its end of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire proposal on Tuesday.

“We decided to launch the action after we tried all the other ways, and with an understanding that without this operation the price we will have to pay later would be much higher,” he said.

He added that intense diplomatic efforts had given Israel the political capital necessary to use force against the “terrorist organization,” and that the supreme consideration at this point was to “restore security to civilians” and return the country to a state of calm.

“There is not a more moral army than the IDF, and we do not want to harm even one innocent civilian. Not even one. We are operating only against terror targets.”

He blamed Hamas for civilian casualties on both sides, claiming they were attacking Israeli towns and cities from behind human shields.

He said media distortions of the conflict were virtually “unpreventable.”

“But unlike in the past, this time there are many in the international community who understand that Hamas alone bears responsibility for the victims,” he said. “This is something very important for Israel.”

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The Israeli Defense Force is live tweeting images of so-called ‘terror tunnels’, the ostensible reason the ground operation was launched into Gaza.

 

 

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Israel has decided to evacuate the families of diplomatic staff in Turkey in Ankara after protests turned violent outside diplomatic missions in both the capital Ankara and Istanbul. The compounds were reportedly pelted with rocks as some demonstrators chanted, “Murderer Israel, get out of Palestine,” Hurriyet Daily News reported. Several Turkish diplomats attended the pro-Palestinian rallies, including a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“The occupying Israel has made a bloodbath of Palestine by bombing them for the past 15 days,” Murat Yıldırım said from Ankara.

At least 23 Palestinians – including three children – have been killed since Israel launched the ground offensive. Around 264 Palestinians have been killed since Israel first started bombarding Gaza on July 7. The Israeli death toll currently stands at two: one soldier and one civilian.

 

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Barely a day into the operation, Netanyahu is discussing plans for a significant widening of the ground offensive.

Shortly before convening a meeting of cabinet ministers, he told reporters that “My instructions … are to prepare for the possibility of significantly widening the ground operation, and the military is preparing accordingly,” Reuters reported.

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Those affected by the conflict in Gaza are receiving financial help from multiple sources abroad. The latest tranche comes from Denmark, which has donated $2 million toward alleviating civilian suffering there.

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Reuters now reports 23 Palestinians dead since the start of the ground operation.

 

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An Israeli military spokesman said in an interview to a radio station regarding the recent death of an Israeli soldier during the ground offensive on Gaza: “We are checking the circumstances” of soldier’s death.

This was the first Israeli casualty since the start of the operation.

 05:12 GMT:

According to Quentin Sommerville of the BBC, the number of dead since the start of the ground offensive, together with the number killed already in the preceding phase, puts the death toll at more than 250 people, with around 1980 wounded, as the conflict enters its 11th day.

 

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' Five Hour Cease-Fire in Gaza Between Israel and Hamas for Humanitarian Aid '

#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – July 17 – A  temporary humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect at 10 A.M. on Thursday and is scheduled to last until 3 P.M. The cease-fire was requested by Robert Serry, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East, in order to allow aid into the Gaza Strip (Haaretz)

Hamas has agreed to abide by the cease-fire; the IDF warned, however that Israel would retaliate against any attempt to violate it. Three Palestinians were reportedly killed by IDF fire just minutes before the truce went into effect.

The Israel Defence Forces struck 37 targets overnight in the Gaza Strip; the death toll in the coastal territory has reached 214. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have fired more than 1,215 rockets and mortar shells into Israel since the hostilities began, reaching the length and breadth of the country.

One Israeli has been killed, several wounded and millions of lives disrupted. Of the missiles fired, 38 have exploded in built-up spaces and 231 have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

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‘ Egyptian Cease-Fire Full-Text of Proposal ‘

#AceBreakingNewsISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – July 15 – The full text of the Egyptian cease-fire proposal as follows courtesy of Haaretz News Agency.

1. Owing to Egypt’s historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed;

Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party as such, during the period of the ceasefire, both sides shall abide by the following:

a. Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.

b. All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.

c. Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.

d. Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.

2. Method of implementation of the initiative:

a. It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.

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‘ Protective Edge Day Seven and Israeli Cabinet Call-Up 48,000 Reservists ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 14 – Operation Protective Edge entered its seventh day Monday, as the IDF continued to carry out massive strikes within the Gaza Strip from land and sea, and Hamas continued to fire rockets at Israeli towns.

IDF Near Border

Since the operation began, 172 Palestinians have been killed and over 1,100 have been wounded. Gaza hospitals are reporting a dire shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries.

Thousands of northern Gaza residents fled their homes on Sunday after Israel issued warnings of forthcoming air strikes.

Since the start of the operation, more than 700 rockets have fallen within Israel. Only a fraction landed in urban regions. The Iron Dome, which is only meant to intercept rockets that are headed for such areas, has an 87 percent success rate.

The inner cabinet met late on Sunday to discuss a ground operation.

As of Sunday noon, 42,000 of the 48,000 reservists authorized by the cabinet had been called up in preparation for a possible ground invasion. 

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‘ Search for Missing Israeli Teenagers Intensifies and Israeli Forces Arrest Each and Everyone Under Ethically Cleansing Regime ‘

#AceNewsServices – ISRAEL (Bethlehem) – June 18 – The Israel Defense Forces arrested 41 Palestinians overnight Monday in the West Bank, as the search for three kidnapped teenagers continued.

Approximately half of the arrests took place in the Nablus region.


​The operation involved about 1,000 soldiers from the Nahal infantry brigade, who raided, among other locations, the Balata refugee camp and the nearby town of Awarta.


​The force uncovered a variety of weapons, including pistols, explosives, grenades and ammunition.

A machine shop manufacturing improvised weapons was shut down by the army.

A high-ranking officer described the operation to Haaretz as “a kind of thorough cleaning,” adding that “the IDF concentrated its activity on Nablus, which served in the past as the terrorism capital, and will continue to do so over the next few days.”

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‘German Government Express Concern Over Israeli Settlements Plan’

#AceNewsServices – BERLIN – June 06 – The German government is extremely concerned about Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied territories, Reuters said.

The Israeli move is being seen as a response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas Islamists.

The German government is “very worried… because this step poses the threat of making efforts to continue peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians even harder,” said German government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz, calling on both sides to avoid provocative steps.

Berlin urged the Israeli government to refrain from inviting bids to construct homes.

(PressTV) – This comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Israel to abide by international law and freeze settlement activities. Ban expressed deep concern over Israel’s plans to build more than three thousand settler units in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Thursday, Tel Aviv ordered the construction of 3,300 more settler units in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds.

According to Israel’s Housing Minister Uri Ariel, the decision is a response to the formation of a new Palestinian unity government.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) says it will appeal to the UN Security Council against Israel’s expansionism.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The developments come as Israel is currently faces a widening boycott campaign by some European businesses over its illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land.

Two of Europe’s biggest financial institutions have boycotted transactions with Israeli companies involved in the illegal settlement construction.

The European Union has also blocked all grants and funding to any Israeli entity based in the illegal settlements.

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‘ Fuelling The Fire in West Bank Israel Plan a Thousand New Homes’

#AceWorldNews  – ISRAEL (West Bank) – June 05 – Israel is planning to build more than 1,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank, Reuters said, citing local media reports.

The Housing Ministry announced new tenders for the homes in a number of Jewish settlements on land the Palestinians seek for a future state, according to Israel Radio.

The move follows the formation of a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas Islamists.

Israeli officials were not available for immediate comment on the report.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the unity government on Monday.

The United States said it planned to work with the administration set up by the reconciliation deal, prompting Israel to express deep disappointment.

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` Passionate Plea to Pope Francis from Mothers and Wives of Palestinian Detainees’

#AceNewsServices – PRESS RELEASE – May 27 – Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis from Mothers & Wives of Palestinian Administrative Detainees

Your holiness,

We, the mothers and wives of Palestinian administrative detainees in the Israeli occupation’s prisons, welcome you to occupied Palestine, and express our deep admiration of your personal humility and strong commitment to social justice. We consider you as the saviour of our sons and husbands who are jailed as administrative detainees, and suffering from injustice and persecution.

We, as mothers and wives, would like to express our deep concern for the lives of our sons and husbands who have been on hunger strike for more than four weeks to protest the policy of administrative detention. Our sons and husbands are suffering from grave health consequences as a result of their prolonged hunger strikes, as well as from cruel punishments perpetrated by Israeli prisons officials, including strip searches, solitary confinement, insults and humiliation during daily room raids, and denial of visits from their families and lawyers.

Israel has consistently violated its international obligations by arresting Palestinians without informing them for the reason of arrest, detaining them without charge, and denying them their right to a fair and public trial. Israel’s practice of detaining Palestinians from the occupied West Bank within Israeli borders violates articles 49 and 76 of the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit an occupying power from detaining members of the occupied population outside the occupied territory.

Israel exercises military law in the West Bank, which is used to hold Palestinians without charge or trial on the basis of evidence that is not accessible either to the detainees or their lawyers, a process called administrative detention. According to article 285, Israeli Military Order 1651, these administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely every one to six months.

In its concluding observations on Israel in 2010, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which monitors state compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, criticized Israel’s “frequent and extensive use of administrative detention,” and called on Israel to “refrain from using [it]” and to “complete as soon as possible” a review of relevant legislation.

The laws of occupation, which Israel is bound to respect as the occupying power in the West Bank, permit the use of administrative detention only in exceptional circumstances. Article 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention provides that an occupying power may legitimately order the detention of an individual only “for imperative reasons of security.” The International Committee of the Red Cross, in its “Commentary” to article 78, stresses that the “exceptional character” of such measures “must be preserved.” Israel is currently holding about 186 Palestinians as “administrative detainees” and has long used this measure to imprison Palestinians without trial.

Sarah Leah Whitson , Middle East director at Human Rights Watch stated “It is outrageous that Israel has locked these men up for months without either charging them with crimes or allowing them to see the evidence it says it has against them…The detainees evidently feel they have to put their lives in jeopardy through hunger strikes so that Israel will end these unlawful practices…Israel’s regular use of administrative detention, at the least, inverts international law and turns the exception into the norm, at the cost of the fundamental right to due process.”

We urgently need your blessed efforts to demand Israel immediately charge or release our sons and husbands who are detained without charge or trial. Israel has not charged any of them with any crime, and never allowed them to see or contest any evidence against them, instead placing them in administrative detention for renewed periods, which Israel contends is a preventive rather than punitive form of detention.

Israel should be forced to respect International Humanitarian Law, by the brave and honest leaders in the world, such as you. We need your help, in ending the policy of administrative detention forever, as this unlawful practice affects the detainees and their families and children negatively and severely.

Thank you for your vital role in revealing the truth on the ground to the world, and for your continuous efforts, which will contribute in achieving justice, and peace in the world, and especially to the oppressed Palestinian people.

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` Ministerial Committee Approves Legislation Denying Amnesty to Palestinians ‘

 

#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL – May 11 – A ministerial committee in Israel has approved proposed legislation aimed at denying amnesty to Palestinians, who have been convicted of killing Israelis.

The bill would enable judges handing down life sentences to convicted killers to declare them ineligible for presidential pardons. The draft project will now head to the parliament.

If approved there, the bill could hamper efforts to re-start peace talks between Israel and Palestine, which collapsed after the reconciliation Fatah and Hamas.

Israel had initially released 78 prisoners, following a US brokered deal in July 2013, but is still to free a further 26.

The implementation of the law has been seen as a victory for the right-wing partners in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s governing coalition.

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Israeli soldiers shoot 10 Palestinians at West Bank demo – reports

Israeli soldiers have shot and wounded 10 Palestinians near the West Bank town of Ramallah on Friday, Palestinian medics and security sources said. The Palestinians were hit by live rounds on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp when hundreds protested over the killing of a teenager, AFP reported. The wounded were hospitalized in Ramallah, one with serious injuries. Many of protesters hurled rocks at the soldiers. The Israeli Army said Mohammed Mubarak, 19, who was working on a project funded by USAID, was shot dead on Wednesday near a Jewish settlement outside Ramallah after having opened fire at them.

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More than 800,000 Malians starving – humanitarian groups

More than 800,000 Malians are desperate for food while another 3 million risk going without meals, 11 humanitarian groups warned Friday. “The number of vulnerable people facing a new food crisis is likely to double if the needs identified are not met quickly,” said Franck Vannetelle, director of Action Against Hunger in Mali. An Islamist insurgency and the after-effects of a food crisis in 2012, combined with poor recent harvests have limited access to basic supplies for the most vulnerable, AFP said.

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Al-Qaeda militants kill 15 soldiers in Yemen – reports

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked a military checkpoint in the city of Shibam in southeastern Yemen and killed 15 soldiers Friday, a security source told AFP.“Unknown armed men suspected to be from Al-Qaeda attacked an army checkpoint in Shibam, killing 15 soldiers and wounding several others,” the official said. Casualties among the attackers were also reported.

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Cameron praises Hollande’s new economic policies

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday praised President Francois Hollande’s moves to boost the struggling French economy. The two met at Brize Norton Royal Air Force base in Britain. The plans Hollande recently announced to cut taxes on business, reduce employment costs and remove unnecessary regulation are “the right way to boost investment and create jobs,” AFP quoted Cameron as saying after the summit.

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Nearly 1,900 killed in Syria since talks in Switzerland began – Observatory

Nearly 1,900 people have been killed in Syria since peace talks opened in Switzerland on January 22, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said on Friday that at least 498 civilians were among those killed in the fighting. The group said 646 mainstream or Islamist rebels had been killed in fighting with government forces or the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Geneva 2 talks between the government and opposition delegations are due to wrap up later Friday after a first round produced no visible signs of progress.

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Maine court says school violated rights of transgender student

School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ bathroom, AP reported, citing Maine’s highest court’s ruling. The family of student Nicole Maines and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff, not student, restroom. The court said the Orono school district‘s actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A lower court’s ruling that the district acted within its discretion was overturned.

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Child soldiers among 53 rebels killed by Philippines troops

Three child soldiers recruited by hard-line Muslim rebels were among 53 people killed in a week of fighting with the Philippines Army, the military said on Friday. The offensive against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group in the southern island of Mindanao had resulted in the deaths of 52 rebels, including the children, and one soldier, AFP quoted regional spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso as saying. “They are employing child soldiers with guns and camouflage uniforms. When we encounter them, we cannot discriminate if they are children or not,” he said.

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June deadline to destroy Syrian chem weapons realistic – Russian diplomat

The June 30 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal remains “completely realistic” despite delays, Interfax quoted Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry‘s security and disarmament department, as saying on Friday. He blamed delays on security issues on the road to the port of Latakia and said there had been “insufficient” technical support from the international community.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif talks with European Union foreign policy chief Ashton after a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva09:43

Iran nuclear talks with 6 powers set for Feb. 18 in New York – Moscow

Talks between Iran and six world powers on a deal for Tehran to curb parts of its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions will be held in New York on February 18, Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s security and disarmament department, said Friday. “The next meeting at the level of ‘political directors’ will take place Feb. 18 in New York,” Interfax quoted the diplomat as saying.

 

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International Day: Marks the Date in 1947 Resolution Partitioning Then-Mandated Palestine into Two States -One Jewish and One Arab

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A peace movement poster: Israeli and Palestinian flags and the words peace in Arabic and Hebrew. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AcePeaceNews says United Nations officials today voiced their solidarity with the people of Palestine in their aspirations for independence and sovereignty, and stressed the importance of ongoing peace talks aimed at a two-State solution which must be given a chance to bear fruit.

“We cannot afford to lose the current moment of opportunity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7308“>said in a message read on his behalf to the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

“I ask all in the international community to work together to translate the solidarity expressed on this occasion into positive action for peace and justice,” he added.

The special meeting held at UN Headquarters comes ahead of the International Day, observed annually on 29 November. The Day marks the date in 1947 when the General Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning then-mandated Palestine into two States, one Jewish and one Arab.

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Syria 1121 – International Day in Solidarity with the Palestinian People (Photo credit: pdxjmorris)

“The goal remains clear – an end to the occupation that started in 1967 and the creation of a sovereign, independent, and viable State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, living side by side in peace with a secure State of Israel,” Mr. Ban stated.

“Jerusalem is to emerge from negotiations as the capital of two States, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all. An agreed solution must be found for millions of Palestinian refugees around the region.”

Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct negotiations in August, thanks to the efforts of United States Secretary of State John Kerry, following a three-year hiatus owing to Israel’s refusal to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.

After decades of talks and “far too many” adverse developments on the ground, Mr. Ban urged Palestinian and Israeli leaders to take the decisions that will usher in a political solution to this serious and long-standing conflict.

The Chair of the General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Abdou Salam Diallo, called on the international community to seize “what seems to be one of the last opportunities” to promote a negotiated solution.

“Time is running out. The negotiating process is endangered by certain policies and particularly by the ongoing establishment of Jewish settlements,” he told the meeting.

Later today, Mr. Diallo will introduce several draft resolutions related to the question of Palestine to the General Assembly, which will be asked to, among other things, declare 2014 as the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”

General Assembly President John Ashe welcomed the Committee’s initiative to have 2014 proclaimed as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and called for using it to redouble efforts to create the necessary environment for successful peace talks.

“Ongoing peace negotiations must be given a chance for peace to take root and flourish, but peace cannot be meaningful and durable without taking fully into account the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, which are key to the solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East.”

“I call on the Governments and people of both Israel and Palestine to avoid actions that would undermine the fragile hope created by this renewed round of negotiations, and to cease and desist from any actions that are in contravention to international law and would pose a major impediment to peace in the Middle East and, more importantly, render the two-State solution impossible,” <“http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/statements/11252013International_Day_of_Solidarity_with_the_Palestinian_People.pdf“>said Mr. Ashe.

Speaking on behalf of the UN agency responsible for assisting five million Palestinian refugees, Filippo Grandi said that solidarity – which transcends political and financial support – is crucial because it makes Palestinians feel that they are not alone.

Mr. Grandi, the outgoing Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said his organization is “sadly familiar” with this loneliness, given how closely it works with refugees whose plight has remained unresolved for over six decades.

Historic region of Palestine

Historic region of Palestine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As part of the observance of the International Day, the Palestinian Rights Committee will hold a concert later today featuring two Palestinian singers – Mohammed Assaf, UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador and Winner of Arab Idol 2013, and Nai Barghouti.

The Committee is also screening the documentary film “State 194,” which focuses on former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s 2009 plan to demonstrate that his people were deserving of statehood, inspiring them to change their destiny and seek UN membership.

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Mass Demolition of 35 Bedouin Villages Displaces 40,000 Residents in Their Ancestral Homes

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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWelfareNews says the United Nations human rights office recently urged Israeli authorities to halt the recent wave of demolitions of Bedouin structures, noting the destruction of this property violates international humanitarian law.

“These mass demolitions raise serious concerns about the prohibition on forced evictions under international human rights law, and Israel’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of Palestinians to adequate housing and freedom from arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family and home,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

In July, OHCHR urged Israel to reconsider a proposed law that would result in the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages, displacing as many as 40,000 members of these communities from their ancestral homes.

However, demolitions began on 19 August and have been carried out by Israeli authorities in at least six different locations, including East Jerusalem. Subsequently, on 11 September all but two residential structures in the Bedouin community of Az Za’ayyem on the edge of Jerusalem were demolished.

The latest wave of demolitions occurred on 16 September, when 58 structures were knocked down, including all residential structures and livestock shelters in the herding community of Mak-hul in the northern Jordan Valley.

According to OHCHR, all 10 families inhabiting the structures were rendered homeless and no alternative housing options were offered.

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English: Bedouin woman in Jerusalem. Gaeilge: Bean Bedouin i Iarúsailéim, idir 1898 agus 1914 This is a restored version of the original LoC .tif file with damaged areas cropped and missing foliage replaced at far upper right. Dirt and scratches removed, fading at bottom addressed. Sharpened and levels adjusted. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Israeli authorities denied the provision of emergency shelter assistance to the community by humanitarian organizations,” Mr. Colville said. “The community remains vulnerable to further demolitions and repeated displacement due to lack of legal security of tenure and the consequent inability to obtain building permits.”

Mr. Colville added that the obligations of Israel with respect to the right of adequate housing of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory include ensuring access to basic shelter and housing, and refraining from interfering with the enjoyment of these rights.

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Middle East Peace Process, Syria and Iran.

The Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

Middle East peace ProcessMr Speaker, with permission I will make a Statement on the Middle East Peace Process, Syria and Iran. On all of these matters there have been important diplomatic developments over the last few weeks, and I wanted to inform the House of them at the earliest opportunity.

It is impossible to overstate the challenges and the gravity of the threats in the region if current openings and opportunities are not brought to fruition. But on each of these subjects there has been some progress, and it is important that we build on that as rapidly and decisively as possible.

Whatever the pressure of other issues, we must never lose sight of the importance and centrality of the Middle East Peace Process, to the lives of millions of Israelis and Palestinians and to international peace and security. I pay tribute to the leadership of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas for the progress that has been made, including the resumption of negotiations in July.

The United States has confirmed that there have been seven rounds of direct bilateral negotiations since then. Both sides have now agreed to intensify the pace of the discussions and increase American participation in them, with the goal of reaching a permanent status agreement within nine months.

During the UN General Assembly Ministerial week in New York, my Right Honourable Friend the Deputy Prime Minister met President Abbas in New York, while I held talks with Israeli Minister of International Relations Yuval Steinitz. We reiterated the United Kingdom’s unequivocal support for a two-state solution based on 1967 borders with agreed land swaps, Jerusalem as the shared capital, and a just and agreed settlement for refugees. With our European Union partners we are ready to provide major practical support to both sides in taking the bold steps that are needed.

This includes our bilateral assistance to the Palestinian economy and the institutions of their future State. The UK is one of the largest donors to the Palestinians, providing £349 million for Palestinian development over four years.

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for International Development attended the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee established to oversee Palestinian state building and development. She recommitted the UK to provide predictable, long term assistance aligned with the priorities of the Palestinian National Authority: building strong institutions, promoting private sector growth and humanitarian aid.

Department for International Development We are also supporting the Palestinian Economic Initiative which the US and Quartet are developing. DFID will shortly be launching a new £15m Palestinian Market Development Programme to help Palestinian SMEs enter new markets and to help mobilise investment. Economic progress can never be a substitute for a political settlement, but it is vital that the Palestinian people see tangible improvements in their daily lives.

Mr Speaker, the situation in Syria remains catastrophic. More than 100,000 people have been killed, and the number of Syrian refugees has grown by more than 1.8 million in just twelve months, to over two million. We must always be clear that we will not have succeeded in our work until this violence has been brought to a stop, but nevertheless we were able to make some diplomatic progress in New York on our objectives, namely to prevent the further use of chemical weapons, to alleviate humanitarian suffering, and to promote a political settlement to the conflict.

On the first of those, I attended the meeting of the United Nations Security Council on 27th September, which adopted the first Resolution on Syria in 17 months. Security Council Resolution 2118 requires the full implementation of the near-simultaneous decision of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which sets out how Syria’s chemical weapons must be verifiably eliminated within the first half of 2014.

For the first time, the Security Council Resolution imposes binding and enforceable obligations on the Syrian regime to comply, with the threat of action under Chapter VII of the UN Charter if it does not. It also stipulates that those responsible for any use of chemical weapons must be held accountable. I announced in New York £2 million in funding in order to enable the OPCW to deploy to Syria last week.

They have reported early progress in identifying and destroying chemical weapons. Under their supervision Syrian personnel have commenced the destruction or disabling of missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling equipment, and are carrying out work to assess the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by the regime.

OPCWBritish nationals who work for the OPCW are already deployed in Syria as part of the new destruction mission, and we stand ready to provide further support as necessary – such as personnel, technical expertise and information. The House should be in no doubt that the voluntary destruction of a deadly arsenal of weapons that until recently the Assad regime denied it possessed is an important step forward, and a vindication of the threat of military action by the United States of America.

Second, hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians continue to suffer atrociously from the regime’s use of conventional weapons. The UK is leading the way in alleviating desperate humanitarian suffering. In the UK’s annual address to the
General Assembly the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed an additional £100 million in UK assistance, bringing our total humanitarian contribution to date to £500 million – the largest ever British response to a single crisis.

The Prime Minister’s campaign begun at the G20 and followed up by our Embassies worldwide has helped to secure more than $1 billion in new international pledges of humanitarian assistance since the start of September, and we look to other countries to do more to meet the level of suffering and instability caused by such an unprecedented number of people in need.

Throughout the General Assembly and particularly in the two meetings I had with the other permanent members of the UN Security Council, I pressed the case for a Security Council Presidential Statement urging the Syrian Government to allow unhindered access to people in need, including across borders, and calling on all parties to agree on humanitarian pauses in the fighting to allow the delivery of aid. This statement was subsequently agreed on 2nd October. With our encouragement, the UN Secretary General has announced his intention to convene a new pledging conference in January 2014.

The House will know that the stability of Jordan and Lebanon is high among our priorities, and in that regard I attended with the P5 Foreign Ministers the creation of a new International Support Group for Lebanon during the General Assembly. The UK is now providing £69 million to help Lebanon cope with the refugee crisis. In addition we are providing £11 million of non-lethal assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces. And we are helping Jordan with £87 million of UK aid for Syrian refugees and host communities.

Third, on the political process, UN Security Council Resolution 2118 also formally endorsed the Geneva Communiqué of June last year for the first time, calling for the establishment of a transitional governing body exercising full executive powers, which could include members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, formed on the basis of mutual consent. The Resolution calls for the convening of an international conference on Syria to implement the Geneva Communiqué.

As Foreign Ministers we agreed with the UN Secretary-General that we should aim to convene the Conference in Geneva by mid-November this year. An intensive period of preparation will be required, led by UN and Arab League Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi.

I met Syrian National Coalition President Ahmed Al-Jarba in New York, who assured me the Coalition remains committed to an inclusive and democratic Syria; that they reject extremism; and that they are committed to the Geneva Communiqué. There can be no peaceful and political settlement in Syria without the participation of the moderate opposition, and we are providing more than £20 million in non-lethal support to the moderate opposition and will do more in the coming months.

I discussed the conflict in Syria with the new Foreign Minister of Iran, who I met twice in New York, including with the E3+3 Foreign Ministers. And I also had further discussions with him by telephone yesterday.

It is clear that the new President and Ministers in Iran are presenting themselves and their country in a much more positive way than in the recent past. There is no doubt that the tone of the meetings with them is different.

We have agreed to resume negotiations on their nuclear programme in Geneva next week on 15 and 16 October. We are looking forward to seeing serious proposals from Iran to follow-up on their stated desire to make rapid progress with negotiations. It will be very important for Iran’s relations with the international community for the marked change of presentation and statements to be accompanied by concrete actions and a practical approach to negotiations.

We must not forget for one moment that as things stand today, Iran remains in defiance of six UN Security Council Resolutions and of multiple Resolutions of the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors, and is installing more centrifuges in its nuclear facilities. In the absence of change to these policies we will continue to maintain strong sanctions. A substantial change in British or Western policies on the Iranian nuclear programme requires a substantive change in that programme.

However we must test the Iranian Government’s sincerity to the full, and it is important that our channels of communication are open for that.

Mr Zarif the Foreign Minister and I discussed how to improve the functioning of the UK-Iran bilateral relationship. Our diplomatic relations suffered a severe setback when our Embassy compounds in Tehran were overrun in 2011 and the Vienna Conventions flouted, and when the Iranian Majles voted to downgrade relations with the UK.

It is understood on both sides that given this history, progress in our bilateral relationship needs to proceed on a step-by-step and reciprocal basis. The Foreign Minister and I agreed our officials would meet to discuss this. The first such meeting has taken place already, and will be followed by a further meeting in Geneva next week. This includes discussion of numbers of and conditions for locally-engaged staff in the Embassy premises of each country and visits to inspect these premises.

I have made very clear to Mr Zarif that we are open to more direct contact and further improvements in our bilateral relationship.

We have therefore agreed that both our countries will now appoint a non-resident Chargé d’affaires tasked with implementing the building of relations, including interim steps on the way towards eventual re-opening of both our Embassies, as well as dialogue on other issues of mutual concern.

We must not underestimate the difficulties ahead. Iran has a complex power structure, there are voices in Iran who do not agree with their Government’s stated desire to see progress on nuclear negotiations and a rapprochement with the West, and improvements in our bilateral relations will require confidence on both sides that those improvements can be sustained. But to be open to such improvements is consistent with our desire to finding a peaceful resolution to the nuclear dispute and the fact that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran.

The House will be conscious that on all of these issues the coming months may be unusually significant, and replete with dangers but also with opportunities. Her Majesty’s Government will spare no effort to promote a peaceful resolution of each of these conflicts and crises, working closely with our allies at all times, and taking full advantage of every diplomatic opening, never starry-eyed but always pursuing progress through resolute diplomacy.

 

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UN AGENCY DEPLORES VIOLENCE IN SYRIAN REFUGEE CAMP THAT KILLED SEVEN PALESTINIANS

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English: UNRWA logo UNRWA logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees today called on all parties in Syria to stop the violence in refugee camps and other civilian areas, following violence near the Dera’a camp which killed seven Palestinians.

“Reports from Dera’a of the further loss of Palestinian lives are deeply distressing,” <“http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/official-statements/unrwa-deplores-violence-dera%E2%80%99-refugee-camp-southern-syria-which“>said Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, the Director of UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Syria.

“UNRWA repeats its calls on all parties to desist from conducting armed conflict in Palestine refugee camps and other civilian areas and to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

Initial reports indicate that on Saturday, the Dera’a Palestine refugee camp was directly affected by intensive armed conflict, killing seven refugees and injuring 15 others.  As a result of the fighting, UNRWA’s Primary Health Care Centre and Women’s Programme Centre sustained heavy damage.

The Dera’a Health Centre was reconstructed and fully re-equipped with donor funds in June 2008. Prior to the conflict, the centre offered a wide range of health services to over 25,000 Palestine refugees residing in Dera’a camp and the surrounding areas. The outbreak of war in 2011 caused many refugees to seek safety outside the camp and for many months had prevented the health centre from functioning normally, UNRWA said in a news release.

The agency appealed to all sides and to the international community “to urgently resolve the Syria conflict through a peaceful process of mediation and dialogue,” adding that the conflict is aggravating the already severe human suffering endured by Syrians and Palestinians alike.

Despite extreme challenges, UNRWA continues to support some 420,000 Palestine refugees in Syria with health care, primary education, cash transfers, food assistance, psycho-social support access to micro-finance and other humanitarian services.

 

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