Hamas sweeps local elections
- Hamas sweeps local councils elections
GAZA, Jan 28: Hamas swept seven out of 10 councils in the Gaza
Strip's first local elections on Thursday, seen as a test of
strength between the militant group and new President Mahmoud
The militant group, sworn to Israel's destruction, had boycotted
the Jan 9 presidential election, won by Mr Abbas on a platform of
ending violence to allow talks with the Jewish state on
Israel Kills Palestinian, Offers West Bank Security Deal
Palestinian security forces pass through destroyed houses at the
border between Egypt and Rafah refugee camp southern Gaza Strip.
GAZA CITY, January 29 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) Israeli
occupation forces gunned down on Saturday, January 29, a mentally
retarded Palestinian, a few hours before top Israeli and Palestinian
security officials were to confer on transferring security control
of several West Bank cities.
Ibrahim El-Shawas, 36, was shot in the head near Khan Yunis,
Palestinian hospital sources were quoted as saying by Agence France-
His death brings to 4,721 the number of people killed since the
start of the Palestinian Intifada against the Israeli occupation in
September 2000, including 3,666 Palestinians, according to an AFP
It was the fourth killing in the past week in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip although Palestinian resistance operations were largely scaled
down since the election of Mahmoud Abbas as president earlier this
Days after his election, Abbas traveled to the Gaza Strip for
ceasefire talks with resistance factions, which linked any truce to
a cessation of Israeli aggressions.
The Guardian newspaper reported last week that Abbas proposed a halt
to anti-Israel attacks in swap for international guarantees and a
pledge to remain committed to the inalienable Palestinian rights.
Arab countries, particularly Syria and Lebanon, were holding
marathon talks with Palestinian resistance groups to broker a
unilateral ceasefire, a well-kept Arab diplomatic source told
IslamOnline.net on January 15.
Security Control Talks
In another development, senior Palestinian and Israeli security
officials were due to meet later Saturday to discuss transferring
security control in the West Bank, according to AFP.
Former Palestinian security minister Mohammed Dahlan, tipped to
become a minister of Cabinet affairs in the new Palestinian
government, will hold talks in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense
Minister Shaul Mofaz, Palestinian sources said.
They were set to discuss a halt to Israeli military operations in
the occupied West Bank as well as the release of some of the 8,000
Palestinians held in Israeli jails.
Earlier reports suggested Israel was prepared to free a first group
of 900 detainees.
The deployment of 2,000 Palestinian security forces across the Gaza
Strip to prevent anti-Israel attacks has created what Israeli
Premier Ariel Sharon described as a chance for an "historic
Shalon signaled readiness to coordinate with the Palestinians his
unilateral plan on withdrawing all troops and 8,000 settlers from
the Gaza Strip this year.
Israel also announced Friday, January 28, an end to offensive
operations in the Gaza Strip.
"The intention here is to let the Palestinian forces operate in an
efficient manner and to allow them to do their job and maintain
order," said David Baker, an official in Sharon's office, was quoted
as saying by Haaretz.
If the quiet continues, Israel will open the Erez, Karni and Rafah
crossings, which connect Gaza to Israel and Egypt, starting next
week, according to the Israeli daily.
The envisaged West Bank security transfer is expected to take place
following the first summit between Abbas and Sharon, likely to take
place within two weeks.
"This meeting should take place a fortnight from now," Palestinian
Premier Ahmed Qorei's top aide Hassan Abu Libdeh said.
He added that Palestinian and Israeli officials will hold a flurry
of meetings this week to prepare for the summit.
Abbas met Sharon when he was prime minister under late Yasser Arafat
in 2003 but the proposed summit would be the first encounter between
Israeli and Palestinian leaders in more than four years.
With Washington backing, Sharon's government severed all contacts
with Arafat, who died in a French military hospital in November.
Palestinian Child Attending School Killed By Bullet In Head: :
A 10-year-old Palestinian girl is dead after being shot inside a
U.N. school in a Gaza refugee camp.
Hamas Shells Illegal Gaza Settlement After Girl Killed :
The Islamic militant group Hamas said it launched five mortar bombs
at an Jewish Illegal settlement in the Gaza Strip Monday, after
Israeli army gunfire killed a Palestinian girl.
Jewish squatters protest Gaza pullout plan:
Tens of thousands of Jewish squatters and their supporters protested
outside parliament against Israeli plans to withdraw from the Gaza
Strip and parts of the West Bank
Israelis use barrier and 55-year-old law to quietly seize
Palestinians' land :
The Israeli government has quietly seized thousands of acres of
Palestinian-owned land in and around east Jerusalem after a secret
cabinet decision to use a 55-year-old law against Arabs separated
from farms and orchards by the vast "security barrier
Israelis kill handicapped Palestinian:
A mentally handicapped Palestinian man has died after being shot by
Israeli soldiers in the southern Gaza Strip, hospital sources said.
Hamas wins overwhelming victory in Gaza vote :
Hamas won control of seven of the ten municipal councils that held
elections, including the three largest ones: Dir al-Balah, Bnei
Siheileh, and Beit Hanun.
'Palestinian corpse used for IDF anatomy lesson' :
The soldier said that the Palestinian's body had been riddled with
bullets and that some of his internal organs had spilled out. The
doctor pronounced the man dead and then "took out a knife and began
to cut off parts of the body," the soldier said.
Israeli envoy: U.S. will help finance pullout:
The United States is likely to help Israel finance the military
aspect of the disengagement from Gaza, Israeli ambassador to the
U.S. Daniel Ayalon said yesterday.
A relative cries over the body of three year-old Palestinian girl,
Rahma Al-shmasy, iin the family home on January 26, 2005 in Deir Al-
Balah, Gaza Strip.
Three Year Old Girl Among Five Palestinians Killed By Israeli
Israeli soldiers manning an army watchtower at the nearby settlement
of Kfar Dorom opened machinegun fire randomly on Palestinian homes
around sunrise Wednesday.
Israel plans to raze more Gaza homes:
The Israeli army has renewed plans to demolish hundreds of
Palestinian homes in Rafah at the southern edge of the Gaza Strip,
according to the Israeli media.
How Palestinian property was seized :
According to reports in the Israeli media, a ministerial committee
of the Israeli government met last July 8 and adopted a resolution -
neither publicly announced nor published in the official government
gazette, but "legal" nonetheless - to confiscate thousands of dunams
of land (by some estimates, nearly half the land in East Jerusalem)
from its Arab owners.
Israeli Occupation Forces reviving psychological warfare unit :
The overall intention is to conduct "awareness operations" to
influence Palestinian public opinion, mostly through propaganda,
psychological warfare and sometimes disinformation.
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