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New Poll: 74% of Palestinians Want PA President Abbas to Resign

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: Kremlin, via Wikimedia Commons)

Over 70% of Palestinians want Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to resign, Al-Risalah newspaper reported on Wednesday.

According to the news site, the poll was conducted between September 13-17, ahead of Abbas’ speech before the UN General Assembly on Friday.

74 percent of those polled said they did not want Abbas as their president, with only 23 percent saying they wanted him to remain in office.

In April 2021, Abbas postponed parliamentary and presidential elections, “until the participation of our people in Jerusalem is guaranteed.”

(MEMO, PC, SOCIAL)

Israel Rearrests Former Palestinian Hunger Striker Abu Hawwash

Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash with one of his five children. (Photo: via Social Media)

Israeli occupation forces rearrested former Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash on Tuesday night, during a massive arrest campaign across the occupied West Bank, Israeli media reported.

Abu Hawwash, 40, hails from the town of Dura, near Hebron (Al-Khalil). He was arrested in October 2020 and went on hunger strike for 141 days in protest of his administrative detention, without charge or trial.

During his detention, Abu Hawwash was hospitalized but refused medical treatment. After days of protests by Palestinians calling for his release, and mounting fears in Israel of widespread unrest if he died in custody, the Israeli government agreed to release him last February.

There are currently 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including 500 prisoners in administrative detention.

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Palestinian Political Groups Reach Agreement to End ‘Tension’ in Nablus

Ongoing confrontations between Palestinian youth and Palestinian Authority’s ‘security forces’ in Nablus. (Photo: video grab)

The Factional Coordination Committee in Nablus announced on Wednesday that an agreement has been reached to end the tension in the West Bank city, Anadolu news agency reported.

Tensions rose on Monday after the Palestinian Authority security services arrested a young man affiliated with the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas.

The agreement was announced by Nasr Abu Jaish, coordinator of the committee, a group that includes the PLO groups. “All parties,” he explained, have agreed on the deal.

Abu Jaish told Anadolu that those behind the agreement included senior security officials, Nablus Governor Ibrahim Ramadan and city dignitaries.

“This will close the file of the detainee, Musab Shtayyeh, and lead to the formation of a committee of personalities from institutions and initiatives in Nablus to work on visiting him, following up on the conditions of his detention, and work towards a timeframe for his release.”

Abu Jaish pointed out that the agreement also provides for looking at the issue of individuals wanted by the Israeli occupation as a national issue, and not having the Palestinian security services pursuing them for security reasons.

The agreement stipulates the release of individuals arrested in connection with the recent events, with the exception of those violating private property and those arrested on charges of theft.

(MEMO, PC, SOCIAL)

WATCH: Over 20 Palestinians Suffocate in Jewish Settler Attack on Jerusalem

Hundreds of settlers regularly storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem. (Photo: via Social Media)

Extremist Jewish settlers attacked Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday, injuring at least 21 of them, including children, Al-Resalah newspaper reported.

According to eyewitnesses, Jewish settlers attacked Palestinians in the Old City market, including children and the elderly, spraying gas at them.

Shop owner Sami Salhab said that such attacks happen under the protection of Israeli occupation forces almost every day.

Salhab added that the settlers raided the market and also attacked a group of workers as they were carrying out maintenance works at one of the shops.

As the Palestinians gathered near the shop, the settlers sprayed pepper gas at people in the market, including children.

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Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian Mourner during Funeral in Hebron

Israeli forces storm the town of Beit Ummar, near Hebron. (Photo: via QNN)

A Palestinian man sustained gunshot wounds on Tuesday evening from Israeli military gunfire in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron (Al-Khalil), the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Mohammad Awad, a local media activist, said that Israeli forces intercepted a funeral procession in the southern West Bank town, preventing the mourners and pallbearers from reaching the cemetery at the town entrance and triggering confrontations.

Israeli soldiers, who occupied the rooftops of several houses near the town entrance, opened fire on the mourners and pallbearers hitting a mourner with a bullet in the thigh and causing dozens of others to suffocate from tear gas.

(WAFA, PC, SOCIAL)

Israel, Bahrain Start Talks on Free Trade Agreement

Israeli Economy Minister Orna Barbivai (R) with her Bahraini counterpart. (Photo: via Barbivai TW Page)

Israel and Bahrain announced on Tuesday the start of negotiations to reach a free trade agreement between the two countries, Anadolu News Agency reported.

Israeli Economy Minister Orna Barbivai held official talks on Monday with her Bahraini counterpart to establish a free trade agreement between Tel Aviv and Manama, the Israeli Economy Ministry said in a statement.

Barbivai said the agreement will help strengthen bilateral relations and help “remove barriers, expand economic cooperation and build further bridges between the two countries.”

According to the statement, trade exchange between Israel and Bahrain boomed to $7.5 million in 2021, with Israeli exports to Bahrain totaling $4 million in the fields of precious metals, chemical industry products, and electric engineering machines, while Israeli imports from Bahrain were estimated at $3.5 million.

Bahrain was among the four Arab countries that signed US-sponsored agreements to normalize their relations with Israel in 2020. The other countries were the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Morocco.

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PA Arrests Resistance Fighter, Trigger Protests in Nablus (VIDEO)

Ongoing confrontations between Palestinian youth and Palestinian Authority’s ‘security forces’ in Nablus. (Photo: via QNN)

The Palestinian Authority (PA) arrested former Palestinian prisoner Musab Shtayyeh, who has been pursued by the Israeli occupation forces for a long time, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Palestinian sources indicated that the PA’s Preventive Security Service in Nablus arrested Shtayyeh with two other people.

The arrest triggered angry protests in Nablus. Young men blocked a number of streets with rubber tires, and gunmen fired in the air in an expression of protest.

Shtayyeh has been arrested three times in the past and has spent four years in the occupation’s prisons.

The occupation forces listed him among those they wanted since June 2021 and raided his family home in the town of Salem, east of Nablus, several times to arrest him.

Shtayyeh also survived several assassination attempts.

Palestinian Resistance in the Gaza Strip and in the occupied West Bank condemned the arrest.

Demanding Shtayyeh’s immediate release, Hamas said that the arrests are a new stain on the PA’s hands and its record of ‘security coordination.’

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Israeli Forces Plug Two Water Wells with Cement in West Bank

Israeli forces regularly destroy water wells in the occupied West Bank. (File photo: via Activestills.org)

Israeli forces on Tuesday plugged with cement two underground water wells in the occupied West Bank, deeming them useless, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The water wells were providing drinking water for residents in the villages of al-Ras and Kafr Aboush, south of Tulkarm.

The head of Al-Ras village council, Muhammad Majdoub, told WAFA that the occupation forces plugged a well in the eastern area of the village with concrete without a prior warning.

The Israeli forces also seized a water pump and a truck parked in the area owned by a local resident and forced municipality crews to leave the area.

Majdoub added that the well was dug by the municipality last year for drinking purposes to alleviate the water shortage crisis in the village, especially in the summer, after the Israeli company Mekorot refused to provide the village with more water.

Israel has total control over Palestinian water resources in the occupied territories and does not allow Palestinians to dig underground water wells or even ponds that collect rainwater.

(WAFA, PC, SOCIAL)

Israel Extends Administrative Detention of Female Palestinian Journalist

Palestinian journalist Bushra Al-Taweel. (Photo: via Social Media)

Israeli occupation authorities on Monday extended the administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Bushra Al-Taweel for the third time in a row, for a period of three months, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Twenty-nine-year-old Al-Taweel, a resident of the city of Ramallah, was arrested on March 21 at the Zatara military checkpoint, south of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank.

Bushra has been already arrested in 2011, 2017, and again in 2019. She has spent about 3.5 years behind bars.

Bushra is the daughter of Hamas leader Jamal Al-Taweel, 60, who has been held by Israel in administrative detention since June 2021.

(MEMO, PC, SOCIAL)

Israel Raises State of Security Alert as Hezbollah Threatens to Target Karish Gas Field

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. (Photo: Ali Khamenei website, via Wikimedia Commons)

Israel has raised the state of alert and ordered its troops to prepare for any scenario following Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah’s threats to target the offshore Karish gas drilling rig, Israeli media reported.

On Saturday, Nasrallah said that Israel’s extraction of gas from the Karish gas field before Lebanon obtained its rights is a “red line.”

“We will not allow the extraction of oil and gas from the Karish field before Lebanon obtains its rightful demands,” Nasrallah told crowds gathered for the Arbaeen commemoration, which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

“Zionist officials said the extraction from Karish will take place in September, but they postponed it. The important thing is that there is no extraction from the Karish field before Lebanon obtains its rightful demands,” Nasrallah added.

“We give negotiations a chance, but our eyes and our missiles are on Karish.”

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