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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Activist conference prepares for solidarity march

Published yesterday (updated) 11/12/2011 22:46
(REUTERS/Mohammad Torokman, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Activists are preparing for a major international solidarity march next year, organizers said as a preparatory conference was set to open on Monday.

Arab and international solidarity groups from more than 20 countries will gather in Amman to prepare for the march to Palestine from neighboring countries, slated for March 30, or Land Day, in 2012.

Preparation committee director Ribhi Halloum told the Kuwait news agency on Sunday that protesters will head towards Palestinian borders from Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

The protest aims to move the right of return possessed by Palestinian refugees from theory to practice, Halloum said, adding that preparation work had started to ensure that the action is a success.

On May 15, thousands of protesters massed on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, trying to force their way across on the anniversary of the mass dispossession of Palestinians during the 1948 creation of the state of Israel. Four were killed on the Syrian border and ten in Lebanon by Israeli fire.

On the anniversary of the 1967 war when Israel captured the Golan from Syria as well as the West Bank and Gaza Strip, hundreds of demonstrators stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights, with Damascus saying 23 demonstrators were killed and Israel saying it was aware of 12 casualties.

Hamas, Egypt deny presence of missile factories in Sinai

[ 11/12/2011 - 05:41 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, has categorically denied building factories for manufacturing missiles in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.

Barhoum told the PIC on Sunday that the Israeli news allegation aimed at driving a wedge between Hamas and Egypt.

He affirmed that Hamas’ battle against Israel was and will remain on the land of Palestine, charging Israel with planning to strike Egyptian targets in any future aggression on Gaza.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian source in Sinai has refuted the allegation, adding that no one would dare establish such installations on Egyptian soil. He described the Israeli media report as sheer lies.

He said that Egypt was having full control on each and every inch of its land, Sinai included, noting that multi-national forces were deployed in northern Sinai according to the peace treaty with Israel and were monitoring the commitment of both parties to that treaty and could not have ignored such installations if theydid exist.
The Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post had claimed that Hamas was maintaining such factories and missiles bases in Sinai to avoid Israeli air strikes, adding that Tel Aviv had asked Cairo to boost its presence in and control of Sinai but the Egyptian military did not intervene to dismantle Hamas’s “infrastructure” in Sinai.

Source and more at the Palestinian Information Center

The pictures of funeral and the attack on the mourners (Mustafa Tamimi)