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Palestine: Palestinians distrust US in talks & 12 hunger strikers risk death

Palestinians distrust US in Palestine–’Israel’ talks: Gallup poll

Press TV

A new opinion poll indicates that a great majority of Palestinians do not have confidence in the role played by the US in the Israel-Palestine talks.

The survey, which was conducted by Gallup between May 21 and June 4, was based on face-to-face interviews with 1000 Palestinian and Israeli adults. Its results were released on July 26.

The findings revealed that 74 percent of the participants disagreed with the acceptability of the solutions proposed by US president Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Only 12 percent of the respondents considered it as acceptable.

When the participants were asked about their trust in Obama to help the process of Israel-Palestine talks, 66 percent expressed no confidence in him.

On July 29, the Israelis returned to the negotiation table in Washington with the Palestinian Authority officials for direct talks for the first time in three years.

Several Palestinian factions, including Hamas resistance movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), condemned the resumption of talks.

Hundreds of Palestinians also took to the streets of Ramallah and Gaza to protest against acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to restart talks with the Israeli regime.


Haaretz: An outpost of 63 housing units to be built next week in Jabal Mukkaber

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Haaretz newspaper said Israeli developers intend to initiate next week the building of 63 housing units near the Arab neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber, southeast of Jerusalem.

According the newspaper, housing minister Uri Ariel and head of the Israeli municipal council in Jerusalem Nir Barkat plan to attend a ceremony next week to lay the cornerstone for a new Jewish settlement near Jabal Mukkaber, a predominantly Arab neighborhood.

The settlement plan was announced one day after Israeli economy minister Naftali Bennett said construction in Jerusalem would resume in the near future.

The new Jewish settlement outpost is being built by Bemuna construction company which has built settlements across occupied Palestine for the ultraorthodox religious community since 1995, according to Haaretz.

It noted that the company recently received a construction permit after a delay of about three years, which Bemuna officials say stemmed from political reasons.

This Jewish neighborhood is planned for the area that connects Jabal Mukkaber and Armon Hanatziv outpost, which Bemuna also helped build.

The housing units were sold five years ago to a group of buyers, and the company had already received a construction permit for an underground parking garage, which has been built since that period.


12 hunger strikers risk death in Israeli jails

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Twelve Palestinian and Jordanian detainees are staging a hunger strike in Israeli prisons, including 9 prisoners held in hospitals, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said.

Administrative detainee Ayman Hamdan, who has gone the longest without food, has refused food for over 100 days, in addition to Imad Batran who declared hunger strike since 91 days in protest of their detention without trial or charge.

The PPS pointed out that the five Jordanian prisoners, who launched their hunger strike since early May demanding their release from Israeli prisons so that they can serve their sentences in Jordanian prisons, are all held in Soroka hospital while the prisoner Adel Harbiyat, 76 days on hunger strike, is being held in Kaplan hospital. .

Meanwhile, the two brothers Ayman and Mohammed Etbaish continued their hunger strike for 76 and 67 days respectively to protest their administrative detention.

The Jerusalemite prisoner Hossam Matar has also declared his hunger strike since 67 days demanding his release, as well as the prisoner Abdul Majeed Khaddarat who has gone on hunger strike since 37 days.

On the other hand, the Israeli courts have extended the arrest of 15 prisoners pending investigation, the PPS said.

The PPS statement confirmed that Petach Tikva court extended the detention of 5 Palestinian captives, while Salem military court renewed the arrest of 4 other detainees to complete investigation.

Jalama court has also extended the arrest of 6 prisoners under the same pretext.


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