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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Palestinian/ Israeli update 5/03/2017...very, very, good chance' of peace

Trump says 'very, very, good chance' of Israel-Palestinian peace

Trump Promises Peace; Hopes to Help Create 'terrific' Peace Deal in Middle East

President Trump Gives a Joint Statement with Palestinian President Abbas

US-Palestine Relations: Omar Baddar on Palestinian leader Abbas' visit to meet President Trump in US

Trump seriously considers moving US embassy to Jerusalem

UNESCO: Tel Aviv has No Legal or Historical Rights to Any Part of Jerusalem Al-Quds

Hamas For The First Time Says They Can Live With An Israeli State!

What's behind Hamas' new charter? | The Electronic Intifada

.......Jews are not the enemy

Hamas leaders have long recognized that the group’s founding charter, written by one man in 1988, served as an impediment to political outreach within and beyond Palestine.

Few would dispute that the worst aspect of the original charter was its unabashedly anti-Jewish language. Borrowing from classic European anti-Semitism, it even cites as a reference the Tsarist anti-Semitic hoax The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Even if this long ago ceased to reflect Hamas leaders’ thinking, these odious statements served as reliable weapons in Israel’s anti-Palestinian propaganda arsenal.

By contrast, the new document states: “Hamas affirms that its conflict is with the Zionist project not with the Jews because of their religion. Hamas does not wage a struggle against the Jews because they are Jewish but wages a struggle against the Zionists who occupy Palestine. Yet, it is the Zionists who constantly identify Judaism and the Jews with their own colonial project and illegal entity.”

This brings Hamas into line with the historic position of the Palestinian national movement. As Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat stated in his 1974 speech to the United Nations, “We do distinguish between Judaism and Zionism. While we maintain our opposition to the colonialist Zionist movement, we respect the Jewish faith.”

Meshaal had already made a similar statement during his 2012 visit to the Gaza Strip. “We do not fight the Jews because they are Jews,” he said. “We fight the Zionist occupiers and aggressors. And we will fight anyone who tries to occupy our lands or attacks us.”.......

Hamas Manifesto: Glyn Secker talks to TRT World about Hamas's new charter

Israel eases restrictions on Gaza fishermen: officials

Nasrallah voices support for Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Hamas gives Israel 24 hours to meet Palestinian prisoner demands

#SaltWaterChallenge: People worldwide support Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

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