Excerpts: Reviving Fatah/Hamas reconciliation. Egypt's top court suspends
work indefinitely. UEFA Euro U-21 Israel as host protest 2 December 2012
+++SOURCE:Naharnet (Lebanon)2 Dec.’12:”Abbas Vows to Revive Reconciliation
Efforts”, Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: Reviving Fatah/Hamas reconciliation
QUOTE:”ABBAS:’We will study over the course of the coming days the steps
necessary to achieve reconciliation’ “
FULL TEXT:Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas returned to the West Bank on
Sunday after winning upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinians, telling
cheering crowds: "Yes, now we have a state.”
"Palestine has accomplished a historic achievement at the U.N.," Abbas said,
three days after the United Nations General Assembly granted the
Palestinians non-member state observer status in a 138-9 vote.
"The world said in a loud voice... yes to the state of Palestine, yes to
Palestine's freedom, yes to Palestine's independence, no to violence, no to
settlements, no to occupation," Abbas told the ecstatic crowd.
Abbas pledged that after the victory at the United Nations, his "first and
most important" task would be working to achieve Palestinian unity and
reviving efforts to reconcile rival factions Fatah and Hamas.
"We will study over the course of the coming days the steps necessary to
achieve reconciliation," he said, as the crowd chanted "The people want the
end of the division
+++SOURCE: Naharnet(Lebanon) 2 Dec.’12:”Egypt’s Top Court Suspends Work
Indefinitely after Islamist Pressure”, Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: Egypt’s top court suspends work indefinitely
QUOTE:”Egypt’s top court . . .has begun an open-ended strike”
FULL TEXT:Egypt's top court said Sunday2 Dec.] it has begun an open-ended
strike in what it called a "black day" for the judiciary after Islamist
protesters blocked the courthouse ahead of a key ruling.
The Supreme Constitutional Court said it would "suspend work for an
indefinite period... and until there is no more psychological and material
pressure," in a statement carried by the official MENA news agency.
The move will be seen as an escalation in the standoff between the judiciary
and President Mohamed Morsi who last week issued a decree expanding his
powers and rendering his decisions immune from judicial oversight.
The court, which looks into the constitutionality of laws and is made up of
19 judges, was due on Sunday[2 Dec.] to examine the legality of an
Islamist-dominated panel that drafted the new constitution.
Hundreds of Morsi supporters had spent the night outside the courthouse,
forcing judges to delay the potential scrapping of the panel.
In its statement, the court expressed its "utmost sorrow and pain" over the
"moral assassination of its judges.”
The new charter has become the focal point of Egypt's biggest political
crisis since Morsi was elected in June, squaring Islamist forces against
+++SOURCE:Jordan Times 2 Dec.’12:”Players protest Israel hosting UEFA Euro
U-21”, Associated Press
SUBJECT: UEFA Euro U-21 Israel as host protest
QUOTES:”The protest statement was promotedFriday [Nov. 30] by several
pro-Palestinian groups based in Israel, France and Britain”; “ it was not
signed by any players due in Israel in June”
FULL TEXT:LONDON — Dozens of leading footballers have signed a statement
protesting UEFA’s decision to stage the European under-21 championship in
Israel next year following the country’s recent military offensive in the
Sixty-two players, including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Arsenal’s Abou Diaby and
Paris Saint-Germain’s Jeremy Menez, claim that Israel hosting the tournament
will be “seen as a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values”.[IMRA:
What ‘sporting values’ ?]
The protest statement was promoted Friday[Nov.30] by several pro-Palestinian
groups, based in Israel, France and Britain.
Headed “European footballers declare support for Palestine”, it was not
signed by any players due in Israel in June. Israel launched an offensive in
Gaza earlier this month in response to intensifying rocket fire from
Gaza-based Palestinian militants, killing dozens of civilians in what the
footballers said amounted to “yet another stain on the world’s conscience”.
Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA