Abbas halts monthly stipends for Hamas ex-inmates

After the takeover, Abbas stopped paying the salaries of Hamas lawmakers in Gaza, but kept paying their West Bank colleagues. Another stated they were part of the demo to protest the occupation and "call all the world to recognise now the independent Palestinian state".

Instead Sayed says, what has convinced him that he will not see the creation of a Palestinian state during his lifetime is the policies of the Israeli government over the last half century - particularly those concerning settlements for Israeli Jews.

Scores of former Palestinian prisoners freed by Israel and living in the Gaza Strip said on Sunday their stipends from the Western-backed Palestinian Authority have been suspended in an apparent bid to appease Israel and the United States.

The Palestinians seek a future state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel is required to withdraw from all the territories seized in the war under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, adopted months after the Six-Day War, in November 1967; but the Tel Aviv regime has been in non-compliance of that piece of worldwide law ever since. It is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

But as Israelis and Palestinians mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war - and the beginning of the occupation of the Palestinian population in captured areas - the prospect of a two-state solution to end the conflict seems less likely than ever.

There is a solid constituency for peace on both sides of the Green Line, both among Israelis and Palestinians.

Abu Rudainah's statement came in response to remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he pledged more settlement construction in the West Bank.

Marking 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel's occupation of the Palestinian Territory, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated a call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

"On 14 May 1948, the State of Israel was born". Settlers planted in Gaza were evacuated in 2005 while more than 20,000 Israelis have settled in the Syrian Golan.

Such deceit could not have gone unnoticed, yet the world has turned its attention to other problems, ignoring the festering wound in Palestine and one of its outcome, the scariest of all: extremist terrorist movements often claiming to manifest their sick fantasies in the name of Palestine and religion.

  • Leroy Wright