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Palestinians agree on launching 'popular resistance' following UAE-Israel deal (The New Arab)

The first time since 2013, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh staged a rare show of unity on Thursday to underline their rejection of the US-backed normalisation deal between Israel and the UAE.

"We cannot accept anyone speaking in our name. We have never allowed it, and we will not allow it, ever," Abbas said. "We must restore our national unity, put an end to division and establish a unified Palestinian position... to confront projects directed against our people," said the Hamas chief via video link.

“In a final communique released after the talks, the Palestinian factions announced they had approved the creation, within five weeks, of a joint committee to organise 'the popular resistance' and 'put an end to the divisions' between themselves.”

Israel approves policy of withholding bodies of all slain Palestinians (Middle East Eye)

"Israel will now withhold the bodies of all slain Palestinians accused of staging attacks on Israelis, not just those said to be Hamas members, following a security cabinet decision on Wednesday."

Defence Minister Benny Gantz said, "refusal to return the bodies of terrorists is part of our commitment of maintaining the security of Israeli citizens, and of course to bring [dead or missing soldiers] home. I hope our enemy understands and internalises the message well."

"Israel holds the remains of hundreds of Palestinian dating back to 1967, kept in morgues or otherwise buried in unkempt graves in what is known as the cemetery of numbers. It does so in contravention of international law, with the Geneva Convention stating that parties of an armed conflict must bury each other’s dead honourably."

'I Waited for the Bullet That Would End This Nightmare': Palestinians Brutalized by Israeli Cop Gang Speak Out (Haaretz)

Gideon Levy and Alex Levac write, "Five Border Police officers have been charged in a shocking case of violence against Palestinian workers, which included beatings, humiliation and also robbery. Testimonies of two of the victims."

"They are charged in connection with 14 incidents, on counts that include armed robbery, assault causing bodily harm, conspiring to commit a crime, aggravated assault, abusing a helpless person, theft, breach of trust and destruction of evidence. The charges should be read by everyone."

"The fact that such serious charges were filed so speedily is nothing short of miraculous. But the video footage documenting the crimes left even the Justice Ministry unit responsible for probing police misconduct, which is known for burying cases, with no alternative."

Palestinian dies after 18 years in Israeli prison (Electronic Intifada)

"A Palestinian died on Wednesday after 18 years in Israeli prison. Daoud Talat al-Khatib was being held at Ofer military prison near Ramallah. Preliminary findings point to an apparent stroke as the cause of death, but that has not been officially confirmed, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club."

"The Palestinian Prisoners Club assigned Israel “full responsibility” in the death of al-Khatib, adding that he faced health challenges over his years of imprisonment, including open-heart surgery."

"Israel holds a number of sick detainees at Ofer, and there is also a section where it detains children. Israel was holding 160 Palestinian children in its prisons in July. There are currently about 700 sick detainees, including some 200 who are chronically ill."

 

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