Jailed Fatah leader urges solidarity with hunger striking Palestine prisoners

Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:43AM – PressTV
A Palestinian man gestures in front of a poster bearing the portrait of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoner Day in Gaza City on April 17, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
A Palestinian man gestures in front of a poster bearing the portrait of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoner Day in Gaza City on April 17, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Former Fatah Movement leader Marwan Bargouthi has called for solidarity with Palestinian prisoners ahead of a mass hunger strike.

“We call upon our people to join demonstrations, rallies, sit-ins, and general strikes, as we urge (Palestinian) President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), Palestinian leadership, and Palestinian factions to take steps at every level to free prisoners and support them in their battle,” said Bargouthi in a Sunday released statement.

A large number of Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum are set to go on hunger strike on Monday in protest to the condition of Israeli prisons and to mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.

Bargouthi went on to accuse the Tel Aviv regime of being “accomplice in the occupation’s crimes through detentions, unjust court sentences, and torture,” adding that “prisoners are being tried by illegitimate courts that must be boycotted as tools of the occupation.”

The file photo shows top Palestinian Fatah Movement’s leader, Marwan Barghouti (C).

He added that the strike has been organized to defy Israeli authorities’ “tyrannical” policies used against Palestinians prisoners, such as “arbitrary detentions, torture, medical negligence, and the deprivation of family visits.”

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According to a report released by three Palestinian non-governmental organizations, a total of 6,500 Palestinians, including women, children and lawmakers, are being held in prisons and detention facilities across the occupied  territories.

Palestinian inmates regularly hold hunger strikes in protest against the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions.

Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:22PM
Protesters take part in the "Tax March" to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records in Los Angeles, California on April 15, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Protesters take part in the “Tax March” to call on US President Donald Trump to release his tax records in Los Angeles, California on April 15, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump is boasting about his 2016 victory in the presidential election in response to increasing pressure on him to release his tax returns.

Ever since he started running, the real estate tycoon has refused to voluntarily release his tax returns like his predecessors.

On Sunday, he appeared on Twitter to respond to nationwide protests a day earlier, calling on him to release his tax returns.

The Republican president questioned the idea that he should release them, asserting that what matters is that he “easily” won the presidential race.

“I did what was an almost an impossible thing to do for a Republican-easily won the Electoral College! Now Tax Returns are brought up again?”

Trump suggested that rallies in Florida, New York and Washington, among other US cities, were an extension of the battle for an election that is “over.”

He also averted attention to the funding of such rallies and their organizers.

“Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!”

Thousands of people took part in the rallies that Trump called “small,” including a march to his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, where the president usually stays for the weekend.

A coalition of 69 organizations had sponsored the so-called “Tax March.”

Trump has ignored calls to release his tax returns, arguing that he is under audit.

In the run-up to his victory, the issue was adopted by the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as means to attack Trump, but to no avail.

Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:16AM
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Along with the “collapse” of the US economy and military, the United States is failing to achieve its goal of dominating the world, says a political commentator.

“The US wants to be the ruler of the world on behalf of corporate interests,” said Bruce Gagnon, secretary and coordinator at the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.

He was commenting on reports that the US Air Force recently test-dropped an upgraded gravity nuclear bomb to see whether its aircraft can carry the deadly weapon.

The B61-12 bomb, which was the first of the upgraded B-61 variant, was dropped by an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet over the Nellis Test and Training Range Complex in Nevada.

According to the Maine-based analyst, recent attempts for extension of the B61-12 bomb’s life to replace four ageing versions of the B61 in the US nuclear arsenal are part of the US continued effort to dominate the world.

“The US is telling North Korea, Iran, Russia and China that you must surrender to our domination or we will destroy you. Washington and its aggressive NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies are the world’s pirates. They see the writing on the wall: A multi-polar world in coming, where one nation cannot claim to run the entire planet,” he noted.

Ground crew members prepare an F-35 fighter jet for a training mission at Hill Air Force Base on March 15, 2017 in Ogden, Utah. (AFP file photo)

US after ‘decapitating’ attacks

The Friday report was released amid an escalation between Washington and Pyongyang, over North Korea’s nuclear tests.

“The US and its allies, like Israel, the United Kingdom, France and other nuclear powers, routinely test these systems; Today the Pentagon is testing nuclear and non-nuclear weapons and missile systems to enable Washington to deliver a decapitating first strike attack,” said the political commentator.

Gagnon further asserted that Washington’s escalation in East Asia over North Korea’s nuclear tests demonstrates the US “hypocrisy” in dealing with the matter.

“The US is desperate to hang on to its power but the military empire of more than 800 bases is collapsing before our eyes and the US domestic economy is also collapsing due to our addiction to war and military spending,” said the American analyst.

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