Monthly Archives: March 2011
“Kidnapped” Palestinian engineer: “I don’t know anything about Gilad Schalit;” PA envoy says Ukraine should act after “terrible act of piracy;” Barak: Any intel about Hamas is useful, arrest was justified.
March 31, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Noam Schalit on Thursday called on jailed Palestinian engineer Dirar Abu Sisi’s family to press Hamas to release captive soldier Gilad Schalit. The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.
In a telephone conversation with Abu Sisi’s wife Veronica, aired on Israel Radio, Schalit said that if a prisoner exchange deal is made in order to free his son, Abu Sisi would be released as well.
In response, Schalit was told that Abu Sisi is not connected to Hamas, and his family will do whatever they can to free him.
Dirar Abu Sisi claimed that he does not know anything about Gilad Schalit, shortly before a hearing in the Petah Tikva District Court on Thursday, in which his remand was extended by five days.
“I was kidnapped in the Ukraine and interrogated about Gilad Schalit,” Abu Sisi said. “I have no connection to him. I don’t know anything about Gilad Schalit.”
Abu Sisi went missing on a train traveling from Kharkov to Kiev on February 19 and later was revealed to be at the Shikma prison in Ashkelon. Foreign reports said that the engineer, who worked at Gaza’s central power plant, had information relating to captive soldier Gilad Schalit.
The Petah Tikva District Court is expected to release indict Abu Sisi within five days.
“I don’t know anything. I’m an engineer,” he said. He also said hello to his wife and children.
PA envoy encourages Ukraine to act
The Palestinian ambassador in Ukraine on Thursday denied that Abu Sisi was a member of Hamas.
Mohammed Al-Assad, the Palestinian envoy in Ukraine, told a news conference in Kiev on Thursday: “He was not a member of any organization”.
Describing Abu Sisi’s disappearance as a “terrible act of piracy”, Assad urged Ukrainian authorities to put pressure on Israel to ensure his safe return to Ukraine. Earlier Thursday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak defended Israel’s arrest of Dirar Abu Sisi.
In an interview with Israel Radio, Barak said that Abu Sisi has useful information about Hamas even if it does not concern Schalit, which justifies the arrest. (*)
March 31, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — A delegation of Hamas led by Mahmoud Zahar has met with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which received power in Egypt following the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak, as well as several political forces and Egyptian parties and a number of youth behind the Jan. 25 revolution, AL QASSAM WEBSITE reported on Thursday.
They congregated at the headquarters of the Egyptian Wafd party.
Discussions with the Supreme Council focused on bilateral relations, Palestinian reconciliation, the Gaza siege and opening the Rafah crossing on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. They also discussed the Palestinians still being held in Egyptian prisons.
The tour, which began a day earlier as Hamas visited the new Egyptian foreign minister Nabil al-Arabi, was concluded with a visit to the Wafd party president El-Sayyid el-Badawi yesterday afternoon.
Badawi confirmed that the Israeli-Arab conflict has been an Egyptian issue since the beginning of its history.
He added that he has confirmed the right of the Palestinians during meetings with the assistant US secretary of state and US ambassador to Cairo, delegations from the European Union and more.
Zahar confirmed during the discussions that the conflict with Fatah is between those who want resistance against the occupation and those who believe that peace can win back even less than 22 per cent of the land. But Hamas, he said, has agreed to reach its hand out to Fatah to meet the demands of the Arabs. (*)