Protesters in Baqa al-Gharbiyye demand immediate release of cancer-stricken prisoner Walid Daqqa

Dozens of Palestinians demonstrated today in the city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye in the 1948-occupied territories demanding Israeli occupation authorities to immediately release prisoner Walid Daqqa, a Palestinian in Israeli prisons since 1986 who is currently battling death as a result of advanced bone marrow cancer. The protesters raised pictures of prisoner Daqqa and Palestinian flags, in addition to banners calling for his immediate release. Some of the banners read, "Freedom for Walid Daqqa," "Walid is free," "Walid's freedom is our demand," and "Walid is in danger." Daqqa is a Palestinian writer and activist who has been imprisoned by Israel since 1986 for his resistance of the Israeli occupation. In December 2022, he was diagnosed with advanced bone marrow cancer and was declared in urgent need of a transplant, but has not yet had a transplant. On May 22, Daqqa was transferred to the intensive care unit at the Assaf Harofeh hospital south of Tel Aviv due to further health complications. But three days later, Israeli authorities transferred him back to the Ramleh prison's clinic in Israel, which is notorious for its difficult conditions, despite calls by rights groups to keep him hospitalised for constant monitoring and treatment if he is not released. His imprisonment also violates the 1993 Oslo Accords, which had a clause for the release of all Palestinian prisoners detained prior to the signing of the agreement.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

OIC condemns Israel’s permission for settlers to establish six settlement outposts

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the Israeli occupation government's permission for settlers to establish six settlement outposts in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron. In a press statement issued this evening, the OIC affirmed that "Israel's colonial settlement policy is illegitimate under international law and United Nations resolutions, including UN Security Council Resolution 2334 of 2016." It also affirmed the need to hold Israel to account for this crime, calling at the same time on the international community to assume its responsibilities towards stopping all Israeli policies against the Palestinian people, their land and their sanctities.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

Weather: Hot conditions prevail despite a drop in temperature, which remains above the average

Partly cloudy skies and relatively hot weather conditions are expected today in Palestine despite a significant drop in temperature, which nevertheless remains above its seasonal average by around 3°C, according to the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD). Winds are westerly to northwesterly, moderate to active, and sea waves are low to medium. Temperature in the capital, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem is expected to reach a high of 30°C and a low of 17°C, and in Ramallah and Hebron a high of 29°C and a low of 16°C. In Jericho, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan Valley temperature is expected to reach a high of 42°C and a low of 24°C, and a high of 31°C and a low of 22°C in Gaza and the coastal areas. Moderate weather conditions with partially cloudy to clear skies are expected on Sunday with a further drop in temperatures to become around its annual average. No change in temperature or weather conditions is expected on Monday and Tuesday, said the PMD, which warned against direct exposure to the sun for long times, especially during peak hours between 11 AM to 4 PM, and against setting fires in areas with dry grass.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

Erdogan sworn in as president for a new 5-year term

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in today for a new five-year term as president after winning re-election last week. "I, as president, swear upon my honor and integrity before the great Turkish nation and history to safeguard the existence and independence of the state," Erdogan said during a ceremony at the parliament in Ankara, which was broadcast live. Erdogan received his mandate from the interim parliament speaker before taking the oath.

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Foreign ministry condemns Israel for allowing settlers to replace displaced Palestinians in Masafer Yatta

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates today condemned the Israeli occupation authorities' permission for settlers to establish six settlement outposts in the Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, at a time it had approved the removal and displacement of its indigenous Palestinian residents under the pretext the area is a "military training zone and shooting area". The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that these violations expose the flagrant exchange of roles between the Israeli occupation army and settlers, with support from the government, in attacking the Palestinian people in an effort to annex the West Bank. It stressed that the absence of international accountability of the occupying state for its violations and crimes, foremost of which are the settlements and ethnic cleansing, encourages the Israeli government to continue its measures to annex the West Bank, calling on the United Nations Security Council to implement resolution 2334 on settlements, and on the US administration to assume its responsibilities and translate its position rejecting settlements into actual steps that force the occupying state to stop settlements in all its forms.

Source: En - Palestine news & Information Agency - WAFA

Parliament Speakers to EP President: ‘Unique Morocco-EU Partnership Commits Us to Act with Respect and Determination’

The unique partnership between Morocco and the EU "commits us to act with respect and determination," stressed the speakers of the Moroccan parliament's two chambers, Rachid Talbi El Alami and Enaam Mayara.

The Moroccan officials' statement came in response to European Parliament (EP) President Roberta Metsola's letter noting "a common will to ensure in all circumstances the continuation of dialogue between our respective legislative institutions, in the interest, well understood, of the strategic partnership between Morocco and the EU."

"This unique partnership commits us to act with respect and determination in favor of the development of relations between the political formations that make up our nations, through the institutions that emanate from them - the Moroccan Parliament and the European Parliament," they pointed out in this missive.

Pointing out that both Morocco and the EU countries have developed a positive agenda and pioneering joint actions, both bilaterally and in concertation in multilateral forums, Talbi El Alami and Mayara specified that the partnership between the Kingdom and the EU is enriched by these achievements. "It is our responsibility to do everything in our power to preserve them."

After having recalled that the resolution of January 19 and subsequent developments have had a profound impact on the image of the European Parliament among all the living forces of the Moroccan Nation, they stressed that they had been surprised, "while we thought we saw in your letter a potential for dialogue", by the unfair positions adopted in the draft of the report on "foreign interference in all democratic processes of the European Union; including disinformation", established on May 15, 2023 by the Special Committee on "Interference and Disinformation and on Strengthening Integrity" (ING2) in the European Parliament.

"As you know, this draft will be put to a vote at the next plenary session of the European Parliament. Judging by its inquisitorial content and hostile recommendations, this draft, if adopted, will damage any positive prospects between our two institutions," warned the presidents of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors.

In view of this, "we call upon the sense of responsibility expressed in your letter, and invite you to give effect to your decision to appoint the European component of the Joint Parliamentary Committee, so that this committee - through its Moroccan and European co-chairs - can meet immediately and quickly agree on a favorable outcome."

Talbi El Alami and Mayara pointed out that "if our partnership is intended to overcome difficult issues, it must be noted that what we find all too often in the remarks and documents issued by the European Parliament with regard to Morocco goes beyond the scope of constructive criticism, and is openly part of an unfair and unfounded offensive."

According to the two officials, "the necessary exchanges that drive dialogue between our political communities must be accompanied by a relationship worthy of the citizens they serve."

"It is in the hope of conferring an ever stronger dynamic to the relationship that unites our institutions that today it is imperative to engage in a frank debate on all issues of mutual interest," maintained the speakers of the two Chambers of the Moroccan Parliament, affirming that it is decidedly necessary that relations concerning a partner country reflect reality and that they can be anchored on the healthy foundations offered by a truly balanced dialogue.

To this end, "we are ready to discuss with you the ways forward and to receive the most positive indications regarding the development of our cooperation."

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

‘Model of North-South Cooperation’: Spanish Top Official Hails Migration Management with Morocco

Spain's State Secretary for Migration Isabel Castro Fernández described the management of migration issues with Morocco as a "model of North-South cooperation," both in the fight against human trafficking networks and in the context of circular migration.

"The Spain-Morocco permanent group on migration [...] is an institutional framework that [...] has formed the permanent basis of an exceptional partnership on migration between the two countries," Castro Fernández told MAP.

This statement is "supported by concrete actions that make it [the Morocco-Spain partnership] today a model of North-South cooperation," she further noted on the sidelines of the 21st meeting of the Group, which took place on Friday in Madrid.

In this regard, the Spanish official voiced her wish to see this "successful" experience "extended to other countries," noting that Rabat and Madrid "are committed to continuing this experience with a global approach that reconciles multiple dimensions and contributes to jointly addressing and managing migratory flows from a human and security perspective."

Castro Fernández, who welcomed the "success" of this group, maintained that both parties are determined to "increase circular migration projects, strengthen cooperation in surveillance, and expand integration policies and the fight against racism and xenophobia."

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Lower House Speaker Represents HM the King in Investiture Ceremony of Türkiye’s Erdo?an

Speaker of the House of Representatives Rachid Talbi Alami represented HM King Mohammed VI in Ankara on Saturday at the investiture ceremony of the President of the Republic of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was re-elected for a third term.

The investiture ceremony was held at the Presidential Complex in Ankara in the presence of heads of state, government representatives, legislative institutions and international organizations. His Majesty the King's Ambassador to Türkiye Mohamed Ali Lazrak also attended the inauguration.

Earlier in the day, President Erdogan took the constitutional oath at the Turkish Parliament, marking the official start of his third presidential term, after receiving the inauguration document from the Speaker of Parliament.

After taking the constitutional oath, the head of state visited the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, before proceeding to the Presidential Complex to attend the inauguration ceremony.

As Erdogan's convoy arrived at the Presidential Complex, 101 cannon shots were fired to mark the ceremony, in which the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the Turkish Traditional Music Ensemble and the Military Music Orchestra of the Turkish Armed Forces took part.

At the end of the ceremony, President Erdogan will host a reception in honor of the guests at Çankaya Palace.

On Thursday, the Supreme Election Board announced the final results of the second round of the May 28 presidential election, which showed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected with 52.18 percent of the vote.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse