PA resumes security ties with Israel

Palestinian Authority today said it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July as a result of Israel’s increased surveillance around Al-Aqsa. Police chief Hazem Attallah told foreign reporters in a briefing that the suspension of ties had ended two weeks ago. “Security coordination between Palestinian and Israeli services have resumed as it used to be before it stopped,” Attallah said, adding that he was referring to joint efforts to prevent militant attacks, as crime-fighting police cooperation between the sides had never stopped. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas halted security coordination with Israel on 21 July, demanding it remove metal detectors it had installed outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Amid mass protests across the world […]

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Yemen’s Houthis will provide asylum to Saudi princes

The Houthi armed group has offered Saudi princes political asylum in Yemen after Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrested 11 last Saturday, Al Jazeera reported. Sources close to the Houthi leadership told the news site that Saudi princes or any national seeking refuge would be “welcomed” by Yemen. “We are ready to offer sanctuary to any member of Al Saud family or any national that wants to flee oppression and persecution,” said the source. Dozens of Saudi nationals were detained on Saturday in an alleged anti-corruption crackdown, including billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, Saudi Arabia’s richest businessman and investor. Read more: Is Saudi’s Bin Salman tacking corruption or making money? “To our fellow Al Saud royals, to anyone in the […]

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Daesh blast kills more than 75 in eastern Syria

At least 75 displaced civilians have been killed after a car bomb exploded in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ez-Zor on Saturday, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The attack, which took place one day after the Syrian army wrestled control of most of the region, also injured some 140 refugees gathering on the east side of the Euphrates River. The blast took place between the Conoco and Jafra energy fields; an area controlled by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Daesh is currently battling both the Russian allied Syrian regime, and the SDF in separate offensives in the region. Whilst the group has lost vast swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq in recent months, […]

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Algeria: 6 jailed for attacks on teachers

Five students and a security guard have been sentenced to between 12 and 18 months in prison by a court in Bir Mourad Rais in a case of the aggression against teachers in the Algiers 3 University earlier this year. In February, teachers from the Faculty of Political Science and Information in the Algiers 3 University were targeted by a number of students which included interrupting the National Council of Higher Education Teachers (CNES)’s meetings and physically assaulting teachers. “We were between professors debating issues relating to our job, we suspected nothing, things quickly deteriorated when this group of criminals landed in the room,” one of the teachers explained. Read: Algerian Professor beaten unconscious by university students Teachers have openly […]

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Egypt: Tourism revenues to rise 105% this year

Tourism revenue in Egypt will rise 105 per cent by the end of the year, taking it to $7 billion, Deputy Tourism Minister, Adela Ragab, said. According to Tariq Amer, governor of the Egyptian Central Bank, Egypt’s tourism revenues amounted to $3.4 billion in 2016. During an interview with Al-Shorouk, Ragab said: “The number of tourists coming to Egypt may exceed 7.5 million by the end of this year.” The United Nations World Tourism Organisation predicts that eight million tourists will have visited Egypt this year. Some 5.9 million tourists visited Egypt between January and September this year, compared to 3.8 million during the same period the previous year, figured from the Ministry of Tourism show. Read: No recovery in Egypt […]

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Egypt’s judiciary announces review into notorious Scorpion prison

Egypt’s judiciary has decided to review one of the country’s most notorious prisons, according to the Associated Press. The 12-page document indicates that the State Commissioners’ Committee reportedly ordered Cairo University to put together a team of medical and human rights specialists in order to assess whether the infamous “Scorpion” prison is suitable to hold prisoners. The Scorpion prison, linked with the Tora prison complex in Cairo, has become notorious for being one of the main jails where political prisoners are often sent and where abuse has become prevalent. According to the document, the interior ministry declined to provide prison records of visits by prisoners’ families and other documents that show how the prison was constructed and furnished. Read more: […]

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US faith groups publish statement defending right to boycott Israel

US faith groups have published a statement in support of the right to boycott, asserting that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is protected by the First Amendment. The statement was backed by the Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ, Alliance of Baptists, American Friends Service Committee and dozens of other faith organisations. “We are alarmed by legislation recently passed in a number of states penalising participation in the nonviolent, grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights,” the groups said, “and by similar legislation that is proposed in the US Congress.” “As faith leaders, we have long used the nonviolent instruments of boycott and divestment in our work for justice and peace.” Read: Israeli ministers […]

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Ex-Israel PM referred Weinstein to ex-Mossad agents to quash sexual assault claims

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has admitted to recommending ex-Mossad agents to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who were then used to suppress news stories detailing allegations of sexual assault against dozens of women, Israel’s Channel 2 reported yesterday. Earlier this week it was revealed that Weinstein, who has been accused of harassment and rape by over 82 women, hired a network of spies last year, which included former Mossad agents, to investigate women who accused him of assault, specifically actress Rowan McGowan who detailed his abuse in her autobiography. Barak confirmed yesterday that he referred Weinstein to the Israeli firm Black Cube, which claims its employees are “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units”. […]

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Houthis threaten to target ports, cities of Saudi coalition members

Yemen’s Houthi group yesterday threatened to target all airports, ports and areas of interest in countries that belong to the Saudi-led military coalition that fights the Iran-backed militia in Yemen. “All airports, ports, border crossings and areas of any importance to Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be direct targets of our weapons, which is a legitimate right,” read a statement released by the Houthis’ political office. This comes after the Saudi-led coalition’s leadership had announced the temporary closure of all air, sea and land borders in Yemen after the Houthis launched a ballistic missile towards Riyadh airport on Saturday. The Supreme Political Council, formed by the Houthis and Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party, said that it would not stand […]

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Between the Balfour Declaration and Trump’s declaration

November 2, 1917 was an ill-omened day in the history of the Arab and Muslim nation. It is the day that Arthur James Balfour sent a letter to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild, a leader of the World Zionist Movement, in which he stated the British government’s support for the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine. This promise was made by someone who did not have the right to make it. At the time, the Jewish population in Palestine was no more than 50,000, around 5 per cent of the total population in the country. The ill-fated declaration disregarded the hundreds of thousands of Palestine’s indigenous people and only mentioned their civil and religious rights; the Palestinians’ political, economic […]

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