Turkey to raise Israel’s Gaza blockade to The Hague

Turkish FM Davutoglu says Ankara will start process at Int’l Court of Justice for investigation into “what Gaza blockade really is.” ISTANBUL – Turkey said on Saturday that it would apply next week for an  investigation by the International Court of Justice into the legality of Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Speaking to Turkish  state-run television during a gathering of European foreign ministers in Poland, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also reiterated  Turkey’s support for efforts to win recognition for a Palestinian state  through the United Nations. On Friday, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and froze military  agreements with … Continue reading Turkey to raise Israel’s Gaza blockade to The Hague

Kaddafi kreeg hulp van CIA en MI6

De verdreven Libische leider Muammar Kaddafi heeft nauw samengewerkt met de Amerikaanse inlichtingendienst CIA en de Britse dienst MI6. Dat meldden de kranten The Wall Street Journal, The Independent en The Times. Onder de Amerikaanse president George W. Bush zouden zelfs terreurverdachten en andere personen naar het Noord-Afrikaanse land zijn gestuurd om te worden ondervraagd. Een van hen is Abdel Hakim Belhadj. Hij werd na aankomst in Libië ondervraagd en gemarteld. Belhadj voert momenteel de anti-Kaddafistrijders in de straten van Tripoli aan. Uit de documenten blijkt ook dat de toenmalige Libische inlichtingenchef Moussa Koussa warme contacten onderhield met hooggeplaatste CIA-medewerkers. … Continue reading Kaddafi kreeg hulp van CIA en MI6

The Arab Spring Forces Israel to Change its Security Strategy

September 03, 2011                         Arik Segal The recent cycle of violence in southern Israel marked a few important precedents in Israeli security policy. First, the Southern Israeli border with Egypt is no longer safe as it has been in the past 30 years. Second, the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt should not be taken for granted. Third and most important was the decision of Israeli cabinet not to forcefully respond to rocket attacks coming from Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that: “Israel will not respond to the attacks from Gaza with a large-scale operation”. The Israeli government realized that … Continue reading The Arab Spring Forces Israel to Change its Security Strategy

Gaza press protests Israel’s arrest of Al-Jazeera journalist Samer Allawi

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Dozens of journalists protested Saturday in front of UN offices in Gaza City demanding that Israel immediately released Al-Jazeera correspondent Samer Allawi. Israeli authorities detained Allawi, Afghanistan bureau chief of the Qatar-based network, at the Allenby Bridge on the Jordan-West Bank border on August 10. Allawi was returning from a three-week holiday in his hometown of Sebastiya in the West Bank district of Nablus, a statement from the satellite news channel’s Jerusalem bureau said. Speaking at Saturday’s protest, director of the Doha Media Center Adel Zanoun said journalists paid a heavy price for their work as … Continue reading Gaza press protests Israel’s arrest of Al-Jazeera journalist Samer Allawi

Analysis: Why UN statehood for Palestine is pointless

By Gloria Caleb Published: September 3, 2011 BEIRUT: Out on the streets of Beirut and particularly in and around the crowded Palestinian refugee camps in the last week of July, one frequently saw Palestinians chanting slogans and waving their national flag. No matter what the occasion, these gatherings always reiterate Palestinian people’s right to return to their homeland from which they were expelled six decades ago on the creation of Israel. With the same goal in mind, the Palestinian National Authority (PA) will present its case of recognition as a state of a broken up rump Palestine  – bits and … Continue reading Analysis: Why UN statehood for Palestine is pointless

Tegenvallende interesse voor Wilders in Berlijn

De fractieleider van de PVV, Geert Wilders, heeft onder zeer strenge veiligheidsmaatregelen vandaag in Berlijn een toespraak gehouden op een bijeenkomst van de kleine, rechtse partij Die Freiheit van René Stadtkewitz.. Die Freiheit geldt als een Duitse versie van Wilders’ PVV. Volgens Stadtkewitz ,,verkoopt bondskanselier Angela Merkel Duitsland aan Europa” en zijn de meeste werklozen in Duitsland afkomstig uit moslimlanden. Wilders keerde zich opnieuw tegen de Europese superstaat en de islam, die hij ziet als grootste bedreigingen. Hij beklemtoonde ook dat ,,Breivik geen van ons is”, verwijzend naar de Noorse, ultrarechtse extremist Anders Behring Breivik, die in juli een bomaanslag … Continue reading Tegenvallende interesse voor Wilders in Berlijn

Muslim preacher assassinated in London

London, (Pal Telegraph) – Sheikh Maymun Zarzur, a Lebanese imam, was killed after leading prayers at the Muslim Welfare House in London, the Islamic centre said on Saturday. Zarzour was found dead on Friday after leading the early morning Fajr prayers at the Islamic community centre, Muslim Welfare House said. Police said they had arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of murder. According to a Muslim Brotherhood official in Lebanon, Zarzur is Lebanese and from the southern Iqleem al-Kharoub region. He was in his 40s. Zarzur had been the imam at the Muslim Welfare House in north London since … Continue reading Muslim preacher assassinated in London