Palestinian bid legitimate, says EU parliament

STRASBOURG: The European parliament pressed the United States and the European Union on Thursday to respond to the “legitimate” Palestinian demand to be represented as a state at the United Nations. With Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in limbo, the European MPs made their plea in a resolution adopted in a show of hands ahead of a US-EU summit in Washington on Nov.28. The parliament urged the United States and the EU to “address the legitimate demand of the Palestinians to be represented as a state at the United Nations as a result of negotiations within the UN framework.” The parliament had … Continue reading Palestinian bid legitimate, says EU parliament

Israeli forces close village, erect checkpoints

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have closed the entrance of Beita village in Nablus and are refusing to allow residents to enter or exit the area, witnesses said late Thursday.  Soldiers erected flying checkpoints in Huwara and the entrance of the Shavei Shomron settlement, and closed the nearby Beit Furrik checkpoint, travelers said. Israeli forces are also searching cars before allowing them to continue. The official Palestinian Authority news agency, meanwhile, reported that four Palestinian youths from Azun, a village south of Qalqiliya, were arrested as well as three others from Hebron. Qusai Saleem, 17, Rashad Shbetah, 13, Ihab Misha’al, … Continue reading Israeli forces close village, erect checkpoints

Police clash with students in Athens

Riot police secure the US Embassy in Athens, November 17, 2011. Greek security forces have clashed with protesters who were marching on the US embassy in Athens to mark the anniversary of a bloody 1973 student uprising which helped topple a US-backed army dictatorship in Greece. The Thursday demonstration was swelled in numbers as many joined the rally to protest against unpopular austerity measures, aimed at saving the country from its debt crisis, Reuters reported. More than 30,000 people marched in central Athens beating drums, waving red flags and chanting “EU, IMF out!” in the first test of public defiance … Continue reading Police clash with students in Athens

US terror drones kill 13 in south Somalia

An American Predator drone At least 13 people have been killed after US assassination drones launched aerial attacks in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported. Somali tribal elders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the remote-controlled aerial vehicles fired several missiles at Buzar village, which is located close to El Wak city in Somalia’s southwestern region of Gedo, on Thursday. They added that dozens of people were also injured in the strikes. The aerial attacks came as US assassination drones had struck Buzar village a day earlier. At least 26 people were killed and … Continue reading US terror drones kill 13 in south Somalia

Geweld tegen moslims in VS met 50 procent toegenomen

Misdaden en delicten gericht tegen moslims zijn in 2010 met bijna 50 procent gestegen ten opzichte van 2009. Racistisch en religieus geïnspireerd geweld daalde licht of kende een kleine stijging. Dat blijkt uit gepubliceerde statistieken van de Amerikaanse federale recherchedienst FBI. Volgens de cijfers steeg het geweld tegen moslims van 107 in 2009, naar 160 in 2010, wat een stijging van 49 procent betekent. Geweld tegen katholieken steeg met 13 procent, terwijl geweld tegen joden een daling van 4 procent kende. In totaal werd een stijging van 14 procent opgetekend van antireligieuze misdaden. Het aantal “hate crimes” steeg licht tot … Continue reading Geweld tegen moslims in VS met 50 procent toegenomen

Tunisia’s Islamist party showing signs of radical shift

Tunisian analysts worry Islamist party Ennahda may curb women’s rights and follow conservative line of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood after tone of recent comment Leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda Rachid Ghannouchi Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, which vowed to pursue moderate policies after it won elections last month, has provoked concern about its radical roots by evoking the caliphate and criticising single mothers. Many Tunisians loathed Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s dictatorship for its unchecked corruption and allergy to genuine democracy, but his toppled regime once stood out as an Arab state with a progressive approach to gender equality. Souad Abdelrahim, the sole female … Continue reading Tunisia’s Islamist party showing signs of radical shift

1 held after Israeli raid on Nablus workshop

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have closed down a workshop used to forge documents in a village near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, officials said Thursday. Authorities believe the lab was being used to forge documents in Aqraba village, said Luba Sumari, an Israeli police spokeswoman. Israel’s Shin Bet general security service assisted police in the investigation. Sumari said a 34-year-old Palestinian man was arrested and various devices and means of forging were seized from the scene. She did not elaborate on the nature of these forged documents. The suspect, who was not identified, is currently under investigation, she … Continue reading 1 held after Israeli raid on Nablus workshop