Tunisian Islamist leader condemns anti-Semitic slogans

Israel no longer occupies the Gaza Strip but maintains a crippling blockade and Ismail Haniya, whose Islamist Hamas has a similar ideological background to Ennahda’s, was given a warm welcome when he arrived in Tunis on January 5. The top leader of Tunisia’s governing Islamist party on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitic slogans heard in a crowd that welcomed Ismail Haniya, prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, last week. Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the Ennahda party that won the most seats in Tunisia’s landmark post-revolution polls in October, issued a statement a day after Haniya’s visit ended. “Ennahda condemns these … Continue reading Tunisian Islamist leader condemns anti-Semitic slogans

Sabbath-observant Jew named Obama’s new White House chief of staff

Jacob Lew, who last served as budget director, to replace William Daley. WASHINGTON – A Sabbath-observant Jew was named on Monday as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, one of the most pivotal jobs in U.S. politics. Jacob (Jack) Lew, who last served as the White House budget director, will be replacing William Daley, who resigned just one year into the job. The change will take effect at the end of the month. Daley’s predecessor was another prominent Jewish political figure, Rahm Emanuel, who is now mayor of Chicago. Over the past three years, Lew, whose son studied in a … Continue reading Sabbath-observant Jew named Obama’s new White House chief of staff

News from Syria 10.01.2012

#Damascus Midan A night demo went out in Nahr Aisha chanting and was faced by live ammunition and teargas grenades #Damascus Noise campaign started in Basateen area in Mazzeh Captain Muhannad Al-Abdullah with a group of soldiers defect and join Free Syria Army #DeirEzzor Heavy gunfire in the region of Hamidiya and clashes continue in most regions of the city #Idlib An aircraft flying over the Military Security area near Areha #Hama Intensive shooting was heard in Masha’ south of playground #Idlib: Saraqeb: The military shot three artillery shells on a sit-in for the fourth time, resulting in injuries. The sit-in continues. Assad giving a … Continue reading News from Syria 10.01.2012

Kuwait funds three water projects in Palestinian Khan Yunis

GAZA, Jan 10 (KUNA) — Khan Yunis Municipality announed Tuesday the completion of several important projects, funded by donors, including Kuwait, related to improving water services in the city, aiming to improve the quantity and quality of water. Director of water and sanitation in Khan Yunis Eng. Yousef Al-Haj Yousef affirmed the importance of such projects. These projects included the drilling and the establishment of “Kuwait Waters” well at a cost of USD 80,000, as well as the construction of two desalination plants in the eastern region and Al-Amal town at a cost of USD 50, 000 funded by Mercy … Continue reading Kuwait funds three water projects in Palestinian Khan Yunis

Israeli media: Iran to test one-kiloton nuclear device in 2012

PanARMENIAN.Net – Tehran is preparing an underground test of a one-kiloton nuclear device during 2012, much like the test carried out by North Korea in 2006. Underground facilities are under construction in great secrecy behind the noise and fury raised by the start of advanced uranium enrichment at Iran’s fortified, subterranean Fordo site near Qom. According to a scenario prepared by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University, Israel was resigned to a nuclear Iran and the US would offer Israel a defense pact while urging Israel not to retaliate. As quoted by the London Times Monday, Jan 1, … Continue reading Israeli media: Iran to test one-kiloton nuclear device in 2012

Medics: Toddler hit by settler car

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian toddler was injured Tuesday after she was hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler east of Hebron, medics said. Three-year-old Sarah Jabari was taken to the Ahli Hospital in Hebron, Red Crescent medic Nasser Qabajeh told Ma’an. She was hit on a road near Kiryat Arba settlement, he added. (www.maannews.net / 10.01.2012) Continue reading Medics: Toddler hit by settler car

Israeli tanks advance 300 meters north Gaza

  Gaza- Israeli occupation forces supported with military vehicles have advanced  300 meters into  north Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli occupation forces have invaded the area under heavy gunfire at Palestinian homes and farms. Forces accompanied bulldozers around 300 meters inside the border near Jabalia to raze lands in the area, Al Qassam correspondent reported. No casualties were reported. Heavy gunfire was also heard in the southern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, with locals saying Palestinian militants exchanged fire with an Israeli military post near the Kerem Shalom crossing. Palestinian resistance factions clashed  with the invading … Continue reading Israeli tanks advance 300 meters north Gaza