Archive for January 10th, 2012
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 slogans which contradict the spirit of Islam and considers that they were uttered by a fringe group aiming to undermine Ennahda’s activities and tarnish its image,” the statement said.
Israel no longer occupies the Gaza Strip but maintains a crippling blockade and 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.
Among the crowd of around 2,000 gathered at the airport, some were chanting slogans like: “Kill the Jews, it is our duty”.
Haniya fired up the crowd with anti-Israeli rhetoric but then told AFP he was not against Jews in general, only “those who occupy the land of Palestine”.
Jewish leaders in Tunisia expressed shock at the slogans and urged the government to ensure such incidents are not repeated.
Tunisia is home to a Jewish minority of about 1,500 and Ennahda, whose rise to power following the downfall a year ago of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali unnerved Western powers, has been keen to reassure the community.
“For centuries, Jewish citizens have lived in peace in their country Tunisia, with the same rights and duties as their fellow countrymen,” Ghannouchi said in the statement.
The Islamist leader accused “lobbies in Europe of trying to sully Tunisia’s image and the revolution’s achievements”.
(english.alarabiya.net / 10.01.2012)
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 yeshiva in Israel, has developed a close working relationship with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, and has met several times with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.
Lew, who served as budget director under President Bill Clinton and was a deputy to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before going back to the budget job under Obama, has strong relationships with lawmakers. He was instrumental in negotiating the debt ceiling talks with Republicans last summer.
In November Daley handed over day-to-day White House management duties to another Obama aide, Pete Rouse, setting the stage for his resignation two months later.
Yet Daley was not expected to leave the job and return to Chicago, where his family has long held a political dynasty, until after the November presidential election.
Daley had been hinting at his intentions to resign for more than two months, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. But Obama’s aides said Daley’s resignation came as a surprise to the president, who urged him to reconsider. Daley said he plans on assisting Obama in the election campaign.
A former businessman and U.S. commerce secretary, Daley took over as Obama’s top aide last year with a mandate to improve relations with the corporate community and streamline White House operations. Relations with business remained rocky, however, and lawmakers complained that his outreach to Capitol Hill was minimal.
Obama chose Daley to be his White House chief of staff in January 2011, but the former banker and veteran political fighter Daley has had a somewhat rocky tenure.
At the least, the job has not seemed like the best fit.
Daley served as commerce secretary under Bill Clinton and ran Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. He is the brother of recently retired Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and the youngest son of legendary Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.
(www.haaretz.com / 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 speech with his hands stained with the blood of the Syrian people
Pro-Assad on opposing views is being uncivil by not letting the other guy speak. Act like an adult for fucks sake.
#Damascus | Amazing night protests “Freedom forever” #Daraa | Night freedom protests in Naseib #Daraa Busr Al Harir sec forces ordered their elements on the checkpoints to arrest anyone who didn’t pay the electricity bill #DeirEzzor A huge explosion was heard and intensive shooting afterward in Al-Harakeh area near Al-Noor hospital #Homs death of Mahmoud Hussein Kheiro by his injuries which he got by sec forces shooting at a demo this afternoon
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 (Al-Rahma) Kuwait International Charity.
(mideastnews-danmike.blogspot.com / 10.01.2012)
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, INSS experts, neither the US nor Israel will use force to stop Iran’s first nuclear test which they predicted would take place in January 2013, DEBKA Israeli news agency reported.
(www.panarmenian.net / 10.01.2012)
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.
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 forces, launched number of mortars, al Qassam correspondent said.
(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 10.01.2012)