Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »

De Mistura: October will be ‘decisive’ in Syrian crisis

:: The United Nations hopes for a “serious negotiation” between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said More »


Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Israeli soldier convicted of fatal shooting enters prison

:: A soldier convicted of fatally shooting an incapacitated Palestinian attacker has begun serving his prison term. Elor Azaria arrived at the military prison inside the Tzrifin base in central Israel on Wednesday to serve out his

Israel’s demographic game in Jerusalem

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: In its scheming ingenuity, Israel’s government will not cease its efforts to hammer nail after nail into the coffin of a final-status deal with the Palestinians based on a two-state solution. One

Israel to strip Arab attacker of citizenship for first time

:: A member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Sunday she was quitting because a lack of political backing from the UN Security Council had made the job impossible, Swiss national news agency

Israel launches preliminary investigation of Amman embassy shootings

:: Israel said on Friday it would conduct a preliminary investigation into the July 23 shooting to death of two Jordanians by a guard at its Amman embassy who the kingdom says should face criminal prosecution. Citing

The fight for Jerusalem: Palestinians will not be subdued

Ramzy Baroud

By : Dr. Ramzy Baroud :: Five Palestinians were killed and nearly 1,000 others were wounded within ten days in Jerusalem, beginning July 14. Commenting on this alarming figure, the Israeli rights group, B’Tselem accused the Israeli

Gates to al-Aqsa Mosque reopen with no age restrictions

:: The Islamic Endowments of Jerusalem confirmed that all al-Aqsa gates are now open with no age restrictions imposed, reported News Agency. Earlier in the day, Israeli forces permitted only men over the age of 50 and

Arab League urges Israel to learn lessons from al-Aqsa crisis

:: The Arab League said on Thursday Israel’s removal of new security measures that sparked days of violence at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque had solved the immediate crisis but urged it to learn lessons by desisting from any

Israel removes all security apparatus from al-Aqsa Mosque after unrest

:: Israel overnight removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, stepping up its efforts to diffuse political and religious tension. Celebrations

Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel damaging Jerusalem’s “Islamic character”

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Wednesday of inflicting damage on Jerusalem’s “Islamic character”, in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions in a dispute over the Al-Aqsa mosque. The dispute over security at the

Palestinians demand all measures be lifted at al-Aqsa Mosque compound

:: The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday demanded that all Israeli security measures at a Jerusalem holy site be removed after Israel lifted some obstructions that had triggered violent protests. “De-escalation is urgent,” Riyad

Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance

:: Israel on Tuesday decided to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a cabinet statement said. Israel

Israeli embassy staff in Jordan return to Israel

:: The staff of Israel’s embassy in Jordan, including a security guard involved in a shooting incident in which two Jordanians were killed, returned to Israel from Amman on Monday, an official from the Israeli prime minister’s

Jerusalem on fire but where are the firefighters?

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle :: Three years ago, violent unrest in Jerusalem was the overture to a massive Israeli onslaught on Gaza. With all the horror of Gaza, many forgot that Jerusalem was the spark, as it

Trump aide to visit Israel in bid to ease tensions

:: A top aide to US President Donald Trump was due in Israel Monday in a bid to ease tensions over new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, a US official said. “President Trump’s

Arab League: Jerusalem is a red line and Israel is playing with fire

:: Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Sunday that Jerusalem is a red line, accusing Israel of playing with fire and introducing the region into a “very dangerous” situation by adopting policies and measures

Al-Aqsa crisis is Tillerson’s first real Mideast test

Faisal J. Abbas

By : Faisal J. Abbas :: The stars were perfectly aligned for Rex Tillerson. As secretary of state under a Republican president whose party enjoys a majority in both sides of the house, and given the massive

Diplomats call for urgent UN talks requested after Jerusalem clashes

:: Sweden, France and Egypt on Saturday requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council following Israeli-Palestinian unrest in Jerusalem, diplomats said. The meeting would be to “urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can

Tensions in Jerusalem are explosive

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: No place encapsulates the ills of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the desperate need for peace as much as the city of Jerusalem. The city of peace might appear peaceful at first glance.

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