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: PALESTINE

Al-Araqeeb village: Palestinian Bedouins refuse to surrender 116 times

Ramzy Baroud

By : Ramzy Baroud :: On Aug. 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time. As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers began evacuating the premises, village residents

Netanyahu’s hold on power hangs by a thread

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: Very few leaders have had the wisdom to vacate their seat at the height of their power. Most start with great promise and hope, and end their tenure with a whimper. After

Slain Palestinians’ relatives to perform Hajj as king’s guests

:: Preparations are complete for the arrival of 1,000 relatives of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to perform this year’s Hajj as guests of King Salman. Abdullah Al-Madalj, secretary-general of the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz General

Another attempt to appease the Israeli government

Ramzy Baroud

By : Ramzy Baroud :: The US government is declaring war on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Since 2014, 11 US states have enacted legislation to criminalize the movement, which uses non-violent means to put

Despite shortcomings, Abbas remains vital for a peace deal

Osama Al-Sharif

By : Osama Al-Sharif :: As if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas does not have enough problems and challenges on his hands, the US Senate is about to pass legislation that would compel the State Department to cut

Projectile from Gaza lands in Israel: Army

:: A projectile fired from the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip landed late on Tuesday in southern Israel, the military said. The incident caused no casualties or damage, a military spokesperson added. Israel and Hamas have fought three

Jordan’s King Abdullah discusses holy site tensions in Ramallah

:: Jordan’s King Abdullah met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday for the first time in five years to discuss tensions at a Jerusalem holy site and wider political developments. While the

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

From Oslo to here: The long quest for Palestinian justice

Baria Alamuddin

By : Baria Alamuddin :: I am continually astonished by discussions I have with otherwise well-informed people who have fixed views about the peace process formed from odds-and-ends they have read in the Western media. When it

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on rare visit to Ramallah

:: Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Amr Abul Atta responded to Qatar’s statement in which it accused Cairo of misusing its chairmanship of the Counter-Terrorism Committee for political purposes and settling old feuds. Egypt

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

UN chief to make first visit to Israel, Palestinian territories

:: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pay his first visit since taking the UN helm to Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip, at the end of the month. The UN chief will

Has the left in Israel found new hope?

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: For years, Israel’s political system has been moving to the right, leaving an air of inevitability about the demise of the left and particularly of the Labor Party. Election after election, Likud

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

Palestinian FM: We appreciate King Salman’s efforts to protect Al-Aqsa

:: Palistianian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki expressed his appreciation to King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud for his continuous efforts to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Arab leaders for their efforts to compel Israel to

Israeli occupation forces enter Al-Aqsa courtyard, arrest dozens

:: Large numbers of Israeli occupation forces broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday and arrested dozens of Palestinians, Al Arabiya correspondent reported. According to eyewitnesses from inside Al-Aqsa, soldiers broke into the Holy site

Dozens injured in clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque as Muslims enter site

:: Clashes erupted between Israeli police and Palestinians at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Thursday as thousands of Muslim worshipers entered to end a boycott of the compound over new Israeli security measures. An AFP correspondent witnessed

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