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Israel releases Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday released Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq after he completed his sentence, Quds Press reported. Thirty-five-year-old Al-Qeeq was arrested in 2015 and placed under administrative detention – detention without charge or trial. He went for a hunger strike that lasted 94 days in protest against his detention. He was released in 2016, but in January 2017, he was re-arrested at an Israeli military checkpoint in the north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli authorities once again placed him under administrative detention; he began a hunger strike in protest. This came to an end when his lawyer agreed with occupation forces that he would be sentenced to ten and a half months over claims of incitement. Al-Qeeq […]

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Moroccans condemn Israeli participation in Marrakech judo championship

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

A number of Moroccan groups have condemned Israeli participation in the Open Weight World Judo Championships starting on Thursday in Marrakech, Anadolu has reported. In a joint statement, a number of Moroccan political and student bodies, including the ruling Justice and Development Party, condemned the arrival of Israeli judo player Ori Sasson in the country. Sasson waited until Wednesday to receive an official confirmation letter for his participation in the championship so that he could travel to Morocco. The statement opposing his participation in the championship described Israel as a “rapacious entity” and called upon Moroccan government institutions and other interested parties to deal with the issue of “increasing manifestations of normalisation with the Israeli entity and to take the […]

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Israeli occupation forces destroy commercial building in Jerusalem

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli occupation forces destroyed a Palestinian-owned commercial building in the French Hill district of occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, Quds Press has reported. The building was occupied by Harhash Car Exhibition, whose staff were evacuated before the demolition took place. This is the third time that the building has been destroyed by the Israelis. The facility covers an area of around one dunam (a quarter of an acre) and it was built by the Harhash family in 2006; a building licence was obtained in 2008. Local sources said that the Israeli-run municipality has been trying to seize the land since 2012 in order to build a car park for illegal settlers who visit the French Hill Park. The park is […]

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Israel announces ‘closed military zone’ near Gaza border

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Israeli occupation authorities announced on Wednesday that the area near the border of the Gaza Strip is now a “closed military zone”, Quds Press has reported. Israeli citizens are now forbidden from approaching or entering the zone. The decision was taken because Israel is afraid of surprise attacks by Palestinians following its bombing of a tunnel which killed 12 Palestinians on 30 October. Immediately after the bombing, Israel declared the area to be a closed military zone, but on 5 November, that decision was rescinded. No details have been given about why the Commander of Southern District in the Israeli Army, Major General Eyal Zamir, has announced that the area is again a closed military zone. Palestinian civil defence […]

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Arab League chief rejects attempts to sow unrest in Lebanon

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Arab League chief has condemned any attempts to instigate unrest and spread tension and strife in Lebanon, calling on all Lebanese parties to uphold the country’s interests over any other considerations. Arab League Secretary General spokesman, Mahmoud Afifi, said Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit held a series of telephone calls with Lebanese President Michel Aoun outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss with them the possible repercussions of Hariri’s resignation. Aboul Gheit expressed hope that Lebanon will overcome the current crisis without affecting the country’s peace or stability. Last Saturday, in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon’s prime minister unexpectedly resigned. Hariri blamed Iran and Hezbollah for his decision and alluded to information about […]

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UN warns if no Yemen aid access, world will see largest famine in decades

November 9, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Wednesday that if a Saudi-led military coalition did not allow humanitarian aid access to Yemen then it would cause “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.” The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in neighboring Yemen said on Monday it had closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran. The move, which follows the interception of a missile fired towards the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday, is likely to worsen a humanitarian crisis in Yemen that according to the United Nations has pushed some seven million people to the […]

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Saudi corruption crackdown could raise $800bn

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption crackdown may see the government seize up to $800 billion in cash and assets according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The US business newspaper quoted unnamed sources in claiming that the government was planning to seize up to $800 billion on the basis that they were amassed through corruption. Since the launch of the crackdown Saudi Arabian banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the Kingdom. The most prominent of those held against their will in the Ritz Calton Hotel in Riyadh include the Kingdom’s best-known international investor, Al-Waleed Bin Talal who is thought to be worth $16.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin […]

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PA resumes security ties with Israel

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Palestinian Authority today said it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July as a result of Israel’s increased surveillance around Al-Aqsa. Police chief Hazem Attallah told foreign reporters in a briefing that the suspension of ties had ended two weeks ago. “Security coordination between Palestinian and Israeli services have resumed as it used to be before it stopped,” Attallah said, adding that he was referring to joint efforts to prevent militant attacks, as crime-fighting police cooperation between the sides had never stopped. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas halted security coordination with Israel on 21 July, demanding it remove metal detectors it had installed outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Amid mass protests across the world […]

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Yemen’s Houthis will provide asylum to Saudi princes

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Houthi armed group has offered Saudi princes political asylum in Yemen after Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrested 11 last Saturday, Al Jazeera reported. Sources close to the Houthi leadership told the news site that Saudi princes or any national seeking refuge would be “welcomed” by Yemen. “We are ready to offer sanctuary to any member of Al Saud family or any national that wants to flee oppression and persecution,” said the source. Dozens of Saudi nationals were detained on Saturday in an alleged anti-corruption crackdown, including billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, Saudi Arabia’s richest businessman and investor. Read more: Is Saudi’s Bin Salman tacking corruption or making money? “To our fellow Al Saud royals, to anyone in the […]

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Egypt’s judiciary announces review into notorious Scorpion prison

November 8, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Egypt’s judiciary has decided to review one of the country’s most notorious prisons, according to the Associated Press. The 12-page document indicates that the State Commissioners’ Committee reportedly ordered Cairo University to put together a team of medical and human rights specialists in order to assess whether the infamous “Scorpion” prison is suitable to hold prisoners. The Scorpion prison, linked with the Tora prison complex in Cairo, has become notorious for being one of the main jails where political prisoners are often sent and where abuse has become prevalent. According to the document, the interior ministry declined to provide prison records of visits by prisoners’ families and other documents that show how the prison was constructed and furnished. Read more: […]

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