Jerusalem comes to Gaza

The media production city in southern Gaza has taken on the characteristics and features of Jerusalem and its streets spread across 3,000 square metres. The city was established by Al-Aqsa satellite television and it was made to produce the series “Gate of Heaven”, a drama portraying the lives of Jerusalemites and their daily suffering in this day and age. Zuhair Al-Afrangi, the show’s director, told MEMO that it took a year to write the scenario and build the city. He says that the series’ events revolve around the lives of Jerusalemites in the Old City and Bab Al-Silsilah, one of Al-Aqsa’s gates. Al-Afrangi also said that the series will be aired in Ramadan and talks about the Jerusalemites’ defiance and […]

UN report to equate Israel’s policies to slavery in the US

A United Nations body has announced that it will be publishing a new report on Israel which will equate the country’s economic impact on Palestinians to the impact of slavery on the US. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) has said that its upcoming report will attempt to estimate the financial impact of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, looking at the example of slavery in the US. This comes on the back of another report published by ESCWA earlier this month, which accused Israel “beyond a reasonable doubt” of being guilty of “policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid” against the Palestinian people. Three days after the report’s publication, ESCWA head Rima Khalaf resigned […]

Algeria denies claims meeting with Iran was to confront ‘tafirism’

Algeria has rejected claims that an agreement was signed between Algiers and Tehran to confront “Takfir throughout the region” during a meeting with Tehran’s Culture Minister Reza Amir Salehi last week. It should be noted first of all that what was reported by some Iranian media regarding the content of the talks that took place during the interview that was received by the Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the Prime Minister AbdelMalek Sellal is nothing but an improper transfer and a conclusion that is not identical to the truth of what has been circulated and of the statements made during this meeting. Last week, Salehi visited Algeria for two days where he met several officials including Sellal. […]

Sudan: At least 15 dead in tribal violence over camel theft

At least 15 people have been killed in fighting that broke out between two rival Sudanese tribes in a dispute over stolen camels. The row, which erupted between the Hamr tribe and the Kababish in Western Sudan near the town of Nuhud, has also resulted in scores of injuries. The dispute centres on the theft of camels that some tribesman from the Kababish tribe are alleged to have stolen three days ago from the Hamr tribe. It is believed that several Hamr tribesmen began criminal proceedings at a local police station to recover the stolen property, but others decided to take the law into their own hands. They traced the stolen animals to an area known as the Green Valley, apprehended […]

Sudan’s Al-Bashir to visit Ethiopia tomorrow

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir will visit Ethiopia tomorrow, where he will hold meetings with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other government officials. The two leaders would “discuss the political and economic relations between the countries as well as the regional situation in IGAD and in the Horn of Africa,” Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, said. Ghandour confirmed that the talks would try to find ways to speed up joint projects on power, security and infrastructure that had previously been agreed upon by the two countries. He said the two leaders are expected to discuss ways of removing obstacles hindering the progress of signed accords. The Ethiopian ministry’s spokesman, Tewolde Mulgeta, added that Al-Bashir is also expected to visit some of […]

Rights group: Siege has brought Gaza to the ‘edge of collapse’

Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip has brought the enclave to the brink of total collapse, a European human rights group warned today. “The humanitarian situation of more than two million Palestinians trapped in Gaza is getting worse day after day,” said Ramy Abdu, director of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor in Geneva. The policy of closure and siege imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip as a continuous approach has brought the sector to the brink of total collapse; as a result of the marked increase in the poor humanitarian conditions experienced by the population. Abdu warned that Israel’s policies to restrict the movement of people and goods, to prevent travel permits for treatment, to restrict the entry of […]

Sisi and Trump unite against terrorism

  Egypt and the US will work together to combat terrorism, the “problem of the century”, the leaders said in a press conference ahead of their meeting today. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is in Washington D.C. on an official visit which starts today. This is the first time the leader has been invited to America after he took office in a military coup in 2013. Al-Sisi said he admired US President Donald Trump’s unique style. I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt Trump said […]

Hamas to recognise 1967 borders

Hamas is expected to recognise a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders as part of its new charter which is likely to be released soon. The Lebanese news site Al Mayadeen made the revelations after details of the new charter were leaked to it. However nowhere does that movement mention its recognition of Israel. The final document has not been released by the movement and there have been discussions about a future state, sources close to the group told MEMO. “It is possible to agree to a state within the 1967 borders, but it does not necessarily include recognition of Israel and does not mean that there is a relinquishment of historic Palestine,” Al Mayadeen quoted the new charter saying. […]

UK to send troops to fight terrorism in Jordan

Britain will send military personnel to Jordan to fight against Daesh, UK Prime Minister Theresa May will announce during a three day trip to the Middle East, which begins today. May will set out measures to boost cooperation between the UK and Jordan to tackle extremism before flying to Saudi Arabia to strengthen trade and security ties as Britain prepares to leave the EU. Ahead of the visit she stressed the need to fight terrorism at the source saying: To tackle the threats we face from terrorism and from geopolitical instability, we must meet them at their source. Training will be carried out by British troop in Jordan to help the country’s air force improve its capability to strike Daesh […]

Israel uproots 150 olive trees for ‘damaging view of nature reserve’

Israeli forces uprooted 150 olive trees in the Wadi Qana valley in the central occupied West Bank district of Salfit this morning without prior notice, locals told Ma’an. Mayor of the nearby village of Deir Istiya Said Zeidan told Ma’an that the “Israeli occupation” uprooted 135 trees, all of which were between two and four years old, and also destroyed a 40-metre-long dry-stone wall in the area. A spokesperson for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, confirmed that 150 trees were “evicted” on Monday morning for “damaging the natural view and values of the nature resort.” Deir Istiya’s municipal council member Nathmi Salman told […]