Netanyahu vows to ‘remove Al Jazeera from Israel’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this evening vowed to close the Al Jazeera office in the occupied city of Jerusalem. “The Al Jazeera network continues to incite violence around the Temple Mount,” he wrote in a Hebrew-language Facebook post using the Israeli name for Al-Aqsa Mosque. For the past 11 days, clashes between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinians have been taking place in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank after Israel added metal detectors and advanced surveillance cameras at the doors of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Palestinians have protested the move which  they said is a change to the status quo and a further step towards Judaising the Muslim holy site. Read: End of Al Jazeera, a dark day for the Middle East Al Jazeera […]

Amnesty slams Israel for ‘terrifying’ hospital raids

Amnesty International has condemned Israeli forces for multiple violent raids into an occupied East Jerusalem hospital. Israeli forces stormed Makassed Hospital at least twice over the past week in an attempt to detain protesters they had critically injured during demonstrations against Israel’s increased security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli police and border police soldiers have been “terrifying staff and patients and in some cases preventing doctors from providing emergency medical care to critically injured patients,” Amnesty International wrote in a statement yesterday. The conduct of Israeli forces who carried out violent raids on Makassed hospital harassing and intimidating staff and patients is utterly deplorable. “There can be no justification for preventing medical workers from caring for a critically wounded patient,” […]

Egypt sets up national council to fight terrorism

Egypt established a national council for combating terrorism today, giving it broad authority to set policies aimed at “fighting extremism”, a presidential decree stated. Egypt has been battling a Daesh-led insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers since 2013, though attacks have increasingly moved into the mainland in recent months. After two deadly church bombings earlier this year claimed by Daesh that killed at least 44 people, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi declared a state of emergency and pledged to establish a national council that would root out extremism. Read: Politician writes from Egypt’s Scorpion Prison: ‘I pity my jailer’ Rights activists have accused Al-Sisi of using his powers to quash freedoms and suppress opposition, […]

Saudi princes fear Mohammed Bin Salman

A number of Saudi princes fear facing the same fate as former Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef who has been under house arrest since a coup which saw Mohammed Bin Salman named as his replacement, Twitter user Mujtahidd has revealed. Mujtahidd, who often publishes leaks from within the Saudi royal family which have later been proven to be true, added that Bin Salman tried to convince Prince Mutaib Bin Abdullah, the 65-year-old head of the Saudi National Guard, to step down so he could appoint one of his sons to the position. However, Prince Mutaib refused and warned Bin Salman against taking such a reckless decision. كما علمت مصادر مجتهد أن ابن سلمان حاول إقناع متعب بن عبدالله بالتخلي عن […]

100 Israeli settlers occupy house in Hebron

Israeli forces assisted some 100 settlers in the illegal occupation of a building in Hebron last night. The property was stormed by 15 families after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu encouraged the building of a new illegal settlement called Beit HaMachpela in the area. Palestinian residents were evacuated from the house, which is close to the Ibrahimi Mosque, despite an ongoing court case as to ownership, according to the Times of Israel. Netanyahu also reportedly asked security forces to permit settlers to storm the property; a move that the Palestinian occupants say was a form of collective punishment in response to the ongoing protests over access to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Read: 150 French Jews move to Israel Hazem Abu […]

Is David Cameron’s new role advising failed states a sick joke?

On 7 March 2011, at a special meeting held in the ancient British city of Derby, differences in the coalition cabinet burst into open argument. The issue at hand was whether to assist in a new Western operation to remove Muammar Qaddafi as leader of Libya. Kenneth Clarke, a more liberal Tory grandee, was distinctly opposed to backing any intervention and made these views known forcefully. He was joined by Defence Secretary Liam Fox. Fox’s stance was surprising. This was only a few months short of his near-traitorous arrangements with arms industry lobbyists and secret alliances with Israel and the United States were revealed. Fox wanted to watch and wait on the deteriorating situations in Bahrain and Syria. He was worried that too many British military resources would be tied up in tackling Qaddafi that might later be needed elsewhere. Read: France’s Libya […]

Morocco approves Islamic banking service

The Sharia Committee of the Moroccan government yesterday approved the operations of Islamic banks. The permit came in a book issued by Bank Al-Maghrib, the central bank in the country, for the participating banks which want to open Islamic channels within their services. Islamic banking institutions will begin marketing their services to the public starting today. “The Sharia Committee’s approval of Islamic banks to deal with some contracts, such as Murabaha [interest] and Ijarah [rental], will enable banks to start their services,” said Talal Lahlou, an expert on Islamic finance. Read: In Morocco, stopping the Rif mobilisation requires democratisation Despite the announcement of Umnia Bank, the first Islamic bank in Morocco, that it would open three branches in Rabat and Casablanca […]

Oman ready to become region’s import, export hub

Oman has announced its readiness to become the import/export hub of the region. The GCC member was one of the countries that stood to benefit from the Saudi-led blockade on Qatar after deciding to remain neutral during the regional crises that saw four of its Arab neighbours impose a siege on a fellow Arab state. One of the measures taken by the blockading countries was to deny Qatar access to their ports. Typically, cargo for Qatar stops at the UAE’s massive port in Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, or in Abu Dhabi, then gets put on smaller boats heading to Doha. Following the blockade, international free trade zones like Jebel Ali in the UAE were cut off. Hundreds of containers destined […]

Yemen: Oil pipeline explosion in Shabwa

An explosion erupted at a crude oil pipeline in Yemen’s Shabwa province yesterday, according to Al-Alam, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to local reports, the attackers used rocket launchers to strike the pipeline. Shabwa, to the south of the country, is witnessing political turmoil between local tribes and the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in relation to oil production and revenue. Violent hostilities were reported in the region between tribal fighters against mercenary groups allegedly belonging to the Saudi-led coalition at the city of Marib. The tensions arose over the death of a member of the Obeida tribe at a checkpoint controlled by the mercenary group.

European court keeps Hamas on EU terror list

The European Court of Justice ruled today to keep the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, on the European Union’s terror list. In a statement the court said; “Groups can be listed if there is an on going risk of that person or entity being involved in the terrorist activities, the ECJ, therefore, sets aside the 2014 judgment of the General Court.” “It refers the case back to the General Court so that the latter may examine the facts and arguments on which it did not rule in its 2014 judgment.” Judges at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overruled the General Court’s 2014 ruling that was made based on the fact that the Council of the European Union had insufficient evidence […]