France condemns Israel’s land grab law

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault yesterday condemned the so-called “Regularisation Law” passed by the Israeli Knesset on Monday night, which enables the expropriation of private Palestinian land. The foreign minister said the law instils the existence of dozens of settlements and outposts, and provides a constitutional basis to develop them in the future. He described the law as another aggression against the two-state solution, noting that 75 countries and organisations stressed on 15 January in Paris that the two-state solution is the only solution that can bring a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. He said the law would increase tensions in the region and called on Israel to respect its international obligations, and reverse it. Britain has […]

Al-Qassam: We received new Israeli offer for a prisoner exchange deal

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said it received Israeli offers to make a prisoner exchange deal. According to Al Jazeera, the Brigades stressed that the “the format suggested by Israel did not address the least of our demands.” Al-Qassam announced for the first time last April that it captured “four Israeli prisoners”, but did not reveal formally whether they were alive or dead. It has continuously refused to provide any information regarding the Israeli soldiers captured. It also refused to reach a new prisoner exchange deal before Israel releases the Shalit exchange prisoners who have been re-arrested. A spokesman for the Qassam Brigades, Abu Obadiah, announced on 20 July 2014, during the Israeli attack on Gaza, that the Brigades captured […]

CIA rules out placing Ennahda on terrorist list

No one yet knows what specific measures the Trump administration will take to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in what is believed to be a wider crackdown on Islamic organisations. The political elite in Washington is deeply divided over the classification of the movement as a “terrorist” organisation and the disastrous consequences that this could have for Washington. Recent reports by intelligence agencies have called for its offshoots in Tunisia and Morocco to be excluded from whatever action is decided upon. Since Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, US intelligence services have been analysing the situation in Arab countries, particularly those parties and organisations considered to be an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood. The focus has been on […]

The international community is paralysed in the face of Israel’s colonial settlements

The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has finally approved the settlement bill, which legalises the theft of private Palestinian land for illegal colony-settlement purposes. This means that around 55 illegal settlement outposts built over the past 25 years without the explicit consent of any Israeli government are now “legal”. Although the world believes that this measure will undermine the internationally-backed solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict, in practical terms the international community is doing nothing about it. “The law allows Israel to expropriate private Palestinian land in the West Bank where Israeli settlements or outposts have been built,” said Allison Kaplan Sommer in Haaretz.“It allows Jewish settlers to remain in their homes, even though it does not grant them ownership of the land they […]

Iraq army, Shia militias execute Sunnis in east Mosul

Grim footage has emerged from eastern Mosul, supposedly “liberated” from Daesh control late last month,showing members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and men who appeared to be from the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) paramilitary organisation executing unarmed men in the streets. The footage shows armed Shia militants, who are fighting under the banner of Iraq, dragging a bound and clearly terrified man through the streets. The militants are heard abusing the man, and can be clearly seen beating him as they drag him to his death. The victim is then placed at gunpoint by two other unarmed men in front of a row of houses, before about a dozen Shia jihadists fighting with the PMF and Iraqi soldiers […]

Erdogan and Trump discuss joint effort against Daesh

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call overnight to act jointly against Daesh in the Syrian towns of Al-Bab and Raqqa, which are under the control of the militant group. Citing Turkish sources, Reuters reported that the two leaders discussed issues including a safe zone in Syria, the refugee crisis and the fight against terror. They also said Erdogan had urged the United States not to support the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. Trump spoke about the two countries’ “shared commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms” and welcomed Turkey’s contributions to the fight against Daesh, the White House said in a statement, but it gave no further details. The Syrian Democratic Forces […]

Assad: Peace depends on stopping support for terrorists

Peace talks in Astana are not the primary means to end the war in Syria, President Bashar Al-Assad said, adding that support for terrorist groups must stop in order to achieve peace. State news agency SANA quoted Al-Assad saying: “If you want to talk about how to see the peace, it’s not related mainly to Astana; it’s related to something much bigger: how can we stop the flowing of the terrorists toward Syria, or in Syria, how can we stop the support from regional countries like Turkey, Gulf states, or from Europe like France and UK, or from the US during the Obama administration.” Read: Syrian opposition rejects constitution proposed by Russia “Now it’s too early to judge Astana, the […]

Egyptian court orders release of senior Brotherhood leader’s daughter

A Cairo court ordered yesterday the release of Khadija El-Shater, daughter of the Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat El-Shater, Palestinian news website Rassd reported. Egypt’s public prosecutor accused Khadija of affiliation to the “banned” Muslim Brotherhood and financing it before she was arrested. Khadija denied the claims and stressed that she does not have any kind of formal relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as denying the allegations that she had financed the group. Read: Ghannouchi: Bouteflika rejected Egypt’s request to ban Muslim Brotherhood The Egyptian judiciary is currently hearing many cases relating to family members of imprisoned leadership figures of the Brotherhood over accusations that they were members of the proscribed group and financing its members, […]

Al-Araqeeb razed for the 109th time

Israeli bulldozers razed Al-Araqeeb village for the 109th time this morning. Read More: Israel demolishes Bedouin village for 105th time Israel demolishes Arab village in Negev for 100th time Israel demolishes Arab village in Negev for 87th time Negev village demolished by Israel for the 85th time Israeli occupation destroys Arab village in Negev for 66th time Bedouin village destroyed by Israelis for 61st time Israeli forces destroy Palestinian village for the 48th time Israel demolishes Bedouin village for the 42nd time Bulldozers arrived in the early hours of the morning at the entrance of the village in the Negev. They then besieged it and razed the shelters under which the village people take refuge. The local village committee said Israel’s […]