Al-Jazeera survey names Erdogan ‘Person of the Year’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was named 2016’s “Person of the Year” in a survey by Al Jazeera’s Arabic service on Saturday. According to Al Jazeera’s Arabic service website, around 130,000 people voted in the survey carried out on the Doha-based network’s Facebook page. Erdogan came out as 2016’s “Person of the Year” by bagging 40 percent of the votes. Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old Syrian child who was photographed in August 2016 with his face covered in dust and blood after an attack by regime forces, came in second with 34 percent votes. Slain Tunisian aviation engineer Mohamed Zouari, who was reportedly behind the drone program of Palestinian group Hamas, came in third with 17 per cent votes.

Al-Jazeera survey names Erdogan ‘Person of the Year’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was named 2016’s “Person of the Year” in a survey by Al Jazeera’s Arabic service on Saturday. According to Al Jazeera’s Arabic service website, around 130,000 people voted in the survey carried out on the Doha-based network’s Facebook page. Erdogan came out as 2016’s “Person of the Year” by bagging 40 percent of the votes. Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old Syrian child who was photographed in August 2016 with his face covered in dust and blood after an attack by regime forces, came in second with 34 percent votes. Slain Tunisian aviation engineer Mohamed Zouari, who was reportedly behind the drone program of Palestinian group Hamas, came in third with 17 per cent votes.

Suicide bomb attack kills 10 in Baghdad market

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded marketplace in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least ten people and wounding over a dozen others, police and medical sources said. The attack in the mainly Shi’ite district of Baladiyat was the second bomb attack to hit the Iraqi capital on Sunday. A suicide car bomb claimed by Daesh at another market killed 13 people earlier in the day. The Turkish Foreign Ministry  issued a statement to condemn the attack and convey its condolences to the Iraqi people.

Israel apologises over plot to ‘take down’ UK MPs

Israel’s embassy in London issued an apology to Britain’s foreign minister Sunday, after one of its political officers was secretly filmed by an Al Jazeera investigation team last year revealing plots to destroy the careers of senior British politicians. The comments by a senior officer from the embassy, Shai Masot, suggested that the then chief of staff of the deputy chairman of the ruling Conservative Party “take down” British lawmakers including Foreign Minister Alan Duncan, who has been critical of the Israeli state’s resettlement policies in the occupied West Bank. In the footage revealed Friday, Masot was filmed in October 2016 dining with Maria Strizzolo – deputy Conservative chairman Robert Halfon’s chief of staff – in a London restaurant as part of a six-month long investigation by […]

At least four dead in truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem

A truck driven by a Palestinian rammed into pedestrians on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday killing four people, according to Israeli police who called it a deliberate attack. “It is a terrorist attack, a ramming attack,” a police spokeswoman said on Israel Radio. Police said the dead, three women and one man, were all in their twenties. An Israeli bus driver who witnessed the incident said on the radio the truck ploughed into a group of soldiers, and that they fired on the driver, who reversed direction and ran over them again. “They shot him, until they neutralised him,” said the bus driver, who gave his name only as Moshe. Israeli TV stations said the driver was killed, […]

REVEALED: Secret tapes expose Israeli influence over UK Conservative Party

A senior political officer at the Israeli Embassy in London has been secretly filmed talking about how he would like to “take down” UK foreign office minister Alan Duncan, a vocal opponent of illegal Israeli settlement building in the West Bank. He said Duncan, who is one of the few Conservative ministers to speak out over settlements, was causing “a lot of problems”. He also called Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, “an idiot”. In a separate conversation with the embassy staffer, Crispin Blunt, the chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, was described as being “on the hit list” for his views which were “strongly pro-Arab rather than pro-Israel”. The revelations provoked an immediate political reaction, with Desmond Swayne, a […]

Algeria announces state of emergency on Tunisia border

Algerian authorities announced a state of emergency on its borders with Tunisia yesterday, after reports that about 800 Tunisians were returning from conflict zones emerged, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported. Algerian authorities took intensified security measures in Al-Maa Al-Abyad and Al-Koweef districts across the 1,000 kilometre border. The Algerians placed monitoring cameras for vehicles and people, in addition to sitting up 20 observation points. Commenting on the situation, security expert Faisal Al-Sharif told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed: “The wave of social protests, which have surged in Algeria recently due to the price hikes and a new budget, were the main reason behind the announcement of the state of emergency.” He added: “The Algerian government fears these protests will expand and so they caused security […]

Facebook closes accounts of Palestine activists

Facebook has closed the accounts of a number of Palestinian activists after using a hashtag lamenting a Palestinian assassinated by Israel 20 years ago, Quds Press reported yesterday. Former female prisoner Ghofran Zamel, fiancée of Hassan Salameh who is spending several life sentences in Israeli jails, said that she was surprised to find her Facebook account was shut down yesterday. Zamel said that when she wanted to open her accounts, a message appeared telling her that the accounts were closed but without giving any reasons. She said she sent messages to Facebook to complain. Meanwhile, several activists reported their accounts were closed in addition to accounts managed by Hamas activists after using a hashtag which praised a Hamas fighter. On […]

Facebook closes accounts of Palestine activists

Facebook has closed the accounts of a number of Palestinian activists after using a hashtag lamenting a Palestinian assassinated by Israel 20 years ago, Quds Press reported yesterday. Former female prisoner Ghofran Zamel, fiancée of Hassan Salameh who is spending several life sentences in Israeli jails, said that she was surprised to find her Facebook account was shut down yesterday. Zamel said that when she wanted to open her accounts, a message appeared telling her that the accounts were closed but without giving any reasons. She said she sent messages to Facebook to complain. Meanwhile, several activists reported their accounts were closed in addition to accounts managed by Hamas activists after using a hashtag which praised a Hamas fighter. On […]

PA arrests Palestinian who fired on Israeli settlement

The Palestinian Authority (PA) arrested a Palestinian man who opened fire at the entrance of an illegal Israeli settlement called Bet El near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Safa news agency reported yesterday. Citing Israeli TV Channel 7, Safa said that the Palestinian opened fire at the illegal Israeli settlement last week. The Palestinian drove a car from the Palestinian refugee camp of Al-Jalazoon, came close to the Israeli settlement, opened fire at its entrance before fleeing the scene. PA security services chased the Palestinian gunman and arrested him. It gave no more details about the operation, although there were no reported casualties or fatalities. In such situations, the PA security services and the Israeli military cooperate and exchange […]