Three years after the Syrian revolution began the number of foreign fighters in the ranks of the Free Syrian Army and revolutionary brigades have increased; however this so-called 'immigration' does not necessarily stop when the Bashar Al-Assad regime falls.
Undercover Israeli forces on Wednesday morning kidnapped a Palestinian citizen from Jenin in the northern West Bank. Eight orphans and three Palestinian security officers were also arrested from other parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Witnesses said that a number of Israeli forces wearing the uniform of Palestinian workers got out of a white car and attacked two Palestinians. They kidnapped Shojaa Qurainin, 25, and fled. No information is as yet known about his whereabouts. Medical sources said that the other citizen, Rabee Jaradat, 24, was admitted to hospital for treatment of light wounds.
- 22 May 2013
- Letter from Cairo
Anyone who denies that the Egyptian media, in both its visual and written form, is suffering from a professional and moral crisis is either too stubborn and proud or deceitful and glorifies unrighteousness to promote it as the truth. This has caused the cards to be mixed up and unrighteousness is now promoted as the defence of the right of media, which is demanded by everyone. It may be repetitive to mention that the freedom of thought and speech (which has now become a deplorable term due to the fact it is used by so many manipulative tongues that know nothing other than the language of lies, deceit, and incitement) is one of the foundations of democratic systems used to reveal corruption or immorality. However, all this is happening under the umbrella of law, which unfortunately is absent from Egypt. Following the glorious January revolution, Egypt has become a victim of the media funded by foreign countries that resent the revolution and are afraid that it will spread to their own counties and dethrone them. Moreover, such countries do not want to see Egypt regain its strength and glory and reclaim its historical and pioneering role in leading the Arab and Islamic nations. As such, billions of dollars are being pumped into establishing newspapers and opening television stations at a time when several factories and companies have been closed down and thousands of workers let go.
Al Jazeera Arabic has once again shown it is firmly leading the way in its viewership – as the most watched pan-Arab news channel. According to audience data produced in March 2013 by Ipsos and Sigma - two independent media research agencies - the channel exceeds the combined total viewership of all other pan-Arab channels. Al Jazeera's daily viewership across the MENA region was 34 per cent higher than all the other Pan-Arab channels combined.
Israel's Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, on Tuesday sent a strongly worded letter to Israeli Defence Minister, Moshe Ya'alone, accusing security forces of acting wrongly in protecting illegal settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli newspaper said.
The Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported that Weinstein wrote to Ya'alone asking him to ensure criminal enforcement of planning and construction violations in the West Bank without delay.
Egypt's ambassador to the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Othman, has expressed appreciation for the Palestinian government in Gaza's position, patience and cooperation with the Egyptian authorities in resolving the captured soldiers' crisis in Sinai.
In response to Hamas leader Dr Salah Al-Bardawil's congratulations of the Egyptian authorities for releasing the Egyptian soldiers, Othman said, "We commend the patience and endurance of the Palestinian people while the Rafah crossing was closed in order to resolve this crisis."
Deputy Chairman of Hamas' Political Bureau, Moussa Abu Marzook, has expressed grief over the torture taking place in Palestinian Authority prisons and believes that the EU statement issued on Wednesday (5/22) is somewhat saddening as it indicates that Europeans seems to care more about the rights of Palestinians than Palestinians themselves.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday (5/22), Abu Marzook said "I read a story I wish I hadn't - "The EU expresses its concern over torture in PA prisons". I say this for two reasons; firstly because of the torture itself, and secondly because the EU is more protective of Palestinian rights than the Palestinians themselves."
Saeb Erekat, member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) Executive Committee, stated that the Israeli government "Continues to exercise the settlement policy on the occupied Palestinian territories."
During a meeting with the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Erekat said: "The total number of Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land after Benjamin Netanyahu came into office from 2009 to 2012 has reached over 16,000 settlement units. On average, this is 11 new settlement units a day."
The Syrian army said that it has destroyed an Israeli vehicle that crossed the ceasefire line in the Golan Heights into the Syrian territories.
The Israeli army responded with firing a Tammuz missile on a Syrian site in the Golan Heights after Syrians opened fire on an Israeli army patrol that was carrying out routine work.
In the past two days the Hamas movement has briefed Egyptian security authorities on a vast amount of intelligence documents they obtained after entering the headquarters of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service and the Palestinian Intelligence amid Hamas' ouster of its rival, the Fatah movement, from the Gaza Strip.
The remaining Palestinians in the Al-Naqab area, located in the southern area of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948, are seeking to internationalise their case. They are also raising awareness about the racism they are subjected to by Zionists who are aiming to seize their land, forcefully expel them from it and relocated them to allocated areas that could be called racist "ghettos", similar to those prevalent during Apartheid in South Africa.
- 21 May 2013
During a visit to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Finnish foreign minister, Erkki Tuomioja, discussed the humanitarian issues facing the Sector and promised a $1.5m increase in his country's support to UNRWA.
Tuomioja accompanied UNRWA staff on a short tour to several places in the Strip, including the University of Palestine where he was offered him an Honorary Doctorate for his efforts toward international humanitarian justice.
A Palestinian organisation located in the territories occupied in 1948 that maintains Islamic sanctities and monitors violations against them by the Zionist occupation authorities has said that, "Zionist gangs have been using malicious methods and means of destruction and Judaisation of Islamic and Christian sanctities in order to alter real Palestinian landmarks over past 65 years in what is known as the "Nakba" or [Palestinian Catastrophe]." It also noted that this "still goes on today at the hands of the Israeli establishment and its various branches."
Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said on Monday that Israeli settlements are the main obstacle before efforts to revive the peace process, and that the Palestinian Authority is prepared to join 63 international organisations and conventions but is holding back to give Kerry's efforts a chance.
Speaking at a meeting of a committee concerned with Palestinians exercising their inalienable rights in New York, Erekat said: "In total 6,000 Israeli settlements have been approved between 2009 and 2012. This is an average of 11 settlement units every day."
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