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    Grand Mufti advises Egyptians to support candidates who deserve the votes

    The Grand Mufti of Egypt has stressed to voters the importance of voting for "the best, the fittest and the efficient" in the country's first truly democratic elections for decades. Dr. Ali Jumaa said that it is important for all citizens to work together for the success of the...
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    Knesset Foreign Affairs Chairman says IDF must prepare for peace treaty collapse

    The Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee has said that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) must prepare for the scenario of a collapsed Egypt-Israel peace treaty. Shaul Mofaz noted, however, that Israel's goal must be to preserve the peace treaty with Egypt. Speaking to Israel's Army...
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    Senior scholar calms fears of civil war in Libya

    A member of the General Secretariat of the International Union of Muslim Scholars has calmed growing fears of a civil war erupting in Libya. Ali Mohamed Al-Salaby said that the investigation into military council official Abdel Hakim Belhadj at Tripoli airport was a manifestation of the stability and confidence...
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    Ennahda leader 'on his way to Washington'

    Credible sources in Tunisia claim that the leader of the country's Ennahda Party is on his way to Washington for what is being described as "an official visit". Sheikh Rashid Ghannouchi has been banned from entering the United States for a number of years but since Ennahda won the...
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    Unprecedented election turnout in Egypt, with queues of voters blocking the streets

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES There has been unprecedented participation in the first stage of the parliamentary elections in Egypt. Record turnouts were recorded in all polling stations. Despite cold weather and heavy rain, voters formed queues which, in some areas, were hundreds of metres long. The situation led to the closure...
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    Israel fears boycott law in Tunisia

    Sources in Israel have expressed deep concern about the possibility of Tunisia adopting what is being called the "Opposition to Zionism and Boycott of Israel" law. According to the Hebrew language media, the political community in Tel Aviv is taking this seriously as the proposed law is being supported...
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    Greater Israel "is planned at the expense of the Palestinians"

    A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Executive Committee has warned of plans to create "Greater Israel" at the expense of the Palestinian people and their rights. Hanan Ashrawi said that the Israeli occupation authorities seek to destroy the Palestinians and erase evidence of their existence. In an...
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    Head of Arab League says Israeli disregard for international law is beyond all limits

    The Secretary General of the League of Arab States has said that "Israel's disregard for international law, public opinion and human rights conventions is far beyond all limits." Speaking on Tuesday during the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians, Dr. Nabil Al-Arabi said, "The world should realise that...
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    Meshaal meets with Emir of Qatar to prepare for visit to Jordan

    The head of Hamas has met with the Emir of Qatar in order to prepare for a joint visit to Jordan with the Gulf country's Crown Prince. Khaled Meshaal had a meeting with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani on Tuesday in the Qatari capital Doha. Sources have been...
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    Israeli academics condemn construction of Museum of Tolerance on Muslim cemetery

    Israeli academics have condemned the construction of the so-called "Museum of Tolerance" on the site of a historic Muslim cemetery in Occupied Jerusalem. They have also warned that should the museum on top of the Ma'aman Allah Cemetery go ahead, Israel risks major and bitter confrontation with the Muslim...
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    Grand Mufti of Jerusalem warns of threat from construction of synagogue under Wailing Wall

    The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine has warned of the dangerous repercussions that could result from Israel's plan to build a synagogue under the Buraq ("Wailing") Wall on the western boundary of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. In a statement issued on Thursday, December 1, Sheikh Mohamed Hussein...
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    Egyptian intellectual says revolutions are creating a paradigm shift in Arab politics

    A leading Egyptian intellectual and political commentator has said that the Arab revolutions open the way for the birth of a new political era and paradigm shift in which the Arabs are beginners. Fahmi Howeidi added that although this shift means that Islamists now find themselves facing the possibility...
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    Islamists win 65% of votes in first round of Egyptian elections

    The results of the first round of voting in the Egyptian elections have seen Islamist parties securing 65 per cent of the votes cast. The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won 36.62% of the votes, the Salafist Al-Nour Party took 24.36% and the centrist Al-Wasat got 4.27%. The...
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    As a French minister makes an official visit, Islamists are unlikely to come to power in Algeria

    The professor of political science at the University of Algiers has said that it is unlikely for Algeria to adopt a radical political model such as those in Tunisia and Morocco which have enabled Islamists to win elections. Speaking exclusively to Quds Press, Dr. Abdul Aali Razzaghi said, "The...
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    Palestinians denounce Israeli decision to expel MP

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Palestinians have denounced an Israeli judge's decision to expel MP Ahmed Attoun from his home city of Jerusalem. The Palestinian Legislative Council, the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc, and the International Campaign for Freeing Abducted Members of Parliament have all criticised the Israeli move. Mr Attoun, fellow...
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    Israel Again Threatens to Withhold Tax Revenues as a Collective Punishment

    The Israeli government has again threatened to withhold the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority if President Mahmoud Abbas presses ahead with his bid for UN membership. This is the second time in a matter of weeks that Israel has used the retention of the...
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    UN Resolution Demands That Israel Signs Up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

    Egypt's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the UN General Assembly has adopted two new resolutions submitted by Egypt regarding nuclear disarmament and the danger of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. In a press statement issued by the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo, Amr...
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    Israel seeks to resume diplomatic presence in Cairo

    Political sources in Israel have revealed that the government in Tel Aviv is engaged in discussions with Egypt's military rulers about reopening it's embassy in Cairo. According to reports on Israel Radio, it is hoped that new ambassador Yaakov Amitai will be able to start work soon and present...
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    OIC condemns Israeli decision to expel MP from Jerusalem

    The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the Israeli decision to expel Palestinian Member of Parliament Ahmed Attoun from Jerusalem. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu described the move as "a flagrant violation of international law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention, excessive disregard for the international will and...
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    Egyptian presidential candidate says fear of Islamists is unjustifiable

    A candidate for the Egyptian presidency has said that there are no reasonable grounds for the fears arising out of the success of Islamist parties in the first stage of the country's parliamentary elections. Magdy Hatata called such fears "unjustifiable". All of the Islamists, he reminded everyone, are Egyptians...
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    Israel creates artificial limit to tighten sea blockade

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES In a new and potentially life-threatening attempt to impose a unilateral limit for Gaza's fishermen, Israel has placed a series of buoys off the coast of Gaza. The move not only seeks to enforce the maritime blockade of the besieged territory but also increases the restrictions on...
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    Hamas remains in Syria and has not altered its position

    The Vice-Chairman of the Political Bureau of Hamas has questioned the veracity of reports which claim that the Islamic Resistance Movement has changed some of its political stances, is withdrawing from Syria, and is disengaging from links with Iran. Dr Musa Abu Marzouk described such statements as "media reports...
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    The sweet smell of (strawberry) success in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Gaza Strip is expected to export at least one thousand tons of strawberries to Western Europe this year. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, strawberry farmers in Gaza have had a successful year in Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Strip. Around 250 acres of...
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    Israel carries out deadly daylight attack on Gaza City

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Israeli aircraft have carried out an unprovoked attack on Palestinians in Gaza City. The attack in broad daylight targeted two activists travelling in their car on Thursday afternoon. Palestinian medical sources confirmed that two civilians were killed in the attack; six others were injured, including a woman...
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    Hamas calls for a general uprising in defence of Al Aqsa and other sacred sites

    The Islamic Resistance Movement has warned the Israeli government of possible repercussions from the occupation authority's decision to close the Mughrabi Gate Bridge, an access route to Al Aqsa Mosque, prior to its demolition. Hamas considers the decision to be a "flagrant violation of the sanctity of the Noble...
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    Israel evicts Palestinians from their Jerusalem home to give it to Jewish settlers

    A Jerusalem human rights centre has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities have forced a Palestinian family out of their home in order to give it to illegal Jewish settlers. Hussein Hajoo and his family had to leave the house in Wadi Hilweh, Silwan, near Al Aqsa Mosque. According...
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    Freedom and Justice Party denies agreement with Washington on respecting Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

    The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party has denied a report in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth which claimed that the party is holding talks with the US Administration about the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. The source is claimed to be US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey...
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    Israeli raids on Gaza continue

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Israeli forces have continued shelling various regions of the Gaza Strip. Yesterday night, they launched several raids targeting a sight in the North West of Gaza City belonging to the resistance. Civilian fatalities have been confirmed. The midnight raid destroyed a neighbouring house belonging to the Al-Za'lan...
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    Nablus hosts successful "Kanafeh and Soap Festival"

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESIn a bid to promote local products as an alternative to Israeli-produced goods, the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank has hosted a "Kanafeh and Soap Festival". This was the largest event organised by the public relations committee of the Nablus local authority in the whole...
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    Israel approves new settlement bloc near Bethlehem

    The Israeli authorities have approved the establishment of a new settlement bloc near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. The new construction will have 40 housing units built for illegal Jewish settlers. Reports in Haaretz newspaper on Monday said that Minister of Defence Ehud Barak approved the construction...
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    Netanyahu supports bill to ban loudspeakers for mosque calls to prayer

    Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his support for a proposed law that would ban mosques from using loudspeaker systems for the call to prayer inside Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister told his Likud Party ministers that he backs the bill proposed by the Yisrael Beiteinu Member of the Knesset Anastasia...
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    Judaisation of the Negev has been ongoing since the Nakba

    The deputy head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948-Occupied Territories (Israel) has said that Israel's current targeting of the Palestinians in the Negev is "part of the displacement scheme which has been ongoing since the Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948". According to Sheikh Kamal Al Khatib, Israel aims to...
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    IDF officers warn about growth of "Jewish terror"

    Senior officers in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have issued a warning about the growth of what they describe as "Jewish terror" in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The IDF officers expressed their concerns about the repercussions of the increase in violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinian citizens across the...
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    Israel destroys 500 Palestinian homes and displaces 1,000 during 2011

    International human rights organizations have accused Israeli authorities of escalating operations to destroy Palestinian property over the past year. They asserted that "When compared to 2010, doubled the pace of home demolitions and destruction of wells." In a joint statement signed by over twenty human rights...
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    Jewish settlers threaten to colonise Jordanian territory

    Israeli media reports claim that dozens of Jewish settlers have crossed the border between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan and threatened to establish a colony on Jordanian territory. The illegal settlers' move was in response to the Kingdom's stand on Israel's plans to demolish the historic Mugharbeh Bridge...
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    Hamas holds massive rally in Gaza for 24th anniversary

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Palestine's Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) marked its 24th anniversary yesterday with a massive rally in Gaza City. Hundreds of thousands gathered in Brigades Square under the slogan, "Loyalty to the freed prisoners… Jerusalem we are coming". Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh delivered the keynote speech to the gathering,...
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    Jewish settlers burn mosque in Jerusalem and vow similar attacks

    A large group of Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque in the city of Jerusalem early on Wednesday, one of a growing number of attacks on Palestinians and their institutions as part of the so-called "price tag" for the dismantling of illegal settler "outposts" by the Israeli government....
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    Egypt to oversee the second phase of the Hamas-Israel prisoner swap

    The head of the Centre for Palestine Studies in Cairo has revealed that the Egyptian intelligence service is preparing to oversee the second phase of the prisoner exchange deal struck between Hamas and the Israeli government in October. The first phase saw 477 Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails...
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    Tunisians will work on internal issues but not at the expense of support for the Palestine cause

    The head of the Executive Office of Al-Nahda Party, which won the election in Tunisia, has said that his people will focus on internal issues but not at the expense of support for the Palestinian cause. Aly Al-Areed, who has been nominated as Minister of the Interior in the...
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    Peres warns of Arab and Muslim response to arson attacks on mosques

    The President of Israel has warned that a response can be expected from Arabs and Muslims following arson attacks on mosques by extremist Jewish settlers. Shimon Peres was speaking after two mosques were set on fire in Jerusalem and Ramallah. A reaction from the countries with popular revolutions is...
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    Sudanese professor rejects accusation that Arab revolutions are instigated by the West

    A professor of political science at the University of Khartoum has rejected the notion that the Arab revolutions have been instigated by the West, particularly the USA, in order to bring compliant Islamic groups to power. Dr. Tayeb Zein El-Abidine said that the revolutions "represent the popular will of...
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    Former Mossad head evades arrest in Guinea

    The former Director General of Israel's secret service, Mossad, has evaded arrest during a visit to the Republic of Guinea. Shabtai Shavit was in the country to meet President Alpha Condé and hold talks with government officials. According to the Hebrew newspaper Maariv, an arrest warrant was issued for...
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    Israel digs trench to isolate farms in the Jordan Valley

    Israeli occupation forces have started to dig a trench in the Jordan Valley, east of Tammun in the northern West Bank, as part of a strategy to exercise more control over Palestinian agricultural land and prevent farmers from reaching their fields. According to the Mayor of Tammun, Jamal Bani...
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    PFLP celebrates 44th anniversary

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has celebrated the 44th anniversary of its establishment. Celebration events were attended by a number of the organisation's political leaders with the notable exception of General Secretary Ahmad Sadat, who remains detained in an Israeli prison for the...
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    Second phase of prisoner exchange deal takes place

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The second group of Palestinian prisoners whose freedom was secured as part of the prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel earlier this year have been released. At exactly ten o'clock last night (Sunday, 18 December), 41 freed prisoners, who constitute Gaza's portion of the second phase...
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    Egyptian Brotherhood warns of forces trying to impede revolutionary progress

    The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in Egypt has issued a warning about "forces" which are trying to undermine revolutionary progress in the country. In a statement issued on 18 December, the party called upon the Egyptian youth, who set the example for patriotism and sacrifice during...
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    Food fair promotes Palestinian produce

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES A four-day food fair has been held to promote Palestinian produce. The fair, which ended on Sunday 18th December, was called "Our food" and was organised by the Food Industries Union in the Salim Effendi Halls in central Nablus. Fifty West Bank companies and one Israeli company...
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    Prisoners Committee claims that political detentions are still happening in the West Bank

    The Families of Political Prisoners Committee in the West Bank has said that political detention is still being used by the Palestinian Authority's security forces despite the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation meetings being held in Cairo. A press release issued by the Committee and the Muslim Youth Association claimed that there...
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    Turkey agrees to train the new Libyan army

    The head of Libya's National Transitional Council has said that Turkey will train Libyan army personnel during the transitional period. Mustafa Abdul Jalil said that agreement has been reached on this issue with Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We will be training the Libyan army in Turkey," he...
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    Egypt imposes biometric visas on EU officials in tit-for-tat move

    The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to impose biometric visas on diplomats and citizens of EU countries in response to the implementation of similar visa requirements for North African citizens, including Egyptians, visiting Europe. Foreign Ministry spokesman Amr Roshdy said that as from 15 January 2012 all...