Zahran, the Jordanian-Palestinian dissident, didn’t pull any punches Sunday afternoon, speaking at a conference entitled “Two States for Two People, on Two Sides of the Jordan River.”
By Ari Soffer
Jordanian-Palestinian activist Mudar Zahran is not a man who minces his words. In fact, his outspokenness against the Jordanian regime has made him a persona-non-grata in his own country, forcing him to seek asylum in the UK.
Zahran did not pull any punches Sunday afternoon, speaking at a conference entitled “Two States for Two People, on Two Sides of the Jordan River.” Deriding the Jordanian ruling elite as “Armani-wearing, English-speaking autocrats” he called on all parties to consider a radically different track to the current peace initiatives based off of a “Two State Solution” which would see a Palestinian Authority-run state in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »
Palestinian leader says Gazans now hate Hamas more than Israel, & ironically notes that Israel treats Palestinians best than any Arab/Muslim country.
Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian-Jordanian journalist, activist and voice for many Palestinian Arabs living in the Hashemite Kingdom and elsewhere says the Gaza war has reinforced for most that electing and supporting Hamas was a bad idea.
Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian-Jordanian journalist, living in the UK
“Not a single Gazan that I spoke to was not against Hamas,” said Zahran, who came to the “West Bank” to cover the conflict in and around the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »
The British gov’t has granted Mudar Zahran asylum and he reports that a source inside the palace told him that King Abdullah is pushing for control of Jerusalem.
Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian writer and academic from Jordan who has written op-eds for The Jerusalem Post, was sentenced last week to life in prison with hard labor.
Mudar Zahran – Photo: Courtesy
He also says that he has learned that the Jordanian government may seek to have him extradited to Jordan to serve his sentence.
Zahran told the Post in an interview form the UK, where he has sought refuge, that a source inside the palace told him that King Abdullah, on his visit to the US, pushed for control of Jerusalem so that Jordan would become its key ally in the region, even bypassing Israel in importance. Continue Reading »
Kerry’s current peace plan was reportedly proposed by Jordan’s King Abdullah II to President Obama last year in order to keep Jordan from becoming recognized as Palestine.
By MUDAR ZAHRAN
Since January 8, 2014, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper has published three reports on the alleged details of the Kerry peace plan. Al-Quds Al-Arabi is one of the most prominent Arab newspapers and considered a major source of inside information on most Arab regimes. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan revolves around Jordan’s king settling Palestinian refugees living in Arab countries in his kingdom and in exchange he would receive $55 billion for “Jordan’s role in hosting refugees for over five decades”. Continue Reading »
Palestinian-Jordanian activists finds corrupt & indifferent Islamic authorities in charge of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, responsible for its deterioration.
Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Palestinian academic Mudar Zahran discovers that it is local Islamic authorities, and not Israel, that are truly threatening the future of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
Palestinian protesters react during clashes on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s old city. – Photo: REUTERS
Long have local Muslims accused Israel of trying to “Judaize”, destroy and cleanse the Islamic presence from the Temple Mount, which today is occupied by two large mosques, one of which, the Al Aqsa Mosque, is now claimed as Islam’s third holiest site. Continue Reading »
Pressure for peace exerted by the int’l community seems to fall only on Israel. Achieving peace will require putting more pressure on many Arab gov’ts to make them willing to share the burden for regional stability in the form of support for their fellow Arabs.
By MUDAR ZAHRAN
Several Arab countries have expressed passionate support for direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Still, this verbal support is compromised by apparently questionable practices on the ground executed by many Arab countries with a Palestinian population. Those countries have been emphasizing their refusal to integrate them.
This stance has posed a major obstacle to peace talks for years, as many of the Arab countries with Palestinian populations still officially insist that they must exercise “the right of return to Palestine.”
This notion has been promoted by many Arab countries, including those theoretically most sincere about peace as well as those that have granted their Palestinians full citizenship. Continue Reading »
In Arab countries where Palestinians make up a good percentage of the population; they are deprived of all basic necessities, starting with education, down to basic healthcare.
Israel has welcomed Palestinians as visitors, patients & even as investors. This generosity was only limited when Hamas started bombing Israeli civilians with no signs of an end in sight.
By Mudar Zahran
Israel’s relationship to the Palestinians has always been globally approached with standardized heavy criticism made to Israel. The main charges waved in Israel’s face have always been “the Disproportionate use of force” and “discrimination”.
Israel’s critics, either willingly or out of ignorance, choose to overlook the way many Arab countries mistreat Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Rabbi Benny Elon: Israel needs to apply sovereignty in Judea & Samaria. It’s time to promote a plan stating that Jordan is Palestine.
By Hezki Ezra & Elad Benari
Arabs and Israelis, right and left, Muslims, Christians and Jews came together Thursday for a conference in Washington on the Oslo Accords. The diverse crowd had one thing in common – all agreed that the Oslo Accords have failed to bring peace, and that an alternative must be found.
Arutz Sheva attended Thursday’s conference, “Oslo 20 Years Later,” which brought together a panel of journalists, policy experts and government officials who are shaping the future of peace in the Middle East, for a candid conversation about the prospects for peace in the Middle East in light of the failed peace process. Continue Reading »
The rise of Islamist regimes proves that an honest enemy is better than a false friend.
As a result of the increasing power of the Muslim Brotherhood and the even more extreme Salafi parties, the outcome of the ongoing Egyptian elections is looking grim and many westerners are deeply concerned. Although Khairat el-Shater of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hazem Salah Abu Ismail of the Salafi Al Nour party have now been disqualified, the Muslim Brotherhood nevertheless has 105 seats in the Shura Council and together with the Salafi Islamic Bloc’s 45 seats, they occupy a majority of the 270 seats. In the People’s Assembly, which will draft the new constitution, they have 235 seats and together with the Salafi Bloc’s 123, they completely dominate the 508 seat Assembly. Continue Reading »