Archive for Mid-East News

Palestinian from Dubai attains Spanish citizenship after discovering Jewish roots

After finding her great-grandmother’s old identity cards in Beirut, Heba was able to seek Spanish citizenship following a 2015 law that allowed naturalization to anyone whose Jewish ancestors ‘fled’ the Spanish Inquisition.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA

 

As a UK-based academic who was born in Dubai to a Palestinian father and Lebanese mother, Heba Nabil Iskandarani had plenty of potential national identities.

What she lacked, however, was a passport.

A 26-year-old lecturer in architecture at Birmingham City University, Iskandarani has been stateless for most of her life, possessing only a Lebanese travel document that defines her as a Palestinian refugee.

Heba Nabil Iskandarani’s newly acquired Spanish Passport and her Lebanese refugee Passport.-

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Only Christian countries fund Palestinians since March

Free money to the Palestinians from fellow Arab countries have dropped by 85% in 2020, 100% since March, when the peace negotiations between Israel and the Gulf states began.

By SARAH CHEMLA

 

Palestinian officials have a feeling that the recent normalization agreements between Gulf states and Israel have led to a sudden decrease in funding from Arab states to the Palestinian Authority.

According to The New Arab’s Arabic-language and data from the Palestinian finance ministry service, Ramallah has received no aid from Arab countries since March, in addition to a 50% decrease in foreign aid.

The indignant Palestinian Authority autocrat, Mahmoud Abbas.

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The ‘Curse’: So far 1 Hamas terrorist dead in Gaza terror-tunnel collapse

Arab media speculates the Hamas terror-tunnel may have collapsed after the IDF detected it and “employed special technological measures to make it collapse.

By  Daniel Siryoti

 

At least one Hamas operative was killed Sunday and seven others sustained moderate-to-serious injuries when a terror tunnel collapsed in northern Gaza.

Khalil Muhammad of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas was killed in the collasp of a terror-tunnel in Gaza. – Photo: Hamas

According to Palestinian media, the incident took place east of Beit Lahiya. Local rescue services rushed the injured to a hospital in the Strip and shortly thereafter Hamas’ Interior Ministry confirmed that one of its operatives had died in the incident. Continue Reading »

Israel makes history with UAE & Bahrain peace accords brokered by Trump

President Trump, “After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East.”
PM Netanyahu, “This is a not a peace between leaders, but a peace among peoples.”
– As Gulf states become 3rd & 4th Arab states to sign treaties with Israel, Palestinian terrorists fire rockets from Gaza injuring 2 in southern Israel.

By Itamar Eichner, Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed treaties on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the landmark signing ceremony at the White House.

The two Gulf states become the third and fourth Arab nations to sign agreements with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Continue Reading »

Trump: Bahrain also agrees to sign Peace Agreement with Israel

— Historic Agreement —

Two days after President Donald Trump is nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Trump tweets Bahrain has also agreed to normalize relations with Israel.
– PM Netanyahu, ‘Agreement marks a new era of peace.’
– Palestinians: ‘Our Arab brothers have abandoned us’

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS

 

Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel, President Donald Trump said on Friday, a dramatic move aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East.

Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said. Continue Reading »

Palestinian leaders rush to Beirut confab over UAE peace-deal with Israel

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, scheduled to visit Beirut for the first time in 27 years, will join the other intransigent Palestinian group leaders to participate in a conference called by rival Palestinian kleptocrat Mahmoud  Abbas, to tackle ‘calamitous’ UAE peace deal with Israel.

By i24NEWS, Ynet

 

Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh returned to Beirut for the first time in 27 years, a spokesperson for the terror group said on Tuesday.

His visit was suddenly canceled Monday night before being put back on the agenda on Tuesday morning.

The current leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar (L) and the senior Political Leader of Hamas and formerly one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority, Ismaïl Haniyeh (R) – Photo: AFP/Archives

From Beirut, Haniyeh was to participate by video conference in a meeting Thursday headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya channel reported. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Five Iranian-backed militiamen killed in Syria during airstrikes

While Syrian officials were quick to accuse Israel of executing the airstrike, the IDF has yet to confirm or even comment on the event.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

 

Syrian air defenses intercepted missiles over the southern region of the country on Monday near Damascus, state television cited a Syrian military source as saying. The source accused Israel as being behind the attacks.

The strikes reportedly killed five Iranian-backed militiamen, including three of non-Syrian nationalities according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rampage missile fired from an IAF fighter jet. – Photo: IAI

Initially, the state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying that at least two people were killed, and seven injured. Continue Reading »

Jewish families rescued from Yemen granted asylum in Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates, under the direction of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, facilitated the rescue of the 11 members of a Jewish family in Yemen, whose lives were in imminent danger.

By Yossi Aloni

 

Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has revealed that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (who is de facto ruler of the UAE) accepted his request for Emirati forces engaged in Yemen’s civil war to rescue two Jewish families trapped there (11 people in all).

Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar welcomes rescued Jewish family members. – Photo: WAM/ Emirates News Agency

Rabbi Lazar revealed the rescue in a public letter of thanks to the crown prince that read:

“The noble act of saving lives will further raise the fortunes, with God’s help, of the United Arab Emirates. Continue Reading »

Beirut Port explosion exposes suspicious “labyrinth network of tunnels.”

As images and videos shown world-wide of the exposed underground openings at the blast-site by SkyNews and Russia’s Sputnik News, the Lebanese Armed Forces have continued to deny the existence of the tunnels.

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

 

Videos circulating online, as well as rumors and reports, indicate that “tunnels” have been found in the wake of the Beirut explosions. Some have asserted that this is evidence of Hezbollah “tunnels” storing weapons at the Port of Beirut, while others think they were used for human trafficking. Both SkyNews and Russia’s Sputnik News claimed there was a “labyrinth network of tunnels.”

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Unscheduled port visit with ammonium nitrate years ago led to Beirut’s disaster

A Russian ship transporting 2,750 tonnes of highly combustible ammonium nitrate was to be delivered to a Mozambique explosives maker, but was diverted in an unscheduled stop to Lebanon, where it was subsequently stored in a manner not in accordance with accepted safety standards in a Beirut port hanger.

By Reuters

 

The chemicals that went up in flames in Beirut’s deadliest peace-time explosion arrived in the Lebanese capital seven years ago on a leaky Russian-leased cargo ship that, according to its captain, should never have stopped there.

“They were being greedy,” said Boris Prokoshev, who was captain of the Rhosus in 2013 when he says the owner told him to make an unscheduled stop in Lebanon to pick up extra cargo. Continue Reading »

Israel’s ‘no longer kept secret’ flightpath to the Arabian Gulf

According to ‘Aviation Bridge’ CEO, the private Israeli airline has recently begun advertising its executive jet flight services from Israel to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

By Itay Blumenthal

 

Business and privet jets flying from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport to the United Arab Emirates are a fairly regular occurrence, although such flights have been usually kept under wraps. But now that the two countries have begun to cement their relationship, such flights are no longer kept secret.

This is the case with private Israeli airline “Aviation Bridge,” which has recently begun advertising flights to the Persian Gulf States on their website, including Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Continue Reading »

Iran explosions are likely Israeli ‘covert espionage campaign’, not “accidents”

REPORT: Fox News strategic analyst US General Jack Keane [Ret.] suggested that Israel was conducting a smart and successful covert campaign against the Iranian nuclear and missile-delivery programs, with the help of local dissidents, “and they may not be finished yet.”

By Tal Polon

 

Retired US Army General and Fox News strategic analyst Jack Keane said that the series of explosions that have taken place recently at locations around Iran are no accident, contrary to what Iran has claimed.

“In the past several months, there have been dozens of so-called ‘accidents’ the Iranians claim are taking place […] That is no longer a credible claim, considering the sheer numbers of them,” Keane told Fox News. Continue Reading »

#FakeNews NYT: Israel behind bombing of Iran’s uranium facility

Still depending on unnamed sources, the New York Times blames Israel for planting a powerful explosive device in a warehouse where Iranian state researchers worked on advanced nuclear centrifuges, destroying the facility.

By i24NEWS, Associated Press

 

Israel was behind Thursday’s bomb attack on the Iranian Natanz uranium enrichment facility, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The newspaper cited a Middle Eastern intelligence official as saying that Israel was able to plant a powerful explosive in a warehouse where researchers worked on advanced centrifuges.

The NYT also cited a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps with knowledge on the matter as confirming that Iranian investigators established that the blast had been caused by a bomb. Continue Reading »

Fourth mysterious explosion in Iran translates to ‘reprisal or humiliation’

Tehran says Saturday’s massive fire that damaged a power plant in the restive Khuzestan province also “was an accident”… but was it?

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

 

Iran is under intense pressure after four serious explosions that appear to have damaged key infrastructure linked to its missile and nuclear program, as well as other facilities.

On Saturday yet another massive fire damaged a power plant in its restive Khuzestan province. Iran said, once again, this was an accident. But quietly Iran is letting it be known that there are concerns, including through commentary at its major media suggesting it might respond to the attacks. Continue Reading »

Palestinian whistleblower exposes Abbas’ skimming of billions for his family

BREAKING: The whistleblower, Yasser Jadalah, a former senior PA official in the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas handed over hundreds of secret files to the EU exposing the biggest financial scam in history! BILLION$ sent in humanitarian aid for the Palestinians are secretly redirected to Abbas’ sons & grandchildren’s bank accounts.

By Yochanan Visser

 

A new scandal involving Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas and his closest advisers erupted this week at the same time that Hamas in Gaza was exposed as a bunch of liars over the narrative that the population in the coastal enclave is starving because of what is falsely portrayed as an Israeli blockade – in reality, non-existent – of the Strip. Continue Reading »