Tag Archive for Kuwait

Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia all call on citizens to leave Lebanon immediately

Reported by Saudi state news agency SPA, a foreign ministry source called on Saudis not to travel to Lebanon because of “the situation” in the country.
– Meanwhile in Lebanon, the FM issued a statement demanding the return of PM Hariri, who they contend is being held in Saudi Arabia.

By i24NEWS


Both Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on Thursday have urged their citizens to leave Lebanon “as soon as possible,” days after Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation while visiting the kingdom in a shocking announcement.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R), meets with Lebanese PM Saad Hariri (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Kuwait makes another attempt to expel Israel’s Knesset from Inter-Parliamentary Union


Kuwaiti parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, “The goal of bringing about Israel’s ousting doesn’t derive from racist motives, but [from] loud & blatant violations of int’l resolutions.”



Kuwait has decided to forge ahead with a move that would attempt to expel Israel from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

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Kuwaiti columnist advises Arab world: Time to Recognize Israel


Popular Kuwaiti writer pens article calling on Arab, Muslim world to accept fait accompli by giving up on political charade and to ‘immediately recognize Israel,’ drop terms like ‘Zionist entity,’ as most Arab and Islamic companies and businessmen have already done.

By David Rosenberg


Yousuf Abd Al-Karim Al-Zinkawi, a writer for the Kuwaiti-based Al-Seyassah newspaper has called for Arab and Muslim countries to “immediately recognize Israel,” telling them to drop monikers used to maintain the pretense of non-recognition such as “the Zionist entity.”

Flag of Kuwait – Thinkstock

Al-Zinkawi, a frequent critic of religious intolerance within the Arab world, dedicated his column on Saturday to the long-standing refusal of most Arab and Muslim countries to recognize the State of Israel, MEMRI reports.
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Kuwait Airways Bars Wife From Accompanying Husband on Flight Because She’s Israeli

Iris Eliazarov, an Israeli citizen who lives in NYC says this discrimination is reminiscent of the old European ‘selection process.’
• Airline’s attorney claims policy is against citizenship, rather than religion.

By Ynet


Iris Eliazarov, an Israeli who lives in Queens, has filed a lawsuit against Kuwait Airways after she was barred from boarding its flight out of Kennedy Airport because she’s an Israeli citizen, the New York Daily News reported on Friday.

Iris Eliazarov and husband David Nektalov

Eliazarov and her husband David Nektalov bought tickets from a travel agent to fly from New York to London with the flagship Kuwaiti airline.

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With Palestinian encouragement Kuwait augments secondary boycott of Israel

Kuwait is planning to terminate relations with 50 companies involved anywhere past the Green Line in Israel, including Jerusalem.



Kuwait’s Commerce Ministry is on the verge of ending its relations with 50 European companies because of their dealings in the “occupied territories” taken in the 1967 Six Day War, sources told an Arab newspaper.


Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki sign a memorandum of understanding as PA President Abbas stands behind them in Ramallah September 14. – Photo: REUTERS

The ministry is also looking into information that the British security firm G4S plc, which works in the “occupied Palestinian territories,” is active in Kuwait, the Jerusalem- based Al-Quds on Tuesday quoted the sources as saying. Continue Reading »

Kuwaiti Report: Israel Agreed to ‘Act With Restraint’ If Attacked By Syria

An article in a Kuwaiti newspaper reported that Arab leaders from the Gulf states have asked that Israel act “with restraint” if attacked by Syrian missiles, and Jerusalem agreed.

By David Lev


A Kuwaiti newspaper reported Thursday that Gulf leaders have been in touch with Israel, and have asked that Israel act “with restraint” in the event of an attack by Western nations on Syria. That restraint would be necessary if Bashar al-Assad responds to an attack against him by attacking Israel.

Scud launcher – Photo courtesy: US Navy

Earlier this week, Syrian officials said that if Syria was attacked, a coalition of nations and terror groups, including Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and Hezbollah, would respond with an all-out attack on Israel. Continue Reading »

2 Kuwaiti MPs: ‘It is Permitted’ to Engage in Dealings With Israel

2 Kuwaiti Members of Parliament gave their reasons why the Kingdom can & does enter into arrangements with Israel, according to MEMRI.

By Rina Tzvi



Two Kuwaiti Members of Parliament gave their approval for the kingdom to have dealings with Israel, according to an English translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Meeting of Arab League – Photo: AFP

“If the security of Kuwait requires the purchase of Israeli equipment, I will do so and I will love the Israelis for it,” said MP Nabil Al-Fadhl, going against the commonly held belief in the Arab world.

“It is permitted to deal with anyone for the sake of Kuwait’s security,” he said, according to MEMRI. Continue Reading »

Kuwaiti MP Calls for Investigation into Alleged Israeli Boycott Violations

A Kuwaiti MP has called for an official probe of country’s interior minister for allegedly violating anti-Israel laws by establishing direct business ties with Israel.

By Rachel Hirshfeld


A Kuwaiti parliamentarian on Sunday called for an official investigation of the country’s interior minister for allegedly establishing business ties with an Israeli company and for failing to control opposition-led protests.

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi greets Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-AhmedShiite lawmaker Faisal al-Duwaisan claimed that the interior ministry has purchased a border security system to fortify the emirate’s border with Iraq from SENSTAR Corp in Canada, AFP reported.

Duwaisan said that SENSTAR is entirely owned by Israel’s Magal Security Systems, meaning that the interior minister has violated the Israel boycott laws and committed a “grave mistake”. Continue Reading »

Borat anthem played by mistake at medals ceremony

Gold medalist Dmitrienko listens solemnly to fake anthem after Kuwaiti organizers mistakenly download wrong version.


Kazakhstan’s shooting team demanded an apology after a spoof national anthem from the comedy film Borat was played instead of the real one at a medal ceremony in Kuwait, the BBC reported on Friday.

The team’s coach told Kazakh media the organizers of the Kuwait tournament had downloaded the parody from the internet by mistake and had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong.

Footage of Thursday’s original ceremony shows gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko listening solemnly to the anthem before smiling. The ceremony was later rerun. Continue Reading »