• Selon une étude du chercheur israélien Yigal Bin-Nun, Israël aurait envoyé dans les années 1960 au Maroc des agents chargés de provoquer des incidents pour « inciter » les juils marocains à émigrer en Israël.

    (Pour ceux qui l’ignoreraient, la manoeuvre est historiquement documentée pour l’Irak, à la même époque.)

    مؤرّخ إسرائيليّ في بحثً علميٍّ : الموساد ارتكب الجرائم في المغرب لإقناع اليهود بالقدوم إلى فلسطين بعد حصوله على الضوء الأخضر من الحكومة | رأي اليوم
    http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=718697

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  • Tunisia’s Nobel prize-winning union meets Bashar al-Assad | Middle East Eye
    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ugtt-visits-assad-280282311

    A delegation from the Nobel-prize winning Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) has sparked controversy after a delegation of leaders met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    According to a statement put out by the union, a delegation chaired by general secretary Bouali M’Barki and composed of 21 trade union leaders, met Assad in Damascus on Saturday.

    It said the visit aimed to show solidarity with the Syrian people in their “war against terrorism”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/619078 via assalam12


  • Des véhicules blindés français utilisés contre la population civile en Arabie saoudite ?
    http://obsarm.org/spip.php?article296

    Selon nos informations, des blindés légers français du fabricant Acmat Défense, filiale du groupe Renault Truck Defense, pourraient être impliqués dans une opération saoudienne de répression interne. Ces derniers jours, l’Arabie saoudite a mené plusieurs raids armés dans la ville d’Awamiya, située dans la région de Qatif. En raison de la rareté de la couverture médiatique et du filtrage de la communication par Riyad, il est très difficile d’avoir une vision précise de ce qui s’y produit. Les informations (...)

    #Actualité_des_transferts_d'armes

    https://seenthis.net/messages/619029 via Obsarm


  • Israel Palestine
    Music, children’s choirs and camels in the desert

    Three years ago in Gaza, between July 21 and July 28, Israel killed (it is forbidden say murdered) 37 Palestinian children under the age of 7
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.804201

    1. My friend B. lives in Kobar. Somehow, during the four years of her young son’s life she has managed to protect him from the not-for-children narrations about the army and death, the occupation, shooting and guns. She and her husband have created an island around him, with children’s books and games, and made sure that the television, with its horrible sights, wouldn’t be turned on in his vicinity.
    Last week reality forced itself on them. Every day the army bulldozers came, made the barriers at the entrance to the village higher and wider, and deepened the wound they dug in the asphalt. Every day the residents swept aside the earth at the edges of the barriers so that their cars could pass. And when my friend passed by there in her car, with her son next to her, he wondered and asked who had made those high piles of earth. Al jish, the army, she replied. He at first thought she had said the jag (the hen) and was very confused. And then she had to tell him what the army is, whose army it is, and why they’re against everyone large and small.
    Comment 1: If until now B. was able to protect her son from the violent lexicon created by the Settlements Defense Forces, that says something about the relative quiet in the village of Kobar (despite pinpoint raids to detain residents). But almost a week of nighttime raids, with dozens of soldiers deploying among the houses, beating residents, firing stun grenades and tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets, reminded them that the relative quiet is deceptive.
    Comment 2: The Shin Bet security services and the Israel Defense Forces were the subjects of exaggerated praise this week. Their stand concerning the metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount did in fact prove that they understand the overall picture. In other words, the collective revenge campaign that they carried out last week in Kobar did not stem from a lack of understanding or knowledge that the harassment of the entire village and the persecution of all its residents would only give rise to more anger, even among those who are opposed to the attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish or have reservations about it. This collective revenge is not a case of shooting from the hip. It’s part of the plan. Part of the logic of control. You escalate, you incite, you detain more young people, you scare more children to create more reasons for preventive activities and oppression, and to maintain the apparatus.
    2. T., a sweet boy of 11, joined me during my visits to several of the families in Kobar whose homes the army had invaded. In a short lull between their testimonies he said: “He proved himself a man, Omar al-Abed” (who killed three members of the Salomon family in Halamish). I asked T.: “So do you mean to say that all of you, all the rest of the Palestinians, aren’t men?” T. was somewhat confused. “No, of course that’s not what I mean,” he said.

    Israeli forces near the site of the attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish and assailant Omar al-Abed, July 21, 2017.
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    Comment: The words expressing understanding of al-Abed’s motives shouldn’t allow us to forget two facts: Relative to the intensity and duration of the injustice in which they live, very few Palestinians have chosen or are choosing al-Abed’s path. On the other hand, tens of thousands of Israelis (correct me if necessary, maybe actually hundreds of thousands?) were and are directly involved in the killing (we are forbidden to call it murder) of Palestinians; not to mention all the other things we inflict on them.
    3. Noor, Malak, Miar and Dareen sing in the Amwaj choir. They’re about 12 years old. We met in the most unexpected place: the desert. A procession of camels was marching towards the sunset. The plucking of the strings in Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony and the strains of the piccolo from Ravel’s Bolero wafted above the row of plastic chairs placed on the sand.
    The Amwaj (Waves) choir in Bethlehem and the Ramallah Orchestra, founded by the Al Kamandjati Conservatory, are offering a series of concerts for the general public, conducted by Diego Masson. The concert, which was supposed to take place on Friday in Dar Al Tifl (The Child’s Home) in Jerusalem, was canceled because of the circumstances. Ramzi Abu Radwan, founder of Al Kamandjati and a native of the Al-Amari refugee camp, immediately phoned Abu Ismail.
    Abu Ismail heads the Bedouin Hospitality and Desert Excursions agency for those touring the desert, east of his village Arab al-Rashayida, south of Bethlehem. He immediately said, “Of course, play here.” The next day. The Kamandjati sound and lighting technicians worked all day on installing the systems and making sure they functioned. Girls from the Bedouin village, ages 3 to 12, sat fascinated on the plastic chairs and blended in with the aural and visual miracle taking place before their eyes. On Sunday the concert took place as planned in the Bethlehem Convention Palace. And on Monday, it will be held in the Ramallah Municipal Theater.

    The Amwaj (Waves) choir and the Ramallah Orchestra perform in the desert south of Bethlehem, July 29, 2017.Amira Hass
    4. The Amwaj choir includes 30 girls and boys from Hebron and 30 from the Bethlehem area, including villages and refugee camps. It began taking shape about three years ago. There are no auditions, all that’s required is a commitment to eight hours of study a week, and summer courses. At present there are 25 boys and 35 girls in the choir. The youngest singer is a 6-year-old girl.
    5. Three years ago, between July 21 and July 28, we killed (we are forbidden to call it murdered) 37 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip between the ages of several months and 6 years. Next to the name of each toddler we killed (and who are included in the B’Tselem list of 546 children we killed in the 2014 onslaught), there is a dry notation: “Did not participate in the fighting.”
    Comment. We no longer like to dirty our hands with blood. We’re experts at killing (we are forbidden to call it murdering) from a distance, with high-tech gadgets, at most with rifles and pistols. That way it’s not sickening. Not disgusting. Not horrifying.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/619170 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • More moral than the Shin Bet - Opinion

    A Likud legislator criticizes the security service, and people rush to defend this enabler of the tyrannical occupation

    Gideon Levy Jul 30, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.804072

    How scandalous: Coalition Chairman David Bitan criticized the Shin Bet security service. How dare he? He said they’re cowards who only want to get home safely. What gall! They protect him day and night and he’s a bigger coward – he hid for a month when his checks bounced.
    And who raised the cry? The Zionist left, obviously. This includes all those patriots, friends of the Shin Bet, from Isaac Herzog to Ofer Shelah, as well as the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, which put on a particularly grotesque show the other day, showing what could be likened to a sequel to “The Gatekeepers.”
    Whereas in Dror Moreh’s excellent documentary former Shin Bet heads lament the occupation, in which they obviously played no role, in part two they would whine about some guy Bitan daring to criticize the apple of their eyes. The old-boy network, excluding Likud’s Avi Dichter, whose spokesman said he couldn’t be located (speaking of cowards), called on politicians to keep their hands off this organization.
    They’re very sensitive people, these Shin Bet chiefs, fragile and vulnerable, just like the organization they used to command. They were thus offended to the depths of their souls by Bitan’s comments, as well as those by Culture Minister Miri Regev, who called the Shin Bet’s positions “delusional.” The Shin Bet as victim – soon we’ll be passing around donation trays – the heart commiserates with this moving welfare organization and its wonderful employees, the gatekeepers of Israel who never sleep, while Bitan only talks.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/618752 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • These four things will get you barred from entering Israel under its new BDS travel ban

    After BDS activists pulled off plane to Israel, senior minister warns, ’The rules of the game have changed’

    Judy Maltz Jul 25, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.803427

    A day after five activists in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement were pulled off a flight from the United States bound for Israel, senior government ministers published an official statement explaining their decision to keep them out of the country.
    “These were prominent activists who continuously advocate for a boycott and who sought to come [to Israel] as part of a delegation of extremist boycott organizations whose entire purpose is to harm Israel,” Interior Minister Arye Dery and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said in a joint statement. 
    In March, the Knesset passed a law that bars from Israel any foreigners who have publicly expressed support for boycotting Israel. In their statement, Dery and Erdan said the BDS supporters were pulled off the plane because of this new law.
    Separately, Erdan said that “the rules of the game have changed” and that organizations seeking to harm Israel’s “national security” through boycotts would be denied entry to the country. “We will not let key boycott activists in here to harm us,” he said.

    The interior minister is responsible for enforcing the new law. A spokeswoman said that decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, usually in compliance with recommendations from the Ministry of Strategic Sffairs, which monitors the international boycott movement.
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    “The Interior Ministry prevented in this case and will also prevent in the future the entry of boycott activists whose key objective is to work against the State of Israel,” said Dery.
    The five activists pulled off the flights were part of a 22-member interfaith delegation. They were about to board a Lufthansa flight from Dulles Airport when a representative of the airline notified them that instructions had been received from Israeli immigration authorities not to allow them on the flight. The activists prevented from flying with the group were members of three organizations that support the boycott: Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.
    On Monday, the Interior Ministry published a list of criteria that determine which organizations and activists fall under the controversial new ban. The organizations that will be targeted, according to these criteria, are those that promote a boycott “actively, consistently and continuously.”
    The document notes, however, that just because an organization is “anti-Israel or pro-Palestinian, or has an agenda that is critical of Israeli government policy” is not an excuse to ban its members from the country.
    The ban on BDS activists, the document said, will apply to activists in those organizations that have been targeted as well as to independent activists who meet one of the following criteria:
    1. They hold senior-level positions in the targeted organizations;
    2. They are key activists in the boycott movement, whether or not they operate independently or through the targeted organizations;
    3. They are establishment figures (such as mayors) who openly support a boycott;
    4. They operate on behalf of targeted organizations.
    A complete list of organizations that have been targeted by the new law will be published in the near future, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said.

    #BDS #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/617760 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Réalisatrices palestiniennes (1/2) : Maysaloun Hamud – Culture et politique arabes
    https://cpa.hypotheses.org/6327

    Comme un mauvais film au scénario écrit à l’avance, on ne se lasse pas, dans nos médias, de s’émerveiller devant la grande scène de la-courageuse-femme-arabe-se-levant-contre-l’oppression-de l’islam-et/ou-de-la-société-machiste-et-rétrograde. Le monde du cinéma s’en fait une spécialité, avec, entre autres exemples récents, au Maroc Much Loved, de Nabil Ayouch (avec l’actrice Loubna Abidar) ou en Tunisie Ni Allah, ni maître, devenu Laïcité, Inch’Allah de Nadia El Fani. De nombreux titres viennent à l’esprit, comme nous le rappelle le Huffpost Maghreb en évoquant « ces œuvres qui nous montrent la révolution cinématographique des femmes dans les pays arabes ». Bien entendu, le courage dont font preuve des cinéastes arabes, femmes en particulier, pour aborder des sujets qui dérangent ne peut que susciter admiration et soutien. Mais pas au point de perdre tout esprit critique, sur la qualité artistique des œuvres en question ou encore, et ce sera l’objet de ce billet, sur les ressorts politiques, pas toujours très conscients et encore moins défendables, qui motivent bien des sorties enthousiastes.

    #cpa

    https://seenthis.net/messages/617623 via gonzo


  • Précédent dangereux .. Assassinat du président du comité de la prohibition islamique en Arabie Saoudite – Site de la chaîne AlManar-Liban
    http://french.almanar.com.lb/502636

    L’Arabie Saoudite s’est réveillée Dimanche matin en choc par la nouvelle de la mort du Président de la Commission pour la promotion de la vertu et la prévention du vice, Fahd Al-Khudair, a rapporté l’agence d’informations iranienne Farsnews.

    (...) Le ministère de l’Intérieur n’a pas révelé les détails de l’incident, Sauf que le porte-parole officiel de la défense civile dans la région de Qassim, le colonel Ibrahim Aba a confirmé l’assassinat de M.Khudair au quotidien saoudien Ajel. Les autorités de police et de sécurité enquêtent sur l’incident, consideré dans le royaume comme un « précédent sérieux ».

    (...) Le crime de ce haut fonctionnaire de la Commission pour la promotion de la vertu a provoqué un état de controverse dans les sites de réseaux sociaux du royaume.

    Un grand nombre de Saoudiens estiment que le prince héritier Mohammad Ben Salman cherche à marginaliser la commission de la promotion de la vertu et la prévention du vice, se référant sur ce qu’a dit Salman dans ses déclarations antérieures à l’agence Bloomberg, dans lesquelles il a exprimé la sympathie aux revendications des femmes dans le Royaume. Notamment, le permis aux femmes de conduire auquel est opposé la police religieuse.

    De même, le projet d’investissement de 2030 du royaume dans le divertissement et la mise en place d’un cinéma dans le royaume auquel est opposé la commission en question.

    Info reprise quasi nulle part ailleurs. Etonnante #Arabie_saoudite

    https://seenthis.net/messages/617502 via gonzo


  • The Real Debate That Islamism Should Spark
    Rami Khouri

    – The Cairo Review of Global Affairs
    https://www.thecairoreview.com/tahrir-forum/the-real-debate-that-islamism-should-spark/?platform=hootsuite

    Every few years, it seems the world of Middle East and global policy analysis passes through a phase when a basic question rears its head in the media and in conversations across the world: Is Islamism a dangerous trend of the future in Muslim-majority societies, or a natural passing phase only? I am struck by how often in conversation with friends and colleagues around the world the discussion so often reverts to this issue—while in daily discussions with Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East, the issue is less frequently raised.

    I am not sure if that means that, a) the West is rightly obsessed with this genuine threat of long-term Islamist militancy, b) the West has bought the line put out by assorted Arab autocrats who are directly threatened by Islamist uprisings or opposition forces, c) Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East who live with these issues every day recognize that Islamism and its manifestations like the Muslim Brotherhood or ISIS are primarily surface manifestations and symptoms of deeper issues that are not really about religion—but about politics, human nature, and the abuse of power that degrades hundreds of millions of citizens who have nowhere else to turn other than their religion.

    I ask this question because it is important that every time this discussion revives, we make sure to debate the right issues, rather than being sidetracked by smoke screens and diversionary propaganda that is now widely disseminated through global public relations campaigns funded by a few wealthy Arab countries that are genuinely worried about the persistence of Islamist movements all around the region.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/617478 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Première étape de la bataille du jurd : mission accomplie pour le Hezbollah - Scarlett HADDAD - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1064003/premiere-etape-de-la-bataille-du-jurd-mission-accomplie-pour-le-hezbo

    Dès le départ, le jurd a donc été divisé militairement en deux, la région contrôlée par Daech, au Nord, et celle contrôlée par al-Nosra et Saraya Ahl ech-Cham, plus au sud, face à Ersal. La seconde zone était toutefois considérée prioritaire en raison de sa proximité avec les camps de déplacés syriens installés autour de Ersal qui abritent près de 100 000 personnes. Le Hezbollah considérait ainsi que le Front al-Nosra a plus d’influence au sein de ces camps que Daech, et c’est pourquoi il lui semblait primordial de couper le lien géographique entre le jurd et les camps. De plus, la dernière opération préventive de l’armée dans les camps d’el-Nour et Qariyé a montré que les combattants d’al-Nosra ont pu se cacher dans ces camps avant de se faire exploser au milieu des civils. Aussitôt, des contacts diplomatiques et sécuritaires ont été entrepris pour préparer le terrain politique à une éventuelle opération. Des négociations ont été ainsi menées avec les responsables des combattants pour étudier la possibilité d’une reddition sans combat, avec un retrait des combattants vers Idleb ou Raqqa. Avec le chef local d’al-Nosra Abou Malek al-Tallé, les négociations ont échoué à la dernière minute en raison des conditions que ce dernier avait posées. Il ne restait donc plus d’autre choix que de passer à l’action militaire. Les rôles ont été distribués de manière à éviter de coincer l’armée libanaise sur le terrain en la plaçant en confrontation directe avec les combattants. Son rôle se limitera donc à empêcher l’infiltration des combattants vers le Liban et plus particulièrement vers les camps, tout en empêchant d’éventuels sympathisants des combattants dans les camps de bouger. De même, des contacts ont été entrepris avec des parties régionales et internationales pour assurer un minimum de couverture à l’opération. Le Qatar, qui revoit actuellement ses positions sur l’ensemble des dossiers régionaux, a montré de l’indifférence, alors que l’Arabie saoudite ne s’est pas opposée, sachant qu’al-Nosra est considérée comme étant appuyée par le Qatar. Sollicités, les Américains ont aussi adopté « une neutralité tacite » et des contacts ont été entrepris avec les organisations palestiniennes pour éviter un éventuel mouvement de protestation dans les camps. L’opération a donc été menée par le Hezbollah du côté libanais, et par les soldats syriens du côté syrien, selon le plan établi avec toutefois une rapidité inespérée. Les combattants de Saraya Ahl ech-Cham ont rapidement négocié leur retrait, alors que ceux d’al-Nosra sont poussés dans leurs derniers retranchements et que le lien géographique avec les camps autour de Ersal a été en principe coupé. C’est donc une victoire foudroyante qui a été enregistrée, pour le Hezbollah, mais aussi pour le Liban.

    Reste maintenant la seconde étape. Selon la source sécuritaire précitée, des négociations indirectes se poursuivent avec les représentants de Daech pour trouver un accord sur leur retrait de la zone qu’ils contrôlent sans combat. Si elles échouent, l’opération militaire aura forcément lieu, mais selon le timing choisi par les différents protagonistes, le Hezbollah, l’armée syrienne, mais aussi l’armée libanaise. Cette opération pourrait aussi être reportée, sachant que la priorité absolue était de pacifier le jurd de Ersal contrôlé par al-Nosra parce qu’il est en contact direct avec les camps de déplacés syriens dans le secteur, eux-mêmes reliés à la bourgade de Ersal.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/617402 via assalam12


  • Every Israeli should read the Palestinian assailant’s last will and testament -
    Gideon Levy
    Haaretz.com

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.802858

    “These are my last words,” wrote the young man from the West Bank village of Kobar before setting out to kill settlers in the adjacent settlement of Halamish. “I am young, not yet 20. I had many dreams and aspirations, but what kind of life is this, with our women and youths murdered without justification?”
    What could we have told Abed? That their women and youths were not being murdered without justification? Abed lived in a beautiful village, in a reality that could not be uglier. His neighbor Nael Barghouti, for example, who was released from an Israeli prison after serving 33 years for murdering a bus driver, was returned to prison — in an act of terrible arbitrariness — ostensibly for violating the terms of his parole. Another neighbor, naturally, is Marwan Barghouti, who in a more just and less stupid world would have long been free ago to lead his nation.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616933 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • This is why Arab states are conspicuously silent on Temple Mount crisis - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.802834

    The Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, like the Kaaba in Mecca and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, is an Islamic site that is inseparable from the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They are sites that, when harmed, spark public outrage that can put the regimes in Arab and other Muslim states on a collision course with Islamic movements in their countries.
    It also puts them in conflict with a sensitive Muslim public that can delegitimize closer ties between Israel and Arab countries, and places them in conflict with a secular Arab public that views the events as a deliberate attempt by Israel to take over Palestinian sites.
    The recognition of people power and the threat that Arab public opinion poses is one of the most important by-products of the Arab Spring, particularly when it concerns Israel and the holy sites. Such matters constitute a loose, but perhaps only, common denominator that these parts of public opinion share.
    Up to now, the Arab and Muslim rage in these countries has not been translated into public displays in the form of mass demonstrations or harshly critical articles. Events on the Temple Mount over the past week or so have indeed garnered headlines in most of the Arab world, but at this point – for possibly the first time – we haven’t seen the customary anti-Israel protests on the streets of Cairo, Amman and Morocco.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616935 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Au nom du Temple, Charles Enderlin, Documents - Seuil | Editions Seuil

    http://www.seuil.com/ouvrage/au-nom-du-temple-charles-enderlin/9782021044072
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    Au nom du Temple
    Israël et l’irrésistible ascension du messianisme juif (1967 - 2013)
    Charles Enderlin

    Plongeant ses sources dans la haute antiquité biblique, le fondamentalisme messianique juif a pris son essor en juin 1967, après la conquête de la Cisjordanie et, surtout, du Haram Al-Sharif, le troisième lieu saint de l’Islam - là où se trouvent aussi les ruines du Temple d’Hérode, là où le patriarche Abraham avait prétendu sacrifier son fils Isaac.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616934 via Reka


  • Arabie Saoudite : le royaume dont les dirigeants britanniques n’osent pas prononcer le nom. Article de Robert Fisk

    Saudi Arabia : the Kingdom Whose Name We Dare Not Speak At All
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/21/saudi-arabia-the-kingdom-whose-name-we-dare-not-speak-at-all

    The Kingdom Whose Name We Dare Not Speak At All is now as sacred as Israel used to be; that is, largely inoculated from all criticism. Once, we all feared to condemn Israel for its war crimes in Gaza for fear that we would be accused – falsely, as usual – of anti-Semitism. Now we must fear to condemn or even mention the KSA lest we be accused of endangering our national interest. It’s a real dog’s breakfast, this closing of national debate. Why soon, we will be afraid to ask why Israel strategically bombs the Syrians, Hezbollah and the Iranians – but never Isis – in the Syrian civil war.

    #Arabie_Saoudite #KSA #Saudi_Arabia #Royaume_Uni #UK #commerce_des_armes #arms sales #Yemen #guerre #middle_east #moyen_orient #Robert_Fisk

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616866 via David Sharp


  • Saudi Arabia’s dependent fees leave Egyptian expats in dire straits

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/saudi-arabia-fees-egypt-expats-economic-trouble.html

    Egyptian workers along with other expatriates in Saudi Arabia expressed their concerns over the Saudi government’s recent decision to impose new fees on the dependents of foreign workers, in a move to boost state revenues that have been hit by the decline in oil prices. Feeling the pinch of the increased fees, many Egyptians are planning to send their families back home to avoid this extra financial burden that will swallow their salaries.

    SUMMARY⎙ PRINT
    Dependents of expat workers in Saudi Arabia will be charged a dependent fee starting in 2017, which is a further strain on the salaries of foreign workers and will likely result in large numbers of families going back home.
    AUTHOR
    Amira Sayed Ahmed
    POSTED
    July 16, 2017
    The newly introduced levy, which went into effect July 1, came as part of Saudi Arabia’s fiscal balance program adopted in December. The program aims to strike a balance between revenues and expenditure by 2020.

    The monthly fee will begin at 100 Saudi riyals ($26.65) per dependent in 2017. This amount is expected to increase gradually every year until 2020. It will double to 200 riyals in 2018. Then, it will increase up to 300 riyals and 400 riyals in 2019 and 2020, respectively. The passport department, meanwhile, announced that the fees are mandatory and need to be paid before residency permits can be renewed, and exit/re-entry visas issued.

    According to official statements, the expat dependent fees will help the government yield total revenues of 1 billion Saudi riyals by the end of this year and 65 billion riyals by 2020.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616773 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • #Yémen : l’ONU accuse Riyad de la frappe contre des #civils sur un camp de déplacés - Moyen-Orient - RFI
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20170721-yemen-onu-accuse-riyad-frappe-contre-civils-camp-deplaces-mawza
    http://scd.rfi.fr/sites/filesrfi/imagecache/rfi_16x9_1024_578/sites/images.rfi.fr/files/aef_image/000_ms5qu_0.jpg

    Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies aux droits de l’homme (HCDH) est formel, les frappes ont touché trois familles réfugiées dans des huttes de fortunes. Et selon lui, l’attaque a été menée par les « Forces de coalition arabes », autrement dit la coalition dirigée par l’armée saoudienne qui lutte contre les rebelles chiites et soutient le gouvernement yéménite.

    Et le Haut-Commissariat enfonce le clou : « Il ne semble y avoir aucun militaire à proximité immédiate des maisons détruites », précise-t-il. Les civils constituent plus de la moitié des 8 000 morts du conflit depuis l’intervention de la coalition dirigée par Riyad.

    #Arabie_saoudite #victimes_civiles

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616712 via Kassem

    • L’ONU se contentera de dénoncer mais n’agira pas contre les puissances occidentales va-en-guerre et autres pays capitalistes à leur solde ! Nous y sommes habitués à ce machin. À quoi sert-il ?


  • Lettre ouverte à M. le Président de la République française | Le Club de Mediapart

    L’historien israélien Shlomo Sand interpelle Emmanuel Macron sur son discours, tenu en présence de Benjamin Netanyahou, pour la commémoration de la rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv : « L’ancien étudiant en philosophie, l’assistant de Paul Ricœur a-t-il si peu lu de livres d’histoire, au point d’ignorer que nombre de juifs, ou de descendants de filiation juive se sont toujours opposés au sionisme sans, pour autant, être antisémites ? »

    En commençant à lire votre discours sur la commémoration de la rafle du Vel’d’hiv, j’ai éprouvé de la reconnaissance envers vous. En effet, au regard d’une longue tradition de dirigeants politiques, de droite, comme de gauche, qui, au passé et au présent, se sont défaussés quant à la participation et à la responsabilité de la France dans la déportation des personnes d’origine juive vers les camps de la mort, vous avez pris une position claire et dénuée d’ambiguïté : oui la France est responsable de la déportation, oui il y a bien eu un antisémitisme, en France, avant et après la seconde guerre mondiale. Oui, il faut continuer à combattre toutes les formes de racisme. J’ai vu ces positions comme étant en continuité avec votre courageuse déclaration faite en Algérie, selon laquelle le colonialisme constitue un crime contre l’humanité.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616459 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Israël et la “fatigue syrienne”
    http://www.dedefensa.org/article/israel-et-la-fatigue-syrienne

    Israël et la “fatigue syrienne”

    Publiant cette fois sur le site SST (Sic Semper Tyrannis) du colonel Lang, Alastair Crooke nous propose une analyse de la position d’Israël face à l’accord (cessez-le-feu et “dés-escalade”) conclu par la Jordanie, la Russie et les USA pour la zone Sud-Ouest de la Syrie. En fait de position, Israël en a eu deux successivement, et diamétralement opposé. D’abord approuvant l’accord, Netanyahou est soudainement passé à un avis diamétralement opposé, jugeant que l’accord met gravement en danger la sécurité d’Israël.

    Ancien officier du MI6 et conseiller de Solana à l’UE devenu un expert indépendant aux analyses très subtiles, Crooke, que l’on lit épisodiquement sur notre site, s’interroge sur la justification de l’attitude israélienne. L’appréciation générale implicite est que les (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616454 via dedefensa [RSS]


  • Le Hezbollah annonce le début de la bataille du jurd de Ersal - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1063393/le-hezbollah-annonce-le-debut-de-la-bataille-du-jurd-de-ersal.html

    La bataille contre les jihadistes retranchés dans le jurd de Ersal, à la frontière avec la Syrie, a commencé, a annoncé tôt vendredi matin le « média de guerre », affilié au Hezbollah.

    Cette bataille était imminente, selon divers milieux. L’armée libanaise, qui elle aussi combat les jihadistes dans ce secteur, n’a quant à elle fait aucune annonce concernant le début des affrontements.

    « La bataille qui vise à nettoyer le jurd de Ersal et du Qalamoun (chaîne montagneuse entre le Liban et la Syrie) des éléments terroristes armés a commencé », a indiqué le « média de guerre ». Il a précisé que le Hezbollah vise à l’artillerie lourde et avec des missiles des positions du Front Fateh el-Cham (ex-Front al-Nosra) situées dans Dahr al-Hawa, Kanzah, et sur les hauteurs de Wadi al-Khayl et Chaabat al-Nahlé, dans la région aride de Ersal. Il n’est pas clair si les jihadistes du groupe Etat islamique étaient également ciblés par le Hezbollah, mais selon les médias affiliés au parti chiite, ce groupe jihadiste était visé par les raids de l’aviation syrienne.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616446 via assalam12


  • Se croyant à huis-clos, Netanyahu fustige la « folle » politique européenne sur Israël | The Times of Israël

    http://fr.timesofisrael.com/se-croyant-a-huis-clos-netanyahu-fustige-la-folle-politique-europe

    JBUDAPEST – Le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu a critiqué l’Union européenne dans des termes inhabituellement virulents mercredi, au sujet de la façon dont elle traite Israël, et a exhorté les dirigeants des 4 pays d’Europe centrale à faire usage de leur influence au sein de l’Union pour faciliter l’amélioration des relations bilatérales.

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    « Je pense que l’Europe doit décider si elle veut vivre et prospérer ou si elle veut flétrir et disparaitre », a-t-il dit dans un entretien à huis-clos qui a été accidentellement retransmis à des journalistes à l’extérieur.

    « Je ne fais pas dans le politiquement correct. Je sais que c’est un choc pour nombre d’entre vous. C’est une blague. Mais la réalité est ce qu’elle est… à la fois en ce qui concerne la sécurité de l’Europe et son futur économique. Ces deux domaines requièrent une politique différente envers Israël. »

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616164 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Laurent Wauquiez : « Etre de droite, ce n’est pas une maladie honteuse »

    L’homme le plus à droite des Républicains fait l’éloge d’Elizabeth Badinter

    http://abonnes.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2017/07/14/laurent-wauquiez-macron-n-a-pas-d-ideologie-pas-de-boussole-pas-de-v

    La droite doit-elle se refonder idéologiquement ?

    Il y a deux chemins. Le premier est celui du consensus mou, d’une adhésion passive à l’action d’Emmanuel Macron sans assumer la lutte sur le terrain des valeurs. C’est la voie la plus facile, mais c’est la certitude d’une mort douce.

    La deuxième voie est plus exigeante : elle consiste à se réinterroger sur les valeurs de la droite. C’est celle qui s’inspire d’un certain nombre d’intellectuels : Alain Finkielkraut, Marcel Gauchet, Michel Houellebecq, Michèle Tribalat, Elisabeth Badinter…

    https://seenthis.net/messages/616032 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Jerusalem without Palestinians? - Opinion -

    Israel continues to treat peace talks with the Palestinians like a soccer game: There has to be a winner and a loser. Peace as a shared interest has disappeared from Israelis’ emotional and intellectual lexicon

    Amira Hass Jul 18, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.802056

    Is an Old City of Jerusalem without Palestinians unimaginable? This question couldn’t have been put into words if it were unimaginable. Given the ghost town in Hebron and the hell of besieged Gaza, there’s no choice but to conclude that the dynamics of the perpetuation of the temporary Oslo Accords, combined with the security mythos, might lead to a similar nightmare scenario in Jerusalem.
    In Israel, “security” is only for the Jews and their state. The fact that the Palestinians under this state’s rule constantly live without any kind of security – physical, employment-wise, property-wise, emotional or nutritional – is erased from every intelligence assessment and every moral position.
    For the sake of the Hebron settlers’ security, Yitzhak Rabin punished the Palestinians with curfews and segregation for the massacre perpetrated on them by Dr. Baruch Goldstein. Fewer Arabs in the streets of Hebron, more security for the Jews. And all those who came after Rabin followed him down this slope toward a ghost town in Hebron.
    Israel continues to treat peace talks like a soccer game or a wrestling match: There has to be a winner and a loser. Peace as a shared interest has disappeared from Israelis’ emotional and intellectual lexicon. Ever since 1994, the leaders’ orders and the actions on the ground by the army and the Civil Administration have sent the opposite message: We must beat the Palestinians in negotiations.
    And what constitutes victory? No independent Palestinian state as envisioned by the United Nations in its resolutions, and as the Palestinians have agreed to since 1988.
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    The separation of the Gaza Strip (since 1991, my friends) from the rest of the Palestinian territory and the separation of East Jerusalem (since 1993, ladies and gentlemen) from both the West Bank and Gaza were ostensibly temporary security measures. But ever since implementation of the Oslo Accords began, Israel has proved that instead of ending these separations, it’s making them worse. These twin separations were the prerequisites for thwarting the UN resolutions.
    In the interim battles waged since 1994, the Palestinians have been defeated. In their chronic weakness, they created a duplicate and cumbersome system of limited self-government whose interest in surviving is intertwined with Israel’s interest in continuing the façade of negotiations and what it has produced to date: enclaves of fictitious sovereignty.
    Once, negotiations were a means. But as peace became more distant, like the horizon when you walk toward it, negotiations became an end. Now, resuming negotiations is an end. Still, we must remember that despite all these interim surrenders, the Palestinian leadership still hasn’t produced the longed-for signature on the final surrender “agreement.”
    This is the reason for the daily arrests, checkpoints, raids, new roads and neighborhoods for settlers, people arrested over Facebook posts, rulings by judges in Jerusalem ousting Palestinians from their homes so Jews can move in, and every few years, the offensives and wars. All these are steps in the negotiations.
    Make the situation a little worse and it becomes necessary to hold lengthy interim negotiations on “restoring the status quo ante,” which is never actually restored. Step by step, Israelis hope, they are advancing toward a Palestinian signature on a surrender.
    Today, metal detectors are a security measure, ostensibly a necessary one. Ostensibly this has no connection to other steps – bureaucratic, planning, legal, administrative – that Israel has systematically taken to dismantle East Jerusalem as a Palestinian city and the capital of the State of Palestine.
    With the dexterity of white-collar crime suspects and the smugness of high-class pimps, Israeli representatives turn the violent reality on its head: Israel is the one defending itself, the Palestinians are the attackers. This lets Israel make its aggressive policies toward them even harsher – gradually but constantly, ostensibly in response.
    Security for Jews only, perpetual negotiations, separation and siege until the Palestinians surrender, Palestinian weakness – all the elements that made Gaza and Hebron possible also exist in Jerusalem. The pan-Muslim Al-Aqsa Mosque saves us from a full Hebronization. But not from all the steps along the way.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/615923 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Alain Gresh : « C’est la première fois qu’un président assimile antisionisme et antisémitisme »

    https://lemuslimpost.com/alain-gresh-president-assimile-antisionisme-antisemitisme.html

    Alain Gresh, auteur de la BD « Un chant d’amour, Israël-Palestine, une histoire française », nous parle du conflit israélo-palestinien et de son livre.

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    https://seenthis.net/messages/615759 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Egypt Battle over the Nile | MadaMasr
    https://www.madamasr.com/en/2017/07/16/feature/politics/battle-over-the-nile

    A short ferryboat ride from the area of Warraq takes you to the southern end of the island, which consists of batches of agricultural land and scattered houses, which bear a striking resemblance to a village in the Nile Delta or Egypt’s south. Deeper in, the island turns into a typical Cairo informal neighborhood with tightly stacked buildings and narrow streets that are maneuvered by motorcycles and tuktuks.

    Much like Cairo’s informal areas, Warraq island and other Nile islands were first populated by migrants from other governorates who settled there and started to manage services on their own, until the state acknowledged them and started introducing official services.

    But the lives of residents of Warraq island, one of dozens of inhabited islands that dot the Nile’s span across Egypt, were disturbed earlier in June, when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi identified their imperfect haven as his next target in the ongoing large-scale national campaign to retrieve illegally occupied state land.

    On Sunday, the state attempted to hit its target. Clashes erupted between police and residents of Warraq island on Sunday, as the state attempted to demolish buildings on the island. Police forces fired tear gas to disperse a crowd that had gathered to contest the demolition, and, in the ensuing melee, one resident was killed and 19 injured, according to the Health Ministry, while the Ministry of Interior says that 31 of its officers were wounded.

    The clashes have temporarily stayed the demolition attempts.

    In the conference on land reclamation held in June that first presaged a change for Warraq, the government announced that it had retrieved 118 million square meters of state land in a few weeks, an area constituting 69 percent of total land seized. Amid the announcement of success, Sisi signaled that the state would turn its attention to Nile islands, alluding to Warraq island specifically.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/615333 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • WaPo : UAE Hacked Qatar to Invent Pretense for Retaliation – Mother Jones

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/07/wapo-uae-hacked-qatar-to-invent-pretense-for-retaliation

    As you know, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have imposed a blockade on Qatar, allegedly due to concerns over Qatar’s support for various and sundry terrorist groups. The blockade began in May, after Qatar’s official news agency published incendiary remarks from Qatar’s leader, and then claimed they had been hacked:

    The fake article quoted Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as calling Iran an “Islamic power” and saying Qatar’s relations with Israel were “good” during a military ceremony.

    The Qatari state television’s nightly newscast…scrolling ticker…included calling Hamas “the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,” as well as saying Qatar had “strong relations” with Iran and the United States. “Iran represents a regional and Islamic power that cannot be ignored and it is unwise to face up against it,” the ticker read at one point. “It is a big power in the stabilization of the region.”

    Hacked? Get serious. Does anyone seriously believe that—

    The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

    Officials became aware last week that newly analyzed information gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. The officials said it remains unclear whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted to have them done.

    That’s from the Washington Post. The UAE denies everything, of course.

    This is a very big deal. For starters, what are the odds that the UAE did this alone? Pretty slim, I think. Saudi Arabia was almost certainly involved too. And what does President Trump do now? He’s taken the Saudi side of this dispute, but now his own intelligence agencies are telling him that other Arab countries conducted the hack as a deliberate way of giving themselves an excuse to create the blockade. In fact, he probably learned this a week ago.

    Someone in the intelligence community apparently decided that (a) Trump was never going to go public with this, and (b) it really needed to become public. But who? And why?

    https://seenthis.net/messages/615307 via Nouvelles d’Orient