• Hacked Emails Show Top UAE Diplomat Coordinating With Pro-Israel Think Tank Against Iran
    https://theintercept.com/2017/06/03/hacked-emails-show-top-uae-diplomat-coordinating-with-pro-israel-neoco

    THE EMAILS PROVIDED so far to the The Intercept show a growing relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the pro-Israel, neoconservative think tank called the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

    On the surface, the alliance should be surprising, as the UAE does not even recognize Israel. But the two countries have worked together in the past against their common adversary, Iran.

    On March 10 of this year, FDD CEO Mark Dubowitz authored an email to both the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al-Otaiba, and FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah — a former deputy national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney — with the subject line “Target list of companies investing in Iran, UAE and Saudi Arabia.”

    “Dear, Mr. Ambassador,” Dubowitz wrote. “The attached memorandum details companies listed by country which are doing business with Iran and also have business with the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This is a target list for putting these companies to a choice, as we have discussed.”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/603918 via Nidal


  • Gidéon Lévy : Cinquante ans, cinquante mensonges | Agence Media Palestine
    par Gideon Levy | Traduction J. Ch. pour l’Agence Média Palestine
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2017/06/03/gideon-levy-cinquante-ans-cinquante-mensonges
    http://www.haaretz.com/polopoly_fs/1.527846.1495738285!/image/289926045.jpg_gen/derivatives/headline_1200x630/289926045.jpg

    (...) Cela a commencé avec la question de savoir comment nommer les territoires. Sur la radio israélienne, on a décidé d’utiliser le terme « territoires temporairement détenus ». C’était le mensonge N° 1, impliquant que l’occupation était temporaire et qu’Israël avait l’intention d’évacuer ces territoires, qu’il ne s’agissait que d’un élément de marchandage dans la recherche de la paix. C’est probablement le plus gros mensonge et certainement le plus décisif. C’est celui qui a permis de célébrer son jubilé.

    La vérité, c’est qu’Israël n’a jamais eu l’intention de mettre fin à l’occupation. Sa prétendue limitation dans le temps n’a servi qu’à endormir le monde dans sa duperie.

    Le deuxième mensonge majeur a été l’argument comme quoi l’occupation sert les intérêts sécuritaires d’Israël, qu’il s’agit d’une mesure d’autodéfense utilisée par une pauvre nation cernée par des ennemis. Le troisième mensonge fut le « processus de paix », qui n’a jamais vraiment eu lieu et qui, de toutes façons, n’a été prévu que pour donner encore plus de temps à l’occupation. Ce mensonge avait plusieurs jambes. Le monde en a été complice, se mentant continuellement à lui-même. Il y a eu des discussions, la présentation de cartes (toutes semblables), on a tenu des conférences de paix avec de nombreux cycles de négociations et des sommets, avec des envoyés qui se précipitaient dans des allers-retours, et surtout des boniments vides.

    Tout ceci se fondait sur un mensonge, qui était la présomption qu’Israël n’ait jamais eu l’intention de mettre fin à l’occupation.(...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/603902 via Loutre


  • C’est donc la guerre. Les médias saoudien évoquent un coup d’Etat imminent au Qatar et commencent la promotion de la partie "légitime" de la famille au pouvoir (au Qatar) comme alternative. Porquoi cette tension qui ne respecte aucune ligne rouge ? La visite actuelle de cheikh Zayed (des EAU) à Riyadh annonce-t-elle un nouveau développement ? Quelle sera la réponse qatarie ?

    انها الحرب اذا.. الاعلام السعودي يتحدث عن انقلاب وشيك في قطر.. ويبدأ الترويج للجناح “الشرعي” في الاسرة الحاكمة كمرشح بديل للحكم.. ما أسباب هذا التصعيد الذي يتجاوز كل المحرمات؟ وهل ستضع زيارة الشيخ محمد بن زايد الحالية للرياض خطة التحرك المقبل؟ وكيف سيكون الرد القطري؟ | رأي اليوم
    http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=685597

    #nuit_torride

    La réponse qatarie ? Peut-être, en partie du moins, dans ces appels à manifester qui semblent plus virulents que d’habitude en Arabie saoudite. Un prince saoudien se serait joint à l’appel, ainsi que les membres du "mouvement du 21 avril".

    http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=685539

    http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=685539

    https://seenthis.net/messages/603689 via gonzo


  • Maroc : Mohammed VI annule sa participation au 51e sommet de la Cedeao, auquel est invité Benyamin Netanyahou - JeuneAfrique.com
    http://www.jeuneafrique.com/444457/politique/maroc-mohammed-vi-annule-participation-51e-sommet-de-cedeao-auquel-inv

    L’organisation devait se prononcer sur la demande d’adhésion du Maroc à l’occasion de son 51e sommet, qui a lieu à Monrovia. Mais plusieurs pays participants ont été étonnés de l’invitation adressée à Benyamin Netanyahou. Jeudi, le roi du Maroc a annulé sa participation, ne souhaitant pas que sa première présence à ce sommet intervienne dans "un contexte de tension".

    Le roi Mohammed VI a annulé sa visite à Monrovia, au Liberia, où il devait assister le 4 juin au 51e sommet de la Cedeao. Un rendez-vous important pour le royaume, puisque l’organisation devait statuer sur sa demande d’adhésion, formulée en février. Or, comme l’explique un communiqué du ministère marocain des Affaires étrangères, jeudi 1 juin, « au cours des derniers jours, des pays importants de la Cedeao ont décidé de réduire au minimum leur niveau de représentation à ce sommet, en raison de l’invitation adressée au Premier ministre israélien, Benyamin Netanyahou ».

    Depuis quelques années, Israël cherche à renforcer ses relations économiques avec l’Afrique. En juillet 2016, Netanyahou s’est rendu en Ouganda, au Kenya, au Rwanda et en Éthiopie, alors qu’aucun Premier ministre israélien ne s’était rendu sur le continent depuis des décennies.

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    $1 billion Israeli solar commitment to ECOWAS
    https://www.africa-newsroom.com/press/1-billion-israeli-solar-commitment-to-ecowas?lang=en
    $20 million agreement for Liberia’s first solar field inked as Prime Minister Netanyahu arrives ; “Power to the African people,” says Israeli MP Neguise

    MONROVIA, Liberia, June 2, 2017/APO/ —

    Under the MOU signed today between the State of Israel and ECOWAS, Israel’s leading solar developer will invest $1 billion over the next four years to advance green energy power projects across the 15 member states of the West African economic community.

    #Israfrique #CEDEAO = Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest

    https://seenthis.net/messages/603800 via Loutre


  • U.S. mulls formulating a principles paper on core issues of Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Israel News - Haaretz.com
    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.793023

    The Trump administration is considering drawing up a set of principles for resolving the core issues, which would be the basis for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on ending the conflict, Israeli, Palestinian and American officials say.
    The White House has not yet decided on the outline of principles with which the administration will attempt to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The possibility of drafting a “Principles Paper” is the subject of internal debates among various administration officials dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
    Last Thursday, two days after the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the region, his envoy Jason Greenblatt came to Jerusalem and Ramallah, meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. An Israeli source familiar with these talks said the envoy and the two leaders discussed some ideas the administration is considering with regard to the plan to resume negotiations. The source stated that Greenblatt wanted to hear from them what plan they would like to see for resuming negotiations and how they wish to see the process conducted, as well as what they would like to see as its outcome.
    A few days after this meeting, Netanyahu, in a meeting with Knesset members, provided a peek at some options being considered by the White House, hinting that one possibility is the outline of principles. “The current administration fervently wishes to put something on the table,” said Netanyahu in a closed meeting with Likud MKs last Monday. “We have positions that are important for us, but that doesn’t mean that these are acceptable to them,” he said.
    Netanyahu and his senior advisers are preparing for the possibility that the Trump administration would want to draw up a Principles Paper as a first step in restarting negotiations, or will present the two sides with such a document as an American proposal that would serve as the basis for resuming talks on a final settlement. “We estimate that they will bring a plan but we don’t know what it will be,” said an Israeli official.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/603143 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington | Why the Trump Administration Should Reconsider Oman

    http://www.agsiw.org/why-the-trump-administration-should-reconsider-oman

    by Sigurd Neubauer and Yoel Guzansky
    Following his historic address to the U.S.-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald J. Trump held bilateral talks with every Gulf Cooperation Council leader except for Oman’s deputy prime minister, Sayyid Fahd al-Said, who had his meeting cancelled at the last minute with no public explanation. Oman’s unique foreign policy record – which ranges from facilitating the early U.S.-Iranian contact that eventually led to the nuclear agreement, to its active contribution to the Middle East peace process, to more recently supporting the United Nations-sponsored Yemen peace negotiations – was also ignored altogether during the president’s speech, even though he thanked each of the other GCC countries for their respective commitments to fighting extremism and regional terrorist groups.

    In fact, it may be that the very nature of Oman’s engagement in efforts to defuse regional conflicts has prompted the Trump administration to view it warily, given Washington’s efforts to restore close relations with Saudi Arabia. In this context, Oman’s established links to both Tehran and the political leadership of Yemen’s Houthi insurgents – clearly valued by the administration of former President Barack Obama – may be seen now as reasons to keep Oman at arm’s length. Further evidence that the U.S.-Omani relationship may be heading toward uncertainty came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cancelled his meeting in Riyadh with his Omani counterpart, Yusuf bin Alawi. This, coupled with the Trump administration’s Budget Blueprint for fiscal year 2018 – which suggests a 35 percent cut in annual military/security assistance to Oman, down from $5.4 million to $3.5 million – further suggests that Washington is revising its approach toward Muscat.

    The Sultanate of Oman has been a U.S. strategic ally for nearly two centuries, and was the second Arab country, after Morocco, to establish diplomatic relations with Washington, in 1841. Moreover, Oman is only one of two GCC countries to enjoy a free trade agreement with the United States.

    Building on these historic ties, Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, the Arab world’s longest-serving monarch, has skillfully managed throughout his 44-year tenure to serve as a regional intermediary to help defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran, and has at the same time actively contributed to Israeli-Arab dialogue by hosting the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), a Muscat-based organization dedicated to sharing Israeli expertise on desalination technologies and clean fresh water supply.

    Given that Trump has pledged to reset U.S.-GCC relations and accelerate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as part of an apparent strategic effort to counter Tehran’s “malign” regional influence, it is also surprising that Qaboos is the only GCC leader that Trump has yet to call, especially considering Oman is the only GCC country to enjoy pragmatic relationships with Iran and Israel.

    In recent years, Oman used its channels to Tehran – and to the Houthis in Yemen – to gain the release of a half dozen U.S. citizens who had been detained, efforts that earned Oman public expressions of thanks from Obama.

    In addition, “Oman recognizes that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an irritant between the U.S. and the Arab world, but – consistent with Qaboos’ philosophy of peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution – he wanted to play a constructive role,” said Richard Schmierer, former U.S. ambassador to Oman, adding that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was not a top issue on the U.S.-Omani bilateral agenda during his tenure in Muscat.

    Nonetheless, in 2010 U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton hailed MEDRC as “a model for Middle East peace making.” A year later, it was revealed that Obama personally called Qaboos to ask him to lead Arab goodwill gestures toward Israel in exchange for a settlement freeze moratorium.

    A Long History of Support for Mideast Peace

    Following the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Oman was the only GCC member to consistently engage with Israel through a number of informal diplomatic initiatives. Oman was also one of only three Arab League members not to boycott Egypt after its peace treaty with Israel while actively supporting Jordanian-Israeli peace talks in the ensuing years.

    Qaboos demonstrated his commitment to reaching a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace treaty by inviting Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to visit him in Muscat in 1994. Rabin’s visit came only months after Israel and Jordan signed a comprehensive peace treaty. Although Rabin’s landmark visit was initially conducted in secrecy, it was announced publicly upon his return to Israel.

    Though falling short of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic Knesset address in 1977 and the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty of 1994, Qaboos granted Rabin and the Israeli leadership what it had strived for since the inception of the Jewish state in 1948: recognition and legitimacy. Moreover, Qaboos’ invitation arguably signaled publicly to Rabin, the Israeli public, and the Arab world at large a willingness to distance Oman from the Saudi position by granting Israel de facto recognition.

    Following the assassination of Rabin, Qaboos once again displayed his commitment to the peace process by dispatching Oman’s foreign minister to attend Rabin’s funeral. In a subsequent interview with Israeli media, Alawi said, while being hosted by acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres, “Oman will soon have diplomatic relations with Israel, Oman was never in a state of war with Israel so there is no need for a peace agreement.”

    The brief relationship between Qaboos, Rabin, and Peres has had concrete and positive outcomes: Oman has maintained a diplomatic channel with Israel since 1996 by hosting MEDRC. MEDRC is the only surviving organization of five regional initiatives included in the Oslo Accords as part of an effort to accelerate the peace process. Through it, participants from Gaza, Jordan, and the West Bank have attended, with Israeli counterparts, a number of courses on desalination and wastewater management in Tel Aviv.

    On the surface, Oman’s quiet diplomatic style of doing business appears to be by design: By maintaining a policy of neutrality and noninterference, Oman seeks to preserve its independence and stability by closely aligning with Britain and the United States while balancing relations with its powerful neighbors, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Israeli-Palestinian angle, however, does not fit into Oman’s immediate strategic concerns; unlike Iran, with whom it shares the Strait of Hormuz, Israel is a distant power.

    Given Trump’s quest to forge a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace agreement, Oman could potentially again play a pivotal role through its MEDRC networks. A White House invitation to Oman’s newly-appointed deputy prime minister for international cooperation, Sayyid Assad bin Tariq al-Said, might provide an opportunity to explore this potential with the man who appears to be in line to become Qaboos’ eventual successor. And, unlikely as it would seem at the moment given Trump’s strident anti-Iran rhetoric, Oman could also reprise its role as a conduit for quiet messaging between Tehran and Washington on regional security issues as part of an effort to mitigate the risk of conflict.

    While the last U.S. president to visit Oman was Bill Clinton in 2000, the administration of George W. Bush dispatched vice president Dick Cheney to Muscat in 2002, 2005, and 2006 to discuss Iran and other regional issues. More recently, the Obama administration and its secretary of state, John Kerry, in particular, came to rely on Muscat on a host of regional initiatives ranging from Iran, Syria, and Yemen. In fact, Kerry grew so appreciative of Oman’s effective diplomacy that he attended Oman’s national day celebration in 2016, a most unusual public gesture for a secretary of state. Whether Oman regains this coveted position in the eyes of the current administration remains to be seen, although its unique contributions in support of efforts to resolve some of the Middle East’s most intractable problems would at the very least argue for open channels of communication.

    Sigurd Neubauer is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Yoel Guzansky is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and a 2016–17 Israel Institute postdoctoral fellow.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/603024 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Israel averts one crisis with end of Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike. Now Gaza looms large

    Strike leader Marwan Barghouti can chalk up achievement of putting prisoners’ plight back in Palestinian public consciousness

    Amos Harel May 28, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.792263

    The announcement heralding the end of the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike on Friday night was met with a sigh of relief by Israel’s defense establishment.
    >> Get all updates on Israel and the Palestinians: Download our free App, and Subscribe >>
    The strike’s end, on the eve of Ramadan, removed a huge risk that had been lingering for the past six weeks: the potential for deterioration following the death of one of the prisoners, or an Israeli attempt to force-feed the strikers, both of which would have agitated Palestinians across the territories.
    The gap in the conflicting commentaries from both sides regarding the details of the agreement and the question of who won are inevitable, given the circumstances. Israel doesn’t want to admit it negotiated with the strike leaders – and certainly not that it made any concessions while members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet were competing with each other in their forceful declarations against the prisoners.
    The Palestinians, meanwhile, have to present any Israeli concessions, no matter how trivial, as an achievement – otherwise questions will be raised about why the lives of prisoners were put at risk and whether the demands met actually justified everything the prisoners sacrificed.

    Despite Israel’s denials, it’s clear that talks were held with the strike leaders, at least indirectly. Two weeks ago, Palestinian sources reported meetings between senior officials in the Palestinian Authority’s security apparatus and Israel’s Shin Bet security service, with the aim of ending the strike.

    The details of any arrangement that would induce the prisoners to call off their strike were crystal clear: The key issue for them was the restoration of family visits to the previous number – twice a month. The Red Cross had halved this a year ago. An agreement on this matter was reached on Friday.
    The other demands were extras. The strike leaders knew that given the current public mood in Israel, the cabinet or prison authorities would not allow the resumption of academic studies – certainly not as long as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers are being held in Gaza and two Israeli citizens are missing there.
    An improvement in specific prison conditions – an issue that isn’t a focus of media attention – can be agreed upon later. Israel ensured this would happen at a later date and wouldn’t be seen as a direct achievement of the hunger strike.
    The strike’s leaders were already handicapped by the limited response of Fatah members to join the strike. Jailed Hamas leaders didn’t take a stand, either, failing to instruct most Hamas members to join in. Outside the prison walls, senior PA officials tried to undermine the strike, fearing it would strengthen the status of senior Fatah prisoner (and strike leader) Marwan Barghouti.
    The latter can chalk up an achievement from the strike, though: it brought the prisoners’ plight to the forefront of the Palestinian agenda, and he is once more being seriously mentioned as a possible successor to President Mahmoud Abbas.
    In Israel, the sting operation in which the Israel Prison Service planted snacks in Barghouti’s cell, and recorded him eating them, served as a rich source of satire. On the Palestinian side, though, it only strengthened his image as a leader who is feared by Israel – which resorts to ugly tricks in order to trip him up. However, Barghouti still faces an internal challenge from fellow Fatah leaders, who were likely unimpressed by the fact he fell into this trap twice.
    The strike’s end resolves one Israeli headache, but two others remain in the Palestinian arena: that the religious fervor associated with Ramadan will find an outlet in the form of “lone-wolf” stabbing or car-ramming attacks, as it did last year; and the deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip.
    In the monthly report submitted to the UN Security Council on Friday by Nickolay Mladenov, the UN secretary-general’s special envoy to the Middle East wrote: “In Gaza we are walking into another crisis with our eyes wide open.”
    Mladenov warned the Security Council that if urgent steps are not taken to de-escalate matters, “the crisis risks spiraling out of control with devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
    Mladenov reminded the Security Council that the source of the deterioration, with a reduced power supply and cuts to PA employees’ salaries in the Strip, is the political conflict between the Fatah-run PA and Hamas. Most residents in Gaza now receive electricity for only four hours a day, and this might be reduced to two hours, with the humanitarian crisis worsening. No one is interested in a military confrontation, Mladenov told Security Council members, adding that the PA, Hamas and Israel all share responsibility to prevent one.

    #Gaza #Palestine #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601963 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Washington Post didn’t disclose that writer who penned positive piece about Trump’s Saudi trip is paid by Saudi government - Salon.com
    http://www.salon.com/2017/05/27/wash-post-didnt-disclose-that-writer-who-penned-positive-piece-about-trumps-s

    The Washington Post allowed contributor Ed Rogers to praise Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia without disclosing that he’s a lobbyist for the Saudi Royal Court. The Post has repeatedly allowed Rogers to promote his lobbying clients’ interests without disclosure.

    Rogers is the chairman of the BGR Group, a leading Washington, D.C., lobbying group. BGR is part of a vast network of American lobbying and public relations firms that work for the Saudi government. The Post itself has reported on Rogers’ role in promoting Saudi interests. An April 2016 article stated that Rogers “did not immediately return a request for comment” about his lobbying work for the Saudi government and that “Rogers is a contributor to the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog.”

    Rogers and BGR signed an agreement letter with the Saudi Royal Court on August 24, 2015, to “provide public relations and media management services for The Center [for Studies and Media Affairs at The Saudi Royal Court], which includes both traditional and social media forums.” The contract is worth $500,000 per year.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601951 via Nidal


  • Why Do Coptic Christians Keep Getting Attacked in Egypt ? - The Atlantic
    H.A. HELLYER

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/1857/11/the-latest-attack-on-coptic-christians-in-light-of-egypt/528330/?preview=qiyvhH6Zxjj1CBpx_5a8zaxtlIg

    Sectarian incitement and anti-Christian populism are not limited to the ISIS cohorts and cells in Egypt. ISIS may take the sectarianism to an ultimate conclusion, but before ISIS ever existed in Egypt, a vile sectarianism had already infected far too much of the pro-Islamist universe. It has spread by playing to the baser, more populist sentiments among the pro-Islamist camp.

    As Taylor Luck noted earlier this month in the Christian Science Monitor, Muslim antipathy toward Christians has been simmering for a long time, and has occasionally erupted into mob violence:

    One of the largest waves of anti-Christian violence was after the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammad Morsi … and the army’s bloody crackdown against a sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in which nearly 1,000 Islamists were killed. Brotherhood officials singled out Copts, and particularly Coptic Pope Tawadros, for being complicit in the General Sisi-led military coup, and Christians were the target of angry supporters.

    In August 2013, Human Rights Watch reported that mob violence led by Brotherhood supporters damaged 42 churches and dozens of schools and businesses owned by Copts across Egypt, killing several and trapping Christians in their homes.

    Islamist circles and some Muslims across Egypt, meanwhile, use rhetoric deriding Christians as a “favored class” that is “hoarding wealth” and benefits from the regime, fault-lines that ISIS is looking to exploit.
    We shouldn’t group all of the Islamist camp, whether in Egypt or otherwise, together with ISIS; that would be inaccurate. But at the same time, we have to acknowledge that ISIS thrives on sectarian background music that has long been provided by other parts of the Islamist universe, and not only by ISIS’s own media apparatus.

    One of many ironies is that if nothing else, Friday’s appalling attack shows, yet again, how unorthodox groups like ISIS really are when it comes to Islam. In one of the many condemnations issued by Muslim religious figures and released today, one particular saying of the Prophet Muhammad’s, recorded in the hadith literature, stood out to me: “Whoever harms a person of the covenant [a non-Muslim in a Muslim territory], I am his adversary; and I will be his adversary on the Day of Judgement.” How much clearer can that be? And yet, those who seek violence will find hermeneutic ways to ignore this direct warning.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601817 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike in Israeli jails ends - Palestinians - Haaretz
    http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-1.792174

    The hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ended after 40 days on Friday night, according to the Israel Prison Service and Palestinian officials.
    The hunger strike ended after Israel reached an agreement with the Palestinian Authority and the Red Cross over prisoners’ visitation rights, according to the prison service. The sides agreed that the prisoners would be eligible for two visits a month, as was in the past before being reduced to one visit a month.
    The strike ended in time for the month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan, which begins on Saturday.
    Despite Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s remarks according to which there will be no negotiations and that the prisoners’ demands won’t be met, the strike ended following days of talks that peaked on Friday night. This, while the prison service attempted to reach some understandings over the strike prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s arrival in Israel earlier this week. The prison service stressed that there were no negotiations with the prisoners, but rather that “understandings” had been reached.

    #Palestine #grèvedelafaim #Israël

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601804 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Egypt 24 hours later: What we know about the blocking of Mada Masr’s website | MadaMasr

    Menaces contre un des meilleurs sites d’information égyptien

    http://www.madamasr.com/en/2017/05/26/feature/u/24-hours-later-what-we-know-about-the-blocking-of-mada-masrs-website

    Access to Mada Masr’s website via most of Egypt’s internet service providers (ISPs) has been blocked since Wednesday evening.

    The country’s official state news agency, MENA, quoted a high-level security source on Wednesday night as saying that access to 21 websites, which had disseminated “content that supports terrorism and extremism and deliberately spreads lies,” had been blocked in Egypt in accord with “relevant legal proceedings.”

    Mada Masr has not been officially informed that any party has taken official or legal measures against it.

    Several other websites have also been blocked, including two Egyptian publications: Masr al-Arabiya and the website of the print weekly Al-Mesryoon. The list also includes some Qatari or Qatar-funded news outlets that support or are managed by the Muslim Brotherhood, principal among them Al Jazeera and Huffington Post Arabic, in addition to the official website for Palestinian political movement Hamas.

    #Egypte #presse #médias

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601551 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Réflexions sur le #Nationalisme arabe, la gauche et l’islam
    http://orientxxi.info/magazine/reflexions-sur-le-nationalisme-arabe-la-gauche-et-l-islam,1226

    Dans le #Liban des années 1990 et 2000, Joseph Samaha était une figure intellectuelle influente. À l’occasion du neuvième anniversaire de son décès, As-Safir vient de publier un entretien avec Nicolas Dot-Pouillard, effectué en 2006, dont voici la traduction. Si le contexte politique a changé depuis cette époque, il n’est pas inutile de relire les propos d’un intellectuel de gauche libanais préoccupé par la « question nationale » et attentif au devenir de l’islam politique. Joseph Samaha est décédé d’une (...)

    #Magazine

    / Liban, #Hezbollah, #Hamas, Organisation de libération de la Palestine (OLP), #Vie_politique, #Islam_politique, Nationalisme, #Marxisme, #Monde_arabe, #Nassérisme, Organisation d’action communiste au Liban (...)

    #Organisation_de_libération_de_la_Palestine_OLP_ #Organisation_d'action_communiste_au_Liban_OACL_
    « http://assafir.com/Article/1/473859 »
    « http://assafir.com/Article/1/47385 »


  • Aleppo After the Fall - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/magazine/aleppo-after-the-fall.html
    https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/05/28/magazine/28syria12/28syria12-facebookJumbo.jpg

    One tragedy of Aleppo is that this rift between rich and poor was slowly mending in the years just before the 2011 uprisings. An economic renaissance was underway, fueled by thousands of small factories on the city’s outskirts. The workers were mostly from eastern Aleppo, and the owners from the west. A trade deal with Turkey, whose border is just 30 miles to the north, brought new business and tourists and optimism. I remember sitting at cafe table with two Turkish traders just outside the citadel in late 2009. Tourists thronged all around us, and the two men talked excitedly about how new joint ventures were melting the animosity between their country and Syria. “Erdogan and Assad, they are like real friends,” one of them said, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

    This kind of optimism was one reason the revolution took so long to reach Aleppo. All through 2011, as the rest of Syria erupted in protest, its largest city was quiet. But by 2012, in the villages just beyond the city’s edges, weaponry was flowing in from across the Turkish border and battalions were being formed. “The countryside was boiling,” I was told by Adnan Hadad, an opposition activist who was there at the time and belonged to the Revolutionary Military Council in Aleppo, a group led by Syrian military officers who defected. The council was eager for more European and American recognition and sensitive to Western calls for the preservation of most of Syria’s state institutions. But local rural people tended to side with a more Islamist and less patient group called Liwa al-Tawheed. Tawheed’s members “considered themselves more authentic” and had begun getting their own funding from Persian Gulf donors, Hadad told me. In the spring of 2012, Tawheed’s members began pushing for a military takeover of Aleppo, accusing the council of excessive caution and even secret deals with the regime. The council resisted, saying they should move only when it was clear that the city’s people wanted them to. In July, Tawheed took matters into its own hands. Armed insurgents flooded eastern and southwestern parts of the city, taking over civilian houses as well as police stations in the name of the revolution. Hadad considered the move a “fatal mistake,” he told me, and resigned from the military council.

    By then, eastern Aleppo had become a rebel stronghold. In early 2013, elections for provincial councils took place, giving the rebels a civilian veneer. But the councils, initially funded by the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, were soon under pressure from the Nusra Front, the Syrian Qaeda affiliate, and other hard-line groups. Later, ISIS forces captured parts of the city and forced residents to live by their rigid code. In theory, Aleppo was an embattled showplace for the Syrian revolution’s aspirations. In fact, most civilians were dependent on a patchwork of armed rebel factions for food and protection. The constant pressure of war left almost no room for a real economy, and many of the city’s factories had been repurposed by the rebels as military bases.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601291 via Nidal


  • Pétition : rendons visibles les prisonniers palestiniens en grève de la faim
    Médiapart, le 24 mai 2017
    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/dominique-vidal/blog/240517/petition-rendons-visibles-les-prisonniers-palestiniens-en-greve-de-l

    Ahmed ABBES, Directeur de recherche au CNRS et Secrétaire de l’AURDIP
    Hisham ABU SHAHLA Doctorant en Sciences politiques
    Gilbert ACHCAR, Sociologue (Université de Londres)
    Nadia Leila AISSAOUI, Sociologue
    Amin ALLAL, Chercheur au CERAPS (CNRS)
    Elena AOUN, Professeure et chercheure en relations internationales
    Isabelle AVRAN, Journaliste
    Marie-Noëlle ABIYAGHI, Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO)
    René BACKMANN, Journaliste
    Bertrand BADIE, Chercheur en relations internationales
    Pierre BARBANCEY, Journaliste (L’Humanité)
    Akram BELKAID, Journaliste et écrivain
    Mehdi BELMECHERI-ROZENTAL, Chercheur en sciences politiques
    Yazid BEN HOUNET, Anthropologue (CNRS)
    Laurent BONNEFOY, Chercheur au CNRS (Ceri - Sciences Po)
    Véronique BONTEMPS, Chercheure au CNRS
    Bernard BOTIVEAU, Chercheur émérite au CNRS
    Philippe BOURMAUD, Chercheur au CNRS et Maitre de conférences à Lyon 3
    Monique BRIOUDES, Membre de la rédaction d’Orient XXI
    Pascal BURESI, Chercheur (CNRS)
    François BURGAT, Politiste (IREMAM - Aix-en-Provence)
    Chiara CALABRESE, IREMAM- Aix-en-Provence
    Michel CAMAU, Professeur émérite des Universités
    Céline CANTANT, Chercheure (Central European University)
    Rawad CHAKER, Maître de conférence à l’Université Lumière Lyon 2
    Marc CHER-LEPARRAIN, Membre de la rédaction d’Orient XXI
    Pierre COURS-SALIES, Professeur émérite à l’Université Paris 8
    Sylvain CYPEL, Journaliste et Membre de la rédaction d’Orient XXI
    Jean-Paul CHAGNOLLAUD, Professeur émérite des universités
    Christine CHARRETTON, Enseignante-chercheure honoraire à Lyon
    Monique CHEMILIER-GENDREAU, Professeur émérite à l’Université Paris Diderot
    Francesco CORREALE, Ingénieur de recherche en analyse des sources (CNRS)
    Olivia Martina DALLA TORRE, Université Lyon 2
    Sonia DAYAN-HERZBRUN, Sociologue
    Joan DEAS, Doctorante (Sciences-Po Grenoble)
    Ishac DIWAN, Chercheur à la Chaire socio-économique du Monde arabe (Harvard University)
    Nicolas DOT-POUILLARD, Chercheur en Sciences politiques
    Françoise DREYFUS, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    Hamza ESMILI, Doctorant en sociologie
    Jacopo FALCHETTA, IREMAM, Université Aix-Marseille
    Françoise FEUGAS, Journaliste et Membre de la rédaction d’Orient XXI
    Leo FOURN, Doctorant en sociologie (Université Aix-Marseille)
    Bernard FREDERICK, Journaliste
    Alain GRESH, Journaliste
    Martine HASSOUN, Journaliste
    Bernard HOURCADE, Directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS
    Ferran IZQUIERDO-BRICHS, Professeur de relations internationales à l’Université autonome de Barcelone
    Hana JABER, Chercheure
    Patrick KAMENKA, Journaliste et syndicaliste
    Salam KAWAKIBI, Politologue
    Maria KOKKINOU, Doctorante (EHESS)
    Wendy KRISTIANANSEN, Journaliste
    Stéphanie LATTE-ABDALLAH, Historienne et Politiste, Chercheure au CNRS
    Olivier LE COUR GRANDMAISON, Universitaire
    Ziad MAJED, Politologue et Professeur d’université
    Henri MAMARBACHI, Journaliste et Membre de la rédaction d’Orient XXI
    Sandrine MANSOUR, Historienne
    Farouk MARDAM-BEY, Editeur
    Jonas MATHERON, Chercheur à l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    Lamia MELLAL, Chercheure en histoire contemporaine
    Sarah MEMMI, Socio-démographe
    Eléonore MERZA-BRONSTEIN, Anthropologue
    Alain MILLE, Professeur émérite à l’Université Lyon 1
    Catherine MILLER, Directrice de l’IREMAM / CNRS - Université Aix-Marseille
    Khadija MOHSEN-FINAN, Universitaire Paris I et Membre de la rédaction d’Orient XXI
    Jose-Luis MORAGUES, Maître de conférence à la retraite (Université Paul-Valery, Montpellier)
    Jean Michel MOREL, Membre de la rédaction d’Orient XXI
    Rosa MOUSSAOUI, Grande reporter
    Camille NAJM, Politologue et Journaliste
    Cédric PARIZOT, Anthropologue
    Jean-Marc PILLAS, Journaliste
    Marianne POCHE, Attachée de coopération
    Raphael PORTEILLA, Maître de conférence (Université Bourgogne - Franche Comté)
    Marwan RASHED, Professeur des universités
    Philippe REKACEWICZ, Journaliste et Cartographe
    Clémentine RUBIO, Doctorante à l’université de Tours
    Laura RUIZ DE ELVIRA, Post-doctorante au CNRS (IREMAM - Université Aix-Marseille)
    Sina SAFADI, Doctorante en anthropologie (EHESS)
    Julien SALINGUE, Docteur en science politique
    Catherine SAMARY, Économiste
    Shlomo SAND, Historien, Professeur émérite de l’Université de Tel-Aviv
    Jean-Christophe SERVANT, chef de service à « Géo »
    Hélène SERVEL, Journaliste indépendante
    Maissoun SHARKAWI, Historienne
    Aude SIGNOLES, Maitre de conférences à Sciences-Po Aix-en-Provence et Chercheure (IREMAM)
    François SIINO, CNRS-IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence
    Marion SLITINE, Doctorante en anthropologie à l’EHESS
    Fanny URIEN-LEFRANC, Doctorante en anthropologie sociale et ethnologie
    Thomas VESCOVI, Chercheur en histoire contemporaine
    Dominique VIDAL, Historien et Journaliste.
    Guillaume WEILL-RAYNAL, Journaliste
    Nada YAFI, Membre de la rédaction d’Orient XXI
    Louisa YOUSFI, Journaliste (rédactrice en chef de Paroles d’honneur)

    #Palestine #France #Pétition #Prisonniers #Grève_de_la_faim

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601192 via Dror@sinehebdo


  • Hack, fake story expose real tensions between Qatar, Gulf
    https://apnews.com/f5da3293be18401a954d48249f75394e

    While Qatar quickly denied the comments attributed to ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Saudi-owned satellite channels repeatedly aired them throughout the day Wednesday. The incident revived suspicions that exploded into the open three years when several Gulf nations pulled their ambassadors from Qatar over similar worries about its politics.

    The alleged hack happened early on Wednesday morning and hours later, the website of the Qatar News Agency still was not accessible.

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

    Online footage of Qatari state television’s nightly newscast from Tuesday showed clips of Sheikh Tamim at the ceremony with the anchor not mentioning the comments, though a scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen had the alleged fake remarks. They 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.”

    The hackers also purportedly took over the news agency’s Twitter feed and posted alleged quotes from Qatar’s foreign minister accusing Arab nations of fomenting a plot against his country. A series of tweets said Qatar had ordered its ambassadors to withdraw from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates over the plot. The tweets were later deleted.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601216 via Nidal


  • The news website that’s keeping press freedom alive in Egypt | Leslie T Chang | News | The Guardian
    @madamasr

    A relire alors que les autorités égyptiennes ont bloqué l’accès au site hier (en même temps qu’à une vingtaine d’autres sites)

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jan/27/-sp-online-newspaper-keeping-press-freedom-alive-egypt

    Last modified on Thursday 11 May 2017 12.31 BST

    On the afternoon of 17 June 2013, a group of friends gathered in a fourth-floor apartment in downtown Cairo. They sat on the floor because there were no chairs; there were also no desks, no shelves, and no ashtrays. A sign on the door, written in black marker, read “Office of the Artists Formerly Known as Egypt Independent”. What they had was a name – Mada, which means “span” or “range” in Arabic, had been chosen after much debate and many emails between 24 people – and a plan to set up an independent news outlet. Most of them had not seen each other since their former employer, a newspaper called Egypt Independent, closed two months before.

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    Lina Attalah, the venture’s founder and editor-in-chief, called the meeting to order. Designers were rushing to finish the website; a team was drafting a business plan; half a dozen grant applications were pending. “The update is: there’s no money,” she said, to laughter, “but we have a lot of promises. I’m working on the faith that the money will be there.” She signed off on 17 articles to be delivered over the next week. Lina is dark-eyed and fine-boned, with long black hair; she speaks in lengthy and well-wrought sentences that suggest a professor teaching a graduate seminar. Nothing in her demeanour betrayed the pressures she felt. The company had no cash to pay its writers. She was covering the rent and furnishing the office out of her own pocket. This would be, by her count, her seventh news venture; many of the previous ones had folded owing to the hostility of successive governments towards independent-minded journalists (“I have a history of setting up places that close”). Although she was only 30 and didn’t have a husband or children, Lina was accustomed to taking care of other people.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/601327 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Egypt Behind the curtains of the Foreign Ministry: Security apparatuses play for control | MadaMasr
    http://www.madamasr.com/en/2017/05/22/feature/politics/backstage-at-the-foreign-ministry-security-apparatuses-play-for-control

    Five Egyptian diplomats were informed by the Foreign Ministry in early May of a presidential decree to transfer them to agriculture and development government entities outside the ministry.

    Two plenipotentiary ministers, two first secretaries and another secretary suddenly found themselves in new surroundings.

    The decree’s force is in line with the diplomatic service law, which grants the president the power to reassign diplomats to other positions in national administrative bodies if such a move would fulfill some public interest, according to one of the diplomats affected by decision who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity.

    However, none of the diplomats was told why he had been transferred or what public interest his marginalization in the diplomatic class might serve. Unable to formally challenge the decree, the only recourse they could have would be to request retirement, an unlikely choice given their age range: 20 to 45.

    The five diplomats are not the first to be transferred from their diplomatic positions. Rather, they are part of a larger arc in which 40 diplomats have been reassigned in the last two years under pressure from Egypt’s security apparatuses, another diplomat who has been affected by the practice tells Mada Masr on the condition of anonymity. The reasons for their reassignment vary, the diplomat says: implicit accusations of being sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, the April 6 Youth Movement or the January 25 revolution; their rejection of the political changes that followed the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013; as much as their failure to advocate for these changes through their diplomacy work.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/600351 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • As Trump prepared for Riyadh visit, Saudis blocked U.S. on terrorist sanctions - The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/as-trump-prepared-for-riyadh-visit-saudis-blocked-us-on-terrorist-sanctions/2017/05/19/3a91eedc-3cd4-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table

    By Joby Warrick May 20 at 3:42 PM
    Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich kingdom touted by President Trump as a key ally in the fight against the Islamic State, has helped block a Trump administration proposal to impose sanctions against a Saudi branch of the terrorist group, documents show.

    The plan to add the Islamic State’s Saudi affiliate to a U.N. list of terrorist groups was quietly killed two weeks ago in a bureaucratic maneuver at the U.N. Security Council, records show. U.S. officials familiar with the move said the Saudis objected to the public acknowledgment of the existence of a separate Saudi offshoot of the terrorist group inside the kingdom.

    [Read the letters blocking the U.N. proposal to add ISIS in Saudi Arabia to the terror list]

    “They don’t want to admit they have an issue in their back yard,” said a U.S official familiar with the events, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomacy.

    The news of the maneuver comes as Saudi Arabia hosts Trump in Riyadh in his first visit to a foreign capital since becoming president. U.S. and Saudi officials are expected to use the visit to underscore close cooperation between the two countries in battling Islamist extremist groups. Riyadh has contributed money, arms and fighter jets to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria.

    #OEI #ArabieSaoudite #Etats-Unis

    https://seenthis.net/messages/600228 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Life and death of the knowledge industry, Peter Harling

    Une réflexion approfondie sur la crise de l’industrie du savoir et pourquoi il devient de plus en plus difficile de produire des analyses de qualité. Et les responsabilités sont partagées, y compris celles du public (avec une référence à OrientXXI)

    – Synaps open-source
    https://peterharling.blog/2017/05/17/the-quality-conundrum

    The quality conundrum

    WHOM TO TRUST for food for thought? In a confusing world, we are left to opt for one dominant pattern of behavior or the other: to lock ourselves into a bubble, where increasingly prolific media churn out large quantities of whatever material we want to ingest, to fit our interests or emotions; or to drift in limbo, bouncing off such comfort zones in search of bits and pieces of palatable knowledge more suited to a discerning diet. You feast on sweet corroboration, or scavenge for smidgens of reason.
    There is another, more practical way of putting the question: “why is it so hard to access high-quality intellectual content that meets our desire for making sense of troubling trends and events?” Indeed, it has become paradoxically difficult to do so, at a time when cognitive needs, analytic talent, archival references, knowledge-producing institutions, communication tools, and publication platforms are all in abundance. On the face of it, humankind has never been so well-equipped to decipher and rationalize the world, and yet wisdom appears as elusive as ever. Leaving aside the existential interrogations this may raise, there are prosaic explanations for our ongoing failure to obtain content as meaningful as we would hope, and possible remedies too.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/599721 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Lebanon economy
    Abracada... broke
    http://www.synaps.network/abracada-broke

    The most explosive thing to keep an eye on in Lebanon is also what no one wants to think about seriously. Indeed, it is not terrorism, Syrian refugees, or the latest ostentatious squabble among the country’s political factions. If anything can genuinely threaten the country’s hard-earned and stubborn stability—it’s the economy, stupid. What solutions are currently discussed or implemented promise at best to postpone a severe, structural crisis. Most stakeholders view this prospect as sufficient, as the country’s economy has for decades been living on borrowed time. But that is the critical mistake they should want to avoid: a much flaunted “resilience” has become part of the problem, allowing for all sorts of anomalies to stack up, relentlessly bringing the system closer to breaking point.
    The price of a sack of Lebanese flatbreads was fixed at 1500 LBP in 1997, but its weight went from 1,5kg to 900g today
    Anecdotal signs of economic stress are multiplying. In 2016, a dangerous slowdown in foreign currency inflow forced the central bank—Banque du Liban or BdL—to intervene by making the kind of offer big money couldn’t refuse: a 20% kickback on US dollars deposited for as little as one year. Sustaining an overpriced real-estate market has also required legislative and financial stimuli orchestrated by BdL. In the absence of reliable figures, the IMF guesstimates growth at less than 1%. A decline of the insurance sector attests to slowing business across the board. Shop fronts have been putting up signs for rent or sale all over Beirut. At the bottom of the chain, taxi drivers jump on the first occasion to complain of ever longer hours to make ends meet.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/599710 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • The Jerusalem obsession - Opinion -

    Of all of Israel’s whims, this is the craziest of all. A country trying look secular, Western and modern is going nuts over a wall

    Gideon Levy May 18, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.789919

    The sky has fallen. America is stuttering about the Western Wall. Where is it located? Whom does it belong to? It’s the end of the world, the Zionist enterprise is finished. It’s a good thing we have a Habayit Hayehudi representative in the United Nations (in the guise of the American ambassador), Nikki Haley. She hastened on Tuesday to prevent another emotional holocaust by stating that in her personal opinion, the Kotel is ours. What a relief! The Temple Mount is (again) in our hands.
    Of all of Israel’s whims, this is the craziest of all. A country trying look secular, Western and modern is going nuts over a wall. It’s a fetish. You can live with it, of course, but like any obsession it can drive you insane.
    But the obsession with the Kotel is part of a wider syndrome, the Jerusalem obsession. There’s no more divided city than united Jerusalem, and we’ve devised no greater self-deception than thinking there can be a solution without justice in Jerusalem. You can of course love Jerusalem, which was a lovely city until its last occupation, with an amazing history and holy places. You can pray toward it a dozen times a day, to a city that Jews lived in for generations and also longed for. It is truly an exciting and recommended tourist destination, just check out TripAdvisor.
    But a country that wakes up in terror because some American official avoided saying that the Kotel is part of Israel, proves not only that its discourse is delusional, but that it isn’t at all sure that the Kotel really belongs to it, and how uncertain it is about its borders, sovereignty and justness. When it comes to talking about Jerusalem, it loses its moorings; when it comes to the Kotel, it loses consciousness. In both instances we’re talking about detachment from reality.

    #Israël #Jérusalem

    https://seenthis.net/messages/599355 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Secousses islamistes en #Indonésie, par Marie Beyer & Martine @Bulard (Les blogs du Diplo, 17 mai 2017)
    https://blog.mondediplo.net/2017-05-17-Secousses-islamiques-en-Indonesie #st
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    Djakarta, 9 mai 2017. « Coupable de blasphème ». Le gouverneur de Djakarta, M. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, couramment appelé Ahok, a été condamné à deux ans de prison ferme pour ce délit, bien inscrit à la Constitution mais très contesté au sein d’une Indonésie qui se veut séculaire. Pas de tergiversations, le gouverneur est emmené vers la prison de Cipinang, à l’est de la capitale, dès sa sortie du tribunal. Les images d’#Ahok en chemise batik bleue (de tradition indonésienne) montant dans le fourgon de police le bras levé, affichant de ses doigts le signe de paix, renforcent la sidération des progressistes indonésiens. Nul ne s’attendait à un tel dénouement. Le procureur lui-même n’avait requis qu’un an de prison avec sursis. La veille, plusieurs de nos interlocuteurs nous mettaient en garde contre les fondamentalistes religieux, réunis devant la Cour de Djakarta nord pour réaffirmer leurs menaces de « chaos » si le tribunal se montrait trop clément. Il faut dire qu’ils ont déjà montré un certain savoir-faire en la matière… Mais à l’annonce du verdict, ce mardi, ils laissent éclater leur joie, même si quelques-uns auraient souhaité une condamnation plus longue — la loi prévoit jusqu’à cinq ans d’emprisonnement.


  • Actualisation de la situation des prisonniers politique palestiniens au 17 Mai 2017 | Agence Media Palestine
    17 Mai 2017, 31 ème jour de grève des prisonniers palestiniens.
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2017/05/17/actualisation-de-la-situation-des-prisonniers-palestiniens-au-1
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/413742C-300x200.jpg

    L’avocat d’Addameer (association des Droits de l’Homme et de défense des prisonniers palestiniens) Farah Bayadsi, a rencontré Ahmad Sa’adat, gréviste et secrétaire général du Front Populaire pour la Libération de la Palestine (PFLP). L’avocat d’Addameer s’est déjà vu refusé le droit de visite, mais a reçu l’approbation suite à une requête de la Haute Cour présentée le 10 mai 2017.

    Sada’at a informé l’avocat d’Addameer que les prisonniers sont soumis à deux raids de recherche violents tous les jours, au cours desquels les prisonniers sont forcés de quitter leur chambre, ce qui est épuisant physiquement pour les prisonniers en raison de leur état de santé. Il a également ajouté que 10 prisonniers sont détenus dans une cellule exiguë avec un évier et un toilette, pas de ventilateur ni de climatisation et chaque prisonniers reçoit 3 couvertures. Il a précisé par ailleurs que les examens médicaux effectués par l’IPS (Israel Prison Service) ne sont pas suffisants, car seule la pression sanguine et le poids des grévistes de la faim sont examinés.

    L’IPS impose des restrictions aux prisonniers grévistes, y compris une amende disciplinaire de 200 NIS (équivalent à 50 euros environ), l’interdiction de visite familiale pendant deux mois, l’interdiction d’accès à la « cantine » (boutique où les prisonniers peuvent acheter des produits de la vie courante, tel que des cigarettes) et la saisie de sel ainsi que de tous les vêtements, uniquement un seul vêtement par prisonnier est autorisé.

    Plus inquiétant encore : l’IPS a rendu extrêmement difficile pour les médecins indépendants de rendre visite aux prisonniers grévistes et a fourni aux prisonniers des tasses en plastique afin de boire du robinet plutôt que de l’eau potable, habituellement fournie.

    35 autres prisonniers politiques palestiniens se sont joint à la grève dimanche 14 mai, a rapporté le média « Asra Voice ».

    https://seenthis.net/messages/599327 via Loutre


  • Tillerson: Trump considering impact of U.S. embassy move on peace process -

    In first, the U.S. secretary of state publicly admits that the embassy move is being weighed as part of the larger effort to reach an Israeli-Palestinian agreement

    Amir Tibon and Barak Ravid May 14, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.789140

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that while President Donald Trump still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an important part of his deliberations is how such a move would impact the Trump administration’s efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
    Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Tillerson explained that “the president, I think rightly, has taken a very deliberative approach to understanding the issue itself, listening to input from all interested parties in the region, and understanding, in the context of a peace initiative, what impact would such a move have.”
    This is the first time that a senior figure in the Trump administration has admitted publicly that the embassy move, a promise Trump made during the election campaign, is being weighed as part of the larger effort to reach a peace agreement. Tillerson added further that Trump was “being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact a peace process.” In recent weeks, press reports in Israel indicated that the Trump administration was not planning to move the embassy.
    Tillerson also said that the president wants to understand “whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps as a distraction,” hinting at possible disagreements on the issue within the Israeli government. The Israeli security establishment and the army have warned in the past that moving the embassy could lead to increased violence on the ground in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    #Israël #Jérusalem #Etats-Unis

    https://seenthis.net/messages/598293 via Nouvelles d’Orient