Category Archives: Arab World

07 Feb

Jafar Farah: Joint Arab List to Bring Changes

February 7, 2015 1:17 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Interview, Israeli Politics 0

The creation of the joint list of Arab political parties for the March elections in Israel has generated enthusiasm and brings with it the possibility for change, notes Jafar Farah, director of the Mossawa Center: The Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens of Israel. Farah reviews the background to creation of […]

28 Jan

Israel Informs Security Council “It Will Defend Itself”

January 28, 2015 11:30 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

The Israeli Government informed the United Nations Security Council, Wednesday, it will conduct all needed measures “to defend itself,’ following the death of two of its soldiers in clashes with Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon.Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor informed the Security Council that Israel will not […]

28 Jan

Two Israeli Soldiers Killed, Seven Wounded, By Hezbollah Fighters

January 28, 2015 10:25 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

Israeli sources have reported, Wednesday, that two soldiers have been killed and seven injured in an attack carried out by fighters of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party in the Shebaa farms, in southern Lebanon. A Spanish member of the UNIFIL was killed in the Israeli strike. The sources said that one […]

27 Jan

Rockets Strike Occupied Golan

January 27, 2015 7:41 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, just nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and an Iranian general, Reuters reported.According to the PNN, an Israeli military spokesman said that, after the rockets struck, the army ordered the […]

19 Jan

Six Hezbollah Fighters Killed by Israeli Airstrike in Syria

January 19, 2015 5:33 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

The Israeli air force, on Sunday evening, fired missiles targeting a number of fighters from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party, in the Syrian bity of al-Qneitra, killing several fighters, including the son of late Hezbollah leader Imad Mughaniya, who was assassinated by Israel in February of 2008.The Hezbollah party, headed by […]

24 Dec

Fateh Denounces Assassination Of One Of Its Leaders In Syria

December 24, 2014 1:29 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fateh, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, issued a statement, Tuesday, strongly denouncing the assassination of one of its leaders, in the al-Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.The movement said Mohammad Ahmad Tarawiyya, a senior Fateh leader in Syria, was shot and killed on Tuesday evening, by […]

02 Dec

Resolution for Palestinian Statehood to be Presented at UN

A timeframe for the creation of a Palestinian state has been set, as a draft resolution was approved by foreign ministers of the Arab League, this past Saturday. According to PNN correspondence, the draft resolution is to be formally presented to the United Nations Security Council for vote within a […]

16 Nov

November 15 Marks PNC’s Declaration of Independence

On November 15, 1988, the Palestinian National Council, then led by late President Yasser Arafat, declared the independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders. “This was the historic Palestinian compromise: We accepted that our state would exist on only 22 percent of our historic homeland,” said a […]

07 Nov

7 Palestinians Wounded During Protest near Ofer, Jerusalem Facing 3rd Intifada after al-Aqsa Clash

November 7, 2014 1:47 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Internal Unrest, News Report 0

Seven Palestinians were injured, Thursday, after being targeted with rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas grenades by Israeli forces, as citizens and Birzeit University scholars headed to Ofer military camp, to protest in solidarity with Jerusalem and the rising number of dead throughout Palestine.PNN reports that hundreds of participants headed towards […]

05 Nov

Jordan Recalls Tel Aviv Ambassador in Protest of Israeli Violations

Jordanian PM Abdullah Nassour has sent Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Jouda to call back their ambassador in Tel Aviv, in protest of escalating Israeli aggression, the attacks on al-Aqsa mosque and successive violations in Jerusalem.The Jordanian mission, under direction of the MFA, took the required diplomatic action in presenting […]

12 Oct

Officials Arrive In Cairo For Gaza Reconstruction Conference

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, arrived in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, on Saturday, to attend the Sunday meeting for rebuilding the Gaza Strip which was recently ravaged by Israeli missiles, during the latest offensive on the coastal region. Several world leaders also arrived in Egypt in preparation […]

02 Oct

Arab League Calls On US Not To Veto Palestinian Bid

The Arab League reiterated its support to the upcoming Palestinian bid at the United Nations Security Council, demanding ending the Israeli occupation, and called on the United States to refrain from using its veto power to topple the move. Head of the Palestine and Occupied Arab Territories Committee at the […]

30 Sep

Saudi Arabia Transfers $60 M. To P. A

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently announced that it had transferred around $60.000.000 to the Palestinian Ministry of Finance to help cover some of its expenses for the months of July, August and September.The money is transferred through the Saudi Fund for Development; it comes as part of monthly aid […]

20 Sep

Palestinian Killed, Two Arrested, By Egyptian Soldiers In Sinai

September 20, 2014 12:36 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Maan News Agency has reported that one Palestinian was killed on Saturday, at dawn, and two were arrested by Egyptian soldiers as they exited a border tunnel in Sinai.Maan quoted Egyptian security sources as saying the three exited a tunnel in the ‘Unknown Soldier’ area, in the Egyptian city […]

15 Sep

15 Palestinians Killed When Boatload of Migrants Fleeing Gaza Sinks Near Egyptian Coast

A boat carrying nearly one hundred migrants, including dozens of Palestinians fleeing from Gaza, overturned in the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt, on Saturday, killing fifteen of those on board, according to Al-Anadolu news agency. An additional 72 passengers were rescued by the Egyptian navy. The boat left the Egyptian shore […]

13 Aug

Another Round Of Indirect Talks Ends, Gaps Still Large

Palestinian sources have reported that a new round of indirect Palestinian-Israeli talks, mediated by Egypt, ended in Cairo with no concrete results, while the 72-hour ceasefire reaches its end by midnight, Wednesday night.The Maan News Agency has reported that a 10-hour session was held Tuesday, during which the two sides […]

08 Aug

Updated: Jordanian Family: “Israel Tortured Our Son To Death”

A Jordanian family is accusing Israel of arresting and torturing their son to death, after they detained him during a Tel Aviv protest in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza.The family in Ein Abous in Zarqa – Jordan told the al-Balad News Agency in Jordan that Wa’el Salim Mustafa, 39, […]

07 Aug

Indirect Ceasefire Talks Continue To Hit Obstacles

Egyptian-mediated Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire talks are “ongoing” but hitting various obstacles which could turn the current calm into a new round of confrontation. Palestinian official says reports of an additional ceasefire extension are baseless.Egyptian sources said that Israel presented several demands and preconditions for maintaining the ceasefire, topped by a central […]

21 May

Mashal: “Palestinian Reconciliation, Not An Alternative To Resistance”

[Tuesday, May 20, 2014] Head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Khaled Mashal, stated that Palestinian reconciliation and national unity are not alternatives to the legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation, but are meant to strengthen it.His statements came in a speech he gave in Doha- Qatar, during […]

20 May

Arab World Remembers Mavi Marmara Attack

Monday marked the 4th anniversary of the Israeli massacre, in international waters, on board the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara. In commemoration, dozens of Palestinians and Arab activists staged a march of boats. Members of Miles of Smiles and Lifeline convoys, which accessed the Strip on Sunday evening, participated in the […]

11 May

Coalition Government To Run Rafah Terminal

[Saturday, May 10, 2014] Spokesperson of the Fateh Movement Fayez Abu Atiyya stated that the upcoming national unity government would be supervising the Palestinian side of the Rafah Border Terminal, on the Egyptian border, in southern Gaza.Abu Atiyya said Egypt wants a Palestinian government run by President Mahmoud Abbas, and […]

07 May

Arab League Council to Discuss Palestinian Crisis

The Arab League Council will be holding a meeting between permanent delegates, next Wednesday, upon the demand of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), to discuss the latest developments of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian territories, including aid to the region.Assistant secretary-general for Palestine […]

01 May

Document On Palestinian Detainees; Facts and Statistics

During a special conference on the Palestinian detainees, held Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Beirut – Lebanon, former Palestinian political prisoner, Palestinian researcher Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, presented a detailed document regarding Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel. IMEMC’s Editor-In-Chief, Saed Bannoura, translated the document into English before the conference to ensure […]

23 Apr

Cooperative Agreements Signed between Palestine and Jordan

Several agreements to enhance mutual cooperation between Palestine and Jordan were signed, Wednesday, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.WAFA reports that Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamadalla, and his Jordanian counterpart, Abdullah Ensour, discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance mutual cooperation in various fields. They chaired the fourth session of […]

23 Apr

Al-Arabi: “UN Security Council Adopts Double Standards when Dealing with Israel”

Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi said, Tuesday, the UN Security Council adopts double standards when handling resolutions involving Israel.Al-Arabi referred to the US’ veto on resolutions obliging Israel to withdraw from the Arab lands occupied since 1967. According to WAFA, he said that the Arab countries have decided […]

11 Apr

UN Security Council Plans to Send Fact-Finding Mission to Jerusalem

Palestine and Jordan submitted a resolution to the Executive Board of the United Nations Security Council, to send a fact-finding commission to investigate the situation of heritage sites in Jerusalem and in other Palestinian towns and to submit its detailed report to the World Heritage Committee that will be held […]

09 Apr

Hamas Calls for End to PA Security Coordination with Israel

Hamas said today [Wednesday, April 9, 2014] that Palestinians in the West Bank should ‘give full rein’ to resistance against the Israeli occupation and end security cooperation with Israel. (Ma’an/AFP) The move comes just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli government officials to stop cooperation with Palestinian […]

29 Mar

Israeli Troops Shoot, Kill 2 Suspects in Golan Heights

Israeli troops, late Friday, reportedly shot and killed what the military said were ‘infiltrators’ trying to breach a separation barrier from the Syrian-controlled side of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to military and media sources. Photo: Israeli Army Artillery battery unit is deployed on alert in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights […]

26 Mar

Arab League Refuses to Recognize Israel as a ‘Jewish State’

The Arab League Summit has refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, an Israeli demand which threatens to derail peace talks, a joint statement said on Wednesday. The Arab countries stressed the illegality of the Israeli colonial settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories of West Bank, and condemned the […]

19 Mar

Knesset to Approve Extension of Law Prohibiting Palestinian Reunification

It is expected that the Israeli Knesset will approve, on Wednesday, the extension of a law which prohibits Palestinian families from reunification for another year.Haaretz daily newspaper said that this law prohibits Palestinian reunification, claiming that it constitutes a security risk. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which is […]

19 Mar

Israeli Air Force Bombards Syrian Army Targets

Israeli sources have reported that the Israeli Air Force fired, on Wednesday, at dawn, several missiles into a number of Syrian army sites, in what Israel claimed to be a retaliation to a Golan Heights bombing that left four Israeli soldiers wounded.The army said that the attack against its soldiers, […]

18 Mar

Israel: “Hezbollah Fighters Crossed Border, Planted Explosives”

March 18, 2014 1:48 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

[Monday, March 17, 2014] According to investigations by the Israeli military, fighters of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party crossed the border a week ago, and planted explosive charges that were detonated near military vehicles.Israeli Walla News said that Hezbollah fighters advanced hundreds of meters beyond the Blue Line, separating Israel from […]

02 Mar

Boycott Campaigns Extend to Arab Countries

The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, is urging both Egypt and Jordan to boycott Israeli settlement products. ‘Boycotting the settlement products will not hurt Arab countries, including the least advantaged like Egypt and Jordan,’ Khalaf stated on Tuesday, the Alternative […]

27 Feb

Israeli Army On High Alert At Lebanese Border

February 27, 2014 5:17 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

[Wednesday Evening, February 26, 2014] Israeli sources have reported that the Israeli army increased its alert level on the Lebanese, fearing the Hezbollah party would retaliate to Israeli bombardment carried out on Monday.The Israeli army confirmed that it bombarded a Hezbollah target in the Beqaa’ valley, and that the missiles […]

25 Feb

Israeli Air Force Bombards Hezbollah Targets In Southern Lebanon

February 25, 2014 4:06 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli media sources have reported that the Israeli Air Force carried out, late on Monday evening, various air strikes targeting what was described as targets that belong to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party.The sources said that the targets in southern Lebanon include rocket launch pads, south of Baalbek town, in the […]

14 Jan

Qatar To Grant Work Visas To 20,000 Palestinians

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Ibn Hamad Al Thani has given orders to grant work visas to 20,000 Palestinians, the Palestinian ambassador to Qatar told Ma’an News Agency, on Monday.The move comes 20 years after Palestinians were first prevented by Qatari authorities from acquiring visas to work in the prosperous Gulf […]

08 Jan

Kerry Asks Jordan, Saudi Arabia, To Support Palestinian Recognition Of “Jewish State”

January 8, 2014 3:42 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Peace process 0

An Israeli official said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged King Abdullah, of Jordan, and King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, of Saudi Arabia, to talk the Palestinian leadership into recognizing Israel as a Jewish State.Kerry was relaying a message from Israel to the Arab leaders, as Tel Aviv insists […]

01 Jan

Palestinians Dying Of Hunger In Syria

At least 15 Palestinians have died of hunger, since September, in a besieged refugee camp in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to UN sources. (Palestinian News Network/AFP)“Reports have come in over the weekend that at least five Palestinian refugees in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus have […]

26 Dec

Bedouin Village Demolished For 63rd Time

[Thursday December 26, 2013] For the 63rd time, Israeli forces have demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev, Thursday morning.A Ma’an reporter in Beersheba said that bulldozers, escorted by 25 police patrols, raided the village at 9 a.m. and demolished all of its steel houses. “Forces of demolition […]

24 Dec

Abbas Thanks UAE For $50 M. Donation

[Monday December 23, 2013] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has formally thanked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for granting the Palestinian Authority 50 Million USD to help it pay late salaries and perform its duties.Abbas sent a letter to the President of the UAE. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, thanking […]

16 Dec

Israeli Soldier Shot Dead Near Lebanese Border

December 16, 2013 8:52 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

[Sunday evening, December 15, 2013] Israeli military sources have reported that an Israeli soldier was shot and killed by rounds fired from the Lebanese side of the border, adding that a Lebanese soldier fired the shots.Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that Tel Aviv has filed an official complaint against Lebanon […]

03 Dec

Qatar To Grant P.A. $150 Million

Palestinian Prime Minister in the occupied West Bank, Rami Hamdallah, stated that Qatar has promised to transfer $150 million to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) to help ease its sharp financial crises.Hamdallah said that he held extensive talks with Prince Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, in Qatar, asked him to grant […]

03 Nov

Kerry Starts Middle East Tour

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, started a Middle East Tour in which he plans to visit a number of countries, including Tel Aviv, the Palestinian territories.Kerry will be holding an official visit to Egypt, for the first time since the Egyptian military ousted the elected President, Mohammad Morsi, who […]

26 Oct

Fateh Member Assassinated In Lebanon

[Saturday October 26, 2013] Lebanese sources have reported that a Fateh member was shot and killed by unknown gunmen, in Ein Al-Hilwa refugee camp, in Sidon city, in Lebanon. Another member was injured in the attack.The Annahar Lebanese Paper has reported that Mas’ad Hojeir, was shot by a live round […]

17 Oct

Sources: “Egyptian Army Opens Fire At Palestinians in Rafah”

October 17, 2013 4:20 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

[Wednesday October 16, 2013] The Palestine Now News Agency has reported that Egyptian soldiers opened fires at the Palestinian side near the border area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.Palestinian security sources in Gaza told Palestine Now that the Egyptian army targeted a number of Palestinians […]

17 Oct

Egyptian Air Force Flies Over Gaza-Israel Border

October 17, 2013 2:37 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

[Wednesday October 16, 2013] Israeli Channel 2 has reported that, for the first time in 34 years, Egyptian F16 Fighter jets flew over the Egypt-Israel border area, “as part of Egyptian operations against gunmen in the area.”Channel 2 said that, for the first time since the peace agreement was signed […]

10 Oct

Mashal Calls For Massive Popular Armed Resistance

Head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Khaled Mashal, called for launching massive popular, armed, resistance against Israel, and said that only armed resistance can deter Israel.Mashal slammed the Palestinian Authority (P.A) in the West Bank for what he called “criminalizing armed resistance”, and added that […]

10 Oct

Israel Bombards A Syria Army Base

October 10, 2013 1:28 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli sources reported on Wednesday evening [October 10, 2013] that the Israeli army fired a missile at a Syrian army base after mortar shells was fired from Syrian territory into the occupied Golan Heights. The sources said that the army fired the missile at the source of fire, an issue […]

20 Sep

UFree Network denounces the Egyptian military courts sentences against Palestinian fishermen

September 20, 2013 7:39 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

UFree Network strongly condemns the Egyptian military court sentences against Palestinian fishermen who were given a one-year prison sentence and a penalty fine for fishing in Egyptian waters near the Gaza Strip.The five Palestinian fishermen were arrested by the Egyptian sea border police on 30th of August claiming they broke […]

19 Sep

Fishermen Sentenced To One Year For Entering Egyptian Waters

September 19, 2013 12:23 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

Egyptian sources have reported that an Egyptian military court sentenced on Wednesday [September 18, 2013] five Palestinian fishermen to one year imprisonment after “convicting” them of violating Egyptian territorial waters.The Anadolu Turkish news agency stated that the five fishermen accidentally crossed into Egyptian waters while fishing. Palestinian fishermen in Gaza […]

16 Sep

Remembering Sabra And Shatila Massacre

Monday marks the 31st anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre that took place starting on September 16 1982, after the Israeli occupation army, led back then by Ariel Sharon, surrounded the refugee camp after invading Beirut, and granted access to the Phalanges to enter the camp to slaughter its […]

01 Sep

Egypt Detonates Five Border Tunnels

September 1, 2013 2:19 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

The Egyptian army detonated on Saturday evening [August 31 2013] five siege-busting tunnels across the Gaza-Egypt border area.The Egyptian army said that the five tunnels were found in Salah Ed-Deen Gate area, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Local sources said that loud explosions were […]

26 Aug

Israel Believes Limited War With Syria Is Possible

August 26, 2013 11:14 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli sources has reported that military and security commanders in Tel Aviv believe that a limited war between Israel and Syria is possible should Washington decide to strike Syrian targets, and Syria’s army of President Bashar Assad.The sources said that once the Syrian army is facing a war with the […]

24 Aug

42 Killed, 500 Injured In Mosque Explosion In Lebanon

August 24, 2013 3:33 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

The Lebanese Ministry of Health stated that 42 persons have been killed, and more than 500 have been injured, in two explosions that targeted two mosque in Tripoli, in northern Lebanon.The Ministry said that the first explosion took place in front of the Taqwa Mosque, in the Az-Zahiriyya area, while […]

23 Aug

UNIFIL Denounces Missile Attack On Israel

August 23, 2013 3:06 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) issued a statement strongly denouncing a missile attack carried out from Lebanese territory into Israel.The UNIFIL said that on Thursday approximately at 4 P.M, a number of missiles were fired into Israel, and that its forces initiated an investigation into the issue […]

23 Aug

Israeli Air Force Bombards An Area Near Beirut

August 23, 2013 2:10 PM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

An Israeli army spokesperson stated that the Israeli Air Force bombarded, on Friday [August 23, 2013] a target in Lebanon “in retaliation to a missile attack close to the border on Thursday”, and added that the Israeli bombardment targeted a location between Beirut and Saida (Sindon).In its press release, the […]

15 Aug

Nasrallah: “Hezbollah Fighters Behind Blast Targeting Soldiers Who Violated Border”

August 15, 2013 5:02 AM IMEMC Agencies Arab World, Lebanon war, News Report 0

Secretary-General of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah Party, Hasan Nasrallah, stated during a televised interview with the Al-Mayadeen TV, on Wednesday August 14, 2013, that Hezbollah fighters were behind last week’s attack against Israeli soldiers who violated Lebanese sovereignty.He said that the Islamic resistance was behind the operation in Labbouna area, more […]

13 Aug

Israel Intercepts Missile Over Eilat

August 13, 2013 2:45 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

[Tuesday August 13, 2013] Israeli military sources have reported that the “Iron Dome” missile interception system managed to successfully intercept a missile fired towards Eilat coastal city. The sources did not indicate the source of fire, and did not report any injuries or damages.The ‘Mujaheddin Shura Council in the Environs […]

10 Aug

Netanyahu: “Israel Will Retaliate To Attacks From Gaza, Sinai”

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that Tel Aviv would firmly respond to any attack against it from the Gaza Strip or the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.His statements came during a visit to a military training area in the Negev. He said that Israel will not allow any side to fire […]

09 Aug

Abbas visits Egypt’s interim president Mansour on Monday

On Monday, Palestinan president Mahmoud Abbas met with Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour in Cairo. The visit to the country was Abbas’s first since the military overthrow of former president Mohamed Mursi, and it is dedicated to talks about the bilateral Palestinian-Egypt relationship and the renewed negotiations between Israel and […]

07 Aug

Four Israeli Soldiers Injured Near Lebanon Border

August 7, 2013 3:53 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Israeli military sources have reported (Wednesday August 7, 2013] that four soldiers suffered mild to moderate injuries in an explosion that took place near the northern border with Lebanon. The wounded soldiers were moved to an Israeli hospital in Nahariya; three of them were moved to surgery while one was […]

24 Jul

Israel Boosts Missile Defense Systems On Egypt Border

Israeli officials stated Tuesday [July 23, 2013] that Israel has fortified its missile defense systems near its southern border with Egypt, allegedly to fend off any attacks by extremists fighting the Egyptian security forces in Sinai.The Israeli decision came after more than 20 persons have been killed near the border […]

19 Jul

Kerry To Leave Region Friday With No Official Initiative

[Thursday July 18 2013] Reuters has reported that U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will be flying back to the United States on Friday without a positive breakthrough in the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and without any plans that would revive these talks.Before his departure, Kerry […]

19 Jul

Kerry Claims Gap Between Israeli And Palestinian Stances Is Narrowing

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, stated that the gap between the Israeli and Palestinian stances regarding the resumption of direct peace talks is narrowing, and added that he hopes direct peace talks can resume soon.Yet, the White House said that the situation remains unclear, and that President Mahmoud Abbas […]

18 Jul

Egyptian Military Leader Accuses Hamas Of Arming Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian Commander of the Third Field Army, Major General Osama Askar, accused the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip of smuggling missiles to members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.Askar claimed that the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, smuggled Grad missiles to fighters of the Muslim Brotherhood to […]

17 Jul

Abbas Meets Kerry In Amman

[Tuesday at night July 16 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, held a meeting with U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Amman – Jordan.Palestinian Presidency spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rodeina, stated that the two leaders held an extended meeting, and discussed different issues that could help create a positive atmosphere for […]

16 Jul

Israel Approves Deployment Of Egyptian Infantry Units In Sinai

The Israeli government has granted a special authorization to the Egyptian Military allowing the deployment of two infantry battalions in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, so that the army can operate against armed groups and smugglers.The Israeli government has granted a special authorization to the Egyptian Military allowing the deployment of […]

16 Jul

Egypt Destroys Eight Border Tunnels

July 16, 2013 12:23 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

The Egyptian Army announced in managed to locate and destroy eight siege-busting tunnels across the border with the Gaza Strip over the last 48 hours, and that it located 23 containers holding a million liters of fuel.The army said that the Egyptian Border Guards located the containers that were ready […]

16 Jul

Abbas To Meet Kerry In Jordan

[Monday July 15 2013] A Palestinian official told the France Press News Agency that President Mahmoud Abbas plans to meet U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, this coming Wednesday in Amman – Jordan.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said that Kerry would be touring in the Middle East to […]

14 Jul

Syria: “Lathiqiyya Port Explosion, Not Israeli Air Strike”

The Al-Alam Iranian news agency have reported that Syria denied that the explosions in Lathiqiyya (Latakia)Port were a result of an Israeli Air Strike, and that the explosions most likely took place during clashes between the Syrian Army and the “Free Syrian Army”.The Al-Alam said that the explosions, that took […]

11 Jul

Notes on status of our world

In Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood was the most organized political group running in the post-dictator era The presidential elections in the second round were between Mr. Morsi and a representative of the discredited regime so many people (including secularists and even communists) voted for the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mr. Morsi. […]

09 Jul

Mousa: “Hamas Will Pay A Heavy Price For Interfering In Internal Egyptian Affairs”

Legislator Yahia Mousa, a political leader of the Hamas movement, stated that the Hamas movement and the Gaza Strip will pay a heavy price for interfering in internal Egyptian affairs, and called on his movement to reconsider its regional policies, especially with neighboring countries. In an interview with the Wattan […]

04 Jul

Israel Fears It’s Honeymoon Is Over

Only a Few hours after the Egyptians managed to get their elected president, Mohammad Morsi, to leave amidst massive protests of millions, Israeli security leaders expressed worry that the honeymoon era with Egypt is over. Senior security and political leaders in Tel Aviv lamented what they call an era of […]

03 Jul

Israel Agrees To More Egyptian Troops In Sinai

Israeli daily, Yedioth Aharonoth have reported Tuesday [July 2 2013] that, despite the current massive protests in Egypt, and what it described as “chaos”, security coordination between the Israeli army and the Egyptian army is ongoing, and that Tel Aviv approved an Egyptian request for more Egyptian troops in Sinai.Israel […]

29 Jun

Israel Advises Citizens Against Travelling To Egypt

The Israeli Ministry of Interior called on its citizens to refrain from travelling to Egypt, especially amidst planned massive protests against the government this coming Sunday. The Ministry also called on Israelis who are currently in Egypt to reconsider their plans, and to return to the country immediately. It said […]

28 Jun

Kerry Meets King Abdullah of Jordan

Thursday [June 27] as part of his Middle East trip, U.S. Secretary General John Kerry held a meeting with king Abdullah of Jordan, and discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, and the efforts to resume the political process between Israel and the Palestinians.The two leaders also held talks on […]

26 Jun

Egypt Charges Nine With Spying For Israel

June 26, 2013 10:36 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

[Wednesday June 26, 2013] The Egyptian security forces stated that six Israeli Arabs and three Egyptians, apprehended in Egypt, are currently facing trial for spying for Israel.Egyptian Prosecutor, Hisham Kharmouty, moved the nine defendants to a Criminal Court for what the prosecution calls “passing sensitive security information to a foreign […]

26 Jun

East Jerusalem man pleads guilty to meeting with Hezbollah

June 26, 2013 11:28 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Prisoners 0

A Palestinian man was convicted Tuesday in a Jerusalem court of meeting with members of the Hezbollah resistance group in Lebanon, after initially facing more serious charges and then accepting a plea bargain in which he plead guilty to lesser charges.Assam Mashahara went to Lebanon last year where, according to […]

23 Jun

Jordanian Detainees Continue Their Strike For The 53rd Day

June 23, 2013 12:18 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Prisoners 0

Jordanian political prisoners, held by Israel, entered their 53rd day of ongoing hunger strike protesting their continued detention, the bad treatment and dire health and living conditions they face in Israeli prisons.The detainees are demanding Israel either to release them or to transfer them to Jordan to serve their terms […]

20 Jun

Hamad: “Hamas Held Meetings With U.S, E.U. Officials In Amman”

Dr. Ghazi Hamad, a political leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) revealed, Wednesday, that political leaders of Hamas held meetings with several European ambassadors and officials, and with senior American leaders.Hamad said that the core of the meetings focused on removing Hamas from the “terror list”. He told the […]

17 Jun

Hamas Official Demands Hezbollah To Withdraw Fighters From Syria

[Monday June 14 2013] The Hamas movement called on the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party to withdraw its fighters from Syria [supporting President Bashar Assad], and to focus on the struggle against Israel.Dr. Mousa Abumarzook, member of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, posted a statement by Hamas on his Facebook […]

13 Jun

Israel Soldiers Breach Lebanon Border

Lebanese army sources reported Wednesday [June 12 2013] that a number of Israeli military vehicles advanced approximately 15 meters into Lebanese territory, and that Lebanon complained to the UNIFIL. The Lebanese army said that two Israeli tanks and two armored vehicles breached the border, and that the Lebanese Border Guards […]

11 Jun

Tel Aviv Sold Advanced Weapons To Four Arab Countries

The British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has reported that Israel sold, over the past five years, military and security equipment for four Arab countries in addition to Pakistan.In its report, which deals with military and security equipment exports, the department said that Israel exported the weapons to Algeria, […]

11 Jun

Netanyahu: “We Are Not Operating In Syria”

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed Monday [June 10] that the Israeli army is not operating in any way, shape of form, in Syria, and described reports of such an engagement as “nonsense”.Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that Netanyahu stated that what is happening in Syria is part of ongoing […]

29 May

Jordanian Detainees Continue Their Hunger Strike

May 29, 2013 8:06 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights has reported, Thursday, that Jordanian detainees, held by Israel, are ongoing with the hunger strike they started 27 days ago, protesting ongoing violations, and demanding their release.Head of the Ahrar Center, former Palestinian detainee, Fuad Al-Khoffash, stated that the Jordanian detainees […]

27 May

Abbas, Peres, Meet In Jordan

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli President, Shimon Peres, met on Sunday in Jordan, and discussed the efforts to resume the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.The meeting was held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Middle East and North Africa. Peres called on Abbas […]

26 May

Peres To Visit Amman For Economic Forum

Saturday May 25 2013, Israeli sources have reported that Israel’s President, Shimon Peres, will be traveling to Jordan, Sunday, to participate in the World Economic Forum held in the Dead Sea area in Jordan.The sources said that King Abdullah II of Jordan and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry (who […]

25 May

Palestinian Envoys Head To Syria

Saturday, May 25 2013, a senior Palestinian delegation, headed by member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Zakariyya Al-Aagha, headed to Syria in an attempt to find a solution to the difficult situation the refugees face amidst the ongoing war in the country.Al-Aagha stated that the […]

22 May

Islamic Jihad Denies Involvement In Syrian Clashes

On Tuesday, May 21, the Islamic Jihad in Palestine denied accusations of involvement in the ongoing clashes between the Syrian army and armed groups in Syria, and said that its struggle is only against Israel.The Movement issued a press release denouncing what it described as “suspicious media reports that try […]

15 May

Israel Claims Two Mortars Fired Into The Golan

Israeli sources reported Wednesday that at least two mortar shells have been fired into the occupied Golan Heights, and detonated in the Jabal Al-Sheik, leading to no damages or injuries.The sources said that “an initial investigation into the incident revealed that two mortars have been fired from Syria into Mt. […]

13 May

Israel Violates Lebanese Airspace

Lebanese sources reported Sunday that four Israeli F-16 war jets violated the Lebanese airspace, and circled at law altitude over several cities and towns south of the country.The Israeli Air Force flew over Marj ‘Oyoun, Al-Khiam, Jabal Al-Sheikh, Hasbia and several other areas, while a number of Israeli military helicopters […]

09 May

Jordanians Protest In Front Of Israeli Embassy

Jordanian sources reported that dozens of Jordanian young men held a protest in front of the Jordanian embassy in Amman, while some tried to break into the embassy, demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador due to ongoing Israeli attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.The protesters demanded […]

08 May

Syria Allegedly Grants Palestinian Group Green Light To Attack Israel

A Political leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, based in Syria, stated that Damascus allegedly granted the Front an unofficial green light to attack Israeli targets from Syrian territory.Anwar Raja, told the Associated Press that although the green light has been granted, there […]

05 May

Israeli Army Bombards A Syrian Military Center In Damascus

Sunday at dawn, May 5 2013, Syrian sources reported that the Israeli Air Force bombarded a Syrian army center north of Damascus, causing excessive damage.The official Syrian News Agency (SANA) reported; “the new Israeli aggression on Syria comes to aid the terrorist groups that are being defeated by the army […]

04 May

To Break Their Strike, Israel Denies Jordanian Detainees Access To Liquids

May 4, 2013 3:50 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Israeli Prison Authority decided on Friday to deprive the hunger striking Jordanian detainees in its prisons access to liquids in an attempt to force them end their strike, that entered its second day on Friday.The Jordanian Detainees Support Center reported that all liquids, except for water, have been banned […]

02 May

Egypt Destroys Border Tunnels With Gaza

May 2, 2013 12:56 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Gaza Siege, News Report 0

Thursday April 2nd 2013; The Egyptian TV reported that the Egyptian Border Police destroyed several border siege-busting tunnels with the Gaza Strip.According to the report, the Egyptian security forces located, two days ago, a tunnel that was reportedly ‘used for transferring weapons coming from Libya’, and destroyed the tunnel after […]

02 May

Lebanon Arrests Israeli Man Who Crossed Border

The Al-Manar TV, run by the Lebanon-based Hezbollah Party, reported Wednesday that the Lebanese army arrested an Israeli man who illegally crossed into the country.The Al-Manar quoted a Lebanese official stating that the 34 year old Israeli man jumped over a border wall near Ras An-Naqoura, and was immediately detained […]

01 May

U.S. Welcomes “Modified” Arab Peace Initiative

The Arab League modified it Peace Initiative of 2002, allowing the principle of land swap between Israel and the Palestinians under a comprehensive peace agreement sponsored by the United States. The U.S. welcomed the decision and considered it a step forward. U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, welcomed the modified […]

22 Apr

Egypt: “We Captured Israeli Spy Cell”

April 22, 2013 9:26 AM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Egyptian sources reported, Sunday, that the Egyptian police and security forces uncovered a cell that operated on behalf of Israel in the Sinai area in Egypt. The sources said that cell members were spying on Egypt and were on constant communication with Israeli security officers. Israeli Yedioth Aharonoth reported that […]

16 Apr

For The First Time Since 1990, Palestinian Embassy Opens in Kuwait

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, conducts his first visit to Kuwait for the first time since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and officially participates in the official ceremony to open a new Palestinian embassy in the country. Abbas’s visit comes 22 years since the sharp deterioration in relations between […]