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Israel: At least 1 in 6 female soldiers sexually harassed

September 11, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

One in six female Israeli soldiers said they had been sexually harassed during their military service in 2016, although actual figures could be much higher, according to a report released by the army yesterday. The results of the internal survey, conducted by the Chief of Staff’s Gender Advisor that questioned thousands of women in a variety of roles, found that 16 per cent of female soldiers had reported experiences of sexual harassment. Nine per cent had been harassed multiple times, according to the Times of Israel. However, when women were asked indirectly about sexual harassment, the survey found the rate may be much higher than the number of reported incidents. When asked about their level of comfort at military facilities, […]

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Palestinian activist arrested at London arms expo

September 11, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

British police arrested a pro-Palestinian human rights activist on Friday during protests against one of the largest arms expos being held in the London ExCeL centre. The venue has been the chosen location for Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI), which advertises itself as “the world leading” arms industry fair. It opened for business last week despite wide scale condemnation from politicians and campaigners alike. Police arrested British Palestinian, Huda Ammori, close to the site for “wilful obstruction of the highway”. Ammori, who can be seen handcuffed by the police told MEMO that “at the time of [my] arrest I was stood on the pavement, after crossing the road and asking a truck driver approaching the arms fair to […]

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Israel blocking visas for Palestinians’ foreign spouses in West Bank

September 11, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Israeli authorities are making it increasingly difficult for Palestinians’ foreign spouses to stay in the Occupied West Bank, according to a report by Amira Hass in Israeli newspaper Haaretz. According to the paper, in recent months “citizens of foreign countries who are married to Palestinian residents of the West Bank have noticed that Israel has been putting more limits on their ability to stay put.” Some women who are married to Palestinians, who until recently received visas from the Israeli occupation authorities for six or seven months, are now being given “visas valid for just over two weeks and which must be renewed over and over”. Meetings between these women and the relevant Israeli official “led them to conclude […]

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Al-Shabaab attacks Somali border town, kills 10

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The Al-Shabaab armed group attacked a border town and ambushed a Somali military base killing 10, Reuters reported. Balad Hawo, a Somali border town near Kenya was attacked by Al-Shabaab using a suicide car bomb, a fierce gun-battle with Somali forces then erupted. “We were awoken by a suicide car bomb this morning and then fierce battle followed,” Major Mohamed Abdullahi said. “We lost at least 10 soldiers. We chased Al-Shabaab out of the town. We killed seven militants,” he continued. Al-Shabaab claimed that they killed 24 Somali soldiers. Read: Al-Shabaab raids leave 15,000 civilians displaced “Al Shabaab captured the military base, the police station and most part of the town,” a local shopkeeper said. “But still we hear heavy exchange […]

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‘Moderate’ Arab states pressuring Abbas to support Trump, says Israeli institute

September 11, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are pressuring Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to pursue any further initiatives in the United Nations and its agencies, as pressure mounts on the Ramallah-based leadership to respond to the lacklustre efforts of the Trump administration. According to the right-leaning Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs (JCPA), the so-called “moderate Arab countries” are applying pressure on Abbas to “align with their pro-Trump policy”, and to abandon any ideas of “applying to UN agencies for membership”. JCPA sources say that “at this point the Palestinians will not pursue the policy of joining UN agencies and will not apply for full membership in the UN” since the Americans have told Abbas that such a move will be vetoed, […]

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440,000 Saudis no longer receiving benefits

September 11, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Saudi authorities have stopped social security payments to 440,000 people over the past year, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development said. The ministry explained that the beneficiaries were removed from its recipient list for various reasons including finding employment, presence outside the Kingdom for more than 90 days, death, owning commercial properties, obtaining industrial loans and fraudulent attempts by some to obtain illegal security assistance. According to the ministry, a collaboration with various government agencies has led to the identities of the recipients being uncovered. The Kingdom is suffering from growing financial pressures due to its war in Yemen and the drop in oil prices. Read: Saudi Arabia cuts deficit by half in first quarter 

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PA arrests 5 Palestinians without charge

September 11, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Four Palestinian men have been arrested by the PA intelligence agency but no charges have been brought against them. The intelligence services arrested Safwan Jamal Amr from Jerusalem, as well as Qusay Ziyad Al-Fakhoury and Abdulrahman Fawzy Khatib from Hebron. They later arrested Musab Abu Ishkhaidim from Hebron and extended their detention for 48 hours, promising to release them without specifying when. According to Thaer Al-Fakhoury, one of the detainees’ brothers, on 6 September, “the first arrested individual, Safwan Jamal Amr, came from Jerusalem to Hebron to pick up a sign from the printing shop owned by Qusay Al-Fakhoury in Hebron. The sign was a welcome back sign for his family coming back from Saudi Arabia, but the young men […]

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Crimean Tatar leader jailed for stirring anti-Russia protests

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SIMFEROPOL, Crimea: A court in Crimea handed down a prison sentence of eight years on Monday to a Crimean Tatar leader, Ahtem Chiygos, found guilty of stirring up mass disorder, his lawyer told Reuters.
In 2014, Chiygos led crowds of Crimean Tatars in street protests against Russia’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. The disorder led to people being killed, the court said.
His lawyer Nikolai Polozov said after the sentence that he considered it unlawful. He told Reuters Television that Chiygos was a citizen of Ukraine, where the criminal code contains no punishment for similar actions.
The defense for Chiygos will seek his extradition to Ukraine, he added.
The Crimean Tatars are indigenous Sunni Muslims of Turkic origin who suffered mass deportation under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. They make up more than 12 percent of Crimea’s largely ethnic Russian population of about 2 million, and are among the strongest critics of the 2014 annexation by Moscow.

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200,000 Chinese tourists expected to visit Turkey in 2017

September 11, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Turkey expects to host 200,000 Chinese tourists during 2017, the country’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Numan Kurtulmus said. Kurtulmus is currently in China as part of an official delegation which is meeting with his counterpart Luo Shugang in Beijing. The Turkish minister said that 200,000 tourists is a small number, “it does not reflect the potential of the two countries, this number should be up to a million tourists at least.” He noted that the two countries have strong will to strengthen relations and cooperation, adding: “We must strengthen our cooperation in the field of tourism and culture.” Read: Turkish economy grows 5% Turkey has embarked on a two-year plan to diversify its tourism industry with a view to […]

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