Daily Archives: September 30, 2020

2020-09-30: News Headlines

MEE staff (2020-09-30). Israel's West Bank annexation postponed for a year, not cancelled, says Friedman. middleeasteye.net Israel's West Bank annexation postponed for a year, not cancelled, says Friedman | US ambassador to Israel reiterates that controversial annexation plans have only been temporarily suspended | Wed, 09/30/2020 – 12: 04 | Archimandrite Abdullah Yulio, parish priest of the Melkite Greek Catholic church in Ramallah, joins other Palestinians as they gather to commemorate the second intifada and to protest against t…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-30). Israel curbs protests with new coronavirus laws. middleeasteye.net Israel curbs protests with new coronavirus laws | Critics fear that the measures were introduced to stop anti-Netanyahu protests over his alleged corruption | Wed, 09/30/2020 – 10: 24 | The new laws also give the government powers to declare a 'special emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic' for renewable periods of one week (AFP) | Israel's parliament on Wednesday approved a new set…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-30). Israel's parliament curbs protests with new coronavirus laws. middleeasteye.net Israel's parliament curbs protests with new coronavirus laws | Critics fear that the measures have been introduced to stop anti-Netanyahu protests over the prime minister's alleged corruption | Wed, 09/30/2020 – 10: 24 | The new laws also give the government powers to declare a 'special emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic' for renewable periods of one week (Reuters) | Israel's par…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-30). History not to forgive killers, traitors: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) — On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the martyrdom of Palestinian child Muhammad al-Durrah, Iranian Foreign Ministry in its Twitter account wrote that the history won't forgive killers and traitors.

Suddaf Chaudry (2020-09-29). Is Pakistan ready to recognise Israel? middleeasteye.net Is Pakistan ready to recognise Israel? | Despite the pivotal role played by its close ally Saudi Arabia in the normalisation accords, any prospect of recognising Israel is seen as highly controversial | Tue, 09/29/2020 – 10: 17 | Israeli and US flags are burned during an anti-normalisation protest in Pakistan's port city of Karachi (AFP) | With a number of Gulf Arab countries, including the Unit…

MEE staff (2020-09-29). UAE accuses Turkey of trying to restore 'colonial rule' over Arab world. middleeasteye.net UAE accuses Turkey of trying to restore 'colonial rule' over Arab world | Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed also defended the decision to normalise ties with Israel | Tue, 09/29/2020 – 15: 52 | The UAE's foreign minister again claimed the deal to normalise relations with Israel was done to halt annexation (Reuters) | The United Arab Emirates has lashed out at "int…

RT (2020-09-29). Bibi at it again? Israeli PM presents new PowerPoint at UNGA, this time detailing alleged Hezbollah arms depot in Beirut. rt.com Lebanese group Hezbollah has a "secret arms depot" in residential Beirut, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu claimed in an address to the UN General Assembly, during which he again turned to a PowerPoint, maps, and other visual aids. | "Here's where the next explosion will take place — right here," Netanyahu said, as he directed his laser pointer at a large screen, showing the map of the Lebanese capital. | Beirut is still recovering from a huge ammonium nitrate blast that occurred at the city's port in early August, killing nearly 200 people, wounding thousands, and causing massive destruction. | The alleged…

MEE staff (2020-09-29). Netanyahu claims Hezbollah keeping 'secret arms depot' in residential Beirut. middleeasteye.net Netanyahu claims Hezbollah keeping 'secret arms depot' in residential Beirut | The Israeli leader made the unproven claim during the UN General Assembly and lambasted the world body over the Iran nuclear deal | Tue, 09/29/2020 – 18: 38 | Netanyahu called on the people of Lebanon to protest in order to prevent another blast similar to the Beirut port blast (AFP/File photo) | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neta…

Philip Giraldi (2020-09-29). Trump Confirms U.S. Is Israel's "Protector" globalresearch.ca For many years the security framework in the Middle East has been described as a bilateral arrangement whereby Washington gained access to sufficient Saudi Arabian oil to keep the energy market stable while the United States provided an armed physical …

news.un (2020-09-29). UN Middle East envoy urges sides to engage 'before it is too late'. news.un.org Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and their international partners, must urgently resume peace efforts "before it is too late", UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov told the Security Council on Tuesday, echoing the Secretary-General.

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-09-29). Russia and Iran in Syria; Iran Prepares a Move on the Israeli Borders. globalresearch.ca There has been a lot of talk about a Russian-Iranian conflict of interest in Syria and the differences of priorities, goals, and about the deployment of the Iranian forces in different Syrian provinces, in particular in the south of Syria …

news.un (2020-09-29). UAE expresses hopes for Middle East peace talks following 'historic' accord with Israel. news.un.org The historic agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should boost efforts towards achieving regional peace and a brighter future for generations to come, the UAE's Foreign Affairs Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-29). WAIA strongly condemns tie normalization with Zionist regime. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 29 (MNA) World Assembly of Islamic Awakening (WAIA) in its final statement on Tue. condemned tie normalization of some Arab rulers with Zionist regime, saying that heinous move of some Arab countries is betrayal to the Palestinian cause.

sputniknews (2020-09-29). Second Intifada Was Natural Response to Israeli 'Occupation', Top Abbas Adviser Says. sputniknews.com For Israel, the second Palestinian uprising was a bloody page in the country's history. It claimed the lives of more than a thousand people and injured many others. But for the Palestinians, assaults on Israeli targets, even if they were civilian, were necessary simply because they were a tool in the hands of people fighting for their independence.

sputniknews (2020-09-29). Resuming Sex After Suffering Heart Attack Linked to Higher Survival Rates – Study. sputniknews.com Researchers in Israel have discovered that getting back into a regular sex routine after suffering a heart attack may actually be associated with greater survival rates among patients.

yenisafak (2020-09-29). UAE, Israeli ministers discuss energy, technology cooperation. yenisafak.com Sultan al-Jaber had discussions with them on cooperation opportunities in energy, technology and industry, ADNOC said.Israel and the UAE signed an agreement on Sept. 15 to establish diplomatic relations.

news.un (2020-09-29). To UN, Israeli Prime Minister says 'no doubt' more Arab countries will soon join 'circle of peace'. news.un.org While telling the UN General Assembly on Tuesday there was "good news" to report about the "expanding circle of peace" between Israel and some Arab countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also accused Hezbollah militants of storing weapons in a residential area of Beirut.

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Hamas in contact with Egypt to secure injured fisherman. yenisafak.com The Hamas group said on Sunday it is in contact with the Egyptian authorities to secure the return of a wounded Palestinian fisherman whose two brothers were killed by Egypt's navy on Friday.In a phone call with the family of the killed fishermen, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh offered his group's condolences and confirmed the group is in contact with Egypt to secure the return of the third brother.On Sunday, thousands of Palestinians in the Deir al-Balah city, central Gaza, mourned the death of two brothers Hasan and Mahmoud al-Zazoua who were fishing along with their third brother when their small fishing boat came…

MEE staff (2020-09-28). Palestinians should be 'happy' about normalisation, says UAE's al-Otaiba. middleeasteye.net Palestinians should be 'happy' about normalisation, says UAE's al-Otaiba | Abu Dhabi's ambassador to Washington lashed out at the Palestinians for not celebrating normalisation with Israel | Mon, 09/28/2020 – 17: 50 | Yousef al-Otaiba claimed that the UAE-Israeli agreement halted Israel's plan to annex up to 30 percent of the occupied West Bank (AFP/File photo) | The UAE ambassador to the US has said that Pale…

Shatha Hammad (2020-09-28). Palestine politics: Could a unified leadership and elections herald a new era? middleeasteye.net Palestine politics: Could a unified leadership and elections herald a new era? | Following a meeting in Turkey, Fatah and Hamas announced a new roadmap for elections in Palestine | Mon, 09/28/2020 – 15: 00 | Palestinians wave national flags as they march in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, calling for the cessation of divisions between Fatah and Hamas and the unification of the West Bank an…

Eds. (2020-09-28). Accepting Israeli prize in 2018, RBG never mentioned Palestinians. mronline.org The recent death of U.S. Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg (known popularly as 'RBG') has brought accolades from all over the world, especially from progressives who hailed her positions.

Miko Peled (2020-09-28). How AOC Challenged the Myth of Yitzhak Rabin the Peacemaker. mintpressnews.com When it was publicized that AOC was pulling out of a Yitzhak Rabin memorial, Peace Now's Israel PR man called him "a warrior with skeletons turned peacemaker, a description that betrays his bloody past.

teleSUR (2020-09-28). Pompeo Phones Egypt's FM to Discuss on Libya, Palestine. telesurenglish.net Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received on Sunday a phone call from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which they discussed regional issues including the Libyan crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. | RELATED: | Shoukry and Pompeo discussed "the latest developments on the Libyan arena and the efforts made to stabilize the cease-fire" that was reached between Libyan rival parties, said Egyptian F…

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-09-28). Trump Admin Poised To Gift Israel $11 Billion In Bid to Secure Another Arab-Israeli "Peace" Treaty. mintpressnews.com Trump's arrangement to sell F-35 warplanes to the United Arab Emirates has prompted Israel to issue a list of demands — including must-have advanced aircraft and other accouterments.

Elijah Magnier (2020-09-28). La Russie et l'Iran en Syrie : l'Iran se prépare à la frontière israélienne. thealtworld.com On a beaucoup parlé de conflit d'intérêts entre Russes et Iraniens en Syrie, dont les priorités et les objectifs divergeraient, notamment en ce qui concerne le déploiement des forces iraniennes dans différentes provinces syriennes, en particulier dans la zone au sud de la Syrie bordant le plateau du Golan occupé par Israà´l. En réalité, les différents acteurs acceptent les désaccords tacites tant qu'ils ne nuisent pas à leurs principaux objectifs. Cependant, l'Iran semble avoir décidé de prendre des mesures d'escalade en Syrie qui devraient soulever des inquiétudes en Israà´l. Ces mesures sont envisag…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). New development in region to end to detriment of Israelis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that the new trend and development is taking shape in the region which will end to the detriment of the Zionist regime.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). Lessons Learned: Here's Why Israel Will Not Face Another Intifada. sputniknews.com The Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s claimed the lives of more than a thousand Israelis as well as thousands of Palestinians. Could such a scenario unfold again, 20 years after the so-called second Intifada? A former IDF colonel is highly doubtful this will play out.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). UK Authorities Dismiss Anti-Semitism Probe Into Rapper Wiley's Social Media Posts. sputniknews.com British authorities have terminated their anti-Semitism investigation into UK grime rapper Wiley – real name Richard Kylea Cowie Jr. – after learning that his July social media comments on the Jewish community were issued while he was out of the country.

Mohammed al-Hajjar (2020-09-27). Gaza mourns Palestinian fishermen killed by Egyptian navy. middleeasteye.net Gaza mourns Palestinian fishermen killed by Egyptian navy | Two brothers were killed, a third wounded, when Egyptian forces fired on their boat for allegedly breaching territorial waters | Sun, 09/27/2020 – 16: 30 | The father of the killed fishermen being consoled by his sister (MEE) | The small streets of the refugee camp in the Gazan city of Deir al-Balah were plunged into sadness…

yenisafak (2020-09-27). Egypt reopens Gaza terminal for stranded Palestinians. yenisafak.com Egyptian authorities on Sunday reopened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip in both directions, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said.The Hamas-run ministry said the border terminal will remain open for three days to allow Palestinian travelers to leave Gaza and let Palestinians stranded in Egypt to return back to the territory.This is the second time for the Egyptian authorities to reopen the Rafah crossing since the coronavirus outbreak in March.According to the Palestinian health authorities, travelers arriving in Gaza will enter an obligatory quarantine for a period of 21 days.The Gaza Strip has recorded…

MEE staff (2020-09-27). Emirati poet says banned from travel over anti-normalisation stance. middleeasteye.net Emirati poet says banned from travel over anti-normalisation stance | Poet Dhabiya Khamis says she was barred from leaving Dubai International Airport following 'position against Zionists' | Sun, 09/27/2020 – 15: 23 | The flags of Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain projected on Jerusalem's Old City ramparts on 15 September 2020 in support of the recent normalisation deals (AFP/file photo) | Emirati poet…

Richard Falk (2020-09-27). UAE/Bahrain Normalization: Peace or Geopolitics? zcomm.org I think the willingness to endorse these normalization agreements in the White House setting was a dramatic expression of identification with Trump's regional diplomacy in the Middle East and a formalized repudiation of Palestinian aspirations for a sustainable peace…

yenisafak (2020-09-27). UAE poet barred from travel for rejecting Israel deal. yenisafak.com A prominent Emirati poet said Sunday she was barred from travel over her opposition to her country's decision to normalize relations with Israel.Dhabiya Khamis said she was banned from boarding a Cairo-bound flight from the Dubai Airport."The ban is probably because of my announced opinion against Zionism and normalization," she said on her social media accounts."I fear for my freedom and life from being threatened and arrested," she said.Several writers and poets have expressed support and solidarity with Khamis after being banned from travel.The female poet has earned the ire of the Emirati authorities after sh…

yenisafak (2020-09-27). Bangladesh says world must step up to solve Rohingya issue. yenisafak.com "More than three years have been passed but not a single Rohingya could be repatriated. The Rohingya crisis was created by [neighboring] Myanmar and the solution lies in Myanmar," Sheikh Hasina said in her virtual speech at the 75th UN General Assembly."Bangladesh has a painful experience of genocide, crimes against humanity on its people, and a struggle for independence, and such an experience motivated Bangladesh to support the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people and also motivated it to allow and provide shelter to over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals," she continued, referring to the…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-09-27). Concerns grow for the welfare of a Palestinian activist on hunger strike in a Belfast prison. thecanary.co As Now the political activist group Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (

Zion Hagay (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Israeli aid to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com The claims asserted in David Mills and colleagues in their Correspondence1 were so egregious that we feel the need to respond, even though some time has passed since its publication and the Correspondence has since been removed from The Lancet's website.