Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $67,563
79%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $17.5k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!!

Egypt (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Iran Threatens to Flood Gaza With 'Millions' of Iranian Fighters

    11/20/2014 4:23:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/19/2014
    Iran Threatens to Flood Gaza With 'Millions' of Iranian Fighters Head of Iranian government's Basij paramilitary force claims 'millions' of volunteers have applied to fight in Gaza and Syria. By Mark Langfan First Publish: 11/19/2014, 2:14 PM Reuters The head of Iran's Basij paramilitary force has claimed it is raising an army of "millions" to flood Gaza and Syria to support Tehran's allies. Fars, Iran’s semi-official newspaper, reported that that Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, Commander the Basij paramilitary force, as saying: "Millions of Basijis (volunteer forces) are ready in Iran to be dispatched to Syria and Gaza and they...
  • Egypt acquits doctor in female genital mutilation

    11/20/2014 9:16:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 20, 2014 10:06 AM EST | Maggie Michael
    An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor charged with committing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl’s death in a Nile Delta village, the country’s first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice. The verdict surprised activists against the practice, who had been hoping for a conviction and tough sentence to serve as a deterrent for doctors and families. Egypt has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in the world and criminalized the practice in 2008, but it remains widespread. …
  • Others building fences in disputed areas

    02/21/2004 6:13:44 PM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 116+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 22, 2004 | SAM SER
    When the International Court of Justice in The Hague starts hearing complaints against Israel's security fence in the West Bank on Monday, India will be busy constructing a fence of its own. After 15 years of fighting in Kashmir that have left more than 65,000 dead, the Indians are using cement, razor wire, and electronic sensors to stymie a menagerie of Pakistani guerrilla forces. "The fence will be a permanent barrier at the border to prevent militants from entering," the head of India's Border Security Force in Jammu and Kashmir told The Washington Post last summer. "Why should we wait...
  • Palestinians 'made millions' selling cheap cement for barrier they bitterly oppose

    07/27/2004 11:00:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 923+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | Jul 26, 2004 | Inigo Gilmore
    A damning report by Palestinian legislators, which has been seen by the Telegraph, concludes that Mr Arafat did nothing to stop the deals although he publicly condemned the structure as a "crime against humanity"... The report reveals that the cement originally came from Egyptian companies which supplied it at a huge discount of $22 (£12.50) a ton to help rebuild dilapidated Palestinian houses or buildings bulldozed by the Israelis. Between September 2003 and March this year, 420,000 tons of cement were allegedly sent to three big Palestinian companies. According to the report, however, only 33,000 tons were sold in...
  • Egypt takes aim at Hamas' terror tunnels

    11/19/2014 4:49:20 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 5 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/19/2014 | Paul Alster
    Critics who think Israel is taking a heavy-handed approach in destroying Hamas terror tunnels should see what Egypt has in mind. Facing the same type of underground routes out of Gaza that allowed terrorists to mount attacks on Israel, Egypt is considering creating a huge, 1,000-meter buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula – they have already evicted 10,000 people in the process of clearing the first 500 meters -- and digging a deep-water trench that would flood any future efforts to carve subterranean routes for smuggling weapons and terrorists in and out of Gaza. And unlike the fierce resistance and...
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu: Iran is your enemy

    11/16/2014 8:28:39 AM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 16, 2014, 10:38 AM | Rebecca Kaplan
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered one of his sternest warnings to date about Iran, suggesting the U.S. is failing to see the country's intentions in either the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Iran. "Iran is not your ally. Iran is not your friend. Iran is your enemy. It's not your partner. Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel," Netanyahu said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" when asked whether the U.S. should try to work with Iran in the fight against ISIS. Both countries want to see the jihadist group...
  • ISIS Blows Up Egypt-Jordan Gas Pipeline

    11/15/2014 9:41:03 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-15-14 | Dalit Halevy
    The Islamic State's Sinai Peninsula terror organization, which was named Ansar Bayt al-Makdas until it swore allegiance to Islamic State (aka ISIS), has blown up the pipeline carrying gas from Egypt to Jordan. The pipeline, which is 1,200 km long, and was built at a cost of $1.2 billion, is used for exporting natural gas to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. In the past, it was repeatedly attacked by Islamist terror groups, until Egypt's gas exports to Israel were halted. The Islamic State's Sinai Peninsula notified the press that it would not allow gas to be exported to Jordan unless ISIS...
  • Hamas among richest terror groups worldwide—second only to ISIS

    11/15/2014 4:37:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | 3:10 AM
    Hamas is one of the two richest terrorist organizations in the world, second only to the Islamic State group, according to Forbes Israel. To finance their operations, terrorist groups sometimes use methods similar to those used by criminal organizations, such as drug trafficking, robberies and extortion, but also raise money through charities, donations and, in some cases, government agencies, according to the report. […] The richest terrorist organization today—and in history—is the Islamic State. According to Forbes, the Islamist group, also known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL, has an annual turnover of $2 billion. Hamas comes in second, with...
  • Islamic State sets sights on Saudi Arabia

    11/15/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Frank Gardner
    In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world's largest oil producer and exporter. The speaker does not refer to it as Saudi Arabia, since this is a name derived from the ruling tribe, the al-Saud, whose authority IS does not accept. Instead he calls it "the land of Haramayn", the land of the two holy places, meaning Mecca and Medina.
  • Israel bans Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from Gaza

    11/14/2014 7:09:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Last updated at 08:45 ET
    A Norwegian doctor has been permanently banned from entering the Gaza Strip by the Israeli government. Dr. Mads Gilbert says he was stopped trying to cross into Gaza in October. He called the move “totally unacceptable”. Israel cited security reasons for imposing the ban. […] An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, described Dr. Gilbert as a “Jekyll and Hyde” figure, hiding behind a cloak of being a humanitarian doctor. […] In July, Dr. Gilbert was one of the co-signatories in a strongly-worded letter denouncing Israeli action in Gaza, published in the medical journal, the Lancet. …
  • Op-Ed: An Intifada of Arab Disappointment - with Themselves

    11/13/2014 3:17:17 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, November 13, 2014 | Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    The "Palestinians" are furious at their own inner reality, one that makes a viable state impossible. One of the most important characteristics of a nation is a strong feeling of unity that allows its people to achieve the goals that it deems important. A people with a strong and unified national identity is able to put aside personal, political, ideological and sectorial differences so that its citizens can work together to succeed in reaching a goal that is important and significant to all of them. Real leaders sense the people's will to unite for the sake of a national cause...
  • Who Truly Deserves a State? The Kurds or the Palestinians?

    08/02/2007 3:37:21 AM PDT · by BlueSky194 · 17 replies · 610+ views
    Ekurd.net ^ | 7/31/07 | Victor Sharpe
    There are twenty-two Arab states throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The world demands, in a chorus of barely disguised animosity towards Israel, that yet another Arab state be created within the mere fifty miles separating the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan. Israel, a territory no larger than the tiny principality of Wales and one that would comfortably fit into Lake Michigan with plenty of room left over, would be forced to share this sliver of land with a hostile Arab entity to be called Palestine. The Arabs do not need another state. Their combined landmass exceeds 5,500,000...
  • Mubarak: Palestinians were allowed into Egypt on my orders

    01/23/2008 7:21:37 AM PST · by cjmae · 13 replies · 66+ views
    Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians crossed into Egypt from Gaza on Wednesday after gunmen destroyed about two-thirds of the Gaza-Egypt border wall. Most of the Gazans returned after stocking up on food and other basic supplies that have become scarce due to the blockade imposed on the territory by Israel. A Hamas member, left, and Egyptian security personnel, right, watch as Palestinians cross the border into Egypt after gunmen exploded the separated wall between Gaza Strip and Egypt, Wednesday. Photo: AP UN personnel said they estimated the number of Palestinians who entered Egypt to be 350,000. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak...
  • Egypt puts concrete wall on Gaza border

    03/06/2008 12:58:02 PM PST · by kingattax · 26 replies · 177+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | March 6, 2008 | ASHRAF SWEILAM
    El-ARISH, Egypt -- Egypt is building a 10-foot-high concrete wall along its border with Gaza to prevent any new breaches after Palestinian militants blasted through the barrier in January to escape a blockade of their territory, an official said. The new wall replaces a mixed barbed-wire, iron and concrete barrier which was breached in several places when militants blew it open with explosives, added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk to the media. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians flooded across the open border unchecked for 12 days before Egypt managed to...
  • Egypt walls up Gaza border (Keep Palestinians out with concrete barrier)

    03/06/2008 4:52:43 PM PST · by dennisw · 18 replies · 122+ views
    seattlepi ^ | Last updated March 6, 2008 | ASHRAF SWEILAM
    Egypt walls up Gaza border By ASHRAF SWEILAM ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER RAFAH, Egypt -- Egypt is building a 13-foot high concrete and rock wall interspersed with watch towers along its narrow boundary with the Gaza Strip to prevent Hamas militants from breaching the border, an official said Thursday. The wall, set back nearly 35 feet from an existing metal barrier, has guard towers every 100 yards. With it, Egypt hopes to prevent any future breaches like one in January when Palestinians broke through to escape an Israeli blockade, a security official said on customary condition of anonymity. On Jan. 23,...
  • Hamas blows hole in Gaza border [Palestinians suddenly become Egypt's problem too]

    09/14/2005 1:11:54 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 34 replies · 1,087+ views
    BBC ^ | September 14, 2005
    Hamas militants have destroyed a section of a concrete barrier erected along the Gaza-Egypt border.Palestinian and Egyptian troops have been trying to shore up the barrier to stop Palestinians crossing into Egypt after the withdrawal of Israeli troops. In chaotic scenes, thousands of Palestinians have streamed over the border in the last few days without undergoing official checks. Despite this, Egypt says that its Gaza border is officially closed. Militants from Hamas cleared an area before setting off explosives that blew away a section of the wall. Palestinian security officers present did nothing to prevent them. A local Hamas commander...
  • Tens of thousands cross downed Gaza wall

    01/23/2008 3:22:43 AM PST · by decimon · 26 replies · 69+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 23, 2008 | IBRAHIM BARZAK
    RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Tens of thousands of Palestinians poured from the Gaza Strip into Egypt Wednesday after masked gunmen with explosives destroyed most of the seven-mile wall dividing the border town of Rafah. The Gazans crossed on foot, in cars or riding donkey carts to buy supplies made scarce by an Israeli blockade of their impoverished territory. Police from the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, directed the traffic. Egyptian border guards took no action. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said Israel has no forces on the Gaza-Egypt border and, "therefore it is the responsibility of Egypt to...
  • French lawmakers 'to vote Nov 28 on recognising Palestine'

    11/12/2014 10:15:14 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    French lawmakers will vote on November 28 on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday. The non-binding but highly symbolic vote would follow a similar vote in the British parliament and after Sweden announced it formally recognised the state of Palestine. A draft of the proposal states that the lower house National Assembly "invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the conflict". France will "obviously at a certain moment recognise the Palestinian...
  • Iranian Supreme Leader calls for Israel’s ‘annihilation’ (Will Zero write another letter?)

    11/08/2014 11:49:21 PM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 9, 2014, 8:52 am | Marissa Newman
    On Twitter, Ayatollah Khamenei says ‘barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime’ must be destroyed, West Bank Palestinians armed Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for the destruction of Israel over the weekend, stating that the “barbaric” Jewish state “has no cure but to be annihilated.” In a tirade posted on Twitter Saturday night, using the hashtag #handsoffalaqsa, in reference to the recent tensions on the Temple Mount, the Iranian religious leader also reiterated his appeal to arm the Palestinians in the West Bank. “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to...
  • Is the Middle East becoming less Arab?(Sunni hate Shia-loving Obama?)

    11/08/2014 2:49:58 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8 November 2014 | Hisham Melhem
    Is the Middle East becoming less Arab? Hisham Melhem Saturday, 8 November 2014 President Obama’s letter to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he laid out the foundation of a new relationship emanating from a nuclear compromise, and stressed shared U.S.-Iranian interests in combatting the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is emblematic of a gradual and subtle shift in Washington’s attitudes towards the region in general and its Arab actors in particular. In this rapidly changing Middle East, the U.S. sees a diminishing Arab influence brought about by the erosion of the state system, lack...
  • Susan Rice: Republican opposition is America's 'one weakness'

    05/15/2014 12:45:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 14, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    National Security Advisor Susan Rice disputed Republican critiques of President Obama's foreign policy by arguing that "political polarization" accounts for the "one weakness" of American strength in international affairs. "The one weakness that our friends and partners point to and the one thing that undermines our strength around the world is our political polarization," Rice said during an event hosted by the Women's Foreign Policy Group. Rice didn't mention Republicans specifically, but cited policy fights that they have provoked, such as over budget issues. "When countries look at us, they wonder and they worry if we will have our collective...
  • Susan Rice Mocks Israeli Ambassador: ‘He's Too Busy Traveling to Sheldon Adelson’s Events

    11/05/2014 4:52:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | November 4, 2014
    U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice ridiculed Israel’s Ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, for spending time with Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, The Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday. According to the report, Rice was asked in a recent meeting with a top American Jewish leader why she had not held meetings with Dermer. She responded, “He never asked to meet me.” “Besides, I understood that he’s too busy traveling to Sheldon Adelson’s events in Las Vegas,” she added, referring to the major Jewish philanthropist who also owns Israeli daily Israel Hayom. Haaretz reported that Rice was referring to Dermer’s...
  • Kerry says he’s ‘driving toward finish’ on Iran nuke deal (Says election changes nothing)

    11/06/2014 9:33:03 AM PST · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 5, 2014, 10:56 pm
    US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Wednesday he was “driving toward the finish” to secure what would be a historic deal with Iran over its nuclear program as a November 24 deadline looms. “We are not contemplating an extension,” stressed Kerry, ahead of what are likely to be crunch talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Muscat on November 9-10. “We are driving towards the finish with the view we are to trying to get it done,” he said. Kerry dismissed questions about whether the GOP’s command of Congress...
  • Egypt abuzz over racy movie poster featuring anti-Obama belly-dancer

    11/06/2014 6:41:00 AM PST · by Freeport · 35 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11.06.2014 | N/A
    The film is starring Sama al-Masry, an Egyptian belly dancer who has raised eyebrows in the past for controversial statements. Egypt is all abuzz over a controversial movie poster promoting the latest film with a noted belly dancer. According to Al Arabiya, social media users in Egypt are outraged over the poster for “Apple Charcoal,” which shows the panties-covered legs of a woman. In between her legs is a water pipe. The film is starring Sama al-Masry, an Egyptian belly dancer who has raised eyebrows in the past for controversial statements. In one YouTube clip, she denounces President Barack Obama...
  • A Democratic Waterloo

    11/06/2014 3:56:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Duke of Wellington said of his close-run victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo that the French "came on in the same old way, and we sent them back in the same old way." Something like that happened to the Democrats in Tuesday's midterm elections, as they lost the Senate, a few more seats in the House and additional governorships. They came on with the same old strategy, but this time they went down with it. Obama and the Democrats chose not to defend the administration's record of the last six years. On foreign policy, no Democratic chorus...
  • Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?

    11/03/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 3, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?Posted By Joseph Puder On November 3, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments January, 2015 does not bode well for Israel at the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council (UNSC) will officially induct five newly elected non-permanent member-states replacing outgoing Rwanda, S. Korea, Australia, Argentina and Luxembourg, representing all the global regions. Unfortunately for Israel, the incoming states, particularly Venezuela and Malaysia, are hostile to the Jewish state. The other three, Angola, New Zealand, and Spain are pondering their position on recognizing Palestine as a full member-state...
  • Obama Threatened Netanyahu With Dropping UNSC Veto Against Anti-Israel Moves: Report (VIDEO)

    11/04/2014 2:38:03 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 11-3-2014 | Dave Bender
    In a dramatic development, Israeli cabinet members are warning that US President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US may opt not to oppose future hostile UN Security Council votes, unless Israel accedes to American policy demands, Israel’s NRG News reported on Sunday. “The prime minister told colleagues in recent days … that his office’s understanding of the issue and the government’s take on it is that the Americans will not cast a veto against a resolution that reaches the Security Council,” Ariel Kahana, diplomatic correspondent for the Makor Rishon and NRG dailies, told The Algemeiner on...
  • Obama "Demands" Netanyahu’s peace answers by Saturday

    03/25/2010 9:17:06 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 269 replies · 8,004+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | March 26, 2010 | HERB KEINON AND KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will convene his senior ministers on Friday to discuss the demands made by US President Barack Obama and his overall trip to Washington – a trip that, because of negative atmospherics and amid a paucity of hard information, has been widely characterized as among the most difficult in recent memory.
  • Solicitor General: Israel Has No Claim to Jerusalem, Just as Russia Has No Claim to Crimea

    11/04/2014 3:26:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/4/14 | Adam Kredo
    Lawyers for the Obama administration compared Israel’s control of Jerusalem to Russian claims over the Ukrainian territory of Crimea during oral arguments this week before the Supreme Court in a case concerning the rights of U.S. citizens to list Jerusalem as part of Israel on their passports. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who is rumored to be in the running to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, drew the comparison on Monday while he attempted to convince the Supreme Court that Jerusalem is not officially part of Israel. The controversial case hinges around Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in Jerusalem...
  • Role for Russia Gives Iran Talks a Possible Boost

    11/04/2014 1:52:36 PM PST · by Kennard · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | DAVID E. SANGER
    Iran has tentatively agreed to ship much of its huge stockpile of uranium to Russia if it reaches a broader nuclear deal with the West, according to officials and diplomats involved in the negotiations, potentially a major breakthrough in talks that have until now been deadlocked. Under the proposed agreement, the Russians would convert the uranium into specialized fuel rods for the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran’s only commercial reactor. Once the uranium is converted into fuel rods, it is extremely difficult to use them to make a nuclear weapon. That could go a long way toward alleviating Western concerns...
  • Thousands Chant ‘Down With America’ As Iran Celebrates 35th Anniversary Of US Embassy Hostage Crisis

    11/04/2014 7:50:38 AM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    CBS DC ^ | November 4, 2014 9:14 AM
    Thousands of Iranians chanted “Down with America” at a major anti-U.S. rally on Tuesday marking the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, just days ahead of a key meeting between the two nations’ top diplomats over Iran’s controversial nuclear program. The gathering outside the former embassy compound in Tehran, which has become the annual venue for rallies commemorating the embassy attack and other American-bashing protests, was smaller compared to last year’s event, which drew tens of thousands – a sign of improved Iran-U.S. relations since moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office last year. But...
  • Puny Airstrikes Fail To Degrade And Destroy Islamic State

    11/03/2014 10:29:14 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business ^ | November 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    U.S. officials report that more than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month as a United Nations report says that the terrorist influx has reached an "unprecedented scale." According to the new U.N. report, a lot more terrorist boots are on the ground these days as an "unbelievably small" — to use Secretary of State John Kerry's phrase — air campaign, which has taken months to do what should have been done in a day, has failed to achieve the administration's proclaimed goal: to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State. More than 15,000 foreign fighters from as many...
  • Egypt, Gulf Arab allies eye anti-militant alliance

    11/03/2014 10:29:09 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 11/03/14 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Arab allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press has learned. The alliance would also serve as a show of strength to counterbalance their traditional rival, Shiite-dominated, Iran. Two countries are seen as potential theaters for the alliance to act, senior Egyptian military officials said: Libya, where Islamic militants have taken over several cities, and Yemen, where Shiite rebels suspected of links to Iran have...
  • Arab League warns of Jerusalem ‘red line’

    11/03/2014 2:38:16 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    The Times of Isael ^ | 11/03/2014 | AFP
    CAIRO — The Arab League warned Sunday that Israel has reached a “red line” after fresh clashes in Jerusalem, urging international pressure to stop what it branded “violations” in the holy city. Clashes around the flashpoint Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound — the third holiest site in Islam and Judaism’s holiest — prompted Israel on Thursday to close the site for a day. The Temple Mount and adjacent neighborhoods have seen months of violence, with the mosque compound a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it...
  • It's All Morally Relative - End Support for Israel

    09/19/2001 7:57:36 AM PDT · by az4vlad · 203 replies · 2,091+ views
    9/29/01 | R. Alexander
    It's All Morally Relative - End Support for Israel An Analysis of the After Effects of the Terrorist Attack by R. Alexander September 19, 2001 Many of us were surprised to hear responses coming from both U.S.citizens and our so-called allies suggesting the U.S. somehow deserved the terrorist attack. With righteous moral indignation, these enlightened critics, suddenly experts on terrorism, lecture us, claiming "this would not have happened if the U.S. hadn't been intervening in the Middle East." This criticism is said with a straight face by Americans who see no problem driving an oversized SUV that gets 12 miles ...
  • U.S.S. Liberty [NSA declassified more documents on 40th anniversary]

    06/08/2007 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 85 replies · 2,782+ views
    National Security Agency ^ | June 8, 2007 | NSA
    http://www.nsa.gov/liberty/ U.S.S. Liberty What’s new? On 08 June 2007, the National Security Agency (NSA) finalized the review of all material relative to the 08 June 1967 attack on the USS Liberty. This additional release adds to the collection of documents and audio recordings and transcripts previously posted to the site on 02 July 2003. The attack on the USS Liberty, like others in our nation's history, has become the center of considerable controversy and debate. It is not NSA's intention to prove or disprove any one set of conclusions, many of which can be drawn from a thorough review of...
  • Judge Cristol tells the Post how he set record straight on USS Liberty

    07/10/2003 12:31:10 PM PDT · by yonif · 40 replies · 1,051+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul. 10, 2003 | JOEL LEYDEN
    Much propaganda is thrown against Israel in the "information war" but no subject is highlighted more than a tragic friendly-fire incident which occurred between Israel and the US almost 40 years ago. US Florida Judge Jay Cristol was responsible for having successfully petitioned the NSA to release US data confirming the accident. Cristol believes that Israel's enemies have tried to use this incident for decades to create a wedge between Washington and Jerusalem. Judge Cristol, in an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post explains what happened to the USS Liberty and discusses the relevance of the new information released by...
  • USS 'Liberty' hit was unintentional, says CIA

    01/13/2004 6:29:49 AM PST · by veronica · 115 replies · 1,806+ views
    JPost ^ | 01-13-04 | JANINE ZACHARIA
    New documents released by the State Department relating to the period of the 1967 Six Day War include CIA memos that say Israel did not know it was striking an American vessel when it attacked the USS Liberty off the coast of the Gaza Strip on June 8, 1967, killing 34 American sailors and injuring 172. The memos say the attack was carried out "by mistake, representing gross negligence." Along with the release of the documents, the historian for the top-secret National Security Agency said Monday he believed available evidence "strongly suggested" Israel did not know it was bombarding an...
  • State Department finds Israel negligent in 1967 ship attack that killed 34 Americans (USS Liberty)

    01/12/2004 5:25:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 226+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/12/04 | Barry Schweid - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Reviewing documents covering 36 years, the State Department concluded Monday that Israel's attack on the U.S. spy ship Liberty during the 1967 Six Day War was an act of Israeli negligence. The United States also was negligent, a State Department official said, for failing to notify Israel that the electronic intelligence-gathering ship was cruising international waters off the Egyptian coast and for failing to withdraw the Liberty from the war zone. A daylong conference that studied fresh documents as well as the established record failed to produce a consensus for any of three views voiced most often:...
  • Exclusive: Liberty attack tapes revealed

    06/05/2004 11:18:02 PM PDT · by adam_az · 176 replies · 852+ views
    Jerusalem Post Online ^ | ARIEH O'SULLIVAN
    At 1:58 pm on June 8, 1967, Capt. Yiftach Spector lined up his Mirage IIICJ fighter jet above the USS Liberty and raked it from bow to stern with his armored-piercing bullets from his 30 mm guns. Even now, 37 years later, the attack by the Air Force on the American spy ship on the fourth day of the Six Days' War fuels the fire of intrigue, conspiracy and cover-up theories. Nevertheless, what follows is powerful evidence that the attack was a tragic mistake. The Israel Air Force archives have audiotapes of the radio transmissions made prior, during and after...
  • [Israeli Airforce] Pilot who bombed 'Liberty' talks to 'Post

    10/10/2003 9:29:50 AM PDT · by yonif · 85 replies · 1,743+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Oct. 10, 2003 | ARIEH O'SULLIVAN
    An Israeli pilot who mistakenly attacked the American intelligence ship USS Liberty during the 1967 Six Day War said they were lucky he had no bombs – otherwise he would have sunk her. "There was a mistake. Mistakes happen. As far as I know, the mistake was of the USS Liberty being there in the first place," said Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yiftah Spector. After 36 years Spector, who this week was dismissed by the IAF for signing the pilots' refusal letter protesting the policy of targeted killings, agreed to speak to a reporter for the first time on his role in...
  • (Shimon) Peres at Rabin rally: Those who give up on peace are delusional

    11/02/2014 2:55:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 1, 2014, 9:14 pm | (Times of Israel Staff)
    Speeaking at the 19th annual Rabin memorial rally Saturday night, former president Shimon Peres issued scathing criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the peace process with the Palestinians and of his government’s approach to the conflict. “There are those who have turned the word ‘peace’ into a derogatory term, and there are those who consider ‘peace supporters’ as delusional people,” declared Peres. “I say clearly today: Those who have given up on peace are the delusional ones. Those who gave up and stopped looking for peace. they’re the naive ones, the ones who are not patriots,” Peres added...
  • Egypt minister says Zionism promotes atheism, homosexuality

    11/02/2014 3:52:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 2, 2014, 11:17 pm | Justin Jalil
    Eggypt’s Religious Endowments Minister accused “Zionist forces” of promoting atheism and homosexuality in his country. Speaking with Al-Hayat TV, an Evangelical Arabic-language television station, Mohammed Mokhtar Gomaa said “colonial Zionist forces” support “atheists and atheism and finance homosexuals and homosexuality” in an effort to fragment Egyptian society. The interview, which took place in September, was published Sunday by MEMRI, a Washington-based Middle Eastern media watchdog group. Gomaa is a cabinet member in the Sissi government, which coordinates closely with Israel on security and economic issues. …
  • iraqi leader: no need for arab powers to strike is

    09/14/2014 5:45:52 PM PDT · by keat · 18 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 6:59 PM EDT | Staff
    PARIS (AP) -- Iraq's president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, President Fouad Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the Islamic extremists who control vast parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. The conference of mostly Western and Arab world countries and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members aims to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations....
  • War planes attack Libyan capital again as airport terminal is destroyed (The Mysterions?)

    08/24/2014 5:04:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-24-2014 | Heba al-Shibani and Ahmed Elumami
    Fire destroyed the terminal at Tripoli's main airport on Sunday, one day after it was seized by militia fighters from the Libyan city of Misrata, witnesses said. Unidentified war planes also attacked targets in the capital, residents said, the latest stage of the worst fighting in Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Tripoli residents heard jets followed by explosions at dawn but more details were not immediately available. (SNIP) Misrata forces have blamed the air strikes on Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, two countries which have cracked down on Islamists. Libya's government says it does not...
  • Signs of New Natural Gas Field Found Off Israel Coast

    04/28/2014 6:11:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 27, 2014 | Reuters
    An oil and gas group exploring offshore Israel said on Sunday it may have discovered a field that contains an estimated 2.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas and 255 million barrels of oil. About 30 tcf of gas have been discovered off Israel's Mediterranean coast in recent years, turning the country once dependent on energy imports into a potential exporter. The latest announcement, which was based on 3D seismic data from 2012, covers the Oz license some 50 km (30 miles) from the coastal city of Herzliya in water 1,150 meters (yards) deep.
  • Military Hates White House ‘Micromanagement’ of ISIS War

    11/01/2014 7:36:15 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 31 Oct 14 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on. Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army. As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained...
  • IDF: Threat from Hezbollah greater than Gaza

    10/30/2014 10:31:49 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    www.jpost.com ^ | 10/30/2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    Hezbollah is many times more dangerous than the terrorist organizations in Gaza, Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan, the outgoing head of the IDF’s Northern Command, told Army Radio on Wednesday. He warned Israelis not to expect the same level of air defense cover that the South and Center of the country received during the war with Hamas in Gaza City this summer...
  • How Sweden Saved the Middle East by Recognizing Palestine... But Who Will Save Sweden?

    10/31/2014 4:16:57 AM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 31, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    On Thursday, Sweden finally solved all the problems in the Middle East by recognizing the State of Palestine. For decades all the instability in the region had been blamed on the lack of a PLO state. Foreign policy experts stood in line to tell us all that the only thing that could end terrorism in the Middle East was a terrorist state. .... It was a plan so crazy that it was bound to either work or kill a lot of people. Mostly it’s done the latter. .... Sweden’s new Palestine not only dispensed with elections, routing the business of...
  • After recognizing Palestine, Swedish legislators spar

    10/31/2014 12:09:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 31/10/2014 - 17:01 | Henriette Jacobsen
    One day after the Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine, members of the Parliament, Riksdagen, disagreed on whether this decision was right or “immature”. The leftist government, which took office only a month ago after winning national elections in September, on Thursday (30 October) became the first European country to recognize the state of Palestine. This prompted Israel to recall its ambassador to Sweden to Jerusalem on the same day. The country also threatened that further cuts to the two countries’ diplomatic relations can be expected. Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sweden “needs to understand that relations...