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Saudi Prince claims Twitter account was hacked

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The son of the late King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia has claimed that his Twitter account was hacked just hours after a controversial message was tweeted. Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd, the tweet implied, felt that his life was in danger following a visit to the present monarch, his uncle King Salman. “After performing Hajj,” said the tweet, “I will bid farewell to my uncle Salman and I will travel. If I do not leave, know that I was killed.” The tweet was later deleted, but not before it was circulated widely on social media. Twitter uses believe that it was a message from the prince warning of a threat to his life. He had already issued […]

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Israeli authorities set to triple size of settlement in East Jerusalem

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli authorities are set to advance plans to triple the size of a settlement in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem, according to reports Thursday. The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee will consider on Sunday a plan to approve 176 new housing units for Nof Zion, a Jewish settlement in Jabel Mukaber. The news was first reported by Israel’s Channel 1 on Wednesday night. According to Israeli media reports, “the agenda item was not listed in publicly available filings, though authorities may be seeking to avoid attracting attention to the issue”. Nof Zion currently consists of seven apartment buildings containing 91 residential units, and was first established in 2004. Peace Now, in remarks reported by The Times of Israel, responded […]

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Former Israeli ambassador oversees new attack on UNRWA mandate

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Former Israeli envoy Ron Prosor is directing a fresh attack on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), as Israel continues efforts to undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees. Prosor, who served as Israeli ambassador to the UK and to the United Nations, is now head of the Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. As reported by Yedioth Ahronoth, the Abba Eban Institute has published a “study” whose headline claim is that the “UN spends 4 times more money per Palestinian refugee than per any other refugee”. This is based on a comparison of the average amount per refugee spent by UNRWA versus the equivalent figure for the United Nations High Commissioner […]

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Production resumes in Libya’s largest oilfield

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

An official source in Sharara, Libya’s largest oilfield, said that production resumed on Wednesday after armed men closed valves in the pipeline connecting it with Al-Feil oilfield a week ago. The anonymous source said that production resumed gradually, following an agreement with the militants, without giving further details. The oilfield, which had a production rate of 340,000 barrels per day, is located in the desert of Mirezek, 800 km south of Tripoli, and is owned and operated by Spain’s Repsol Company. Al-Feil oilfield is 750 km south of the Libyan capital. Since the overthrow of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has experienced political and security instability. The conflict over control of the country continues to have […]

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Exxon CEO: We’re making ‘good progress’ on Harvey recovery and ready for Irma

September 7, 2017 crude oil 0

Exxon is restarting the second largest U.S. refinery and taking steps to make sure Floridians have fuel when Hurricane Irma passes, CEO Darren Woods says.

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Syrian opposition has not won the war, insists UN envoy

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said on Wednesday that the Syrian opposition has not won the war against Bashar Al-Assad. Speaking to reporters, he added that while the Syrian opposition “must accept it has failed to win the civil war… the government cannot simply announce victory.” According to de Mistura, “For the opposition, the message is very clear: if they were planning to win the war, facts are proving that is not the case. So now it is time to win the peace.” Asked if he was implying that Assad had won, he said that he is not the one who records the history of the conflict. “Victory can only be if there is a sustainable […]

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Gaza residents call on UNRWA to improve services for refugees

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Palestinians in Gaza have demonstrated in front of the UNRWA headquarters in the besieged territory to call on the agency to improve its services for refugees, Anadolu has reported. The protest was organised by the Joint Committee for Palestinian Refugees. The Committee includes representatives from the nationalist and Islamic Palestinian factions, in addition to the refugees’ committees of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Parents’ Council. They explained that the recruitment of teachers and other service professionals by UNRWA does not keep pace with the growing refugee population. “UNRWA has to bear its responsibility towards all the refugees and offer them all of the services that they need,” insisted Mahmoud Khalaf, a member of the Central Committee of the Democratic […]

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Israel renews detention of Palestinian academic for fourth time

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Israeli occupation authorities have renewed the administrative detention order of a Palestinian academic for the fourth time, Safa News Agency reported on Wednesday. Professor Issam Al-Ashqar, 57, continues to be held in prison with neither charge nor trial despite suffering from ill health. Prof. Al-Ashqar was arrested in a raid on his home last November. He also had his car confiscated by the Israeli authorities. The physics professor has been arrested several times before. Last November he was held under an administrative detention order for four months; this was renewed for a further four months, then another two months and now, on Wednesday, for yet another two months. He suffers from hypertension and narrow arteries leading to the right […]

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Palestinians face ‘racial discrimination’ in Tel Aviv bus station

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Palestinians face “racial discrimination” at the hands of security guards employed at Tel Aviv Bus Station, the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) revealed on Wednesday. The guards work for Avidar Security Services and it is alleged that racial profiling means that they detain more Palestinians than anyone else. According to Safa News Agency, Adalah has sent a letter to Israel’s Minister of Internal Security, Gilad Erdan, judicial advisor Avichai Mandelblit and officials at the bus station about the issue. The organisation has called for an end to discrimination by the security guards on the basis of ethnicity and race. It is alleged by Adalah that internal directives to the guards insist that they should detain Arab […]

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Israeli army tests soldiers’ response to spying attempts

September 7, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

The Israeli army has tested the responses of its soldiers to spying attempts through social media, Shehab News Agency reported on Wednesday. The tests come a couple of months after Israel’s domestic security service, Shin Bet, revealed an attempt by the military wing of Hamas to spy on Israeli soldiers and obtain information from them via social media. According to reports on Israeli TV, around 350 Israeli soldiers received “Friend” requests from beautiful women on Facebook. The reports pointed out that this is how Hamas has tried to make contact with Israeli soldiers. Only 6 per cent of the requests were accepted. “This rate is low,” said a Shin Bet source, “but it could be very dangerous as the enemy […]

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