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  • Egypt’s Former President Morsi Dies in Court : State TV | News | teleSUR English
    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Egypts-Former-PresidentMorsiDies-in-Court-State-TV-20190617-0010.htm

    Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi died after fainting during a court hearing.

    Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has died in court, state television reported Monday.

    It said Morsi had fainted after a court session and died afterward. He was pronounced dead at 4:50 pm local time according to the country’s public prosecutor.

    “He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died,” a judicial source said.

    “In front of Allah, my father and we shall unite,” wrote Ahmed, Morsi’s son on Facebook.

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan paid tribute to Morsi saying, "May Allah rest our Morsi brother, our martyr’s soul in peace.”

    According to medical reports, there were no apparent injuries on his body.

    Morsi, who was democratically elected after the popular ouster of Hosni Mubarak, was toppled by the military led by coup leader and current President Abdul-Fattah el-Sissi in 2013 after protests against his rule.

    “We received with great sorrow the news of the sudden death of former president Dr. Mohamed Morsi. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and Egyptian people. We belong to God and to him we shall return,” Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani wrote on Twitter.

    The United Nations spokesperson Stephane Dujarric offered condolences to his supporters and relatives.

    State television said Morsi, who was 67, was in court for a hearing on charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip that is under blockade by the current Egyptian government and Israel.

    He was facing at least six trials for politically motivated charges according to his supporters. The former president was also serving a 20-years prison sentence for allegedly killing protesters in 2012.

    Morsi was suffering from various health issues including diabetes and liver and kidney disease. During his imprisonment, he suffered from medical neglect worsened by poor prison conditions.

    Mohammed Sudan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said that Morsi’s death was "premeditated murder” by not allowing him adequate health care.

    "He has been placed behind [a] glass cage [during trials]. No one can hear him or know what is happening to him. He hasn’t received any visits for months or nearly a year. He complained before that he doesn’t get his medicine. This is premeditated murder. This is a slow death,” Sudan said.

    Morsi was allowed 3 short visits in 6 years. One in November 2013 after being forcibly disappeared for 4 months, and another in June 2017 when only his wife and daughter were allowed, and the third in September 2018 with security official recording the whole conversation.
    — Abdelrahman Ayyash (@3yyash) June 17, 2019

    #Égypte #islamisme #prison

  • Les #Emirats_arabes_unis, apôtres d’une #tolérance à géométrie très variable - Le Temps
    https://www.letemps.ch/monde/emirats-arabes-unis-apotres-dune-tolerance-geometrie-tres-variable

    Dans le domaine politique, les dirigeants émiratis font par exemple preuve d’une #intolérance absolue pour le #pluralisme. Tous les #dissidents du pays croupissent en prison, qu’il s’agisse d’islamistes membres du parti Islah, la déclinaison émiratie du mouvement des Frères musulmans, ou de libéraux partisans de l’instauration d’une monarchie constitutionnelle. La dernière voix libre du pays, celle du défenseur des droits de l’homme Ahmed Mansour, a été bâillonnée en mai 2018 au moyen d’une condamnation à 10 ans de prison.

    Les procès de la plupart de ces opposants, pour « subversion », « atteinte à l’unité nationale » ou encore « propagation de fausses nouvelles », ont été qualifiés de #parodie de #justice par Amnesty International et Human Rights Watch. Dans les #prisons émiraties, la #torture et les mauvais traitements sont fréquents, affirment ces ONG, qui dénoncent aussi de nombreux cas de disparitions forcées.

    Ces pratiques ultra­-répressives, qui se sont intensifiées à partir des Printemps arabes de 2011 – perçus par les #dynasties du #Golfe comme une menace –, s’étendent parfois aux étrangers. En novembre, un jeune thésard britannique, Matthew Hedges, qui menait des recherches sur la politique sécuritaire des EAU, avait été condamné à la prison à vie pour espionnage, avant d’être gracié, quelques jours plus tard, sous la pression de Londres.

    Dans son obsession de contrôler les activités de ses adversaires réels ou supposés, la monarchie a développé un empire de la #cybersurveillance et du piratage informatique, mis en évidence par l’agence Reuters. Un récent article, basé sur les témoignages d’ex-­analystes des services de renseignement américains, débauchés à prix d’or par Abu Dhabi, raconte comment l’émirat a espionné les communications de dissidents, comme Ahmed Mansour, de rivaux régionaux, comme le souverain du Qatar Tamim al­-Thani, et même de journalistes américains.

    L’« islam #modéré » à la mode émiratie est prié de coller à cette ligne politique. Dans ses prêches et ses tweets, le cheikh Wassim Youssef, l’un des prédicateurs les plus en vue du pays, relaie certes le credo anti-­extrémiste des autorités, en critiquant les outrances des salafistes, accusés de dénaturer la foi musulmane. Mais cet imam de la grande mosquée d’Abu Dhabi s’attaque aussi aux libéraux, à l’émir du Qatar et à la Turquie, les deux ennemis intimes des EAU avec l’Iran.

    Le cheikh Youssef n’est d’ailleurs pas exempt de dérapage : en 2015, il avait fustigé la décision de construire un temple pour les « infidèles » hindous, propos qui lui avaient valu une brève mise à pied. L’islam prôné par les autorités n’est donc pas tant éclairé que légitimiste, et l’obéissance prime sur la tolérance.

  • As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies |
    Reuters

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-paelestinians-usa-saudi/as-u-s-pushes-for-mideast-peace-saudi-king-reassures-allies-idUSKBN1KJ0F9

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees’ right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent U.S. deal which aligns with Israel on key issues.

    King Salman’s private guarantees to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his public defense of long-standing Arab positions in recent months have helped reverse perceptions that Saudi Arabia’s stance was changing under his powerful young son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, diplomats and analysts said.

    This in turn has called into question whether Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and site of its holiest shrines, can rally Arab support for a new push to end the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, with an eye to closing ranks against mutual enemy Iran.

    “In Saudi Arabia, the king is the one who decides on this issue now, not the crown prince,” said a senior Arab diplomat in Riyadh. “The U.S. mistake was they thought one country could pressure the rest to give in, but it’s not about pressure. No Arab leader can concede on Jerusalem or Palestine.”

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    Palestinian officials told Reuters in December that Prince Mohammed, known as MbS, had pressed Abbas to support the U.S. plan despite concerns it offered the Palestinians limited self-government inside disconnected patches of the occupied West Bank, with no right of return for refugees displaced by the Arab-Israeli wars of 1948 and 1967.

    Such a plan would diverge from the Arab Peace Initiative drawn up by Saudi Arabia in 2002 in which Arab nations offered Israel normal ties in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in 1967.

    Saudi officials have denied any difference between King Salman, who has vocally supported that initiative, and MbS, who has shaken up long-held policies on many issues and told a U.S. magazine in April that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land - a rare statement for an Arab leader.

    The Palestinian ambassador to Riyadh, Basem Al-Agha, told Reuters that King Salman had expressed support for Palestinians in a recent meeting with Abbas, saying: “We will not abandon you ... We accept what you accept and we reject what you reject.”

    He said that King Salman naming the 2018 Arab League conference “The Jerusalem Summit” and announcing $200 million in aid for Palestinians were messages that Jerusalem and refugees were back on the table.

    FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attends Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
    The Saudi authorities did not respond to a request for comment on the current status of diplomatic efforts.

    RED LINES

    Diplomats in the region say Washington’s current thinking, conveyed during a tour last month by top White House officials, does not include Arab East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, a right of return for refugees or a freeze of Israeli settlements in lands claimed by the Palestinians.

    Senior adviser Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has not provided concrete details of the U.S. strategy more than 18 months after he was tasked with forging peace.

    A diplomat in Riyadh briefed on Kushner’s latest visit to the kingdom said King Salman and MbS had seen him together: “MbS did the talking while the king was in the background.”

    Independent analyst Neil Partrick said King Salman appears to have reined in MbS’ “politically reckless approach” because of Jerusalem’s importance to Muslims.

    “So MbS won’t oppose Kushner’s ‘deal’, but neither will he, any longer, do much to encourage its one-sided political simplicities,” said Partrick, lead contributor and editor of “Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation”.

     Kushner and fellow negotiator Jason Greenblatt have not presented a comprehensive proposal but rather disjointed elements, which one diplomat said “crossed too many red lines”.

    Instead, they heavily focused on the idea of setting up an economic zone in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula with the adjacent Gaza Strip possibly coming under the control of Cairo, which Arab diplomats described as unacceptable.

    In Qatar, Kushner asked Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to pressure the Islamist group Hamas to cede control of Gaza in return for development aid, the diplomats said.

    One diplomat briefed on the meeting said Sheikh Tamim just nodded silently. It was unclear if that signaled an agreement or whether Qatar was offered anything in return.

    “The problem is there is no cohesive plan presented to all countries,” said the senior Arab diplomat in Riyadh. “Nobody sees what everyone else is being offered.”

    Kushner, a 37-year-old real estate developer with little experience of international diplomacy or political negotiation, visited Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt and Israel in June. He did not meet Abbas, who has refused to see Trump’s team after the U.S. embassy was moved to Jerusalem.

    In an interview at the end of his trip, Kushner said Washington would announce its Middle East peace plan soon, and press on with or without Abbas. Yet there has been little to suggest any significant progress towards ending the decades-old conflict, which Trump has said would be “the ultimate deal”.

    “There is no new push. Nothing Kushner presented is acceptable to any of the Arab countries,” the Arab diplomat said. “He thinks he is ‘I Dream of Genie’ with a magic wand to make a new solution to the problem.”

    A White House official told reporters last week that Trump’s envoys were working on the most detailed set of proposals to date for the long-awaited peace proposal, which would include what the administration is calling a robust economic plan, though there is thus far no release date.

    Editing by Giles Elgood
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    • In Saudi Arabia, the king is the one who decides on this issue now, not the crown prince,
      […]
      A diplomat in Riyadh briefed on Kushner’s latest visit [in June] to the kingdom said King Salman and MbS had seen him together: “MbS did the talking while the king was in the background.

      Euh, question bête : c’est dans la même aile de l’hôpital la gériatrie de king S et la rééducation (il est probablement sorti des soins intensifs, depuis le temps) de Kronprinz bS ?

      Ce serait quand même plus commode pour Mr Son in law

  • “National security” cited as reason Al Jazeera nixed Israel lobby film | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/national-security-cited-reason-al-jazeera-nixed-israel-lobby-film/24566

    Al Jazeera’s investigative documentary into the US Israel lobby was censored by Qatar over “national security” fears, The Electronic Intifada has learned.

    These include that broadcast of the film could add to pressure for the US to pull its massive Al Udeid air base out of the Gulf state, or make a Saudi military invasion more likely.

    A source has confirmed that broadcast of The Lobby – USA was indefinitely delayed as “a matter of national security” for Qatar. The source has been briefed by a high-level individual in Doha.

    One of the Israel lobby groups whose activities are revealed in the film has been mounting a campaign to convince the US to withdraw its military forces from Qatar – which leaders in the emirate would see as a major blow to their security.

    The tiny gas-rich monarchy houses and funds satellite channel Al Jazeera.

    In April, managers at the channel were forced to deny a claim by a right-wing American Zionist group that the program has been canceled altogether.

    In October 2017, the head of Al Jazeera’s investigative unit promised that the film would be aired “very soon.”

    Yet eight months later, it has yet to see the light of day.

    In March, The Electronic Intifada exclusively published the first concrete details of what is in the film.

    The film reportedly identifies a number of lobby groups as working directly with Israel to spy on American citizens using sophisticated data gathering techniques. The documentary is also said to cast light on covert efforts to smear and intimidate Americans seen as too critical of Israel.

    Some of the activity revealed in the film could include US organizations acting as front operations for Israel without registering as agents of a foreign state as required by US law.

    The latest revelation over the censored film shows how seriously Qatar’s leadership is taking threats of repercussions should it air.

    Threats
    The Israel lobby groups reported on in the film could be expected to take legal action against Al Jazeera if it is broadcast.

    However, such threats alone would be unlikely to deter Al Jazeera from broadcasting the film.

    The network has a history of vigorously defending its work and it was completely vindicated over complaints about a documentary aired in January 2017 that revealed how Israel lobby groups in Britain collude with the Israeli embassy, and how the embassy interfered in British politics.

    Israel’s supporters are also pushing for the US Congress to force the network, which has a large US operation, to register as a “foreign agent” in a similar fashion to Russian channel RT.

    But the high-level individual in Doha’s claim that the film is being censored as “a matter of national security” ties the affair to even more serious threats to Qatar and bolsters the conclusion that the censorship is being ordered at the highest level of the state.

    A year ago, with the support of US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a transport and economic blockade on the country.

    Saudi rulers and their allies see Qatar as too independent of their influence and too open to relations with their regional rival Iran, and the blockade was an attempt to force it to heel.

    The Saudis and Israel accused Qatar of funding “terrorism,” and have taken measures to restrict Al Jazeera or demanded it be shut down altogether over what they perceive as the channel’s anti-Israel and anti-Saudi-monarchy biases.

    The blockade and the diplomatic assault sparked existential fears in Qatar that Saudi-led forces could go as far as to invade and install a more pliant regime in Doha.

    French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that the Saudi king has threatened “military action” against Qatar should it go ahead with a planned purchase of a Russian air defense missile system.

    In 2011, Saudi and Emirati forces intervened in Bahrain, another small Gulf nation, at the request of its ruling Khalifa monarchy in order to quell a popular uprising demanding democratic reforms.

    For three years, US and British-backed Saudi and Emirati forces have been waging a bloody and devastating war on Yemen to reimpose a Saudi-backed leadership on the country, clear evidence of their unprecedented readiness to directly use military force to impose their will.

    And no one in the region will have forgotten how quickly Iraqi forces were able to sweep in and take over Kuwait in August 1990.

    Air base
    The lesson of the Kuwait invasion for other small Gulf countries is that only the protection of the United States could guarantee their security from bigger neighbors.

    Qatar implemented that lesson by hosting the largest US military facility in the region, the massive Al Udeid air base.

    The Saudi-led bloc has pushed for the US to withdraw from the base and the Saudi foreign minister predicted that should the Americans pull out of Al Udeid, the regime in Doha would fall “in less than a week.”

    US warplanes operate from the Al Udeid air base near Doha, Qatar, October 2017. US Air Force Photo
    It would be a disaster from the perspective of Doha if the Israel lobby was to put its full weight behind a campaign to pull US forces out of Qatar.

    Earlier this year, an influential member of Congress and a former US defense secretary publicly discussed moving the US base out of Qatar at a conference hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

    FDD is a neoconservative Israel lobby group that happens to be one of the subjects of the undercover Al Jazeera film.

    As The Electronic Intifada revealed in March, FDD is one of the groups acting as an agent of the Israeli government even though it is not registered to do so.

    In July 2017, FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer testified to Congress that it would be an “insane arrangement” to keep US forces at the Al Udeid air base while Qatar continued to support “terror.”

    It will concentrate minds in Doha that FDD was one of the lobby groups most dedicated to destroying the international deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program, a goal effectively achieved when the Trump administration pulled out of it last month.

    In a sign of how vulnerable Qatar feels over the issue, Doha has announced plans to upgrade the Al Udeid base in the hope, as the US military newspaper Stars and Stripes put it, “that the strategic military hub will be counted as one of the Pentagon’s permanent overseas installations.”

    The final straw?
    The cornerstone of Qatar’s effort to win back favor in Washington has been to aggressively compete with its Gulf rivals for the affections of Israel and its Washington lobby.

    Their belief appears to be that this lobby is so influential that winning its support can result in favorable changes to US policy.

    Qatar’s charm offensive has included junkets to Doha for such high-profile Israel supporters as Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Morton Klein, the head of the Zionist Organization of America who publicly took credit for convincing Qatar’s ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to veto broadcast of the documentary.

    While an all-out Saudi invasion of Qatar over a film series may seem far fetched, the thinking in Doha seems to be that broadcast of The Lobby – USA could be the final straw that antagonizes Qatar’s enemies and exposes it to further danger – especially over Al Udeid.

    With an administration in Washington that is seen as impulsive and unpredictable – it has just launched a trade war against its biggest partners Canada and the European Union – leaders in Doha may see it as foolhardy to take any chances.

    If that is the reason Al Jazeera’s film has been suppressed it is not so much a measure of any real and imminent threat Qatar faces, but rather of how successfully the lobby has convinced Arab rulers, including in Doha, that their well-being and longevity rests on cooperating with, or at least not crossing, Israel and its backers.

    Asa Winstanley is associate editor and Ali Abunimah is executive director of The Electronic Intifada.

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  • The online war between Qatar and Saudi Arabia - BBC News

    https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-44294826

    A year-long political conflict between the tiny, wealthy state of Qatar and its larger neighbours - including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - has been fought with a new arsenal of weapons: bots, fake news and hacking.
    In the early hours of 24 May 2017, a news story appeared on the website of Qatar’s official news agency, QNA, reporting that the country’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, had made an astonishing speech.
    The quotes then appeared on the QNA’s social media accounts and on the news ticker running along the bottom of the screen on videos uploaded to the agency’s YouTube channel.
    The emir was quoted praising Islamist groups Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood. And perhaps most controversially of all, Iran, Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival.
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    Qatari citizens have expressed their support for their emir on a mural in Doha
    But the story soon disappeared from the QNA website, and Qatar’s foreign ministry issued a statement denying the speech had ever taken place. No video footage has ever emerged of the emir actually saying the words supposedly attributed to him.
    Qatar claimed that the QNA had been hacked. And they said the hack was designed to deliberately spread fake news about the country’s leader and its foreign policies. The Qataris specifically blamed UAE, an allegation later repeated by a Washington Post report which cited US intelligence sources. The UAE categorically denied those reports.
    But the story of the emir’s speech unleashed a media free-for-all. Within minutes, Saudi and UAE-owned TV networks - Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia - picked up on the comments attributed to al-Thani. Both networks accused Qatar of funding extremist groups and of destabilising the region.
    And soon after there was another alleged hacking - this time, targeted at the UAE. Youssef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the US was hacked. His emails were leaked to the press. This led to long, lurid articles about his private life in international media.

  • Trump ME peace plan : Half West Bank for Palestinians, Abu Dis as capital - DEBKAfile
    https://www.debka.com/trump-me-peace-plan-half-west-bank-for-palestinians-abu-dis-as-capital

    The president had discussed the peace plan’s content with three Arab leaders, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, UAE emir Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed, the Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, as well as thoroughly briefing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was invited to come aboard, but he rebuffed the offer – and that was even before he generated a crisis with Israel for its deadly confrontation with Hamas in Gaza.
    (...)
    A Palestinian state will be established with limited sovereignty across about half of the West Bank and all the Gaza Strip.
    Israel will retain security responsibility for most of the West Bank and the border crossings.
    The Jordan Valley will remain under Israel sovereignty and military control.
    .The Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem will pass to the Palestinian state, excepting the Old City, which will be part of Israeli Jerusalem.
    Abu Dis east of Jerusalem is the proposed capital of Palestine.
    Palestine and Jordan will share religious jurisdiction over the city’s mosques.
    Gaza will be integrated in the new Palestinian state provided Hamas agrees to disarm.
    There is no provision in the plan for the Palestinian refugees’ “right of return” – but a compensation mechanism will be established and managed by the international community.
    The Trump plan mandates Israel’s recognition as the homeland of the Jewish people, and Palestine with limited sovereignty as the Palestinian homeland.

    Debka est un site « d’intelligence » qui sert souvent aux Israéliens à faire passer des infos à confirmer par la suite... Les choses seraient décidées à la fin du mois de ramadan...

    #palestine

  • Saudi-Qatar Feud Hits New Low as Saudis Plan Nuclear Dump on Border.
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/saudi-qatar-feud-hits-new-low-as-saudis-plan-nuclear-dump-on-border-1.59896

    Saudi Arabia could consider a proposal to dig a maritime canal along the kingdom’s border with Qatar, turning the peninsula-nation into an island and transforming its only land border into a military zone and nuclear waste site, state-linked Saudi newspapers reported Monday.

    The project has not been given official approval and faces many obstacles. Still, the proposal signals a new low in the 10-month-old feud between Qatar and a quartet of nations that includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain.

    The four accuse Qatar of sponsoring terrorism because of its support for Islamist opposition groups in the region and its warm relations with Iran. Qatar denies the allegations and says the moves attempt to undermine its sovereignty.

    Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, met in Washington on Monday with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

    Saudi Arabia’s Sabq and al-Riyadh newspapers carried nearly identical reports Monday saying that under the proposal, Saudi Arabia would transform part of its side of the border with Qatar into a military base and another area would become a dump site for waste from nuclear reactors the kingdom wants to build. The UAE, meanwhile, would also build a nuclear waste site at the closest point near its border with Qatar.

  • OHCHR | UN rights experts alarmed by detention of Palestinian girl for slapping Israeli soldier
    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22654&LangID=E

    “The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel has ratified, clearly states that children are to be deprived of their liberty only as a last resort, and only for the shortest appropriate period of time,” said Michael Lynk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.

    None of the facts of this case would appear to justify her ongoing detention prior to her trial, particularly given the concerns expressed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child about the use of pre-trial detention and detention on remand.”

    [...]

    They noted that Tamimi was arrested in the middle of the night by well-armed soldiers, and then questioned by Israeli security officials without a lawyer or family members present. “This violates the fundamental legal guarantee to have access to counsel during interrogation,” said José Guevara, Chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

    The experts also expressed concern about her place of detention - Hasharon prison in Israel - in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention which states that the deportation of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the occupying power, or to that of any other country, is prohibited, regardless of the motive.

    “Sadly, this is not an isolated case,” said Lynk. “Figures from Palestine show that Israel detains and prosecutes between 500 to 700 Palestinian children in military courts annually.

    “We have received reports that these children are commonly mistreated while in detention, subjected to both physical and psychological abuse , deprived of access to lawyers or family members during interrogation, and tried under a military court system in which there are significant concerns regarding independence and impartiality, and which has a worryingly high conviction rate.” In this respect, the experts referred to various opinions on Israel adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which have emphasized the right of children to be tried by a juvenile justice system rather than before military tribunals, in accordance with relevant international human rights law.

    #Crimes #Israel #impunité #Tamimi #enfants

  • #Qatar turns to #Israel to escape Saudi squeeze | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/qatar-turns-israel-escape-saudi-squeeze

    The Qatari government has been sponsoring trips for right-wing Americans and staunch supporters of Israel in an apparent bid to salvage the emirate from its regional isolation.

    Earlier this month, Israel apologist Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz made a trip to Doha at the invitation of Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, who financed the trip.

    Dershowitz, one of the Israel lobby’s most prominent US figures, wrote an article upon his return in which he reflected on numerous meetings with Qatari officials.

    But he first professed to being surprised at learning that an Israeli tennis player was to participate in a Doha tournament and that Qatar is open to welcoming the Israeli national soccer team, should it qualify for the World Cup which Qatar will host in 2022.

    He contrasted this with Saudi Arabia’s refusal to grant a visa to an Israeli chess player, concluding that “the Saudis were not necessarily the good guys in their dispute with Qatar.”

    #dirigeants_arabes #indigents_arabes

  • Nawaat – Ahed Tamimi, victime de la fausse objectivité des médias français
    https://nawaat.org/portail/2018/01/04/ahed-tamimi-victime-de-la-fausse-objectivite-des-medias-francais

    Les Tunisiens lisent les médias français sur la Palestine.

    A la suite des propagandistes sionistes, de nombreux médias occidentaux, dont France 2, appellent cela de la « provocation ». Ahed Tamimi serait une provocatrice. On peut lire ainsi, dans le quotidien français Le Monde, ce commentaire d’autant plus odieux que chaque mot est judicieusement choisi pour convaincre sans en avoir l’air : « Ses faits d’armes relèvent surtout de provocations face à des soldats israéliens qui demeurent parfois impassibles. Sa jeunesse, sa liberté et sa fierté interpellent ; les médias israéliens dénoncent d’ailleurs une manipulation de la jeune fille par ses proches, ainsi que son jeu forcé, face aux caméras, pour pousser les soldats à bout ».

    Le terme « provocation » est employé pour suggérer plusieurs choses. Le « provocateur » est dans son tort ; il est coupable. Son action est artificielle, elle ne saurait être légitime. Le contexte dans lequel elle intervient devient secondaire. Un Palestinien qui « provoque » ne se défend pas, il envenime la situation. Il l’exploite pour attirer l’attention des médias, pour se poser en victime, pour leurrer en d’autres mots l’opinion publique. Quand c’est une jeune personne ou un enfant qui est le « provocateur », il n’agirait pas en toute autonomie ; il serait manipulé par des parents indignes pour en faire un instrument de propagande au service d’une cause qui ne concernerait pas l’enfant en tant qu’enfant. Un enfant, nous dit-on en substance, devrait être tenu en dehors des conflits. Il faut préserver « l’innocence de l’enfance ». Les Palestiniens ont-ils besoin de manipuler leurs enfants pour les faire participer à des mises en scène supposées ? Assurément pas. La violence coloniale se charge elle-même de leur inculquer la volonté et le courage de résister que le lexique sioniste, souvent repris par les « pacifistes », nomme la « haine ».

    Comment les enfants palestiniens pourraient-ils être préservés du conflit alors qu’ils sont eux-mêmes victimes de l’occupation, qu’ils la subissent tous les jours, dans leurs vies quotidiennes, directement et à travers leurs parents, leurs familles, leurs voisins ? Comment reprocher aux Palestiniens de chercher à avoir accès à la presse internationale ? Comment, sinon pour mettre en doute leur parole, soupçonner les Palestiniens d’en « rajouter », de jouer de la « provocation » ou carrément de scénariser leur action, quand on sait – et seuls ceux qui refusent de savoir ne le savent pas – l’ampleur des exactions qui sont leur lot quotidien au-delà du fait colonial en tant que tel ? Certes, certains médias occidentaux dont Le Monde, ne manqueront pas de regretter parfois la violence jugée excessive des militaires israéliens. Au prétexte de paraître « équilibrés », « objectifs », dépourvus de parti-pris sinon le parti-pris de la « paix », ils usent en vérité d’une gymnastique rhétorique parfaitement perverse qui consiste, en rejetant dos-à-dos Palestiniens « provocateurs » et Israéliens « excessifs », à délégitimer la résistance.

    Mais l’accusation de « provocation » exprime aussi autre chose ; en l’occurrence l’incapacité à comprendre que l’attitude qualifiée de provocatrice n’est justement pas une provocation. Elle est un langage. Un langage qui leur échappe. Ahed Tamimi parle cette langue et c’est pourquoi, nous, nous la comprenons. Elle dit la dignité dans la langue de l’opprimé. Elle dit la résistance face à la puissance arrogante et à la violence de l’occupation coloniale.

    #palestine #médias #tunisie

  • Years on, Israel yet to respond to appeal on case of 4 Gaza boys killed on beach in 2014
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778883

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — More than two years after an appeal was sent to an Israeli court demanding the reopening of a closed investigation into the 2014 Israeli missile attack that killed four children playing soccer on a beach in Gaza, Israeli authorities have remained silent and refused to respond to the appeal.

    Israeli human rights group Adalah released a statement on Sunday condemning the Israeli government’s failure to respond to appeals from a number of rights groups, including Adalah, the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

    Adalah attorneys Muna Haddad and Tamim Younis wrote in the appeal letter that the case of the Bakr children “exemplifies Israel’s flawed investigation system and unwillingness to genuinely carry out an investigation,” Adalah said in the statement.

    “This is an unreasonable delay highlighting a lack of willingness on the part of [Israeli] authorities to conduct an effective investigation. They (Israeli authorities) are essentially thwarting any possibility of conducting such an investigation,” Haddad and Younis’ letter wrote, adding that Israel has an obligation to investigate any suspicion of war crimes under international law.

    “An investigation must comply with the universal principles of independence, effectiveness, promptness, impartiality and transparency… The nature of this investigation and the unreasonable foot-dragging when it came to responding to parents’ appeals are a gross violation of these international standards,” Haddad and Younis said

    July 17, 2014 11:22 A.M.
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=713803
    #Bakr_children
    @kassem

  • À l’intérieur du château de cartes de la Maison de Saoud - RipouxBlique des CumulardsVentrusGrosQ
    http://slisel.over-blog.com/2017/08/a-l-interieur-du-chateau-de-cartes-de-la-maison-de-saoud.html

    PAR WILL SUMMER le 25 JUIN 2017 • ( 1 )

    Image Sputnik/Mikhaïl Voskrenenskiy
    Par Pepe Escobar, le 24 juin 2017

    Alors que les observateurs géopolitiques avaient parié sur un changement de régime au Qatar – orchestré par une Maison de Saoud aux abois – ledit changement de régime se produisit en fait à Riyad, orchestré par le Prince Guerrier, Destructeur du Yémen et Blocus du Qatar, Mohammad ben Salman (MBS).

    Considérant la nature impénétrable de cette oligarchie familiale du pétrodollar désertique s’affichant telle une nation, il incombe aux quelques étrangers bénéficiant d’un accès direct de donner un sens à ce tout nouveau Game of Thrones d’Arabie. Cela n’aide pas non plus que la « largesse » des lobbies saoudiens – et émiratis – à Washington réduise presque tous les think-tanks et informateurs en vue à la flagornerie la plus abjecte.

    Une source de premier plan sur le Moyen-Orient proche de la Maison de Saoud, et dissident de facto du consensus en cours dans le Beltway, ne mâche pas ses mots ; « la CIA est très mécontente du renvoi de [l’ancien Prince Héritier] Mohammad ben Nayef. Mohammad ben Salman est vu comme un promoteur du terrorisme. En avril 2014, la totalité des familles royales des Émirats Arabes Unis (EAU) et de l’Arabie Saoudite devaient être déchues du pouvoir par les USA, à cause du terrorisme. Un compromis fut atteint, selon lequel Nayef prendrait les rênes du Royaume afin d’empêcher cela. »

    Avant le coup à Riyad, un récit insistant circulait dans certains cercles géopolitiques moyen-orientaux bien précis, selon lequel les renseignements US avaient « indirectement » empêché un autre coup d’état visant le jeune Émir du Qatar, le Sheikh Tamim al-Thani, orchestré par Mohammad ben Zayed, Prince Héritier d’Abou Dhabi avec le concours de l’armée de mercenaires Blackwater/Academi d’Eric Prince aux EAU. Zayed, et c’est essentiel, se trouve être le mentor de MBS.

    Notre source clarifie, « MBS échoue partout. Le Yémen, la Syrie, le Qatar, l’Irak, etc., sont tous des échecs de MBS. La Chine est également fâchée contre lui car il a attisé les troubles au Xinjiang. La Russie ne peut être heureuse du fait que MBA était, et est toujours, derrière les prix dégonflés du pétrole. Qui sont ses alliés ? Il n’en a qu’un et c’est son père, qui n’en a guère la compétence. » Le Roi Salman est quasiment infirme, pour cause de démence sénile.

    La source est formelle, « il est grandement possible que la CIA agisse contre la monarchie en Arabie Saoudite. » Cela hisserait la guerre entre le Président Trump et certains secteurs particuliers de l’état profond US à un niveau d’une toute autre envergure.

    Et pour assaisonner davantage le mélange, il y a le facteur Jared d’Arabie. Impossible qu’un acteur sérieux, proche de ces événements, confirme quoi que ce soit à propos du coup (avorté) au Qatar. Mais si cette tentative de coup d’état a réellement eu lieu et qu’elle a été réprimée, Jared Kushner a pu en avoir vent eu égard à ses relations.

    Selon la source, « Jared Kushner est essentiellement en faillite au 666 5ème Avenue, et il a besoin du soutien financier saoudien. Il fait donc tout ce que veulent les Saoudiens. Le 666 5ème Avenue est dans un état financier si mauvais que même son beau-père est incapable de l’en dépêtrer. »

    Opération Arrogance du Désert

    Cette piste complexe d’événements corrobore bien le fameux mémo’ de décembre 2015 de la BND – les renseignements allemands – selon lequel la Maison de Saoud a assumé une « politique d’intervention impulsive » avec MBS, alors Ministre de la Défense et Vice-Prince Héritier, un « joueur », provoquant immanquablement de nombreux troubles.

    Le mémo’ de la BND détaillait comment la Maison de Saoud avait, en Syrie, financé l’Armée de Conquête – grosso-modo un recyclage de Jabhat al-Nosra, alias al-Qaeda en Syrie – ainsi que l’organisation Ahrar al-Sham, une sœur idéologique. Traduction ; la Maison de Saoud est complice du terrorisme salafiste/djihadiste, en le finançant et en l’armant. Cela provient d’un régime qui accuse désormais le Qatar des mêmes crimes (le Qatar a soutenu des organisations différentes).

    Au Yémen, Le BND s’inquiétait que la guerre de MBS contre les Houthis et l’Armée du Yémen ne bénéficiait qu’à al-Qaeda dans la Péninsule Arabique (AQPA). Maintenant, la guerre de MBS – conduite avec des armes étasuniennes et britanniques – a également provoqué une atroce catastrophe humanitaire.

    Comment un crétin arrogant, négligé et imbu tel que MBS en est-il venu si près de mettre le feu à toute l’Asie du Sud-Ouest ? Et pas seulement l’Asie du Sud-Ouest ; des vagues de désarroi se répandent à travers les cercles d’investisseurs occidentaux, comme quoi MBS est tellement imprévisible que ses actes vont démolir des comptes-retraite dans tous les secteurs.

    Il convient de dresser une toile de fond. Ce que nous avons aujourd’hui, c’est le Troisième Royaume saoudien – fondé en 1902 par ibn Saoud, et qui conserve la même alliance néfaste avec des écclésiastiques wahhabites troglodytes. Ibn Saoud ne régnait que sur le Najd pour commencer ; puis, en 1913, il annexa l’Arabie orientale chiite (c’est là que se trouve le pétrole) et jusqu’en 1926 le Hedjaz, sur la côte de la Mer Rouge. Le Royaume « uni » d’Arabie Saoudite ne fut proclamé qu’en 1932.

    Ibn Saoud mourut en 1953. La plus influente des épouses de son harem était sans doute Hassa al-Sudairi. Ils ont eu 7 fils. Le Roi Salman (sénile), Nayef et MBS sont tous des Sudairis. MBS est le premier des petits-fils d’Ibn Saoud en ordre d’accession au trône.

    De nombreux autres princes sont plus compétents que MBS. Nayef, qui a passé beaucoup de temps au Ministère de l’Intérieur, était le tsar saoudien de l’anti-terrorisme (et donc un chouchou de la CIA). Il y a Mitab ben Abdullah, Ministre de la Garde Nationale d’Arabie Saoudite ; le notoire Prince Turki, ancien patron du renseignement, ancien ambassadeur aux USA et ancien meilleur pote d’Oussama ben Laden ; et Khaled ben Faisal, Gouverneur de La Mecque et ancien Ministre de l’Éducation.

    MBS a tout parié sur sa « Vision 2030 » – qui en théorie pourrait propulser l’économie saoudienne au-delà de la monoculture pétrolière, mais implique un aggiornamento politique virtuellement impossible ; après tout, le château de cartes de la Maison de Saoud est irréformable. Prenez la liste risible des 13 exigences désormais imposées au Qatar – c’est le boulot de MBS – comprenant l’excommunication belliqueuse de l’Iran et la fermeture d’al-Jazeera.

    Pas étonnant que chaque acteur géopolitique majeur imagine désormais des scénarios de guerre – malgré le fait que seule l’Allemagne ait vu ses inquiétudes enregistrées. Le Qatar a le statut d’observateur à l’OTAN. Doha est formelle ; elle ne pliera pas face aux exigences saoudiennes. Et maintenant… MBS – le « dirigeant » le plus dangereux dans la géopolitique actuelle – perdra-t-il la face, ou déclenchera-t-il encore une autre guerre insensée et ingagnable, allant cette fois-ci jusqu’à faire se convulser le monde ?

    Source : https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201706241054941082-saudi-house-of-cards-inside-story

    https://globalepresse.net

  • WaPo: UAE Hacked Qatar to Invent Pretense for Retaliation – Mother Jones

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/07/wapo-uae-hacked-qatar-to-invent-pretense-for-retaliation

    As you know, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have imposed a blockade on Qatar, allegedly due to concerns over Qatar’s support for various and sundry terrorist groups. The blockade began in May, after Qatar’s official news agency published incendiary remarks from Qatar’s leader, and then claimed they had been hacked:

    The fake article quoted Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as calling Iran an “Islamic power” and saying Qatar’s relations with Israel were “good” during a military ceremony.

    The Qatari state television’s nightly newscast…scrolling ticker…included calling Hamas “the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,” as well as saying Qatar had “strong relations” with Iran and the United States. “Iran represents a regional and Islamic power that cannot be ignored and it is unwise to face up against it,” the ticker read at one point. “It is a big power in the stabilization of the region.”

    Hacked? Get serious. Does anyone seriously believe that—

    The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

    Officials became aware last week that newly analyzed information gathered by U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that on May 23, senior members of the UAE government discussed the plan and its implementation. The officials said it remains unclear whether the UAE carried out the hacks itself or contracted to have them done.

    That’s from the Washington Post. The UAE denies everything, of course.

    This is a very big deal. For starters, what are the odds that the UAE did this alone? Pretty slim, I think. Saudi Arabia was almost certainly involved too. And what does President Trump do now? He’s taken the Saudi side of this dispute, but now his own intelligence agencies are telling him that other Arab countries conducted the hack as a deliberate way of giving themselves an excuse to create the blockade. In fact, he probably learned this a week ago.

    Someone in the intelligence community apparently decided that (a) Trump was never going to go public with this, and (b) it really needed to become public. But who? And why?

  • Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is good news for Israel and U.S.

    Saudi crown prince Bin Salman agrees with U.S. on Russia, Assad, Iran and ISIS and according to some reports, he’s also met with top Israeli officials

    Zvi Bar’el Jun 21, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-1.797007

    New Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s appointment as Saudi Arabia’s heir apparent was only a matter of time. The “boy,” who will mark his 32nd birthday in August, has been leading the country de facto anyway. He already calls the shots on foreign policy. Many expect that in the not-too-distant future, King Salman, who is ill, will step down and hand the scepter to his son.
    Bin Salman has been undergoing training for the throne since Salman’s coronation two and a half years ago, both through foreign missions carried out on behalf of his father, and also through the war in Yemen that – as defense minister – he planned and carried out (albeit not particularly successfully).
    >>Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro: The impulsiveness of the king-in-waiting should worry Israel and the U.S.
    Before the new crown prince’s advent, his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, had been in charge of relationships with Washington, especially with the CIA. In short order, Nayef was pushed out and the Americans understood exactly who the strong man in town was.
    Bin Salman became the contact not only between the kingdom and Washington, but also with Russia: the new heir met with President Vladimir Putin several times to coordinate policy on Syria and Iran.
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    Until now, Mohammed bin Salman has been good news for Israel and the United States, as his firm anti-Iranian positions make him an important partner – and not only in the struggle against Iran. Bin Salman agrees with America on the need to thwart Russian influence in the region; to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria; and to act firmly against ISIS and other radical organizations, from the Muslim Brotherhood to Hezbollah. During the last two years, several Arab websites have reported that bin Salman also met with top Israelis.

    File photo: US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the White House on March 14, 2017.NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP
    >> Cluster bombs and yachts: 5 things you should know about Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince
    According to these reports, one such meeting took place in Eilat in 2015; another on the margins of the Arab summit in Jordan this March, and there are regular meetings between Saudi and Israeli officers in the joint war room where Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States coordinate. What is not yet known is to what extent Bin Salman can and might want to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan, and whether he can turn around relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
    In a series of tweets this week, the Saudi blogger known as “Mujtahidd” revealed a “plot” by Crown Prince bin Salman and the heir to the Abu Dhabi throne, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to stage a coup in Qatar.
    Mujtahidd – many of whose tweets have proven accurate, and who apparently relies on whispers from the Saudi Arabia monarchial court – wrote, among other things, that the two heirs intended to send Blackwater mercenaries (of Iraqi notoriety) to Qatar, together with forces from the UAE, to seize the government. After that, somebody from the ruling Al-Thani family who would be loyal to them would be appointed. Thusly, according to Mujtahidd, the two thought to reduce the crisis and bend Qatar to Saudi Arabia’s will. Based on these tweets, it was the United States that pressed, indirectly, to torpedo the notion.
    By the way, this information has not been verified, and there is no certainty that these tweets rely on any actual fact. But what is unquestionable is the depth of relations between the two young heirs, a relationship that has created an axis of youth confident of the global mission – or at least Arab mission – placed on their shoulders, and confident that none but them are suited to run the Middle East.

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 19, 2017. HANDOUT/REUTERS
    This is a new generation that includes the ruler of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, 37. It is a generation that came late to the Gulf states, having been predated by youthful leaders in Morocco, Jordan and Syria.
    Arab leaders like Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and King Abdullah have felt the whip of Saudi foreign relations. Both have been lashed over their “behavior” – and they were punished, too. Saudi Arabia cut off the oil supply to Egypt six months ago because of Cairo’s support for the Russian proposal on Syria, and because what Saudi Arabia felt was Egypt’s retreat from the proposal to return the Sanafir and Tiran islands in the Red Sea to it. Saudi Arabia also suspended aid to Jordan until recently because Jordan refused to let Gulf forces operate from its territory against Syrian forces.

    Mohammed bin Salman, newly appointed as crown prince, left, kisses the hand of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, June 21, 2017./AP
    But the hardest blow was suffered, of course, by Qatar, which was declared non grata by the Gulf nations, Egypt, Yemen and Jordan, which turned the terrestrial and aerial blockade of the Gulf state into an economic one.
    The new crown prince was the living spirit behind all these decisions, which required no more than a formal nod from his father.
    The appointment, which has passed without opposition so far, and with the overwhelming support of the Allegiance Council (which, under the constitution, has the power to approve the appointment of heirs) is not expected to cause any new jolts in the kingdom.
    Potential opponents have already been “summoned for a chat” in the king’s court. The new interior minister, Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, is another youngster, just 34, and is very close to Mohammed bin Salman. From now on, he will be the one responsible for managing the struggle against internal terrorism. He will also be the crown prince’s partner in oppressing subversion.
    To gratify the subjects ahead of the change, King Salman announced the extension of Id al-Fitr (to mark the end of Ramadan) by another week. He also returned all the financial emoluments that were recently taken away from government and army officials. A pay raise is a time-honored way of maintaining quiet calm in the Saudi kingdom.

    • Avec les deux versions de la folle #nuit_torride du 24 mai

      There are at least two narratives for how we got here. If you believe the government of Qatar, the official Qatar News Agency was hacked on May 24 and a fake news story was transmitted quoting Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani as saying, “There is no reason behind Arabs’ hostility to Iran.” The allegedly false report reaffirmed Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its Palestinian offshoot, Hamas, as well as claiming Doha’s relations with Israel were good.

      The government-influenced media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, adopted an alternative narrative, treating the news story as true and responding quickly with a burst of outrage. The emir’s comments were endlessly repeated and, to the anger of Doha, internet access to Qatari media was blocked so that the official denial could not be read.

      There is a possibility that the initial hacking was orchestrated by Tehran, which was annoyed by the anti-Iran posture of the May 20-21 summit in Riyadh, when President Donald Trump met King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman and representatives of dozens of Muslim states.

    • Washington can play an important role in defusing this potentially explosive situation. U.S. officials may believe that Qatar was being less than evenhanded in its balancing act between the United States and Iran — but a drawn-out conflict between Riyadh and Doha, or a struggle that pushes Qatar into Tehran’s arms, would benefit no one. In this respect, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is arguably well-placed. ExxonMobil, where he was CEO before joining the U.S. government, is the biggest foreign player in Qatar’s energy sector, so he presumably knows the main decision-makers well.

    • Crise du Golfe : le Qatar a-t-il été piégé par les Emirats arabes unis ?
      http://www.latribune.fr/economie/international/crise-du-golfe-le-qatar-a-t-il-ete-piege-par-les-emirats-arabes-unis-74414

      Les Emirats arabes unis seraient à l’origine d’une cyberattaque visant les réseaux sociaux et les sites du gouvernement qatari fin mai, assurent plusieurs membres des renseignements américains interrogés par le Washington Post. Ces plateformes ont affiché de fausses déclarations attribuées à l’émir qatari, cheikh Tamin ben Hamad Khalifa Al-Thani, dans lesquelles il faisait l’éloge du Hamas et surtout de l’Iran, l’ennemi juré des pays du Golfe.

      L’opération s’est déroulée le 24 mai, soit peu de temps après la tournée du président américain Donald Trump dans les pays du Golfe. A cette occasion, l’Arabie saoudite et ses alliés n’ont pas manqué de rappeler qu’ils considéraient l’Iran comme un «  facteur de déstabilisation  » dans la région en raison de son «  interventionnisme  » dans plusieurs pays notamment la Syrie, l’Irak et le Yémen. Dans son discours à Riyad le 21 mai, Donald Trump a fait part du même diagnostic, appelant «  toutes les nations de conscience » à « travailler ensemble pour isoler l’Iran  ».

      Citant ces fausses déclarations de l’émir du Qatar, l’Arabie saoudite, les Emirats arabes unis, Bahreïn et l’Egypte ont interdit les médias qataris, puis imposé des sanctions diplomatiques dès le 5 juin. Doha a déjà averti ses voisins que ses plateformes avaient été piratées. Les Qataris ont d’ailleurs ouvert une enquête, toujours en cours, et n’ont pour l’instant désigné aucun coupable. De son côté, Abou Dabi réfute toute tentative de cyberattaque suite à l’article du Washington Post.

      Ces révélations surviennent alors que, depuis plusieurs mois, des e-mails hackés de l’ambassadeur des Emirats arabes unis à Washington et publiés par l’organisation pro-qatari GlobalLeaks, démontraient la détermination d’Abou Dabi de rallier les Etats-Unis à sa cause dans sa querelle avec Doha.

  • Al Arabiya, « principale concurrente arabe d’Al Jazeera », est une chaîne sérieuse. Ici elle t’informe que l’émir du Qatar est désormais reclus dans son palais où il est protégé par les Gardiens de la révolution iranienne. (Et sans doute aussi le Hezbollah libanais et Bachar Assad en personne.) Iran Revolutionary Guards ‘protecting Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim inside his palace’
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/06/07/Iran-s-Revolutionary-Guards-protecting-Qatari-emir-inside-palace-

    Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are allegedly protecting the Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani inside his palace, Egyptian sources said on Wednesday.

    The sources added that the Revolutionary Guards arrived in Qatar under the cover of training.

    Gulf states that have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in recent days accuse it of having a strong relationship with Iran, despite apparent differences in Syria.

    Ça doit être ça, la source du dessin de Plantu hier…
    https://seenthis.net/messages/604824

  • L’émir du Qatar à Rouhani : nos relations sont profondes et solides et nous devons les renforcer encore.

    الميادين | الأخبار - أمير قطر في اتصال مع روحاني : علاقتنا عريقة ومتينة ونريد تعزيزها أكثر
    http://www.almayadeen.net/news/politics/57861/أمير-قطر-في-اتصال-مع-روحاني--علاقتنا-عريقة-ومتينة-ونريد-تعزي

    Assez logiquement, le Qatar, subissant les attaques (médiatiques pour l’heure) de l’Arabie saoudite (+ Bahreïn, Emirats, Egypte et un peu Koweït) se tourne vers l’Iran...

    Une version très proche en espagnol : Irán y Qatar dispuestos a reforzar cooperación bilaterales
    http://espanol.almayadeen.net/news/pol%C3%ADtica/11898/ir%C3%A1n-y-qatar-dispuestos-a-reforzar-cooperaci%C3%B3n-bilater

    • Qatar must choose sides over Iran | The National
      http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/qatar-must-choose-sides-over-iran

      (Site des émirats)

      Gulf leaders who have spent the past few days irritated at Qatar over the emir’s reported comments will have been incensed to wake up yesterday morning and find that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had decided to take a widely publicised phone call from a regional leader – the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. When so much of politics is conducted by signals, what sort of message does that send? In truth, much the same message as Qatar has been sending for some time now. That, rather than see itself as part of the GCC, it wishes to remain neutral, half in the Arab Gulf camp, half in Iran’s camp. Actually, the willingness to accept a phone call from Mr Rouhani at this moment would seem to position Qatar further on that side. It shows either a shocking unwillingness to understand his Gulf neighbours – or a dangerous naivete that has allowed Sheikh Tamim to be used by Iran for publicity purposes.

  • Hack, fake story expose real tensions between Qatar, Gulf
    https://apnews.com/f5da3293be18401a954d48249f75394e

    While Qatar quickly denied the comments attributed to ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Saudi-owned satellite channels repeatedly aired them throughout the day Wednesday. The incident revived suspicions that exploded into the open three years when several Gulf nations pulled their ambassadors from Qatar over similar worries about its politics.

    The alleged hack happened early on Wednesday morning and hours later, the website of the Qatar News Agency still was not accessible.

    The fake article quoted Sheikh Tamim as calling Iran an “Islamic power” and saying Qatar’s relations with Israel were “good” during a military ceremony.

    Online footage of Qatari state television’s nightly newscast from Tuesday showed clips of Sheikh Tamim at the ceremony with the anchor not mentioning the comments, though a scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen had the alleged fake remarks. They included calling Hamas “the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,” as well as saying Qatar had “strong relations” with Iran and the United States.

    “Iran represents a regional and Islamic power that cannot be ignored and it is unwise to face up against it,” the ticker read at one point. “It is a big power in the stabilization of the region.”

    The hackers also purportedly took over the news agency’s Twitter feed and posted alleged quotes from Qatar’s foreign minister accusing Arab nations of fomenting a plot against his country. A series of tweets said Qatar had ordered its ambassadors to withdraw from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates over the plot. The tweets were later deleted.

  • Qatar pledges $4 million to alleviate Gaza electricity crisis
    Jan. 15, 2017 10:14 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2017 10:14 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=774936

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The government of Qatar has pledged to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to provide $4 million over the span of three months to help alleviate the electricity crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Sunday.

    Hamdallah said that a Qatari official contacted him saying that the funds would go to cover the costs of fuel needed to operate the Gaza Strip only power plant for more than eight hours a day, crediting the Qatari decision to efforts led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Earlier on Sunday, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani met with senior Hamas figure Ismail Haniyeh in Doha, and reportedly gave orders to Qatari officials to immediately intervene in the ongoing electricity crisis in the blockaded Palestinian territory, which has seen its already direly limited access to power further diminished in the past month.

    Both Hamdallah and Haniyeh thanked Qatar for its support of the Palestinian people.

    #GAZA

  • L’ancien #émir du #Qatar est visé par une enquête pour #blanchiment
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/140116/lancien-emir-du-qatar-est-vise-par-une-enquete-pour-blanchiment

    Hamad ben Khalifa Al-Thani, ancien émir du Qatar, a abdiqué en 2013 au profit de son fils Tamim. © Reuters Le parquet de Paris a ouvert une enquête préliminaire pour « blanchiment » visant la société #French_Properties_Management, qui gère la fortune de l’ancien émir du Qatar Hamad al-Thani et de sa famille. Selon nos informations, ce « family office » est soupçonné d’avoir validé une opération de #Fraude_fiscale, en payant le décorateur du yacht de l’ex-souverain sur un compte suisse dissimulé derrière une société offshore.

    #France #Chadia_Clot #fiscalité #Hamad_ben_Khalifa_al-Thani #Justice

  • Qatar’s Emir approves changes to the country’s labor law - Doha News

    http://dohanews.co/qatars-emir-approved-changes-countrys-labor-law/?pushup=1

    Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s Emir, has approved an amendment to the national labor law today, according to the state’s Qatar News Agency.

    At 8:40pm on Wednesday, the agency posted the following bulletin:

    Doha, February 18 (QNA) – HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued today Law No. (1) of the year 2015, amending some provisions of the Labour Act No. (14 ) of the year 2004.
    The law is to be enforced and be published in the Official Gazette.(QNA)

    No further details have been released yet.

    But in May, authorities pledged to make it easier for expats to change jobs and leave the country. Over the past nine months, amendments to the labor law have been tied up in consultative meetings.

    To the disappointment of some, the proposed changes stopped short of abolishing the much-criticized no objection certificate requirement to switch employers and exit permit system that regulates sponsored employees’ ability to exit Qatar.

    Other reforms that were discussed included requiring companies to pay their employees through direct bank transfers, making it easier for expats and the government to scrutinize and document any late or non-existing payments.

    Several human rights advocates speculated that this evening’s announcement may only cover measures mandating electronic salary transfers:

    Officials at QNA and Al Meezan – which publishes Qatar’s official gazette – told Doha News this evening that they did not have any information on the substance of the labor law changes.

    More soon.

  • Saudi-sponsored summit to mend ties between #Egypt and #Qatar
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/22989

    On the surface, it appears that the discord between #Cairo and #Doha is over. The Egyptian president will stop in #Riyadh on his way back from China for a Saudi-sponsored meeting with Qatari Emir #Tamim_bin_Hamad_bin_Khalifa_al-Thani. It will be the first official meeting between the two men since the overthrow of the #Muslim_Brotherhood regime more than 18 months ago strained Egyptian-Qatari relations, leading to a “media and financial war.”

    #Abdel-Fattah_al-Sisi #Articles #GCC #Mohammed_Mursi #Saudi_Arabia #Mideast_&_North_Africa

  • Palestinian Authority President Abbas to Qatari Emir Tamim: Meshaal is lying
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/palestinian-authority-president-abbas-qatari-emir-tamim-meshaal-l

    The emir said he understood where the president of the Palestinian Authority was coming from, adding, “You have provided information sourced from Israel, (then) it is definitely correct.” Moments later, Khaled Mehsaal and Hamas’s delegation enter the hall. Abbas’s contagious tension spreads to his “opponents.” Abbas then made a statement that he concluded thus, “You have carried out the coup in agreement with Dahlan, and to this moment, you still have ties with him.” At this point, Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzouk interjects and says, “You still believe this story?” Abu Mazen replies, “Don’t interrupt me; don’t provoke me Abu Omar.” The “provocations” and accusations then continue, until the emir decides to end the meeting until a later time when Abbas has calmed down.

    Al-Akhbar has obtained a copy of the minutes of the meeting, excerpts of which are published below.

  • Abbas, in protocol of Doha meeting: PA will give Israel authority of West Bank if border talks fail - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz
    By Jack Khoury | Sep. 1, 2014 |
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.613550

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly told Israel that if negotiations with the United States about establishing a Palestinian state within the 1967 lines fail, he will transfer responsibility of West Bank lands to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The report emerged Monday in the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, citing transcripts of a meeting in Doha between Abbas and Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The newspaper published a photograph of the document, which appeared to come from the emir’s office.

    According to the published protocol, Abbas conveyed this messages to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a meeting with an unnamed Israeli defense official in his Ramallah offices around two weeks ago.

    Abbas reportedly told his counterparts at the Doha meeting that he told the Israeli official: "The peace process failed after 20 years, so our new strategy is that the United States and Israel agree to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital in a limited amount of time, and that both sides immediately begin determining the borders.

    “If both sides agree,” Abbas continues, "we will continue the talks about the rest of the core issues. And if not, we will take the following measure: Cessation of the security coordination and transfer of responsibility for PA territory to Netanyahu, who will bear the responsibility for them.”