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Opinion


1 week 11 hour

The war against Palestinian refugees

The US administration’s campaign against the United Nations Relief and Work Agency in the Near East (UNRWA) is undoubtedly the most serious threat facing the Palestinian refugees since the 1948 war that led to the partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel (Nakba or Catastrophe). In fact, the campaign amounts to an existential threat to more than 5 million refugees registered with the agency, with the eventual aim of settling the refugees in places of their residences.In 1948 the world faced its first major international crisis after the Second World War: the plight of Palestinian refugees...

How fake news becomes ‘fact’

These days, the lines between truth and fiction have indeed been blurred. What we see or what we read is often a misrepresentation of facts, and yet we tend to not question them. Politicians have taken advantage of such human frailties as they continue to manipulate the truth through their outlandish boasts, or try to justify their actions, or else seduce us with schemes for making the world a better place. The current government of the apartheid state of Israel is a good example of a country that continuously spreads falsehoods as facts.There’s an old Jewish proverb that says: ‘What...

Are American Jews losing interest in Israel?

About six million Jews in the United States constitute the second largest Jewish gathering in the world after “Israel”. While many preferred and still prefer to stay in the US, despite the Israeli temptations, they continued to support Israel, like other ‘Diaspora Jews’, through the media, politically and economically. According to a study published last year by Israel’s Diaspora Ministry, such support accounts to “6.35 per cent of the Israeli economy linked to the activities and donations of Diaspora Jews, equivalent to about 25 billion shekels a year (around Dh25.74 billion), which means that in the event of cessation of...

An address should carry respect

During the Iraq War of 2003, I was seated with a group at a coffee shop in the Sheraton hotel when we were approached by some American soldiers who had arrived in Saudi Arabia a couple of days earlier. “Hey, you ragheads,” yelled one of them, “Where’s some action around here?”Ragheads? That was a new one to most of us, but it didn’t take us long to figure out the slur behind those words. Notwithstanding the fact that it was said by a cherubic and innocent-looking young soldier on his first overseas duty, we made it very clear to him...

Schools in Saudi Arabia need urgent reforms

As the summer holidays wind down and children and parents begin a feverish rush to prepare for the new school year in Saudi Arabia, some of the outstanding issues continue to surface. The debate continues over the quality of government-funded schools, the top-heavy bureaucracy, lack of proper facilities in schools and quite often their location.International and privately-run schools have attempted to fill the gap at a stiff price. Parents have been busy seeking to enrol their young ones in schools that do away with all such flaws, in search of an appropriate learning haven for their children.However, a recent incident...

The Druze protest against Israel’s Nation-State Law: Where is it leading?

Everyone knows that the Druze community lived in Palestine as an integral part of the Palestinian Arab people. In 1948, when the ‘State of Israel’ was established, its governments sought to isolate the community from their Arab environment by striking at the fact that Druze was a nationality in itself. In order to bring them closer, Israel exploited the story of the marriage of the Prophet Shuaib’s daughter to Prophet Moses, to show the Druze that there is a historical interrelationship with the Jews, similar to their relationship with the Arabs.In 1956, David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of...

4 week 13 hour

The power games in Syrian conflict

Thanks to Moscow, Syria’s Bashar Al Assad seems to be swiftly moving towards full control of large parts of the country that he lost over the last six years to various opposition groups. This will very likely improve his chances to remain in power for the time being. Al Assad gains comfort from Donald Trump’s administration current policy towards Syria, as the American president is no longer calling for toppling his regime.Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has also reassured him that his government had no intension to remove him from power. In fact, Netanyahu has said as recently as last...

Making Haj affordable for all is essential

Many people who have committed to perform Haj this year — the most arduous requirement for Muslims — are preparing for the task. Many Muslims save and plan extensively for this journey, while others make the pilgrimage more than once if they are able to.The requirements for performing the pilgrimage are as follows:n They must have maturity and a sound mind, in order to understand the significance of the pilgrimage experience;n They must have the physical capability to travel and perform the pilgrimage rites;n They must demonstrate financial stability, be free of debt, so that they are able to bear...
1 month 3 day

‘Morals and probity are important and I value them’

Gulf News recently caught up with Prashant Bhushan, rights activist and one of India’s leading lawyers. In this exclusive, he walks us through his unusual career, his early interest in environment and anti-corruption drives, his unequivocal opinions on ‘case law judges’, the intriguing Judge Loya case and the current political scenario.GULF NEWS: You have been described as a lawyer, activist and politician. The First Post caricatured you as 2G’s Dabangg (Dabangg, a hit Bollywood film). Play on Dabangg, a fearless crusader, who exposed the 2G Spectrum scandal, senior advocate Colin Gonzales who heads the Human Rights Law Network, New York,...

Why has Corbyn become Israel’s nightmare

Things must be seen in perspective in order to really understand what’s behind the vicious campaign against Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party in the United Kingdom. It is very rare for a western politician to survive what seems to be a well-orchestrated and multi-fronted attack. He has been labelled anti-Semitic. Being the leader of the second-largest party in British parliament after the Conservatives, Jeremy Corbyn could possibly become the next prime minister of UK.Corbyn, a democratic socialist since he entered politics as a trade unionist in 1960s, has always spoken his mind independently from the Labour leadership official...
1 month 5 day

A moment of reckoning for India

Ravi India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day today. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the most followed Indian on social media, unsurprisingly used his twitter handle to ask for ideas for his Independence Day speech. He also happens to be the best dressed prime minister the country has had. And speculation is rife on the head gear he will choose to wear for the event especially after Congress party’s Shashi Tharoor’s comments set off a firestorm. The Independence Day speech is a report card.A listing of the achievements of the government of the day and a peep into the future, a...

West’s Russia policy is inconsistent

There are not many laughs to be had from international diplomacy, but US foreign policy in the age of President Donald Trump provides a grim kind of comedy all the same. Recently, the world’s diplomats allowed themselves a chuckle at the risibly inconsistent US approach to Russia, in which the State Department whacks Moscow with sanctions even as the US president murmurs sweet nothings into the ear of Russian President Vladimir Putin.When it comes to Russia, the US has become the Jekyll and Hyde superpower. Just three weeks ago, Trump stood next to Putin in Helsinki, unable to utter so...