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Divided Europe is bad news for Middle East - Dotemirates
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Divided Europe is bad news for Middle East

The Middle East European Common Policy, since its formation in early 1970s, is seriously under threat. The first to be hit is the likely Europe position on Palestine and other major Arab issues. The cohesion of the current European Union (EU) has already begun to show serious signs of cracks — for the first time since its membership expansion in late 1990.In fact, the entire EU Common Policy and unity seems to be under question since some member states are in process of splitting up from the EU. UK was the first to go down this route after the result...


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Who gets to define the meaning of anti-Semitism?

The ruling United States clique selectively ignores certain vital aspects when it comes to protecting and preserving human rights. They view even human rights from a religious or racist angle. That American lawmakers exhibit blatant hypocrisy in this matter is too obvious, but rarely reported.Take the case of the US State Department that recently released a report to the US Congress, identifying any vocal criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, warning that anti-Jewish attitudes and incidents were on the rise worldwide.This was based on a study conducted by Tel Aviv University’s Stephen Roth Institute. The study found an increase in serious...

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...