Hours after the death of Saudi Arabia’s ruler, his successor, King Salman, moved quickly on Friday to project a sense of continuity, saying in a televised address that the oil-rich nation, a Western ally that has long played a dominant role in Arab politics, would not change course.
“We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment,” Salman, the former crown prince, declared.
Salman was speaking as leaders from the Muslim world converged in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, for the funeral of Abdullah, his brother. Abdullah steered his deeply conservative land through the turmoil of the Arab Spring and was caught up in the region’s seething rivalries before his death early Friday at 90.
A Palestinian man stabbed and wounded up to a dozen Israelis as he rampaged through a bus in central Tel Aviv during the Wednesday morning rush hour and then fled through nearby streets, the police said. He was shot and wounded by security forces as he tried to escape.
It was unclear whether all the stabbings took place on the bus. At least 15 Israelis were hospitalized, including several who were reported to be in serious condition. The assailant, a Palestinian man in his early 20s from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, was being treated in a hospital and questioned, the police said.
The episode broke a period of relative calm that followed a spate of attacks against Israelis in October and November in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the West Bank that were carried out by Palestinians armed with knives, cleavers and guns, or using vehicles as weapons.
Its going to be interesting to see what comes out of this.
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour speaks to reporters at the United Nations headquarters Friday. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Rick Gladstone and Isabel Kershner THE NEW YORK TIMES
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary examination Friday of possible war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories, the first formal step that could lead to charges against Israelis.
Palestinian officials welcomed the announcement of the inquiry by the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, who described it as required procedure. Israeli officials reacted furiously, calling it an inflammatory action in the protracted dispute with the Palestinians over Israeli-occupied lands.
Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said he would recommend his government not cooperate with the inquiry. He also said Israel would seek to disband the court, which he described as an anti-Israel institution that “embodies hypocrisy and grants a tailwind to terrorism.”
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “Palestine considers this as an important positive step toward achieving justice and ensuring respect for international law.”
From the youtube description,
A senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the Paris attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people. In 2012, FRONTLINE correspondent and Guardian Reporter Ghaith Abdul-Ahad gained rare access inside the group for the FRONTLINE doc “Al Qaeda in Yemen,” presented here in its entirety.
Israel has halted the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinians following their bid to join the International Criminal Court, Israeli officials say.
They said $127m (£82m; €106m) collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority last month would be held back.
The Palestinians submitted documents to join the ICC on Friday in a move opposed by both Israel and the US.
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat condemned the Israeli measure, calling it a “new war crime”.
I was a bit surprised that no one created a page about this story, at least not that I could find. I don’t see how denying reality by catering to “local preferences” is beneficial in any way, except maybe to HarperCollins’ profit margin. Let the customs officials in the Gulf continue crossing Israel off school atlases by hand if they so desire, but catering to that is just… it boggles my mind.
The HarperCollins publishing house apologized for omitting Israel from maps in atlases that it sells to English-speaking schools in the Middle East.
“HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas. This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologizes for this omission and for any offense caused,” it said in a statement released late Wednesday. […]
The apology came less than a day after Collins Bartholomew, a map-publishing company that is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, told The Tablet, an international Catholic news weekly based in London, that including Israel in its “Collins Primary Geography Atlas For The Middle East” would have been “unacceptable” to their customers in the Gulf and that leaving Israel off the maps incorporated “local preferences.” […]
An additional interesting bit of info I just encountered (emphasis added):
HarperCollins Publishers LLC is one of the world’s largest publishing companies and, alongside Hachette, Holtzbrinck/Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster, is part of the “Big Five” English-language publishing companies. Headquartered in New York City, the company is a subsidiary of News Corp.
News agencies on Sunday quoted a police spokesperson, who said that a total of eight people had been taken into custody overnight.
“Eight suspects who belong to Lehava were arrested and detained for questioning on suspicion of offences involving incitement to carry out acts of violence and terror for racist motives,” spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement cited by the AFP news agency.
The Associated Press reported that four of the activists had since been released.
The suspects were arrested in raids across central and southern Israel, as well as the occupied West Bank, Samri said.
Israel has carried out an airstrike on a Hamas site in Gaza, its first against the Palestinian territory since this summer’s war, which ended when a truce was signed in August.
The Israeli military said the airstrike, in the early hours of Saturday morning, was on what it called a “Hamas terror infrastructure site” in the southern Gaza Strip.
Israeli military officials said they had acted in response to a rocket having been fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Friday without causing any injuries.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said Israel’s military “will not permit any attempt to undermine the security and jeopardize the well-being of the civilians of Israel. The Hamas terrorist organisation is responsible and accountable for today’s attack against Israel.”
Here’s the original tweet I saw that alerted me to this story, The picture was not included in the article.
I’m glad Adam Everett Livix was caught. who knows how many innocent lives had been saved. Certainly this terrorist attack had it been successful would have been another sad addition to the Palestinian Israeli conflict.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has indicted a 30-year-old American Christian for plotting to blow up Muslim holy places in Jerusalem.
The Ministry of Justice said Tuesday that a court had indicted Adam Everett Livix in connection with the plot.
It said that Livix had cooperated with his roommate, a serving soldier in the Israeli military, to obtain 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds) of explosive material to use to blow up the unidentified Jerusalem holy places. The ministry said the plot was discovered by a police agent in October.
It said that Livix was indicted on Monday and is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
Livix’s indictment comes at a time of rising tensions in Jerusalem, mostly over a disputed holy site that is holy both to Muslims and Jews.
My Friend Curious Lurker asked that I page this for her since she’s unable to at the moment.
Personally I’m glad she told me about this. Seems there are a lot of issues with human rights and democracy in Jordan. I hadn’t even heard about this before. Nabih Bulos reports.
Jordan’s Parliament is no stranger to tumult, having hosted scenes of enraged members chucking ashtrays at each other and even pulling out guns during heated arguments.
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But this week’s performance was a stunner even by the legislature’s raucous standards.
On Tuesday, a three-way shouting match in Amman culminated in a walkout of all female representatives after an exasperated male colleague told them to “go put on makeup for [their] husbands,” according to a video of the session released by local broadcaster Roya News.
The sexist tirade emerged from a heated discussion about the Muslim Brotherhood, the pan-Arab political movement. One lawmaker, Abdul Majid Aqtash, who is pro-Brotherhood, criticized the government’s recent arrest of a prominent member of the group, the third arrested in recent months.