OpEd: Middle East Studies Association’s Betrayal of Academic Freedom

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San Diego Jewish World

By Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D Richard L. Cravatts BOCA RATON, Florida — Unsurprisingly for an organization whose membership has been perennially hostile to Israel, members of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) voted at their recent annual meeting to advance a resolution endorsing an academic boycott of Israeli academics to a full membership vote in 2022. The sententious language of the MESA boycott resolution, which ironically purports to protect academic freedom, asserts that there is evidence of “successive Israeli governments’ systematic violations of the human rights of Palestinians… Continue reading “OpEd: Middle East Studies Association’s Betrayal of Academic Freedom”

Smash Summit 12 invites prove a new Melee meta is on the horizon

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Inven Global

Smash Summit is one of Melee most’s watched events of the year. In addition to featuring the best Melee talent in the world, Beyond the Summit’s signature event uniquely channels the chill of a friendly kick-back with side events and the notorious Mafia matches after hours. It’s the sitcom staple of Melee heads. As Smash Summit 12’s Decem 9-12th start day grows nearer, the final list of invited players has been confirmed. 11 invited and qualified players at Smash Summit 12Hungrybox – JigglypuffPipsqueak – FoxWizzrobe – Captain FalconSFAT – FoxiBDW – FoxKoDoRiN – MarthGinger – FalcoaMSa … Continue reading “Smash Summit 12 invites prove a new Melee meta is on the horizon”

PA sends Covid swabs to Israel to test for Omicron

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Palestinian Authorities’ s health ministry has sent some 100 coronavirus test samples to Israel, where it can be determined if the new Omicron variant is present, according to Haaretz. Dr. Mai al-Kila told Voice of Palestine radio that the Palestinian Authority suspects that the variant is present in the West Bank. According to the health minister, medical facilities in the West Bank are unable to test for the new variant, as a result, the test had to be sent to the Sheba Medical Center, in Israel. To date, no cases of the new Omicron variant have been identified in the West Bank, although cas… Continue reading “PA sends Covid swabs to Israel to test for Omicron”

‫انضمت المملكة العربية السعودية إلى أكثر من 100 دولة في استقبال الزوار الذين تلقوا تطعيماً بلقاح “سبوتنيك V” عقب عمل مكثف من جانب وزارة الصحة في المملكة والصندوق الروسي للاستثمارات المباشرة، بدعم من وزارة الاستثمار السعودية

موسكو, 5 ديسمبر / كانون أول 2021 /PRNewswire/ — يعلن الصندوق الروسي للاستثمارات المباشرة (صندوق الثروة السيادية لروسيا) أن المملكة العربية السعودية منحت الموافقة على دخول الأفراد الذين تلقوا تطعيماً بلقاح “سبوتنيك V” الروسي اعتباراً من 1 يناير من عام 2022.

انضمت المملكة العربية السعودية إلى 101 دولة أخرى وافقت على دخول الأفراد الذين تلقوا تطعيماً بلقاح “سبوتنيك V” عقب التعاون والنقاشات المكثفة بين وزارة الصحة السعودية والصندوق الروسي للاستثمارات المباشرة، بدعم من وزارة الاستثمار في المملكة. وكان منح الموافقة على زيارة المطعمين بلقاح “سبوتنيك V” للمملكة العربية السعودية والخطوات المشتركة التالية في مواجهة الجائحة محور الاجتماع بين وزير الصحة السعودي فهد الجلاجل ووزير الاستثمار السعودي خالد الفالح والرئيس التنفيذي للصندوق الروسي للاستثمارات المباشرة كيريل دميترييف في الرياض في وقت سابق من شهر نوفمبر الجاري.

سيمكن القرار الذي تم التوصل إليه المسلمين من جميع أنحاء العالم الذين تلقوا تطعيماً بلقاح “سبوتنيك V” من المشاركة في أداء مناسك الحج والعمرة.

سيطلب من الأشخاص الذين تلقوا تطعيماً بلقاح “سبوتنيك V” عند دخول البلاد الخضوع لحجر صحي لمدة 48 ساعة وإجراء اختبار PCR.

تظهر الدول التي تفتح حدودها أمام المطعمين بلقاح “سبوتنيك V” العزم على مساعدة قطاع السياحة وأنشطة الأعمال فيها على التعافي بشكل أسرع. ومع فتح المملكة العربية السعودية حدودها أمام الأشخاص الذين تلقوا تطعيماً بلقاح “سبوتنيك V“، سيلعب هذا القرار دوراً مهماً في زيادة التدفقات السياحية وإقامة علاقات جديدة في نطاق الأعمال بين روسيا والمملكة، بما في ذلك من خلال أنشطة المجلس الاقتصادي الروسي السعودي.

يهدف المجلس الذي تم تأسيسه في عام 2019 إلى تطوير العلاقات الاقتصادية والتجارية الثنائية وكذلك الاستثمارات بين روسيا والمملكة العربية السعودية في جميع القطاعات. ويشارك في رئاسة المجلس الرئيس التنفيذي للصندوق الروسي للاستثمارات المباشرة كيريل دميترييف وصاحب السمو الملكي الأمير عبد الله بن بندر بن عبد العزيز وزير الحرس الوطني في المملكة.

وبوجه عام، يعد الفصل بين ترخيص اللقاحات المضادة لفيروس كورونا وشهادات التطعيم خطوة مهمة أخرى لتجنب التمييز ضد اللقاحات ودعم جهود الحكومات في إعادة فتح الحدود بأمان لكل من السكان المحليين والسائحين.

المتطلبات الرئيسة لـ 102 دولة تسمح بالزيارات بعد تلقي التطعيم بلقاح “سبوتنيك V“[1]:

Ø  يمكن للأفراد الذين تلقوا تطعيماً بلقاح “سبوتنيك V” زيارة ما يصل إلى 31 دولة دون الحاجة لأي موافقة إضافية تتعلق بكوفيد -19،

Ø  تطلب 71 دولة أخرى وجود نتيجة سلبية لاختبار PCR أو نتيجة إيجابية لفحص الأجسام المضادة أو لديها متطلبات إضافية عند الدخول.

تطلب 15 دولة فقط لقاحات أخرى لا تشمل اللقاح “سبوتنيك V“. وتعتمد 5 دول منها فقط (تمثل أقل من 9% من رحلات السفر الدولية)، بما في ذلك الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية (تمثل أقل من 3%)، بشكل كامل على قائمة منظمة الصحة العالمية للقاحات المعتمدة والتي من المتوقع أن يدرج اللقاح “سبوتنيك V” ضمنها خلال العام الجاري.

المصادر: وزارات الدول المعنية والمواقع السياحية.                           

[1]من المطلوب توفر تأشيرة و(أو) تصريح دخول آخر، كما يجب على الشخص تلبية المتطلبات الأخرى غير المتعلقة بقيود فيروس كورونا. ويستند تحليل فرص الدخول إلى المتطلبات بالنسبة لسكان معظم الدول، وقد لا يعكس القيود أو التسهيلات المطبقة لدول أو فئات محددة. هناك 27 دولة لا تزال حدودها مغلقة أمام الزوار من معظم البلدان الأخرى.

President Abbas arrives in Algeria on official visit

President Mahmoud Abbas arrived today evening in the Algerian capital on an official visit.

The president was received at Houari Boumediene Airport by his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and a number of officials.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Israel orders Jordan Valley families to leave homes for military training

Israeli occupation authorities ordered today a number of Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley region, in the northeast of the occupied West Bank, to leave their homes for 10 days to make way for Israeli military training in the area.

Witnesses told WAFA that the Israeli occupation army handed notices to a number of families in the village of Ibzeq, located to the east of Tubas town, ordering them to leave their homes as of today and for 10 days in order to make way for the training.

This means the families will remain outdoors in the extreme winter conditions or aim to find alternative accommodation elsewhere until the end of the Israeli military exercises.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C, under full Israeli military control.

Nearly 20 percent of the occupied West Bank has been declared “firing zones” since the 1970s, but according to the UN, some 80 percent of these areas are not in fact used for military training.

However, when military training takes place, Israel forces families to leave their homes for hours or days at a time until the drill is over.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Palestinian prisoner Kayed al-Fasfous set free after 131 days of hunger strike

Palestinian political prisoner Kayed al-Fasfous was set free from Israeli detention today after he concluded 131 days of hunger strike last month in protest of his detention without charge or trial.

On November 23, Fasfous ended his hunger strike after an agreement was reached to end his administrative detention in Israel and release him this month.

Fasfous was freed at an Israeli checkpoint to the south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, and was welcomed by Palestinian political and security officials as well as representatives of factions.

He has served a total of five years in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, and reportedly lost about 45 kg of weight during his hunger strike.

There are 4,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, about 500 of whom are serving administrative detention order, without charge or trial.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Foreign Ministry: “Israel’s official adoption of ‘killers’ is a call on international community to redefine terrorism

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates called today on the international community to reconsider the definition of terrorism, after the Israeli government’s officials praised the police officers who killed Palestinian young man Mohammad Salima in Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate plaza yesterday.

In a press statement, the Foreign Ministry urged officials in the international community “to start a comprehensive review and reformulate the definition of terrorism and its annexes, and not leave the matter to Israel as an occupying and apartheid state to formulate this definition.”

The statement was in response to comments by the Israel Police which lauded the “vigilance and rapid response” of the officers who shot Salima dead, as well as remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also praised the officers for acting “quickly and determinedly.”

The ministry pointed out that it was following up on this crime in all its aspects in preparation for submitting it to the International Criminal Court, which the former expects to act immediately and not be subjected to blackmail by Israel and all the major powers that stand on its side.

“These positions constitute a green light for the occupation soldiers to continue committing more crimes against Palestinian citizens,” the statement read, as it condemned Israeli officials and blamed them for this extrajudicial crime, and for other crimes committed against our Palestinian people.

The Ministry noted that the international community’s fear of criticizing Israel, the occupying power, reflects a major imbalance in the relationship between the international community and Israel.

The statement urged the international community to assume its responsibilities regarding the Israeli occupation and not give in to the fait accompli imposed by the latter.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Israel forces a Palestinian to demolish own home in Jerusalem

A Palestinian citizen from the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher embarked today on demolishing his own home after was pressured to do so by the all-Israeli municipality of Jerusalem, according to local sources.

Hasan Burajiya, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority’s Anti-Settlement Commission, told WAFA that Mohammad Amira was forced to demolish his own home, located in the Wadi Al-Hummus district of Sur Baher neighborhood, after the Israeli municipality issued a demolition order against it under the pretext it was built without a permit.

He added that he had no option but to demolish the home himself in order to avoid paying unreasonable demolition costs to the Israeli municipality in the event it carries out the demolition.

In July 2019, Israeli occupation authorities demolished 77 residential apartments in Wadi Al-Hummus under the pretext that they were close to the Israeli segregation barrier, which separates Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians in Jerusalem say they are forced to build without a permit because getting a building permit is impossible as the right-wing mayor and city council attempt to keep the city’s Palestinian population at a bare minimum while multiplying its Jewish residents by approving the construction of thousands of new housing units in Jewish settlements.

Almost 75 percent of applications for a permit by the Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem are rejected by the municipality, according to rights groups.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Jordan stresses need for real prospect to resolve Palestinian cause

Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi has underscored the need to find a real prospect for resolving the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution, which embodies the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with occupied Jerusalem as its capital.

In a dialogue session during the Rome Conference for Mediterranean Dialogues, Safadi warned that the current situation was unsustainable, as a political horizon is absent and the economic challenges facing the Palestinian people and the Palestinian National Authority are exacerbated.

Safadi also stressed the need to continue providing financial support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), pointing out that the continuing financial deficit in its budget hinders its ability to provide vital services to refugees, including education for more than 560,000 students.

He affirmed that the Palestinian issue will remain a priority for Jordan, pointing to his country’s relentless efforts aimed at launching effective and productive peaceful efforts to resolve the conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.

Safadi warned that undermining the two-state solution “will make the reality of one state the only outcome, and this reality will be ugly, as it will perpetuate an apartheid state.”

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Occupation army raid home of Palestinian martyr Mohammad Salima

RAMALLAH, Israeli occupation forces today raided the house of the family of Palestinian martyr Mohammad Shawkat Salima, 25, who was shot dead yesterday by Israeli Police in the Damascus Gate area in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Scores of Israeli soldiers stormed the city of Salfit, in the center of the occupied West Bank where the house is located, raided and searched the house and interrogated its residents for a few hours and detained one of them, Ahmad, Salima’s brother.

The Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters and stun grenades in the vicinity of the house, but no injuries were reported.

Last night, the UN Human Rights Office in Palestine (OHCHR) said it was shocked by the extra-judicial execution of Mohammad Shawkat Salimah by the Israeli occupation forces at Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem a few hours earlier.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRC) said the Israeli occupation forces denied access of its medics to the site of the shooting incident to provide Salima with first aid, shortly before he was announced dead.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

Weather: Drop in temperature, evening showers

Partly cloudy skies and moderate to slightly cold conditions are expected today in Palestine with a drop in temperature and with a chance of scattered rain showers, accompanied by occasional thunderstorms, over some areas in the evening, according to the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD).

Winds are southwesterly to westerly, moderate to active, and sea waves are medium to high.

Temperature in the capital, Jerusalem, and in Bethlehem is expected to reach a high of 16°C and a low of 10°C, and in Ramallah and Hebron a high of 15°C and a low of 9°C. In Jericho, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan Valley, temperature is expected to reach a high of 24°C and a low of 16°C, while it is expected to reach a high of 22°C and a low of 15°C in Gaza and the coastal areas.

No change in temperature is expected on Monday, and partially cloudy skies are expected to prevail.

Temperature rises on Tuesday, but is expected to significantly drop on Wednesday, with a high chance of rain and thunderstorms over the northern and central areas of the country.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency