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Jordanian Christian Gunned Down Over Cartoon

Jordanian Christian Gunned Down Over Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prominent Jordanian Christian writer Nahed Hattar was gunned down outside an Amman courthouse on his way to face charges for sharing on Facebook a cartoon portraying Allah and viewed as offensive to Islam. The illustration was titled “God of Daesh”, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.   The

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Hezbollah Takes Up Positions in Syrian Golan Across From Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah’s taking up positions across from Israel, and according to Arab reports, they’re doing so in the guise local militiamen. Might this explain why Hezbollah supports the US-Russian ceasefire. There goes the neighborhood . . . 2. More than 60 members of the European Parliament are pushing soccer’s world governing body, FIFA (Federation Internationale

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Italian Journalist Suspended for Ties to Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel busted Hezbollah terror cells in the West Bank. Members in towns such as Kalkilya were recruited through Facebook by Hezbollah operatives working in Lebanon and Gaza. 2. Following up on Michele Moni — the Italian journalist who duped Israeli political leaders and soldiers into interviews which subsequently appeared on a

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French Telecom Giant Cuts Ties With Israeli Subsidiary

Today’s Top Stories 1. The French telecom giant, Orange, severed ties with its Israeli subsidiary after CEO Stephane Richard provoked a firestorm by saying he’d cut ties with Israel “tomorrow” if not for the huge penalties that would be incurred. Israeli officials demanded the French government denounce Richard’s boycott call. Partner Communications Ltd, which operates Orange’s Israeli

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What Reassurances Did the US Give the PA?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas continues cracking down hard on ISIS supporters. But if ISIS popularity continues to rise in Gaza, it could make for some interesting bedfellows, according to the Financial Times (click via Google News). Some regional analysts now speculate that, were Isis’s influence to expand further in Gaza or Egypt’s adjoining Sinai peninsula,

Palestinians Drop Bid to Kick Israel Out of World Soccer

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians dropped their bid to kick Israel out of international soccer. Haaretz describes the compromise that was reached with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) executives: Then, the Congress passed an amended version of the Palestinian proposal, which called for the formation of a committee to look into freedom of

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Will FIFA Scandal Undermine Palestinians?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The corruption scandal in FIFA (I liked how Vox explained this complicated story), punctuated by the arrest of seven high-level officials, will probably kill Palestinian efforts to kick Israel out of international soccer. The Jerusalem Post explains why: Suspending the Jewish state from international play would have rocked world soccer’s boat, inviting allegations

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Amnesty International Slams Hamas Executions

Today’s Top Stories 1. Amnesty International released a report (summary or full report) on Hamas torture and executions during last year’s Gaza war. According to the report Hamas used Operation Protective Edge as a cover to settle scores with rivals. Many of these unlawful killings were publicly billed as attacks against people assisting Israel during

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Can FIFA Boss Defuse Israel-Palestinian Tensions?

Today’s Top Stories 1. FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter is visiting Jerusalem and Ramallah to defuse Palestinian efforts to kick Israel out of international soccer. Blatter reiterated his opposition to any sanctions, and even suggested a peace match. More background at the JTA and Los Angeles Times. One particular point of friction where the Palestinians think they have

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