Tag Archives: UNRWA


Congress Cuts $80 Million in PA Aid

Congress Cuts $80 Million in PA Aid

Today’s Top Stories 1. US sends ‘message’ to Abbas with $80 million aid cut. 2. Israel and Jordan “agreed” to 24/7 surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount. I qualified that word because, according to the Washington Post, the holy site’s already monitored that way: However, it is unclear exactly how the proposed addition of more cameras


Calm Returns to Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on the Temple Mount for three days. Shortly before Rosh HaShanah, the new year’s day on the Jewish calendar, police received intelligence that Palestinians were preparing piles of stones and barricades in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to cause violence over the holiday. CNN writes: Israeli officers said that


IAEA Needs Money to Inspect Iranian Sites

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says it needs more money to inspect Iran sites. 2. Lebanon’s garbage crisis continues. The Jerusalem Post reports fears that Hezbollah is trying to hijack the You Stink protest movement. And AFP’s Sara Hussein reports how dismal the situation is: 3. A Hamas military court


Lebanon on the Brink Over Garbage Protests

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s teetering on the brink of chaos. The government’s too paralyzed to respond to a national garbage crisis, and foreign leaders are calling on Prime Minister Tammam Salam not to resign, which he has hinted to do in recent days. What started as a protest against uncollected garbage and a shortage


Hunger-Striking Prisoner in Coma

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mohammed Allaan was in a coma after losing consciousness on Friday. Allaan, accused of membership in Islamic Jihad, has been protesting his incarceration without trial, a controversial legal status Israel calls “administrative detention.” Islamic Jihad threatened if Allaan dies, the cease-fire is over. Meanwhile, the former US commander of the Guantanamo Bay


ICC Prosecutor Rejects Reopening Probe of Mavi Marmara

Today’s Top Stories 1. Sanity prevails in The Hague: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court rejected an order to reopen her probe into flotilla deaths during the 2010 Israeli intercept of the Mavi Marmara. Times of Israel coverage. 2. Meet George Deek, Israel’s highest ranking Christian Arab diplomat. 3. There was an interesting


Israel to Nusra Front: Don’t Mess With Druze

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Hamas reportedly discussing a 5-year truce. YNet writes: The truce proposal is said to stipulate that Israel allow the construction of a floating sea port off the Gaza coast, to be subject to Israeli or international supervision.   In return, Hamas would agree to cease fire for five years,


Palestinian Refugees Join Syrian Jihadists

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Sydney Morning Herald takes a look at a Palestinian refugee camp from which a lot of Palestinian youth leave to join Al-Qaida affiliates in Syria. Why have 52 young adults from UNRWA-administered refugee camps like Ain al-Hilweh died fighting with the Islamists? The overcrowded camp 40 kilometres south of Beirut


Palestinian Activist Wages War on the UNRWA

Today’s Top Stories 1. Shots were fired at the Israeli embassy in Athens during the weekend. According to Greek media reports, the anarchist Popular Fighters Group is believed to be responsible. A total of 56 shots were fired at the embassy building on Friday. Nobody was hurt. Israel blamed PA incitement for the attack. 2.