Genocide — the Sequel: now Muslims are the target

People hold banners as they stage a demonstration near the US Capitol building to protest against massacres carried out by the Myanmar military against Rohingya people one year ago, on 25 August, 2018 in Washington, United States [Yasin Öztürk/Anadolu Agency]
We are approaching that time of year when people of many faiths and none come together in unity to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which serves as a stark reminder of how genocidal regimes throughout history have crushed communities by “othering”, marginalising and ultimately murdering minority groups. This year not only marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where more than one million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis, but also the 25th anniversary of the Serbian genocide of Bosnians in Srebrenica. The cries of “Never again” are linked indelibly to the Holocaust, which witnessed the ideological and systematic industrialised mass murder of millions of European Jews — as well as Gypsies, disabled people, dissidents, trade […]

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Soleimani killing: Iran seeking US prosecution in ICC

People gather to protest the US air strike in Iraq that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani on 6 January, 2020 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]
Iran has expressed its intention to file charges against the US President Donald Trump at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague over the January 3 assassination of its top commander Qassem Soleimani. “We intend to file lawsuits in the Islamic Republic, Iraq and The Hague Court [International Court of Justice] against the military and government of America and against Trump,” Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaeili, said during a press conference last week. “There is no doubt that the US military has done a terrorist act assassinating Guards Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani and Second-in-Command of Iraq Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis” Esmaeili continued. Since the killing, Iran’s leadership has vowed political, military, and legal revenge for what […]

Yemen police find kidnapped 9-year-old girl with severed tongue

Civilians, who fled from the ongoing civil war where numerous civilian killed, are seen during their daily lives despite many difficulties at Al-Raqah refugee camp in Amran province of northern Sanaa, Yemen on 24 November 2019. [ Mohammed Hamoud - Anadolu Agency ]
A 9-year-old Yemeni girl who was kidnapped last week in the capital Sanaa has been discovered with clear signs of torture on her body, including a severed tongue. Lujain Mohammed was reported missing three days previously, prompting a search in the city, which is under the control of the Houthi-aligned National Salvation Government. According to Al-Mashhad Al-Yemeni, local sources said the girl was found abandoned next to a rubbish bin next to a zoo, south of the capital. She reportedly had burn marks on her body and her tongue had been cut out, showing clear signs of psychological distress. The perpetrators are yet to be identified. Yemen: 70 killed in alleged Houthi attack on military camp The New Arab also […]

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Italy’s Salvini makes pro-Israel pledge in election bid

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini [Stefano Rellandini/Reuters]
One of Europe’s most prominent far-right politicians has pledged to make radical changes in support for Israel if he is elected as the next Prime Minister of Italy. In an interview with Israel Hayom, the frontrunner for Italy’s top job, Matteo Salvini, pledged to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; criminalise the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign; adopt the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism; and make the EU more pro-Israel. Asked if Italy would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital once he became Prime Minister, Salvini replied: “Yes. Absolutely.” He was equally empathic on whether the EU should ban BDS as “anti-Semitic”. The IHRA definition of anti-Semitism has been weaponised by pro-Israel Lobby groups, the original drafter […]

Jordan parliament bans import gas from Israel

Jordanian parliament in session [file photo]
After days of anger towards the gas deal with Israel, on Sunday Jordanian parliament approved a draft motion stipulating a ban on importing gas from the Israeli occupation, Al Jazeera reported. The motion, according to Al Jazeera, was sent to the government to approve as a law. According to Al Jazeera, Parliament Speaker Atef Tarawneh announced that the majority of the MPs approved the motion, and sent it to the government to be made law, as a matter of urgency. This measure came amidst wide-scale popular protests in the Jordanian streets against the gas deal, which, Jordanians argue, renders their energy sector under the mercy of the Israeli “enemy” and allows the kingdom to be subjected to Israeli “extortion”. READ: […]

16 US soldiers flown to Kuwait hospital after Iran strike

Iraqi sites published photos that they said were leaked from inside the Al-Asad base, in Anbar Province, after the Iranian missile strike, in retaliation for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. [Arabi21]
A leading Arabic-language newspaper in Kuwait reported yesterday that 16 US servicemen were transferred to a US military hospital in Kuwait following Iran’s retaliatory missile attack against the Ain Al-Assad Air Base in Iraq earlier this month. Some of the casualties were suffering from severe burns and others had shrapnel wounds. The Iranian air strikes targeted two sites in response to the US assassination of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on 3 January. Al-Qabas quoted informed sources saying that the troops had been flown into a hospital at Camp Arjifan in Ahmed Al-Jaber Air Base under tight security. The source added that the injured soldiers have undergone surgery and are being kept in the ICU at the hospital. […]

Hamas denies rift with Egypt over Haniyeh’s Iran visit 

Ismail Haniyeh press conference in Gaza, on 10 November 2019 [Mohammed Asad-Middle East Monitor]
The tour of Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, is going ahead according to the plans and objectives set by the Palestinian resistance movement, Taher Al-Nono, Haniyeh’s media advisor, revealed on Sunday. In a press release, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, Al-Nono announced: “This tour is aimed at mobilising political support for the Palestinian cause, particularly the status quo in Jerusalem, amid the Israeli aggression on the city and the ‘deal of the century’.” Regarding Hamas’ relations with Egypt, Al-Nono divulged that it is “pivotal” to the Palestinian cause and people, and denied that there was a rift between his movement and Egypt, over Haniyeh’s visit to Iran. Hamas’ ties with Egypt “have reached a state of stability, cooperation […]

Turkish coastguard hits Syrian refugees

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