B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

Jerusalem – VIJAY SHAH via the Jerusalem Post An Israeli politician has called on the country’s most senior government lawyer to dismantle a human rights organisation in the country after its leader spoke up on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reports. Nava Boker, a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) allied with the secular centre-right Likud party, issued a request to the Attorney General, Aluf Avichai Mandelblit, to order the closing down of human rights group B’Tselem after its director-general, Hagai El-Ad, spoke on the Palestinian crisis in front of the United Nations Security Council … Continue reading B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

IJNET: Mentoring clinic for MENA media startups launched

Amman – VIJAY SHAH via IFCJ Are you a #MENA journalist with a digital media startup? Apply to @IJNetArabic’s Mentoring Center to gain the skills and resources you need to move your project forward: https://t.co/K7PUle3xOY pic.twitter.com/7AfQoSkYGr — ICFJ (@ICFJ) May 28, 2018   The International Journalists’ Network (IJNet)’s Arabic division has launched a new service from its mentoring centre designed to help journalists in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region set up or further develop their media startups, the International Center for Journalists has reported. The year-long programme, aimed at entrepreneurs developing the next generation of technologically-rich Arabic … Continue reading IJNET: Mentoring clinic for MENA media startups launched

BAHRAIN ACTIVISTS: Human rights group appeals for release of detained brothers

Manama – VIJAY SHAH As the government of Bahrain is being slammed for widespread human rights violations against protesters calling for greater transparency and democratic rights, a U.S. based charity is calling for the release of two young brothers detained by authorities in the Middle Eastern ‘oil state’ for activism and pro-democracy demands. Ahmed AlArab and Ali AlArab are facing arbitrary detention and were #tortured over allegations stemming from the escape of a group of individuals from #Bahrain’s notorious #Jau prison in January 2017 @ADHRB https://t.co/Hc7XaEGLs8 pic.twitter.com/BRsQOkoqCV — IFEX (@IFEX) February 18, 2018   Activist group Americans for Democracy & … Continue reading BAHRAIN ACTIVISTS: Human rights group appeals for release of detained brothers

SYRIA CONFLICT: Israeli fighter jet shot down in large-scale assault

Damascus – VIJAY SHAH via JUDITH VONBERG and The Independent A fighter jet belonging to the Israeli air force participating in air strikes in Syria has reportedly been shot down while taking part in large scale anti-drone attacks against weaponry allegedly supplied by Iran, the UK’s Independent newspaper reported earlier today. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) plane was part of a bombing raid on Iranian and Syrian-operated targets on Syrian soil including an aerial defence system. According to the Independent, the raid targeted twelve such targets, and the IDF reported that one of the F-16 bombers was knocked out, severely … Continue reading SYRIA CONFLICT: Israeli fighter jet shot down in large-scale assault

FIGHTBACK AGAINST DAESH: Syrian forces take back large areas of Manbij

Manbij, SYRIA VIJAY SHAH via The Jerusalem Post & Reuters   In breaking news, the Israeli English-language newspaper The Jerusalem Post reports via the Reuters news agency that Syrian forces, with backing from the American military have succeeded in taking back forty per cent of the city of Manbij, which was previously part of the self-declared ‘caliphate’ of Daesh (so-called Islamic State). The city lies in the Aleppo governorate, thirty miles from the Euphrates river in north Syria, and is around 40-50 kilometres from the Turkish border. Manbij had witnessed heavy fighting and casualties in the past few months as the … Continue reading FIGHTBACK AGAINST DAESH: Syrian forces take back large areas of Manbij