October 16, 2013: Mid Week News. What They Are Saying

Mid Week News. What They Are Saying

Two Turkish students detained for using Nazi salute on concentration camp visit

Todays Zalman, Turkey –  Two Turkish students were taken into custody in Poland after they allegedly greeted an Israeli student group with a Nazi salute during their visit to a former Nazi concentration camp, the Turkish media reported on Friday.  According to a report by Polish television station TVN24, the incident occurred in Majdanek, a former Nazi concentration camp near the city of Lublin, on Sunday. The report said that two Turkish students visiting the camp encountered a group of students from Israel and addressed them with the notorious Nazi greeting, “Heil Hitler.” Following an official complaint by the Israeli group, the Polish police detained the two Turkish students and referred them to a prosecutor’s office. The two are reportedly being accused of promoting fascist propaganda; they rejected the allegation, telling the prosecutor that what they did was an innocent joke.

Nobel prize ‘should have been mine’, jokes Syria’s Assad

The Jordan Times – Syria’s President Bashar Assad has jokingly said that he should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a pro-Damascus Lebanese newspaper reported on Monday. The prize, which was given to the global chemical weapons watchdog on Friday, “should have been mine”, Assad said, according to Al Akhbar newspaper. Assad made the remark “jokingly”, the daily said, as he commented on the award on Friday of Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which is working in Syria to destroy the Assad regime’s massive chemical arsenal by mid-2014.

Do Not Let Fanatics, Radicals Hijack The Religion Of Islam’

Arab Times, Kuwait – ‘Moderate Muslims Must Denounce Terrorism’ I believe that tolerant and peace-loving Muslims should not keep silent over some of the atrocities committed in their name. Fanatics, extremists and sometimes fraudulent quacks exploit our Islamic culture, heritage and our Muslim identity to promote their twisted ideologies. We as Muslims are supposed to be always fair and just in what we do and what we say. -Khaled Aljenfawi.

Russia says foils plot to attack chemical arms facility

The Daily Star, Lebanon – Russian authorities said on Tuesday they had foiled a plot by Islamist radicals to bomb a chemical weapons facility and had arrested two suspects from the North Caucasus, where Moscow is battling an Islamist insurgency. Militants have previously carried out deadly bombings in Moscow and other parts of Russia outside the mostly Muslim North Caucasus, but specific allegations of plots to attack sites holding weapons of mass destruction in nuclear-armed Russia are almost unheard of. Authorities believe the suspects planned to build a bomb and attack the Maradykovsky chemical weapons storage and disposal facility in the Kirov region, about 1,000 km (620 miles) northeast of Moscow, the Federal Investigative Committee said. “The suspects planned a terrorist attack … that could have risked killing hundreds of people,” it said in a statement.

Kin hurl grenade in bid to stop execution in Iran

Arab News, Saudi Arabia – Family members threw a hand grenade inside an Iranian prison, leaving 28 people injured, in an abortive attempt to prevent an execution, state media reported on Monday. “During the carrying out of a death sentence, family members of a convict launched a grenade attack in Ilam central prison which led to the injuries,” the official IRNA news agency quoted the western province’s police chief, Col. Ali Dolati, as saying. Dolati said that prison staff were among the injured. He said that security personnel overpowered and arrested the assailants before they could detonate a second hand grenade.

Another ‘Terror Tunnel’ from Gaza Destroyed

Arutz Sheva, Israel – IDF engineers working to demolish tunnel as Hamas promises “thousands more.” Only days after the discovery of a “terror tunnel” in southern Israel dug by Gaza-based terrorists, Israeli security forces are working to demolish yet another similar tunnel early Tuesday morning. The latest tunnel – believed to have been dug during last November’s “Pillar of Defense” counter terrorism operation – contained “barrels of explosives,” according to Channel Two. IDF engineers are currently working to destroy the tunnel and its deadly contents. A senior military source was quoted as saying that the latest tunnel was not a new discovery, though it is unclear why it was only being demolished now.

Khomeini’s Granddaughter: I want to start a “color revolution”

Asharq Al Awsat, London – Dress code law must be annulled, says Zahra Eshraghi.  Zahra Eshraghi is an Iranian human rights activist who is well known for her outspoken, feminist views. She also happens to be the granddaughter of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In an exclusive interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Eshraghi gives her view of the situation in the country following the election of moderate leader Hassan Rouhani. She discusses the controversial police enforcement of women’s dress code in Iran, pledging to overthrow the traditional black chador (robe) and ignite a “color revolution.”

 Abbas: No compromise on 1967 borders, Jerusalem

Ma’an News Agency, Palestinian Territories –  President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview [last] Thursday that he will not “compromise on the 1967 borders as the borders for the Palestinian state.” He also said that “there is no peace without Jerusalem as the capital for the state of Palestine.” The remarks were made during an interview broadcast on Palestine Satellite channel as well as al-Falastiniya Satellite Channel, as reported by the official Wafa news agency on Friday. Abbas stressed that the direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis are based on the principle of maintaining the 1967 borders. He added, however, that there remains the possibility of exchanging limited amounts of lands from across either sides of the border.

Turkey’s wall plans face Kurdish opposition

Al Jazeera, Qatar – Kurdish political groups oppose alleged Turkish plan to erect wall near border with Syria. There is a controversy on Turkey’s border with Syria’s biggest Kurdish city of Alqamishly. It started early October when Turkish military excavators started construction work here.  Now the people of Nusaibin, who are also Kurds, accuse the government of digging the foundations to build a wall. They call it the wall of shame … some even compared it to the Berlin Wall. Others bluntly say that this is an attempt aimed at dividing the Kurds on the two sides of the borders.  Work stopped. Not clear why or if it will resume again. The mayor of Nusaybin is quite clear that she and her Peace and Democracy Party, the biggest Kurdish party in Turkey, will not allow that to happen. “This is political … there are no attacks coming from Rojava (or Western Kurdistan, a name Kurds give to Kurdish areas in Syria)” says Ayse Gokkan.

In Israel, Surprise, Anger Over US Aid Cuts to Egypt

Defence News, USA – Experts Warn of Setbacks to Stability, Peace Prospects. At an Oct. 9 evening gathering here [Herzliya] of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), uniformed officers and civilian officials from Israel, Egypt and the 13-nation US-led Sinai-based peacekeeping force were clinging to White House denials of a reported suspension of aid to Cairo. After near-siege conditions during the Muslim Brotherhood’s yearlong rule, MFO officers said their operational environment was starting to stabilize thanks to the new military government’s unprecedented counter terrorism campaign against Islamic militants and jihadist cells in the desert peninsula. Suspension of US aid, MFO sources here warned, could alienate Cairo’s military-led government, harm cooperation with the MFO and potentially threaten more than three decades of Egyptian-Israeli peace. “In the 31 years of dedicated service to our mission in Sinai, the MFO community has never faced the operational challenges of the past year,” said Michael Sternberg, senior MFO representative in Israel.

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