BBC Arabic has still not paid contributors some ten days after being publicly shamed on live TV by one of its interview guests. Meanwhile, the BBC has settled a dispute with around a dozen employees at its Istanbul bureau who had been on strike because of below inflation pay rises over two years.
A Moroccan activist with the number 489 written on her shirt, in reference to article 489 of the penal code, which punishes homosexuality with by up to three years in jail. (AFP via Getty/ FADEL SENNA) The head of literacy at Morocco’s ministry of endowments and Islamic affairs has been fired for simply mentioning sexual orientation in adult learning materials.
Palestinians held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons announced they will boycott Israeli court hearings as of 1 January. The announcement was confirmed by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club association on Sunday. The move comes in protest against the Israeli policy of administrative detention, which gives Israeli military authorities the powers to detain Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable periods of up to six months.
Gazans have welcomed the New Year with a barrage of Israeli strikes targeting alleged military sites in Khan Younis city in the south of the besieged coastal enclave. Residents of the impoverished strip told The New Arab that they were "terrified" of being dragged into a new military escalation with Israel and have "lost all hope" of living in peace.
Five people were killed and five others injured on Saturday in the Rumaila area near the southern Iraqi city of Basra when a land mine dating back to the 1980s exploded, an Iraqi security source has said. Dozens of people have been killed and injured by mines and IEDs planted across Iraq in previous conflicts.
Palestinian detainee Hisham Abu Hawash who has been on hunger strike for 136 days could die at any moment, his brother told The New Arab on Thursday. The 40-year-old, a father of five, has been refusing food since August, in protest of his detention without charge for more than a year.
From Alaa Abdel Fattah’s highly anticipated book written from his prison cell, to Hala Alyan’s and Layla AlAmmar’s critically acclaimed new novels and Mohammed El-Kurd’s lauded poetry collection, not to mention a new release by award-winning author Rabih Alameddine – 2021 was certainly a fantastic year for Arab writers.
Residents of the besieged Gaza Strip have told The New Arab of their hopes for a more peaceful and prosperous year after 2021 was marred by death and destruction at the hands of Israel. An Israeli bombing campaign on Gaza in May killed more than 250 Palestinians and injured thousands.
CAIRO – Veteran Egyptian journalist Khaled El-Balshy has told The New Arab that heis due to be interrogated next week after a number of citizens filed legal complaints against him for allegedly running fake news. Balshy said he received a phone call from the prosecution’s office on Sunday, ordering him to present himself at the office the following day.
Palestinians have strongly criticised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to meet with Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz earlier this week. Palestinian official Hussein al-Shaikh said Abbas met Gantz on Tuesday to strengthen economic and security ties. Their talks mark the highest-level public meetings between Abbas and an Israeli minister since Israel's new government was formed in June.
The Israeli army on Wednesday wounded three farmers working near the Gaza-Israel border fence in the east of the besieged coastal enclave, Palestinian medical and security sources said. Israeli artillery targeted about six military outposts belonging to Hamas, the security sources said. The shelling came after a Palestinian sniper shot an Israeli soldier stationed near the fence.
Israel demolished two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday after the Israeli municipality said the owners did not have building permits. Bulldozers demolished one house in the Jabal al-Mukabber and another in Silwan, local sources told The New Arab. The demolition sparked clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, local media reported, with the army firing rubber bullets and tear gas towards the demonstrators.
Gaza residents have told The New Arab that they fear the rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, given the enclave's dilapidated health sector. The Hamas-run health ministry said Sunday that it had identified Gaza's first Omicron case. Hady Al-Shafay, a resident of Al-Shati refugee camp in the west of Gaza City, told The New Arab that he thought the discovery of the Omicron case in the densely populated enclave meant that many more people could have been infected by the highly transmissible coronavirus variant.
Israeli forces on Tuesday opened fire towards a group of Palestinian farmers close to a fence separating besieged Gaza from Israel. Israeli soldiers forced the farmers to leave their lands in the eastern part of Deir Al-Balah, central Gaza, sources told The New Arab. Mohammed Baraka, who owns a nine-dunum farm (two acres) close to the Israel border, told The New Arab that Israeli forces regularly open fire when farmers attempt to plant new crops.
Protests and clashes took place in villages across the West Bank on Sunday evening and Monday, in response to repeated settler attacks and raids on Palestinian communities, particularly in the town of Burqa near Nablus. Israeli soldiers and settlers fired live ammunition, tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber coated bullets against Palestinian protesters, who threw rocks and burnt tires in response.
CAIRO – Egypt’s Supreme Council of Universities decided on Sunday to prohibit students who had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 to access first term exams due to take place in universities next month, Egyptian media have reported. Students who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons must submit a negative PCR test every three days, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm has reported.
Groups of Israeli settlers on Thursday uprooted hundreds of olive trees in the south of the occupied West Bank, local residents told The New Arab. Ahmed Hamada, a father-of-three from Yatta, a town south of Hebron, said that the settlers uprooted about 60 olive trees from his farm.
Sudan's Central Doctors Committee (SCDC) have called for medical professionals across the country to join the effort to treat injured protesters after Sudanese security forces violently cracked down on mass pro-democracy rallies on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of people nationwide marched against the 25 October military takeover in "roaring, massive and majestic protests" on Sunday, the SCDC said.
The body of an Egyptian nurse was found cut in half in Egypt's Northern Sinai on Tuesday, according to residents. The lower half of Ahmed Al-Kiki's body was found thrown in a pile of garbage in the Sinai city of Al-Arish, local sources told The New Arab’s sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank town of Sileh Harethiyeeh near Jenin, on Sunday night, clashing with armed Palestinians and handing six Palestinian families demolition orders for their homes. Israeli soldiers at dawn stormed Sileh Harethiyeh and arrested four Palestinians including two brothers, accused of carrying out a shooting between Nablus and Jenin on Thursday which left one Israeli settler dead and two others injured.