Top Stories Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:32:23 +0000 en-gb Bahrain’s expelling citizens at alarming rate to quell dissent: Amnesty Amnesty International has warned against an alarming surge in the expulsion of Bahraini citizens stripped of their nationality, saying the Manama regime's practice is aimed at suppressing dissent in the tiny Persian Gulf state.

According to Press TV, in a report released on Monday, the UK-based rights group described the deportation of individuals who have had their citizenship arbitrarily revoked as a “chilling development” that reflects the “wider erosion of human rights” in Bahrain over the past few years.

“Expulsion increasingly appears to be the Bahraini authorities’ weapon of choice when it comes to casting out ‘unwanted’ individuals and silencing dissent,” said James Lynch, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Amnesty International.

Lynch further called on Manama to stop all planned expulsions and allow those already deported to return and reinstate their nationality instead of forcing citizens to leave the country contrary to the international law.

Eleven Bahrainis are at risk of imminent expulsion this week over the accusation of harming state security if their deportation orders are upheld by appeals courts.

Last year, Bahrain witnessed a 10-fold increase in nationality revocations with 208 people stripped of their nationality in 2015, compared with just 21 recorded in 2014.

The report was published amid ongoing crackdown on dissent in Bahrain with rights groups repeatedly criticizing the Al Khalifa regime for handing down long-term sentences to anti-regime protesters and activists.


Top Stories Wed, 09 Mar 2016 07:13:10 +0000
Zionist regime’s forces martyr Palestinian in southern Tel Aviv Zionist regime’s military forces have fatally shot a young Palestinian man who they said went on a stabbing spree along the Tel Aviv waterfront, killing an American national and wounding more than a dozen other people.

According to Press TV quoting Safa news agency, Zionist soldiers shot and martyred the Palestinian youth, identified as 22-year-old Bashar Masalha and a resident of the town of Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank, on Tuesday in the Jaffa Port area of the city.

At least 14 people were allegedly wounded; and the American said to have been killed was identified by the US State Department as 29-year-old Taylor Allen Force, a US army veteran.

On Wednesday morning, an Israeli man sustained moderate injuries after unknown armed men opened fire on a bus carrying illegal settlers in the Israeli-occupied old city of al-Quds.

Israeli forces immediately cordoned off the site of the attack, and ambulance workers were dispatched to the area to ferry the wounded to a nearby hospital.

Separately, an unnamed Israeli intelligent agent lost his life in a non-hostile incident close to the border fence with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Palestinian teenager was shot and martyred after he allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli man near the city of Petah Tikva, situated 10.6 kilometers (6.59 miles) east of Tel Aviv.


Top Stories Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:53:25 +0000
Bahraini cleric loses in regime's appeals court A Bahraini appellate court has upheld an imprisonment verdict against prominent Shia cleric Seyyed Kamel al-Hashimi.

According to Press TV, Hashimi was sentenced by the Manama regime to a total of three years in jail - two years for insulting the Bahraini king in public, and one year for inciting anti-regime sentiments among the Shia people - during a Friday prayer speech in Bani Jamrah area.

Another Shia cleric, Sheikh Ali Salman, the Secretary General of Bahrain’s main opposition bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, was arrested on December 28, 2014 after Manama accused him of seeking regime change and collaborating with foreign powers.

On June 16, 2015, a Bahraini court sentenced Salman to four years in prison on charges such as insulting the Bahraini Interior Ministry and inciting others to break the law. He was acquitted of seeking regime change.

Two weeks ago, a regime court gave a one-year prison sentence to Ibrahim Sharif, the Secretary General of the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad), for “inciting hatred against the political regime.”

Sharif was first found guilty of the charges in 2011 over his involvement in the popular uprising that began to engulf the country earlier that year. He then started to serve a five-year sentence, but was released from prison on June 19, 2015 due to “royal amnesty.”

He was rearrested last year after criticizing the Bahraini regime during a memorial ceremony for a victim of the unrest and faced the charges again.


Top Stories Tue, 08 Mar 2016 07:28:22 +0000
OIC urges global ban on products from Israeli settlements The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for a global ban on products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

According to Press TV, the OIC urged “member states and the wider international community to ban products produced in or by illegal Israeli settlements from their markets,” on Monday.

The global body made its request during the fifth Extraordinary OIC Summit on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Shareef in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, which was attended by representatives from 57 countries, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The OIC also pledged “full support to the political, diplomatic and legal efforts” to ensure the Palestinians achieved their “inalienable rights.”

Last month, hundreds of Palestinians held demonstrations in the occupied West Bank and called for the boycott of Israeli products.

Last November, Zionist regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended Israel’s ties with the European Union (EU) after the bloc decided to label products imported from Israeli settlements as “made in Israel.” However contacts were reestablished last month.

The summit on Monday was held at the request of Abbas to discuss the Israeli escalation and its restriction on Palestinians’ access to the al-Aqsa Mosque. The occupied Palestinian territories have been the scene of heightened tensions triggered by Zionist regime’s imposition in August 2015 of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the mosque compound in East al-Quds.


Top Stories Tue, 08 Mar 2016 07:11:55 +0000
Israeli forces martyred 41 Palestinian children in 5 months Zionist regime’s forces have martyred 41 Palestinian children in the occupied territories in the past five months, says the Defense for Children International’s Palestine branch (DCIP).

DCIP’s Friday statement did not include a 2-year-old toddler who was martyred along with her pregnant mother when their home was targeted by an Israeli airstrike in the besieged Gaza Strip, Ma’an News Agency reported Saturday.

The figure includes 31 Palestinians below the age of 18 who were accused by Israeli forces of carrying out knife or gun attacks, as well as other youths shot and martyred during clashes.

Bodies of two of the children are still being held by Tel Aviv authorities, according to DCIP's statement, which further insisted that Israeli officials have not opened “full and transparent investigations” into any of the killings, and reportedly rejected several autopsy requests by families of the victims.

DCIP also censured the Israeli regime’s indiscriminate “shoot-to-kill” policy against Palestinian children saying, “International law requires that intentional lethal force be used only when absolutely unavoidable.”


Top Stories Sun, 06 Mar 2016 06:13:01 +0000
Palestinian detainees vow to continue hunger strike Two Palestinian prisoners being held at an Israeli detention facility have pledged to continue their hunger strike in protest against their administrative detention by Zionist regime’s officials.

According to Press TV, Fadi Ubeidat, a lawyer for the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, said on Saturday that 26-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad Hasan al-Fasfous has stopped eating his food portions at Ktzi’ot Prison, located 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of Beersheba, since February 20, after his detention was renewed without trial for the third consecutive six-month period.

Fasfous told Ubeidat that Israeli authorities made the decision to keep him in custody in defiance of a court ruling against the extension of his remand.

The Palestinian hunger striker further said he has already lost six kilograms, and is suffering from a nose fracture and vision problems after jailers physically assaulted him.

Dawood Haboub, another Palestinian detainee held in Ktzi’ot Prison, also began his protest action on March 1.

On March 4, the Prisoners and Former Prisoners’ Affairs Committee said 46 Palestinians at Israel’s Etzion Prison are also refusing food in protest at mistreatment and poor conditions at the detention facility.

There are reportedly more than 6,500 Palestinians held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, which is a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.


Top Stories Sun, 06 Mar 2016 05:38:46 +0000
Nigerian protesters call for release of Shia cleric, Zakzaky Nigerians have staged fresh protest rallies across the country to call for the immediate release of jailed Shia cleric and Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

According to Press TV, on Thursday, demonstrators took to the streets in several cities, including Zaria, Kano, Kaduna, Yola, in large numbers to protest against the recent assassination of Shia Muslims by the Nigerian army and the continued detention of IMN leader and members.

The protesters denounced the imprisonment of Zakzaky and a number of his supporters as a violation of the Nigerian constitution.

Abdulhamid Bello, a spokesperson of the Youth Wing of the IMN, which organized the protest, said the movement’s supporters would continue to hold peaceful protests in pursuit of their demands.

On December 12 last year, Nigerian soldiers attacked Shia Muslims attending a ceremony at a religious center in Zaria, accusing them of blocking the convoy of the army’s chief of staff and attempting to assassinate him. The Shias have categorically denied the allegations.

The following day, Nigerian forces also raided Zakzaky’s home and arrested him after reportedly martyring those attempting to protect him. The cleric himself was injured in the attack and was taken into custody along with dozens of his supporters.


Top Stories Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:44:46 +0000
Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Vaez Tabasi passes away Ayatollah Abbas Vaez Tabasi, the Chief Custodian and Trustee of the Astan Quds Razavi, a charitable organization administering the eighth Shiite Imam’s holy shrine and trusteeship, passed away at a hospital in the northeastern city of Mashhad in the early hours of Friday.

According to Tasnim news agency, the senior Iranian cleric passed away at the age of 80. He has been admitted to the hospital since a couple of days ago due to respiratory problems.

Three days of public mourning have been declared in the Province of Khorassan Razavi for the late cleric. The whole schools and state organizations in Mashhad, the provincial capital, will be closed on Saturday.

The funeral procession of Ayatollah Vaez Tabasi will be held on Saturday morning at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH).

Born in the holy city of Mashhad in 1935, Ayatollah Vaez Tabasi began to get religious schooling in different seminaries at 12 years of age.

Soon after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini (God bless his soul) appointed Ayatollah Vaez Tabasi as the Chief Custodian and Trustee of the Astan Quds Razavi.

The late cleric’s first plan after taking control of the trusteeship of Astan Quds Razavi was to conduct a thorough review of the whole endowment and religious offerings belonging to the organization with all details.

Astan Quds Razavi is a charitable foundation in Mashhad that administers the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) and the endowments bestowed on the trusteeship.


Top Stories Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:14:06 +0000
Zionist regime’s forces arrest 16 Palestinians across West Bank Zionist regime’s military forces have reportedly arrested 16 Palestinians during separate operations across the occupied West Bank.

According to Press TV, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said in a statement that 15 of the arrests were made after Israeli forces broke into dozens of homes in the cities of Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem, Qalqilya and al-Khalil.

The statement further noted that Zionist forces also detained a 15-year-old Palestinian girl, identified as Hadiya Ereinat, after she allegedly stabbed an Israeli policeman in the eastern West Bank town of al-Auja.

The Israeli public radio reported that the police officer was lightly wounded in the incident.

Meanwhile, Palestinian officials say Israeli forces have closed down the entrances to two villages on the way to Nablus after two Zionist soldiers were injured in an alleged stabbing attack on a guard post at the Har Bracha settlement, located in the northern West Bank, on Wednesday evening. Israeli army forces are reportedly carrying out a manhunt in the area in search of the two Palestinians.

16 Palestinian children assassinated by Israelis since January

Defense for Children International (DCI), an international movement for children's rights, also said on Thursday that Israeli military forces have shot and martyred at least 16 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip since the beginning of the current year amid ongoing tensions in the Palestinian territories.

DCI had said in a February report that at least 49 Palestinian children had lost their lives ever since the current uprising against the Israeli regime sparked off in October last year.


Top Stories Fri, 04 Mar 2016 08:46:37 +0000
Zionist forces assassinate two Palestinians in WB Zionist regime’s forces have shot and martyred two more Palestinians over an alleged stabbing attack north of the occupied West Bank.

Local media reported that the two were martyred early Wednesday after they lightly wounded an Israeli settler in the settlement of Eli, located south of the city of Nablus.

In a statement, the Zionist army claimed that the Palestinians attacked a man outside his home, adding that the regime “forces arrived ... (and) shot the attackers resulting in their death.”

A settler was reportedly wounded in the incident as well.

The incident came a day after Israeli forces raided the Palestinian refugee camp of Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank, martyring a Palestinian youth and injuring a dozen others.

More than 190 Palestinians, including children and women, have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October.


Top Stories Wed, 02 Mar 2016 07:05:22 +0000