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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - PALESTINE

UAE wants US to focus on Palestine

Posted on 21/03/2002

The United States was asked to play a more effective role in seeking peace in the Middle East and ending the dangerous and continual Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, when U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney met President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on 16 March. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who said that Sheikh Zayed and Cheney discussed the current international campaign to fight ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima's support for Intifada praised

Posted on 17/03/2002

Palestinian Child Muhanad Maher Al Asliya and his father arrived here today from London following a treatment of six months on the expenses of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's Wife, President of the UAE's General Women Union and Honorary President of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, As part of her humanitarian initiative to provide medical treatment for injured Palestinians in the ongoing Palestinian uprising, Intifada. The father of the Palestinian kid expressed his ...  >>MORE

Journalists association condemns Israeli atrocities

Posted on 15/03/2002

The UAE journalists association has condemned the Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians, which took the most heinous fashion this week with the unprecedented military offensive in Ramallah. In a statement issued yesterday, the association also condemned the Israeli attacks on foreign journalists and media centres. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the unscrupulous Israeli actions of killing and maiming foreign journalists who are documenting its vicious crimes”, the statement ...  >>MORE

UAE in bid to end Arafat siege

Posted on 06/03/2002

The UAE and other Arab countries are exerting efforts to end Israel's siege of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to enable him to attend the Arab summit in Beirut late this month, a prominent Palestinian minister said yesterday. Nabil Shaath, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, said he discussed Arafat's siege and other Palestinian developments with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "I conveyed a letter to His Highness President Sheikh ...  >>MORE

UAE supports Saudi stance on Palestinian cause

Posted on 21/02/2002

The UAE has reiterated its support for the Saudi stance revealed by Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Head of the Saudi National Guard on the recent developments related to the Palestinian cause in the light of continuous Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people. In a statement to "Al Ittihad" and "Al Hayat” newspapers published today, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, expressed the UAE's total support for the ...  >>MORE

A woman dedicated to Palestinian cause

Posted on 01/02/2002

Abu Dhabi (WAM) Fatima Al Barnawi, the first Palestinian girl to carry out a fedayee (commando) operation against the Israelis which shocked and terrified Tel Aviv in the 60s, is in Abu Dhabi to be honoured along with a number of women activists in the Arab world, as part of the Arab Woman's Day and deliberations of the Arab Women's Media Forum which begins here today. Fatima, who was then 28, carried out the operation 'Sahyoon' on Sahyoon Cinema in occupied Jerusalem on October 8, 1967 by ...  >>MORE

US definition of terrorism one-sided: UAE daily

Posted on 31/01/2002

Abu Dhabi (WAM) A UAE English newspaper today commented on the State of the Union address delivered by the US President George W. Bush on Tuesday. Commenting editorially on the issue, the Dubai-based 'Gulf News' said, ' As expected, Bush's State of Nation address concentrated mainly on his country's justification in fighting terrorism. That is, terrorism as defined by the American administration and its security services. The only problem is, the paper went on to say, their definition of ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Israeli aggression on Palestinian lands

Posted on 22/01/2002

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan received a message from Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, dealing with the tragic situation faced by the Palestinian people under the current Israeli escalation. The message was delivered to Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, with Palestinian Information and Culture Minister Yasser Abdu Rabo, who is currently visiting the country. Sheikh Sultan said that Sheikh Zayed always calls for meeting demands which provide ...  >>MORE

Zayed scoffs at Israel's claims of self-defence

Posted on 15/01/2002

ABU DHABI, JAN. 14, 2002 (WAM)--President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan today described Israel's claims of practising self defence in its ruthless campaign against the unarmed Palestinian people as baseless. Sheikh Zayed's remarks came during a meeting with William Burns, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs. Sheikh Zayed reviewed with Burns the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories in the light of the continued Israeli escalation of violence against ...  >>MORE

UAE to rebuild Palestinian houses bulldozed by Israel

Posted on 14/01/2002

Abu Dhabi Jan. 14, 2002 (WAM) The UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS today said that it would soon start the reconstruction of the Palestinian houses bulldozed by the Israeli army. Khalifa Nasir al-Suweidi, RCS Chairman, said that in line with the instructions of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the Society will soon send a delegation to assess the extent of ...  >>MORE

Zayed scoffs at Israel's claims of self-defence

Posted on 14/01/2002

Abu Dhabi Jan. 14, 2002 (WAM) President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan today described Israel's claims of practising self defence in its ruthless campaign against the unarmed Palestinian people as baseless. Sheikh Zayed's remarks came during a meeting with William Burns, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs. Sheikh Zayed reviewed with Burns the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories in the light of the continued Israeli escalation of violence against the ...  >>MORE

UAE expresses concern over situation in Palestine

Posted on 12/01/2002

Abu Dhabi, Jan. 12, 2002 (WAM) The UAE voiced today its deep concern over the latest developments in the Palestinian territories due to the continued Israeli escalation. 'The Israeli escalation has reached a dangerous stage that threatens the security and safety of Palestinian people in a way that has never been witnessed,' said Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, during talks with Lincoln Bloomfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs. ...  >>MORE

Sharon tries to remove Arafat from the Palestinian scene

Posted on 08/01/2002

Abu Dhabi, Jan. 8, 2002 (WAM) The UAE press today accused Israel of fabricating an infernal scenario on the seized ship of weapons to tighten the noose around the neck of the Palestinian National Authority leader. The paper said Israel continued its frenetic attempts to forge fake proof against Palestinian President Yasser Arafat as an excuse to take draconian measures against the PNA and finally to bury the Oslo accords forever. 'Alleged confessions made by the captain of the seized ship to ...  >>MORE

Zinni's mission is bound to fail: UAE daily

Posted on 03/01/2002

Abu Dhabi, Jan.3, 2002 (WAM) Two major UAE dailies today commented on the mission of the U.S. special envoy Anthony Zinni's to the Middle East today to continue trying to find a durable cease fire. He is due to spend only four days in the region, which is not enough. 'The deeply held intransigence of the combatants require more than a quick visit to achieve a break-through,' commented the Dubai-based 'Gulf News'. 'The Americans have been pushing the Palestinians and Israelis to accept the ...  >>MORE

Palestinians have very good message for the wider world, UAE daily

Posted on 25/12/2001

(WAM) A major UAE English daily today said that a recent survey of American perceptions of whom is to blame for the conflict in Palestine shows that the Arab position has to be put more clearly and more authoritatively than has been done in the past. Commenting editorially in its issue of today, the Dubai-based 'Gulf News' said that in 1998 only nine per cent blamed the Palestinian Authority although six per cent blamed the Israelis, and a massive 62 per cent blamed both. The paper pointed out ...  >>MORE

Arabs take a tough stand against Sharon, UAE daily

Posted on 21/12/2001

Abu Dhabi, Dec. 21, 2001 (WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily today said that the emergency Arab ministerial meeting held in Cairo last night, has reiterated Arab's full support for Palestinian Leader, Yasser Arafat, and the Palestinian National Authority, PNA, which he heads, adding that the meeting has also totally rejected any Israeli attempt to distance Arafat from the 'game' as Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, put it. The Abu Dhabi-based 'Al Ittihad' said that there is no doubt that the ...  >>MORE

UAE press condemns US veto as act of terrorism

Posted on 16/12/2001

The UAE press today lashed out at the US administration use of veto to block a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning violence in the Middle East. The draft, vetoed by Washington, was co-sponsored by Egypt and Tunisia, condemned all acts of terror, in particular those targeting civilians and all acts of extra-judiciary executions, excessive use of force and wide destruction of property. The draft also called for the immediate cessation of all acts of violence, provocation and ...  >>MORE

Israel's despicable decision

Posted on 14/12/2001

(WAM) A major UAE English daily today said that the Israeli government has issued a challenge to the very leadership and authority of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, claiming that Arafat is 'directly responsible' for the latest round of violence 'and is therefore no longer relevant to Israel, and Israel will no longer have any connection with him.' 'By undermining Arafat's authority in this way, Israel is making him a marked man,' commented the Dubai-based 'Gulf News', adding that if ...  >>MORE

Look to Israel first: UAE daily

Posted on 12/12/2001

(WAM) The fighting in Palestine, and the continuing savagery as Israeli forces pursue Palestinian targets, has attracted several international attempts to see a way forward, the daily 'Gulf News' said today. 'They start from a position of parity between the Palestinians and the Israelis, asking both sides to take certain cooling steps before moving to talks,' the paper said. 'The problem with these calls, including the latest on Monday from the European Union, is that they ignore the imbalance ...  >>MORE

Divisions in Palestinian ranks serve Sharon's plots

Posted on 07/12/2001

(WAM) The UAE press warned today against a Palestinian civil war, saying a split in Palestinian ranks would open the way before Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to implement his evil Zionist scheme. The papers called on the international community to intervene to protect the Palestinian and halt Israel violence against the Palestinian. ' Any cleavage in the Palestinian ranks will open the road before Sharon to kill Palestinian people, destroy property and infrastructure and execute his ...  >>MORE

Palestinian Intifada aborts Israel's expansionist designs-Palestine Mufti

Posted on 06/12/2001

(WAM) The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine and preacher at the Jerusalem Mosque, Sheikh 'Ikrima Sabri, lauded President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan for his continued support for the Palestinian Intifada and the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem. In a lecture he delivered late Wednesday at the Zayed Centre for Cooperation and Follow Up under the title 'Jerusalem under the threat of Judaisation,' Sheikhg Sabri said that the UAE led by Sheikh Zayed had extended generous moral and ...  >>MORE

Israel continues to carry out extra-judicial killings, UAE daily

Posted on 27/11/2001

(WAM) A major UAE English daily today said that many will think it ironic that Israel should be a signatory to the 1984 UN Convention against Torture. 'Ironic, because Israel is one of the few remaining countries in the world that still routinely practices torture as an integral part of its questioning tactics. Ironic, because Israel has no effective complaint or investigative mechanism for victims to register complaints. Ironic, because Israel, almost alone in the world, carries out ...  >>MORE

Sharon's tactics will not stop drive toward a Palestinian state

Posted on 20/11/2001

(WAM) A UAE daily newspaper today accused Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of escalating the situation in the Middle East region to abort any hope for peace at a time when major world powers were trying to bring stability and peace to the region. 'By his foul games, Sharon is trying to drive a wedge between the European Union (EU) and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA),' the Dubai-based 'Al Bayan' reported today. The paper said that Sharon was doing his best to destroy the PNA, ...  >>MORE

US should involve EU in Middle East policy, UAE dailies

Posted on 18/11/2001

(WAM) A high-power delegation from the European Union, EU, is on a three-day visit to the Middle East, hoping to play a strategic part in any peace talks that may ensue, the daily 'Gulf News' said today. 'While America's interest has waned on matters Middle East in recent months, the EU is looking to see if there is any way it can contribute to bringing together negotiators from both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. However, despite the heavyweight diplomatic force, it is unlikely the EU will ...  >>MORE

Both open and underground terror must face the same punishment, UAE daily

Posted on 14/11/2001

(WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily today said that results on the fight against terror is beginning to yield good result as the international coalition which supported such a fight from the very beginning represents the international community's rejection of terror in all its forms and the preparedness of all to co-operate until the dangerous phenomenon was totally uprooted. The Abu Dhabi-based 'Al Ittihad' said that the future of the world is under great threat as a result of some incidents which ...  >>MORE

Arab world seeks only the implementation of UN resolutions

Posted on 01/11/2001

(WAM) A UAE English language newspaper today called the British government to play an active role in resolving the problem it had created through Balfour Declaration. Commenting editorially on the issue, the Dubai-based 'Gulf News' said, 'It was the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917, that changed the face of the Arab world and left the region in the disarray it is in today. The declaration promised the Jews a homeland in Palestine. The Arab world today lives out the disastrous outcome of ...  >>MORE

Sharon's targeted killing policy will never bring security to Israelis

Posted on 01/11/2001

(WAM) The UAE press said today Israel's policy of targeted killing would never bring peace and security to Israelis, branding Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's statement that he himself would lead negotiations with the Palestinians as a new round of ploy under his 'negotiate and kill' policy. The papers called on Arab countries to pile more pressure on Israel to halt its aggression on the Palestinian people and resume peace talks. 'How can the 'Jewish people' feel security and Sharon is ...  >>MORE

International law strictly implemented on Arabs and Muslims only: UAE daily

Posted on 26/10/2001

(WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily today said that Israel had bowed down to international pressure, pulling out its forces from Beit Rima after massacring Palestinians, but Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Perez, said he expected total pull out by Israeli forces from areas under the Palestinian National Authority, PNA, within some few days, but repeated the same rhetoric conditions for going back to the negotiation table, including the need for total calm. 'The Israeli government took this step ...  >>MORE

Power only can put an end to Sharon's oppression

Posted on 25/10/2001

(WAM) A UAE major Arabic newspaper today called upon all countries of the world, including the United Nations Organisation and the UN Security Council to openly announce that what the Zionists political circles are trying to devise inside Israel or elsewhere in the world is considered a clear destruction of all efforts aimed at eradicating terrorism. Commenting editorially on the issue, the Abu Dhabi-based 'Al Ittihad' said, 'It seems that the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is not fully ...  >>MORE

Israel seizes opportunity of world's focus on anti-terrorism war

Posted on 24/10/2001

(WAM) 'Israel is exploiting preoccupation of the US and the rest of the world in the international campaign against terrorism to step up its aggression against the Palestinian people and rebuff the US demand for an immediate pull out of the Palestinian- controlled areas,' a UAE newspaper reported today. 'Israel is taking advantage of the US' engagement in the anti-terrorism campaign by escalating its aggression against the Palestinian people and defying a US call for immediate withdrawal from ...  >>MORE

The world should react to end Israeli terrorism

Posted on 23/10/2001

(WAM) A UAE newspaper today called on the international community to interfere to end the Israeli State terrorism against the defenceless Palestinian people. The Abu Dhabi-based 'Al Ittihad' Arabic newspaper said, 'If the international community did not initiate a clear and effective stance to end the Israeli aggression and the suffering of Palestinian people now, we think that there would be no such stance in the future. The whole world is well aware that the Zionist terrorism has seized the ...  >>MORE

Israel must be made to stop its state terrorism, UAE daily

Posted on 22/10/2001

(WAM) A major UAE Arabic daily today said that the dangerous military escalations in the Palestinian occupied territories by the Israeli forces is a stark violation of the all signed agreements and international legitimacy. 'The continuous barbaric aggression against the Palestinian people and the re-occupation of areas under the Palestinian National Authority, PNA, is a stark violation of all signed agreements and a blatant violation of international legitimacy, laws and norms,' commented the ...  >>MORE

Sharon to blame: UAE daily

Posted on 18/10/2001

(WAM) A major UAE English daily today blamed Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon for the chain of violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis, of which the latest victim is an Israeli cabinet minister. The Sharjah-based 'The Gulf Today' said in part, 'Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, who ranked among the top extremist leaders of Israel, was a victim of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's oppressive policies. Sharon has driven the Palestinians to the wall. He has been using all the ...  >>MORE

Israeli terrorism should be stopped to make planet safer

Posted on 12/10/2001

Abu Dhabi (WAM) A UAE daily newspaper emphasized today that Arab countries would never go on backing the Western alliance against global terrorism at the expense of the Palestinian cause. Commenting editorially on the issue, 'The Gulf Today' said, 'That was the stark warning Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gave to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. A comprehensive resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict is vital in any attempt to fight global terrorism. The blunt warning to Blair, who is ...  >>MORE

US may hit Arab resistance movements a UAE daily warns

Posted on 05/10/2001

(WAM) The US may launch a war on some Arab and Palestinian resistance movements on the grounds that they were terrorist organisations, a UAE daily warned today. The US and Britain have frozen assets of a number of Arab and Palestinian organisations including the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS), Islamic Jihad, Aqsa Brigad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Hezbollah. The daily 'Akhbar Al Arab' commented that statements by US official Deputy Assistant Secretary of State ...  >>MORE

Closing ranks against terror : a UAE daily calls

Posted on 28/09/2001

Sharjah (WAM) Israel cannot snuff out the flame of Intifada as it gets its sustenance and strength from truth, righteousness and human dignity, a UAE daily paper underlined. Commenting on the first anniversary of the heroic Aqsa Intifada, the 'Gulf Today' said, 'Today a year ago the Palestinians relaunched their Intifada. It is a moral force as much as a political struggle. It is about right over wrong and truth over falsehood. It is about the legitimate fight of the Palestinians to achieve ...  >>MORE

Jordanian paper praises Zayed's message

Posted on 19/09/2001

The Amman-based newspaper Al Arab Al Youm praised the contents of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's message to the leaders of NATO Member States in which he condemned all forms of terrorism, including the daily terrorist acts being practised by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people. The paper also highlighted the contents of Sheikh Zayed's telephone call with President George W. Bush of the United States during which Sheikh Zayed stressed that ...  >>MORE

Cabinet statement

Posted on 17/09/2001

At its meeting today, the UAE Cabinet agreed the following statement. "The UAE Council of Ministers met today and reviewed at length the latest developments related to the criminal attacks that took place in the United States last week. The Council reaffirmed the UAE's condemnation of these atrocities, noting that they had caused thousands of innocent civilian casualties as well as mass devastation and destruction. The Council expressed its deep condolences and feelings of compassion to all ...  >>MORE

Defending Palestinian rights sacred duty: UAE

Posted on 16/05/2001

The UAE has reiterated that the defence of the Arab rights in the face of the Israeli aggression is a sacred duty. In a statement to commemorate the Nakba, the Palestinian calendar marking the "day of catastrophe" in which Palestine was occupied in 1948, Sheikh Sultan said that the UAE stands by the Palestinian brethren on this day of the usurpation of their land. "The occupation of Palestine is an Arab issue and therefore the defence of the Palestinians' rights in this conflict is a sacred ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for protection of Palestinians

Posted on 11/03/2001

Mohammed Jassim Al Samhan, the UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN and Chairman of the Arab Group to the UN for this month, called upon the UN Security Council the need for holding an urgent convention to reconsider the draft law submitted by the Group of Non-aligned countries in December last year. The draft law calls for establishment and deployment of a UN military and police force in the Palestinian occupied territories including Jerusalem, to provide prompt protection for the ...  >>MORE

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UAE wants US to focus on Palestine


Sheikha Fatima's support for Intifada praised


Journalists association condemns Israeli atrocities


UAE in bid to end Arafat siege


UAE supports Saudi stance on Palestinian cause


A woman dedicated to Palestinian cause


US definition of terrorism one-sided: UAE daily


UAE condemns Israeli aggression on Palestinian lands


Zayed scoffs at Israel's claims of self-defence


UAE to rebuild Palestinian houses bulldozed by Israel


Zayed scoffs at Israel's claims of self-defence


UAE expresses concern over situation in Palestine


Sharon tries to remove Arafat from the Palestinian scene


Zinni's mission is bound to fail: UAE daily


Palestinians have very good message for the wider world, UAE daily


Arabs take a tough stand against Sharon, UAE daily


UAE press condemns US veto as act of terrorism


Israel's despicable decision


Look to Israel first: UAE daily


Divisions in Palestinian ranks serve Sharon's plots


Palestinian Intifada aborts Israel's expansionist designs-Palestine Mufti


Israel continues to carry out extra-judicial killings, UAE daily


Sharon's tactics will not stop drive toward a Palestinian state


US should involve EU in Middle East policy, UAE dailies


Both open and underground terror must face the same punishment, UAE daily


Arab world seeks only the implementation of UN resolutions


Sharon's targeted killing policy will never bring security to Israelis


International law strictly implemented on Arabs and Muslims only: UAE daily


Power only can put an end to Sharon's oppression


Israel seizes opportunity of world's focus on anti-terrorism war


The world should react to end Israeli terrorism


Israel must be made to stop its state terrorism, UAE daily


Sharon to blame: UAE daily


Israeli terrorism should be stopped to make planet safer


US may hit Arab resistance movements a UAE daily warns


Closing ranks against terror : a UAE daily calls


Jordanian paper praises Zayed's message


Cabinet statement


Defending Palestinian rights sacred duty: UAE


UAE calls for protection of Palestinians