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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - PALESTINE

Palestinians stress good ties with UAE

Posted on 10/08/2002

A Palestinian official has dismissed rumours of a 'rift' between the UAE and Palestine. Salim Abu Sultan, Palestinian Consul General, gave a press conference to reaffirm the existing 'fraternal relations' between the two nations. Abu Sultan's remarks came in response to a report published in a pan-Arab daily that suggested a cool-down in the relations between the two countries. The report followed an interview the newspaper had published with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. In the ...  >>MORE

Palestinian minister lauds Zayed support

Posted on 09/08/2002

Sheikh Yousef Juma Salama, Palestinian Minister for Awqaf and Religious Affairs has commended President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his leading political and humanitarian support to the Palestinians. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Salama said: " The support provided to the Palestinian people by President Sheikh Zayed during the difficult conditions of the Israeli blockade will be remembered for ever ". Sheikh Salama who is also the Imam of Al Aqsa Mosque ...  >>MORE

World community must force Israel to stop war: Sheikh Sultan

Posted on 04/08/2002

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, has called on peace-loving nations to pressurize Israel to stop its " frenzied war against unarmed Palestinian people." In a statement issued here yesterday on the eve of a conference on "The universe and man's destiny" to be held today in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Sultan questioned: "When will these aggrieved people have an independent state and for how long will this dubious international silence, on crimes been committed by the Zionist entity ...  >>MORE

Jenin film moves British audience

Posted on 01/08/2002

A British audience has been moved by a documentary produced by Abu Dhabi Television on the massacre perpetrated by invading Israeli forces in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin – and one of the viewers advised U.S. President George Bush to see it. The 52-minute documentary, titled After Jenin, was shown on Friday at the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts in London and was watched by a host of journalists, academics, intellectuals, former diplomats and other ...  >>MORE

New consignment of relief goods for Palestinians

Posted on 01/08/2002

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has sent a fresh consignment of relief goods for the people of Palestine. According to Ahmed Siddiq Al Khaja, Deputy Director of the Relief and Projects Section of the society, a convoy of five trucks carrying 110 tonnes of relief material, including medicines and equipment, wheel-chairs, blankets and 40 tonnes of dates, had left for Jordan. He said that the goods would be distributed in coordination with the Jordanian authorities concerned. He pointed out ...  >>MORE

BAFTA shows Abu Dhabi TV-produced documentary film

Posted on 28/07/2002

London - A documentary film on the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp was shown here last Friday night at the British Academy of Film and Television Art, BAFTA. The English-language film, entitled: "In the Aftermath of Jenin”, which was produced by the Abu Dhabi TV, attracted a large number of British and Arab pressmen and women and representatives of human rights bodies. The filming took place immediately after the first major withdrawal of Israeli Defence Forces ...  >>MORE

Aided Gaza citizens thank Hamdan bin Zayed

Posted on 28/07/2002

Gaza - Representatives of the Gaza neighbourhood of Al Darg yesterday extended their thanks to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan ,Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS), for his prompt action to send urgent aid to Palestinian families who lost their love ones, and had their houses destroyed in an Israeli air strike that left 15 people dead last week. Sheikh Hamdan had ordered the RCS to urgently provide shelter and other sorts of assistance to ...  >>MORE

UAE sends urgent aid to bereaved Palestinian families

Posted on 25/07/2002

The UAE is to send urgent aid to bereaved Palestinian families who have lost their love ones, and had their houses flattened in an Israeli air strike on a Gaza neigbourhood that left 15 people dead , including nine toddlers on Monday. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS), yesterday ordered the humanitarian organisation to urgently provide shelter and other sorts of badly needed assistance to Palestinian ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Israeli raid on Gaza

Posted on 24/07/2002

The UAE has strongly condemned the hideous crime committed by Israel last night, in Gaza, during which 15 civilians were killed, including 8 children and more than 150 were wounded. In a statement issued today, the UAE Foreign Ministry considered that this aggressive act would only escalate tension in the occupied Palestinian territories and would also undermine the efforts being exerted, aimed at putting an end to the Israeli occupation to the Palestinian territories, regain of tranquillity ...  >>MORE

UAE and Jordan reiterate commitment to Palestinian state

Posted on 18/07/2002

The UAE and Jordan today reiterated their commitment to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state ,with Jerusalem as its capital and in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. At a meeting held here at Al Bateen Palace, King Abdullah II of Jordan and H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces , re-affirmed their support for the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to set up their own state, not ...  >>MORE

Sultan calls for international condemnation of Israel

Posted on 17/07/2002

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow up, ZCCF, yesterday called the World community to condemn the grave violations being committed by Israelis. In a message to the two-day International Conference on Human Rights and War Victims organized by the ZCCF, Sheikh Sultan reiterated that moral, and ethical responsibility of the international community should be the motivating force for the achievement of peace and ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed instructs RCS to donate US$30,000 to family of slain woman and daughter

Posted on 08/07/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has instructed the RCS to donate US$30,000 to the family of a Palestinian woman and two-year-old daughter killed by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip, it was announced here today. Randa Al Hindi, 40, was killed along with her two-year daughter Nour before dawn Saturday as they returned home from a wedding party near Gaza. The RCS has instructed its office in Gaza to ...  >>MORE

Qadoumi lauds Zayed's support to Palestinian cause

Posted on 02/07/2002

Algiers - Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Farook Qadoumi yesterday lauded the unstinted support accorded to the Palestinian cause by the UAE, under the leadership of H.H President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. "The UAE, under the leadership of H.H President Sheikh Zayed has stood steadfastly beside the Palestinian people, extending every assistance to them, particularly in re-structuring the infrastructure which has been destroyed by the ruthless Israeli onslaught " said Qadoumi ...  >>MORE

UAE press react to Bush's vision address: UAE press

Posted on 27/06/2002

All the three major UAE dailies yesterday commented on the US President, George W. Bush's long-awaited plan to break the deadlock in the Middle East peace process. Commenting editorially under the topic: "Bush's tailored vision”, the Dubai- based "Gulf News” said: "U.S. President George W. Bush's long-awaited plan to get the deadlocked Middle East peace process moving has confirmed the reality that the so-called 'vision' has been altered to suit Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Bush's ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Israeli atrocities against Palestinian people

Posted on 25/06/2002

RABAT - The UAE yesterday affirmed the need for a quick political and diplomatic action by the international community to end the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and territories. Speaking at the meetings of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People that started here today, Isa Hamad bu Shihab, UAE Ambassador to Morocco, also condemned the crimes and violations committed by Israel against the Palestinian people, describing it as a ...  >>MORE

UAE blasts Israel for destroying Palestinian agricultural land

Posted on 12/06/2002

Rome - The UAE yesterday blasted Israel for playing havoc on Palestinian agricultural land and strangulating the Palestinian people under brutal occupation by denying them the right to earn their livelihood and cultivate their farms. Speaking at the World Food Conference, Saeed Al Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, said that no food security could be achieved under wars and occupation, calling for the establishment of an international atmosphere that could be supportive in bringing ...  >>MORE

ADNHC donates one million Dirhams for Palestinian people

Posted on 08/06/2002

Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company (ADNHC) has offered one million Dirhams in support of the Palestinian people in their struggle against the Israeli aggression. A cheque of the amount was handed by the ADNHC Board Chairman Khalifa Al Mansouri to the Board Chairman of the Red Crescent Society (RCS) Khalifa Al Suweidi. Al Mansouri praised the RCS's humanitarian programmes in Palestine, noting that these activities had establsihed the UAE as a generous and helping hand to needy people. Al Suweidi ...  >>MORE

Panel to be set up to aid Palestinians

Posted on 29/05/2002

A permanent UAE national committee to aid the Palestinian people is to be formed. Charities have backed a proposal by Emirates National Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People - launched in April by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence - to form such a permanent committee. The proposal, made at a meeting this Saturday, also involves getting contributions from various society sectors. Representatives from charitable ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalid urges more assertive U.S. role to end Israeli atrocities

Posted on 19/05/2002

Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ras Al Khaimah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, yesterday called upon the U.S. to press Israel to end its atrocities against the Palestinian people and to withdraw its forces from areas under the Palestinian Authority. During a meeting with Richard Olson, U.S. Consul General in Dubai, Sheikh Khalid praised H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his moral and material support for the Palestinian people's right to regain their usurped rights. He said that the ...  >>MORE

UNRWA chief praises Zayed stance

Posted on 19/05/2002

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Peter Hansen praised President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's directives to the UAE Red Crescent Society to rebuild the houses destroyed by Israeli forces in Jenin refugee camp. Hansen appealed to world countries to offer all possible assistance to help UNRWA to bear the growing needs in the Palestinian territories in an interview to Radio of Switzerland. "The Israeli aggression claimed the ...  >>MORE

Zayed committed to helping Palestinians: says Hamdan

Posted on 17/05/2002

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is committed to helping the Palestinian people to support their steadfastness against Israeli aggressions and allow them to restore their rights, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said yesterday. Writing in a new book on the Jenin massacre, Sheikh Hamdan referred to Sheikh Zayed's decision to finance the rebuilding of 800 Palestinian houses destroyed by Israeli invasion forces in the Palestinian ...  >>MORE

Mauritanian newspaper praises Sheikh Zayed

Posted on 16/05/2002

Nouakchott - The independent Mauritanian newspaper "Al Sada" yesterday praised the continuous support of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to the Palestinian people and his generosity of reconstructing Jenin camp, which was destroyed by Israel. The paper published a special file on the UAE dealing with the honourable stances of President Sheikh Zayed and the UAE people and their support for the Palestinian people. Under the title "Sharon destroys and Zayed reconstructs", the ...  >>MORE

Zayed's gesture to renovate Church of Nativity hailed

Posted on 14/05/2002

BEIRUT - The secretary-general of the Middle East Council of Churches, Rev. Dr Riyadh Jarjur, yesterday commended an initiative of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to renovate the Church of Nativity and the Omar's Mosque. In a statement published in the Lebanese media yesterday, Rev. Jarjur described Sheikh Zayed's initiative as a demonstration of "indigenous Arab generosity and also a gesture of solidarity in words and deeds with the Palestinian people". ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima urges international protection for Palestinian people

Posted on 12/05/2002

New York - H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women Union, GWU, today called upon the United Nations to act quickly and seriously to provide protection for the Palestinian people against the genocide and destruction committed daily by the Israeli occupation army. In a letter she sent to Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, and delivered by Nora Al Suweidi, GWU's Director, Sheikha Fatima expressed the hope that the UN would start an investigation on the genocide committed ...  >>MORE

Hundreds march for Palestinians

Posted on 09/05/2002

Hundreds of women and children participated in a procession in Dubai last night to express their solidarity with the Palestinian cause. The procession under the slogan 'Solidarity with the Palestinian mothers and families' was organised by the UAE Relief Committee for the Palestinian People, in cooperation with the Dubai Women's Association. It was held at the Mamzar area. The procession was organised on the instructions of the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who ...  >>MORE

More UAE relief supplies for Palestinians arrives in Amman

Posted on 09/05/2002

A UAE Plane no.16 with 40 tons of relief supplies for Palestinians arrived in Amman yesterday as part of the airbridge by the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS, to deliver relief assistance to the Palestinians. In a statement, an RCS official, Nasir Al Jabri, said that the items from the plane no.16 will reach the Jenin refugee camp by road in coordination with the Jordanian Charity Organisation and the UAE Embassy in Amman. Al Jabri pointed out that in line with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin ...  >>MORE

UAE sent 15 aid planes to Palestine

Posted on 08/05/2002

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has sent 15 relief planes for the people of Palestine since October 2000. Material and financial aid worth Dh270 million has been provided so far, according to senior officials of the RCS. The RCS aid has been used to equip hospitals in Palestine and provide medicines and food and also to support families of Palestinian martyrs. Several thousand food packages have been supplied to people in besieged areas. The RCS officials said that 15 plane-loads of aid had ...  >>MORE

Arafat thanks UAE for assistance

Posted on 08/05/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, today ordered the Red Crescent Society to speed up the re-construction of houses destroyed by the Israeli military in the Jenin refugee camp. During a meeting with a delegation of the Red Crescent Society that returned from Palestine, Sheikh Hamdan said that the rebuilding of houses should start soon in line with the instructions of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He added that the housing units to be ...  >>MORE

International community should wake up to plight of Palestinian children: Sheikha Fatima

Posted on 07/05/2002

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's Wife and President of the UAE General Women's Union, GWU, has called on the international community to fully shoulder their responsibilities towards the children of Palestine, who have the right to enjoy all rights that are being enjoyed by children in other countries of the world. Sheikha Fatima said that the innocent children of Palestine have nothing to do on what is going on in Palestine. The human conscience should not accept or allow ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns UN failure to rein in Israel

Posted on 05/05/2002

The UAE strongly criticised the retraction of the U.N. Security Council from implementing some of its resolutions and the failure of some of its members and its Secretariat General in forcing Israel to implement compulsory resolutions. This came in a statement by Abdul Aziz bin Nasser Al Shamsi, the UAE permanent representative at the United Nations, during the open and long session of the Security Council, which was held in New York last night in response to the request of Arab countries to ...  >>MORE

Arafat thanks Zayed for help

Posted on 04/05/2002

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has expressed gratitude to President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for taking the responsibility of financing the reconstruction of the houses destroyed by Israeli forces during their incursion into the Jenin refugee camp. The Palestinian president conveyed his gratitude when he received here on Wednesday a delegation from the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS), who paid him a courtesy call. Hundreds of Palestinian families were made homeless, ...  >>MORE

PLO gets UAE town house for office in Washington

Posted on 03/05/2002

WASHINGTON - The UAE has given the Palestine Liberation Organisation a town house on the prestigious Massachusetts Avenue to replace the offices the PLO lost last month, the PLO representative said yesterday. The PLO was evicted from its previous offices on the grounds that it was two months in arrears on rent. It said the motive was political but the owners denied it. The town house, with 450 to 540 square metres of floor space, was formerly the office of the military attaché' of the UAE, who ...  >>MORE

Ladies of diplomatic corps donate funds to Palestinian children

Posted on 02/05/2002

The Red Crescent Society, RCS, yesterday received a cheque for Dh150,000 raised by the ladies of the diplomatic corps in the UAE, in support of Palestinian children, suffering under the tragic conditions in the occupied territories. Members of the diplomatic ladies had delivered the cheque to Sana'a Darwish Al Kutobi, Secretary General of the RCS, during a meeting here. Sana'a thanked them for their generous donation which reflected their deep concern for the plight of Palestinian people ...  >>MORE

Christians, Muslims praise Zayed's gesture

Posted on 02/05/2002

Catholic church leaders and Islamic scholars yesterday praised President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's announcement that he will bear the cost of renovating the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Omar Mosque which suffered damage from the Israeli invasion of the holy city. "The news that Sheikh Zayed has undertaken to make good the damage which the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem has suffered in the past weeks is wonderful," declared the Abu Dhabi-based Bishop ...  >>MORE

UAE women salute Palestinian women for their heroism

Posted on 01/05/2002

The 9th Women conference, organised by the General Women Union, which concluded yesterday hailed the heroism and steadfastness of the Palestinian women in defending their homeland against aggression. The participants also praised President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for ordering the rebuilding of the demolished housing units in the Jenin refugee camp. She said the recommendations included the need to put more emphasis on the spiritual and religious side of women as the foundation ...  >>MORE

Hansen welcomes UAE aid to Jenin as generous

Posted on 30/04/2002

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) hailed yesterday as 'effective and impressive' a UAE offer to reconstruct the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank destroyed by Israeli forces. "It is a unique contribution as it will cover costs of rebuilding and repairing the camp," UNRWA Commissioner General Peter Hansen told a press conference at the end of his visit to the UAE. 'Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, conveyed to me a message from President H.H Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Mohammed calls Arab expatriate media to return home

Posted on 30/04/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, yesterday called upon Arab immigrant media to return to the Arab world and enjoy the freedom and facilities offered by home-based institutions such as Dubai Internet City, DIC. In a statement after inaugurating the new headquarters of the Middle East Broadcasting Corporation, MBC, which had moved its studios from London to Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed said that the DIC provided freedom of expression and movement ...  >>MORE

Church of Nativity, Omar Mosque to be renovated on Zayed expense

Posted on 29/04/2002

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan will bear the cost of renovating the damages inflicted on the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and the Omar Mosque, which is near the Church, it was announced in Abu Dhabi yesterday by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the UAE Red Crescent Society, RCS. Both religious sites suffered great damages from the continuous Israeli aggression, which started with the four-week old siege on the Church ...  >>MORE

Solidarity with Palestinians- a humanitarian obligation, says Sheikha Fatima

Posted on 29/04/2002

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the President's wife and Chairwoman of the UAE's General Women Union said yesterday that solidarity with the Palestinian people in their unprecedented suffering is a humanitarian obligation dictated by our Islamic and Arab values. This solidarity and support is unqualified, so long as the suffering of the Palestinian continues, and as long as children continue to be gunned down by Israeli war-planes and tanks, said Sheikha Fatima in a statement to the Emirates News ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns the Israeli war crimes

Posted on 29/04/2002

DURBAN - The UAE has strongly condemned Israel's war crimes against the Palestinian people and demanded formation of a committee to institute legal proceedings against the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Chief of Staff and other Israeli war criminals. These remarks were made by Saif Saeed bin Sa'ed, Foreign Ministry Under Secretary, during a statement he delivered yesterday at the current Ministerial conference of the Co-ordination Bureau of Non-Aligned Nations in Durban, ...  >>MORE

Palestinian Minister lauds Zayed's support for Palestine

Posted on 29/04/2002

Palestinian Agriculture Minister, Himat Zeid, has praised H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his relentless support for the Palestinian people. Speaking at the 27th meeting of the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development, AOAD, Zeid said that the unlimited assistance the UAE extends to the Palestinian people has contributed to the rehabilitation of the Palestinian economy and infrastructure. He said that projects implemented by the UAE in Palestine such as the Sheikh Zayed City in ...  >>MORE

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Palestinians stress good ties with UAE


Palestinian minister lauds Zayed support


World community must force Israel to stop war: Sheikh Sultan


Jenin film moves British audience


New consignment of relief goods for Palestinians


BAFTA shows Abu Dhabi TV-produced documentary film


Aided Gaza citizens thank Hamdan bin Zayed


UAE sends urgent aid to bereaved Palestinian families


UAE condemns Israeli raid on Gaza


UAE and Jordan reiterate commitment to Palestinian state


Sultan calls for international condemnation of Israel


Hamdan bin Zayed instructs RCS to donate US$30,000 to family of slain woman and daughter


Qadoumi lauds Zayed's support to Palestinian cause


UAE press react to Bush's vision address: UAE press


UAE condemns Israeli atrocities against Palestinian people


UAE blasts Israel for destroying Palestinian agricultural land


ADNHC donates one million Dirhams for Palestinian people


Panel to be set up to aid Palestinians


Sheikh Khalid urges more assertive U.S. role to end Israeli atrocities


UNRWA chief praises Zayed stance


Zayed committed to helping Palestinians: says Hamdan


Mauritanian newspaper praises Sheikh Zayed


Zayed's gesture to renovate Church of Nativity hailed


Sheikha Fatima urges international protection for Palestinian people


Hundreds march for Palestinians


More UAE relief supplies for Palestinians arrives in Amman


UAE sent 15 aid planes to Palestine


Arafat thanks UAE for assistance


International community should wake up to plight of Palestinian children: Sheikha Fatima


UAE condemns UN failure to rein in Israel


Arafat thanks Zayed for help


PLO gets UAE town house for office in Washington


Ladies of diplomatic corps donate funds to Palestinian children


Christians, Muslims praise Zayed's gesture


UAE women salute Palestinian women for their heroism


Hansen welcomes UAE aid to Jenin as generous


Mohammed calls Arab expatriate media to return home


Church of Nativity, Omar Mosque to be renovated on Zayed expense


Solidarity with Palestinians- a humanitarian obligation, says Sheikha Fatima


UAE condemns the Israeli war crimes


Palestinian Minister lauds Zayed's support for Palestine