July 2007

Saudi Arabia In Campaign Against Violent Video Games

Government elements in Saudi Arabia have launched a campaign against violent video games, some of which depict war between U.S. forces and Al-Qaeda.

This move is part of Saudi Arabia's struggle against sources of violence, in the framework of which security and media elements are warning against the spread of such games.

Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, July 20, 2007

Date Posted: July 20, 2007
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Iraq Arrests 70 Saudis Who Planned To Carry Out Jihad Operations

Iraqi Interior Ministry senior official Gen. Abd Al-Karim Khalef has announced the arrest of 70 Saudi citizens who entered Iraq to carry out jihad operations.

Most of the detainees acknowledged that they had been influenced by fatwas issued by clerics who called to carry out such operations in Iraq.

Source: Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), July 20, 2007

Date Posted: July 20, 2007
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Kuwait Preparing Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

A senior official in Kuwait's Social Affairs Ministry has said that the country's Justice Ministry is preparing a special law for struggling against human trafficking.

The law is aimed at having Kuwait removed from the list of countries dealing in human trafficking.

Source: Al-Siyassa, Kuwait, July 19, 2007

Date Posted: July 20, 2007
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MEMRI LAUNCHES ISLAMIST WEBSITES MONITOR – PUBLIC SERVICE GUIDE TO FOCUS ON JIHADIST WEBSITES HOSTED IN THE U.S.

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Saudi Cartoon On Iran's Dream Of Annexing Bahrain

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Senior Fatah Official: Torture By Hamas Worse Than Torture Of Occupation

Fatah Central Committee member Zakariya Al-Agha has called the deeds of Hamas members "barbaric, to say the least," and stated that the torture that Hamas is using against Fatah, as seen in the past two days, is worse than the torture used by the occupation.

He said that it was impossible to be silent over what is happening in Gaza, particularly regarding the night raids on homes and the arrests of Fatah women activists, the wives of activists and the wives of martyrs, including conducting body searches.

Senior Palestinian Broadcasting Authority official Yousef Al-Qazaz wrote in an article that "whoever tortures members of his people has no place in the human map of our society."

Source: Al-Ayyam, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,Palestinian Authority, July 19, 2007

Date Posted: July 19, 2007
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Abbas: By Their Deeds, Hamas Men Dug Graves With Own Hands

In a speech to the PLO Central Committee, PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called for early elections for the presidency and for the Palestinian Legislative Council, and clarified that he would not wait for the agreement of Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mash'al to carry out the move.

Abbas accused Hamas members of lying and of using religion to cover up their crimes, and said that by trampling the Mecca agreement, they had dug their graves with their own hands.

Source: Al-Ayyam, Palestinian Authority, July 19, 2007

Date Posted: July 19, 2007
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Iran Weekly Critical Of French Mediation In Lebanon

In an article, the Iranian weekly Sobh-e Sadeq, which is the mouthpiece of Iranian Supreme Leader 'Ali Khamenei circulated among the Revolutionary Guards, wrote that recent statements by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Hizbullah was a terrorist organization, as well as the French ambassador in Lebanon's support of the March 14 Forces, were contradictory to the mediation role that France was trying to play in Lebanon, and were also against the desire of most of the Lebanese people.

Source: Sobh-e Sadeq, Iran, July 16, 2007

Date Posted: July 19, 2007
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Haniya Agrees To Private Oversight Of Gaza Crossings

Former Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya has expressed his agreement to representatives from the private Palestinian sector being in charge of the crossings into and out of the Gaza Strip.

Haniya aide Ahmad Yousef added that "the Haniya government" would welcome any international element that wished to take over supervision of the crossings.

Source: Al-Quds, Jerusalem; Al-Hayat, London, July 18, 2007

Date Posted: July 18, 2007
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Jaysh Al-Islam Activist Praises Connection With Al-Qaeda

An aide to Jaysh Al-Islam in Gaza head Mumtaz Daghmoush, Abu 'Aashour Karajah, has said that the organization's connections with Al-Qaeda are excellent and include financial help from Al-Qaeda.

He said that his organization's weapons arrive through tunnels belonging to it, and from arms dealers who transfer weapons through their tunnels.

Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi, London, July 18, 2007

Date Posted: July 18, 2007
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