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by Oui Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 03:35:57 PM EST

The Great Abraham Business Accords don't recognize International Treaties, Human Rights, United Nations and the ICC.

Top Saudi official issued death threat against UN's Khashoggi investigator | The Guardian |

A senior Saudi official issued what was perceived to be a death threat against the independent United Nations investigator, Agnès Callamard, after her investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In an interview with the Guardian, the outgoing special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings said that a UN colleague alerted her in January 2020 that a senior Saudi official had twice threatened in a meeting with other senior UN officials in Geneva that month to have Callamard "taken care of" if she was not reined in by the UN.


Jiminy Cricket 🌒

Netanyahu: ICC war crimes probe is 'pure antisemitism' | JPost |

Israel has a stake in Biden administration's decision to lift ICC sanctions

As the Biden administration reengages with the global community, it faces tough decisions about how to deal with the remnants of former President Donald Trump's foreign policy, including sanctions imposed on staff of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. 

The sanctions were a response to the ICC's investigation of possible war crimes by US forces in Afghanistan. Prominent groups are calling on the Biden administration to lift those sanctions.

But one of America's close allies -- Israel --  is asking the new president to keep them in place. 

Why Israel fears the ICC war crimes investigation | The Guardian |

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by Oui on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 03:54:54 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 05:15:57 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 03:59:21 PM EST
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Isn't the whole point of Nord Stream 2 to bypass Ukraine and Poland, which have used the existing pipelines to extort Eu and specifically Germany?
by pelgus on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 04:07:51 PM EST
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See also the investment of VP Joe Biden and members of US Congress in the number of colour revolutions since 2004 and the Maidan coup d'état in 2014. In memory of Joe's pal John McCain ... may Satan have his soul. Indeed, it's the pricing of the gas transport and the big cut for Ukraine's oligarch community. Corruption in these countries is rampant ... money laundered in Europe's banks and stashed in London, Tel Aviv, Cyprus, Guernsey and British Caribbean Isles.
by Oui on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 04:53:19 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 08:16:15 PM EST
Netanyahu's 'victory'; updated polls show majority slipping from reach

As the night wore on it appeared that Netanyahu's claim of victory may have come too soon.

All three channels updated their exit poll results to correlate with actual results coming in and showed Netanyahu losing his possible majority.

An updated exit poll from Channel 12 news had Likud dropping to 30 seats, with Netanyahu's bloc together with Yamina falling to 59 seats. The centrist Yesh Atid held steady as the second-largest party with 18 seats.

by Oui on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 04:17:31 AM EST

    Three months ago we overthrew the government and went to this polls. We were then the fourth largest party in Israel, we end this election campaign the second largest party in Israel leading the bloc of change.
by Oui on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 04:19:22 AM EST
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No clear majority ...

The Islamist Ra'am party currently has 3.24% of the total vote, just a hair under the 3.25% of votes needed to enter the Knesset.

by Oui on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 04:34:52 AM EST
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Ra'am party clears electoral threshold, shaking up Knesset's likely set-up | I24 News |

In the latest release, the Ra'am party, a breakaway Joint List faction, cleared the electoral threshold, claiming five seats as of now.

Its addition to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) appears set to re-shuffle the current political disposition and deny the PM a clear path to a 61-vote majority. 

Together with Shas, United Torah Judaism and the Religious Zionism parties, sitting at nine, seven and six seats respectively. Netanyahu's bloc is now at 52 seats -- not enough to form a 61-mandate majority with Naftali Bennett's Yamina, which currently has seven mandates.

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The anti-Netanyahu bloc, assuming that Lapid would be able to bring together a broad coalition, now sits at 56 seats and would hypothetically be able to form a government by joining forces with either Ra'am or Yamina.

by Oui on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 07:33:44 AM EST
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Why do you bias it wil selective translation from Hebrew (resp. Arabic)? Why "Joint List", "United Torah Judaism" but nor "To the Right"?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 07:50:00 AM EST
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The article i24 News is the English version!!

Party lists for the 2021 Israeli legislative election

Jerusalem Post article ...

According to the preliminary results, Netanyahu's Likud won 30 seats, Yesh Atid 18, Shas 9, Blue and White 8,  United Torah Judaism, Yamina and Labor 7,  New Hope, Yisrael Beytenu, the Religious Zionist Party 6 and Meretz 5. After initial indications that the Ra'am (United Arab List) Party had not crossed the 3.25% electoral threshold, current results give it five seats and the Joint List six. 
by Oui on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 08:42:17 AM EST
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The names of the parties are in Hebrew. Your source seems to selectively translate the names into English (i.e Labor) while avoiding translations that give you a good a feeling for their ideology (Yamina) or lack thereof ("There is a future)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 05:34:56 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Mar 26th, 2021 at 08:48:32 PM EST
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by generic on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 08:49:12 AM EST
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Egyptian Suez Canal Authority resume efforts to refloat delinquent ship "Ever Given" | Egypt Today |

Egyptian Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced, Friday resuming efforts to re-float the delinquent ship "Ever Given" using 9 gigantic locomotives.

Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Lieutenant General Osama Rabie said that the towing   efforts resumed using 9 gigantic locomotives including "Baraka 1" and "Izzat Adel", after the completion of the dredging work near the vessel's bow using "Mashhour" dredge.

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The Dutch Smit Salvage, a subsidiary of dredging and maritime services provider Boskalis, joined the SCA team to participate in the process of refloating the ship, praising the measures taken by the SCA.

Suez Canal: Salvage teams join efforts to refloat ship as traffic suspended | Middle East Eye |

A good chance the MV Ever Given is refloated by high tide today.

by Oui on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 11:46:51 AM EST
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by Oui on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 02:26:44 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 07:38:40 PM EST
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Tug boats sound their horns to indicate a positive movement of MV Ever Given 😄

by Oui on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 09:50:25 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 05:56:20 AM EST
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Suez canal: Ever Given ship refloated after almost a week blocking major waterway | The Guardian |

by Oui on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 06:09:46 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 02:04:58 PM EST
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For Egyptian agriculture and local farmer ...

by Oui on Mon Mar 29th, 2021 at 10:54:19 AM EST
by Oui on Tue Mar 30th, 2021 at 09:23:49 AM EST

Not all territories are equal, some are more equal ...

President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken have just published a Human Rights report where the Golan Heights are "definitely" gifted to Israel ... too bad for Syria.

The repeat of the 1948 Nakba - Golan Heights under the U.S. administrations after 1967. The #Syrian villages & farms destroyed, & Israeli settlements built on their ruins.

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Standing with our ally, same moral values - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

by Oui on Wed Mar 31st, 2021 at 09:05:29 AM EST
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US lawmakers urge Israel to vaccinate Palestinians as 'occupying entity' | Middle East Eye |

U.S. Senators to Blinken: Push Israel to 'Do More to Help Palestinians' With COVID Vaccines

by Oui on Wed Mar 31st, 2021 at 07:53:46 PM EST
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