Posts Tagged ‘bahrain’

The Bahrain Gov’t Is Attacking Female Activists – And Trump’s Policies are Emboldening Them

By Lucilla Berwick and Bridget Quitter, Ms. Magazine  In 2017, Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh found herself sitting in a dark room before a pair of chain smoking officers from Bahrain’s National Security Agency. “No one is going to hear you in this place,” sneered one of the men, who introduced himself as ‘the […]

In rare formal visit, Israeli official attends anti-Iran conference in Bahrain

A senior Israeli official took part in a security conference in Bahrain on Monday, in a fresh sign of warming ties between Israel and some Arab states. Dana Benvenisti-Gabay, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s regional security and counter-terrorism department, represented Israel at the conference in Manama, known as the Working Group on Maritime and […]

Bahrain Crackdown: Health of Hunger-striking Detainee Deteriorating

By Staff Bahraini human rights activist Ebtisam al-Saegh reported that the health condition of detainee Osama al-Saghir has been deteriorating as he fainted in the washroom after spending 15 days of an ongoing hunger strike. Al-Saghir, sentenced to 60 years in prison for political charges, started bleeding after the incident, al-Saegh said, adding that “although […]

Tyranny won’t last: Leader reacts to Bahrain executions

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned Bahraini rulers that their tyrannical regime is not going to last much longer, after the ruling Al Khalifah regime tortured and executed two young protesters. “Cruelty and tyranny won’t last and the determination and the willpower of justice-seeking nations will eventually prevail,” the Leader’s […]

Move over, Bahrain? Iraq signals interest in better ties with Israel

That Israel and the Sunni-Arab Gulf states cooperate closely is the Middle East’s worst-kept secret. Despite the absence of formal diplomatic relations, everybody knows Jerusalem has clandestine yet robust ties with Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Manama and other capitals in the region, due to shared concerns about an increasingly belligerent Iran. The most striking indication of […]

Ex-Bahrain official: israel aims to ‘destroy society’ in Middle East

Ex-Bahrain official: Israel aims to ‘destroy society’ in Middle East MEMO | July 4, 2019                 Former Bahraini minister of education and political analyst Mohammed Al-Fakhro warned that Israel is working to draw out a new Sykes-Picot agreement for the entire Arab region. Speaking at the international cultural festival […]

Gulf rulers embrace Israel at Kushner’s Bahrain workshop

Tamara Nassar Power Suits 28 June 2019 Bahrain’s foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa shakes hands with Israeli journalist Barak Ravid. (Twitter) After much anticipation and few expectations, the US-sponsored conference in Bahrain’s capital Manama ended on Wednesday. Despite the lack of official Palestinian and Israeli representation at the gathering to launch the US-backed “Peace to […]

Bahrain gives back citizenship of 92 Shia dissidents, upholds their jail terms

Bahrain’s top court of appeal has reversed a decision to revoke the citizenship of 92 jailed Shia nationals who have been convicted of allegedly forming a “terrorist group,” but has upheld their original prison terms. On Sunday, the Court of Cassation, Bahrain’s highest court, “overturned the decision to strip the 92 people of their citizenship,” […]

Palestinian Town Changes Name of Street from “Bahrain” to Kuwait’s “Marzouq Al-Ghanim”

June 29, 2019 The mayor of Palestine’s Yatta in Al-Khalil (Hebron) in south of occupied West Bank changed one of his towns streets from “Bahrain” to “Marzouq Al-Ghanim”, the Speaker of Kuwait’s National Assembly, in recognition of Kuwait’s rejection of the Deal of the Century’. A statement issued by Yatta’s municipality mentioned that upon a lot […]

PA arrests Hebron businessman who attended Bahrain conference

The Palestinian Authority arrested a Palestinian businessman who attended the US-led economic conference in Bahrain this past week where the Trump administration unveiled the economic aspects of its proposed peace plan, a senior PA official said on Saturday. Saleh Abu Mayala was arrested in Hebron by Palestinian intelligence forces in an area under Palestinian Authority […]

Bahrain FM’ call for normalization with Israel ‘reckless, unprecedented impudence’: Wefaq

Bahrain’s main Shia opposition group, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has condemned the country’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah for urging open communication with the Tel Aviv regime, dismissing his remarks as “reckless.” “This hysteric rush towards the Zionists reflects the (Manama) regime’s tendency to throw itself into the Israeli lap,” Wefaq said in a […]

The Bahrain conference: what did, and didn’t, happen

After two days of panels, speeches, and meetings, the US-led “Peace to Prosperity” conference in Manama, Bahrain, wound down on Wednesday evening.  The widely-anticipated and hotly-contested “economic workshop” for Israeli-Palestinian peace featured the first unveiling of Jared Kushner’s plans for Palestinians. His proposal? Investing upwards of $50 billion in the Palestinian territories and neighboring Arab […]

Iraqi denounces ‘attack’ on Baghdad’s Bahrain embassy by peace confab protesters

Iraq on Friday denounced an “attack” by protesters on the embassy of Bahrain that prompted Manama to recall its ambassador from Baghdad. Protesters stormed the Bahraini embassy compound in Baghdad Thursday night, removing the flag from above the building and replacing it with a Palestinian banner in protest against a US-led economic conference held in […]

US-led conference in Bahrain detached from reality, has no future: Palestinian PM

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has censured the recent US-led conference in Bahrain in support of President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians, saying the summit was detached from realities on the ground and has no future. Shtayyeh said on Friday that the so-called “Peace to Prosperity” workshop on June 25 and […]

Palestinians remain unsold on US peace ‘bribe’ after Bahrain meeting

An economic conference intended to kickstart a Middle East peace initiative by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has failed to convince the vast majority of Palestinians, who boycotted it and treated it with disdain or disinterest. In a rare show of unity, all Palestinian political factions condemned the conference in Bahrain before it started and […]

‘Palestine is not for sale’ — Palestinians in Gaza say Bahrain summit is the ‘New Oslo’

On Tuesday Palestinians in the Gaza Strip cursed at Arab officials and burned placards of President Donald Trump in protest of the administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” summit in Bahrain to discuss economic aspects of the long-awaited “deal of the century.” Shops, banks, and restaurants also shuttered their doors as part of a general strike. The […]

Bahrain conference is a stab in the back to every Palestinian

Everybody is talking about the two-day Bahrain Conference held in Manama entitled “Peace to Prosperity Workshop” to discuss “prosperous” economic development proposals in Palestine. This conference is said to come as the first stage of the so called the “Deal of the Century.” But this is not true. The deal already started when the U.S. moved […]

Bahrain FM to Times of Israel: Israel is here to stay, and we want peace with it

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain sees the US-led economic workshop taking place in Manama this week as a possible “gamechanger” tantamount in its scope to the 1978 Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, the Gulf state’s foreign minister said Wednesday, also firmly backing Israel’s right to exist. “We see it as very, very important,” […]

As Kushner pushes Palestinian prosperity in Bahrain, UNRWA struggles to cover shortfall following US funding cuts

UNITED NATIONS, 25 June 2019 — The UN agency for Palestinian refugees raised $110 million at a pledging meet in New York on Tuesday, but warned that it still needs more cash and may have to cut food handouts to some 1 million Gaza residents over the summer. Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the UN Relief and […]

Breakfast with Tony Blair? Program leaks for Kushner’s Bahrain "workshop"

Ali Abunimah Power Suits 21 June 2019 Jared Kushner’s effort to substitute economic crumbs for inalienable Palestinian rights is an even bigger flop than many expected. (via Flickr) Expectations were already at rock bottom for US presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner’s Bahrain “workshop” intended to kick-start the economic aspects of the Trump administration’s “Deal […]

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