Gan HaOfel Archaeological Park Jeusalem 370.
(photo credit: Berthold Werner/Wikimedia Commons)
ISRAEL’S CONCERN FROM SYRIAN ROCKETS?
Al Quds Al Arabi, London, May 19
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is confused. He knows that Syria’s advanced
weapons have moved to Hezbollah in Lebanon but at the same time he can’t send
his weapons to demolish them the way he used to do because a Syrian response is
more likely to occur. The Sunday Times reporter in Tel Aviv said that the Syrian
rockets are ready to be launched and can stop Israeli commercial flights, even
if they can’t reach Ben-Gurion Airport.
Netanyahu had announced that
moving weapons will be considered a declaration of war, but we think that these
remarks are empty threats meant as psychological coercion.
President Vladimir Putin warned Netanyahu that any Israeli attack will be
reciprocated after Russia refused Netanyahu’s rude demand not to send S-300
anti-aircraft missiles to Syria. We can say that the Israeli PM felt he was
offended twice: the first when he failed to prevent these weapons from reaching
Syria; and his fear of the weapons heading to Hezbollah for fear of starting a
WHY DO ARABS IN ISRAEL VOTE?
Jadal e-magazine, Haifa, May
A poll that was carried out a week before the latest Israeli elections shows
that Arab voters are aware of the limited influence of the Arab parties in the
However, they think it’s important to have Arabs parties in the
parliament despite their limited effect.
The voter assesses the Arab
parties based on their nationalistic performance and the leaders’
qualifications, and only little importance is given to what material
accomplishments these parties were able to achieve such as solving the economic
problems, violence, defending land and housing issues, ending the occupation and
One can say that the behavior of Arab voters is
rational: those who do not boycott elections utilize them as a way to express
their dissatisfaction. The Arab voters look for collective benefits in issues
like identity and confronting authorities. Practically, the Arab voter is
protesting thorough voting.
A KNESSET LOBBYING GROUP TO DEAL POSITIVELY
WITH THE ARAB INITIATIVE
Al Malaf News Agency, May 21
In a first-of-its-kind
initiative, a lobby has been formed in the Knesset to advance the peace process
between the Arabs and Israel. The head of the lobby, Hilik Bar, said that it
will try to change the Israeli position on the Arab Peace Initiative and provide
a majority for peace in the Knesset. Bar, a member of the Labor opposition
party, said that Israel shamefully ignored the Arab Peace Initiative for the
past 11 years, adding that this lobby is the first of its kind in Israel’s
Twenty parliament members joined the lobby ahead of its first
meeting. Bar said that the majority of Israelis support a peace deal with the
Palestinians based on the two-state solution, despite what he called the
problems that face Palestinian-Israeli relations.
A recent alternative to
the Arab Peace Initiative to accept land swaps between Palestinians and Israel
gave the Arab-Israeli peace lobby a push.
A NEW SETTLEMENT PROJECT IN
Palestine News Network, Bethlehem, May 21
The Jerusalem and Aksa
Committee in the Palestinian Legislative Council has warned of a new Israeli
plan to fully Judaize Burak Square and the Umayyad palaces. Ghassan Shami,
spokesperson for the committee, said that the project is a dangerous one to the
occupied city of Jerusalem and includes building a large synagogue and an
Israeli police station.
Shami added that the Israeli authorities have
started the implementation of large drilling operations in the area of the Burak
Wall, and continued drilling operations in the area of the Umayyad palaces over
the past few days. He explained that Zionist drilling has a negative affect on
the history of the area and the Islamic heritage as the excavations erase Arab
and Islamic monuments in the area.
TRANSLATING UNIVERSITY COURSES INTO
Al Arabiya website, Dubai, May 20
Taghreedat, the largest volunteer
platform to “Arabize” digital content, announced it will translate major
international university courses for Arab students free of charge. In
partnership with Coursera, 9,000 translators and editors from 37 countries will
start translating two math and economics university courses offered by Stanford
and Duke universities.
Earlier this year Taghreedat (Tweets) called upon
Arab volunteers to help translate WhatsApp, Gameloft and Wikimedia. Taghreedat
translation moderators will manage project quality to ensure accurate
translations. The Taghreedat-Coursera collaboration is one of the larger global
partnerships that Coursera is planning with more than 15 translation
organizations worldwide. The partnership will include translating courses into
Coursera’s most popular student languages: Russian, Portuguese, Turkish,
Japanese, Ukrainian, Kazakh and Arabic. Most of the translated courses are
expected to be available by September.
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