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By Abdel Bari Atwan

Egypt’s Bloody Chaos Amid Assassinations And IS Sinai Attacks

Egypt is experiencing at first hand an Islamist insurgency as car bombs explode in the heart of Cairo, State Prosecutor General, Hisham Barakat is assassinated, and Islamic State fighters launch multiple attacks on military check-points and police targets in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 100.

Coming on the eve of the second anniversary of Egypt’s military coup which ousted the elected President Morsi on 30 June 2013, the assassination of Barakat is a powerful warning to General al-Sisi’s regime that the Muslim Brotherhood is not finished and was followed, the next day by two further car bombs in the 6th of October City area of Cairo.

Barakat was appointed as soon as al-Sisi and his fellow Generals took power and presided over more than 50,000 political detentions in just 2 years. It was Barakat who gave the green light to troops to open fire on protestors demonstrating against the coup, killing 900, injuring 3000 and putting 1000 on trial. Most significantly, Barakat presided over the prosecutions of leading Muslim Brotherhood figures, including President Morsi whose death sentence was upheld last month.

The attacks in the Sinai targeted at least 15 army and police positions, focusing on the town of Sheikh Zuweis near the border with Gaza,  where scores of fighters from Islamic State’s ‘Sinai Wiliyat’ (formerly known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis before the group gave their bayat to Baghdadi) beseiged the police station. The battle raged all day in what Egyptian officials described as the ‘biggest battle in Sinai since the 1973 Arab-Israeli ‘Ramadan War’ leading Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu to declare that ‘the Islamic State is knocking on Israel’s borders’.

Egypt deployed all its advanced, US-supplied weaponry, including F-16 fighter planes and Apache helicopters. IS claimed it shot down one of the helicopters using anti-aircraft missile launchers. Al-Sisi has vowed to ‘wipe out’ the entire IS presence in Sinai and Israeli newspapers reported that he may ‘invite’ Israel to bombard IS strongholds.

Egyptian officials announced that al-Sisi will shortly ratify new legislation designed to ramp up anti-terror security operations and fast-track judicial proceedings involving militants, including the appeals process. We would not be surprised if President Morsi and other leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood are executed soon – quite possibly before the end of Ramadan.

The execution of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will ignite violence and terrorism, forcing Egypt, into a dark, bloody tunnel and dispelling all hopes of security and stability. Like Tunisia – where IS massacred 38 tourists just days ago – the Egyptian economy is dependent on its tourism industry and is already in deep crisis.

The Muslim Brotherhood has long been a problem for Egypt’s rulers. The late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser battled against them and their influence, imprisoning and executing the man who has become one of the Islamists’ (including the Salafi-Jihadis) leading lights – the scholar and ideologue, Sayyid Qutb. Nasser, however, was pursuing a well-defined political and economic policy with an emphasis on alleviating poverty through agrarian reform act and the elimination of feudalism. No such social conscience, or covenant with the people, marks the current regime’s approach which is predicated on violence and war.

President Anwar Sadat took the opposite approach and encouraged the Muslim Brotherhood, loosening restrictions on them and their publications; he saw in them a useful ally against the burgeoning left and a counterbalance to Israel.

With no clear agenda other than destruction of any dissent, Egypt is hurtling along the same path as Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, towards bloody chaos and even, perhaps, division and fragmentation. There is much talk these days about the redrawing of Sykes-Picot.

But the greatest threat to the Egyptian regime is not the Muslim Brotherhood but the Islamic State which is expanding in all directions using the system of Wiliyats (provinces) which, when contiguous, as in parts of Iraq and Syria are extremely stable and secure. Paradoxically, IS is at odds with the Muslim Brotherhood for ideological reasons, considering their interpretation of Islam to be incorrect. If IS manages to enter Gaza – which is possible – it will topple Muslim Brotherhood-linked Hamas’s rule which it considers too far from Shari’a.

If Egypt is to escape from looming crisis it needs – not money from fair weather friends, nor weapons from Russia and America, nor war on the Muslim Brotherhood or the Islamic State but the re-establishment of national cohesion, national reconciliation, the Egyptian national project. The Egyptian people are well known for their tolerance and good humour as well as their love of their country. The Egyptian army is strong and can affect a change of direction, helping to restore security and stability for the sake of the people and the nation.

George S.Hishmeh

Will Israel get away with its policy?

The low-key US reaction to the condemnation of Israel this week by a UN-backed commission for its bloody assault on the besieged Gaza Strip is appalling.

Home to 1.7 million Palestinians, last year 2,251 Palestinians were killed in Gaza; of these, 1,462 were civilians, of whom 299 were women and 551 children.

Israeli losses were six civilians and 67 soldiers.

The 217-page report, issued by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry and submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, found that both Israel and Palestinian fighter groups, primarily Hamas, were responsible for violations of international law that could amount to war crimes.

But both Israel and Hamas refused to cooperate with the commission, and Hamas is reportedly planning to submit its version of the 51-day war later this week.

The Israeli launching of the war was triggered by several events in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, primarily the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli youngsters and the subsequent burning to death of a Palestinian teenager by Israeli extremists.

There was huge Israeli firepower during this aggression, compared to two earlier Gaza wars, amounting to “more than 6,000 air strikes … and approximately 50,000 tank and artillery shells fired”.

In contrast, the UN commission reported that the Palestinian fighters fired 4,881 rockets and 1,753 mortars towards Israel.

Whether this conflict will lead to an Israeli trial is doubtful in the view of an Israeli analyst who writes that “the UN’s Gaza report makes for good headlines and will keep UN officials busy for weeks to come, but it doesn’t provide any evidence that will help get Israelis in the dock in The Hague”, at the International Criminal Court, as the Palestinians are hoping.

It is too early to tell whether the US administration will totally support the Palestinians in their position; there was a recent public hint from President Barack Obama that they can approach the United Nations on this issue.

Judging from this week’s mute reaction to the just released UN report, US support is not very encouraging, if not disappointing.

For a start, the American media have been low-keyed about the UN report, which did not merit front-page attention in the country’s two leading newspapers, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

However, the Times editorial last Tuesday had a powerful last paragraph: “… Israel has a duty, and should have the desire, to adjust its military policies to avoid civilian casualties and hold those who have failed to do so accountable. Absent some kind of peace agreement with the Palestinians, another war in Gaza seems inevitable.”

American politicians are not willing to crack the whip against Israel for its extremist and uncompromising policies, especially given the upcoming presidential election.

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie had to apologise publicly for having used a correct term at an event hosted by pro-Israel Republican billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

He reportedly used the term “occupied territories” in a reference to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and then said he misspoke.

He asserted that “he is an unwavering friend and committed supporter of Israel and was sorry for any confusion that came across as a result of the misstatement”.

This “apology” preceded an announcement by the Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine that focused on the upcoming 78th General Convention of the Church in Salt Lake City “to open and produce discussion of the resolutions calling for use of economic leverage to advance a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land”.

The event will mainly focus on the committee’s proposed resolution “calling for boycott and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s nearly half-century occupation of Palestinian lands and denial of Palestinian freedom”.

The announcement said: “As Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote in a letter of support for the committee’s resolution, we act in order to bear witness to the use of Christ’s justice to free the oppressed and by so doing to liberate the oppressor so that these two peoples can finally be reconciled and live together in dignity, security and peace.”

This event follows a fire started earlier this month by Israeli Jewish extremists that damaged the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes alongside the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, where Christians believe Jesus performed the bread and fish miracle.

The Israeli police are now investigating the event, reported The Washington Post.

A police spokesman said the arson attack resembled previous acts of vandalism by Jewish extremists who target monasteries, churches, mosques and cemeteries.

It added that “Israel has debated whether to label the hate crimes as terrorism”.

The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said in a statement: “We consider this to be a serious hate crime. It comes at a time when many hate crimes are taking place against holy sites, and we are wondering where the government and the security services [are].”





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ordan’s ‘Honor’ Killings Persist Despite Reform Efforts

Every year, 20 Jordanian women are killed because of “family honor.” In 2011, societal pressure forced Jordan’s parliament to backtrack on amending Article 76 of the temporary penal code whereby “the use of mitigating reasons for assault crimes” would have been abolished. This article protects the perpetrators of honor crimes who often benefit from mitigating reasons and avoid receiving a deterring punishment.

A 2011 study titled “Cultural and Legal Discrimination Against Jordanian Girls” polled the country’s main population centers (the capital Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Mafraq, Aqaba and Karak) and found that 80.9% of parents believe that protecting the female equates to protecting the family’s honor. Among those polled, 55% believed that a woman should be accompanied by her brother when she is outside the house; 66% are opposed to women having the same rights as a men of the same age with regard to being unaccompanied outside the house; 49% are opposed to a female child playing outside the house; and 29% say that all women should get married regardless of their education. According to the study, 29% of those polled said their convictions emanate from traditions, 25.1% said their convictions emanate from personal attitudes, 16% attributed their convictions to societal factors and 15.5% to religion.


Kingdom fourth best Arab country for women — survey


LONDON — Jordan is the fourth best country in the Arab world to be a woman, a poll of gender experts showed on Tuesday.

The Kingdom scored 58.218 points, ahead of Qatar, Tunisia and Algeria.

Comoros, where women hold 20 per cent of ministerial positions and where wives generally keep land or the home after divorce, came on top, followed by Oman and Kuwait.

The poll by Thomson Reuters’ philanthropic arm surveyed 336 gender experts in August and September in 21 Arab League states and Syria, which was a founding member of the Arab League but was suspended in 2011.

Questions were based on provisions of the UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which 19 Arab states have signed or ratified.

The poll assessed violence against women, reproductive rights, treatment of women within the family, their integration into society and attitudes towards a woman’s role in politics and the economy.

Experts were asked to respond to statements and rate the importance of factors affecting women’s rights across the six categories. Their responses were converted into scores, which were averaged to create a ranking.

Egypt is the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, according to the poll, citing sexual harassment, high rates of female genital mutilation and a surge in violence.

Discriminatory laws and a spike in trafficking also contributed to Egypt’s place at the bottom of a ranking of 22 Arab states, the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey found.

Despite hopes that women would be one of the prime beneficiaries of the Arab Spring, they have instead been some of the biggest losers, as the revolts have brought conflict, instability, displacement and a rise in Islamist groups in many parts of the region, experts said.

“We removed the Mubarak from our presidential palace, but we still have to remove the Mubarak who lives in our minds and in our bedrooms,” Egyptian columnist Mona Eltahawy said, referring to Egypt’s toppled dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

“As the miserable poll results show, we women need a double revolution, one against the various dictators who’ve ruined our countries and the other against a toxic mix of culture and religion that ruin our lives as women.”

The foundation’s third annual women’s rights poll gives a comprehensive snapshot of the state of women’s rights in the Arab world three years after the events of 2011 and as Syria’s conflict threatens further regional upheaval.

Iraq ranked second-worst after Egypt, followed by Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

Sexual harassment

Egypt scored badly in almost all categories.

A UN report on women in April said 99.3 per cent of women and girls are subjected to sexual harassment in Egypt.

Human Rights Watch reported that 91 women were raped or sexually assaulted in public in Tahrir Square in June as anti-Mohamed Morsi protests heated up.

“There are whole villages on the outskirts of Cairo and elsewhere where the bulk of economic activity is based on trafficking in women and forced marriages,” said Zahra Radwan, Middle East and North Africa programme officer for the Global Fund for Women, a US-based rights group.

Female genital mutilation is endemic in Egypt, where 91 per cent of women and girls — 27.2 million in all — are subjected to cutting, according to UNICEF. Only Djibouti has a higher rate, with 93 per cent of women and girls cut.

In Iraq, women’s freedoms have regressed since the US-led 2003 invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the poll showed.

Domestic abuse and prostitution have increased, illiteracy has soared and up to 10 per cent of women — or 1.6 million — have been left widowed and vulnerable, according to Refugees International.

In Saudi Arabia, ranked third worst, experts noted some advances. S. Arabia remains the only country that bans female drivers but cautious reforms pushed by King Abdullah have given women more employment opportunities and a greater public voice.

Since January, 30 women have been appointed in the 150-member shura council, but the council has no legislative or budgetary powers.

Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system forbids women from working, travelling abroad, opening a bank account or enrolling in higher education without permission from a male relative.

Syria’s civil war has had a devastating impact on women at home and in refugee camps across borders, where they are vulnerable to trafficking, forced and child marriage and sexual violence, experts said.

Rights groups say forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have targeted women with rape and torture, while hardline Islamists have stripped them of rights in rebel-held territory.

The poll highlighted a mixed picture for women’s rights in other Arab Spring countries.

In Yemen, ranked fifth worst, women protested side-by-side with men during the 2011 revolution and there is a 30 per cent quota for women in a national dialogue conference convened to discuss constitutional reforms.

But they face an uphill struggle for rights in a largely conservative country where child marriage is common.

In Libya, ranked 14th for women’s rights, experts voiced concern over the spread of armed militias and a rise in kidnapping, extortion, random arrests and physical abuse of women.

In Tunisia, ranked best among Arab Spring nations, women hold 27 per cent of seats in national parliament and contraception is legal, but polygamy is spreading and inheritance laws are biased towards males.

Along with Syria, all Arab League member states except Somalia and Sudan have signed or ratified CEDAW.

In the absence of full statehood recognition for the Palestinian territories, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas symbolically endorsed the convention on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

But protection offered by CEDAW is superficial, experts said. Signatories may raise reservations against any article that contradicts Sharia (Islamic law), a country’s family code, personal status laws or any piece of national legislation.


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عمان الأردنية ترحب بكم

وظائف شاغرة ...هل أنت عاطل عن العمل؟ تصفح صحيفتنا بأستمرار .. اضغط هنا

  صحيفة عمان الأردنية  تناشد الحكومة واصحاب القرار ايجاد فرص عمل لابنائنا  وهو حق يجب ان تكفله الدوله للشباب لأنهم جيل المستقبل وسنبقى نناشد ونناشد  من هذا المنبر الحر العمل على رفض  الواسطة والمحسوبية ، وتناشد  عمان الأردنية ايضاً اصحاب الشركات  والمصانع توفير  فرص عمل للشباب الاردنيين  




فرص عمل للأردنيين في القطاع الصحي

عمان الأردنية - أعلنت وزارة العمل عن توفر فرص عمل للذكور و الاناث في القطاع الصحي (صيادلة، ممرضين قانونيين، ممرضين مشاركين، فني تحاليل، موظفي استقبال/ادخال، مدخلي بيانات، مشرف سلامة مهنية، فني صيانة عامة) و براتب يصل إلى 700 دينار حسب الخبرة والكفاءة.

و طلبت الوزارة من الراغبين بالتقدم لهذه الوظائف الدخول على الموقع الوطني للتشغيل ،و مراجعة المعرض الوظيفي الدائم في مديرية تشغيل عمان الأولى في العبدلي يوم الثلاثاء 4/8/2015.

محلي/ توافر فرص عمل في قطاع الانشاءات


  عمان الأردنية -  الاول من اب - أعلنت وزارة العمل عن توفر فرص عمل في قطاع الانشاءات (مهندس مدني، مهندس ميكانيك، مهندس كهرباء، مهندس معماري، مدير دائرة هندسية، مدير دائرة تصميم هندسي، مدير مشروع، حاسب كميات، نجار/ مساعد نجار، حداد/ مساعد حداد، مواسرجي، فني كهرباء، مساعد فني كهرباء، فني ميكانيك، مساعد فني ميكانيك، نجار طوبار، قصير، سائقو معدات انشائية، سائق لودر، سائق قلاب، سائق قليدر، سائق سطحة، سائق فئة سادسة)، وبرواتب لا تقل عن 250 دينارا.

وطلبت الوزارة من الراغبين بالتقدم لهذه الوظائف الدخول على الموقع الوطني للتشغيل ومراجعة المعرض الوظيفي الدائم في مديرية تشغيل عمان.


                     العمل  "فرص عمل في مديريتي تشغيل عمان الاولى والثانية 
   العمل " أعلنت وزارة العمل عن توفر فرص عمل في مديرية تشغيل عمان الاولى / العبدلي تتضمن الوظائف والمهن التالية :
في قطاع الفنادق  :موظف استقبال  ، موظف مبيعات ، موظفة علاقات عامة , سفرجي ، موظف مقسم ، موضفي مصبغة ، كوى فنيي تكييف وتبريد مدير طعام وشراب موظفي حجوزات ، عامل مخزن ، شيف رئيسي ، موظفي امن وحماية . موظفي اصطفاف  .  في قطاع المولات وبيع الالبسة:كاشير ، منسق بضائع ، تغليف ، امن وحماية ، جزار ، موظفي بيع كاونتر .  في قطاع البنوك :ضباط اقراض ميداني ، مديرعلاقة عملاء افراد، مسؤول مبيعات وخدمات، مدير تنفيذي موظف تطوير شرائح ، موظف متابعة فروع ، موظفي صناديق ، مدير دائرة عمليات الموارد البشرية ،موظف تقارير احصائية،موظف الخدمة الهاتفية . قطاعات اخرى : مهندس ميكاترونكس ، مدير معرض ومبيعات ، فني سلامة مهنية ، ممرضين ذكور ، مساعد صيدلاني ، قابلة قانونية ، مدرسين رياضايات واجتماعيات /ذكور فرص عمل لذوي الاعاقة : موظفي استقبال ، مبرمجي حاسوب وشبكات ، موظفي امن ، موظفي تحصيل ، منسقي بضائع ، رسام اوتوكاد . فني سلامة مهنية.
كما أعلنت الوزارة عن توفر فرص عمل في مديرية تشغيل عمان الثانية /سحاب تتضمن المهن التالية : مساعد فني المنيوم ، موزع بضائع ومساعد توزيع ، عمال انتاج ، عاملات تعبئة وتغليف ، عمال مستودعات، مهندس انتاج تخصص تغذية ، حداد ، نجار ، فني آلات محوسبة cnc، فني لحام co2، مساعد فني تشكيل صاج .   يرجى من الباحثين الاردنيين الراغبين بالعمل في هذه الفرص مراجعة موقع مديريتي التشغيل ، ولمزيد من المعلومات زيارة موقع نظام التشغيل الوطني

                      فرص عمل للمهندسين في قطاع الانشاءات والنفظ والغاز بدولة الكويت


العمل " أعلنت وزارة العمل عن توفر فرص عمل للمهندسين في قطاعي الانشاءات والنفط والغاز بدولة الكويت في الوظائف التالية : (مدير إدارة التسعير والمناقصات،رئيس قسم تسعير الكتروميكانيك(نفط وغاز) ،رئيس قسم تسعير/طرق وجسور،رئيس قسم تسعير/ إنشاءات ومباني، مهندس تسعير/طرق وخدمات،مهندس تسعير/نفط وغاز،حاسب كميات/ إنشاءات ،حاسب كميات/ نفظ وغاز،حاسب كميات/طرق وخدمات، مهندس تخطيط)، ويشترط لهذه الوظائف الحصول على درجة البكالوريوس في التخصصات: الهندسة المدنية والميكانيكية والالكتروميكانيكية بخبرة 10 سنوات على الاقل اضافة الى اجادة اللغة الانجليزية واستخدام الحاسوب ، ويفضل حصولة على دورات تدريبية في مجال اختصاصة،ويشترط لحاسب الكميات الحصول على دبلوم حاسب كميات بخبرة 5 سنوات.
 ودعت الوزارة الراغبين للتقدم لهذه الفرص ارسال السيرة الذاتية على الايميل  ولمزيد من المعلومات يرجى زيارة موقع التشغيل الوطني


وظائف للأردنيين في قطاع الانشاءات

عمان الأردنية - أعلنت وزارة العمل عن توفر فرص عمل في قطاع الانشاءات (مهندس مدني، مهندس ميكانيك، مهندس كهرباء، مهندس معماري، مدير دائرة هندسية، مدير دائرة تصميم هندسي، مدير مشروع، حاسب كميات، نجار/ مساعد نجار، حداد/ مساعد حداد، مواسرجي، فني كهرباء، مساعد فني كهرباء، فني ميكانيك، مساعد فني ميكانيك، نجار طوبار، قصير، سائقي معدات انشائية، سائق لودر، سائق قلاب، سائق قليدر، سائق سطحة، سائق فئة سادسة)،وبرواتب لا تقل عن 250 دينار اردني، و طلبت الوزارة من الراغبين بالتقدم لهذه الوظائف الدخول على الموقع الوطني للتشغيل و مراجعة المعرض الوظيفي الدائم في مديرية تشغيل عمان الأولى في العبدلي يوم الثلاثاء 28/7/2015

فرص عمل في قطر


  عمان الأردنية - عمان 22 تموز  - أعلنت وزارة العمل عن توفر فرص عمل في دولة قطر في مهن مدرسين اخصائيين في النطق، العلاج الوظيفي، والعلاج الطبيعي.

ودعت الوزارة الراغبين بالتقدم لهذه الوظائف الدخول إلى الرابط : وتعبئة نموذج طلب التوظيف.


وزارة العمل - فرص عمل في قطاع الاتصالات

 12/7/2015- اعلنت وزارة العمل /المعرض الوظيفي الدائم في مديرية تشغيل عمان الاولى/ العبدليعن توفر فرص عمل للاردنيين الباحثين عن عمل في قطاع الاتصالات من حملة درجة البكالوريوس في التخصصات : نظم معلومات ادارية ، نظم معلومات حاسوبية ،علم حاسوب ، وكافة التخصصات في الاتصالات علما بان هذه المؤسسات تمنح العديد من الحوافز كالتامين الصحي والضمان الاجتماعي ورواتب بحسب الخبرة والكفاءةوطلبت الوزارة من الباحثين الاردنيين الراغبين في العمل مراجعة موقع المعرض الوظيفي الدائم في مديرية تشغيل عمان الاولى /العبدلي يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 14/7/2015   ولمزيد من المعلومات حول هذه الفرص زيارة موقع النظام الوطني للتشغيل







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When will Israel come to terms with its extremism?

by Ahmad y.Majdoubeh

Israel has not only been tolerating its extremism, but abetting and encouraging it. In light of the Naama Margolese story, will it finally wake up?

Rather than thinking aptly and correctly by seeing a fair peace deal with the Palestinians, whose land it has usurped, as fundamental to the security and stability of both the Palestinians and Israelis, Israel has, in a very manipulative and perverse way, been doing its best to deprive the Palestinians of both peace and their inalienable rights.

Towards this malicious end, the Israeli government — in addition to its mighty military machine, the swallowing of Palestinian lands through illegal settlements, demolition of Palestinian homes, indiscriminate imprisonment of Palestinian demonstrators, the countless checkpoints it erects between Palestinian towns, etc. — has not only been turning a blind eye to continuous provocative and criminal acts committed by Jewish extremists against Palestinian civilians, but also encouraging such acts for the purpose of further uprooting the Palestinian people.

These acts, which have escalated both systematically and dramatically over the years, include, but are not limited to: the burning of mosques, the cutting of olive trees, the shooting of Palestinians going to work in their fields, the forced possession of some houses in Palestinian neighbourhoods, etc.

In the vast majority of these acts, the Israeli police or army “fails” to do anything to protect the Palestinian victims. When the Palestinians seek justice and retribution from Israeli courts, they get nowhere, as Israeli courts often turn down Palestinians petitions, for all kinds of pretexts, or legalise what the extremists commit.

All of this is part and parcel of Israel’s depopulation policies. When the Israelis were “establishing” their “home” on Palestinian lands in the 1930s and 1940s, they used not only violence but terrorism against the Palestinian owners and inhabitants of the land. The massacres of Deir Yassin, Qibya, and others speak louder than words. And so does the total demolition of the three Latrun villages of Amwas, Yalu, and Beit Nouba — in addition to others — in 1967.

The Israeli occupation machine has always relied, in dispossessing Palestinians and expanding its “homeland” into Palestine, on the various monsters and devils that it created.

The current extremists — religious as well as secular — are serving Israel’s selfish and narrow-minded interests, no doubt. However, what will Israel do when these extremists start harming Israelis directly? What should it do when the monsters it has created start backfiring?

It is these same extremists who assassinated former Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin, the only true Israeli peacemaker. Where would the Palestinians and Israelis be today had Rabin’s life been spared? Where would the region be? In a much better position.

And yet, Israel — which, like the Palestinians, has lost a lot as a result of the demise of Rabin — did nothing to combat its extremists. As a matter of fact, such extremism has not only grown, and grown more aggressive, but has become more widespread. The entire Israeli society has become more extreme and controlled by extremists: their current prime minister and the vast majority of his ministers included.

What the ultra-orthodox Jews of Israel — who, according to some estimates, constitute 10 per cent of the entire Israeli population — did to Margolese comes as a vivid reminder of the dangerous path Israel is following by either failing to curb, or nourishing, its extremism.

Margolese, a second-grader who was going to her religious school dressed modestly, was harassed and terrorised by a group of ultra-religious Jews, who called her a “whore” for dressing “immodestly.”

Should not this incident call for some soul-searching on the part of Israel, and some reconsideration of how it has been dealing with its own extremism? Shouldn’t it be a wake-up call for Israeli society?

What the extremist did to Margolese is a metaphor — though a small, tiny one — of what the Israeli extremists have been doing to the Palestinians for more than 80 years.Jordan Times


Jordan’s public sector seen more corrupt this year — report

AMMAN — Jordan’s public sector is perceived to be more corrupt than last year, graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) said in a statement on Tuesday, as the Kingdom scored 45 points on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2013, compared with 48 in 2012.

Jordan ranked 66 among the 177 countries surveyed, compared with 58 last year.

Two-thirds of the countries surveyed scored below 50, on a scale from 0, perceived to be highly corrupt, to 100, perceived to be very clean.

The Berlin-based non-profit group said the result indicates the world has a “serious, worldwide corruption problem” that needs to be addressed.

The UAE is perceived to be the cleanest in the MENA region, while Sudan is seen to be the most corrupt.

The CPI saw Jordan’s regional ranking drop to the sixth among Arab countries compared to the fourth last year, after Oman and Saudi Arabia gained on the Kingdom.

According to the graft index, Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the world’s most corrupt countries while Denmark and New Zealand are nearly squeaky-clean.

The most widely used indicator of corruption in political parties, police, justice systems and civil services worldwide, the CPI is a composite index of surveys and assessments of corruption collected from independent institutions.

The nature of corruption makes it impossible to measure meaningfully, says TI, which leads the group to collect data from institutions like the World Bank, African Development Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit, Bertelsmann Foundation, Freedom House and others.

Among countries that have slipped the most on CPI 2013 are war-torn Syria, Libya and Mali.

In a statement on its website, TI said the world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions.


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