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Israeli apartheid

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has strongly criticized the Western governments for denying the realities that prove Israel is an apartheid regime. Nasser Kan’ani said official international documents and reports by human rights organizations prove that Israel is an regime. He added that Israel has been committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Kan’ani urged the Western states to defend the human rights of Palestinians instead of denying the existing realities on Israel’s crimes. His remarks came after Germany and Israel slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks on the occupying regime’s crimes against Palestinians. During a recent visit to Germany, Abbas accused Israel of committing a Holocaust against the Palestinian people. German chancellor called Abbas’ remarks outrageous with Israeli prime minister describing them as a monstrous lie.

Israel atrocities

Israeli forces have killed another Palestinian youth. This happened during an attack by the regime’s forces on the outskirts of the city of Nablus in the occupied west bank. The 18-year-old Waseem Nasr Abu-Khalifa succumbed to injuries he sustained after being hit by Israeli gunfire at Joseph's Tomb, east of Nablus. This came after Palestinian resistance fighters exchanged fire with Israeli forces during an incursion on the holy site. At least 31 Palestinians were wounded in the ensuing clashes. According to Palestinian media, three Palestinians injured by the Israeli live fire are in critical condition.

Saudi social media crackdown

A Saudi court has sentenced a woman to 34 years in prison over her Twitter activities, marking the longest jail term ever given to a rights activist. The woman identified as Salma al-Shehab, has been charged with assisting dissidents who seek to disrupt public order and destabilize civil and national security. She has been also banned from traveling abroad for 34 years. Shehab had frequently tweeted about women’s rights in the kingdom. The mother of two children, Shehab is a PhD candidate at Britain’s university of Leeds. She was detained in January 2021 when she was visiting home for a vacation. The London-based rights group, al-qist, has denounced the court ruling, saying it makes a mockery of Saudi Arabia’s claims to reform for women and of the legal system. The sentence comes amid a harsh crackdown on rights activists, many of whom have been slapped with jail sentences and travel bans. Shehab’s sentence can be appealed within 30 days at the kingdom's Supreme Court.


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