Diary of Aak, week13: The Kaboos


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TV host Bassem Youssef arrives at high court on Sunday  (Photo: Ahram)

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Peta’s Ingrid Newkirk: making the fury fly | World news | The Observer

Is it Peta’s strategy to upset everyone, I ask Newkirk. “No,” she says. “Our mission is to provoke thought. People have been taught to disregard what happens to pigs or chickens, to not think about the suffering they go through. Our job is to make them think. We’re not out to be popular.”

via Peta’s Ingrid Newkirk: making the fury fly | World news | The Observer.

Abbas, King Abdullah sign Jerusalem agreement | Maan News Agency

The agreement confirmed Jordan’s historic role in protecting sacred sites in Jerusalem, Habash said. It also confirmed Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including its capital East Jerusalem, the minister added.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

Earlier Sunday, Abbas’ spokesman condemned a visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Jewish extremists.

Nabil Abu Rdeina said the visit provoked tensions and threatened any chances of peace.

Witnesses told Ma’an that dozens of Jewish settlers visited the compound on Sunday. An Israeli settler drank wine, considered a desecration of the holy site in Islam, and another allowed her daughter to urinate near an olive tree, they said.

During clashes in the compound, Israeli police attacked Muslim worshipers with electric shock batons, witnesses added.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that forces arrested six Palestinians in the compound for throwing stones at groups of Jewish and Christian visitors.

The compound is the third holiest site in Islam. It is known as the Temple Mount to Jews and is Judaism’s most sacred site.

via Abbas, King Abdullah sign Jerusalem agreement | Maan News Agency.