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UAE Insists Israel’s Abu Dhabi Office Plan Does Not Mean Recognition

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) The UAE government says it does not plan to change its relationship with Israel any time soon, despite Israel’s announcement of opening its first official diplomatic mission in the UAE, associated with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, 7 Days reported.

The UAE Foreign Ministry’s Director of Communications Maryam Al Falasi said on Friday: “The International Renewable Energy Agency is an international, independent agency that works according to the laws, regulations and norms that govern the work of such organizations. Any agreement between IRENA and Israel does not represent any change in the position of the UAE or its relations with Israel.”

The UAE does not recognize the state of Israel, and Al Falasi stated that missions accredited to IRENA are limited to dealings with agency business, nothing more.

“They do not, under any circumstances, cover any other activities and do not involve any obligation upon the host country with regards to its diplomatic relations or any other relations,” she said.

A statement issued by IRENA on Friday said that under its own agreement with UAE, signed back in 2013, the Gulf State host is responsible for facilities and services to ensure the proper functioning of the agency. “The headquarters agreement grants all IRENA members the right to establish permanent missions accredited to the agency, to strengthen the global platform it is creating for cooperation in the field of renewable energy,” the statement said.

The IRENA statement added: “Israel is a member of the agency. Under the agreement, the work of member missions is confined to engagement with the agency in implementation of its work program focused on the uptake of renewable energy, and bears no implication on the relation between the member of IRENA and the host country.”

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US Secy John Kerry Returns to Israel

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return Sunday to the Middle East for a three-day visit, the State Department announced.

“While in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah, Secretary Kerry will discuss bilateral and regional security issues, including Syria and Da’esh, and continue discussions on stopping the violence in Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank, and improving conditions on the ground,” said a statement issued in Washington DC.

The Secretary will also travel to the United Arab Emirates capital city, Abu Dhabi, for similar talks.

According to the State Department, Kerry will meet with senior UAE government officials to discuss “a range of bilateral and regional political and security issues, with a focus on Syria.”

Hana Levi Julian

American Victim of Abu Dhabi Murder Identified; Suspect Arrested [video]

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The American women who was stabbed to death by a burqa-clad Muslim woman in Abu Dhabi this week has been identified as Hungarian-born Ibolya Ryan, age 47.

Abu Dhabi police have arrested a suspect, whom they said also planted a bomb at an American doctor’s home. Below is a dramatic video of the arrest of the suspected killer.

United Arab Emirates official said the woman, who has confessed but whose name has not been released, selected her targets based “on nationality alone and had nothing to do with personal issues.”

“She aimed to create chaos, shake the security in the country, and terrorize people in the UAE,” police added.

The attacker stabbed Ryan, a divorced mother of three children, including two 11-year-old twins, in a rest room in the posh Boutik Mall on Reem Island on Monday afternoon.

She left behind the bloodstained knife she used to murder Ryan.

“After committing the ruthless crime…the suspect moved to another location later that day to plant a primitive bomb in front of an Arab-American doctor’s home — a doctor who has dedicated his life to saving the lives of others,” the UAE interior minister said.

“One of his sons discovered the bomb while he was heading to the mosque for the sunset prayer. Security forces were able to dismantle the bomb at the right time before it was detonated.”

A video showed the murderer was driven away from the mall, and armed police arrested the woman after raiding a house where the car was parked.

Ryan had described herself as a kindergarten teacher who has worked in four countries over the last 15 years and that she wanted to “experience the Arab world…their culture and daily life.”

She paid with her life to do so.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Burka-Clad Terrorist Kills American Teacher in Abu Dhabi Mall [video]

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

A terrorist clad in a burqa from head to toe, totally hiding any identification, stabbed to death an American teacher in the rest room of an Aby Dhabi mall Tuesday,

The murder weapon was a sharp tool.

The 37-year-old woman teacher’s name has not yet been released for publication. Her 11-year-old twins are under police custody until the victim’s ex-husband arrives from abroad.

The murderer, disguised as a religious Muslim, or perhaps it is the other way around, was caught on a security film calmly entering a mall elevator and later leaving the building amid commotion following the attack

“The Abu Dhabi Police will spare no effort in order to unveil this heinous crime and bring the culprit to justice,” said Col. Rashid Borshid, head of the criminal investigation department.

The murder illustrates that not even the United Arab Emirates, a close ally of the United States considered one of the tamest countries in the Middle East, is free of terrorists.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Abu-Dhabi Based Airline Removes Israel from Flight Map

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

An airline owned by the United Arab Emirates that is a partner with American Airlines has removed Israel from its flight map and refuses to transport Israelis.

Etihad Airways’ travel-route map shows all countries in the Middle East with the exception of Israel and her major cities, the New York Post reported Monday. The airline also refuses to allow Israeli passengers, who are not allowed into the UAE, to fly with the airline. The two countries do not have diplomatic relations.

The airline, the only one providing direct service between the United States and Abu Dhabi, receives $425,000 annually from the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Post reported on Monday. The money pays for a facility which allows Abu Dhabi citizens traveling to the United States to clear customs more quickly.

The airline also has obtained six loan guarantees worth some $1.3 billion since 2009 from the Export-Import Bank, a U.S. federal agency, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

A low-cost British airline, BMI, was found in 2009 to be using an in-flight map that did not include Israel for its flights destined for Arab countries.

JTA

Dutch Soccer Team Ditches Israeli Player for Abu Dhabi Match

Monday, January 6th, 2014

A Dutch soccer team is facing criticism for playing in Abu Dhabi after agreeing to the emirate’s demand not to let in the team’s Israeli defender.

Two Dutch politicians and several media criticized the soccer team Vitesse from Arnhem over the weekend for agreeing to play in Abu Dhabi despite the refusal Saturday to let Dan Mori into the country for matches against two German teams.

Geert Wilders, leader of the rightist, pro-Israel Party for Freedom, on Sunday called the team cowardly on his Twitter account. “Vitesse shouldn’t have gone to the United Arab Emirates to protest the refusal to let Mori in. They are now accepting the emirates’ Jew-hate. Cowardly.”

Pieter Omtzigt, a lawmaker for the CDA party, told Dutch media on Monday that Vitesse should behave like Dutch lawmakers, who refuse to visit places which try to dictate the make-up of parliamentary delegations.

Ester Bal, communications director for Vitesse, said the team “stays away from politics and religion. We have always done this. We are a soccer club.”

Management said in a statement that the decision to go to Abu Dhabi was made because “the team had obligations and wanted to prepare to the best of our abilities for future matches.”

The UAE in 2010 accused Israel of assassinating Hamas operative Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh. Israe was widely seen as responsible for the killing and never confirmed or denied its involvement.

 

JTA

Cyber Attacks UPDATE: Israeli hackers retaliate; Israeli Cabinet Minister Condemns

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Israeli hackers took the websites of both the Saudi Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange offline Monday, in the latest salvo in the cyber war between Israeli and anti-Israeli hackers.

The Israeli hackers, going by the name IDF-Team, wrote that their attack came in response to the “lame” hacking of Israeli websites of El Al and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Monday by Arab hacker ox0mar. The hackers pledged that if the anti-Israel attacks continue, they will intensify their assault and “paralyze websites for a period of two weeks to a month.”

“State of Israel, not to worry, you’re in the hands of the world’s best hacker,” one of the Israeli hackers, Hannibal, wrote. “I will continue to support the government of Israel will continue to attack the Arab countries.”

In a sharp response, Likud MK and Minister of Intelligence Services Dan Meridor, condemned the pro-Israel cyber attacks.

“Individual initiatives by Israeli hackers to attack Saudi hackers, or hackers from anywhere else for that matter, are ineffective and shouldn’t be done in Israel’s name,” he said.

Jewish Press Staff

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