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Drive-By Shooting Attack on Jewish School in France Kills Three; Two of the Victims Children

Monday, March 19th, 2012

AFP has reported that a shooting attack occurred Monday outside Ozar HaTorah Jewish school in Toulouse in the southwest France. Eyewitnesses said three people have been killed.

French media reported that a man riding on a black scooter opened fire on the school, killing at least two children and one adult, and wounding several others.

Azerbaijan Arrests 22 in Iran Terror Plot

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Azerbaijani National Security Ministry announced that 22 people have been arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran, AFP reported Wednesday.

“Twenty-two citizens of Azerbaijan were arrested by the National Security Ministry for cooperating with the Iranian Sepah [the Iranian Revolutionary Guards],” the Ministry said, according to AFP. “Firearms, cartridges, explosives and espionage equipment were found during the arrest.”

The 22 individuals were allegedly instructed to “commit terrorist acts against the US, Israeli and other Western states’ embassies and the embassies’ employees.”

Azerbaijani authorities did not clarify if these were new arrests – since Azerbaijani authorities did not release the date of the arrests – or confirmation of earlier arrests made in February.

Situated between Europe and Asia, and with Iran straddling its southern border, Azerbaijan has recently become a strategic front in a war of subterfuge between Israel and Iran, with reports that both have activated intelligence operatives in this the largest country in the Caucasus region.

Arrests come amid attempts to patch up Iran-Azeri relations

The announcement of the arrests came a day after Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev met with senior Iranian officials in an effort to prevent a further deterioration in relations with Iran due to Azerbaijan’s recent crackdown on Iran-linked terror plots, and its burgeoning ties with Israel.

Iran has grown increasingly nervous since it’s northern neighbor signed a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Israel last month, whereby Israel will supply Azerbaijan with drones and missile defense systems.

“We will not allow Azerbaijan’s soil to be used against Iran under any conditions,” Abiyev pledged after meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ahmad Vahidi in Tehran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the official Islamic Republic News Agency that “[w]e are sure that we will face no problem from our brother and neighbor Azerbaijan.”

Coming on the heels of these magnanimous proclamations, the arrests are likely to inflame tensions and nullify any good will the high-level meetings may have fostered between the two countries.

Matisyahu Goes Blonde in Jerusalem

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

The 32-year-old ultra-Orthodox rapper Matisyahu has surfaced in Jerusalem with a new bottle-blonde hair, AFP reports.

He is sporting a completely new image, with bleached blonde hair and a casual look that includes combat pants, a brown leather jacket and open-toed army boots.

The singer arrived on Tuesday for a three-day visit to shoot a new music video, was filming on Thursday in the Old City’s main tourist market. Before than he was shooting in Zedekiah’s Cave.

Tourists Stoned on Temple Mount, 3 Palestinians Arrested

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

AFP reports that Israeli police said they arrested three Palestinians on Sunday on the grounds of the historic Temple Mount, current site of the Al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem, after tourists visiting the site as well as police were stoned.

“Stones were thrown at tourists and police officers, police have made three arrests … three suspects involved in throwing stones,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. “The situation is calm at present,” he said.

He said he did not know the cause of the incident.

“It’s not clear, it’s something that’s being looked into,” he said, adding that nobody was injured.

PA to Ask Arab League to Convene Peace Conference

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

According to an AFP report, PA President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the Arab League on Sunday to hold a peace conference.

“Among other proposals, we will ask the Arab League’s monitoring committee to convene an international peace conference on the Palestinian issue,” said an official in Abbas’ delegation to Cairo.

US General to Visit Egypt

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey will meet with his Egyptian counterpart in Egypt this week, amid rising tensions over Egypt’s prosecution of pro-democracy NGO workers in Egypt.

The visit was reportedly scheduled before the issue arose, but Dempsey’s spokesman told AFP that “[w]ith the Egyptians, Gen. Dempsey will discuss common interests, choices and consequences.”

 

Pacifists Across North America March Against Iran Confrontation

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Pacifists across North America demonstrated against possible military intervention in Iran on Saturday, in what they dubbed a “Day of Mass Action”.

Demonstrations took place in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, among others. In Canada protests were held in Vancouver and Calgary.

Hundreds of protesters in New York City marched to the US mission to the UN and then to the Israeli consulate led by a banner reading “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations.”

Debra Sweet, director of “The World Can’t Wait” organization, told AFP at the protest that “the actions of the Iranian government in no way justify a US war on Iran.”

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