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April 18, 2015 / 29 Nisan, 5775
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UNRWA Runs Out of Money that Israel Says Being Used for Terror Tunnels

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

UNRWA said Tuesday it has suspended it program  rehabilitate Gaza, which may be good news for Israel since it says material shipped to Gaza are also being used to rehabilitate terror tunnels.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told President Reuven Rivlin in New York Monday night that the United Nations has sent a team to Gaza to investigate assertions by Israel that metal and cement shipped into Gaza are being used for tunnels as well as homes.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told The Jewish Press he is not aware of any money being used for the tunnels, some of which have been identified by the IDF as newly constructed.

The UNRWA program to help Gazans, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hamas rockets as well as Israeli fire in last summer’s war, is dependent on pledges of $5.4 billion, including $720 million for UNRWA, made by foreign donors at a conference in Cairo last October..

“The gap between expectations after the October Cairo conference and present reality is widening. There are genuine fears that if UNRWA halts this program, the consequences could be dramatic,” said Gunness.

He added, “All of the money that we can dispense has been spent. There is no more money.” He also stated that no money is missing.

There are two UNRWA aid plans, one for rental subsidies and the other for cash payments for Gazans to buy materials.

The Jewish Press has learned that most of the money that actually was turned over to UNRWA came from Saudi Arabia, followed by the European Union.

The constant threat of violence from Gaza is often fueled by great expectations, and the halt to work for homes in Gazans could stir up the locals again.

And what happened to all of the pledges?

Par for the course, most Arab countries have not lived up to their promises.

For example, Qatar pledged $1 billion.

With the price of oil having caved in since October, perhaps the richest country in the world, which has investments of more than $100 billion, cannot find the shekels for its poor brethren in Gaza.

Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad may need the small change for the maid to clean his home in London, for which he paid $62 million and then spent another $110 million to refurbish, complete with marble bathrooms.

Egypt Marks Anti-Mubarak Uprising by Freeing his Sons and Killing 20

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Egypt has freed the sons of Hosni Mubarak from jail while security forces killed around 20 people, mostly Islamists, protesting on the fourth anniversary of the anti-Mubarak uprising that has left the country with the same kind of dictatorship under a different name.

Gamal and Alaa Mubarak had been in jail for nearly four years until a judge last week ordered them to be freed after they were exonerated on charges of embezzlement

Their father Hosni Mubarak had ruled Egypt with an iron fist until the “Arab Spring” swept into Egypt in the middle of the winter four years ago and, with the open support of the Obama administration, forced him to resign.

A temporary military regime replaced him and continued his legacy of murdering opponents. The Muslim Brotherhood, again with the blessings of Washington, took over after “democratic” elections that to this day are questioned concerning the veracity of the results.

Another uprising forced out the Muslim Brotherhood regime, and Egypt now is under the thumb of former general and now President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, whose security forces “celebrated” the uprising for freedom earlier this week by killing 19 or 20 protesters, depending on which report you want to believe. A policeman also was killed.

Sisi last year announced an outline for democratic reforms, which apparently do not allowed for street demonstrations against his regime.

Now that Mubarak’s sons have been cleared of charges of corruption, the most glaring results of the uprising are more than a thousand graves in the cemetery.

Egyptian Police Defusing Possible Bomb Outside Adly St. Synagogue

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Police sent in a robot to defuse what appears to be a bomb outside the Adly Street Synagoue in Cairo, according to a Twitter report.

The shul’s official name is the Sha’ar Hashamayim Synagogue.

There was an attempt to bomb the synagogue in 2010, but the attempt failed.

No further information is available at this time.

Egyptian President El-Sisi Appears at Coptic Mass

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

For the first time ever, Coptic Christians in Egypt were able to greet the president of their country on the most important holiday of their faith.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is the first Egyptian leader ever to attend Christmas mass at Cairo’s Abbasiya Cathedral, where he greeted Coptic Christians in a speech.

Sisi’s attendance at the religious service was preceded by a heavy security presence, especially due to prior attacks on Christian sites by radical Islamists.

The president congratulated Egypt’s Coptic community on the occasion of the holiday, and maintained that all Egyptians are as “one hand.”

Deposed Former Egyptian President Mubarak Acquitted of Murder

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Three years after Egypt’s January 25 Revolution removed him from power, former President Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted of murder. The nationwide riots began in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square as part of the Arab Spring movement that swept numerous Arab leaders from their posts throughout the Middle East.

The former Egyptian leader who ruled his nation with an iron hand for decades was summarily deposed in early February 2011. Within weeks he was charged with the murders of hundreds of anti-government protesters by security forces and thrown into prison, where he remained for the past three years.

Following Saturday’s acquittal, Egyptian police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse more than a thousand protesters.

At least two demonstrators were killed and nine others were wounded in the melee that followed the 1,430-page decision handed down by Judge Mohamed Rashidi.

Although Mubarak was acquitted on the charges of murder — as well as charges of corruption that he faced with sons Ala’a and Gamal — he continues to serve a three-year sentence on a separate embezzlement charge.

Mubarak, age 86, was returned by stretcher to the military hospital where he currently is serving his term on house arrest.

Egypt Under Terrorist Attacks from Land and Sea

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Terrorists are attacking Egypt from the land and sea, and eight navy soldiers are presumed dead, and bombs have exploded in at least two of its embassies and in the Cairo metro system.

Gunmen on four fishing boats staged a rare attack from the Mediterranean Sea on an Egyptian navy ship, leaving eight people missing and presumed dead on the burning vessel. Five others were wounded., and two of the terrorists were killed, and 32 were arrested.

Egyptian media have headlined that the country is under attack and reported that the air force foiled an infiltration by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, in a raid that killed at least two people.

The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist organization, which has been supported by Al Qaeda, posted an audio on YouTube this week stating its allegiance with the ISIS and railing against “Jewish agents and their allies,” meaning Egypt.

The Ansar terrorist group is estimated to have anywhere from several hundred to several thousand well-armed men. It was involved in last month’s twin attacks in the Sinai, where 31 Egyptian soldiers were killed and which Egyptian authorities said was orchestrated with Hamas in Gaza.

Closer ties between the Ansar group and ISIS would mean a major threat to Egyptian tourist sites and civilians instead of the usual government targets that Ansar terrorists strike.

On Tuesday, a car bomb was discovered in the port and resort city El-Arish.

Terror spread to Cairo Thursday morning, when a bomb exploded at a metro statin east of Cairo, wounding 16 passengers and forcing the subway system to shut down.

Egyptian embassies were targeted in the United Arab Emirates and in Libya, but no injuries were reported in the bombing attacks.

 

Egypt Ends Major Trade Deal with Turkey

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Cairo has nixed renewal of a major trade agreement signed with Turkey in 2012 that is set to end in April 2015.

The agreement allows Turkey to use an overland route and Egyptian ports to export its goods to Gulf and African nations, thereby eliminating the need to ship the wares via war-torn Syria.

The decision not to renew the deal reflects the deteriorating relations between the two countries. Egypt’s diplomatic ties with Turkey have become increasingly cold since the ouster of former Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi by Egyptian military.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong backer of the Muslim Brotherhood who served previously as his country’s prime minister, has repeatedly lashed out at Egyptian officials since the ouster, calling it a “coup.”

A spokesperson for the Turkish foreign affairs ministry told the Anadolou news agency, “With this action, the Egyptian government is adding a new damage to other damages it has dealt to the interests of its people.”

The Muslim Brotherhood also gave birth to Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and is a prominent player in Qatar.

During cease-fire negotiations this summer to end Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge, Hamas requested the presence of both Turkey and Qatar at the indirect Egyptian-mediated talks with the Jewish State.

Although the request was rejected, Hamas did not respond to any cease-fire proposal without first at least consulting with officials in Doha, Qatar.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-ends-major-trade-deal-with-turkey/2014/11/04/

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