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Kuwait Says Lebanon, Turkey ‘Better Suited’ for Syrian Refugees

Monday, September 7th, 2015

A Kuwaiti official has cleared up the mystery floating why none of the oil-rich Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia, have yet allowed the Syrian refugees fleeding the savage civil war in their land to set foot on their shores.

Kuwaiti official Fahad Al Shalami told France24 television in a broadcast interview on Sept. 2 that in fact, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should never accept Syrian refugees.

Kuwait and the other GCC countries are “too valuable to accept any refugees,” Al Shalami said.

“Our countries are only fit for workers. It’s too costly to relocate them here.

“Kuwait is too expensive for them anyway, as opposed to Lebanon and Turkey which are cheap,” he explained. “These countries are better suited for the Syrian refugees.”

But there is also another, equally important reason the oil-rich nations should not welcome the Syrian refugees, Al Shalami said.

“In the end, it is not right for us to accept a people that are different from us. We don’t want people who suffer from internal stress and trauma in our country!”

Hana Levi Julian

Dubai Toy for Arab Oil Moguls Who Budget Beyond Palestinians and Syrians

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

What do Arab oil moguls do with their money when they are not busy aiding Syrian refugees or the Palestinian Authority?

Well… some of them are investing in fancy new cars — like the world’s first Arab super car, produced locally in the Middle East exclusively by W Motors.

Ralph R. Debbas, CEO of the Dubai-based firm, told CNN in an interview posted on Sunday (Sept. 6) that one of the car’s most attractive features was not even necessary. But it did help make sure the car was noticed by the right people.

“Diamonds in the headlights are something we don’t need at all, actually,” he told CNN. “It was a true marketing gimmick that we integrated. But people talk about it.”

Yes, diamonds. In the headlights. It’s just a trimming, really.

The seats are stitched with gold threads on the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport. The car has a 3.7-liter 780bhp, twin-turbo flat-six which can go from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds – faster than the power-focused Lamborghini Aventador – and reaches a top speed of 395 km/h.

But Debbas pointed out that it’s not all about performance. The client he’s after already has the kind of vehicle that can give him all that. “He wants something different,” Debbas underlined .

Therefore, with W Motors a buyer gets something “more.”

A global servicing system comes with the press of a button in the car that will even summon W-trained engineers to wherever the client is in the world.

A special 24/7 concierge service is included, along with a watch designed by Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller.

But perhaps the real unique sales pitch is the fact that only seven Hypersport cars will be produced. Ever.

Now — what was that item in the news about making good on pledges to the Palestinian Authority, and allowing in refugees from Syria?

Hana Levi Julian

Israelis in Dubai: Sharing Expertise in Medical Emergency First Response

Saturday, July 18th, 2015


It’s not every day that an Israeli enters Dubai. Yet, as Israeli technology and innovations are catching international attention, Israeli’s premier emergency medical response team traveled to Dubai last week to participate in a first-ever conference on how to improve medical and emergency care around the world. Organized by MUrgency, the conference brought together global leaders in emergency medicine to share best practices and implement strategies in an aim to cut ambulance response times and advance emergency first response tactics.

Representatives from United Hatzalah of Israel, AMR from the United States, Flack from Europe and Ziqitza Health Care from India participated in this effort to make the world a better place, spearheaded by social entrepreneur Shaffi Mather.

“The goal of the conference was to empower developing countries to implement successful community-based emergency response,” said Dov Maisel, vice president of international operations for United Hatzalah. “It was such a privilege for us as Israelis to be there, sharing our experience, perspective and tactics with so many countries in dire need of assistance.”

Maisel spoke at the conference alongside United Hatzalah President and Founder Eli Beer, explaining that United Hatzalah’s community-based emergency response model combines smartphone technology, trained volunteers carrying medical equipment and motorcycle ambulances to dramatically cut back on response times. Because of the cutting-edge Moskowitz LifeCompass technology that locates, deploys and records the field activities of its 2,500 trained volunteers in Israel, United Hatzalah’s method has cut the average response time to three minutes or less. The technology was customized and built in Israel, but is now being used by EMTs in Argentina, Brazil, Panama, India and Lithuania; a pilot is being launch in Jersey City later this month.

With vast experience working on international rescue missions, Maisel, who most recently returned from Nepal, spoke at the conference about the need for community-based emergency medical first response that can be applied in any circumstance and in any location.

“I believe that together we can save more lives,” said Beer. “We have worked for years developing strategies and methods that work in Israel and that can be shared and implemented in other countries. With shorter response time, more lives are saved. That’s what we’ve done in Israel, and to be able to spread our experience and techniques is such as a tremendous mitzvah with the power to really impact the world positively.”


Daniela Berkowitz

Dubai Dieters Get Lost Weight in Gold

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Fat busters who participated in the Dubai Your Weight in Gold campaign, are set to receive a total of 35 pounds of gold worth about just under $800,000, Gulf News reported.

More than 10,000 residents participated in the 30-day program, launched by Dubai Municipality from July 19 to August 16.

“The one-month-long health awareness campaign has become a global media spotlight as it has been discussed in over 198 countries and more than 100 languages, boosting the fame of Dubai, the city that lives in the future, to new unexpected horizons,” said Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality.

Participants had to lose a minimum of 2 kg (4 lbs.) in weight to earn one gram of gold for every kilo of weight lost. Those who lost five kilograms and above were eligible to get two grams of gold for each kilo, and three grams of gold for every kilogram for those who lost 10 kilograms and above.

“The attractive schemes and prizes must have pushed the public to join, but one thing is absolutely sure: the majority of the participants were waiting for a real push that can totally change them to a healthy new life,” Lootah explained.

Jewish Press News Briefs

US Reopens Consulates in Israel, 19 in Mideast Remain Closed

Monday, August 5th, 2013

United States diplomatic missions in Israel reopened Monday after a day-long closure due to what was deemed a credible Al-Qaeda threat, but the State Department extended the closure of 19 other diplomatic missions in the Middle East through Aug. 10 “out of an abundance of caution.”

“This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees including local employees and visitors to our facilities,” said the statement issued by State Dept. spokesman Jen Psaki.

Diplomatic posts in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antananarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis will remain closed this week.

The U.S. State Department on Aug. 3 issued a global travel alert for American citizens. The alert warned of possible terror attacks by al Qaeda operatives and affiliated terror groups from Sunday through the end of August.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, in an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” said the electronic chatter among terror suspects about a possible attack was “very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11.”


Jewish Doctor Acquitted but Hasn’t Left UAE

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

South African newspapers have been reporting for some days that Prof. Cyril Karabus, 77, whose involuntary detention by the people who run the United Arab Emirates has been going on now for seven months in defiance of basic principles of due process, has been clearedacquittedfound not guiltyfreed to go home and so on. The spokesperson for South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation broadcast a tweet a week ago exulting (after the earlier intervention of the department’s minister) that “He is free!”

However, South Africa’s Eyewitness News website reports that:

CAPE TOWN – Prosecutors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have told Professor Cyril Karabus’ legal team they intend appealing the decision to find him not guilty of manslaughter. Last week, an Abu Dhabi court found the elderly professor not guilty of manslaughter and forgery. A medical committee cleared the paediatric oncologist of all blame for the death of a young cancer patient he treated there more than a decade ago. The latest development means Karabus will remain in the UAE indefinitely

We have not yet seen any reports originating in the UAE that confirm this, but we will keep looking. And if there is anyone out there still thinking the man’s own government is willing to do what ought to be done, think again:

“Professor Cyril Karabus has no choice but to submit to the UAE’s legal process, the dept of international relations said on Thursday, after it emerged that he will not be allowed to come back to South Africa yet.” [SAPA]

We have posted numerous times here about the Kafkaesque ordeal that this distinguished medico has suffered at the hands of the authorities in the UAE. For a quick overview, we suggest these: “21-Mar-13: Is Prof Karabus finally being released and going home?“; and “29-Jan-13: UAE “Justice” officials fiddle: The scandalous treatment of Prof. Karabus goes on and on“.

May we suggest again that anyone planning to travel to or through Dubai should carefully review what we posted here yesterday? (See “27-Mar-13: Final call for Australian travelers to London with Qantas“). And for the record, the advice is not meant only for Australians.

This outrageous affair is barely known outside South Africa. It’s time to change that.

Visit This Ongoing War.

Frimet and Arnold Roth

Prisoner X Met With Lawyer Before Suicide

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

More details are slowly coming to light in the case of Ben Zygier, also known as Prisoner X.

A day before he committed suicide, Zygier met with outside defense attorney Avigdor Feldman, besides his meetings with his regular attorneys Roi Belcher, Moshe Mazor and Boaz Ben-Tzur. Zygier had been considering his legal options, including the possibility of a plea bargain. What the charges were is still unknown, but Feldman said the charges were very serious.

On Thursday, a Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Jarida, claimed that Zygier was one of the members of the Mossad team which assassinated Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But after the assassination, for some reason, Zygier contacted the Dubai authorities and gave them detailed information on the assassination. According to the paper, Zygier was then captured by Israel after he went into hiding.

What has also come to light is that Israel is not running “black prisons” as some people claimed, but rather that Zygier was kept out of contact with other prisoners and his identity was secret to those without high enough clearance for security reasons, though all the while Zygier was allowed to meet with his lawyers who were defending him against the charges being brought against him by the state of Israel.

Questions arose as to how Zygier managed to kill himself in a maximum security cell with 24 hour camera surveillance. It turns out that the cell’s bathroom is not monitored, and that is where he hung himself.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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