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Emirati Business Leader Slams Obama, Euro Leaders on IranDeal

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

An Emirati business leader and writer has stepped out on a limb to harshly criticize the nuclear deal with Iran reached by U.S.-led world powers.

Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor slammed the side deal reached between Iran and the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in a series of articles written last month in the UAE English-language daily The National, all of which were gathered by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

The Emirati businessman wrote that this deal proves that an organization “known for its professionalism and stringent monitoring” has been politicized by the agreement’s signers. Bluntly, he wrote, the signers are either seeking to cut lucrative trade deals with Iran or, in the case of U.S. President Barack Obama, are aiming to cement their legacy.

Al-Habtoor wrote that the self-monitoring arrangement agreed to by the IAEA belies Obama’s assertion that the deal between Iran and the P5+1 would enjoy “unprecedented verification.”

He added that he cannot understand why Iran, with its unbroken record of hostility to the West, is being treated so deferentially in comparison with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

“When I first learned from the news that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had signed a secret agreement permitting Iran to self-monitor at least one of its major nuclear sites, I shrugged off the news as a figment of someone’s heated imagination,” he wrote.

“It is inconceivable that the world’s nuclear watchdog, known for its professionalism and stringent monitoring, would sign off on something so bizarre – or so I initially believed.

“Iraq, whose nuclear activities, both civilian and military, were dismantled following the Gulf War, certainly did not get off that lightly. Even after years of intrusive inspections, the IAEA under the directorship of Mohammed ElBaradei declined to present Iraq’s deserved clean bill of health to the UN Security Council prior to the US-led invasion.

“Yet the Islamic Republic of Iran, that has been spinning thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium beyond accepted civilian levels and has refused to come clean on its past activities in this sphere, is trusted to inspect itself.”

This disparity, he pointed out, fuels suspicions that the agreement, and its “farcical verification procedures,” are part of a broader strategy of deliberately empowering Iran to fit a geopolitical end-game.

“My view broadly reflects the opinions of many of Iran’s neighbors, who are rightly fearful that the lifting of sanctions will see Iran’s coffers overflowing into the hands of its armed proxies.

“President Obama has repeatedly countered our concerns on the grounds that curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 10 years is better than no deal. I did not find his arguments credible then, but now that the existence of secret side agreements have come to the fore, my suspicions that Iran is being deliberately empowered to fit a geopolitical end-game are heightened.

“I would love to know why a country that has been hostile to Western powers and their allies since its inception in 1979 is being so rewarded. Or is this animosity with the West just a farce to fool us?” In a second article also in August, Al-Habtoor slammed European countries, as well as the U.S., for the sudden change in their attitude towards Iran.

He noted that European countries, which until very recently was treated Tehran as a bitter enemy, are now rushing headlong to reopen their embassies there and to invite Iranian leaders to visit their capitals. This, despite the fact that Iran has given no indication that it means to change its ways, such as the suppression of minorities and its support of terrorism.

“European capitals are eyeing up lucrative trade deals and planning to reopen their embassies in Tehran. Iranian-Russian trade is set to expand exponentially… Iran’s oil industry is gearing up to expand production of crude to pre-sanctions levels, which could see already depressed oil prices spiraling to new lows.

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.

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.

The US is Asking UAE to Explain Why CAIR is a Terrorist Group?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The U.S. State Department acknowledged that it has asked the United Arab Emirates to explain why the Emirati Authority recently designated two American-based Muslim entities as terrorist organizations.

The admission was made by state department spokesperson Jeff Rathke, who said that “we are trying to get information on the reasons behind this decision.”

At the same time that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) were placed on the list of official terrorist organizations by the UAE, another 81 other groups were similarly designated.

In a statement, CAIR said it and MAS “peacefully promote civil and democratic rights and … oppose terrorism whenever it occurs, wherever it occurs and whoever carries it out.”

And then the following exchange took place during the daily state department press briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 18:

MR. RATHKE: Yes, Arshad.

QUESTION: Can we follow up on yesterday’s question about the Council for American-Islamic Relations —


QUESTION: — and its being designated as a terrorist organization?

MR. RATHKE: That’s right. There was a question yesterday about this. So just to pick back up where we were, we have seen the report of the United Arab Emirates of a list of terrorist organizations that they have published, and we are aware that two U.S.-based groups were included on that list. The United States does not consider these U.S. organizations to be terrorist organizations. And – but we are seeking more information from the Government of the UAE about why that designation was made by them and what their background – what their information is.

QUESTION: On this point —

MR. RATHKE: Yes, Said.

QUESTION: — I know you said that you are – you’re following up with the Government of UAE. But the head of the organization is someone who really does frequent the State Department and gets invited to the White House and so on. So that basically puts them in a very difficult situation. So are you asking for an immediate kind of response as to why they were placed?

MR. RATHKE: Well, we are approaching Emirati authorities, asking for more information. I’m not going to put a timeline on it, but clearly we’ve seen this report and we’re engaging. Now, as part of our routine engagement with a broad spectrum of faith-based organizations, a range of U.S. Government officials have met with officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society. We at the State Department regularly meet with a wide range of faith-based groups to hear their views, even if some of their views expressed are at times controversial.

QUESTION: Okay. So I know from reports that the head of the organization, or the director of the organization, has actually traveled overseas. Is he likely to face any kind of difficulties getting back into the country because of the designation? No?

MR. RATHKE: Well, again, the United States Government does not consider these organizations to be terrorist organizations. In the exchange, Arshad is Arshad Mohammed, from Reuters, and Said is Said Arikat of Al Quds newspaper.

If that was all the U.S. State Department had to go on, it might make sense to seek clarification from the UAE as to why it felt the need to place two American entities on its official list of terrorist organizations.

But the U.S. did essentially the same thing to CAIR, at least, several years ago. In fact, two different branches of the U.S. government have already recognized that both CAIR has proven terrorist connections. It happened in the Holyland Foundation trial, in a 2009 ruling, later released to the public. In that case, a federal law enforcement officer explained, and a federal judge ultimately ruled, that CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator with Hamas, another Muslim Brotherhood front group.

UAE Names CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Groups

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

The United Arab Emirates classified the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) to be terrorist organizations on Saturday.

The seven-member federation cabinet listed two of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties groups with the backers of Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi and the largest international terrorist organization, as well as some 83 other Islamist groups as terror organizations.

On the list were the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front), Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the WAM official state news agency.

CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation case in which its leaders were found guilty of aiding Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. CAIR was listed as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in the case.

The Muslim American Society also has ties to the Brotherhood, as explained by a 2004 article in the Chicago Tribune, which reported the group was secretly created by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

In a statement released Saturday, MAS responded that the group was “shocked” to read it was listed with “numerous other organizations, as a terrorist organization… Before proceeding any further we would first like to verify the accuracy of the news reports and receive an official response from the United Arab Emirates regarding the reports,” the group said.

The move to name the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group follows a similar decision by Saudi Arabia this past March. Egypt had already outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization last December. It was the second time the group had been outlawed in Egypt, albeit the first ouster of a Brotherhood-backed president, also the first Egyptian leader to be chosen in democratic elections that many believed were rigged.

Istanbul-based Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar predicted in an interview last week, meanwhile, that ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood will eventually merge. The Muslim Brotherhood is “at the root” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Oktar said during his A9TV satellite television program on November 11. “The Brotherhood in Egypt could soon come entirely under ISIL control… [Gaza’s ruling terrorist group] Hamas may also join ISIL,” he added, using the alternate name for ISIS, the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL).

“No harm will befall Israel. But there will be a chain of recruitment to ISIL… Very few groups in the Islamic world will not join. The Brotherhood is at the roots of Al Qaeda and Hamas. The Brotherhood fed them both.”

Immoral Settlement Construction

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

United Arab Emirates delivered mobile homes to Gaza, for Gazan residents whose home were destroyed in Hamas’s war against Israel.

An internal Arab poll indicated that at least 70% of Gazans want to permanently leave the Gaza Strip.

The more moral act would have been to help these Gazan residents relocate to another country, outside the Middle East, where they could instead have a good life away from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorist groups who currently rule Gaza.

But instead, the UAE prefers to help perpetuate the Gazan’s misery.

Arab Airline Denies Claims of Discrimination against Israelis

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

An airline owned by the United Arab Emirates said it “emphatically refutes” claims that it excludes Israel from its official travel-route map and refuses to transport Israelis.

In a statement, Etihad Airways wrote that it carried more than 1,000 passengers traveling with Israeli passports last year, refuting assertions made in the New York Post newspaper.

“In fact, we do not discriminate in any way and welcome passengers of all faiths and religions carrying valid documentation,” the statement said.

Etihad said its maps “do not identify countries by name” and that its website lists Israel “as one of more than 150 country options for passenger documentation when booking flights.”

According to the Post, Etihad is the sole airline that provides service between Abu Dhabi and U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Washington.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-airline-denies-claims-of-discrimination-against-israelis/2014/03/11/

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