MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Yuval Noah Harari zu CNN: “Die israelische Öffentlichkeit hat sich von der Zwei-Staaten-Lösung entfernt”

Der israelische Autor und Professor der Hebräischen Universität sagt, dass der größte Teil der allgemeinen israelischen Öffentlichkeit drei Klassen von Menschen will.  JERUSALEM POST  :NOV 26, 2022

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: ERDOGAN NÄHERT SICH ISRAEL & SAUDI  ARABIEN AN – Türkei-Wahlen:Erdoğans Kehrtwende

Sieben Monate vor den Wahlen sucht der türkische Staatspräsident das Bündnis mit ehemaligen Feinden. Warum nähert er sich Saudi-Arabien, Israel und Ägypten wieder an? Von Can Dündar DIE ZEIT – 26. Nov2022,

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: THE FIFA, QATAR & ERDOGAN !  

Erdogan’s Ready to Invade Syria – and There’s No One to Stop Him

Turkey is carrying out its most intensive attacks on Syria in years, and has vowed revenge on the Kurds – and now the war in Ukraine has taken some pressure off of Ankara Zvi Bar’el HAARETZ  – Nov 25, 2022

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: CHRISTEN WERDEN IN MID-OSTEN VOM ISLAM ELIMINIERT  

Patriarch Sako beklagt die Auswanderung irakischer Assyrer

Fidesdienst Veröffentlicht 2022-11-26  – Irakische Christen, die hauptsächlich in den Städten der Ninive-Ebene und anderen Gebieten des Nordirak leben, verlassen weiterhin das Land. Dies geschehe “mit einer Rate von etwa 20 Familien pro Monat”, sagte der irakische Kardinal Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch der chaldäischen Kirche,

in einer Reflexion über die Situation der Christen im Irak. In einer Erklärung des chaldäischen Patriarchats erinnerte der Kardinal daran, dass mehr als die Hälfte der irakischen Christen in den letzten fünf Jahren ausgewandert sind und viele andere “auf der Warteliste” stehen.

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In diesem Zusammenhang weist der chaldäische Patriarch auf die vielen soziologischen, politischen und ökologischen Faktoren hin, die den langsamen und stillen Exodus der einheimischen Christen aus ihren Heimatländern begünstigen, und erinnert an politische und soziale Instabilität, Unsicherheit, mangelnde Chancengleichheit, Diskriminierung und Strafmaßnahmen am Arbeitsplatz, das Fehlen gesetzlicher Bestimmungen zum Schutz der vollen Gleichheit der Bürger – einschließlich der Christen – vor dem Gesetz. Der Primas der chaldäischen Kirche stellt das Fehlen eines Gesetzes über den Personenstand von Christen in Frage, das seiner Meinung nach den Weg für sektiererische Diskriminierung ebnet und nicht zuletzt Christen zwingt, Personenstandsfragen (wie Eherecht, Erbrecht oder Sorgerecht für Minderjährige) nach Gesetzen zu prüfen, die auf der islamischen Rechtstradition basieren und sich direkt oder indirekt auf die Scharia beziehen.

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In seinem Text beklagt der Patriarch auch die Verwendung religiöser Wörter und Symbole in der Propaganda und in politischen Kontroversen. Der Patriarch nennt auch Beispiele für einige Fälle von Korruption und Diskriminierung, die ihm kürzlich aufgefallen sind. “Wenn jemand nicht will, dass wir als Bürger mit gleicher Würde in unserem Land bleiben”, schließt der irakische Kardinal, “dann sollten wir offen informiert werden, damit wir das Problem ansprechen können, bevor es zu spät ist”.

 

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Israeli Lawmaker Calls for ‘Targeted Assassinations’ against Palestinians

 

Wednesday, 23 November, 2022 – Itamar Ben-Gvir at the scene of Wednesday’s explosion in the West Bank.(EPA)Asharq Al-Awsat

Itamar Ben-Gvir, an extremist Israeli lawmaker and who is set to become the minister in charge of police under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called for the resumption of “targeted assassinations” against Palestinian factions.

“We must exact a price from terror,” he said at the scene of one of two explosions that went off near bus stops in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least 18.

Police said they suspected the attack to be carried out by Palestinians.Ben-Gvir, who has called for the death penalty for Palestinian attackers, said the attack meant Israel needed to take a tougher stance on Palestinian violence. “We must return to be in control of Israel, to restore deterrence against terror,” he said.

Israel needs to “bring back targeted assassinations,” and to put more restrictions on prisoners convicted of security crimes, he added.

He also called for stopping the Palestinian Authority’s payments which he accused of “harboring terrorism.” He said that Israel “has to form a government as soon as possible; terror doesn’t wait.”

Ben-Gvir is one of Netanyahu’s allies, and ultra-nationalist lawmaker who heads the Jewish Power party.

The extremist politician made a big surprise in the recent Israeli elections, which moved him from the sideline of politics to the role of “kingmaker”, after his “religious Zionist” party came in third place.

It was a radical shift for Ben-Gvir, who was convicted in 2007 of racist incitement against Arabs, and of supporting the “Kach” movement, which is listed as terrorist by Israel and the United States.

Ben-Gvir is known for his extremist positions. He called for the death penalty for Palestinian prisoners, and also stormed the sit-in of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem and threatened them with his gun. He led several raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH : FIFA WORLD CUP AS AN ISLAM FESTIVAL –  Qatar Promotes Islam To FIFA World Cup Attendees In Comprehensive Da’wa Campaign Entailing Interactive Islamic Exhibition, Guest Centers, Information Booklet In Multiple Languages

 

MEMRI REPORT  24-11-22 In preparing for the influx of tourism during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar has worked to establish a comprehensive set of activities and content aimed at promoting Islam to foreign visitors. The wealthy nation’s Da’wa, or Islamic outreach, campaign includes activities for visitors, such as the Interactive Islamic Exhibition, guest centers, and the distribution of a booklet about Islam in multiple languages. Qatar has also welcomed a group of prominent preachers to take part in its Da’wa campaign, including extremist Islamist preacher Zakir Naik. This report will highlight Qatar’s promotion of Islam to attendees of the football World Cup, and some social media reactions to those efforts.

One of the leading organizations in the effort to promote Islam to football fans is the Qatar Guest Center, which was established in 1998 by the Sheikh Eid bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association. According to Elbalad News, 2,000 people have volunteered to participate in the Guest Center’s efforts to invite non-Muslims to convert to Islam during the World Cup. In addition, the Guest Center has dedicated 10 vehicles to Da’wa activities, and ten tents which present short videos about Islam in different languages.

Another Qatari organization promoting Islam to visitors is the Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, which is part of Qatar’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. On November 13, 2022, the center unveiled the Interactive Islamic Exhibition at the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd Al Wahhab Mosque, open to male and female visitors. According to Dr. Saleh Al-Akhan, the center’s Director and Head of the Ministry’s Activities Team during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the Interactive Islamic Exhibition entails an introductory tour of the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd Al Wahhab Mosque, through which visitors learn about the mosque, its Islamic architecture, as well as about aspects of the Islamic faith, and about other historic mosques in the State of Qatar. In addition to the exhibition, the center launched an electronic booklet titled “Understanding Islam” in several languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Portuguese.

To facilitate easy access to its materials, the center placed QR codes inside hotel rooms, which allow guests to easily access its materials about Islam.

In addition, Qatar has installed billboards with English quotes from hadith — sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad. For example, on October 28, 2022, the “WC_Qatar22” Twitter account posted images of four billboards with different hadith in English.

Similarly, electronic billboards in local shopping malls featured English-language ads for the site Exploringislam.com, depicting Muslims expressing the importance of Islam in their lives.

Along with these efforts, Qatar invited prominent Muslim preachers from different countries to take part in Da’wa activities, including Indian Islamist preacher Dr. Zakir Naik, Egyptian Islamist Dr. Omar Abdelkafy, and others. Naik, who is based in Malaysia, is wanted by the Indian government on charges of money laundering and hate speech against non-Muslims, and is barred from entering Canada and the UK. His television channel “Peace TV” is banned in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Canada, and the UK.

So far, Qatar’s promotion of Islam has prompted some visitors to take part in Islamic practices or to fully convert to Islam. While there are several unverified reports claiming that dozens of people have embraced Islam thanks to the Da’wa efforts, some credible sources have confirmed a number of cases. For example, the Twitter account of the Arabic Post, a news website, tweeted a video showing a Mexican man being led by a preacher in making the Islamic declaration of monotheism in English and Arabic.

 

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: ERDOGAN ANTIZYKLISCH / WIRTSCHAFT BOOMT! – Zinsen gesenkt : Wie die türkische Notenbank auf 85 Prozent Inflation reagiert

  • Von Andreas Mihm, Istanbul 24.11.2022-In der Türkei steigen die Preise rasant, die Zinsen aber sinken. Die Wirtschaft wächst,  doch die Mittelschicht verarmt. Die Frage ist, wie weit Präsident Erdogans „neues Wirtschaftsmodell“ trägt.

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MESOP MIDEAST MEMRI WATCH : Jihadi Clerics In Syria And Gaza Praise The Return Of ‘The Jihadi Actions In Palestine’ Similar To Those Of Twenty Years Ago; In The Spirit Of The World Cup, They Liken Them To Goals Scored Against The ‘Zionists’

On November 23, 2022, in twin terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, an IED exploded at a bus stop near the entrance to the city and a half hour later a second IED exploded at another bus stop a short distance away. A 16-year-old was killed and as of this writing another 22 people were wounded in the two attacks. Following the terrorist attacks, jihadi clerics in Syria and the Gaza Strip praised the renewal of “the jihadi actions in Palestine,” and likened them – in the spirit of the World Cup games in Qatar being held at the same time – to goals being scored by the “mujahideen in Palestine” against the “tyrannical Zionists.”

Jihadi Clerics In Syria: We Welcome The Renewal Of The Terrorist Attacks “Which Haven’t Been Seen For A Quarter-Century,” And Liken Them to Goals Scored In the World Cup

On his Telegram channel, independent Syrian jihadi cleric Abu Yahya Al-Shami posted a message which reads, “Today, the Palestinian mujahideen scored two goals against the tyrannical Zionists. Both of them are good, beautiful and much more helpful – to those who hold the lofty aspirations – than all the football competitions. To each thing there is a time and a judgment. At this time the Islamic nation is in a situation of defensive jihad and whoever occupies the Muslims with other matters at the very least is misguided and misleading others.”Egyptian-born independent jihadi cleric Talhah Al-Musayyar aka Abu Shu’ayb Al-Masri, also posted a message on his Telegram channel in response to the attacks. His post reads, “The booby-trapped devices have returned to disrupt the rest of the Jews.” He also shared a post he wrote on November 15, which states, “The increase in the rate of jihadi actions in Palestine heralds, with Allah’s help, a renewal of the special jihadi actions of about a quarter-century ago. Back then one mujahid would take down more than 10 or 20 despicable occupiers, not including wounded.

In a sarcastic post on his Telegram channel, Al-Zubayr Al-Ghazzi, a cleric from Gaza, affiliated with the Syrian jihadi group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) writes, “It’s a morning of martyrdom-seeking operations […] a morning of heroism, honor, pride, and glory, which the heroes of Palestine are recording anew today, in a different way.” Al-Ghazzi notes that “for a looooooooooong time we have not heard news of martyrdom-operations in the occupied interior of Palestine [i.e. Israel proper], in Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Safed, Lod, Ramla, and Tall Al-Rabi’ [i.e. Tel Aviv], and now they return again to bring healing to our hearts and delight our ears… Oh Allah, increase and bless [such attacks].”

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Iran & Russland kommen sich näher. Was bedeutet das für Israel?

VON CAROLINE GLICK (22. November 2022/JEWISH NEWS SYNDICATE ) In der “Caroline Glick Show” dieser Woche setzt sich Glick mitDr. David Wurmser, ihrem Kollegen am Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., zusammen, um zwei verwandte Themen zu diskutieren: die zunehmendenstrategischen Beziehungendes Iran zu Russland und die iranische Revolution, die in eine neue, gewalttätigere Phase eintritt.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Kurdistan’s Weekly Brief Nov 22, 2022

A weekly brief of events occurred in the Kurdistan regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.
Iran 

  • The Iranian regime continued its campaign of repression during the nation’s tenth week of unrest and deployed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) across Iranian Kurdistan, mostly in Mehabad, Bokan, and Javanrud. The IRGC shot dozens of protesters in the streets, and Iranian authorities imposed curfews while shutting off electricity to several neighborhoods. Several Iranian human rights groups estimated that Iranian authorities have now killed at least 378 protesters, including 47 children, since the latest protests began on September 17. The Iranian regime has also wounded and arrested thousands of demonstrators and dissidents since then. U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken weighed in on the regime’s latest crackdowns in saying, “We are greatly concerned that Iranian authorities are reportedly escalating violence against protesters, particularly in the city of Mahabad.” At the same time, several members of Iran’s national soccer team expressed solidarity with the protesters by remaining silent during the Iranian national anthem at the World Cup. Further, the U.S. sanctioned several Asian and Middle Eastern companies for selling Iranian petrochemicals and petroleum products. Meanwhile, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen expressed concerns about the proliferation of Iranian drones and vowed the regime would face further sanctions. Lastly, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution criticizing the regime for its lack of cooperation regarding the presence of man-made uranium at three Iranian nuclear sites.

Iraq 

  • The IRGC unleashed a new round of missile and drone attacks against Iranian opposition groups in Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday night. The first attacks hit the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan’s (KDPI) headquarters and a medical center for Kurdish refugees in Koya, killing one Peshmerga. A second attack hit the Komala Party’s main office in Sulaymaniyah Governorate’s Zargwez village and caused no reported casualties. Sunday’s wave of attacks is the third since the latest round of civil unrest began in September. The IRGC is still accusing Kurdish opposition parties in Iraq of directing the protests, but the parties have refuted the accusations. The U.S. and several other Western countries condemned Sunday’s attacks, and U.S. Representatives Michael Waltz and Guy Reschenthaler called for the Biden administration to respond to Iran’s attacks on Iraqi Kurdistan. Concurrently, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, Esmail Ghaani, visited Iraq and threatened to launch a ground invasion of Iraqi Kurdistan if Iraqi authorities failed to disarm the Iranian Kurdish opposition groups within Iraq’s borders and dismantle their bases. The KDPI predicted the Iranian regime would carry out additional strikes in Iraq unless the international community took serious actions in response to Iranian aggression. Komala Party head Abdullah Mohtadi said, “A united and proud people cannot be defeated with rockets.” The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) also denounced the Iranian attacks and released a statement that read, “Iran’s repeated violations of the sovereignty of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are inexcusable and a gross infringement of international law and neighborly relations.” The KRG then requested the international community and Iraqi government “take a clear and principled position on Iran’s continued aggression.”
  • Dozens of Turkish airstrikes that were allegedly targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) struck parts of Iraqi Kurdistan and northern Syria on November 19. The locations targeted in Iraqi Kurdistan included Sulaymaniyah Governorate’s Mawat District, Qandil, and Kurtak. The U.S. Consulate General Erbil warned Americans of potential Turkish military action in northern Syria and Iraq before the airstrikes.

Syria 

  • Saturday’s Turkish airstrikes killed at least eleven civilians and dozens of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) personnel. The strikes hit Derik, Kobani, Zarkan, Tal Refaat and al Shahba. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported the strikes also killed at least 18 members of the Syrian Arab Army, including several officers. The SDF vowed to respond to Turkish aggression “effectively at the right time and place” and accused the Turkish government of exploiting the November 13 bombing in Istanbul to justify Turkish imperial ambitions in northern Syria. The SDF and its main armed wings, the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), have repeatedly denied all involvement in the November 13 attack. On Tuesday, November 22, Turkish forces escalated bombing and air strikes hitting SDF’s anti-terror units inside a joint military base with the US in Hasakah. As a result, two SDC members were killed and three wounded. Simounelstly and for the first time, Turkey launched air strikes on the SDF positions in Deir al Zor and oil fields in Tirbespiye, near Qamishli, in addition to medical centers, clinics, and gas stations in al Shahba, Kobani, Afrin, and Manbij. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed a new invasion on Tuesday with tanks and soldiers. The Turkish attacks coincide with the 19th round of the tripartite Astana talks over Syria between Russia, Turkey, and Iran. The Turkish attacks are ongoing in different areas in the North and East of Syria. The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) criticized the US and Russia for “the continuation of the Turkish military air operations” since Turkey signed separate ceasefire agreements with both powers in 2019. The SDC held” the Security Council, the United Nations, and the Arab League for Turkey’s persistence and disregard of international laws.”

Turkey 

  • The Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rejected the Turkish aggression in northern Syria, accusing the government of being “politically bankrupt and unable to govern.” The HDP statement read:” We defend the right of the Kurdish people to self-rule in the region, the struggle of the peoples of the region to establish a democratic order, and we reject these aggressive policies.” The Turkish government lacked evidence of PKK’s involvement in Taksim’s terror attack, and the state-funded media outlets and officials accused America and renewed calls to shut down the HDP party. HDP’s co-Vice President, Tayip Temel, said the government is using the Taksim attack as a “lynch campaign against the opposition forces in society, especially the Kurds, the Syrian Kurds, the Kurds living in Turkey, the HDP and the forces of democracy.”

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