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The Blood of the People of Gaza and Palestine is in the Necks of the Conspirators who Betrayed them to the Jews and their Brutality

On Monday, the Jewish entity faced the “March of Return” in Gaza on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba with a massacre, in which dozens were martyred and thousands were wounded. At least 59 people, including seven children, were killed and more than 2,700 were injured, including 100 seriously wounded. This massacre comes amidst the […]

President Erdogan Visits London Seeking Re-Election Support, while Ignoring the Palestinian Issue

Turkish President Erdogan visited London this week to gather support for his re-election campaign. As expected he put on a great show of his Islamic credentials, which amounted to no more than secular and individualistic platitudes. He then attempted to appear as a great statesman commenting on how the Muslims suffer from imperial greed, and […]

The Underhanded Tactics to Sabotage Students in Palestine using Extracurricular Activities

A trend that is currently gaining traction in Palestine with ferocity not limited to the following Palestinian Ministry of Education extracurricular activities with the youth: Mixed debate competitions in various municipalities for high schools (targeting smaller villages) Thousands of students participate in Marathons in protest of the Balfour Agreement Mixed dabka dances held at Arab […]

The punishment of this world is easier to bear than the punishment of the Hereafter

The disturbing images of woman and children lying on the floor in body bags and shrouds, the videos messages of trapped mothers telling the world that we have failed them and that they only rely on Allah (swt) reminded me of the courage that the hairdresser of Pharaoh’s daughter showed when faced with the worst […]

Syria: Jordan shuts border after rebels raise Islamist flag at crossing

IBT

By Arij Limam

Jordan has closed its border with Syria after rebels fighting Bashar Al Assad seized control of crossing between the two countries.

It was not clear which rebel group had taken the Nasib border post from Assad’s forces, with various reports claiming that Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Al Qaeda-linked Jabat Al Nusra and another rebel faction, the Southern Front, was in control.

Other sources said that a coalition of groups calling itself the Islamic Front had captured the crossing, a major gateway for the Syrian government.

Saudis Warm to Muslim Brotherhood, Seeking Sunni Unity on Yemen

WSJ

By YAROSLAV TROFIMOV

Ever since the Arab Spring began four years ago, Saudi Arabia waged a two-front campaign against its Shiite nemesis Iran, and against the Sunni Islamists—led by the Muslim Brotherhood—whose rise across the region had challenged the kingdom’s legitimacy.

The unexpectedly broad Sunni coalition that Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman managed to assemble last week against pro-Iranian Houthi forces in Yemen heralds the end of this balancing act.

GCC in tough U.N. talks with Russia on Yemen

 وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ

“Do not help each other to wrongdoing and enmity. Have taqwa of Allah. Allah is severe in retribution.”

(Al-Maida, 5:2)


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AFP, United Nations

Gulf countries are locked in tough negotiations with Russia on a U.N. draft resolution to impose an arms embargo and sanctions on Yemen, diplomats said Wednesday.

The resolution would seek to re-launch a political dialogue that broke down after Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels pressed ahead with an offensive, forcing President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Azhar: Houthis have crushed Yemen security

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

مَنْ سَكَنَ الْبَادِيَةَ جَفَا وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَ الصَّيْدَ غَفَلَ وَمَنْ أَتَى أَبْوَابَ السَّلاَطِينِ افْتُتِنَ

“Whoever resides in the deserts he becomes ignorant, whoever follows game he becomes heedless, and whoever comes to the door of the ruler he will suffer a fitnah.”

(Tirmidhi, 2256)


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By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News

The head of Egypt’s al-Azhar, one of the most prestigious centers of Sunni Islam learning, on Wednesday accused Yemen’s Houthi rebels of tampering with the country’s security and obstructing political solutions to the crisis.

U.S. ‘supports’ unified Arab military force

Al-Arabiya

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News

Arab plans to create a unified military force to counter growing security threats in the Middle East are being supported by the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday.

Carter said the Pentagon would cooperate with the force where U.S. and Arab interests coincide.

Carter told reporters during a visit to Fort Drum in New York that U.S. military leaders who met with him in Kuwait several weeks ago thought that regional members of the coalition fighting ISIS militants should be encouraged to do more if they were able.

Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

“The believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have taqwa of Allah so that hopefully you will gain mercy.”

(Al-Hujjurat, 10)


Arabian Business

By Reuters

Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to join the coalition fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said on Monday, joining several Gulf states, Sudan, Egypt and Morocco.

Can the US figure out which groups to support in Syria? Not easily.

أَفَأَمِنَ الَّذِينَ مَكَرُوا السَّيِّئَاتِ أَنْ يَخْسِفَ اللَّهُ بِهِمُ الْأَرْضَ أَوْ يَأْتِيَهُمُ الْعَذَابُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَشْعُرُونَ

“Do those who plot evil actions feel secure that Allah will not cause the earth to swallow them up or that a punishment will not come upon them from where they least expect?”

(An-Nahl, 45)


CSM

With large influxes of cash and military training, the US military often ‘super-empowered’ the wrong people in Iraq and Afghanistan. It faces the same tough issues in Syria.

By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer

WASHINGTON — As the US grapples with whether it should pursue a larger role in the Syrian War – and just how much military aid to give Iraqi troops battling the Islamic State – it is also trying to figure out how to avoid one of the most basic and nettlesome blunders of all: inadvertently creating a Frankenstein’s monster in the form of corrupt local power brokers.

Syria’s Idlib city falls to Islamist insurgents

وَيَوْمَئِذٍ يَفْرَحُ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

بِنَصْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ يَنْصُرُ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الرَّحِيمُ

“On that day, the believers will rejoice in Allah’s help. He grants victory to whoever He wills. He is the Almighty, the Most Merciful.”

(Ar-Rum, 30:4-5)


Al-Arabiya

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate and its allies seized on Saturday the city of Idlib, the second provincial capital lost by the government, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“After five days of fighting, “Al-Nusra Front and its allies have captured all of Idlib,” the Britain-based Observatory said.

Al-Nusra Front, the official Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, announced the capture of the northwestern city on its Twitter accounts.

Egypt’s president backs united Arab force to tackle regional security threats

وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ

“Help each other to goodness and taqwa. Do not help each other to wrongdoing and enmity. Have taqwa of Allah. Allah is severe in retribution.”

(Al-Maida, 5:2)


Guardian

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi says Arab world faces ‘unprecedented’ threats – and describes Shia rebels in Yemen ‘stooges of Iran’

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi receives Saudi King Salman upon his arrival ahead of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Martin Williams and agencies

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has backed calls to create a unified Arab force to confront regional security threats, and said intervention in Yemen was the “inevitable” result of meddling by a foreign power.

Speaking at an Arab League summit, he said that the military campaign against Shia Houthi militias in Yemen, which has been led by Saudi Arabia, aimed to “preserve Yemen’s unity and the peace of its territories”.

Israeli soldiers filmed waking Palestinian children in middle of the night for questioning

وَلَا يَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّمَا نُمْلِي لَهُمْ خَيْرٌ لِأَنْفُسِهِمْ ۚ إِنَّمَا نُمْلِي لَهُمْ لِيَزْدَادُوا إِثْمًا ۚ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ

“Those who are kafir should not imagine that the extra time We grant to them is good for them. We only allow them more time so they will increase in evildoing. They will have a humiliating punishment.”

(Al-Imran, 3:178)


Independent

The IDF demanded entry to homes in Hebron without explanation

LIZZIE DEARDEN

Footage showing terrified Palestinian children being woken up by armed Israeli soldiers for questioning in the dead of the night has emerged.

Boys as young as nine are shown being questioned about stone throwing and photographed by soldiers who dismiss their parents’ protests.

A partially sighted teenage boy was among those interrogated on 23 February, according to a human rights group.

Israel kills more Palestinians in 2014 than in any other year since 1967

وَقَضَيْنَا إِلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ فِي الْكِتَابِ لَتُفْسِدُنَّ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَرَّتَيْنِ وَلَتَعْلُنَّ عُلُوًّا كَبِيرًا

فَإِذَا جَاءَ وَعْدُ أُولَاهُمَا بَعَثْنَا عَلَيْكُمْ عِبَادًا لَنَا أُولِي بَأْسٍ شَدِيدٍ فَجَاسُوا خِلَالَ الدِّيَارِ ۚ وَكَانَ وَعْدًا مَفْعُولًا

ثُمَّ رَدَدْنَا لَكُمُ الْكَرَّةَ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَمْدَدْنَاكُمْ بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ أَكْثَرَ نَفِيرًا

إِنْ أَحْسَنْتُمْ أَحْسَنْتُمْ لِأَنْفُسِكُمْ ۖ وَإِنْ أَسَأْتُمْ فَلَهَا ۚ فَإِذَا جَاءَ وَعْدُ الْآخِرَةِ لِيَسُوءُوا وُجُوهَكُمْ وَلِيَدْخُلُوا الْمَسْجِدَ كَمَا دَخَلُوهُ أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ وَلِيُتَبِّرُوا مَا عَلَوْا تَتْبِيرًا

عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَنْ يَرْحَمَكُمْ ۚ وَإِنْ عُدْتُمْ عُدْنَا ۘ وَجَعَلْنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ حَصِيرًا

We decreed in the Book for the tribe of Israel: ‘You will twice cause corruption on the earth and you will rise to a great height. When the promised first time came, We sent against you slaves of Ours possessing great force, and they ransacked your houses, rampaging right through them. It was a promise which was fulfilled. Then once again We gave you the upper hand over them and supplied you with more wealth and children and made you the most numerous group. If you do good, you do it to yourselves. If you do evil, you do it to your detriment. When the next promised time arrived, it was so that they could injure you and enter the Temple as they had entered it the first time, and in order to completely destroy what they had conquered. It may well be that your Lord will have mercy on you. But if you revert to what you did, We also will revert. We have made Hell a prison for the kafirun.’

(Al-Israa, 4-8)


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More than 2,300 Palestinians killed and more than 17,000 injured, according to annual report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The conflict in Gaza in July and August was largely responsible for the dramatic increase in fatalities, claiming the lives of 2,220 Gazans

Mairav Zonszein in Tel Aviv

Israel killed more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any in other year since the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip began in 1967, a UN report has said.

Israel’s activities in the occupied territories resulted in the deaths of 2,314 Palestinians and 17,125 injuries last year, compared with 39 deaths and 3,964 injuries in 2013, according to the annual report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Britain says to train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State

Reuters

(Reuters) – Britain will send around 75 military personnel to join a U.S.-led programme to train Syrian opposition forces to fight the hardline Islamic State group, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday.

The programme will train and equip thousands of screened members of the opposition over the next three years to help them defend Syrian communities against Islamic State before eventually leading offensives, the statement said.

Yemen is in a civil war. But where is it headed?

CSM

Many see it the violence in Yemen as a proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. That’s true to an extent, but risks oversimplification.

By Dan Murphy, Staff writer

That Yemen is in the midst of a civil war is now clear, contrary to the opinion of UN envoy Jamal Benomar. Last week witnessed bloody fighting around the airport in the capital, proclamations and threats from deposed President Abdu Mansur Hadi, and the horrific suicide bombing by Sunni jihadis of two Shiite mosques that claimed more than 140 lives.

Iraq security forces burn Sunni villagers homes ‘to the ground’ after liberating town from Isis

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ فَتَنُوا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَتُوبُوا فَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ جَهَنَّمَ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ الْحَرِيقِ

“Those who persecute men and women of the believers, and then do not make tawba, will have the punishment of Hell, will have the punishment of the Burning.”

(Al-Burooj, 10)


Independent

Human Rights watch claims Iraqi forces and Shia militias destroyed two entire villages

HEATHER SAUL

Iraq’s security forces destroyed entire villages and displaced thousands of Sunni residents after pushing back Isis’s advance in the besieged town of Amerli, a human rights group has claimed.

Militias, volunteer fighters, and Iraqi security forces forced Isis militants to retreat from Amerli, in northern Iraq, in September, where at least 12,000 people had been trapped for almost three months.

Deaths as Houthis open fire at Yemen protest

وَمَنْ يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا

“As for anyone who kills a believer deliberately, his repayment is Hell, remaining in it for ever. Allah is angry with him and has cursed him, and has prepared for him a terrible punishment.”

(An-Nisaa, 4:93)


Al-Arabiya

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News

Houthi rebels opened fire on Tuesday at demonstrators in the Yemeni city of Taez, killing eight protesters and wounding 120 others, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The rebels attacked the demonstrators as they gathered for the third consecutive day to protest the militia’s arrival in Taez, after the Houthis sent thousands of troops south from the capital Sanaa, which they control.

Syrian Islamist rebels launch offensive to take Idlib city

Reuters

BEIRUT, March 24 (Reuters) – An alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels including al Qaeda’s official wing said they had launched an offensive on Tuesday to take the northwestern city of Idlib, which is close to the main strategic highway linking Damascus to Aleppo.

Districts of Idlib city, where more than 100,000 people live, have been controlled by both the army and insurgents since the crisis started four years ago. The army now controls urban areas and rebels are stationed outside the city.