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jpost.com
Palestinians left wondering as Saudi paper takes Netanyahu’s side, By BEN LYNFIELD
The editorial, published Sunday in the Saudi Gazette, seemed to depart in tone from the widely-held position in the Arab world that Israel is responsible for the impasse with the Palestinians.

The editorial, published Sunday in the Saudi Gazette, a daily  published in Jeddah that has a woman editor-in-chief, seemed to depart in tone   from the widely-held position in the Arab world that Israel is responsible for  the impasse with the Palestinians. It likened Netanyahu’s proposal that the two  leaders address each other’s parliaments, to Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s  1977 invitation to Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to visit Israel, and implied  it could also lead to a breakthrough. Begin made the invitation “and the rest is history,’’ the editorial said.

“For all its shortcomings, Camp David  demonstrated that negotiations with Israel were possible and that progress could  be made through sustained efforts at communication and cooperation,’’ it added.  

As another example of how “official visits can bend the arc of history’’ the  paper cited then-US President Bill Clinton’s 1998 visit to the Gaza Strip to  address the Palestinian National Council on the day it deleted clauses calling  for the destruction of Israel from the PLO charter.

The editorial said   that Palestinians had rejected overtures from Netanyahu with the explanation  that his hard-line position on all core issues made dialogue impossible.

“But  the Palestinians should note that at that time, Egypt and Israel were mortal  enemies having fought three wars.’’

The editorial went on to second guess the  Arab world for rejecting Camp David, saying “in hindsight if the provisions had  been carried out, Israel and the Palestinians might not be in the impasse they  are at present.’’ Saudi Arabia was a leader of the Arab opposition to Camp   David.

reuters.com
Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi September 11 bill becomes law
Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of his presidency, just four months before it ends.

RISK TO TROOPS?

Obama argued that JASTA (“Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act”)  could expose U.S. companies, troops and officials to lawsuits if other countries passed reciprocal legislation, and may anger important allies.

He called Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and wrote a letter to him explaining that he strongly believed enacting JASTA into law would be detrimental to U.S. interests. Reid became the only senator to side with Obama.

Some lawmakers said the White House, which has a history of poor relations with Congress, had waited too long to fight the bill.

The Sept. 11 families have received more than $7 billion, but bill backers said their intention was to allow lawsuits to punish any government that backs terrorism on U.S. soil.

“This bill was carefully negotiated over more than six years,” Representative Jerrold Nadler, another New York Democrat, told the House.

The issue, however, may not be finished. At least 28 senators signed a letter to JASTA’s sponsors, Schumer and Republican Senator John Cornyn, asking that they work with them to mitigate any potential unintended national security and foreign policy consequences.

The Saudi government financed an extensive lobbying campaign against the legislation.

U.S. corporations including General Electric Co and Dow Chemical Co also opposed it, as did the European Union and other U.S. allies.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, opposed the bill and CIA Director John Brennan said JASTA had “grave implications” for national security.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, and Bernie Sanders, an independent and former Democratic White House contender, did not vote.

Override opponents in the House included Representative Mac Thornberry, Republican chairman of the Armed Services committee, and Adam Smith, its ranking Democrat, citing concern about U.S. forces overseas.

Saudi teen facing prison for ‘unethical’ behaviour on YouTube

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Saudi Arabia has arrested a teenage boy on charges of “unethical behaviour” after appearing in online video chats with an American vlogger, The Independent had reported.

The video in question that has received hundreds of thousand of views and features Abu Sin and American Christina Crockett, were “enticing” and invited “negative attention” from viewers around the world according to Saudi police.

The video show Abu Sin and Christina negotiating language differences between English and Arabic and jokingly declaring their love for one another.
Colonel Fawaz Al-Mayman, a spokesperson for Riyadh police, said Abu Sin was arrested for “unethical behaviour”.

“His videos received many comments and many of the commenters of the general public demanded for him to be punished for his actions,” he added, according to the Saudi Gazette.

“The two of them [Abu Sin and Christina] composed enticing videos which received thousands of followers and viewers from all over the world within a short period of time.

“Most of the viewers were from the Arab world. Abu Sin, nicknamed for his projecting tooth, became famous and received negative attention.”

Abu Sin was arrested when a police car had stopped his car while he was driving.

He could be facing up to three years in prison.

So people are dying in the Middle East, but the global media do not give a shit about Arabs unless we are involved in any “terrorist” related news. Two days ago a terrorist attack occurred on a busy shopping mall in Baghdad, that ended up killing at least 200 innocent people, followed by terrorist attacks today in Saudi Arabia. I don’t see the Iraqi/Saudi flag all over the social media, I don’t see the “pray for <insert a white country here> “? 

If the world doesn’t look at us and see us as the humans we are, then fuck you all 

I feel sick. Seriously, 3 attacks in Saudi Arabia? On one of the last nights in Ramadhan, the holiest of Islamic months, just days before Eid? And one of those blasts was by the Prophet’s mosque in Madina..the second holiest place in Islam???