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    Saudi offer in corruption crackdown: 'cough up the cash and go home'

    Government demanding up to 70% of rich detainees’ wealth in return for their freedom, newspaper reports

    Authorities in Saudi Arabia are offering businessmen and members of the royal family detained on allegations of corruption an opportunity to pay for their freedom, according to media reports.

    Around 200 princes, ministers, senior military officers and wealthy businessmen have been held in five-star hotels across the country since last week, many of them at the opulent Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

    Quoting “people briefed on the discussions”, the Financial Times reported that the Saudi government was demanding up to 70% of the individuals’ wealth in return for their freedom.

    If settlements are agreed, hundreds of billions of dollars would be diverted into the country’s depleted coffers. Saudi Arabia recorded a budget deficit of $79bn last year and low oil prices have pushed the country into a recession.

    The arrests were ordered by King Salman via his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Their crackdown appears to be popular with Saudis who believe their country is plagued by corruption among members of the royal family and well-connected businessmen.

    The attorney general has said he is investigating allegations involving sums of at least $100bn. An estimated 1,700 bank accounts have been frozen.

    Those detained include Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire who owns stakes in Citigroup and Twitter, who is a nephew of King Salman and who had publicly backed attempts to reform the country.

    Others include Waleed al-Ibrahim, the founder of Middle East Broadcasting Centre, which owns the Saudi satellite television channel Al Arabiya, and Bakr bin Laden, chair of the Saudi Binladin construction group.

    The businessmen in custody are being asked to hand over assets. Settlements for royals are likely to also include pledges of loyalty to Prince Mohammed, the adviser said.

    The FT said many of those detained were keen to secure their release by signing over cash and corporate assets. It quoted one person involved in the negotiations as saying: “They are making settlements with most of those in the Ritz. Cough up the cash and you will go home.”

    Royal family members have long received undisclosed monthly stipends from state coffers built up during years of higher oil prices. The government has been forced to introduce austerity measures since oil prices fell three years ago, reducing subsidies and driving up costs for average Saudi nationals.

    Critics have said the crackdown amounts to a power grab by Salman, as it has been highly selective: many royals and businessmen have not been detained.

    Those detained have been spared prison in an attempt to maintain the delicate consensual alliance between the many different – and often competing – branches of the royal family.

    “He couldn’t have put them in the jail,” a senior official explained. “So this was the most dignified solution he could find.”

    Other reforms being introduced include steps to limit the remit of the religious police, who have been stripped of their power of arrest and told they are being absorbed into the interior ministry, and the lifting of the ban on women driving.

    The crown prince told the Guardian last month that he wished to “return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam”, breaking the alliance between Wahhabi clerics and the country’s ruling elite.

    He aimed to end the kingdom’s near total dependence on oil by sweeping away the resistance to change that inhibited the development of a more diverse and open economy.

    Seventy per cent of Saudi Arabia’s population are under the age of 30. Over the next decade at least 5 million Saudis are likely to enter the workforce, posing an enormous problem for a government that does not currently have jobs to offer them.

    The government is planning a new economic zone to be established on 300 miles of the Red Sea coast, in a tourist area that has already been earmarked as a liberal hub akin to Dubai, where male and female bathers are free to mingle.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...h-and-go-home?

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    Israel TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt gave Trump green light regarding Jerusalem




    Israel’s News 10 said Saudi Arabia and Egypt gave US President Donald Trump the go ahead to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

    The channel said the Arab parties’ reactions and condemnations are not genuine and are misleading.

    Israeli journalist and head of the Arab desk at the news channel, Zvi Yehezkeli stressed that the announcement could not have been made without coordination between Trump and his regional allies.

    “I am not sure about the Arab countries’ reactions to this resolution,” Yehezkeli said, adding that the responses issued so far were not serious.

    On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s new capital adding that the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a “unilateral and outside the vision of a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” warning of “heightened tensions or even violence across the Middle East.”

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20...ing-jerusalem/



    Saudi orders media to limit coverage of Trump’s decision on Jerusalem


    Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has reported that the Saudi royal court has sent notices to media organisations in the country ordering them to avoid giving US President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel too much airtime.

    The instructions were sent to managers of television and radio stations in the country as well as newspaper editors.

    In addition to this, both the Saudi and Bahraini embassies in Jordan warned their citizens last night against participating in the protests and demonstrations organised in Jordan against Trump’s decision.

    The Saudi embassy in Amman wrote the following on its official Twitter page: “The embassy calls upon its citizens living in Jordan and its students studying in Jordanian universities to stay away from places of public gatherings and protests in order to protect their safety.”

    The Bahraini embassy in Jordan also urged its citizens to steer clear of places of public gatherings and protests. In a statement posted on its official website, the embassy said: “The Kingdom of Bahrain embassy in Amman urges its citizens in Jordan to completely avoid areas of public gatherings and protests, and stresses the need to be cautious and vigilant in order to protect your safety and lives from the developments and events occurring in the area.”

    The warnings were met with criticism from politicians and activists on social media, who called on the two countries’ citizens to participate in the protests.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20171208-saudi-orders-media-to-limit-coverage-of-trumps-decision-on-jerusalem/



    Saudi offers Abu Dis as future capital of Palestine

    December 6, 2017

    A Saudi proposal for a peace initiative between Israelis and Palestinians offers the village of Abu Dis as the future capital of Palestine instead of East Jerusalem, stirring widespread anger.

    Activists have released a new hashtag under the name “Jerusalem is our capital” in response to the Saudi proposal.

    The New York Times reported on Sunday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman made the proposal during Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Riyadh last month.

    According to the proposal, the Palestinians will get a non-contiguous state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over which they will have only partial sovereignty while the majority of Israeli settlements in the West Bank will remain. The proposal does not grant Palestinian refugees and their descendants living in other countries the right of return to Israel.

    According to the paper, Saudi Arabia gave Abbas two months to respond to the offer.

    Abu Dis is a Palestinian town near occupied East Jerusalem. According to the Oslo Accords it is classified as Area B which is administered by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20...-of-palestine/

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    If these Saudi Khawarij had ever prayed any Salah then they would know the importance of Jerusalem, the first Kiblah for the Muslims.


    World leaders warned Trump against recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But he did it anyway.

    video: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastE...69562933109089

    Israeli historian Ilan Pappé says Israel's presence in Palestinian territories is not occupation - it's colonisation.

    video: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastE...69251139806935


    Saudi Arabia ‘doesn’t care’ about the Palestinians as long as it can make a deal with Israel against Iran, says former Netanyahu advisor

    by Raf Sanchez - 25 November 2017

    Saudi Arabia is so eager to establish diplomatic relations with Israel that it is prepared to sign off on almost any type of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal no matter how unfavourable to the Palestinians, according to Benjamin Netanyahu’s former security advisor.

    Yaacov Nagel, who stepped down as the Israeli prime minister’s national security advisor earlier this year, said Riyadh was so keen to begin open cooperation with Israel against Iran that it “doesn’t care” what kind of deal is reached with the Palestinians.

    “They just have to say there is an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, they don’t care, they don’t give a **** about what will be in the agreement,”
    Mr Nagel said. “They need to say there is an agreement in order to go for next steps.”

    Mr Nagel’s comments come amid weeks of increasingly public signs that Israel and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is warming while tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran.

    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman enraged Iran by referring to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei as “new Hitler of the Middle East”. Tehran fired back that the ambitious young prince was “immature and weak-minded”.

    Meanwhile, the first aid flights began to land in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Saturday, after Saudi Arabia agreed to loosen a three-week blockade which the UN warned would lead to mass starvation.

    Boris Johnson and others have urged Saudi Arabia to ease the blockade further to allow more food and supplies into the war-wracked country.

    Saudi leaders have always shied away from making formal peace with Israel out of fear of a backlash by their own public and from across the Arab world, where Israel is still widely seen as an enemy.

    But under Mr Nagel’s analysis, the current Saudi leadership under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is looking for any type of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal so it will have political cover for normalising relations with Israel.

    His theory raises the prospect that Saudi Arabia could try to force the Palestinians into accepting a deal, even an unfavourable one, when Donald Trump lays out his expected peace proposals early next year.

    Unconfirmed media reports have suggested that Prince Mohammed had already begun pressuring Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, into accepting a US-brokered peace deal.

    Mr Nagel said he did not know if Saudi Arabia had the leverage to force the Palestinians into a deal. “I hope so, I’m not sure,” he said. Palestinian officials have said they would resist any pressure from Riyadh to accept an unfavourable deal even though Saudi Arabia is a major donor to the Palestinian Authority.

    Normalisation of ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel would represent one of the biggest shifts in Middle Eastern politics in decades and would see the Jewish state and the Arab kingdom formally allied against their shared enemy Iran.

    Such an alignment would delight the White House as it would mean the two US allies could present a united front against Iran. After visiting Riyadh in February, Mr Trump hinted at the warming ties saying that he found the Saudi leadership to be “very positive” towards Israel.

    An Israeli minister publicly confirmed for the first time this week that Israeli and Saudi officials had met but said that the meetings had been kept secret at Saudi Arabia’s request. Asked if he had ever met with the Saudis during his time in the most senior ranks of the Israeli government, Mr Nagel said: “I didn’t say yes, I didn’t say no”.

    Adel al-Jubier, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, has publicly insisted that there is no change to Riyadh’s position. He said Saudi Arabia would only establish relations with Israel if the Israelis withdrew from all territories captured in 1967 and allowed for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

    “Until that happens, we don't have relations with Israel,” Mr Jubeir said.

    Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition government is unlikely to agree to those terms, setting up an impasse in the public positions of the Israeli and Saudi governments.

    “There is no way that a peace initiative that does not embarrass the hell out of the Saudis would not shatter Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition,” wrote Chemi Shalev, a columnist for the liberal Haaretz newspaper.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...e-deal-israel/

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    Muslims in Muslim Countries and Christmas


    Ibn Taymiyyah said: "The reason why the religion of Allah and its rituals is vanishing, and kufr and sin prevailing, is because of imitation of the kaafireen, just as the means of preserving all good is by following the ways and laws of the Prophets." (al-Iqtidaa', 1/413)


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    Islam forbids the Muslims to imitate the kuffaar, especially the Jews and Christians, but this prohibition does not apply to all their affairs, rather it applies to matters of their religion and things that are unique to them, by which they are known.

    It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too.” We said: “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said: “Who else?” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1397; Muslim, 4822.

    This hadeeth indicates that it is haraam to imitate the Jews and the Christians, and that those who follow them and tread the same path as them are criticized. Islam has reinforced this prohibition, by describing those who imitate the kuffaar as being of them. It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 3512; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 2691.

    https://islamqa.info/en/5000

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    UAE blocks access to Skype over 'unlicensed VoIP calls'

    December 31, 2017

    United Arab Emirate’s telecom providers Etisalat and Du have confirmed that Skype has been blocked throughout the country over "unlicensed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls", Gulf News reported on Sunday.

    Addressing the issue, Skype confirmed inaccessibility in UAE and also mentioned that the app had been blocked in Qatar.

    "It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by the ISPs in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar," said Skype in a message on its website. "That means you won't be able to use Skype in the United Arab Emirates or Qatar."

    The blocking of free calling service — including through Whatsapp and Snapchat — is a debated subject in the UAE with a Federal National Council member advocating for a lift in the restriction in the 2016 April session, Khaleej Times had reported in June.

    On the other hand, UAE's neighbour, Saudi Arabia, had announced in September that online video calling apps — including WhatsApp, Skype and Viber — would be unblocked in the Kingdom that month.

    The apps were blocked in Saudi Arabia in 2013, after the government claimed that they "do not meet the regulatory conditions” in the country. An industry source had then alleged that the move was motivated by business interests.

    Most recently, Skype joined the lengthening list of internet tools on China's blacklist, disappearing from download stores in November.

    "We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of VoIP apps do not comply with local law, therefore these apps have been removed from the App Store in China," Apple had said in an emailed statement.

    The company, however, had not specified which laws such apps were found to have violated.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1379952/ua...sed-voip-calls

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    This is what happens when your country is going bankrupt, so you try to make money off of anything you can.

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    Israel to launch railway network connecting it with Saudi Arabia

    16th January 2018

    Israeli authorities have announced that they intend on building a railway network linking Israel with Saudi Arabia to transfer goods and people.

    The plan was first proposed last week by Israel’s transport minister, Yisrael Katz, who had initially presented the idea to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy last month.

    Under the proposal, goods could travel by rail from Israel’s Mediterranean port of Haifa through Jordan to Saudi Arabia’s Gulf port of Dammam via Jordan.

    According to Yedioth Ahronoth, the 15 million shekels (£10.5 million) cost of the plans for this project was included in the 2019 budget, which was approved three days earlier.

    Currently, Yedioth Ahronoth said, Israel is transporting goods arriving in Haifa Port and heading to Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States through Jordan, noting that the war in Syria led these countries to use Israeli ports instead of those in Syria.

    The paper reported that the Israeli Transportation Minister called this railway the “Peace Line”, adding that Israel would open a new commercial crossing to deal with goods exported by the Gulf States and Iraq through Israeli ports.

    According to Israeli media, the Israeli Railway Commission has already formed a team of experts to lay down plans for this project, which, it said, would improve Israel’s international status as the railway will connect Europe with the Middle East.

    Israel has set its sights on normalising relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states which Israeli leaders say share their country’s concerns about Iran.

    However, Israel maintains a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and tightly regulates the overland passage of goods and people through its border with the territory.

    https://5pillarsuk.com/2018/01/16/is...-saudi-arabia/

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    When the Ottomans built train tracks to the holy sites then they purposefully made the tracks narrow compared to the ones used in Europe so they may not be able to use it to invade/attack the holy sites. Now 100 years later these Khawarij Arab Sauds build train tracks in the holy cities and straight to the biggest enemy of Islam, Israelis.

    It's alright though, they are just make a way for al-Mahdi and Issa (alayhi salam)'s army to go free Falastine.

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    Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman on Billion Dollar Shopping Spree

    Here's how the Crown Prince of Saudi, Bin Salman, spent one billion dollars despite his reformation, anti-corruption and austerity narratives.

    video 1: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleEastE...82460571819325

    video 2: https://www.facebook.com/KJVids/videos/1536572503063699





    Khawarij Bahrain Regards Jerusalem a 'Side Issue'

    The Foreign Minister of Bahrain regards Jerusalem as a 'side issue'.


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    Hindu Idol Worship in Arabia

    The Arabian Peninsula that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) cleaned of idols and idol worship is now being polluted with current day Arabs building Hindu Temples filled with idols for worship, and these Arabs are worshiping these Idols too now.


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    Anti-expat Kuwait MP calls for naturalised widows to lose citizen

    1/20/2018


    Controversial Kuwaiti MP Safaa al-Hashem has called for naturalised wives of Kuwaiti men to have their citizenship revoked once their husbands die.

    Kuwait's only female MP
    , known for her controversial stances, has called for revoking the citizenship of widows of Kuwaiti men.

    "The Kuwaiti citizenship of the naturalised wife should be rescinded after her husband's death so that she will not seek the Kuwaiti citizenship for her children from her new husband who will be a foreigner from her country of origin," MP Safaa al-Hashem posted on Twitter.

    Hashem, who is known for her inflammatory rhetoric against expats and has pledged to address the demographic imbalance in the country, said "foreign" widows of Kuwaiti men had no reason to keep the Kuwaiti citizenship they had acquired, Kuwaiti daily Al Seyassah reported.

    The lawmaker, who is also chairman of the Women and Families Committee in the Kuwaiti parliament, said members would be discussing the issues of the wives of Kuwaiti men with the Minister of Interior.

    Hashem also sparked controversy last week after she claimed that 300,000 people out of 1.3 million "real" Kuwaitis have forged documents, describing those with fake citizenships as "rats".

    Other hard-line policies Hashem has proposed to reduce immigration include forcing non-Kuwaitis to pay a tax for walking on streets and banning them from having access to free medicine in hospital, regardless of how poor they may be.

    Lawmakers have proposed other discriminatory measures including deporting foreign teachers, banning expatriates from driving and a "15 year cap" on foreign workers in the country.

    Expats currently make up 70 percent of Kuwait's 4.3 million population.

    https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/ne...s-citizenships

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    Women continue to prove that they are women's worst enemy. And if these arab women weren't so busy trying to wear the pants at home and mini-skirts when vacationing in UK/Europe then maybe they wouldn't have to worry about their men marrying expats.

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    Saudi Arabia approves airspace for flights to Israel

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has granted permission for Air India flights headed to Israel to use its airspace for the first time, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

    The policy, which will be implemented next month, means that flights from New Delhi to Tel Aviv would be shortened by two and a half hours.

    The new route, Haaretz reports, means that the airline would reduce fuel costs and sell cheaper tickets to passengers.

    The Saudi government had previously banned flights headed to Israel from using its airspace for 70 years.

    While it is no secret that private jets can fly from Saudi and other Gulf airports to Israel, they could not use the direct route and had to make a stop-over in Amman airport first.

    The decision is widely seen as an acknowledgement of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s influence in the region, who visited the occupied West Bank on Saturday 10 February.

    Last year, he became the first Indian premier to go to Israel on an official state visit.

    But the policy also signifies the normalisation of diplomatic and economic ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have been linked to having increasingly covert relations over the last year.

    This has been credited to the shakeup of Saudi domestic and foreign policy, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    https://5pillarsuk.com/2018/02/13/sa...hts-to-israel/

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    Saudi cleric says abayas 'not necessary' for women in ultra-conservative kingdom

    2/10/2018

    Saudi women need not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith - a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said, another indication of the Kingdom's efforts towards modernisation.

    On his radio programme,
    Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said Muslim women should dress modestly, but this did not necessitate wearing the abaya.

    "More than 90 percent of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas," Sheikh Mutlaq said on Friday. "So we should not force people to wear abayas."

    While not necessarily signalling a change in the law, the statement is the first of its kind from a senior religious figure. It follows the recent pattern of freedoms the Kingdom has been witnessing with the ascent of young Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to power.

    Only the government-appointed clerics associated with the Council of Senior Scholars are allowed to issue fatwas, or Islamic legal opinions. Their interpretations of Islamic law form the basis of Saudi Arabia’s legal system.

    Saudi women have started wearing more colorful abayas in recent years, the light blues and pinks in stark contrast with the traditional black. Open abayas over long skirts or jeans are also becoming more common in some parts of the country.

    The trend marks a major change in the last couple of years. In 2016, a Saudi woman was detained for removing her abaya on a main street in the capital of Riyadh. Local media reported that she was detained after a complaint was filed with the religious police.

    The Kingdom has seen an expansion in women's rights recently, such as the decision passed to allow women to attend mixed public sporting events.

    The government's Center for International Communications did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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    Crown prince Salman imprisoned all the real scholars, and so his clowns are now making stupid statements to promote liberalism. Abaya/Jalbab is the outer garment that they are ordered to wear over their clothing.

    "O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful."
    (Quran 33:59)

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    Saudi cleric endorses Valentine's Day

    2/15/2018


    Riyadh: A prominent Saudi cleric on Wednesday endorsed Valentine’s Day, long forbidden in the kingdom, calling it a “positive social event” that was not linked to religion.

    The comment from
    Ahmad Qassim Al Ghamdi, former chief of the Makkah religious police, comes as 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman pursues a far-reaching liberalisation drive that has upended years of conservative tradition.

    “It is a positive social event and congratulating people for it is not against sharia (law),” Al Ghamdi told Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television.

    “It is an act of kindness to share greetings on Western national and social holidays, including Valentine’s Day, exchange red roses with others, as long as it is towards peaceful people who do not share animosity or are being at war with Muslims.”

    Such comments from the Saudi clerical establishment would be inconceivable around two years ago, when the religious police wielded unbridled powers and were notorious for enforcing sex segregation.

    In recent years, Saudi Arabia launched a series of reforms, including gradually diminishing the their powers to arrest.

    Prince Mohammad, who has vowed to return the country to “moderate Islam”, has further cut back the political role of hardline clerics in a historic reordering of the Saudi state.

    Florists openly sold red roses and Valentine’s Day memorabilia in cities such as Jeddah on Wednesday without any trouble from the religious police, previously notorious for disrupting celebrations.

    The declining presence of the religious police has been met with relief from many of the country’s young, but it has also sparked concern over a possible backlash from arch-conservatives.


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    This is the same
    "scholar" sitting next to an Italian woman.


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    Body piercing trend rises among Saudi women

    03 May 2012


    Several trends seen as imported from Western cultures have invaded Saudi Arabia and encouraged women to seek change through them. While clothes and accessories seem like the most traditional influences, piercing is the latest and most outrageous fashion among Saudi women.

    Piercing the lips, tongue and navel are the most popular with Saudi women, reported the Saudi edition of al-Hayat newspaper.

    According to the paper, Saudi girls differ on the piercing trend. Some do not think this trend makes the girl more beautiful and in fact argue that it makes her look ugly. Some go as far as considering a girl who pierces any part of her face unfeminine. Several men agree with this point of view and say that they never get attracted to girls with piercings.

    Others argue that piercing adds to their beauty and makes them look different.

    Piercing is a problem for parents, too, for while some categorically refuse to allow their girls to pierce their faces because it is an unfamiliar sight that is strange to society, others give in to the pressure which intensifies when the girls want to imitate their friends.

    For psychological and family councilor Zahra al-Maabi, piercing does not add to a girl's beauty, instead it affects it negatively.

    "God endowed girls with the gift of femininity and when they pierce their lips or eyebrows they are destroying that," she said.

    Maabi added that
    girls resort to piercing out of a desire to imitate other cultures and also as a means of expressing their frustration at other things.

    "Piercing becomes an outlet for those girls who want to grab the attention to make up for the lack of purpose they suffer from."

    According to psychologist Elwi Attarji,
    blind imitation is a main motive behind girls' love for piercing, but there are other factors, too.

    "Some
    girls want to defy their parents and assert their independence by going against social norms," he said.

    It is important, he added, to examine the social reasons that lead to the prevalence of such phenomenon.

    "Eliminating the phenomenon is not the solution since only dealing with the roots of the problem and looking into the reasons behind it makes a way out possible."




    Narrated from Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too." We said: "O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?" He said: "Who else?"Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1397; Muslim, 4822.

    Ibn 'Umar said: "The Messenger of Allaah
    (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: 'Whoever imitates a people is one of them.'" (Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Libaas, 3512. Al-Albaani said in Saheeh Abi Dawood, (it is) hasan saheeh. No. 3401).


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    Daughter's Selfie with Father Goes Viral in the Arab World

    2016

    A daughter's selfie with her father has gone viral in the Arab world and has been shared thousands of times on social media and various news websites.

    The young woman who is reportedly from Algeria initially posted the photo on Facebook which shows her father wearing his garbage collector's uniform.

    Along with the photo she wrote:

    "I am proud of my father who raised me, nurtured me and taught me"


    Many children would be ashamed to tell others that their father works as a garbage collector, a job which is unfortunately seen as lowly by many communities around the world.

    This proud daughter shows that children should be proud of their fathers no matter what their job is (as long as they are earning a Halal income). Children should appreciate their parents who work hard to provide for their family and to give a good upbringing for their children.



    http://ilmfeed.com/daughters-selfie-...he-arab-world/

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    Saudi Arabia gives Air India rights to fly over its territory to Israel

    The move could signal the first tangible sign for diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom.

    by Herb Keinon - March 5, 2018

    When Air India begins direct flights from New Delhi to Tel Aviv in the coming weeks, it will take about as long to fly to the Indian capital as it currently takes to fly to London, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

    At a briefing with reporters after his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Netanyahu said that Air India signed an agreement that day enabling the flights to and from Israel over Saudi Arabia.

    Up until now the Saudis have not allowed planes either bound to or coming from Israeli to overfly their territory
    , something that has added hours and expense to flights between Tel Aviv and the East.

    The route over Saudi Arabia will cut down the flying time to India from some eight hours to about five and a half.



    Netanyahu said that the Saudis did not grant overfly permission to El Al, which operates four weekly flights to Mumbai. Since its flights will now take longer and be more expensive than the competition, as the planes will consume more fuel, he is in talks with the national carrier to ensure that it does not get hurt financially. He did not elaborate, thought it seems he was hinting at subsidies.

    If the flights over Saudi Arabia do indeed materialize, it would be a small step toward normalized interactions between the two countries, would mark a significant departure from past Saudi policies, and come amid a steady stream of reports of security and intelligence cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as with some of the other Persian Gulf states.

    When reports of direct India to Israel over Saudi Arabia emerged in February, the Saudis quickly denied them
    . Reuters reported that there was no immediate confirmation from either Saudi officials or Air India on Monday about the new, direct route.

    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/S...-Israel-544288

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    MBS meets AIPAC, anti-BDS leaders during US visit

    Leaked itinerary shows MBS has met leaders of several right-wing Jewish organisations during ongoing US tour.

    Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, known as MBS, has met leaders from a number of right-wing Jewish organisations during his tour of the United States.

    The groups, which have donated millions to illegal settlement building and the fight against BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, include officials from AIPAC, Stand Up for Israel (ADL) and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

    According to a leaked copy of his itinerary, Haaretz reported that MBS also met with leaders from the Conference of Presidents, B'nai B'rith and the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

    AIPAC, ADL and the JFNA have long targeted BDS, a non-violent movement that seeks to economically pressure Israel into providing equal rights and a right of return to Palestinians.


    Some of the pro-Israel US groups have spent millions in lobbying for the Combating BDS Act, a bill that seeks to stifle BDS.

    Meanwhile, JFNA gave almost $6m to illegal Israeli settlements between 2012 and 2015.

    JFNA supports a number of settlements over the Green Line (the border separating pre-1967 Israel from the Occupied Palestinian Territories), and helps families of Jews suspected or convicted of violence against Palestinians.

    'Pro-Israelis guard Washington'


    While Saudi Arabia does not officially recognise Israel, analysts have repeatedly said the overtures by MBS signal a warming of ties between the two countries.

    Mahjoob Zweiri, the director of the Gulf Studies Programme at Qatar University, said the MBS visit was "a PR campaign aimed to represent a new face of the kingdom to the US, one that was flexible and willing to change".

    "There was an old understanding from Arab leaders that the gates for Washington, DC are guarded by pro-Israeli leaders. This includes business leaders, groups such as AIPAC and others linked to Israel," Zweiri told Al Jazeera.

    "MBS is following that trend, he's trying to court the US and show them that he supports their plan for Israel-Palestine and their decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.


    "Another dimension is that when Republicans are in power, it's widely believed they have closer ties to Israel and the Israeli agenda.

    "US President Donald Trump's 'deal of the century,' which recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, could also see a normalising of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, and force the Palestinians to agree to Israeli demands."

    As part of his two-week tour, MBS has already met Bill and Hillary Clinton, Senator Chuck Schumer, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    He is expected to meet Oprah Winfrey, a media mogul and major opinion-maker in the US in the coming days.

    Other notable media meetings include dinner with Rupert Murdoch, CIA director and soon to be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, Defence Secretary James Mattis and Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/...091244300.html

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    Saudi crown prince: Israelis have the right to a homeland

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    In an interview with the Atlantic, Mohammed bin Salman says 'Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land'

    The crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia said Israel has a "right" to a homeland, a notable shift in the kingdom's position, as outlined in an interview with The Atlantic's editor-in-chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, on Monday.

    Saudi Arabia and Israel still have no formal diplomatic relations, but behind the scenes, improvements in their ties have accelerated in recent years.

    Both countries see Iran as their biggest outside threat and the United States as their key ally.

    Israel's conflict with the Palestinians had long proved an obstacle to a full rapprochement, as Riyadh voiced support for their right to sovereignty.

    But now bin Salman appeared to put the land claims on an equal footing.

    The crown prince was asked by Jeffrey Goldberg whether the "Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland?"

    "I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation," said the prince, who is on a three-week US tour.

    "I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land," he added.

    "But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations."

    Since 2002, Saudi Arabia has been the main sponsor of the Arab Peace Initiative, which envisions a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    But no senior Saudi official is known to have previously accepted that Israel has a "right" to any land beyond the practical need to secure a lasting deal.

    If, as expected, the crown prince succeeds his octogenarian father King Salman and ascends to the Saudi throne, he will also become guardian of Islam's holiest shrines.

    But he told Goldberg he had no "religious objection" to Israelis living alongside Palestinians, so long as the main Muslim holy site in Jerusalem - the Al-Aqsa mosque compound - is protected.

    "We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people," he said.

    "This is what we have. We don't have any objection against any other people."

    Goldberg also asked bin Salman about Saudi’s war in Yemen and the kingdom’s previous involvement in funding Wahhabi groups – a fundamentalist form of Sunni Islam.

    Bin Salman said he did not know what Wahhabism is - because it could not be defined - and told Goldberg that the campaign in Yemen was a security issue for the Saudis.

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sa...and-1944130562

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    Since September 2017, the Saudi authorities have arrested 74 scholars, du'at and academics.


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    Hollywood Reaps Dividends From Saudi Prince’s U.S. Goodwill Tour

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s goodwill tour of Hollywood is starting to pay dividends.



    The Saudi General Entertainment Authority on Wednesday announced deals to bring shows from Cirque du Soleil, Feld Entertainment Inc. and National Geographic to the country, part of an effort to diversify its economy. Earlier, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. announced plans for as many as 100 theaters.

    An estimated 200 film and TV producers and dealmakers turned out in Beverly Hills, California, to hear presentations from the entertainment authority. The event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel, fronted by a statue of Marilyn Monroe in her immortal pose from “The Seven Year Itch,” with a blast of wind from a subway lifting her skirt.

    Under the accords, Cirque du Soleil will bring high-wire acts to the capital Riyadh, while closely held Feld Entertainment will stage productions such as “Disney on Ice” using local performers. National Geographic Encounter plans events in 10 locations and IMG Artists will create custom programs. The Marvel Experience will open later this year in Jeddah and Riyadh. The government plans to build venues for entertainment.

    “We have seen tremendous interest from the private sector,” Ibrahim Al Omar, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, said in an interview. Officials have met with more than 180 companies since the start of their visit, he said.

    On Thursday the delegation travels to San Francisco.

    “The objective is to open the whole market”
    to investment, with the exception of some sensitive sectors, Al Omar said. The government wants to promote a “friendly business environment” and draw international visitors, he said.

    See More: AMC Cinemas Tiptoes Into Saudi Arabia as Theater Ban Lifted

    For U.S. companies like AMC Entertainment, which said Wednesday it was granted the first license to operate a commercial theater in Saudi Arabia in more than three decades, the opportunity to tap into a young, affluent population with few other distractions is enticing. AMC estimated the movie market could reach $1 billion in revenue in a few years.

    The country is aiming for 200 to 300 theaters by 2030, each with an average of seven screens, Faisal Bafarat, chief executive officer of the General Entertainment Authority, said in an interview. Bafarat said the country has major ambitions for its entertainment industry.

    “The Saudi consumer is used to American movies,” he said.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ince-tours-u-s


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    Palestinians must ‘Make Peace’ with Israel or ‘Shut Up’-Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman

    1st May 2018

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman has criticized Palestinians once again by telling a US-based Jewish group that “it is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining.”

    The remarks are said to have been made during a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York last month where Bin Salman is reported to have sharply criticised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to Israeli sources who cited an Israeli foreign ministry cable sent by a diplomat from the Israeli consulate in New York, as well three sources — Israeli and American — who were briefed about the meeting.

    Bin Salman repeated a common narrative, usually used to justify the ongoing colonization of Palestine which places the blame for failed negotiations squarely on the shoulders of the Palestinian leadership as opposed to the continued occupation, settlement construction and the opposition to a Palestinian state by large sections of the current Israeli coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime the minister himself is one of many rejectionists that staunchly oppose the international formula for peace based on international law.

    In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given. It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining

    Bin Salman is reported to have said by Axios.

    According to the Israeli paper, Bin Salman made two other points on the Palestinian issue during the meeting. He made clear the Palestinian issue was not a top priority for the Saudi government or Saudi public opinion and secondly he said that for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to normalize relations with Israel there will have to be significant progress on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    This isn’t the first time Bin Salman allowed his frustration over Palestine to boil over. Last November he gave Abbas an ultimatum telling the PA leader he had to back Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace deal or resign.

    Saudi Arabia also proposed a peace initiative between Israelis and Palestinians by offering the village of Abu Dis as the future capital of Palestine instead of East Jerusalem.


    https://viralnewsall.net/palestinian...e-with-israel/

    Comments:
    This dog of the west seems like the one that will be killed and mark the rise of the madhi, given how things are progressing.

    Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: "One of the signs of the approach of the last hour will be the destruction of the Arabs."

    Narrated by Talhah ibn Malik (radhiallahu anhu); Tirmidhi

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    Vatican & Riyadh sign pact to build churches across Arab kingdom

    ‘Saudis want new image’: Vatican & Riyadh sign pact to build churches across Arab kingdom

    Cardinal Tauran during his visit to Riyadh © AFP

    Saudi Arabia will no longer be the only Gulf state with no public Christian places of worship, after an agreement was signed between local Wahhabi leaders and a Vatican cardinal to establish a cooperative relationship.

    “This is the beginning of a rapprochement… It is a sign that the Saudi authorities are now ready to give a new image to the country,” one of the most senior Catholic officials, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, told the Vatican News website after returning from Riyadh.

    French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shake hands following their press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 10, 2018. © Yoan ValatBillion-dollar deals, Paris Opera, but no Yemen: What’s Saudi crown prince’s French trip all about?
    Tauran was in Saudi Arabia for a week in the middle of last month, in a visit that was widely covered by local media, and mostly ignored by the English-language press. He met with the de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and with multiple spiritual leaders.

    The final accord signed between Tauran and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, a leading Wahhabi NGO, paves the way not only for building projects, but has outlined plans for Muslim-Christian summits once every two years and for greater rights for non-Islamic worshippers in the Gulf kingdom.

    Saudi Arabia has a reputation as one of the most religiously intolerant regimes in the world. Non-Muslims are punished for any displays of their religion outside of their homes, while any Muslim who decides to convert to another faith is subject to a death sentence for apostasy. Islamic religious law is imposed uniformly on all those resident in the oil-rich state, regardless of beliefs, while a dedicated religious police oversees compliance.

    Nonetheless, there has been an influx of migrant workers to the kingdom in the past decades, and more than 1.5 million Christians are thought to be in the country, mostly from the Philippines.

    Attempts to negotiate a more visible status for Christianity by the Vatican date back years and, in 2008, it also announced a potentially “historic” agreement to construct the first modern-day church, a plan that was eventually shelved.

    But the possibility of at least a cosmetic display of tolerance appears more likely in the reign of the image-conscious Mohammed bin Salman, who has already abandoned several landmark customs, such as those forbidding women from driving, or requiring them to be under the constant supervision of their guardians.

    EDITORIAL NOTE: Since the publication of this article, it was reported that the Vatican had dismissed as “false” news that the agreement included the construction of churches in Saudi Arabia. We have requested clarification on the matter from the Vatican.

    https://www.rt.com/news/425888-saudi...ches-cardinal/

    comments: So in order to avoid angering Muslims all over the world, they want to call it false news and do it secretly. This king wannabee is playing with invitations to assassination from its public.


    The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "If I live - if Allah wills - I will expel the Jews and the Christians from the Arabian Peninsula." Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1606


 

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