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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Headlines from the Middle East Media

Courtesy of the MEMRI News Ticker
November 4, 2003

THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT ASSURED PARLIAMENT THAT IT WILL NOT GRANT EGYPTIAN CITIZENSHIP TO THE ESTIMATED 13,000 CHILDREN OF EGYPTIAN MEN MARRIED TO ISRAELI WOMEN. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 11/4/03)

November 3, 2003

IN A SURPRISING STATEMENT, IRAQI SHI'A LEADER MUQTADA AL-SADR SAID THAT SADDAM AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF IRAQ, NOT THE AMERICANS. HE SAID THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE GUESTS AND THAT AMERICANS ARE A PEACE-LOVING PEOPLE. (AL-ZAMAN, IRAQ, 11/2/03)

THE LEBANESE DAILY AL-NAHAR CRITICIZED SYRIA FOR ORGANIZING A MEETING OF FOREIGN MINISTERS FROM NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES OF IRAQ WITHOUT INCLUDING THE IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER. IT SAID SYRIA MISCALCULATED ITS MOVE, GIVEN ITS DIFFICULT RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES. (AL-ZAMAN, IRAQ, 11/2/03)

THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION HAS CONFIRMED THAT HALF OF NON-IRAQIS ARRESTED IN IRAQ FOR SUSPECTED TERRORIST INVOLVEMENT ARE SYRIAN NATIONALS. (AL-ZAMAN, IRAQ, 11/1/03)

MUHAMMAD SAYYED TANTAWI, THE SHEIKH OF AL-AZHAR UNIVERSITY, SAID SUNDAY THAT SUICIDE BOMBERS DEFENDING THEIR LAND ARE SEEN AS MARTYRS IN ISLAMIC SHARI'AH LAW. (MIDDLE EAST NEWS AGENCY, EGYPT, 11/3/03)

THE DUTCH PARLIAMENT IS DEBATING CUTTING AID TO MUSLIM SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF ALLEGED PREACHING AGAINST GAYS, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, EUROPEANS, AND THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF THE COUNTRY. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 11/3/03)

MOHSEN ABDUL HAMID, THE CHIEF OF THE IRAQI ISLAMIC PARTY AND MEMBER OF THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL, TOLD THE SAUDI DAILY OKAZ THAT ISRAELIS WERE BEHIND SOME OF THE BAGHDAD BOMBINGS THAT OCCURRED ON THE FIRST DAY OF RAMADAN. (TESHREEN, SYRIA, 11/2/03)

WHILE VISITING KUWAIT SUNDAY, JALAL AL-TALABANI, CHAIRMAN OF THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL, CALLED ON IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS TO 'CLOSE THEIR BORDERS AND PREVENT TERRORISTS FROM ENTERING IRAQ.' (ARABIC NEWS.COM, 11/3/03)

COLONEL RASHID ABU SHBAK, HEAD OF THE PA INTERIOR SECURITY APPARATUS IN GAZA, STRONGLY CONDEMNED THE AMERICAN OFFER OF A $5 MILLION REWARD FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE PERPETRATORS OF THE OCTOBER 15 ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN CONVOY IN THE GAZA STRIP. (AL-AYYAM, PA, 11/2/03)
Funny, the Palestinians didn't mind Saddam's rewards$$$$ for the families of suicide bombers!