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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ARAB TIMES, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
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                                                                    ‘Work started on backing plan’

Palestinians resigned to defeat in UN bid
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 10, (AP): The Palestinians
are resigned to defeat in their quest for full membership at                              US touts Obama close working ties with PM
the United Nations, officials say, and have started work on
their backup plan — seeking an upgraded observer status that
would give them access to key international organizations.
   Officials said Wednesday they are already lobbying for-
                                                                   WH tries to limit Netanyahu ‘liar’ damage
eign governments, especially in western Europe, in hopes of
rallying support for this alternate strategy. The officials said   WASHINGTON, Nov 10, (RTRS): The White House                      campaigns for re-election next year.
                                                                   sought on Wednesday to limit damage to US-Israel                    Reporters covering the G20 summit in Cannes last
this new campaign in the General Assembly, dominated by            relations following revelations that French President            week overheard French President Nicolas Sarkozy call
developing countries normally sympathetic to the                   Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Benjamin                   Netanyahu a “liar” while talking to Obama.
Palestinians, could be harder than anticipated because of          Netanyahu of Israel “a liar” in a private conversation              Instead of contradicting Sarkozy’s characterization of
expected opposition by the US.                                     with President Barack Obama.                                     Netanyahu, Obama appeared to commiserate. “You’re                An Indonesian Muslim woman wears a Palestinian flag face mask
   The Palestinian campaign, launched with a dramatic                 “Our record speaks very clearly about the president’s         fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more           during a solidarity protest for the Palestinian people in Jakarta,
speech by President Mahmoud Abbas at UN headquarters in            commitment to Israel and he has maintained a very                often than you,” the US president replied, according to                               Indonesia, Nov 10. (AP)
September, has fallen onto hard times in recent weeks. While       close working relationship with Prime Minister                   the French interpreter.
the speech was warmly received, the Palestinians have strug-       Netanyahu,” White House deputy national security                    The White House declined to comment on the
gled to muster the nine votes needed in the 15-member              adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters, referring to Obama.           Obama-Sarkozy conversation, citing its private nature.
Security Council to approve their bid for membership as a             Obama has had a difficult relationship with
                                                                   Netanyahu, who criticized him for pushing Israel too
                                                                                                                                       The exchange was monitored by reporters listening
                                                                                                                                    on translation devices while they waited nearby to cover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Rent destroying me’
state.
   The US, as a permanent member of the council, pledged to        hard in the drive for a Middle East peace deal, straining        public remarks from the two leaders after their bilateral
                                                                   Obama’s standing with Jewish American voters as he               meeting.
veto the request. The Palestinians had hoped to muster the
nine-vote majority needed to trigger the veto — a scenario
that would embarrass the US by putting it odds with the rest       Friday. It remains unclear when the council will actually vote   Minister Riad Malki conceded the Palestinians would not be
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The daily struggle of
of the world.
   A draft report circulating in the Security Council obtained
by The Associated Press shows deep divisions over the
                                                                   on the issue.
                                                                     On Wednesday, Britain, another permanent member of the
                                                                   council, announced it would abstain in a vote, following a
                                                                                                                                    able to gain enough support in the council.
                                                                                                                                      “We knew that the Security Council would not be a picnic.
                                                                                                                                    But the most important thing here is who is going to win in
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Iraq’s widows of war
Palestinian application for membership. The council’s              similar statement by France the previous day.                    the final round,” he said. “There will be other rounds, and we             By Aseel Kami                 violence during a war that has
admissions committee is expected to endorse the report on            Speaking to The Associated Press, Palestinian Foreign          will never despair.”                                                                                     killed more than 100,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                        BAGHDAD, Nov 10, (RTRS):             Iraqis, by some estimates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Halima Dakhil lost her husband          Little help for widows



Police fire tear gas in city as
                                                                                                                                                                                                        in the sectarian slaughter that         Minister of Women’s Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                        engulfed Iraq after the US inva-     Ibtihal Gasid al-Zaidi estimates
                                                                                                                                                                                                        sion in 2003 and now spends          there may be 2 million women
                                                                                                                                                                                                        her days tearful and scared,         breadwinners in Iraq, most of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        knowing her $250 monthly             them widows of the 2003 US-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        wage won’t pay the rent and          led invasion and the sectarian
                                                                                                                                                                                                        feed five children.                  conflict that followed, the first


fresh quake kills 10 in Turkey
                                                                                                                                                                                                           One of an estimated 2 mil-        Gulf war or the 1980s Iran-Iraq
                                                                                                                                                                                                        lion women who are primary           war.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        breadwinners in Iraq, Dakhil is         The humanitarian group
                                                                                                                                                                                                        but one face of the humanitari-      Relief International estimates
                                                                                                                                                                                                        an crisis left behind as US          there may be 1.5 million wid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        forces withdraw from Iraq            ows, nearly 10 percent of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        nearly nine years after toppling     female       population.       The
                                                            Search continues for more survivors                                                                                                         dictator Saddam Hussein.             International Committee of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rent takes $210 of her            Red Cross said there are more
                                                                                                                                                                                                        monthly earning as a cleaner in      than 1 million women leading
VAN, Turkey, Nov 10, (RTRS): Riot police fired tear gas and used                                Abdulrahim Kaplan, 32. He had gone to the crisis centre for a tent when police began firing             a medical clinic. She depends        households in Iraq.
                                                                                                tear gas, he said. “Our people are freezing. We are sleeping outside — all seven of my fami-            mainly on the kindness of
batons to disperse protesters angry at the state’s relief efforts after                         ly,” he said, complaining bitterly over the alleged unfair distribution of tents. “Some people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “The ICRC sees women-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        neighbours and other donors to       headed households as among
the second earthquake in eastern Turkey in three weeks killed at                                take five tents, some 10 and others get nothing. This is wrong.”                                        feed her family.                     the most vulnerable in Iraq
least 10 people in the city of Van.                                                                Thousands of families are living in makeshift camps with temperatures falling to freezing               “When my husband was              today,” the group said.
                                                                                                with the onset of winter. The latest tremor cut power to the area.                                      killed in 2006, my youngest             Zaidi said 23 percent of oil-
   Rescue teams searched for survivors after the 5.7 magnitude tremor on                           Some 200 demonstrators chanted for the resignation of the provincial governor in a rally             child, Ridha, was only a tod-        rich Iraq’s estimated 30 million
Wednesday night heaped misery on the predominantly Kurdish region where more close to two city centre hotels that collapsed during the latest quake.                                                    dler,” said Dakhil, wiping away      people, around 7 million, live
than 600 people died following a major quake on Oct 23.                                            Working through the night, searchers had rescued 27 people from the ruins of the hotels,             her tears with her abaya, as         under the poverty line and
   “How can you fire pepper spray on people who have already suffered so much?” said            said a statement from Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Administration (AFAD).                            Ridha stood by her side.             more than half are women.
                                                                                                                                                                 Two of those brought out,                 “I took on the role of both                    Struggle
                                                                                                                                                             including a 16-month-old, were             mother and father. I support            Many widows struggle with
                                                                                                                                                             flown by air ambulance to a hos-           them and pay the rent. The rent      the realities of their new lives;
                                                                                                                                                             pital in the capital Ankara.               is destroying me.”                   raising children alone, with lit-
                                                                                                                                                                 Rescue workers pulled a                   Dakhil       said     militants   tle money or family support.
                                                                                                                                                             Japanese woman to safety from              beheaded her husband, along             “The woman’s suffering is
                                                                                                                                                             the rubble of the Bayram Hotel             with his brother and nephew, as      huge in these difficult circum-
                                                                                                                                                             almost six hours after the quake           they traveled to sell a car and      stances because she is the
                                                                                                                                                             but a Japanese doctor succumbed            buy another in Diyala province,      father, the mother, the care-
                                                                                                                                                             to his injuries, state-run                 a centre of ethnic and sectarian     giver and the breadwinner,”
                                                                                                                                                             Anatolian news agency reported.            strife east of Baghdad.              Zaidi said. “She is taking huge
                                                                                                                                                                 The woman, Miyuki Konnai,                           Militants               responsibility, inside and out-
                                                                                                                                                             was part of a rescue and relief               In a cruel irony, Dakhil’s        side the home. We are trying to
                                                                                                                                                             team sent to Van from Japan after          spouse, a Sunni, was killed by       help her as much as we can.”
                                                                                                                                                             the first quake. She was found             Sunni militants who thought he          During Saddam’s reign, wid-
                                                                                                                                                             injured but conscious and could            was a Shi’ite because his ID         ows were paid a monthly bene-
                                                                                                                                                             be seen talking to her rescuers as         badge was issued in the Shi’ite      fit and were given land and a
                                                                                                                                                             she was carried to an ambulance.           slum of Sadr City, she said.         car, which helped to placate
                                                                                                                                                                 “I am cold. Rescue me quick-              Dakhil, herself a Shi’ite, she    many. He also rewarded mem-
                                                                                                                                                             ly,” said a man aged around 55 to          was displaced shortly after her      bers of the military who mar-
                                                                                                                                                             60 years old. When rescued 11              husband’s death from their           ried widows. Those benefits
                                                                                                                                                             hours after the quake, he was              Sunni area in northern Baghdad       stopped when he was toppled.
                                                                                                                                                             strapped into a stretcher and car-         to Sadr City, with no money, no         In 2009, a new law was
                                                                                                                                                             ried to a waiting ambulance.               furniture and no family support.     passed to help victims of war
                                                                                                                                                                 Deputy Prime Minister Besir               As Iraq emerges from nearly       and their relatives, and a state-
                                                                                                                                                             Atalay, who visited the devastat-          nine years of what many here         run compensation committee to
                                                                                                                                                             ed Bayram Hotel with Turkey’s              think of as an occupation by         help those hurt by militant
                                                                                                                                                             foreign minister, said 25 build-           US forces, and the decades of        attacks began its work in July.
                                                                                                                                                             ings had collapsed in Van, of              Saddam’s reign before, it faces         Standard         compensation
                                                                                                                                                             which 23 were empty.                       an uphill battle to help the poor,   includes 5 million Iraqi dinars
                                                                                                                                                                 The owner of the flattened             the wounded, the widowed and         ($4,275) for a government work-
                                                                                                                                                             five-storey hotel, Aslan Bayram,           others scarred by war.               er who is killed and 3.75 mln
                                                                                                                                                             told broadcasters that building               “I wish the war never hap-        dinars ($3,200) for non-govern-
                                                                                                                                                             experts had given his 47-year-old          pened and my husband was still       ment worker, along with land
                                                                                                                                                             property the all-clear after last          alive. What is his fault? What is    and a monthly pension, in addi-
                                                                                                                                                             month’s quake. At the time of the          the fault of the innocent peo-       tion to social security benefits.
                                                                                                                                                             quake, some 15 guests were                 ple?” said Dakhil, who is rais-         So far the committee has
                                                                                                                                                             believed to be in the hotel.               ing four boys and a girl.            given out 55 billion dinars ($47
                                                                                                                                                                 Overwhelmed by demand for                 Tens of thousands of men —        million). Land has been distrib-
Rescue workers carry earthquake survivor Atsushi Miyazaki from Japan’s Association for Aid and Relief to an ambulance after he was found                                                                soldiers, police, insurgent
in a collapsed hotel in Van, eastern Turkey, on Nov 10. Miyazaki later died of his injuries, according to the Anatolia news agency, bringing                 tents in the early days, authorities                                            uted in some provinces but not
                                                                                                                                                             decided families would be given            fighters and civilians — have        in Baghdad yet, said Hazem al-
                                                     the toll of the fresh quake to eight. (AFP)
                                                                                                                                                             them only after their homes were           died in bombings, tit-for-tat        Haidari, the head of the com-
                                                                                                                                                             checked by officials to see if they        sectarian slaughter and other        mittee.
                                       Katsav to serve 7-year jail term for rape                                                                             were habitable.
                                                                                                                                                                 Many people were too fright-
                                                                                                                                                             ened to return to homes with
                                                                                                                                                             cracked walls and ceilings as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 News in Brief
Israel top court rejects ex-president’s appeal                                                                                                               multiple aftershocks continued to
                                                                                                                                                             rattle the region.
                                                                                                                                                                 “What am I going to do? I
JERUSALEM, Nov 10, (AFP): Israel’s Supreme         upheld Katsav’s conviction on two counts of          equal,” it said. “The appellant was her employ-      don’t have a tent, I don’t even
Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by former     rape and rejected his “alternative scenarios” —      er, her boss.”                                       know who to get a tent from.
president Moshe Katsav against his conviction      in the case of the main victim, “A”, his lawyers        Opposition leader Tzipi Livni said in a state-    Nobody tells me. I cannot go               Qaeda got Libyan arms: A              2 boats intercepted
for rape and other sexual offences, and upheld     had claimed the two were having an affair and        ment that the ruling should “strengthen every        back into my flat... Where will I          desert chief with al-Qaeda’s
his seven-year jail term.                          that the sex was consensual.                         victim of harassment who is afraid to complain.”     go tonight? It can happen again,”          North Africa branch has con-
   The disgraced 65-year-old showed little            “We have unanimously decided to not change           Katsav was smiling as he entered the court-       Halit Yazgan, 44, said as an after-        firmed fears that his terror
                                                                                                                                                                                                        organization procured weapons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Israel urged to
emotion as the three justices read out their       the District Court’s decision on ‘A’ — that he       room and greeted well-wishers, and for the most      shock shook a nearby building
decision, decreeing that Katsav would begin
serving his sentence on Dec 7, an AFP corre-
                                                   raped her,” the judges said. “There is no evi-
                                                   dence for the affair thesis.”
                                                                                                        part sat impassively through the hour-long hear-
                                                                                                        ing, an AFP correspondent said.
                                                                                                                                                             and sent men running for the
                                                                                                                                                             middle of the road.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        from stockpiles left unguarded
                                                                                                                                                                                                        in Libya after the fall of           ‘free activists’
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Moammar                              JERUSALEM, Nov 10, (AP):
spondent said.                                        One by one, the judges refuted the claims            His only outburst came when one of the                The latest quake struck 16 km          Gaddafi.                             Ireland is urging Israel to quick-
   He was convicted in December 2010 of two        made by the defence, ruling that the testimonies     judges suggested he had used the media to his        (9 miles) south of Van at 1923                Mokhtar                           ly release international activists
counts of rape, sexual harassment, indecent acts   of the women involved were “reliable” while          own advantage. “I never gave TV interviews!”         GMT on Wednesday, while the                Belmokhtar                           who were captured while
and obstruction of justice after an 18-month trial that of the former president was not.                he shouted.                                          epicentre of the Oct 23 quake              was quoted by                        attempting to breach Israel’s
which included harrowing accusations, and por-        One defence argument for clemency was that           Media reports said that when he begins his jail   was just northeast of Van.                 the private                          blockade of the Gaza Strip.
trayed him as a sexual predator who routinely      the rapes, which occurred when Katsav was            term on December 7 he will be held in a wing for         A tremor of 5.7 magnitude              Mauritanian                             The Israeli navy intercept-
harassed his female staff.                         tourism minister, “were carried out without the      religiously observant inmates at Ma’asiyahu          would not normally cause sig-              newspaper                            ed two boats bound for Gaza
   In March, the court sentenced him to seven      use of violent and brutal force.”                    prison just outside Tel Aviv.                        nificant damage but thousands              Nouakchott                           on Friday. Israel has main-
years behind bars, which Katsav also appealed.        That argument, the ruling said, could not be         The former head of state was convicted of         of buildings sustained damage              Infos and its                        tained its naval blockade
But the judges upheld the sentence which will      taken into consideration.                            twice raping “A” during his term as tourism          in last month’s quake, and                 online version                       since Hamas militants took
begin in four weeks time.                             “It must be remembered that the balance of        minister, and sexually assaulting and harassing      some were in a dangerous con-              Nouakchott           Shapiro         control of the territory in 2007.
   In a unanimous, 246-page ruling, the judges     power between the appellant and ‘A’ was not          two other women while he was president.              dition.                                    Information                             Of the 27 people on board,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agency as saying that “it’s total-   19 remained in Israeli cus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ly natural we benefited from         tody Thursday. Among them
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Libyan arms in such conditions.”     are an Irish member of the
                 Delegation cancels visit                                           ‘Brooklyn man’                                                                                                         The interview published
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday did not specify the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             European Parliament and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             several other Irish citizens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        types or quantity of arms
                                                                                    to be extradited                                                                                                                                            The Irish Foreign Ministry
Egypt bars Dutch MP for racism                                                      JERUSALEM, Nov 10, (AP):
                                                                                                                                                                                                        involved. The executive editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the paper, Mohamed
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mahmoud Ould Aboulmaaly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             says       Foreign       Minister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Eamon Gilmore met with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Israeli            ambassador
CAIRO, Nov 10, (AFP): Egypt has               Egypt’s       foreign      ministry   An Israeli court has ordered a
                                                                                    Brooklyn man extradited to the                                                                                      who carried out the interview,       Wednesday to demand the
refused entry to a Dutch MP, a mem-        spokesman Amr Roshdi said: “Mr           US in connection with an April                                                                                      said he spoke with Belmokhtar        “earliest possible departure”
ber of the far-right Party for             De Roon recently told the Dutch par-     2008 assault on a black man.                                                                                        by telephone, but refused to         for the activists. Israeli offi-
Freedom (PVV), for what it termed          liament that Egypt practised ethnic                                                                                                                          give his location.                   cials said Thursday that the
                                                                                       Yitzchak Shuchat is sus-                                                                                            The report could not be inde-
racist comments and hostility to           cleansing, describing its government     pected of beating Andrew                                                                                                                                 activists refused to sign
Egypt’s government, the foreign            as a dictatorship. These statements                                                                                                                          pendently confirmed.                 waivers that would have
                                                                                    Charles in the Crown Heights                                                                                           Western leaders, joined by        allowed them to leave soon-
ministry said on Thursday.                 constitute incitement to racism, pun-    section of Brooklyn. The area
   Cairo’s rejection of Raymond De         ished by national and international                                                                                                                          the UN Security Council, have        er, and they are being
                                                                                    is known for 1991 race riots                                                                                        expressed concern that vast sup-     deported on available flights.
Roon resulted in an eight-member           law, and a legal foundation sufficient   between Orthodox Jews and                                                                                           plies of now free-floating
delegation of the Dutch Foreign            not to grant him a visa.”                blacks.                                                                                                             weaponry could end up in the
Commission, which included the                De Roon, 59, made his comment            Thursday’s       extradition                                                                                     hands of the al-Qaeda franchise      police. US Assistant Secretary
MP, cancelling its visit on                after a demonstration by Coptic          order cites a US request over                                                                                       in North Africa, which roams in      of State Andrew Shapiro said
Wednesday.                                 Christians on October 9 in Cairo         the 2008 attack, alleging an                                                                                        bands over the desert Sahel          in October that Libya was
   “They are of the opinion if one         which degenerated into a con-            unidentified man on a bicycle                                                                                       region stretching from               believed to have about 20,000
delegate cannot go, none of them           frontation with the military and         sprayed Charles with mace          Surrounded by relatives and supporters, former Israeli president                 Mauritania to Chad. Porous bor-      shoulder-fired missiles in its
should go,” Dutch parliamentary            security forces, causing 25 deaths,      while Shuchat stepped out of       Moshe Katsav (2nd right), arrives for the reading of his sentence at             ders and weak governments            arsenals before civil war began
spokesman David van der Houwen             the       Dutch         parliamentary    an SUV, struck Charles with a      the Supreme Court in Jerusalem after appealing his conviction for                make the area impossible to          in March. (AP)
told AFP.                                  spokesman said.                          wooden club and drove off.              rape and other sexual assault charges on Nov 10. (AFP)

				
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