ARAB TIMES, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
‘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’
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
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)