A controversial Israeli rabbi has sparked outrage after claiming the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday was "divine justice". At least 28,000 people were killed in Monday's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, with as many as 18m people directly affected in southern Turkey and northern Syria. Since the devastating earthquake, dozens of countries from across the world have dispatched aid and rescues team to Turkey, including Israel. The rift was healed in 2016 when full diplomatic relations were restored and both countries traded ambassadors. Late last year, Israel's President Isaac Herzog met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara, marking the first visit by an Israeli head of state to the country since 2008.
Iconic head coverings dominated Doha's corniche, as thousands of lovers of the beautiful game clamoured to get a look at the impressive fireworks display on the eve of the 2022 World Cup. One group of Argentina supporters stood out and heaped praise on the host nation, saying it could not have been more different to the previous World Cup in Russia. "This is a rare opportunity for a fan like me to witness Brazil play in a world cup. I previously watched world cup games on TV and I'm super excited to see the matches live in person. Qatar World Cup 2022: Match dates, kick-off times and how to watch Read More »The waterfront will be an important tourist hotspot where daily leisure events will take place throughout the World Cup.4 months ago Middle East Eye
Several sources familiar with the meeting told Middle East Eye that Doha had been trying to broker a brief meeting between the two former foes since summer. “Qatar wanted all problems between the two countries to be resolved, and the emir wanted this handshake to happen during the World Cup,” the source said. Ali Bakir, a non-resident senior fellow at Atlantic Council, says "the handshake initiative” by the Qataris had no political motives. “Qatar is trying to get the external patrons in Libya aligned to prepare the ground for a more lasting political deal." According to Krieg, Egypt is now trusted by both Turkey and Qatar, despite the animosity of recent years, and that trust ultimately led to the Sisi-Erdogan handshake.4 months ago Middle East Eye
The Atlas Lions' Amazigh fans heralded the moment on social media, with the Twitter user @histoirerifaine captioning a picture of Mohamedi: "The Berbers are making history today!" Discrimination against the Atlas Lions' Amazigh players also manifests in less obvious ways. At a recent press conference, Atlas Lions head coach Walid Regragui expressed frustration with the assignment of ethnic labels to the team. When a journalist inquired whether the Atlas Lions represented the Arab world, Regragui retorted: "I'm not a politician." A wide range of the Atlas Lions’ fans view their success as a source of pride for all Moroccans, regardless of ethnicity.3 months ago Middle East Eye
According to the latest polls, Bolsonaro trails by a small margin despite heavy campaign spending and support from evangelical groups. In a bid to shore up support, Bolsonaro has tried to cast his re-election bid in biblical tones, even calling the race a "fight between good and evil". This created a state of constant fear and anxiety among the members of the Brazilian people and the Arab community," Mourad said. Read More »In July, the Brazil & Arab Countries Economic Forum said relations had strengthened under Bolsonaro, with the Arab world now considered Brazil’s third-largest international market, with trade reaching record highs of $24 billion in 2021. Ahmed Alshaib, a Palestinian national and civil engineer who arrived in Brazil just four years ago, agreed, saying he saw economic benefits with a second Bolsonaro term along with better foreign policy priorities.4 months ago Middle East Eye
A defence attorney told MEE that he had met DeSantis once while at Guantanamo, but said the meeting was "unremarkable". After serving in Iraq and then working at Guantanamo, DeSantis went on to pursue a political career that has in part been defined by leading legislation targeting Muslim and Palestinian communities. Targeting Muslim charitiesDeSantis also spent his time in Congress targeting Muslim charities in the US. Carrol said that DeSantis' targeting of Muslim charities builds on the work done by other NGOs that are "staunch supporters of the Israeli government". Hilal said that in a battle between Trump and DeSantis, "Muslims and other marginalised communities will be put directly in harm's way."3 months ago Middle East Eye
A US congressman-elect has recently admitted to "embellishing" many parts of his resume on the campaign trail, including details of his own Jewish heritage. I'm sorry," Santos said in the interview. Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was 'Jew-ish'." I'm embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume," he told the Post. The Israeli leader had been a headline speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual convention in November, showing Netanyahu appears to be favouring one US political party over the other.2 months ago Middle East Eye
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to begin bilateral trade talks with Ukraine earlier this week, as it seeks to balance its relationship with Russia and the United States, despite pressure from western capitals. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has decimated the latter's economy, which officials hope to restore through a trade agreement, particularly in foodstuffs. The talks also come as the UAE comes under increased scrutiny in the west for not toeing the line and imposing sanctions on Russia. This should come as no surprise, Ibish believes, and is consistent with the UAE's approach of "balancing and using trade to promote national and international goals". A trade deal with Ukraine fits into that wider strategy.3 months ago Middle East Eye