Israel confirms it is holding missing Palestinian

Updated 12 July 2013
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Israel confirms it is holding missing Palestinian

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who mysteriously disappeared in Egypt last month is being detained by Israel for “security crimes,” an Israel court confirmed Wednesday, a month after his family charged he was abducted.
The court partially lifted a gag order on the case, identifying the man as Wael Abu Reda, but did not say how he was detained or how he ended up in Israel.
The man’s brother, Mansour, said Abu Reda was in Cairo last month trying to obtain Egyptian citizenship as well as medical treatment for his son. He said that on June 20 he told his wife he was going out to meet someone he knows and would return to their rented apartment the next day. She says she has not heard from him since.
Two days later, Mansour says he received a phone call from an Israeli official who said Abu Reda was being held in an Israeli prison. He insists his brother was not affiliated with any of the violent militant groups in Gaza and says he doesn’t know why he was detained.
The Beersheba Magistrates Court on Wednesday extended for 10 days a blackout on details of the case, releasing only Abu Reda’s name and the fact that he was detained. It said he was being held for “crimes against the security of the country.”
The case is reminiscent of another Palestinian from Gaza, Dirar Abu Sisi, who vanished on a Ukrainian sleeper train in 2011 and later surfaced in an Israeli prison. The details of his capture and transfer remain unclear and Israel confirmed it was holding him only a month after his disappearance.
Israel accuses Abu Sisi, an engineer, of masterminding Hamas’ rocket program and training gunmen in Gaza. He is charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons production. He denies the charges saying he was a civilian engineer at Gaza’s power plant.
Hamas is considered a terror group by Israel, the US and EU due to its rocket attacks and suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.
Abu Sisi’s Ukrainian wife Veronika, who converted to Islam to marry her husband, said at the time that they were in the Ukraine for her husband to apply for citizenship. She said Ukrainian police told her that two unidentified men boarded her husband’s train car near the central Ukrainian city of Poltava and escorted him out.


Emiratis investigate joke video of baby government employee

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Emiratis investigate joke video of baby government employee

DUBAI: Prosecutors are investigating a United Arab Emirates government agency’s release of an online video that was meant as a joke and that suggested an 8-month-old baby is its youngest employee.
The Abu Dhabi public prosecutor’s office tweeted on Wednesday that it was investigating after the release of the video by the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority.
The video shows an 8-month-old baby in traditional clothing described as the agency’s “happiness executive.”

. بالفيديو.. "الطيران المدني" تعين أصغر موظف سعادة في العالم عمره 8 أشهر الطفل محمد الهاشمي الذي ينشر البهجة والسعادة لكل من يراه ويلقاه، عينه المدير العام للهيئة العامة للطيران المدني، سيف محمد السويدي كأصغر تنفيذي سعادة في الهيئة بهدف نشر الإيجابية والسعادة. وقالت الهيئة لـ"الإمارات اليوم"،إن الطفل محمد الهاشمي الذي يبلغ من العمر 8 أشهر وابن احدى موظفات الهيئة يزور مكاتب الهيئة العامة يومياً في أوقات الدوام الرسمية ليبث روح السعادة والإيجابية. وذكرت الهيئة أن لديها مبادرات عديدة لزيادة السعادة والإنتاجية بين الموظفين منها صحية، رياضية واجتماعية وذلك بهدف نشر السعادة والإيجابية داخل الهيئة.

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The child was enrolled at the agency’s daycare program for staff, but after the video was posted, complaints started to roll in. The agency later removed the video.
Prosecutors said in their tweet they launched the investigation because of their “responsibility to protect children.”