UAE to go on without Qatar, says Gargash

The United Arab Emirates State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Mohammad Gargash. (AFP)
Updated 26 July 2017
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UAE to go on without Qatar, says Gargash

JEDDAH: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Wednesday that no compromise with Qatar would come anytime soon.
It was important to look beyond “crisis” and to think of it as a “new set of relations in (the) Gulf replacing old ones,” he wrote on Twitter.
The remarks by the senior UAE official came a day after the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ), comprising Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, added nine entities and nine individuals to their list of terrorist groups, which they said have direct or indirect ties with Qatari authorities.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the ATQ said that the three Qatari individuals and the lone Kuwaiti in its additional list have engaged in fund-raising campaigns to support Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist militias in Syria.
The UAE minister accused Qatar of promoting policies and values it does not practice.
“We have to go on without Qatar; a conservative Gulf monarchy, in (a) totally anachronistic place. Promoting policies and values it does not practice," he wrote.
Gargash added that barring Qatar’s review of past policies, the current state “will continue for a while and new regional relationship will emerge and strengthen.”
“The 4 states emerging from the crisis represent core policies of confronting extremism & terrorism & working for Arab security & stability,” he said.
“Suddenly, the fight against terrorism, sovereignty and non-interference have become national priorities for Qatar. We would love to believe this new media discourse, but the country’s record is right in front of us, replete with tragedies,” Gargash posted on Twitter.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt broke diplomatic relations with Qatar in early June largely over their allegations that it supports terrorist and extremist groups — a charge Qatar rejects.
On June 8, 2017, the ATQ released a long list of 59 individuals and 12 Qatari-affiliated entities described as “terrorist supporters.”
The quartet initially made 13 demands, and which Qatar dismissed. Last week, the group urged Qatar to commit to six principles on combatting extremism and terrorism and negotiate a plan with specific measures to implement them — a step that could pave the way for an early resolution of the crisis.
Qatar also dismissed the demand, insisting on its innocence and saying it would not accept dictates that would insult its sovereignty as a nation.
— With input from Reuters


Brother of Palestinian teen Tamimi sentenced for stone-throwing

Updated 21 August 2018
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Brother of Palestinian teen Tamimi sentenced for stone-throwing

  • Ahed Tamimi was teenage girl who became an icon of the Palestinian cause when she was arrested for slapping a soldier
  • Waed had already received a suspended sentence for stoning Israeli security forces in 2016

JERUSALEM: The brother of a teenager who became a symbol of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after slapping two soldiers has been sentenced to jail for throwing stones at a police officer, the army said Tuesday.
Waed Tamimi, the brother of Ahed Tamimi, confessed to his role in a March 2017 “violent riot” in which an Israeli police officer was wounded by stones thrown by Palestinians at his vehicle, according to a military court ruling from Monday.
Since he had already received a suspended sentence for stoning Israeli security forces in 2016, he was handed a 14-month sentence for the 2017 incident as part of a plea bargain, the court document said.
Asked by the court if he had anything to say, the 22-year-old said: “I have nothing to add. There will be no third time,” according to the ruling, which was published by the army on Tuesday.
The incident took place in Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank, where the Tamimi family lives.
Tamimi’s sister, Ahed, was released from prison last month after an eight-month sentence for hitting and kicking two Israeli soldiers in front of her house in the occupied West Bank.
In an interview the day after her release, the now 17-year-old told AFP that she understood she had become a “symbol” of the Palestinian cause.
Video of that incident went viral, leading to praise and support from Palestinians but scorn from Israelis who accused her activist family of using her in staged provocations.
Rights groups harshly criticized Israel for the length of Ahed Tamimi’s sentence.