Regional leaders contribute to Al-Rajol magazine profile of Saudi crown prince

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Updated 22 August 2017
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Regional leaders contribute to Al-Rajol magazine profile of Saudi crown prince

JEDDAH: Leaders from across the Middle East are among the contributors to Al-Rajol magazine’s latest issue, which spotlights Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy premier and interior minister.
In a series of articles and columns written by close acquaintances, the magazine reveals the personality traits, goals and leadership style of the man driving the Kingdom’s economic transformation.
“The Saudi economic vision is a live model for exploring the future in a modern sustainable approach,” wrote Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.
“It also recognizes the kingdom’s strengths at present, and draws from that to establish an even brighter future. Prince Mohammed’s contribution to the engineering of Vision 2030 is a true reflection of his belief in Saudi Arabia’s youth, and he will go out of his way to achieve those objectives.”
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is among more than 30 contributors who wrote in the issue.
He praised Prince Mohammed’s leadership of the Arab coalition that has battled Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen for more than two years.
Hadi drew attention to the coalition quickly establishing control of Yemeni airspace, and targeting insurgents’ air defenses and military planes.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri said: “Once you get to know Prince Mohammed bin Salman, you’ll discover a new model of Arab leadership. He is a young, charismatic symbol who has played a distinctive role both in the private and public sectors, and within such a short time frame.”
Al-Hariri added: “The Lebanese people will never forget the Kingdom’s support and its efforts to end the Lebanese civil war.”
Egyptian Culture Minister Hilmi Al-Namnam wrote: “With the coming of the Saudi Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, there was a great transformation which was widely noticed by politicians around the world. This same effect was reechoed by the Saudi Crown Prince in various meetings inside and outside the Kingdom.”
Sheikhs from the Senior Council of Scholars also contributed to the issue, in a series of columns highlighting his “unique approach” that has preserved Shariah law and other social traditions and customs.
Al-Rajol’s latest issue also includes contributions from governors of provinces and their deputies in the Kingdom, reflecting on Prince Mohammed as both a family man and a highly influential leader within the royal family.
Several Saudi ministers give an insight into the government’s workflow, and how decisions are made via daily workshops with a strong emphasis on speed and productivity.


Israel targets rights groups with bill to outlaw filming of soldiers

Israeli soldiers are under constant attack by Israel haters, says defense minister. (AFP)
Updated 17 June 2018
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Israel targets rights groups with bill to outlaw filming of soldiers

  • Rights groups frequently film Israeli soldiers on duty in the occupied West Bank, documentation the organizations say is necessary to expose abuse by the military
  • A ministerial committee which oversees legislation voted to approve the bill on Sunday

JERUSALEM: Israel moved on Sunday to snap the lens shut on rights groups that film its troops’ interactions with Palestinians by introducing a bill that would make it a criminal offense.
Rights groups frequently film Israeli soldiers on duty in the occupied West Bank, documentation the organizations say is necessary to expose abuse by the military.
A video filmed by Israeli rights group B’Tselem in 2016 showing an Israeli soldier shoot dead an incapacitated Palestinian assailant drew international condemnation and led to the soldier’s conviction for manslaughter in a highly divisive trial.
The proposed law, formulated by the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, would make filming or publishing footage “with intent to harm the morale of Israel’s soldiers or its inhabitants” punishable by up to five years in prison.
The term would be raised to 10 years if the intention was to damage “national security.”
A ministerial committee which oversees legislation voted to approve the bill on Sunday. It will now go to parliament for a vote that could take place this week and if ratified, will be scrutinized and amended before three more parliamentary votes needed for it to pass into law.
Yisrael Beitenu leader and Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, praised the committee and said: “Israeli soldiers are under constant attack by Israel haters and supporters of terrorism who look constantly to degrade and sully them. We will put an end to this.”
A Palestinian official condemned the move.
“This decision aims to cover up crimes committed by Israeli soldiers against our people, and to free their hands to commit more crimes,” Deputy Palestinian Information Minister Fayez Abu Aitta told Reuters.
The phrasing of the bill stops short of a blanket ban, aiming instead at “anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian organizations” which spend “entire days near Israeli soldiers waiting breathlessly for actions that can be documented in a slanted and one-sided way so that soldiers can be smeared.”
Naming B’Tselem and several other rights groups, the bill says many of them are supported by organizations and governments with “a clear anti-Israel agenda” and that the videos are used to harm Israel and national security.
The ban would cover social networks as well as traditional media.
B’Tselem shrugged off the bill.
“If the occupation embarrasses the government, then the government should take action to end it. Documenting the reality of the occupation will continue regardless of such ridiculous legislation efforts,” the group’s spokesman, Amit Gilutz, said.
B’Tselem’s video of the shooting in the West Bank in 2016 led to Israeli soldier Elor Azaria being convicted of manslaughter. He was released in May after serving two-thirds of his 14-month term. Opinion polls after his arrest showed a majority of Israelis did not want a court-martial to take place.