Iraqi Shiite militia says will fight Daesh in Syria border town

Popular Mobilization Forces fighters carry the Daesh flag downward after liberating the city of Al-Qaim, Iraq. (Reuters)
Updated 04 November 2017
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Iraqi Shiite militia says will fight Daesh in Syria border town

BEIRUT: An Iraqi Shiite militia fighting Daesh in Iraq near the border with Syria will also take on the jihadist group in the Syria border town of Albu Kamal, the militia’s spokesman was quoted as saying on Friday.
Jaafar Hussaini, the spokesman for the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, one of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fighting alongside the Iraqi army against Daesh, was speaking to Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadin.
Hussaini said the Iraqi resistance forces, a euphemism for Iran-backed Shiite militias, would take part in the battle against Daesh in Syria’s Albu Kamal because it borders Iraq, Al-Mayadin reported.
On Friday Iraqi forces, including PMF, took the Iraqi border town of Al-Qaim, near Albu Kamal, from Daesh.
The Syrian army and allied Iran-backed Shiite militias, supported by Russian air power, are approaching Albu Kamal as part of their own offensive against the Daesh enclave straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.
“Albu Kamal is in missile range of the Iraqi forces in Al-Qaim. The presence of our forces on the border with Albu Kamal means there will be a new front in the confrontation with Daesh,” Hussaini said using an Arabic acronym for Daesh.
The Syrian army and its allies are advancing toward Albu Kamal across the desert southwest of the city and along the Euphrates river from the northwest.
The Syrian government declared victory over Daesh in Deir Ezzor, the biggest city in eastern Syria, on Friday after two months of battle.


Arab Israeli poet jailed for online incitement freed from prison

The posts on YouTube and Facebook came as a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence was erupting, including Palestinian knife attacks. (AFP)
Updated 20 September 2018
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Arab Israeli poet jailed for online incitement freed from prison

  • Tatour posted a video of herself reading her poem “Resist, my people, resist them,” in 2015, accompanied by pictures of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, according to authorities.
  • The 36-year-old Israeli citizen was sentenced in July

An Arab Israeli woman jailed for five months for incitement to violence and support for a terrorist organization in online poems and other social media posts was released from prison on Thursday.

Dareen Tatour posted a video clip of herself reading her poem “Resist, my people, resist them,” in October 2015, accompanied by pictures of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, according to authorities.

The posts on YouTube and Facebook came as a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence was erupting, including Palestinian knife attacks.

The 36-year-old Israeli citizen was sentenced in July.

She was released on Thursday due to time served before her conviction, she and a prison spokesman said.

“Freedom is something so sweet that I can’t even describe it,” Tatour said after her release.

She added that she planned to publish a collection of poems and a novel on her experience in prison.

International writers’ group PEN defended Tatour’s actions.

She was “convicted for doing what writers do every day — we use our words to peacefully challenge injustice,” the group said.

The offending verses were quoted in Hebrew in the charge sheet, but according to an English translation on the Arabic literature site ArabLit, they contained the following:

“For an Arab Palestine, I will not succumb to the ‘peaceful solution,’ Never lower my flags, Until I evict them from my land, Resist the settler’s robbery, And follow the caravan of martyrs.”

Prosecutors said that on Oct. 4, 2015 she also quoted a statement by Islamic Jihad calling for “continuation of the intifada in every part of the West Bank,” alleging it showed her support for the outlawed militant group.

Tatour, from the Arab village of Reineh near Nazareth, was arrested a week later.

Arab Israelis are descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land following the creation of Israel in 1948.

They account for some 17.5 percent of Israel’s population and largely support the Palestinian cause.