Qatar school responds to former teacher’s child sex arrest

Mugshot of former Dubai teacher William Ball, who was arrested in the US last week. (The Indy Channel)
Updated 26 June 2018
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Qatar school responds to former teacher’s child sex arrest

DUBAI: The Qatar Academy in Doha has responded to the recent arrest of one of its former staff members who was charged with attempting to solicit sex with a child.
“We are shocked to hear about the allegations made against a former Qatar Academy Doha (QAD) teacher, William Ball,” the school said in a statement sent to Arab News.
“No concerns about his conduct towards children were raised during his employment.”
News broke of Ball’s arrest early Monday morning. Local reports suggested that he was originally from Mississippi and a music teacher at the school. Prior to his employment in Dubai, he was working at the Qatar Academy in Doha.
During a bond hearing in a court in Tampa the prosecutor explained that Ball was using the Internet and a mobile phone to set up and meet a seven-year-old, according to US cable news channel ABC.
The court heard that Ball paid $5,000 for a plane ticket and traveled to meet the child.
On his arrest, he was found to have items for a child, condoms and lubricant, the court heard.
The statement went on to say that the academy was offering support for students, parents and staff: “Qatar Academy recognizes that students, parents and staff may be disturbed by the reports; our counseling staff are on hand to provide whatever support needed,” it concluded.
The academy did not provide any further information about Ball and his employment at the Qatar school, despite requests by Arab News.


8 EU countries urge Israel to reconsider village demolition

It rebuked the Israeli High Court’s Sept. 5 decision to demolish the desert community. (AP)
Updated 21 September 2018
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8 EU countries urge Israel to reconsider village demolition

  • The eight countries are France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Italy

UNITED NATIONS: Eight European Union nations are underlining their opposition to Israel’s planned demolition of the Palestinian village of Khan Al-Ahmar and are urging its government to reconsider the decision.
The statement was read by Dutch Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom outside the UN Security Council on Thursday. It rebuked the Israeli High Court’s Sept. 5 decision to demolish the desert community.
The eight countries are France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Italy. They say in the statement that they “will not give up on a negotiated two-state solution with Jerusalem as a capital” of both Israel and a new Palestinian state.
That was an implicit slap at US President Donald Trump’s declaration in December that contested Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.