Yemen government to cut diplomatic staff

Houthi militias have caused humanitarian disasters in various regions of Yemen, says Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani. (File photo: Getty Images)
Updated 30 July 2018

Yemen government to cut diplomatic staff

DUBAI: Yemen’s government is planning to reduce the number of staff at the country’s missions, pan Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported, citing Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani.

The announcement comes two months after his appointment, as the minister reviews embassies and their staff.

“A huge number of diplomats and administrative employees are working outside Yemen, as if we are a super power,” Yamani  said.

The minister said the aim of reviewing the embassies and their staff is to help improve Yemen’s diplomatic status.

“Our country’s diplomacy and our embassies were damaged by the Houthi militia… (and there is work on our) embassies to overhaul them in line with our ongoing plan to build the state,” he said.

How Meir Kahane’s toxic legacy poisoned the Palestinian peace process

Updated 22 April 2019

How Meir Kahane’s toxic legacy poisoned the Palestinian peace process

  • Brooklyn-born rabbi who demanded forced emigration of Arabs and inspired Israel’s far right is latest subject of Arab News ‘Preachers of Hate’ series
  • As a member of the Israeli parliament, Kahane proposed laws to strip Arabs of citizenship and force their emigration

JEDDAH: As Israel’s most right-wing government in living memory prepares to take office, the outlook for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has rarely been more dismal.

After his narrow election victory this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is clinging to office by assembling a coalition of Knesset members with no interest in peace. They range from far-right ultra Zionists to overt racists. Many, in particular the Otzma Yehudit, or “Jewish Power” party, are acolytes of Meir Kahane — a Brooklyn-born rabbi who co-founded the militant Jewish Defense League in 1968,  joined the West Bank settler movement and established an extremist Israeli political party.

It is because of this toxic legacy that Kahane is the subject today of Preachers of Hate — the Arab News series that exposes extremist clerics of all religions and nationalities, places their words and deeds in context, and explains their malign influence on those who follow them.

As a member of the Knesset, Kahane proposed laws to strip Arabs of citizenship and force their emigration. 

In the end he proved too extreme even for the Israeli far right; he was disqualified from running for office, and was eventually assassinated in New York in 1990.

Kahane’s hatred lives on, however, in Israel’s continuing rejection of the Palestinian people’s entitlement to basic human dignity, far less a meaningful peace process and an independent state.

As the leading academic and Arab News columnist Yossi Mekelberg writes today: “Few people have contaminated the discourse within Israel with sheer hatred and anti-Arab bigotry as much as Meir Kahane.”


Also Read: Meir Kahane: A torch to fuel anti-Arab hatred