Turkey kills YPG militant who fired across Syrian border

Turkey’s military has carried out two incursions into Syria against the YPG militia. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 November 2018
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Turkey kills YPG militant who fired across Syrian border

  • The militant had fired from Syria’s Ras Al-Ayn region into Turkey’s Sanliurfa province
  • Turkey’s military has carried out two incursions into Syria against the YPG militia

ISTANBUL: Turkish forces killed a Kurdish YPG militant who fired into Turkey from Syria, a Turkish security source said on Wednesday, the most recent cross-border clash between Turkey and Kurdish militants east of the Euphrates River.
The militant had fired from Syria’s Ras Al-Ayn region into Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, the source said.
Turkey considers the YPG militia a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984.
Turkey’s military has carried out two incursions into Syria against the YPG militia, both focusing on its presence to the west of the Euphrates River.
President Tayyip Erdogan has signaled an impending operation against YPG forces the east of the river, delivering last month what he said was his “final warning” to those he said endangered Turkey’s southern border with Syria.
The YPG spearheads the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Washington’s support for the militia has infuriated Ankara.
Turkish forces last month bombarded YPG positions near Ayn Al-Arab, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. It killed four Kurdish militants last week in a separate cross-border clash in the same region, broadcaster TRT reported.


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

Updated 22 April 2019
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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.”

 

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