RIYADH: Seven Saudi women of volunteering team “Attaa Hand” (Giving Hand) have been campaigning to raise environmental awareness at a number of commercial centers in Jeddah. The campaign aims to raise environmental awareness among community members and preserve the environment. The women also wanted to implement an innovative social responsibility plan to assist needy patients. They collected tons of bottle caps, which they sell to recycling companies. This reduces a negative impact on the environment and helps needy patients at the same time. The revenue from selling these lids will be used to provide a medical insurance for needy patients who can be accepted in the medical program of an insurance company. One ton (or 907 kgs) of caps is equivalent to the cost of a single health insurance policy. The women campaigned at shopping malls in Jeddah and will also hold several events at boys’ schools, the girls’ colleges of King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Effat University, and Dar Al-Hekma College. The volunteering team will highlight the environmental risks of neglecting recycling, and distribute brochures with scientific information about the effects of not recycling on the environment. They also display artworks made from water and soft drink lids and they hold competitions to collect the largest number of bottle caps.
King Salman issues royal order to promote members of Public Prosecution Office
- Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mujib praised the issuance of the royal order
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal order to promote a number of members of the Public Prosecution Office, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday.
Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mujib praised the issuance of the royal order, and said that it came within the framework of the king and crown prince’s support for the Public Prosecution, and their “interest in promoting the principle of universal sufficiency for all its needs,” SPA said.
The attorney general said this included stimulating the administrative system in a way that contributes to fulfilling its duties to the fullest.
Sheikh Al-Mujib urged employees of the Public Prosecution to redouble their efforts to meet the expectations of the leadership and society.
Valencia fans protest against Singaporean owner Peter Lim
- Supporters of Valencia club called for the wealthy businessman to sell his shares and leave the club he has owned since 2014
- Fans have been upset with recent comments by owner Peter Lim that belittled the supporters and downplayed their importance
MADRID: Thousands of Valencia fans gathered outside the team’s Mestalla Stadium to protest against Singaporean owner Peter Lim on Saturday.
Supporters of the Spanish club called for the wealthy businessman to sell his shares and leave the club he has owned since 2014.
The fans, who displayed banners saying “The future is ours,” have been upset with recent comments by Lim that belittled the supporters and downplayed their importance.
Valencia fans have been unhappy with Lim’s administration and often accuse him of running the club solely as a business.
The protests came a few days after Manchester United fans protested against American owner Joel Glazer, forcing the postponement of the team’s English Premier League game against Liverpool. The protests prompted Glazer to publish a letter in which he pledged to accelerate discussions with fans about supporters being able to have a greater say at the club.
Valencia plays a Spanish league match against Valladolid at home on Sunday. The club sits 14th in the 20-team standings, six points above the relegation zone.
Lebanese ministries told to wait to grant approval for subsidized imports
- Finance Ministry to reduce number of subsidized goods from 80 to 30, source tells Arab News
- Stores report declining sales as food prices surge
BEIRUT: The Banque du Liban has informed the Economy Ministry and other concerned ministries of the need to wait to grant approval for subsidized imports.
The move by Lebanon’s central bank comes as the caretaker government has been unable to secure a social safety net by agreeing to issue ration cards for the poorest families.
Meanwhile, there are no solutions to the problems obstructing the formation of a government to rescue the country from its economic crisis.
Prices of food such as beef and chicken have risen steeply, shocking supermarket customers. Employees at these stores say sales have declined due to people’s inability to pay these higher prices.
A source in the Finance Ministry told Arab News that the state supports “about 80 commodities,” including “wheat, fuel and medicines,” and that the ministry is planning to reduce this number to 30.
Subsidies have been removed from medical devices and supplies. The Medical Equipment and Devices Importers Syndicate said: “This means that the prices of goods (in this sector) will significantly rise.”
Subsidies on over-the-counter drugs are likely to be permanently lifted, but there are no plans to remove subsidies on medicines for incurable diseases.
Monthly subsidies do not exceed $500 million, but the scarcity of financial resources and the government’s inability to undertake reforms has made covering this cost difficult.
Israeli violence against Al-Aqsa worshippers condemned
- The UN Security Council Resolution 2334 considers all settlements, including those in Jerusalem, illegal
JERUSALEM: Israel braced for more protests on Saturday after clashes at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound left more than 200 people injured.
The unrest followed Friday prayers when Israeli riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians as violence erupted outside Islam’s third holiest site.
At least three people were seriously injured when Israeli troops used rubber bullets to disperse worshippers at the UNESCO world heritage site.
Israeli forces stormed the mosque’s plaza and fired sound grenades inside the building, where throngs of worshippers, including women and children, were praying on the last Friday of Ramadan.
The clashes came amid soaring tensions over Israeli restrictions on access to parts of the old city during Ramadan and the threat of eviction hanging over four Palestinian families in East Jerusalem to make way for Jewish settlers.
The Israeli violence drew worldwide condemnation.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the Kingdom “rejects Israel’s plans and measures to evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and impose Israeli sovereignty over them.”
The UAE “strongly condemned” the clashes and potential evictions, and a statement by Khalifa Al-Marar, the foreign affairs minister, urged Israeli authorities to reduce tensions.
The UAE stresses the need for Israeli authorities to assume their responsibilities in line with international law to provide protection to Palestinian citizens, a statement carried by state news agency WAM said.
Wasfi Kailani, executive director of the Hashemite Fund for the reconstruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque, told Arab News that there was no excuse for the Israeli action.
“What happened on Friday night is inexcusable. Violating the mosque’s sanctity during the last 10 holy days of Ramadan is illegal and a clear violation of the right to worship. Its status quo must be protected.”
Kailani, a member of the Jerusalem Waqf Council, said Israeli forces not only violated the peace of worshippers but also destroyed mosque property, including its clinic and gates.
Hijazi Risheq, head of the Jerusalem Merchants Committee, told Arab News that attacks by Israeli forces were meant to intimidate Palestinians following threats by Jewish extremists of a large-scale infiltration into Al-Aqsa on what they call Jerusalem Day.
“However, the people of Jerusalem have broken the barrier of fear and are no longer afraid of Israeli soldiers or Israeli prisons,” he said.
Risheq called on Arab and Islamic countries to help Palestinians defend the mosque.
The late-night clashes in the old city of Jerusalem followed days of tension in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where Israelis are trying to evict an entire Palestinian community and hand over their properties to ultra-extreme Jewish settlers.
The Waqf Council, Jordan, the US, EU, and European and Arab countries issued statements denouncing the violence in the city.
The US called on all parties to avoid actions that could damage final status talks between Israel and Palestinians, including settlements.
The UN Security Council Resolution 2334 considers all settlements, including those in Jerusalem, illegal.
Israeli police issued a statement saying officers were attacked with stones and firecrackers and had to restore order.
A police statement claimed that 17 officers were injured, with at least half requiring further attention.
Palestinian citizens of Israel traveled in at least six buses to show their support for worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, but were barred entry near the village of Abu Ghish.
After they disembarked and began to walk the remaining 20 km distance to the site, local residents came to pick them up in private cars.
Al-Jubeir calls on Kingdom’s accusers in Bezos phone hack to ‘acknowledge their mistake’
- Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said Saudi Arabia “had nothing to do with the allegations”
- Saudi embassy in US rejected the claims at the time as “absurd”
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Adel Al-Jubeir called on Saturday for people who “accused the Kingdom” with regard to claims it was involved with the hacking of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ phone last year to “acknowledge their mistake.”
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs posted to Twitter asking if now that the truth that “the Kingdom had nothing to do with the allegations” had been revealed, whether people would “simply delete their tweets” and “hope that their positions at the time disappear into the sunset?”
Reports in January 2020 suggested Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia's embassy in the US rejected the claims at the time as “absurd,” while Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the allegations were “absolutely silly” while speaking to Reuters at last year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.