Syria



Asma al Assad's new business venture?

By Jessica Elgot, June 22, 2012

Syria's first lady Asma al-Assad has a new business to propose to you. Look what dropped into my inbox this afternoon.

From: Mrs. Asma al-Assad [mailto:asmalassad@livermail.com]
Sent: 20 June 2012 07:37
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: Your Trust/ Interest

Greetings,

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Frith's large Palestine photos sell for £330,000

By Josh Jackman, June 13, 2012

A copy of the largest book of vast and panoramic photographs of travels through the Middle East ever published was sold at auction on Monday for over £330,000.

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IDF General warns on Syria and 'existential war' facing Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, June 12, 2012

A senior figure in the Israeli army has warned that Syria is home to "the world's largest arsenal of chemical weapons".

Speaking at a ceremony to mark three decades since the battle of Sultan Yacoub between Israeli and Syrian troops during the first Lebanon war, Maj Gen Yair Naveh cautioned that little had changed in the intervening period.

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Syrian opposition activist tells of Iranian assistance to Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

As the fighting and bloodshed in the Syrian civil war intensify, the fears that neighbouring countries will get sucked in are growing. Iran this week admitted that its forces are present in Syria, while Israel is concerned that the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad could lead to chemical weapons falling in the hands of terrorists.

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Iran and Syria ordered to pay family of teenage Tel Aviv bomb victim

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Syria and Iran have been ordered by a US court to pay £200 million to the family of a Florida teenager who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in a Tel Aviv.

Daniel Wultz was 16 when he was killed in the Islamic Jihad attack on a restaurant during the Pesach holiday. Eleven people died in the blast, and Daniel's father, Yekutiel, was severely wounded.

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Viva Palestina's Gaza aid route - through Syria

By Jessica Elgot, April 25, 2012

Pro-Palestinian activists Viva Palestina are to send a convoy of trucks through Syria to Gaza – despite protests and withdrawals from their own members.

The charity, co-founded by Respect MP George Galloway, launched the convoy which departed last Sunday from the UK.

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Israel on alert as Global March to Jerusalem begins

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Israeli security forces are on high alert today in anticipation of the Global March to Jerusalem.

The demonstration, organised by a coalition of anti-Israel groups from around the world, is expected to attract thousands of protesters.

There are a number of security concerns about the event, which will take place as Jews prepare for Shabbat and Muslims mark Friday prayers.

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The Syrian Assad who likes Jews and Israel

By Simon Round, March 29, 2012

The first cousin of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has welcomed the possibility of a future democratic Syria making peace with Israel.

Ribal al-Assad, 36, whose father is the exiled former vice-president Rifaat al-Assad, said in an interview with the JC that most Syrians were interested primarily in peace and prosperity.

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Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.

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Baroness Ashton speech attacked

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

The European Union's High Representative has been criticised for attempting to "draw parallels" between the killings in France and the situation in Gaza.

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