East Aleppo’s last clown, RIP (& Arabs donate wood to rebuild burned synagogue)

December 03, 2016

East Aleppo’s last clown was killed on Wednesday. Anas, 24, is survived by his wife, who remains trapped in Aleppo. They married two months ago.

 

CONTENTS

1. East Aleppo’s last clown
2. Saudi woman pictured without hijab faces calls for her execution
3. Moroccan state TV teaches women to hide evidence of domestic abuse
4. Over two-thirds of the world’s battle-related deaths
5. Israeli Arabs donate wood to rebuild Haifa synagogue

 

[Notes below by Tom Gross]

EAST ALEPPO’S LAST CLOWN

Syrian opposition journalist Rami Jarrah, writes:

“He dedicated himself to helping children cope with the horrific surroundings in Aleppo. Putting a smile on a child’s face was no momentary thing for Anas.

Day and night he would jump from one place to the other trying desperately to do what he considered was his duty; a protector of the children, a man they all loved.

Anas has died as a result of severe wounds endured from a missile fired by Assad’s forces on eastern Aleppo.

RIP Anas al Basha”

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Anas al Basha died on November 30.

More here from the Associated Press.

Or in French here.

In all probability Anas was killed by a missile fired not by Russians but by Iranian troops or by Hizbullah or one of the other non-Syrian Iranian-commanded Shia militia who are doing the bulk of the killing in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.

But pro-Obama media such as the New York Times and BBC are so eager not to portray the Iranian regime as the deadly force it is, given their eagerness to pretend it is somehow moderate and therefore that the Iran nuclear deal was a wise rather than an utterly foolish course of action, continuously avoid explaining the central Iranian role in the Syria war, preferring instead to mention the Russian role.

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I previously reported that Israeli charities who are distributing food and medical aid in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, have brought along a professional clown to perform for the children while food is being handed out. Robert Fulford, a columnist for the Canadian paper The National Post, points this out and links to my website (in paragraphs 10, 11 and 12) here.

 

SAUDI WOMAN PICTURED WITHOUT HIJAB FACES CALLS FOR HER EXECUTION

A woman was photographed briefly not wearing a hijab in Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh. Many Saudis are now demanding her execution.

One social media user said: “Kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs”, reports the British newspaper, The Independent.

See also:

Interview (by Tom Gross) with the wife of Raif Badawi

UK ambassador to Saudi completes Hajj after conversion to Islam (& a leader too radical for IS)

 

MOROCCAN STATE TV TEACHES WOMEN TO HIDE EVIDENCE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

A Moroccan state television channel has broadcast a tutorial showing women how to conceal the evidence of domestic violence with make-up, sparking fury within the country.

Video here.

 

OVER TWO-THIRDS OF THE WORLD’S BATTLE-RELATED DEATHS

The current issue of The Economist reminds us of the conflicts that are rife throughout the Arab world:

“Although home to only 5% of the world’s population, in 2014 the Arab world accounted for 45% of the world’s terrorism, 68% of its battle-related deaths, 47% of its internally displaced and 58% of its refugees. War not only kills and maims, but destroys vital infrastructure accelerating the disintegration.

“The Arab youth population (aged 15-29) numbers 105m and is growing fast, but unemployment, poverty and marginalisation are all growing faster. The youth unemployment rate, at 30%, stands at more than twice the world’s average of 14%. Almost half of young Arab women looking for jobs fail to find them (against a global average of 16%).”

http://www.economist.com/news/ middle-east-and-africa/2171093 4-arabs-make-up-just-5-worlds- population-they-account-about- half

 

ISRAELI ARABS DONATE WOOD TO REBUILD HAIFA SYNAGOGUE

A sign of hope.

Following the massive forest fire which gutted a synagogue in Haifa, Israeli-Arab wood suppliers have decided to donate wood paneling to help rebuild the synagogue, Israel’s bestselling Yediot Ahronot newspaper reports.

 

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