Palestine Action set up protest camp outside Israeli drone factory in Leicester

Palestine Action, a pro-Palestine grassroots movement based in the UK, have set up a protest camp outside Elbit UAV Tactical Systems in preparation for the group's siege on the Israeli arms factory, scheduled to begin on May. Palestine Action said its activists set up unreachable hammocks in the treetops overlooking the factory, in open defiance of the Israeli war machine. 'Under the cover of the trees behind the factory, they lay in wait four days before Palestine Action's siege against Leicester's Israeli weapons factory begins,' said the movement in a statement. Activists have confirmed they plan to hold their positions until Elbit closes their weapons factory. From May 1, those in the camp are due to be joined by hundreds due to attend the siege and mobilise against Elbit's business-of-bloodshed. The mass action will include hundreds staying put for weeks nonstop, refusing to leave until Elbit does. Palestine Action says its siege will cut off Leicester's link to Israel's military supply chain, building on three years of resistance and action against Elbit's arms making. UAV Tactical Systems, a joint venture between Elbit and French company Thales, has a number of export licenses for the sale of arms to Israel, covering drones, military technology, imaging systems, and ground vehicles. The factory's flagship product is the Watchkeeper drone, which is modelled after Elbit's Hermes 450, after it was 'battle-tested' on Palestinians. The Hermes drone is used for both surveillance and bombardment of Palestinians in Gaza, says the movement. Elbit Systems is the majority supplier of weapons for Israeli military, including 85% of Israel's military drone fleet. In addition, Elbit has worked in close cooperation with the Israeli military in conducting air strikes, assisted by their AI technology, on Palestinians. A Palestine Action spokesperson from the camp said: 'In a surprising blow to Elbit's state of the art security, we've occupied the area behind them, unnoticed for 12 hours. We're unreachable in the trees, and we're here to lay the ground for the siege. We're just a sign of what's to come.'

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA)

Israeli settlers let sheep destroy crops near Yatta

Extremist Israeli settlers let their sheep today destroy Palestinian-owned crops near the town of Yatta, in the southern West Bank province of Hebron, according to local sources. Rateb Jabour, a local Palestinian activist, told WAFA that army-guarded Israeli settlers let their sheep graze on wheat, barley and clover planted on Palestinian-owned lands near the town, causing the owners of the lands to incur losses as a result. Jabour added that shortly before the settlers let their sheep into the Palestinian lands, the settlers physically assaulted local Palestinian residents, including the owners of the lands. Settler violence is commonplace across the occupied West Bank, and is rarely prosecuted by the occupation authorities.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA)

Premier calls for pressure on Israel to allow Palestinian elections in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh urged today the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) to press the Israeli occupation authorities to abide by the signed agreements and allow the Palestinian elections to be held in all of the Palestinian territories, including in Jerusalem. The call was made as Shtayyeh received an IUSY delegation at his office in Ramallah, where he briefed them of the latest political developments in Palestine, including the ongoing Israeli violations against the Palestinian people. 'Israel is waging wars against our geography, demography, money and narrative,' Shtayyeh told the delegation. 'Through its occupation, Israel aims to control all aspects of life in Palestine, especially through murder and daily arrest campaigns, seizure of lands in favor of settlement expansion, controlling and stealing most of our water resources, and placing restrictions on the freedom of movement of individuals. and merchandise.' The Prime Minister stressed the importance of reviving the Arab Peace Initiative to end the occupation and establish a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA)

Bahrain attends joint annual meetings of Arab financial institutions

On behalf of the Minister of Finance and National Economy, Undersecretary Youssef Abdulla Humood today led Bahrain’s delegation to the joint annual meetings of Arab financial institutions in Rabat, Morocco.

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Morocco Khalid bin Salman bin Jabr Al Al Musallam was also part of the delegation that attended the meetings under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

The sessions included the 52nd annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the 46th annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Arab Monetary Fund, the 47th annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, the 50th annual meeting of the Board of Shareholders of the Arab Corporation for Investment and Export Credit Guarantee, and the 47th annual meeting of the Board of Shareholders of the Authority Arab Investment and Agricultural Development, and the 14th regular session of the Council of Arab Finance Ministers,

During the meetings, a number of topics were discussed, including the achievements made by the Arab financial institutions in providing financial and technical support for major development projects in the Arab countries during the past year, and their contributions to promoting and supporting joint Arab action.

The delegations discussed a number of papers prepared by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on supporting small and medium enterprises in Arab countries, developing social security systems to enhance job opportunities and growth in Arab countries, public debt strategies and developing debt markets in Arab countries. They also reviewed the latest developments. economic and financial situation in the Arab region.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Minister of Tourism visits Naseej’s projects in Dilmunia Island and Madinat Salman

Tourism Minister Fatima bint Jafar Al-Sairafi stressed the importance of supporting projects that play a vital role in promoting local and regional tourism in Bahrain and enhancing Bahrain’s standing.

She made the comments as she visited Naseej’s projects located in Dilmunia Island and Madinat Salman. During her visit to the Island of Dilmunia, she visited the CanalView project, the Mall of Dilmunia, as well as the new Nadeen School.

She discussed various initiatives of common interest that fall under the scope of Bahrain’s tourism initiatives and programs that serve the opportunities in engaging with the private sector within the framework of the tourism strategy 2022-2026.

She toured the tourism-related projects under Naseej at Madinat Salman and witnessed the potential that the Island has to offer with regards to its attractive beach-front feature.

She discussed plans to transform the beach front into a touristic location that hosts great potential for national and regional events.

She also highlighted the activities on the main beachfront, whereby residents as well as visitors to the Island can enjoy various water-sporting activities. Her Excellency stressed the importance of enhancing this area as it will boost local tourism in the area.

During the tour the minister and Naseej Chief Executive Officer Amin Al-Arrayed discussed the role of the public and private sectors in promoting tourist destinations.

The noted the importance of large scale touristic projects in creating tourism opportunities, with the promising prospects for added success and diversity to Bahrain’s hospitality sector.

The minister praised the efforts made by Naseej in implementing these projects with the highest standards, which support the development of the tourism sector in Bahrain.

Such efforts go hand-in-hand towards enhancing the tourism sector, which is considered an essential pillar in supporting the Bahraini economy, she said.

Al-Arrayedexpressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the Government of Bahrain in their efforts in supporting private sector projects. He also thanked the minister for visiting Naseej’s projects located in Dilmunia Island and Madinat Salman.

Al-Arrayed also affirmed Naseej’s commitment to diversifying its real estate & development projects in order to serve the development of the tourism sector, support Bahrain’s economic development by enhancing the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Kingdom and attracting more investments.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad praises role of National Genome Centre

Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) First Deputy Chairman, General Sports Authority (GSA) Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) President HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa stressed the importance of developing the health sector.

He highlighted the need to launch qualitative programmes that contribute to enhancing citizens’ decent living conditions, thus achieving the visions of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, with the follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

He stressed the importance of the National Genome Centre for future generations, noting the contributions of the Government to enhancing citizens’ quality of life.

He commended the steps undertaken by the Ministry of Health to activate the role of the center in order to achieve the goals for which this pioneering national initiative was launched.

The National Genome Project aims to study the genetic mapping of the population in Bahrain to learn more about the genetic factors that make the Bahraini population vulnerable to certain diseases.

The project will also contribute to devising diagnostic methods that suit the genetic makeup of each person. individual in what is called personalized medicine.

HH Shaikh Khalid directed the GSA executive body step up cooperation and coordinate efforts with those concerned in the National Genome Center, with the aim of participating in this national project, by including all players and athletes to participate in the genetic examinations of the center.

He also directed to study the genes of talented players and former champions and including them in databases and then analyzing them, in order to search for future champions by using the work of genes, which allows identifying physical capabilities through DNA analysis.

He stressed the importance of the move which will contribute to the development of sports, discovering talents and honing their talents, based on the results of analyzes and information extracted from databases using the latest medical technologies.

Based on HH Shaikh Khalid’s directives, GSA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdulrahman Sadiq Askar held a meeting with Amjad Ghanim, Head of the National Team for the Implementation of the National Genome Plan, Head of Public Health Laboratories at the Ministry of Health and the accompanying team.

They discussed a joint action plan that engages various sports institutions, including clubs, federations, bodies and committees, in the National Genome Project.

The two sides agreed to cooperate and continue holding meetings and identifying the appropriate mechanism that contributes to achieving Common goals.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Dakhla, Essential Base for Economic Relations between Morocco and West Africa (FM)

Dakhla will be an essential base for economic relations between Morocco and West Africa, stressed Friday Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita.

Dakhla is a gateway of the Kingdom of Morocco to its African depth, including the West African region, in accordance with the will of HM King Mohammed VI, said Bourita at a joint press briefing with his Sierra Leonean counterpart, David J. Francis, at the end of the 3rd session of the joint Commission of Cooperation.

"Dakhla will be a primary base of economic relations of Morocco with West Africa, as desired by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, through the economic dynamics and infrastructure of scale, including the Atlantic port which is under construction," he said.

This city has seen the successive opening of several consulates of friendly and brotherly countries, as well as it has become a destination for holding important diplomatic meetings, he recalled, citing in this regard the holding of joint Commissions with the Union of Comoros and Sierra Leone.

In this context, the Minister stressed that Dakhla remains a real diplomatic and economic hub in the southern provinces and will serve as a platform for developing economic and trade relations with Sierra Leone, noting that the holding of the 3rd session of the joint Commission between the two countries in this city confirms the position and firm support of Sierra Leone to the issue of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Annual Joint Meetings of Arab Financial Institutions Kick off in Rabat

The annual joint meetings of Arab financial institutions held under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, kicked off Saturday in Rabat, with the participation of several Arab ministers of finance and economy, governors of Arab central banks and representatives of regional and international organizations.

The opening session of these meetings was marked by a Royal message addressed by HM the King to the participants in this event. It was read by the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse