Employees at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel are used to high profile VIPS, and regularly handle CEOs and foreign leaders. But when Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak rolled into town last weekend, suddenly the hotel’s Muslim employees were explicitly barred from doing their jobs.
Israel touts itself as the bastion of democracy in the Middle East, a mainstay against the dictatorships and monarchies that characterize the region. But there have been some incredibly worrying signs over the last two years in the erosion of freedoms of expression in Israel. One local feminist peace organization is calling on the UN to do something about it.
Israel inflicted incredible damage to local civilian infrastructure in the 2006 Lebanon war – bombing bridges, schools, clinics, power stations and the airport and creating the region’s largest ever oil spill. What is the Lebanese Defense Minister doing to protect his country’s civilians and national infrastructure? Giving advice to Israel.
JERUSALEM – Aida Rishek has spent years worrying if Israeli authorities would come to suddenly evict her and her seven children from their home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. As Jewish settlers have…