1) At WINEP Elana DeLozier analyses the recent Houthi attack on the UAE.
“On January 17, a series of suspected Houthi drone strikes targeted fuel trucks at Musaffah, an industrial zone just outside Abu Dhabi city, along with a construction site at the capital’s international airport. Video footage posted on Twitter showed massive, billowing clouds of black smoke in Musaffah. Initial reports suggest three people were killed (two Indian nationals and a Pakistani) and six injured, marking the first known deaths inside the United Arab Emirates stemming from the Yemen conflict.”
2) Khaled Abu Toameh looks at reactions to the Palestinian Authority’s attempt to restore ties with the Syrian regime.
“Earlier this month, a delegation representing the ruling Fatah faction headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas visited Damascus, where its members met with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. The delegation, headed by Fatah Secretary-General Jibril Rajoub, handed the minister a letter from Abbas to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The letter “affirmed the depth of the historic relations between the two sides and [Abbas’s] desire to strengthen relations between the State of Palestine and the Arab Republic of Syria.”
Rajoub later announced that Abbas was planning to visit Damascus soon to meet with Assad. Rajoub was also quoted as saying that a decision to suspend Syria’s membership in the Arab League was “shameful.” The decision was taken in 2011 by the Arab League in response to Syria’s failure to end its bloody and violent crackdown on anti-Assad protesters.”
3) At the JNS Eitan Fischberger discusses NGO promotion of the ‘apartheid’ smear.
“What was the gravest human-rights crisis of 2021? Was it the Chinese government’s ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims, or the return of the repressive and brutal Taliban rule in Afghanistan?
According to human-rights “stalwarts” Human Rights Watch (HRW) and B’Tselem, Israel’s supposed oppression of the Palestinians surpassed them all. […]
Since the April 2021 launch of the bogus Israel apartheid campaign, Ken Roth has tweeted accusations of Israeli apartheid more than 160 times. This outsized attention leads the public to conclude that Israel stands at the pinnacle of evil regimes and is the most pressing human-rights issue of our time.
In a familiar cycle, the apartheid claims promulgated by these NGOs drive a narrative that is reflexively embraced by the media, and promoted by some politicians and government officials.”
4) CAMERA will host a webinar titled ‘Making “Never Again” Mean Something’ with Henry Kopel and Fiamma Nirenstein on January 26th. Registration here.