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The Saudi press writes that the prince of Qatar gives an estimated $ 10 million to an Israeli-Arab football team in the city of Sakhnin near Hebron. Sakhnin has about 25 inhabitants, no own field, but the local team is considered a success in Israeli football. The money will go to the playing field and the creation of a sports center. The city's sports club is made up of many Jews, and the club surprisingly won the 000 Israeli Cup.

A spokesman for Sakhnin Municipality says that the city's football success has contributed to a good relationship between Arabs and the Jewish majority. Qatar is expected to release details about the gift later.

Source: Al Watan, Saudi Arabia


The head of the Palestinian Environmental Protection Agency, Yousif Abu Safyeh, says that Israel has buried more than 50 tons of toxic rubbish around the settlement of Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip. "Occupying forces increase dumping in the evacuated areas," said Abu Safyeh, who also accused Israel of transporting stolen Palestinian sand out of Gaza.

Source: Al Shaab, Egypt


Saudi Arabia should allow more female participation in the country's economy, the country's authorities said. Regulations should be relaxed so that working life can be more organized for women, support schemes expanded and women encouraged for scientific studies. Today's regime in Saudi Arabia is responsible for the most anti-woman politics in the Muslim world.

Source: Arab News


Arab media is concerned about the increasing success of halal meat in the United States. Al-Jazeera states that the number of complaints about fake halal meat has increased as the meat's popularity in the US state of Michigan. County Wayne is now threatening up to 90 days in jail and $ 500 fine for lying that meat is processed according to Islamic or Jewish rules. Shops and restaurants must now also state the meat supplier. Similar laws have been passed in New Jersey and Illinois, and US Muslims are working for other states to enact the same.

Source: Al Jazeera


According to the newspaper Al Wasat, Yemen's central bank governor has said that the country's banking sector grew eight percent in the first half of 2005. The total budget was up $ 3.93 billion against last year's $ 3.64. Local banks had a 70 percent share in this growth, while Arab and foreign contributed with the rest. Commercial, industrial and construction companies were the main borrowers.

Source: Al Wasat, Bahrain

Kurdish refugee returns home

The Kurdish-language author Mehmed Uzun has returned to Turkey after 28 years in Swedish exile. "Despite everything, Turkey is sliding towards Europe. Intellectuals like me should speed up the process, ”he says. Uzum has traveled through southeastern Turkey; his birthplace and the heart of the Kurdish area. The war between the Turkish army and the Kurdistan Workers' Party took place there in the years 1984-1999, which claimed 37 lives. On his journey, Uzum saw both intense pain, hope and patience in a people who are now rediscovering their cultural heritage. Uzun says he is Kurdish, Turkish and Scandinavian.

Source: The Daily Star, Lebanon

Hege Ramson

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