Japanese companies mull to cut ties with China over persecution of Uighur Muslims

Global pressure on Uighurs’ forced labor yields results as Toshiba to terminate links with Chinese partner by year’s end Ankara: At least 12 major Japanese companies are mulling to cut their business ties with Chinese firms as the global pressure over allegations of forced labor involving ethnic Uighurs is yielding results. A Kyodo News investigation found that several companies in Japan are mulling to end their business relations with Chinese companies over the issue, while at least 12 major companies are “ceasing business deals.” China is accused of persecuting ethnic Uighurs,…

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Israel returns body of Palestine inmate

Daoud al-Khatib died from deliberate medical negligence after suffering heart attack in Israeli prison BETHLEHEM, Palestine: The body of Daoud Al-Khatib was received late Friday at the Mazmoreia military checkpoint in Bethlehem after being detained for nearly six months at a mortuary. Al-Khatib,45, died in Israel’s Ofer prison Sept. 2, 2020, months before he was set to complete an 18-year sentence. He suffered a heart attack in 2017 and underwent open-heart surgery. His situation worsened as a result of deliberate medical negligence by prison authorities until his death. Al-Khatib lost his…

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Palestinian organisation urges Saudi Arabia to release senior figure

Mohammed Al-Khudari’s health condition is deteriorating, says Palestinian group, citing recent Amnesty International letter GAZA CITY, Palestine: The Hamas resistance group on Thursday called on Saudi Arabia to release one of its leaders who has been in jail since 2019. “With great concern, we received a report on Wednesday by Amnesty International about the health status of Dr. Mohammed al-Khudari, the former Hamas representative in Saudi Arabia who has been detained since 2019,” the group said in a press statement. The group also said Al-Khudari “suffers from many health problems and…

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Saudi authorities arrest female scholar for teaching Qur’an at home

The authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested well-known scholar Aisha Al-Muhajiri, reportedly because she has continued to preach and teach the Quran at her home in the holy city of Mecca. The 65-year-old was said to have been arrested by “20 members of the Saudi intelligence service.” According to Prisoners of Conscience, which reports on the Saudi government’s arrest and repression of activists and public figures, two other women were arrested alongside Al-Muhajiri. “One of the two women is 80 years old, while the family of the other woman refused to reveal any…

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Turkey to establish industrial zone in West Bank

Move tipped to provide 5,000 direct and 15,000 indirect jobs Ramallah, Palestine: The Palestinian government has welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to establish an industrial zone in the West Bank city of Jenin. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Palestinian Economy Minister Khaled Al-Osaily said the Turkish support amounts to $10 million and is meant for the internal structure of the industrial zone. “There is a plan for Turkish factories to operate in the [industrial] zone,” Al-Osaily said. According to the Palestinian minister, the industrial zone will be implemented in two…

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