Egyptian singer sues Israel Police

Egyptian singer, Hani Shaker. (Image:

Egyptian singer, Hani Shaker. (Image:

Egyptian singer Hani Shaker has filed a complaint to the Egyptian Public Prosecutor against the Israeli Embassy in Cairo after Israel Police used his picture and a clip of one of his songs in its campaign to recruit Israeli-Arab residents, Quds Press reported yesterday.

Speaking to Quds Press, Shaker said that he was “surprised” by the campaign, adding that he immediately asked his lawyer in order to file a complaint against the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

He reiterated his opposition to the use of his art in the recruitment campaign by the Israeli police.

This is theft of Arab art, and an Israeli assault on it

he said. “It is a despicable attempt to falsify the Arab consciousness.”

The 55-year-old said: “This damages the reputation of Egyptian artists who support the Palestinians and their rights, including the rejection of all forms of normalisation with Israel and which call for return rights to their owners.”

Israeli police recently launched a campaign to encourage Arab-Israelis to join the force. Shaker’s music was included in the advert.

His lawyer told Quds Press that he has started the procedure of filing a complaint against Israel, stressing that Shaker opposes normalising ties with Israel.

Israeli police is trying to reach the hearts of the Arab residents in Israel through their love for Shaker, his lawyer added.

Global Muslim youth gather in Istanbul for Palestine

JERUSALEM – JUNE 16 : Muslim worshipers gather to perform the third Friday Prayer during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard in Jerusalem on June 16, 2017. ( Mostafa Alkharouf – Anadolu Agency )

Youth organisations and student unions from 30 countries gathered in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday for a conference devoted to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The two-day event, which tackles recent developments in the Palestinian territories, is organised by Turkey-based Anadolu Youth Association and the International Coalition of Youth and Student Unions to Support Palestine.

“We are organising this conference for the second year in a row with Palestine, Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Aqsa Mosque topping its agenda,” Salih Turan, head of Anadolu Youth Association, said in his opening speech.

He said the conference aims to show solidarity with the Palestinian people in their defense of Al-Aqsa mosque and their lands.

“We represent the youth of all Muslim world who have the same feelings we hold towards Palestine,” he said.

Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war. U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, however, have so far failed to resolve the conflict.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Ihab Nafi, head of the International Coalition of Youth and Student Unions to Support Palestine, said the conference aims to keep the Palestinian cause alive in the hearts of people in the Muslim world.

We organise such conferences to send a message to the whole world that the Palestinian cause cannot be erased from our daily agenda, the Arab and Muslim peoples will not relinquish their rights in Palestine

Nafi said organisers have chosen Turkey to host the conference due to the Turkish defence of the Palestinian cause.

“We send special greetings to the Turkish leadership and people who maintain their support for the Palestinian cause in this sensitive era of our history,” he said.

Free Palestine

Aamiena Breda, a student from the female wing of South Africa’s Youth for Al-Quds, said she attended the conference because

Palestine holds an important place in our hearts as Muslims.

“We came here to Istanbul with a view to learning more about the Palestinian issue and gaining a better perspective about it,” she told Anadolu Agency.

“We want to take this information home and share it with our family and our friends in South Africa.”

Algerian student Darjan Bilal said the Palestinian cause represents a doctrine for him.

“In Algeria, we have been brought up to support Palestine,” he said. “I hope to see Palestine one day totally free.”

Coming from Bangladesh to take part in the conference, student Ammar Hussein said “Knowledge is basically the main point of coming here in order to know the latest developments of the Palestinian cause”.

“Such conferences pose an opportunity for raising the awareness of Muslim youth on the Palestinian issue and on other neighbouring Muslim countries which are in a dire need for our help and support,” Hussein said.

Istanbul has recently hosted many conferences on the Palestinian issue, the latest of which was in February when more than 5,000 Palestinians from around the world held their first-ever conference in the city.

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