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3 min
suffer the people

SUFFER THE PEOPLE A mother’s grief POST REPORTER JACK GUEZ AFP AN Israeli mother who had looked forward to celebrating her 21-year-old son’s discharge from the army in a few weeks’ time instead found herself at his graveside on Thursday. According to Timesofisrael.com hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Staff Sergeant Omer Tabib, 21, the military’s first casualty in the current round of fighting between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza. Tabib was killed when an anti-tank guided missile was fired at an Israeli military jeep on the Gaza border last Monday. He was buried in the military cemetery in Elyakim, in northern Israel, on Thursday. The Times of Israel reported that Tabib’s mother, Tali, said the family should have been celebrating his discharge from the army, set for just…

4 min
a father’s torment

A father’s torment POST REPORTER Twitter/@MiddleEastEyeFr MAHMUD HAMS AFP INSIDE a Gaza hospital, Mohammad al-Hadidi cradled his baby boy Omar – his only surviving child – after Israeli air strikes killed his wife and four other sons. “I have no one left in the world but you,” the 37-year-old father said. According to a report by AFP, an Israeli air strike hit al-Shati Refugee Camp, without advance warning, during the night, in Gaza City, early on May 15. After the strikes, rescue workers pulled the 5-month-old boy from the arms of his dead mother. One of his tiny legs was fractured in three places. Al-Hadidi’s other children – Suhayb, 13, Yahya, 11, Abderrahman, 8, and Osama, 6 – perished in the bombing, along with their mother Maha Abu Hat-tab, 36.…

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indian woman dies in rocket attack on israel

SHE WAS THERE TO HELP, BUT ENDED UP DEAD Indian woman dies in rocket attack on Israel POST REPORTER V MURALEEDHARAN Twitter THE body of Kerala’s Soumya Santhosh, who was killed in a rocket attack in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, where she worked as a caregiver, reached Delhi on Saturday. V Muraleedharan, India’s Union Minister, said Santhosh’s body was brought on a special aircraft from Israel. “It was received by me,” said Muraleedharan. Santhosh’s remains were taken to her hometown in Kerala on Saturday evening through the Kochi airport. It was then taken to her home in Idukki later that night. Her funeral was held on Sunday at the Nithya Sahaya Matha Church in Keerithodu in Idukki. Jonathan Zadka, the Consul General of Israel to South India, who attended…

5 min
the al-aqsa mosque has often been a site of conflict

SACRED OPINION The Al-Aqsa Mosque has often been a site of conflict KEN CHITWOOD The Conversation THE violence that spread from Jerusalem to cities across Israel and the Palestinian territories, leaving several dead so far, has both historical and contemporary roots. In recent weeks, tension has flared over the eviction of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities blocking access to the important Damascus Gate plaza during Ramadaan, and a march of thousands of Israeli ultra-nationalists through the city on May 6, 2021, in celebration of Jerusalem Day. This marks the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967. But the one incident that led to a significant escalation involved Israeli security forces firing rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on…

4 min
why gulf leaders are staying quiet – for now

RESOLUTION OPINION Why Gulf leaders are staying quiet – for now SIMON MABON The Conversation IT’S generally reckoned to be one of Donald Trump’s few major foreign policy achievements. On August 13 last year, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel signed a historic agreement normalising relations between the two states. In the weeks that followed, other Arab states followed Abu Dhabi’s lead in what became known as the Abraham Accords. The accords, which have been ratified by UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, were hailed by many as a major diplomatic breakthrough in Arab-Israeli relations, recognising – as they did – each state’s right to sovereignty and to live in peace and security. Yet, although the accords expressed the need to continue efforts to achieve a just, comprehensive,…

3 min
‘always put god at centre of marriage’

ANNIVERSARY ‘Always put God at centre of marriage’ NADIA KHAN nadia.khan@inl.co.za Supplied FOR a La Mercy, couple putting God at the centre of their marriage has led to the success of their five-decade union. Vellayathan “Gona” Govender, 74, formerly of Verulam, and his wife, Devanamah “Rani”, 68, formerly of Reservoir Hills, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 2. Govender said they met while he was visiting relatives in Reservoir Hills in 1968. “We met when my cousins and I visited her home. When I saw her, I was captivated by her beauty. She was also quiet and homely, which I liked. After we spoke, I often visited her and we became close. We used to go to the beach or cinema. We just fell in love,” said Govender. Devanamah…