The Israeli government has now demolished all the Jewish settlements in
the Gaza strip, with four more in the West Bank to follow. This is the
first time that Israel has removed settlements in Palestinian territory
seized in the 1967 war.
The newly elected president of Iran, the religious conservative and
former revolutionary guard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was elected on the 24
June tried to play down fears of Iranian workers during the election
campaign that he would reverse the “liberalization” of recent years.
Weeks of a vicious propaganda campaign against the proposal to hold a
Pride Parade in Jerusalem resulted in demonstrators being stabbed by a
reactionary ultra right-wing settler at the event on June 30.
“The fish starts rotting from the head. Don’t you smell the rot of our
fish?” An Egyptian human rights lawyer, speaking out at a press
conference on February 22nd, expressed the growing confidence of
opponents to the Egyptian government. (1)