Khaberni website: Elham Shaheen: Morsi asked to meet me

Tell me – Egyptian actress Ilham Shaheen revealed that the director of the office of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi threatened her to agree to meet him, but she refused.

Shaheen said during a television interview, that she “decided to confront the battle with the terrorist Brotherhood on behalf of the artists.”

She added: “The Brotherhood fabricated pictures of her and put her face on scandalous photos, and it was later proven that they were rigged.”

She pointed out, “She obtained a historical ruling to close the (Al-Hafiz) channel for a period of 6 months, and a precedent took place for the first time in the history of Egypt, which is the closure of a channel by court ruling, after she filed more than one case on the channel for insulting her on the channel’s screen, pointing out that the broadcaster who had insulted her accompanied A number of veils on the channel’s screen showed her some forged images that were falsely claimed to be a professor at Al-Azhar, but Al-Azhar University sent to the court evidence that he was not a faculty member and was imprisoned during the Morsi era.

She stressed that “Mohamed Morsi tried to attract the artists and act with politeness with them, but it did not succeed, stressing that the director of Morsi’s office tried to contact her a lot to inform her of Morsi’s desire to meet her.”

She explained that the director of Morsi’s office threatened her, saying: “If we want we, we will answer you,” adding that she said to him, “If you talk to me again, he will report about you,” and his response would be, “You are reporting about who, O Madam, we are the state.”

She stated that she had told Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi after the success of the June 30 revolution, that “she was about to commit suicide” at the time of Chancellor Adly Mansour taking over the country after the Brotherhood was overthrown, pointing out that the Egyptians dazzled the world on June 30.

Mohamed Morsi had assumed his duties on June 30, 2012, and he was removed from his position on June 30, 2013 after demonstrations invaded the country calling for his departure and imprisonment since the date of his isolation, until his death on June 17, 2019, after several charges were brought against him, including communications with Qatar, Hamas, and disclosure. National Security secrets during his presidency

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Accused of proselytism, an evangelical TV channel withdrawn from the air in Israel

Distributed in Israel by the HOT group to its 700,000 subscribers, the local antenna of the GodTV channel “Shelanu” (“Le nôtre”, in Hebrew) is ordered to suspend its broadcasting within seven days, after a decision by the agency Israeli broadcasting. This arbitration follows a complaint from the Jewish association Yad Leahim, which fights against proselytism, and the mobilization of Israeli deputies.

An evangelical chain in Israel

“The channel is trying to present evangelical content to the Jews, contrary to its original commitment which targeted Christian viewers”, justified Asher Bitton, president of the Council of broadcasting in May 2020. According to him, the chain was sanctioned for proposing contents different from what it had announced to obtain its license of diffusion in the country. The presence of a Christian television channel is not a first in Israel, which has around 2% of Christians, but its proselytizing nature aimed at the Jewish majority is violently criticized by religious and political authorities.

→ READ. In Israel, an evangelical TV channel in the crosshairs of the authorities

The minister of communications, David Amsalem, had regretted only a few weeks after the launch of the channel, the slow reaction of his services, saying that he “Would not authorize any missionary chain to operate in Israel, at any time and under any circumstances”. The channel is not banned forever in Israel and could apply for a new license, however, submit a description “Truthful and detailed” of its programming, said the Council in a press release.

In a video, dated March 18 at the launch of the channel, GodTV CEO Ward Simpson announced the vocation “Prophetic” of the new channel for “To bring Jesus Christ to the Jews (…) in their mother tongue”. In another message, the channel said it wanted to help Israeli viewers understand that “Jesus is not a stranger or an impostor. Rather, He is Yeshua, the messiah, born in Bethlehem “.

An evangelical Zionist movement

At the opening of the investigation in mid-June, Ward Simpson had reacted expressing his “ trust in the Israeli authorities “, appearing, like “ million Christians around the world “, as “A faithful ally and friend of Israel”.

The GodTV group, which explicitly claims to be a “Pro Israeli platform”, is part of an evangelical movement very attached to Israel. Some American evangelicals form a powerful lobby and support, defending a Christian Zionism, claiming an effective influence on American policy in favor of Israel.

But these pro-Israel evangelicals are also proselytizing Christians and are present in many countries in Asia, South America and the Middle East. “Shelanu TV” presented itself as a particular variation of this project of systematic dissemination of the Gospel, « this journal [télévisé] will be a powerful tool in the hands of communities [juives] defenseless messianics to strengthen them and allow them to join their own ”, declared the president of the chain during a donation campaign.

The stake of the Messianic Jews

In a video now deleted, but cited in a newspaper article Haaretz May 10, Sampson responded to accusations of proselytism as follows: “Our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters do not convert. They continue to live their lives as Jews. They only believe that Yeshua is the messiah and they follow him ”.

Messianic Judaism mainly developed in the United States in the middle of the 20th century. This Jewish movement recognizes in Jesus the messiah and his divinity, without assuming the Christian identity. However, they are no longer recognized as Jewish by the official Orthodox rabbinical authorities. The main movement, of American origin, “Jews for Jesus” is closely linked to the evangelical movements, of which they share many codes and cultural elements, including strong support for the Zionist project and for Israel.

These messianic movements are very controversial in the Jewish world because perceived as a conversion threatening the Jewish identity. The channel, broadcasting programs in Hebrew with the intervention of Messianic rabbis, such as Kirt Schneider, was seen as a threat to the Orthodox Jewish movements and their political supporters in Israel.

Israeli laws strictly frame proselytism. They authorize freedom of belief, but according to provisions of the Criminal Code, it is prohibited to grant a material advantage to a person to change his religion or to try to convert minors.

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Accused of proselytism, an evangelical TV channel withdrawn from the air in Israel

Distributed in Israel by the HOT group to its 700,000 subscribers, the local antenna of the GodTV channel “Shelanu” (“Le nôtre”, in Hebrew) is ordered to suspend its broadcasting within seven days, after a decision by the agency Israeli broadcasting. This arbitration follows a complaint from the Jewish association Yad Leahim, which fights against proselytism, and the mobilization of Israeli deputies.

An evangelical chain in Israel

“The channel is trying to present evangelical content to the Jews, contrary to its original commitment which targeted Christian viewers”, justified Asher Bitton, president of the Council of broadcasting in May 2020. According to him, the chain was sanctioned for proposing contents different from what it had announced to obtain its license of diffusion in the country. The presence of a Christian television channel is not a first in Israel, which has around 2% of Christians, but its proselytizing nature aimed at the Jewish majority is violently criticized by religious and political authorities.

→ READ. In Israel, an evangelical TV channel in the crosshairs of the authorities

The minister of communications, David Amsalem, had regretted only a few weeks after the launch of the channel, the slow reaction of his services, saying that he “Would not authorize any missionary chain to operate in Israel, at any time and under any circumstances”. The channel is not banned forever in Israel and could apply for a new license, however, submit a description “Truthful and detailed” of its programming, said the Council in a press release.

In a video, dated March 18 at the launch of the channel, GodTV CEO Ward Simpson announced the vocation “Prophetic” of the new channel for “To bring Jesus Christ to the Jews (…) in their mother tongue”. In another message, the channel said it wanted to help Israeli viewers understand that “Jesus is not a stranger or an impostor. Rather, He is Yeshua, the messiah, born in Bethlehem “.

An evangelical Zionist movement

At the opening of the investigation in mid-June, Ward Simpson had reacted expressing his “ trust in the Israeli authorities “, appearing, like “ million Christians around the world “, as “A faithful ally and friend of Israel”.

The GodTV group, which explicitly claims to be a “Pro Israeli platform”, is part of an evangelical movement very attached to Israel. Some American evangelicals form a powerful lobby and support, defending a Christian Zionism, claiming an effective influence on American policy in favor of Israel.

But these pro-Israel evangelicals are also proselytizing Christians and are present in many countries in Asia, South America and the Middle East. “Shelanu TV” presented itself as a particular variation of this project of systematic dissemination of the Gospel, « this journal [télévisé] will be a powerful tool in the hands of communities [juives] defenseless messianics to strengthen them and allow them to join their own ”, declared the president of the chain during a donation campaign.

The stake of the Messianic Jews

In a video now deleted, but cited in a newspaper article Haaretz May 10, Sampson responded to accusations of proselytism as follows: “Our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters do not convert. They continue to live their lives as Jews. They only believe that Yeshua is the messiah and they follow him ”.

Messianic Judaism mainly developed in the United States in the middle of the 20th century. This Jewish movement recognizes in Jesus the messiah and his divinity, without assuming the Christian identity. However, they are no longer recognized as Jewish by the official Orthodox rabbinical authorities. The main movement, of American origin, “Jews for Jesus” is closely linked to the evangelical movements, of which they share many codes and cultural elements, including strong support for the Zionist project and for Israel.

These messianic movements are very controversial in the Jewish world because perceived as a conversion threatening the Jewish identity. The channel, broadcasting programs in Hebrew with the intervention of Messianic rabbis, such as Kirt Schneider, was seen as a threat to the Orthodox Jewish movements and their political supporters in Israel.

Israeli laws strictly frame proselytism. They authorize freedom of belief, but according to provisions of the Criminal Code, it is prohibited to grant a material advantage to a person to change his religion or to try to convert minors.

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CEC threatens to prosecute a Russian woman who voted four times in Israel

In Israel, a woman voted four times for constitutional amendments: at sites in Tel Aviv, Haifa, remotely and with the involvement of a minor daughter. Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission Nikolai Bulaev said that she faces persecution under Art. 142 of the Criminal Code (falsification of voting documents, up to four years in prison). Yael Ilyinsky herself previously told Facebook how she managed to vote on the amendments several times.

“She involved her minor daughter in this activity … As a result, we have, if everything is confirmed, a four-fold vote by a group of persons in a preliminary conspiracy – article 142 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation … Upon returning to Russia, the citizen will have long contacts with the Investigative Committee, and then there will be judicial decisions, ”said Mr. Bulaev.

Ms. Ilyinsky said she intends to discuss the threats with lawyers. She called on the CEC to direct efforts not to chase those who point out problems, but to solve them. “That’s what the cat is so that the mice do not sleep. If no one checks the system for bugs, we will never get a transparent voting system and fair elections in general, ”she told Open Media.

On the first day of the plebiscite under the Constitution, the journalist of the Dozhd TV channel Pavel Lobkov was able to vote twice. First, he voted at the polling station, then – using the site mos.ru, where he registered a week earlier. The police are checking on this fact. SKR checks the issuance of two ballots to the TEC member from the Communist Party in Vologda.

On the main amendments – in the material “b” “206 amendments to the Constitution in 4 minutes.”

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The Foreign Ministry commented on reports of a three-time-voted Russian woman

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The Foreign Ministry commented on reports of a three-time-voted Russian woman

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The european Union can bring Israel to give up its project of annexation ?

“The United States are the only ones who can influence Israel “

Ilan Greilsammer, professor of political science at Bar Ilan University of Tel-Aviv

The countries of the european Union, as the international community are opposed to annexation by Israel of territories of the west bank. Given the importance of their trade, the Europeans, if they wanted to, would have the tools to punish Israel in the event, still hypothetical at this stage, where the annexation would be decided. Would they ? One can only be doubtful.

It is certain that the 27 would be agreement on a very strong statement, objecting strongly to any annexation, and criticizing Israel and its government. But I don’t think that there would be agreement between them on penalties. In fact, european countries have attitudes very varied with respect to Israel.

The scandinavian countries, joined by Belgium, are on a line very firm. But most of the EU countries, including France, Germany, or Italy, are ” half-fig, half-grape “, in other words ready to make big statements and small penalties, like asking Israel to label products from settlements not to give them the benefit of preferential trade agreements. But the colonies do not produce almost nothing except a little oil, wine and eggs : this sanction is therefore not very serious. Finally, there are countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary or Poland, whose current governments are relatives of Donald Trump, and Israel, and Greece and Cyprus, which are also countries friends.

In view of these differences between them, I don’t see how the countries of the european Union could agree to real sanctions : the breaking of their trade, for example. The fact that Israel became a great power in the field of high technology complicates, most likely, the task : almost all the products manufactured in Europe include one or more components israelis.

Personally I think that the Europeans could be a little more firm in the register of sanctions in the event of annexation. Otherwise, their position is not taken seriously by the israeli government, nor by the Israelis themselves, who, years ago that ties with the United States are presented as the only ones that count.

Today, I think that the United States are the only ones capable of influence really the israeli government. The problem for Benjamin Netanyahu is that they do not have a single voice : it is thus extremely attentive to the nuances that are expressed between the american ambassador in Jerusalem, in favour of the annexation, and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, a bit more reserved. He also fears much the victory of the democratic candidate, Joe Biden, the presidential elections in November, which has already said its disagreement with the proposed annexation.

“I hope that Europe is gaining in influence vis-à-vis Israel “

Sandro Gozi, member of the european parliament on the list of French Republic on

“With a friendly country like Israel, there can be no question for the european Union to operate a preventive mechanism before we even know what will be decided. The project of ” annexation by Israel of a part of the west bank is not, at this stage, that an element of a political agreement that enabled the formation of a government, in this case between prime minister Benjamin Nenatyahou and Benny Gantz, the chief of the party’s Blue-and-White. We all know that the coalition agreement are not always followed to the letter.

This possible annexation shall be formalized by a decision of the government or the Knesset (editor’s NOTE : as of July 1) : it is only then that we will be able to see exactly what it consists of. In the meantime, caution seems appropriate. I recall in passing that we do a proof also with non-democratic countries and many different of Israel as the people’s Republic of China, as yet we witness actions destabilising of his hand.

Perhaps this caution cache-t-she also divisions between european countries. We will know when Israel will have clarified his intentions. For the time being, it seems to me good that the european Union recalls its position, namely that it has never recognized and will never recognize the settlement. This position was valid yesterday, it will stay on 2 or 3 July. The head of German diplomacy Heiko Maas, in a visit Wednesday, June 10 in Jerusalem, has expressed “serious concern” of his country also seems to me appropriate : our friendship with Israel should not prevent us from recalling the major principles of international law and our concerns about its possible violation. This is what we’re all doing, and what I have done personally as a member of the european parliament.

A single player has emerged

As to the weight of these warnings, I do not know. The european Union has never been particularly influential on this record. Can it become one ? I want it because it is important for us and for the balance of the mediterranean area and the Middle East. Until now, only one actor was actually imposed : in the United States. I hope that Europe is gaining in influence vis-à-vis a democratic country such as Israel, but more generally on the global stage, to start compared to rivals, systemic and non-democratic as China.

While the strengthening of the common foreign and security policy was among the priorities of the previous european Commission, the failure is blatant. I don’t see special contribution from Europe to international stability. If we want it starts to play a real role, then it is necessary that, in the various chancelleries and the different capitals, everyone decides to respond by actions to the words we speak as the european Union. And not just to make us the spokesman of a minimalist position. “

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Coronavirus in Israel, the holy places of Jerusalem déconfinent

Of course, Jerusalem and its centuries-old history have seen others. But the outbreak of coronavirus remains for a long time engraved in the memory of its inhabitants and of the believers. At least those, Palestinian, Israeli or foreign inhabitants of the city three times holy, is permitted to pass the heavy gates of the old city. Because since the virus hits the planet, the jewish State was barricaded, closing its borders and its airport to keep the epidemic under control. Exceptional Situation, therefore, the consequences unseen to the three holy places within the walls.

Cancellation of the pilgrimages : “It is to be expected, as christians are leaving the holy Land “

The esplanade of the mosques first. Ever since the reign of the crusaders, the courtyard, the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock had been denied access. 2020 was, therefore, almost for the first time, the Waqf, the muslim authority of jordan, in charge of the management of the sites since Saladin having ordered a full closure last march. Without any possible derogation. Ramadan including.

Strict instructions

“I went to pray at the small mosque of my neighbourhood, listening to the muezzin on YouTube “, tells the story of Fathi Jabari, who lives in the suburbs of Jerusalem. For thirty years he has a shop in the old city, her not-of-door is merely moved to the Via Dolorosa in one of the arteries that goes from the Damascus gate to the depths of the old city. Its new gift shop, pottery in Hebron and kefieh colorful, facing the souks des cotonniers, one of the inputs of the esplanade. When I’m working, I’m going to pray every day. Spend time in Al-Aqsa, it is vital for me ! Moreover, in normal times, for the month of Ramadan, I took the habit of renting an apartment in the old town. “

The pandemic of Covid-19 revives wrangling over the status of Jerusalem

Also, when the esplanade has re-opened its doors on the last Sunday of may, he admits coyly “crying with emotion “. Since, the instructions related to the Covid-19 continue to apply : wearing a mask recommended for, and observance of safety distances. “Prior to reopening, we have sterilized the gardens and the mosques “explains his side Omar Kaswani, the director of Al-Aqsa mosque.

Avoid crowding too important

A few minutes from the store of Fathi Jabari, the Wailing wall has, himself, never been quite deserted, and the restrictions imposed to the faithful, the prohibition of kissing the stones of the wall, in particular, linear measures imposed on the population by the israeli ministry of health. Today, large tarps white subdivide the space to avoid crowding too much. It is scorching hot, but wearing a mask is also imposed, which does not seem to disturb John, London-based immigrant in Israel for the past six years : “I am not the most practising, but I am happy to be able to continue to come here regularly in spite of the virus. “

In the christian quarter, the streets are empty, and souvenir stores and icons of any kind do not have all reopened. The lack of pilgrims is made here especially to feel. On the parvis of the Holy Sepulchre, Olga, israeli Russian-speaking christian, like many immigrants from the former soviet Union, walking a not in a hurry, a handful of candles to hand. It was a moment that I was not coming. Finally, it is nice to gather at the church, with so little of the world. “

In the holy Land, the christians will pray, ” that the israeli officials change their mentality “

“You can no longer see the Holy Sepulchre closed doors “

Inside, 50 people maximum are allowed to enter, greeted at the entrance by a bottle of hydroalcoholic gel. My uncle, 82-year-old was denied entry twice in a row “, ensures Hani Boullata, a palestinian orthodox christian. If the containment has not been easy, especially during the Easter celebrations that it has followed through Skype, it ensures that you have the opportunity to “considering his way of living and its relation to the other “.

Father Ibrahim Shomali, chancellor of the latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has lived through the period “a certain return to the domestic church” with serenity “. But, he continues, “we have also seen how people have need of the eucharist. “ Him who hopes never to see the Holy Sepulchre closed doors “ has only one fear : the closure of sacred places has been decided by the civil authorities, we are afraid of a growing influence of their own on the spiritual. “ Anyway, the vespers have taken over on June 10.

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The Covid-19 in Israel and in the palestinian Territories

In Israel, more than 18 000 people have been sick of the coronavirus, the vast majority of which is now cured ; 299 deaths have been reported.

In the palestinian Territories, five deaths and 661 cases of Covid-19 have so far been recorded, 180 of which are in East Jerusalem, 70 in the Gaza strip and 411 in the west bank.

2 months : this is the period, from 25 march to 27 may, during which the church of the Holy Sepulchre has been completely closed to the public in order to avoid any spread of the coronavirus.

70 days : for the first time since the days of the crusaders, the esplanade of the mosques were closed during the whole month of Ramadan. Its doors have re-opened after the Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of fasting.

At the Wailing wallthe authorities preferred to regulate drastically the comings and goings rather than completely close the places.

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The ECHR defended the freedom of expression of defenders of the boycott against Israel

► What was the decision of the ECHR ?

The decision of the european Court of human rights (ECHR), in the case of calls for boycotts of israeli products, was expected to be among the defenders of the palestinian cause. Occurred on Thursday, June 11, it constitutes a setback to the case-law of France. Unanimously, the Strasbourg Court has held that, in condemning several activists for “incitement to discrimination, economic “the French courts, had violated their freedom of expression, protected by article 10 of the european Convention on human rights.

“Modality ofexpression of opinions protesters “the boycott is certainly particular “in that it combines the’expression of an opinion objecting and the incentive for differential treatment so that, depending on the circumstances which characterize it, it is likely to constitute a call to the discrimination of others “, specify the judges. “However, encourage them to treat it differently does not necessarily imply the incentive to discriminate “.

In this instance, the activists tried here “n’not have been convicted of having uttered racist or anti-semitic “, or “to be called to hatred or violence “. To be considered “necessary in a democratic society “any restriction on freedom of expression must be carefully justified : this was not the case here, can be observed, in substance the court. “By nature, the political discourse is often virulent and source of controversy. It remains in the public interest, unless it degenerates into a call for violence, hatred or intolerance “.

► What is the context ?

Under the leadership of Omar Barghouti, the international campaign “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) was initiated on 9 July 2005 by 170 palestinian NGOS. A year earlier, the international Court of Justice had issued an opinion that the construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying power, is constructing in the occupied palestinian territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated regime, are contrary to international law .

→ EXPLANATION. For the German mps, the call for the boycott of Israel is anti-semitism

Saying it was inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, these organisations call for concrete “the boycott, sanctions and withdrawal of investments against Israel, untilit applies the international law and universal principles of human rights . It is in this context that the members of the collectif Palestine 68 had organized, in 2009 and again in 2010, “action” inside a Carrefour hypermarket on the Upper Rhine, an exponent of products that they considered it to be of israeli origin in three shopping carts placed in front of your customers and distributing leaflets : You can compel Israel to respect human rights.

► What are the consequences ?

The real impact of the BDS campaign on the israeli economy is difficult to establish. It has undeniably grown in recent years, to the point that the israeli authorities have taken measures to limit the scope, refusing, for example, the entry on their territory all those whom they consider as favourable to the campaign, including officers or elected foreign. The director of the local office of Human Rights Watch, the American Omar Shakir, had to leave the territory on November 25, 2019, for this reason.

“This has not been the case here, but elsewhere, the relay of the BDS campaign verging sometimes anti-semitism, or mix the fight against colonization, with the destruction of Israel “observes a close to the folder. In France, the court proceedings have multiplied against those who turns from a circular of 2010 directed by Michèle Alliot-Marie, then keeper of the Seals, asking prosecutors to pursue them. In Germany, the Bundestag has distinguished himself by a declaration adopted in may 2019 on the “anti-semitic” of the BDS campaign.

“With the BDS campaign, this is the first time that a non-violent action is carried out to denounce the violations of international law by Israel “note a european observer. “Alas, it is a good idea, worn sometimes by the wrong people. As the anti-racism when it is worn by the ultra-nationalist “.

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Cannabis. Israel allows export and imagines world champion

Fifteen months they have been waiting for this! Israeli Minister of Health Eli Cohen announced on Wednesday that local cannabis producers will be able to apply for an export license within 30 days for the contracts they have concluded in the meantime. The principle of exporting marijuana ” made in Israel ”had been adopted by Parliament in early 2019.

A dozen farms already produce and supply five processing plants, according to the Ministry of Health. In Israel, medical use of cannabis has been allowed for twenty years and recreational use has been largely decriminalized. Today, 60,000 patients use medical cannabis, or around 25 tonnes per year. But Israel can produce more, much more … and export.

Last January, the agency Reuters reported that Israeli producers, who have started stockpiling, have entered into several contracts with European countries for medical cannabis and with Canada, which in 2018 legalized the recreational cannabis. This is an important step for Israeli industry, which will allow both the expansion of export opportunities and the increase in employment …, said Eli Cohen. Israeli media reports a market of over one billion shekels (270 million euros).

Israeli farms have a favorable climate and dual expertise in agricultural and medical technologies. They are therefore well placed to become world leaders in a rapidly expanding market. But you mustn’t hang around. Last month, neighboring Lebanon became the first Arab country to legalize the cultivation of cannabis in the hopes of alleviating its struggling economy.

Cannabis producers remain very discreet about the location of their greenhouses and welcome the media there drop by drop. Officially, these are precautions to ward off malicious smokers. Unless the real reason is that a large part of the greenhouses are in the occupied Palestinian territories, in particular in the Jordan Valley, bordering Jordan and which Benjamin Netanyahu intends to annex with the blessing of Donald Trump.

However, last November, the Court of Justice of the European Union validated the requirement of a clear labeling of the products manufactured in the Israeli colonies, which cannot bear only the mention ” Made in Israel ”. Three months earlier, a Canadian federal court had ruled that products produced in these settlements, illegal under international law, could not be sold in Canada under the label “Product of Israel”.

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