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Associated Press
Mar. 06, 2019 | 06:00 PM

Spanish agency accused of corruption in Saudi arms sales

MADRID: An investigating magistrate in Spain is accusing senior officials at a state-owned export agency of corruption, money-laundering and other crimes in connection with Spanish arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

A National Court statement issued Wednesday said magistrate Jose de la Mata wants to put on trial nine people, including the former president and some board members of Defex, which markets goods manufactured in Spain.

The court says they are accused of illegal conduct surrounding 11 contracts worth more than 48 million euros ($54 million).

The magistrate says he found "solid" evidence Defex paid illegal commissions to Saudi Arabian officials for tank and artillery shells and automatic weapon ammunition.

A judge will decide whether to proceed with a trial.

The court is also weighing a possible trial for Defex officials over arms sales to Angola and Cameroon.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/Regional/2019/Mar-06/478168-spanish-agency-accused-of-corruption-in-Saudi-arms-sales.ashx

Mar. 06, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Outcry over Saudi funding plan for Milan opera house

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/Mar-06/478090-outcry-over-Saudi-funding-plan-for-milan-opera-house.ashx

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Please recite fatiha for the deaths of our Shia brothers and sisters killed by the House of Sa3ood LA  .  The beheadings and hangings occured today.

 

Saudi Arabia executes 37 on ‘terror charges’ as crackdown widens

Tue Apr 23, 2019 02:22PM [Updated: Tue Apr 23, 2019 02:41PM ]

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says it has executed 37 people in a single day “in connection with terrorism crimes,” as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, human rights activists and intellectuals widens in the kingdom.

The Arabic-language Saudi Arabian daily newspaper Okaz, citing a statement issued by the ministry, the death penalty was implemented Tuesday “on a number of culprits for adopting extremist terrorist ideologies and forming terrorist cells to corrupt and disrupt security as well as spread chaos and provoke sectarian strife.”

The statement added that the executions took place in the capital Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the central province of Qassim, oil-rich and Shia-populated Eastern Province and the kingdom’s southern province of Asir. The convicts were all Saudi nationals.

Meanwhile, the Arabic-language Ahrar television network, in a post published on its official Twitter page, reported that imprisoned Shia activists were among those executed by Saudi authorities.

 

 النظام السعودي الإرهابي يقتل عدداً من المعتقلين الشيعة.

 
 
 
 

Earlier this month, Amnesty International warned that Saudi Arabia is making use of the death penalty to crush opposition figures.

The London-based rights group said Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor was seeking the death penalty for more people, noting that prominent preacher Sheikh Salman al-Awdah was one of those targeted for execution.

The Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, also announced in a post on its official Twitter page that Awdah, along with two other clerics, identified as Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari, had been in prison for 19 months with no legal reasons.

The activists were detained in a sweeping crackdown weeks before Saudi Arabia overturned the world's only ban on female motorists on June 24, 2018. The women had staunchly advocated for the right to drive.

Over the past years, Riyadh has redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target activism.

Tuesday’s mass execution was Saudi Arabia's largest in the past three years. In January 2016, Saudi authorities executed Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who was an outspoken critic of the Riyadh regime, along with 46 other men on terrorism charges. Nimr had been arrested in Qatif, Eastern Province, in 2012.

Saudi Arabia has stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution and conviction of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.

Saudi officials have also intensified crackdown in the country's Shia-populated Eastern Province.

Eastern Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011. Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-rich region.

The protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime, with regime forces increasing security measures across the province.

http://217.218.67.231/Detail/2019/04/23/594158/Saudi-Arabia-executes-37-on-terror-charges-as-crackdown-widens

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@Laayla thanks for sharing this information. May Allah's curse forever be upon the oppressors and tyrants, whoever they are. 

I haven't seen these incidents in the media before now. 

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Brothers and sisters 

Assalam Alikum.

Whatever is in your power and means, do not choose to stay quiet.  Now is the time to voice your dismay about the Tyrants of Sauood.  Please stay informed of the events taking place and do what you can to raise awareness.  So many people continue to die from this cursed family, Insh'Allah their end is near, behaq Mohammed wa Ahli Mohammed.

 

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46 minutes ago, Laayla said:

Brothers and sisters 

Assalam Alikum.

Whatever is in your power and means, do not choose to stay quiet.  Now is the time to voice your dismay about the Tyrants of Sauood.  Please stay informed of the events taking place and do what you can to raise awareness.  So many people continue to die from this cursed family, Insh'Allah their end is near, behaq Mohammed wa Ahli Mohammed.

 

Despite not having any formal powers (great wealth, political influence etc.) we all can raise awareness about the Shia genocide (past and present) in any way meaningful; from attending rallies and educating those around us (for example, neighbours and coworkers), to even submitting University papers about it (something I did quit often back at the Western university, it causes those reading them to learn [my promoter had no clue that there was a Shia genocide in Bahrain] and eventually spread the word or even conduct their own scholarly research on the subject), to things such as petitioning officials, donating money to valuable Shia causes (for example, any money sent to Iraqi religious institutions ends up helping orphans, widows and those wounded). It’s all in our hands, brothers and sisters. 

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Salam...

"The 1987 Mecca incident was a clash between Shia pilgrim demonstrators and the Saudi Arabian security forces, during the Hajj pilgrimage; it occurred in Mecca on 31 July 1987 and led to the deaths of over 400 people. Since 1981, Iranian pilgrims had held an annual political demonstration against Israel and the United States"

Saudi Arabia has been killing those who are opposing the wahabi brand of religion / policy for long time.  It was intensified after 1979 to stop people uprisings due to the influence from Iran.  If Muslims can topple the Saudi Kingdom, Israel and the US will have no future.

Saudis, the US and Zionist regime will not stop killing innocent Muslims who they think are likely to uprise against them.

We, the oppressed Muslims, should not stop exposing Saudis, US and Zionist crimes against humanity.  

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Photos: Commemoration ceremony for Saudi Shiite Martyrs held in Qom

http://en.abna24.com/news//photos-commemoration-ceremony-for-Saudi-shiite-martyrs-held-in-qom_938436.html

April 26, 2019 - 3:30 PM News Code : 938436 Source : ABNA24Link: 

 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Commemoration ceremony for Saudi Shiite martyrs held by Hejazi citizens in Qom.

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم بزرگداشت شهدای شیعه عربستان در قم

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم بزرگداشت شهدای شیعه عربستان در قم
 

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To the American public:
 
You always ask, why do they hate us?  
 
Do you know your government is fueling Saudi planes to kill Yemeni people? Over 100,000 children have died from starvation from the bombing campaign and sanctions Saudi has imposed on Yemen.  Too bad they are not blond and blue eyed children, no they are just brown Muslims, they don't count as people.
 
Do you know your government supports Mr.. Bonesaw unequivocally in killing innocent people, without trials, simply because they are Shias?  
 
Your government does not care for human rights; oil and military purchases are more important than human beings.
 
To British folks:  [won't hurt the Americans to learn a thing or two about who your government supports and  finances]
This video starts at 3:00.  
With friends like these, who needs enemies? Saudi Arabia is out of control. After the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, most likely on direct orders from the Saudi Crown Prince and de facto ruler Mohammed Bin Salman, it’s time for the West to sever ties with this regime of criminal despots. The House of Saud assassinates journalists and imprisons dissidents. Its military indiscriminately bombs civilians in the cruel war against Yemen, which has led to a massive humanitarian catastrophe with an estimated 85,000 children dying of starvation. And that’s not to mention the Saudi regime’s oppression of women and religious minorities, or its troubling support for Islamist fundamentalism around the world. Saudi Arabia has long been accused of backing terrorist organisations and funding the extremist schools that provide them with recruits and influence. Saudi Arabia is a menace, and the West should end its alliance with this pernicious regime.
 
That’s the high-minded reasoning of the Saudi-bashers. But no matter how much we abhor the behaviour of the Saudi government, shouldn’t we consider our own interests before ending a hugely beneficial decades-old partnership? After all, as more pragmatically-minded people point out, Saudi Arabia is a crucial bulwark against the dangerous influence of Iran, which threatens the region with its expansionist ambitions. Saudi Arabia also provides the West with vital intelligence in the fight against groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS. And while we may not like the conservative form of Islam practised in the Kingdom, is that any of our business? If it is, shouldn’t we support its reform-minded Crown Prince? After all, he has lifted the ban on Saudi women driving, allowed cinemas to reopen for the first time in 35 years, and has promised to introduce a more moderate form of Islam to the Kingdom. Shouldn’t the West give him a chance? The BBC’s star international correspondent Lyse Doucet chaired a line-up of Middle East experts. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Hear the arguments and decide for yourself.

 

 

 
 
The U.N. human rights office on Wednesday condemned the beheadings of 37 Saudi nationals across the kingdom this week, saying most were minority Shi'ite Muslims who may not have had fair trials and at least three were minors when sentenced. Saudi Arabia, which said on Tuesday it had carried out the executions over terrorism crimes, has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate and the detention of women's rights activists.
 
Spokeswoman for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ravina Shamdasani said United Nations rapporteurs had expressed concern about a lack of due process and fair trial guarantees amid allegations that confessions were obtained through torture.
 

 

 

Saudi Arabia executed 37 people yesterday and publically pinned one of the headless bodies to a pole as a warning. Is it time for the United Kingdom to stop turning a blind eye to these human rights abuses?

 

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http://fa.abna24.com/news/کاریکاتور/کاریکاتور-بن-سلمان؛-شاهزاده-اعدام_750820.html

 

Kashmiri Shia cleric:‎

Saudi Arabia targeted Shiites, especially scholars

http://en.abna24.com/news//Saudi-arabia-targeted-shiites-especially-scholars_938542.html

April 27, 2019 - 4:54 PM News Code : 938542 Source : ABNA24Link: 

Saudi Arabia targeted Shiites, especially scholars

 

The president of ‎‎Anjuman-e ‎Shari’ Shi’ayan in Jammu and Kashmir said that the House of Saud targeted ‎Shia's, especially Shia scholars, as part of a planned conspiracy against the country’s ‎Shia minority and a means to crush their dissent. ‎

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mohammed-Hadi al-Musawi al-Safawi, ‎the president of ‎‎Anjuman-e ‎Shari’ Shi’ayan in Jammu and Kashmir, ‎expressed his anger and ‎sadness over the execution of 37 Saudi citizens including Shia scholar, Hujjat al-Islam ‎Muhammad Abdul-Ghani al-Attiyah, in Saudi Arabia, saying that the House of Saud targeted ‎Shia's, especially Shia scholars, as part of a planned conspiracy against the country’s ‎Shia minority and a means to crush their dissent. ‎ 

Sayyed Mohammed-Hadi said that this is the biggest execution against the Shia's in the ‎history of the House of Saud, in which 34 Shia's and 3 others were beheaded “in connection ‎with terrorism crimes,” as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Muhammad ‎ibn Salman against ‎pro-democracy campaigners, human rights activists and intellectuals ‎widens in the kingdom.‎ 

He said that Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization focused on human ‎rights, has confirmed that Saudi Arabia convicted the majority of those convicted after sham ‎trials that violated international fair trial standards and relied on confessions extracted ‎through torture.‎ 

Sayyed Mohammed-Hadi ‎said that this was the largest number of executions in a ‎single day in Saudi Arabia since January 2, 2016 when the kingdom executed 47 people for ‎terrorism-related crimes in what was the largest mass execution carried out by Saudi ‎authorities since 1980.‎ 

Among those executed three years ago were four Shia's , including prominent cleric ‎Ayatollah Nimr Baqir al-Nimr‎, whose death sparked protests from Pakistan to Iran and the ‎ransacking of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.‎ 
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He ‎said that the government of House of Saud has gained more influence among ‎Muslims and the Wahhabi forces have been able to continue to operate their plans. ‎ 

He ‎said that the oppression of House of Saud against innocent civilians in Yemen, Syria, ‎Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere is proof of this. ‎ 

Sayyed Mohammed-Hadi urged Muslims to respond to the enemies’ animosity by ‎strengthening the unity in their ranks.‎ 

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3 hours ago, Heavenly_Silk said:

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This is misleading as the picture shows a Daesh execution in Raqqa, Syria. Doesn’t change the fact that Saudi Wahhabia gave theological and financial birth to Daesh and the rule of injustice is the same. 

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Saudis make me sick. They feed people with one hand and starve them with the other, while dishing out free wahhabi interpreted Qur'ans to mosques all over the world. They really sicken me, bombing Yemen and then donating money for aid in Yemen. I feel ashamed that my prime minister (not that we voted to have her) sold 48 tycoon jets to these snakes.

On top of that, they arrested Sheikh Hassan Farhan Al-Maliki again, a scholar I respect, I don't think he will be released this time.

One day people will rise up.

Our brothers and sisters that were killed by the Saudis died as martyrs, don't forget that. The Saudis thought they were getting rid of trouble makers, but they have not seen what awaits them. Every empire falls.

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3 hours ago, aaaz1618 said:

On top of that, they arrested Sheikh Hassan Farhan Al-Maliki again, a scholar I respect, I don't think he will be released this time.

 

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UN, EU, and NGOs Condemn the Execution of 37 Men in Saudi Arabia

April 24, 2019

 

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Munir Al Adam, Abbas al-Hassan, Mujtaba al-Sweikat,Abdulkarim al-Hawaj

 

Yesterday, the Government of Saudi Arabia executed 37 men for alleged terrorist crimes. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) confirmed the executions in a tweet and the Saudi Press Agency published a statement by the MoI, along with a list of those executed.

https://www.esohr.org/en/?p=2203

Six minors beheaded in Saudi execution spree

April 24, 2019 Reports 363 Views

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Mohammed Saeed Al-Skafi, Salman Amin Alkoraysh, Mojtaba AlSowaiket, Abdullah Salman AlSoraih, Abdulaziz Hassan Al-Sahwi,Abdulkarim AlHawaj

 

In what can only be described as a state killing spree, on the 23rd of April 2019, Saudi Arabia violently and secretly executed 37 individuals en masse, at least six of whom were minors: Mohammed Saeed Al-Skafi, Salman Amin Alkoraysh, Mojtaba AlSowaiket, Abdullah Salman AlSoraih, Abdulaziz Hassan Al-Sahwi and Abdulkarim AlHawaj.

https://www.esohr.org/en/?p=2206

https://www.esohr.org/en/?p=2213

https://www.esohr.org/en/?p=2196

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28 minutes ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

 

He has been arrested a number of times, but to my knowledge since being arrested last year has not been released.

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4 hours ago, aaaz1618 said:

Saudis make me sick. 

I never knew they were going to destroy the Prophet's mosque in 1920, they really are fools. They have destroyed so much, if they had their way Mecca would just be a load of flat concrete and hotels. I guess they figured that pilgrimage can be very lucrative and had a change of heart.

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1 hour ago, aaaz1618 said:

I never knew they were going to destroy the Prophet's mosque in 1920, they really are fools. They have destroyed so much, if they had their way Mecca would just be a load of flat concrete and hotels. I guess they figured that pilgrimage can be very lucrative and had a change of heart.

they still have plan to destroy Kaaba because they know it as house of idols  but standing Suunis & Shias until now stopped them from doing it but they weakened heavily Sunnis side by their heavy influence on new generations of Sunnis & they are trying to stop Shias from coming to Hajj that in their absence can destroy Kaaba & Grave of Prophet Muhammad (pbu) 

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8 hours ago, OrthodoxTruth said:

This is misleading as the picture shows a Daesh execution in Raqqa, Syria. Doesn’t change the fact that Saudi Wahhabia gave theological and financial birth to Daesh and the rule of injustice is the same. 

You’re absolutely correct. Thanks for clearing that up brother.

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5 hours ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

they still have plan to destroy Kaaba because they know it as house of idols  but standing Suunis & Shias until now stopped them from doing it but they weakened heavily Sunnis side by their heavy influence on new generations of Sunnis & they are trying to stop Shias from coming to Hajj that in their absence can destroy Kaaba & Grave of Prophet Muhammad (pbu) 

They'll do it sneakily, all those cranes and constant construction work will more than likely 'crack' foundations etc, causing it to slowly become unstable over time. Somewhat like what is happening in Jerusalem with the underground work apparently. What are they trying to achieve by destroying the pilgrimage?

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6 hours ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

they still have plan to destroy Kaaba because

Really? This is a very big thing to say.  Holy Graves of course but this is the first time I am hearing about Ka'aba.

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15 hours ago, starlight said:

Really? This is a very big thing to say.  Holy Graves of course but this is the first time I am hearing about Ka'aba.

Salam from their beginning they tried to destroy tomb of Prophet Muhmmad (pbu) & move his holy body to an unknown location in order to Muslims don't come to his pilgrimage that they say it's shirk & then destroy Ka'ba but after destruction of Baqi Shias & Sunnis (Qajars & Ottomans) joined toghether threated them to  a heavy attack so that they stopped their operation but they still have this agenda 

https://www.aparat.com/v/fY1oe  (wahhabi preacher says it was house of idols & worshiping toward it is shirk)

Sheikh Salih Al-Maghamsi, Destruction of Kaaba at the End of time 

Dhul-Suwayqatayn


Dhul-Suwayqatayn (Arabicذوالسويقتين‎) is a group that prophecies by Muhammad say will emerge at the end of time. They are Abyssinian (Ethiopian) men destined by God to destroy the Kabah. There are two traditions regarding the time of the Kabaa's destruction:
  • The Kaaba will be destroyed when Isa is still alive. Before Isa's army can reach him, God sends a wind to take the souls of all believers, leaving only disbelievers behind. Dhul-Suwayqatayn will then destroy the Kaabah, taking it down brick by brick.
  • The Kaaba will be destroyed after Yajuj and Majuj perish from the Earth and Isa has died while Muslims still perform Hajj and Umrah. As quoted by a hadith narrated by Abu Sa`id al-Khudri saying that Muslims will still be doing Hajj & Umrah to Kabaa after the event of Yajuj and Majuj. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhul-Suwayqatayn

 

According to the Hadith narrated by Allah’s Rasul Allah    I.e., Prophet Rasul Allah , the house of Allah جل و عز would be ruined in the concluding period of the Earth. This hadith was revealed to the people by Abu Hurairah. He said that Rasul Allah narrated that Kaaba will be devastated by a person with thin legs belonging to Abyssinia.

According to the famous narration of Amir al-Mumineen, Prophet Rasul Allah    often used to recommend the people to give as much Tawaf (the seven circuits around Kaaba often known as the process of circumambulation) as they can as he was able to see the men having a tiny head with small ears coming towards the house and knocking down the same with a shovel. Allah’s Rasul Allah    further added that the person is bow-legged and is destroying the Kaaba by removing each stone. According to other narrations, the house of Allah جل و عز would be ruined by its own group of people. Moreover, the Kaaba would be demolished in a manner that no one in this entire world would be capable to reconstruct the same again. These people after destroying the Kaaba will steal the whole wealth and treasure of the house.

However, the records as per the book of Hajar I.e., Fath al-Bari states that initially, the Allah جل و عز will not allow them to ruin the Kaaba and the people that will move to destroy the same will be gulped down by the Earth. But the second time when an army come to destroy it will successfully reach the palace and ruin it. In short, the first attempt of the army would be failed whereas in the very next attempt towards Kaaba would be accomplished. Apart from this, the Hadith also states that this incident will happen in the end time of the Earth when no one in this Earth would say ‘Allah’ جل و عز and thus, the same would never be rebuilt.

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https://eaalimtravel.com/destruction-kaaba/

http://www.discoveringislam.org/destruction_of_kaba.htm

The Mahdi - The Destruction of the Kaaba

 

from Shia view Imam Mahdi (aj) will destroy current building but he will rebuild all religious sites in their true form & bring back Kabba as like as time of Prophet Ibrahim (عليه السلام) not as now that it's built based on ignorance time & by enemies of Ahlhlubayt (عليه السلام) ideas but wahhabists say it must destroys to core & then never rebuild

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Photos: Demonstration of Kashmiri shiites in condemnation of Saudi executions

http://en.abna24.com/news//photos-demonstration-of-kashmiri-shiites-in-condemnation-of-Saudi-executions_938853.html

April 29, 2019 - 5:34 PM News Code : 938853 Source : ABNA24Link: 

 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Shiites in Kashmir came to the streets despite heavy night-time security and condemned Saudi crimes against Muslims. Participants in the protest slogans against al-Saud and the United States. Saudi Arabia recently ordered the execution of 37 Muslims from different countries, 32 of which were Shiites.

تظاهرات شبانه شیعیان کشمیر در محکومیت اعدام ۳۳ شیعه در عربستان

 

تظاهرات شبانه شیعیان کشمیر در محکومیت اعدام ۳۳ شیعه در عربستان

 

تظاهرات شبانه شیعیان کشمیر در محکومیت اعدام ۳۳ شیعه در عربستان
 
تظاهرات شبانه شیعیان کشمیر در محکومیت اعدام ۳۳ شیعه در عربستان
 
stopping people from demosntration in front of Saudi consulate in Turkey (demonstration hold in Kuğulu park)
 

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Libya’s Grand Mufti advises against multiple Hajj trips over Saudi crimes

April 29, 2019 - 6:50 PM News Code : 938862 Source : Press TVLink: 

Libya’s Grand Mufti advises against multiple Hajj trips over Saudi crimes

 

Libya’s Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani has urged Muslims to abstain from traveling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage more than once, saying the kingdom uses Hajj revenues to commit crimes against " fellow Muslims." 

While able Muslims are required to go on Hajj once in their lifetimes, Ghariani said anyone going on a second Hajj or on the optional Umrah pilgrimage would be committing "an act of sin rather than a good deed." 

The reason for his fatwa is that the money paid would "help Saudi Arabian rulers to carry out crimes against our fellow Muslims," the grand mufti said in a televised address on Ean Libya. 

Depending on the pilgrim's nationality, Hajj costs thousands of dollars per person. Hajj and Umrah make up 20% of Saudi Arabia’s non-oil-related GDP. 

"Nowhere in the world hasn’t been thrown into havoc by Saudi Arabia," Ghariani said, adding the money paid to the monarchy would contribute to the "massacre" of Muslims in Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, and Algeria. 

 

http://en.abna24.com/news//libya’s-grand-mufti-advises-against-multiple-Hajj-trips-over-Saudi-crimes_938862.html

Iran calls for expulsion of Saudi Arabia from UNHRC

http://en.abna24.com/news//Iran-calls-for-expulsion-of-Saudi-arabia-from-unhrc_938882.html

April 29, 2019 - 7:37 PM News Code : 938882 Source : Iran PressLink: 

Iran calls for expulsion of Saudi Arabia from UNHRC

 

Iran's Human Rights Headquarters asked the United Nations Human Rights Council for the expulsion of Saudi Arabia from the council. 

Iran Press/Iran news: Condemning the mass execution of 37 Saudi citizens in Saudi Arabia, Iran's Human Rights Headquarters asked the United Nations Human Rights Council for the expulsion of Saudi Arabia from the council. 

Iran's Human Rights Headquarters in a statement on Monday said that the presence of Saudi Arabia in the United Nations Human Rights Council is an patent insult to the intelligence and wisdom of the people of the world, Iran Press reported. 

It is also 'a bitter joke' which should be responded to strongly by the United Nations General Assembly, by forcing Riyadh to quit the Human Rights Council. 

Calling Saudi Arabia, a corrupted regime, Iran's Human Rights Headquarter called it a puppet regime. 

 

 

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Getting cash from Saudi King Salman is easier than collecting rent, Trump says

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U.S. President Donald Trump told his supporters at a campaign rally on Saturday that getting money from Saudi King Salman was easier than collecting rent "from a tenant in a bad location in New York City."

Trump boasted to a lively crowd in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that he was the first one to make a phone call to the Saudi monarch demanding a fairer trade agreement.

"Saudi Arabia, very rich country. We defend them. We subsidize Saudi Arabia and they have nothing but cash," Trump said. The president claimed that Riyadh purchases $450 billion in goods from the U.S., though the source of that figure is unclear.

He emphasized that although he doesn't want to lose Saudi business, as some politicians have called for, he made it clear to the kingdom that subsidies have to be reduced.

 
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Getting money from Saudi King Salman is "easier than collecting $113.57 from a tenant in a bad location in New York City," US President Trump boasts to his supporters at a campaign rally in Wisconsin

 
"I called the king. I like the king. I said, 'King, we're losing our ass defending you, King, and you have a lot of money,'" Trump said.
 
 

"And he said, 'But, why would you be calling me? Nobody's ever made such a call before.' I said, 'That's 'cause they were stupid," Trump joked.

Trump described the phone call with Saudi King Salman in which he demanded more money.

"We lose $4.5 billion on a country to defend them, and they're rich," Trump said. "So I called them. I said: listen, no good. They were in a state of shock because they've never got a call like this in 25 years, right," he said.

Trump went on: "I said, 'We're losing $4.5 billion every year, we can't do this anymore. This is crazy.' He got very upset, angry, said, 'This is not fair.' I said, 'Of course, this is fair.' He said, 'We'll give you $500 million more' ... I said, 'I want more.' We argued. So, they paid us more than $500 million for one phone call. It took me one call."

The U.S. president wrapped up his story with one last zinger to the kingdom.

"I'll tell you what, honestly, it's easier than collecting $113.57 from a tenant in a bad location in New York City. And it's safer too, believe it or not. It's easier, it's true," Trump said, drawing laughs from his supporters.

 

Neither Riyadh nor Saudi media have commented on the president's gibe.

The Trump administration has had a close relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it views as a bulwark against Iran's ambitions in the region. The kingdom and its allies have been emboldened by Trump's unwavering dedication to pressuring Iran's leadership, which includes his decision to pull out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and re-imposing punishing sanctions to cripple its economy.

Saudi Arabia is one of the major buyers of U.S.-made weapons, and the U.S. provides intelligence and aerial refueling support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen. U.S. lawmakers, angered by the Oct. 2 assassination and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, have looked to suspend negotiations with Saudi Arabia on a nuclear technology-sharing agreement and have called for halting arms sales to Riyadh. Trump, nevertheless, maintains that the order of $110 billion in weapons that support 500,000 U.S. jobs should not be put in peril.

Last year, Trump made an undiplomatic remark about the U.S.' close ally Saudi Arabia, saying he warned King Salman he would not last in power "for two weeks" without the backing of the U.S. military.

Riyadh has worked to cultivate warm relations with Trump after having rocky moments with former President Barack Obama. Saudi Arabia welcomed Trump for his first overseas trip as president. Trump's administration, particularly his son-in-law Jared Kushner, has sought a close relationship with King Salman's son, Mohammed bin Salman, the country's crown prince and next in line to the throne.

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/2019/04/30/getting-cash-from-Saudi-king-salman-is-easier-than-collecting-rent-Trump-says

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US govt. body:

Saudi Arabia among top violators of religious freedom

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April 30, 2019 - 4:26 PM News Code : 938992 Source : Press TVLink: 

Saudi Arabia among top violators of religious freedom

 

A US government commission has called Saudi Arabia — a close ally of Washington — one of the world’s “worst violators” of religious freedom, citing the Riyadh regime’s discrimination against Shia minorities, non-Muslims, women and prisoners of conscience. 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): A US government commission has called Saudi Arabia — a close ally of Washington — one of the world’s “worst violators” of religious freedom, citing the Riyadh regime’s discrimination against Shia minorities, non-Muslims, women and prisoners of conscience. 

In its 2019 report released on Monday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) listed Saudi Arabia in its tier one category of the states which merit designation as a “country of particular concern” or CPC. 

The US State Department first designated Saudi Arabia a CPC in 2004, but it has granted an indefinite waiver to Riyadh since 2006. 

The USCIRF recommended that the US State Department re-designate the kingdom a CPC under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). 

“Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia continue to face discrimination in education, employment, and the judiciary, and lack access to senior positions in the government and military,” the survey said. 

It also noted that during a USCIRF visit to Saudi Arabia’s mainly Shia-pupulated Eastern Province, certain Shia Muslims had reported harassment and invasions of privacy by the regime’s forces. 

The report further complained about restrictions of non-Muslims living in the kingdom. 

“As a matter of law, the Saudi government bans the public practice of non-Muslim faiths by citizens and expatriates alike. While the Saudi government has stated repeatedly that non-Muslims who are not converts from Islam may practice their religion in private, this policy has not been codified,” it said. 

Elsewhere, the report criticized Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system for classifying women as “legal minors,” who need permission to study at universities and travel abroad. 

“Saudi Arabia is the only Muslim country with such an extensive system of guardianship, which places severe limitations on women’s religious freedom and human rights,” it added. 

The survey also raised concerns about the situation of Saudi Arabia’s prisoners of conscience and the government’s failure to address the intolerant language in official textbooks inciting hatred and violence toward non-Muslims. 

The report said, however, that the administration recommends renewing a waiver for Saudi Arabia as required in the “important national interest of the United States.” 

It was published before Saudi Arabia’s brutal beheadings of its 37 nationals, which sparked widespread condemnations. 

The commission later reacted to the mass execution in a statement on Friday, saying the US State Department “must stop giving a free pass” to Saudi Arabia and urging the government to lift the waiver. 

USCIRF Chairman Tenzin Dorjee said in the statement, “The Saudi government’s execution of minority [Shia] Muslims on the basis of their religious identity and peaceful activism is not only shocking, but also directly contradicts the government’s official narrative of working toward greater modernization and improving religious freedom conditions.” 

Among other issues that have tarnished the image of the Saudi royal family is the state-sponsored killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. 

Riyadh has also been under scrutiny over the crimes it has been committing during its US-backed military campaign against Yemen.
 


Despite Riyadh’s brazen rights violations, President Donald Trump has repeatedly stressed the importance of Washington’s alliance with Riyadh, citing petrodollars. 

Addressing his supporters in Wisconsin on Sunday
, Trump indicated that he would remain a steadfast supporter of the Saudi regime, largely due to Riyadh’s purchases from US companies. 

“They have nothing but cash, right?” he told the crowd. “They buy a lot from us. $450 billion they bought.” 

“You had people wanting to cut off Saudi Arabia ... I don’t want to lose them," he added. 

Edited by Ashvazdanghe

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Photos: Commemoration ceremony for Saudi Shiite Martyrs held in Qom / 3

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May 2, 2019 - 5:31 PM News Code : 939235 Source : ABNA24Link: 

 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Commemoration ceremony for Saudi Shiite martyrs held at Azam mosque in Qom.

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

 

گزارش تصویری/ مراسم گرامیداشت مقام ۳۳ شهید مظلوم شیعه عربستان ــ حاشیه ها

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Saudi Arabia prevents Yemenis from performing Umrah for political reasons

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May 7, 2019 - 5:09 PM News Code : 939941 Source : AlmasirahLink: 

 Saudi Arabia prevents Yemenis from performing Umrah for political reasons

 

Hajj and Umrah Section at the Yemen's Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments and Guidance) on Sunday announced that Saudi authorities banned the entry of Yemeni pilgrims, from the northern provinces, to perform Umrah for the current season, despite fulfilling the conditions. 

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Hajj and Umrah Section at the Yemen's Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments and Guidance) on Sunday announced that Saudi authorities banned the entry of Yemeni pilgrims, from the northern provinces, to perform Umrah for the current season, despite fulfilling the conditions. 

"Saudi authorities used to return Yemeni pilgrims from Wadia avenue, although they hold the necessary visa for Umrah, under the pretext that they are from areas under the control of the Supreme Political Council and the National Salvation Government," said Hajj and Umrah's Undersecretary Ismail Dhaifallah in a press statement. 

"It is the right of every Muslim to pilgrimage to Makkah Holy Mosque or to perform Umrah. No one has the right to prevent or deprive Muslims of visiting the Holy Mosque, especially after the completion of the procedures and regulations in force," Dhaifallah added. 

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