By: Rowaida Mahmoud
Social media users spoke this week about Elon Musk agreeing not to supply Gaza with Starlink’s internet without Israel’s approval; Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi freed from Israeli prison as part of the truce deal with Hamas and Former US diplomat Henry Kissinger death.
Musk agreed not to supply Gaza with Starlink’s internet without Israel’s approval
The Israeli minister of communications and Elon Musk reached a preliminary agreement stating that Musk will not supply Gaza with Starlink’s internet without Israel’s approval.
Musk met with the Israeli government after accusations, including allegations of promoting anti-Semitism and hate speech against Jews.
“Elon Musk, I congratulate you for reaching a principle understanding with the Ministry of Communications under my leadership”, Israeli Minister of Communication Shlomo Karhi.
“As a result of this significant agreement, Starlink satellite units can only be operated in Israel with the approval of the Israeli Ministry of Communications, including the Gaza Strip”, Shlomo Karhi added.
After cutting internet access in Gaza, Elon Musk decided to help the Gaza Strip through launching the “Starlink” initiative.
“Starlink will support connectivity to internationally recognised aid organisations in Gaza”, Elon Musk tweeted.
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi freed from Israeli prison
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi was among 30 Palestinian prisoners who were freed from Israeli prison as part of the truce deal with Hamas.
Tamimi was arrested earlier this month out of a fake post on Instagram.
The Israeli army announced that it arrested the 22-year-activist in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Since 2017, the residents of the West Bank considered her a heroine as she slapped an Israeli soldier, raiding her village when she was 16.
Red Sea International Film Festival
The 3rd edition of the Red sea International Film Festival kicked off in Saudi Arabia on November 30, and will last to December 9, 2023.
Among the actors who attended the opening ceremony were Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Indian actor Ranveer Singh and Turkish actress and model Hande Erçel.
The festival celebrates filmmakers on a worldwide scale. Shed light on movies produced in the Middle East and North Africa; 36 short and long movies are selected to be shown from Saudi Arabia.
The programme of the festival includes the most anticipated movies shown for the first time in the Arab world and sheds light on a number of special choices, such as Priscilla movie and Asel, which is based on a bestseller science fiction novel.
Henry Kissinger, dominant US diplomat of Cold War era,dies aged 100
Former US diplomat Henry Kissinger, the most powerful US diplomat of the Cold War era, died aged 100. He passed away in his home, according to his geopolitical consulting firm, Kissinger Associates.
Kissinger was the one who expanded ties between Israel and its Arab neighbours and the architect of the Paris Peace Accords with North Vietnam.
Kissinger helped Washington open up to China, forge arms control deals with the Soviet Union and end the Vietnam War, according to Reuters.
Kissinger won the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for ending US involvement in the Vietnam War, but it was one of the most controversial ever.
Beijing called Kissinger as a “good old friend of the Chinese people.” Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Kissinger as a “wise and farsighted statesman” while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his meetings with Kissinger provided “a master class in statesmanship.”
Heinz Alfred Kissinger was born in Fuerth, Germany, on May 27, 1923 and moved to the United States with his family in 1938 before the Nazi campaign to exterminate European Jewry.
El Gouna film festival unveils special edition featuring films about Gaza
After postponing El Gouna film Festival due to the current situation in Gaza, the festival’s management announced that the festival will be from December 14 to 21 after unveiling a special programme for the Palestinian cinema.
According to the management, this programme will be alongside the official programme announced previously. The programme will include a number of movies about Palestine with a view to shedding light on the Israeli aggression in Gaza.
The management will organise a dinner to collect donations for humanitarian aids to Gaza; this will be in coordination with the Palestinian Red Crescent. In showing solidarity with Palestinians, the festival won’t include any celebrations