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Passion Islam I June 2010

‘Israel’s land-grab threat to peace’

The Organization of Islamic Conference says Israel’s occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights poses a threat to global security, report says. The continued Israeli threats against Syria, meant to escalate regional tensions, are endangering global peace and security, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a draft resolution of the international body’s summit as saying.

Participating foreign ministers at the OIC in Dushanbe wrote in the resolution, “The OIC Ministerial Council asserts that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and has no legitimate or judicial value, and constitutes a flagrant violation of the UN Charter

They also called on the

international community to help step up pressure against Israel and urge Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories of 1967. In addition, the OIC’s 37th session threw its weight behind the Palestinian Cause, naming it as the central cause for the Islamic Nation. Press TV

Top US intelligence official resigns

Dennis Blair, the US Director of National Intelligence, has announced his resignation after frequent clashes with White House officials. His resignation came as he was put under pressure from the White House, ending a tumultuous 16- month tenure marked by intelligence failures and spy agency turf wars. The administration has been interviewing candidates for the job for several weeks now. The likely candidate to replace Mr. Blair is James R. Clapper Jar a retired Air Force lieutenant general and the Pentagon’s top intelligence official,

the New York Times reported. In addition to Clapper, other likely candidates to replace Blair include John Hamre, undersecretary of defense from 1993 to 1997; Chuck Hagel, a former senator who co- chairs Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board; Michael Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center; and Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the September 11 Commission, Reuters reported.

In his 16-month tenure as the DNI, Blair had angered the White House several times.

He was widely criticized in the

case of the failed Christmas Day bomber, Abdulmuttalab, in which the White House laid particular blame on the National Counterterrorism Center, an agency supervised by Mr. Blair. A recent Senate report on this plot was also particularly critical of the NCTC’s failures to piece together the information that could have prevented Abdulmuttalab from boarding the plane.

Dennis Blair is the first high- ranking member of the Obama national security team to leave.

and its related resolutions and rules of international law,” SANA reported. The OIC’s ministerial convention also slammed Israel for failing to abide by a 1981 UN Security Council resolution in which Tel Aviv was required to refrain from its “continued alteration” of the judicial, demographic, and civil features of the occupied Syrian territories. The OIC members reiterated

Syria’s right to restore full sovereignty of the occupied Golan Heights, calling on Israel to withdraw fully to the pre-June 4, 1967 borders. The participants also called on all countries not to supply Israel with any military, economic, financial, technical or human assistance that might prolong the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights, the report added. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28
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