Media Summary

Turkey issues warning to Russia about new activity in northern Syria

The BBC published an interview with Iranian born Parisa who fled her country to Turkey to escape her abusive husband. He has threatened to kill her for leaving. Now she risks being deported back to Iran, where he could find her. Human rights activists say the number of reported so-called honour killings in Iran is rising.

Reuters reports that the Palestinian Authority said it would pay partial salaries to most of its employees after Israel transferred some revenues it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf, Palestinian officials said.

The Guardian and Financial Times report that Israel’s coalition government is teetering on the brink of collapse after the Knesset failed to pass legislation to extend legal protections for settlers in the West Bank.

A former American schoolteacher who became a high-ranking member of ISIS and led an all-women’s battalion of militants in Syria pleaded guilty to supporting a foreign terrorist group in a US court yesterday, reports The Times. Allison Fluke-Ekren, aged 42, admitted to “terrorism-related activities” and providing material support to ISIS in Syria, Libya, and Iraq between 2011 and 2019. She now faces up to 20 years in jail in the first prosecution in the US of a female ISIS leader.

The Independent reports that a rabbi has been charged with rape, sodomy and indecent assault in Jerusalem after he allegedly claimed he was cleansing his victims of their sins by committing sex acts on them.

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu in a call on Tuesday that Turkey would respond to moves aimed at disrupting stability in northern Syria, Reuters reports, as Ankara gears for talks with Moscow ahead of an expected offensive in the region.

In the Israeli media, Israel Hayom reports about new information regarding Monday’s airstrikes in Syria allegedly carried out by Israel. According to the article, among the targets that were hit was a building in the heart of Damascus that housed a depot that played a role in the precision-guided missile programme being overseen by Iran. Israel is deeply troubled by this project, since having Hezbollah armed with precision-guided missiles instead of rockets would be a game-changing development. One of the targets struck in the attack that was ascribed to Israel was an abandoned four-story building in the heart of Damascus. Weapons were stored in the basement of that abandoned building, suggesting that the attacker ha very precise intelligence about that building. Israel did not formally acknowledge any role in the attack, but Golan Heights residents reported hearing several waves of attacks by Israeli planes, which apparently fired missiles while over Israeli territory.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Israel’s Foreign Ministry has described the new 18-page report by the UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza as “nothing more than a waste of money and effort of the United Nations’ systems, part and parcel of the witch hunt being carried out by the Human Rights Council against Israel.” The US State Department has also criticised COI, describing it as a “one-sided, biased approach that does nothing to advance the prospects for peace”. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the COI “in its current form is a continuation of a longstanding pattern of unfairly singling out Israel,” adding: “While the United States believes the HRC plays a crucial role in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms globally, this COI and report do not advance this goal.”

All the papers note the daughter of the deputy mayor of the Israeli Arab town of Shfaram was killed last night after an explosive device planted in her car detonated. Johara Khanifs, aged 28, was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. Khanifs’ father, Faraj Khanifs, has been serving as Shfaram’s deputy mayor for four terms. Her mother works at the Shfaram municipality in the department for gender equality and women’s advancement. Khanifs is the 35th murder victim in Israel’s Arab community, and the fifth woman in the community to have been killed since the beginning of 2022.

Maariv reports that Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan has been elected to the position of Vice President of the UN General Assembly. The appointment was made by a vote at the UN headquarters in New York and will begin with the convening of the General Assembly this coming September, for a year. Iran and Syria opposed the election but refrained from demanding a separate vote for fear of losing. The report notes that the vote was “a notable achievement against the background of a number of anti-Israel events taking place in the international arena these days, such as the UN Human Rights Council report against Israel, and the Palestinians’ attempt to exploit the death of Sheerin Abu Aqla for promoting anti-Israel initiatives at the UN”. Ambassador Erdan said of his election: “I am proud of the privilege that has fallen to me to represent Israel in the role that is at the heart of what is happening at the UN, and I will also use it to fight the existing discrimination in the UN against Israel. This is an important victory, which will give us another platform to present the truth about Israel and its contribution to the world, despite the ongoing attempts of the Palestinians and hostile countries at the UN – to act against us.”

Israel Hayom reports that Iran has criticised the IAEA nuclear agency, claiming the organisation was ignoring Iran’s claims foreign agents planted uranium particles at nuclear to make it look as if Tehran was developing nuclear weapons. The IAEA Board of Directors are expected to pass a new motion submitted by the US, UK, Germany, and France which calls on Iran to urgently act to fulfil its legal responsibility to resolve all supervision issues on its past nuclear activities. Speaking ahead of a meeting of the Board of Directors Monday, IAEA head Grossi said supervision of Iran’s nuclear facility had been seriously damaged as a result of the Islamic Republic’s decision to stop adhering to the JCPOA nuclear accord. Yesterday a top Israeli official said the Islamic republic is in possession of enough fissile material to produce multiple nuclear warheads.