- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Arab states urged to raise, hurry aid

BEIRUT — Prime Minister Fuad Siniora appealed to Arab countries yesterday to increase and accelerate their donations to Lebanon to help it rebuild from what he called “a series of devastating Israeli invasions” in the past 30 years.

Addressing a meeting of Arab finance ministers, Mr. Siniora called for a quick infusion of Arab funds to enable Lebanon to recover from the 34-day Israeli offensive against Hezbollah in July and August, and the 1975-90 civil war. He said the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas inflicted a heavy loss of life and colossal damage to Lebanon’s infrastructure.

“The Lebanese have paid a heavy price in lives and property as a result of this devastating war. … Direct and indirect economic losses reached billions of dollars,” Mr. Siniora told the Arab League’s Economic and Social Council.


Book critical of sheiks seized

CAIRO — The government has banned a book that criticizes the rising influence of a new generation of Muslim preachers hosting popular TV shows and advocating the Islamization of society, the publisher said yesterday.

Mohammed Madbuli, a member of a prominent family of Cairo publishers, told Agence France-Presse that 280 copies of Mohammed Fattuh’s “Modern Sheiks and the Industry of Religious Extremism” were confiscated, and that one of his employees was detained.

“It is an arbitrary measure that does not have the backing of any judicial order,” he said.

The book is a collection of 23 essays written by Mr. Fattuh, including one that is a stinging attack on “modern sheiks who wear suits, preach their word on television and meet their supporters in five-star hotels.”


Israeli raid kills 4 Palestinians

JENIN — Israeli soldiers fatally shot three Palestinian fighters and a civilian yesterday during raids in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said. Separately, Palestinian hospital officials said Israeli troops fatally shot two Palestinian militants at a refugee camp in Nablus.

Thirteen other persons were wounded in fighting near Jenin, where troops killed an 18-year-old member of the Islamic Jihad group and, later, a civilian, the Palestinian officials said. Five gunmen were arrested.

Israeli troops often raid the occupied West Bank looking for militants.

The Israeli military confirmed both incidents. At least 230 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, have been killed in Israeli operations in Gaza and the West Bank since Israel intensified its raids after the capture of a soldier near the Gaza border in June.

Weekly notes …

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 52, was hospitalized yesterday after fainting from exhaustion and fasting, officials and doctors said, adding that he is basically in good health and likely to be discharged soon. Mr. Erdogan fell ill about 11 a.m., just before he was to appear before his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in parliament. A practicing Muslim, he fasts from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan, which began Sept. 24. … Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood sees little likelihood of a popular backlash if Gamal Mubarak succeeds his father as president, the Brotherhood’s deputy leader said yesterday. Mohammed Habib, whose group is Egypt’s strongest opposition force, said plans seem to be moving ahead for Gamal Mubarak to succeed his father, Hosni Mubarak, 78, who has ruled for 25 years. The elder Mr. Mubarak has denied any such plan, and his son has said repeatedly he does not want to be president.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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