Saudi Arabia

JPost Scribe Barred From Saudi Arabia

03/26/2014

The White House said it was “deeply disappointed” that Saudi Arabia denied a visa to a Jewish American reporter working for The Jerusalem Post.

Jewish Community 'Vigilant' After Bombing

04/15/2013

The head of the security network for U.S. Jewish organizations said the community is "standing vigilant" following deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

The Latest Interfaith Custody Nightmare

Whew, here’s an interfaith breakup/custody case that makes the Joseph and Rebecca Reyes one a few years ago seem pretty tame: a French Jewish woman suing her Saudi prince ex for custody of their 10-year-old daughter Aya (interestingly, the Reyes’ daughter had a similarly palindromic name: Ela). According to the Telegraph:

Saudi-Israeli Hacker War Is On

01/15/2012

The hacker war between Israel and Saudi Arabia is continuing, with the release of the credit card details of more Israelis.

A Saudi hacker, who has already released thousands of Israeli credit card numbers, along with the personal details of the cardholders, on Wednesday released the details of 200 more Israeli credit cards. He has threatened to release 200 more numbers every day.

The new release by the Saudi hacker was in retaliation for the release earlier this week by an Israeli hacker of Saudi credit card numbers, he told Israeli media in a message.

Delta Won't Ask Passengers' Religion On Saudi Flights

08/24/2011

Delta Airlines announced that it will not ask its customers to disclose their religious affiliation, despite partnering with Saudi Arabian Airlines.

The announcement followed a controversy two months ago when a Delta spokesperson suggested that, because Saudi Arabian Airlines was joining the SkyTeam Alliance, Delta might have to refuse boarding to passengers with Israel stamps on their passports. The Saudi government requires that travelers disclose their religion, and American Jews and others with Israeli stamps in their passports have been refused visas to the country.

Senators To Saudis: Let Women Drive

A bipartisan group of 14 female U.S. senators wrote to the King of Saudi Arabia this week urging him to give the women of his kingdom the right to drive a care "once and for all." 

The old status quo just ain't what it used to be

What's most striking to me about recent events in the Middle East is how just about all the experts – the administration deep thinkers, their Republican critics, the academics and the foreign policy talking heads – failed to predict the seismic forces that are reshaping the region in ways we can't begin to fathom.

This isn't a matter of partisan politics. The Obama administration is clearly clueless about a region in turmoil, but I haven't heard anything resembling acumen from the Republicans, either.

Big surprise: Saudis continue to fund terror

File this under “duh”: on Sunday the New York Times reported that “ Nine years after the United States vowed to shut down the money pipeline that finances terrorism, senior Obama administration officials say they believe that many millions of dollars

WikiLeaks and Israel: no bombshells, lots of stuff for foreign policy geeks

On one hand, this weekend's WikiLeaks dump of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables was a letdown after all the media hype. There were lots of interesting bits and pieces, few bombshells.

A nervous Israel, it seems, will come away from the information avalanche without much diplomatic damage – not like Saudi Arabia, perhaps, which was revealed to be pushing for a U.S. attack to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Huffing and puffing on the Saudi arms sale

 We just posted a JTA story  about a bipartisan congressional letter “raising concerns and asking questions about a proposed $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.”

The letter, signed by 198 lawmakers and co-authored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the incoming and outgoing chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committee, was sent to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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