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[Transcript]  Mosaic News - 09/13/12: World News From The Middle East [VIDEO]

Angry protests spread over anti-Islam film

Al-Alam, Iran
Presenter, Female #1
Demonstrations condemning the American film that offends Islam have spread to Beirut, Gaza, Tunisia, and Mauritania, during which protestors burned the American flag. In Bahrain, the Islamic Scholars Council condemned the offense to the holy prophet, peace be upon him and his followers, and called for popular protests in all mosques in Bahrain on Friday at noon.

Reporter, Male #1
A storm of protests swept the Arab and Islamic world against the American film that offends Islam and the prophet, peace be upon him and his followers. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip burned the American flag and pictures of two of the film's producers, and stepped on them with their feet, in front of the United Nations' headquarters. They chanted slogans condemning the film, and assured that they would defend the prophet, peace be upon him and his followers, regardless of the consequences.

Reporter, Male #1
And in a public festival in Beirut, various Lebanese groups, political and religious, Christian as well as Muslim, condemned the offensive film, which it considered to be repulsive intellectual terrorism that incites hate, and comes as part of the American and Israeli campaign of hostility towards Islam. Festival participants called on Arab and Islamic ruling regimes to stop groveling before the US administration, and to stand up against sectarian and ideological extremism.

Guest, Male #2 (Issam Darwish, Christian Religious Cleric)
I feel that this film is a very disgusting act by those who filmed and directed it. We will never accept any offense to Islam.

Reporter, Male #1
Mauritanian youths also went out in a demonstration that covered the streets of Nouakchott condemning the offensive film. Protestors gathered in front of the American embassy, calling for its shutdown and the expulsion of the American ambassador, which is the least that could be done for this criminal act. They also chanted slogans condemning this offensive film.

Reporter, Male #1
In Tunisia, security forces used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a massive demonstration that gathered in front of the American embassy to protest against the offensive American film. And during the demonstration, protestors raised a black banner and burned the American flag, while chanting slogans condemning the United States.

Reporter, Male #1
The demonstrations that were organized in front of US embassies around the world have forced different countries to impose strict security measures around the headquarters of their American diplomatic missions, and to deploy police and security forces around the headquarters of those embassies to protect them, especially in Asian countries.

US embassy protests spread across Middle East

Al Jazeera, Qatar
Presenter, Female #1
The scope of demonstrations against the film that offended Islam has broadened, as protests spread today to several Arab and Muslim cities.

Presenter, Male #1
Yemenis raided the US embassy's headquarters in Sanaa to protest the film, as Yemeni security forces opened fire to disperse the demonstrators.

Presenter, Female #1
Our Al Jazeera correspondent said that the clashes around the embassy's headquarters ended just a short while ago. The storming of the US embassy in Sanaa followed a demonstration in which participants held signs and chanted slogans denouncing the production of the film and its broadcast on the Internet.

Presenter, Male #1
Demonstrators chanted slogans saying that they can tolerate anything but insults to the prophet, peace be upon him.

Presenter, Female #1
In Egypt, Mufti Dr. Ali Jomaa called on the United Nations to issue an international agreement to criminalize insulting religions, their symbols, and holy religious sites.

Presenter, Male #1
The mufti denounced the violence being perpetrated against foreign embassies. On the other hand, the Egyptian Ministry of Health said that nearly 20 people were injured during escalating confrontations. They said these confrontations have been ongoing since yesterday around the American embassy in Cairo.

Reporter, Male #2
It is the first time since January 28th of last year that the police's armored vehicles have come so close to Tahrir Square like this. It is also the first time over the same period that the police have assumed sole responsibility in dealing with protests of this magnitude, and without the army's assistance.

Guest, Male #3
Why should we protest peacefully? We protested peacefully before. There are five armored vehicles firing at us; they're hitting us inside Tahrir Square. That's all I have to say.

Guest, Male #4
We demand the expulsion of the American ambassador from Cairo.

Reporter, Male #2
The seesaw confrontations, which began in the early morning hours, led to injuries and suffocation among the ranks of the demonstrators and the police, as well as other material losses. This is in the absence of any efforts to calm the situation by either side of the concerned parties, especially by the political blocs and factions.

Guest, Male #5
What is happening is not right. There is a better way than this, and a better way to express ourselves. We can stand and defend the prophet, our country, and the security of our country in a better way than this. Better than attacking my brother, or vandalizing his car. This embassy is mine; it's my property, not America's property.

Guest, Male #6
This is for America to offer an official apology, because our prophet is red line for us all.

Reporter, Male #2
After the government issued a statement condemning the offense against the prophet, peace be upon him, the Egyptian president condemned the insulting film in a recorded message, before embarking on a tour to Europe.

Guest, Male #7 (Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian President)
We, the Muslims, and all Egyptians, reject any form of insult to our prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, whom we would sacrifice our lives for.

Reporter, Male #2
But it seems that all of these statements of condemnation were not enough to absorb the anger of the protestors, who are awaiting the organization of demonstrations and protests on Friday in front of the main mosques in Cairo and other places, as called for by Islamic blocs.

Reporter, Male #2
While some see the clashes near the US embassy in Cairo as a test of the relationship between the police and demonstrators under the reign of President Morsi, others see it as a test of the relationship between the president himself, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Islamic groups and movements in the country. Abdel Basir Hassan, Al Jazeera, near the American embassy in Cairo.

Iranian students protest anti-Islam movie outside Swiss embassy

Press TV, Iran
Muslims worldwide have been venting their anger over the production of an anti-Islam film in the US. Protests have also reached the Iranian capital Tehran, where students have held a rally outside the Swiss embassy. Switzerland protects American interests in Iran. Iranian protestors have expressed support for similar demonstrations in Libya and Egypt, saying the US government shares the blame for the production of the blasphemous film, and have urged Muslim nations to cut ties with Washington.

Protests over the film have also spilled over into Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. They gathered in front of the US embassy in Riyadh and the US consulate in the port city of Jeddah. US embassy staff in Kuwait have been evacuated amid reports of protests against the film.

Shelling of Aleppo continues as UN special envoy arrives in Damascus

Future TV, Lebanon
Presenter, Male #1
In Syria, Assad's brigades continued their barbaric bombing of several areas, using fighter jets and artillery. On the other hand, the Free Syrian Army achieved a notable advancement in the Maidan neighborhood in central Aleppo, according to military sources and witnesses.

Reporter, Male #2
Rockets, shells, and massacres. All of them spell a single word: Killing. Dozens of people were killed or injured after two buildings were completely destroyed by explosive barrels dropped by Assad's planes on the al-Mayser neighborhood in Aleppo. The bombardment also targeted the neighborhoods of al-Sukkari and al-Qaterji, as well as other areas in Aleppo's countryside.

Reporter, Male #2
In a new development, the Free Syrian Army announced the expansion of its control in Aleppo after seizing two security posts in the al-Maidan and al-Sheikh neighborhoods. Activists said that clashes erupted between the Free Syrian Army and the regime army in the al-Maidan, al-Sheikh, and Arqoub neighborhoods.

Guest, Male #3
Members of the Free Syrian Army destroyed one of statues of the late Hafez al-Assad.

Reporter, Male #2
In Damascus, al-Assad's brigades and shabeha resumed their shelling of the capital's southern neighborhoods, including al-Hajar al-Aswad, al-Qadam, and al-Tadamon. In addition, regime forces and shabeha used bulldozers to demolish residents' homes in the Qabun neighborhood. The rebels said regime forces assassinated former Member of Parliament Ahmad al-Turk, and kidnapped four members of his family, in Harasta in the countryside of Damascus. Meanwhile, a number of Syrian brigades announced the formation of a unified front called the Syrian Liberation Front.

Reporter, Male #2
In Idlib Province, regime shelling sparked fires in a number of buildings. In the town of Qastoun in Hama's countryside, Assad's tanks indiscriminately shelled the residents' homes. In Deir az-Zour, dozens were killed in a raid by the regime air force using Russian-made MiG planes on a school housing refugees in the town of al-Souaia. The shelling resulted in the deaths of two families, including women and children. Several neighborhoods in Deir az-Zour and al-Bukamal also came under shelling.

Presenter, Female #1
On the political front, the UN-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, arrived in Syria in his first visit since assuming his post. He met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, and he is scheduled to meet with President Bashar al-Assad. Brahimi said that he realizes the difficulty of his mission, but vows to do everything in his power to assist the Syrian people.

Presenter, Male #1
During a visit to the European Union's headquarters, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi reiterated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down.

Guest, Male #4
We insist that the regime must change in Syria. That's what we have agreed upon with the European Union today, that we are all against what's being perpetrated by the regime, not only in words and statements, but also with persistence and action. It will take all kinds of pressure on this regime in order to allow Syrians to decide for themselves. This regime has no place in Syria after the killings and bloodshed committed against Syrians.

Palestinian protestors call for end to Oslo peace accords

BBC Arabic, UK
Presenter, Male #1
Hundreds of family members of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons protested on the 19th anniversary of the Oslo Accords signed by the Palestinian Authority and Israel. The protestors are demanding the immediate release of veteran prisoners who were supposed to be released in accordance with the agreement. The families expressed their solidarity with the prisoners on strike inside Israeli prisons. This comes at a time when protests have escalated against Salam Fayyad's government due to the current economic crisis.

Reporter, Female #2
The messages of condemnation on the Palestinian streets increased on the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Principles, or the Oslo Accords.

Reporter, Female #2
These messages were capped off with a new escalation by the so-called Prisoners' Movement on this occasion. They announced a strike to draw attention to the case of the veteran Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails.

Reporter, Female #2
Of those 111 prisoners, some have spent more than 20 years in prison, and none of them have been released up until now.

Reporter, Female #2
Israel was supposed to release the veteran prisoners in accordance with the Oslo agreement, within a specific scheduled time, something that has not been fulfilled after nearly 20 years. Their case remains marginalized, and their suffering continues, as the Israeli side rejects any real mutual agreement that could release them.

Guest, Male #2 (Helmi al-Araj, General Director of the Center for the Defense of Liberties)
This is the 19th anniversary of the signing of the fateful Oslo Accords, which placed a political, economic, and social burden on our people, and kept our prisoners behind bars.

Guest, Male #2
This accord placed our people in an open-air prison, and kept the prisoners in the dungeons of Israeli jails. And now our people and prisoners are paying the price by sacrificing their freedom, lives, and blood. And up until now, the occupation and the international community continue to hold us to these agreements.

Guest, Male #2
It is time to rebel against these agreements, and for our people to embrace freedom and independence by continuing to struggle, and by not groveling in front of the international community, which is biased towards the occupation's government.

Reporter, Female #1
The Palestinian street erupted into anger in the wake of the worsening recent economic situation, and demanded the removal of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in what appears to be a rejection of the Palestinian Authority, which came to power as a result of the Oslo Accords.

Reporter, Female #1
The Palestinian leadership finds itself standing between a rock and a hard place, as it continues to deal with the furious street and their legitimate right to have an administration to run their affairs, while dealing with the new reality imposed by Israel. This led to the entrenchment of settlements and the Judaization of the city of Jerusalem, according to Palestinians who responded to this pressure by going to the United Nations to confirm the failure of a political solution with Israel, and by attempting to seek recognition of Palestine as a country under occupation.

Guest, Male #3 (Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Minister for Prisoners' Affairs)
The peace accord was supposed to offer peace and an independent state, and to liberate Palestine from the occupation. But the occupation did not commit to the stages of the agreement, or to giving the Palestinian people a Palestinian state after the transitional phase in 1999. Therefore, the suffering continues, and the Palestinian people are still struggling for their legal, political, and legitimate rights.

Reporter, Female #1
The latest developments witnessed by the Palestinian street warn of what seems to be the death certificate of the peace process between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. If this matter is not resolved, it will end the Oslo Accords, which its opponents view as having caused the Palestinian side to recognize Israel as a country, while never giving the Palestinians their country in return. Samah Hamdan, BBC.

Bahrainis hold anti-regime demonstration in Sitra

Press TV, Iran
In Bahrain people are protesting for the downfall of the regime and the release of prisoners on an almost daily basis against al-Khalifa rule in spite of a heavy crackdown. Among the detained is prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who received a three-year sentence on August 16 for protests against Bahrain's monarchy. The court decision drew widespread criticism from rights groups. A conference on Bahrain is underway in the Lebanese capital Beirut in which organizers from the Bahrain Center for Human Rights filed a human rights report entitled, "Bahrain citizens in the grip of the executioner," highlighting rights violations by the Bahraini royal family.

Non-Aligned Movement back Iran's right to nuclear energy

Press TV, Iran
The Non-Aligned Movement, or NAM, has once again voiced its support for Iran's right to nuclear technology. At the IAEA, the NAM bloc of nations said that Tehran's decision to nuclear energy for civilian purposes must be respected, calling for an end to the Western dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program within the IAEA, after the organization issued a non-binding resolution on Iran's nuclear program.

Netanyahu had 'good' phone conversation with Obama on Iran

IBA, Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that he had a "good" phone conversation with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday on their common goal of stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and their desire to closely coordinate efforts. Netanyahu told the Jerusalem Post that Israel is currently facing the greatest security challenge of any country in the world, and that they must speak out.

IAEA resolution demands Iran stop nuclear activities

IBA, Israel
The United States and its allies have persuaded Russia and China to support an international IAEA resolution critical of Iran's nuclear program, in hopes of demonstrating to Israel that diplomacy is an alternative to military force, and pressuring Tehran to abandon its drive to acquire nuclear weapons. However, IBA says that even if the document, which demands Iran stop activities that could be used to make nuclear weapons, is approved, it cannot be enforced by the IAEA panel.

Israel to confiscate more land in Nablus to expand settlements

Palestine TV, Ramallah
Presenter, Male #1
The Israeli occupation's government issued a decision to confiscate more than 375 acres of citizens' land in the villages of Nablus Governorate, aiming to turn them into Israeli settlements perched on the citizens' agricultural lands.

Reporter, Male #2
These vast areas planted with olive trees remain threatened with confiscation after an Israeli decision was issued that would allow occupation forces to lay their hands on more than 200 acres of Zawata, Ijnisenia, al-Nakurah and Beit Iba in the western part of Nablus, and nearly 175 acres in the villages of Burin and Awarta in the southeastern part of the governorate.

Guest, Male #3
What is happening on the ground is organized terrorism by the Israeli government. The Israeli government and the settlers are two faces of the same coin. One of them cuts off and shuts down roads, and tears down and burns trees. And the other, the Israeli occupation's army, confiscates hundreds of acres, especially before the olive harvest season. The lands that are being confiscated are all planted with olive trees, and we are approaching the olive harvest season. This even combats the Palestinian citizen farmer's source of living.

Reporter, Male #2
Perhaps what landowners in the villages of Zawata, al-Nakurah and Beit Iba are suffering from is the presence of a bypass road leading to the Shafi Shamron settlement, which is the road that separates thousands of acres of this village's lands from each other. It remains the main concern that irritates landowners who have been deprived of accessing their land for over 15 years.

Reporter, Male #2
This comes with the Israeli government's plans that seek to Judaize vast areas of the citizens' land in the governorate of Nablus, and is aimed at seizing it. The citizens here feel very concerned over the future of their land.

Guest, Male #3
It is worth noting here that the occupation's measures on the ground are aimed at implementing a clear plot by the occupation's forces, and its settlers, to confiscate thousands of agricultural acres through settler attacks on the citizens and their land, attacks which occur in most governorates of the nations.

Guest, Male #3
The decision to confiscate vast areas of the citizens' land in the villages of Nablus Governorate comes within the context of preventing citizens from reaching their land, especially as the olive harvest season is approaching. From Zawata, west of Nablus, Khalil Abu Arab, Palestine TV.

Israeli settlers 'raid' al-Aqsa Mosque under IDF protection

Palestine TV, Ramallah
Presenter, Male #1
Under the protection of the occupation's army, settlers raided the holy al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Talmudic rituals. A number of guards at al-Aqsa confirmed that the settlers raided the mosque from the direction of Bab al-Maghariba, and toured its yards and its different facilities. They noted that a confrontation was about to occur between people who were praying and the occupation's police. The guards added that a number of foreign tourists who were with the settlers behaved inappropriately, contrary to behavior that respects the holiness of al-Aqsa.

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