Geopolitics

Israel Intercepts Rocket From Al-Qaeda-Linked Islamists In Sinai

HAARETZ (Israel), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), AFP

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EILAT Israel says it intercepted a rocket fired from Sinai, Egypt over the southern city of Eilat early Tuesday. The attack, first reported by Israeli public radio, was later confirmed by an army spokesman.

The Mujahideen Shura Council, an Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the attack, Al Jazeera reports. The group of fighters said the rocket was fired as “a quick response to the last crime by the Jews after one of their drones bombed the Sinai peninsula killing four mujahideen” on Friday.

The rocket was intercepted and destroyed by an Iron Dome battery near Eilat. Meir Yitzhak-Halevy, the resort city’s mayor, told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that there had been no panic among the tourists and inhabitants. He tried to reassure his citizens by declaring that he felt “secure.”

Meanwhile, Jerusalem has approved a construction plan for 942 new homes in the Eastern part of the city. The announcement comes as the U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israel and Palestine are due to resume Wednesday in Jerusalem. These new settlements are in addition to the 1,200 approved by the Israeli government on Sunday.

Iron Dome system intercepting and destroying a rocket - Photo: Israel Defense Forces (Flickr)

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.


Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?


The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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