The Queen and the Middle East and the Israeli raids in the West Bank

This week we take a look at Queen Elizabeth and the Middle East, the escalating Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank and the refugees and migrants still struggling to get to Europe. Here is this week’s summary, written by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, Al Jazeera Digital’s Middle East and North Africa editor.

Here is a question for you: what was the Only colony of the British Empire in the Arab world?

The answer: Aden, a port city in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, now part of Yemen (places like Palestine and Iraq were technically mandates, while Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were protectorates ).

In this spirit, and with the recent death of Queen Elizabeth III thought it would be a good time to watch it legacy in yemenstarting with her visit as a young queen in 1954, a Marxist uprising and the Indian influence that the British helped foster.

Queen Elizabeth had ties to several Arab royal families, a relationship that was usually limited to things like horse racing. His son, King Charles IIIwas more vocal on the Middle East – and controversial. Here are some of his views on the area, including Palestinehis opposition to the Iraq War and the comments he made about Islam.

[WATCH: A Yemeni man performed a pilgrimage to Mecca on behalf of Queen Elizabeth – and was arrested]

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Israeli army raids in the occupied West Bank show no signs of stopping. On September 7, israeli forces shot and killed a youth Palestinian man during a military raid in Tubas. Last week, three other Palestinians were also killed at military checkpoints, along with an Israeli soldier. Zena Al Tahhan, our correspondent in Palestine, reports that the cities of Jenin and Nablus have been at the center of these raids, as Israel tries to counter the emergence of newly armed Palestinian groups that are more prone to firing bullets – than throwing stones.

Refugees and migrants desperate to reach Europe are still risking their lives making the trip. At least 12 people have died in two separate attempts to cross the Mediterranean. September 12, six Syrians – including two infants and a child – were found dead after the boat they were on arrived in Sicily, while on September 14, six other refugees drowned – a wife, three children and two babies – after their boat sank off Turkey.

Not so long ago it seemed that Iran and the United States were about to reach an agreement to reinstate their nuclear non-proliferation agreement. Now, it’s clear that a deal won’t be done any time soon. The main stumbling blocks, as our correspondent in Tehran explains, Maziar Motamedi, are an investigation into nuclear materials found in Iran and the Israeli and domestic opposition. Don’t expect anything until at least after the US midterm elections.

[READ: Albania blames Iran for second cyberattack since July]

It’s not all bad news

This university of Qatar train commentators so that visually impaired people can take full advantage of the world Cup. Advertisers will learn how to provide “ultra-detailed descriptive audio commentary.” Visually impaired fans will be able to download an app and “be part of the cheering and singing crowd”.

Coach Alan March speaks in front of the class during blind practice commentary [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The end of Mashrou’ Leila

It was news that fans of the hugely popular lebanese rock band were expecting, but that didn’t make it any easier to accept: Mashrou’ Leila is not anymore. Singer Hamed Sinno confirmed the group’s breakup on Sunday. Their music isn’t going anywhere, so here goes five of their best songs (IN MY HUMBLE OPINION).

In short

A baby was rescued from the rubble but at least six other people were killed after a building collapsed in Amman, JordanEgyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in his first visit to Doha since a regional crisis of 2017 – The UN calls a cholera epidemic in Syria a “serious threat” – And Turkish popstar Gulsen has been released from house arrest

IRAQ-ARCHAEOLOGY-TOURISM
A tourist visits the ancient city of Hatra in northern Iraq as initiatives by local authorities seek to encourage tourism and turn the page on years of ISIL (ISIS) violence [Zaid Al-Obeidi / AFP]

­[GALLERY: The ruins of Iraq’s Hatra used to be controlled by ISIL (ISIS) – now tourists are back]

Shameless Palestinian on Netflix

Netflix’s latest original comedy series, titled month, tells the hilarious and sometimes harrowing story of an undocumented Palestinian addicted to hummus and olive oil (and drinking a syrupy concoction called lean) as he navigates life in Texas. “For decades, Palestinian identity has been systematically erased from popular culture consumed by much of the world,” filmmaker Ahmed Twaij writes in this opinion piece. “Shows like Mo provide an opportunity to reclaim what was taken.”

quote of the week

“Refugees are not rubbish, they are not the scum of a country, the Lebanese people are suffering and that is the net effect of it,” says Lebanese-Australian aid worker Tom Zreika, whose team investigated the sinking of a boat in April that killed about 40 people. Family members of the victims accuse the Lebanese marine from deliberately ramming the boat. Zreika’s team sent a submarine to take photos of the sunken wreckage – including harrowing images of the bodies of the victims trapped inside the boat. According to the navy, the boat seems intact, proof, she says, that she is not responsible for the disaster.

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