Inside the Middle East
August 1, 2010
Posted: 1034 GMT

By the CNN Wire Staff

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates(CNN) - The United Arab Emirates will
suspend some BlackBerry services starting October 11, officials said Sunday.

Authorities said the suspension will remain until an "acceptable
solution can be developed and applied which brings the BlackBerry services in
line with the UAE's telecommunications regulations."

Etisalat, a UAE-based telecommunications services provider, said it was
notified of the suspension Sunday.

Telecom officials will suspend BlackBerry services providing email, web
browsing, instant messaging and social networking, according to Etisalat.

BlackBerry officials were not immediately available for comment.

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sam pucci   August 1st, 2010 6:38 pm ET

shame on uae !!!!

Eddie   August 2nd, 2010 1:39 pm ET

Shimon Peres said England was "deeply pro-Arab ... and anti-Israeli", adding: "They always worked against us."

He added: "There is in England a saying that an anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jews more than is necessary."

His remarks, made in an interview on a Jewish website, provoked anger from senior MPs and Jewish leaders who said the 87-year-old president had "got it wrong".

But other groups backed the former Israeli prime minister and said the number of anti-semitic incidents had risen dramatically in the UK in recent years.

The controversy follows the furor last week over David Cameron's remark that Gaza was a "prison camp", as he urged Israel to allow aid and people to move freely in and out of the Palestinian territory.

Mr Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is three years into his seven-year term as president and was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen in 2008, said that England's attitude towards Jews was Israel's "next big problem".

Sadly for Shimon Peres, England is a true democracy with more than stone throwing youth to defend itself. Perhaps he has become so use to attacking defenceless civilians in Palestine that he now feels big enough to pick fights with other nations.

Palestinians are part of the Semite family. Israelis (and most Jews) hate Palestinians and the far-right Kach movement advocates the removal of Palestinians from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.. Therefore Israelis (and most Jews) are anti-Semites.

rgcopeland   August 2nd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

I lived there from 2007 to 2009 this shows how unstable these clowns really are.

Smith in Oregon   August 3rd, 2010 6:16 am ET

The UAE simply needs to ask the NSA, CIA, FBI and DHS how they placed taps on Rimm's servers for real time carbon copys of every users email's and text messages sent to at least 6 different server farms.

miriam   August 4th, 2010 4:42 pm ET


Peres was answering questions put to him in an interview.

Yes, England (Britain) has always been been more pro-Arab than pro-Israel and yes, there is, and increases to be, anti-semitism in Britain.

He was not picking a fight, simply answering questions in interviews that took place almost a month before Cameron's comments.

Most Israelis and Jews do not hate Palestinians but do have an issue with the false narrative and threatening mantras that come from their leaders, not to mention the on-going terrorism aimed at Israelis and Jews.

The Kach movement is banned in Israel, and is the only party in Israeli politics to have been banned, despite the fact that there are other current parties in the Knesset that openly call for the dissolution of the Jewish state.

It is well accepted that anti-semitism refers to anti-Jewish actions and abuse. Attempts to include arabs in the definition has been dismissed universally and only brought up again recently by those engaged in anti-Zionist propaganda.

proud zionist   August 5th, 2010 8:48 pm ET


what was the topic?


earle,florida   August 6th, 2010 8:17 pm ET

I guess we go back to the carrier pigeon? Years ago when wireless phones were being introduced to the rest of the world – eg. Russia, Europe, Asia, etc., – the US Gov't insisted that every technology (CDMA/TDMA) used, was to be easily un-encrypted and made readily available to our Nat'l Security. PS. Finding the servers should not pose a problem for a bonifide "Hacker"!

John A   August 10th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

Whats the difference between the USA, Israel, China, Russia compared to the UAE.

The governments of USA, Israel, China, Russia have already cracked Blackberries and can read all your private messages.

The government of the UAE doesn't know how to crack them and unlike Israel, America has not passed on the crack to the UAE.

Sheeple wake up, you all live in regimes with fare more eves dropping than the UAE. Or didn't you know??

Raymond Hilliard   August 11th, 2010 6:09 pm ET

@John A, if one is not doing anything wrong then they don't have to worry about eaves-dropping. How do you think our countries get some information on the enemies of the country? And the terrorists. I am glad they eaves-drop. Maybe that way we will avoid another 9/11!
And I believe it's exactly why the UAE doesn't want Blackberry in their country. They are up to no good while they try to look so friendly to the world, they are actually hiding their true motives of trying to make the rest of the world like their political/religious regime. You won't find freedom of speech or religion there.

Abdullah   April 18th, 2011 1:32 am ET

just lol Raymond,'s okay for America to spy on people but it's not okay for UAE to to do so
2. UAE up to no good and America is up to something good "cool, and FYI 9/11 was an inside job"
3. So if USA spy on you blackberry you have freedom??? and if the UAE do that no freedom

irrationality is all over your comment

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