News and Analysis (8/16/19)

August 16th, 2019

Has Trump inadvertently bullied Israel into admitting that–for once–it fears the U.S. Congress?

“Since a presidential decree abolished the state … the Internet has been shut down, cellular networks have been disabled, and even landlines went dead. Public assembly is banned, and citizens are under curfew” …

… “One Indian journalist put it to me bluntly. ‘Most Indians see Israel as kindred spirits – nationalists who hate Muslims. … ‘We have our own West Bank now, complete with settlements,’ one Indian friend said to me”‘:

An honest assessment of the “12 areas where the Trump administration sought Iranian concessions” shows that of “12 demands, none have been met”:

“A third defendant, Vincent Vetromile, 20, is scheduled to be sentenced to seven to 12 years in prison Aug. 29 after pleading guilty to weapons possession”:

“[T]he same playbook that has been employed against the Muslim and other immigrant communities, specifically refugees from the Middle East, has been employed against the immigrant community as a whole”:

The UAE “and Israel already share some security connections. … But including the United States … could signal … commitment to the Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign “:

Lies, distortions, and half-truths must be refuted, but absurdities such as “even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms” refute themselves:

“[H]e reportedly told a Muslim woman to ‘go back to your country’ and walked toward her with a knife”:

News and Analysis (8/14/19)

August 14th, 2019

“We had to stick our arms out through a small opening in the door. We soon realized that after our injections that we didn’t get our periods anymore”:

“Many of the BJP’s aspirations and policy proposals for Kashmir are imitations of extant Israeli practices in Palestine” including building “Israeli-style Hindu-only settlements in Kashmir”:

Ashraf Ghani never followed through with his promises to Internally Displaced Persons “that if they were to vote for him, they would receive plots of land and support”:

Use of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism to prevent “a bike ride raising awareness of the plight of the Palestinian demonstrates the real threat to freedom of expression that it represents”:

“[F]eminism in Islam… emphasizes the inclusion of Muslim women in the religious sphere, with no conflict with their call for their political rights or their active participation in public life”:

“[I]ncome tax is considered an oppression in classical Islamic law. If the only tax we had to pay was 2.5% of whatever we own for a year, most, apart from the ultra-rich would find they’d pay a lot less tax”:

Beyond its bombings, demolitions and invasions of Palestinian schools, Israel creates a “Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare for any international scholar wishing to teach at a Palestinian university “:

“Although the petition focused on the blindfolding, it also argued that the Palestinian shepherds were generally detained … for punitive purposes … [contravening the] purpose of and procedures for detaining Palestinians” …

… “While most of the village’s inhabitants were sitting down to a festive meal, a large police force arrived, entering the Masri family’s parking lot and shooting point blank at a person’s leg”:

Only intervention by the Revolutionary Guard saved him from a death penalty after the ministry of Intelligence tortured him into a false confession:

News and Analysis (8/11/19)

August 11th, 2019

The Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, warned that “Jews are strictly prohibited from entering Temple Mount according to Jewish law,” but police precipitated clashes with a last minute policy reversal:

India has not only stripped Kashmir of its limited autonomy; in an unprecedented move it has reduced it from a state to “union territory” (like demoting Texas to the status of Puerto Rico) …

… and the consequences won’t be good:

“Reporters … found, over seven days of traveling through the region, that the vast network of detention camps erected by the government of China’s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, continues to operate, and even expand”:

The hajj rites commemorate “the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail, or Abraham and Ishmael as they are named in the Bible … [and Abraham’s] wife, Hagar, who … ran between two hills … searching for water for her dying son”:

Abbas seeks “the repeal of the Israeli law that allows this confiscation of funds – theft, as defined by the Palestinians” on the assumption that Israel understands “the political dangers [posed by] the PA’s financial collapse”:

As the Saudis became more aggressive, Tehran began to see the Taliban as less of a threat than the Islamic State and opened up to “groups whose more-moderate positions made them decent candidates for cooperation”:

“Yes, we are racists, of course we are. … The fact that someone is your inferior is not a reason to deride him or eliminate him, but help him”–Rabbi Bnei Davi:

“The German Foreign Ministry said Friday that Bernd Erbel was not to assume the position as INSTEX chief ‘for personal reasons'” after he was criticized for saying, “The Palestinians are the victims of our victims”:

News and Analysis (8/8/19)

August 8th, 2019

“India … sent tens of thousands of troops to its northern state of Jammu and Kashmir[,] … cut phone and Internet service and put Kashmiri politicians under house arrest … [revoking part] … of the Indian Constitution”:

The “[b]lunder … described as insulting to both Muslims and journalists” demonstrates that “newsrooms need to be diverse, & if you hire more diverse staff, this won’t happen”:

The court ruled that Fordham disapproved Students for Justice in Palestine for criticism “of Israel, rather than some other nation, in spite of the fact that SJP advocates only legal, nonviolent tactics [against] Israel’s policies”:

Rather than building a relationship with the Muslim community, the clumsy Canadian fishing expeditions are engendering “less trust for the government[,] … less … [feeling] that ‘This is my home'” :

A Christian, she experimented with fasting when a Muslim told her it increased empathy for the poor; it made her feel so good that by the end of Ramadan she was seriously studying Islam:

A Muslim woman “born and raised in West Philadelphia” says that while at a water park with her children, she “asked the woman in front of her to stop cursing” and was told “to “go back” to where she came from”:

“Official sources now admit that they were well aware that people were being killed when even the State did not claim that this is justified … [yet only now has the IDF] decided to change the open-fire regulations”:

Americans were asked “If you were expelled & resettled into a resource restricted area, would you fight to return or forfeit legal claims for a new life under a promised economic development plan?” 68% said “fight”:

“War is not our business, but negotiations and diplomacy are. War is not our purpose. Peace is our mission. Peace is our philosophy in life, and you are right, diplomacy is our art” —

… “This is idiotic. If Trump wants to talk, as he claims, he needs to talk to Iran’s chosen representative”– Jarrett Blanc, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:

News and Analysis (8/5/19)

August 5th, 2019

Jehan Hakim, chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, explains, “[O]ur Islamic values come in where we have to fight for justice even in the face of a tyrant, even if it’s speaking against your own family”

Robin Wright says that Javad Zarif gave Rand Paul multiple ways of guaranteeing Iran would never have a nuclear weapon, but suggested that “if Trump wanted more, he would also have to offer more” …

… but knowing Trump prefers direct negotiation,  …

… administration hawks have convinced him to sanction the man who could help him prevent war. Is the President smart enough to see through their manipulation?

… before Iran must choose between joining Egypt in calling for a nuclear free Middle East or emulating Israel in “developing nuclear weapons in defiance of international agreements on denuclearisation” …

… under the circumstances, not only Europe and the UAE, but even the Saudis have signaled a willingness to negotiate with Iran:

Defenders of Trump’s call for four Congresswomen to go back where they came from “conflate love of Israel with love of America because they see Israel as a model for what they want America to be: An ethnic democracy”:

“Tlaib’s visit, which she plans for August together with her fellow “squad” member Ilhan Omar and other US officials, is going to be significantly different from these AIPAC-organised visits”:

Iran says the captured ship “was carrying 700,000 liters of fuel, without elaborating on the nationalities of the detained crewmen”:

“The government’s August 4 directive … said employing cryptocurrencies is permitted if users accept the risks involved, and also banned using cryptocurrencies as methods of payment inside Iran”:

One attorney said his client “had merely protested compulsory hijab and had nothing to do with other charges claimed by the prosecutor.” None were allowed to represent at indictment, interrogation, or trial:

News and Analysis (8/2/19)

August 2nd, 2019

“On Monday, Pompeo tweeted: ‘We aren’t afraid of [Zarif] coming to America where he enjoys the right to speak freely.'” Change your mind, Mike? …

… the EU will not buy in:

Commissioners of a Long Island fire department that lost a man in the response to the 9/11 attacks on the three World Trade Center buildings unanimously passed the resolution:

“[W]hile the Middle East-North Africa region had the highest levels of religious restrictions in the world, Europe saw some of the biggest increases over the last decade in certain types of restrictions”:

Hindu nationalists have demanded that Zamato “should … serve Muslims non-Halal food” but the company responds “that as an aggregator, it neither prepares the food nor decides whether or not it is Halal”:

“[H]arrassment began about a month ago, when a Jerusalem Magistrate Court’s judge …rejected the state’s contention that the family’s home is illegal”:

You’ve heard of “liberal except on Palestine?” Now there’s “privacy except for Palestinians”:

“Inspired by the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements, it calls for Palestinian liberation on terms of full equality with Israelis and categorically opposes all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism”:

Companies punishing innocents in “countries targeted by sanctions so as to avoid coming under fire themselves … compromis[e] the … online freedoms and global open source communities they were set up to facilitate”:

“No one has claimed responsibility for the other attack which Medecins Sans Frontieres said killed 10 people. Past car attacks in Yemen have been carried out by Islamist militant group al Qaeda”:

News and Analysis (7/31/19)

July 31st, 2019

“[N]either the Saudi government nor the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, responded to multiple requests for comment about the disappearance and detention of various Saudi citizens”:

“Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an expanding national effort to ‘Sinicize’ its Muslim” people …

… while its boasts of “mission accomplished” are rejected by China policy experts and ethnic Uighur Muslims abroad who say that those nominally freed are forced into labor programs”:

The revaluation constitutes monetary surrender in the face of a rial that “has plunged from 32,000 to $1 at the time of the 2015 deal to around 120,000 to $1 these days”:

Instant divorce is prohibited by the Qur’an which requires a divorce take three months, but Modi think those who do not fear God will fear him:

After featuring Zoha Rahman in Spider-Man: Far From Home as “Marvel’s first inclusion of a hijab-wearing Muslim character,” Marvel announces Mahershala Ali will be the new lead of Marvel Studios’ reboot of Blade“:

Denouncing the government’s attempt to brand the demonstrators as terrorists, the cardinal insists, “From my own understanding, the protests were always peaceful and we never saw them armed”:

In a racist conception of “balance,” Israel will spend tax money building 6,000 new homes for illegal settlers while allowing only 700 Palestinians to build homes on their own land with their own money:

“Boris is not the only ‘passionate Zionist’ on the frontbench. In fact, all four Great Offices of State are now occupied by committedly pro-Israel MPs” and any no-deal Brexit will increase dependency on Trump’s America:

“[T]his administration’s Iran outreach falls flat, because it’s rooted in ignoring the lived experience of Iranians — not least the devastation wrought on them by U.S. policy”:

News and Analysis (7/29/19)

July 29th, 2019

MbS promotes a Saudi “strand of ultra-conservatism that preaches absolute obedience to the ruler … as a way of countering … the [Iranian] notion of an Islamic republic that recognizes a degree of popular sovereignty”:

A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry says, “Intensification of security-policing approaches would not help settle the crisis in Bahrain” that has followed pro-democracy protests of the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprisings:

“Several people have been attacked in India after being forced to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’, which roughly translates to ‘Hail Lord Ram’, a Hindu god,” but police question this boy’s story and accuse him of setting fire to himself:

Giuliani and Bolton embrace the MEK, but Pompeo insists neither he “nor the president have any association with the group” that a State Dept. report called “[s]hunned by most Iranians and fundamentally undemocratic”:

Ahmadis, Christians, and ordinary Muslims are among the victims of the violent backlash against the the so-called Islamic State’s Easter Sunday attacks:

Those arrested by Iran may or may not be among the CIA spies there, but to believe that “the US abhors war and avoids it at all costs” is to forget “Vietnam, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya”:

Many Palestinians are skeptical that Abbas is capable of the “extensive preparations, strategic planning and coordination among the various organizations and institutions” needed to implement his declaration:

Noting that Muhammad’s early followers overcame “their hatred for each other, become united and helped towards the establishment of the great Muslim civilisation” and asks can today’s Muslims not do the same?

News and Analysis (7/26/19)

July 26th, 2019

In a bizarre statement Pressley defended her vote condemning non-violent anti-apartheid activism “as an expression of  solidarity … [against] hateful rhetoric from the Trump Administration”:

“Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have heightened in recent days after the demolition of the buildings … which Israel’s High Court said had been built too close to its [illegal] West Bank barrier” …

… while in Lebanon, “demonstrators oppose a new Lebanese labor ministry rule requiring them to have special work permits”:

Estimated at “1 percent of the U.S. population, Muslims make up about 9 percent of the U.S. prison population. In some states, including Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, that number [exceeds] 20 percent”:

Petrobras feared to do its job because of American sanctions, but Iran’s ambassador to Brazil says if the issue is not resolved, Iran can turn elsewhere “because this is a free market and other countries are available”:

“Although many expressed concerns about allowing many Muslims into the United States, none indicated that Muslims in the country should be denied the right to individually practice their religion”:

When Trump previously picked her to serve on “the National Security Council[, s]he withdrew herself from consideration after it was discovered that her book and doctoral thesis were filled with extensive plagiarism”:

The eviction of “Saudi Arabia’s most fanatical pro-Israel influencer … [from] al-Aqsa mosque … was a propaganda gift for the kingdom’s anti-Palestinian trolls, tasked with pushing normalization with Israel at all costs”:

The Israeli and Saudi “de facto veto … [is] evidenced by US support for MBS’s senseless and unsuccessful war in Yemen and by the Trump administration’s effective abandonment of the two-state solution”:

News and Analysis (7/24/19)

July 24th, 2019

“The protest leaders were certain that as soon as the soldiers saw that the villagers had retreated, they would stop shooting. But the troops kept up their fire” …

… “[T]he demolition of some 10 apartment buildings … left 17 people homeless, including 11 children. Another 350 Palestinians await the imminent arrival of bulldozers on their doorsteps too” …

… “[R]aids … take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, … conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its … arbitrary powers”:

Passage of the nonbinding House version notwithstanding, “House Democrats have voiced concerns that the Senate bill [would] … penalise free speech otherwise guaranteed by the First Amendment”:

Civilization brought to Europe “primarily … by the Black Africans of the Nile Valley” was passed on by the Greeks “to the Romans who ultimately lost it …[until other] Black Africans. he Moors, brought the Dark Ages to an end”:

In appreciation, she founded “a nonprofit that works with the city’s homeless population, seniors, youth, and families and orphans in Bosnia”:

“Human Rights groups say Zakzaky, who is being held with his wife, deserves a speedier trial”:

One of six Arab  ‘journalists officially hosted by the Israeli foreign ministry” aimed  at normalization of relations, Saud professed his love for Israel; Israelis called it a step towards peace and Palestinians called it treason:

“[T]he EU ban on oil sales to Syria concerned only EU member states[,] … the Grace I was in international waters and seizing it is a form of piracy[, and] there is no proof it was headed for Syria”:

Energy subsidies have been problematical so “government ministers will vote on a measure to approve an electricity rate for mining farms”: