News and Analysis

July 9th, 2020

While numbers of US businesses were shut out of the Relief packages, pro-Israeli nonprofit organizations benefited heavily:

“Palestinian residents face widespread discrimination, most lack citizenship and many live in fear of being forced out” …

… as is demonstrated by a Jerusalem court’s eviction of a family from the home they built 30 years ago and the destruction of a centuries old cemetery:

Chinese investment, a Syrian military alliance, and the opposition of both foes and friends to America’s attempt to manipulate the UN Security Council all attest to the failure of “maximum pressure” tack:

Would the one-state solution under the current Israeli system guarantee Palestinian equal rights?

While many people are resorting to social distancing, Abdelaziz, a psychiatrist and Muslim Chaplin, works full-week providing spiritual healing for Muslims and non-Muslims patients:

His works introduced the decimal system (“Arabic numerals”) to Europe:

How India forced Imran Khan to abandon a bi-lateral negotiation for international intervention:

Black Liberty Matters

July 7th, 2020

With the murder of George Floyd, the demand for respect for the lives of black Americans has exploded into the streets. Yet, after two decades of imprisonment of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (f/k/a H. Rap Brown), the demand for the respect of the LIBERTY of black Americans remains shockingly mute. Is it that Americans value liberty less than life (Patrick Henry is turning over in his grave) or is it that a century and a half after passage of the 13th amendment abolishing slavery Americans are still loath to admit that liberty, no less than life, is right for black people as well as whites?

On July 1, 2020, the Islamic Circle of North America live-streamed a conversation between Imam Khalid Griggs and Imam Jamil’s son Kairi Al-Amin, Esq. on the story of Imam Jamil Al-Amin’s struggle and updating his situation. Kairi explained that his father has seen more clearly than most the necessity of a bridge between the youth and the elders of a community. Imam Khalid noted that Imam Jamil is an excellent example of the hadith that the Prophet (pbuh) said that the best before Islam will be the best in Islam once they understand the din. Jamil “was who he was before Islam, and just became a better version after he embraced Islam.”

Imam Khalid asked Kairi in his professional opinion as a lawyer if there is any precedent for someone having a lifetime gag order imposed after his conviction so he can never discuss the falsehood of his conviction. Kairi responded that there is no official gag order, but, rather, that any request for an interview has been routinely denied for twenty years. Even Mumia Abu-Jamal has a radio show. But knowing “the power of [Imam Jamil]’s words to move people” (when “they put the leader of the Aryan Nation in a cell next to him he took shahadah“) so after that they used solitary confinement and federal custody to prevent his words from reaching a public kept in darkness. It’s never been about the murder (of which a video of the actual murderer confessing now has definitively shown Imam Jamil to be innocent), Kairi says, but “about his influence.” If he has the power to convince the leader of the Aryan Nation to embrace Islam, what impact might his words have on a sleeping nation that had to wait for a video of a man being strangulated before they realized that black lives matter?

In 2002 Imam Jamil was convicted of killing a police officer two years earlier. Deemed too high profile to be held by state authorities, he was transferred to a federal “supermax” detention in 2007. In 2014 he was transferred to a federal medical center due to his deteriorating health under incarceration, and since 2018 he has been incarcerated in a federal penitentiary in Arizona. He should be released completely, not on humanitarian grounds, but on the grounds of his innocence.

Kairi reviewed all the evidence that demonstrates his father’s innocence. The strongest piece of evidence is that even before the trial ended another man confessed to the crime and continues to profess his guilt to this day. There are now 48,000 signatures on a petition for his release or for at least a new trial in which evidence in his defense would be admitted. You can contact the Fulton County district attorney’s office directly.

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute

News and Analysis (7/7/20)

July 7th, 2020

“In light of the evidence that the US has provided to date, the targeting of General Soleimani, and the deaths of those accompanying him, constitute an arbitrary killing” — UN special rapporteur:

“Contrary to USAID’s comments …, Lloyd does not refer to ‘radical Islam’ in any of these posts but the entirety of the religion”:

The council charges the government put Muslims but not the alt-right under surveillance “despite the increasing Islamophobia and hate speech directed at Muslims in New Zealand”:

Trump’s poor negotiation skills and aggressive approach to Foreign policy have undermined Iranians who support dialogue with US:

With evidence mounting that the Nantaz centrifuge fire was due to sabotage, Iran vows revenge if a foreign cyber-attack is behind it; the retaliation could come in cyberspace:

“While officials have defended the practice as a life-saving measure, civil rights groups attacked it as an assault on privacy rights”:

The incident of online retailer sheds light on the need for cultural education before embracing cultural diversity and inclusion:

Palestinian President Abbas congratulates Merkel on the presidency of Council of EU and thanks her for supporting international law and speaking up against annexation:

News and Analysis (7/5/20)

July 5th, 2020

“It was important for me to do this on a holiday that is supposed to represent America, and I wanted to shed more light on what America really should be about” — demonstrator Sandra Nichols:

Sri Lanka’s government claims to be “adapting” WHO guidelines which allow for burial of Covid victims in order to force Muslims to allow the desecration of the victims’ bodies:

“The row, which lasted several minutes, shows how conservatives will use the failure of the nuclear deal to boost the Iranian economy to isolate any reformist candidate in next year’s presidential election”:

A series of fires and accidents is suspicious …

… but Benny Gantz says Israel is “not necessarily” behind them all:

“[T]he evidence now, for the first time, very specifically meets one of the five criteria set forth by the United Nations Convention for the Punishment and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide from 1948”:

Europe earlier suspended its own attempt last January to trigger dispute resolution with Iran, but now Iran is losing patience with Europe’s failure to compensate for American non-compliance:

“The pageant has given Muslim women … the chance to participate in an American rite on their own terms, without having to compromise their faith. (Its motto: ‘promoting modesty and inner beauty.’)”:

News and Analysis (7/2/20)

July 2nd, 2020

Based on Israeli Absentee Property Law, On June 30, The Jerusalem District Court denied the Sumarin family’s appeal to remain in their home they built 30 years ago even though the family was never absent from the house

… lending support to the Palestinian claim that world outrage over annexation aims to keep “alive a grand illusion that allows them to sleep at night instead of addressing the systematic oppression Palestinians face”:

“Iran … denounced the U.S. effort and said the embargo must be lifted completely as scheduled, and that any violations of the deal are due to the U.S. withdrawal from the accord and sanctions imposed on Tehran”:

“The targeted killing of Mr Soleimani completely swept away the standard related to extraterritorial use of force by a state” — Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions:

President Hafiz-Ud-Dean Khan urges school heads to make assessments and provide assistance for students affected by coronavirus:

Salam Lakhani, an activist, businesswoman, and philanthropist who has acquired many human rights awards, has been named for the highest-ranking officers in the province by Prime Minister Trudeau:

As the atrocities in Kashmir mount, affecting the mental health of children, Muslim states still prefer words to action:

“When he cited the Indian constitution to stop the cop from beating him up, other police officials gathered to rough him up even more”:

Pompeo calls on International community to stand up to China’s repression and dehumanization treatment of Muslims:

Former Prime Minister of Palestine Salam Fayyad said: “To restore full agency in our quest for freedom and dignity, it is time for the Palestinian leadership to absolve itself of an earlier declaration”:

Getting Real About Israeli Annexation Plans

June 30th, 2020

The diversity of reactions to Netanyahu’s planned formal annexation all West Bank settlements have been fascinating. While disinterested parties, such as the EU, have generally been opposed to the proposal, not all Zionists favor it and not all Palestinians think it means a whole lot.

Christian Zionists love it for the same reasons some pragmatic Zionists hate it: because it will bring closer a horrible war that the Christian fundamentalists think is the fulfillment of a Biblical prophecy of an Armageddon in which non-converting Jews are killed. Dennis Ross and David Makovsky are concerned that the Netanyahu’s rashness will alienate the Arab states undoing “recent seismic shift that has taken place in Arab attitudes about Israel. Many of the region’s leaders now believe that, if the United States retreats from the Mideast, Israel is not only a necessary bulwark against the threats Arab states face but also a potentially useful ally. Unfortunately, the willingness of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to push annexation for his near-term political benefit could damage the emerging alignment between Israel and the Arab states. Arab leaders certainly won’t want to look as though they are even indirectly helping Israel take what they consider to be Palestinian territory.”

Naturally, anti-Zionist Jews such as Jewish Voice for Peace are alarmed that Israel’s de facto annexation is now to be practiced as in-your-face de jure Jewish supremacy. Not only are signs being raised that certain areas are off limits to Palestinians, but signs signifying areas under the Palestinian authority are coming down.

Also skeptical are pro-peace Zionists like J-Street (which bills itself as “the political home of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans”). For them, annexation “would fundamentally betray the vision and democratic principles of Israel’s founders, severely imperil the US-Israel relationship and make it nearly impossible to maintain broad support for Israel in the US.”

The pragmatists and the peace-lovers are joined by even such a self-described “ardent Zionist” as Robert Satloff, for whom annexation “abandons a relatively secure and surprisingly durable status quo for no real reason. If the U.S. and Israeli governments can’t convince even me of the logic here, there is no hope they will convince others that annexation is anything but a domestic political maneuver fueled by the growing electoral power of Israel’s ideologically motivated settlement movement, devoid of strategic rationale.”

The Palestinians too are divided in the same ways. For some it crosses a red line and for others it is just Israel’s admission to the world that yes, all the accusations of brutality, apartheid, and colonization are true. For the latter group annexation is a step in the right direction that brings the insidious infection into the sunlight where international opinion shall finally have an opportunity to resolve to treat it.

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute

News and Analysis (6/29/20)

June 29th, 2020

“Mayor Sam Liccardo said he expected any officer who made ‘racist, anti-Muslim or menacing comments’ to be fired”:

“A number of Lebanese media outlets … [defied] a judge’s ruling that banned local and foreign media from featuring her statements after she criticised Iran-backed Hezbollah in an interview last week”:

Interpol is refusing to prosecute the assassination on the grounds that “its guidelines for notices forbids it from ‘any intervention or activities of a political’ nature”:

“First, we have to fight when our loved ones are abducted and now we must flight for the simple right of internet access” — Mahrang Baloch, Baloch Students Action Committee:

“The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show”:

Caught between India’s oppression, internal disputes within the peaceful resistance, and natural disasters, Jammu and Kashmir see a renewed militancy:

A generational shift recognizes the similarity of police treatment of minorities in America to colonization tactics coincides with rising international opposition to Israel’s annexation plans:

Muslim youths compassionate rescue of an injured bull goes viral:

US sanctions against Iran hasten Tehran’s plan towards self-sufficiency:

News and Analysis (6/26/20)

June 26th, 2020

On Wednesday Rouhani said that “Tehran would be open to talk with United States if apologizes for quitting the nuclear deal and compensates Tehran”:

Ted Cruz’s attempt to crack down on Twitter for not carrying Iranian communications clearly violates the Berman Amendment’s prohibition against any form of regulation of speech protected by the First Amendment:

Bolton’s account shows that he sided with the interests of Netanyahu and the Saudi royal family over the those of the United States:

“Israel is quietly carrying out a campaign to displace Palestinian communities from the land it plans to acquire in the northern West Bank”:

While a pro-Israel super PAC “got a speech from … the campaign’s national security advisor,” Palestinians could only speak to a Muslim outreach manager with “no control over foreign policy” …

… meantime, a Congressman who for “31 years … has embodied the Democrat Party establishment’s hawkish politics on Israel: staunchly opposed to any U.S. pressure on Israel over human rights abuses” loses:

Arab Gulf regimes sold out the Palestinians for “weapons and spyware sales, military training, intelligence sharing, and joint diplomatic efforts“:

The multilayered oppression: A child is killed and Kashmiri women fighting political violence while subjected to enduring patriarchal discrimination:

Anti-Muslim rhetoric depicts Muslims as Villains; American Muslims struggle for acceptance while accommodating to their religious practices:

“Biruni’s scholarly legacy has inspired scientists and mathematicians for several centuries, and his name continues to command respect even today”:

News and Analysis (6/24/20)

June 24th, 2020

Populism would replace national identity based on a narrative history of common values with one based on a common enemy; for America that is a reversal from a country of immigrants to a country against immigrants:

Sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander the BJP’s India:

Bolton revealed Trump’s support of China’s “policy of placing Muslims in mass internment camps” on the same day Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Protection Act; but U.S. hypocrisy on the issue goes back decades:

Several Muslim groups of St. Louis marched together in support of BLM and call Muslims to “stand for justice-as prophet Muhammad did”:

“[T]he draft has little support among major powers at the U.N., reflecting Washington’s isolation on its Iran policy”:

Trump Administration Unveils Security Council Resolution Extending Iran Arms Embargo (Foreign Policy)

Girish, Assistant Professor of Law, said: “The hate mongers who were active since the district was carved out of Palakkad and Kozhikode on June 16, 1969 have received a renewed vigor ever since BJP came to power…”:

Hindutva fanatics will not allow a film to be made about the intellectual-turned-freedom-fighter who took up arms against the British occupation of India:

A 27-year-old man “was shot at [a] checkpoint in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank … and left to bleed to death for more than an hour after Israeli soldiers banned a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance from treating him”:

“There had been fears the Hajj might be cancelled altogether”:

News and Analysis (6/22/20)

June 22nd, 2020

Apparently with Israeli government approval, spyware is distributed to Arab governments to spy on journalists, including Saudi interceptions of phone calls with the subsequently murdered Jamal Khashoggi:

“The ad, which included a photo collage of President Trump, Pope Francis and burning American flags” presaged that “Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device” in Nashville:

Arrested along with seven others BLM demonstrators, the college student was deprived of her religiously-motivated headscarf for seven hours in violation of the Religious Land Use and Incarcerated Persons Act:

The OIC may consider action as the oppression in Jammu and Kashmir continues to mount:

An example of communal harmony in India is demonstrated by the Muslim man who, “in an effort to contain coronavirus, … developed a contactless sensor bell for a Hindu temple”:

The Qur‘an charges man to be God’s steward (khalifa) in maintaining the balance inherent in the natural world on which human survival depends:

As Iran’s chief rabbi reminds the world that “Judaism is a religion that is 3,300 years old, while Zionism is a national and political movement that is just 100 years old” …

… emeritus Oxford Avi Shlaim thinks the time has come to rectify the injustice of Britain’s recognition of the national rights of what was then a tiny minority in Palestine and denial of the same to the majority:

“A Turkish-US business council is projecting Turkey as a trading alternative to China” in the wake of “[c]riticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic [that] has widened the gap between Washington and Beijing”:

“Despite escalating tensions, both countries see Iran’s Chabahar port as key to stabilising neighbouring Afghanistan”: