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News and Analysis (12/20/18)

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Rashida Tlaib says, “Muslims were there at the beginning. … Some of our founding fathers knew more about Islam than some members of Congress now”: 

“Shaima Swileh will get on the earliest available flight out of Egypt, using a rare travel waiver granted by the U.S. State Department”:

“We have coordinated with police, military, and Islamic groups to maintain the security, so that Catholics can attend Christmas Masses comfortably and safely” — the security coordinator at Santa Maria Church:

Among his offending posts: “There will never be peace with the monsters in human form known since 1964 as ‘Palestinians.'” In the past he has also posted anti-Semitic attacks on Jews who disagree with him:

Aid will be suspend or cut to 192,000 people “in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip” as aid to the occupying power will be increased:

“Israel has been holding the bodies of more than 250 Palestinians, some of them for more than a decade. Without the return of their remains, their families are unable to proceed with formal burials”:

News and Analysis (12/18/18)

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

“[I]n the wake of Hurricane Harvey … the town of Dickinson, Texas — near Houston — required people who wanted to get Hurricane Harvey relief funds to pledge to not boycott Israel”:

A businessman adds his voice “to a steady chorus of American citizens with Middle Eastern surnames who have seen their bank accounts suddenly frozen or closed with little or no explanation or threatened with both”:

“The present U.S. administration’s policy toward Saudi Arabia’s unelected crown-prince mirrors the 25-year relationship the U.S. had with the unelected shah of Iran.” (And where do you think that might lead?):

In addition to the oppression suffered by Uighurs in the concentration camps, “the Chinese government is … forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries” …

… but “political and economic factors, including concerns about losing out on vast Chinese investments, have kept Pakistan and other Muslim countries silent about the plight in China of fellow Muslims, the Uighurs”:

“My wife’s calling me every day. Wanting to kiss and hold our son. For the one last time. Time is running out”:

“Once celebrated as esteemed experts, they are now branded ‘spies’ and national security “threats” by the state, only because their scientific findings and opinions do not seem to fall in line with the government’s policy plans”:

“[B]lockchain can streamline cumbersome bureaucratic procedures, and that the department [for science and technology] would put its best efforts into enabling and supporting private sector blockchain initiatives” — report:

The only person modern Israel has executed through a judicial process has been Adolph Eichmann; now the apartheid state considers adding capital punishment to the methods by which it kills Palestinians:

News and Analysis (12/15/18)

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

“Human rights groups have recorded dozens of incidents of the Israeli military using U.S.-made weapons in unlawful ways to injure and kill Palestinian civilians”:

“A number of key issues remain unresolved … and Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, said a framework for political negotiations would be discussed at the next round of talks at the end of January”:

Criticized for incorrectly categorizing the makruh or haram (discouraged or prohibited) practice of FGM as sunnah (accepted), the National Fatwa Committee perversely reclassified the procedure as wajib (“obligatory”):

“The notion that a tenured professor’s career could be put in jeopardy because of an ill-considered phrase concluding an otherwise nuanced speech at the U.N. violates every notion of academic freedom that we have”:

“A Palestinian teenager was shot dead during fresh raids by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Friday,” …

… and “Israeli soldiers injured … at least seventeen Palestinians with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in several areas of … [the] West Bank,” …

… “settlers threw stones at Palestinian vehicles, … an Arab bus driver was beaten” in an illegal settlement and Israel demolished the house of a man accused of killing an occupation soldier:

“With the US government’s recent sanction on Iran, it is unclear if spare parts for the Renton, Washington-assembled jet, can be procured”:

News and Analysis (12/13/18)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

The death of a premature infant due to the shooting of a pregnant settler is properly deplored, but not the murder of a disabled Palestinian, nor that the Israelis kill 16 times as many children as Palestinians:

Arrested and released on charges “of insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other offences, he was arrested again in August, just months after his release, reportedly on similar charges”:

Gulf Arab monarchies are using racism, bigotry, and fake news to denounce Washington’s newest history-making politicians.

He couldn’t completely close the door, but he has reduced Muslim refugees by over 90%:

Pompeo “underscored the laser focus the administration has placed on painting Iran as the epitome of evil in the world” but “the Security Council session also demonstrated the isolation of the United States”:

“[W]hile the electricity cost in Iran has always been relatively low, the recent significant devaluation of the Iranian rial … has made the opportunities even more appealing”:

News and Analysis (12/10/18)

Monday, December 10th, 2018

“[T]he ‘false accusations and censorship against Hill represent yet another example of the “Palestine Exception” to free speech’ and that his firing by Temple University would violate the First Amendment”:

A flimsy lawsuit: “religious discrimination (illegal settlements are by definition all-Jewish); failure to provide equal access (Palestinians are barred completely…); Airbnb is siding … against the [illegal!] occupation”:

Many moved there when Israel expelled them from their ancestral homes 70 years ago. They “now face another expulsion with a Jewish settler organisation” attempting a record East Jerusalem takeover:

“Population control has become a sensitive issue in Iran since … Khamenei issued an edict in 2014 calling for a population increase after decades of state-promoted birth control”:

“I am an Iranian living in Iran and I do believe in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. But nowhere in that constitution is indicated that I should also believe all the Official Lies”:

Instead of holding overdue elections Abbas wants to replace the democratically elected legislative body with the PLO’s Palestinian Central Council:

“We’ve never built a show based on the teachings of the Qur’an or the habits of the Muslim faith and it was a huge eyeopener for us and great experience. … [T]he kids had a fantastic time” — 
Trickster production director, David Chantler”:

“After spending years hearing negative descriptions of Islam, he was intrigued to find verses calling for peace, compassion and service. Selenica decided to learn more about the faith”:

A former FBI agent who once “punched a Minnesota sheriff he accused of sympathizing with Muslims” is coming to Texas, but conservative Republicans who believe in freedom of religion are not buying his message:

News and Analysis (12/7/18)

Friday, December 7th, 2018

“The Blocking Regulation would make it illegal for European companies to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran” and in January “the EU unveils a new electronic payment system designed to move money in and out of Iran without American scrutiny” …

… and American banks “fear they could be subject to major lawsuits in Europe unless granted a license from the Treasury Department to follow the letter of both EU and U.S. law ” …

… as the recent designation of two Iranians “for allegedly using bitcoin to facilitate ‘malign activities’ and payments … was the first time that US sanctions targeted digital currency addresses” …

… and “all three pillars of Trump’s policy of strangulating Iran are at risk” because of the Khashoggi murder, Netanyahi’s “existential fight for his political future,” and “political obstacles” Trump faces in the wake of the mid-term elections:

The play has been called a “Muslim Godspell” by one audience member and calls itself “the story of ‘a love affair between Islam and Jesus.'”  The Silk Road Rising Executive Director says, “In light of the #MeToo movement, Mary’s prominence in the play and in the Quran adds to the show’s timeliness”:

Sustainable Development Goals are inadequate without the Maqasid ash-Shariah “safeguarding the faith …, protecting the self from harm …, protecting the intellect …, safeguarding the progeny … and protecting” property without bias “towards gender, nationality, ethnicity, or social status”:

The Emir of Kano maintains “that during the regime of Second Caliph, Umar bn Khattab and fifth Caliph Umar bn AbdulAziz , no one was poor enough in their communities to receive Zakat because the one distributed in the previous year made them to be self-reliant”:

After intense debate students voted overwhelmingly for Columbia to divest from companies “from companies that “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians,” but “before the vote had even taken place, the college had already announced that it would not act on a vote to divest”:

“Afghan immigration … is a godsend for the country’s small and medium-sized businesses”:

News and Analysis (12/4/18)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

PA leader Abbas sends condolence letter to president George W. Bush, whose late father pushed for major Israeli-Palestinian peace conference and attempted to “link $10b loan guarantees to cessation of settlement activities”:

“Her planned trip is a swift rebuke of a decades-old tradition for newly elected members: a junket to Israel sponsored by the education arm of … AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby group”:

Meeting resistance from within their party, Republicans who consider any mosque-going Muslim must be be anti-Constitution and associated with terrorism invite local leaders to listen to a conspiracy peddler, a move that might exacerbate a blue turn in the conservative county:

“Given the confidentiality of the proceedings and the security nature of the case, I cannot disclose details about the court’s verdict” — Shahidi’s lawyer Mostafa Turk Hamedani:

“Although Indonesia is largely secular, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation continues to imprison those deemed to denigrate or practise unorthodox versions of the country’s six officially recognised religions of Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism”:

Are Rand Paul’s “libertarian instincts, which make him skeptical of foreign aid” strong enough to stand up to the Israeli lobby which demands American tax money for its costly battle against the arc of history in support of  apartheid?

“Israel has long been accused of pressuring sick Palestinians or their relatives into collaborating in exchange for a permit to leave Gaza for treatment, as well as blackmailing closeted LGBTQ Palestinians into spying on their neighbours”:

News and Analysis (12/1/18)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

The murderer “raped her while she lay unconscious and dumped her body in a pond” but the “County Commonwealth’s Attorney … agreed to take the death penalty off the table” because potential confirmation of “severe intellectual disability” may have prevented it anyway …

… and in another case, “Dawud Walid, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan, [asks] why, if the man is insane, he wasn’t given mental health treatment instead of a light jail sentence”:

“These concentration camps … where Uighur Muslims are remade into atheist Chinese subjects” are part of program that extends to children who are separated from parents to be placed into orphanages “disguised as schools” for indoctrination “into loyal subjects who embrace atheism and Han customs”:

The county’s “Republican Party chairman … “emailed a letter to Tarrant County Chair Darl Easton asking him to ‘reject a bigoted effort launched by at least one of your precinct chairs to remove a Muslim individual from your leadership and remove another precinct chair who is married to a Muslim'”:

“Mr Amin’s tone appears to be moderating,” which worries some secular minded who fear that his “apparent lack of fixed beliefs makes [him] dangerous”:

CNN gave no reason for dropping the Temple University professor after ADL and other Zionist groups objected to his call for ‘”a single secular democratic state for everyone’ in a meeting at the UN marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Wednesday” …

… “It doesn’t matter if justice is on your side. You have to depict your position as just.” — Benjamin Netanyahu. “The best answer to propaganda is not counter-propaganda — it’s understanding how propaganda operates so it can’t work on you anymore. ” — Roger Waters:

“In recent weeks, Israel has arrested dozens of Palestinian activists for alleged illegal political activity. It demolished Palestinian shops for failing to have permits, a court has cleared the way for settlers to move in to an Arab neighborhood and the” mayor is trying to shut down UN relief operations on the city:

News and Analysis (11/28/18)

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Khashoggi killing revelations pile up:

Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani warns that lest worker’s legitinmate demands “become an excuse and an instrument for the enemy and creation of disorder in the country … the government must address workers’ problems ‘immediately'”:

A study of Duncan Hunter’s Islam-bashing ad shows that while Democrats who merely “watched the ad were nine points less likely to support Hunter, … Republicans’ support for Hunter dropped 22 points after they read criticism of the ad”:

Haji Mohammad Salish called for banning the Social Democratic Party of India after it protested the play, saying, “Our Constitution has given the right to practise religion freely. If a girl has performed azaan in a play, it is not against Islam”:

A “federal judge says despite ‘serious reservations’ he is dismissing the suit. The judge writes that active-duty personnel, even trainees, cannot sue the military in civil court”:

“Israeli rights group B’Tselem said the high court was “sanctioning the broadest move to dispossess Palestinians since 1967”, when Israel occupied the city, the West Bank and Gaza Strip” …

… “It is difficult to imagine obtaining justice for prisoners when the very foundation of Israel violates international humanitarian law”:

News and Analysis (11/25/18)

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

“The blacklist has become especially frightening, some activists said, because it’s being used by law enforcement in Israel and the United States”:

“In a historic move, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) may filibuster against massive aid package to Israel. AIPAC issues action alert to pressure Paul, predicts Congress will pass the aid package – largest in US history”:

“Kosovo authorities claim no citizen has joined a fundamentalist group over the past two years, a development partly attributed to the empowering of women through the creation of female Islamic teachers”:

Breitbart falsely accused Ilhan of “arguing against a 2017 bill banning female genital mutilation” for which she actually “had voted in the affirmative to pass….” She responded, “I am perplexed by the number of ‘reporters’ who are so allergic to the truth … Do better, just do better!”:
Javad Zarif “said that allegations about weapons of mass destruction ‘by a country that supported Iraq’s use of CW (chemical weapons) against Iran, then invaded Iraq to allegedly rid it of them is not just obscene, it’s dangerous'” …

… while an analyst’s review of their respective promises over the decades concludes that “Tehran has repeatedly delivered on its promises, while Washington has fallen short and backed Riyadh’s disastrous regional adventures”:

“Israel’s refusal to allow the return of a ‘significant number’ of refugees, as called for by the United Nations Conciliation Commission – created under Resolution 194 – compelled the world body to adopt the humanitarian-aid option”:

“By visiting Tunisia, the group said Bin Salman aims to ‘get out of his isolation’ following the widespread criticism he has faced on charges of involvement in the assassination of Khashoggi”:

“[E]ven if one concedes that at some point … [Xinjiang] had been under Chinese control, a millennium later the people living there did not feel Chinese, look Chinese, speak Chinese, share Chinese values and myths and stories, or, by and large, want be part of China. Thus began a series of rebellions”:

“Israeli forces detained Ghaith in a dawn raid on his home in Silwan neighbourhood in East Jerusalem on Sunday. The Israeli military did not provide any details about the reason for the governor’s detention”: