Archive for January, 2019

News and Analysis (1/16/19)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

PA serves as Israel’s dirty work torturing a former resident of New Jersey for charitable work on behalf families of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, Amnesty International demands humane treatment and a fair trial …

… while Israel itself fines West Bank Palestinians for offenses, most of which “don’t involve the harming of people or property”:

… and demonstrators against a 9% social security tax “who called the Palestinian Authority a ‘gang of thieves,’ seemed to represent a prevailing mood of total distrust in the government”:

The FBI declines to comment on the Iranian report that a journalist who has reported on “discrimination against women, Muslims and African-Americans in the” U.S. has been arrested without charge and mistreated:

Bolton’s use of the NSC “to bend US foreign policy to his will — and especially toward a much harder stance against Iran — all under President Trump’s nose … [would have him fired] in any other administration”:

“Building Blocks of Islam … extended its hospitality at the airport by donating 400 sambusas Tuesday. The pans of the savory pastry arrived with a note from the ‘Muslim Community of MN'”:

“Grand Mufti M. T. Azabagić, who argued in the 1880s that a Muslim can in fact live happily under a tolerant non-Islamic state ‘where he is neither abused nor insulted for his acts of devotion'”:

Netanyahu has pushed “Western countries to impose tough economic sanctions on Iran and to cut business ties with Iranian companies. Apparently, though, this does not apply to doing business in Israel”:

“[T]he British-Iranian woman held by Tehran, started a hunger strike after her interrogators tried to persuade her to become a spy, her husband has claimed”:

By conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, “the far right in Austria and Germany … try to absolve themselves and their predecessors of wrongdoing”:

News and Analysis (1/13/19)

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Rubio failed in his attempt to pressure pro-Israeli senators embarrassed that the bill to send Israel $38 billion and to take away Americans’ freedom to boycott its apartheid policies got precedence over ending the shutdown :

Tarrant County, Texas, Republicans “voted overwhelmingly against the removal of one of their party leaders … not over qualifications or any misdeed … [but] whether [his] Muslim faith disqualified him from the job”:

“A Muslim family went to a hospital in Northern Virginia to celebrate a joyous occasion: the birth of a newborn baby” but they say that a hospital supervisor told the veiled women, “‘Nobody wants you here”:

Vallelonga apologized especially “to the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali, … all members of the Muslim faith” and his “late father who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship,” promising the lesson is not lost on him”:

In addition to shooting a woman in the head the government wounded over two dozen others, “including two members of the media and one paramedic”:

“The British-Iranian dual national plans to strike for three days in protest against being denied medical care in Tehran’s Evin prison, but will consider extending the protest if her demands to be seen by a doctor are not met”:

“Poland, led by a right-wing populist government, is a long-standing American ally that has better relations with US President Donald Trump than other European powers such as Germany and France”:

News and Analysis (1/10/19)

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

The Irish journalist traveled “to the USA-Mexico border, the now demolished Berlin Wall, the Korean DMZ and the Israel-Palestine Separation Barrier” …

… “The West Bank has many segregated roads, but none of them [until now has been] divided along its entire length by a wall”:

The Maryland governor ordered “contractors to certify in writing that they don’t boycott Israel” which violates “First Amendment-protected political advocacy”:

“In effect, the Israeli government whose crowning legacy so far is the proto-fascist nation-state law, has become the first Israeli government to seek to export anti-democratic legislation to the United States of America”:

“Muslim women themselves have been challenging these notions, taking control of narratives that attempt to frame their experiences within a limited Western understanding”:

With the election of the U.S. is beginning to catch up to female Muslim political figures successful like the female prime ministers of Pakistan, Turkey, Bangladesh (two) and heads of state in Senegal and Indonesia:

“As a proposal to oust a Tarrant County Republican Party leader because he’s Muslim looms Thursday night, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stressed that ‘the promise of freedom of religion is guaranteed’ by the U.S. Constitution”:

“Bolton openly promotes “a cult-like group” that sided with Saddam Hussein’s 1980 invasion of Iran and has since “spent lavishly” what is courting both conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats”:

“[M]ost hate crimes recorded in Thurrock were against Muslims,” a situation that will not be helped by denying “children, who arguably are those that most need to be taught about Islam,” the opportunity:

Rezaian testified that he “was convicted of espionage after a ‘sham trial’ with no witnesses, and evidence that consisted of his newspaper article s and an earlier unsuccessful application for a U.S. government job” …

… “[W]orsening ties could be heard in remarks Wednesday by Iran’s … Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, … ‘Some U.S. officials pretend that they are mad. Of course I don’t agree with that, but they are first-class idiots'”:

News and Analysis (1/7/19)

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Federal courts have already ruled similar bills “to be unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment speech rights of American citizens”:

“482 politically motivated crimes by Jews reported in the West Bank last year, including assault and property damage”:

On top isolation, inadequate medical treatment, and small vermin infested food rations, Israel proposes to put rival factions together which “may cause fights to break out … in light of the current political climate“:

Ahmadinijad quoted Khomeini “that Israel would disappear from the pages of history.” Iran is still explaining that he “did not say that he would destroy it. Israel’s policy and conduct will lead to its being destroyed by itself”:

“This is our country, and we have to take care of it, even if politicians are unwilling to” — Faizan Tariq, whose family moved to Alexandria from Pakistan when he was three:

“[F]ar from homogeneous … [g]roups range from the vigilante-like Islamic Defenders Front … and the radical Hizbut Tahrir … to the more moderate Prosperous Justice Party, which has members in parliament”:

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman openly attributes the delay “in part to upcoming Israeli elections”:

The “city settled with Raheem Hassan for $224,000 but did not admit to wrongdoing”:

News and Analysis (1/5/18)

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

“The American Muslim community is definitely one of the most diverse, if not the most diverse, religious community in America,” commented a former U.S. envoy to the OIC, adding, “This is America” …

… but instead of being sworn in on an English translation written for Christian missionaries, Tlaib decided to use her own Qur’an:

The only thing [MbS is] modernizing is Saudi dictatorship” — Hassan Minhaj

“I do see my experience as guiding my work till this day and I hold onto a verse of the Qur’an in which one simple sentence is repeated twice within six verses of one chapter: ‘Verily with hardship comes ease'”:

“[L]argely well received,” is this “exploration of the complex, multifaceted world of Muslim fashion … a turning point in mainstream America’s appreciation of the interplay between faith, feminism, and identity?”

Delegation organizer dismisses charges that positive comments about Islam mask a pro-Israeli agenda: “The question is not what’s going to happen in the end of days … [but] what is what’s going to happen tomorrow”:

After feeling “lumps in her breasts, pain in her neck, as well as numbness in her arms and legs” her husband “told the Guardian that medical treatment had been blocked, and a visit from an outside psychiatrist banned”:

Before MPAC, “When they’re showing Muslims praying, they’re showing them praying incorrectly, when they’re quoting the Qur’an, there’s no passage in the Qur’an that actually says that”:

The “Boeing 737s has been stuck in Iran for three weeks after an unscheduled landing because of engine problems, as U.S. restrictions reportedly create headaches for the airline and possibly passengers”:

“Many Iranians continue to access the services despite the bans, circumventing the technical blocks by routing traffic through an overseas internet address”:

News and Analysis (1/2/19)

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

She was killed when “an Israeli sniper [fired] into a crowd that included white-coated medics in plain view … [though] neither the medics nor anyone around them posed any apparent threat of violence to Israeli personnel”:

Given Western support for the Yemen War and indifference to “atrocities against Palestinians, … interventions by western governments in the judiciary cases in Iran … [seem] hypocritical and politically motivated”:

Detroit-born woman told to “Go back to India” before an attack that results in hospitalization:

“Women’s mosques” are enjoying a resurgence, but despite closures during the “Cultural Revolution,” China’s Hui Muslims have had them for centuries:

Rulers in Iran and the U.S., each in their own way, see digital currency as a threat to national security:

The withholding tax would have rendered unworkable “a bilateral agreement to settle oil trades through an Indian government-owned bank … in the Indian currency, which is not freely traded on international markets”:

Focus “has shifted in selected countries to the promotion of a strand of Salafi ultra-conservatism that preaches absolute obedience to the ruler, a corollary to [MbS]’s crackdown on critics and activists at home”: