Archive for November, 2019

News and Analysis (11/28/19)

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Modeled on the Zionist project a “chilling video” advocates creating “an idyllic home for Kashmiri Pandits based on ugly and violent exclusions” that ignore “Kashmir’s plural cultures and histories”:

The Saudis have expressed “respect” for Xi Jinping, Egypt allowed Chinese police to “interrogate Uighur exiles on its soil” and Pakistan, though quick to speak out on the Rohingya and Kashmir, “has been silent” …

… but a Muslim-American group is calling for a boycott of the Olympics in China over the oppression of the Uighers:

Iran “estimated as many as 200,000 people took part in the demonstrations, higher than previous claims … [and] damaged more than 50 police stations, as well as 34 ambulances, 731 banks and 70 gas stations in the country”:

Just months after a billionaire donor to their cause “made a surprise public appearance in New York at the annual conference of United Against Nuclear Iran”, … several Iranian environmentalists were … behind bars”:

While U.S. is concerned over military escalation between Israel and Iran, Israel is worried by America’s desire to avoid being dragged into a regional war:

Would accepting that a two state solution is unattainable bring “a gestalt shift … about demography, … settlements, … Jerusalem, … U.S. foreign policy, and, … about Israel as a ‘Jewish,’ as opposed to a truly democratic, state” …

… “[U]nconditional support from the United States [is] a ‘key factor in prolonging the conflict,” facilitated by “the U.S mainstream media, which . . . favors the Israeli narrative over those of Palestinians”:

Kenneth Roth was attacked for daring to note that unlike the Saudi attacks on Yemen, the attacks on the Saudi oil fields “avoided hitting civilians”:

Tories split over the party’s insults to of Muslims:

Activists “say they want to empower women to denounce acts of discrimination that may be caused by misinterpretations of the law”:

News and Analysis (11/25/19)

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Domestic Violence “isn’t more or less prevalent in the Muslim community” but Muslim survivors “have talked about being perpetually revictimized when they are going out to shelters”:

Jahangiri said the protesters have been pushed into violence by foreign enemies:

Internet has been partially restored in Iran after week-long shutdown over protests, the group NetBlocks said Saturday:

Pompeo’s acceptance of settlements buys into the Israeli “veneer of legality while producing a violence that ‘shed[s] every relation to law“:

The Jewish man thanked the Muslim woman saying that “without her intervention and distraction … [the anti-Semitge’s] abuse … could have escalated to physical violence”:

Omar Shakir says that Israel’s “efforts to muzzle Human Rights Watch” have “exactly the opposite effect. The world has seen through this for what it is. It’s an attack on the human rights movement” …

… In their battle for existence, all Palestinian factions will actively protest this week in “rejection of the Israeli-American settlement enterprise that aim to eliminate the Palestinian cause”:

“In India, Muslims are watching the secular democratic principles of their country crumble”:

“It remains unclear how and if the money will be paid. It could come from the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund”:

China’s government calls the documents “fake news”:

News and Analysis (11/23/19)

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

As “a brief semblance of normalcy” appears to have ended in Kashmir…

… “Afghan public opinion is generally hostile to Pakistan, the position on Kashmir is … changing and not entirely favorable to New Delhi”…

The UK Permanent Representative to the UN, stressed that UK position on settlement has not changed: They are illegal under international law and present an obstacle to peace and the viability of two-state solution …

… but notwithstanding the EU statement on the illegality of the settlements, past experience suggests the aggression will continue if the law is not enforced, nor will the Palestinians cease to resist

India was among 166 nations that endorsed Palestinian “right to self-determination”, sticking to its stance towards the Palestinian cause:

Right-wing Hindu students object to a Muslim teaching Sanskrit ancient classical language of Hinduism:

“Banks and petrol stations were set ablaze as protests spread across the country and demonstrators clashed with security forces” …

… Iran’s response of shutting down the Internet has precedents in Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, while laws to do the same have been passed in Russia but failed in the U.S.:

“There is no evidence … that … financial stress is forcing Iran to change its regional behavior”:

“A Muslim woman has been hailed as “incredibly brave” after she confronted a man over his antisemitic rant at a Jewish father and son on the Tube” …

… but, absent violence, police declined to call a woman’s berating a Muslim women for wearing ahead scarf a hate crime, only citing her for disturbing the public …

… and “a heavily pregnant Muslim woman who was repeatedly punched and stomped on during a suspected racially motivated attack in a western Sydney cafe” …

… while the French Conservative Party favors banning the veil in public:

News and Analysis (11/20/19)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Palestinian and Israeli residents of the West Bank say the announcement of Pompeo that the United States no longer view the settlement of the West Bank illegal does nothing to change their insecurities …

… but an international backlash may have begun:

What lessons have the current anti-government protests in the Middle East, that are different and with distinct causes, learned from the 2011 Arab Revolt?

“[T]the concern isn’t merely that Iranians might communicate with one another, but also that they might communicate with the outside world and tell people what’s happening”:

Muslims make up 200 million of the total Indian population:

The Lancet refused to bow to pressure from Indian propagandists opposed to its article on the health consequences on “the suffering of civilians caught between militants and tens of thousands of Indian troops” …

… and the police “cited an ‘inappropriate post’ in which the assistant professor, whose husband is a journalist based in Kashmir, referred to the communication blackout in the Valley”:

If true, the use of live ammunition “would suggest that it is not simply the immediate trigger to the protest which was a rise in fuel prices, but…much deeper-seated problems persisting in the country”:

News and Analysis (11/18/19)

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Modi “seeks to provide citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Muslims are excluded from the list”:

“Opposition had told PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah that the Kashmir situation … and other issues need to be discussed in the Parliament” …

… and critics say the government’s policy has cost apple farmers to lose 70%:

“The All India Muslim Personal Law Board … will file a review petition within 30 days against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit” …

… while the leader of a Muslim group satisfied with the Supreme Court’s decision is also a senior spokesperson of the Hindu nationalist ruling party:

Buses transporting Muslim minorities whose voices seen as crucial for the tight presidential contest of Sri Lanka’ election have been attacked by gunfire:

Propagandists warn students that “spreading rumors” about their family members’ incarceration will only lengthen their detention …

… according to leaked Chinese ruling party documents:

“My apologies if in my haste to reach out I created a false impression that any investigation had reached definitive conclusions” that this was not a hate crime:

“There are 31 marginal seats where the Muslim electorate outnumbers the sitting member of parliament’s (MP’s) majority” …

… while in the U.S. Muslims are winning political office despite the hatred on social media:

Gasoline is only fifty cents a gallon in Iran, but a 50% price hike in one fell swoop has set off widespread demonstrations:

Parallel to the U.S. war on ISIS, Iran was clandestinely “spying on ISIS gatherings, providing covert aid to its enemies, and working to break its alliances with other insurgent factions”:

News and Analysis (11/15/19)

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Social media and right-wing nationalist actions before and during the verdict, contradict government call for respect afterward:

After “he spoke about his conservative principles, his background, his experience[,] … he was faced with a barrage of questioning which was factored around … one thing alone, and that was his religion and his race”:

A lecture on Islamic universal values of mercy, compassion, and peace was delivered at the University of Cambridge:

The coercion was “punishment for laughing,” after which the boy “wept in his mothers arms later that day and no longer wants to practice his faith at school. according to the complaint”:

“[T]he day Trump instituted the travel ban and Americans from all walks of life fought back against it was doubly profound: it’s the day I stopped hiding”:

“College Board officials said Wednesday that tests planned for May 13 of that year — the expected date of the Eid holiday — would be given a second time on May 18, to support students observing the holiday”:

Durable peace between Israel and Palestine hinges on justice to the Palestinians:

Muslims in Bangkok get satisfaction and peace of mind in shariah compliant hotels:

News and Analysis (11/12/19)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

The complexity of Israeli occupation leaves a loophole that forces Jerusalem’s Palestinians to live in an undesirable district to avoid chosing between leaving their loved ones or losing their residency status …

… Dr. Muhathir says Israel is the only country in history to “set up a settlement in another country and did not allow the host country to even enter the settlements – but … the world stood by and did nothing” …

… “By erasing the context of the occupation, Shaheed’s report perversely manages to present Palestinians as the abusers of human rights rather than the abused”:

Schumer is attacked for praising’s King “principled” approach of anti-Muslim fearmongering, division, and bigotry:

Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement leaves them free to advance their nuclear program without violating the nonproliferation agreement while n no way impeding their regional ambitions:

The resumption of rail service is a crack in the wall of the ongoing repression of Kashmir, as Britain’s Labour Party retreats into indifference:

Muslim Students Association at Penn demands their religious space for the spiritual practices and community reach out:

“Long before the bitter Babri Masjid-Ram temple issue began to cause social fissures and trigger sectarian violence in India, Muslim rulers of Avadh region built, patronised and protected Hindu temples”:

“Muslim women are often silenced by their own communities or face Islamophobic stereotypes from outside agencies when they try to seek help”:

News and Analysis (11/10/19)

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

“India’s top court allows Hindus to build temple on disputed holy site while promising Muslims land elsewhere for mosque” …

… while in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities have added a processions celebrating Prophet Mohammad’s birthday to their list of prohibited religious activities and postponed student exams without explanation:

The children’s mother “told a social worker the council ‘don’t like Muslims, they don’t want Muslim kids to be raised as Muslims by Muslim parents'”:

Minnesota anti-Islamic speaker would be disturbing to the effort of becoming a community of diversity and multi-nationalism, contends a concerned group:

Saint-Michel’s Muslim community is observing National Aboriginal Day to honor indigenous contribution to military service:

“Jews stand with Muslims” to fight bigotry:

Because of Trump Muslim Travel ban and the consequence shortage of scholars and imams from Muslim countries, mosques in the US need to train religious leaders:

“I’m so glad I have colleagues like you who can educate me even after my 30 years of experience of work in race relations. Thousand apologies sir” — Lady Warsi:

As Israeli border police renege on their “deal to stay away from schools during the day” …

… Israel’s plan for cable-car shuttle to a holy site will cause an “irreversible damage to the historic city” and tighten Israel’s hold over Jerusalem:

Iran calls the accusations an Israeli “trap” and hopes that “the IAEA will maintain its vigilance”:

News and Analysis (11/7/19)

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Against all odds, Iran economy defies US economic pressure and survives sanctions:

Rouhani reiterates that Iran can’t unilaterally fulfill the 2015 agreement:

Can Europe evade sanctions to save its billions of dollars worth of trade with Iran?

Kuwait confirmed it has passed on a message but “until now no answer has emerged” although both Saudi Arabia and Iran have previously said they prefer a political solution for the regional conflict:

Montgomery County’s Board of Education voted unanimously for no AP testing on Eid:

Interfaith conference brings college students together to start dialogue between people of different background:

Apan-Muslim organization secretary-general meets with other religious leaders in Utah in an effort to work on a common objectives of global peace and harmony:

The first elected Muslim-American to Virginia Senate is a sign of the rise of the reform and progressive movement in the US:

ASU is encouraging student clubs to sign a BDS resolution to condemn human rights violations by Israel:

“Andy Levin says he was enraged at sight of water supply to illegal Jewish outpost, as Palestinian villagers remain without access”:

News and Analysis (11/4/19)

Monday, November 4th, 2019

It’s a chilling echo of Hindutva’s Ties to Europe’s Fascists in the 1930s:

“Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute, prominent Muslim organisations met to appeal for peace and harmony irrespective of the outcome of the judgment”:

Erdogan wants to resettle Arab Syrian refugees now in Turkey in the areas from which he is driving out the Kurds, but with Assad’s forces moving in with Russian support, “few refugees are likely to go back willingly”:

A Kashmiri novelist says that Islamic “discourse has taught him that one can be a good Muslim by valuing human life”:

Rouhani proposed uniting “all regional countries in a pledge of non-aggression and non-interference in each others’ affairs … after a string of mysterious attacks on oil tankers …. and Saudi oil installations”…

… and diplomatic consultations between Iran and the Saudis yields the release of fishermen captured last December “after their fishing boat landed in Saudi Arabia’s territorial waters due to bad weather conditions”:

NY police are investigating the mysterious death of a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter who when she was seventeen sparked “a minor melee” after being refused admission “on a ride because of her hijab”:

Forty years after Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy, some ex-hostages want better relations and some want “maximum pressure” but none are optimistic for “we are hostages to our own history” …

… while in Iraq protesters attack an Iranian consulate, replacing Iranian flags with Iraqi flags and spray-painting “Karbala is free, Iran out, out!”:

At the book fair in the UAE, everything the “American comedian and television personality Steve Harvey … said about faith, religious tolerance, and hard work was greeted with loud cheers and thunderous applause”:

“Police forces and intelligence agents raided Hidmi’s home in Jerusalem and took him into custody, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media”: