Archive for November, 2019

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”:

News and Analysis (11/2/19)

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

Israel invested in facial recognition software used to watch Palestinian all over the West Bank …

… “[i]t’s possible to scrape the biographical data of thousands of Palestinians from an exposed server”:

The US government equates anti-Israel apartheid with anti-Semitism but the Illinois Student Government condemns such equation as racism:

Appointment of the Kuwait ambassador to Palestine is an assertion of the Palestinians’ right to an independent state:

The US sanctions are blocking life-saving medicine and endangering the lives of Iranians:

“Throughout the Holocaust, Muslims engaged with Jews and helped them seek refuge from persecution”:

One veteran of the revolution declares, “[I]f we had been allowed to criticize [the Revolution], we wouldn’t have so much embezzlement, theft and betrayal” …

… while another disputes “a revisionist history now being offered … [that] Iran’s Revolutionary Guard … directed the attack, insisting all the blame rested with the Islamist students who let the crisis spin out of control” …

The annual gala of the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) is uniting Americans of all backgrounds for social cohesion, promoting inclusion and celebrating heritage:

For Palestinians, the Al Wihdat Soccer Team playing at the refugee camp is literally a reminder of dispossession, and of the 1956 catastrophe in which 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes: