Archive for November, 2020

News and Analysis (11/23/20)

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

In an “unprecedented move” the lame duck Secretary of State makes a “‘deliberate effort’ to prevent non-violent opposition to the occupation” by “turning international law on its head” …

… becoming “the first US secretary of state ever to visit an Israeli settlement in the illegally occupied West Bank” …

… and then meeting with Netanyahu and MbS in Saudi Arabia in a meeting kept so secret that neither Israeli “Defense Minister Benny Gantz nor Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi were informed before it took place”:

“With a lack of ventilators, PPE, and medicine, officials say Israel’s siege is a ‘death sentence’ for Gaza’s coronavirus patients”:

Astronaut Tahani Amer, the female car racing team of Marah Zahalka, Noor Daoud and Mona Enna, and thrash met6al band backer Gisele Marie Rocha are among the women validating “the premise behind Dr. Seema Yasmin’s new book — that Muslim women can be anything“:

“Intellectuals are … looked up to as the arbiters, the judges of what is the real Islam, and so they make an attractive target for a government that is interested in either controlling cultural expression or trying to completely reengineer it”:

“Politicians and activists in the region consider these acts to be part of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s project to dispossess people of their land and property in order to change the demographic status of the Muslim-majority region”:

Enraged by “scenes … between a Hindu and a Muslim, … [m]embers of the Hindu nationalist party that controls India’s central government have asked the authorities to investigate Netflix … at a time when the government is increasing censorship of what Indians watch online”:

Marvel’s Muslim superheroine is “the glue that binds two key installments of the new Disney+ docuseries, Marvel’s 616 — a reference to the main Marvel Comics timeline. Premiering on Nov. 20, the eight-episode show offers inside-the-bullpen accounts of major and minor stories from the publisher’s rich history”:

“To put a revived JCPOA on firm foundations, he needs to be able to guarantee that if Iran sticks to its part of the bargain, the U.S. will too” — Catherine Ashton (L), High Representative of the Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union:

News and Analysis (11/19/20)

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Keeping perspective.  Reducing armed forces to 2.500 troops each in Afghanistan and Iraq constitutes a reduction of about 40% in the first case and 17% in the second (and even in the case of Iraq, 50%):

According to the PA’s civil affairs minister, its “’relationship with Israel will return to how it was following ‘official written and oral letters …’ confirming Israel’s commitment to past agreements,'” which is expected to jeopardize its reconciliation with other factions, and therefor, make overdue Palestinian elections less likely:

“The subtext in the scholars’ writings and statements is that a failure to reduce tension, particularly with Iran, could persuade China to either reduce its economic involvement in the Middle East or focus on relations with non-Arab states, two of which are arch-rivals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE”:

“In the fight against political Islam, we will create a criminal offense called ‘political Islam’ in order to be able to take action against those who are not terrorists themselves, but who create the breeding ground for such” — Austrian PM:

“Women are infantilized and their agency completely trivialized when they are deemed incapable of making their own decisions in matters of their body and sexuality along with other matters. Such patronizing laws reinforce that women are “properties” of the communities they belong to”:

Pompeo “said products from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories can be labelled ‘Made in Israel'” …

… but a “Biden presidency will attempt to return to the hawkish Democratic status quo on Israel.” Right-wing Zionist, Zev Chafets predicts change the difference between Biden and Trump will be “more in tone than substance”:

“Some NGOs operate in Taliban territory quite happily, working with ‘NGO co-ordinators’ appointed by the local commander. ‘It is the government we are afraid of,’ says one employee of an aid agency. ‘With the Taliban, we can co-ordinate'”:

“We have decided to terminate our relationships with all data partners, including X-Mode, effective immediately” — Muslim Pro:

“The love stories with Muslim characters usually force women to make a choice between love and faith: the girl falls in love with a white non-Muslim boy, she fights with her family, struggles with her faith, takes off her hijab, and chooses the boy. That storyline functions as a symbol for newly gained freedom. But I am a Muslim girl, and I see myself as empowered”:

“Trump was advised against strikes on Iranian nuclear sites by senior officials warning of the risk of triggering a major conflict. But … the president may not have entirely given up on the idea of staging attacks on Iran or its allies and proxies in the region”:

News and Analysis (11/17/20)

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Big Brother is watching. “The most popular app among those targeted was a Muslim prayer and Quran app called Muslim Pro, with more than 98 million downloads worldwide. Others included a Muslim dating app”:

A former chief minister accuses the government of launching a drive to demolish the summer shelters Gujajrs have used “in pasture lands since times immemorial during the grazing season” to drive them out of their pastures and sell off the forest land:

“In the letter written by Senator Chris Coons, who is being considered as a potential Secretary of State in the next Biden administration, the senators called on Facebook to fully address the problem” and Facebook employees have also written a letter demanding action on anti-Muslim bigotry”:

How a 14-year-old boy was seduced by racist ideologues’ professions of patriotism into believing that the enemy of Britain “was Islam, was the Muslim people, was almost the police as well as the government, and journalists as well.” He is “now ‘massively ashamed’ of what he said and believed but admits at the time he found this sickening ideology ‘thrilling'”:

“Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and France are all positioning themselves to supplant the U.N. as the leader of the Libya file during this critical stage”:

“Non-BJP parties, worried that putting up Muslim candidates will only polarise the electorate, to be “tactically prudent” also hesitate in supporting Muslim candidates, leading to a further dip in representation”:

“Pompeo and his current Iran envoy, Elliott Abrams, recently revealed that they intend to announce a new sanction on Tehran every week until Inauguration Day” …

… but China and Russia’s “deepening collaboration … make[s] Iran far less susceptible than it once was, either to Trump’s campaign of ‘maximum pressure’ or to Biden’s hoped-for engagement”:

“Despite the president’s anti-Muslim policies, the margin between Trump and Biden among Muslim voters was closer than experts predicted”:

“Detroit Lions guard Oday Aboushi wants to use his place in sports and society another way, by shedding light on the plight of Palestinians and promoting religious harmony as a Muslim with friends of different faiths”:

News and Analysis (11/14/20)

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

“U.S. Department of State plans to label three leading global human rights groups—Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam—’anti-Semitic’ … will not only move forward, but will be geared to have even broader impact than originally suggested … [stipulating that claiming] that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” is anti-Semitic:

A “Zoom spokesperson … wrote that anyone was welcome to use the company’s platform so long as they didn’t run afoul of ‘applicable U.S. export control, sanctions, and anti-terrorism laws’, but declined to explain which anti-terrorism law would have applied, nor how the SFSU event [or other events critical of Zoom’s censorship] would have violated it”:

‘In order to dodge responsibility for the criminal activities of this group and other terrorist groups in the region, Washington and Tel Aviv from time to time try to paint Iran as being tied to these groups through weaving lies and leaking fabricated information to the media’; — Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh:

Heads of foreign Muslim states have no “real interest in improving lives of European Muslims. Nor do they share their concerns, priorities and values. Truth be told many European Muslims fled these very countries to find shelter here”:

Are the Roshni laws land reform to benefit the poor and landless or a scheme to enrich corrupt “bureaucrats, politicians and police officers” or a “land jihad” designed to give “Muslim occupants … ownership rights in Hindu-majority Jammu”:

India isn’t the only country persecuting Kashmiri separatists …

… but India persecuted even pro-India Kashmiris …

… and innocents are dying in the crossfire:

“We’re very happy [supervisors] repealed the ordinances. I think that’s a great move. Obviously [the ordinances] weren’t necessary in the first place, and an impediment to development of the cemetery, but until Stafford County allows AMAA to build its cemetery, this case isn’t going away” — Melanie Westover Yanez, an attorney representing the AMAA:

TSA directed the man to the pre-check line and the woman to the non-pre-check line, so it is unclear how they got into the same line or why American Airlines had the woman arrested after their inconsequential he-said, she-said dispute:

When the husband of the victim “asked for his family to be left alone, [a male attacker] — who’s still at large — pushed him to the ground, kicked him in the head and face and threatened to kill his family. [The woman then] kicked him in the stomach and yelled obscenities, according to prosecutors”:

News and Analysis (11/11/20)

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

“The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate and loosening alcohol restrictions. The Gulf country also sought to criminalise so-called ‘honour killings’, a widely criticised tribal custom”:

The EU wants to legislate against the encrypted communication of messaging apps on the pretext that the “assault on privacy and expanding government surveillance … is necessary to ‘protect people in Europe from Islamism'”:

Three young women have been held for months on charges of “affiliating with a legitimate university student group at Birzeit University and for being present at one of its meetings” as Israel continues the criminalization of “the peaceful exercise of basic and fundamental human rights: the right to freedom of association, expression and assembly”:

The two assailants grabbed the woman in hijab, telling her, “We are in America, and when her husband “told them to leave, … began to b eat him in front of his family while calling him a ‘f—— Muslim.,” and then fled when the woman called 911:

More American Muslims elected to public office:

UI calls its part-time employee’s comments “antithetical to our university values of exclusivity and respect for others” but has declined to discipline him or dismiss him from his position doing “incident data entry” out of a concern for free speech flagrantly absent when it rescinded its offer of tenure to Steven Salaita for criticizing Israel’s bombing of Gaza in 2014:
If Biden wants to restore the agreement that kept Iran from moving towards nuclear armament, he can’t afford to dally:
“The proposals, as reported by chess24 website, will be taken up during FIDE General Assembly on December 5 and 6”:

“The notice also prohibited the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association from holding elections, besides imposing prohibitory orders in premises of the district court complex”:

News and Analysis (11/8/20)

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

Biden’s meeting with Golda Meir “marked the beginning of his unwavering support for Israel and close ties with many Israeli leaders since then,” including his three decades long friendship with Benjamin Netanyahu:

“The Trump administration, in coordination with Israel and several Gulf states, is pushing a plan to slap a long string of new sanctions on Iran … [to] increase pressure on the Iranians and make it harder for the Biden administration to revive the 2015 nuclear deal” …

… but Biden himself is complicating the issue by demanding that Iran be the first to blink:

The Syrian born restauranteur celebrated his first vote in a U.S. election by donating sandwiches to election workers:

Muslims are alarmed that “details sought like GPS location, mobile numbers of family member of house owners” go beyond tenant verification and constitute an invasion of privacy:

“What is also overlooked is the role of liberal American and French governments in sustaining the very illiberal systems of oppression they claim to oppose. The US and France are staunch allies of Israel, India, Egypt and the Gulf Arab states”:

“Players of many faiths celebrated FIBA’s decision, including Jewish players who wear kippahs and Sikhs who wear turbans,” but the woman who sacrificed her career to fight for the rule change finds “most teams now considered her too old to play professionally”:

“Sotoudeh was arrested two years ago on charges of collusion, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran’s supreme leader. She was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes in 2019”:

News and Analysis (11/6/20)

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Delaware, Indiana, Wisconsin and Oklahoma elect their first ever Muslim legislators …

… and a Muslim woman defeats the incumbent mayor of a California city:

“Osama Joda, a 23-year-old Muslim was hailed as a hero for risking his life during the horrifying ideal which saw a convicted IS supporter kill at least 4 people and injure dozens more” …

… but two Muslims of Turkish origin thanked by the mayor for bringing the wounded to safety are now denying allegations of past association with an ultranationalist Turkish organization:

The Israelis have discovered that an effective way to persuade people to leave their homes is to burn them down:

Israeli settlers increase their attacks on olive farmers during harvest season …

… and the U.N. notes with disapproval that “Israeli Security Forces intervened in clashes between Palestinians and settlers, including by shooting tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, resulting in the injury of olive harvesters, and forcing them to leave the groves”:

“While Iran has long been pro-bitcoin, having regulated the crypto industry since August 2019, the country made a major move last week to take cryptocurrency adoption to the next level”:

“All the charts mapping out interests, American or international, aren’t convincing enough to explain how, in a matter that’s so clear-cut and obvious – the illegality and injustice of the occupation, the rush toward establishing an apartheid state and the suffering of the Palestinian people, … there’s no difference between U.S. administrations”:

The other jackboot drops as India imposes laws on Jammu and Kashmir without their approval:



News and Analysis (11/3/20)

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Across the U.S., the number of Muslim candidates has risen almost 30% since 2018. Muslim leaders in the San Francisco Bay area agree that behind Muslim civic engagement is the principle that “any injustice toward anyone is an injustice toward all”:

Pollsters believe that Israeli-Americans are voting for Trump, but Palestinian Americans in Jerusalem fear voting will flag their U.S. citizenship causing them to be “stripped of their Israeli residency rights in the city”:

“The Chinese government often accuse Uyghurs like my father for being two-faced or being separatists. If they are in even higher positions like my father, they would be accused of abusing power to seek profit” — Subi Mamat Yuksel:

“[P]rotesters were chanting slogans including ‘We want freedom’ and ‘Go India, go back’. No one was reported wounded in the clashes” that erupted after the assassination:

Not a single instance of wars justified “in the name of protecting national interest, exporting democracy, promoting free-market economic development, and protecting human rights” has “improved the long-term US national security, let alone the security of Middle Easterners”:

Iran is now the worst hit nation in the Middle East, with almost one-third the reported per capita daily Covid infection rate of the U.S.:

“It is distressing to see J&K steep so low on administrative performance published in Public Affairs Index 2020, in spite of the bluster of the incumbent J&K government on governance” NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani:

“[W]hile election security officials had expected an uptick in foreign activity ahead of Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security’s top cyber official, Chris Krebs, told CNN that things have remained relatively calm with the exception of some ransomware attacks”: