News and Analysis (11/18/14)

“The UAE cabinet approved a list of ‘designated terrorist organisations’ on Saturday, which includes groups such as Al Qaeda alongside more than ten Western civil society organisations that have since spoken out against their inclusion” …

… while in Britain, “Muslim charities [have] been ‘disproportionately affected’ by investigations, and that some of the charities being monitored by the Commission had been subjected to questioning over tenuous links to extremist clerics”:

“US citizen Mohamed Soltan has been in an Egyptian jail for over a year, and on hunger strike for nearly all of that time.” The day that he “smuggled a letter out of prison to mark his 27th birthday” he had a hearing before the same judge “who sentenced the Aljazeera journalists to lengthy jail terms”:

“[Y]ou cannot blame and thus hate the Jews for the actions of the State of Israel…. What happens when Muslims ask for the same discernment and expect a clear distinction between the actions of ISIS and the mainstream faith of the vast majority of Muslims?”

A 32-year-old “Palestinian bus driver, was driving back home from work on Sunday when he was abducted and then hanged by Israelis in his bus in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood… Tensions have been running high … after Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian man … last week”:

Like Baruch Goldstein, who murdered Muslim sat prayer, those who have killed Jews at prayer in a synagogue, “risk turning the conflict of Palestinian against Israeli into a battle of Muslim against Jew … to be dreaded – because “a religious war cannot be solved‘”:

ISIL’s attitude is  “you’re either with us or against us.” Hmm. Where have we heard that before?

Dignity, even more that “pride and … exceptionalism[,] … drives the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy; a restored dignity … promised its people in the revolution of 1979 … [when] the people of … arguably the world’s first multi-ethnic state – chose dignity over subservience, whatever the cost”:

“The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said it recorded violations of more than a dozen articles in the constitution adopted with an overwhelming majority in January and hailed by authorities and experts as ‘the constitution of freedoms.’ The violations were mostly in the freedoms and rights section of the charter”:

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