News and Analysis (9/30/16)

Al-Ghazali accused the jurists of preferring “the management of religious endowments … and appointment to judicial and government positions through which one exalts himself above his fellow men and fastens his yoke on his enemies” over other disciplines such as medicine:

“If American Jews heard gentiles with no background in Judaism declaiming this way about our tradition, we’d be irate. If these commentators displayed not merely ignorance about Judaism, but hostility, we’d call them bigots”:

“This is another failure by the top human rights body which shamefully accepts the membership of Saudi Arabia, one of the most brutal and cruel repressive states in the world, and allows it to dictate resolutions” — S. A. Alwadaei (Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy):

American armed FSA rebels share “operational planning with Jaish al-Fatah, an alliance of Islamist groups that includes the former Syrian wing of al Qaeda” and take part in a joint “offensive with the al Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Aqsa group”:

“The participation in Grozny of Egypt’s Sheikh El-Tayeb suggests that substantial Saudi funding …  of Al Azhar’s scholars” and of military dictator Al Sisi “has not bought the kingdom the kind of religious and political loyalty it expected” …

… while even the U.S. Congress prefers to compromise its own sovereign immunity rather than protect its Saudi ally:

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