News and Analysis (7/17/18)

There may be more Muslims running for office than ever before in the U.S. but they face challenges that range from haters to admirers who won’t support opponents because they fear that Muslims just can’t win:
By responding to the question of cooperation with Russia on Syria that both U.S. and Russia “work very well together with Israel, and Israel’s security is a driving issue” Trump “reduced this to an Israeli issue rather than the broader regional conflict that it represents” …

… meanwhile, by appealing to Joe Walsh’s eagerness to suck up to Israel, comedian Sasha Baron Cohen tricks the radio show host and former Congressman into supporting a ludicrous plan to arm three-year-old children:

They don’t like it, but with Israel taking away their water and preventing them from holding jobs in Israel, for many Palestinians growing tobacco is the only option …

… and in violation of the Geneva conventions Israel has kept bodies in morgues, in military cemeteries and “at the infamous ‘cemeteries of numbers‘”:

“A group of American Jews visiting Israel on a free Birthright trip walked off the tour during a visit to the City of David in Jerusalem to visit a Palestinian family who is facing eviction from their eastern Jerusalem home”

There is a “fear that Trump, egged on by the Saudis and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, … may privately offer de facto US recognition of Crimea’s annexation and an easing of Ukraine-related sanctions” for “Putin’s agreement to push Iran out of Syria, thereby safeguarding Israel’s border”:

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, “Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy & legal obligations. It’s imperative to counter its habit of violating int’l law”:

China wields “an iron fist to weed out what it calls “religious extremism” and “separatism” in the wake of deadly unrest, throwing ethnic Uygurs into shadowy re-education camps without due process for minor infractions such as owning a Koran or even growing a beard”:

“The country which is often in the spotlight for its Islamophobic social policies won the ultimate footballing prize with a team that is one-third Muslim”:

“Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said the city was wrong to use a vaguely-worded policy to bar Muslim kids wearing cotton shirts, shorts and headscarves from the city’s Foster Brown pool”:

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