News and Analysis (12/4/18)

PA leader Abbas sends condolence letter to president George W. Bush, whose late father pushed for major Israeli-Palestinian peace conference and attempted to “link $10b loan guarantees to cessation of settlement activities”:

“Her planned trip is a swift rebuke of a decades-old tradition for newly elected members: a junket to Israel sponsored by the education arm of … AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby group”:

Meeting resistance from within their party, Republicans who consider any mosque-going Muslim must be be anti-Constitution and associated with terrorism invite local leaders to listen to a conspiracy peddler, a move that might exacerbate a blue turn in the conservative county:

“Given the confidentiality of the proceedings and the security nature of the case, I cannot disclose details about the court’s verdict” — Shahidi’s lawyer Mostafa Turk Hamedani:

“Although Indonesia is largely secular, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation continues to imprison those deemed to denigrate or practise unorthodox versions of the country’s six officially recognised religions of Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism”:

Are Rand Paul’s “libertarian instincts, which make him skeptical of foreign aid” strong enough to stand up to the Israeli lobby which demands American tax money for its costly battle against the arc of history in support of  apartheid?

“Israel has long been accused of pressuring sick Palestinians or their relatives into collaborating in exchange for a permit to leave Gaza for treatment, as well as blackmailing closeted LGBTQ Palestinians into spying on their neighbours”:

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