News and Analysis (7/4/19)

“Unlike “‘literalist religious doctrine’ … on which these new abortion laws are based, … Islam actually encourages different interpretation of the law, leading to a number of valid legal opinions … which Muslims can follow”:

Gen. “Keane’s reference to the United States’ accidental downing of an Iranian commercial airliner in 1988 made a profound impact on the president, who was ‘spooked’ when he learned of the incident”:

“If extremists think threatening to kill me will slow me down — they’re both violent & ignorant. My faith teaches me to respond to injustice w/justice. We will march forward in service to all humanity”:

Separating children form their mothers is becoming trendy:

“Libya’s most prominent Muslim Sunni cleric, Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani, called for all Muslims to boycott the hajj,” adding that going “on a second pilgrimage was conducting “an act of sin rather than a good deed”:

The “ramping up of such cyberattacks [between the U.S. and Iran is] a means of warfare”:

Having failed to lure Palestinians on the merits of what Michael Koplow, policy director of the Israel Policy Forum, calls “the Monty Python sketch of Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives,” Kushner resorts to insults:

 

Stealing a trick from Israel, “Iran announced in June that it is allowing foreign tourists to enter through its international airports without stamping their passports”:

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