News and Analysis (11/12/19)

November 12th, 2019

The complexity of Israeli occupation leaves a loophole that forces Jerusalem’s Palestinians to live in an undesirable district to avoid chosing between leaving their loved ones or losing their residency status …

… Dr. Muhathir says Israel is the only country in history to “set up a settlement in another country and did not allow the host country to even enter the settlements – but … the world stood by and did nothing” …

… “By erasing the context of the occupation, Shaheed’s report perversely manages to present Palestinians as the abusers of human rights rather than the abused”:

Schumer is attacked for praising’s King “principled” approach of anti-Muslim fearmongering, division, and bigotry:

Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement leaves them free to advance their nuclear program without violating the nonproliferation agreement while n no way impeding their regional ambitions:

The resumption of rail service is a crack in the wall of the ongoing repression of Kashmir, as Britain’s Labour Party retreats into indifference:

Muslim Students Association at Penn demands their religious space for the spiritual practices and community reach out:

“Long before the bitter Babri Masjid-Ram temple issue began to cause social fissures and trigger sectarian violence in India, Muslim rulers of Avadh region built, patronised and protected Hindu temples”:

“Muslim women are often silenced by their own communities or face Islamophobic stereotypes from outside agencies when they try to seek help”:

News and Analysis (11/10/19)

November 10th, 2019

“India’s top court allows Hindus to build temple on disputed holy site while promising Muslims land elsewhere for mosque” …

… while in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities have added a processions celebrating Prophet Mohammad’s birthday to their list of prohibited religious activities and postponed student exams without explanation:

The children’s mother “told a social worker the council ‘don’t like Muslims, they don’t want Muslim kids to be raised as Muslims by Muslim parents'”:

Minnesota anti-Islamic speaker would be disturbing to the effort of becoming a community of diversity and multi-nationalism, contends a concerned group:

Saint-Michel’s Muslim community is observing National Aboriginal Day to honor indigenous contribution to military service:

“Jews stand with Muslims” to fight bigotry:

Because of Trump Muslim Travel ban and the consequence shortage of scholars and imams from Muslim countries, mosques in the US need to train religious leaders:

“I’m so glad I have colleagues like you who can educate me even after my 30 years of experience of work in race relations. Thousand apologies sir” — Lady Warsi:

As Israeli border police renege on their “deal to stay away from schools during the day” …

… Israel’s plan for cable-car shuttle to a holy site will cause an “irreversible damage to the historic city” and tighten Israel’s hold over Jerusalem:

Iran calls the accusations an Israeli “trap” and hopes that “the IAEA will maintain its vigilance”:

News and Analysis (11/7/19)

November 7th, 2019

Against all odds, Iran economy defies US economic pressure and survives sanctions:

Rouhani reiterates that Iran can’t unilaterally fulfill the 2015 agreement:

Can Europe evade sanctions to save its billions of dollars worth of trade with Iran?

Kuwait confirmed it has passed on a message but “until now no answer has emerged” although both Saudi Arabia and Iran have previously said they prefer a political solution for the regional conflict:

Montgomery County’s Board of Education voted unanimously for no AP testing on Eid:

Interfaith conference brings college students together to start dialogue between people of different background:

Apan-Muslim organization secretary-general meets with other religious leaders in Utah in an effort to work on a common objectives of global peace and harmony:

The first elected Muslim-American to Virginia Senate is a sign of the rise of the reform and progressive movement in the US:

ASU is encouraging student clubs to sign a BDS resolution to condemn human rights violations by Israel:

“Andy Levin says he was enraged at sight of water supply to illegal Jewish outpost, as Palestinian villagers remain without access”:

News and Analysis (11/4/19)

November 4th, 2019

It’s a chilling echo of Hindutva’s Ties to Europe’s Fascists in the 1930s:

“Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute, prominent Muslim organisations met to appeal for peace and harmony irrespective of the outcome of the judgment”:

Erdogan wants to resettle Arab Syrian refugees now in Turkey in the areas from which he is driving out the Kurds, but with Assad’s forces moving in with Russian support, “few refugees are likely to go back willingly”:

A Kashmiri novelist says that Islamic “discourse has taught him that one can be a good Muslim by valuing human life”:

Rouhani proposed uniting “all regional countries in a pledge of non-aggression and non-interference in each others’ affairs … after a string of mysterious attacks on oil tankers …. and Saudi oil installations”…

… and diplomatic consultations between Iran and the Saudis yields the release of fishermen captured last December “after their fishing boat landed in Saudi Arabia’s territorial waters due to bad weather conditions”:

NY police are investigating the mysterious death of a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter who when she was seventeen sparked “a minor melee” after being refused admission “on a ride because of her hijab”:

Forty years after Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy, some ex-hostages want better relations and some want “maximum pressure” but none are optimistic for “we are hostages to our own history” …

… while in Iraq protesters attack an Iranian consulate, replacing Iranian flags with Iraqi flags and spray-painting “Karbala is free, Iran out, out!”:

At the book fair in the UAE, everything the “American comedian and television personality Steve Harvey … said about faith, religious tolerance, and hard work was greeted with loud cheers and thunderous applause”:

“Police forces and intelligence agents raided Hidmi’s home in Jerusalem and took him into custody, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media”:

News and Analysis (11/2/19)

November 2nd, 2019

Israel invested in facial recognition software used to watch Palestinian all over the West Bank …

… “[i]t’s possible to scrape the biographical data of thousands of Palestinians from an exposed server”:

The US government equates anti-Israel apartheid with anti-Semitism but the Illinois Student Government condemns such equation as racism:

Appointment of the Kuwait ambassador to Palestine is an assertion of the Palestinians’ right to an independent state:

The US sanctions are blocking life-saving medicine and endangering the lives of Iranians:

“Throughout the Holocaust, Muslims engaged with Jews and helped them seek refuge from persecution”:

One veteran of the revolution declares, “[I]f we had been allowed to criticize [the Revolution], we wouldn’t have so much embezzlement, theft and betrayal” …

… while another disputes “a revisionist history now being offered … [that] Iran’s Revolutionary Guard … directed the attack, insisting all the blame rested with the Islamist students who let the crisis spin out of control” …

The annual gala of the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) is uniting Americans of all backgrounds for social cohesion, promoting inclusion and celebrating heritage:

For Palestinians, the Al Wihdat Soccer Team playing at the refugee camp is literally a reminder of dispossession, and of the 1956 catastrophe in which 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes:

News and Analysis (10/31/19)

October 31st, 2019

President Trump praises a military dog that helped corner Al-Bhagdadi, but has, also, used (like a dog)” as an insult:

“The main problem is not with the test itself, but with the fact the test is implying that immigrants have a problem when it comes to our values” — Haroun Bouazzi, of the Association of Muslims and Arabs for Laicity:

Non-Muslims fail to see the orientalist stereotypes and few think “of Jeannie as coming from any particular region religion or place … in the world, even though she is continually visiting Baghdad”:

“A T M Azharul Islam … would become the sixth Islamist leader to be hanged for their role in the war, which saw Bangladesh break away from Pakistan after a nine-month conflict”:

Sanders’ pitches an end the Israel-Palestinian conflict to J Street:

A new film refutes the historical revisionism of “a handful of U.S. and Iranian politicians, academics, think tankers, and pundits who … [aim] to absolve the United States of responsibility for toppling Mosaddeq.:

Iran blamed Washington for the rise of ISIS saying that extremism thrives because of “military-intelligence policies, plundering oil and supporting tyranny”:

Is France’s war on headscarf that divides the country, an attack on freedom?:


News and Analysis (10/29/19)

October 29th, 2019

CAIR demands release of evidence after attorneys filed an affidavit by an witness “who was in the warehouse at the time of the shooting, that said Abdullah didn’t have a gun and was shot while he was on his back”:

Instead of reporting their claimed suspicions of child abuse to the principal or child protection services, a teacher and student teacher questioned the boy about his religion and patriotism and strip searched him:

“The death “of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during a raid by a U.S. Joint Special Operations Forces Command task force … shows that the United States does not need to have troops on the ground in order to deal with jihadist and other threats emanating from Syria”:

Assad had “nothing to gain and everything to lose … [unlike] the Al Qaeda-linked extremist group Jaysh-al Islam and the incredibly shady narrative management operation known as the White Helmets”:

We “destroyed a nation, destabilized a region, ravaged … religious minority communities, empowered … radicals, expanded Iran’s influence, and triggered sectarian strife that consumed hundreds of thousands of lives”:

“The victims, aged 74 and 78, were both hospitalised and one of them remains in intensive care after a bullet pierced his throat…” One was allegedly shot “at point-blank range”:

Israeli field-testing surveillance “technology on Palestinians who live under military occupation and therefore have no choice in the matter” is clearly misuse and abuse:

“[T]he number of immigrant visas issued to Muslim countries affected by the travel ban” decreased significantly while those “issued per month to the non-Muslim countries in the ban virtually remained unchanged” …

… but thanks to Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s office and the Yemeni American Merchants Association one immigrant family is among those who made it through:

“The idea for a joint declaration had been proposed to the pope by Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, an Israeli medical ethics expert”:

News and Analysis (10/27/19)

October 27th, 2019

Trump thanked “Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, as well as Kurdish fighters in Syria for their support”:

When the Fourth Amendment is not observed when it comes to citizens from the Middle East:

Would the Mardi Gras of 2023 shine light on the extent of the acceptance of the idea of queer among Muslim communities:

Why Bernie Sanders enjoys wide supports among Muslims community:

In Pakistan political Islamists plan a million person march to protest reform of the Islamic schools …

… while in Britain Islamic schools top the list of best schools, proving that with hard work and dedication, all children can achieve their utmost:

Her fastest 5K of the season didn’t count because her coach failed to submit” a religious exemption waiver, and officials failed to give her a warning as required by the OHSAA’s cross country rule guidebook:

Would lifting sanctions on Iran empower Tehran and pave the way for a strong ally for creating stability in the region and eliminating the role of Russia in the area?:

Malaysia to open embassy in Jordan accredited to Palestine:

News and Analysis (10/25/19)

October 25th, 2019

One demonstrator says, “The current system has done nothing for us,” and another, a lawyer, calls for a new constitution”:

“It’s been over six months since the defendants, including the FBI, the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security, received the FOIA request, without a single disclosure”:

Tragedies deepen Jewish-Muslim bonds to fight hate crimes:

Media Anti-Muslim rhetoric fuels bullying and hate crimes in schools …

… and anti-Muslim hate crimes inspired Muslim students to turn to programs that provide the tools to be successful leaders:

In addition to outreach to Muslim voters and a balanced view on the Palestinian issue Sanders is the first major party presidential candidate to appoint a Muslim campaign manager:

The abrupt U.S. withdrawal leaves Syrian Kurds to turn to Baghdad, Tehran and Moscow for help against the Turkish invasion though they are no more inclined towards Kurdish self-rule than Istanbul or Washington …

… as Trump pushes “uncompromising unilateralism, the rest of the world has made clear its desire for a rules-based order grounded in multilateralism, as evident in efforts to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal”:

“Though Washington and Tehran are at odds in many other places, their interests are not mutually exclusive in Afghanistan”:

Two very different Muslim women challenge gender stereotypes through art:

“Imagine having to crawl on all fours to get to a university lecture on time — and you’re the professor. Well, it happened in Nablus”:

News And Analysis (10/23/19)

October 23rd, 2019

Have Lebanon’s decades-long and now Iraq’s sectarian power-sharing systems come to hamper democracy?:

Trump is not pulling U.S. troops out from the Mideast, he is just strategically relocating them around the ragion:

Education is a victim of politics, as Iranian students’ visa application revoked:

A survivor of China’s concentration camps “was forced to watch as other Muslim women were gang-raped by guards; she says that inmates who expressed disgust or outrage were led away and never seen again” …

… yet Indonesia’s two largest Muslim groups are still undecided whether China is engaged in human rights abuses or just reasonable measures against separatism:

Despite the persecution they face from bigots who mistake them for Muslims, “Sikhs … have consistently refused to throw the Muslim community under the bus by simply distancing themselves from Islam”:

“An initial investigation by the government revealed that … Baddya’s Facebook account had been hacked by Muslim attackers, who then blackmailed the 25-year-old before posting the blasphemous comments”:

Notwithstanding Trump’s professions that Saudis should pay for their own defense, Esper wants to bill NATO for defense of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region:

“Settlement leaders ignore violence by settlers against Palestinians and even policemen, denouncing it only when the people attacked are soldiers”:

“The Palestinian Authority is afraid that the press exposes corruption, which may lead to a popular explosion similar to what is happening in Lebanon'” — Ahmad Zoabar, union representative: