News and Analysis 6/12/21

June 12th, 2021

“What if all the Palestinians in the West Bank entered and protested in Sheikh Jarrah? Can the [Israeli] occupation arrest thousands? Our numbers will be larger than theirs”–a Palestinian journalist:

15 year old Mohammad Said Hamayel was killed and six others wounded by Israeli army gunfire Friday during clashes in the occupied West Bank:

Thousands of  protestors stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and urge “G7 leaders to support Palestinian rights”:

Iran regained its voting rights in the U.N. General Assembly on Friday after making the minimum payment on its U.N. dues and lashed out at the United States for “maintaining sanctions that have prevented it from accessing billions of dollars” in foreign banks:

“Larijani asked the Council to publicly explain the reasons behind its decision, specially that earlier reports about his daughter having foreign citizenship or residing abroad have been proven wrong”:

Two police officers and two civilians were killed; one of the civilians was allegedly killed after tyhe militants had fled:

The Lebanese-based NGO’s complaint alleges that INTERPOL presidential candidate Ahmed Lacey played a role in the torture of the imprisoned activist Ahmed Mansour:

Hundreds of protestors staged pro-Kashmir rallies at UK’s Cornwall in order to “condemn the killings of political activists, human rights violations and arrests of political leaders” in the disputed territory:

“[W]e call on leaders and law enforcement across the country to uphold the First Amendment rights of everyone to voice their support for the Palestinian people”–CAIR national communications director Ibrahim Hooper:

News and Analysis 6/10/21

June 10th, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer noted that this is the first time that a member of America’s “third largest religion … will become the first to ever serve as an Article III judge”:

The Israeli authorities’ decision to shut down the Palestinian Health Work Committees (HWC) will have “catastrophic consequences” for the health needs of Palestinians across the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), said Amnesty International today:

170 members of the Odeh family living in the town of Silwan are facing threats of eviction on “the pretext that they built houses without permits”:

“Fourteen Palestinians were arrested on Thursday in Jerusalem after disturbances following a press conference by an extreme right-wing Israeli MP” …

… while footage released by Haartez exposed Israeli jailers for brutally assaulting “55 shackled Palestinians” thought to have links with Hamas. An official from the prison told Haaretz that “it was one of the most violent incidents to take place in Israeli prisons”:

Nathaniel Veltman intentionally plowed his truck into a Pakistani-Canadian family in the province of Ontario, killing four out of five family members in what is now being labelled as a hate crime. The 9 year old boy who survived is “hospitalized in critical condition”:

New Delhi has unleashed a “slew of colonial amendments, rules, and laws” designed to target Muslim majority areas and perpetuate huge demographic shifts in Jammu and Kashmir:

“Iran announced publicly for the first time Thursday that it is sending two warships into the Atlantic Ocean but remained mum on where exactly the two vessels are headed”:

“USC Annenberg’s new study on Muslim representation in media — which found that less than 10% of top grossing films from 2017-2019 had a Muslim character on screen, with less than 2% of those characters having speaking roles”:

The suit alleges that JBS Swift & Company denied employees “bathroom breaks and disciplin[ed] them more harshly than other workers because they were Muslim, immigrants from Somalia, and Black”:

News and Analysis 6/7/21

June 7th, 2021

Israeli police arrested leading Sheikh Jarrah activist Muna El-Kurd at her family’s home on June 6, claiming that she was accused of “participating in riots” …

… and ordered Arabs in the city of Nazareth detained suspected of participating in riots “to sit on the floor with their heads bowed and proceeded to beat them with various objects”:

The attorney generals refusal to give a legal opinion is a tacit admission that Israel’s apartheid system favors  the the settlement rights of Jews over the property rights of Arabs:

Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami accused the Modi regime of purposefully holding a Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir in order to “expose Kashmir to the most dangerous Indian COVID-19 variant”:

The Observatory of Laicite was formed in 2013 with the purpose of advising the government and training state employees on the French concept of secularism. Today, the organization is being forcibly dissolved for “its criticism of policies targeting Muslims”:

The plaintiff’s lawyer tells the Supreme court that the FBIs use of an informant posing as a convert to Islam after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to attend mosques in California “explicitly targeted Muslims because of their religion,” violating their religious freedom:

While IEAE officials are now unsure of the extent of Iran’s nuclear capabilities …

… countries including the “UK, France, Germany and US push for breakthrough in talks”:

News and Analysis 6/5/2021

June 5th, 2021

An “estimated one million public and private bomb shelters” across Israel do not benefit “unrecognized” Palestinian-majority  villages such as Dahmash, which does not have access to a single one, and lack “basic services and infrastructure”:

Marathon runners peacefully protesting the Sheikh Jarrah expulsions are greeted at the finish line by uniformed thugs with stun guns:

The UN has requested a response from the Indian government regarding severe human rights violations such as, “arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance, and torture”:

Al-Jazeera journalist Givara Budeiri was assaulted and detained while covering demonstrations in the Israeli occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood:

Following swift withdrawals by US and NATO forces, the Taliban have accelerated their plans to expand into Afghanistan and are rapidly increasing their power in the country:

Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh on Friday guardedly welcomed a pledge by Myanmar’s shadow government to grant citizenship to members of their stateless community if and when it returns to power, with “refugees saying they have been cheated many times before”:

The law school grad shares credit for her success with her mother who raised “her children, especially her girls, to be independent” and a teacher who encouraged her to develop “an open mind and about .. to use and value her own opinion to interpret what she read”:

Experts warn that the anticipated Bennett-Lapid coalition’s policies, particularly in regards to Palestine and Iran, will not veer too far from Netanyahu’s:

Israel’s Iron Dome seems to have reached its operational limit as Hamas “used massive barrages of rockets in a new way” designed to overwhelm the defense system, which eventually led to “more than 60 rockets” hitting strategic targets in Israel:

News and Analysis 6/3/21

June 3rd, 2021

Facebook has repeatedly bowed down to government demands to take down content that is against their interests including removing “posts from prominent Palestinian activists” and helped Indian PM Narendra Modi “stifle criticism of his government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic”:

UN decision to open an inquiry is a welcome first step towards justice for Palestinians as the international community “is left with no choice but to look into Israeli war crimes and HR abuses”:

Over 50 foreign and prime ministers have condemned Israel’s obstruction of the International Criminal Court’s efforts to investigate Israeli war crimes in Israeli occupied Palestinian territories:

Republican lawmaker Lindsey Graham said Israel would ask the US for $1 billion to replenish their Iron Dome security system:

Imad Barghouti, a renowned Palestinian astrophysicist, was arrested in 2020 and charged “in relation to the content of some of his Facebook posts” before being put under indefinite detention without trial:

India dismissed three Kashmiri employees without an inquiry, citing “security of the state”, while many see the sackings as part of Indian government efforts to have greater influence and control on government employees:

Two refugees unable to leave “the flood-prone island of Bhasan Char” after fleeing “violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar” said that they “suffered baton injuries as they protested against the lack of access to a visiting U.N. team”:

He predicted that he would be fired if he ever changes a single student’s mind; he never made it that far:

Iran has claimed that it is unable “to pay the UN is because of US sanctions and it was trying to have the money paid by South Korea where Tehran has frozen funds”:

News and Analysis 6/1/21

June 1st, 2021

Unconditional support for Israel has made it increasingly difficult for the US to claim “moral high ground on the world stage” as Israel employs its “superior military power” to “kill and terrorize residents of Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon with near impunity”:

Increasing Israeli mass arrests include people for publishing criticism on socialmedia and a man who”tried to protect a 15-year-old Palestinian girl who was being physically assaulted by Israeli police at Damascus Gate” …

… Israeli police brutality extends to both traumatized children as well as the mentally ill:

“If, as [Israelis] insist, Jews–any Jews–have the ‘right of return’ to any land previously owned or occupied by Jews, then so must Palestinians have a right to return to land previously owned or occupied by Palestinians anywhere in the territory between the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea”:

First the BJP destroyed the mosque, then they claimed it never existed, now they claim it was illegal but having failed to produce any proof, the judge has given them three more weeks to find something while prohibiting the arrest of the Muslims in  the case in the meantime:

Instagram, the social media giant owned by Facebook, blames a poorly thought out algorithm for suppressing Palestinian activists as well as pro-Palestine content in general, and claims that the issue has been “fixed”:

Austrian Muslim groups slam the government over map identifying locations of mosques and Islamic associations around the country:

There are “government employees in Indian-administered Kashmir … whose salaries have not been paid for years because of their past links with the armed rebellion in the disputed region”:

Argentina voted in favor of a UN resolution announced by the UN Human Rights Council  – a resolution that would allow for the opening of an investigation into possible human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories:

Pakistani PM Imran Khan stated that Pakistan would not “normalize relations with India” until it steps back from the actions taking away Kashmir’s autonomous status:

News and Analysis 5/28/21

May 28th, 2021

At least 61 children were among the victims arrested as Israeli forces are rounding up Palestinians en masse inside Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory:

The tipping point in public willingness to close its eyes to Israeli atrocities manifests itself in an EU member country’s Parliament, the EU’s foreign policy chief, among Afro-Americans, among American progressives, among young people all over the world, on the New York Times op-ed page, and even in Hollywood:

“The clerics issued a statement in which they said the constitutional watchdog did not ‘recognize the principle of a republic and the people’s vote,’ but rather ‘regards its own preferences and desires as superior to the people’s choice'”:

A Muslim organization calls out the British media for minimizing Israeli efforts to seize the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah as “evictions”, the Israeli raid on Al Aqsa Mosque and its aftermath as “clashes”, and Israeli bombardment of Gaza with euphemisms like “conflict” and “flare-up”:

The chairman of the Pakistani parliament’s committee on Kashmir accused India on Thursday of replicating the Israeli occupation model in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, following reports that accuse “New Delhi of issuing half-million new Kashmiri domicile certificates to non-locals”:

“This week President Hassan Rouhani ordered a ban on all mining of cryptocurrencies over the summer, in response to rolling electricity blackouts around the country. The ban is meant to apply to licensed as well as unlicensed operators”:

Stop Anti-Semitism Now

May 27th, 2021

You have heard reports of an upswing in anti-Semitic (i.e., anti-Jewish) incidents lately, and in any case anti-Semitism was already a serious problem with over half of the religiously based hate crimes in the U.S. being directed against Jews. A concern has been expressed that at a time of rising opposition to Israeli aggression, the condemnation of attacks on Jews because of their religion or ethnicity has been muted.  We appeal to all lovers of justice to rise to the occasion and oppose anti-Jewish bigotry in the strongest terms NOW. We invite you to join forces with us to condemn three groups of bigots who attack Jews out of confusion between or an attempt to sow confusion between protesting Zionism and hating Jews.

The first group is those who claim to support the Palestinians but don’t seem to understand that the problem bedeviling the Palestinians is rooted in the same sort of crude collectivism they themselves exhibit when they misdirect anger over Zionist violence against people who identify as Jewish for religious or ethnic reasons.  A man is not a villain for wearing a yarmulke.  Even if he does support the Israeli policies of settler colonialism and apartheid, it is for those things he must be criticized, not his yarmulke. If he engaged in a peaceful demonstration in support of Israel, you have no right to violently interfere with his right to peacefully demonstrate his bigotry in public. I do not know who you are, whether you are just sorely misguided or a cynical opportunist, but unless you can strip your support for Palestinian rights of gratuitous violence against Jews, your support is neither helpful nor desired.

The second group whose anti-Semitism we must condemn are those neo-Nazis who declare “Hitler was right.”  Hitler was NOT right. His policies were the same collectivist nationalism we denounce in Zionism, taken to an even more vicious extreme. When you say “Hitler was right” you are saying Zionist nationalism doesn’t go far enough. Your views are the opposite of those of us who call for the defense of the rights of all human beings and oppose the dehumanization of any human beings. All people have basic human rights.   Any friend of Hitler’s is an enemy of ours.

The third group whose anti-Semitism must be condemned are the Zionists themselves. Their attempts to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism fuel the passions of the anti-Semites in the other two groups. They also slur the many Jews who stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the demand for the end of apartheid and settler-colonialism. Zionists often conflate Judaism with Zionism, but progressive Jews like Jewish Voice for Peace know that Judaism stands for justice not oppression, and religious Jews like the Neturei Karta know that Zionism poses a threat not just to Palestinian rights but to the religion of Judaism itself. Like my dear late friend Murray Rothbard and so many others, all these good people are my allies. I understand that not all Zionists are intolerant of Jews who do not share of their support for the Israeli state, but of those who are I demand that you immediately cease your treacherous attacks on Jews who remain true to Micah’s appeal, “He has told thee, man, what is good and what the L-rd requires of thee. Only to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy G‑d!”

I hope I have condemned anti-Semitism strongly enough. If so, please join me in condemning anti-Semitism in all its forms: the thinly disguised, the overt, and the treacherous.  If I have not been clear enough, just say the word and I’ll condemn it in terms harsher yet.

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Minaret of Freedom Institute

News and Analysis 5/25/21

May 25th, 2021

Once Palestine’s cultural and economic capital, Jaffa is still home to around 20,000 Palestinians that lived there before Israel’s establishment in 1948, but government backed gentrification aims to push them out:

Undercover Israeli forces, known as “Mista’arvim”, sneaked their way into the Umm Al-Sharayet neighborhood, where they shot and killed a young man identified as Ahmad Jamil Fahd, before leaving him “to bleed to death”:

The interpretation of laïcité  in contemporary France allows both left wing neo-republicans and right wing conservatives “to justify policies targeting Muslim visibility”:

After Muslim butcher Mohammad Shakir filed a case against the men who brutally assaulted  for selling cow meat, UP police counter-sued him for “‘mischief by killing an animal’ and committing an act likely to spread infection”:

“It seemed like all these ethno-nationalists from India and Israel coming together”:

Reports indicate that the extensive use of “draconian laws and frequent imposition of curfews” by Indian security forces have created “an atmosphere of terror and fear” in Indian occupied Kashmir:

Iran has informed the UN nuclear watchdog it has decided to extend a monitoring deal with the agency for a month:

“Iran is using its abundance of oil to generate electricity that powers a massive bitcoin cryptomining operation that enables the country to turn its greatest natural resource into money”:

News and Analysis 5/23/21

May 23rd, 2021

As popular perception continues to shift in favor of Palestinians, many young American Jews begin to separate their Jewish American identities from Israel. “Killing more that 200 Palestinians in two weeks won’t bring back our ancestors who perished in the Holocaust”:

As if to underscore that Israel’s ceasefire is only with Hamas and not with innocent civilians, Israeli settlers have once again raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of Israeli forces:

Palestine Legal, an organization that defends “the civil and constitutional rights of U.S citizens who advocate for Palestinian freedom,” responded to “1707 incidents of suppression from 2014 to 2020”:

The AP told Emily Wilder that her tweets “violated the news agency’s social media policy when she was fired this week, but that they did not say which tweets were in violation of that policy, or how”:

Scott Horton’s new Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism is so important because now that “everyone is talking about rightwing delusions and conspiracy theories, we really need to understand how” the lie that Iraq was behind 9/11 “became so repeatable by American leaders”:

Nine workers were injured in a blast at a chemical factory in Isfahan, Iran, alleged to have  created drones used against Israel:

“[N]ot a single Indian army personnel has been tried despite committing massacres such as the Hawal massacre where 70 innocent Kashmiris were killed by indiscriminate firing by the Indian army”:

A Jewish-Iranian parliamentarian labelled Benjamin Netanyahu  “a tyrant” who would manipulate religious values to enable carnage and occupation, and who “has chosen racism as his ideology”: