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News and Analysis (3/1/21)

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Israel offered no evidence and Iran denies the accusation, but Netanyahu vowed to respond saying, “Iran is the greatest enemy of Israel. I am determined to halt it. We are hitting it in the entire region”:

Until recently settlers entered the mosque through the Al-Magharbeh Gate. After opening all the gates to settlers, the Israeli occupation forces now deny all but a “very few” Palestinians from outside the city access :

Apparently alluding to President Biden’s retaliatory strikes on Iranian allies, “Iran’s FM “said recent actions taken by Washington and Europeans had led Iran to conclude that the ‘time was not right’ to hold such talks” …

… yet some experts think Biden can deescalate tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia:

“Several social media users had a field day on Thursday, who mocked Biden administration and its supporters for propping up a ‘Hijabi’ woman – Sameera Fazili at a press conference just a day after bombing innocent Muslims in Syria”:

“The U.S. foggy position encourages the Israeli government to escalate its settlement policy,” the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said in a statement.

After historically supporting Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir, Saudi Arabia recently took a neutral stance following rifts between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan at OIC meetings:

Indian-administered Kashmir is under scrutiny following the recent restoration of 4G access as the blockade has seriously hampering civic participation, business, livelihoods, education, and access to health-care and medical information:

Royal Commission of New Zealand created 44 recommendations following terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques, and Muslim organizations in the country are criticizing the government’s response:

“Shows like Ramy, Transplant and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are pushing the industry away from stereotypical portrayals of Muslims as terrorists. But it’s a long road ahead”:

News and Analysis (2/26/21)

Friday, February 26th, 2021

As Biden demonstrates his perpetuation of America’s Middle East war strategy by launching an unconstitutional airstrike in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq against the American troops … :

… Neoconservatives mull joining the Biden wing of the Democratic Party:

Under Chinese-owned social media platform Tiktok, Palestinian youth across the world have been successfully spreading information about occupation in the region:

Conservative Political Action Conference is called upon to remove speaker Scott Presler for his previous work with ACT for America, “an anti-Muslim hate group because it pushes wild anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, denigrates American Muslims and deliberately conflates mainstream and radical Islam”:

As more than 40 Republicans introduce a resolution “opposing any move to lift sanctions on Iran, underscoring the resistance the Biden administration will face in trying to get back into the 2015 nuclear accord” …

… a clause in the JCPOA requiring the U.S. “to seek Congressional approval for the lifting or modification of all US nuclear-related sanctions against Iran” in 2023 may pose a hurdle the Biden administration can’t jump:

The Malaysian high court unanimously ruled that the provincial law against homosexual activity is unconstitutional since there is already a penalty of “up to 20 years in jail under a British colonial-era law that bans gay sex, known as Section 377”:

Colin Kahl is criticized during hearings on confirmation to a Defense Department position due for his past involvements with 2015 Iran nuclear deal and his omission of a call to recognize Jerusalem the capital as Israel in the 2012 Democratic Party platform before then-President Obama’s intervention:

“India and Pakistan issued a joint statement saying both sides have agreed to stop firing along their disputed border in Kashmir” after reports show multiple killed civilians:

Hamas wants “to cancel the presidential decrees issued in 2007 that criminalise the Palestinian factions’ military wings, considering them ‘illegal militias'” …

… and Israel would prefer there be no Palestinian elections at all:

 

News and Analysis (2/24/21)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

MP Asaduddin Owaisi calls attention to how development, such as schools, under BJP rule has skipped Muslim-dominated areas:

A police raid on Muslim children results in no public outcry:

The first-time Iowa State Senator is an ordained Evangelical Lutheran Minister who has “received derogatory messages on social media after she recited a Muslim prayer written by a Drake University student at the statehouse”

Canada passes a motion in parliament recognizing “that a genocide is currently being carried out by the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims” …

… as Human Rights Watch reports that “China has increased its prosecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, handing out longer jail terms”:

“[A]fter a near total absence of official contact during former President Donald Trump’s four years in office[,] … American officials plan steps to restore direct ties with the Palestinian leadership”:

“Activist and scholar says he is being denied tenure at Harvard University because of his views on Israeli occupation”:

Tension and political instability between Myanmar citizens and military due to “brutal repression of the Rohingya minority in recent years” parallel a lot of what occurred in the Middle East and Arab Spring:

The U.S. and Pakistan once worked together with the Saudis to radicalize the youths who became the Taliban, but now a former top US military is upset that Pakistan is hosting the Taliban so they can work with countries such as Russia, China, and Iran …

… NATO backs Biden in keeping troops in Afghanistan even though original plans had called for troops returning as soon as possible:

Not a single frame is different in the Iranian release from the American release of “the first U.S.-produced film to achieve a wide theatrical release in Iran since the country’s 1979 revolution”:

News and Analysis (2/22/21)

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Although many far-right European politicians have backed Modi, Kashmiri human rights issues have come to the EU’s attention, and Indian politicians are pushing for Kashmiri statehood now following peaceful DDC polls:

Reports reveal a human rights crisis in Kashmir, but the Indian government has been presenting a false and idealistic image of the region to envoys and diplomats:

As the pervasive influence of Islamophobia in ICE is still present, examples of people being persecuted for being Muslim in their home countries and America exist:

BBC interview with the first female leader of the Muslim Council of Britain is slammed for abrasive style and potential malicious intent. On the other hand, some are arguing that “[t]o insist that Muslim leaders should not be subject to the same harsh questioning as anyone else is hardly an argument for equal treatment”:

As tense negotiation proceed …

… Biden’s waves a big stick:

Palestinians working in Israel (who they might expose Israelis) will receive the coronavirus vaccine from Moderna:

Following talks between Russia, Syria, and Israel, Putin may be able to facilitate a deal between Israel and Assad’s regime:

The UNRWA implemented a one-coupon system standardizing aid across all refugees, but the decision hasn’t been popular as Palestinians want “to redress the Palestinian refugees classified under the extreme poverty line” and go back to a two-coupon system:

News and Analysis (2/18/21)

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

In a “warm conversation” with Netanyahu, Biden supports Trump’s normalization policies and commends Netanyahu’s Coronavirus policies …

… and Biden is accused of downplaying human rights violations at Xinjiang’s camps for saying, after BBC reports highlighting systematic rape and torture, “Culturally, there are different norms that each country and their leaders are expected to follow…”:

Amnesty International criticized Iran’s prison system treatment after Hadi Rostami, received lashes and an extended sentence after attempting suicide:

As Muslim voter-turnout increases in New York City, Andrew Yang receives backlash for skipping a forum sponsored by Muslim groups for a podcast with Sam Harris who has history of anti-Islamic views:

The Muslim community in Buffalo complains of the lack of halal options in their public school system and fear students “will go throughout the school day hungry, hindering their learning”:

“What Yazidis requested is already a recognised right for Jewish, Christian, and Druze religious minorities in the country”:

“The case unraveled and the charges were dropped after prosecutors revealed their inadequate disclosures to the defense, including when a prosecutor suggested that the government ‘bury’ a key exculpatory document”:

Muslims sometimes sidestepped the sparsity of Muslim cemeteries in Italy by shipping bodies to their home country, but Covid has made that impossible:

A Palestinian court decision and an Iranian travel ban that limit the freedom of travel of grown women demonstrate how Islamic law intended to protect women from danger can be perverted into denial of their fundamental rights:

“The ICC’s affirmation of jurisdiction in the occupied Palestinian territory promises a protracted process, at best”:

News and Analysis (2/16/21)

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Although imprisoned since 2002 by Israel, Senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti will be running for PA president and many predict him will be the preferred candidate over incumbent Abbas:

“Citing Israeli sources, AFP reported that allowing the transfer from the West Bank to Gaza was not a simple administrative measure under the purview of Cogat, but rather a political decision possibly linked to talks between Israel and Hamas”:

The Biden administration and the Democratic party are taking a similar stance on Palestine as the Trump administration, with differences only in “semantics and political jingoism, not policy”:

Concerned that public protests of anti-Islamic and blasphemous online speech may result in violence by and/or upon the demonstrators, Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Board (Protection of the Honor of the Prophet Board) calls for legal action to use the threat of state violence to restrict offensive speech:

Muslims in prison, who are overrepresented with respect to the general population in the United States, are denied religious rights and often left out of the conversation when discussing incarcerated people:

Construction of many mosques in Kerala was delayed by a stipulation that required approval from district collectors; India now allows local governments to make the decision instead:

Citizens of the Parisian suburb resent being used as a propaganda tool for a French “separatism” bill, saying that “Buddhists, atheists, Muslims, and Christians live together in Trappes with respect for each other” and problems “no different from those of other cities in France”:

Although many Palestinians now believe a one-state solution is the only realistic option, Egypt continues to support a two-state solution based on the borders of June 4, 1967:

News and Analysis (2/13/21)

Saturday, February 13th, 2021

Private and public institutions are working together to silence any valid criticisms of the state of Israel, and by not protecting freedom of speech, individuals are being affected significantly:

Biden’s choice of a “longtime diplomat and conflict mediator” has attracted bitter criticism because the “soft-spoken Rhodes Scholar with a Harvard law degree” and “son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist” harbors the radical notion that we should (GASP!) negotiate with our enemies:

“[M]edia establishments in J&K have paid gravely for being on the “wrong” side, losing not just sources of revenue like government advertising, but having their premises raided, their power lines disconnected, and inviting constant police scrutiny”:

By seeing ourselves as the sole world superpower and getting into unnecessary conflicts, U.S. foreign policy on the United States has fallen apart:

“The regime and the terrorist organization may coordinate with each other on some matters, but they are not the kind of operational partners that some would like to believe they are”:

Pakistan Foreign Ministry points out misinformation being spread by United States when discussing Kashmir’s access to the Internet:

As the Indian government pushed forward a plethora of development schemes, it attempts to rebut resistance to its settler-colonialism in Kashmir, by denying that anyone will lose their private property as a consequence of state land development:

Consistent with a Supreme Court ruling that that those convert leave the caste system, BJP insists they are no longer entitled to contest for reserved seats …

… while “[r]etirement of 4 members leaves disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir without any representation in upper house”:

After restoring diplomatic relations with Israel, UAE has been working to eradicate UNRWA and its funding:

News and Analysis (2/11/21)

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Except for the BJP, every political party in Kerala is fighting for the release of an Indian-Muslim journalist who was wrongfully arrested in Uttar Pradesh when reporting a case of murder and rape:

Despite election campaign comments regarding Iran and the nuclear deal, Biden and his administration now hesitant to make any effective change surrounding Iran …

… while Iran’s restriction of negotiations to original deal members is challenged by the Saudi and French calls for other countries in the region to be involved in any negotiations:

The U.S. explains that it still sees Jammu and Kashmir as disputed territory after  a tweet referring to the area as “India’s Jammu and Kashmir”:

Understanding the Saudis’ “abrupt turnaround … – requires a … subtle understanding of the intersection of Saudi domestic goals with national ambitions”:

Following rival groups in Palestine agreeing to go forward with first elections in Palestine for 15 years, election registration offices open in Gaza and West Bank:

Both the Ummah Party “affiliated with the spiritual descendants of … the self-proclaimed Mahdi (“guided one”) who led an 1881 revolt against Anglo-Egyptian rule” and continue to loathe Egypt and the Republican Brotherhood Party founded by Mahmoud Mohammed Taha” had long called for rapprochement with Israel”:

The largest circulation law journal in the world had a Jewish founder, and is now headed by a Muslim:

News and Analysis (2/9/21)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

The police defend the arrest of an Indian-Muslim comedian for comments he did not make and a high court judge denies him and the event organizers and a personal friend bail demonstrating the BJP threat to freedom of speech:

Across Europe, political parties are demonstrating, once again, that election victories are most easily obtained on the backs of Muslim populations …

… and as right-wing populism gets increasingly popular in Europe, Islamaphobic attacks have increased as well in places such as Germany:

Muslim teenager was wrongfully shot by Kashmiri government forces and as the father went to seek for body, he was arrested and charged using India’s restrictive anti-terror law:

Canadian Baha’is protest Iranian seizure of private property “on the basis of what the court called the religious belief of the ‘perverse sect of Bahá’ísm’:

A woman who was married against her will is told by the court that she must divorce her current husband before marrying another man, although the law would place no condition on a man in her situation: 

Meeting with the US envoy to Yemen, Iran’s FM discusses regional developments and criticizes Saudi Arabian involvement for worsening situations in the area:

Iran’s intelligence minister says Biden’s refusal to reverse Trump’s abandonment of the JCPOA may force them to pursue nuclear weapons:

Pakistanis are pushing President Biden to voice his concern regarding the crisis in Kashmir, the same way he “pleaded the case of Bosnia … in 1995”:

Prior to Biden’s term, Pompeo designated Yemeni Houthis as a terrorist group, but the current administration has returned to restoring humanitarian aid in the region during the civil war: 

News and Analysis (2/7/21)

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

Senate overwhelmingly approves making Trump’s relocation of embassy to Jerusalem permanent:

BJP pushes a narrative that large Muslim families is an “organized conspiracy” to alter India’s demography, but a popular scholarly book concludes that Hindus will always be the majority:

The U.S. follows other nations in trying to push India to protect human rights in Kashmir and include Pakistan in the negotiations:

Kashmir is a primary case study demonstrating how governments are quick to censor and restrict access to internet:

Annual UAE aid to Palestine had peaked over $50 million, but is now down to just $1 million following UAE’s normalization with Israel:

Egyptian MPs are in an uproar over the possibility that the U.S. Congress may give an audience to the victims of their human rights abuses:

As Muslim hate-crimes increase in the developed nations, another instance of Muslim women wearing a burka is attacked:

U.S. and Iran remain at an impasse over the U.S> abandonment of the JCPOA as Iran calls for U.N. action in the face of Israeli threats:

Although the United States has been intervening in the Middle East for many years now, some Iraqis are beginning to worry about American troops leaving due to the presence of extremist and paramilitary groups: