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NONVIOLENCE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON “BEYOND THE TWO STATE SOLUTION”

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

[On December 16, 2020, Nonviolence International held a webinar on Jonathan Kuttab’s book Beyond the Two State Solution. The following highlights are lightly edited excerpts transcribed from the YouTube recording of the entire webinar, which readers are encouraged to access here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4zm_VwZPm0&feature=youtu.be]

David Hart, Co-Director of Nonviolence International: I am Jewish and was raised being told of a land that was taken from us in a war when the whole world was against us. And still, somehow, we prevailed. International law made clear that no nation may keep land taken in war, but we were defending ourselves and we certainly would not hold the land long. When I learned something of the reality of everyday Palestinian life and came to see it as a deep affront to those basic values Jews are taught are at the heart of our faith, I was somehow more able to accept this contradiction because it came with the story that land would be traded for peace, and the occupation would end soon. That was decades ago. Sadly actions that have reshaped facts on the ground have made the call for a two-state solution more of a cover for oppressive policies than a realistic path towards peace with justice. Jonathan’s book attempts [to implement] a fundamental principle of creative conflict resolution.  He takes seriously the basic needs of both parties. What will it take for us to extend our compassion to the Palestinian people? Maybe we could start with the recognition that they are fully human, Radical, I know, but true nonetheless. My hope is that those willing to grapple with this complex and difficult issue will read Jonathan ‘s book and help us change the conversation.

Jonathan  Kuttab, Co-founder of Nonviolence International, practicing attorney in Israel Palestine, and the United States: I think this project started when Bob Herbst and I started thinking about: What does really take? What does each side really want? Can we create a new vision that makes sense for both people? It was a painful conversation, because I was one of those who believed in a two state solution before it was [widely advocated].  I thought it was a pragmatic way to deal with these two narratives, these two ideologies, that were mutually exclusive. “The more we get the less they get.” “The more they get, the less we get.” “One additional immigrant means one fewer person for us.” “One more Palestinian birth is a demographic threat to the other side.” After a while it became clear to me that the two-state solution not only doesn’t work, because it has been thoroughly and consistently undermined, but that it has become an alibi for the status quo, an alibi for refusing to address the injustices, an alibi for dealing with the discriminatory and sometimes very racist ideologies that totally negate and demonize [the “Other.”]

This book has three parts.  The first part explains how the two-state solution was created, and how it was undermined and collapsed and is no longer workable, because I think it is important to get rid of false hopes before we create new hopes. The second part, the most important part, is to set out a vision. People ask, “Is it even possible to think of a vision that satisfies the needs of both?” I think it is possible, but it is very painful. It requires that we give up the idea of exclusivity. Rather than argue if your narrative is correct or incorrect it requires asking what is it that your narrative provides for you? What is it that you want? Zionist Israelis tell me, “We want a Jewish state.” But what is a Jewish state? What does that mean?  You can’t circumcise a state! What is the irreducible minimum that you want out of this state. And, yes, the Palestinians also. “What is it that you want out of a Palestinian state?  For a long time we were told that the goal of Palestinian nationalism was statehood, but you can give me a state that means nothing. You give me a passport, but I can’t travel. You give me a Parliament but I can’t vote for it. You give me airport, but I can’t fly out of it. So, what is it I want out of statehood.  I want something very concrete. I want freedom; I want equality; I want freedom of movement; I want self-fulfillment; I want participation in my life; I want empowerment. A state is supposed to give me that; but if you give me state without any of those contents you give ne nothing.  I make no judgements; I claim no symmetry between the two parties. I simply ask can we come up with a vision that will accommodate the other rather than negate and demonize and criminalize and delegitimize the “Other.” The third part of the book, which I think is the weakest, is a chapter that I was almost forced to add at the end, which is “How do we get from here to there.” This book is not for anyone who insists on their maximalist ideology. If I say, “Filistiin Arabia, Palestine is Arab,” that all these Zionists from all over the world should go back to wherever they came from, then this book is not for me. Similarly if you think Israel should be as Jewish as France is French, if  you aren’t willing to accept Palestinians’ right here, then this book is not for you. This conversation is for those who say, “Despite what I believe, despite what I think, despite what I have grown up with, despite my  historic/religious/national/whatever rights, I recognize that there is this other group who are living in this land today and I can’t get rid of them, an dits not right to get rid of them. I need to find a way to accommodate them [and] t incorporate them into my visions.” I am totally open to those who disagree. I am totally open to this conversation.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, faith-based activist, one of the first women to become a rabbi: I ant to begin by doing a land acknowledgement … to understand a root cause. When I am on Turtle Island I acknowledge that I am a guest on Ohlone land, and when I travel to Palestine I acknowledge that I am a guest on Palestinian lands. We can begin the healing with a vision of radical inclusion and equity.

Robert Herbst, Jewish Voice for Peace, human rights lawyer: I’m in my seventies and for decades I was uncomfortable about the oppression over there, [but] I only really expressed my concerns within the tribe until  when the Gaza operation “Protective Edge” became too much for me to bear. In 2016  I met Jonathan and we bonded very quickly over the one-state idea. A caste-based society in which Jews dominate over non-Jews is not kosher.

Azmerah Hammouri-Davis, Friends of Sabeel, Black-Palestinian poet: It was not until I was arrested an airport while leaving Israel that I realized how insensitive my teacher’s joke [about being a terrorist seven years earlier] really was. I was contained for an hour, strip searched, patted down [for the crime of having] a Palestinian grandfather whom I had never met. When I asked why I was arrested I was told, “This is Israel, what do you think?” How naïve of me. [Since then,] I have net so many Jewish colleagues who are committed to this work. There is a wave of people ready to dismantle old logic, to cultivate, to see the joy and humanity in each of us, and to say this can be different.

Rabbi Gerald Serotta: The brilliance of what Jonathan writes about is that it is not a solution but a vision. It is an attempt to bring justice and dignity [to the] forefront.

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

News and Analysis (12/3/20)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

As France cracks down on mosques, immigrants and Muslim charities (having “closed … the Muslim charity BarakaCity and a civil rights group which monitors hate crimes …; both [of which] have refuted the government’s accusations that they harboured ‘radical’ links”) …

… Muslims “feel like nothing we do – pay taxes, do [national service] – will be enough. You have to prove that you’re really French: you have to eat pork; drink wine; not wear hijab, wear miniskirts. And it’s ridiculous” — Fashion designer Iman Mestaoui:

“‘You are us’ feels more like an aspirational statement than a reflection of our reality’ … [that] continues to be shaped by systematic discrimination and suspicion and a refusal by government agencies to engage with Muslims as a legitimate faith community in New Zealand, rather than a collection of ethnic minorities”:

“There’s no definition of political Islam. … [W]e as a society must distinguish between the peaceful religion of Islam and these extremists” — Umit Vural, the president of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria:

The larger, and more liberal, mainstream Islamic organization in Indonesia have many more members, but “being loud and divisive and creating spectacles” has allowed the FPI to “punch above its weight”:

A land reform act intended to provide a homesteading mechanism and raise money for hydroelectric projects was abused by corrupt politicians and became the focus of  charges of communitarian demographic manipulation:

Rouhani’s opposition to boosting uranium enrichment suggests he thinks the JCPOA can still be salvaged:

“Rights activists have called that a violation of rule 114 of the Geneva Convention dealing with the ‘Return of the Remains and Personal Effects of the Dead’ in wartime or armed conflict. Locals have labeled the practice ‘shroud theft'”:

The hypocrisy of the “love jihad” charge.  A woman who denied that her Muslim husband had kidnapped her sees her husband arrested and is forced to marry another man by her Hindu family while another man who converts to Hinduism to marry gets police protection from his new wife’s angry family:

The U.S. military says “that the Iraqi government has indicated that it wants to keep a small U.S. military force in Iraq for some time to train and advise Iraqi soldiers, and that U.S. officials want to make sure that the Islamic State does not regenerate ‘at a relatively low cost'”:

Geo-Political Dynamics of Arabia and the Gulf

Monday, November 30th, 2020

[This is a summary of a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Abdullah Baabood, Waseda University on the second day of the 29th National Council on US-Arab Relations Conference held on November 18, 2020. These notes summarize my impression of highlights of the presentation and are not an attempted transcription.]

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Hassan, Sultanate of Oman Ambassador to the United Nations; former Oman Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs; former Ambassador of Oman to Russia.

Recent normalization of relationships between certain Arab states and Israel is not a substitute for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. We in Oman believe in a two-state solution that takes into account the aspirations of both Palestinians and Israelis. How can we get out of the currently unpromising dilemma? It requires recognition of certain facts including the importance of acting within international law, the necessity of taking into account the rights of the other side, the recognition that we hold the future in our own hands and the avoidance of blaming others, to acknowledge the tools available to resolve differences, and most importantly to heed the voices of youth. It would be wrong to exclude Iran or Iraq or Yemen from any future security or economic arrangements. Isolating Iran is a doomed policy. Peace is sustained only by giving everyone a stake in it, and not by the sound of guns. What is important is to stop the war in Yemen immediately and to give the Palestinians some light at the end of the tunnel.

Mr. Timothy Lenderking, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs; former U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

If we are ever to diffuse the tensions with Iran, we must negotiate in a broader spectrum of issues than prisoner releases (as important as that is). We cannot stand by and watch the situation of the Yemeni people continue to deteriorate, but we need to see outside parties wind down their presence, including Iran. Americans must be sympathetic with the marginalization of the Houtis, but we cannot be sympathetic to the attacks on civilians nor on the burgeoning relationship with the IRGC. We are pleased at the normalization of Israel’s relationship with some Arab parties, but it cannot be on the back of the Palestinians. How is it that Arab states can more easily make peace with Israel than resolve their issues with Qatar? Gulf countries do not benefit in the long run from a rift among Arab countries, nor does the United States. Separate countries will of course have differences, but this kind of rift impedes progress on a variety of matters including Iran, COVID, and economic issues. Our advice is to maintain strong American engagement as partners. Our engagement with Saudi Arabia will have to remain strong and our relationships with other Gulf states can and should be strengthened.

Dr. John Duke Anthony, NCUSAR founding president and CEO.

Despite my focus on the region, I bring the perspective of an outsider. The region is preoccupied with two kinds of oil: turmoil and the other kind. Stability, security and peace are necessary objectives. It is noteworthy that the cease fire that ended the Iran-Iraq War, accepted immediately by Saddam Hussein, took 13 months to be approved by Iran. Oman chaired the UNSC during the time of that conflict. Omanis fought in Qatari uniforms in defense of Kuwait against Saddam’s invasion. To my knowledge, Iran is the only country in the world to have in its constitution the necessity of exporting its revolution. The US has free trade agreements with Oman and Bahrain. The dialog between the US and the GCC needs to peopled by the best diplomats on both sides. Look at what we have accomplished in the past. No one can say we cannot do it again.

Dr. Abdullah Al Shayji, Kuwait University Professor of International Relations and Post Graduate Political Science Program Director; Author, The GCC Crises: The Root Causes, The Mediation Efforts, and the Future of the GCC Alliance. 

After the collapse of the Arab Spring the GCCC was thought to be the de facto leader of the “Arab political system,” but it has been weak and ineffective. There is a “trust deficit” between the U.S. and its Arab allies at a critical time that has the Arab states wondering, “How much we can rely on the U.S. if push comes to shove?” Trump did nothing when the Iranians attacked the ARAAMCO installations. We have seen a lack of comprehensive policy. We need a functional GCCC and US leadership.

The day after Robert O’Brien called for a resolution of the Qatari issue, the UAE ambassador in Washington said this was not a priority. How can the incoming Biden administration reassure us on the engagement issue? In 2015 Obama started an annual US-GCCC summit, but this has not been held since Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017. If there is to be a JCPOA 2.0, there should be GCCC involvement.  Why has the US not classified the Houtis as a terrorist organization? The normalization of relations with Israel is splitting the GCCC. Normalization absent resolution of the Palestinian problem is capitulation to the Netanyahu. Biden will be too distracted with domestic issues (COVID, the economy, and the legitimacy of his own election) to be able to address this issue. 

Ambassador (Ret.) Susan L. Ziadeh, Georgetown University Adjunct Professor; former United States Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Peninsula Affairs; former United States Ambassador to Qatar.

We have 30-35,000 troops deployed in the region and that shall remain under the Biden administration. First and foremost there is the issue of Iran. We know that relationships with our allies have been shaken by the withdrawal from the JCPOA. We know the Iranian presidential elections are coming up.  Who will have charge of the JCPOA file? Will there be a unified view within the GCCC on a resurrected JCPOA? Will sunset clauses be on the table?  What WILL be on the table? Reuters has reported rumors of discussions between Saudi Arabia and the Houti movement that the Saudis would accept a cease fire if the Houtis agreed to a buffer zone along the border. Even if that came to pass, what would it mean for the situation within Yemen? Any drawdown or peace negotiation in Yemen would require a unified GCCC position. If the Houtis are designated as a Foreign Terorist Organization, nonprofits would be prevented from distributing humanitarian aid in Houti controlled areas, even when the locals are not supportive of the Houtis. The US relationship with Saudi Arabia will continue under a Biden administration, but the Saudis could be helpful if they would help cool tensions with Qatar. There will be concerns in Congress over UAE possession of F-35 technology and trade relations with certain countries.

Amb. Ziadeh. European alliances will be the first U.S. foreign policy priority.  Scrutiny of China (trade relations, etc.) and Russian expansion (including the ME, but also Europe). After those Yemen, Iran, and military involvement.  I do not think the Palestinian-Israeli issue will be high in the near term, but it will come up eventually.

Dr. Al Shayji. Russia, China, NATO, and when it comes to our region Iran will be at the top of the agenda, then GCCC. I think Trump is trying to box in Biden before he even comes into office, and designating Houtis as terrorists may be a tactic he uses to that end.

Dr. Anthony. Can we not move beyond this tactic of shunning people as if they possess some horrible contagious ideological disease?  You must have a communication line to the people who started or are sustaining the conflict.  The US pushed and pushed Hanoi and the Viet Cong to recognize the South Vietnamese government and they failed.  But once we began to speak with them in Paris, although it took a while, the killing came to an end. Same for the French in Algeria and the demands that the French be exempt from Algerian national government. It goes back to America’s emergence as a national entity. It was only when Britain accepted America’s national ambitions that the fighting stopped. Let us stop treating those whose ideological inclinations we find distasteful, or even dangerous, as lepers.

Dr. Mohamed Al Hassan. The U.S. and other countries including new partners like China and India have a role to play, but ultimately the future of the Gulf states lies in their own hands. Putting political groups on a terrorist list has catastrophic results.

Mr. Lenderking. The designation of the Houtis as terrorists is a raging debate.  If the Houtis would lessen ties with the Iranian regime it would be very helpful in demonstrating that they are a Yemini organization devoted to Yemenis.

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

News and Analysis (11/30/20)

Monday, November 30th, 2020

14 years before Donald Trump threatened to refuse to a peaceful transition of power, Mahmoud Abbas “refused to share power” with the winners of the Palestinian elections. This time he signals he won’t even allow elections already delayed for ten years to be held now:

“[T]he Israeli magistrate court of Jerusalem ruled to evict 12 of the 24 Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and to give their homes to Israeli Jewish settlers. The court also ruled that each family must pay 70,000 shekels ($20,000) in fees to cover the settlers’ legal expenses”:

Israeli home demolitions as well as cutting off the water supply of whole communities are “extreme manifestation of Israel’s policy designed to empty entire areas of the West Bank of their Palestinian residents”:

“[T]he assassination of Fakhrizadeh serves multiple purposes for those that would seek to keep the United States and Iran far away from the negotiating table”:

Scientists aren’t the only targets of Israeli assassins. “Since 2000, Israeli forces have murdered about 70 Palestinians, some of whom were clearly political activists and not militants, in planned, targeted killings”:

We might give the party ticket to any community among Hindus. Whoever we might give it to — maybe Lingayats, Kurubas, Vokkaligas, or Brahmins but definitely, it will not be given to Muslims” — BJP leader KS Eshwarappa:

Unable to convince farmers to support its farm reform bills on the merits, the BJP resorts to an Internet disinformation campaign that opposition to its legislation is a Muslim conspiracy:

News and Analysis (11/28/20)

Saturday, November 28th, 2020
“Ellie Geranmayeh of the European Council on International Relations said on Twitter that the ‘objective behind the killing wasn’t to hinder (Iran’s) nuclear programme but to undermine diplomacy,'” and the National Iranian American Council feels the same way:
The IDF “claimed the incidents were part of Israel’s armed conflict with Hamas — even if the protesters were largely unarmed civilians who took no part in hostilities”:

“Israeli forces have a long history of attacking Palestinian medics and healthcare workers in the occupied territories. Last year, a UN investigation called the occupied Palestinian territories ‘one of the most dangerous places in the world for healthcare workers'”:

To the BJP, Muslim men are demons, Hindu “women are so ‘silly and helpless’ that they will be seduced (by Muslim males, of course) and bring dishonour to the family and community,” and love is weapon against which the state must legislate:

The PDP chief minister is detained to prevent her from meeting with a party leader who has been arrested and her daughter is out under house arrest one day before election:

The fact that her husband was an Israeli citizen “led Iranian authorities to genuinely think it was proof of a conspiracy she was an Israeli spy, and [moreover] the regime knew it could use it to pressure Australia and Israel for something big in return for her release”:

A court upheld the city’s charges “that the hotel had failed to meet safety regulations,” but the hotel owner charges that the city never issued citations against “other hotels with similar problems” that were not housing Syrian refugees:

News and Analysis (11/26/20)

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Denmark’s foreign affairs and integration minister, who also seeks to regulate the dowry brides may receive in dowry from their husbands, commands Muslim women not to “be ruled by either imams or outdated norms.” The women push back that they won’t be deprived of their agency or their wealth by government bureaucrats:

“It is tragic and outrageous the way right-wing media and Republicans all the way up to President Trump attempted to destroy the lives of an immigrant Muslim-American family based on scurrilous allegations” — Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fl):

“Of the 13 countries temporarily banned, 11 have been outspoken in their condemnation for normalisation of relations with Israel”:

From the state that brought you the copes Trial. A woman who “garnered national attention when she led efforts to oppose the construction of a Murfreesboro mosque” and who attempted to ban a textbook she had never read has now been charged with selecting Tennessee’s textbooks”:

“A statement released by the OIC made no mention of Kashmir and there will be no special session to discuss India’s draconian military measures that have resulted in a lockdown of the region lasting over a year”:

“Under Australian law, a person can only be stripped of their citizenship if they are dual citizens. … Australia argued he was a dual citizen as he also has Fijian citizenship, though Fiji denied the claim, souring the bilateral relationship”:

While the campaign encouraged consumers to “find your style” – Aden said she felt she had lost her own” such as when she agreed to drape a pair of jeans on her head in place of a headscarf.” She urges her fans “not to ‘sell out'”:

A skeptic of Western media reports about the Chinese camps accepted an invitation to visit them and was shocked to learn the accusations are largely true:

“At least 3,793 Palestinians were killed, some 18,000 were wounded and more than half of Gaza’s population was displaced, according to the UNCTAD’s report”:

News and Analysis (11/23/20)

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

In an “unprecedented move” the lame duck Secretary of State makes a “‘deliberate effort’ to prevent non-violent opposition to the occupation” by “turning international law on its head” …

… becoming “the first US secretary of state ever to visit an Israeli settlement in the illegally occupied West Bank” …

… and then meeting with Netanyahu and MbS in Saudi Arabia in a meeting kept so secret that neither Israeli “Defense Minister Benny Gantz nor Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi were informed before it took place”:

“With a lack of ventilators, PPE, and medicine, officials say Israel’s siege is a ‘death sentence’ for Gaza’s coronavirus patients”:

Astronaut Tahani Amer, the female car racing team of Marah Zahalka, Noor Daoud and Mona Enna, and thrash met6al band backer Gisele Marie Rocha are among the women validating “the premise behind Dr. Seema Yasmin’s new book — that Muslim women can be anything“:

“Intellectuals are … looked up to as the arbiters, the judges of what is the real Islam, and so they make an attractive target for a government that is interested in either controlling cultural expression or trying to completely reengineer it”:

“Politicians and activists in the region consider these acts to be part of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s project to dispossess people of their land and property in order to change the demographic status of the Muslim-majority region”:

Enraged by “scenes … between a Hindu and a Muslim, … [m]embers of the Hindu nationalist party that controls India’s central government have asked the authorities to investigate Netflix … at a time when the government is increasing censorship of what Indians watch online”:

Marvel’s Muslim superheroine is “the glue that binds two key installments of the new Disney+ docuseries, Marvel’s 616 — a reference to the main Marvel Comics timeline. Premiering on Nov. 20, the eight-episode show offers inside-the-bullpen accounts of major and minor stories from the publisher’s rich history”:

“To put a revived JCPOA on firm foundations, he needs to be able to guarantee that if Iran sticks to its part of the bargain, the U.S. will too” — Catherine Ashton (L), High Representative of the Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union:

News and Analysis (11/19/20)

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Keeping perspective.  Reducing armed forces to 2.500 troops each in Afghanistan and Iraq constitutes a reduction of about 40% in the first case and 17% in the second (and even in the case of Iraq, 50%):

According to the PA’s civil affairs minister, its “’relationship with Israel will return to how it was following ‘official written and oral letters …’ confirming Israel’s commitment to past agreements,'” which is expected to jeopardize its reconciliation with other factions, and therefor, make overdue Palestinian elections less likely:

“The subtext in the scholars’ writings and statements is that a failure to reduce tension, particularly with Iran, could persuade China to either reduce its economic involvement in the Middle East or focus on relations with non-Arab states, two of which are arch-rivals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE”:

“In the fight against political Islam, we will create a criminal offense called ‘political Islam’ in order to be able to take action against those who are not terrorists themselves, but who create the breeding ground for such” — Austrian PM:

“Women are infantilized and their agency completely trivialized when they are deemed incapable of making their own decisions in matters of their body and sexuality along with other matters. Such patronizing laws reinforce that women are “properties” of the communities they belong to”:

Pompeo “said products from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories can be labelled ‘Made in Israel'” …

… but a “Biden presidency will attempt to return to the hawkish Democratic status quo on Israel.” Right-wing Zionist, Zev Chafets predicts change the difference between Biden and Trump will be “more in tone than substance”:

“Some NGOs operate in Taliban territory quite happily, working with ‘NGO co-ordinators’ appointed by the local commander. ‘It is the government we are afraid of,’ says one employee of an aid agency. ‘With the Taliban, we can co-ordinate'”:

“We have decided to terminate our relationships with all data partners, including X-Mode, effective immediately” — Muslim Pro:

“The love stories with Muslim characters usually force women to make a choice between love and faith: the girl falls in love with a white non-Muslim boy, she fights with her family, struggles with her faith, takes off her hijab, and chooses the boy. That storyline functions as a symbol for newly gained freedom. But I am a Muslim girl, and I see myself as empowered”:

“Trump was advised against strikes on Iranian nuclear sites by senior officials warning of the risk of triggering a major conflict. But … the president may not have entirely given up on the idea of staging attacks on Iran or its allies and proxies in the region”:

News and Analysis (11/17/20)

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Big Brother is watching. “The most popular app among those targeted was a Muslim prayer and Quran app called Muslim Pro, with more than 98 million downloads worldwide. Others included a Muslim dating app”:

A former chief minister accuses the government of launching a drive to demolish the summer shelters Gujajrs have used “in pasture lands since times immemorial during the grazing season” to drive them out of their pastures and sell off the forest land:

“In the letter written by Senator Chris Coons, who is being considered as a potential Secretary of State in the next Biden administration, the senators called on Facebook to fully address the problem” and Facebook employees have also written a letter demanding action on anti-Muslim bigotry”:

How a 14-year-old boy was seduced by racist ideologues’ professions of patriotism into believing that the enemy of Britain “was Islam, was the Muslim people, was almost the police as well as the government, and journalists as well.” He is “now ‘massively ashamed’ of what he said and believed but admits at the time he found this sickening ideology ‘thrilling'”:

“Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and France are all positioning themselves to supplant the U.N. as the leader of the Libya file during this critical stage”:

“Non-BJP parties, worried that putting up Muslim candidates will only polarise the electorate, to be “tactically prudent” also hesitate in supporting Muslim candidates, leading to a further dip in representation”:

“Pompeo and his current Iran envoy, Elliott Abrams, recently revealed that they intend to announce a new sanction on Tehran every week until Inauguration Day” …

… but China and Russia’s “deepening collaboration … make[s] Iran far less susceptible than it once was, either to Trump’s campaign of ‘maximum pressure’ or to Biden’s hoped-for engagement”:

“Despite the president’s anti-Muslim policies, the margin between Trump and Biden among Muslim voters was closer than experts predicted”:

“Detroit Lions guard Oday Aboushi wants to use his place in sports and society another way, by shedding light on the plight of Palestinians and promoting religious harmony as a Muslim with friends of different faiths”:

News and Analysis (11/14/20)

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

“U.S. Department of State plans to label three leading global human rights groups—Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam—’anti-Semitic’ … will not only move forward, but will be geared to have even broader impact than originally suggested … [stipulating that claiming] that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” is anti-Semitic:

A “Zoom spokesperson … wrote that anyone was welcome to use the company’s platform so long as they didn’t run afoul of ‘applicable U.S. export control, sanctions, and anti-terrorism laws’, but declined to explain which anti-terrorism law would have applied, nor how the SFSU event [or other events critical of Zoom’s censorship] would have violated it”:

‘In order to dodge responsibility for the criminal activities of this group and other terrorist groups in the region, Washington and Tel Aviv from time to time try to paint Iran as being tied to these groups through weaving lies and leaking fabricated information to the media’; — Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh:

Heads of foreign Muslim states have no “real interest in improving lives of European Muslims. Nor do they share their concerns, priorities and values. Truth be told many European Muslims fled these very countries to find shelter here”:

Are the Roshni laws land reform to benefit the poor and landless or a scheme to enrich corrupt “bureaucrats, politicians and police officers” or a “land jihad” designed to give “Muslim occupants … ownership rights in Hindu-majority Jammu”:

India isn’t the only country persecuting Kashmiri separatists …

… but India persecuted even pro-India Kashmiris …

… and innocents are dying in the crossfire:

“We’re very happy [supervisors] repealed the ordinances. I think that’s a great move. Obviously [the ordinances] weren’t necessary in the first place, and an impediment to development of the cemetery, but until Stafford County allows AMAA to build its cemetery, this case isn’t going away” — Melanie Westover Yanez, an attorney representing the AMAA:

TSA directed the man to the pre-check line and the woman to the non-pre-check line, so it is unclear how they got into the same line or why American Airlines had the woman arrested after their inconsequential he-said, she-said dispute:

When the husband of the victim “asked for his family to be left alone, [a male attacker] — who’s still at large — pushed him to the ground, kicked him in the head and face and threatened to kill his family. [The woman then] kicked him in the stomach and yelled obscenities, according to prosecutors”: