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News and Analysis 8/7/22

Sunday, August 7th, 2022

“There can be no justification for any attacks against civilians” — Tor Wennesland, UN envoy for the Middle East Peace Process …

… but, Israel is convinced that the best way to prevent people from attacking you is to wage war upon them:

“Gaza’s sole power plant shut down on Saturday after running out of fuel, an electricity company spokesman said, five days after Israel closed its goods crossing“:

Calling Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Harvard Crimson anti-Semitic for opposing apartheid? “It’s a trick. We always use it” — Shulamit Aloni:

“It’s desirable that there be some fatalities” —  the commander who oversaw the sector in which the Kafr Qasem massacre took place:

“The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process” — Dov Weisglass, Senior advisor to Ariel Sharon at the time of his remark:

Israel’s wave of murder, mayhem,  and detentions continues:

““I’ve been through 9/11. I’ve been through the Trump era. I’ve never felt this helpless and in fear.”” –Tahir Gauba, the director of public affairs at the Islamic Center of New Mexico. White House silent:

News and Analysis 8/5/22

Friday, August 5th, 2022

“Despite being citizens of the state of Israel, Palestinians required permits to leave their areas of residence, including to access medical care and jobs”:

The 1906 revolution married “traditional Islamic principles with modern concepts such as individual rights and popular sovereignty” leading “to a freely elected independent parliament and a constitution guaranteeing basic rights”:

Four militants killed along with the six non-combatant fatalities (including a young girl) exemplifies what Israel calls “a precise counter-terror operation against an immediate threat”:

“[S]uch killings have seen a rise ever since the Union government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its constitutional status in August 2019”:

Wimbledon’s Lord Tariq Ahmad is concerned over “demolished houses and confiscated land” against Iran’s Baha’is:

“After repeatedly rebuilding his home only to have it demolished by Israeli soldiers, Mohammed Abu Sabaha has a new plan to remain on the land — he is moving into a cave”:

News and Analysis 8/3/22

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

The U.S. and Afghanistan trade accusations as to which has violated the Doha Accords after Biden administration takes out the “figurehead leader … of a decimated organization” …

… creating the possibility that a more effective successor “could do much more damage, especially if they’re able to unite various Al Qaeda factions and splinter groups around the world”:

“The latest move by B’nai Brith in the McGill affair looks like the last desperate baring of teeth of a cornered animal. It is predictable, pathetic and dangerous” — Roger Waters:

“Redactions to the document … make it impossible to ascertain the full extent of U.S. involvement …, but … official instructions suggest that the U.S. provided intelligence or other support”:

“Any Jew in the world and his or her children, grandchildren and spouses are entitled to immigrate to Israel” but rarely can “Palestinian residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip who marry Israeli citizens or East Jerusalem residents … obtain permanent legal status”:

Despite the fact that Maududi’s “methods were democratic, peaceful, and constitutional,” the university caved to the complaints of “right-wing ideologues” pleading that it wishes to avoid controversy:

How times have changed. In 1984 strongly pro-Israel Senator Chares Percy was defeated by the Zionist lobby for not being pro-Israel enough; today the lobby can’t even oust a Palestinian Congresswoman:

“The government’s repressive policies and failure to investigate and prosecute alleged security force abuses have increased insecurity among Kashmiris”:

“22 Palestinians were treated for injuries caused by rubber-coated steel bullets, and 75 others were treated for tear gas inhalation”:

The job participation rate for Muslim women in 2011 was less than 15% compared to over 27% for Hindu women, and 33% and 31% for Buddhist and Christian women respectively:

News and Analysis 8/1/22

Monday, August 1st, 2022

In his power grab, Tunisia’s strong man has cut off most means of peaceful dissent:

Israeli police arrested a Palestinian construction worker after Facebook mistakenly translated his greeting “Good morning” in Arabic as “attack them” in Hebrew:

“After 23 days of being caught in a cycle of arrest, bail and re-arrest, the Supreme Court granted him bail … ending what Justice D.Y. Chandrachud described as a ‘vicious cycle’“:

Israel denies 31% of “travel permits for Gazan children needing advanced medical treatment” while also blocking “entrance of advanced medical equipment to Gaza’s doctors”:

Iran accuses Taliban forces of once more mistaking a “wall … constructed to constrain smugglers … [for] the border between the two countries”:

The youngest of four Palestinian girls in the Chess Olympiad 2022, 8-year-old Randa has become “a darling of the media and fans alike”:

Far from “Progressive except for Palestine,” the ADL compared SNCC to the KKK, blessed the electrocution of the Rosenbergs, and spied on Jews for HUAC and the FBI:

News and Analysis 7/29/22

Friday, July 29th, 2022

“[T]he United States has failed to conduct its own investigations into previous killings of American citizens by Israeli soldiers”:

“The Supreme Court ruled the government needs a warrant to get your location data. But ICE is getting warrantless access anyway”:

“[T]here is strong external interest in extending the Yemeni truce given the scale of turmoil in the global arena. And yet credible progress remains lacking”:

“[P]olitical and diplomatic moves in coordination with the heads of several states, including US President Joe Biden” are being taken to resurrect the two-state solution …

… but 399 “demolitions and seizures of Palestinian-owned structures and evictions this year have left over 400 Palestinians displaced”:

Egypt pretends to opening apolitical dialog, but excludes the only effective opposition:

A Bloomington imam “says he has been detained at least five times since 2017 upon returning home to the U.S., often for hours at a time, and questioned about his religious beliefs”:

Israel’s violent rampage of detentions, injuries, and murders continues:

“[P]ropaganda works most effectively when it can be passed off as entertainment”:

News and Analysis 7/26/22

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

Tunisian democracy “was dealt a crushing defeat today – not with the bang of a military coup, but with a whimper of apathy at the ballot box”:

“Israel confiscated 35 per cent of it under the pretext of ‘public interest’. However, the confiscated land was used for settlement projects”:

The Grand Mufti of Kashmir’s statement of solidarity “condemning the killings and expressing support for ‘Pandit brothers'” is a “sentiment [that] must be built on”:

“[T]he institutional and individual designations by Israeli authorities of ‘terrorism’ follows years of Israeli attacks on human rights organizations, harassment and imprisonment of their staff, and denials of medical permits”:

“Since the President didn’t come to us in Jerusalem to hear first-hand our grief, outrage and concerns …,  we decided to come to him”:

News and Analysis 7/24/22

Sunday, July 24th, 2022

Remember the Israeli “art students” who danced on a rooftop when planes crashed into the WTC? They are part of “the largest case of Israeli spying in the United States – that has been made public – since 1986”:

The teen said he bought the calf to raise it, not kill it, but the members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad-Bajrang Dal, some with criminal records, killed him anyway:

“Iran says its intelligence forces have arrested suspected members of an Israeli cell hours before they were allegedly planning to carry out a major ‘terrorist’ bombing operation in the central Iranian city of Isfahan”:

Critics predict the ruling “will likely be used exclusively against Palestinian citizens of Israel”:

According to one hadith, after 70 women complained of physical abuse by their husbands, the Prophet (pbuh) publicly criticized the men, “saying this behavior was unacceptable from those who seek to live by Islam’s ideals”:

“The spyware was used to weaponise vulnerabilities in Google and Microsoft products which allowed government clients to hack more than 100 activists, journalists, politicians, dissidents, and embassy workers”:

News and Analysis 7/21/22

Thursday, July 21st, 2022

“[T]he letter implies that the very act of collecting [attorney’s] fees could amount to a security offense, which carry a severe penalty in Israel”:

The fact-checker used “the term ‘hatemongers’ for three Hindu monks who made inflammatory comments about Muslims, with at least one calling for ‘genocide’ of the minority community”:

“The PA and Hamas have said that abuses amount to no more than isolated cases that are investigated and for which wrongdoers are held to account, but years of research by Human Rights Watch … contradict these claims”:

“With his patronizing tone, ignorance of Islam, and disregard for political realities and sensitivities, he has eroded the fanbase he never set out to capture but nevertheless appreciated”:

Sweden claims the right to imprison (for life) an Iranian tourist for allegedly executing political prisoners in his home country:

News and Analysis 7/17/22

Sunday, July 17th, 2022

“The two-state solution died a long time ago, and now so has the Palestinians’ strategic choice of relying on the West in their struggle for their national rights” …

… Biden and Lapin affirmed “that they will continue to work together to” defend Israeli apartheid from BDS or “in any forum including at the United Nations or the International Criminal Court”:

“[S]ubjected to Israeli martial law until 1968[,] … an entire generation went without performing Hajj”:

His trip to Saudi is Biden’s latest demonstration of his “inclination to bolster approaches that have not solved any of the Middle East’s multiple problems rather than build them into broader and bolder policies that could prove more effective”:

Police have arrested a man alleged to have insulted Islam and promise to investigate those alleged to have bloodies his face:

“Israeli forces attempted to seize a Palestinian-owned vehicle in At-Tiwani area amid the firing of tear gas canisters toward residents, including children and women, causing several people to suffocate”:

News and Analysis 7/13/22

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

Notwithstanding France’s pseudo-secular refusal to tracking the religious identity of prisoners, a sociologist “has found that roughly half of the 69,000 people incarcerated today in France are Muslims of Arab descent“:

“[T]he U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) … declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a possible third Turkish offensive in the region”:

A with the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh, Israel denies responsibility for shooting a Palestinian civilian home:

The “collective, racialised depiction of all Muslims as somehow always potentially “suspect” subjects, needs to be critically deconstructed, allowing for personal agency, capacity for self-empowerment, and the potential to engineer social change”:

One winner of “the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival … was arrested … when he went to the prosecutor’s office to check on … a fellow Golden Bear winner”:

Add to the list of Biden’s Excuses for his Middle East trip, it gives him an opportunity to beg for permission to reopen the consulate in Jerusalem:

Buildings on the property have been “severely damaged” in two attacks since its purchase but finally, under a court order, the township board has approved cemetery proposal:

“Residents from ten Israeli shepherd outposts north of Ramallah found a formula that works: attack Palestinians, then claim you were attacked first”: