Archive for June, 2010

News and Analysis (6/30/10)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Faced with the loss of its monopoly under the Israeli embargo, Palestine Food Industries Co. puts rent seeking above the plight of their fellow Gazans and demands Hamas ban juice imports to “protect local industries”:

“Conditions … have reached ‘crisis point’ with 79 per cent of the communities surveyed lacking sufficient food – a greater proportion than in blockaded Gaza, where the figure is 61 per cent”:

Rejecting citizenship for Palestinians, Hariri declares, “What the Palestinians want is the right to work like any other foreign nationals”:

“Settlements and the demolition of homes are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible”:

Shortly after the release of HBO documentary “For Neda”, the Iranian regime releases documentary suggesting that the People’s Mujahedeen Organization, an Islamic Marxist opposition group “may have played a role in the killing”:

Thomas Friedman thinks Fayyad has started a “revolution based on building Palestinian capacity and institutions …” that could build “a real economy, … and an effective, transparent government”:

“I want to tell everyone that these people suffered, and we are suffering. Now we want peace between each other,” says President Abbas:

News and Analysis (6/29/10)

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Israeli West Bank settlers see themselves above the laws imposed by their own government over the occupied West Bank territory …

… meanwhile in Gaza, Israel confiscates Medical equipment needed to save lives, given by a Norwegian group, on allegation “of possible use for non-medical purposes”:

Israeli “peace block” goes to court the question of its government’s “unlimited power to decide whether or not to investigate a certain event at all, in whose hands to place the investigation and what powers to give the investigators”:

Liberty University will release report on whether the president of the school’s Baptist Theological Seminary, is “fabricating or exaggerating” his account of being a former Islamic extremist:

Running competing summer camps with competing messages, the UN and Hamas vie for the Gaza Strip’s roughly 700,000 children under fifteen, who comprise nearly half of the population:

President Yudhoyono says that the sex-tape scandal that has demonstrators in Jakarta demanding Sharia law “has nothing to do with freedom, but it has to do with being appropriate” and guarding Indonesian morality:

Assured that their funds will not go to training imams and rabbis, the United Methodist Church reverses public condemnation of Claremont School of Theology decision to start training programs for non-Christian clerics:

News and Analysis (6/28/10)

Monday, June 28th, 2010

“What is most disappointing, however, is not the Zionist self-righteousness and narcissism; rather it is the Western acceptance and support of this attitude”:

The French PM urges French Muslims to reject niqabs and burqas as a “minority practice, which flouts the basic rules of living together and scandalises our citizens, amounts to radical behaviour that does not reflect the reality of Islam”:

Naila Ayesh, founder of the Gaza-strip based Woman Affairs Center, says that women in Gaza are represented as “members of the party. However, from our experience they have no influence and thus they are not decision-makers” …

… meanwhile in Pakistan, thousands of women pursue higher education in the conservative Al-Huda chain of Islamic schools:

“Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday at the G20 summit in Toronto that Turkey had closed its airspace to Israeli flights”:

News and Analysis (6/25/10)

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Pakistan moves to monitor Google, Yahoo, and YouTube for blasphemous content, a month after it temporarily blocked Facebook for the “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day” controversy:

Jerusalem’s decision to demolish homes for a new shopping center threatens to renew U.S.-Israel tensions, and shows a blatant disrespect for property rights in occupied East Jerusalem:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations blames the dismissal on journalist Steve Emerson, whom they assert is an “islamophobe, fear monger and an Israeli lobbyist”:

“We’re seeing the demonization of Islam in our country and it leads a very vocal minority to take these extremist kinds of actions nationwide. This is caused by a lack of knowledge and lack of interaction with ordinary Muslims”:

“The most helpful strategic victory in the struggle against Islamist radicalism would be to undermine the narrative that the West is at war with Islam”:

The Obama administration prioritizes foreign relations over promotion of religious freedom, a week after the appointment of an Ambassador at Large of Religious Freedom:

News and Analysis (6/24/10)

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Muslim world leaders see the possibility to rediscover the “entrepreneurship of the Prophet Mohammed”:

“This follows last weekend’s reports of an American fleet passing through the Suez Canal, triggering fears that the United States and Israel were preparing for an attack on Iran, with Egypt’s cooperation”:

Just over a week after the Barcelona ban, this vote signals a disturbing escalation in the loss of religious liberty across the EU:

Convicted in Pakistan on terror charges, five Americans claim they “traveled secretly to Pakistan with the hopes of helping the orphaned and homeless in neighbouring Afghanistan”:

“Thanks to the Internet and bloggers, these kinds of cases become public very quickly,” says Moatez El Fegiery, executive director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies:

News and Analysis (6/23/10)

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Iranian “ayatollah ship” set to break the Gaza blockade from Lebanon, as the potential for conflict between Israel and Iran continues to escalate …

… meanwhile, the Swedish Dockworkers Union institutes a boycott of Israeli cargo in protest of the blockade; similar boycotts have taken place in Norway and South Africa:

Conservative legal group requests a restraining order seeking to require a Detroit bus agency to run advertisements from a anti-Islamic group:

West Bank  settlers storm the garden of an elderly Palestinian woman chanting “This is Our Land” in a Tel Aviv suburb …

… meanwhile, West Bank settlers assaulted Palestinian homes in protest of two settler units in occupied West Bank that were destroyed by Israeli forces:

Israel will neither confirm nor deny that “a person without a name and without an identity” is being held in total seclusion for unspecified crimes for a unknown amount of time:

News and Analysis (6/22/10)

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Activists picket port dock in solidarity with blockaded Gaza Strip:

Five men detained and questioned after stopping to pray on a road trip:

Israeli High Court refuses to stop the illegal deportation of four elected PA legislators who refuse to renounce their membership in Hamas:

“Amnesty says that on average Palestinian daily water consumption reaches 70 litres a day, compared with 300 litres for the Israelis”:

“The Israeli strategy is to make the international community talk about a bag of cement here, a project there. We need full unfettered access through all the crossings,” says UN relief agency official:

Elton John bucks the celebrity trend of canceling Israeli appearances, but “Israelis feel as though they are in danger of losing their most important ally”:

Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad claims he is ” part of the answer to the US terrorising the Muslim nations and the Muslim people”, and wanted to plead guilty “one-hundred times over”:

Evangelical pastor Bob Roberts itemizes points of action from the Global Leadership Forum on Evangelicals and Muslims for positive and productive relationship building:

News and Analysis (6/21/10)

Monday, June 21st, 2010
Surviving a free speech challenge from humanitarian aid groups, federal law banning even advice on entirely legal and peaceful activities as “material aid” to terrorist organizations is upheld:

Palestinian victims of eminent domain would be permitted to build homes elsewhere in the neighborhood, though, it is unclear who would pay for them:

“[S]upporting the construction of mosques, where believers can gather in peace, seems like a rather smart counterterrorism policy — and a rather patriotic one at that”:

Al-Qaeda spokesperson warns of more bloodshed in order to “even the score,” in a twenty-four minute video addressed to President Obama:

Egyptian activists rally around the alleged murder of Khaled Saeed, and in condemnation of Egypt’s emergency law and human rights record:

“Welcome to the world’s first online halal sex shop specially designed for Muslim couples looking to spice up their marriage while adhering to Islamic principles”:

News and Analysis (6/18/10)

Friday, June 18th, 2010

The intolerance of groups such as “Stop the Islamization of America” only leads to more intolerance and extremism. “This of course is exactly what the jihadists want”:

Despite threats against viewers of the World Cup by radical militia group al Shabaab, Somali soccer fans remain undeterred in a country where the internationally supported government can barely hold the capitol city:

A boy’s father charges that the GWA “faculty told his son he was a ‘chosen one’ and encouraged him to pray to Jesus, all the while warning him not to speak to his family about the matter”:

“Even as a pullback of American troops marks a winding down of the war, more and more Iraqis are seeking medical treatment for trauma-induced mental illnesses, and the medical community is unable to keep up”:

Including all food items in the list of permitted imports is a step in the right direction, but is not enough. Free trade would be better for blockaded Gaza:

American Muslim chooses the niqab to “provide a positive example of her embattled faith, in a way that was hard to ignore”:

News and Analysis (6/17/10)

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Accusing the institution of being the “artery that feeds the Satanic alliance with life via oil money”, an Al-Qaida-linked extremist group attacks the Iraqi central bank, and further destabilizes Iraq’s road to economic growth:

“‘I’m cool with all their fighting terrorism and all that … more power to them,'” the Virginia native “said in American-accented English,… ‘[but my] home is America and I don’t know why I can’t go back there'”:

The Iranian president accuses the U.S. and Israel of being enemies of Saudi Arabia and Iran, days after Riyadh publicly denied a report in the New York Times claiming it promised Israel access to its airspace:

Ignorant of the fact that Palestinians believe in David (pbuh) and the torah, and that many support a two-state solution, Sen. Chuck Schumer, in what  Prof. Mark LeVine calls “among the most ethnically and religiously bigoted and even inciteful public remarks by a senior American politician” wants “to strangle them economically”:

“Under the proposal, Israel would close all of its land crossings into Gaza, leaving the blockaded enclave completely dependent on Egypt for the movement of people and goods”:

A Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project survey finds “widespread concern that the United States remained a go-it-alone nation even under the new administration”: