Archive for January, 2019

News and Analysis (1/30/19)

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

The warden’s insistence that the condemned man must have a Christian minister rather than a Muslim imam as his spiritual adviser in the execution chamber violates his freedom of religion:

It took Israeli security two hours to respond and then they focused on teargassing Palestinians and three more were injured by live ammunition and “it was not clear whether they were shot by settlers or soldiers”:

Netanyahu contends that “unarmed civilians” stationed in Hebron “for more than 20 years to report on human rights violations” are “acting against his country”:

The Iranian government hypocritically grants itself a privilege it denies to its citizens:

Taking “Venezuelan oil off the market, also will likely make it that much harder to put the screws to Iran with tougher restrictions on Tehran’s oil sales later this spring”:

“The American assessment presented by [Dan] Coats on Tuesday appeared to contradict” Israeli’s claims of “near victory over Iran in Syria”:

“The family says that the terror started on Christmas Day when bullets went flying through the front of their home”:

AI charges “four companies are contributing to, and profiting from, the maintenance, development and expansion of illegal settlements, which amount to war crimes under international criminal law”:

News and Analysis (1/27/19)

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

The failure to free Ramadan despite the collapse of the case against him would be surprising were it not for the context that Muslims, 9% of the French population are the majority of its prisoners:

“Hashemi, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who has worked in Iran for about 25 years, was arrested this month … in St. Louis, where she had been working on a documentary about Black Lives Matter”:

Pompeo’s pronouncements evoke memories of Hillary Clinton’s declaration that Bashar Assad “had ‘lost legitimacy,’ … as if he were finished” but “[t]hat did not end well … sadly it hasn’t ended yet” …

… Gulf autocrats welcomed Trump as one of their own, but now his “policies” have left them bewildered …

… but Iran “understands Iraq’s political needs very well, and it has actually encouraged successive Iraqi governments to give Sunnis an honorable place in Iraqi politics to maintain stability”:

“[U]nless the US can swiftly move to get this plane out of Iran, it will constitute an increasingly luminous testament to what some people see as America’s propensity to be an international bully”:

“Muslim-Christian relations have, over the centuries, oscillated between conflict, coexistence and conversation” and today the relationship is at “a low point that has seen some reaching for comparisons with the Crusades”:

Wilmington “will revise its dress code policies for city-operated aquatic facilities to ensure … that the dress code accommodates clothing worn for religious reasons or financial hardship”:

On a train in Europe, a Saudi learns something about observant Jews from an Orthodox rabbi:

Israel calls Irish sanctions of thieves of Palestinian land a form of Antisemitism, but the Irish, themselves have endured colonial occupation, don’t see it that way:

News and Analysis (1/24/19)

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

“The legality of incarcerating a witness who has not been accused of any criminal activity has been questioned by some law experts who say its violates the Fourth Amendment”:

“The city of Wilmington has agreed to revise its dress code policy and explicitly allow religious clothing at its aquatic facilities”:

“Dozens of protesters … temporarily sealed the gates to the first operational section of the … road … [with] lanes divided by an eight-metre-high concrete wall – one for Palestinian[s] … and the other for … illegal Jewish” settlers”:

Protesters holding Israeli flags demonstrated in support of the Israeli-American commissioner’s accusations that Rashida Tlaib is “a Hamas-loving anti-Semite” who might “blow up Capitol Hill”:

“The arrests of three Rochester-area men and a 16-year-old who had access to homemade explosives and firearms sent shockwaves through the … small community [that] has been dogged by allegations on right-wing websites:

“The marriage of a Muslim man with an idolater … is merely an irregular (fasid) marriage. Any child born out of such wedlock (fasid marriage) is entitled to claim a share in his father’s property”:

News and Analysis (1/21/19)

Monday, January 21st, 2019

“[I]f we are to honor King’s message … must condemn Israel’s … unrelenting violations of international law, continued occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, home demolitions and land confiscations” …

… such as the weekly attacks on demonstrators in Gaza …

… or assaulting handcuffed and blindfolded detainees inflicting “severe injuries. One … was so badly pummeled that he could not be immediately questioned following the incident and required medical care”:

“I sought knowledge … for 25 years. … [Then there] came to our country a big army. It killed many people. It took me … and sold me into the hand of a Christian man who … walked me to the big Ship in the big Sea”:

“Public officials should be able to vigorously defend and oppose policy positions without resorting to bigotry and the vilification of an entire group” — the pro-Israel Anti-Defamation League:

Rouhani argues that creating digital literacy rather than blocking social media is the solution to the problem of fake news:

Israel and Iran are now engaged in direct and open conflict in Syria … without either of the world powers – the United States and Russia – trying to exert any significant influence on the outcome”:

Palestinians are insulted by aid “seemingly conditional on Gazans maintaining quiet on Israel’s border, where its military has killed hundreds of civilians participating in weekly rallies since March”:

“The military-dominated … government’s recent moves signal that Bangkok no longer thinks it can win the fight on the battlefield alone”:

Named for the Qur’anic “concept of forbearance” the clinics stated missions includes “to deliver effective, quality care to patients by drawing on the character and generosity of the Prophet Muhammad as a role model”:

News an Analysis (1/19/19)

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

A Texas Congressman who has no problem with de rigueur junkets to Israel pulls out the stops to prevent his colleagues from meeting the victims of the apartheid state …

Lest they lose sleep at night about giving billions of dollars to Israel after witnessing racist practices such as this:

The Justice Dept. says Hashimi has been arrested as material witness, but Iran claims she has been “treated disrespectfully by American authorities, who reportedly removed her headwear and fed her pork” …

… and PEN America has asked “whether she is being targeted either for her documentary work about Black Lives Matter or as a retaliatory action in response to the Iranian government’s detention of American citizens”:

If the report’s release was delayed for two years out of fear we might actually learn from history …

… such a fear was unjustified in the case of John Bolton:

Each hadith in this collection reminds us “that for nearly every accepted fact of Islam, there exists another element within the expansive Islamic tradition that competes with, complicates or questions it”:

“‘[W]icked men’ invaded his West African village, murdering many and absconding with others” to South Carolina, where they sold him to a “weak and wicked man…, a complete infidel who had no fear of God at all”:

Perhaps the U.S. hopes the conference can leverage European unease with Iran’s ballistic missal program, “given that threats and pressure haven’t persuaded Iran” to negotiate bilaterally:

News and Analysis (1/16/19)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

PA serves as Israel’s dirty work torturing a former resident of New Jersey for charitable work on behalf families of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, Amnesty International demands humane treatment and a fair trial …

… while Israel itself fines West Bank Palestinians for offenses, most of which “don’t involve the harming of people or property”:

… and demonstrators against a 9% social security tax “who called the Palestinian Authority a ‘gang of thieves,’ seemed to represent a prevailing mood of total distrust in the government”:

The FBI declines to comment on the Iranian report that a journalist who has reported on “discrimination against women, Muslims and African-Americans in the” U.S. has been arrested without charge and mistreated:

Bolton’s use of the NSC “to bend US foreign policy to his will — and especially toward a much harder stance against Iran — all under President Trump’s nose … [would have him fired] in any other administration”:

“Building Blocks of Islam … extended its hospitality at the airport by donating 400 sambusas Tuesday. The pans of the savory pastry arrived with a note from the ‘Muslim Community of MN'”:

“Grand Mufti M. T. Azabagić, who argued in the 1880s that a Muslim can in fact live happily under a tolerant non-Islamic state ‘where he is neither abused nor insulted for his acts of devotion'”:

Netanyahu has pushed “Western countries to impose tough economic sanctions on Iran and to cut business ties with Iranian companies. Apparently, though, this does not apply to doing business in Israel”:

“[T]he British-Iranian woman held by Tehran, started a hunger strike after her interrogators tried to persuade her to become a spy, her husband has claimed”:

By conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, “the far right in Austria and Germany … try to absolve themselves and their predecessors of wrongdoing”:

News and Analysis (1/13/19)

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Rubio failed in his attempt to pressure pro-Israeli senators embarrassed that the bill to send Israel $38 billion and to take away Americans’ freedom to boycott its apartheid policies got precedence over ending the shutdown :

Tarrant County, Texas, Republicans “voted overwhelmingly against the removal of one of their party leaders … not over qualifications or any misdeed … [but] whether [his] Muslim faith disqualified him from the job”:

“A Muslim family went to a hospital in Northern Virginia to celebrate a joyous occasion: the birth of a newborn baby” but they say that a hospital supervisor told the veiled women, “‘Nobody wants you here”:

Vallelonga apologized especially “to the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali, … all members of the Muslim faith” and his “late father who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship,” promising the lesson is not lost on him”:

In addition to shooting a woman in the head the government wounded over two dozen others, “including two members of the media and one paramedic”:

“The British-Iranian dual national plans to strike for three days in protest against being denied medical care in Tehran’s Evin prison, but will consider extending the protest if her demands to be seen by a doctor are not met”:

“Poland, led by a right-wing populist government, is a long-standing American ally that has better relations with US President Donald Trump than other European powers such as Germany and France”:

News and Analysis (1/10/19)

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

The Irish journalist traveled “to the USA-Mexico border, the now demolished Berlin Wall, the Korean DMZ and the Israel-Palestine Separation Barrier” …

… “The West Bank has many segregated roads, but none of them [until now has been] divided along its entire length by a wall”:

The Maryland governor ordered “contractors to certify in writing that they don’t boycott Israel” which violates “First Amendment-protected political advocacy”:

“In effect, the Israeli government whose crowning legacy so far is the proto-fascist nation-state law, has become the first Israeli government to seek to export anti-democratic legislation to the United States of America”:

“Muslim women themselves have been challenging these notions, taking control of narratives that attempt to frame their experiences within a limited Western understanding”:

With the election of the U.S. is beginning to catch up to female Muslim political figures successful like the female prime ministers of Pakistan, Turkey, Bangladesh (two) and heads of state in Senegal and Indonesia:

“As a proposal to oust a Tarrant County Republican Party leader because he’s Muslim looms Thursday night, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stressed that ‘the promise of freedom of religion is guaranteed’ by the U.S. Constitution”:

“Bolton openly promotes “a cult-like group” that sided with Saddam Hussein’s 1980 invasion of Iran and has since “spent lavishly” what is courting both conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats”:

“[M]ost hate crimes recorded in Thurrock were against Muslims,” a situation that will not be helped by denying “children, who arguably are those that most need to be taught about Islam,” the opportunity:

Rezaian testified that he “was convicted of espionage after a ‘sham trial’ with no witnesses, and evidence that consisted of his newspaper article s and an earlier unsuccessful application for a U.S. government job” …

… “[W]orsening ties could be heard in remarks Wednesday by Iran’s … Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, … ‘Some U.S. officials pretend that they are mad. Of course I don’t agree with that, but they are first-class idiots'”:

News and Analysis (1/7/19)

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Federal courts have already ruled similar bills “to be unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment speech rights of American citizens”:

“482 politically motivated crimes by Jews reported in the West Bank last year, including assault and property damage”:

On top isolation, inadequate medical treatment, and small vermin infested food rations, Israel proposes to put rival factions together which “may cause fights to break out … in light of the current political climate“:

Ahmadinijad quoted Khomeini “that Israel would disappear from the pages of history.” Iran is still explaining that he “did not say that he would destroy it. Israel’s policy and conduct will lead to its being destroyed by itself”:

“This is our country, and we have to take care of it, even if politicians are unwilling to” — Faizan Tariq, whose family moved to Alexandria from Pakistan when he was three:

“[F]ar from homogeneous … [g]roups range from the vigilante-like Islamic Defenders Front … and the radical Hizbut Tahrir … to the more moderate Prosperous Justice Party, which has members in parliament”:

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman openly attributes the delay “in part to upcoming Israeli elections”:

The “city settled with Raheem Hassan for $224,000 but did not admit to wrongdoing”:

News and Analysis (1/5/18)

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

“The American Muslim community is definitely one of the most diverse, if not the most diverse, religious community in America,” commented a former U.S. envoy to the OIC, adding, “This is America” …

… but instead of being sworn in on an English translation written for Christian missionaries, Tlaib decided to use her own Qur’an:

The only thing [MbS is] modernizing is Saudi dictatorship” — Hassan Minhaj

“I do see my experience as guiding my work till this day and I hold onto a verse of the Qur’an in which one simple sentence is repeated twice within six verses of one chapter: ‘Verily with hardship comes ease'”:

“[L]argely well received,” is this “exploration of the complex, multifaceted world of Muslim fashion … a turning point in mainstream America’s appreciation of the interplay between faith, feminism, and identity?”

Delegation organizer dismisses charges that positive comments about Islam mask a pro-Israeli agenda: “The question is not what’s going to happen in the end of days … [but] what is what’s going to happen tomorrow”:

After feeling “lumps in her breasts, pain in her neck, as well as numbness in her arms and legs” her husband “told the Guardian that medical treatment had been blocked, and a visit from an outside psychiatrist banned”:

Before MPAC, “When they’re showing Muslims praying, they’re showing them praying incorrectly, when they’re quoting the Qur’an, there’s no passage in the Qur’an that actually says that”:

The “Boeing 737s has been stuck in Iran for three weeks after an unscheduled landing because of engine problems, as U.S. restrictions reportedly create headaches for the airline and possibly passengers”:

“Many Iranians continue to access the services despite the bans, circumventing the technical blocks by routing traffic through an overseas internet address”: