Archive for June, 2020

Getting Real About Israeli Annexation Plans

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

The diversity of reactions to Netanyahu’s planned formal annexation all West Bank settlements have been fascinating. While disinterested parties, such as the EU, have generally been opposed to the proposal, not all Zionists favor it and not all Palestinians think it means a whole lot.

Christian Zionists love it for the same reasons some pragmatic Zionists hate it: because it will bring closer a horrible war that the Christian fundamentalists think is the fulfillment of a Biblical prophecy of an Armageddon in which non-converting Jews are killed. Dennis Ross and David Makovsky are concerned that the Netanyahu’s rashness will alienate the Arab states undoing “recent seismic shift that has taken place in Arab attitudes about Israel. Many of the region’s leaders now believe that, if the United States retreats from the Mideast, Israel is not only a necessary bulwark against the threats Arab states face but also a potentially useful ally. Unfortunately, the willingness of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to push annexation for his near-term political benefit could damage the emerging alignment between Israel and the Arab states. Arab leaders certainly won’t want to look as though they are even indirectly helping Israel take what they consider to be Palestinian territory.”

Naturally, anti-Zionist Jews such as Jewish Voice for Peace are alarmed that Israel’s de facto annexation is now to be practiced as in-your-face de jure Jewish supremacy. Not only are signs being raised that certain areas are off limits to Palestinians, but signs signifying areas under the Palestinian authority are coming down.

Also skeptical are pro-peace Zionists like J-Street (which bills itself as “the political home of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans”). For them, annexation “would fundamentally betray the vision and democratic principles of Israel’s founders, severely imperil the US-Israel relationship and make it nearly impossible to maintain broad support for Israel in the US.”

The pragmatists and the peace-lovers are joined by even such a self-described “ardent Zionist” as Robert Satloff, for whom annexation “abandons a relatively secure and surprisingly durable status quo for no real reason. If the U.S. and Israeli governments can’t convince even me of the logic here, there is no hope they will convince others that annexation is anything but a domestic political maneuver fueled by the growing electoral power of Israel’s ideologically motivated settlement movement, devoid of strategic rationale.”

The Palestinians too are divided in the same ways. For some it crosses a red line and for others it is just Israel’s admission to the world that yes, all the accusations of brutality, apartheid, and colonization are true. For the latter group annexation is a step in the right direction that brings the insidious infection into the sunlight where international opinion shall finally have an opportunity to resolve to treat it.

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

News and Analysis (6/29/20)

Monday, June 29th, 2020

“Mayor Sam Liccardo said he expected any officer who made ‘racist, anti-Muslim or menacing comments’ to be fired”:

“A number of Lebanese media outlets … [defied] a judge’s ruling that banned local and foreign media from featuring her statements after she criticised Iran-backed Hezbollah in an interview last week”:

Interpol is refusing to prosecute the assassination on the grounds that “its guidelines for notices forbids it from ‘any intervention or activities of a political’ nature”:

“First, we have to fight when our loved ones are abducted and now we must flight for the simple right of internet access” — Mahrang Baloch, Baloch Students Action Committee:

“The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show”:

Caught between India’s oppression, internal disputes within the peaceful resistance, and natural disasters, Jammu and Kashmir see a renewed militancy:

A generational shift recognizes the similarity of police treatment of minorities in America to colonization tactics coincides with rising international opposition to Israel’s annexation plans:

Muslim youths compassionate rescue of an injured bull goes viral:

US sanctions against Iran hasten Tehran’s plan towards self-sufficiency:

News and Analysis (6/26/20)

Friday, June 26th, 2020

On Wednesday Rouhani said that “Tehran would be open to talk with United States if apologizes for quitting the nuclear deal and compensates Tehran”:

Ted Cruz’s attempt to crack down on Twitter for not carrying Iranian communications clearly violates the Berman Amendment’s prohibition against any form of regulation of speech protected by the First Amendment:

Bolton’s account shows that he sided with the interests of Netanyahu and the Saudi royal family over the those of the United States:

“Israel is quietly carrying out a campaign to displace Palestinian communities from the land it plans to acquire in the northern West Bank”:

While a pro-Israel super PAC “got a speech from … the campaign’s national security advisor,” Palestinians could only speak to a Muslim outreach manager with “no control over foreign policy” …

… meantime, a Congressman who for “31 years … has embodied the Democrat Party establishment’s hawkish politics on Israel: staunchly opposed to any U.S. pressure on Israel over human rights abuses” loses:

Arab Gulf regimes sold out the Palestinians for “weapons and spyware sales, military training, intelligence sharing, and joint diplomatic efforts“:

The multilayered oppression: A child is killed and Kashmiri women fighting political violence while subjected to enduring patriarchal discrimination:

Anti-Muslim rhetoric depicts Muslims as Villains; American Muslims struggle for acceptance while accommodating to their religious practices:

“Biruni’s scholarly legacy has inspired scientists and mathematicians for several centuries, and his name continues to command respect even today”:

News and Analysis (6/24/20)

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Populism would replace national identity based on a narrative history of common values with one based on a common enemy; for America that is a reversal from a country of immigrants to a country against immigrants:

Sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander the BJP’s India:

Bolton revealed Trump’s support of China’s “policy of placing Muslims in mass internment camps” on the same day Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Protection Act; but U.S. hypocrisy on the issue goes back decades:

Several Muslim groups of St. Louis marched together in support of BLM and call Muslims to “stand for justice-as prophet Muhammad did”:

“[T]he draft has little support among major powers at the U.N., reflecting Washington’s isolation on its Iran policy”:

Trump Administration Unveils Security Council Resolution Extending Iran Arms Embargo (Foreign Policy)

Girish, Assistant Professor of Law, said: “The hate mongers who were active since the district was carved out of Palakkad and Kozhikode on June 16, 1969 have received a renewed vigor ever since BJP came to power…”:

Hindutva fanatics will not allow a film to be made about the intellectual-turned-freedom-fighter who took up arms against the British occupation of India:

A 27-year-old man “was shot at [a] checkpoint in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank … and left to bleed to death for more than an hour after Israeli soldiers banned a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance from treating him”:

“There had been fears the Hajj might be cancelled altogether”:

News and Analysis (6/22/20)

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Apparently with Israeli government approval, spyware is distributed to Arab governments to spy on journalists, including Saudi interceptions of phone calls with the subsequently murdered Jamal Khashoggi:

“The ad, which included a photo collage of President Trump, Pope Francis and burning American flags” presaged that “Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device” in Nashville:

Arrested along with seven others BLM demonstrators, the college student was deprived of her religiously-motivated headscarf for seven hours in violation of the Religious Land Use and Incarcerated Persons Act:

The OIC may consider action as the oppression in Jammu and Kashmir continues to mount:

An example of communal harmony in India is demonstrated by the Muslim man who, “in an effort to contain coronavirus, … developed a contactless sensor bell for a Hindu temple”:

The Qur‘an charges man to be God’s steward (khalifa) in maintaining the balance inherent in the natural world on which human survival depends:

As Iran’s chief rabbi reminds the world that “Judaism is a religion that is 3,300 years old, while Zionism is a national and political movement that is just 100 years old” …

… emeritus Oxford Avi Shlaim thinks the time has come to rectify the injustice of Britain’s recognition of the national rights of what was then a tiny minority in Palestine and denial of the same to the majority:

“A Turkish-US business council is projecting Turkey as a trading alternative to China” in the wake of “[c]riticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic [that] has widened the gap between Washington and Beijing”:

“Despite escalating tensions, both countries see Iran’s Chabahar port as key to stabilising neighbouring Afghanistan”:

News and Analysis (6/19/20)

Friday, June 19th, 2020

While other Muslim-American’s issue statements demanding justice for George Floyd, Keith Ellison does something about it:

“Erdogan … learned by experience that getting the United States on board by making Trump his personal friend is easier than any other way” — veteran Turkish journalist Cengiz Candar:

“The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it has a lawsuit against Stafford County challenging “overly restrictive zoning regulations” that blocked the creation of a Muslim cemetery”:

The U.N. declares, “The annexation of occupied territory is a serious violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the Geneva Conventions” …

… and retired Israeli military Commander Shaul Ariel estimates that “Palestinians would lose up to 70,000 acres of private land” including farms and grazing land:

A dissenting justice denies that the 1986 Act intended “to deprive divorced Muslim women … litigant friendly procedures of the family courts Act and denude it of jurisdiction to decide applications for maintenance”:

Some observers are reported to think the U.S. may be backing away from a military confrontation after the launch of Noor satellite that improved Iran’s capability to track and monitor oil tankers in its surroundings:

The minister’s rejection of “joint committee of Hindu and Muslim leaders of the area to further probe these incidents” gives credence to charges that reports aim “to defame a particular community and an area” …

… “[i]n accepting a distorted and manipulated version of events that took place during the bloodiest days New Delhi has seen in decades, the Modi government is essentially normalising ethnic violence”:

To reinforce its opposition to US sanctions on Iran, and show that Istanbul is not obliged to implement them, Turkey’s Foreign Minister on Monday announced August 1 to reopen borders with Iran:

US Representative for Iran Brian Hook says he hopes for talks with Iran over prisoners and other issues, but Tehran demands US return to the nuclear deal before in-person meetings …

… while Iran protests IAEA demands to open sites for inspection “where activities are believed to have taken place earlier this century, before Iran agreed to the 2015 nuclear pact with global powers”:

News and Analysis (6/16/20)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

As the July 1st, a date set for annexation, approaches, Netanyahu is facing growing resistance from Israeli lawmakers, activists, and religious groups concerned about Palestinians’ right and global approval and alliance …

… meanwhile, Israeli violation of the International law leaves Palestinians with few nonviolent options to save the two-states solution:

“Iran has denied us access to two locations and that, for almost a year, it has not engaged in substantive discussions to clarify our questions related to possible undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities” …

… but as the UN prepares a report on Iran missiles intending to support extending the arms embargo, some European countries, Russia, and China want to keep 2015 nuclear deal alive:

Manila Philippine Congressman warns government of unrestricted police power after illegal use of power against Muslims traders:

Formichi argues “for Asia’s central role in the development of global Islam as a religious, social and political reality – challenging the assumed dominant role of the Middle East in that development”:

Iran admitted within days “that its forces accidentally shot down the Kiev-bound jetliner” but says that that the Covid pandemic has delayed the handover of the black boxes:

Contra Ted Cruz, “the law does not provide the authority to ‘regulate or prohibit, directly or indirectly’ ‘any postal, telegraphic, telephonic, or other personal communication,’ so long as there is no exchange of value”:

Deletion of the “‘other religions’ … from national identity card application [prevents Baha’is] from … obtaining official identification, as they cannot claim affiliation to one of the three legally recognised minority religions”:

After flawed data caused Aligarh Muslim University ranking to slip from 18 to 31, the university requests a quick error since ranking impacts students career:

News and Analysis (6/13/20)

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

Since 9/11 thousands of US law enforcement officers “including agents from the FBI, CIA, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – have been schooled” in Israeli tactics under far-right Israeli lobby sponsorship …

… but Israeli brutality against Palestinians is rarely brought to justice:

Pompeo’s move “to unilaterally force the imposition of UN sanctions against Iran. not only creates many risks in terms of escalating the crisis with Iran, but it [marks] an unprecedented assault on the UN Security Council” …

… meanwhile, an Iran sanctions case judge demands “a list of exculpatory material the government withheld before, during and after the trial and [the identities of the responsible] members of the government team”:

Muslim religious and political leaders show solidarity with African-American and to emphasize Islam’s rejection of all form of injustice and inequality at a demonstration in New Jersey on July 13:

Residents continue “taking to the streets to oppose the demolition of 18-century burial ground for homeless shelter”:

Ordinary people, the Indian high court, and even a U.S. Senator are becoming impatient with India’s squeeze on Kashmir

“All of those flogged are people who have been arrested for peaceful activities or exercising their rights to freedom of speech”:

A Palestinian real state mogul recalls 1948 eviction from the family home in Palestine by Zionist immigrants:

The self-described Islamophobe and critic of Black Lives Matter “denied being racist or bigoted in his views, and said his comments were taken out of context” yet he “declined an invitation to provide context”:

Under financial stress and absent “imposing figures such as Soleimani and al-Muhandis to unify disparate factions, divisions have emerged in the Popular Mobilisation Forces … umbrella group of mainly Shia fighters”:

News and Analysis (6/10/20)

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

The International Refugee Assistance Project plans to appeal, their attorney saying that the District Court’s three judge “panel definitely got the legal issues wrong” :

Only JCPOA participants may call for a snap back of UN sanctions, and after Trump’s withdrawal, the U.S. is no longer a participant:

“At the time of the killing, fathers were exempt from capital punishment for so-called honor killings.” This girl “told officials her life was at risk, but was allowed to remain in her father’s house”

After online chat of discrimination went viral, the Hospital owner said, “Our hospital has never discriminated against Muslim patients. These off-the-cuff remarks are being exaggerated”:

The region called al-Andalus in Arabic “prospered under Muslim rule. But that legacy has been largely forgotten in the predominantly Catholic country”:

In India, Muslims’ lives don’t matter; there are no television programs and no shows revealing the daily struggle of Muslims; discrimination is institutional and state supported:

Al-Qarawiyyin was founded in 859 in Morocco by Fatima al-Fihri in as an educational and spiritual institution; becaming the first-degree-awarding educational institution according to UNESCO and Guinness World Record:

Trump offers no time frame for signing Marco Rubio’s bipartisan bill to sanction China for the repression of Muslim in China’s Xinjian province :

Palestinians have declared statehood so many times that we’ve lost count:

News and Analysis (6/6/20)

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Although US denied on Tuesday any prisoner swap with Iran, the release of White, a US Navy veteran, came “a day after an Iranian scientist held by the American authorities was returned to Iran”:

After a Muslim group endorsed Biden, a Muslim grad student in Islamic studies warns that Biden’s record on “surveillance under a state of exception … ought to be interrogated … amid the COVID-19 pandemic”:

The Trump administration requires “that no one would have to leave their home. The result has been a map that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas quipped is ‘like Swiss cheese'”:

Community leaders complain that current limits deny “loved ones of the immediate family of a deceased individual … this opportunity to pray for their deceased, pay their respects and to have some form of closure”:

The Director-General of Jammu and Kashmir Police believes he has the right to set limits on questioning by elected officials:

The Muslim entrepreneur and CEO of EVOLVE solution is the first Muslim women to be appointed to the Pennsylvania Commissioner:

“Libya’s internationally recognised government regained control of Tripoli on Thursday, driving eastern forces out of the capital after a 14-month battle in which foreign powers poured in arms and fighters”:

Italy’s liberals and leftists condemn the fascists and feminists who find common cause in mocking and maligning the freed humanitarian hostage who converted to Islam:

Iran is developing a “militarized cyber-infrastructure” not yet “as sophisticated as Israel’s … fueled by Tehran’s perception of the cyberthreat and an unremitting thirst for technological equality”: