Archive for April, 2021

News and Analysis 4/11/21

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

The arrest of choreographer Ata Khattab the depth of Israeli fear of Palestinian culture:

“Attacks against Muslims are attacks against the Republic” — Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin, “the main sponsor of legislation passing through parliament which the government says is designed to tackle what it describes as encroaching fundamentalism that is subverting French values … [which] some critics say … points the finger at Muslims”:

Iran is calling on the international community (including the International Atomic Energy Agency) to confront Israel’s “nuclear terrorism”:

Ashraf Abu Sorour “had been subjected to severe torture” and “was later sentenced to life imprisonment”:

A British think tank accused of Islamophobia as well as collaborating with the far-right to demonize Muslims in the UK, shut down abruptly  on Friday due to lack of funds:

Blinken “called on governments around the world, including the United States, to take ‘concrete actions’ to ensure that no companies are providing China with products or services that facilitate its repression of the Uyghur population”:

Former Conservative FM Sir Alan Duncan expressed his shame over British government submission to Zionist “pro-settlement propaganda’,” calling it “a sort of buried scandal that has to stop”:

News and Analysis 4/9/21

Friday, April 9th, 2021

Amidst almost daily human rights violations …

… Israel refuses to recognize the authority of the tribunal, which plans to investigate “war crimes in the Palestinian territories”:

“What we’re saying in the lawsuit to Facebook is, ‘Do one of two things: Stop lying, or have your actions conform to your statements'” — Muslim Advocates lawyer Mary Bauer:

As talks of rejoining the nuclear deal and removal of U.S sanctions on Iran continue …

… an Iranian vessel was attacked amidst what seems to be an escalating maritime war between Iran and Israel:

Demonstrations broke out as Indian soldiers damaged a mosque in which militants had sought sanctuary …

… and journalists protest attempts by Indian police to suppress news coverage:

Amid a Muslim exodus over past violence a Hindu priest is called out for insults deemed likely to provoke further violence:

Military officials are frustrate by Biden’s failure to make a decision on the future of U.S troops in Afghanistan three weeks from the withdrawal deadline:

Another “senior leader of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group has been convicted on ‘terror’ charges and sentenced to life in prison”:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States of blocking Iran’s access to 10 million doses of the vaccine “by pressuring the companies involved in supplying the vaccine to Iran”:

“A bid by the French Senate to ban girls under 18 from wearing the hijab in public has drawn condemnation, with the hashtag #HandsOffMyHijab circulating widely on social media”:

News and Analysis 4/6/2021

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

On Monday, Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian couple, killing the man and wounding his wife with bullets. “They began shooting at us, my husband fell into my lap and was killed”:

After indirect talks at Vienna, the U.S and Iran have agreed to try and synchronize “Washington’s lifting of sanctions” and “Iran’s limiting of uranium enrichment;” …

… Smashing Trump’s “sanctions wall” will be politically costly for Biden, but “failing to do so, Biden risks war with Iran or acceding to an Iranian nuclear program on steroids”:

“Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable to have 12 members of Congress refer to Israeli occupation as colonialism, so I have no doubt that the needle on Palestinian human rights is moving” :

Palestine urged the Middle East International Quartet to pressure Israeli into allowing elections in line with “international law and the signed agreements”:

Post editors did not incorporate multiple reports indicating that “[t]he Government of Israel destroyed multiple Palestinian COVID-19 clinics, materials and testing sites, and prevented medical care to Palestinians in the reported sites of Jenin, Hebron, Khirbet Ibziq  and Silwan” into articles otherwise “lauding Israel for its COVID-19 measures”:

News and Analysis 4/4/21

Sunday, April 4th, 2021

Reports state that two groups of settlers beat a Jalud resident with “sticks and rocks”,  to the extent that he required immediate medical attention, then “two Israeli soldiers who reached the scene fired stun grenades at the Jalud residents who came to the Palestinian’s aid”:

Can diplomatic choreography sidestep the “you go first impasse” for a return to JCPOA?

As Lebanon finds itself on the brink of economic collapse, one can only hope that it makes it to the 2022 parliamentary elections so that new leadership can put the country on a new, sustainable economic trajectory:

Jordan’s Prince Hamzah Bin Al-Hussein, the half-brother of King Abdullah II, said Saturday that he’s been placed under house arrest as the government arrested “more than a dozen individuals — including high-profile members of the Kingdom” over an alleged plot to overthrow the king:

The Biden administration has “has offered few concrete details on its plan to end the United States’ support for” the illegal and cruel war that Saudi Arabia and its US-backed allies have waged on Yemen” or the arms sales that support it:

A biker converts to Islam and, turning his back on street fighting, forms a new kind of motorcycle club that fights brush fires, saves lives, and provides young people an alternative to “a life of crime and vice”:

The Iranian fictional spy show is so hostile to Iran’s moderates that FM Javad Zarif has branded the second season a “lie from beginning to end”:

Palestinian electoral commission has announced the list of candidates who are approved to run for next month’s legislative elections. With this vote, many hope “to boost international support for Palestinian governance”:

 

News and Analysis 4/2/21

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

U.S. and its allies started the “illegal, undeclared, and criminal” war against the Yemen. Now, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken calls on “’all parties’ to allow unhindered import and distribution of food and fuel” even as U.S. naval blockade prevents “food and fuel from reaching those 20 million Yemenis”:

The textbook publisher has paused distribution of books that UK Lawyers for Israel pressured it to adulterate. Among the many facts deleted “that during the first intifada of 1987-93 the arms and fingers of Palestinian child stone throwers were broken by Israeli soldiers” …

.. while in the U.S., Butler University students say Zionists pressured the SGA to block civil rights icon Angela Davis from campus “because of her support … for nonviolent economic pressure against Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestine”:

The Biden Administration will grant a meagre $15 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, less that 5% of the aid given before Trump stopped it 2018 and about 1/2% of the annual military aid given to Israel to perpetuate the occupation:

The entry of the popular armed resistance leader currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison has the potential to “severely weaken President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and help its militant Hamas rivals”:

Iran’s FM confirmed on TV that “participants had agreed to meet in person in Vienna on Tuesday after ‘frank and serious’ talks”:

“It was unclear what prompted the two militaries to adhere to the accord they had largely ignored for years”: