Archive for May, 2021

News and Analysis 5/28/21

Friday, May 28th, 2021

At least 61 children were among the victims arrested as Israeli forces are rounding up Palestinians en masse inside Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory:

The tipping point in public willingness to close its eyes to Israeli atrocities manifests itself in an EU member country’s Parliament, the EU’s foreign policy chief, among Afro-Americans, among American progressives, among young people all over the world, on the New York Times op-ed page, and even in Hollywood:

“The clerics issued a statement in which they said the constitutional watchdog did not ‘recognize the principle of a republic and the people’s vote,’ but rather ‘regards its own preferences and desires as superior to the people’s choice'”:

A Muslim organization calls out the British media for minimizing Israeli efforts to seize the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah as “evictions”, the Israeli raid on Al Aqsa Mosque and its aftermath as “clashes”, and Israeli bombardment of Gaza with euphemisms like “conflict” and “flare-up”:

The chairman of the Pakistani parliament’s committee on Kashmir accused India on Thursday of replicating the Israeli occupation model in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, following reports that accuse “New Delhi of issuing half-million new Kashmiri domicile certificates to non-locals”:

“This week President Hassan Rouhani ordered a ban on all mining of cryptocurrencies over the summer, in response to rolling electricity blackouts around the country. The ban is meant to apply to licensed as well as unlicensed operators”:

Stop Anti-Semitism Now

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

You have heard reports of an upswing in anti-Semitic (i.e., anti-Jewish) incidents lately, and in any case anti-Semitism was already a serious problem with over half of the religiously based hate crimes in the U.S. being directed against Jews. A concern has been expressed that at a time of rising opposition to Israeli aggression, the condemnation of attacks on Jews because of their religion or ethnicity has been muted.  We appeal to all lovers of justice to rise to the occasion and oppose anti-Jewish bigotry in the strongest terms NOW. We invite you to join forces with us to condemn three groups of bigots who attack Jews out of confusion between or an attempt to sow confusion between protesting Zionism and hating Jews.

The first group is those who claim to support the Palestinians but don’t seem to understand that the problem bedeviling the Palestinians is rooted in the same sort of crude collectivism they themselves exhibit when they misdirect anger over Zionist violence against people who identify as Jewish for religious or ethnic reasons.  A man is not a villain for wearing a yarmulke.  Even if he does support the Israeli policies of settler colonialism and apartheid, it is for those things he must be criticized, not his yarmulke. If he engaged in a peaceful demonstration in support of Israel, you have no right to violently interfere with his right to peacefully demonstrate his bigotry in public. I do not know who you are, whether you are just sorely misguided or a cynical opportunist, but unless you can strip your support for Palestinian rights of gratuitous violence against Jews, your support is neither helpful nor desired.

The second group whose anti-Semitism we must condemn are those neo-Nazis who declare “Hitler was right.”  Hitler was NOT right. His policies were the same collectivist nationalism we denounce in Zionism, taken to an even more vicious extreme. When you say “Hitler was right” you are saying Zionist nationalism doesn’t go far enough. Your views are the opposite of those of us who call for the defense of the rights of all human beings and oppose the dehumanization of any human beings. All people have basic human rights.   Any friend of Hitler’s is an enemy of ours.

The third group whose anti-Semitism must be condemned are the Zionists themselves. Their attempts to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism fuel the passions of the anti-Semites in the other two groups. They also slur the many Jews who stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the demand for the end of apartheid and settler-colonialism. Zionists often conflate Judaism with Zionism, but progressive Jews like Jewish Voice for Peace know that Judaism stands for justice not oppression, and religious Jews like the Neturei Karta know that Zionism poses a threat not just to Palestinian rights but to the religion of Judaism itself. Like my dear late friend Murray Rothbard and so many others, all these good people are my allies. I understand that not all Zionists are intolerant of Jews who do not share of their support for the Israeli state, but of those who are I demand that you immediately cease your treacherous attacks on Jews who remain true to Micah’s appeal, “He has told thee, man, what is good and what the L-rd requires of thee. Only to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy G‑d!”

I hope I have condemned anti-Semitism strongly enough. If so, please join me in condemning anti-Semitism in all its forms: the thinly disguised, the overt, and the treacherous.  If I have not been clear enough, just say the word and I’ll condemn it in terms harsher yet.

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

News and Analysis 5/25/21

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Once Palestine’s cultural and economic capital, Jaffa is still home to around 20,000 Palestinians that lived there before Israel’s establishment in 1948, but government backed gentrification aims to push them out:

Undercover Israeli forces, known as “Mista’arvim”, sneaked their way into the Umm Al-Sharayet neighborhood, where they shot and killed a young man identified as Ahmad Jamil Fahd, before leaving him “to bleed to death”:

The interpretation of laïcité  in contemporary France allows both left wing neo-republicans and right wing conservatives “to justify policies targeting Muslim visibility”:

After Muslim butcher Mohammad Shakir filed a case against the men who brutally assaulted  for selling cow meat, UP police counter-sued him for “‘mischief by killing an animal’ and committing an act likely to spread infection”:

“It seemed like all these ethno-nationalists from India and Israel coming together”:

Reports indicate that the extensive use of “draconian laws and frequent imposition of curfews” by Indian security forces have created “an atmosphere of terror and fear” in Indian occupied Kashmir:

Iran has informed the UN nuclear watchdog it has decided to extend a monitoring deal with the agency for a month:

“Iran is using its abundance of oil to generate electricity that powers a massive bitcoin cryptomining operation that enables the country to turn its greatest natural resource into money”:

News and Analysis 5/23/21

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

As popular perception continues to shift in favor of Palestinians, many young American Jews begin to separate their Jewish American identities from Israel. “Killing more that 200 Palestinians in two weeks won’t bring back our ancestors who perished in the Holocaust”:

As if to underscore that Israel’s ceasefire is only with Hamas and not with innocent civilians, Israeli settlers have once again raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound under the protection of Israeli forces:

Palestine Legal, an organization that defends “the civil and constitutional rights of U.S citizens who advocate for Palestinian freedom,” responded to “1707 incidents of suppression from 2014 to 2020”:

The AP told Emily Wilder that her tweets “violated the news agency’s social media policy when she was fired this week, but that they did not say which tweets were in violation of that policy, or how”:

Scott Horton’s new Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism is so important because now that “everyone is talking about rightwing delusions and conspiracy theories, we really need to understand how” the lie that Iraq was behind 9/11 “became so repeatable by American leaders”:

Nine workers were injured in a blast at a chemical factory in Isfahan, Iran, alleged to have  created drones used against Israel:

“[N]ot a single Indian army personnel has been tried despite committing massacres such as the Hawal massacre where 70 innocent Kashmiris were killed by indiscriminate firing by the Indian army”:

A Jewish-Iranian parliamentarian labelled Benjamin Netanyahu  “a tyrant” who would manipulate religious values to enable carnage and occupation, and who “has chosen racism as his ideology”:

Voter Suppression in Jerusalem

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

[The following letter to the editor was submitted to The Washington Post on May 5. The editors elected not to  publish it.  We are pleased to print it here]:

The Washington Post editorial “An election fiasco leaves the Palestinian government weaker than ever” (5/3/21) tries to blame the Palestinian leadership for the delay in the elections saying, “Mr. Abbas indefinitely postponed the elections on Thursday, citing as a pretext Israel’s failure to confirm that it would allow a few thousand Palestinians to vote in East Jerusalem.”  The number of Arab Jerusalem voters Israel insists of disenfranchising is actually hundreds of, not “a few,” thousands. I am certain that were some American politicians to refuse to allow hundreds of (or even “a few”) thousands of black voters from an election the Post would understand it was the cause of, rather than a pretext for, the angry reaction it would surely provoke.

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad
Minaret of Freedom Institute

News and Analysis 5/21/21

Friday, May 21st, 2021

A cease fire between Hamas and Israel does not stop the IDF attacks on civilians in Jerusalem:

His grandfather “poured his life saving’s into purchasing an apartment in the tower” after Israel forced him to move, and now the Israelis have bombed that home to oblivion …

… “Israeli law allows Jews to reclaim these grounds lost in the 1948 war; it does not allow Palestinians to reclaim property they lost in that war”:

Young people, progressives, and anti-racism activists increasingly back the Palestinian cause:

The Associated Press caves to Republican  demands that a newly hired Jewish reporter be fired for criticizing media bias on the apartheid state:

The historic and ideological links between the Hindutva ideology and Zionism are becoming increasingly obvious:

A 100-year-old mosque was demolished by the local administration in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh citing a court order in the midst of tensions between the district’s Hindu nationalist Bharati Janata Party and the country’s Muslim minority:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on Tuesday that “Tehran and other world powers are in agreement that the major sanctions on Iran will be lifted”, though negotiations are still in progress:

As the civilian death toll in Gaza rapidly rises, the United States to proceeds to move forward with “a $735 million dollar arms sale” with Israel, amidst “violations of human rights and international humanitarian law perpetrated by Israeli forces”:

The series “probably owes more to Spinal Tap than it does to Goodness Gracious Me” and “it is twice as hard to be lighthearted when you have to bear the weight of representation”:

News and Analysis 5/18/21

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Palestinians go on strike  …

… as Israel continues its colonial agenda to displace and evict Palestinians from their homeland, the United States also continues to “ignore the bedrock principle of absolute equality in Palestine/Israel — for which it has never advocated” and thus continues to be a part of the problem, rather than the solution:

Reports from the UN indicate that over ten thousand Palestinians have been “forced out of their homes” in Gaza Strip, as the “the total death toll from Israeli strikes” in the Palestinian territory reaches 137:

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks now says all Democrats wanted was a dialog about the issue, but the outcome suggests the dialog was a one-sided “shut-up and give Israel whatever it wants”:

Social media companies, from Zoom to Facebook and Twitter, remove ads for pro-Palestinian events and causes, suspend Palestinian accounts and make hashtags vanish …

… but a “group of Jewish Google employees is calling on the company to increase its support of Palestinians amid Israel’s deadly bombing campaign in Gaza” …

… and at gaming network IGN “more than 70 of the publication’s journalists, staff have condemned the “blatant disregard for the most basic standards of journalistic integrity and editorial independence” in deleting and apologizing for “a post linking readers to charities and organisations in Palestine”:

On Tuesday, Prothom Alo Senior Correspondent Rozina Islam was assaulted, arrested, and sent to jail “under a draconian colonial-era law that carries ridiculously harsh penalties” for collecting information “exposing corruption” in the Bangladeshi Health Ministry:

High profile reporters harassed by “far right Jewish-extremists” are now being granted security by Israeli television stations:

The major reaction from most Western countries has been to ” affirm unequivocally that they stand by Israel and its right to defend” its regime of apartheid and Jewish supremacy, while  the  Palestinian people are left with no choice but to face the constant tyranny and oppression on their own:

35 year old Christopher Beckham plead guilty “to harassing two Muslim girls and injuring their father with a knife” after being charged with a federal hate crime:

News and Analysis 5/16/21

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Press freedom advocates have sharply condemned Israel’s bombing of a Gaza building that housed the offices of Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press news agency, labelling it as “a brazen attempt to silence journalists covering the Israeli military’s ongoing offensive” …

… amidst international outrage sparked by headlines highlighting Israeli brutality and illegal war crimes against the Palestinian populace:

As thousands marched peacefully through the streets of Paris in protest against Israeli atrocities, French riot police “fired tear gas and used water cannons against protestors supporting Palestinians” under he French interior minister’s blanket ban on protests in solidarity with Palestine:

On Saturday, police in Indian occupied Kashmir arrested at least 21 protestors for expressing solidarity with Palestinians, including a graffiti artist who “painted a simple mural in support of Palestine”:

“[I]ncredibly disappointed and deeply disturbed” by the Biden administration’s response to Israeli’s violence in Gaza, CAIR joi s other Muslim groups in  boycotting the White House virtual Eid celebration:

U.S. and Iranian diplomats, currently negotiating via intermediary governments in Vienna, have indicated that an agreement is within reach under which Iran “could return to pre-sanctions production of almost 4 million barrels a day in as little as three month”:

Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s reversal on previously labelled “bitter rivals” Turkey and Iran comes with the realization that the Kingdom can no longer count on “US political and military backing”:

Pakistani and Chinese “diplomats agreed to adopt a joint stance at all international forums for a peaceful resolution of the Palestine issue in the face of Israeli aggression” and China’s FM identifies the root cause as the injustice to the Palestinian people:

News and Analysis 5/14/21

Friday, May 14th, 2021

Netanyahu doesn’t think that 119 fatalities (including 31 children) and 830 injuries is enough; he promises more to come:

Prominent Democratic senators slam Biden’s “unwavering support for Israel’s security” (read: terrorism) policies even as he prevents the Security Council from calling for a ceasefire:

French President Macron sacrifices his people’s freedom of speech and assembly on the altar to Israel:

Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes “because they are built without permits” in a system that routinely denies Palestinians said permits is a system designed almost never to hold anyone accountable:

On Eid al Fitr, Kashmiris have extended solidarity with Palestine by wearing Palestinian flags on their shirts:

The US double standards on China’s oppression of Uygur Muslims highlights rather than excuses its culpability in the oppression of Palestinian Muslims:

Iran’s Press TV reports that “Hamas says it has targeted the Israeli regime’s Iron Dome stations and an Israeli air base which is used by Israeli warplanes to bombard civilian targets in the besieged Gaza Strip”:

News and Analysis 5/12/21

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Israel’s cascade of bombings brought the “total deaths resulting from the raids on Gaza since Monday to 26, including nine children” Furthermore, at least “122 people have been wounded in the air strikes” and many are in critical condition:

In the face of Israel’s atrocities, the US policy of unconditional support persists as “Washington subsidizes Israeli actions, arms the Israeli military, provides political cover for Israeli activities, and pressures Arab nations to advance Israeli interests”:

Twitter unaccountably restricted the account of a Palestinian-American writer covering the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem before reversing its decision on Tuesday …

… and Facebook-owned Instagram has not only “censored content about Israeli aggression” but “removed posts and blocked hashtags about one of Islam’s holiest mosques” on the absurd grounds that “they were associated with “violence or dangerous organizations”:

How a Ziojnist donor’s warning to a high level university official that hiring a scholar who has researched the Israeli occupation “would damage university reputation” led to a reversal of the university’s original decision to hire her:

The United Kingdom announced measures to suppress the (BDS) campaign against Israel by banning the general public from launching their own boycotting campaigns against the apartheid state:

The official census states that “only four of Jammu and Kashmir’s 20 districts are Hindu majority, the rest being Muslim majority,” yet:

Sara Zemmahi was barred from running in a local election by “French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling centrist party, the La Republique en Marche (LREM) party” after she was photographed in a hijab for a campaign flyer:

Pakistan and Turkey are both calling for an emergency OIC meeting and for the UN to condemn Israeli brutality against innocent worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque citing “the killing  of children, as well as forced evictions”:

Iran’s move to enrich uranium to 63%, which experts say “is a short technical step away” from weapons grade uranium, may complicate the ongoing Vienna talks: