Archive for June, 2021

News and Analysis 6/29/21

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

On Tuesday, Israeli forces accompanied by bulldozers entered the Palestinian neighborhood and destroyed a butcher’s shop in Silwan. Soldiers used “tear gas and batons” against residents and activists as they carried out the demolition:

Following the Palestinian Authority’s violent and deliberate crackdown against “journalists, activists, and rights groups observers”  throughout the protests in Ramallah …

… the United Nations showed concern for the PA’s illegal tactics. Spokesmen for the UN secretary general specifically addressed “the murder of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat and the PA’s suppression of the protests”:

U.S. forces in Syria were attacked by rockets a day after the U.S. military carried out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iran-backed militia groups, and things are about to get worse:

During a speech in parliament, Israeli Knesset member Yitzhak Pindrus openly called for the “killing of couples involved in mixed marriages”:

Amidst their ongoing campaign of rapid expansion, the Taliban grow ever closer to capturing their first major city in Afghanistan by attacking Ghazni, a highway “linking the capital Kabul with the southern province of Kandahar”:

UN Secretary General António Guterres urged India on Monday to end the use of pellets against children in occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as to “stop associating children with the security forces in any way”:

India accuses Twitter, which has expressed concerns over “harassment of its employees in India … and the potential threat to freedom of expression,” of “treason” for depicting occupied Kashmir as an independent nation:

Huda Mukbil “said she was treated as an insider threat and interrogated about her religion during her 15-year career at CSIS” and “was forced to cut ties with Muslim organizations, ostracized at work and treated like a second-class citizen”:

The Hamas Charter

Monday, June 28th, 2021

The original HAMAS charter, written in 1987 by a single person and adopted in the crush of the first intifada in 1988 without critical scrutiny, has been an embarrassment to HAMAS to the extent that it is still cited by Zionist propagandists years after its replacement in 2017.  The new and official HAMAS charter is available online. Contrary to the wishful thinking of some it contains no acceptance of the Israeli state as a Zionist entity.  Contrary to the wishes of the Hasbara propagandists, it contains no declarations of hostility towards Judaism as a religion or to or Jews as practitioners of their own faith tradition. Nor does it reject armed resistance. Rather, it makes clear that the resistance is directed against occupation and settler colonialism and would do so regardless of the religious affiliation of the occupiers whether they were Jewish, Christian, or Muslim.

Some would like to dismiss the 2017 charter as a mere attempt to sanitize HAMAS’s image. Yet, the document explains HAMAS’s position in 42 articles and cannot be ignored by anyone who, for whatever reason, wants to know what HAMAS’s current position is on the conflict that affects not just the lives of millions of Israelis and Palestinians but, through  geopolitics and American domestic politics, affects the lives of billions around the world. Diplomats, activists, and intellectuals take notice.

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

News and Analysis 6/27/21

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

With the unsuccessful ending of the American intervention in Afghanistan, the Quincy Institute, Responsible Statecraft, and the American Conservative all warn against the ineffective,  immoral, and counterproductive  policies that brought us to this point:

An Amnesty International report accused Israeli occupation of “a catalog of violations against Palestinians in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem – including using unlawful force against peaceful protesters, sweeping mass arrests, and subjecting detainees to torture and other ill-treatment”:

Saudi Arabia has released two prominent women’s rights activists held in detention for nearly three years, a rights group has confirmed:

Recent reports reveal that “Indian troops during their unabated acts of state terrorism” martyred “95,800 Kashmiris including 7117 in custody” since 1989:

India is investigating the suspected use of drones by separatist militants “after two explosions rocked an Indian Air Force Station” in the northern region of Jammu, two senior security officials said on Sunday:

The three month agreement between Iran and the IAEA has ended:

On Sunday, the Taliban captured five more districts, including “Shor Tapa in Balkh, Chak and Sayed Abad in Maidan Wardak, Rustaq in Takhar and Arghistan in Kandahar” meaning that the Taliban could soon have access to the “income-generating territory in the country”:

On the 14th of June, the Seattle Education Association passed a resolution that “endorses the Palestinian call to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel”:

News and Analysis 6/25/21

Friday, June 25th, 2021

Banat’s death at the hands of “PA officers broke into his home and started beating him in the early hours of Thursday morning” has angry Palestinians “calling for the downfall of the regime, and are saying they are under a double occupation. They accuse the PA of being hand in hand with Israel” …

… a perspective supported by an Amnesty International report:

On the 14th of June, Egypt’s “highest appeal court” upheld the execution of 12 opponents of the Sisi administration, despite strong criticism from “politicians and diplomats alike”:

“Instead of recognizing us, they should recognize the suffering of the Yemeni people and try to alleviate it and lift the blockade imposed by the U.S. naval vessels so that there are peaceful solutions” — Nasrullah Amer, head of the Houthi media center:

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrullah “repeated pledges” to import Iranian fuel in the case that shortages continued:

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has met pro-India politicians from disputed Kashmir for the first time since he removed the region’s semi-autonomous status and imposed a widespread crackdown almost two years ago, promising to allow elections:

The father denies allegations that “the mother had shaken the baby and was not waking up at night to feed the child” and accuses the hospital staff of discrimination because his wife wears a hijab and speaks English instead of French:

An envoy from the UN urged Israel to stop illegal settlements, calling them “a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions and international law” …

… yet not only are the settlers in Evyatar refusing to evacuate, but they are planning to appeal the evacuation order “with further plans to build another 70 settler homes, a synagogue, daycare centre and a school”:

After five of the 38 families in his village responded to the former Hindu’s call to Islam, “an armed [ethnic-minority] group came to Faruk’s house, brandished guns and killed him at point-blank range”:

News and Analysis 6/22/21

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Israeli security forces continue their brutal assault of protestors asking for nothing more than their ancestral homes and basic human rights, injuring twenty in Jerusalem and hospitalizing forty protestors in the village of Beita:

“The semi-official Iranian news agency YJC agency said on Tuesday the U.S. move ‘demonstrates that calls for freedom of speech are lies'”:

As Israel forces “Gaza’s Pepsi bottling company … to halt operations” the U.N. shows “no indications of intentions to solve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip”:

Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said there were “no obstacles” to resuming diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia …

… although he won’t negotiate over ballistic missiles (even if the U.S. and /israel offered to give up theirs?):

The Taliban have conducted a wave of offensives in Afghanistan’s north in recent days, moving beyond their southern strongholds as international forces withdraw:

“I think if you can see yourself in an experience like family, friendship, teamwork or sports — universal experiences — I really believe that’s one of the ways that we can build bridges of understanding and really counter those negative stereotypes with children”:

24 year old Aijaz Dar (the sole brother to his three sisters, with [a] paralyzed father, … the only bread earner in the family”) was lynched by Hindu extremists (reportedly “cow vigilantes” who have been active in the area for a while) on his way home after purchasing a buffalo:

Though the US and the rest of the West may have considered Israel “a geopolitical asset” in the past, continual support of an occupation state that practices apartheid courts moral downfall and humiliation before the international community:

Lacking support of the Palestinian people, the PA survives as a tool for Israel and the international community “to maintain the so called status-quo” by providing “stability” by paying salaries to “tens of thousands of Palestinians, and policing their communities in service of the Israeli army”:

News and Analysis 6/20/21

Sunday, June 20th, 2021

On Thursday, the Israeli army launched a second wave of airstrikes over the Gaza Strip through the night, the second flare up since “a ceasefire on 21 May ended Israel’s 11-day assault on the territory, which killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children”:

Hours after Israel offered to trade vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority for newer doses, the authority rejected the first shipment as the vaccines were nearly expired, but Israel wants to restore the scam:

New documents reveal that Ali al-Hajj al-Sharqawi and Abd al-Salam al-Hilal, held in Guantanamo bay without charge for the last seventeen years, “were approved for transfer to other countries on 8 June”:

The new elected Iranian president “now has four years to try to turn Iran’s depressed economy around”:

680 global leaders “from politicians and Nobel laureates to leading academics and peace advocates” urged Biden to protect Palestinian human rights in an open letter that was published earlier this week:

Like her scholar/activist father who “languishes in the notorious prisons of the” UAE, the human rights activist was known for her strong stances in rejecting the normalization deal signed between the UAE and the occupation state of Israel:

Congress Party demands restoring Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood and the Jammu and Kashmir Peace and Justice Forum (JKPJF) on Sunday invited the attention of Secretary-General United Nations, Antonio Guterres towards the resolution of the longstanding Kashmir dispute:

Proposed legislation would “bar girls under 18 from wearing headscarves in public … prevent mothers who wear hijab from accompanying their children on school trips”:

The IBA strongly denied unsubstantiated accusations that “domestic NGOs involved in cryptocurrencies” transferred “foreign currency overseas”:

News and Analysis 6/18/21

Friday, June 18th, 2021

The case is postponed again despite time now, despite previously stating the case was, “too weak and that his legal opinion would be unable to prevent them from being expropriated”:

Recent reports indicate that Indian troops have “martyred 55 innocent Kashmiris” this year alone, while “357 innocent people have been killed by brutal Indian troops” since the beginning of “the ongoing military siege imposed by Narendra Modi’s Hindutva nationalist administration”:

The charges carry a maximum sentence of only 12 years despite the fact that the victim was shot Hallaq “in the stomach when he had his back against a wall in a corner} and then “a second time in the chest while [he] was sprawled on the ground wounded”:

Myanmar’s security forces set ablaze a village in central Myanmar after clashing there with opponents of the ruling junta, leaving “at least two elderly people burned to death”, several village residents said on Wednesday:

Footage from an incident an early June shows “an Israeli soldier hitting a Palestinian with a rifle butt during his arrest, while another soldier is kneeling on a Palestinian man’s neck” as Israeli settlers assist the soldiers “by moving other Palestinians away from the scene”:

According to local sources, US backed QSD militants “carried out a raid and search campaign” before kidnapping “a number of civilians and taking them to an unknown destination”:

“The accusation brought by the Uttar Pradesh police is based on absolutely no tangible element and clearly amounts to judicial harassment” — Reporters Without Borders:

Against what many experts predicted, the Iranian economy significantly expanded in the latest fiscal year, though “CBI reports GDP growth to be much higher than that announced by SCI”:

“Under the terms of the deal, announced by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office, the PA agreed to give Israel a reciprocal number of doses from one of its own shipments due to arrive later this year”:

News and Analysis 6/15/21

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

As Israeli forces ramp up their use of live ammunition, they, along with Israeli settlers, are deliberately targeting “Palestinian protestors – and the medics trying to rescue them” …

… meanwhile, Israel’s Internal Security Minister hypocritically declares, “The right to demonstrate is a right in all democracies,” even as Israeli police seal off the area to prevent Palestinians from counter-demonstrating:

Egypt’s highest appeals court upheld death sentences for 12 people, including a number of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures, following a “mass trial of 739 people over their participation in mass anti-government sit-ins in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya square” in 2013:

An open letter “written by and for journalists” is calling on the news industry to stop “obscuring Israeli occupation and the systemic oppression of Palestinians” in the media:

Saudi Arabia executed a young man who was convicted on charges stemming from his participation in an “anti-government rebellion by minority Shiites”:

Fear as well as anger continue to rise in Indian-occupied Kashmir following the imprisonment of a man whose only crime was stating that he has,  “more expectations from local officers than non-locals”…

… a fair statement given the level of police brutality that frequently occurs in IOJK:

Switzerland and Iran both display cautious optimism on the status of negotiations:

“Two of the five board members have since resigned and more than three dozen former Sheaf contributors have signed an open letter condemning the decision to pull an article titled Photo Story: The Reality of Palestine by Aleshba Naseer from the website” of the student newspaper:

A petition charges that under Abbas, the Palestinian Authority has become dictatorial and the rights of Palestinians and their political struggle have regressed “and calls for rehabilitation” of the PLO:

News and Analysis 6/12/21

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

“What if all the Palestinians in the West Bank entered and protested in Sheikh Jarrah? Can the [Israeli] occupation arrest thousands? Our numbers will be larger than theirs”–a Palestinian journalist:

15 year old Mohammad Said Hamayel was killed and six others wounded by Israeli army gunfire Friday during clashes in the occupied West Bank:

Thousands of  protestors stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and urge “G7 leaders to support Palestinian rights”:

Iran regained its voting rights in the U.N. General Assembly on Friday after making the minimum payment on its U.N. dues and lashed out at the United States for “maintaining sanctions that have prevented it from accessing billions of dollars” in foreign banks:

“Larijani asked the Council to publicly explain the reasons behind its decision, specially that earlier reports about his daughter having foreign citizenship or residing abroad have been proven wrong”:

Two police officers and two civilians were killed; one of the civilians was allegedly killed after tyhe militants had fled:

The Lebanese-based NGO’s complaint alleges that INTERPOL presidential candidate Ahmed Lacey played a role in the torture of the imprisoned activist Ahmed Mansour:

Hundreds of protestors staged pro-Kashmir rallies at UK’s Cornwall in order to “condemn the killings of political activists, human rights violations and arrests of political leaders” in the disputed territory:

“[W]e call on leaders and law enforcement across the country to uphold the First Amendment rights of everyone to voice their support for the Palestinian people”–CAIR national communications director Ibrahim Hooper:

News and Analysis 6/10/21

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer noted that this is the first time that a member of America’s “third largest religion … will become the first to ever serve as an Article III judge”:

The Israeli authorities’ decision to shut down the Palestinian Health Work Committees (HWC) will have “catastrophic consequences” for the health needs of Palestinians across the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), said Amnesty International today:

170 members of the Odeh family living in the town of Silwan are facing threats of eviction on “the pretext that they built houses without permits”:

“Fourteen Palestinians were arrested on Thursday in Jerusalem after disturbances following a press conference by an extreme right-wing Israeli MP” …

… while footage released by Haartez exposed Israeli jailers for brutally assaulting “55 shackled Palestinians” thought to have links with Hamas. An official from the prison told Haaretz that “it was one of the most violent incidents to take place in Israeli prisons”:

Nathaniel Veltman intentionally plowed his truck into a Pakistani-Canadian family in the province of Ontario, killing four out of five family members in what is now being labelled as a hate crime. The 9 year old boy who survived is “hospitalized in critical condition”:

New Delhi has unleashed a “slew of colonial amendments, rules, and laws” designed to target Muslim majority areas and perpetuate huge demographic shifts in Jammu and Kashmir:

“Iran announced publicly for the first time Thursday that it is sending two warships into the Atlantic Ocean but remained mum on where exactly the two vessels are headed”:

“USC Annenberg’s new study on Muslim representation in media — which found that less than 10% of top grossing films from 2017-2019 had a Muslim character on screen, with less than 2% of those characters having speaking roles”:

The suit alleges that JBS Swift & Company denied employees “bathroom breaks and disciplin[ed] them more harshly than other workers because they were Muslim, immigrants from Somalia, and Black”: