Archive for July, 2021

News and Analysis 7/31/2021

Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Even as he strips immunity from members of parliament and arrest a judge Tunisia’s strongman is blind to his dictatorial proclivities:

A Palestinian man was shot and murdered during the funeral of a 12 year old boy who was shot in the chest while travelling in a car with his father in the occupied West Bank:

Kashmiri parents grieve over the loss of their son who was killed by Indian troops claiming he was a “slain militant” until it became clear the following day that he was a civilian:

The village of Lifta sits perched on the valley slopes overlooking the western fringe of Jerusalem, a “time capsule that is practically untouched” since its Palestinian residents were expelled in 1948 is now at risk of demolition by the Israeli occupation:

Biden administration officials have suddenly turned sharply pessimistic about their chances of  restoring the nuclear deal amid fears that the new government in Tehran “is speeding ahead on nuclear research and production”:

If confirmed as the “Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom,” and Hussain will be the first Muslim to head US diplomacy for advancing religious liberties:

Iranian state media has said the incident was in retaliation for an airstrike on a military airport in Syria that it “accused Israel of being behind”:

The situation is fluid in most major Afghan cities at this point, but Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province looks “the most vulnerable right now” as pro-Taliban social media accounts upload videos of their fighters in the heart of the city:

News and Analysis 7/28/21

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

“The constitution states that when the article that allows the president to take emergency powers is invoked, parliament is forced into continuous session, and cannot be dissolved [but] … Saied has suspended parliament”:

“You are a terrorist, not a sir or a Mr. You should be in the Knesset in Syria, not here” — far right lawmaker Ben Gvir in response to the request of an Arab parliamentarian chairing the Knesset to be addressed as “Mr. Deputy Speaker”:

According to Palestinian health officials, 41-year-old Shadi Omar was shot by Israeli forces in the town of Beita, where residents have been holding protests for weeks “against an illegal Israeli settlement outpost” …

… and 43-year-old Abdu Yousef al-Khatib al-Tamimi died in a detention facility in central Jerusalem after being detained by police for traffic violations:

The PA shut down the J-Media Ramallah office and summoned its office director (who had been recently arrested “following his sermon at the funeral of [a] political dissident … killed by a  PA police officer in Hebron”) for interrogation:

Led by “the Butcher of Gujarat,” the ruling BJP  is “adopting lawfare tactics to permanently annex the state” in order to prevent the Kashmiri people “claiming their legal rights via national or international legal systems”:

“Iranian policymakers … face a difficult set of decisions, including how they will balance their country’s strong ties to Afghanistan’s minority Hazara community against Iran’s diplomatic dance with the Taliban and the Afghan government”:

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has pledged Chinese support for the Taliban as long as they “end all ties with the East Turkistan Islamic Movement” which the U.S. has removed from its list of terrorist groups:

News and Analysis 7/27/21

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Israel makes plans to intimidate other companies may follow Ben and Jerry’s lead in opposing illegal settlements:

For Israel, letting “graduates of its intelligence services sell intrusive tools to problematic governments” oppressing diplomats and journalists is “a diplomatic strategy”:

160 academics from over 21 countries wrote a letter charging Israeli universities with “complicity in Israel’s regime of military occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid”:

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry claimed that it has arrested a network of Mossad agents and seized “a heavy shipment of weapons and ammunition” after they entered Iran through its western border:
Interviews with seven previously detained Kashmiri youth, “including a 15-year-old minor, have exposed the extent of the rounding up and brutal torture of civilians in the conflict”:
India has perpetually funded terrorist groups in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, yet has managed to avoid being placed on the FATF’s grey list in large part due to its “purchases of military equipment from France and the US”:

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe actions by the Israeli military in its 11-day conflict with Hamas in May, arguing that they “violated the laws of war” and “amount to war crimes”:

News and Analysis 7/25/21

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

“Why is the Israeli baseball team predominantly made up of American Jews? And why are there no Arabs representing Israel – yet again?”:

The scandal of the use of the Israeli spyware program Pegasus to spy on journalists, activists, and business leaders is being investigated by “an international alliance of 17 news outlets and human rights organizations” …

… as countries such as France and Pakistan become unlikely allies over alleged targeting of President Macron and PM Imran Khan …

… and a government agency in India has reportedly attempted to hack over 25 Hurriyat leaders – including members of Mehbooba Mufti’s family” and is confirmed to be “a client of the Israeli company NSO group”:

“Iran – not Hamas or Hezbollah” is the Israeli defense establishment’s best route to getting the highest spending increase:

A regional U.S. commander said at a Sunday news conference that the U.S. military has stepped up its airstrikes against the Taliban and “that it will continue to do so” in the weeks ahead”:

Following reports of Palestinian youth throwing Molotov cocktails at armored vehicles, “Israeli forces set up a trap for the three youths, arresting two while the third was injured” by open fire from Israeli soldiers:

Gaza’s fishing zone will be reduced from 12 to six nautical miles, the Israeli army says, deeming the incendiary balloons launched at Israel “a violation of Israeli sovereignty”:

News and Analysis 7/23/21

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

Backlash to the ice-cream maker’s decision to distinguish between Israel and the territories it occupies has shown that “for many Israelis, the distinction no longer exists”:

Former UN rights chief Navi Pillay will lead an investigation into ‘systematic’ abuses in occupied Palestinian territories and Israel:

High profile politicians, activists, journalists, as well as their family members in Indian occupied Kashmir were listed as “potential targets” for the Israeli developed spyware program Pegasus…

…as civilian backlash in India against Israel and the Modi establishment rises after the spyware targeted “forty journalists who had previously been harassed and received threats for criticizing PM Narendra Modi”:

When it comes to Muslims, popular language modelling display more artificial bigotry than artificial intelligence:

“Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei … called on officials to deal with the crisis” rather than blame protesters:

146 Palestinians were injured on Friday by Israeli troops “in the West Bank village of Beita” medics said, during protests against an illegal Israeli settlement outpost:

The US military carried out two strikes against the Taliban overnight “in support of Afghan forces in the Kandahar province” multiple defense officials said, targeting captured equipment …

… while Iran’s neighbors’ desires for “friendly ties with Kabul are tested by a desire to engage with the powerful Taliban movement that has retaken much of the country”:

Israel tell its high court, “The Palestinian Authority does not systematically persecute people because of their sexual orientation”:

A large Iranian navy ship was spotted by the Danish Defense Ministry in the Baltic Sea and appears to be heading toward Russia, “It is expected that they are on their way to the annual naval parade in St. Petersburg”:

News and Analysis (7/21/21)

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

An Israeli firm’s cyberespionage program is being used “to spy on rights activists, dissidents and journalists” …

… and their families:

“[N]ew laws across India are seeking to ban all interfaith marriages”:

“No one in al-Bustan denies they build without permits, but they say they have no choice because the Jerusalem municipality routinely denies building permits to them”:

“Instead of taking the opportunity to reset U.S. relations with Iran, the Biden administration has mostly continued a course of aggression set by the last administration”:

“[T]he recently forged alliance between Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) … and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), fits a pattern of partnerships between diverse religious groups that goes beyond seeking to protect minorities to promotion of social cohesion and fraternity“:

Israel targets farms, greenhouses, and irrigation systems as well as people:

Two non-profits try to smooth the path for Muslim inclusion in the movie storytelling business:

News and Analysis 7/18/21

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Protected by heavily armed Israeli occupation police, “1,371 Jewish settlers accompanied by Knesset members” stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and clashed with Palestinian worshipers inside the third Islamic holy site:

The inter-faith alliance between a major Muslim and Evangelical organization aims to strengthen the relationship between Christians and Muslims as well as to present a more “moderate and humanitarian view of Islam” in stark contrast to the Islam portrayed in popular western culture:

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator has accused the United States and the United Kingdom of “holding prisoner exchange talks hostage” after Iran said nuclear talks should be delayed until after its new government comes into office:

High ranking Afghan officials and Taliban representatives held talks in Doha on Saturday as violence raged in their country amid the withdrawal of foreign forces:

Sulli is a derogatory slang term used by Hindutva extremists for Muslim women. The “Sulli Deals” app displayed pictures of Muslim women “sourced from their social media profiles without their consent” and used them with the intent of harassing and humiliating these women:

India’s blatant attempts to portray the legitimate Kashmiri struggle as “terrorism” while simultaneously trying to change the country’s demographic through “bureaucratic takeover and tactics of harassment” are in clear violation of international law:

An Israeli football club, whose fanbase is “known for racism and anti-Palestinian chants” has scrapped a friendly match with FC Barcelona, following the Spanish club’s refusal to hold the event in Jerusalem:

News and Analysis 7/16/21

Friday, July 16th, 2021

Human rights advocates say that Israel’s 18-year-old ban on family reunification, known as the Citizenship Law, turns a fundamental right “to live with one’s spouse and children” into a crime. Advocates also say it is discriminatory, because it largely does not apply to Israeli Jews, who rarely marry Palestinians:

Despite numerous appeals from Palestinian rights groups, the Israel Prison Service (IPS) denied the request for Khalida to be released from prison in order to attend her daughter’s funeral. A letter was read at Suha’s funeral contains Khalida’s departing message to her daughter:

Israel prevents Palestinian water authorities from receiving licenses to “operate freely” in areas under Israeli occupation. While Palestinians suffer through “severe water shortages”, illegal Israeli settlers enjoy unlimited water “not only for drinking but to fill swimming pools, irrigate crops, and wash their vehicles”:

Even some Zionist groups have refused to participate. “This rally looks like it will conflate criticism of the occupation and criticism of Israeli actions with anti-Zionism, and will say anti-Zionism is antisemitic, and we want no part of that”:

No one in the EU council reminded Israel’s foreign minister Yair Lapid of what Israel is doing actively to tear down Palestinian homes and deliberately “quash all forms of resistance and bury the dream of a Palestinian state”:

A woman in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district was killed “by an army vehicle” amidst rising instances of civilians being killed by the Indian army with “complete impunity”:

Facebook said on Thursday it had taken down “about 200 accounts run by a group of hackers in Iran” as part of a cyber-spying operation that targeted mostly US military personnel and people “working at defense and aerospace companies”:

The Taliban advance is “accelerating at an accelerating pace,” said a congressional source echoing concerns raised by other officials who have acknowledged the situation is “deteriorating even more rapidly than previous assessments have indicated”:

News and Analysis 7/13/21

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Israel’s increasingly frequent demolitions in Silwan are linked with plans to “build the City of David, a pseudo-archaeological theme park run by settlers” with the hidden intent of “bolstering Jewish presence and expelling the Palestinian population”:

Michael Lynk, a “UN special rapporteur on human rights” in the occupied Palestinian territories, made a “strong case for illegal settlements to be classified as war crimes” in his report addressed to the UN Human Rights Council on Friday:

Facebook deems it a violation of community standards to “praise or support … [a] non-state actor that engages in or advocates, or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence,” but has no qualms about supporters of states that do the same thing:

Israel will “withhold $180 million in tax transfers” to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to offset money transfers going to families of Palestinians imprisoned or murdered by Israeli state terrorism in 2020:

Recent reports indicate that the Indian government is invoking “strict provisions of the anti-terror law” to charge and incarcerate minors:

Following the Taliban’s rapid expansion in Afghanistan, senior Afghan leaders will fly to Doha for talks with the militant group this week, despite having taken a “hard stance on negotiations” in the past:

Iran’s government spokesman said Tuesday that talks with the United States “about a prisoner exchange” are still ongoing:

On Tuesday, Israel refused to let 58 year old Khalida Jarrar, who is serving a two-year sentence for being a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, to attend the funeral of her daughter “who died of a cardiac arrest”:

In Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the governing union’s “CoWIN website for vaccination” registered a Kashmiri man, whose family stated he died six decades ago, as one “who has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine”:

News and Analysis 7/10/21

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

A Palestinian imprisoned through Israel’s “administrative detention policy” used to arrest and hold Palestinians “without filing formal charges”, is hospitalized on the 65th day of his hunger strike:

Israel destroyed the home of a woman and her three children after rejecting her petition”:

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that “379 protestors were wounded – 31 by live ammunition” after Israeli forces opened fire on “hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators” who were rallying “against the illegal Evyatar outpost”:

Israel has begun testing AI-guided drones on the Palestinian populace, with clear disregard for human life as well as the immense risk involved. “A single pixel can change a stealth bomber into a dog … [and] errors may mean dead civilians or friendly soldiers, and accidental conflict escalation”:

According to a press release from the Independent Commission for Human Rights, Farid al-Atrash was detained at an Israeli checkpoint “while returning from a protest against the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah”:

Iran’s railroad system came under cyberattack on Friday, with hackers “posting fake messages about train delays or cancellations” on display boards at stations across the country:

Amidst the rapid withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades of fighting, the Taliban on Friday claimed “to have taken control of 85 percent of Afghan territory”:

Muslim women in India were traumatized after finding their “names and photographs” up for auction on a mobile app:

The watermelon colors provide a proxy for the prohibited Palestinian flag: