Archive for November, 2021

News and Analysis 11/29/21

Monday, November 29th, 2021

Isaac Herzog lit the first candle of Hanukah in the mosque as troops “closed the mosque gates, and prevented Palestinian residents from praying or standing nearby,” shut down shops and assaulted the press “in an attempt to prevent them from covering the intrusion”:

A Palestinian-Dutch filmmaker’s latest film makes a fictional story out of the real life Israeli practice of using hair cutting salons “to drug women and put them in an awkward position and take [pictures] so that they could blackmail them into becoming traitors”:

“Putting me in jail for the joke I never did to cancelling my shows, which has nothing problematic in it. This is unfair” — Muslim comedian Munawar Faruqui explaining why prior restraint has forced him to give up his career:

Both Israel and Iran “appear to be striking out at civilians to send messages to their governments”:

These are talks between autocrats keen to protect their own grip on power and boost their economies: not peace in our time, only within our borders” — cautioned The Economist:

The BJP has renamed a railway station to honor a Hindu queen who married a Muslim man , an act that they would today decry as (willing or unwilling) participation in a “love jihad”:

News and Analysis 11/26/21

Friday, November 26th, 2021

The high court judges said their “hearts go out to the appellant” but that Palestinian noncombatants must just accept the fact that their wholesale slaughter is just like any other “act of war”:

The plan, illegal under International Law “is for 3,000 homes to be built, with a view to adding another 6,000 eventually” …

… in the meantime, the destruction of the homes of the indigenous people continues unabated:

People are upset that the government diverts their water to other provinces in a time of drought:

Jonathan Cook opines that in Britain today, “Israel’s apartheid character, its vigorous lobby and support for a boycott are all off the table. But worse, Labour, like the Conservative party, is once again reluctant even to criticise the occupation.”

“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction”:

She hopes that her “PPE-specific headscarf … encourages more inclusivity in the engineering industry for other Muslim women looking to take up operational positions”:

News and Analysis 11/24/21

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

Kashmiri activists condemn the continued use of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act to “attack on free speech in the region”:

Slurs against students protesting Israeli policies are part of “a multi-layered form of prejudice, inseparable from the overall anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiment in the West … difficult to name” as bigotry as long as its victims are not seen as deserving equality:

Israel’s “discriminatory treatment of US citizens based on their ethnic and religious identities and their political viewpoints has led to a high rejection rate of US citizens seeking entry to Israel and to Occupied Palestinian Territory it controls”:

To “a researcher on China for Human Rights Watch – the Israeli Blue Wolf system is eerily familiar”:

“While many have misinterpreted a hadith to mean women can’t enter a mosque, these women are covering progressive topics like sexual violence, abortion, pregnancy loss, domestic violence in their sermons”:

An Israeli scholar’s “approach to the history of Israeli military behavior challenges a long-held Manicheanism that starkly contrasts the forces of good (Israel) with the forces of darkness (the Palestinians)”:

After “Donald Trump’s unilateral abrogation of the deal in 2018, … there is now a growing search for mechanisms to monitor and verify that the P5+1 will uphold their side of the bargain”:

“In any event, even if there is a return to a deal, Israel is of course not a party to the deal and Israel is not obligated by the deal” -Israeli PM Naftali Bennett:

News and Analysis 11/22/21

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Watching your neighbor’s home destroyed may not be quite as bad as watching your own, but it serves the saying terroristic purpose:

As the MSM headline a Hamas member’s killing of a South African settler-colonist IDF veteran, they neglect to mention the 77 Palestinian children Israel has killed so far this year:

“Israeli officials reportedly dismissed U.S. warnings that attempts to slow down Iran’s nuclear program with sabotage are causing Iran to speed it up”:

What do American taxpayers get for their $10 million a day to the IDF? Israeli soldiers tell you in their own words:

“My prophet said to find bread by honest work. I work here constructing tombs… I don’t see anything that would jeopardise my religion”:

“[I]n response to a call from populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr … a senior official with the Kitaeb Hizbullah militia, said it had decided to dissolve its Popular Defence Brigades and had ordered them to stop all activities and close their headquarters”:

During the Biden’s first ten months the predicament of the Palestinians was worsened. The “paltry” restoration of $360 million in humanitarian aid is dwarfed by the addition of $1 billion dollars for “Iron Dome” to the $3.8 billion annual aid to Israel:

News and Analysis 11/20/21

Saturday, November 20th, 2021

Israel doctored their report to justify their attack on an office tower for journalists in Gaza, and Blinken bought it:

Authorities preferred to see conspiracy theories flourish than to release the innocent men they had convicted innocent men:

The UAE thinks Elbit Systems, did such a great job slaughtering Palestinians, they are giving the Israeli arms maker a chance to do the same for them at the same time that it fosters economic ties with Iran:

A “federal grand jury indicted two Iranian hackers for election interference that included obtaining confidential voter information from at least one state’s election website for a cyber-based disinformation campaign targeting 100,000 Americans”:

His  one hundred and three day hunger strike led to actual charges being filed against him and while the odds are 100-1 that he will be convicted, at least then he will have a definite release date which uncharged, unconvicted administrative detainees are denied:

“They kill civilians and label them anything they want because they enjoy impunity. Five children have been orphaned in the two families. Where else do you see such oppression?” …

… “In 18 shooting cases investigated by the Israeli army, no one has been brought to trial”:

“DeMaster worked … as a legal analyst for … one of the major proponents of Islamophobia in the United States” and before that as law clerk prepping “attorneys on ‘Sharia law (and) radical Islamic ideology'”:

“The mix-up draws attention to Israel’s policy of withholding bodies of Palestinians who allegedly carried out attacks”:

News and Analysis 11/17/21

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

MbS’s reform of the League that had spread Wahhabism to his own notion of “religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue … has not translated into allowing Shiites or anyone else in the kingdom to express themselves freely or criticise the crown prince or [his] policy”:

Big brother is listening:

The former FM published a book denying that BJP fascism reflects Hindu teachings and, like a Hindu version of ISIS, “a mob of about 20 people from a hardline local Hindu group” set out to prove him wrong:

Yet another way in which Israeli apartheid outdoes the South African original:

Disputing police claims, “witnesses and families of the civilians said Indian troops used them as human shields during the standoff”:

“The majority of the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea area is off-limits to Palestinian residential or community-use and development, as nearly 90 percent of the total area is earmarked for the Israeli military or settlement jurisdiction”:

The shag paid for arms that Britain never delivered because of the 1979 revolution even though an ICC “arbitration panel ruled in May 2001 that the U.K. was liable to pay Iran”:

News and Analysis 11/14/21

Sunday, November 14th, 2021

After mobs “ransacked and set fire to mosques and Muslim-owned homes and shops” in October, police target “students, social activists, lawyers on the fact-finding team, the student wing of an Islamic organization,” and other citizens reporting the violence”

One of the founders of the new University of Austin in Texas proposed in response to the suppression of free inquiry on campus has a history of attempting to cancel critics of Israel on grounds later proven baseless:

“The settlers are not defying the state; they are doing its bidding” — B’Tselem:

“The family of nations is balancing on the edge of an abyss as mushrooming religious and ethnic intolerance becomes the norm” due to the West’s abandonment of “the post-World War Two principle of ‘Never Again’ and” others “never embracing it”:

“Although no groups have yet claimed responsibility, security sources and analysts” perceive a connection to resentment over “the humiliating defeat of pro-Iran blocs in the October elections”:

Seif al-Islam had been seen as “the reformist face of” his father’s before its overthrow is now wanted by the ICC “on charges of crimes against humanity related to the 2011 uprising”:

News and Analysis 11/11/21

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

With U.S. ambitions in the Middle East scaled back and with his credibility on liberalization near zero, MbS’s only ace is normalization of relations with Israel, but this card may have to stay in the hole until the current king, his father, is out of the way:

“Administrative detention is a measure that Israel used almost exclusively for Palestinians and almost never for Jews,”  but the huger-strikers’ demands are clear: Give us liberty or give us death:

As anti-Muslim riots and lynchings demonstrate how the Hindutva philosophy behind the JVP is as different from classical Hinduism as ISIS and Boko Haram are from classical Islam, some try to minimize the threat:

“Earlier this year, India’s home ministry said in the Indian parliament that 348 people died in police custody and 5,221 died in judicial custody in the last three years”:

The “executive director of the state’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations … said Durr apologized sincerely” for remarks that included calling the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)  a pedophile and denying that Islam is an actual religion: concluded that the Vietnamese flagged ship was making a second attempt to skirt sanctions and that the IRGC saw “an opportunity to embarrass the U.S. with a propaganda victory via ‘a music video starring [the U.S. Navy]'”:

“[A]t Harvard, only students of certain religious faiths are able to gather in religious spaces that let light in”:

The Israeli ambassador to the UK participated in an LSE debate, defended her racist views and denied the Nakba ever happened, but she is not satisfied because students who disagreed with her were allowed to protest her appearance:

News and Analysis 11/8/21

Monday, November 8th, 2021

Shocked by the FBI informant’s eagerness to engage in violence, mosque congregants reported him to the FBI …

… the secret video and audio recordings embarrassed the imam who had “moderated a community meeting with the head of the FBI’s Los Angeles office” who had assured attendees “that the agency would not send secret monitors into the community”:

“Iraqi and U.S. officials have grown increasingly alarmed over the recent use of small fixed-wing drones that have evaded detection systems around military bases and diplomatic facilities”:

“The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which spearheaded a popular uprising that led to the 2019 removal of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir,” says, “No negotiations, no compromise, no power-sharing”:

“[I]t is a 100% certainty that any future Republican president will tear [any return to the Iran nuclear deal] up” — Ted Cruz

Again flouting International law, the rogue state of Israel insists on its right to veto Biden’s decision to reopen the American consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem based on its imagined sovereignty over the city:

“[Y]et another example of the military’s unlawful open-fire policy [that] allows soldiers to open lethal fire at Palestinians even when they are not endangering them or anyone else – without the soldiers or their commanders being held accountable”:

“The U.K. has acknowledged it owes Iran some £400 million ($550 million) – a debt that stems from an order for tanks made prior to the 1979 Islamic revolution which were never delivered”:

A student “complained that during an Oct. 12 health class, an unidentified staff member made offensive and profanity-laced statements about Muslims, immigrants and Indigenous people for 25 minutes”:

News and Analysis 11/5/21

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Frightened that information provided by human rights groups may help the ICC investigation and Congressional efforts against the arrest of children, Israel resorts to “secret evidence,” i.e. falsehoods obtained by torturing prisoners …

How is this not criminal negligence? “They trailed the wrong car! They couldn’t tell the difference between a laptop and a bomb. They declared a building empty that had a whole family in it. They killed an aid worker while trying to target terrorists”:

The Sabbath is a day of rest, and what is more restful to a settler colonizer than to club indigenous people? …

… but for the IDF killing Palestinian is part of the job, so they prefer to shoot children in the stomach on Fridays:

“[A]lthough we all happen to be practicing Muslims, we … will all take an oath … to protect the Constitution of the United States, and that includes the concept of separation of church and state. — Newly elected Councilwoman Amanda Jaczkowski …

… while a Bangladeshi-American woman became the first Muslim on the New York City Council:

“There’s quite a few churches on Church Road that runs in Southaven and Horn Lake, so it’s pretty interesting to drive down that road and see all the churches and you know ironic, they’re not going to allow a similar house of worship on the same street”:

“At least 46 journalists have been killed since 2000 and no one has been held to account” — International Federation of Journalists statement:

“More than 200 civil rights, Jewish and other faith-based organizations rejected” Hawley’s claims that EmgageUSA’s criticism of Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians is anti-Semitic as “flagrant anti-Muslim animus” tinged with “bigotry and xenophobia”:

“Iraq’s majority Shi’ites have dominated government since the U.S.” overthrew Saddam Hussein but the big winner in the election “opposes Iranian interference in Iraqi politics and has called for all remaining Western troops to withdraw from the country”:

With UNRWA’s budget cut by more than 50%, staff members help Palestinians threatened with land confiscation to pick olives: