News and Analysis (2/23/15)

A local Jewish leader at the event called the Muslim “show of support for Norway’s tiny Jewish community … incredibly uplifting,” and is “upset” that Islamophobic propaganda outlets denied the fact that the  1200 people protesting anti-Jewish violence were “overwhelmingly Muslim”:

“Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind Sunday’s twin bomb attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Libyan capital and a rocket strike on the eastern Labraq airport”:

“Israel opened water dams, without warning, last night, causing serious damage to Gazan villages near the border. More than 40 homes were flooded and 80 families are currently in shelters as a result” and affecting “poultry and animal farms” according to the chief of the civil defence agency:

“An Egyptian court has sentenced a prominent pro-democracy activist to five years in prison … in what rights groups describe as an ongoing clampdown on dissent” …

… reducing an earlier 15-year prison sentence for organizing an unauthorized protest and allegedly assaulting a police officer. But the ruling was condemned by defense lawyers and supporters who said he should have been set free”:

“Amnesty International says Egypt’s military failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties during airstrikes last week against what Cairo said were militant targets in Libya”:

“US security officials also said that the group was presumably trying “to take credit for inciting violence by otherwise independent lone offenders“:

“For the United States, the goal is to extend to at least a year the period that Iran would need to surreptitiously ‘break out’ toward nuclear weapons development”:

“Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb … linked extremism to ‘bad interpretations’ of the Koran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad. ‘The only hope for the Muslim nation to recover unity is to tackle in our schools and universities this tendency to accuse Muslims of being unbelievers,’ he said”:


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