News and Analysis (11/2/16)

“I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories…. [I]f we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win”:

“The proposed role and powers … do not furnish sufficient protection from potential violations of the constitutional rights of those law-abiding Muslims and believers in Islam … in this city” Federal Judge Charles Haight Jr.:

To prevent rival Christian denominations from soaking the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in one another’s blood, a Muslim “family keeps the key, while [another] opens up the church door every morning and locks it in the evening”:

“At a certain point, you realize that you need to call out inappropriate behavior. I think the time had come to say this is embarrassing for us as Jews” – Rabbi David Lerner, President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis:

“Personnel from the so-called ‘Israeli Nature Authority’ – backed by large numbers of Israeli forces – stormed the historical Bab al-Rahmeh cemetery and knocked down eight graves” — Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem, preservationist:

“[M]ost of the world considers settlement construction there and in the West Bank illegal or illegitimate”:

“The rise in modest fashion over the last decade has come hand in hand with the emergence of ‘Generation M’: Muslims who believe that faith and modernity go hand in hand” – Shelina Janmohamed, VP of Ogilvy Noor:

“[G]ender-just reforms have to be introduced into the Muslim community … through equality-seeking interpretations of the Qur’an and Islamic law, not through a universal family law imposed on the community from above”:

UK’s “Sharia councils” get mixed reviews, with some women saying that while some are “misogynistic and unfair to women,” but others complaining “that the inquiries are aimed at banning – not reforming – Sharia councils”:

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