News and Analysis (4/5/18)

Yemen’s conflict has resulted in so many men being killed, recruited for battle, or mentally “shattered, that it has forced many women into roles rarely seen in such a conservative society”:

A marathon runner known “as Dr. ’Ali, The Fitness Doc ― she holds a doctorate in anatomy and neuroscience ― the Baltimore-based author, science teacher and fitness coach is busy fighting misconceptions about Muslim women by inspiring them to compete”:

“The response by the Muslim leaders was that we want to move on and look forward to more constructive and healthy relationships (with other religions).” A year ago an imam apologized for an insensitive comment about Jews and the Christians:

Popular rejection of the planned day of bigotry was manifest …

… and the “designated day of hate passed off without major incident …, ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ did what it was designed to do – strike fear in the hearts of individual Muslims and those already … impacted by hate crime and racism … [who] just want to feel safe and secure in our country” …

… but “for millions of Muslims across this country and across the Western world, April 3 was not the first “punish a Muslim day” we lived through. There was also February 10. June 18. And too many others to list here”:

The Israeli violence against the mostly peaceful demonstrations for the “right of return for refugees and their descendants to land now colonized by Israel has now claimed nineteen lives” …

… and B’Tselem has “urged Israeli forces in a rare step Wednesday to disobey open-fire orders unless Gaza protesters pose an imminent threat to soldiers’ lives”:

“Men should be tried, yes. But these women were not armed. These kids are innocent,” says a woman who charges that her niece “was forced into going to Syria when her husband threatened to kidnap their children”:

The lawyer’s union accused the FCT High Court prohibition “any apparel underneath wigs by lawyers and by extension the hijab by female Muslim lawyers … as “unfortunate, draconian, illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful”:

Despite (or more likely because of) the popularity of Western cinema, Saudi Arabia shut down public movie theaters  the 1970s, and only last January the Grand Mufti Sheikh appointed by the king “warned of the ‘depravity’ of cinemas, saying they would corrupt morals if allowed”:

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