News and Analysis (8/19/19)

“Israel has expanded its scope of operations to attack targets in Iraq, whose coalition government is friendly to the United States. The predictable result: the Iraqi government is bailing on Trump’s policy”:

“In 2012, Maruf suggested Muslims should not wish people ‘Merry Christmas’. But on the campaign trail in 2018, video of him wishing people ‘Merry Christmas’ emerged”:

“[T]he image I had of Islam was these wild people that hijacked aircraft and were always blowing things up,” but then he met a Muslim and was “amazed” by his “patience” and calmness:

Under pressure from other Palestinians “‘not to give legitimization to the Israeli perspective’ of this brutal crime’” Tawfik Abu Wael took advice from the murdered boy’s father, “If your conscience is clear, then do it”:

“In Singapore’s plural society, [Islam] is practiced in a spirit of mutual respect, tolerance and inclusiveness”:

Such raids “take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority … with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers”:

Mustatfa “Sway had just come from Friday prayers in his traditional garments … in solidarity with his Christian Palestinian brethren who have been excluded from their own church”:

“Lesson 1: When the missile is American, use the passive voice”:

The true story of a woman’s determination to “learn about her Iranian identity and culture despite resistance from the Dutch couple who adopted her …. has elicited praise and secured slots on the international fest circuit”:

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