News and Analysis (10/19/20)

Not satisfied with classifying singing Palestinian songs as a form of terrorism within its own borders, Israel is “examining the possibility of calling for the cancelation of all of Assaf’s events in the United Arab Emirates”:

“Al-Aqsa Mosque shall be entered through the gate of its owners, not through the gate of the Israeli occupation” — Palestinian PM Muhammad Shtayyeh:

History, not ideology. Usmani insists he would not mind removing every picture of Jinnah from government buildings but there are portraits of “S Radhakrishnan, C Rajagopalachari, Rajendra Prasad and Jawaharlal Nehru, E M Forster alongside Jinnah in the campus”:

The “document on judicial security … [also] “stressed the ‘transparency’ of the judicial process, including the right to freely choose a lawyer and ‘the principle of the presumption of innocence’. It also guaranteed ‘consular access’ for foreign nationals”:

The Lebanese doctor who “passed the naturalization test with the best possible score” will be denied citizenship because he refuses to break a promise to his wife that he would never shake hands with another woman:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the arrest of Mr Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat in Europe, a move that is fundamentally illegal and in egregious violation of international practices and the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”:

An Iranian FM spokesman said “Iran will respond to any aggression even the unintentional ones” after “ten missiles landed in two villages in the Khudaferin district in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, south of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, injuring a civilian”:

The negotiation “process has only moved slowly, while violence escalated, a factor diplomats and officials have said is sapping the trust needed for negotiations to succeed”:

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