News and Analysis (2/16/21)

Although imprisoned since 2002 by Israel, Senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti will be running for PA president and many predict him will be the preferred candidate over incumbent Abbas:

“Citing Israeli sources, AFP reported that allowing the transfer from the West Bank to Gaza was not a simple administrative measure under the purview of Cogat, but rather a political decision possibly linked to talks between Israel and Hamas”:

The Biden administration and the Democratic party are taking a similar stance on Palestine as the Trump administration, with differences only in “semantics and political jingoism, not policy”:

Concerned that public protests of anti-Islamic and blasphemous online speech may result in violence by and/or upon the demonstrators, Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Board (Protection of the Honor of the Prophet Board) calls for legal action to use the threat of state violence to restrict offensive speech:

Muslims in prison, who are overrepresented with respect to the general population in the United States, are denied religious rights and often left out of the conversation when discussing incarcerated people:

Construction of many mosques in Kerala was delayed by a stipulation that required approval from district collectors; India now allows local governments to make the decision instead:

Citizens of the Parisian suburb resent being used as a propaganda tool for a French “separatism” bill, saying that “Buddhists, atheists, Muslims, and Christians live together in Trappes with respect for each other” and problems “no different from those of other cities in France”:

Although many Palestinians now believe a one-state solution is the only realistic option, Egypt continues to support a two-state solution based on the borders of June 4, 1967:

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