Muslim Americans offer to stand guard against anti-semitic attacks

In the wake of a spate of recent vandalism attacks on Jewish community centers and Jewish cemeteries, several Muslim Americans stepped up to offer their support to the victims via Twitter, the Huffington Post first reported. Examples include veterans such as ‘The Muslim Marine’ who explained that he would protect Jewish centers and cemeteries because “Islam requires it” I’m a #MuslimMarine in Chicagoland area. If your synagogue or Jewish cemetery needs someone to stand guard, count me in. Islam requires it. — The Muslim Marine (@MuslimMarine) February 27, 2017 I’m a Muslim in #Harrisburg. If your synagogue or community center needs someone 2 stand guard, I will stand guard 4 you. Islam requires it. — Momin (@BhattiMomin) February 28, 2017 I’m a […]

Saudi jails two over 2011 protests

A court in Saudi Arabia has convicted two Saudi citizens of trying to organise mass protests in 2011 inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia and sentenced them to three and four years in jail, local media reported today. A clampdown at the time prevented calls issued on social media for mass gatherings in the capital Riyadh, although some small protests by minority Shia Muslims were dispersed by security forces with gunshots fired in the air. The late King Abdullah also ordered an aid package worth billions of dollars for Saudis in an apparent bid to insulate the country from the protests. The Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper reported that the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh had found the two […]

US initiative supports Palestinian olive farmers

A new initiative to offer organic, fair trade Palestinian olive oil to the US market and support farmers who face Israeli military aggression has been launched online. On its website, Harvest Peace says: “The farmers and agricultural workers endure poverty and daily injustice on account of military aggression and economic isolation. Our goal is to not only raise awareness of their unique situation, but to introduce their products into a broader market.” $1 From each bottle sold is dedicated to planting olive trees “This will help raise them out of poverty while ensuring their traditional way of life remains viable for generations to come.” Jenny Farhat, a first generation Palestinian-American who started the initiative, said: “To my family and to […]

Israel to prosecute police officer who urinated on Palestinian man

The Israeli Supreme Court yesterday ruled that an Israeli police officer who urinated on a blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian during interrogations at the Ma’ale Adumim police station in 2007 should go on trial. According to Israeli daily Haaretz, a decade ago the Palestinian victim complained to the Justice Ministry’s investigation department. He spoke of the physical and sexual abuse he experienced while detained at the police station. However, the department dismissed his case, forcing the victim to petition the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court made the ruling despite being “convinced that the evidence was thoroughly investigated several times,” Haaretz reported. But the judge ruled in favour of the victim “in relation to the charge that the policeman had deliberately urinated […]

Israel demolishes Arab-Israeli’s home without notice

Israeli bulldozers demolished an under-construction house owned by an Arab-Israeli in the central Israeli town of Kafr Qasim this morning. Israeli police raided the home of Ramzi Bin Bari and demolished it. According to locals, the demolition was carried out because the building lacked difficult to obtain Israeli-issued building permits. Bin Bari had recently moved to the town, locals added. Despite attempts by residents to prevent the demolition, the bulldozers continued work until the house was completely destroyed. Bin Bari told Ma’an that his case was still being discussed in court in an attempt to gain a permit for the property. He added that he had not received a demolition order and was shocked when bulldozers arrived at the house. […]

Reading Mahmoud Abbas’ mind

Given my position as director general of the Palestinian Media, Research and Studies Centre, Badael, for over 10 years, between 2005 and 2011, and my current position as Director General of Masarat, the Palestinian Centre for Policy Research and Strategic Studies since 2011, along with the experience I gained from decades of researching and analysing Palestinian policies and developments in their Arab, regional and international aspects, I am always asked, especially recently, the same question in various formats, by Palestinians, Arabs, and foreigners: What is Mahmoud Abbas thinking? What is behind his policies? Why doesn’t he change his path despite clearly reaching an impasse? The president is living through a hard time, and facing growing and dangerous challenges and risks […]

Turkey summons German ambassador after minister blocked from speaking

The German ambassador was today summoned by the Turkish foreign ministry in Ankara after a talk by Ankara’s justice minister was cancelled in Germany, ministry sources said. The decision to call in the ambassador was made by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavosoglu, the sources added. Read: Germany says unaware of Erdogan visit over referendum Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag earlier said he had called off a meeting with his counterpart in Germany and was returning home after his talk was cancelled. Shaky bilateral ties have been dragged to a new low amid growing public criticism in Germany of Turkey’s arrest of a Turkish-German journalist.