Islam and the West
That was more than a rhetorical opportunity. For Mr. Netanyahu and many
Israelis, Palestinian denial of that legitimacy is the real reason for the
failure of the peace process. From the White House and in the presence of a
sympathetic president, the prime minister was finally able to assert that the
Palestinian commitment to a two-state solution has long been a hoax, that the
Palestinians have employed two narratives, one for international consumption and
another for Palestinians at home....
And a “safe zone” created in Syria will not make up for it. The
underlying message is “keep those undesirable Muslims over there, not accept
them here.” Besides, a safe zone may require the United States to get sucked
into escalating the type of brushfire war that Trump, in the campaign, said he
wanted to avoid. Setting up a safe zone could very well require the insertion
of U.S. ground forces and the tangle of American air forces with those of
Leonard Pitts Jr
Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use of violence to coerce or
intimidate a government or a people in furtherance of some social or political
cause. But for Rep. Duffy and others that seems to apply only to swarthy
individuals with difficult names. When white people do it, it is less likely to
be perceived — or reported by news media — as terrorism. This double standard
reflects not simply America’s xenophobia, but also America’s maddening insistence
upon the blamelessness, the fundamental innocence, of whiteness...
It is worth noting that these are the same sources that were
hard-pressed during the eight years of Obama’s terms toward the alterations of
Arab regimes granting the Islamists opportunities to rule. This pushed the
gusty winds of Arab Spring to run havoc in the region resulting in total chaos
and the Arab people are paying exorbitant price for nothing but an overall
cataclysm and destruction. They are the people who ignited the spark that
started an inferno and engulfed the Arab region.....
In the end, to be effective, US policies must appeal to the people of
the region, not just to their rulers. There is one inescapable fact. Islam is
the fastest growing religion. Today it has 1.7 billion adherents. The US has no
choice but to forge better relations. Words matter, as do actions. Provocative
rhetoric will only alienate. Blind support of Muslim dictators who do
Washington’s bidding will one day blow up in America’s face....
Aijaz Zaka Syed
With Trump’s powerful Jewish son-in-law and architect of his campaign
Jared Kushner now being his key adviser and the top administration positions
being manned by you know who, no administration in history has been closer to
Israel. The excessive influence of the Lobby also manifests itself in various
appointments and pronouncements of the administration, including the disastrous
decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem....
Khaled A Beydoun
While conservative media outlets are wed to featuring specific Muslim
personalities to propagate a caricature, carry forward a stereotype, or
showcase a native informant bent on slandering the faith, liberal media outlets
call on a small handful of Muslim voices to meet what seems to be a minimal
quota while relying on white males to carry the intellectual and analytical
The real nature of the movement is obviously much more complex than
these caricatured views, even though both, despite their symmetrical
difference, do capture parts of its soul. It is therefore unsurprising that the
United States, like all Western countries, has never adopted a consistent
assessment, let alone policy, toward the Brotherhood; over time, Washington has
swung erratically from embrace to rejection and back...
Imagine your morale if you were a Muslim living in America right now.
What could be worse than having a president who has launched a calculated
assault against your community? How about the signing of a new bill that has
the power to intimidate, silence, and imprison Muslims for being politically
In Quranic terms, therefore every action- A’mal is required to be
qualified as Saleh- to produce goodly and beneficial reaction. There is nothing
in it extraordinary and nothing religious, just a statement of universal
truism. However it is generally assumed that a nation’s core values are of
qualified goodly nature and that they are the ones which makes it ‘assume among
the powers of the earth the separate and equal station’ (American Declaration of
Independence) which then defines the nation’s place in the world.....
So, regime-survival instincts, a possible sectarian angle, as all the
Shia-ruled nations like Iran, Iraq and Syria are among the banned nations,
along with the plausible theory of protecting commercial interests of the Trump
corporate empire in the Gulf Sheikhdoms, has ensured a convenient quid pro quo,
wherein maintaining ostensible ‘normalcy’ and acceptance is in the mutual
interest of both the US and the Gulf Sheikdoms....
Such an order, now under consideration, would be seen by many Muslims
as another attempt to vilify adherents of Islam. It appears to be part of a
mission by the president and his closest advisers to heighten fears by promoting
a dangerously exaggerated vision of an America under siege by what they call
radical Islam. The struggle against extremism is complex...
In reality, Trump and his followers have a ‘grudge’ against a system
that is mortgaging their dream; however, doing a wrong diagnosis presupposes a
wrong prescription. No one prefers the other man’s land to his home if he could
have his peace. But when out of greed the world is rendered a blazing bunch,
everyone including those who started the fire must feel the heat. Let America,
nay the West stop destroying others so that its citizens can at least have
And here is the reality on the War On Reality. Trump’s administration
is going to craft insane public policies to target “radical Islamic terrorism,”
which is a waste of money. It will amount to excessive public spending on a
make-believe threat. The billions and perhaps trillions of dollars that his
administration will pump into “anti-Islamic terrorism” campaigns is, as the
facts show, unwarranted....
decisive CEO in him emerge, or are we stuck with an insecure, inexperienced
politician who cleaves to the guidance of trusted old hands who lack new ideas?
Because here’s the rub. The Syrians, Iranians, Iraqis, Lebanese, and Russians
are defeating ISIS and al-Qaeda anyway, with or without the United States.....
The mosque filled up quick after the azan and the congregation came out
in full force. Aside from that, there were a group of USC students who dropped
by the mosque to stand in solidarity with the Muslims in the community. The
gist of the sermon that Friday was more of wanting to assure the congregation
that everything is okay and that they should not be nervous or feel threatened,
that this country is as much theirs as it is any other American, and that they
should all come together....
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The West finally is bearing resemblance to what we have always claimed
it was: a group organised against Islam, with its only goal being obliteration
of Muslims. We now have bona fide anti-Muslim bigots taking over the reins,
setting the stage. We finally have the Dar-ul-Harb versus Dar-ul-Islam showdown
that we’ve been preparing for ages...
As issues of safety rise to the forefront, Muslim Canadians are not
only more aware of how they feel on Canadian soil, but they stress one act of
violence is not reflective of what it means to be a follower of Islam.
"Please do not draw conclusions on the majority...
The truth is that white right-wing extremists and their Muslim
counterparts are parts of the same whole, a yin and yang of hate. Every terror
attack by Muslim extremists emboldens and swells the ranks of Breivik’s and
Bissonnette’s comrades, and as the Western world lurches to the right, enacting
measures like the immigration ban, no one is happier than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
and Ayman al-Zawahiri....
When the Indian-Canadian and later Indian-American novelist Bharati
Mukherjee complained in the 1970s that Canada was more racist than America,
many people thought she was harsh in her reading of the Canadian society. Only
a handful of people told her that she was right. I personally think she was
dead right. I can testify to her anguish in that I have lived in Canada and
indeed experienced first-hand racism....
Ivanka, mom to mom, citizen to citizen, me (Reform Jew) to you (Modern
Orthodox Jew), I am writing today to ask for a sign. Send me a sign that you
are not, in fact, indifferent. That when you see a photo of a dead Syrian
toddler washed up on a Greek beach you share my visceral understanding: He
could be my child. That you subscribe to the Talmud’s teaching “[S]he who saves
one life, saves the world,” along with Hillel’s question you tweeted in
September: “If not me, who? If not now, when?”.....
Trump’s recent tweets about Iran confused the latter as it is unaware
what these stances will lead do and whether these tweets are nothing but mere
statements or will they lead to military decisions and operations to confront
Iran’s intervention in Syria, Yemen and Iraq and its provocation of countries
in the region, particularly the Arab Gulf which the Trump administration views
as a strategic ally.....
The lesson of the years we have spent fighting terrorism since
September 11 is that every time we depart from our values we worsen the very
problem we are trying to contain. We must never allow our values to become the
collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to
refugees or discriminating among them is not our way, and does not make us
safer. Acting out of fear is not our way. Targeting the weakest does not show
Refugees brave incredible risks to save themselves and their families,
and in the worst cases their situation resembles imprisonment for nothing other
than their ethnicity, national origin or citizenship. As Jews we must take this
personally. Imagine if you heard that
the American government had stalled evacuations from the German DP camps
because Jews are dangerous and needed "extreme vetting.".....
“Don’t use our loved ones, and especially my mother, to turn away
refugees,” McGovern said during a press conference call arranged by the group.
“This is not about protecting Americans. This is about bigotry. I for one am
really tired of the exploitation of 9/11 for agendas that have nothing to do
with our loved ones.”....