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The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia has stressed the need for further dialogue to
show the truth of Islam and its usefulness for mankind, according to Asharq
Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh noted that the current conditions indicate
the need for more efforts in this regard, the newspaper reported.
a meeting with Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the
Muslim World League, accompanied by 50 senior officials, Al-Asheikh confirmed
that the league needs to carry out more dialogue and intensify its efforts to
demonstrate the virtues of the Islamic religion worldwide.
briefed the Saudi mufti on the league’s efforts, and the activation of the
required information tools that serve its function.
temple defies religious stereotypes, installs statue crafted by Muslim artist
a heartwarming story of overcoming adversity and rising above religion.
29-year-old Muslim man hailing from the once riot-stricken Indian city of
Ahmedabad, now has an idol crafted by him installed inside a Hindu temple, The
Times of India reports.
Shaikh, who was 14 when communal strife engulfed Ahmedabad in the summer of
2002, grew up crafting chalk and graphite idols of Hindu deities. One of his
idols of Lord Shiva, a popular Hindu God, has been set up in a city temple.
of his other works that include a statue of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
(who hails from Ahmedabad coincidentally) are also displayed around the city.
story is significant because India has traditionally been a religion-sensitive
heavyweights like Amazon couldn't escape the wrath of its citizens when there
was mass outrage over doormats with faces of Hindu Gods being sold on the
was also an outcry over British band Coldplay's Hymn for the Weekend music
video that some Indians reckoned was amounting to cultural appropriation.
of course, there was Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality game that allegedly hurt
religious sentiments by showing eggs in places such as temples.
Shaikh's feat is inspiring. He surely knows how to "spread love" in
times of religious intolerance.
do not discriminate on the basis of religion. Whether you worship in a temple
or in a mosque, ultimately it is like a hunger that must be satisfied. In my
case, it is hunger of art. Chalk sticks are a weapon for me to exhibit my art
and to spread love," he said.
to stop issuing work visas to Human Rights Watch staff
Rights Watch (HRW), which has written several critical reports about Israel’s
occupation of Palestinian lands, says the regime in Tel Aviv is set to stop
issuing work visas to its staff.
New-York based rights group had applied for work visas for its Israel and
Palestine director, American citizen Omar Shakir, a month ago, but Tel Aviv
informed the rights group on February 20 that the request was rejected, the
watchdog said in a Friday statement.
further said it had been informed by Tel Aviv that the request had been
rejected because it is “not a real human rights group.”
Nahshon, spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry, confirmed the decision,
saying that HRW “demonstrated time and again it is a fundamentally biased and
anti-Israeli organization with a clear hostile agenda.”
should we give working visas to people whose only purpose is to besmirch us and
to attack us?” the Israeli spokesman asked.
response to Tel Aviv’s decision, Shakir said HRW is “genuinely shocked,"
and said, “We work in over 90 countries across the world. Many governments do
not like our well-researched findings but their response is not to stifle the
also said Israeli authorities told HRW that the visa ban was not targeting him
alone, but would be applied to all foreign members of the organization.
general view of buildings under construction in the Israeli settlement of Har
Homa in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds on March 7, 2016 (Photo by AFP)
2016, HRW published a report, titled “Occupation Inc,” highlighting how
international and Israeli firms in Israeli settlements in the occupied West
Bank were involved in human rights violations.
businesses unavoidably contribute to Israeli policies that dispossess and
harshly discriminate against Palestinians, while profiting from Israel's theft
of Palestinian land and other resources,” HRW director of Business and Human
Rights Division, Arvind Ganesan, said at the time.
has also launched a vigorous campaign aimed at expelling Israeli football clubs
based in West Bank settlements by the FIFA.
has been setting up settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds
since occupying the Palestinian territories in 1967. The constructions have been
widely condemned as an insidious push toward facilitating the annexation of the
December, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution
declaring that settlement construction “constitutes a flagrant violation under
Israeli Yesha Council settler group says the number of Israeli settlers in the
occupied West Bank had risen by 3.9 percent since 2015, twice the growth rate
of the Israeli population.
attempts to 'de-radicalise' homegrown jihadists pronounced a 'total fiasco'
attempts to de-radicalise homegrown Islamist extremists in the wake of terror
attacks has been pronounced a "total fiasco" in need of a complete
overhaul in a damning parliamentary report.
François Hollande launched the drive to reverse radicalisation among thousands
of French Muslims in the wake of terror attacks that have killed 238 people since
the report, by a cross-party senate committee, was denounced as an amateurish
flop this week, accusing the government of funding "pseudo-experts"
who pocketed millions of euros with few tangible results.
the damning revelations in the report were the fact that the only
de-radicalisation centre currently up and running, and fully staffed at an
annual cost of €2.5 million, is in fact
empty. Among the last people it housed - supposedly non-threatening individuals
tempted by radical Islam - one turned out to be on a terror watchlist and the
other was caught seeking to reach Syria.
other centres slated to be set up have not been opened.
report also found that many local associations supposed to help families deal
with radicalised members are incompetent at best and many signed up simply to
obtain public funding.
supposedly groundbreaking programme to bring back radicalised inmates to the
French Republican fold had to be scrapped after a prisoner duped the
authorities into believing that he had reformed before seeking to murder
the efforts to date, Philippe Bas, a centre-Right Republicans senator, said:
"It's a total fiasco. Everything requires a total rethink. Everything must
be started from scratch."
report was seized on by Marine Le Pen’s National Front as validating its call
to have Islamists detained or deported.
15,000 people in France are followers of radical Islam, with a further 680,
including about 275 women, thought to have joined jihadist movements in Iraq
and Syria, the Socialist government has estimated. There are deep concerns in
the intelligence community that many French who fought in Islamist ranks abroad
will now return and try to wreak violence back home.
Hollande is said to have ordered military chiefs to take as few as possible
French Isil fighters prisoner, which experts say implies it would be preferable
to target them in bombing raids or see them detained abroad.
programme's aim was to try and identity radicalised individuals and reinstall
in them democratic and humanitarian values.
the senators who wrote the report, Esther Benbassa, of the left-wing Ecology
party, and Catherine Troendlé, from the centre-right Republicans, concluded
that de-radicalisation is in fact impossible.
just have to admit that the most violent and dangerous people will not be
[deradicalised],” Ms Troendlé said.
Benbassa added: “Deradicalisation does not exist. They thought they could take
someone and wash their brains. In fact, brainwashing doesn’t really work and
it’s a dangerous myth. It’s understandable that the government wanted to
reassure society after the terror attacks. But it started with a false
accused the government of displaying “a good deal of amateurism, with people
making it up as they went along. They really panicked."
he added: "I think any government would have done the same in that
Troendié said the efforts were more about "reassuring the population"
than anything else.
senators offered little by way of suggestions for how to proceed bar "case
by case" help, "work on reinsertion" into the community and
requires a whole network of social workers, educators, community police
officers, imams and business leaders," said Ms Troendié. "There will
be no miracle."
army soldiers, backed up by warplanes, stormed terrorists' gatherings in the
villages and towns of al-Zakah, Kafr Zita, al-Jaberiyeh, al-Qazal, al-Tounyeh,
Latibeh, Hish, Khan Sheikhoun and Khan Sheikhoun-Sayad road, killing over 70
militants and wounding 80 others.
field source said that a Bara'a Hallaq known as Abu al-Yazid Taftnaz, a
commander and media chief of the newly-formed Tahrir al-Sham Haya'at (the
Levant Liberation Board) was killed in the Syrian air raids in Hama.
the Syrian fighter jets pounded Al-Nusra Front's positions in Khan Sheikhoun in
Southern Idlib on Wednesday, destroying two large warehouses full of arms,
ammunition and bomb-laden vehicles.
the army soldiers targeted the concentration centers of terrorists in the towns
of Kafr Zita, al-Latamina and in the village of al-Araba'een in Northern Hama,
killing a number of terrorists, including a commander of Al-Nusra Front.
bodies of some 130 people, mostly anti-government militants fighting each
other, have been found in mass graves in the northwestern Syrian province of
so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in
Britain, said on Thursday that at least 131 bodies had been found earlier in
the day and the previous day in two separate mass graves near the town of Khan
of the bodies reportedly belonged to militants who were beheaded or shot after
deadly clashes between rival groups in Idlib.
official with the monitoring group said the slain militants were mostly
affiliated to the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s former affiliate in Syria,
and allied factions who were detained by a rival group, the so-called Jund
al-Aqsa, and were then executed.
a spokesman for the militant Jaish al-Nasr group said that 128 bodies had been
found, adding that 71 of those killed were members of his group. He said that
three journalists and 11 commanders were among the dead.
military source said the number of bodies was 128 and added that the graves
were located inside a former army barracks that had been occupied by Jund
al-Aqsa, believed to be close to the Daesh terrorist group.
al-Aqsa’s confrontation with al-Qaeda-linked groups last week was mainly aimed
at exerting control on Idlib and the neighboring Hama Province.
victory of Syrian forces and their allies and liberation of the northern city
of Aleppo in December ended in a deal for evacuation of militants and their
families to Idlib.
to the Observatory, Jund al-Aqsa has pulled back from Idlib to Hama and other
sides in the Syrian war came face-to-face in UN peace talks for the first time
in three years on Thursday, to hear UN mediator Staffan de Mistura implore them
to find a way out of the almost six-year-old conflict.
ask you to work to work together. I know it’s not going to be easy to end this
horrible conflict and lay the foundation for a country at peace with itself,
sovereign and unified,” Mistura told the delegates sitting opposite each other
on a raised platform in a UN assembly hall in Geneva.
his opening address, de Mistura shook hands with both sides. It was not clear
when talks would resume or if the two sides would meet for direct negotiations.
At the last Geneva talks, 10 months ago, de Mistura had to shuttle between the
delegations who were never together in the same room.
Mistura said the two sides had a joint responsibility to end a conflict that
had killed at least 300,000 people and displaced millions.
Syrian people desperately all want an end to this conflict and you all know
it,” he said.
are the first ones to tell us it. They are waiting for a relief from their own
suffering and dream of a new road out of this nightmare to a new and normal
future in dignity.
the negotiations as an uphill task, he said they would centre on UN Security
Council resolution 2254, which calls for a new constitution, UN-supervised
elections and transparent and accountable governance.
said a shaky ceasefire brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran had opened a window
ISIS affiliate in Egypt has released a new video showing the suicide bomber who
attacked a church in December and vowing more attacks on the country’s
20-minute video, which emerged Monday, said Christians were the extremist
group’s “favorite prey.”
showed footage of Abu Abdullah al-Masri, who killed nearly 30 people, mainly
women, when he attacked a Cairo church in December. The narrator says the
attack was “only the beginning.”
in control of eastern Libya on Thursday imposed foreign travel curbs on
residents aged between 18 and 45, saying they would need security clearance.
men and women aged between 18 and 45 are forbidden from leaving the country
without prior security clearance from the relevant authorities,” said General
Abdelrazek al-Nadhouri, military commander of forces loyal to authorities in
the east of Libya.
aim was “to put in place the necessary regulations to confront dangers from
abroad which threaten national security” and not to damage the rights of
Libyans, he said. The permits are to be issued by the intelligence services.
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decision announced Sunday by the same general banning women under 60 from
travel abroad without a male guardian has already stirred outrage among
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photos surfaced in the media displaying US forces assisting ISIL terrorists,
Javad al-Talaybawi said that the Americans are planning to take ISIL commanders
away from Tal Afar that is under the Iraqi forces' siege.
the meantime, member of Iraqi Parliament's Security and Defense Commission
Iskandar Watut called for a probe into photos and footages displaying US planes
airdropping aid packages over ISIL-held regions.
further added that we have witnessed several times that US planes dropped
packages of food stuff, arms and other necessary items over ISIL-held regions,
and called on Iraq's air defense to watch out the US-led coalition planes.
disclosed on Wednesday that the US military planes helped the ISIL terrorists
in Tal Afar region West of Mosul.
saw several packages dropped out of a US army aircraft in the surrounding areas
of the city of Tal Afar in Western Nineveh province and six people also came
out of a US plane in the ISIL-controlled areas," the Arabic-language media
quoted a number of eyewitnesses as saying.
Afar city has been under the siege of the Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd
al-Shaabi) for about two months now and the efforts by the ISIL terrorists to
help their comrades besieged in Tal Afar have failed so far.
army soldiers engaged in an intense battle with ISIL West of Palmyra and
managed to take control over the villages of Tarfeh al-Qarbi and Tarfeh
al-Sharqi near al-Douh region.
sources said that the army men also clashed with ISIL from areas near Qasr
al-Hayer al-Qarbi up to Khan al-Halabat region South of Palmyra, and could
advance against terrorists.
sources said that simultaneous with the ground forces' advances, the army aircraft
launched heavy airstrikes on ISIL's movements and concentration centers in
Badiyeh (desert) al-Qarbi Southwest of Palmyra, killing a number of militants
and destroying their equipment.
field source said that ISIL has been pulling back its forces from the
surrounding of Palmyra after the Syrian armed forces' large-scale operation
kicked off in Eastern Homs.
military source said on Wednesday that the army troops were fortifying their
positions around Palmyra (Tadmur) to launch a large-scale operation to free the
ancient city from ISIL terrorists after arrival of more fresh recruitments.
source said that the army fortified its positions in Badiyeh (desert) al-Qarbi
of Tadmur, in al-Bayarat al-Qarbi region, al-Samamat region, the villages of
Tarfeh al-Qarbi and Tarfeh al-Sharqi, the mounts of al-Tar and al-Hayal.
source went on to say that the army reinvigorated its troops with fresh
soldiers, getting ready to kick off a large-scale operation to drive ISIL out
the meantime, the army troops significantly advanced against ISIL in al-Maher
oilfield and in the slopes of al-Hayal mountain, imposing control over
al-Sawaqeh school Northwest of Tadmur.
sources reported that ISIL suffered a heavy defeat in clashes with the army men
in Eastern Homs and pulled the remaining pockets of its forces towards Jazal
and Jahar regions after setting fire at Hayan gas field.
army soldiers, backed up by the country's military helicopters, engaged in
fierce clashes with ISIL and managed to win back the village of al-Mazwireh
North of the newly-liberated town of Tayara Mazi (al-Ma'azah).
suffered heavy casualties and its equipment sustained major damage in the
pro-government forces' advances.
relevant developments in the province on Wednesday, the army troops continued
their advances against ISIL terrorists in a region between Kuweires airbase and
Deir Hafer town and managed to take control of two more key towns in the
army soldiers, backed up by the country's fighter jets, launched their attack
on ISIL's defense lines from the town of Rasm al-Kabir towards Northeast of
Kuweires airbase and pushed the terrorists back from the town of Tayara Mazi.
army men continued their anti-ISIL attack and captured the town of Rasm
al-Harmal al-Imam, after inflicting major losses on terrorists.
in Nepal to probe ISI hand in train derailments
Delhi : In what may unravel Pakistan ISI's alleged role in recent train
derailments across India, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team reached
Nepal on Thursday to interrogate prime suspect Shamsul Hoda, who was arrested
by the Nepal police earlier this month, and three others in custody there.
two-member NIA team will question Hoda over the next three days in the presence
of Nepalese law enforcement agencies. Dubai-based Nepalese businessman Hoda
unsuccessfully contested national elections in Nepal in 2013, but later turned
to smuggling fake Indian currency and allegedly working with ISI to execute its
terror plans against India. Hoda is expected to throw light on how ISI, through
Karachi-based handler Safi Shaikh, allegedly persuaded him to cause mass
killings in India by "engineering" stampedes, derailments, riots and
attacking government installations.
Nepal police has shared details of his interrogation with NIA, the latter is
looking forward to confronting Hoda as well as three others arrested earlier,
including key Nepal-based link Brij Kishore, with some exclusive facts and
claims made by arrested accused in India and known only to its own sleuths.
"Hoda and Brij Kishore will help us corroborate the disclosure by Indian
accused Motilal Paswan regarding a sabotage angle in the November 2016
derailment of Patna-Indore Express at Kanpur. Also, Hoda may throw light on
ISI's suspected plot to blast tracks to trigger train accidents here, starting
with a failed attempt at Ghorasan and followed by high-casualty derailments at
Kanpur and, more recently, Koneru in Vizianagaram," said an officer of the
central security establishment.
on ban of Zakir Naik’s IRF to be held in-camera
on the issue of a ban on Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research
Foundation (IRF) would be held in-camera in view of the allegations made
against the organisation and the confidential material to be scrutinised by a
was decided on Thursday by Delhi high court’s Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal,
who is presiding over the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities
Prevention Act (UAPA).
tribunal allowed the Centre’s plea for in-camera hearing, keeping in view the
scheme of the Act, the allegations against the IRF of radicalising the youth
and confidentiality of the material to be scrutinised during the proceedings.
proceedings are expected to be held on March 17, 18 and 20 for recording of
had opposed the Centre’s plea for in-camera hearing, saying it was a “garb” to
deny them the material relied upon to ban the organisation
solicitor general Sanjay Jain, on the other hand, had then contended that the
“subject matter was sensitive” and there was a possibility that it could be
disclosed during the proceedings before the tribunal.
had earlier moved the tribunal against the November 17, 2016 notification of
the ministry of home affairs (MHA) imposing the ban on it.
since the tribunal declined to hear the matter before February 6, the
foundation had moved the high court challenging the ban.
its decision before the high court, the government had claimed that the
organisation was banned as there was an apprehension that youths could be
“radicalised” to join terror groups. IRF had opposed the contention, saying no
reason was given for the ban.
POLICEMEN WHO JAILED INNOCENT MUSLIMS: CPI-M
Delhi: The CPI-M has sought action against Delhi Police officers responsible
for jailing two young Muslims for 12 long years after a terror attack here in
2005 killed 67 people.
guilty police officials in this case must be charged and prosecuted,” an
editorial in the party journal “People’s Democracy” said.
State must provide adequate compensation and take steps for the rehabilitation
of the two men who have been so unjustly treated,” said the Communist Party of
said “the sordid and shocking record of the targeting and prosecution of Muslim
youth in terror related cases has once again been highlighted by the Delhi High
Court’s acquittal of all three accused in the 2005 serial blasts in Delhi”.
Hussain Fazli and Mohd Rafiq Shah were acquitted of all charges while Tariq
Ahmed Dar was also found to have no role in the blasts but he was convicted for
being a member of a terrorist organisation.
has taken 12 long years for Fazli and Rafiq Shah to gain freedom, years in
which they suffered police torture and prolonged incarceration,” said the
this miscarriage of justice lies a trail of brutal police torture, concocted
evidence and suppression of facts which establish the innocence of the
CPI-M said the court judgement was an indictment of the Delhi Police Special
Cell which fabricated the case.
said judicial verdicts have shown how there was a pattern of rounding up
innocent Muslim youths and charging them whenever a terrorist blast took place.
has been setting up settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds
since occupying the Palestinian territories in 1967. The constructions have
been widely condemned as an insidious push toward facilitating the annexation
of the lands.
attack kills 35 civilians, 7 militants near al-Bab: Report
than 40 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a bomb attack near
the Syrian border city of al-Bab, which was recently taken by Turkish forces
and allied militants from Daesh terrorists.
car bomb struck a checkpoint controlled by Turkish-backed militants in the
village of Sousian about eight kilometers northwest of al-Bab on Friday, said
the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
cited sources in the region as saying that 35 civilians and seven militants
were killed in the explosion.
attack took place a day after Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Ankara’s
forces and allied militants are almost in full control of al-Bab.
began a major military intervention in Syria in August without Damascus’
permission last year, sending tanks and warplanes across the border in a
purported mission to fight Daesh.
Syrian government has slammed the Turkish intervention as an act of aggression
and violation of its sovereignty.
authorities first announced the capture of al-Bab last month. They have made
similar claims at least twice since then.
urges expats in Germany to spy for Erdogan: Report
government has reportedly asked teachers and parents of Turkish origin in
Germany to collect information on any criticism of President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan in German schools.
Turkish consulate in North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany has been holding
meetings, named “information events,” during which it told the Turkish
attendees that their children should film their teachers at classes, the
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) reported.
report cited the Union for Education and Science (GEW) as saying that parents
and teachers of Turkish origin have been asked to report any critical comments
about the Turkish government.
have heard from various different sources that people were told to report every
piece of criticism of Turkey, which had been heard at schools in North
Rhine-Westphalia, to the consulate,” said GEW spokesman Sebastian Krebs.
consulate also encouraged parents to tell their children to film teachers and
pass on the evidence to Turkish authorities,” he added.
at the meeting in Dusseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, refused to
comply with the demand to spy on their schools, Krebs noted.
Turkish consulate has not provided any comment with regard to the accusations,
but Germany’s state security has launched a probe into the incident.
accusations come on top of the reports in early February that imams from the
Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (Ditib) in Germany spied on Turkish
followers of self-exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan has
accused of plotting an attempted coup in Turkey last July.
combo file photo shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and
US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
on February 14, senior Austrian opposition lawmaker Peter Pilz accused Turkey
of running an informer network via its embassy in Vienna aimed at targeting the
critics of Erdogan and promoting his policies.
said he had sent documents regarding the activities of the network, run by the
umbrella group ATIB, to the police.
ATIB is headed by the religious attaché at Turkey’s embassy, Fatih Mehmet
Karadas, and oversees the activities of dozens of mosques across Austria.
noted that the Turkish government sends imams to work for the ATIB to collect
information in particular about followers of Gulen.
United Arab Emirates, a key partner in the bloody Saudi war on Yemen, has
struck arms deals worth of over five billion dollars at an international
exhibition of weapons and military equipment in Abu Dhabi.
purchases were made during the four-day biennial International Defense Exhibition
and Conference (IDEX), which concluded on Thursday, the Middle East Eye news
deals included a $740-million one with US weapons manufacturer Raytheon.
starring in the show were about 100 British companies, including giants such as
the BAE Systems, Raytheon’s UK chapter, and the European missile manufacturer
MBDA’s British branch.
armed forces show their skills during a military show at the opening of the
International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, February
19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
the event, the American and British companies displayed some of their weapons
which have been used in the Saudi war on Yemen with the permission of their
respective governments since March 2015.
showcased its Paveway IV guided bombs. British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon
confirmed last year that the Saudi air force had used the Scottish-built bombs
and British-supplied missiles in Yemen.
BAE Systems displayed its Hawk Advanced Trainer aircraft, 30 of which Saudi
Arabia bought last February, amid reports that Riyadh widely uses the aircraft
to train its pilots, who carry out sorties over Yemen.
billows behind a building following a Saudi airstrike in the Yemeni capital
Sana’a, January 22, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
the items on display was the Eurofighter warplane, which has been jointly
developed by the BAE Systems, France’s Airbus and Italian aeronautics company
sent an official to the event, sparking criticism from human rights activists
and some opposition figures.
Tom Brake, Liberal Democrats’ foreign affairs spokesman, said, “The weapons on
display at IDEX, many of which have been deployed by the Saudi-led coalition in
Yemen to murderous effect, must serve as a chilling reminder to the UK
government of their obligation to suspend arms sales to Saudi.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Tel Aviv regime will never end its
decades-long occupation of Syria's Golan Heights.
want all of you to come to Israel…. I want you to walk the streets of the Old
City in Jerusalem (al-Quds), hike in the Golan Heights. By the way, the Golan
will never go back to Syria. It will always be a part of Israel,” Netanyahu
said during a meeting with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in
Sydney on Thursday.
remarks came on the same day that about 1,000 protesters gathered at Sydney's
Town Hall, to express their outrage at the Australian government's warm
reception of the Israeli prime minister.
responsible for settlement expansion which is illegal under international law,
he's responsible for a lot of the wars that have been committed against the
Palestinians in Gaza, and really this man should be tried in the ICC
(International Criminal Court), not welcomed down in Sydney," protester
Mona Abuzalaf said.
protesters demonstrate against the visit to Australia by Israel's Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Sydney on February 23, 2017.
protester, Randa Abdel-Fattah, wanted to remind Netanyahu that Palestinians had
will not give up. We are a resilient people and our resistance will continue
until we are given restitution and our human rights," she said.
November, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling on
Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights, which it has occupied since 1967.
resolution also condemned Israel’s non-compliance with Security Council
Resolution 497 since 1981, describing as null and void Tel Aviv’s decision
issued on December 14, 1981 to impose its control over the occupied Golan
seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later
occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international
community. The regime has built tens of illegal settlements in the area ever
since and has used the region to carry out a number of military operations
against the Syrian government.
file picture shows an Israeli Merkava main battle tank (front) in the occupied
François Hollande launched the drive to reverse radicalisation among thousands
of French Muslims in the wake of terror attacks that have killed 238 people
since January 2015.
furor in Europe over U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from
seven majority Muslim states has overshadowed what the London policy institute
Chatham House calls a "reservoir of public support" on the continent
for such measures, based on the findings of its latest poll.
survey of 10,000 people found that support for ending Muslim immigration
averaged 55 percent across 10 European countries, ranging from 71 percent in
Poland to 41 percent in Spain.
Germany, just more than half supported curbs on Muslim immigration. More than
1.1 million asylum seekers entered Germany in 2015, about 40 percent from
Syria, according to German authorities.
them was Syrian national Bilal Al Nasir, who was 17 years old when he fled
Damascus after his home was bombed. His face is scarred from the explosion;
shrapnel is still embedded in his head.
to VOA at his refugee shelter on the outskirts of Dresden in eastern Germany,
Al Nasir said he he has seen a doctor and needs to undergo surgery for the
wound in his head.
that I will go to school to learn German, " he said. "Now I am here,
it is safe and there is no war. But I worry about my mother and father still in
he waits for the operation, Al Nasir is receiving help in trying to find a job
from a charitable network called KS24. Founder Ronny Frenzel says employment is
vital if Germany is to successfully integrate the migrants.
federal and state governments have put in place programs to look at how Germany
can benefit from the refugees, Frenzel said. "They're serving the primary
needs: language classes, a roof over their heads, and food on the table. Now
they need to enable engagement with the local society.”
the surface, Al Nasir’s new hometown of Dresden doesn’t appear to welcome such
engagement. It is the birthplace of the PEGIDA movement, the Patriotic
Europeans Against Islamization of the West. Every Monday supporters march
through the city. The guest speaker this week was Renate Sandvoss of
‘Journalist Watch,’ which claims German media is covering up immigration
culture', and I say it in quote marks because to me it is not culture, is
totally different than the German culture and simply does not fit in here,” she
told VOA after the rally.
the PEGIDA movement was born more than two years ago in Dresden, the organizers
hoped that it would spread across Germany and beyond to the rest of Europe. But
that hasn’t materialized, and there’s a reason why, says Dresden University’s
Professor Werner Patzelt.
every passing day, there seems to be fresh news about the Islamophobic
sentiments harboured by people close to Donald Trump. It’s not so much that
anything fresh is being said now. Rather, the ideological backgrounds of some
senior individuals close to America’s new president are being studied ever more
closely as they settle into power.
at the heart of their declared ideology, it seems, is an essentialist view of
Islam: in other words, a view that the religion itself, as opposed to some
nasty misinterpretation, can push people to violence and is therefore to be
treated as dangerous.
one obvious example, Stephen Bannon, Mr Trump’s chief strategist, has spoken
with utter contempt of the two previous occupants of the White House because of
their optimistic insistence that Islam, in its heart, is a peaceful faith.
would expect the former boss of Breitbart, a far-right news service, to be
scornful of Barack Obama’s ideas about the Muslim faith. But as people are now
recalling, Mr Bannon was equally dismissive of George W. Bush, who a few days
after the 9/11 attacks insisted that Islam was “a religion of peace.” Such
naivete, in Mr Bannon’s acerbic opinion, was to be expected from a
“country-club” politician whose faint-hearted view of the world was little
better than the Clintons’. In truth, Islam was a religion of submission and
therefore it could not be a force for peace, he insisted.
of Mr Bannon’s lieutenants, a former Breitbart writer who now has a job at the
White House, takes a similarly Manichean view. That is Hungarian-born Sebastian
Gorka, who will report to Mr Bannon as a member of his Strategic Initiatives
Group. An ex-soldier and military lecturer, he was quoted by the Washington
Post as saying he “completely jettisoned” the idea that the causes of terrorism
were complex: on the contrary, what mainly inspired anti-American terror was
the martial messages delivered in certain parts of the Koran.
see a third strain of Islamoscepticism, take Ben Carson, an ex-presidential
candidate and Mr Trump’s nominee for the job of housing secretary. A
fundamentalist Christian with an apocalyptic streak, the retired neurosurgeon
has espoused the view that Islam is not really a religion at all but rather a
“life-organisation system”. It follows, he thinks, that no adherent of that
faith should ever be president.
the intellectual merits of these arguments, one striking comparison immediately
occurs. Although some of his Western admirers might be surprised to hear this,
it is virtually unimaginable that Vladimir Putin or any of his well-disciplined
team would allow themselves to make such a generalised critique of Islam or any
other global faith.
anything Mr Putin grows more insistent over time in following and even outdoing
the Bush-Obama school: respectful of Islam as a religion, determined to give
his own Muslim citizens a decent existence as long as they obey him, and open
to geopolitical co-operation with Islamic countries. And in the regions of
Russia where Islam prevails, loyalty to Mr Putin sits comfortably with an
increasingly conservative religious culture.
a news conference last December, Mr Putin firmly told a questioner he did not
like to hear Islam “wrongly linked to terrorism”. Earlier last year, the
president said that “in Russia, Islam will always find a reliable ally,
prepared to cooperate in solving world problems.” Opening a mosque in Moscow in
2015, he excoriated the Islamic State terror group for “discrediting a great
this mean that he or other powerful figures in Moscow have pored over the Koran
and come to conclusions which are different from those of Mr Trump’s zealous
advisers? Of course not. It simply means that the Russian state, like any
confident geopolitical player in a diverse and volatile world, wants to keep
its options open. To commit yourself unconditionally to supporting one global
religion against another is an act of irrational self-limitation. Such a
one-track approach would be, to use a favourite Russian word, netselesobrazno
York state unveils $25 mln grant to combat anti-Semitism, hate
York state took fresh steps Thursday to combat a spike in anti-Semitism and
hate crimes, promising a $25 million grant to boost security and a $5,000
reward for information leading to arrests and convictions.
Andrew Cuomo made the announcement after meeting dozens of Christian, Jewish
and Muslim leaders from across the state. Hate crimes shot up in 2016 mainly
against Muslims, Jews, blacks, Latinos, Asians and the LGBT community,
according to New York City police.
groups have also recorded an explosion in hate crimes since Donald Trump won
the presidential election last November. “With the recent explosion of
anti-Semitism and hate crimes, it is more important than ever before that we do
everything in our power to ensure the safety and equal treatment of all New
Yorkers,” Cuomo said.
acts of bias or discrimination will be met with the full force of the law,” he
added. “New York is and always has been a place that celebrates diversity and
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$25 million grant program is designed to boost safety at schools and day-care
centers considered at particular risk, by funding additional security measures
and training needs. The state is also expanding a toll-free hotline, set up
last November, to allow people to report bias and discrimination by text
authorities are also offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to
arrests and convictions for hate crimes, Cuomo’s office said. The Jewish
Community Center Association of North America has recorded 69 bomb threat
incidents at dozens of centers in 27 US states and one Canadian province since
the start of the year.
US general readies ‘full range’ of options for Trump on Syria
Pentagon’s top officer on Thursday would not say if US ground forces will
deploy to Syria to fight ISIS militants, observing only that he is readying a
“full range of options” for President Donald Trump.
Joe Dunford’s remarks come as the Pentagon finalizes a new plan to defeat ISIS
that Trump ordered shortly after taking office. “We’ve been given a task to go
to the president with options to accelerate the defeat of ISIS (and) other
violent extremist groups,” Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
said when asked if more US forces would go to Syria.
will go to (Trump) with a full range of options from which he can choose,” he
said, speaking at the Brookings Institution. America has approximately 500
troops in Syria, mainly special operations commandos who are training and
assisting a coalition of local fighters battling ISIS.
Wednesday, another four-star general, Joseph Votel, who heads the US military’s
Central Command, told reporters that more US troops might be needed in Syria.
“It could be that we take on a larger burden ourselves,” Votel said, though he
stressed he did not favor large combat deployments.
last month, US media reported the Pentagon would be given 90 days to draw up a
plan to set up “safe zones” in Syria, which could require thousands of
additional troops. Trump’s new plan to quicken the anti-ISIS campaign, which began
late summer 2014, needs to be carried out in coordination with the State
Department and other US political agencies, Dunford said.
is an incredibly complex environment. Everything that we do and fail to do will
have second- and third-order effects,” Dunford said. “We don’t want to bring
options to (Trump) and solve one problem only to create a second problem.”
was also asked about Iran’s influence in Syria, where it is supporting the
regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and in the region in general. He said he
had not seen Iranian behavior change since then-national security advisor
Michael Flynn put Tehran “on notice.”
Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit in a court at New York alleging that police
officers forced her to remove her hijab and snapped photos of her after ‘false
arrest’. Rabab Musa, 34, alleged in the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit that
she was “unlawfully arrested” last September as she left a Starbucks in
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claimed that she was paraded around a Midtown police station by police officers
who snapped photos of her after ordering her to take off her hijab, according
to the lawsuit.
took her to the Midtown South Precinct stationhouse, where she was “forced to
remove the hijab in violation of her rights and the hijab was confiscated,” she
said in the court papers, according to New York Daily News.
was quoted as saying that she was placed in a holding cell with men.
officers then took Musa to a Brooklyn police station, where she claimed she was
strip-searched. However, a police source told the daily that she was not
urged her to “confess to what she did”, with no further explanation, the suit
said she was released after six hours without being charged.
Law Department is reviewing the suit, the report said.
case comes after a 38-year-old hijab-wearing police officer sued the New York
Police Department (NYPD), alleging that fellow officers bullied her by calling
her “terrorist, Taliban” while others tried to tear the headscarf off her head.
Middle East Students Association (MESA) and the Muslim Students Association
(MSA) hosted a panel about Islam in America on Monday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. in
Peirce Lounge. The panel consisted of Professor of Mathematics Nuh Aydin,
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion Professor Michael Knight and Zoe Ali
’19. The event was moderated by MESA Co-President Ghada Baqbouq ’19. 45 to 50
people attended the event.
panelist began with a meditation on what being Muslim in America means to them.
who is Persian and Pakistani, grew up in America and discussed the importance
of her distinctly American relationship with her religion.
who is Turkish-American and has lived in the U.S. for half of his life, expressed
his desire to complicate the media’s portrayal of what it means to be Muslim. “
The image of Islam in the eyes of the average American person is largely based
on lack of information and negative stereotypes,” Aydin said. “It is usually
the extreme and fringe elements of the Muslim community that make the news.”
Islam of ISIS is a small minority in the Muslim community,” Aydin added. “It
does not represent me, my family, my friends or my community.”
then highlighted three “little- known” facts about Islam. First, he defined
Islam as “the next link in the Judeo-Christian tradition” in an attempt to
frustrate the misconception that it is a “new or strange religion.” Second, he
reminded the audience that Islamic civilizations made essential contributions
to math and science — contributions that greatly in influenced the European
Renaissance. Finally, he drew a distinction between religious and political
motivations for disliking the West, stating that “the majority of Muslim people
admire human rights, democracy and freedoms, especially in America … what they
don’t like is policy, especially American foreign policy in the Middle East,”
which he said is “oftentimes in sharp contrast to American values.”
a white American convert to Islam, spoke last. He acknowledged the hybridity,
limitations and opportunities that define his experience as a “Muslim with blue
eyes.” By Knight’s analysis, “when it comes to speaking about being a Muslim in
America … there are people who aren’t Muslim … who can say more about the
experience of being an American Muslim, because for whatever phenotypic reason,
they’re marked as Muslim by American racism.” Knight was introduced to Islam
through American hip-hop and, since then, has been able to explore the religion
from a variety of perspectives. Knight told a story about facing Islamophobia
while being held at the airport for hours when he was returning from Pakistan.
Turkey show concerns over linking terrorism with Islam, pledge to combat
– Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan and Turkey have shared concern
over attempts to link Islam and terrorism and pledged to intensify their joint
endeavours to combat growing Islamophobia.
Sharif said he was certain that Turkey and its leadership would defeat all
threats to their security and moves to undermine the economic or designs to
statement came during a fifth meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation
Council of the two countries in Ankara on Thursday. It was co-chaired by Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim. Both
high-ups also held a joint media briefing after the meeting.
said that terrorism was a common enemy. Recently, in Pakistan, terrorist
targeted Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, which is a symbol of progressive
thought, peace and love, he added.
also reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding solidarity with Turkey, adding that Turkey’s
enemies are Pakistan’s enemies.
particularly condemned the heinous coup attempt in Turkey in July last year and
lauded Turkish people for their defence of democracy.
Nawaz Sharif said that the two sides agreed to increase cooperation in various
fields including political, economic, defence, investment, energy, development,
security, communication, education, culture and tourism.
hoped that agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed by both
countries would take the relationship to new heights.
highlighted that the Turkish private sector would take benefit of huge
opportunities in Pakistan, especially its geographical position and focus on
regional connectivity, infrastructure development, industry and transport
sectors, the Radio Pakistan reported.
Pakistan and Turkey celebrate the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic
relations this year, they would further enhance their people to people
exchanges. He was confident that strengthened bilateral ties based on common
bonds of faith, history and culture and inspired by shared commitment to
democracy, peace and development would continue to grow from strength to
in a building under construction ignited Thursday, ripping through a market in
an upscale neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore, killing eight people,
officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the explosives were meant
to be a bomb or were merely stored in the building.
news came as a shock to many in this Islamic nation, where a string of brazen
attacks over the past two weeks have killed more than 125 people.
after the blast, the provincial Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) said it
found traces of explosives at scene.
Iqbal, spokesman for the CTD, told reporters that investigators were still
trying to determine what was the purpose of storing explosive material in the
building, and whether it was an improvised explosive device or remote control
police operations chief Haider Ashraf said the explosion took place inside a
building that was under construction and where labourers were working at the
focus at the moment is to rush the victims to hospitals and secure the scene of
crime," he said.
live local TV footage showed smoke rising from a part of a restaurant that was
under construction. The explosion was so powerful it littered the parking area
outside the building with broken glass and debris. Dust and smoke covered dozens
of cars parked outside, their windscreens and rear windows shattered.
restaurant is located in a neighbourhood called Defense Housing Authority,
which includes several marketplaces and shopping areas. The area is under
control of the military-backed department — a common practice across Pakistan
in better-off residential areas — and housing is mainly given to people working
for the armed forces, though civilians can also buy plots and build homes.
attacks across Pakistan have been claimed by an array of militant groups,
including ISIS and a splinter Taliban faction, and have prompted a countrywide
crackdown on militants.
in Karachi on Thursday night claimed to have killed two suspected militants
linked with the militant Islamic State (IS).
suspected militants were allegedly involved in the killing of a senior police
official last year in the metropolis.
agencies provided us information that some militants belonging to IS were
present in the Ghazi Goth area of Manghopir,” said Karachi-West SSP Nasir
officials said the suspected militants opened fire on the police raiding party
after their hideout was surrounded and injured a constable. They added that two
suspects were killed while others managed to escape.
killed militants were involved in the killing of DSP Faiz Ali Shigri,” said
females barred from traveling abroad unguarded
ruler for the region of eastern Libya, General Abdul Razek al-Nazouri, announced
his decision to bar Libyan women from leaving the country unguarded by a male.
region of eastern Libya is managed by the internationally recognized government
and parliament based in Tobroq, which is fighting for complete rule of Libya
against another cabinet in Tripoli, west of Libya.
to Al-Nazouri’s decision, Libyan females under the age of 60 are not allowed to
travel abroad on their own or with other Libyan females.
decision is already under execution at the Tobrok airport.
was strongly condemned by Head of the Libyan Minbar Organization for women
convoy carrying Libya’s contested unity government chief, Fayez al-Sarraj, and
other top officials came under heavy gunfire Monday in Tripoli, but they
survived unharmed, spokesmen for his administration said.
convoy of GNA (Government of National Accord) chief Fayez al-Sarraj... came
under fire as it passed near the Abu Slim sector of Tripoli,” said spokesman
the cars were armored-plated, and there were no injuries,” he told AFP, adding an
investigation was underway to identify the assailants.
Salem, a spokesman for the supreme state council, said its head, Abdel Rahman
al-Swehli, was also in the convoy as well as presidential guards chief, Najmi
convoy came under “intensive gunfire” in eastern Tripoli and two guards were
wounded, according to Salem.
has been submerged in chaos since the fall and slaying of longtime dictator
Muammar Qaddafi in a NATO-backed 2011 armed uprising.
is the fastest growing religion in the world, according to Pew Research Center,
there are about 1.6 bln Muslims in the world and they make up roughly 23
percent of the world’s population.
majority of the world’s Muslims live in Asia Pacific in countries like
Indonesia and India even though traditionally areas of the Middle East and
Northern Africa are traditionally associated with Islam.
according to Sharia
are unique needs of Muslims when it comes to banking and finance.
Islamic Canonical Law, popularly known as Sharia is based on the teachings of
the Quran and prohibits certain activities such as acceptance of specific
interest which is considered usury (Riba) or investments in businesses which
are contrary to Islamic acceptance for example alcohol.
interest in Islamic banking has risen with even the International Monetary
Fund’s executive board holding the first ever discussion on Islamic Banking.
and developments around Blockchain have been taking the world by the storm. The
rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and developments in Blockchain have also
touched the Islamic world.
fact, the UAE has already got a Bitcoin exchange by the name of BitOasis and
they also offer services like a Bitcoin Wallet. BitOasis also offers services
in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. There are also services in the APAC
region like Bitcoin Indonesia and Coinbox in Malaysia that offer
does Islam think about Bitcoin
to the paper “Bitcoin in Islamic Banking and Finance” by Charles W. Evans,
relationship between a distributed, autonomous Blockchain management systems
(BMS) like Bitcoin—also referred to as a 'virtual currency'—and Islamic Banking
and Finance (IBF). It shows that a BMS can conform with the prohibition of riba
(usury)—as Bitcoin does—and incorporate the principles of maslaha (social
benefits of positive externalities) and mutual risk-sharing (as opposed to
risk-shifting). With regard to maslaha, the world's unbanked number in the
billions and represent the majority of the world's adults.”
Bitcoin Halal? Yes but modern currencies are not
order to deeply understand this topic, we talked with Matthew J. Martin of
Blossom Finance, a fintech startup based in Indonesia.
Finance offers microfinance services that help entrepreneurs and small
businesses. Matthew is a Muslim American based out of Indonesia and has worked
with fintech startups like Boku and Xoom in the past. He told us that Bitcoin
can be considered both a currency and a payment network and this distinction is
important because the Sharia principles that apply vary.
a payment network, Bitcoin is halal. In fact, Bitcoin goes beyond what more
conventional closed banking networks offer. Unlike conventional bank networks
which use private ledgers where there's no guarantee that the originator
actually owns the underlying assets, Bitcoin guarantees with mathematical
certainty that the originator of the transfer owns the underlying assets.
Conventional banks operate using the principle of fractional reserve, which is
prohibited in Islam.”
is more Bitcoin may be more Halal than modern fiat money. Matthew puts it quite
clearly as he remarks, “Bitcoin is more halal than any currency in wide
circulation today but probably still falls short of the strict and narrow
definition of money in Islam. Modern sovereign currencies are based on debt
with usury - this is strictly prohibited in Islam. Therefore, all modern money
is not halal. Bitcoin, on the other hand, is not based on debt - it's based on
a proof of work - and this is at least not haram (impermissible).”
new stability works in its favor
understanding how Sharia looks at money, we are told by Matthew that there is a
concept of Gharar (uncertainty) and contracts shouldn’t be unnecessarily
uncertain. While Bitcoin was rather volatile in the past, there is stability
now seen in Bitcoin over the last few years.
are also possibilities in Islamic Banking that may work in favor of Bitcoin as
well. In the case of Bitcoin, there are two benefits that are clearly visible.
Bitcoin is indeed more halal and fiat currencies are haram due to the way they
originate, then creating settlement systems in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin
could make a great deal of sense.
Taliban insurgents killed in Kunduz air and ground operations
least ten Taliban insurgents were killed in a series of air and ground
operations conducted in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.
to the security officials North of Afghanistan, the operations in the outskirts
of Kunduz started late on Wednesday and are underway in other districts.
spokesman for the 20th Pamir Division in the North, Ghulam Hazarat Karimi, said
at least three militants were also wounded during the operations.
said the Afghan air and ground forces started the operations from Kanok area of
Kunduz city and large swaths Imam Sahib district was also cleared by the
further added that some weapons, ammunition, and explosives of the militants
were also destroyed during the operations.
Taliban insurgents group has not commented regarding the report so far.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the
Taliban insurgents are actively operating in a number of its remote districts.
launched numerous attacks on Kunduz city since they announced their spring
offensive earlier last year.
militant affiliated with the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(ISIS) terrorist group was killed before attacking the Afghan forces in eastern
provincial police commandment said the incident took place in Abdul Khel area
of Achin district as the Afghan forces were busy checking the traffic in a
ISIS militant attempted to open fire on the security forces after coming out of
a vehicle but was shot dead by the security forces, the local officials said.
anti-government armed militant groups including the loyalists of ISIS terrorist
group have not commented regarding the report so far.
comes as the Afghan forces are busy conducting the Shaheen-25 clearance
operations to root out the presence of the loyalists of the terror group from
the restive Nangarhar province.
local officials said Thursday at least 18 foreign insurgents belonging to ISIS
terrorist group were killed in a series of air and ground operations in this
province in the past 24 hours.
involvement in Bangladesh is concerning to US Forces because of the instability
created in the region.
Nato Allied Land Command leader General John W Nicholson expressed growing
concerns regarding al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) activities in
a February 22 interview with Combating Terrorism Center’s (CTC) magazine
Sentinel, the Commander of Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan said:
“With our growing relationship with India, we are concerned about the
instability in Bangladesh, and we have seen a lot of AQIS interference in
al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s announcement in September 2014 regarding
the formation of AQIS to move the group’s activities into India, Pakistan and
Bangladesh, the governments of Bangladesh and the US refused to admit their
June 30 last year, however, the US government issued a statement blacklisting
AQIS as a “foreign terrorist organisation” and its leader, Indian-born Asim
Umar, a “specially designated global terrorist.”
involvement in Bangladesh surfaced through Dawahilallah, a forum of AQIS or
local al-Qaeda representatives Ansar al-Islam.
October last year, forum members instigated attacks on the Hindus of Nasirnagar
when the local Muslim hardliners attacked the area, protesting an allegedly
blasphemous Facebook post by a Hindu youth.
in December 15, al-Qaeda published a public statement urging the Muslim youths
of Bangladesh to join the fight to avenge the persecution against the
of a US Forces raid in Shorabak district of Kandahar in October 2015, Nicholson
claimed they had found congratulatory notes going back and forth between AQIS
and al-Qaeda about some of their activities in Bangladesh.
he did not specify the exact contents of the notes, it is highly possible it
was in reference to the militant activities carried out in Bangladesh in the
October-December period last year.
Afghan government for the first time has finalized a law to criminalize the
bullying and sexual abuse of children (Bacha Baazi).
in the ministry of justice of Afghanistan have said the draft law finalized by
the government criminalizes the abuse of children.
spokesman for the ministry of justice Aman Riazat told BBC’s Afghanistan
service that the draft law has been approved by the cabinet of ministers.
said the abuse of children has been criminalized in the draft law and the
perpetrators will face prosecution by the government.
latest step by the government to finalize the draft law prohibiting Bacha Baazi
comes as numerous reports emerged during the recent years regarding the
worsening situation of the children subjected to abuse and bullying.
issue attracted attention of the global human rights activists as there are
concerns regarding the health and mental condition of the victims of the
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission also expressed concerns
regarding the mental situation of the victims, saying the majority of the
children kept as slave are repeatedly raped.
Nation's rising popularity, anti-Islam platform a concern for Indonesia
has expressed concern over the rising popularity of Pauline Hanson's One Nation
party in Australia, ahead of President Joko Widodo's visit this weekend.
about the increasing popularity of One Nation and its anti-Islam platform,
Indonesia's top Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said radicalism was
a concern for both countries.
think it's a concern for any country," Mr Nasir said.
a concern for Indonesia when it happens in Indonesia. I'm sure it's a concern
for Australia when it happens in Australia.
important for both Indonesia and Australia to intensify people-to-people
contact so they get a better understanding of what Islam is all about.
is cooperation done and continuing to be done to share our culture, Islamic
culture, because as you can see in Indonesia, Islam can go perfectly
hand-in-hand with the modern world, with democracy, with other religions.
KINABALU: A human rights advocate said today that many Christians in Sabah were
holding MyKads which listed them as Muslim.
John Jambun, who heads the UK-based Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation
(Bopim), said his organisation planned to help these people.
cited the latest example of Julitah Bahiau who is trying to get the National
Registration Department (JPN) to change her son’s religion from Islam to
Christian on the birth certificate.
told local media that she had applied for her son Aryton Verlando’s birth
certificate on time in 2010 but when she received the birth certificate it
identified him as a Muslim.
she queried, she was told it was because she had the word “Islam” on her MyKad.
explained that I am not a Muslim and produced my baptism certificate. JPN then
directed me to get an order of release from Islam from the Sabah Islamic
Affairs Department to enable them to delete the word Islam on my MyKad and
subsequently do the correction on my son’s birth certificate,” she was quoted
as saying by The Borneo Post.
that my son is seven years old, I am unable to register my son at any school as
he has no birth certificate. I have been pushed around by JPN and am fed up!”
said in an interview today that the boy needed a birth certificate to be in
said non-Muslims with the word “Islam” in their MyKads should not be told by
the JPN to go through the Shariah Court to get the matter rectified.
is not a case of a Muslim wishing to renounce Islam,” he said. “It’s a matter
of a non-Muslim having the word ‘Islam’ in her MyKad.”
said Orang Asal Christians in Sabah were routinely given “Islam” MyKads when
their religious particulars were “not available”.
religion, he said, many people in Sabah and Sarawak were also given the wrong
Jakarta Police are considering a proposal to suspend the detention of treason
suspect Firza Husein due to reports her health has worsened while in custody at
the Kelapa Dua detention center in Depok, West Java.
are thinking about it. If we are to suspend the detention, it should be based
on humanitarian considerations. We are monitoring the development [of her
health],” Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Mochamad Iriawan said on Wednesday.
a proposal filed for her release, one of Firza’s lawyers said his client had
been sick since she was arrested in late January.
was arrested for alleged treason on the morning of Dec. 2, 2016, several hours
before the start of a large-scale rally to demand the arrest of Jakarta
Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for suspected blasphemy.
released her before she was arrested again in January for allegedly “not
cooperating” with the police in their investigation of the treason case.
and several others are suspected of planning to use the rally to launch an
attempt to overthrow the government.
denied that the police had neglected concerns about Firza's health, saying that
all sick detainees received appropriate medical treatment.
Indonesia's ambassador to Turkey met with the head of the National
Counterterrorism Agency, or BNPT, in Jakarta on Wednesday (22/07) to discuss
the latest situation on the Syrian border, where dozens of Indonesians have
already been arrested while trying to join the radical Islamic State movement.
a meeting with BNPT chief Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, Ambassador Wardana said the
Turkish government will deport Indonesian citizens arrested while trying to
cross the border.
asked to meet with BNPT officials to inform them of the latest developments in
Turkey, which directly borders conflict-prone Syria," Suhardi said.
have stated that there were many foreign nationals, including Indonesians,
trying to enter [Syria]. There were also reports of people leaving Syria
through the border, including Indonesians," he added.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested assistance from the BNPT following the
recent arrest of several Indonesians at four border crossings between Turkey
Foreign Ministry has asked us to send a team there, to witness the traffic
directly. With what is going on in Syria, especially now that the Islamic State
is being pinned down, there is no other option for people but to flee,"
added that people fleeing Syria may head to neighboring countries or return to
have agreed to go to Turkey and observe the situation. We will also meet with
the Turkish authorities, maybe next month, accompanied by the Indonesian
ambassador," Suhardi said.
said any Indonesian citizens arrested by the Turkish authorities at the border
will be prosecuted if they are found to have links with Islamic State.
during the process, it is found that our citizens were not involved with
Islamic State, they will be deported directly. However, if they are found to
have been involved with the Islamic State network, then they will go on
trial," Suhardi said.
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