• Promoting Inter-Faith Harmony:
Pakistan to Reopen, Restore 400 Hindu Temples
• Pakistan: Ulema Urged To Spread
Uniform Message of Islam
• Give Us Shari‘ah Courts,
Respect Our Hijab- South West Muslims
• Laws on Alcohol, Adultery To Be
Reviewed In Rahmatan Lil Alamin Blueprint
• Detentions of Shiite Muslims In
Malaysia Fuels Fears Of Crackdown
• China's Network of
High-Security Jails Where A MILLION Muslims Are Held And Brainwashed Are
Exposed In Leaked Documents
• Indian Women And Children Among
900 ISIS Affiliates Who Surrendered To Afghan Forces
• BHU Faculty Writes To President
against Muslim Professor's Appointment in Sanskrit Department
• UK Panel Explores 'Rebrand' Of
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inter-faith harmony: Pakistan to reopen, restore 400 Hindu temples
its long standing commitment towards the Hindus in Pakistan, the Imran Khan led
federal government has decided to restore and reopen over 400 Hindu temples
across the country in phases and hand them over to the community, reported
the partition, most Hindus left Pakistan, but some stayed behind. Many temples
were lost to encroachment and places even where Hindu families stayed back,
temple land was illegally occupied and was used as a common facility, with some
being converted to madrasas.
All-Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement had conducted a survey across the country to
find that there were 428 temples at the time of Partition and 408 of them had
been converted to toy stores, restaurants, government offices and schools after
the number of temples to be restored, it has been decided that the government
will focus on restoring two temples per year, starting with historic temples in
Sialkot and Peshawar. Sialkot has a functioning Jagannath Temple and the
government is set to restore the other 1,000-year-old Shivalaya (Shawala) Teja
Singh temple which was abandoned after temple goers had stopped visiting it
after a mob attack during the Babri Masjid demolition protests in 1992. The
courts have also ordered the restoration of the Gorakhnath temple in Peshawar,
which had also been declared a heritage site.
Pakistani government’s decision comes after it extended the olive branch
towards India by agreeing to open the Kartarpur corridor to help Sikh devotees
from India visit Guru Nanak’s birthplace in Pakistan on the occasion of his
550th birth anniversary.
per a recent government estimate, at least 11 temples in Sindh, four in Punjab,
three in Balochistan and two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were operational in 2019.
Shawala Teja Singh temple in Dharowaal was built by Sardar Teja Singh and was
closed off during the partition. The Pakistan government re-opened this temple
in July this year.
has also approved a proposal to establish a corridor that will allow Hindu
pilgrims to visit Sharda Peeth, an ancient Saraswati temple in
Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Established in 237 BC during the reign of
Ashoka, the 5,000-year-old Sharada Peeth is an abandoned temple and ancient
centre of learning dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning. Between the 6th
and 12th centuries CE, Sharada Peeth was one of the foremost temple
universities of the Indian subcontinent.
January this year, ‘Panj Tirath’, an ancient Hindu religious site had been
named a heritage site by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government.
gestures from Pakistan have found favour with the Indians. Liberal and
positively aimed at encouraging religious diversity, some have called it a
contrast, some have deemed this to be hopeful winds of change and some others
have called it a step further in aiding minority rights.
from the recent announcement by the government of Pakistan, to allay the fears
of and appease the Indian community in its borders, it has undertaken a number
of other steps that are in a stark contrast to the infamous sparring it has
always been engaged in with India.
July 2019, it reopened its airspace to Indian flights which had been shut since
the Balakot air strike in February.
gave in to the Indian demand of building a bridge across the Ravi River that
lies between India’s Dera Baba Nanak and the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in
June 27, Pakistani authorities unveiled a lifesize statue of Maharaja Ranjit
Singh outside the Mai Jindian Haveli outside the Lahore fort close to the
samadhi of the Maharaja whose 40-year-old rule in 19th century Punjab was
synonymous with the rise of the state.
also opened its doors to the 500-year-old Gurudwara Baba-de-Ber in Sialkot for
Indian Sikh pilgrims, which was earlier only open to citizens from the US,
Canada and Europe.
these decisions a real attempt at peace?
December 2018, Imran Khan had tweeted, ““Naya Pakistan is Quaid’s [Muhammad Ali
Jinnah’s] Pakistan and will ensure that our minorities are treated as equal
citizens, unlike what is happening in India”.
direct hit to the Indian government came in the wake of the increasing
suppression of the religious minorities, especially Muslims (in cases of
cow-related lynchings) in India.
are these real signs of peace amidst the hyper-violence just a show?
can forget Imran Khan’s attitude towards the release of Captain Abhinandan
Varthaman who was captured in Pakistan after the Balakot air strikes. His
positive approach had earned him laurels and he was also being hailed as a
prime contender for the Nobel Peace Prize by many.
some others accused him of playing the perception war.
he personally ordered into an investigation in an attack on a Hindu temple in
Khairpur’s Kumb early this year denouncing the attack and saying that the
government was pulling all stops to ensure the safety and security of
minorities, will the leaders of the Indian polity commend or condemn Pakistan’s
implicit plea for peace?
Ulema Urged To Spread Uniform Message Of Islam
Chairman Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT), Sardar Tanvir Ilyas Khan
has called upon Ulema from different schools of thought to end their
differences and spread uniform message of Islam across the world.
need to strengthen our relationship with message and teachings of the Holy
Prophet (peace be upon him) and do away with hatred in the society and serve
the humanity by forging unity among our ranks,” said the PBIT chairman while
addressing the Seeratun Nabi (SAW) Conference here. The conference was also
attended by the Punjab Minister for Literacy, Raja Rashid Hafeez, Parliamentary
Secretary for Narcotics, Shaikh Rashid Shafique, District Khateeb, Hafiz Iqbal
Ahmad, Syed Izhar Bokhari and others. Sardar Tanvir while noticing presence of
Ulema and audience from different schools of thought at the conference,
observed that the same demonstration of unity was required at every level for
unity in the nation and Ummah as a whole.
Rashid Hafeez said that it was responsibility of every individual to follow
teachings of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) for prosperity, progress and peace
in the country.
Rashid Shafique called upon Ulema that in the light of teachings of Islam, they
should play leading role to guide the nation in every field.
said that the Prime Minister Imran Khan has been endeavouring to follow model
of ‘State of Madinah’ on principles of equality and justice.
us Shari‘ah courts, respect our Hijab- South West Muslims
in the South West region under the umbrella of Muslim Ummah of South-West
Nigeria (MUSWEN) have urged Governors of some south-west states to establish
Shari‘ah Courts in the region.
Muslim group directed its request to governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State,
Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state as well as Rotimi Akeredolu
of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), through a
communique signed by its chairman at the end of the 4th MUSWEN General Assembly
held in Ibadan.
claimed that the creation of the Shari’ah courts in the six states of the
region is necessary in order to cater to the yearnings of Muslims in the area,
who are in the majority.
MUSWEN General Assembly which had the theme, “Muslim Unity and Contemporary
Political Challenges in Nigeria”, was chaired by Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni and
supported by Professor Wole Abbas, Chairman, 4th General Assembly.
the communique made available to DAILY POST on Sunday, the group maintained
that Shari’ah courts when established, would replace Shari‘ah panels being
operated presently by Muslim organizations in the region.
organisation also insisted that the institution of Hijab is sacrosanct in Islam
and cannot be compromised for Muslim girls and women in any part of the
frowned at what it termed a political lopsidedness against Muslims in the
Southwest and at the Federal Level.
court should be established by governments in the Southwestern Nigeria to cater
to the yearnings of Muslims who are in the majority, to replace Shari‘ah Panels
being operated presently by Muslim organizations’’. The communiqué reads
is also advocating proper administration of justice, it says there is a need
for an urgent judicial reform, taking a cue from the principle of Islamic
have been some modest improvements in the state of the nation under the present
administration, the Federal Government should intensify efforts to diversify
the economy of the nation and Muslims in the country should go about demanding
for their rights in accordance with the law’’
institution of Hijab is sacrosanct in Islam and cannot be compromised for
Muslim girls and women in any part of the country. MUSWEN acknowledges the
harmonious activities of the indefatigable President-General of the Nigerian
Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence,
Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR, mni and urges all Muslim Organizations in the
South West to cooperate with him in his efforts at piloting the affairs of
Nigerian Muslim Ummah.
on alcohol, adultery to be reviewed in Rahmatan Lil Alamin blueprint
LUMPUR: Deputy minister Fuziah Salleh says the government is reviewing the
Rahmatan Lil Alamin (mercy to all creation) policy which includes laws
governing LGBT issues, Muslims missing their prayers, alcohol, and clothing.
said these are under seven clusters being reviewed by the Prime Minister’s
Office, namely laws, “dakwah” or Islamic propagation, the management of
mosques, haj and halal food, socio-economic issues and education.
has been said by Rantau Panjang, it is under our blueprint,” she said,
responding to Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang) who said there
appeared to be more Muslims who do not follow shariah laws.
Zailah said this included ignoring their prayers, wearing revealing clothing, committing
adultery and consuming liquor. She also claimed there were cases of apostasy or
had also asked for updates on the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal
Jurisdiction) Act 1965, known as RUU 355, a private member’s bill brought by
PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang in a bid to give shariah courts wider powers.
said the amendments would be reviewed by those under the law cluster who would
carry out research on the matter.
are models and intervention programmes at each of the cluster levels,” she
said, adding that this would include the review of RUU 355.
Zailah earlier asked for assurance that the Rahmatan Lil Alamin policy, part of
the new policy of the country’s Islamic administration, would increase the
dignity of Islamic laws and defend the rights of Muslims.
said the policy is aimed at creating a country administered with integrity and
good governance over ethnic relations, the environment and welfare, towards a
aspirations in this blueprint are towards shared prosperity with sustainable
will follow the constitution and it will not affect the dignity of Islam,” she
September, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said
the working paper on the concept was at the final drafting stage, following
which it would be presented to the Cabinet. The paper has since been approved.
of Shiite Muslims in Malaysia fuels fears of crackdown
LUMPUR – Syed Mohamad was celebrating a key date in the Muslim Shiite calendar
in secret when officials burst in and detained him, one of several raids in
Malaysia that have set the long-persecuted community on edge.
of Shiites have been rounded up recently in the Sunni Muslim-majority country,
including several foreigners, fueling fears that religious authorities are
stepping up a crackdown on adherents of the minority sect.
the world, Shiite Muslims — who are far outnumbered by Sunnis, and follow some
different doctrines and rituals — say they face discrimination from authorities
and others who accuse them of being deviants.
60 percent of Malaysia’s 32 million people are Muslim and the country is also
home to substantial minorities of Hindus and Christians, and the different
communities have largely co-existed harmoniously.
however, say that a traditionally moderate brand of Islam is being eroded as
vocal conservatives gain ground, and the small Shiite community — whose
teachings have been banned in Malaysia for over two decades — complain of ever
September religious enforcement officers and police raided a series of
clandestine gatherings by Shiites commemorating Ashura, which marks the
seventh-century killing of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson.
Syed prayed with a small group in rented premises in southern Johor state, a
20-strong raiding party scaled a fence and burst in.
sparked fear among the worshippers, the women and children began crying,” he
were four men with face masks … One of them had a gun and they accused me of
not cooperating and threatened to assault me.”
was handcuffed and held overnight, along with seven other worshippers including
a Singaporean and a Yemeni, and he now fears being charged in an Islamic court.
could face up to three years in jail and a fine under Islamic law for
practising the Shiite form of Islam. Malaysia operates a dual-track legal
system, with Islamic courts handling some religious and family matters for
another raid near Kuala Lumpur, community leader Kamil Zuhairi Abdul Aziz and
21 other Shiites were rounded up at the center he runs while prayer books and
speakers were seized.
raids, which have been happening on and off since 2010, have “created a climate
of fear among the Shiite community,” the 53-year-old said.
a private gathering of some 60 Pakistani Shiites was disrupted when religious
enforcement officers burst in, although none were arrested.
detained in the recent raids was held for long and none have so far been
charged in court — but they worry the tactics are aimed at making them too
frightened to worship.
say they have faced frequent persecution in Malaysia since a top Islamic body
issued a fatwa against them in 1996, and religious authorities regularly
denounce them as “deviant.”
is no official estimate for the numbers of Shiites in the country, with many
too frightened to identify themselves, but observers believe there are between
100,000 and 500,000.
had been a lull in substantial raids for some time until this year however,
with some attributing the spike to tensions between Shiites and Sunnis in the
Middle East, which can spill over to other Muslim countries.
well as raids, there have been more sinister episodes.
2016 Shiite activist Amri Che Mat was abducted, with witnesses claiming he was
snatched after his vehicle was boxed in by other cars. An inquiry last year by
Malaysia’s official human rights body concluded he was taken by police.
risks have not deterred many Shiites from continuing to worship. At a recent
meeting in a small hall, Kamil recited the Koran to a group of some 75 men,
women and children.
“will not be cowed” by the uptick in raids on their gatherings, he said.
will be patient in overcoming these abuses and continue our duties,” he added.
groups say that attempts to stop Shiites worshipping are against guarantees of
freedom of religion in Malaysia’s constitution, but religious authorities
insist members of the sect are a bad influence.
do not want any misunderstanding among Muslims in Malaysia or for fights to
break out (between Sunnis and Shiites),” said Mohamad Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, a
member of the official Islamic religious council in Selangor state, next to Kuala
activities cause discomfort among Sunnis in Malaysia.”
Faizal Musa, a Malaysia-based associate with Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for
International Affairs and an expert on the minority, predicted the country’s
Shiites and Sunnis will not be able to overcome their differences any time
doubt that can be done with the amount of vilification and harassment (against
the Shiites),” he said.
Network Of High-Security Jails Where A MILLION Muslims Are Held And Brainwashed
Are Exposed In Leaked Documents
documents reveal for the first time how China is running a network of high
security prisons designed to brainwash hundreds of thousands of ethnic
has consistently claimed the camps in the Xinjiang region offer voluntary
education and training.
official documents leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative
Journalists show how inmates are locked up, indoctrinated and punished.
highly classified Chinese Communist Party documents show the secret plans
behind the mass-detention camps that are thought to have held around one
million ethnic Uighurs and other minority Muslims in China's Xinjiang province.
classified documents lay out the Chinese government's deliberate strategy to
lock up ethnic minorities even before they commit a crime, to rewire their
thoughts and the language they speak.
papers also show how Beijing is pioneering a new form of social control using
data and artificial intelligence.
on data collected by mass surveillance technology, computers issued the names
of tens of thousands of people for interrogation or detention in just one week.
towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps have
been installed 'to prevent escapes'.
and other minorities held inside are scored on how well they speak the dominant
Mandarin language and follow strict rules on everything down to bathing and
using the toilet. This complex scoring system determines if they can leave.
education' is mandatory, but 'vocational skills improvement' is offered only
after a year in the camps.
Chinese Embassy in the UK dismissed the documents as 'fake news' and said the
population supported measures designed to stop terrorism.
statement read: 'The region now enjoys social stability and unity among ethnic
groups. People there are living a happy life with a much stronger sense of
fulfillment and security.
total disregard of the facts, some people in the West have been fiercely
slandering and smearing China over Xinjiang in an attempt to create an excuse
to interfere in China's internal affairs, disrupt China's counter-terrorism
efforts in Xinjiang and thwart China's steady development.'
has struggled for decades to control Xinjiang, where the Uighurs have long
resented Beijing's heavy-handed rule.
the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Chinese officials began justifying harsh
security measures and religious restrictions as necessary to fend off
terrorism, arguing that young Uighurs were susceptible to the influence of
have died since in terror attacks, reprisals and race riots, both Uighurs and
2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched what he called a 'People's War on
Terror' when bombs set off by Uighur militants tore through a train station in
Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, just hours after he concluded his first state
as a whole, the documents give the most significant description yet of
high-tech mass detention in the 21st century in the words of the Chinese
say they spell out a vast system that targets, surveils and grades entire
ethnicities to forcibly assimilate and subdue them - especially Uighurs, a
predominantly Muslim Turkic minority of more than 10 million people with their
own language and culture.
are only allowed to leave if absolutely necessary, for example because of
illness, and even so must have somebody 'specially accompany, monitor and
time and toilet breaks are strictly managed and controlled 'to prevent
escapes.' And cell phones are strictly forbidden to stop 'collusion between
inside and outside'.
Sauytbay, a Kazakh kingergarten administrator and Communist Party member who
was abducted by police in October 2017 and forced to become a Mandarin camp
instructor, said: 'Escape was impossible. In every corner in every place there
were armed police.'
also called the detention centre a 'concentration camp...much more horrifying
than prison,' with rape, brainwashing and torture in a 'black room' were people
and another former prisoner, Zaomure Duwati, also told the ICIJ detainees were
given medication that made them listless and obedient, and every move was
has said 'the customs of all ethnic groups and the right to use their spoken
and written languages are fully protected at the centres'.
the documents show that in practice, lessons are taught in Mandarin, and it is
the language to be used in daily communication.
detainee said those who couldn't respond in Mandarin were beaten or deprived of
food for days. Otherwise, speaking was forbidden.
Zenz, a leading security expert on the far western region of Xinjiang, the
Uighur homeland said: 'They [the leaked documents] confirm that this is a form
of cultural genocide. It really shows that from the onset, the Chinese
government had a plan.
the dark days of the Cultural Revolution, except now it's powered by
a Kazakh herder, was finally released after nine months in the camp and was
allowed to return to his village, but officials told him he had to work in a
was sent to a garment factory, which he wasn't allowed to leave until after 53
days stitching clothes, when he was released again.
another month under house arrest, he finally was allowed to return to
Kazakhstan and see his children. He received his salary in cash - 300 Chinese
yuan, or just under $42.
said he used to count many Han Chinese among his friends, but now he has begun
to hate them.
said: 'I've never committed a crime, I've never done anything wrong. It was
beyond comprehension why they put me there.'
suppression of the Uighurs came after bloody race riots rocked the county's far
west a decade ago.
a result the ruling Communist Party turned to a rare figure in their ranks to
restore order - a Han Chinese official fluent in Uighur, the language of the
local Turkic Muslim minority.
newly revealed confidential documents show that the official, Zhu Hailun,
played a key role in planning and executing a campaign that has swept up a
million or more Uighurs into detention camps.
in 2017, the documents were signed by Zhu, as then-head of the powerful
Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party in the Xinjiang
Uighur linguist recognised Zhu's signature scrawled atop some of the documents
from his time working as a translator in Kashgar, when Zhu was the city´s top
Abduweli Ayup who now lives in exile, said: 'When I saw them, I knew they were
important. He´s a guy who wants to control power in his hands. Everything.'
61, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
before the crackdown and despite his intimate familiarity with local culture,
Zhu was more hated than loved among the Uighurs he ruled.
was born in 1958 in rural Jiangsu on China's coast. In his teens, during
China's tumultuous Cultural Revolution, Zhu was sent to Kargilik county, deep
in the Uighur heartland in Xinjiang. He never left.
joined the Party in 1980 and moved up Xinjiang's bureaucracy, helming hotspot
cities. By the 90s, he was so fluent in Uighur that he corrected his own
translators during meetings.
after a riot on July 5, 2009 left
hundreds dead in the region's capital of Urumqi, Zhu was tapped to replace the
swept through Uighur neighbourhoods, brandishing rifles and rounding up
hundreds for trial. Tens of thousands of surveillance cameras were installed.
instead of healing ethnic divisions, the crackdown hardened them. Matters came
to a head in April 2014, when Chinese President Xi Jinping came to Xinjiang on
a state visit.
hours after his departure, bombs tore through an Urumqi train station, killing
three and injuring 79. Xi vowed to clamp down even harder.
2016, Beijing appointed a new leader for Xinjiang - Chen Quanguo. Chen, whose
first name means 'whole country', had built a reputation as a hard-hitting
official who pioneered digital surveillance tactics in Tibet.
Chen's arrival, Uighurs began disappearing by the thousands.
leaked documents show that Zhu directed mass arrests, signing off on notices
ordering police to use digital surveillance to investigate people for having
visited foreign countries, using certain mobile applications, or being related
to 'suspicious persons'.
stepped down last year after turning 60, in line with traditional practice for
Communist Party cadres of Zhu's rank. Chen remains in his post.
women and children among 900 ISIS affiliates who surrendered to Afghan forces
25 Nov 2019
group of ten Indian women and children, all relatives of ISIS affiliates have
also surrendered to Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
privy of the development have said at least 900 ISIS affiliates including
foreigners have surrendered to the Afghan forces since the launch of offensive
on 12th of November.
sources further added that the Indian women and children hail from Kerala state
of India who have been shifted to Kabul.
are evaluating them one by one. More details will emerge once this process is
finished,” the Hindustan Times quoted an informed official as saying.
comes as the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan on Saturday announced that 22
ISIS militants surrendered to Afghan forces in Achin district on Friday.
defense ministry had earlier announced that more than 600 ISIS militants and their
family members have surrendered to Afghan forces during the recent weeks.
faculty writes to President against Muslim professor's appointment in Sanskrit
a letter to the President of India Ramnath Kovind, the professors have called
for the immediate annulment of Khan's appointment and place him to some other
Sanskrit teaching department.
faculty and former professors of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have voiced
their support for students who were opposing the appointment of Dr. Feroz Khan
to the Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyaan department.
letter has the signatures of over 50 serving and retired members of the
Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyaan department.
that Khan's appointment was made by violating the tradition and established
norms of the University, the letter says, "Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyaan
department should not be tinkered with as the appointment of any non-Hindu is
against the established norms and tradition of the department."
former BHU Professor Rewa Prasad Dwivedi, who is also a retired professor,
SVDVS told news agency ANI that the department would become irrelevant of such
appeasement continues. " No one would come for further studies here if
appointments of non-Hindus is made to the department."
professors in the submission said that the department has been operating for
over a century. "The appointment of any non-Hindu to the department would
disrupt the religious, tradition, karma kanda education of students training to
be acharyas and shastris of the religion. The students of this department can't
be forced to study under a Muslim or Christian teacher. If this is down, it is
going to lead to unprecedented chaos and the acharya parampara would become
void," the letter read," the letter states.
letter also points out that the doors of employment and religious practices by
Hindu organisations would be forever closed for these students if they are
educated under a non-Hindu teacher.
students had organised a protest against Feroz's appointment that lasted 16
days. "It is not about the Hindu-Muslim issue. If Feroz Khan, who intends
to join the department, adopts the way of life required to teach Vedas, we will
accept him," a protesting student had told ANI.
panel explores 'rebrand' of Pakistan away from jihad and terrorism
panel of academics and South Asia experts from around the world explored the
prospect of a "rebrand" of Pakistan away from an ideology of jihad
and terrorism, with the Pakistani diaspora playing some role in such a move.
Pakistan: A Global Perspective', organised by the Jammu Kashmir Study Centre UK
think tank and the Indian National Students Association (INSA) UK in London on
Saturday, highlighted that Pakistan's so-called "jihad strategy"
dates back to 1947 when it tried to "forcibly annex Kashmir".
panelists were in general agreement that the country risks becoming
increasingly isolated in the wake of its recent grey-listing by the global
money laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) unless some urgent
steps are taken and that China could act as a counter-weight, given its own
economic interests in the region.
has a unique opportunity to reposition itself as a leader in the region. The
Kartarpur Corridor is a good start...but it needs to rebrand the country away
from the ideology of jihad," said Seth Oldmixon from the Liberty South
Asia, an independent group promoting political pluralism in South Asian.
(Pakistan) has been consumed by this ideology and its long-term interests lie
in reimagining the country or it risks becoming increasingly isolated and
economically destitute," he said.
Christine Fair, a Georgetown University professor of security studies with a
focus on South Asia, informed the gathering that the Pakistani High Commission
in London had tried to coerce the venue of the panel discussion into cancelling
is reflective of the kind of state it is," she said, adding that a
reimagining of Pakistan could happen from within its diaspora, but diaspora
communities are not often fully in tune with the realities on the ground.
needs to cut off all aid because aid is toxic to that state. The longer it
stays on the grey list, it gets to bargain with the international community
using the threat of terrorism," she said.
panelists, including Pakistani journalist-in-exile and Founder of
safenewsrooms.org Taha Siddiqui, highlighted the pressure on the media in the
country but expressed hope that voices are on the rise against such a
Shah, Associate Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in Delhi, traced the
history of "Pakistan's jihad in Kashmir", leading up to what he
described as the current "cyber jihad" aimed at radicalising Kashmiri
youth and glorifying the idea of jihad.
is like a shark in the region...It is an existential threat to its neighbours
in the region and countries beyond. The UK should stop all aid to
Pakistan," noted David Vance, a writer at AltNewsMedia.
chief highlights Saudi Arabia’s moves to improve human rights situation
Women’s rights in the Kingdom have seen an unprecedented transformation, thanks
to the historical decisions made under the leadership of King Salman, said Dr.
Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) in his
opening speech at a symposium on International Day for the Elimination of
Violence against Women.
explained that the day aimed to raise awareness about the magnitude of the
multiple forms of violence women around the world are exposed to.
provides an opportunity to defend, promote, and transform women’s rights into
constructive dialogues, so that they may live in a better world.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accorded high priority to women’s rights,
affirmed Al-Awwad. Among over 60 recent decisions made to improve the situation
of human rights in the Kingdom, 22 were related to women.
included issuing such laws as the Protection from Abuse Law and the
Anti-Harassment Law, eliminating the guardianship system, allowing women to
drive, ensuring greater female participation in the workforce, especially the
legal sphere, dedicating a call center for domestic violence issues,
establishing the Family Affairs Council (one of whose committees is devoted to
women’s affairs) and setting up courts for family cases.
confirmed none of this would have been possible without political will.
are the foundation of society, being the schools that shape future generations,
instillers and upholders of good values handed down across generations, he
also met with German Minister of State Niels Annen at the German Federal Foreign
Office, where they reviewed issues related to human rights.
highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts, under the leadership of the king and crown
prince, in supporting human rights. He pointed to developments in the Kingdom
and pioneering steps toward achieving sustainable development on making human
beings the focus of development in accordance with Vision 2030, which aims to
achieve the overall development of a better future for the country.
Court Agrees to Hear Muslim ‘No-Fly List’ Case
Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request on Nov. 22 to take up
a case from several Muslim men who claim they were wrongfully placed on the
U.S. “no-fly list” for refusing to act as government informants and are seeking
damages from federal officials.
Justice Department argued in a brief that lawsuits like this must be curtailed
because they will deter officials “from performing their duties by the prospect
of litigation and potentially severe personal financial consequences.”
no-fly list contains around 81,000 names, fewer than 1,000 of which belong to
U.S. citizens, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in June 2016.
decision to hear the case came after Judge Anthony J. Trenga of the U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled on Sept. 4 that the
government’s Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB)—a watchlist of more than 1
million known or suspected terrorists, including around 4,600 U.S.
citizens—violates the constitutional rights of those included on it. The no-fly
list is a small subset of the TSDB.
wrongly included on the watchlist can lead to great inconvenience and
discomfort, Trenga wrote in his opinion, noting that some of the plaintiffs in
the litigation before him have been handcuffed at ports of entry and put
through invasive secondary inspections at airports.
the case the Supreme Court has decided to hear, cited as Tanzin v. Tanvir, the
court didn’t provide reasons for its decision, according to its custom.
high court could prohibit lawsuits against federal officials for violating
religious freedom after granting the administration’s request to hear the case
that questions whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)
permits suits for damages against individual federal officials, in this case,
members of the FBI.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit said the statute clearly allows such
lawsuits and gave the plaintiffs permission to pursue their claims.
legal terms, the case concerns the scope of the remedy Congress provided in the
RFRA “to those whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened by
the government,” according to the Trump administration’s petition to the court.
question is whether the passage in the RFRA that allows litigants to “obtain
appropriate relief against a government” means they can seek an award of money
damages against federal employees sued in their individual capacities.
answer to that question raises fundamental separation-of-powers concerns with a
significant impact on Executive Branch operations nationwide, warranting this
Tanvir and other plaintiffs claim their names were placed on the no-fly list as
retaliation after they refused to serve as informants, conduct they said would
have violated their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 86, was released from the hospital on Nov. 24
after being admitted the day before for chills and a fever. A Supreme Court
official said she is “home and doing well,” Bloomberg News reported.
who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, missed oral arguments on
Jan. 7 for the first time as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. In
early November, she took a sick day and missed hearing an oral argument. A
court official said she had a stomach virus.
health of Ginsburg, who has recovered from cancer four times, is being closely
watched by political observers on both sides of the aisle. Should a vacancy
arise, President Donald Trump, who has been successfully reshaping federal
appeals courts, would have the opportunity to appoint a third justice to the
nine-member court. Trump has already placed two of his picks, Justices Neil
Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, on the Supreme Court.
ignores sufferings of Turks, Muslims: Historian
West does not want to address the suffering of Muslims and Turks at
international forums, an American historian said.
to Anadolu Agency on massacre and persecution that Muslim Turks faced when they
were forced to flee Bulgaria to Turkey during the 1877-78 Russo-Ottoman war,
William Holt said the magnitudes of persecution in that period is not
sufficiently known either in Turkey or in the international arena.
said the West deny sufferings of Muslims, adding the reasons behind this are
orientalism, hostility towards Turks and Islam, and the Christian lobbies in
went on to say the incidents happened during the war are reflected
1877-78 war saw the Ottoman Empire lose territory to Russia in the Caucasus
while other Orthodox Christian nations secured independence in the Balkans.
as refugee shelters
who were forced to flee from Bulgaria to Turkey, took refuge in several mosques
-- including Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) -- in Istanbul, the historian noted.
the stories of immigrants through the painting of a Hungarian painter, he said:
"In this painting, you can see the refugees inside the Hagia Sophia. In
1877, there were around 8,000-12,000 refugees in Hagia Sophia for around 4
months. These immigrants were very sick.
elderly men, and women can be seen in the painting, he said, adding this is
perhaps a forgotten story of Hagia Sophia. There is a surprising and important
story of Hagia Sophia being a refugee shelter.
commenting on the 1915 events during the Ottoman era, he noted when the Muslims
are oppressed, the West said it is a civil war, but when the Christians are
oppressed they call it a “genocide”.
position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern
Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against
Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous
objects to the presentation of the incidents as "genocide" but
describes the 1915 events as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.
has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from
Turkey and Armenia plus international experts to examine the issue.
at the event -- entitled the Balkan Losses: Forgotten Immigrants of The
Russo-Turkish War -- held by the Turkish Historical Society, Holt said there is
a lot of false information about the influence of the Ottoman Empire in the
Balkans, adding Turks have always been depicted as cruel in the West.
to the West, the Turks were always cruel and were never oppressed. The West has
never seen Turks as victims or oppressed,” he said.
Holt also presented his latest book "The Balkan Reconquista and Turkey's
Forgotten Refugee Crisis" at the event.
book uncovers the difficulties faced by Turks who were forced to migrate during
the 1877-78 Russo-Ottoman war. Also, in his book, Holt tells the story of the
suffering of Muslims during migration, and what they went through after coming
to Istanbul during the Russo-Ottoman War of 1877–1878.
can help maintain interfaith harmony, say scholars
of Sufism or Tasawwuf are present in every religion, be they the religions of
Abrahamic tradition or others, due to which Sufism can help build a bridge
between religions to achieve interfaith harmony.
Dr Abdul Rashid said this on Saturday while presiding over the launch of
‘Irfan-o-Tasawwuf: Mazahib Ke Darmian Aik Pul’, the Urdu translation of
‘Sufism: A Bridge Between Religions’, a compilation of lectures given in
Hamburg, Germany, by Prof Nader Angha, the current Master of Sufi tradition
‘Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi’, in February 2000. The launch was held
at the Arts Council of Pakistan in Karachi.
Rashid lamented that adherents of various religions could not spread the
positive message of their faith, which, otherwise, could have promoted peace in
the world. He was of the view that Irfan (the ultimate realisation) could not
be attained unless one tried to purify their heart.
scholar also recalled his research in Tasawwuf, describing how he was
discouraged by his seniors when he undertook Sufism as his area of study. The
project of the Urdu translation of Prof Angha’s lectures was coordinated by
Nargess Murtaza. She also addressed the ceremony and introduced the works of
the Sufi Master to the audience.
member of the Council of Islamic Ideology Prof Syed Mohsin Naqvi said we are
encountered with the question whether the awareness of oneself and awareness of
God is something that is derived only by our inner experience or they are also
somehow linked with the cosmos.
added that one needs to be actually aware of themselves in order to realise the
Creator. When one realises how inconsequential their existence is, they
ultimately ask if anyone exists whose being is worthy of being called
Naqvi said that some readers may not like certain parts of the book only for
the reason that they are ignorant of the path of Sufism. Poet and scholar Dr
Fatima Hasan gave a detailed overview of the lectures in the book. She also
lauded the translators of the lectures, saying that the book did not appear to
be a translation. She also praised the conciseness of the book.
Fatima pointed out that Prof Angha had described in a detailed manner how
adherents of various religions started to cherish the symbols of those
religions more than the actual message of their faith and even God was
symbolised as a male human being due to patriarchal values.
said Prof Angha had maintained that religions did not promote wars, rather
conquerors used the name of religions to justify their usurpation of others’
land. She added that the book taught that knowledge was necessary for the path
of true realisation and Sufism emanated from our own selves.
Prof Abbas Husain said that a large number of people attending the launch of a
book on Sufism meant to him that “all can’t be lost”. Quoting a Cambridge
academic, TJ Winter, who changed his name to Abdal Hakim Murad after embracing
Islam, Prof Hussain said the Sufi path was the way that would take Islam
forward in the 21st century.
was of the view that scholars of all the established religions are at present
worried about their younger generations because modernity has been encroaching
on every value. “There will be no peace among the nations without peace among
the religions,” he quoted Catholic priest Hans Kung, asserting that interfaith
harmony was a must to ensure peace in the world.
Rukhsana Saba hosted the ceremony and recited works by Rumi and other poets
that spoke of the importance of keeping one’s spiritual side invigorated.
shows no trust in chief election commissioner
Top leaders of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf have raised questions about
impartiality of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar
Muhammad Raza, who is likely to issue a verdict in the PTI’s foreign funding
case before his retirement on Dec 6.
PTI’s core committee, which met on Sunday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the
chair, reiterated its demand that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
club the foreign funding cases of all three major political players in the
country — the PTI, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples
Party (PPP) — and refrain from singling out the ruling party.
source, who attended the meeting, told Dawn that some “administrative changes”
would be made soon in the PTI-ruled Punjab, when the prime minister would visit
Lahore and hold a series of meetings there.
response to a question about the PTI foreign funding case, Special Assistant to
the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan told a press conference
held after the core committee’s meeting: “Daal mein kuchh kaala hai, yaa saari
dal hi kaali hai?”
wondered why the chief election commissioner was in a hurry to decide the case
against PTI and why similar applications by the PTI against the PML-N and PPP
were not being entertained.
likely in Punjab set-up soon; PM aide seeks update on Nawaz health
PTI foreign funding case is being handled by the ECP for the last five years
and the commission has decided to hear it on a day-to-day basis from Tuesday
(tomorrow), giving the impression that it may be decided within the next 15
is the urgency in deciding the case? Individuals do not matter; they come and
go, but the institutions go on. The ECP should follow rules, give equal
opportunities to all the parties and conduct across-the-board accountability,”
Dr Awan said.
what the PTI would do if the judgement in the case went against it, she said
her party had already provided “all the proofs and audit reports” relating to
the opposition is coming up with new claims everyday that the government will
no longer be there after a judgement against it, the truth will prevail when
the ECP will decide the matter in the light of the Constitution and the law,”
government’s spokesperson added: “There is no harm if Pakistanis abroad
consider the PTI as a saviour and support it monetarily. It is wrong to call it
foreign funding because foreign funds are those which are given by a foreign
organisation or country,” she said.
Awan said the opposition parties that had not accepted the results of 2018
elections were now expressing confidence in the same ECP that had conducted
those polls and also sought from it an early decision in the PTI foreign
why Prime Minister Khan had recently raised questions about PML-N supremo Nawaz
Sharif’s departure from the country even though he [the prime minister] himself
had informed the nation that the former premier was very sick, Dr Awan said:
“Mr Sharif was allowed to leave the country for medical treatment on the basis
of some medical reports, but now the government and the nation want to know
what type of treatment is being given to him abroad and what are his latest
said people were asking why the prime minister had allowed a convicted person
to leave the country. “What Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his recent speech
was the voice of the whole nation,” she maintained.
want to know what his ailment is.”
PTI’s core committee condemned the growing cases of Islamophobia in Europe, as
reflected most recently in an incident in Norway, said the government’s
actions add to the spread of Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims,” she
said adding that the committee had called on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC) to raise the issue and condemn the Norway incident.
core committee also called on the European Union to take notice of the violent
actions/crimes against Islam and Muslims in the EU’s member states and European
countries. “Such hate-inspired actions are contrary to the EU human rights
convention and the European human rights court’s decisions on the issue of
limitations on freedom of expression in relation to attacks on Muslims and
about the government’s performance, she said Prime Minister Khan had asked the
federal government and the provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa to complete all ongoing projects without delay so that people could
benefit from them.
why the name of a former director-general of the Inter-Services Public
Relations, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa, had been proposed for the post of
director-general of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority, she said he
had been nominated on the recommendation of experts on the basis of strategic
concerns and his experience.
being speculated on social media platforms that Sardar Usman Buzdar could be
removed from the post of Punjab chief minister due to frequent complaints
Calls for Buzdar’s ouster rising in PTI
source said that after the core committee’s meeting, the prime minister held a
separate meeting with Mr Buzdar.
prime minister, he said, would stay in Punjab for a day or two and would make
some drastic changes in the provincial set-up.
Buzdar was among the PTI leaders who attended the committee meeting. Others who
attended it included Jahangir Tareen, Imran Ismail, Pervez Khattak, Chaudhry
Sarwar, Dr Babar Awan, Shafqat Mehmood, Dr Shireen Mazari and Dr Awan.
queen arrives in Pakistan for three-day visit
Maxima of the Netherlands arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a three-day visit
in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary General's Special Advocate
(UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development.
Dutch queen was received by senior officials of the foreign ministry and
representatives of the Embassy of Netherlands at Nur Khan Air Base.
week, the Foreign Office (FO) announced Queen Maxima's visit.
a press release, the FO said that the Dutch queen will call on President Arif
Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan during her visit, in addition to her
engagements with stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti will also attend the launch of the 'Micro Payment
Gateway', which the FO described as "an initiative of the State Bank of
Pakistan aimed at reducing the costs of small payments and boosting digital
transactions to benefit people and promote financial inclusion".
statement had added that inclusive finance for development is one of the
"key priorities" of the government and the country has taken a number
of steps in recent years to promote financial inclusion.
cautions Awan against commenting on subjudice matters, withdraws show-cause
Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday withdrew a show-cause notice issued to
prime minister's aide Firdous Ashiq Awan for contempt of court and cautioned
her as well as Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar against commenting on
subjudice matters in future.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who was presiding over the proceedings, observed
that both Awan and Khan hold positions of high responsibility. "If you
[give] wrong interpretations with your words, it will make [the public] lose
trust in institutions."
month, the court had issued Awan a show-cause notice which noted that while
holding a press conference, she had "criticised the judiciary" and
had stated that bail granting order to Nawaz Sharif would "open a
floodgate of similar requests by prisoners suffering from various diseases".
a petition was filed in the IHC against Khan for linking the release of Nawaz
Sharif with 'a deal' during an interview.
this month, the court had reserved its decision on whether Awan and Khan
committed contempt after both officials submitted unconditional apologies for
their remarks on IHC's decision to grant bail to Nawaz. In the previous
hearing, Khan, while offering an apology to court, had said he did not want to
contest the case.
petitioners are the real stakeholders that are looking towards the government
and the parliament," Justice Minallah said during today's proceedings.
expect that, in future, opinions will not be given on subjudice cases."
Minallah commended Khan for admitting "that his statement was
political" but went on to say: "It is not a good thing to ruin the
public's trust because of political statements. Politicians should [work to]
increase the public's trust in the system."
judge regretted that "both parties [in a case] issue such statements
whenever [an unfavourable] verdict is issued".
IHC chief justice said that the judiciary was not "scared of criticism but
not saying that we (the judiciary) have no shortcomings," the judge
are facing other challenges as well."
lawyer Shah Khawar thanked the court for withdrawing the show-cause notice
against the premier's special assistant on information and broadcasting.
Minallah said that a detailed order would be issued and advised the officials
to read it.
takes up Musharraf's petition against impending high treason case verdict
Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday took up former president retired Gen Pervez
Musharraf's petition challenging the verdict reserved by a special court in the
high treason case against him.
Syed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi, who presided over the proceedings, asked Musharraf's
lawyer, Khwaja Ahmed Tariq Rahim, to present two-point statements tomorrow and
assist the court regarding the maintainability of the petition.
was instructed to present his arguments on the following points:
can the LHC hear the petition if there are proceedings against Musharraf
ongoing in the Supreme Court?
is a resident of Islamabad — how is the petition maintainable in Lahore?
special court had on November 19 concluded the trial proceedings in the high
treason case against Musharraf for declaring a state of emergency on November
3, 2007, and had ruled that a verdict would be announced on November 28
(Thursday) on the basis of the available record.
Saturday, Musharraf had approached the LHC against the verdict reserved in the
high treason case and sought suspension of his trial in absentia.
counsel had approached the high court on his client's behalf contending that
the reserving of the verdict was "unconstitutional and void". It was
pleaded that the impugned order from that date be suspended and that "the
trial in absentia being conducted against the petitioner" be stayed until
his physical appearance before the court.
to a 2016 judgement "Mustafa Impex" by the Supreme Court, the
petition argued that the rights of the petitioner be enforced and trial be
"re-initiated" on the basis of the proper procedure contained in the
today's hearing, Justice Naqvi asked Rahim how the petition was maintainable in
the example of cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Rahim said
that Nawaz's cases were also ongoing in Islamabad but the LHC had found his
petition maintainable. He added that it was a matter pertaining to the federal
government, therefore, they could appeal to any high court.
to Rahim, at the time the treason case against Musharraf was initiated, the
approval of then-premier Nawaz had been taken. However, the approval of the
cabinet was not sought.
proceedings till Tuesday, Justice Naqvi asked the former president's lawyer to
assist them in understanding how the petition could be heard in the LHC.
high treason trial of former military dictator for clamping the state of
emergency has been pending since December 2013.
was booked in the treason case in December 2013. He was indicted on March 31,
2014, and the prosecution had tabled the entire evidence before the special
court in September the same year. However, due to litigation at appellate
forums, the trial of the former military dictator lingered on and he left
Pakistan in March 2016.
Fazlur Rehman calls multi-party conference on Nov 26
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called a
multi-party conference to decide on the next course of action in the
anti-government campaign by the opposition.
conference will be hosted by the JUI-F
chief in Islamabad on November 26 (Tuesday). A total of nine parties have
reportedly been invited to chalk out the future strategy against the ruling
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
per reports, Maulana has telephoned Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader
Ahsan Iqbal to discuss the political
situation in the country, especially after the Azadi March.
They agreed to set up contacts with the opposition
parties to strengthen the Rehbar
the other parties invited are Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), Awami
National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) and Jamiat Ahle Hadith.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman launched Azadi
March against government on October 27
from Karachi to Islamabad and was followed by a two-week-long sit-in in the
capital. It was called off on November 13.
Islamic group sends message to Senators, Reps
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the 9th National Assembly (NASS) to
support President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to put Nigeria back on the
in a statement by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, urged the NASS to
distance itself from the parliamentary rascality.
said: “The ninth National Assembly must come to the nation’s rescue. It is
therefore not just about President Muhammadu Buhari. It is about Nigeria.
current NASS, especially Senate, must therefore set the machinery in motion for
the establishment of special courts to try looters. The existing courts are
being bogged down by technicalities and red-tapism.
people say if a child masters the art of dying, the mother must perfect the art
of immortality. If looters are bent on using part of their booty to beat
prosecution, our lawmakers must design ways of beating them in their own game.
lawmakers must, therefore, up their game. They must be innovative in their
efforts to save this country from the clutches of looters. There must be no
procrastination. Nigerians expect to see the bill on special courts on the
table within the next three weeks.
must remember that every regime has its stipulated life span. Four years have
been wasted by the traitors in the eighth NASS. So we have barely three and a
half years to go in PMB’s tenure. There is no time to lose.
addition to special courts to try looters, we call upon the ninth NASS to
support bills sponsored by the executive, to give us a bill on hate speech, to
give speedy approval to presidential projects and confirm its nominees without
is no doubt that fifth columnists, subjective critics and an indecent
opposition will taunt and incite the lawmakers but we expect seasoned members
of the NASS to remain level-headed. They must not play to the gallery.
charge the ninth NASS to cooperate fully with President Muhammadu Buhari in the
interest of Nigeria. We demand bills for the creation of special courts to try
urge the NASS to ignore the tauntings, insinuations and provocations from fifth
columnists. We call for the support of legislators for bills sponsored by the
executive, approval for its projects and speedy confirmation for its nominees.”
Allah partners security agencies to expose criminals in Nasarawa
Hussaini, Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria,
Nasarawara State chapter, has said that the association is partnering with
security agencies to expose criminals in the state.
chairman stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday
to him, the partnership is part of the collective efforts to ensure the state
is rid of criminals, adding that security is everybody’s business and not that
of the security agencies alone.
efforts have yielded a lot of results, leading to the arrest of criminals
across the state.
kidnappers that killed a man in Lafia recently, after collecting ransom from
his family, were arrested by the Fulani vigilantes while trying to dispose of
the corpse in a bush.
two arrested kidnappers have been handed them over to the police,” the chairman
also said that the association had set up committees to expose criminal
elements among the Fulanis, adding that the association would pursue the
assignment to the logical conclusion.
me tell you, so many bad eggs among our people, the Fulanis, were exposed and
explained that the association was determined to redeem the image of its
members and strengthen the relationship with other groups for the overall
development of the stat in particular, and the country in general.
chairman called on the members of the association to continue to be law-abiding
and report any acts of provocation to the appropriate authorities for prompt
troops rescue couple abducted by Islamic militants
25 (UPI) -- Philippine troops on Monday rescued a British businessman and his Filipino
wife who were abducted last month from a beach resort by gunmen linked to the
Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said troops
of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion rescued Allan Hyrons, 70, and his wife,
Wilma Paglinawan-Hyrons, from the Abu Sayyaf militant group in Parang, Sulu
Province, following several days of armed conflict.
troops were able to close in on the Abu Sayyaf group and engaged them in a
20-minute firefight," Vinluan said in a statement. "Overwhelmed by
our forces, they withdrew from the site, allowing our soldiers to rescue the
said pressure from the Philippine military forced the Islamic militant group to
hide their hostages with the protection of only a few guards in order to avoid
their movements were monitored by the military, who had driven them to a
"designated constriction area."
unrelenting efforts to flush out these terrorists allowed our troops to
pinpoint the location of the enemy and finally free the kidnap victims,"
couple was abducted Oct. 4 by six armed men from a beach resort in Tukuran,
Zamboanga del Sur Province, prompting the police and military to launch
Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said troops were still on the ground and in "hot
pursuit" of the militant group to rescue three Indonesians who had been
abducted by the group known for attempting to extort ransom for kidnappings in
wants MACC probe after claims of bribery at Jakim
TOWN: Minister in charge of Islamic affairs Mujahid Yusof Rawa today urged the
anti-graft agency to investigate a news portal’s claim that officers from the
Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) had sought bribes in return
for halal certification for food producers.
acknowledged that an internal investigation is already ongoing but said the
allegations could be “business driven” as they had come in the form of a
general statement without specifics.
halal logos and certification are one of the world’s most trusted. Of course we
are upset to hear stories like this and we have begun an internal probe.
hope to get a clearer picture from the probe. I am not happy with the claims. I
also want the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the matter,”
he said after launching an event here today.
Nov 7, Hong Kong-based news portal Asia Sentinel claimed that Jakim officers
had been asking for bribes to register meat handling and processing outfits,
including small businesses such as food and beverage outlets.
portal also named a top official allegedly behind the scheme.
would understand duo’s sacking if she attended meetings, says PKR man
LUMPUR: PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil today responded to
vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin’s remarks on the leadership’s decision to
sack two members, saying she would understand the move if she attended party
to reporters at Parliament here, he said the PKR central committee was given
full information by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at its
meeting last night.
think if she attended the political bureau meeting and the central committee
meeting yesterday and heard the information relayed to us, it would be quite
clear why we took action,” he said, repeating his call for all leaders to
attend party meetings and use internal channels when discussing party matters.
had accused PKR of being selective in taking disciplinary action against some
of its leaders following the leadership’s announcement that it had sacked
central committee member Zakaria Abdul Hamid and ordinary member Ismail
said it had done so on MACC’s suggestion in the wake of investigations into the
said releasing press statements would only complicate matters instead of
best platform would be for her to attend meetings,” he added.
and other leaders seen as aligned to PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali
have reportedly been missing party meetings.
and Ismail were investigated by MACC following allegations of graft during the
party’s election last year.
his sacking, Zakaria said he never received the chance to defend himself and
had yet to be formally notified of his sacking.
today, though, Fahmi said he understood that Zakaria had met with PKR president
Anwar Ibrahim while MACC was carrying out its investigations.
was given a chance to explain what happened. In fact, the party also allows
sacked members to appeal to the president,” he said.
kills Taliban’s shadow district chief in Faryab province
airstrike in northern Faryab province killed four Taliban militants including
the shadow district chief of the group, the Afghan military said.According to a
statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps, the security forces conducted the
airstrike in Khwaja Gowhar Village of Almar district on Saturday, targeting a
compound of Taliban militants.
statement further added that the airstrike killed 4 Taliban militants including
Mawlavi Abdul Ghafar, the shadow district chief of Taliban.
airstrike also wounded 7 other militants, destroyed the compound of Taliban, 6
motorycles and some weapons and munitions, the statement added.
Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrike so far.
claims about alleged insult of Hazara people spark furor amid election tensions
remarks by Amrullah Saleh, the running mate of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
about the alleged insult of Hazara people has sparked furor amid tensions over
September presidential elections.
posted a statement online claiming that one of the members of a specific cell
in Stability and Partnership team led by Abdullah Abdullah insulted the Hazara
further about his claims, Saleh quoted the member of the team as saying that
‘The Hazara people have right no more than the size of their nose as God gave
Hazara a smaller nose when he (God) was distributing noses and told him
(Hazara) it is up to you to accept the smaller nose or not’.
to Saleh, the member of the team made the remarks after one of his colleagues
raised doubts regarding the participation of Hazaras in potential protests
against election related issues.
went on to claim that the members of the team laughed at the remarks of their
colleague, emphasizing that he is prepared to present evidence in this regard
to Attorney General’s Office and Court so that they can take legal actions
against the discriminatory and biased remarks.
to Saleh’s Remarks:
to Saleh’s remarks, Haji Mohammad Mohaqeq, one of the influential political
leaders of Hazara who supports Abdullah’s team in elections, termed Mr. Saleh’s
remarks as attack on Hazara people aimed at waging a psychological war in a bid
to suppress the Hazara people so that they give up campaign for their rights.
further added that all Afghan people including those with smaller and bigger
noses have equal rights when it comes to elections and human rights as per the
also added that the Stability and Partnership team proved the calculations of
State Builder team as ‘false’ during elections who have no choice now other
than relying on illusory ballot boxes and bio-metrically unverified votes after
coming out of elections with ’empty hands’.
Mohaqeq said the Hazara will join their fellow countrymen to protest in support
of the clean votes of people and against fraud in Kabul and other parts of
Afghanistan when it is needed, emphasizing that the move would once again prove
the calculations of State Builder as false.
former minister of telecommunications and information technology Abdul Razaq
Vahidi has said great thoughts and adherence to human values form the benchmark
for humanity, not the shorter or longer noses otherwise elephants also have
also raised question regarding the difference between an individual who seeks
political authority by publicizing racist thoughts and an animal which licks
the excrement of another animal.
Saleh’s writing as ‘Lie’, Dr. Mohammadi said the stink rising from the writing
of Mr. Saleh is more annoying and despicable as compared to his lies.
Mohammadi further added that Saleh is sowing the seeds of division by adopting
a sinister approach, knowing that the international supporters of Afghanistan
consider the positive and negative views of Hazara people more than the two
Sediqullah Tuwhidi, the director of Journalists Protection Committee said a
specific group has monopolized the religious trade but certain politicians make
instrumental use of racial discrimination to gain profit, emphasizing that any
word echoing racial discrimination is an example of division and the speaker
would be deemed as an hypocrite.
national killed, 5 Afghans wounded in Kabul grenade attack
24 Nov 2019
attack in Kabul city killed a foreign national in Kabul city earlier this
evening, the security officials said.
Rahimi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior confirmed that unknown
gunmen hurled hand grenade on a vehicle of UN agency in the 9th district of the
city at 6:20 pm local time.
further added that the attack killed a foreign national and wounded Afghans including
2 workers of the UN agency.
individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
review petition will harm Hindu-Muslim unity: Minority panel chief
Delhi: Filing a review petition against the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict
will not be in the interest of Muslims and will "harm" the unity
between the two communities, National Commission for Minorities chairperson
Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi said on Sunday.
minority panel chief said filing the review petition would send a message to
the Hindus that they were trying to put roadblocks in the way of building the
also urged the Muslim side to accept the five-acre alternative land to be given
for a mosque, saying they would be respecting the judiciary by doing so.
an interview to PTI, Rizvi said the NCM had held a meeting after the Supreme
Court verdict and all its members in one voice had said the verdict should be
NCM chairperson said Muslims should help in building the temple in Ayodhya,
while Hindus should help in the construction of the mosque. He said it would
prove to be a milestone in strengthening the social harmony between the two
to Rizvi, filing of the review petition would send a message to the Hindus that
the Muslim community wanted to put roadblocks in the way of building of the Ram
temple in Ayodhya, which he said would "harm" Hindu-Muslim
unity."Review petition should not be filed at all because all sides,
including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Jamiat
Ulema-i-Hind, had promised that the verdict given by the Supreme Court will be
respected," Rizvi said.
petition should not be filed at all because all sides, including the All India
Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, had promised
that the verdict given by the Supreme Court will be respected," Rizvi
alleged that Muslim bodies like the AIMPLB and the Jamiat were going back on
their word after making the proclamation that the apex court's verdict would be
just now, for years they have been saying that they will accept the verdict by
the Supreme Court, then what is the need for review?" Rizvi asked.
wondered what was the point of the Muslim bodies in filing a review petition if
they were also saying the review petition would be rejected "100 per
common Muslim of this country is not in favour of a review petition because he
or she does not want that matters which have been settled are again raised and
the community gets caught up in such things," the NCM chief said.
the question is for whom are you filing the petition for? Are you filing the petition
to harm the brotherhood and disturb the harmony among the communities? Are you
doing this for your personal satisfaction?" he asked.
said just four-five members of the AIMPLB, including All India
Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi, were in favour of
filing a review petition.
NCM chief alleged that Owaisi does politics using Muslims and wants to
"keep them caught up in such issues so that he gets the votes".
underscored that leaders should avoid all this as there are several issues of
Muslims and work should be done for that.
(review) will not be in the interest of Muslims. As the chairman of the
commission, a number of Muslims meet me everyday and they say that review
should not be filed," he said.
will not be in the interest of Muslims because the message will go to the
Hindus that Muslims want to keep the temple issue unresolved which in a way
will harm Hindu-Muslim unity," Rizvi said.
its judgement in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title case on November 9, the
Supreme Court had ruled that the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land should be
handed over to deity 'Ram Lalla' (infant Ram), who was one of the three
five-judge constitution bench also directed the Centre to allot a five-acre
plot to the Sunni Waqf Board in Ayodhya to build a mosque.
said the Muslim side should accept the five-acre land, adding that they would
be respecting the government and the court by doing so.
are six-seven mosques in Ayodhya and Muslim population is not much so they
suffice," he said. "But it is not an issue of mosque, if the Muslim
side accepts the land to be allotted by the government, it will be respecting
the government and the court."
AIMPLB and the Maulana Arshad Madani-led Jamiat had announced last Sunday that
a review petition would be filed against the Ayodhya verdict.
board, after a meeting in Lucknow, had also said it was against accepting the
five-acre alternative land given for a mosque as it "will neither balance
equity nor repair the damage caused".
Maulana Mahmood Madani-led faction of the Jamiat, however, has said filing a
review would not be fruitful.
Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board has said it would not file a review
petition in the Ayodhya verdict. The board will hold a meeting to discuss
various issues related to the verdict at its meeting on Tuesday.
row: AMU Muslim teachers of Sanskrit department say they never faced
discrimination due to religion
Amid the ongoing row at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) over the appointment of
a Muslim Professor in the Sanskrit department, Professors at Aligarh Muslim
University (AMU) have expressed surprise over the students’ reactions saying
that they have never faced any such discrimination while teaching in the same
department of the varsity.
to TOI, chairman of Sanskrit department in AMU, Prof Mohammad Sharif, said that
a teacher’s credentials and command over a subject is important than their
religion. He said that though he is not aware about the constitution of the
university, students should not be bothered about the religion of the teacher
but only about his academic credentials
Sharif, who claims to be the first Muslim person who did DLitt in Sanskrit,
said that several hindu students have completed their Phd under him and he has
always been welcomed by the students of other community. He told TOI that two
of the nine faculty members at Sanskrit department are now Muslims.
Mahfooz, who retired from AMU’s Sanskrit department, claimed that she was the
first Muslim woman in the world in 1970 to earn a Phd in Sanskrit. Mahfooz told
TOI, "there is no connection of language with the religion". She
said, she doesn’t understand why this controversy has erupted? But she feels
great to say that she never saw such things happening in her entire career.
a Muslim, I never faced any kind of discrimination in teaching students of
other community," she said, adding that this is because a teacher is
always a teacher and religion has no connection with education.
professor in Sanskrit department, Prof Khalid Bin Yusuf, who has been teaching
students in the AMU for the past 30 years told TOI that out of the seven students,
who had done Phd under him, four were non-muslims. "I always get respect
from my students irrespective of their caste and religion," said Prof
Yusuf, who had done Phd in Rigveda. He added that a teacher’s job is to teach
students, not to conduct rituals of any religion.
a group of students at BHU, who were protesting against the appointment of
Firoze Khan in the Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyaan department, called off their
sit-in stir on Friday after talks with the varsity administration, they have
decided to continue the boycott of classes and semester examination. Also, they
have threatened to resume and intensify their stir if the university
administration failed to give a satisfactory reply of their queries regarding
the appointment in 10 days.
As Vadodara society residents protest, owner cancels plan to sell property to
owner of a residential property in Vasna area of the city was forced to
withdraw plan to sell his house to a Muslim after members of the co-operative
society objected to it, on the ground that it would lead to a drop in property
prices in the area.
members of Samarpan Society raised objections on the basis that the provisions
of the Disturbed Areas Act does not permit the sale of a property to a Muslim
in a Hindu-dominated area and vice versa until each immediate neighbour of such
property consents to the deal. Police were present in the area to ensure law
society at present has 170 houses of which two were sold to Muslims in 2017 and
another house was leased out for 99 years to another Muslim.
Society (City survey no. 522 to 527, 680 to 712) under the jurisdiction of the
JP Road police station was declared as ‘Disturbed Area’ in 2014. According to
it, all transfer of immovable properties in the society needs a No-Objection
Certification from the society’s president and a sanction from the Collector
under the Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Properties and provision
for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from premises in Disturbed Areas Act,
protests began when Mahesh Palani, owner of the residential bungalow in the
society, submitted an application for police verification for the sale of his
property to a person from the minority community. The members of the society
objected to even showing the properties to members of the minority community.
On Sunday, Palani cancelled the proceedings from the verification stage.
buyer had come through a very close friend. Since the reference person is very
reliable, I did not mind showing him the property. The party was also willing
to pay adequately. I had told him that the sale might not come through because
of the Disturbed Areas Act. I submitted an application in the police station
for verification to proceed further but I will withdraw it today,” Palani said.
He also said that all the brokers he had contacted to sell the property were
strictly briefed to not entertain any person from the minority community.
the development, SS Jasani, sub-inspector, JP Road police station, said, “We
received the application two days ago and before we could proceed with the
verification, the application was withdrawn by the owner. We were present at
the society in the morning also to look into any law and order situation.”
members have raised concerns that sale of properties to members of the minority
community eventually leads to the devaluation of the area in terms of real
estate prices and members of the Hindu community tend to migrate. General
Secretary of the society, Bikramjeet Singh, said, “When the properties are sold
to members from the minority community, the latter tend to first buy it at a
high price and then resale it at a lower price. Even if around 10 houses are
resold at such lower prices, property rates begin to drop. We have observed
that when the number of occupants from minority communities increase in the
society, members of the Hindu community tend to move out. We do not have an
issue with any person or any community. Our major concern is that there is a
reason why certain areas fall under Disturbed Areas and any violation of the
rules lead to declining property rates, which affect the entire society.”
society at present has 170 houses of which two were sold to members of the
minority community in 2017 and another house was leased out for 99 years. “It
came to our notice only after the sale of the houses. Since then, every six
months, we keep sending our objections to such sales to the Commissioner of
Police and Collector. Between 2017 and now, around two-three people tried to
sell their properties to members from the minority community. We raised
objections the sale deeds got cancelled,” Singh added. At present, around eight
houses are up for sale and the society members have given warnings to the
owners to not proceed with any sale that is in violation of the Disturbed Areas
September this year, similar protests in Kesarbaug Society in the same area led
to the cancellation of the sale of a property worth Rs 6 crore. Special
Secretary Revenue Department (SSRD) of the Gujarat government stayed the
permission granted by the Vadodara District Collector for the sake of a
bungalow by businesswoman Geeta Goradia to businessman and educationist Faizal
Faslani after residents of the locality protested saying that the property was
sold in contravention of the Disturbed Areas Act.
in October, the Gujarat HC stayed the SSRD order after a petition filed by
Fazlani who sought the court’s intervention in declaring the representations of
the residents objecting to the sale ‘unlawful’ as they are “not maintainable,
being in contravention against the provisions of the Disturbed Areas Act as
well as settled legal provisions and proportions of the law”.
J&K students say hurt when called terrorists
Police have provided protection to all students from Jammu and Kashmir at a
private university in Chittorgarh after nearly four of them sustained injuries
during a clash with a group of students from Bihar on Friday.
primary reason behind the violence was a dispute over passes to go out of the
college. Four students from Bihar have been booked under sections 323, 341 and
34 of the IPC.
Kashmiri students have alleged that they were taunted by the other side over
Article 370, divided on state lines, and called “terrorists” during the clash.
22-year-old Kashmiri student, who was injured in the attack, said, “A group of
more than 70 students from Bihar surrounded us as we were going for dinner on
Friday night and started assaulting us. There was no religious angle and many
of the students on the other side were also Muslims but suddenly they started
taunting us by saying where will Kashmiris go now after abrogation of Article
370. Some of them also called us terrorists. They suddenly started dividing us
on state lines and attacked our group from Jammu & Kashmir. Some Hindu
students from Jammu were also attacked.”
university has nearly 25 students from Kashmir and they have been kept together
at one place by the varsity authorities after the incident.
have posted 25 police personnel at the university campus. The four accused in
the case who were arrested under section 151 CrPC have been granted bail,” said
Labhu Ram, station house officer of Gangrar police station.
Kashmiri student said that it hurt them to see students from Bihar, with whom
they used to get along well, suddenly turn against them.
were angry at us getting passes to go out. They attacked us not on account of
us being Kashmiris but because they were angry over the issue of passes. But at
one time during the fight, they did raise slogans against us, calling us
terrorists. It had hurt us because in the past we used to get along well with
them and even dined together,” said another student from Kashmir.
the groups have made peace after sitting together for talks towards a
compromise, students said.
team barred from going outside Srinagar
In a stark indication that the situation in occupied Kashmir is far from
normal, a delegation of civil society activists from India has been stopped by
police from going outside Srinagar.
Times of India reported on Sunday that for the second consecutive day, the
five-member delegation led by former Union minister Yashwant Sinha was not
allowed to go out of the main city of India-held Kashmir.
are not allowed to go out of Srinagar district,” the newspaper quoted Sushoba
Bharve, who is a member of the Concerned Citizens’ Group, as saying.
the people who the delegation’s members were supposed to visit are instead
visiting Srinagar to meet them, she said.
said that on Sunday the delegation would be meeting four to five groups of
people in their Srinagar hotel.
are said to be humiliating families visiting leaders at sub-jail
said police stopped them from going to Pulwama in south Kashmir and Budgam, the
district that neighbours Srinagar.
Saturday, former chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, who is
also a part of the delegation, said they had plans to go to Pulwama but were
advised by the SSP (security) that the situation there was not conducive and
there was the threat of an impending terrorist attack.
Indian security personnel searched the MLA Hostel, where 32 senior leaders of
the Kashmiri parties were shifted recently, hours after the inmates alleged
humiliation of their families, including frisking of a child of a National
Conference (NC) leader.
Hindu said on Sunday the searches were conducted around 4pm, about two hours
after the families of the 32 detained leaders met them and mounted a joint
protest on the premises of the MLA Hostel against the “humiliation and
harassment” they had been subjected to by the security personnel.
two-year-old son of Tanvir Sadiq, political secretary to NC vice-president Omar
Abdullah, was “unzipped and the child was body-searched” before he was allowed
to meet his father along with his mother and grandfather.
kid has met his father several times since August 5. However, this is the first
time he was body-searched,” a relative of Mr Sadiq told the daily.
Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar’s daughter
Sheryaar Khanam alleged that she was forced to taste the curd before allowing
it into the sub-jail for her ailing father.
PDP leader Ashraf Mir’s wife said she was asked to remove socks so as to
“humiliate her”. These incidents infuriated the inmates, who converged on the
premises to stage a joint protest.
police termed the allegations “baseless”.
her part, Iltija Mufti, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter, said: “One
assumes, certain J&K police officers drunk on newfound powers, are doing
this to settle political scores.”
also tagged the Union Home Minister’s Twitter handle with a message: “They are
being treated worse than hardened criminals. Today, a detainee’s three-year-old
infant son was nearly strip-searched, and this resulted in an altercation
between political detainees.”
Union Home Minister should personally look into the matter, she said.
“Wondering if the PMO and HMO are in the loop about their vicious and
Mufti also accused a senior police officer of facilitating the release of a
former MLA “to engineer a new political front because the MLA in question has
been visiting the families of the detainees and urging them to contact a former
minister to secure their release from the sub-jail”.
said the condition to secure their release depended on the willingness of the
detainees to join a new front. “Since when has it become normal for an officer
to interfere... in political matters...,” she asked.
warns people against desecrating Holy Quran, making hate speeches
A Norway police commissioner on Sunday warned people against desecrating the
Holy Quran or making hate speeches, one day after an incident took place in
to the news agency, the remarks were made by a Norway police commissioner who
said that everyone had the right to freedom of expression so long as it did not
violate the law.
said that if the law was violated then police would interfere.
media was set ablaze with praises on Friday for a 'Muslim hero' who interrupted
an anti-Islam rally last week to stop another man from burning a copy of the
Holy Quran in Norway.
scuffle broke out after the leader of the 'Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN)'
rally, Lars Thorsen, tried to burn a copy of the holy book in the city of
Kristiansand despite warnings from local police officials.
a video on social media, the 'Muslim hero' could be seen jumping into the
barricaded circle to save the holy book from being desecrated. The rally soon
turned violent, after which police took Thorsen and his attackers into custody.
man who stopped Thorsen from burning the Holy Quran was being called Ilyas on
social media, but his exact identity could not be ascertained.
and Turkey had both condemned the incident and called for respect of all
Saturday, Islamabad summoned the ambassador of Norway to express its 'deep
concern' over the incident.
condemnation of this action was reiterated to the ambassador and it was
underscored that such actions hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion Muslims around
the world, including those in Pakistan. Furthermore, such actions could not be
justified in the name of freedom of expression," read a press release from
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
dad wants to meet Muslim woman who stood up for him on Tube
24 Nov 2019
Jewish man who suffered anti-Semitic abuse along with his family on the London
Underground, wants to meet the Muslim woman who stepped in to defend them.
victim, who does not wish to be named, says he is ‘extremely grateful’ to the
Muslim woman, and is ‘certain that without her intervention’, the abuse would
have ‘escalated to physical violence’.
the morning of Friday 22 November, the man and his family were subjected to a
torrent of anti-Semitic comments by a man on the tube as the family were
travelling from Hendon Central to Covent Gardens.
shocking moment was captured on camera by Chris Atkins, with the man directing
abuse at the father and his two young sons.
asks the man and his family if they are Jews, before shouting that the ‘Jews
started the slave trade’ and threatening the man by telling him the he and his
wife and children were going to be his slaves.
witness also said the man had blamed Jews for enslaving blacks and said they
were responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks.
to a statement given to the Campaign Against Antisemitism, the victim says he
wants to meet the Muslim lady to whom he and his family are ‘extremely grateful
to’ for stepping in. Family subjected to anti-Semitic racism on the tube Play
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woman has since been identified as mother-of-two Asma Shuweikh.
man with a baseball cap bravely also tried to intervene and he himself was
subject to threats of violence.
Jewish victim said: ‘We are certain that without her intervention and
distraction, he would have continued his abuse which could have escalated to
physical violence. I would like to meet Asma in person to thank her.’
also said that the video which has been circulated on social media only shows a
short clip of a ‘fifteen- to twenty-minute ordeal.’
man said that all he could think about was the safety of his family and the
incident had left him with ‘mixed feelings’ about society.
added: ‘On the one hand my wife, my children and I were subject to vile abuse
in a full Tube carriage, however I am grateful for those who stood up for me.’
also said that antisemitism is still rife, ‘it just happens that a small two
minute snippet of this long episode was caught on camera’.
of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, Stephen
Silverman said: ‘Unbridled anti-Semitic hatred such as this has no place in our
society, and the perpetrator should now feel the full force of the law.
Against Antisemitism commends Asma Shuweikh and the unseen gentleman whose
brave interventions serve as a timely reminder that British values of tolerance
and respect are still alive and well.
also applaud the Police for making a swift arrest following the vital
circulation of the video of the incident by commuter Chris Atkins.
have provided support to the victim, who has expressed the desire to meet Ms
Shuweikh so that he can thank her in person.’
Spokesperson for Shomrim North West London, a Jewish neighbourhood watch patrol
group, who have been supporting the victim said: ‘It is incidents like these
which bring the issue of antisemitism into sharp focus.
are committed to supporting victims of racial hate crimes and antisemitic
urge any victims to come forward and we will support you in reporting these
incidents to police, and provide you with the necessary support.’
repatriates Islamic State bride and children from Syria
“Isis bride” and her three children arrived back in Germany on Saturday,
marking the first case of Berlin assisting in the repatriation of an adult
Islamist from war-torn Syria.
German government confirmed to news agency DPA that the mother and children
arrived safely at Frankfurt Airport after boarding a flight from northern Iraq.
They had originally been living in a refugee camp in the Kurdish-controlled
area of northern Syria.
governments have generally refused to take back any citizens who joined the
Islamist terror group during their insurgency in northern Syria and Iraq in the
years from 2012 onward, in some cases stripping them of their citizenship.
in Germany, where courts have a high degree of power to overturn government
policy, a ruling from early November forced Angela Merkel's government into a
rethink. A Berlin court ordered the government to take the 30-year-old mother
back along with her three children, dismissing the government's insistence that
she posed a security threat.
foreign ministry had initially stated that it was only prepared to organise the
return of the children, aged eight, seven and two. But the judges ruled that
the traumatised children are dependant on the protection provided by their
mother, arguing that the constitutionally enshrined protection of the family
trumped security concerns.
have opened investigations against the woman on suspicion of joining a foreign
terror unit and neglecting the duty of care to her children. According to local
media reports, she comes from the central state of Hesse and left for Syria in
2014 along with her two oldest children. The third child was born while she
lived in the Islamists’ self-proclaimed caliphate.
spokesperson for the Frankfurt prosecution service told DPA that no arrest
warrant had been issued for her.
until now Germany has arranged for a few children of Isis members to be brought
home. In August three orphans and a sick child with German parentage were flown
home. Adult Isis members have also recently returned, but only after being
deported by Turkey.
other European countries, including France and the Netherlands, courts have
dismissed legal attempts to force repatriations, stating that such rulings
would interfere in an area of government prerogative.
news is nonetheless likely to increase pressure on the British government,
which has resisted efforts to bring back around 60 children believed to be
stranded in camps in northern Syria.
secretary Priti Patel has reportedly cited security concerns for her refusal to
countenance rescue operations for children, a stance that has come in for hefty
criticism from rights groups.
in Iowa calls flying of the trans flag part of the “rainbow jihad”
Republicans took issue with the flying of the flag.
this year, Iowa became the first state to fly the trans flag on its statehouse
building, doing so a few hours before California. The Iowa Safe Schools
petitioned to have the flag fly during Transgender Day of Remembrance.
flag flew only for a few minutes, and yet this still drew considerable ire from
Republican lawmakers in the state, one of whom compared it to part of the
larger “rainbow jihad.”
of those Republicans, Dean Fisher, told the Iowa Standard: “I’d sure like to
know the history of who else has been able to fly their flag over the Capitol,
but I think it’s kind of disappointing that we’re doing it.
preparing a bill to specify that, as far as the official flag poles, it would
only be the United States and Iowa flags, and we’ll see where that goes.”
added: “I thought it was ridiculous. My question is, why are we doing that? Why
is it anything but the United States flag or the Iowa flag?
head down the path and see where we can get. I guess the question is, can I fly
the Christian flag over it? Do I think that’s right? Well, not necessarily.
I’m solidly a Christian, but should I be flying my flag over somebody else’s
instead of the Iowa flag or the United States flag?”
it was Republican Skyler Wheeler who went to a whole new level with his comments.
“It’s another way that the Rainbow Jihad continues to give those of us who
don’t agree with them a finger in the eye and push their beliefs on us,” he
flown at our state Capitol should not be flags that fuel division among Iowans.
How would the Rainbow Jihad react if we were trying to fly the Christian flag
over the state Capitol?”
Rainbow Jihad is not OK with simply living their lives. They are so hellbent on
pushing their beliefs on us that they would go so far as to fly that flag over
the state Capitol. It’s one of the most egregious acts of political aggression
I’ve ever seen.”
to the Iowa Starting Line, the Iowa Safe Schools’s executive director Nate
Monson said: “It is disappointing to hear that Representatives Fisher and
Wheeler would attempt to bully the LGBTQ community with name-calling.
Day of Remembrance is an international day meant to honor those who have been
lost in the trans community due to hate and bigotry.
Fisher and Wheeler might be surprised to learn that 22 Americans have been
murdered this year alone because they were transgender.
2016, Kedarie Johnson, an Iowa teenager, was murdered in Burlington because of
their gender identity. This is not a political argument. This is about common
added: “If the belief that all Iowans should be treated with respect and
deserve a safe place to live and work is so alarming, Representatives Fisher
and Wheeler should look into other forms of employment.”
for Peterborough flu injection trial for Muslims
24 November 2019
of the Muslim community across the city have called for an alternative to the
flu vaccine, as it contains porcine gelatine.
Muslim faith prevents worshippers from consuming products from pigs.
Luton, Public Health England (PHE) worked with Luton Council of Mosques to
deliver a study regarding uptake of a non-pork based flu vaccine. After hearing
of this study, local parents said there is a case for the city to be included.
Shaisa Malik said: “I feel strongly about this as my daughter will not be
immunised as no alternative is being offered. It is disappointing our health
service has not provided a Halal alternative.”
of this problem, children of the Muslim and Jewish population are missing out
on the free innoculations that all primary school children are being given for
the first time.
contacted PHE said an alternative which is not NHS funded would not be rolled
out as an option.
Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE said: “Although some faith groups
accept the use of porcine gelatine in medical products we understand some Muslim
families feel uncomfortable about it being in the nasal spray. Parents should
seek advice from their doctor, nurse or pharmacist.”
Muslim Council of Great Britain, has advised that the current vaccine can be
used if there is no alternative and is considered life saving.
alternative injection is available if parents are prepared to pay for it.
however, this is not free under the vaccination scheme.
Kristiansand comes together to stand with Muslims in wake of hate crime
after an anti-Islam rally turned violent in the Norwegian town of Kristiansand
when its leader attempted to set fire to a copy of the Holy Quran despite
warnings from police officials, emotions in the small, idyllic town of less
than 100,000 are at an all-time high, with much of the general community
condemning the hate crime.
incident took place on November 16 when a small group of people from the little
known far-right extremist group 'Stop Islamisation of Norway' (SIAN) held a
demonstration in Kristiansand, during which they attempted to burn a copy the
from the incident that surfaced on social media showed Qusay Rashed, a
Palestinian Muslim youth settled in Norway, jumping over a fence and kicking
Lars Thorsen, the SIAN leader who was burning a copy of the holy book. Police
then intervened and took Thorsen as well as Rashed into custody.
this year, Thorsen was also handed a 30 day suspended jail sentence and was
fined with 20,000 kroner (Rs 339,396) by a district court in Oslo for violating
Section 185 of the Criminal Code, which deals with discriminatory and hateful
expression. He was found distributing SIAN pamphlets in Oslo on July 20, 2018,
that had targeted Muslims, calling them "notorious sexual predators".
will take SIAN to court'
of the Muslim Union in Kristiansand, Akmal Ali, says his group will take
right-wing leader Arne Tumyr to court after he created a scene during the Nov
16 demonstration and attempted to desecrate the holy book at the pretext of an
was a hate crime that Tumyr has committed. He verbally attacked Muslims and
violated police instructions," Ali said.
clear instructions from the police that nobody was allowed to carry firearms or
any equipment that could cause fire at the demonstration, these people did not
comply. This was a violation that is punishable under Norwegian law," Ali
to the demonstration, Kristiansand police had told SIAN leadership that they
would not allow them to set the Holy Quran on fire.
happened on that day
all started when at the demonstration Tumyr created a provocative scene and
attempted to desecrate a copy of the holy book, saying the police had barred
SIAN from burning it. Following this, Thorsen set it alight.
this, few Muslim onlookers broke the barricades placed by the police and a
brawl broke out.
Muslims were taken to the police station for "creating chaos, disturbance,
and disobeying police orders", however, all of them have now been
released. One of the five, a man from Syria named Omar Daaba, has been fined
14,000 kroner (Rs 237,684) for assaulting a police officer. All the Muslims
arrested were from Syria and Palestine, according to members of the
Kristiansand Muslim community.
police also took Thorsen into custody and investigated him for disobeying
instructions from the law enforcement agency.
of support for Muslims
the incident, members of the Muslim community have received an outpouring of
support from the Norwegian public.
Mayor of Kristiansand has condemned the incident and has expressed compassion
for the city's Muslim community.
is a city for everyone, and we work systematically to create diversity. Such
acts are provocative and regrettable," Mayor Harald Furre told Norway's
national broadcaster NRK in an interview.
said what happened on Nov 16 was "planned provocation", adding that
"fortunately, the police were quick to subdue it".
on this: Rising Islamophobia
Friday, members of the local Christian community assembled outside the mosque
in Kristiansand in a show of solidarity with Muslims.
Omar, a senior leader of the Muslim Union in Kristiansand, said a huge number
of people who have shown their support for the area's Muslim community include
politicians, Christian leaders, and ordinary citizens, who have contacted the
local Muslim population to show that all Norwegians stand with them.
does not represent Norway. These people are very few in number here, and
overall, Norwegian Christians and others are with us," Omar said.
sinister act of provocation
incident is largely being viewed in the city of Kristiansand as an act aimed at
provoking the local Muslim community.
feel that it is disrespectful and an unnecessary attempt at provocation. An act
like this creates anger instead of mutual understanding and respect," said
Petter Engnes, a student of media and communication in Kristiansand.
have spoken to some of my Norwegian friends and they also have the same views
as mine...so far, I have not met a single Norwegian who is celebrating this
act," said Enges.
Friday prayers, a group of people from Kristiansand showed up outside the
mosque to express their support and compassion for the local Muslim community.
They did not let the challenging weather conditions, the heavy rains, and
freezing temperatures deter them from letting their fellow Norwegians know that
Muslims have the local community's full support. They were holding placards
inscribed with slogans that said: “Together, even if we are different”.
are here to show that we love Muslims. They (SIAN members) are extreme and not
many people follow them in Norway. They did this to gain publicity and make
headlines in the press," said Solveig Skaara, Chairperson of Forum for Tro
og Livssyn (Forum for Faith and Dialogue), an organisation working to promote
mutual understanding and respect between different communities residing in
The roots of Islamophobia
many of us thought it could happen here because in Norway we believe that
everybody is free to choose what religion he or she wishes to follow. Everybody
is free to practice here but very few people think that that should not be the
case," she said, adding that "it is a hard time for Muslims, and I am
here to show them my support".
greeted the group outside the mosque and said those who had attempted to burn
the copy of the holy book wanted to provoke Muslims and their aim was to
propagate a negative image of Islam, but we have all come together to challenge
added that despite the provocation, the Muslim youth remained patient and the
designs of those who sought to create divisions among the people of
Kristiansand had failed miserably.
the incident, leaders of the Muslim Union in Kristiansand have been calling
upon fellow Muslims to remain peaceful and in line with Islamic teachings.
this incident broke my heart but Islam does not allow us to be violent. We have
taken all the legal steps to stop it from happening again...the police is
taking care of the situation," said Talal, adding that no one should try
to take the law into their own hands because "Islam doesn’t permit us to
go and attack others".
the other hand, a group of Muslim youth have expressed "extreme
disappointment" with the police in Kristiansand and have been criticising
the authorities for detaining the five Muslims from the site of the
demonstration in the first place.
of us were deeply affected and it was very disturbing what happened. The things
they [members of the anti-Muslim far-right] were saying were very provocative,
and the act of burning of the Holy Quran was extremely hard for us to
witness," said youth leader Omar Haider.
people reacted in various ways. Some youth have criticised the police because
they detained those who reacted to the act of burning of the copy of the holy
book," Haider said.
told the youth that the police did its job and passing over the barricade was
against the law...the truth is that this incident has saddened each one of us
here, Muslims and non-Muslims," Haider concluded.
crimes and incidents of anti-immigrant hatred have sharply risen in Norway
after the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand, which were carried out by
Australian anti-Muslim right-wing extremist Brenton Tarrant.
Norway too, Kristiansand's is not the first incident of violence aimed against
Muslims. In August 2019, one person was injured in a shooting inside a mosque
near Oslo in what police classified as "an act of terrorism".
that incident, a retired Pakistani air force officer had seized the attacker,
pinned him down, and took the weapon from his possession before more harm could
Netanyahu faces internal party dissent while arch-rival Gantz accuses him of
inciting ‘CIVIL WAR’ in Israel
with a corruption probe, Benjamin Netanyahu seemingly can’t catch a break. His
rival Benny Gantz wants him ousted for leading Israel to the brink of “civil
war,” all while dissent grows within the embattled PM’s Likud party.
defiant reaction to the corruption indictment has apparently done more harm
than good to Netanyahu. Dismissing it as an “attempted coup” and alleging that
the judicial authorities might have been following “foreign interests” with
their three-year quest to dig into Bibi’s dirty laundry, the Prime Minister has
played into the hands of his political rivals.
Netanyahu recanted his angry rant to a degree, stating later that he would
abide by all the decisions of the court, his combative remarks are now eagerly
used by his opponents. On Sunday, leader of the Blue & White party Benny
Gantz – the main opponent of Netanyahu in the enduring standoff that followed
the indecisive general elections – accused the PM of fomenting civil unrest
with such statements and of dragging the country into an internal conflict with
his desire to cling to power.
Right in recent in weeks are left with no room for no doubt, Netanyahu is
threatening a civil war with his call of incitement. I stand here in front of
you in the name of many people on the Right and Left and say: it's time to heal
Israeli society from the plague of hatred,” Gantz stated.
politician tried hard to make it as personal as possible – he singled out
Netanyahu, while openly calling upon his Likud party, who are “partners in
Zionist values” as he put it, to oust their embattled leader and form a unity
government. Both Netanyahu and Gantz failed to form one after the September
elections – and the country is now at risk of having its third poll in a single
problem may be that such voices have already been present. One of Netanyahu’s
main opponents within the Likud, MK Gideon Sa’ar, has openly challenged the
party’s leader, calling upon him to open it up to new leadership. Sa’ar harshly
criticized the PM’s ‘attempted coup’ remark, demanding the immediate election
of a new party leader – while claiming he could “easily form a government” if
he were at the helm.
the visibly pro-Netanyahu faction in Likud appears to be quite sceptical that
Bibi will be able to cling to power. On Sunday, former Jerusalem mayor MK Nir
Barkat unveiled a plan to hold primaries for a new position of deputy head of
the party, instead of starting an outright power struggle amid the political
deputy head of the party would be able to automatically replace Netanyahu if
the latter were forced to take a leave of absence or to step down to deal with
the graft charges. According to Barkat, this plan is designed to “thwart
attempts to divide the party, and will strengthen Likud.”
maritime forum discusses ways of protecting Mideast region’s sea lanes
Riyadh is hosting an international maritime forum attended by 15 countries that
will discuss the importance of securing strategic sea lanes.
the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the military Chief of Staff
of Saudi Arabia, Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili, opened the first Saudi International
Maritime Forum in the presence of a number of leaders and heads of concerned
bodies in the marine environment.
three-day forum, a continuation of Saudi Arabia’s contributions to the
promotion of international peace and security, will run until Nov. 26 at the
of the Royal Saudi Navy Forces Lt. Gen. Fahd Al-Ghufaili said in his opening
speech that the region is witnessing threats to sea lanes and navigation lines
“which require all of us to work together to secure and enhance maritime
explained the importance of protecting strategic sea lanes and securing
maritime traffic to contribute to the preservation of the global economy and
combat illegal acts.
the region is home to three straits, Bab Al-Mandab, Hormuz, and the Suez Canal,
linking east with west, hence the importance of securing these routes.
listed the threats of the maritime security in the region, which are the
targeting, detention and harassment of commercial ships, the threat of closure
of the straits, the use of booby-trapped boats by armed militias, increased
smuggling of human beings, weapons, drugs, coal and the threat of coastal
missiles to maritime traffic.
first batch of trainees includes 11 Saudi male and female engineers who
recently enrolled in the SAMI-Navantia OJT program that began at Navantia’s San
Fernando shipyard in Cadiz, Spain.
Public Transport Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih said: “We seek
through the Saudi International Maritime Forum to add new emphasis on the
Kingdom’s interest and keenness of its wise leadership, in comparison to the
unlimited support we all experience for the maritime transport industry and to
ensure their development and sustainability.”
Executive Officer of Saudi Military Industries Dr. Andreas Scheuer explained
that the company is going to help develop the defense forces in Saudi Arabia,
and its capabilities to develop the military industry, products and services,
in pursuit of achieving Vision 2030.
said that the forum will provide a platform to share and discuss matters of
high importance for the protection of strategic global maritime lanes.
companies participated in the forum’s exhibition, which presented the latest
systems, technologies and equipment in the marine environment.
in SAMI-Navantia's On-the-Job Training (OJT) program will be part of the team
working on the joint venture’s Avante 2200 project. (SPA)
Navantia Naval Industries (SAMI-Navantia) has launched its On-the-Job Training
(OJT) program on the sidelines of the forum.
trainees will benefit from practical experience and training as part of the
team working on the joint venture’s Avante 2200 project.
SAMI-Navantia OJT program is in line with Saudi Arabia’s vision of localizing
50 percent of its military equipment spending by 2030.
conference in Yanbu to discuss sustainability in cities
The eighth Urban Environment Conference and Exhibition 2019 opens on Monday
under the theme of The Green Economy and Economic, Environmental and Social
Development to Promote Sustainability in Cities.
two-day conference is taking place under the sponsorship of Abdullah bin
Ibrahim Al-Saadan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.
event is being held at King Fahd Cultural Center in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, in
partnership with the Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) and with the
support of the Dubai Municipality and Arab Towns Organization.
scientists, experts, city mayors and representatives of private sector
institutions are participating in the conference, as well as consultants,
academics, non-governmental organizations, entrepreneurs and members of the
public with an interest in a green economy.
accompanying exhibition is presenting displays from a number of companies and
institutions specialized in the green economy and environmental services.
signed to employ 36,000 Saudis in industrial sector
new agreement has been signed to nationalize thousands of jobs in the
Ministry of Labor and Social Development, represented by its deputy minister,
Abdullah Abu Thunain, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the
Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, the Technical and Vocational
Training Corporation, the Saudi Human Resources Development Fund, and the
Council of the Saudi Chambers.
MoU establishes a partnership aiming to raise Saudization rates and promoting
the private industrial sector by nationalizing over 35,982 jobs in the
industrial sector by 2021, after activating programs and incentives supporting
employment and training.
Aba Al-Khail, spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development,
said the MoU was signed in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 and the National
Transformation Program 2020.
ministry is seeking to nationalize jobs in the industrial sector by combining
efforts to ensure the success of objectives to be achieved in partnership with
the sector’s supervisory body.
Minister: 1.1 million pilgrims have arrived in Kingdom since start of Umrah
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that 1,339,376 Umrah visas have
been issued so far for Hijri year 1441, which started on August 31, 2019 in the
number of pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia has reached 1,133,365 with 297,491
pilgrims currently in the Kingdom and 835,874 pilgrims having left.
its statistical report, the ministry noted that 1,088,608 pilgrims had arrived
in the Kingdom by air, 44,750 by land and 7 by sea.
country, 319,494 pilgrims arrived from Pakistan, 306,461 from Indonesia,
195,345 from India, 50,841 from Malaysia, 50,775 from Turkey, 36,021 from
Bangladesh, 28,785 from Algeria, 18,146 from Morocco, 16,851 from Iraq and
16,223 from Jordan.
the beginning of Umrah season, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah launched “inaya”
(care) centers to provide comprehensive services for beneficiaries. The
ministry also developed the central booking system MAQAM, that allows Umrah
companies, hotel and transportation companies and pilgrims and visitors of the
Prophet’s Mosque to contact each other directly, thus achieving the highest
standards of control, efficiency and transparency.
in tandem with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
the National Information Center, also issues e-visas without the need for
paperwork, as part of efforts exerted to achieve one of the most important
goals of Vision 2030, improving the quality of services provided for pilgrims.
anti-Muslim group is scheduled to hold an event at President Donald Trump’s
anti-Muslim hate group Center for Security Policy received a permit to hold an
event at the president’s Florida resort on Nov. 23, according to The Palm Beach
Post. The group reportedly received the permit Oct. 4, two days before the
Trump Organization canceled a fundraiser scheduled at Mar-a-Lago sponsored by
ACT for America, also a anti-Muslim hate group.
for Security Policy President Fred Fleitz told the Post that the event was
still on despite the ACT cancellation.
telephone call and email to the Trump Organization about the center’s event
went unanswered. Hatewatch also emailed the White House press office but had
not received a response at press time.
center plans to give several awards during the event, billed as “The Flame
Dinner.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to receive an honor but has not
confirmed he will attend. Another award will be given to the House Freedom
Caucus, a congressional caucus of conservative Republicans, including Center
for Security Policy allies such as U.S. Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Scott
Perry of Pennsylvania. Single tickets for the event start at $650.
center has been central in the organized anti-Muslim movement, churning out
reports and materials aimed at sowing fear of Muslims in America. Frank
Gaffney, the group’s founder and executive chairman, has said he believes the
Muslim Brotherhood has gained a foothold in the U.S. government and is working
to bring it down from within. He also once suggested that President Barack
Obama was the first Muslim president of the United States.
peddling anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, Gaffney has connections to powerful
political figures in the Beltway. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared
on Gaffney’s radio show numerous times when he was a congressman from Kansas.
Pompeo also spoke at the center’s 2015 “ Defeat Jihad Summit.”
took over for Gaffney as the group’s president in January. Fleitz co-authored a
2015 report titled “The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the
Global Jihad Movement.” One section of the report urges readers to be wary of
engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims, saying it is a tactic used by
“stealth jihadists.” Fleitz was chief of staff for former national security
adviser John Bolton at the National Security Council from May to October 2018.
Trump Organization canceled ACT for America’s $1,500-a-plate gala after
Hatewatch and other news organizations reported it was scheduled to host the
event next month. ACT’s founder and president, Brigitte Gabriel, released a
video Oct. 12 asking Trump to “reverse the decision and come celebrate freedom
of speech at your Mar-a-Lago as our guest of honor.”
Trump Organization representative told Hatewatch in an email Oct. 7 that ACT’s
event “will absolutely not be taking place at Mar-a-Lago.” The event hasn’t
been rescheduled yet.
news that the Center for Security Policy is set to have an event at Mar-a-Lago
comes as the announcement that the 2020 G7 Summit will take place at Trump’s
Doral, Florida, resort prompted a new round of questions about the president
and his businesses.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted a Fox Business video Thursday saying the G7 Summit
at Doral violates the Constitution's Emoluments Clause that establishes
presidents' salaries remain constant throughout their terms and that they are
not allowed to receive funds beyond that.
refused to give up ownership of his properties when he took office. While it is
reported that day-to-day operations are now handled by his family, Trump is
still said to profit from his properties. He reportedly made $22.7 million from
Mar-a-Lago in 2018, according to a financial disclosure form obtained by NPR.
Muslim civil rights group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
called on the Trump Organization to follow suit and call off the Center for
Security Policy’s event.
Trump Organization made the right decision to cancel a previous event hosted by
an anti-Muslim hate group, and we call them to do so again," said Robert
McCaw, CAIR’s government affairs director, in a statement.
President of the United States should not profit from a group that makes its
money by demonizing an entire faith and whose founder traffics in widely
debunked conspiracy theories, including that former President Obama is Muslim
and that mosques want to destroy Western civilization from within."
critics of President Trump's Iran policy have been proven wrong
the US Department of Treasury leveled secondary sanctions against Iran's oil
and gas sectors, Tehran was exporting over two million barrel a day of oil.
Currently, Tehran's oil export has gone down to less than 200,000 barrel a day,
which represents a decline of roughly 90% in Iran's oil exports.
has the second-largest natural gas reserves and the fourth-largest proven crude
oil reserves in the world, and the sale of these resources account for more
than 80 percent of its export revenues. The Islamic Republic therefore
historically depends heavily on oil revenues to fund its military adventurism
in the region and sponsor militias and terror groups. Iran's presented budget
in 2019 was nearly $41 billion, while the regime was expecting to generate
approximately $21 billion of it from oil revenues. This means that
approximately half of Iran's government revenue comes from exporting oil to
though Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, boasts about the
country's self-sufficient economy, several of Iran's leaders recently admitted
the dire economic situation that the government is facing. Speaking in the city
of Kerman on November 12, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged for the
first time that "Iran is experiencing one of its hardest years since the
1979 Islamic revolution" and that "the country's situation is not
to the US policy of "maximum pressure," the Islamic Republic's
overall economy has taken a major beating as well. Lately, the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) has again adjusted its forecast for Iran's economy and
pointed out that Iran's economy is expected to shrink by 9.5% rather than 6% by
the end of 2019.
of the reasons behind IMF's gloomy picture of Iran's economy is linked to the
Trump administration's decision not to extend its waiver for Iran's eight
biggest oil buyers; China, India, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and
South Korea. Instead of showing economic growth in 2019, Iran's economy would
be 90% of its size by the end of 2019 in comparison to two years ago, based on
a recent report from the World Bank.
national currency, the rial, also continues to lose value: it dropped to
historic lows. One US dollar, which equaled approximately 35,000 rials in
November 2017, now buys you nearly 110,000 rials.
addition, the Islamic Republic appears to be scrambling to compensate for the
loss of revenues it is encountering. A few days ago, for example, Iran's
leaders tripled the price of gasoline. It appears a sign of desperation to
generate revenues in order to fund their military adventurism in the region and
support their proxies and terror groups.
increase immediately led people to rise up against the government. In the last
few days, several Iranian cities have become the scenes of widespread protests
and demonstrations. The protests first erupted in Ahvaz and then spread to many
other cities in the Khuzestan province as well as in the capital Tehran, and
Kermanshah, Isfahan, Tabriz, Karadj, Shiraz, Yazd, Boushehr, Sari, Khorramshahr,
Andimeshk, Dezful, Behbahan and Mahshahr.
diminishing resources have also caused Iranian leaders to cut funds to the
Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah.
Hamas was forced to introduce "austerity plans" while Hassan
Nasrallah, the leader of Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, has also called on his
group's fundraising arm "to provide the opportunity for jihad with money
and also to help with this ongoing battle."
the likely dismay of Washington's critics, President Trump's Iran policy has
been heading in the right direction. By escalating economic sanctions, the
ruling mullahs and their proxies are going bankrupt. Other nations now need to
join the US by also adopting a "maximum pressure" policy -- even if they
would rather continue to do business with Iran and undermine President Trump's
administration -- to them, a "twofer". If Iran succeeds in developing
its nuclear weapons breakout capability, in the end it will be used to
blackmail precisely them.
Navy chief fired over handling of SEAL saga involving Trump
Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired the Navy’s top civilian on Sunday over his
handling of the case of a Navy SEAL who was convicted of battlefield misconduct
in Iraq and later won the support of President Donald Trump.
also determined that the sailor in question, Special Operations Chief Edward
Gallagher, should be allowed to retain his Trident pin designating him as a
SEAL – effectively ending the Navy’s efforts to carry out a peer review that
could have ousted him from the elite force. Trump, who publicly opposed taking
away Gallagher’s Trident pin and had intervened in the case to restore his rank,
cheered the moves.
will retire peacefully with all of the honors that he has earned, including his
Trident Pin,” Trump said on Twitter. The fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer
last week suggested a possible split with Trump by telling Reuters that Gallagher
should still face a peer review board.
SEAL was acquitted by a military jury in July of murdering a captured and
wounded Islamic State fighter in Iraq by stabbing him in the neck, but it
convicted him of illegally posing with the detainee’s corpse. That had led to
his rank being reduced.
White House said in November that Trump had restored Gallagher’s rank and had
pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan. Critics had
said such actions would undermine military justice and send a message that
battlefield atrocities will be tolerated.
a letter published in media reports, Spencer took parting shots at Trump and
defended the need to preserve “good order and discipline throughout the ranks”
— something Navy officials had believed the peer review board would help
ensure. “The rule of law is what sets us apart from our adversaries,” Spencer
wrote, according to the reports.
it has become apparent that in this respect, I no longer share the same
understanding with the Commander in Chief who appointed me.”
Pentagon declined to immediately provide a copy of Spencer’s letter. However,
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman offered a different version of events
leading up to Spencer’s dismissal, saying Spencer also had a private line of
communications with the White House.
Spencer had previously and privately proposed to the White House – contrary to
Spencer’s public position – to restore Gallagher’s rank and allow him to retire
with his Trident pin,” Hoffman said. Spencer never informed Esper of his
private proposal, Hoffman said.
decided to ask for Spencer’s resignation after “losing trust and confidence in
him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House,”
had favored letting the review process “play itself out objectively and
deliberately, in fairness to all parties,” Hoffman said. But that now appeared
this point, given the events of the last few days, Secretary Esper has directed
that Gallagher retain his Trident pin,” Hoffman said. Trump said he would
nominate the U.S. envoy to Norway, Ken Braithwaite, to replace Spencer as Navy
an appearance on Fox News Channel on Sunday, Gallagher indicated that he hoped
to retire next Saturday, “without the board” convening to decide whether he
could continue to be a SEAL, considered among the most elite of U.S. fighting
Hamas rulers must choose between Iran and their own people
officials are not rejecting the notion that Hamas knew and approved Islamic
Jihad rocket fire at Israeli communities in response to the targeted killing of
their military commander Baha Abu al-Ata, last week.
is likely that the confrontation between the two Gaza-based terror groups was
about the force of those rocket attacks.
it seemed, intended the rocket fire to target border line communities only,
while Islamic Jihad demanded massive attacks be launched further afield, which
could have caused a deterioration into all-out war.
the Israeli security establishment's decision to put the center of the country,
including Tel Aviv, on high alert.
the Gaza rulers demanded their smaller partners adhere to their demands,
Islamic Jihad opted to ignore them.
was not a tactical disagreement. It was a massive rift that forced into the
open a new-old factor which had become more and more dominant – Iran.
recently, Hamas had not taken Iran's Mideast policies into account, both for
ideological and practical reasons.
spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, assassinated by Israel in 2004, blocked
efforts by the organization's political leadership abroad - primarily Khaled
Mashal - from forging relations with the Islamic Republic.
already had some foothold in the besieged enclave through Islamic Jihad's
Al-Quds military force, but under the overwhelming superiority of Hamas, the
Iranian agenda was kept at bay.
change came in 2017 with the rise to power of Yahya Sinwar, who came up through
the ranks of the group's military wing and assumed the role of the leader in
opened the door to Iran primarily for financial reasons. His beloved military
wing was suffering economic hardships and the Iranians were offering cash,
weapons and new technologies.
quickly became evident though, that the Iranian generosity did not stem from a
sense of philanthropy. Assistance to Hamas both inside and outside the Gaza
Strip came at a price.
a speech given this fall, Sinwar thanked Iran for its generous support, but
neglected to tell his listeners what Hamas was required to give in return –
namely, greater freedom for Islamic Jihad, enabling the smaller organization to
grow in strength and allowing them to independently instigate military conflict
Abu al-Ata, who commanded Islamic Jihad's military operations, grew under
Sinwar's rule over Hamas to become a disproportionately strong leader.
was late to understand that Hamas was restrained by the Iranian influence, and
that any political or military decision it makes - regardless of whether it is
dealing with other elements in Gaza or Israel, Qatar and Egypt – must take the
Iranian position into account.
must consider whether Iran will suspend its aid.
problems with Egypt, the true lifeline for the Gaza Strip, are much greater
than the difficulties the terror group has with Israel.
Egyptian government is not pleased with the budding relationship between Hamas
and Iran, and it too will exert pressure on the Gaza rulers.
the time being, Hamas is maneuvering a proverbial mindfield, trying to dodge
Israeli, Egyptian and Iranian bombs.
recent outbreak of cross-border fighting highlighted the dilemma facing Yahya
Sinwar, who must decide whether to rein in Islamic Jihad and work towards
improving the life of his civilian population or succumb to the Iranian agenda,
despite the military and economic price he will be required to pay.
for the moment, is allowing Hamas time to decide its next move but the Middle
East will soon know what direction Sinwar has decided to take.
and investments have been made by both Israel and Egypt for major international
projects to benefit Gaza.
Hamas decide to throw their lot with Iran, allow Islamic Jihad to grow further
in strength and instigate violence along or across the border, all the
investments and all the projects will disappear.
calls for defending Islamic sites in West Bank against Israeli violations
24 November 2019
Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has lambasted the regular desecration of the
Ibrahimi Mosque and the al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers as “a practice
targeting the Palestinian presence.”
resistance movement’s spokesman, Fawz Barhoum, made the remark in a statement
on Sunday, adding that the Israeli settlers’ break-ins at the two mosques “are
part of the religious war being waged by the Israeli regime on the Palestinian
people and their holy sites.”
Ibrahimi Mosque, known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs, is situated in
al-Khalil (Hebron), in the southern parts of the occupied West Bank. Revered by
both Muslims and Jews, the holy site complex is believed to mark the burial
sites of Prophets Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
a massacre of Palestinian worshipers by an extremist settler in 1994, the
complex was divided between Muslim and Jewish worshipers.
the Israeli military almost regularly closes Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslim
worshipers and allows extremist settlers to enter the whole sacred site to
observe their rituals.
al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds sits
just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and the
to an agreement signed between the Israeli regime and the Jordanian government
after Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967, non-Muslim worship
at the compound is prohibited.
hard-line Israeli legislators and extremist settlers regularly storm the
al-Aqsa Mosque compound, a provocative move that infuriates Palestinians.
Hamas statement came a day after thousands of Israeli settlers violated the
Ibrahimi Mosque under tight military protection, while Muslim worshipers were
completely denied access to the holy site.
to a report by the official Palestinian News Agency WAFA, Israeli soldiers also
forced shop owners to close their businesses in the vicinity of the mosque and
prevented local residents from being present in nearby areas.
in his remarks, Barhoum stressed that the violations of the Islamic holy sites
would be met with action and resistance by the Palestinian people.
also called on the Palestinian people to “fight a real battle” with the
occupation and settlers and defend the holy sites.
want the occupied West Bank as part of a future independent state, with East
Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
Says Israel Developing Anti-Drone Technology In Wake Of Recent Launch From Gaza
24th November 2019
AVIV (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 24th November, 2019) Israel is working on new
technology to fend off the growing threat of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV),
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday in the wake of a reported
drone launch from the Gaza Strip.
said at a weekly cabinet meeting that Israel shot down a UAV, launched from
Gaza on Saturday. Earlier, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed to Sputnik to
have intercepted a drone.
[UAV] is a new, developing and significant threat. We are developing
technological and other tools to defeat and counter this threat. I have
assigned this mission to the Chairman of the National Security Council together
with the various arms of the security agencies," Netanyahu said, as quoted
by his press service.
expressed belief that Israel would manage to develop such technology, which
would be "the best in the world" to ensure "maximum
defense" for its citizens.
reported UAV launch from Gaza followed last week's escalation in border
tensions triggered by Israel's killing of Baha Abu al-Atta, a top commander
from Palestine's Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants
fired multiple rockets toward Israel, while the latter responded with aerial
Demolished Iranian Republican Guard Corps HQs in Syria in Retaliation for
November 19, four unguided artillery rockets arced out from Syrian territory
into Israeli airspace in northern Galilee in the Golan Heights. These were
detected and promptly destroyed by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.
prompted this ineffectual attack from Iranian forces?
the Ouroboros, the snake that is forever preoccupied devouring its own tail,
the side-show war between Israel and Iranian forces in Syria seemingly
stretches out into an infinite series of violent affronts repaid in kind.
2013, Iran has built up a military presence in Syria not only to combat rebels
opposing the Syrian government under Bashar al-Assad, but to build up a
military infrastructure that could pressure Israel, including by transferring
arms to proxies like Hezbollah. Over that same period of time, Israel has
retaliated with hundreds of airstrikes blasting the Iranian bases.
example, in August, Israel warplanes killed two people in an attack described
as pre-empting a scheme to deploy a swarm of drones to attack targets in
commentators have connected the November 19 rocket attack is being a response
to Israel’s assassinated Bahaa Abu al-Ata, the commander of Palestinian Islamic
Jihad, with a surprise air strike in Gaza on November 12. The same day, Syria
reported a reported missile attack on the home of another PIL leader living in
Damascus named Akram al-Ajouri, killing his son and one bystander.
then responded by launching hundreds of rockets at Isareli targets, and the IDF
retaliated against that with more air strikes in a surge of fighting that
lasted for two days.
Israel’s retaliation for the November 19 rocket attack was inevitable. However,
its scale and violence took observers by surprise.
around 1:20 AM local time on February 20, Syrian radars reportedly lit up as
Israeli jets approaching from the Golan Heights and through Lebanese airspace
released over a dozen precision-guided missiles at targets in Syria. Israel
insists it warned Syrian air defenses not to open fire.
Syria’s air defenses failed to stop the attack. In this remarkable video posted
to social media, you can see the bright flashes of Syrian missiles surging into
the sky in an effort to repel the Israeli assault. Terrifyingly, early in the
video at least two of the missiles appears to plunge back into the city and
explode after initial lift-off, perhaps confused by countermeasures or having
been launched with too little fore-warning.
as usual, the government’s SANA news agency claimed air defense had shot down
most (eleven out of eighteen) of the missiles. It described the Israeli attack
as being launched a half-dozen jets approaching from Marjyoun, Lebanon, roughly
thirty-five miles west of Damascus.
wave of destruction that struck twenty targets in Mezze, Syria and Damascus
International Airport suggests otherwise.
The most prominent target struck was a huge
seven-story building dubbed the ‘Glass House’ at Damascus International
Airport, used for years as the command-and-control center for Iranian
Revoutionary Guard Corps forces in Syria. The large-scale intervention Qud
Force and Hezbollah fighters in Syria in 2013 undoubtedly saved Bashar
al-Assad’s government well before Russia’s intervention secured its position in
satellite imagery shows the attack caused the top two stories of the building’s
northeastern-wing to collapse in upon itself. According to intelligence firm
ImageSat, these housed the Quds Force’s intelligence unit. A covered parking
lot outside the headquarters was also demolished.
fact, the Iranian presence at the Glass House had become so well known that
it’s believed the IRGC had actually withdrawn much of its staff to a more
discreet location earlier this year.
buildings part of a second Iranian headquarters at al-Mazzeh airport were
almost completely destroyed, with post-strike imagery showing only rubble and
rescue vehicles surrounding the site, presumably searching for survivors.
Force arms depots in the suburbs of Ksweh and Qudsaya were also struck
according to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
jets also targeted Syrian air defenses after they opened fire, destroying a
half-dozen Syrian missile batteries—but not, they emphasized, the more advanced
S-300 batteries which may have been hosting Russian personnel.
it’s quite possible Syria’s two operational S-300 battalions did not engage the
Israeli jets at all, despite years of Israeli anxiety surrounding Syria’s
potential acquisition of the system. The IDF claims it had reported the strikes
in advance with Russia. There are indications Russia may be forestalling the
S-300s use against Israel as part of a mutual accommodation between Putin and
Nethanyahu. Another issue is that the S-300 is optimized for medium- to long-range
and altitude interception, but Israeli use of stealth jets or stand-off range
missiles may have reduced detection range of the attack below those thresholds.
the Observatory reported twenty-three were killed in the attack, including five
Syrian soldiers and sixteen foreigners (likely Iranians). Reportedly
residential suburbs near Damascus suffered collateral damage which killed two
civilians and injured two to four more. Several children were reportedly
injured by an exploding air defense missile.
officials subsequently told the Jerusalem Post the strikes were intentionally
disproportionate in response.
are changing the rules. Even when it comes to almost negligible attacks, whose
impact is small, we are changing the equation, and our retaliatory attack will
be widespread. When I looked at the south, when a small number of rockets are
fired and we respond with a small retaliatory attack, then that sort of
situation gets to be acceptable. We have to strike harshly [in response] to all
defense minister Naftali Bennett described Iran as an octopus, threatening that
“Wherever you send those octopus arms, we will hack them off.” He also warned
they might consider attacking the Octopus' ‘head’—ie, Tehran—if the attacks
domestic factors in Iran and Israel may be incentivizing both to escalate
conflict with each other.
is currently consumed in riots. Pro-government militias have killed a hundred
to two hundred Iranians, and Tehran has instituted a country-wide blackout of
the Internet, perhaps sensing a genuine threat to its hold on power.
in Israel, presiding Israeli president Benjamin Nethanyahu has been indicted
under serious corruption charges even as he wheels and deals in an effort to
form a governing coalition in the wake of an election with inconclusive
such a context, displays of outward toughness to foreign enemies may become
more attractive to divert public attention and generate favorable media
the ouroboros of endless retaliation, nobody expects the latest Irsaeli attack
to have put a definite cork in the proxy war between Israel and Iran that has
ranged for the last six years.
conflict intelligence website T-intell.com put it succinctly: “Given the
high-number of IRGC casualties and magnitude of the attack, Iran is expected to
retaliate militarily against Israel.”
Roblin holds a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown
University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China.
He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France
and the United States.
settlers storm Ibrahimi Mosque
of Jewish settlers yesterday stormed into Ibrahimi mosque in the West Bank city
of Hebron to celebrate the Chayevi Sarah Jewish holiday.
of Israeli forces were deployed across the alleys of Hebron’s old city,
preventing Palestinians from approaching the site, according to an Anadolu
has been high in Hebron since Friday when settlers attacked Palestinian homes
in the city, injuring several people.
the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian worshipers inside the mosque by Jewish
extremist settler Baruch Goldstein, Israeli authorities divided the mosque
complex between Muslim and Jewish worshipers.
is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinians and about 500 Jewish settlers. The
latter live in a series of Jewish-only enclaves heavily guarded by Israeli
students place memorial to Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists
the recent clashes between Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, due to
the assassination of senior commandeer Baha Abu al-Atta, anti-Zionist students
at Oberlin College last week put up a memorial commemorating the deaths of
multiple Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists.
Students for a Free Palestine, in cooperation with Oberlin Jewish Voice for
Peace, created the memorial to commemorate the 34 Palestinians killed in the
recent fighting, the majority of which were known PIJ combatants.
installation said that Israel was responsible for “killing 34 unarmed
Palestinian civilians, including 8 children. Oberlin Students for a Free
Palestine and Oberlin Jewish Voice for Peace has created this installation to
commemorate the lives of these 34 Palestinians who died at the hands of Zionist
observers have acknowledged that the majority of Palestinian fatalities were
members of PIJ, an Iranian-backed organization that is also considered a
terrorist groups throughout the European Union, United States, Canada and more.
recent years, Oberlin College has been plagued with highly publicized cases of
anti-Semitism, including in 2015, in which a professor, Joy Karega, claimed
that Israelis and Jews were behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks, 9/11 and that the
prominent Rothschild banking family “financed both sides of every war since
2016, students put a banner on Rosh Hashanah saying that their tuition funds
genocide committed by Israel. Similarly, Meredith Raimondo, gained controversy
for featuring solely anti-Israel perspectives, some with antisemitic views, in
a course she was giving.
commemoration was designed to increase awareness of the Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has been considered by some to be an
Islamic Movement Leader Ra’ad Salah Convicted of Incitement to Terrorism
Ra’ad Salah, the former head of the northern branch of Israel’s Islamic
Movement, was convicted on Sunday of incitement to terrorism and support for
was arrested during the summer of 2017 after police alleged he had praised a
terrorist attack that summer on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and incited violence
at the funeral of the three assailants in that attack, who were from the
Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm. Two Border Police officers were killed and
another was wounded in the incident at the entrance of the Temple Mount.
court on Sunday, he was accompanied by dozens of supporters.
Haifa Magistrate’s Court Judge Shlomo Benjo accepted the sheikh’s argument that
some of his remarks at the funeral had been mistranslated, the judge ruled that
the translation errors did not alter the general meaning of his comments.
the attempts to give the defendant’s statements a religious character, the
conclusion is that the accused expressed praise, sympathy and support for the
attacks,” the judge said in delivering his verdict. Freedom of expression “does
not mean that a person can say whatever he feels like. There are limits, first
and foremost, when it comes to state security,” the judge added.
had received a suspended sentence on a prior conviction and is therefore now
expected to serve jail time.
to the indictment, Salah praised the Temple Mount attackers at their funeral,
saying: “At these moments [we need to stand together] as one house, as one
family. We take leave of our martyrs ... and express the wish that they join
the prophets, the righteous ones and the martyrs. At these moments, may we pray
that God increases their value in the heavens in paradise.”
various occasions, Salah allegedly posted calls on Facebook to commit acts of
terrorism and other violence. One example cited was a video in which he is seen
speaking in the Israeli Arab town of Baka al-Garbiyeh. He made reference in the
speech to the controversial extremist Jewish religious book Torat Hamelech,
which he said permitted the killing of Palestinian children.
the children in the audience, he said in part: “We would be happy to go to
prison for your sake. We would be happy to carry out attacks and threats for
your sake. We would be happy to die as martyrs for your sake.”
July 2017, Salah allegedly delivered a Friday sermon in Umm al-Fahm to hundreds
of people in which he praised two outlawed Islamic organizations, the Murabitat
and Murabitun, in addition to people who “never stop guarding, confronting the
Israeli occupation, confronting the weapons of the Israeli occupation, and are
not afraid of being hit, being injured, being arrested.”
Islamic Movement's northern branch was declared illegal in November 2015. Salah
headed the branch from 2006 until it was outlawed.
Congress on Islamic Humanities held in Tehran
(ISNA) – The Fifth International Congress on Islamic Humanities was held in the
presence of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi on Sunday November 24 in
scientific focus of the congress was on fundamental and applied research topics
related to Islamic Humanities.
to attend 50th anniversary ceremony of Muslim group OIC
Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday said its top diplomat would attend a
ceremony in Saudi Arabia to mark the 50th foundation anniversary of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and have bilateral meetings with
statement said Ankara and Riyadh submitted a joint proposal to hold the
ceremony on Nov. 25, 2019 to mark its establishment in accordance with a
resolution adopted at the 46th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting.
the invitations of the OIC Secretary-General and the Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of the Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, will represent Turkey in the ceremony,"
the statement said.
added that Cavusoglu would deliver a speech on behalf of the OIC Asian Group
and have bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other OIC members.
Source: Syrian Army, Kurdish Forces in Full Control over Ain Issa
Nov 24, 2019
(FNA)- Sources close to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday that
the Syrian army and Kurdish militants have established their control over the
strategic region of Ain Issa in Northern Raqqa province.
Arabic-language al-Ahad news website quoted an SDF source as saying that the
Syrian Army and the Kurdish militias are in full control over the Ain Issa
refugee camp in Northern Raqqa.
clashes are still going on in the Northern countryside of this region,” the
noted that all residents of Ain Issa refugee camp had been transferred to the
comes as the Western media had previously reported heavy attacks by the Turkish
Army troops against the Syrian Army’s military positions in Raqqa.
Turkish Army in its most recent military operation in Syria heavily pounded the
Syrian Army positions in Ain Issa region in Northern Raqqa.
a relevant development on November 20, the Syrian Army units continued their
military operations along the country’s borders with Turkey, and regained
control over five new points West of Hasaka province in Northern Syria.
Syrian Army continued its advances in border regions with Turkey as part of the
military operations that started about a month ago and after the start of the
ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurdish militias in Northern Syria.
Arabic-language al-Akhbarieh reported that the Syrian Army has entered five new
points after deploying its troops in Tal Tamr region in Northwestern Hasaka
stretching about 10 kilometers.
five points included the villages of al-Dashisheh, al-Tavileh and Um al-Kheir,
as well as Shavish Farm to the West of al-Tavileh.
Syrian state news agency also released photos of the army's fortifications in
per an agreement between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish
counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi in Southern Russia on October 22, the
Kurdish militias retreated 30 kilometers deep into Northern Syria and they
agreed to conduct joint patrols in that region.
October 9, Turkish Army Started fresh military operations with the ultimate
goal of preventing setting up a crossing for passage of terrorists along
Southern borders of Turkey and in Northern Syria.
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