That Thing Off’: Muslim Woman Told To Remove Hijab before Entering Pepsi
Must Speak German If They Want Residency, Says Draft Bill
Boris Johnson Visits Mosque in Election Campaign
Helmets Backer, James Le Mesurier, Found Dead Near His Home In Istanbul
with Hatred and Lust for Blood’: Turkey’s Proxy Army in Northern Syria Accused
of Abusing Civilians
Plan B Of Azadi March Today: Maulana Fazlur Rehman
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Third Most Targeted Religious Group In US After Jews, Muslims: FBI Report On
60 incidents of hate crimes against Sikhs were reported to the US Federal
Bureau of Investigation in 2018, making the community the third most commonly
targeted religious group after Jews and Muslims in the US, according to an
annual report released by the FBI on Tuesday.
total of 7,120 hate crimes were reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies
around the country last year, slightly down from 7,175 in 2017, the FBI said,
adding that this involved 8,496 offenses.
largest number of hate crimes based on religion were reported against Jews
(835), followed by Muslims (188) and Sikhs (60). According to the FBI report,
91 hate crimes were reported against other religion, including 12 against
Hindus and ten anti-Buddhist crimes.
the 4,047 hate crimes based on ethnicity, the maximum 1943 hate crime incidents
were against anti-Black or African Americans, followed by anti-White (762) and
anti-Hispanic or Latino (485).
FBI reports as many as 148 hate crimes against Asians in 2018, while those
against Arabs were 82, anti-American Indian or Alaska Native (194).
Sikh Coalition in a statement said it is "disheartening" that hate
crimes remain systematically "under-reported" across the United
to the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, Americans experience an average of
250,000 hate crimes per year; this latest FBI data, by contrast, only managed
to document 7,120 incidents, with less than 13 per cent of law enforcement
affirmatively providing reports of hate crimes, it said.
hate crimes remained relatively steady nationally, reported anti-Sikh hate
crimes rose by 200 percent since 2017, making Sikhs the third most commonly
targeted religious group in the dataset," it said.
the end of the day, this data simply isn’t giving us the accurate information
we need to effectively counteract hate against targeted communities, said Sim
J. Singh, Sikh Coalition senior manager of Policy and Advocacy.
past time for action. Congress must pass the next generation of common-sense
legislation that equips law enforcement to better identify and track hate
incidents," he said.
that thing off’: Muslim woman told to remove hijab before entering Pepsi
Center, CAIR says
– A Muslim civil rights organization will call on Pepsi Center officials to
investigate after an American Muslim woman was reportedly told to remove her
hijab or not be allowed into the multi-purpose arena.
Bensreiti, an American Muslim mother of three, was waiting to enter the Pepsi
Center to watch her daughter perform the National Anthem, when an employee at
Will Call allegedly told her to “take that thing off” or not be allowed
entrance, according to officials with the Colorado chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
reportedly then asked to be allowed to remove her hijab in private and in front
of a woman, but was refused by the employee and “subjected to public
humiliation in front of staff, students and other parents, until her daughter
became distraught, believing her mom would not be allowed in to see her
perform,” a Colorado CAIR spokesperson said in a prepared statement.
a news conference scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, CAIR will also call on
Pepsi Center officials to change their policy regarding religious attire of
reached out to Pepsi Center officials about the claims but did not hear back by
civil rights organization said they have reported, “an unprecedented spike in
bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since
the election of Donald Trump as president."
must speak German if they want residency, says draft bill
said language skills are important if migrants want to integrate into Germany
from abroad seeking to work in Germany must prove they have “sufficient” German
language skills if they want to reside in the country, a draft bill put forward
by the country's cabinet says.
said language skills are a pre-requisite for successful integration into
Germany for those seeking employment largely devoted to religion.
expect foreign imams to be able to speak German," a government
role models to their communities it is important religious figureheads were
integrated because they played a key role in supporting the peaceful
coexistence between different cultures, the draft bill says.
the move was slammed by Bekir Altas of the Milli Gorus mosque association who
said the “superficial” approach was “dangerous”. He accused the government of
taking a “populist” path.
reports suggest that imams in Germany do not speak a single word of German.
This is wrong,” Mr Altas said.
the other hand, many imams who preach in their mother tongue and practice their
profession perform extraordinary works every day. It would be more appropriate
to thank these imams instead of damaging them with superficial measures,” he
figures for Islamic centres in Germany and their funding are hard to ascertain,
although reports suggest there are some 2,000 mosques.
Imams from abroad are accused of lacking an understanding of German culture.
recent report by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, which is linked to Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, pointed out the posting of
Turkish Imams to Germany has long been controversial.
has become especially sensitive since the failed 2016 coup against the regime
of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan when Turkish-funded mosques were accused of
taking on a political role and becoming an instrument of espionage. The
Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, a branch of Turkey’s government,
funds around 900 mosques in Germany.
bill will now move onto parliament.
Boris Johnson visits mosque in election campaign
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised the contributions of the British
Muslim community during the launch of his elections campaign.
Johnson visited the Islamic Cultural Centre, Regents Park Mosque for the first
time as Prime Minister and praised the role nearly three million British
Muslims play in Britain. Boris Johnson had visited the same mosque as Mayor of
London in 2012, in which he had invited all the London mosques and imams for an
latest visit was one of his first visits at the start of the Conservative Party
General Election campaign. Prime Minister Johnson was met by representatives of
the Mosque as well the newly appointed peer British-Pakistani businessman Lord
sharing samosas with the local worshipers after namaz in the Mosque’s
restaurant, the Prime Minister was given a tour of the Islamic exhibition and
had a calligraphy lesson – writing his name in Arabic.
Minister Boris Johnson, who has Muslim Turkish heritage, paid tribute to the
work of the Muslim communities: "It's great to be at the famous Regent’s
Park Mosque, and I pay tribute to the work of the Muslim community in our
capital and particular to the work of this mosque.”
Conservative Party have been actively campaigning within the Pakistani
community and has welcomed the news that Pakistani heritage Saqib Bhatti was
last week selected as the parliamentary candidate for Meriden.
the former cabinet member and secretary of state Dame Caroline Spelman, the party
predicts Saqib will be re-elected in this safe Conservative seat adding to
three previous Pakistani heritage MPs including the first Pakistani heritage
Chancellor, Sajid Javid.
Helmets backer, James Le Mesurier, found dead near his home in Istanbul
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former British army officer, who helped start the “White Helmets”, an emergency
response group in Syria, has been found dead near his home in Istanbul, just
days after the Russian foreign ministry menaced him, accusing him of being a
Le Mesurier, 48, was the director of Mayday Rescue charity that trained members
of the Syria Civil Defence, nicknamed the White Helmets, playing a major role
in its creation in Turkey in 2013.
was awarded an OBE for his work helping Syrians three years later.
police have yet to confirm how Mr Le Mesurier died, but he is believed to have
fallen from the balcony of his apartment in the Turkish city at dawn on Monday.
death comes just three days after he was publicly attacked by Maria Zakharova,
Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, who on Friday claimed he was a “former
agent of Britain’s MI6, who has been spotted all around the world”.
and the White Helmets had been the subject of a disinformation campaign
spearheaded by Moscow and their allies in Damascus for years.
were informed by his family that he had died,” Raed al-Salah, the head of the
White Helmets, told The Independent.
read that the police found his body outside his home in Istanbul. But as of
now, the police are investigating the case and have drawn no conclusions yet.
We are waiting for the police report,” he added.
is a close friend to us and to the Syrian people, he supported the White
Helmets as founder and director of the Mayday Rescue organisation. We are
neighbour told Reuters Mr Le Mesurier, who leaves behind two children, was
found dead early on Monday near his home in central Istanbul’s Beyoglu
district. A diplomat said the circumstances around his death were unclear.
Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said that worshippers on their way to a
mosque had found this body near his home. Anadolu added that police established
that no one had entered or left his home at the time of the incident and
believe he may have fallen to his death.
Istanbul governor’s office said that “comprehensive administrative and judicial
investigations into Mr Le Mesurier’s death have been initiated”.
White Helmets have been credited with saving thousands of lives in rebel-held
areas during years of bombing by Syrian government and Russian forces in the
country’s civil war.
Rescue is a nonprofit organisation with offices in Amsterdam and Istanbul whose
projects have been funded by the United Nations and various governments.
Russia, which has been fighting alongside Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s
forces in the eight-year civil war, regards the White Helmets as a
terrorist-linked organisation and has mounted a vicious campaign against the
a regular press briefing on Friday, Russian spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
personally attacked Mr Le Mesurier, claiming he had worked as a British spy
across the world including the Balkans, and the Middle East as well as with
members of al-Qaeda.
work James and the White Helmets did is phenomenal. There are few people who
have done more on the humanitarian side,” said Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a
chemical weapons expert who served with Mr Le Mesurier in the army and was a
like all of us he suffered from Russian and Syrian disinformation and
propaganda. To claim he worked for MI6 and al-Qaeda is a contradiction and
crass. He was an amazing army officer and humanitarian,” Mr de Bretton-Gordon
Zakharova also claimed the White Helmets “stage provocations ... [and have] planned and carried out a series
of ruthless fake chemical attacks” in her briefing
the past Russian and Syrian officials have accused the White Helmets of
“staging” airstrikes to frame Syrian or Russian forces.
Khattab, November 13, 2019
the month since Turkey intervened to drive US-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters
from a broad swath of northern Syria, proxy forces backed by Ankara have been
blamed for a growing ledger of abuses against the local population, residents
say, undermining Turkey’s stated goal of creating a “safe zone” for civilians.
than 200,000 people have been internally displaced by the Turkish-led
offensive, according to the United Nations.
that have been scattered across eastern Syria say that Turkey’s Syrian Arab
proxies have carried out summary executions and beatings, kidnapped or detained
their relatives and looted their houses, businesses and belongings.
result, refugees say, is a form of ethnic cleansing – an operation they see as
designed in part to force out Kurdish residents and their sympathisers and
replace them with Arabs loyal to Turkey.
launched a cross-border military offensive into neighbouring Syria on 9 October
with the aim of pushing the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an
amalgam of Kurdish-led militias, away from its border.
Turkey had long viewed the SDF’s presence near the border as a threat because
of ties to a Kurdish separatist group in Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party,
or PKK, which the Turkish and US governments have designated a terrorist
essentially delegated the ground offensive to a proxy force, the Syrian
National Army, an umbrella group in northern Syria consisting of an assortment
of rebel forces opposed to the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
of the group’s factions, made up largely of Syrian Arab fighters, had already
fought at Turkey’s behest in two previous military operations over the past
is the Syrian National Army that many residents blame for depredations against
civilians that have driven thousands out of the area.
senior officer affiliated with the force acknowledged some human rights
violations but said the SDF was exaggerating the abuses.
the displaced is Fateh, a 38-year-old barber from the border town of Ras al-Ayn
in northeastern Syria.
an Arab of Turkish origin, he was among those who could have been expected to
support the incursion. But in a telephone interview from the north-central
Syrian city of Raqqa, where he and his family fled, he expressed loathing for
the Syrian National Army.
people are filled with hatred and a lust for blood,” said Fateh, speaking on
the condition that his full name not be used for fear of reprisals.
do not distinguish between Arab and Kurdish, Muslim and non-Muslim. They
contacted me before the offensive and said that as an Arab Muslim, it is my
duty to rise up against the Kurds and help Turkey invade my city.”
supporter of the SDF and its diplomatic and administrative wings, Fateh rejected
the outreach and joined his Kurdish friends in fleeing Ras al-Ayn.
Aref, a radiologist from the border town of Tal Abyad, said he also received a
phone call, this one threatening.
called me and simply said ‘we want your head’, as if stealing my home and
driving me out of my city merely for being Kurdish was not enough.”
troops guard Syrian oil fields
Aref, who is now in Kobane, about 35 miles west of Tal Abyad, said this
incursion reminded him of when Isis invaded his town in 2013.
National Army members “destroyed a lion stonework at the entrance of our
building, thinking it was idolatry”, he said. “They took our carpets and threw
them on the street to prostrate themselves on them during public prayers that
they were holding.”
offensive also displaced Mikael Mohammad, the Kurdish owner of a clothing shop
in Tal Abyad. He and his family are now in Raqqa, crammed with three other
families in a one-bedroom apartment that was abandoned by its inhabitants.
be clear, Tal Abyad is not under the control of Turkey. It’s under the control
of Turkey’s mercenaries,” Mr Mohammad said by phone. “They have taken over the
houses of us Kurds and made them their own.”
Mohammad said relatives who did not make it out of Tal Abyad have told him that
families of fighters from the Isis, who had escaped from a nearby internment
camp, now occupy his building.
one of those mercenaries acts as if he was in charge of the town,” Mr Mohammad
said of the Syrian National Army fighters.
walk into houses and proclaim them theirs. They kidnap and execute people for
being ‘atheists’ or ‘blasphemers’. And they are looting people’s properties in
a Syrian Kurdish aid worker from Ras al-Ayn, “the best scenario a Kurd can wish
for is not being allowed to go back home”.
National Army fighters “believe that taking your life is doing God’s work and
that stealing your property is their reward for it,” said the displaced aid
worker, who now lives in Qamishli, a city about 65 miles east of Ras al-Ayn,
and who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.
fighters’ criminal behaviour thrives in the absence of Turkish forces, the aid
the Turks are around, their Syrian mercenaries refrain from looting property or
harming anyone,” he explained. “The Turks are aware of such human rights
violations, and they try to limit them, but not hard enough.”
to journalists recently, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his
Syrian rebel allies, saying they were not “terrorists” but Islamic holy
warriors who were “defending their land there, hand in hand, arm in arm,
shoulder to shoulder with my soldiers”.
deal brokered by Moscow and Ankara on 23 October effectively ceded SDF-held territory
to Turkey – a stretch 75 miles wide and 20 miles deep, from Tal Abyad to Ras
month, the Syrian National Army faced strong condemnation after graphic videos
showed fighters from one faction, Ahrar al-Sharqiyah, summarily executing captives
on a highway it had just seized near Tal Abyad.
same group has also been accused of murdering Hevrin Khalaf, a Syrian Kurdish
politician, after ambushing her car south of the town on 12 October.
response to the backlash, the Syrian National Army formed a committee tasked
with investigating crimes allegedly committed by the group’s members. The
committee is chaired by Colonel Hassan Hamadeh, deputy defence minister in the
opposition’s Syrian Interim Government.
admit that we have soldiers who commit human rights violations,” Col Hamadeh
told The Washington Post. “The Syrian National Army’s lack of homogeneity
renders the task of disciplining everyone harder. It’s like we’re patching torn
he dismissed most of the accusations that have been circulating online,
describing them as part of an SDF-led slander campaign. He did not specify
which charges he views as specious.
these false accusations, they want to portray us as savage beasts,” Col Hamadeh
said. “Such rumours have caused many people to flee their cities and villages
before we liberate them.”
displaced people such as Fateh and Mohammad, the abuses are more than rumours.
troops in Syria pelted with fruit as they withdraw
armed men in military fatigues walked into my brother’s minimarket in Ras
al-Ayn, picked up cigarettes and other things and then refused to pay for
them,” Fateh recounted.
he insisted that they pay, telling them that he has children to feed, they beat
him up and smashed the display windows of his storefront.”
described what is happening in northeastern Syria as tantamount to ethnic
now speaks of protecting the local population and conferring power to local
councils in the areas it has captured,” Fateh said.
local councils? There are no real local councils when the local population is
uprooted and driven out in an attempt to change the demographics of the area.”
Fahim in Istanbul contributed to this report.
plan B of Azadi March today: Maulana Fazlur Rehman
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while announcing start of plan B Tuesday
night for ouster of the PTI government said Azadi March and sit-in in the
federal capital would continue till achieving their objectives.
our Azadi March which is our plan A, we will also move towards our plan B,”
Maulana Fazlur Rehman said while addressing participants of the march. The
JUI-F top leader directed his party workers to come out of their houses for
implementation of their next plan and wait for further directives of their
will give detailed plan of action in plan B of our protest movement today
(Wednesday),” he said, adding now they would move from one place to the other.
He also directed his party workers that their action should be within
theframework of law and Constitution and they should also refrain from any kind
JUI-F chief addressed his party workers at venue of the Azadi March at H-9
Sector after chairing a meeting of senior party leaders for giving final shape
to plan B, according to which all highways and main roads would be blocked. The
party sources said it was also decided that all entry points to twin cities of
Rawalpindi and Islamabad would also be closed in order exert pressure on Prime
Minister Imran Khan and his government.
his Azadi March was closing to meet with final success, claiming that most of
objectives of the protest movement had been achieved. “It will be difficult for
the government to handle plan B once we start implementing the same,” he added.
said his party’s narrative that 2018 general elections were rigged has been
gaining popularity and support whereas the PTI government’s narrative had
suffered defeat. “We have completed three phases of our protest movement and
still we have to move forward,” he further added.
'lone wolf' suicide bomber dies in attack on police HQ in Indonesia's Medan, 6
- A 24-year-old "lone wolf" suicide bomber died and six people were
injured when he blew himself up at the police headquarters in the Indonesian
city of Medan on Wednesday (Nov 13), national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo
a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Dedi said the Medan born man,
initialled RMN, was identified based on fingerprints.
attacker has been identified. Based on our preliminary investigation, he was a
lone wolf," Mr Dedi told reporters.
the type of bomb, we are still investigating. We found a 9-volt battery, metal
sheet, nails in different sizes, wirings, an on/off switch."
bombing happened on Wednesday morning when the perpetrator allegedly walked
into the compound at around 8.40am local time (9.40am Singapore time) after a
police morning briefing and then blew himself up in a parking lot near a
building where certificates of clearance, known as SKCK, are processed.
still don’t know if it was a high explosive. The team is working with Inafis
(Indonesia Automatic Fingerprint Identification System) and forensic laboratory
to examine the crime scene,” another national police spokesman
Inspector-General Muhammad Iqbal said earlier.
added that the suicide bomber was killed, while the six people – five police
officers and one civilian – were injured and several vehicles were damaged.
police and the anti-terrorism squad Special Detachment 88 (Densus 88) are
investigating the incident, including looking into which group might be behind
the attack, Insp-Gen. Iqbal said.
is the provincial capital of North Sumatra.
number of Indonesian television channels showed footage of people rushing out
of buildings around the headquarters.
told local media they heard a loud explosion and saw puffs of white smoke as
they rushed out of the building.
witness named Lila Mayasari told MetroTV news station that she was queueing to
get her paperwork done inside the police headquarters when she heard a loud
was an explosion. I felt as if I was lifted off the ground, like there was an
earthquake. It was loud and then I saw white smoke. I panicked and shouted
‘Bomb!’ Everyone panicked and started running,” she said.
witness, Mr Jones, told MetroTV that he saw two brown-skinned men, both about
170cm tall, talking in the parking area in the headquarters.
carried a bag... and I was suspicious of their facial expressions... (as) if they wanted to commit a crime,” he
said, adding that both the men wore jackets belonging to a ride-hailing
police source who refused to be named said the perpetrator walked into the
compound after a briefing there, and one of the police officers, Police
Commissioner Abdul Mutholib, tried to chase the man, who was clad in a
ride-hailing service jacket and made “suspicious movements”.
man exploded the bomb at the location before Com Abdul could reach him, the
source also added that splinters could be found near a food stall about 200m
from the police headquarters.
police, with the assistance of a sniffer dog, were trying to find explosive
materials that might have spread in the location, MetroTV reported.
recent years, radicals, some tied to the ISIS-inspired militant group Jamaah
Ansharut Daulah (JAD), have targeted police in a series of attacks.
latest attack comes a month after a suspected militant stabbed and wounded Mr
Wiranto, Indonesia’s former security minister, who uses one name.
August, Indonesian authorities shot and arrested a suspected militant who
attacked police officers at a station in the country’s second-biggest city,
June 2017, two terrorists brazenly walked into North Sumatra's police
headquarters, also in Medan, and killed a policeman with knives. The attackers
wanted to steal guns from the police for use in even bigger atrocities.
Sept 22, 2010, at least 10 militants killed three of the five officers on duty
in a bloody assault at around 12.45am on the remote Hamparan Perak police
station in the Deli Serdang regency in North Sumatra. This came after
anti-terror police launched major raids on the militant groups in the region
who were suspected of being behind a series of bank heists, including the CIMB
Niaga bank branch in Medan, to raise money to fund their terror activities.
airstrikes in Afghanistan dropped in October but rose in Iraq and Syria,
according to new data published by Air Forces Central Command.
Afghanistan, the number of airstrikes by manned and unmanned platforms dipped
from 948 in September to 777 in October—the most logged in an October since
2010. That brings the total number of weapons released so far this year to just
over 6,200 as of Oct. 31. It also marks the first monthly decline in airstrikes
aircraft in Afghanistan conducted about 2,080 sorties where at least one weapon
was fired through the end of October.
Freedom’s Sentinel and the NATO-led Resolute Support mission racked up 14,675
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sorties in the first 10 months
of 2019, including about 1,500 in October. They have also logged nearly 8,600
airlift and airdrop sorties and 2,600 tanker sorties.
Iraq and Syria, the airstrike tally rose slightly to 166 in October from 137 in
September. The US began withdrawing the bulk of its forces from Syria in early
October, though Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the Pentagon could continue
air support there.
than 4,400 weapons have been expended so far in those countries in 2019, though
the air campaign against the Islamic State group there has dropped off
drastically since January. Manned aircraft in Iraq and Syria released at least
one weapon in 928 sorties this year as of Oct. 31.
in the region also recorded nearly 1,100 ISR sorties in October, and are
nearing the second-highest annual level of those sorties since 2015.
Inherent Resolve logged about 800 airlift and airdrop sorties in October for a
total of 5,781 in 2019 through the end of the month. Tankers completed about
600 sorties and 3,600 air refuelings in October.
tracks assets controlled by the combined forces air component commander, which
includes US and coalition aircraft. Not all aircraft flying in the Middle East
fall under CFACC control.
police ordered to release Sharia judge, others
High Court in Kaduna State, on Tuesday, ordered the Nigeria Police to release a
Judge of the Sharia Court, Malam Murtala Nasir of Magajin Gari, Kaduna and five
M.L Muhammad gave the order after hearing a 20-paragraph affidavit filed by the
applicant’s counsel, Mr Maxwell Kyom.
alleged that the Sharia Court judge was arrested for conducting a new marriage
between one Abdulllahi Kaloma and Nasiba Dauda.
five others are Alhaji Sani Dauda, Murtala Nasir, Shehu Dauda, Kaloma (the new
husband), Dauda (the bride) and Abdulrahim Haruna.
reports that the marriage took place on Saturday, Nov. 9, according Nasir after
Dauda’s first marriage to one Abubakar Musa from Kebbi, officially ended on
Jan. 5, 2018.
the suit KDH/KAD/982/2019 Muhammad ordered the police to release the judge
pending the determination of the application for the enforcement of the
fundamental rights of the applicant.
is hereby granted restraining the respondent from taking any steps inimical to
the determination of the motion on notice.
of injunction is hereby granted restraining respondents from arresting,
detaining or in any other manner infringing on the rights of the applicants in
respect to this matter pending the determination of the motion on notice,” he
Judge adjourned the case until Nov. 19.
says America is on the hunt for Islamic State’s new leader
— President Donald Trump said Tuesday that America now has its eye on a new
Islamic State leader, telling the Economic Club of New York that “we know where
didn’t mention the name of the new target, but he is likely referring to Abu
Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the man who has been named to replace Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi as head of the terror group. Al-Baghdadi took his own life last
month as U.S. commandos closed in on him in northern Syria.
a speech Tuesday, Trump said the U.S. got al-Baghdadi, then got "his
second" and now, "we have our eye on his third. His third has got a
lot of problems because we know where he is, too."
is publicly known about al-Qurayshi, and the group typically identifies its
leaders using pseudonyms that refer to their tribal affiliation and lineage.
The group does not have a clear hierarchy and few details are known about the
remaining top leaders.
Army special operations forces chased al-Baghdadi into a dead-end tunnel on a
compound where he had been hiding, and he set off a suicide vest he was
“second” that Trump mentioned was likely Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a close aide of
al-Baghdadi and a spokesman for the group since 2016. He was killed in a joint
U.S. and Kurdish military operation just hours after al-Baghdadi’s death.
Another “second,” however, could be Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, who was described
as the group’s No. 2 and was killed in August 2015 by a U.S. airstrike in Iraq.
is also the second time in two days that Trump has warned about the U.S.
targeting a leader of the group. Speaking in New York City on Monday at the
opening of the 100th annual parade organized by the United War Veterans Council
in Madison Square Park, Trump said “al-Baghdadi is dead. His second in charge
is dead. We have our eyes on No. 3.”
led ISIS as it sought to establish an Islamic “caliphate” across Syria and
Iraq. It’s unclear what impact his death may have on the group, but U.S.
officials and military commanders have said repeatedly that pockets of
insurgents remain in Iraq and Syria and are still intent on conducting attacks.
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extension of the Royal Commission report to 30 April 2020 means all other
government responses to the mosque attack should be equally delayed, according
to the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO).
Government is hearing submissions on Arms Legislation related to the attack,
and on 20 December a range of firearms will become illegal to own – and the
current hand-in and compensation programme will cease.
Spokesperson Nicole McKee said if the Commission needs more time to unravel the
mosque attack, then the Government needs more time to work out if its Arms
Legislation addresses errors that allowed the mosque attack, and whether its
firearm ban will recover enough firearms to prevent another mass shooting or
will feed a large number of firearms to organised crime.
one part of the response to the mosque attack and you should extend them all.
extension required for a considered look by the Commission makes a mockery of
the rushed and badly drafted firearm rules the Government is introducing.
report on what went wrong and what the State could do in the future will now
arrive about a year after the Government decided the answer was the firearm ban
and Arms legislation.”
said the extension came in the same week that the Police begun speeding up the
Auckland hand-in and announced the hand-in programme via dealers would shut
only weeks after starting.
is absurd; the Government acknowledges more time is needed to unravel the
reasons behind the mosque attacks yet is speeding up conclusion of its response.”
Nicole McKee said.
Tories have suspended up to 25 sitting and ex councillors after a dossier
suggested they'd posted racist and Islamophobic content online.
obtained by The Guardian, were claimed to show 15 current and 10 former
councillors had either shared, posted or endorsed Islamophobic or other racist
content on Facebook.
the hateful material, were posts referring Muslims to “barbarians”.
another, a councillor, who has reportedly
been pictured with Boris Johnson, endorsed a suggestion aid to Africa
should stop allowing “mother nature take her course”.
replied: “It’s nature’s way of depopulation.”
Conservative Party said all of those found to be Tory members had been
"suspended immediately, pending an investigation".
swift action we take on not just anti-Muslim discrimination, but discrimination
of any kind is testament to the seriousness with which we take such
issues," a spokeswoman said.
Conservative Party will never stand by when it comes to prejudice and
discrimination of any kind.
is understood not all the names provided in the dossier are members of the Tory
Party, but the party was unable to say how many members had been suspended.
disclosure will increase pressure on Boris Johnson to hold an independent
inquiry into Islamophobia in the party, rather than a broader investigation
into prejudice within its ranks.
(Reuters) - An Irish citizen aligned to Islamic State who is set to be deported
from Turkey has the right to return to Ireland but the government’s main
concern is for the safe repatriation of her two-year-old daughter, Foreign
Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.
began deporting foreign citizens linked to Islamic State on Monday, starting a
program to repatriate detainees following its offensive last month against
U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.
confirmed that Lisa Smith and her daughter were the two Irish citizens
identified by Ankara for deportation.
has said for months that it has a responsibility to find a way to bring Smith
back to Ireland after she became aligned to the militant group in Syria. Smith
has said in media interviews that she wished to return home.
Taoiseach (prime minister) and I have always been clear that the adult in
question, as an Irish citizen, is entitled to consular assistance and has the
right to return to Ireland,” Coveney told parliament, confirming Smith’s
primary concern is a two-year-old little girl who in my view, as an Irish
citizen, we have an obligation to protect and that is what is driving all of
said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State, a German and an
American, and that 23 others to be deported in coming days were all European.
says it has captured 287 militants in northeast Syria and already holds
hundreds more Islamic State suspects. It has accused European countries of
being too slow to take back citizens who traveled to fight in the Middle East.
Kurdish YPG, the main element of the Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic
State, has kept thousands of jihadists in jails in northeast Syria and overseen
camps where relatives of fighters have sought shelter. Ankara views the YPG as
a terrorist group.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has previously said that a security assessment
would need to be carried out to ensure that Smith “does not become a threat to
life and limb in Ireland.”
said Dublin had been working for some time with a range of partners to assess
options for returning both citizens to Ireland and that defense force personnel
were recently sent to support its embassy in Turkey and not to extract Smith,
as some media reports suggested.
reaction to plans to build an Muslim prayer centre and community hall in a
Furness town has been condemned.
for a dedicated community hall and prayer centre in Dalton for Muslims have
been submitted to council planners.
in the town have called for tolerance and acceptance in response to a number of
comments online ‘demonising the Muslim community’.
South Councillor Shaun Blezard, who is a member of the anti-discrimination
group Rock Against Hate, said: “The Furness area has always welcomed people of
all faiths to the area, from the Cistercian monks who arrive in the 12th
Century to found Furness Abbey to many other places of worship that arrived
with the migrant miners in the 1800s.
personally welcome another community space where people have the freedom to practise
their beliefs in peace and freedom.
Dalton we have a close community that look out for each other and a few people
spouting hate does not reflect the views of most of the residents of Dalton and
the wider Furness area.”
group behind the plan appears to be the South Lakes Islamic Centre, a charity
set up in 2018.
entry on the Charity’s Commission’s website says the group’s aim is ‘to
establish or to secure the establishment of a community centre, to maintain it,
and to manage to co-operate with any local statutory authority in maintenance
and management of such a centre.
also say the charity was set up to ‘ to advance the Islamic religion in South
Lakes for the benefit of the public or benefit the residents of South Lakes and
the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of
political, religious or other opinions’.
adds its purpose is ‘associating together the said residents and the local
authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance
say the building would be constructed on vacant land at Crooklands Brow,
charity says it operates in Lancashire and Cumbria.
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Sunday was marked with a multi-faith commemoration and celebration in Nelson.
Nelson, the annual cenotaph service, where the town's fallen from the two world
wars are remembered, coincided with the Muslim festival of Mawlid al Nabi
(birth of the Prophet).
Muslim march through parts of Nelson arrived at the central mosque for prayers
where Mike Sutcliffe, from the Pendle Armed Forces Support Group, and Rev. Guy
Jamieson from St Paul's and St Mary's churches, were invited to speak to the
Jamieson said: "We were able to share in a day of commemoration and
celebration in a unique expression of neighbourliness born of global,
historical traditions living and working side by side.
several hours on Remembrance Sunday, on the doorsteps, on the streets, in the
mosque and at the cenotaph, conversations were shared, traditions were
celebrated, commemorations were observed, and the result was a tangible
vibrancy, enthusiasm and community togetherness.
were reminded of the countless numbers of Muslims who sacrificed their lives in
the same cause of freedom, and of the shared traditions of hospitality
exchanged throughout the year by Christians and Muslims.
this, there was a shared march to the cenotaph for the Christian act of remembrance
and Imam Muhammad Abdal Rahman spoke movingly about our shared humanity,
something made all the more beautiful when we consider the sacrifice made by so
many in the course of two world wars in order that the same humanity might
Jamieson himself spoke of the shared convictions in the power of 'Remembrance'
and the way of life known as 'Covenant' which together are building blocks of
Royal Commission into the March 15 Christchurch terror attacks has been given a
four month extension and $3 million boost because of "significant public interest".
was originally scheduled to report back to the Government by 10 December this
year, but Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin said because of the demand,
it will now report back in April 2020.
has been significant public interest in the work of the Royal Commission, which
has received over 1100 public submissions to date," Martin, a New Zealand
First MP, said.
commission requested an extension as it will need considerably more time to
fully consider these submissions given the complexity of information and
was also contacted by the Muslim Community Reference Group and the Federation
of Islamic Associations of New Zealand which both asked for the report back
date to be pushed out."
Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the establishment of the commission on 25
March, days after the attacks on two mosques which left 51 people dead.
commission is looking into New Zealand's security and intelligence agencies,
analysing why the alleged gunman was not on any security watch-lists in New
Zealand or in his native Australia.
said the extension for the inquiry required Cabinet approval as it was a formal
change to the Royal Commission's terms of reference. It was agreed by Cabinet
to give the commission an additional $3 million for the longer timeframe.
Christchurch mosques attack is an unprecedented mark in our history,"
said the public deserves to know what the relevant state sector agencies knew
about the accused shooter's activities before the attack, and how that could be
used to prevent another similar event from happening.
said on Wednesday the commission "asked us to give them an extension and
the Muslim community asked for more time to engage".
want the job to be done properly and we're also keen for it to be done in a
timely way - I think we've got the balance right."
dates for festive performance.
favourite performers are back for the third year running with the UK’s only
Muslim pantomime – back and better than ever with more entertainment, wisdom
and family fun! This festive season, humanitarian charity Penny Appeal is
presenting a world first – a Super Hero pantomime by Muslims. The Great Muslim
Panto premieres its 2019 show Super Souls and will be playing in Walsall and
Birmingham as part of a UK tour in December.
pantomime is created from inception to delivery by the Once Upon a Family
theatre production company, a Muslim family cast of seven. This year they are
gracing the stage with internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, Faisal
Salah, renowned polymath and creative powerhouse, Hassen Rasool and comedic
YouTube sensation who has generated over a million online views, SMASHBengali.
story showcases three individuals with visual, hearing and speech impediments;
the narrative dispels the myth that having a disability or simply being
different, means we can’t achieve greatness. The simple fact that each person
is different in one way or another, be it race, religion or ability, can be
used as a reason for unity, rather than division. The show is a fun reinvention
of the classic panto, while keeping the much-loved elements of slapstick
comedy, crazy costumes and silly songs.
4th-22nd of December, Super Souls is being performed in aid of Penny Appeal’s
Winter Emergency appeal, which supports communities all over the globe with
winter essentials, such as food, warm clothing, blankets and vital shelter
repairs. As always, charity begins at home, so this year Penny Appeal is also
helping the less fortunate in the UK beat the bitter cold by providing these
simple gifts of warmth and care.
of the family Anisa commented, “Performing arts is so under-used in both the
Muslim and non-Muslim world. Creativity should transgress race, religion and
class. Super Souls aims to highlight that no matter how societal norms may
perceive you as ‘lesser than’, we all have our own, indisputable strengths.”
Great Muslim Pantomime’s debut tour in 2017 sold out in just two weeks and
2018’s performance proved to be just as popular. Tickets are available with the
Early Bird offer of just £5 here
a Deep Dive Into Shia LaBoeuf's Long History With the Law
movie Honey Boy was just recently released, but already it's making quite a
splash in Hollywood. Shia LaBoeuf wrote and starred in this autobiographical
film about his relationship with his father and his experience as a child
it wasn't until a 2017 arrest led him to a court-mandated rehab, where Shia
wrote the first draft of this movie as a therapeutic exercise.
you're wondering about Shia LaBoeuf's arrests, encounters with the law and want
to learn more about what parts of Honey Boy were inspired directly by his life,
stay with us.
look inside Shia LaBoeuf's arrests.
an artist for whom the line between art and reality is blurry at best, is no
stranger to run-ins with the law. In fact, his first-ever acting gig, where he
plays a troubled child thief who tries to help his family in 1998's The
Christmas Path would be far from the actor's last time in court.
21, in 2007, Shia had his first encounter with the law when he was charged with
trespassing while intoxicated at a Chicago Walgreens. "That was complete
and utter insanity," the former child star said about the incident.
"I was an a--hole and it was a mistake I'm still completely embarrassed
about." Walgreens never pressed charges.
following year, 2008, saw the American Honey actor face two altercations. The
first, a March warrant for unlawful smoking while on the sidewalk, and the
second, an early morning crash wherein another driver ran a red light and left
Shia with an injured hand. While the actor was arrested on a drunk driving
charge, there ultimately wasn't enough evidence to charge him.
was the first of the bar fights Shia has gained widespread notoriety for,
though he appears to be the victim and not the perpetrator of this one. At a
bar in Sherman Oaks, the Nyphomaniac actor was punched in the face by a man.
Both were arrested but neither pressed charges. A few months later in October,
the same thing happened in Vancouver.
years later, after a period of focusing on his performance art, Shia made his
return to the headlines — not for the most positive reasons, however. In June
2014, at a New York City performance of the musical Cabaret, he began to smoke
cigarettes, heckle actors, and aggress security guards.
pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct though he faced multiple charges, and
never saw the inside of a jail cell or got probation thanks to a deal the actor
made because he had "been in continuous treatment since his arrest,"
than a year later, a similar incident came to light when Shia was arrested in
Austin for public intoxication once again. "Obviously he gets arrested a
lot, he came down here, he acted up and APD doesn't put up with that," a
passerby told news outlets at the time.
things escalated in 2017, when Shia had no fewer than three altercations with
the law. In January, he put on a performance-based art installation at New
York's Museum of the Moving Image and was arrested after assaulting and
harassing a man outside the museum. Those charges were dropped.
April, he yelled at a California bartender who refused to serve him alcohol,
and the bartender sued him. Three months later came his coup-de-grace arrest,
the one that led to him penning Honey Boy.
happened when he tried to bum a cigarette from a police officer, which... bad
LaBeouf wasn't given a cigarette, he became disorderly, using profanities and
vulgar language in front of the women and children present," the police
report reads. "He was told to leave the area and refused, becoming
aggressive toward the officer."
it weren't for that arrest and the mandatory rehab that followed, we wouldn't
have Honey Boy today. And no one knows that better than Shia, who thanked the
arresting officer at the Hollywood Film Awards, where he won the Breakthrough
want to thank the police officer who arrested me in Georgia for changing my
life," he said.
Boy is now playing in theaters.
Chair Javid Rana with PFEW's John ApterAMP Chair Javid Rana with PFEW's John
Federation’s National Chair has spoken at the Association of Muslim Police
(AMP) annual meeting to welcome the prospect of closer working between the
Apter was among a host of high-profile guest speakers at the event in London on
Tuesday, including Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Chief Neil Basu,
Commander Bas Javid (brother of the Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Deputy
Chief Constable Phil Cain.
Apter spoke about his role and why he became a Federation representative – he
had been wrongly accused of crime and arrested by his force’s Professional
Standards Department (PSD). Though he was eventually exonerated he had
considered resigning from policing.
wanted to clear my name, get an apology and leave – I couldn’t be part of
something that had treated me so badly,” he said. “My Federation rep, who had
stood by me through thick and thin, even when friends had dropped me, urged me
to stay and become a Fed rep.”
Apter contrasted the experience with that of black, Asian and minority ethnic
(BAME) officers, many of whom have been treated unfairly in their forces, “not
because of something you’ve done, but for who you are”. He told the audience:
“I cannot experience what some of you have, but by working with groups such as
the AMP we can help ensure our reps are as informed as possible.”
Police-based AMP is part of the Police Association of Strategic Leaders (PASL)
group, consisting of the National Association of Muslim Police and other faith,
sexuality, disability and gender support groups, which met regularly with the
Federation to share their perspectives and work collectively in the interests
of their members.
Chief Constable Phil Cain, the Race, Religion and Belief Lead on the National
Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), said BAME officers are three times more likely
to be dismissed from the police service. He told the story of a black officer –
one of 150 BAME officers and staff the NPCC has interviewed – who was subject
to three gross misconduct investigations in as many years.
Neil Basu, the country’s most senior BAME officer, spoke about his own
encounters with racism. At age 11 he had been beaten and stuffed into a school
locker. He grew up at the time of the National Front where casual racism was
rife but benefitted from “brilliant parents” who taught him to work harder and
be smarter to get on. However, the DCC added: “The most important thing for me
is building a police service that looks like the community it serves.”
Police Commander Bas Javid urged listeners to be resilient, develop support
networks, get out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to challenge the
Dublin men who were involved in a violent disorder on board a Luas tram have
received fully suspended sentences.
violence broke out on a tram on which members of a far-right anti-Islam
organisation were travelling to a demonstration.
of the convicted men, Sean Kindillon (28), said he was on his way into the city
centre to protest against the group when the trouble broke out and he stepped
Garamanli (30) told gardaí he felt his friend Kindillon was being attacked
and stepped in to defend him. He said he was against “racist and fascist”
groups and had been attacked in the past by people of that leaning.
of the members of the far-right organisation on board the tram were charged
with offences relating to the incident.
and Garamanli, both of Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot each pleaded guilty at Dublin
Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at Chancery Street, Dublin 7, on February
Baker (41) of Grangemore Park, Donaghmede; Patrick Dunne (33) of Ushers Quay;
Michael Farrell (27) of Clarion Quay Lower, Mayor Street; Jamie Whelan (25) of
Sycamore Road, Finglas; and Andrew Byrne (22) of Rollins Court, Sallynoggin
also pleaded guilty to the same offence.
Colin Davidson told John Berry BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question
members of a far-right anti-Islam organisation were to gather on O’Connell
Street for a demonstration.
Davidson said three members of the Irish branch of the group were on board the
Luas Red Line tram travelling towards this demonstration. The violent disorder
broke out after six of the accused men boarded the Luas at the Smithfield stop.
footage of the incident was played before the court. Sgt Davidson said that two
men suffered injuries to the head and that the incident created somewhat of a
panic among other passengers which caused them to rush off the Luas.
Davidson identified each of the seven accused in the footage as taking part in
the incident. He said Dunne could be seen striking a man with an umbrella and
Byrne could be seen aiming a kick at a man after stepping onto the Luas,
although he could not confirm if the kick connected.
Ryan, the driver of the Luas in question, gave a statement to gardaí in which
he described seeing the fear in elderly passenger’s eyes after the incident
began. Mr Ryan said the way passengers left the carriages was as if someone had
gotten on board and said they had a bomb.
Davidson told the court he does not know what the catalyst for the altercation
Martin Nolan said that all of the men were working, had good prospects and had
expressed remorse. He said he would not be justified in imprisoning any of the
men at this time.
Nolan sentenced all of the accused to two years imprisonment, but suspended the
sentence in its entirety on strict conditions. He also ordered that six of the
men collect €2,500 within 18 months and that Byrne collect €1,500 within the
same period which will be transferred to a charity.
has two previous convictions for minor road traffic offences. Byrne has two
previous convictions for possession of pepper spray and affray.
has one previous conviction for a minor public order offence and Farrell has
one previous conviction for assault. Kindillon, Whelan and Baker have no
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly protests the illegal ruling of
the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don in Russia in the case
against six Crimean Muslims.
political motivation of the decision is indicated by the fact that the court
ignored the lack of evidence base and supported the request of the prosecution,
sentencing Aliyev to 19 years, Bekirov to 18 years, Kuku and Siruk to 12 years,
Alimov to 8 years, Dzhepparov to 7 years of imprisonment,” reads the statement
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
noted, this shameful ruling once again confirms that Russian ‘anti-terrorist
legislation’ is being widely used by the Russian occupying administration as a
cover for its political repression against the representatives of the Crimean
call on the international community to condemn this unlawful decision and to
step up political, diplomatic and sanctions pressure on the aggressor state in
order to end the gross human rights abuses taking place in temporarily occupied
Crimea; support the release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in the
Russian Federation; and to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine within
its internationally recognized borders,” the Foreign Ministry states.
Russian Federation should comply with the resolutions handed down by the UN
General Assembly on the Territorial Integrity of Ukraine of 27 March 2014;
"The Human Rights Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and
Sevastopol (Ukraine)" of December 19 2016, December 19 2017 and December
22, 2018; as well as the Order of the International Court of Justice on
Provisional Measures in the context of the claim of Ukraine against the Russian
Federation, regarding the application of the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” the statement underscores.
reported, on November 12, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don
sentenced six defendants in Yalta’s Hizb ut-Tahrir case to imprisonment in a
penal colony. According to the court's ruling, Muslim Aliyev was sentenced to
19 years in prison, Inver Bekirov — to 18 years, Emir-Usein Kuku — 12 years,
Vadym Siruk — 12 years, Arsen Dzhepparov — 7 years, and Refat Alimov — 8 years.
top commander of the Iran-aligned Islamic Jihad was killed in a “precision
strike” in Gaza early Tuesday. Israeli Defense Forces said it had killed Baha
Abu Al-Ata, in a surgical strike with minimal civilian casualties.
Islamic Jihad fired some 190 rockets into Israel on Tuesday in retaliation to
Israel’s targeted airstrikes on senior Islamic jihad commanders in Gaza and
Jihad said in a statement: “The response to this crime will have no limits” and
called the attack a “declaration of war against the Palestinian people.”
to Islamic Jihad, Abu al-Ata was a prominent member of its military wing and
played a crucial role in carrying out operations against Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the news during a televised
appearance on Tuesday, describing Al-Ata as an “arch-terrorist” and “the main
generator of terrorism from the Gaza Strip” in the past year.
initiated, planned, and carried out many terrorist attacks. He fired hundreds
of rockets at communities in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, whose
suffering we have seen. He was in the midst of planning additional attacks in
the immediate short term.
was a ticking time bomb,” he said.
the Prime Minister stressed that “Israel is not interested in an escalation,
but we will do everything necessary to protect ourselves” from individuals like
basic assumption of all terrorists is identical. They think that they can
attack civilians and concurrently hide behind civilians. However, we have
proven that it is possible to attack murderers with minimal harm to innocents,”
spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Al-Ata was a “ticking time bomb” and
responsible for several recent rocket attacks on Israel and was planning more
attacks in the future.
told reporters: “We essentially over the last week have been waiting for the
opportune moment to conduct this surgical strike.”
military spokesman said the airstrike was carried out with a warplane that
destroyed only the floor of the building where Abu Al-Ata was hiding in order
to minimize “collateral damage.”
reports say Al-Ata’s wife was also killed in the attack on his home in Gaza’s
Shejaiya neighborhood, while his two children were left wounded and are now
receiving medical treatment in the city’s al-Shifa hospital.
after Al-Ata’s death was confirmed, Palestinian Islamic Jihad began firing a
barrage of rockets towards Southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv,
Holon, Bat Yam, and Modiin.
in those areas have been instructed to stay at home, and public shelters were
opened and restrictions placed on large gatherings. Crossing points into Gaza
have also been shut down.
Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted at least 60 rockets.
However, several homes, a factory, and a highway were damaged.
far, there’s been two Israeli casualties, including an 8-year-old girl who is
in a critical condition after losing consciousness while running to a bomb
shelter during a rocket attack, The Wall Street Journal reported.
after Israel announced it had killed Al-Ata, it launched a separate attack on
the home of a senior member of the Islamic Jihad group, Akram Al-Ajouri, in
Damascus, Syrian SANA state news agency said.
leader survived, but one of his sons, Muadh, and his bodyguard were killed in
the attack, according to reports.
kills top Islamic Jihad group commander, Gaza militants respond with rocket
Israeli Defense Forces on Tuesday killed a top commander from the
Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip,
Reuters reported. Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Atta was killed in a rare
missile strike, even as the Syrian government claimed that a separate missile
attack had hit the home of an Islamic Jihad official in Damascus, killing two
people, including one of his sons.
Israel did not respond to Syria’s allegations of a strike in Damascus.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to kill Al-Atta after a rocket attack
allegedly orchestrated by the Islamic Jihad commander forced Netanyahu off
stage during an election rally in September, The Times of Israel reported. Two
rockets were fired at Ashdod and nearby Ashkelon from Gaza on September 10,
triggering sirens that forced the prime minister off stage, making him furious.
reportedly pressured senior officials in the country’s defence forces to
approve al-Atta’s assassination. However, the Israeli Defense Forces and Shin
Bet, the internal security service, believed that too many Palestinian
civilians would be killed in a retaliatory attack and lead to an all-out war
before the Israeli elections. The operation was thus postponed.
Al-Atta’s killing led to retaliatory rocket fire throughout the night from
Gaza, and Israeli responses. The rocket fire injured 25 Israelis, with some
rockets reaching as far as Tel Aviv. Israeli missile strikes killed 10 people
including Al-Atta and his wife, Gaza officials said.
is not interested in escalation, but we will do everything required to defend
ourselves,” Netanyahu said following Atta’s killing. “This could take time.”
the other hand, militants of the Islamic Jihad group vowed revenge. Senior
Islamic Jihad officials said the “real response” to Abu al-Atta’s elimination
is yet to come. “The coming hours will speak for themselves,” Islamic Jihad
spokesperson Musab al-Breim told the Palestine Today news website, The Times of
and United Nations officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that
they were attempting to engineer a truce between Israel and Gaza militants, in
order to prevent escalation.
was no surprise that Israeli air forces assassinated senior Islamic Jihad
commander Bahaa Abu al-Atta in Gaza on Tuesday, after Israeli media had been
inciting against him.
had labelled Abu al-Atta as a “ticking bomb”, and Palestinians had anticipated
his killing. But while it was not a surprising development, Abu al-Atta’s
assassination was the first to be openly announced by Israeli occupation forces
since 2012, when they killed Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari.
surely realised that Abu al-Atta’s assassination would not pass without a
response - that Islamic Jihad, along with other Palestinian resistance
factions, would respond to the killing of the high-ranking commander. Hours
after the killing, Israeli leaders acknowledged that there may be difficult
after news of the assassination widely spread, dozens of missiles were fired
from Gaza into Israel, and Israel launched additional strikes on the coastal
Palestinians rushed for shelter, many understood that this barrage was merely a
preliminary response. A larger response, including additional rocket fire, was
expected to start after the burial of Abu al-Atta.
positions of the various groups in Gaza are important in this context.
Politically, Hamas and Islamic Jihad adopt the same stance towards the
Palestinian cause, and both are backed by Iran. At the military level, the two
groups coordinate their operations, determining how to handle Israeli attacks.
Jihad’s response to the killing of Abu al-Atta will surely be the strongest,
but both groups will agree upon the strategy. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad will
be prompted to respond in a calculated fashion, to avoid individualised
responses that could exacerbate the situation and prompt a heavier Israeli
of the resistance actors in Gaza can ignore the assassination of Abu al-Atta,
as a non-response would simply encourage Israel to target other Palestinian
leaders, and to strike Gaza repeatedly.
the same time, neither Hamas nor the Palestinian population in Gaza wants
another war in the besieged territory. Since 2008, three Israeli offensives
have decimated the densely populated enclave.
a strong response to Abu al-Atta’s assassination will likely entail heavy
barrages of rockets fired from Gaza deep into Israel. Armed Palestinian
resistance fighters may also target Israeli forces at the Gaza fence.
its part, Israel will behave according to the nature of the Palestinian
response. It will not keep silent if the southern and central areas of Israel
are heavily struck, forcing scores of Israelis to seek cover. The situation
could deteriorate to the verge of collapse without a large-scale confrontation
- and the consequences of such a scenario are unpredictable.
parties will have a say in how this confrontation unfolds. But if they don’t
agree on the details, they risk losing control, as the one definite consensus
is that Abu al-Atta’s killing must not pass without punishment.
views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily
reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye.
Jihad promises to retaliate after Bahaa Abu al-Ata and his wife were killed by
an Israeli air attack on Gaza City.
groups have launched a salvo of rockets towards Israel after an Israeli air
attack killed a top Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza City.
has led to more Israeli air attacks, which have since killed another eight
caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was not seeking to escalate
Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from southern Israel.
terrorists were killed and several others injured after Israeli fighter jets
bombed terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday morning, the Gaza Strip's health
ministry reported. The Islamic Jihad terror organization later reported that
one of the terrorists killed in the airstrikes was one of its members.
to a report by the Palestinian Authority mouthpiece WAFA, Israeli F-16 fighter
jets opened fire on terrorists southwest of Gaza City Wednesday morning,
killing one “martyr” and injuring several others.
Israeli army spokesperson later confirmed that Israeli aircraft had opened
fire, saying that a terrorist cell responsible for launching rockets at Israel
had been hit in the airstrike.
morning, a terrorist squad launched rockets at Israeli territory from the Gaza
Strip. In response, an IDF aircraft targeted the squad. A hit was identified.”
the IDF said that it had begun to strike at Islamic Jihad terror targets in the
Gaza Strip Wednesday morning.
a second airstrike, the Gaza health ministry told AFP the death toll Wednesday
had risen to four.
Islamic Jihad terror organization later identified one of the four terrorists
killed in Wednesday’s airstrikes as 38-year-old Khaled Awad Farraj, the central
district commander for the Islamic Jihad Al Quds Brigades.
Palestinian Authority now claims that a total of 14 Gazans were killed by
Israeli attacks since Tuesday morning, including Islamic Jihad arch-terrorists
Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife, who were killed in a targeted strike before dawn
Tuesday. Ten terrorists were killed in Israeli strikes Tuesday, with four more
killing in the strikes Wednesday morning.
IDF reported that a total of 220 rockets have been fired at Israel from the
Gaza Strip since the fighting began early Tuesday morning.
Iron Dome missile defense system has fired dozens of interceptor missiles to
shoot down the incoming rockets, an IDF spokesperson said, with a hit-rate of
about 90%. The IDF spokesperson added that some 60% of the rockets fired at
Israel landed in open spaces.
conflagration that erupted within hours of the killing by Israel on Tuesday of
senior Islamic Jihad commander Biha Abu al-Ata underscores the crucial
differences between Hamas, the Gaza Strip’s ultimate ruler, and Islamic Jihad,
the second strongest force in the coastal territory.
important is the two terror groups’ divergent strategic objectives, at least
since the summer 2014 confrontation between Hamas and Israel—the longest and
fiercest round of hostilities over Gaza to date.
Hamas views violence as a means for increasing the volume of trade with Israel
and securing the inflow of Qatari money, both of which enhance the welfare of
its hard core and that of the Gaza population at large, Islamic Jihad seeks
full-fledged confrontation as part of an Iranian strategy to deflect attention
from Tehran’s Syrian military buildup and regional expansion.
differing strategic goals are reflected in the differences between the two
groups’ political and organizational structures.
popular Sunni organization clearly identified with the wider Muslim Brotherhood
movement, Hamas is like a fish in water in Gaza, the population of which are
mostly devout Sunnis. If there are any Gazan Shi’ites, they keep their beliefs
and rituals strictly to themselves.
devising its strategy, Hamas must take into consideration this popular base,
which at the very least comprises the 50,000 men and women whose salaries
depend on Hamas’s retention of control of Gaza. Hamas is also consistently the
major force in the institutions of higher learning, labor organizations and
other social organizations in Gaza.
Jihad, on the other hand, is known for its strong links to Iran and has no
popular base. Though valued for its sacrifices, most Gazans suspect Islamic
Jihad members of being Shi’ites in disguise.
A form of love-hate relationship thus prevails between the general
population and Islamic Jihad, that has become more pronounced as the conflicts
between Shi’ites and Sunnis in Syria, Iraq and Yemen intensified.
is why in election after election in Gaza universities and trade unions, as
well as repeated polling surveys, Islamic Jihad secures a mere two or three
percent of the vote. By contrast, Hamas and its rival Fatah movement have
rarely secured less than 15 percent over the past three decades.
telling indication of Islamic Jihad’s limited popularity was afforded by the
real-time airing of Abu al-Ata’s funeral procession just hours after his
killing, where it was hard to count more than 100 participants. (Of course, the
paltry count is partially due to most Islamic Jihad members being either busy
firing rockets or hiding in underground tunnels, which is why participants were
not masked to hide their identities.)
the “Joint Command of the Palestinian Factions” façade of unity, the only flags
visible at the funeral were the black ones, indicating that not only is Islamic
Jihad not a mass-based organization, it is also relatively isolated from the
other Gaza groups.
of these qualities are a boon for Tehran. For one thing, Islamic Jihad’s paltry
popular base means its dependence on Iran is all the greater. For another, the
organization can operate without the need to take into account the welfare of
the Gaza population.
Hamas, of course, none of the above is new. Its leaders are keenly aware who
wags Islamic Jihad’s tail, the reasons behind its activities and the ways its
strategy conflicts with Hamas’s current agenda.
the same token, Hamas cannot afford to bring an immediate end to the rockets.
After all, the targeting by Israel of high-level commanders in the Gaza Strip
is a red line for Hamas, too—especially when they come as a complete surprise
rather than in retaliation for specific terror attacks.
a deeper level, Hamas can only constrain rather than stop Islamic Jihad because
it needs Iran as well. The demise of Islamic State and the killing of its
founding leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, brought home to Hamas that the power of
a terrorist organization depends to a large extent on the quality and number of
its state allies. Islamic State had none; hence its demise. Hamas can hardly be
choosy, since most of the Sunni Arab states oppose its activities (probably
because of its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood), while a much more
sympathetic Turkey has its own concerns in Syria.
in turn means that, at least in the short run, Israel and Hamas have a mutual
interest: to keep the conflagration short and not too lethal. Israel because it
does not want to deflect attention from Tehran’s expansionism and nuclear
program; Hamas because it wants to maintain power in Gaza and needs to cater to
the welfare of its population, or at least its hard-core base.
question, of course, is whether the two sides will be able to maintain
sufficient control of events to achieve this common goal.
Frisch is a professor of political studies and Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan
University, and a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for
— After an overnight lull, a cross-border battle between the Israeli army and
militants in the Gaza Strip resumed Wednesday, with a second day of attacks
sparked by Israel’s targeted killing of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader.
launches began shortly before dawn, triggering warning alarms in communities
surrounding the territory. Schools, banks and government offices were closed in
Gaza and 300,000 students were ordered to stay home in the south of Israel.
Crossings into the territory remained closed.
Israeli military said it struck rocket launching sites in Gaza soon after the
fusillade began, continuing strikes against purported Islamic Jihad military
sites that have killed 10 people since Tuesday and injured more than 45,
according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
military said about 220 launches had been detected coming from Gaza into
Israeli territory so far. The country’s state-of-the-art air defense system,
Iron Dome, intercepted dozens of rockets and most others fell into open areas.
But several homes, business and roadways were hit. Israel reported no
fatalities but many minor injuries, mostly from the scramble of thousands of
people to shelters when the alarms sounded.
kills a senior leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza airstrike
Defense Forces said it was continuing its strategy of hitting only assets
controlled by the Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed militant group Israel blames
for a string of recent terror attacks. Officials were cautiously optimistic
that Hamas, the militant group with governing authority in Gaza, would stay out
of the fight.
still seemed to be the case as the strikes resumed Wednesday, according to
Israeli Defense Fores spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.
most intense fighting around Gaza in months began early Tuesday when Israel
launched a lethal airstrike at the house of Baha Abu al-Ata, the Islamic Jihad
commander in northern Gaza that Israel considered responsible for several
previous rocket launches. At least one missile fired by a fighter jet struck
the top floor of Abu al-Ata’s home, killing him and his wife. The IDF said his
wife was not an intended target.
said they were justified in the targeted killing because Abu al-Ata,
characterized by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the “chief terrorist in
Gaza,” was preparing to carry out further attacks on Israeli citizens.
security establishment had come to consider Islamic Jihad a greater threat
emanating from Gaza than Hamas, which itself has struggled with the destabilizing
influence of the extremist group. Israel would not comment on a second
airstrike early Tuesday that hit the home of another Islamic Jihad commander in
Syria, which was also widely believed to be the work of Israeli forces.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad are designated as terrorist organizations by
international bodies. Israel has urged Hamas to contain the smaller group,
which is considered more determined to launch attacks.
said it holds Abu al-Ata in particular responsible for numerous rocket attacks
over the past few years, including one in early September that sent Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushing for cover during a public event in Ashdod
while he was on the election campaign trail.
saw Tuesday’s assassination as directly connected to that attack. But members
of the Israeli cabinet said Abu al-Ata was targeted because his activities
undermined the uneasy truce between Israel and Hamas.
previous rocket launches from Gaza, Israel regularly retaliated against Hamas
infrastructure and militants, saying that as the ruling body in Gaza it held
the group responsible for all violence against Israel.
this cycle, so far, the army has said it is specifically targeted Islamic
Jihad’s infrastructure, including rocket launching sites above and below
ground, but left alone those associated with the larger group.
Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan Hamas remains responsible for
violence emanating from the Gaza Strip.
Hamas continues to allow [Islamic Jihad] to fire or joins in then we will
target them too,” he said.
Balousha in Gaza contributed to this report.
— Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian
militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the
second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across
death of Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife as they slept in their home in eastern
Gaza set off the heaviest fighting in months between Israel and Islamic Jihad,
an Iranian-backed militant group that is even more hard-line than Gaza’s Hamas
rulers. Gaza militants fired scores of rockets into Israel throughout the day,
some reaching as far as Tel Aviv, while Israeli warplanes responded with a
series of airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets. Eight others were killed,
including at least seven militants.
thinks that it is possible to hurt our citizens and evade our long arm is
mistaken,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a meeting of top security
officials at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
described Abu el-Atta as a “ticking time bomb” and “the main instigator of
terrorism” from Gaza, responsible for many rocket attacks on Israel and
said the killing had been approved 10 days earlier, and that Israel had waited
for the “optimal conditions” to hit him while minimizing civilian casualties.
He said Israel was not interested in escalation but warned: “This could take
which frequently mediates between Israel and Gaza militants, was working to
de-escalate tensions, according to officials in Cairo. The officials spoke on
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
a possible sign the fighting could be brief, Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group
did not take part in Tuesday’s rocket fire. Although larger and more powerful
than Islamic Jihad, Hamas is also more pragmatic. With Gaza’s economy in
tatters, it appears to have little desire for another round of fighting with
has repeatedly said in speeches in recent weeks that Iran, Israel’s archenemy,
is becoming increasingly aggressive across the region and vowed to strike back.
has forces based in Syria, Israel’s northern neighbor and supports Hezbollah
militants in Lebanon. In Gaza, it supplies Islamic Jihad with cash, weapons and
expertise. Netanyahu has also claimed that Iran is using Iraq and far-off Yemen
to plan attacks against Israel. Hamas also receives some support from Iran.
frequently strikes Iranian interests in Syria. But Tuesday’s airstrike in
Damascus appeared to be a rare assassination attempt of a Palestinian militant
in the Syrian capital.
state-run news agency said Israeli warplanes fired three missiles at the home
of Akram al-Ajouri, a member of Islamic Jihad’s leadership living in exile.
Ajouri was not harmed, but his son and granddaughter were killed, the report
said. The Israeli military had no comment.
airstrike came at a sensitive time for the Israeli leader. After two
inconclusive elections this year, Netanyahu heads a caretaker government and is
fighting for his political survival ahead of a possible indictment on
Netanyahu failed to cobble together a parliamentary coalition following an
election in September, his chief rival, Benny Gantz, is now trying to form a
their bitter rivalry, the two projected a message of unity on Tuesday. Gantz, a
former military chief who led a 2014 war against Gaza militants, said he had
been consulted by Netanyahu ahead of the overnight airstrike and called it the
men have expressed support for a unity government between their parties in
order to avoid yet another election. But both have demanded that they lead the
successful military operation could bolster Netanyahu as he seeks to stay in
power — especially if he is indicted on corruption charges, as expected, in the
has sought to portray himself as the only leader capable of steering Israel
through its many security challenges. Remaining prime minister would leave him
in the best position to fight any charges, since all other Cabinet ministers
must automatically resign if indicted.
Inbar, president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, said
protracted fighting could push the two men toward compromise. “It could be used
as a moment for a national unity government,” he said.
Stav Shaffir, a lawmaker with the dovish Democratic Union, questioned the
timing and motives of the killing. “It’s hard not to ask questions about
timing,” she tweeted. “Above every decision hovers a cloud of suspicions.”
Gaza airstrike killed Abu el-Atta as he slept at home, destroying the top floor
of his apartment building. Abu el-Atta’s relatives and the Islamic Jihad said
Abu el-Atta’s wife was killed and the two wounded were their children.
Jihad is much smaller than Hamas. But with the strong support of Iran, it has
become much more aggressive in its confrontations with Israel. It often acts
without Hamas’ support.
recent weeks, Israeli media had identified Abu el-Atta as a senior militant
responsible for repeated rocket attacks, including a late-night barrage over
the Jewish sabbath two weeks ago. His father said the Islamic Jihad commander
had been in hiding in recent weeks, fearing he would be targeted.
after the group confirmed the death, rockets were fired toward Israel. Air raid
sirens continued to go off throughout the day as far away as Tel Aviv.
nightfall, the army said nearly 200 rockets had been fired, with about half
landing in open spaces and dozens more intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome
defense system. But in one instance, a rocket landed on a highway, just meters
(yards) from a passing vehicle. In another, a rocket pierced the roof of a
Mada rescue service said two people were treated for shrapnel wounds.
response, Israel shut down crossing points into Gaza and reduced the
permissible fishing area off the territory’s coast to 6 nautical miles. Schools
were closed, and people were told to stay home in communities stretching from
the Gaza border all the way to Tel Aviv, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) away.
Public shelters were opened and restrictions were placed on large gatherings.
the rocket fire persisted, Israel struck a series of Islamic Jihad targets
throughout Gaza, killing at least three militants.
attacks also came at a difficult time for Islamic Jihad’s Iranian patrons, who
are struggling under crippling U.S. sanctions.
regional influence is also being challenged by unprecedented, economically
driven mass protests in Iraq and Lebanon — two countries where Tehran wields
major influence. Tehran fears the unrest could spark a backlash against its
proxies in those countries, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has
accused the U.S. and its regional allies of fomenting it.
November 12, 2019
— Some 10,000 Islamic State detainees held in prisons in northeastern Syria
present a major security risk, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday,
urging countries to take back their citizens who joined the group and were
a ticking time bomb to simply have the better part of 10,000 detainees, many of
them foreign fighters,” the official, told reporters in a conference call.
State has lost almost all of its territory in Iraq and Syria. Its former leader
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. raid last month but it remains
security threat in Syria and beyond.
have been worried that Islamic State militants could escape as a result of
Turkey’s assault against Syrian Kurdish militia fighters who have been holding
thousands of the group’s fighters and tens of thousands of their family
official said little progress was made on the repatriation of Islamic State
detainees, with only some taken back by some Middle Eastern and Central Asian
that there are hundreds of people being held from Europe, we are very troubled
by this and it’s a major issue of diplomatic discussion,” the official said.
United States will hold a meeting of foreign ministers from the U.S.-led
coalition fighting Islamic State in Washington on Thursday to discuss the next
step on how to recalibrate the fight against the jihadi hardline group.
issue of how to handle Islamic State detainees is likely to take the center
cleared the way for a long-threatened Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria
on Oct. 9 against Kurdish forces who had been America’s top allies in the
battle against Islamic State since 2014.
official said the United States was confident that in the meantime, Syrian
Kurdish militia can keep the detainees secure but does not want to take any
risks by having a such a large group of militants in one place. (Reporting by
Humeyra Pamuk Editing by Leslie Adler and Alistair Bell)
12, 2019 14:29
Al Shurafa, Web Editor
Six Indian labourers who died in Oman during heavy rains when they were buried
alive at an excavation site for a water pipeline project, were identified as
Indian nationals emergency services said Tuesday.
were buried alive after heavy rain flooded the construction site they were
at the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) revealed that
although rescue teams had managed to reach them, the workers were unfortunately
six were working on a section of a pipe that was 14 metres below the ground at
a piping project in Seeb, when they were trapped under mud and water.
construction workers were identified today to be Indian nationals.
teams recovered the bodies of six Asian workers that were buried in a water
project" in the coastal city of Seeb, about 30 kilometres northwest of the
capital Muscat, the Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance (PACDA)
"The workers were trapped in rain water and mud while laying down pipes...
underground in a site that was 295 metres long and 14 metres deep."
took rescue workers about 12 hours to recover the bodies after pumping the
water out, the authority said.
Embassy in a tweet said “We are deeply saddened to learn about the incident
involving death of six workers, who are believed to be Indian nationals, in
Seeb area of Muscat, Oman, following the heavy rains on November 10,”
“The Embassy is in close contact with the Omani authorities to ascertain the
full facts of the incident and confirm the identity of the victims. We express
our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and stand ready to
extend all possible support.”
urged companies in charge of construction projects to abide by safety
regulations to protect workers.
General Federation of Oman Trade Unions called for an investigation to
"clarify the circumstances behind the incident and for the necessary legal
procedures" to follow.
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November 13, 2019, SPA -- Islamic University of Madinah, represented by the
Faculty of Arabic Language, will organize a scientific conference next Sunday
entitled "New Media and Arabic Language" with participation of a group
of academics and researchers from inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi
of the conference will witness the presentation of 60 working papers over three
days, within four main axes seeking to explore the positive and negative
phenomena created by the media in the Arabic language.
billion Muslims around the world spent 5.1% more on halal food and beverages in
2018 to reach $1.37 trillion versus the previous year, according to a study
released on Monday (November 11).
expenditure on F&B accounted for around 63.6% of the $2.2 trillion that
Muslims spent overall on halal and Islamic lifestyle sectors in 2018, said the
State of the Global Islamic Economy 2019/20 report. The lifestyle sectors
include apparel, travel, and media and recreation.
Muslim segment makes up around 17% of global food and beverage spend, said the
report produced by growth strategy research and advisory firm DinarStandard,
the parent company of Salaam Gateway.
leads with $173 billion spent on F&B, followed by Turkey on $135 billion
and Pakistan on $119 billion.
the top halal food exporters to the 57 Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC) member states remain non-Muslim countries.
halal meats exporter Brazil sold around $5.5 billion to OIC states, followed by
Australia’s $2.4 billion and $621 million from Sudan.
$210 billion in food and beverages were exported to OIC countries in 2018,
according to the report.
challenges for the halal food sector still revolve around certification as a
means to reassure Muslim consumers their food truthfully adheres to Islamic
the food production chain has changed, Muslims have had to pay heightened
attention to labeling of products across the value chain, with concerns
spanning non-ritually slaughtered meat to porcine gelatin, additives and
colourings,” said the report.
the halal sector continues to grapple with many regulations, standards and
certifiers, it is increasingly also being asked to be mindful of its social
certification continues to remain fragmented throughout the world, with
sustainability not yet a core component of the certifying process,” the report
puts the number of countries with halal regulations at 52.
with some positive development in halal, the halal food industry can play a
stronger role in supporting the environment and in driving improved outcomes
for the world’s poorest,” it added.
halal food sector, said the report, has “substantial runway” to realise its
full ethical role.
estimates investments in halal products for the 12 months to July 31, 2019 at
$652.3 million, with corporates leading the way.
have also signaled the increasing attractiveness of the halal food sector, as
seen by Kerry Group’s acquisition of Oman-based Aatco Foods for $409 million,
and Zensho Holding’s acquisition of Malaysia-based The Chicken and Rice Shop
for $53 million,” the firm wrote in the report.
are also contributing to the growing sector, especially with dedicated halal
UAE and China have agreed a $1 billion agreement for a food manufacturing and
processing plant in Dubai, while Indonesia aims to launch an $18 million Halal
Lifestyle District,” wrote DinarStandard.
overall, the halal food sector remains unserved by investments.
while there have been government initiatives as well as mergers, acquisitions
and IPOs in the segment, halal food still remains an unrealised opportunity,”
said the report.
forecasts Muslim expenditure on halal food to grow by 6.3% per year to reach
$1.97 trillion by 2024.
for businesses and investments lie in several sub-sectors, including halal
ingredients, meat-based meals and snacks, halal feed, halal products
e-commerce, and halal food-tech.
State of the Global lslamic Economy report has been published annually since
officials said Cairo is attempting to de-escalate tensions between Israel and
Palestinian factions in Gaza amid the worst bout of fighting there in recent
officials said Egypt's general intelligence agency has stepped up
communications and has "opened channels" with the US and the European
Union, reported The Associated Press.
often acts as a mediator between Israel and Gaza factions, and brokered a
ceasefire deal in May.
deal appeared threatened Tuesday after a pre-dawn Israeli airstrike in Gaza
killed senior Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata.
state media said a separate missile attack had hit the home of a Jihad official
in Damascus, killing two people including one of his sons.
said Israel carried out the Damascus strike. Israel did not comment.
in Gaza have responded with rockets fired into Israel, reaching as far as Tel
Aviv. The Israeli military has carried out a number of airstrikes in Gaza.
foreign ministry condemned the strike that killed Ata.
a statement Tuesday, Daifallah al-Fayez, a spokesman for the Jordanian foreign
ministry, blamed Israel for the ensuing escalation in violence.
said the fighting "will only increase tension and violence, deepen the
environment of despair and promote extremist agendas in the region."
called for Israel and the Palestinians to return to negotiations, saying that
talks, along with an end to the Israeli blockade on the territory, could bring
a solution to Gaza's woes.
For All In Muslim Societies: Imran Khan
Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said it was the responsibility of the state to
ensure equal treatment for all citizens in an Islamic society.
the International Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Conference in Islamabad to mark the
birth of Islam’s Prophet, Khan said Islam had introduced the concept of a
welfare state to the world. According to Radio Pakistan, he said the birth of
Islam’s Prophet had further brought an end to a history of inhumanity,
oppression, tyranny, ignorance, injustice and deviation from “the right path.”
his resolve to transform Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state in line with
the teachings of Islam’s Prophet, the premier said it would require time and
unwavering commitment. “Those who plundered the wealth of the nation do not
deserve to be spared. No NROs or other relaxations can be given to people
guilty of corruption,” he said. “Compassion is for the poor and downtrodden
segments of society—not for the powerful and corrupt. Injustice and deviation
from merit are critical in the decline of any society,” he said, adding
everyone was equal before the law in an Islamic state.
prime minister said today’s youth should look to emulate the personality and
character of Islam’s Prophet. “Every youngster should learn from the teachings
of [Islam’s] Prophet because therein lies the secret to achieving greatness,”
he said, adding that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government would reform
Pakistan’s education to ensure every child learnt how Islam’s Prophet had
converted a tribal society into a global force.
need to understand the reasons for the rise and fall of Muslims in history,” he
said. “Malaysia and Turkey, with Pakistan, have decided to work together to
create films on great Islamic leaders so that Muslims can learn their great
President Arif Alvi also vowed to develop Pakistan as a welfare state on the model
of the state of Madina. He also hoped the economic and social reforms initiated
by the incumbent government would bring about a positive change in Pakistan.
Tahir | Syed Irfan RazaUpdated November 13, 2019
Ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday refused to travel abroad
for his medical treatment under the conditions proposed by the government after
marathon meetings of the federal cabinet and its sub-committee, which ended in
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo rejected the government’s offer made on
medical grounds and to pay Rs7 billion as surety bonds — equivalent to the
fines imposed on him by an accountability court in two corruption cases
Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield properties — in which he was convicted.
the end of the marathon meetings held in three sessions (from 10am to 1.30pm,
from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and from 9.30pm to 11pm), Law Minister Farogh Naseem,
chairman of the cabinet’s sub-committee which decides the cases of Exit Control
List (ECL), told the media that the committee had reserved its decision and the
final nod would be given by the federal cabinet. “We are not a decision-making
authority but a recommendatory body and, therefore, we will present our
recommendations to the cabinet today (Wednesday morning),” he said, adding that
the decision on the matter was not time-barred.
said the sub-committee had done its job on merit and its decision was not
binding on Nawaz Sharif. Asked under what law the committee or the government
could get surety bonds from Nawaz Sharif who had already submitted them to the
courts, the law minister simply replied: “No comments.”
member of the committee told Dawn that the government side had already made its
mind, even before the meeting, that Mr Sharif would be asked for indemnity
bonds if he wanted to travel abroad for medical treatment.
government wants submission of surety bonds equivalent to fines imposed on
ex-PM in two corruption cases
government wanted that the PML-N supremo’s brother Shahbaz Sharif or his
daughter Maryam Nawaz submit on his behalf surety bonds equivalent to the fines
imposed on him in the two corruption cases.
categorically told the government that Mr Sharif would not submit any indemnity
bonds to the government for his departure for London for his treatment,” a
PML-N insider told Dawn in Lahore on Tuesday night. He said the government’s
‘conditions’ were brought to the knowledge of Nawaz Sharif by his younger
brother Shahbaz at the former’s Jati Umra residence in the presence of Maryam
Nawaz. “Nawaz Sharif said these demands/conditions are illegal and can’t be met
in the presence of court guarantees already submitted to it (court) with regard
to his bail,” he said.
party insider said Mr Sharif expressed his annoyance over the government’s
“tricks” on the matter. “The government cannot hold another court of its own on
the earlier decision of the Islamabad High Court that granted Mr Sharif
eight-week bail on medical grounds,” he said, adding that the Sharif family was
also consulting its legal team whether to move the court for removal of his
name from the ECL if the government did not decide the matter in his favour on
something happens to Mr Sharif, ‘Imran Khan and company’ will be responsible as
his condition is critical and government is using the opportunity for their
dirty politics,” another senior PMLN leader said.
a PMLN lawyer, who represented Shahbaz Sharif in the sub-committee of the
cabinet, said that in the presence of surety bonds submitted in both cases to
the courts, there was no legal need to submit any more surety bonds to the
contacted, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said Nawaz Sharif would not
submit any fresh surety bonds. “No surety bonds as they are already submitted
in courts,” she added. She said her party leadership would not accept another
member of the federal cabinet told Dawn on condition of anonymity that the
meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan held a threadbare discussion
on the issue of Mr Sharif’s exit from the country. “Although there was a divide
among the cabinet members, majority of them were in favour of his [Mr Sharif’s]
exit from the country and it was endorsed by the prime minister,” he added.
departure of Nawaz Sharif for medical treatment abroad was delayed as the
institutions concerned were reportedly not on the same page on the matter,
especially the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The anti-graft watchdog,
under whose complaint the name of the former premier was placed on the ECL, did
not recommend his exist from the country.
the main problem is that nobody is ready to take responsibility,” said Special
Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information Dr Firdous Ashid Awan
while talking to Dawn on the role of NAB in the matter.
the other hand, a senior NAB official, who did not want to be named, said that
there were precedents in the past that the government had allowed many people
on the ECL to leave the country without the bureau’s consent. He said SAPM on
Tourism Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari [whose name was on the interior ministry’s
blacklist] and Mubeen Sohlat [approver in the LNG case against former prime
minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi], Gohar Ullah [a businessman] and Zahid Muzaffar
[adviser to former finance minister Ishaq Dar] were some examples as their
names were removed from the no-fly list without informing NAB.
the first session of the sub-committee, Law Minister Naseem called on Prime
Minister Khan when the federal cabinet meeting was under way and apprised him
of the situation and findings of the committee on medical grounds.
participants of the meeting said the prime minister had apprised the members
that he had himself sent some doctors to Nawaz Sharif, including Dr Faisal
Sultan, and got reports that the former premier was seriously ill. However, Mr
Khan also feared that the past history of the Sharifs had shown that they could
escape and would not return to the country once they were allowed to leave
while facing corruption references.
Nawaz Sharif leaves the country and does not come back, NAB and the courts can
ask us that why the government had allowed Nawaz Sharif to proceed abroad,” the
prime minister was quoted as saying.
meeting also referred to a decision of the Supreme Court in the Pamana Papers
case in which Nawaz Sharif was bound to stay in the country and could not leave
it for at least six months. “Supreme Court’s decision became anfractuous once
Nawaz Sharif was sent to jail and the time mentioned in the judgement lapsed,”
the meeting was told.
a post-cabinet meeting press conference, SAPM Dr Awan said that there was a
divide among the cabinet members on the issue of Mr Sharif’s exit and,
therefore, the prime minister held voting and as majority votes were in favour
of him leaving the country, the meeting decided to give him permission but
under some conditions. The conditions proposed in the meeting were that Nawaz
Sharif should be allowed to leave after submitting surety bonds; it should be a
one-time waiver and his stay in any country for medical treatment should be
said that since Nawaz Sharif had not property in Pakistan in his name, the
meeting decided that properties of his daughter Maryam and brother Shahbaz
Sharif should be pledged as surety bonds.
member of the sub-committee told Dawn that PML-N had not accepted the
conditions proposed for Mr Sharif’s departure.
Tarar, a PML-N representative in the meeting, asked the government members of
the committee that they [Sharifs] had already submitted surety bonds in the two
cases to courts and, therefore, no new surety bonds would be presented.
November 13, 2019
Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said now that his economic team had
"stabilised the economy", the government is focusing on creating job
opportunities and facilitating investors.
at Sino-Pak Tire Manufacturing Joint Venture Signing Ceremony, the prime
minister said that the government's "next challenge" was to provide
jobs to the people and, in order to create employment opportunities, the
country needs investors to invest money.
investments increase [...] and people get jobs, we believe that our economy's
growth rate will be higher than [what has been] predicted," he told
attendees. The prime minister said that the government was focusing on the
development of the construction sector and was also making efforts to
facilitate foreign investors.
pointed out that Pakistan had climbed 28 spots on the World Bank's ease of
doing business index.
is a now a daily struggle for my office, Board of Investment and Ministry of
Commerce that we increase our exports and bring in investors in order to
[improve] our country."
the joint venture between automobile firms in Pakistan and China, Prime
Minister Imran said that he was happy that tyres, which were previously being
smuggled, will now be manufactured in the country, increasing exports.
foreign exchange will increase with the export of goods," he said.
"The biggest crisis we keep facing is that our current account deficit
is pressurised due to [current account] deficit and when the [value] of rupee
falls, inflation rises," he said.
policy now is to focus on [increasing] exports. And our exports are increasing
by the grace of God and we have reduced imports in order to reduce current
said that the economy was moving in the "right direction", adding
that his administration was focusing on creating job opportunities for people
and facilitating investors.
prime minister said that relations between China and Pakistan were "better
than ever before" and Beijing's top leadership was taking an interest in
initiating joint ventures. Therefore, the prime minister said, it was
imperative that the government "makes it easier for [Chinese companies] to
enter [Pakistani] market".
congratulate my economic team for stabilising the rupee. We are not spending
our foreign exchange in order to [artificially] stabilise the rupee. It is now
being valued at its market rate and over the past three months, it has gained
is a very good sign because it means that the market's sentiment is now
positive. Market believes that Pakistan's economy is now stable and will grow.
This is also being reflected by the stock exchange."
before the prime minister made the remarks, the Pakistan Stock Exchange had
closed on a positive note at 400 points at lunchtime.
premier said that Pakistan's progress had also been endorsed by the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.
a meeting with the government team last week, the IMF delegation had
acknowledged that Pakistan had achieved all targets set for September.
TERENGGANU, Nov 12 -- The longing of Sheikh Atta Muhammad Faiz Atta Al-Muhtasib
for the Masjid Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, which he had not visited for 20
years, was somewhat mollified when he visited the replica of the mosque at the
Islamic Civilisation Park here today.
Imam and Khatib at the Prophet Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron, Palestine also shed
tears, saying despite his house being located only 35 kilometres (km) from the
Al-Aqsa Mosque, he had been barred from entering the third most holy mosque of Islam
since 20 years ago.
single sentence can express my feeling of being overwhelmed because on
Palestine soil itself I cannot step foot in the Al-Aqsa Mosque but here I can
see it despite it only being a replica,’’ he said when visiting the replica of
the Dome of the Rock found in the replica of the mosque.
said this in the Arabic Language which was translated into Bahasa Melayu by
Terengganu Strategic and Integrity Institute deputy chief executive officer 11,
Mohd Kamal Nazmi Kamaruddin.
Sheikh Atta Muhammad Faiz, who is also the Palestine Syariah High Court Judge,
would not give up and aspired to step foot in the Al-Aqsa Mosque one day.
Al-Aqsa Mosque Chief Imam and Director Sheikh Omar Fahmi Awadallah al-Kiswani
who also participated in the visit was astounded and shocked because the
replica of the mosque was constructed like the real Al-Aqsa Mosque.
is a shock to me. The mini dome, the carvings and building construction are
almost the same as the Al-Aqsa Mosque. It symbolises the people of Malaysia who
are so concerned with the issues linked to Palestine.
also expresses the love of the Malaysian people for the people of Palestine
because the construction of the replica is very detailed and almost 100 per
cent like the Al-Aqsa Mosque,’’ he added.
expressing his appreciation to Malaysia for building such a place, he also
urged Muslims in the country to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque to demonstrate their
love for the mosque.
Islamic finance rank has improved exponentially this year, but challenges
remain to further develop the sharia economy.
on the 2019 Islamic Finance Development Indicator (IFDI) launched on Tuesday by
the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and
financial market data provider Refinitiv, Indonesia’s ranking jumped six steps
to fourth from 10th place in 2018 after Malaysia, Bahrain and the United Arab
proposition manager, Shaima Hassan, said that the leapfrog in the ranking was
caused by the fact that the country’s score improved by 37 percent this year
driven by several factors, one of which was the establishment of the 2019-2024
sharia economy master plan.
master plan, launched in May by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, was intended to
empower Indonesia’s halal value chain and turn the country into a net producer
instead of a market for halal goods and services.
explained during a media briefing following the launch of the report that
several other factors also supported the jump in the country’s ranking, namely
“raising awareness on Islamic finance, increased Islamic finance assets that
reached US$86 billion in 2018, as well as well-established regulations for
Islamic finance that promoted Indonesia as a leader in the industry”.
the achievement, the country still struggles in tackling the challenges to
develop sharia finance and the sharia economy. Some of the challenges came from
the lack of participation from sharia banks in financing infrastructure
projects, low optimization of waqf – a form of endowment specifically intended
for charitable causes, usually given in the form of assets such as land or
buildings – and zakat (alms) assets for economic development, as well as the
higher rate of spending on halal products compared to production.
to the Financial Services Authority, as of July 2019 Islamic financial assets
(not including Islamic shares) amounted to Rp 1,359 trillion (US$97.07
billion), a 5 percent increase from the beginning of this year. Its market
share is 8.7 percent of the total national financial assets.
Committee for Sharia Finance (KNKS) executive director Ventje Rahardjo said the
country’s sharia banks had actually been involved in a number of the country’s
infrastructure projects, one of which was the Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll
road linking Jakarta with West Java.
sharia banks can only participate in syndicated loans with other sharia and
conventional banks as they have limited capital,” he said, referring to the
Indonesian banking regulation that only allowed banks to disburse a maximum of
30 percent of its capital for big project loans like infrastructure.
further explained that currently only state-owned lender Bank Mandiri’s
subsidiary, Bank Syariah Mandiri (BSM), fell under the BUKU III category (core
capital of Rp 5 trillion (US$357.14 million), while other sharia banks fell
under the lower categories of BUKU I and BUKU II.
tackle this issue, he continued, the committee was working to cooperate with
other financial institutions to encourage more sharia banks to disburse larger
loans in government-backed infrastructure projects through public-private
of the upcoming projects that will use this scheme will be a hospital
construction project in Aceh, which is obliged by the province’s local sharia
law to be financed through an Islamic financing scheme. The project is expected
to begin in 2020.
the same time, he said, the KNKS was encouraging sharia banks to increase their
capital so they could have a bigger role in infrastructure projects, while also
promoting the establishment of Islamic investment banking so that more sharia
banks and financial institutions could participate in financing the
government’s infrastructure projects.
challenge the country faced in developing its sharia economy came from the low
usage in the social sector of alms and waqf in supporting development, Bank
Indonesia (BI) deputy governor Dody Budi Waluyo said.
said Indonesia’s large Muslim population meant that the country had huge
potential in social finance. “Around 85 percent of our total population of 268
million are Muslims, which means that we have huge potential in social finance
that comes from alms and waqf,” he explained.
however, said the lack of data collection on the two instruments hindered the
country in reaching its full potential as the KNKS recorded national alms
collection at only Rp 8 trillion, much lower than the Islamic Development Bank
estimate of Rp 200 trillion.
one of the biggest challenges the country faced in developing the sharia
economy was the lack of halal goods and services production, Dody said.
the large Muslim population, Indonesia was more of a consumer of halal goods
and services instead of a producer, he said, creating a problem not only for
the sharia economy but also for the current account deficit, which worsened
every time consumers imported their needs.
we can boost our production in halal goods and services, we can fulfill our
household spending needs, as well as stabilize our inflation, prices, and
currency and reduce our deficit,” he said.
Augustin -November 13, 2019
Lim Guan Eng today accused the opposition of playing the race card on the
Tanjung Piai by-election campaign trail, days after the prime minister made a
DAP secretary-general said the opposition would tell Chinese voters that he was
anti-Chinese while Malay voters would be told he was anti-Malay.
it doesn’t make sense does it?
we are, is that we are pro-Malaysian and pro-principles,” he told reporters
after attending a luncheon here.
who is the finance minister, was asked on the possibility of the opposition
playing the race card over the lack of funding for Tunku Abdul Rahman
previously said it would provide at least RM30 million on condition MCA
relinquishes control of the institution.
this, Lim said: “Of course they will play the race card.”
Monday, Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused MCA of playing the race card when
canvassing for votes in Tanjung Piai.
who is Pakatan Harapan chairman, said the Chinese-based party was playing up
race issues, similar to what Umno was doing.
in particular when attacking the DAP, is about racial issues,” said Mahathir.
Reporters -November 13, 2019
JAYA: PKR Youth chief Akmal Nasir today confirmed that Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
will officiate the party’s youth congress this year, following speculation that
Mohamed Azmin Ali’s invitation to do so had been withdrawn.
a statement, he said all decisions regarding the event had been made in a PKR
Youth council meeting on Oct 20.
would like to remind everyone that efforts to strengthen consensus and unity in
our struggle should begin with everyone respecting the party’s leadership, the
constitutions and party decisions,” he said.
remarks came shortly after a joint statement issued by 21 of the youth wing’s
25 central leaders criticising PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution for
allegedly withdrawing Azmin’s invitation to officiate the congress.
the party’s deputy president is invited to open the national conventions of the
party’s youth and women’s wings.
group, led by deputy youth chief Muhammad Hilman Idham, said the move gave the
impression that the party was fraught with crises.
also said the decision was against the spirit of the congress and that of the
Akmal said all statements by the wing leaders should be made through the
would have been more appropriate for PKR Youth leaders to follow the existing
channels before making any open statements that are inaccurate,” he added.
-November 13, 2019
LUMPUR: A former band member of local rock band Ukays who joined the IS
militant group in Syria was killed in an air strike in Syria in March this
Aman’s anti-terrorism chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said based on information
obtained from his foreign counterparts and Malaysian sources in Syria, Wan Mohd
Aquil Wan Zainal Abidin or Akel Zainal, his wife and their two children aged
two and three were killed in a Russian air strike.
received information that Akel’s house in Baghouz was hit by an air strike in
March,” he said when contacted here today.
said another militant from Belgium was also killed in the incident.
had been fighting for IS in Syria since Jan 3, 2014.
was believed to be the most senior Malaysian militant who was identified by
Malaysian authorities as the person responsible for various plans to attack
several targets in Malaysia.
Ayob said another Malaysian militant, Mohd Rafi Udin, also known as Abu Awn
Al-Malizi, who was a former senior follower of Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia
(KMM), was also killed in a Russian air strike in January.
joined the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) before heading to Syria to join IS and was
featured in a video in 2016 calling for attacks against secular governments and
their leaders, he added.
Rajapaksa’s election to the Presidency in 2005 was partly due to the failure by
Tamils to exercise their vote as citizens. Whether it was a call by their own
supremo at the time – V. Prabhakaran – or their own (understandable)
disillusionment with the political establishment in Colombo, in 2005 the vast
majority of the Tamils from the North and East and even in Colombo did not go
to the polling booths.
a result of the electoral outcome, the Rajapaksas ruled over the entire country
for the next 10 years, with grave effects for all communities, but worst for
the Tamils and Muslims. Today, at this moment of popular decision-making, when
citizens must shortly cast their vote to choose their future President of the
Republic, it is essential that the lessons of history must be learnt.
the week, we will know what fate lies ahead for the minority communities of
this country. At present on most campaign platforms across the country, what
can be seen and heard is racism and hate speech centred on our ethnic
minorities. Divide and rule has been the norm of Sinhala-led governments since
freedom from colonial rule. But in this presidential election the incitement of
fear and suspicion and consequent hatred against the ‘non-Sinhala’ has reached
a level we have never witnessed before.
frontline speakers of the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna
(SLPP), are busy trying to gather votes for Gotabaya Rajapaksa through
unrestrained hate-mongering. They are stridently asking the Sinhalese not to
support Sajith because Muslims are linked to him or, to support Gota because he
will put the Muslims in their place. In areas where Karuna, Pillaiyan and
such-like are campaigning, venom is spouting forth against the Muslims, with
appeals to Tamils to vote for Gota if they want to keep the Muslims suppressed.
Paradoxically, the very same pro-SLPP forces have mobilised Hisbullah to try to
persuade the extremist Muslims against the Tamils and even the ‘hardline’
Sinhalese by voting for Gotabaya!
a strategy is possible at this historical juncture mainly because the
“Yahapalana” Government failed to deliver on the democratic reforms it promised
and left so many in the minority communities in unresolved predicaments as a
result. In the north, war-affected communities are being exhorted to boycott
the election. They are being told that whether it is Sajith or Gotabaya,
neither will solve their problems.
ITAK, the Sri Lanka Thamil Political Party, after a long hibernation, decided
to support Premadasa at their recent leadership meeting in Vavuniya, it was
reported that one of the women representing the families of ‘disappeared’ or
missing people tried to throw a slipper at TNA leader Sampanthan.
the Muslim community is being threatened about the ‘dangerous’ consequences of
voting for Sajith. Such warnings are being delivered by chosen Muslim proxies
who are using their credibility as members of the community to swing Muslim
votes away from Sajtih.
scare tactic to keep voters away is the confusion created around the dress of
Muslim women. A rumour is being circulated, seemingly from the police, that
Muslim women wearing the burkha and the nikhab could create suspicion at the
polling booths. Thus it is rumoured that these dress would be banned on voting
day to enable a peaceful election. This is a false rumour, of course. Sri
Lanka’s police is more sophisticated than that. We can see how carefully they
handled the counter-insurgency operations against the Zahran-led bombers.
before the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, Muslim women did go to the polling
stations, stood in queue and raised their face cover to show their identity
before casting their vote. They have done so in every election without any
problems, as good citizens.
the recent harassment Muslim women have faced due to their clothing in some
Government buildings and in public transport, especially in the areas that were
attacked by rioting mobs after the Easter attacks, many Muslim women are really
frightened and may not turn up to vote in the same numbers as before.
October 26, 2018 Constitutional coup was a jarring reminder – especially to the
6.2 million voters who rejected Mahinda in 2015 – that the Rajapaksas are
willing to manipulate this country’s most basic political institutions and laws
in order to retrieve the power they unexpectedly lost in 2015.
that coup attempt by the Rajapaksas was possible only because the minority
parties – TNA, SLMC, ACMC, and TPA – remained unified and defended the
country’s democratic institutions and its basic law. Now the Rajapaksas are
actively trying to stop that minority coalition from helping Sajith become
SLPP is trying to do this by pitting the Tamil community against the Muslims
and vice versa. Knowing full well that the war and riot-battered ethnic
minorities will never deliberately seek to bring back to power those at whose
hands they have suffered most, the SLPP strategy seems to be to prevent
anti-Gota voters from going to the polling booth by persuading minority
community citizens that there is no point in electing a Sinhala leader.
tactic seems to be to try to persuade those voters who would never vote for
Gotabaya by getting them to spoil their vote. It is reported that one faction
linked to Gota’s campaign in Batticaloa is attempting to mislead groups of
Tamil women by ‘advising’ them to put three Xs on the ballot card to fully
exercise their preferential votes knowing that these women will never vote for
almost 2-foot long ballot paper and the long list of 35 candidates is, itself,
causing enough confusion among voters many of whom rarely mark the preference
any case the minority Tamils and Muslims are not fully impressed by the various
candidates’ election promises. Consequently they have little enthusiasm to go
to the polling station on the basis of candidates’ policies or manifestos.
this writer argues that it is imperative that all citizens, including the
ethnic minorities should go to the polling booths on November 16. It is crucial
for all citizens of this Republic exercise their right of franchise to
participate in electing the head of state. Whether the candidate that is to be
elected is a greater or lesser evil, all citizens’ ballots should be counted.
minority communities must think of themselves as active citizens of the
Republic, guided by both their acknowledged political leaders and also by their
own conscience as well as their clearly understood community and local
vote must ultimately be for genuine inter-ethnic harmony based on a clear
recognition of equality and social justice to all and not merely to any
writer is a community worker in the East.)
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019
Afghan Special Forces killed 10 Taliban and ISIS militants and arrested 8
others during the operations in Kabul, Baghlan and Nangarhar provinces.
military officials said Tuesday the Special Forces arrested 8 Taliban militants
and destroyed a cache of weapons during a raid in Kabul city.
officials further added that the Special Forces killed 6 Taliban militants and
destroyed a small cache of weapons during a raid in Baghlan-e Jadid district of
Special Forces killed 4 ISIS militants during another raid in Achin district of
Nangarhar, the officials said, adding that the Special Forces also destroyed a
small cache of weapons during the same raid.
Taliban and ISIS militants have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Khaama Press / in Afghanistan / on Monday, 11 Nov 2019
security forces conducted airstrikes in five provinces of Afghanistan in the
past 24 hours killing at least 20 Taliban militants, the military officials
officials further added an airstrike in Chak-e Wardak district of Wardak
province killed four Taliban militants.
airstrike in Zurmat district of Paktiya killed two Taliban militants, the
officials said, adding that a similar airstrike in Shinkai district of Zabul
killed three Taliban militants.
officials also added that an airstrike in Maruf district of Kandahar killed 9
Taliban militants while an air raid in Nad Ali district of Helmand killed two
Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
explosion triggered by an improvised explosive device killed four Pakistani
militants in South-eastern Paktiya province of Afghanistan.
to a statement released by provincial government, an explosion went off among
Pakistani militants in Andar area of Samkanai district on Sunday evening,
killing four militants.
statement further added that the militants were busy planting a roadside bomb
in the area when the explosives went off prematurely.
militants and other militant groups often use improvised explosive device to
target the security forces and government officials.
majority of such attacks inflict casualties on ordinary civilians.
under attack over anti-hate speech billPublished 1 min ago on November 13,
2019By Fikayo Olowolagba
Senate under the leadership of Ahmed Lawan has been criticised over the hate
speech bill sponsored by Senator Sabi Abdullahi.
POST had reported that Senator Sabi Abdullahi representing Niger North
Senatorial district, on Tuesday sponsored a private bill to tackle hate
speeches and other social media related contents, considered antagonistic to
the interest of Nigerian society.
lawmaker, who was Senate Spokesman in the 8th Senate and now Deputy Chief Whip,
wants the National Assembly to establish a Commission with administrative
structures to deal with hate speeches in Nigeria.
bill titled: “National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Est.,
etc) bill, 2019 (SB. 154)” passed its first reading on Tuesday.
introduction of hate speech bill has since been met with backlash from
Nigerians and lawmakers.
reacting, warned the Senate against passing the anti-hate speech bill.
to him, “This law, if passed, will one day come back to haunt them.”
former presidential spokesman on his Twitter page wrote: “They haven’t passed
laws to hang killer herdsmen, they haven’t passed laws to hang Boko Haramist
(they FREE ‘repentant’ Boko Haram)
haven’t passed laws to hang corrupt politicians but they want to pass a Bill to
hang you for FREE SPEECH!
the Nigerian Senate bows to pressure and passes this anti hate speech bill, be
it known to them that it was the law General Obasanjo’s government passed in
1976 that Abacha used to sentence Obj to death in 1995.
law, if passed, will one day come back to haunt them!”
former president Atiku Abubakar described the hate speech bill sponsored by
Sabi Abdullahi as an ‘abuse of the legislative process that will violate
Nigerians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to Freedom of Speech.
Claire Knox, wires
has filed a "game-changing" case at the United Nations' top court,
accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority.
International Court of Justice (ICJ), also known as the World Court, is the UN's
top legal institution that rules on disputes between states.
application alleges Myanmar has carried out mass murder and rape in Rakhine
state and asked the ICJ to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's
genocidal conduct immediately".
46-page case will bring the first judicial scrutiny of what a UN fact-finding
mission called a systematic military campaign of murder, gang rape, arson, and
"genocidal intent" against Rohingya Muslims — warning just last month
that there was "a serious risk of genocide recurring".
mission also said in its final report in September that Myanmar should be held
responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against the
than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to neighbouring Bangladesh following a 2017
crackdown by Myanmar's military in response to an insurgency attack.
which has a Buddhist majority, denies accusations of genocide and says its
crackdown targeted militant separatists in Rakhine state.
Gambia and Myanmar are signatories to the 1948 Genocide Convention, which not
only prohibits states from committing genocide but also compels all signatory
states to prevent and punish the crime of genocide.
the rules of the ICJ, the application argues, member states can bring actions
against other member states over disputes alleging breaches of international
alleges that Myanmar's campaign against the Rohingya, which includes
"killing, causing serious bodily and mental harm, inflicting conditions
that are calculated to bring about physical destruction, imposing measures to
prevent births, and forcible transfers, are genocidal in character because they
are intended to destroy the Rohingya group in whole or in part".
submission said that some of Myanmar's military were the "prime
operatives" behind a "systematic campaign on Facebook" that
targeted the Rohingya.
justice minister and Attorney-General Abubacarr Marie Tambadou said he wanted
to "send a clear message to Myanmar and to the rest of the international
community that the world must not stand by and do nothing in the face of
terrible atrocities that are occurring around us".
is a shame for our generation that we do nothing while genocide is unfolding
right before our own eyes," he said.
tiny West African nation, which is predominantly Muslim, has filed its case
with the support of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation.
its filing, Gambia asked the court to grant so-called provisional measures to
make sure Myanmar immediately "stops atrocities and genocide against its
own Rohingya people".
law firm helping Gambia, Foley Hoag, said it expected the first hearings on the
provisional measures to take place next month.
rights groups that have been pushing the international community to act on the
Rohingya crisis hailed Gambia's move.
Singh, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch, called
the case a "game changer" and called on other states to support it.
Singh told the ABC that while this was not the first time a state had
instigated a genocide case at the ICJ — Bosnia brought a case against Serbia in
1993 — it was the first time a country with no direct connection to the crimes
had brought a case under the Genocide Convention.
also a critical reminder that all countries that are members of the genocide
convention have a responsibility to uphold it," she said.
has found a way to turn the international community's handwringing over the
Rohingya into action."
the ICJ has no means to enforce any of its rulings, going against the decisions
of the court could further harm Myanmar's international reputation.
Ms Singh said an order from the World Court would "carry more weight"
and add significant pressure on to Myanmar to "provide reparations for
victims of genocidal acts who are members of the Rohingya".
month, Myanmar's UN ambassador, Hau Do Suan, called the UN fact-finding mission
"one-sided" and based on "misleading information and secondary
said Myanmar's government takes accountability seriously and that perpetrators
of all human rights violations "causing the large outflow of displaced
persons to Bangladesh must be held accountable".
for Yasmin Ullah, a Rohingya activist based in Canada, Gambia's move was a
significant one that recognised the suffering of her people.
is so important for us to feel like our pain is recognised because we've
internalised all our lives that we're not worthy," she said after a panel
discussion in The Hague.
it also is important that the word 'genocide' has been uttered so much within
one hour ... and we've pushed so hard for it for such a long time and finally
it is being heard."
after the Supreme Court, deciding the title suit of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri
Masjid, ruled that the entire disputed land be handed over to a trust to be
constituted for construction of a Ram temple and that Muslims be given five
acres of either the acquired land near the site or at “a suitable prominent
place in Ayodhya” for building a mosque, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha
(ABHM), one of the appellants in the apex court, has raised an objection over
the direction to provide five-acre land to Sunni Waqf Board.
Hindu Mahasabha said they are studying the judgment to decide on filing a
review petition against the order.
have strong objections over the court direction to provide Sunni Waqf Board
five acres of land near the site or a suitable prominent place in Ayodhya. If
it has been proved that a temple was there, then why any land should be given
to them. We are presently studying the Supreme Court judgment and will decide
later on filing a review petition,” said advocate Shishir Chaturvedi, the
present president of ABHM.
ABHM appeal in the Supreme Court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment
was filed in 2011 by its then president Kamlesh Tiwari who was murdered at his
residence in Lucknow last month.
who is now also a “pairokar” on behalf of Tiwari in the Supreme Court appeal,
added that Tiwari got down from the ABHM president’s post over a year ago.
had applied for a power of attorney on behalf of Kamlesh Tiwari in the Supreme
Court in the title suit case,” said Chaturvedi.
ABHM had formed a high-power committee and nominated Tiwari, the then
president, to be an appellant in the title suit case on behalf of the outfit
against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment.
wife Kiran also told The Indian Express on Tuesday that they are not happy with
the top court’s decision to give five acres to Muslims for building a mosque in
Ayodhya. “We are happy with the Supreme Court judgment to form a trust to build
a Ram temple at the disputed site because my husband fought for this throughout
his life. We all are happy with the Supreme Court judgment, but have objection
over its decision of giving five acres of land to the other (Muslim) side in
Ayodhya. If the central or state government begins the process to give the
land, we would start a protest against it,” said Kiran, who became the
president of Hindu Samaj Party after her husband’s death. Tiwari had formed
this party after resigning from the ABHM.
was murdered by two persons at his residence in Khurshed Bagh area of Lucknow
on October 18. Kiran and her party worker Swaraj Singh were present in the
house when the two men came to Tiwari’s residence on the pretext of meeting him
and stabbed him 15 times, before shooting him on the left side of his face.
showed photograph of both killers to me and Swaraj Singh and we have identified
them,” said Kiran.
have arrested 12 accused, including the two killers, and all are lodged in
motive behind the murder, according to the police, was to avenge Tiwari’s
objectionable comments made against the Prophet in 2015.
whose appointment as assistant professor in the Sanskrit faculty of Banaras
Hindu University (BHU) last week created a controversy, was the only Muslim
student in the Jaipur institute from where he completed his doctorate in 2018.
who prefers not to use a surname, said he wasn’t discriminated against when he
was learning Sanskrit but rued that “when I want to propagate it through
teaching, I have suddenly become a Muslim.”
week, some students staged a sit-in near the residence of the vice chancellor
of BHU, demanding cancellation of his appointment. The BHU administration has
so far stuck to its guns, and said that it “unanimously” appointed the “most
qualified candidates” through a “transparent” screening process headed by the
I got admitted to Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University) in Jaipur for
the Shastri (undergraduate) degree, I was the only Muslim on campus,” said
Firoze. The 29-year-old teacher is from Bagru, a village famous for natural
dyes and block printing located 32km southwest of Jaipur.
Sanskrit Sansthan is an inter-disciplinary university for the teaching of
ancient and modern languages and literature and has 13 campuses, including in
Jaipur, across India.
was guest faculty at RSKS Jaipur for at least three years before he was
selected as assistant professor in the faculty of Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan
(SVDV) at BHU.
at the college, he and a friend formed a theatre group called Yuva Tarang for
staging Sanskrit plays. “We have performed in Jaipur, Nagaur, Jodhpur and
Bharatpur,” Firoze said.
August 14 this year, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot awarded Firoze the
‘Sanskrit Yuva Pratibha Samman’ on the eve of Sanskrit Day. Several other
Sanskrit scholars were awarded during the event but he was the only Muslim.
was drawn to Sanskrit from an early age. He went to the government Sanskrit
school in Bagru. His father, Ramzan Khan, sings bhajans and is famous for
singing ones that promotes the preservation and protection of cows.
father sang bhajans and my two elder brothers also got into music. I wanted to
study Sanskrit, so in Class 2, I got into the village Sanskrit school. My
younger brother, Waris, also went to the same school,” Firoze said. “Sanskrit
led to my intellectual growth and I was drawn towards learning it more.”
Sanskrit school in Bagru is next to the village mosque and has several Muslim
did not matter in the village. In fact, it did not matter in the college also.
I never faced any discrimination because of my religious identity. I am
thankful to my teachers for that, especially Professor Ram Kumar Sharma of RSKS
and Harish Chandra Tiwari, who taught me in Acharya (postgraduate) and is now
in Uttarakhand,” he said.
his father and two elder brothers, Firoze also loves to sing. He is a regular
in the Vartavali programme telecast on Doordarshan every Saturday evening where
he sings Hindi film songs translated into Sanskrit.
condition on Centrefor mosque land: Ansari
of the Muslim litigants in the Ayodhya land title dispute Iqbal Ansari on
Tuesday asked the Centre to follow the Supreme Court’s directives when it comes
to allotment of land for the mosque and denied any conditions imposed by him
for allotment of land.
the Supreme Court’s verdict paving way for construction of Ram Mandir in
Ayodhya and directing the Centre to allot 5 acre land for mosque in Ayodhya,
several Muslim organisations have come up with suggestions for the mosque land.
have not imposed any condition on the Centre for allotment of land for the
mosque. Neither have I asked the land within the 65 acre (campus for Ram Mandir
that includes 2.77 acre),” Ansari said.
clarifying his stand on the issue, Ansari said: “I only want the Centre to
honour the Supreme Court’s order when it comes to allotment of land for the
on several opinions related with the utilisation of mosque land, Ansari said:
“Land for the mosque is yet to be allotted and people have started giving
opinion on its utilisation. First let the government allot the land then we
will decide on what else should come up on it apart from the mosque.”
may be pointed out that several Muslim organisations have demanded that an
educational institution for Muslims must also come up long with the mosque at
the 5 acre land.
to VHP leaders, village Shanawa in Sadar tehsil, Ayodhya, could be the place
for the land for the proposed mosque.
late VP Singh was Prime Minister, negotiations were underway between Hindu and
Muslim litigants for out of court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute, during
these negotiations, late Syed Shahabuddin and former union minister Subodh Kant
Sahay were key negotiators apart from Hindu and Muslim litigants.
those negotiations, village Shanawa was identified as the most suitable place
for construction of mosque in lieu of Muslims relinquishing their claim over
the site (disputed land) for temple,” said Sharad Sharma, regional spokesman of
these are just speculations and the Centre and the state government is yet to
identify land for the mosque in Ayodhya.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board has convened a meeting on November 17 to
decide whether to accept the land for mosque from the government or not.
Ayodhya verdict, Yogi Adityanath meets top Muslim clerics, assures safety of
the Ayodhya verdict, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met top
clerics in Lucknow on Monday and assured them that strict action will be taken
in case people belonging to minority community are harmed anywhere in the
to India Today TV, UP Minority Affairs Minister Mohsin Raza said "The CM
met renowned Sunni and Shia clerics. CM Adityanath told them that in case
people belonging to the minority community are harassed by anyone in any part
of the state then strict action will be taken. The CM also discussed steps
taken for the modernisation of madrasas and how to improve the education
CM informed them about the flagships schemes of Narendra Modi government like
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Ujwala Yojana, Saubhagya scheme and others. He
urged the clerics to publicise these schemes so that more and more people
belonging to the minority community can be benefited," Raza said.
to India Today TV after the meeting, former All India Muslim Personal Law Board
(AIMPLB) member Salman Nadvi said "Our meeting with CM Yogi was very
positive. He pitched for communal harmony and peace across the state. I believe
that a university along with a mosque should be constructed on the 5-acre land
which the Supreme Court has ordered the government to provide to the Muslim
community in Ayodhya. This will send a good message to society."
cleric, Maulana Hamidul Hasan said "The CM in the meeting told us in
detail about the schemes of both central and state government for minority
welfare. We spoke about peace and brotherhood after the Ayodhya verdict."
Yusuf Husaini, Maulana Shah Fakhre Alam Hasan, Maulana Younus Husain Nadvi are
other renowned clerics who met the Uttar Pradesh CM on Monday evening at his
residence in Lucknow.
meeting between Muslim clerics and CM Yogi Adityanath comes after the SC on
Saturday ruled in favour of the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed
also ordered the allocation of an alternative five-acre plot elsewhere in
Ayodhya for a mosque to replace the one demolished by kar sevaks in December
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