U.S. court rules || Americans born in Jerusalem cannot list ‘Israel’ as place of birth

Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky, whose son Menachem was born in Jerusalem, filed a lawsuit in 2003 demanding enforcement of the 2002 law designed to allow U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace. 23rd Jul. 2013 A federal appeals court on Tuesday invalidated a U.S. law that was designed to allow American […]

Muslims ‘Give Most To Charity’, Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds
Muslims ‘Give Most To Charity’, Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds

21st July 2013 Muslims give more to charity than other religious groups, new research suggests. At almost £371 each, Muslims topped the poll of religious groups that give to charity. When they donated last year, atheists averaged £116, The Times reported (£). The ICM poll found that Jewish donors gave an average of £270 per person. […]

EDL – same fascism, different guise.
EDL – same fascism, different guise.

16 July 2013   Extract from article :  Pigs and Farmers. Why, in the EDL, not being a Nazi is the same as being a Nazi   (The group) Expose came across further evidence of this weird blend of ideologies, which by rights should be anathema to each other, recently, on EDL’s London Division.   […]

London Muslims break fast with homeless during Ramadan
London Muslims break fast with homeless during Ramadan

By Sanjana Deen  BBC Asian Network    12 July 2013 Muslims share iftar, the sunset meal, after breaking the fast   A group of Muslim volunteers in London have invited the homeless and people from other communities to join them as they break their fast at sunset during the month of Ramadan. The Muslim holy […]

McDonald’s Israel refuses to open branch in West Bank settlement, joining boycott

Associated Press  Jun 28, 2013 JERUSALEM // The McDonald’s restaurant chain refused to open a branch in a West Bank Jewish settlement, the company said on Thursday, adding a prominent name to an international movement to boycott Israel’s settlements. Irina Shalmor, spokeswoman for McDonald’s Israel, said the owners of a planned shopping centre in the […]

Jewish Patrol Group Shomrim Offers Protection To Mosques Amid Rise In Hate Attacks
Jewish Patrol Group Shomrim Offers Protection To Mosques Amid Rise In Hate Attacks

24 June 2013 Jewish and Muslim leaders discuss security in the wake of a spate of mosque attacks   A Jewish “police force” has offered protection to mosques in Hackney, following a spate of violent attacks on mosques. Shomrim, a uniformed Jewish patrol in Stamford Hill who are trained by the Met, patrol the area regularly looking […]

BBC poll: Israel among world’s least popular nations

The annual BBC World Service poll finds Germany most popular; only countries less popular than Israel are North Korea, Pakistan and Iran. 25 May 2013 The world’s opinion of Israel has not improved in the last year: According to BBC World Service’s annual poll, Israel is one of the least popular countries in the world; the […]

Israeli police: Christian cemetery defaced

Associated Press  13  Jun  2013 JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say vandals have defaced graves at a Christian cemetery in Tel Aviv. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the words “price tag” were found on Thursday, sprayed on a number of graves in Jaffa, a mixed Arab-Jewish part of the city. That phrase is usually used by […]

Amusement park case shows Israel’s growing racism

By Jonathan Cook   20 June 2013 One incident of racism, though small in relation to decades of institutionalised discrimination against Israel’s Arab citizens, has triggered an uncharacteristic bout of Israeli soul-searching. Superland, a large amusement park near Tel Aviv, refused to accept a booking from an Arab school on its preferred date in late […]

Why Charles Moore is wrong about British Muslims

British Muslims were outraged by the Woolwich attack – but it is being used to slur our entire community, writes Sadiq Khan. By Sadiq Khan MP  20 Jun 2013 Much has been written in the past month in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. One unifying message has been the importance […]

U.S. Seemingly Unaware Of Irony In Accusing Snowden Of Spying

By Andy Borowitz  22nd June 2013 WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The United States government charged former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden with spying on Friday, apparently unaware that in doing so it had created a situation dripping with irony. At a press conference to discuss the accusations, an N.S.A. spokesman surprised observers by announcing the spying charges […]

Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees
Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees

Terry Holdbrooks was deployed to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to guard detainees. The Phoenix, Ariz., resident has become a devout Muslim and an unlikely advocate for the prisoners’ rights. By Carol Kuruvilla  29 May 2013   Terry Holdbrooks converted to Islam in December 2003 after speaking with the prisoners he was guarding at Guantanamo […]

Vast majority say Muslims are on the whole peaceful

26 May 2013 Public Calm In The Face Of Terror Eight in ten Britons perceive terrorist threat as ‘low’ – and vast majority say Muslims are on the whole peaceful Following the attack on soldier Drummer Lee Rigby outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich on Wednesday, new YouGov research finds the British public resolute […]

York Mosque praised for offering EDL protesters tea

28 May 2013 Father Tim Jones said “the world can learn” from what happened outside the mosque   A mosque has been praised for serving tea and biscuits to English Defence League supporters after the far-right group arranged a demonstration there. About six people turned up to protest at the mosque in Bull Lane, York, […]

Talks over Church of Scotland report on Israel

9 May 2013 The Church of Scotland has held “useful” discussions with the Jewish community over a controversial report which questioned the divine right of Jews to the land of Israel. The 10-page discussion paper will be debated and voted on at the Kirk’s general assembly later this month. Israel’s ambassador to the UK has […]

Same Process, No Progress

By Yousef Munayyer   3 May 2013 Most observers agree that if the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” is still alive it is on life support with the plug half hanging out of the socket. Last year’s vote at the United Nations, when most of the world opposed the United States’ position and voted for Palestinian statehood, was […]

UN: Israeli Occupation Sapping East Jerusalem Economy

9 May 2013 JERUSALEM — The Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem is driving its Palestinian residents into deeper economic isolation and they face far greater poverty than Jewish neighbors, said a U.N. report on the city at the heart of the Middle East conflict.   The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report, published on […]

Settlement plans ‘obnoxious,’ says Czech foreign minister

Considered Jerusalem’s best friend in Europe, Prague accuses Israel of taking unnecessary steps ‘to provoke everybody’ In exclusive interview, Karel Schwarzenberg says bid to call Hezbollah a terror group is pointless propaganda, won’t back Israeli airstrikes on Syria or Iran, and calls for settlement goods to be labeled; Jerusalem says Czechs are good enough friends […]

Ex-Islamophobe to produce film on Prophet
Ex-Islamophobe to produce film on Prophet

By Majed Al-Sugairi  23 April 2013   Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, delivers a copy of the Holy Qur’an to Arnoud Van Doorn during a reception in Makkah on Sunday as Shahzad Muhammad (right), head of the Canadian Dawa Association (CDA), looks on.    MADINAH – Former […]

‘I am sorry, O Prophet…’ from Islamophobe to Muslim
‘I am sorry, O Prophet…’ from Islamophobe to Muslim

By Majed Al-Sugairi   23 April 2013 Arnoud Van Doorn (extreme left), former leader of the Dutch rightist Freedom Party, prays at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.   Arnoud Van Doorn in Saudi Arabia with the Imam of Masjid Quba, The Honorable Sheikh Emad Zuhair Hafiz   MADINAH – Former Dutch Islamophobe and a former leading […]

US report: Israel discriminates against Arabs, women and migrants

State Department report on human rights practices criticizes Israel for its treatment of various sectors of Israeli society  By Yitzhak Benhorin   20 April 2013 WASHINGTON – Discrimination of women, Arabs and Ethiopians, mistreatment of refugees and asylum seekers and violations of migrants’ rights – Israel is guilty of all these charges, according to a State Department report on human […]

The glorious State of Israel and its anti-Arab discrimination

Whether it’s the media’s coverage of last week’s horrific traffic accident in Nesher or the Transportation Ministry’s rail plan for the Galilee, the racism toward Arabs in this country cannot be concealed. By Yitzhak Laor    15 April 2013 After the first reports of the horrific traffic accident last Wednesday  in the Haifa suburb of […]

Muslim communities successfully integrating
Muslim communities successfully integrating

11 April 2014 Despite anxiety from the public and politicians, Muslim ethnic minority communities have been integrating into British and German cities for some time, according to research by Dr Sarah Hackett. Her findings are presented at the NORFACE Migration Conference at University College London this week. The ESRC is one of 15 research councils […]

Guantanamo Bay – President Obama’s shame: The forgotten prisoners of America’s own Gulag
Guantanamo Bay – President Obama’s shame: The forgotten prisoners of America’s own Gulag

No charge, but no release. Yesterday the anger of hunger-striking detainees boiled over in clashes with their jailers By Rupert Cornwell and Katie Grant  14 April 2013 For long periods we forget it, even though it is a human rights disgrace surely unequalled in recent American history. But now, 11 years after it opened, the […]

Buddhism turns violent in Myanmar
Buddhism turns violent in Myanmar

By Matthew J Walton   2 April 2013 Recent violence in Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims in the central town of Meikhtila (also spelt Meiktila) and areas beyond, which has left a reported 43 people dead, as many as 12,000 displaced, and more than 1,000 homes and building destroyed, has raised concerns over the stability […]

Israeli crackdown on Palestinian mobility began well before suicide bombings

Most Israelis labor under the misconception that restrictions on Palestinian movement were a result of suicide bombings, but they started long before that.  By Amira Hass  1 April 2013 “I didn’t know you were such an empiricist,” a friend told me impatiently, a veteran peace activist with a doctorate, when I insisted at some meeting […]

Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens: New Atheists flirt with Islamophobia

A Twitter rant by Richard Dawkins re-exposes a disturbing Islamophobic streak among the New Atheists By Nathan Lean   30 March 2013 Richard Dawkins, the preppy septuagenarian and professional atheist whose work in the field of evolutionary biology informs his godless worldview, has always been a prickly fellow. The British scientist and former Oxford University […]

Turkisj  Billboards Gloat Over Israel Apology: ‘WE ARE GRATEFUL’ To Erdogan For This Source Of ‘PRIDE’
Turkisj Billboards Gloat Over Israel Apology: ‘WE ARE GRATEFUL’ To Erdogan For This Source Of ‘PRIDE’

26 March 2013 In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial decision to both apologize and offer monetary compensation to Turkey for the 2010 Gaza Flotilla incident, the Turkish people are gloating. Large billboards erected by the Ankara municipality on Monday, thanked Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying that he made the Turkish people proud. […]

Israel’s apology to Turkey alters Mideast peace: Turkish PM

27 March 2013 Israel’s apology to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara event will lead to an altered balance in the Middle East peace process, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an address to lawmakers on Tuesday. Israeli forces killed nine Turkish nationals aboard a vessel carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza in the 2010 […]

After Bibi’s Apology, Reflect on the Idiocy of Attacking the Gaza Flotilla

By Uri Avnery   30 March 2013 So, finally our Prime Minister has apologized to Turkey for “operational mistakes” that “might have” led to the death of nine Turks during the attack on MV Mavi Marmara, the ship which tried to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. It took him two years and ten months […]