- Written by Wall Street Journal, by Yaroslav Trofimov
For decades, rejection of Israel—sometimes mixed with outright anti-Semitism—has been a defining theme of Arab politics, uniting bickering countries against a common foe.
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who was deposed in a 2013 coup, had gone on TV three years earlier to brand Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs.” In 1988, the Palestinian militant group Hamas adopted a covenant that cited the notorious anti-Semitic forgery known as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as proof of a global Jewish conspiracy.
- Written by Ramzy Baroud, Ramzybaroud.net
Gaza is the world's largest open air prison. The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C. In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restrictions. At some level, they are all prisoners.
East Jerusalem is cut off from the West Bank, and those in the West Bank are separated from one another. Palestinians in Israel are treated slightly better than their brethren in the Occupied Territories, but subsist in degrading conditions compared to the first-class status given to Israeli Jews, as per the virtue of their ethnicity alone.
- Written by Emanuel Sarfraz,Nation.com.pk
There is war among different religious groups in Middle East. There is no war for the cause of Islam. Who are we preparing this force? In Middle East the war is between Shia and Sunni Muslims for dominance. Gen Raheel Sharif should not have gone to Saudi Arabia, former Foreign Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali stated this while speaking at Lahore Press Club on Sunday.
Aseff was delivering a lecture on ‘Current international scenario and Pakistan’ at Nisar Osmani Auditorium of press club. “There are two groups one is led by Iran and the other is led by Saudi Arabia and its allies.
- Written by Mark P. Lagon, Freedomhouse.com
Saudi Arabia and the conflict’s other combatants must be held accountable for civilian suffering in Yemen, but the United States will also have to own up and explain its support for the Saudi-led campaign, which includes arms sales, intelligence, and logistical assistance.
The following should make friends and allies of Saudi Arabia, including the United States, question their embrace of such a brutally repressive government.
- Written by Swati Deshpande, Timesofindia.com
Bombay High Court on Thursday upheld the life sentence of 11 convicts in the 2002 gangrape case of a pregnant woman named Bilkis Bano and the murder of eight members of her family as they tried to flee a riot-torn village. It set aside the acquittal of seven persons, including doctors and policemen, and convicted them for tampering with evidence in the case.
The high court also dismissed an appeal by the CBI to enhance punishment from life sentence to death for three convicts Jaswant Nai, Govind Nai and one other but allowed the CBI plea against the acquittal of seven other accused.
- Written by ROBIN DE PEYER, Standard.co.uk
The Government's Prevent strategy should be broadened and focus on all communities to stop Muslims feeling singled out, Jeremy Corbyn has suggested. The Labour leader said the counter-terrorism strategy is "often counter-productive" and casts "suspicion" over the whole Muslim community in the UK.
Speaking to ITV's Peston On Sunday programme in the wake of Wednesday's London terror attack, Mr Corbyn suggested the Government's deradicalisation programme needed to be reformed.
- Written by Julie McCarthy, Npr.org
Seema Parveen, 42, has been divorced by three different men. In India's Muslim community, a husband can divorce his wife by uttering the word "talaq" — Arabic for divorce. Married at 14 and divorced by 16, Seema Parveen had a marriage as brutal as it was short.
Now 42, Parveen remembers her husband threatening to hurl her from the balcony of their home. She blinks back tears recalling his rage when she bore him a daughter and not a son.
- Written by Jantakareporter.com
Bilkis Bano did not die in the 2002 Gujrat carnage, which many felt had the blessings of the state government run by Narendra Modi, but she suffered countless deaths in the last 15 years.
It was in March 2002, when the Hindutva terrorists went berserk to avenge the burning of the Godhra train. The anti-Muslim genocide lasted for days without any effective intervention from Gujarat’s Modi government. Unofficially, more than 4,000 people lost lives, but the official figure describe the death toll at 1,200.
- Written by ROBERT FANTINA,AHTribune.com
On May 3, Mahmoud Abbas, the Israeli-U.S. puppet who is the figurehead leader of the Palestinian Authority, met with his secondary puppet-master, U.S. President Donald Trump. What he promised in exchange for nothing is yet to be seen. At present he is working to undermine Hamas, the elected government of the Gaza Strip. He has refused to allow the construction of a desperately-needed power plant that even apartheid Israel approved, and is paying government employees in the Gaza Strip not to go to work, in an effort to cause dissatisfaction with Hamas.
- Written by David Hearst, MEE
Hamas has officially recognised the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the "national framework" for the Palestinian people, but calls for it to be "rebuilt on democratic foundations to safeguard Palestinian rights".
The historic recognition is contained in a new "reference" document unveiled in Doha on Monday, and stands in stark contrast to its original charter which was written as an alternative to the PLO.