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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

Editorial: Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a…

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Two Palestinians shot dead and one critical in riots after Trump speech

Palestinian worshippers and Israeli troops clash as Muslims protest against Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital Two Palestinians have been shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army, the first people killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to vent their fury at Trumps decision. A third man was in a critical condition after being shot…

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Trump links UK crime rise to ‘spread of Islamic terror’

In latest Twitter outburst US president makes terrorism link even though annual figures cover all police-recorded offences Donald Trump has erroneously linked a rise in recorded crime in England and Wales to the spread of radical Islamic terror in his latest outburst on Twitter. Just out report: United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror. not good, we must keep America safe! wrote the US president. The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), in its quarterly update on crime on Thursday, @realDonaldTrump October 20, 2017 Others…

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Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates Qatar said on Saturday it does not fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last month and shut down land, sea and air links. They issued a 13-point list of demands, including curbing diplomatic ties to Iran, severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and

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Al-Jazeera, insurgent TV station that divides the Arab world, faces closure

The network has raised political awareness across the Middle East. No wonder Qatars conservative enemies want it shut down On Monday a bold and controversial experiment in Middle Eastern media and politics may be abruptly brought to an end. Al-Jazeera once heralded as the beacon of free Arab media that broke the hegemony of the western networks and reversed the flow of information from east to west for the first time since the middle ages faces closing its doors for good. On 23 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,…

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Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims

Suspect blows himself up as interior ministry blames evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said. The ministry described the plot as part of self-serving schemes managed from abroad. Five people, including a woman, were arrested in security operations in Mecca, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news website said, citing interior ministry…

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Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook

Taimoor Raza was found guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed during an argument on social media with a counter-terrorism official A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first conviction on charges arising from social media. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, around 600km (372 miles) south of capital Islamabad, finding Taimoor Raza guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed, prosecutor Shafiq Qureshi said. Raza had a Facebook argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counter-terrorism department…

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Nice Attack: Has a Bisexual Muslim Hustler Put France on the Path to Civil War?

PARIS What French investigators found on the phones of the Muslim murderer who slaughtered 84 people on the promenade along the sea in Nice, France, on Thursday night should not be surprising. But it was. The cops were looking for imams. What they found were johns. It turns out Mohamed Mondher Larouaeij Bouhlel was a hustler, as one senior member of the French security establishment told The Daily Beast. He was inclined to have sex with any gender, and, according to a report in Le Parisien, which has strong law…

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Two men face 80 lashes in Indonesia after being accused of having gay sex

Sharia lawyers in Aceh province say pair confessed to being in a gay relationship after they were filmed by vigilantes Sharia prosecutors in Indonesias Aceh province say two men on trial for gay sex should each be punished with 80 lashes, in another blow to the countrys moderate image after a top Christian official was imprisoned for blasphemy. The lead prosecutor, Gulmaini, who goes by one name, said on Wednesday the two men aged 20 and 23 had confessed to being in a gay relationship, which was supported by video…

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If you want to know about Muslim women’s rights, ask Muslim women | Susan Carland

Islams patriarchy and western feminism have said a lot. Now Muslim women who fight sexism (yes we exist) must be heard Within minutes of arriving to collect my professionally bound thesis, I found myself on the receiving end of an unsolicited and impenetrable rant about female genital mutilation. Whats your paper on? the shop owner inquired. Its on Muslim women and , I began, but before I could finish my sentence, he had launched into the subject. The fact that I hadnt even mentioned the words female genital mutilation was…

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I am the son of a terrorist. This is how I broke free of my indoctrination | Zak Ebrahim

When he was seven Zak Ebrahims father assassinated a Jewish leader in New York. Later he helped coordinate the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center from his jail cell. Here Ebrahim writes about breaking the cycle of hatred On 5 November 1990 my father, El-Sayed Nosair, assassinated the extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York City. The experiences I have had as a result of my fathers actions set my life on a course that even to this day I have a hard time fully processing. Exposure to men…

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China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

List of banned baby names released amid ongoing crackdown on religion that includes law against veils and beards Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child will be denied education and government benefits. Officials in the western region of according to a report by US-funded Radio Free Asia. Names such as Islam, Quran, Saddam and Mecca, as well as references to the star and crescent moon…

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Jakarta election challenger Anies accused of courting Islamic vote amid religious divide

Christian governor Ahok used to enjoy a 70% approval rating but then came his blasphemy trial for allegedly insulting Islam. Now the vote is too close to call It was in 2004, as a PhD student in political science at Northern Illinois University, that Anies Baswedan would ponder the future interplay between Islam and Indonesia. In his paper, political Islam in Indonesia, present and future trajectory,Baswedan pointed out that, fertile ground exists for Islam-friendly political parties to attract considerable support from Muslim voters. Muslim voters, he explains in the footnotes,…

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