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Zambian Parliament Sends Away MP Munir Zulu For Wearing Muslim Robe

New Age Islam News Bureau

19 December 2021

 

 

Lumezi Member of Parliament Munir Zulu

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• Zambian Parliament Sends Away MP Munir Zulu For Wearing Muslim Robe

• Michigan City Gets Ready To Inaugurate All-Muslim Government

• Afghanistan Crimes Prove US Pro-Rights, Counterterrorism Claims of Justice Enforcer Invalid

• Anjuman Jama Masjid In New Gurugram Caught In Legal Tangle, Struggles To Stand Tall

• Judges Are Not Exempt From Criticism, Holds Islamabad High Court

 

Africa

• Nigeria's Islamic Movement Can Never Be Banned: Sheikh Zakzaky

• Islamic Group, MURIC, Exonerates Buhari, Blames Ex-President Jonathan For Current Killings,

• Boko Haram Weakened In Nigeria, Preying On Soft Targets, Says President Buhari

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North America

• Trump: Israel's absolute power over Congress declined under Obama and Biden

• US senator blocks passage of bill to fund Israel’s Iron Dome

• Canadian pleads guilty in U.S. court for funding Islamic State’s activities in Syria

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South Asia

• Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Blames US for Current Afghan Economic Crisis That Was Damaged Over The Past 20 Years

• Afghanistan should be provided urgent humanitarian aids: OIC’s Under-Secretary-General

• Islamic Emirate Must 'Ensure Inclusiveness': Russian special envoy for Afghanistan

• Afghanistan’s Deputy FM asks Afghan to return to country

• Russia’s new consignment of humanitarian aids arrive in Kabul

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India

• Muslim Shopkeepers Of Andhra Pradesh Srisailam Temple Complex Hail Supreme Court Order

• 261 Rohingya Muslims Residing In Punjab: State Submits Affidavit In SC

• V Muraleedharan terms murder of Kerala BJP leader as 'handy work of Islamic terrorist group'

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Pakistan

• Collective Efforts Including Media And Religious Leaders, Needed To Avoid Sialkot-Like Tragedies: Minister For Religious Affairs

• Opposition asks Imran to stop blaming previous govts for his failure

• Pakistan’s Covid-19 mortality rate much higher than global rate

• Petition seeks Balochistan CM’s disqualification over viral video

• SC ruling to help retired judges join ECP earlier than two years

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Europe

• Belgium's Muslims Appeal EU Court Of Human Rights Against Ban On Ritual Halal Animal Slaughtering

• Berlin: The Islamist Terror Attack of 2016 and the Authorities’ Failures

• UK Brexit negotiator Frost resigns in further blow to PM Johnson

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Mideast

• Hamas And Islamic Jihad Improving Preparations For War

• Yazidi Islamic State survivor latest victim of 'cancel culture'

• Iran Insists Missing Video From Nuclear Site Lost Due To 'Sabotage'

• Israeli Officials Believe Iran Talks Headed for 'Controlled Conflict' or Interim Deal

• Iran Minister Speaks Of 'Good News' About a Satellite Launch Till March

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Southeast Asia

• PM Ismail Sabri announces RM100m aid for flood-damaged homes, infrastructure, promises to channel more as needed

• PM Ismail tells Welfare Dept to ensure every flood victim receives assistance

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Arab world

• Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival Screening Was ‘Huge Honour,’ Says Director Of Award-Winning Movie

• Saudi forces destroy two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt

• Saudi labour reforms protect workers, preserve dignity: HRSD deputy

• Saudi Arabia reports 116 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Zambian Parliament Sends Away MP Munir Zulu For Wearing Muslim Robe

 

 

Lumezi Member of Parliament Munir Zulu

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December 18, 2021

Lumezi Member of Zambian Parliament Munir Zulu was sent away from Parliament for wearing an outfit that allegedly breaches parliamentary dress code.

Munir Zulu, who is a Muslim, was wearing an outfit known as the thobe.

The thobe is a long robe worn by Muslim men.

The top is usually tailored like a shirt, but it is ankle-length and loose.

Zulu stated that he has not breached any Parliamentary Dress Code as outlined in Standing Orders 206 where his outfit is listed in the category of African Togas and such outfits are allowed.

But first deputy Speaker, Hon. Attractor Malungo Chisangano sent the Lumezi lawmaker away.

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Michigan City Gets Ready To Inaugurate All-Muslim Government

 

 

Hamtramck Mayor-elect Amer Ghalib will be the first non-Polish American leader in the city's history.

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By Nick Watt

December 18, 2021

Hamtramck, Michigan (CNN)For decades, Hamtramck was known as Michigan's "Little Warsaw," a city of just two square miles of tightly-packed houses and factories, spitting distance from downtown Detroit.

The Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla visited once, back in 1969, before he became Pope. A statue of Wojtyla, arms outstretched, still casts a shadow over what's now called Pope Park, where a huge mural of Polish folk dancers stretches almost an entire city block.

In the 99 years since its incorporation, every mayor of Hamtramck has been Polish American. That ends January 2, in Hamtramck's centenary year, when Amer Ghalib will be inaugurated, along with an entirely Muslim city council.

Hamtramck will become the first known city in the US with a government made up entirely of Muslims, according to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which says it has no record of any other such administration.

Mayor-elect Ghalib was born in Yemen and came to the United States alone as a young man, with a smattering of broken English and little else. He's now 42, works in the medical field and is studying to become a doctor.

Hamtramck's heyday had apparently passed. The city was decaying. Many factories had closed. Many second and third-generation Polish Americans had moved to the Detroit suburbs and beyond in the past two decades. Immigrants, largely from Yemen and Bangladesh, took their place and Hamtramck, locals say, is now majority Muslim.

Hamtramck is a palimpsest -- where new immigrants have laid layers of culture and society on top of what was already there. You can enjoy a sizzling Yemeni foul -- a spicy bean stew -- and flatbread for breakfast, and still find a kielbasa or a pierogi for lunch. And Hamtramck is now back on the rise, one of the fastest growing cities in Michigan, census figures show. The new immigrants are fixing up dilapidated houses, opening stores and restaurants, putting down roots. And what could be more American than diving into local politics?

The Michigan city of Hamtramck has long been a home to immigrants -- first Polish Americans, now families largely from Yemen and Bangladesh.

"Tonight is a real example that the American Dream is alive and well in the land of opportunity," Ghalib told the excitable crowd, gathered to celebrate his landslide victory in the early-November election. He defeated the incumbent, Karen Majewski, who had held the post for 16 years.

There is just one American-born member on the new council: Amanda Jaczkowski, a lifelong Michigander. Her Polish American family has worshiped for five generations at the same nearby Catholic Church. She converted to Islam in 2012.

"We are Muslims," Ghalib said, sitting in the council chamber at city hall where he will soon preside. "We are proud of our beliefs and values. But we are not going to try and impose them on others."

Jaczkowski added: "We're gonna take an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States. And the Constitution of the United States includes the separation of church and state."

"I think it's gonna be good!" Mara Popovska told us as she washed an elderly customer's hair at the salon she's run for decades on the main drag in town. But Popovska's husband wants to up and leave. "He doesn't have his own friends anymore," she told us. "So, he doesn't want to stay."

"Who's got friends anymore?" her customer, Theresa Smith, exclaimed. "Mine are all dead!" Smith, a Polish American, was born in Hamtramck, has lived in the same house all of her 85 years, and says she plans to die here.

"There's change all your life and you gotta go with it," said Smith as Popovska pinned her shock of wet, white hair. "I mean, everybody might have a complaint of something or other. We're human."

Popovska complains her new neighbors aren't as neat as she'd like. "I clean every day, they just throw!" she said. But as a business owner, she agrees Main Street is livelier since new immigrants moved in.

Smith says she welcomes the changing faces of her city. "They came into the city. They are fixing up the homes beautifully," she told us. "When somebody says something against them, I get angry. Because all of our parents came from someplace at one time."

When Muslim immigrants first arrived in Hamtramck in large numbers a decade or two ago, some locals didn't like the call to prayer, playing from loudspeakers from the roofs of the mosques.

The goal, says Jaczkowski, is to make Hamtramck welcoming and safe for all. There are no plans, for example, for the council to make all women cover their hair around town, she volunteered. "There's no reason for it!" she said.

"The result was announced late at night, you know, around 10 or 11," he explained. "And part of culture, females don't go out at night mostly. And, you know, there is still some segregation at events even when they attend."

Another potential point of friction between Middle Eastern culture and modern America came this past summer when Hamtramck's Arts and Culture Commission proposed flying a gay pride flag outside City Hall.

"I am not with or against. I am with everyone's right to practice what they want. But they shouldn't make it a government issue," Ghalib told us. "They can do it anywhere else they want, in their houses, in the street. I'm not against that. It doesn't bother me."

Ghalib claims you cannot now be in favor of flying the pride flag at City Hall and win an election in Hamtramck. The outgoing mayor, Majewski, was the deciding vote in the summer in favor of flying the flag.

Ghalib does not want the issue brought before the council again. "It shouldn't be discussed because it will be divisive, it will increase the division in the community," he said, before conceding he never wants to be forced to vote on the issue. It is worth noting the US military does not allow the pride flag to fly on military bases. And the City Council of Roseville, California, voted this summer not to fly the pride flag or other non-governmental flags at their city hall. And there appear to be no Muslims on the council in Roseville.

Lynn Blasey of Hamtramck's Arts and Culture Commission supported flying the flag. She ran for city council in the fall and lost. "We decided we wanted to do a little bit more for pride besides just read a declaration at the beginning of the month in the City Council meeting," she told us. "Our goal was to let the LGBT community here in Hamtramck know that they're not alone and there are services available to support them."

Blasey said despite her defeat, she will continue to work with the council, with the candidates who beat her, for the good of the community. "I think that was an important message to send to the community," she says. "Politics don't have to be cutthroat."

Mayor-elect Ghalib met President Joe Biden during the opening of GM's Factory Zero, the new name for its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, in November.

Mayor-elect Ghalib met President Joe Biden during the opening of GM's Factory Zero, the new name for its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, in November.

Mayor-elect Ghalib knows the national spotlight on Hamtramck's all-Muslim city council will make his job more difficult. He's trying to block it out.

"People are like, 'What do you think about this being a first?'" said council member Jaczkowski. "I'm like, 'Firsts are great. And now we have to prove it doesn't matter.'"

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Afghanistan Crimes Prove US Pro-Rights, Counterterrorism Claims of Justice Enforcer Invalid

 

 

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December 19, 2021

Defending human rights and freedoms globally has been one of the most glaring slogans various US administrations trumpeted for decades to justify their policies. Even at times, building on self-proclaimed role of world police, Washington posed as a justice enforcer.

The facts on the ground, as well as the American behavior and actions, however, show that there is distance between reality and claims, and there have been times when the country itself violated justice and human rights in various world parts.

The latest witness to these violations is murdering of 10 innocent Afghan citizens in an attack following the American occupation forces' withdrawal and Taliban takeover.

On August 29, the US forces, during withdrawal from Kabul airport attacked a vehicle, killing 10 civilians including 7 children, claiming that they identified and attacked one of the masterminds of a suicide attack on the airport carried out three days earlier. The Pentagon initially tried to justify the attack, but after aspects went clear, the drone strike was acknowledged as a mistake. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby stated that Washington offers condolence compensations to the families of drone strike.

Following the Pentagon's confession to botched strike, trial of the military personnel involved was expected to take place inside the US and or even by international court.

"None of the military personnel involved in a botched drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed 10 civilians will face any kind of punishment," New York Times reported on Monday, citing a Pentagon statement. The decision has a translation: Human rights and justice have never been the case in the American foreign policy and that the White House only instrumentalized them for decades.

Starting from the 2000s, raising counterterrorism agenda, the US administrations carried out killings and tested their newly-developed arms in other countries. The so-called mistaken attack was a show of anti-ISIS and terror fight in the last days of presence in Afghanistan. Although the attack took life of the prominent Afghan aid worker Zamari Ahmadi and members of his family, the American government waged a media show conveying that Washington is committed to anti-terror war even if the attack was a mistake.

According to the UN figures, more than 32,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan's military conflict over the past 18 years. The revelation of the criminal face of the US forces discredits the claims about striking the terrorism in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and possibly like the August incident, the civilians have been the main victims of the American weapons tests.

But the important thing is that none of the US military crimes are prosecutable. The crimes in Afghanistan are rejected or hidden from media outlets, and if disclosed, judicial actions are blocked.

Since long ago, the Americans have been giving no credibility to the rulings and decisions by human rights organizations and international courts should they conflict with their interest, going against their claims of defending human rights. An example case is the International Criminal Court's looking into killing of the Afghanistan civilians.

In early March last year, ICC, a permanent international court prosecuting genocides, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, gave a green light to an investigation into possible American war crimes in Afghanistan. In the case, the US troops in Afghanistan were accused of committing war crimes against civilians in Afghanistan. Following this decision, time's US President Donald Trump boycotted the ICC. He threatened its prosecutors that they would face economic sanctions from the US if they investigated the actions of US troops in Afghanistan without Washington's consent. The sanctions against the judges included assets freeze and travel ban on them and their families.

Although Joe Biden repealed Trump’s sanctions on the two senior ICC officials, Washington kept denouncing the court's decisions on Palestine and Afghanistan. Although the ICC ruling is non-binding to the US, it gives publicity to the genuine nature of the American presence in various countries and brings in spotlight the American crimes to the world public opinion. However, Afghanistan future government would possibly not allow this crime case go cold and seriously pursue it as part of its international agenda.

Source: Alwaght News

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Anjuman Jama Masjid In New Gurugram Caught In Legal Tangle, Struggles To Stand Tall

 

 

The partially built, unplastered Anjuman Jama Masjid with rusted iron rods protruding from the pillars of the yet-to-be-finished first floor at Sector 57.   | Photo Credit: KRISHNAN VV

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Ashok Kumar

DECEMBER 19, 2021

Sharing its boundary wall with a multi-storey building of a private school with a sprawling campus in upscale Sushant Lok Phase-III township here, stands a partially built, unplastered structure with rusted iron rods protruding from the pillars of the yet-to-be-finished first floor.

One might be tempted to quickly dismiss this weather-beaten building on a barely 800 sq m plot as an abandoned structure until they spot a board on its entry gate, announcing the premises as Anjuman Jama Masjid.

Situated in Sector 57, this lone mosque on a Government-allocated land in New Gurugram caters to almost half of the city’s municipal area spread across south and east zones and a large section of the floating population commuting to the Millennium City daily for work.

Barely six months after the construction on this plot began in 2004, a few real estate agents moved the court taking the plea that the land allocated for the mosque was earmarked for other purposes.

“Only the basement could be constructed when the court stayed any further construction. In 2013, the construction for the ground and the first floor began after we won the case in the High Court. But the opposite party moved the Supreme Court and the construction was stayed yet again. This time we did not even find time to remove the shuttering for the ongoing construction. The construction was immediately stopped and the trust ended up paying lakhs for the shuttering,” said Mohammad Abul, vice-president, Haryana Anjuman Charitable Trust, pointing at the wooden planks still firmly stuck in the first-floor roof the building.

Not just that, the entire building is without plaster, the walls on the ground floor are also incomplete exposing the worshippers to extreme weather conditions throughout the year. A portion of the ground is paved with bricks for the visitors to walk around and a temporary room has been built along the boundary wall for the imam to stay.

Amid the growing population, both the residents and the floating population, and the raging controversy over the offering of Juma Namaz in the open, the trust decided to hold prayers in four shifts every Friday from 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. to accommodate the maximum worshippers. People from around a radius of 10-15 km visit the mosque on Fridays for the Juma Namaz. Mohammad Saeed, a retired Central Government engineer, said he drove to the mosque every Friday from Sector 50. Gulshad, from Bihar, said he came to the mosque on a motorcycle from Sector 46 for the Friday prayers since the controversy over namaz erupted.

Aslam Khan, chairman, Haryana Anjuman Charitable Trust, said around 1,500 people offered Friday prayers every week. The number of devotees in the mosque for Juma Namaz has gone up by 25%-30% in the wake of the controversy.

In 2002, the Government allocated land for 17 temples, two gurdwaras, one church and one mosque. Though one mosque is not enough in view of the growing population of Muslims, the stay on construction has added to our woes. We can accommodate more people once the building is completed. We hope the Supreme Court to expedite the hearing in the matter in view of this controversy and settle the case at the earliest,” said Mr. Khan.

Though two Muslim community trusts had applied for five mosque sites in Gurugram in response to the Government advertisement seeking applications for allocation of religious sites in 2016, they failed to get any. The India Islamic Research Centre too sought land for a building for social and religious activities in Sector 39 earlier this year, but the application was rejected. The only other mosque in New Gurugram is on the Waqf Board land near Rajiv Chowk.

The imam at Anjuman Masjid said the partially built mosque also gave off a bad impression to the foreign visitors from the community, mostly coming to the city for treatment at posh private hospitals. The visitors, said the imam, often offered financial help thinking that the construction was left mid-way due to paucity of funds. “The visitors come to the mosque with great excitement searching it on Google Maps, but feel disappointed to see the dilapidated structure,” said the Imam.

Source: The Hindu

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Judges Are Not Exempt From Criticism, Holds Islamabad High Court

Malik Asad

December 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The judiciary, due to its lofty position in society, is open to criticism and “a judge is not immune from being criticised”, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) chief justice has observed in a detailed order on the post-arrest bail plea of a local politician.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah had on Dec 16 granted post-arrest bail to the local leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Masoodur Rehman Abbasi, who had been behind bars since June for criticising Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed.

According to the detailed order on Saturday, “the judicial branch of the state has a pivotal role in the society. A judge is not immune from being criticised. The judiciary, because of the nature of functions assigned to it under the constitution and the lofty position it enjoys in the society, is open to criticism.”

The IHC observed that the independence of a judge was not affected in any manner because of public criticism. “But unthoughtful criticism, using strong and intemperate language or utterances that are defamatory in nature, ought to be avoided,” the court advised.

The Federal Investigation Agency had booked and arrested the PPP leader on a complaint of Mohammad Sohail Sajid registered at the FIA’s cyber crime circle police station in Islamabad under various sections of Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 (Peca).

The case was registered on the basis of footage of a portion of a recorded speech that had been uploaded and circulated on the social media. The transcript of the speech, reproduced in the FIR, explains how Mr Abbasi had criticised the Chief Justice of Pakistan using strong and undesirable language.

The court observed in the order: “Prima facie, some portions appear to be defamatory while the language used was indeed not temperate.”

However, it was not the case of the FIA that Abbasi was involved in uploading the footage of the recorded speech on social media platforms, he had intentionally and publically exhibited, displayed or transmitted any information through any information system, knowing it to be false or to harm the repute of the complainant, the court order noted.

When the IHC asked FIA investigation officer Mohammad Ayaz to justify how, in the facts and circumstances of the case in hand, the offences mentioned in the FIR were attracted, he was unable to give any plausible explanation rather conceded that some sections could have not been invoked.

The FIA also remained unable to explain the locus standi of the complainant to file a complaint on behalf of the former CJP. There was nothing on record to show that Mr Abbasi might have said something against the complainant to justify registration of a criminal case under person-specific offences relating to defamation or causing harm to a natural person’s reputation, the court noted.

“It cannot be ruled out that the Agency may have been influenced by utterances made against the holder of the highest judicial officer of the country because the registration of the case, prima facie, appears to be an abuse of the offences under the [Peca] Act of 2016,” the court order stated.

As per the decision, the allegations in the case in hand were in the context of ‘objectionable’ and ‘strong language’ used by Mr Abbasi against the holder of the highest judicial office i.e. the CJP.

While granting post-arrest bail to him against Rs5,000 surety bonds, Justice Minallah cited the bail order in the case of “Mohammad Shafique Butt and another vs. The State” accused of displaying defamatory banners against the then sitting judge of Supreme Court, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja. The relevant portions of the judgment are “Any perception of impartiality or bias, even if not a reality, would certainly prejudice the right to a free trial of any accused. Confidence in the court and assurance of a fair trial is a prerequisite for the dispensation of justice, and pivotal for creating public confidence and trust in the judiciary.”

It observed that an independent judge, despite the harshness or tone of the criticism, could not be provoked to react in such a manner that results in their becoming the subject matter of a criminal case because of the profound consequences in the context of due process and fair trial.

Source: The Dawn

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Africa

Nigeria's Islamic Movement Can Never Be Banned: Sheikh Zakzaky

December, 18, 2021

"The IMN is not a name, it is an ideology like Islamic awareness, Islamic ideology, Islamic education, or Islamic philosophy. It is a sort of concept. We never used it as a name, and the movement can never be banned or proscribed," Sheikh Zakzaky said in reaction to the government's action in proscribing the IMN, Iran Press Reported.

Sheikh Zakzaky said proscribing the IMN is just like saying one is not permitted to practice his religion, contrary to the Nigerian constitution.

Source: Tasnim News

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Islamic Group, MURIC, Exonerates Buhari, Blames Ex-President Jonathan For Current Killings, Kidnappings In Northern Nigeria

BY SAHARAREPORTERS

DEC 18, 2021

Islamic organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern, has blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for the current killings, kidnappings and destruction going on in the Northern part of Nigeria.

Some protesters had recently took to the streets to demonstrate against incessant killings, abductions and other crimes in the Northern part of the country.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Boko Haram Weakened In Nigeria, Preying On Soft Targets, Says President Buhari

BY SAHARAREPORTERS

DEC 18, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Boko Haram terrorist group was fragmented and weakened.

Buhari said despite efforts of the armed forces against the insurgents, they remain active and are “preying on soft targets”.

The President made the comment while speaking at the third edition of Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit on Saturday.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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North America

Trump: Israel's absolute power over Congress declined under Obama and Biden

December 18, 2021

Former US President Donald Trump said that Israel's "absolute power over Congress" had declined under the administration of Barack Obama and has slid further under the administration of Joe Biden.

He also said that the majority of American Jews vote for Democratic candidates but they "either don't like Israel or don't care about Israel."

Source: Pars Today

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US senator blocks passage of bill to fund Israel’s Iron Dome

December 19, 2021

US Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has reportedly voted to block yet another attempt to provide the Israeli regime with $1 billion grant to replenish its Iron dome anti-air missile system.

Paul refused to cast his vote after pro-Israeli Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut called on the Senate for unanimous consent to proceed with the House version of the bill to fund the missile system of the occupying regime, insisting on the need to find a financial source to the legislation, the UK-based Middle East Monitor reported Saturday, citing Israeli news outlets.

"I've consistently opposed spending outside of the budget unless it's offset by spending cuts elsewhere,” Paul argued in opposition to the demand for the unanimous consent of the entire US Senate, adding: “It's not only an opinion that I hold. It's actually the law. It's called pay as you go."

Source: En.abna24

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Canadian pleads guilty in U.S. court for funding Islamic State’s activities in Syria

THE CANADIAN PRESS

19-12-2021

U.S. soldiers attend a joint military exercise between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State group, in the countryside of Deir Ezzor in northeastern Syria on Dec. 7, 2021.

An Edmonton man who was extradited to the United States to face charges he helped fund Islamic State terrorism has pleaded guilty in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence.

Source: The Globeand Mail

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South Asia

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Blames US for Current Afghan Economic Crisis That Was Damaged Over The Past 20 Years

By Toba Walizada

18-12-2021

Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said the US is responsible for the existing crisis in Afghanistan and that the US should play an active role in the Afghan economy because Afghanistan’s economy was damaged over the past 20 years.

He made the remarks at a ceremony held to mark International Migrants Day in Kabul, where Khalil Rahman Haqqani, Refugees and Repatriation minister, and other top officials participated. 

Source: Tolonews

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Afghanistan should be provided urgent humanitarian aids: OIC’s Under-Secretary-General

By Najibullah Lalzoy

19 Dec 2021

Under-Secretary-General of Organization of Islamic Countries Tariq Ali Bakheet said that the international community should come forward and provide the people of Afghanistan with immediate humanitarian aids.

Speaking ahead of the OIC extraordinary session on Afghanistan, Bakheet asked both member states of OIC and the international community to prepare and implement their plans for urgent assistance to Afghanistan.

Source: khaama Press

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Islamic Emirate Must 'Ensure Inclusiveness': Russian special envoy for Afghanistan

By Farshad Daryush,

18-12-2021

Russian special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov warned that the “Taliban” will risk losing power in Afghanistan if an inclusive government is not formed.

“Ethnic political inclusiveness is needed. They might lose power in the near future if they keep acting like that. They will have to ensure inclusiveness. By the way, we say this without ultimatums, calmly - just do it. They will have to do it,” Kabulov said.

Source: Tolonews

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Afghanistan’s Deputy FM asks Afghan to return to country

By Najibullah Lalzoy

18 Dec 2021

Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanekzai said that Afghanistan is now safe and secure so all those who have left the country for economic and political reasons must return.

Speaking at a gathering in Kabul on the occasion of International Migrants Day, Abbas Stanekzai said the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is committed to its general amnesty and all Afghans can live in peace.

Source: khaama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-deputy-fm-asks-afghan-to-return-to-country-547457/

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Russia’s new consignment of humanitarian aids arrive in Kabul

By Najibullah Lalzoy

18 Dec 2021

Russia’s Tass News Agency has reported that the country’s three planes packed with humanitarian aids arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, December 18.

As per reports, the planes have flown from Moscow to Kabul in the direction of Russia’s Defense Ministry.

Source: khaama Press

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India

Muslim Shopkeepers Of Andhra Pradesh Srisailam Temple Complex Hail Supreme Court Order

by Sreenivas Janyala

December 19, 2021

The Muslim shopkeepers of the Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple complex in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh have hailed the Supreme Court’s order directing that people from other faiths already holding shop licences in the temple premises must not be barred from participating in the auction for shops.

The auctioning process in the premises of this temple — popularly known as the Srisailam temple — had been put off by the state government in August 2019 after some Hindu groups opposed participation of non-Hindus in it citing the AP Charitable and Hindu Religious Institution and Endowments Act, 1987, which bars non-Hindus from operating near temples.

Source: Indian Express

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261 Rohingya Muslims Residing In Punjab: State Submits Affidavit In SC

18 Dec 2021

The Punjab government has told the Supreme Court that 261 Rohingya Muslims are residing in the state currently and for registration purposes, their biometric details have been uploaded on the website of the Government of India.

In an affidavit filed in the top court, the Punjab government said that it does not share international borders with Bangladesh or Myanmar.

Source: The Hindu

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V Muraleedharan terms murder of Kerala BJP leader as 'handy work of Islamic terrorist group'

December 19, 2021

Thiruvananthapuram: Hours after BJP OBC morcha state secretary Renjith Sreenivasan was allegedly killed in Alappuzha, Union Minister V Muraleedharan termed it as the "handy work of Islamic terrorist group".

" I've been told that State Secy of BJP OBC Morcha was stabbed to death, this morning. This is the handy work of Islamic terrorist group is the info coming from Alleppey (Alappuzha). I demand the State government to take strict action against perpetrators," he tweeted.

Source: The Dawn

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Pakistan

Collective Efforts Including Media And Religious Leaders, Needed To Avoid Sialkot-Like Tragedies: Minister For Religious Affairs

Kalbe Ali

December 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noorul Haq Qadri on Saturday said collective efforts were needed by all segments of society, including media and religious leaders, to prevent tragedies like the lynching of a Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot.

He was speaking as chief guest along with Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari at a Christmas party organised by the National Press Club (NPC).

Source: The Dawn

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Opposition asks Imran to stop blaming previous govts for his failure

Zulqernain Tahir

December 19, 2021

LAHORE: The opposition has asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to stop blaming previous governments for his failures and concentrate on his performance.

“Passing the buck to the Bhuttos and the Sharifs for his failures in more than three years in government, Imran Khan should know that this narrative has been outdated,” PPP Senator Sherry Rehman said in a series of tweets on Saturday.

Source: The Dawn

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Pakistan’s Covid-19 mortality rate much higher than global rate

Ikram Junaidi

December 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Though health experts have been claiming that Covid-19 has proved less lethal among Asians, global data shows that Pakistan’s mortality rate is far higher than many regions.

Member of the Scientific Task Force on Covid-19 Dr Javed Akram was of the view that more Pakistanis died beca­use they visited hospitals due to complications arising from Covid-19 rather than the infection itself. He also blamed poor health and diagnostic facilities for the high number of casualties.

Source: The Dawn

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Petition seeks Balochistan CM’s disqualification over viral video

Staff Correspondent

December 19, 2021

QUETTA: A petition has been filed in the Balochistan High Court, seeking disqualification of Chief Minister Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo after a video went viral on social media showing the chief minister distributing money among participants of the recently ended 31-day-long Gwadar sit-in.

The petition was filed by Advocate Amanullah Kanrani who pleaded the court to disqualify the chief minister for distributing money among the protesters.

Source: The Dawn

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SC ruling to help retired judges join ECP earlier than two years

Iftikhar A. Khan

December 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: In a rare exercise of its power to “read in” the law, the Supreme Court has done away with constitutional bar on the appointment of retired judges as members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) before completion of two years after their retirement.

The court in a detailed order on a petition challenging the Sindh High Court’s judgement of June 12, 2020 validating appointment of three ECP members made in contravention of the constitutional bar held that since introduction of 22nd Amend­ment, the words “or member of the Election Commission” were to be read in into clause (2) of Article 207 of the Cons­titution after the term “Chief Election Commissioner”.

Source: The Dawn

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Europe

Belgium's Muslims appeal EU Court of Human Rights against ban on ritual halal animal slaughtering

December 18, 2021

The Muslim community in Belgium will appeal at the European Court of Human Rights against the ban on ritual halal animal slaughtering.

“The Belgian Muslim Executive and the Coordination Council of Islamic Institutions of Belgium will challenge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg the ban imposed by the Flemish and Walloon government on the ritual slaughter,” the two organizations wrote in a press statement.

Source: Anadolu

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Berlin: The Islamist Terror Attack of 2016 and the Authorities’ Failures

By Imanuel Marcus

Dec 19, 2021

Five years ago, the Islamist Anis Amri murdered twelve people, in a terror attack at one of Berlin’s main Christmas markets. Before and after the crime, the German authorities kept on failing.

Berlin, December 19th, 2019. Update: December 19th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) —  In 2014, Nada Cizmar from Czechia left her son and husband in Dresden and moved to Berlin. Whether she would have returned to her family later is a question that will never be answered because she was murdered when she visited the Christmas market at ‘Breitscheidplatz’ square on the day of the terror attack, December 19th, 2016.

Source: Berlin Spectator

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UK Brexit negotiator Frost resigns in further blow to PM Johnson

19/12/2021

Former Brexit negotiator David Frost resigned from the government with immediate effect on Saturday, topping a torrid week for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson after a party rebellion on new coronavirus curbs and by-election humiliation.

"It is disappointing that this plan has become public this evening and in the circumstances I think it is right for me to write to step down with immediate effect," he said in the letter, published by Johnson's Downing Street office.

Source: France24

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Mideast

Hamas and Islamic Jihad improving preparations for war

Dalit Halevi

19.12.21

A meeting was held over the weekend between the commanders of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, and the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, on strengthening the organizations' military strength and raising the level of coordination between them.

The Palestinian Arab Safa news agency reported that the participants stressed the paramount importance of the development of military force in the Gaza Strip and the activity of a joint war room in conducting the military campaign against Israel and readiness for a military confrontation in the face of "Zionist threats."

Source: Israel National News

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Yazidi Islamic State survivor latest victim of 'cancel culture'

By ZACH HUFF

DECEMBER 18, 2021

Alongside colonialism, imperialism, and nation-building, “cancel culture” is the latest of toxic Western ideas to be foisted upon the Middle East. This past week, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad was the latest victim of the West’s cancel culture, as she was disinvited from a book event by Canada’s Toronto District School Board. This may sound trivial, but it’s a big deal.

Murad is a member of Iraq’s Yazidi ethno-religious minority. She was kidnapped at age 19 by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014. ISIS, at the ascendancy of its power, pillaged, executed, and sexually exploited locals with reckless abandon. In just her village, some 600 innocents – including her mother and six of her brothers – were summarily executed. Murad was taken to be one of 7,000 Yazidi women and girls enslaved.

Source: jpost

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Iran Insists Missing Video From Nuclear Site Lost Due To 'Sabotage'

By RFE/RL

December 18, 2021

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization has rejected that it is responsible for the loss of surveillance video from a centrifuge-parts-production site, suggesting that the data was lost due to an attack on the plant this summer.

"The records were destroyed by an act of sabotage," the agency said in December 18 press statement after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had "doubts" about Iran's explanation for the missing video.

Source: Rferl.Org

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Israeli Officials Believe Iran Talks Headed for 'Controlled Conflict' or Interim Deal

Jonathan Lis

Dec. 19, 2021

Patience may be running thin, the talks stalled and the outlook pessimistic, but officially the negotiations on returning to the international nuclear agreement with Iran may resume as early as this week, and they continue to be a main avenue for the United States and the world powers.

Source: Haaretz

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Iran Minister Speaks Of 'Good News' About a Satellite Launch Till March

Iran Military

19-12-2021

Iran’s communication minister said Saturday "there will be good news” about launching a satellite until March, after recent reports about preparations at a launch site.

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that evidence points to Iran preparing a space launch and Iranian media offered a list of upcoming planned satellite launched.

Source: Iran Intl

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Southeast Asia

PM Ismail Sabri announces RM100m aid for flood-damaged homes, infrastructure, promises to channel more as needed

BY DEBRA CHONG

19 Dec 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today announced an initial fund of RM100 million to repair houses and infrastructure damaged in the massive floods following torrential rains across the country over the weekend.

He said RM50 million will be channeled to the National Disaster Relief Fund for disbursement; with each flood-hit household to get RM1,000.

Source: Malay Mail

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PM Ismail tells Welfare Dept to ensure every flood victim receives assistance

19 Dec 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has asked the Social Welfare Department to make sure that every flood victim is being facilitated and receives the assistance channelled to them.

In a Facebook posting, Ismail Sabri shared a video of his visit to the temporary relief centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Johan Setia in Klang today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival screening was ‘huge honor,’ says director of award-winning movie

NADA HAMEED

December 19, 2021

JEDDAH: “It was a huge honor for the film to come here in particular, because this is the heartland of Islamic tradition,” Egyptian-American filmmaker and journalist Dina Amer said of having her film “You Resemble Me” screen during the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, where it won the Audience Award.

“My film, which I have made as a practicing Muslim woman, is to show that Islam is a beautiful religion and that these actions that have been done in the name of Islam have nothing to do with our beautiful faith. And so I felt like this was the perfect place for the film to be embraced.”

Source: Arab News

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https://www.arabnews.com/node/1989246/lifestyle

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Saudi forces destroy two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt

ARAB NEWS

December 19, 2021

RIYADH: Saudi air defenses have destroyed two armed drones launched by Houthi militants toward Saudi Arabia's southwestern city of Khamis Mushayt, state TV reported early Sunday.

The drones were launched from the Sanaa International Airport, Al-Ekhbariya TV said, quoting a statement by the Arab Coalition defending Yemen's legitimate government.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi labor reforms protect workers, preserve dignity: HRSD deputy

RAWAN RADWAN

December 18, 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s governing authorities continue to enhance its labor reforms to improve the working environment and enhance the laws to protect workers’ rights and establish an attractive working environment.

Last year, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched a Labor Reform Initiative that streamlines labor market procedure, defines precise mechanisms, improves career mobility, and protects the rights of employers and employees. In March of this year, the LRI announced further reforms by offering expats working in the private sector more freedoms concerning employment, including domestic helpers.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia reports 116 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

ARAB NEWS

December 19, 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia confirmed 116 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, increasing the total number of recorded infections since the beginning of the pandemic to 550,738.

It also confirmed 1 new coronavirus-related death, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,861.

Source: Arab News

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