News and Analysis 8/22/22

The general director of Defense of Children International – Palestine was interrogated for two hours without legal representation:

A video showing that it was Israeli police that attacked the Palestinians “forced prosecutors to drop the investigation” …

… but conviction of the aggressors may be too much to hope for:

“The Israeli onslaught in the West Bank continues … as hundreds of settlers descended on the city under military protection to make a provocative visit to Joseph’s Tomb” …

… and “Ahmad Ayyad was on his way to work in Israel to help out his family in Gaza when he was attacked by Israeli soldiers and beaten to death”:

The ministry of culture and Islamic guidance has “threatened more than 100 film industry figures to withdraw their signatures from a May statement titled ‘Lay Down your Gun’ or be banned from working”:

“Religious and intellectual issues, including phrases that may read in full or partly as offensive, cannot never be dealt with in these violent ways”:

“Most of the workers do not have bank accounts and putting their salaries on the books would create a new revenue source for the … [PA], while bringing a windfall in service fees for Palestinian banks”:

Irfan Ahmad argues that the letter to Modi blaming Muslim terrorism on Maududi was aimed not at Maududi, but at Islam itself:

This “native-born Mandarin” speaking intellectual finds the religion of Islam to be “very friendly” and “very flexible”:

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday that the Government will repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, revoking a colonial-era law that criminalises sex between men: