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An Arab, a Jew and a Facebook post: How similar words are treated differently

JERUSALEM — Two Israelis — an Arab and a Jew — posted messages on Facebook saying they were going to kill someone on the other side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.<p>The two posters were real people with active Facebook pages, but the threat was part of an experiment conducted by an Israeli news …

Israel

The Moral Cost of Nuclear Terrorism

If ISIS gets a nuclear bomb, the planet loses a city. World leaders gathering for the Nuclear Security Summit this month in Washington know this, and that's what they'll be trying to prevent - by shoring up the shaky international system for keeping nuclear materials out of terrorist hands.<p>What …

London ‘more Islamic’ than Muslim world – scholar

Muslims more free to practise their faith in UK than most Islamic countries, insists leading Shia scholar<p>London is a more “Islamic” city than much of the Muslim world put together, a leading Muslim scholar has argued.<p>Maulana Syed Ali Raza Rizvi, a prominent Shia cleric, who was born in Pakistan and …

Just like Paris, without the outrage: ISIS has carried out another horrific massacre in Iraq, but the media just yawned and moved on

ISIS massacred at least 133 Iraqis in the past few days. Unlike the Paris attack, there was no international outcry<p>ISIS massacred at least 40 people and wounded 58 more in a suicide bombing at a funeral in east Iraq on Monday. Most of the people at the funeral were from the Shia religious …

Kerry: Iran is getting less than $50 billion in cash after nuclear deal

"It's below the $50 billion (level)," he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, when he was asked about varying reports about how much money Iran would receive.<p>Iran gained access to about $100 billion in frozen assets when an international nuclear agreement was implemented last month, but …

Netanyahu asks for 'Israeli apartheid' tube posters to be removed

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has asked the UK government to remove hundreds of flyposters on London Underground trains put up by pro-Palestinian activists which claim that his country’s policies amount to apartheid.<p>The posters, designed to look like genuine adverts, were pasted …

Israel

Viral video says BDS supporters want to shoot the bible and Dannon yogurt

It’s no wonder this video is going viral today; it is bonkers, a desperate effort by Israel supporters to neutralize the Boycott, Divestment and …

6 Words You Should Know Before Talking About Islam

A lot of the suspicion surrounding Islam comes from a lack of knowledge or understanding of a religion that is still foreign to many people, despite its 1.6 billion followers. Often this lack of knowledge results in the public cooptation of important aspects of the faith.<p>Words like <i>jihad</i> and <i>shariah</i> …

'This regime is more violent than Mubarak. There is no opposition now'

Egypt's Tahrir Square Revolution began on January 25, 2011. Five years after Hosni Mubarak was toppled, families of detained activists say there is even less freedom than before<p>Of all the freedoms Egyptians thought they had won with the Tahrir Square Revolution, the one they thought irreversible …

Saudi Arabia Is More Dangerous as a Frenemy than Iran is as an Adversary

Saudi Arabia and Iran continue to turn their national struggle into a religious conflict. The first is dangerous. The second could be catastrophic. Yet Riyadh, America's nominal ally, has demonstrated that it is the more reckless of the two states, by executing an important Shia cleric and severing …

Muslim Cleric Heaps Praise on U.S., Tells American Muslims They Have a Special Role

A prominent Tunisian Muslim cleric took the opportunity of his speech at a New Jersey mosque to blast Muslims for an alleged lack of industriousness and supposed high rates of illiteracy as he heaped praise on the U.S for its productivity and acceptance of different religions, including …

Religion

What is it like to be a Jew married to an Arab in Israel?

Mixed Jewish-Arab couples are rare and have to vault over hurdles thrown up by the Israeli state and their respective societies.<p>Varda arrived in Israel from Holland as a 17-year-old Jew brimming with Zionist fervour.<p>She wanted to do her part for the Jewish state so she moved to Jerusalem, became an …

Israel

Iran is dangerous—but Saudi Arabia is even worse

Saudi Arabia’s decision to execute Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr was designed to provoke Iran into an expansion of military engagement. That’s an unsettling strategy–but true nonetheless.<p>The initial reaction to the kingdom’s decision was relatively minor—a few Molotov cocktails were lobbed at its …

Saudi Arabia

‘Social Jihad’: Why a New Jersey Imam is Calling on American Muslims to Join the U.S. Army, FBI and CIA

A New Jersey Muslim leader is urging members of his faith to join the U.S. Army and law enforcement agencies including the FBI and CIA, arguing that they should serve their country before asking the U.S. to serve them.<p>Sheikh Mohamed Moussa, in a sermon earlier this month at the North Hudson Islamic …

Iran's Rouhani says it's up to Muslims to correct Islam's image | News Home | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Muslims must improve the image of their religion, which has been tarnished by the violence of hardline groups such as Islamic State,<p>Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talks to journalists after he registered for February's …

Middle East

Service Members Let American Muslim Girl Know They Will Protect Her (From Donald Trump)

Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric — his big talk about deporting Mexican people and closing the United States to Muslims — is a horror to many …

Donald Trump

An American Muslim Community Shares Its Story

or the first time in her life, Yazmin Ali is afraid to leave her house. Unlike most neighbors in her family’s cookie-cutter subdivision outside …

Jewish extremist leader says Christmas has 'no place' in the Holy Land

Faith and anti-racism groups call for police investigation into incitement to violence after Lehava head calls for Christian 'vampires' to be expelled from Israel and Christmas banned<p>The head of Lehava, a prominent Israeli Jewish extremist organisation, has called for the celebration of Christmas …

Israel

Why is the U.S. subsidizing Israeli settlements?

<i>Uri Blau is an Israeli investigative journalist based in Washington. Reporting for this commentary was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.</i><p>An office chair is positioned on the top of Dagan Hill, on the outskirts of Efrat, a thriving West Bank settlement. Someone must …

Israel

How anti-Muslim sentiment plays out in classrooms across the US

Words are the most common weapon of bullies, but in the past month harassment in schools is increasingly manifesting in physical attacks and incidents are taking a psychological toll on some students<p>While watching a TV news report on the Paris attacks with her seventh-grade class, Farah Darvesh …

Islam

Donald Trump Dominates List Of 2015's Biggest Lies

It's been a banner year for political whoppers.<p><i>The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org.</i><p>It’s been a banner year for political whoppers — and for one teller of tall tales in particular: Donald Trump.<p>In the 12 years of FactCheck.org’s existence, we’ve never seen his match.<p>He stands out not …

Government

Kenyan Muslims Protect Christians After Terrorists Attack Bus

A group of Kenyans traveling by bus refused Islamist terrorists demands that they identify themselves as either Christian or Muslim in an act of …

Latino Muslims Live Their Lives At The Intersection Of Three Cultures

Like other Americans, Shafiq Alvarado was horrified by the events of 9/11. But living in Los Angeles, he felt a bit removed from their impact.<p>That is, until he received a phone call from the FBI, saying they wanted to meet with him. Alvarado agreed. “Next thing I knew, I was eating lunch with an …

Religion

People Are Incredibly Moved By This Video Of Canadian Kids Singing An Ancient Islamic Song

An Ottawa-area school board featured "Tala' al-Badru 'Alayna" in its annual holiday show.<p>View this post on Facebook

Canada

“We will not be silent”: American Jews hit the streets during Hanukkah to fight Islamophobia and racism

Jewish Voice for Peace condemns “state-sanctioned Islamophobia & racism” and anti-refugee xenophobia this Hanukkah<p>This Hanukkah, Jews across the U.S. are taking to the street to rally against the Islamophobia and racism rampant in their communities.<p>On each night in the eight-day-long religious …

Loretta Lynch: "Actions Predicated On Violent Talk" Toward Muslims Will Be Prosecuted

Speaking at Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner, the attorney general said, "We cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on."<p>WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday warned that the Justice Department could take aggressive action against people whose …

Loretta Lynch

This man was called a terrorist in a horrific anti-Muslim rant in Virginia

Anti-Muslim shouts from attendees at a town-hall meeting in Virginia disrupted a presentation about a new mosque. In video taken by The Free Lance-Star, Samer Shalaby, an engineer, can be seen being berated and called a terrorist by audience members.<p>"Nobody wants your evil cult in this town," one …

Religion

Fox News Host Floats New Muslim Smear, Then Loses It On Twitter

Eric Bolling says there were reports Muslims had prior knowledge of 9/11. And that I'm a "juvenile hack" for calling him on it.<p>Fox News host Eric Bolling made the startling claim on Tuesday that there were reports of Muslims in New Jersey being given advance notice of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror …

Donald Trump