21 July 2018

21 July ND: Days after SC calls Centre to make law against Mob violence; Another Muslim man lynched in Rajasthan's Alwar on suspicion of cow-smuggling/ Rahul calls PM's speech weak, NDA sails through no-trust vote with 325 votes/Are mosques integral to Islam? SC reserves order on need for larger bench

21 July 2018:07 Ziqada 1439: Vol:10, No:70
Days after SC calls Centre to make law against Mob violence; Another Muslim man lynched in Rajasthan's Alwar  on suspicion of cow-smuggling
Jaipur:In yet another instance of lynching, a 28-year-old Muslim man was allegedly beaten to death by a group of people on the suspicion that he was smuggling cows in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Friday night.The victim, Akbar Khan, was a resident of the neighbouring Haryana’s Ferozepur Jhirka region. Akbar and another man were walking with two cows through a forest area in Ramgarh’s Lalawandi village, when the villagers surrounded the two men, accused them of smuggling cows to their native village, and started thrashing them. Akbar’s companion managed to escape.Police reached the spot on getting the information about violence and took a profusely bleeding Akbar to a government hospital in Ramgarh. The doctors declared him brought dead. The body was shifted to a mortuary in Alwar on Saturday morning and the post-mortem will be conducted after the arrival of Akbar’s family members from his village, Kolgaon.Police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of IPC against unidentified persons. The police said it was not clear if the two persons were in fact smuggling the cows.thehindu
Alwar Lynching: 2 People Arrested For Allegedly Killing Akbar
2 people were arrested on Saturday in connection with brutal lynching of a 28-year-old Muslim in Alwar district on suspicion of cow smuggling. IG, Jaipur range, Himant Pridarshu, said: "2 suspects were taken to police station from the spot and later arrested after we found their involvement in the killing of the man. The investigation is being carried out to find other culprits. Postmortem of the body is being done."Narrating his ordeal to media, Suleiman, the father of the deceased, said that he wanted a speedy justice for his son's killing and demanded arrest of the remaining accused at the earliest. "We want justice. The culprits should be arrested soon," he said. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the incident and assured stern action against the perpetrators.ANI
Alwar Lynching: As PM Modi becomes more popular, more such incidents will happen, says Union Min Meghwal
As another incident of mob lynching, allegedly by cow vigilantes, took place in Rajasthan's Alwar, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Saturday said that more incidents like this will happen as the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi rises. "The more popular Modi ji becomes, more such incidents will happen. In Bihar election, it was 'Award Wapsi', UP election it was mob lynching. In 2019 elections it will be something else. Modi ji has given schemes and their effect is being seen, this is its reaction," Meghwal said. "We condemn mob lynching but this isn't a single incident. You have to trace this back in history. Why does this happen? Who should stop this? What happened with Sikhs in 1984 was the biggest mob lynching of this nation's history," minister said in reaction to the lynching incident.dnaindia
WhatsApp curbs India services after spate of lynchings
Instant messaging giant WhatsApp has announced limits on the forwarding of messages by its some 200 million users in India after authorities called for curbs to the service following a spate of lynchings.WhatsApp said on Thursday it would restrict users' capacity to forward on content to five other "chats" at once and remove an inbuilt feature allowing media messages to be passed on quickly."We believe that these changes - which we'll continue to evaluate - will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app," the company said.Whatsapp, which is owned by Facebook, Inc, announced the changes shortly after India's government threatened legal action against the platform for allowing viral messages encouraging violence to be shared among users within the country.Prakash Singh, ex senior police officer, said that "WhatsApp has become an addiction in India"."The kind of fake news being spread through these platforms is scary and is getting out of control," Singh, currently the chairman of the Police Foundation of India, told Al Jazeera.aljazeera
‘SAD will voice concern over lynching even at the cost of breaking alliance’ : Balwinder Singh Bhunder
On a day when concerns about the incidents of lynching across the country were raised in Lok Sabha during a no-confidence motion against NDA government senior SAD leader and MP in Rajya Sabha Balwinder Singh Bhunder on Friday said minorities are living in fear and that his party will continue to voice its concern even if it breaks the alliance with the BJP.“If the alliance breaks, let it be. We will continue to put our viewpoint,” Bhunder said, invoking nearly “100 years’ history” of SAD and “message of Guru Nanak Dev 500 years ago to treat everyone equally”.“Ours is political alliance. That does not mean, we will stop raising issues. This is democracy,” Bhunder said.He added lynching is a big issue, be it in the name of cow protection or caste. “It is not that only Muslims have been targeted. Others have also been targeted. This is bad.It is 70 years since the nation has got freedom. Guru had said 500 years ago that there is God in every human being and that poor should not be discriminated against. Guru had made the poor stand equally (in society).We (SAD) are following that vision. And it will have an impact,”he said.indianexpress
Andhra CM for stringent law to curb mob violence
New Delhi:Calling incidents of mob-lynching unfortunate, AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said stringent law is necessary to curb mob violence.Reacting to the latest Alwar mob-lynching incident in which a Muslim died, Naidu told the media: "It is very unfortunate. Even the Supreme Court has directed to bring strong laws on this. Problems of SC/STs, minorities, women are increasing. All governments should be very firm. We have to bring new laws to curb this type of mob violence."ANI
BJP hatao, says  Mamata as she blames party for lynchings
Kolkata:  Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee denounced the frequent incidents of mob violence occurring across the country. “The way people are being lynched everywhere, one can see they are creating Talibanis among the people. I respect some good people in the BJP and RSS, but others are playing dirty games,” said West Bengal chief minister on Saturday. She predicted that TMC will register a resounding victory over BJP at the state level in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.“We will win all 42 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha elections from West Bengal,” PTI quoted her as saying during her address at the party’s annual Martyr’s Day Rally in Kolkata. Banerjee also announced the launch of a “BJP hatao-desh bachao (remove BJP, save the country)” campaign with the cooperation of like-minded Opposition leaders on Aug15 – India’s Independence Day. “2019 Lok Sabha polls will be a big blow for the NDA, and Bengal will show the path,” she said.HT
5 Congress MLAs, former BJP MP Chandan Mitra join Trinamool Congress
Kolkata:West Bengal Congress suffered a major defection on Saturday with 5 of its MLAs joining Trinamool Congress at the ruling party annual Martrys Day rally in Kolkata.Ex-Rajya Sabha member of BJP, Chandan Mitra also joined Trinamool Congress at the rally in presence of Mamata Banerjee. Congress MLAs who switched sides are Sabina Yasmin, Apurba Sarkar, Akrurzaman, Samar Mukherjee and Moinul Hasan.They are from Malda and Murshidabad district.the hindu
"You May Call Me Pappu, I Don't Hate You": Rahul Gandhi Hug Startles PM
New Delh:"You may call me Pappu,but I don't hate you," Rahul Gandhi said, looking directly at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then walking across to embrace him. It may not have been the "earthquake" he had promised once, but the Congress president's jaw-dropping gesture during the no-confidence motion debate in parliament came close to it, many lawmakers said. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, disapproved and admonished Rahul Gandhi.In his sharpest attack on the Prime Minister, on subjects ranging from the Rafale deal to GST, demonetisation and foreign policy, Rahul Gandhi had said repeatedly: "You can't look me in the eye." PM, sitting directly across, smiled. Then came the twist."You can abuse me, you can call me Pappu, but I don't have a speck of hatred against you. I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love. I am the Congress," said Gandhi, making an astonishing reference to the pejorative rivals use for him."You taught me what it means to be a Hindustani, what it means to be a Hindu. It means to love somebody even if they attack you."He left his seat, strode across the floor and wrapped his arms awkwardly around the prime minister, who looked startled. Known for his bear-hugs for world leaders, PM Modi froze in his seat.ndtv
No-confidence motion updates: Rahul calls PM's speech weak, NDA sails through no-trust vote with 325 votes
After a 12-hour-long session of the Lok Sabha, Modi government defeated the no-confidence motion brought against it with a thumping majority. The government sailed through the voting with 325 votes in its favour, while the Opposition gathered support of 126 MPs.Rahul Gandhi has reacted to France's statement on Rafale deal and said that the French government may deny it if they want but he stands by what he said. "Let them deny it if they want. He (French President) said that before me. I was there, Anand Sharma and Dr.Manmohan Singh were also present," Rahul said.According to ANI, the French government has taken note of Rahul Gandhi's statement in the Parliament and issued a statement clarifying that India did sign a confidentiality agreement in 2008, which legally binds the 2 States to protect the classified information provided by the partner. French government further said: "These provisions naturally apply to IGA concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons."Reports said that BJP will move a privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for misleading the Parliament and leveling 'false accusations' against Union ministers without substantial proof.firstpost
Are mosques integral to Islam? SC reserves order on need for larger bench
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its order on a plea by Muslim groups of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute seeking reconsideration by a larger bench the observations made by it in a 1994 verdict that a mosque was not integral to Islam.  M. Siddiq, one of the original litigants of the Ayodhya case who has died and is being represented through his legal heir, had assailed certain findings of the 1994 verdict in the case of M. Ismail Faruqui holding that a mosque was not integral to the prayers offered by the followers of Islam.It was argued by Muslim groups before a special bench of CJI  Dipak Misra and justices Ashok Bhushan and S. A. Nazeer that the “sweeping” observation of the SC in the verdict needed to be reconsidered by a 5-judge bench as “it had and will have a bearing” on the Babri Masjid-Ram Temple land dispute case.”The order is reserved,” the bench said and asked the parties to give written submissions by July 24. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for legal representative of Siddiq, said the observations that mosques are not essential for practising Islam were made by the SC without conducting any enquiry or considering the religious texts.”It was a sweeping observation which requires to be reconsidered before the apex court hears the title dispute,” he said.At the outset, sharp exchanges of words took place when a lawyer objected to Dhavan's earlier remarks that “Hindu Taliban” had destroyed the Babri mosque in 1991.”He cannot be allowed to use such words against the entire Hindu community,” the lawyer said.”The destruction of Babri mosque was a terrorist act. I will not take back my words. I stand by my words,” Dhavan said.The bench termed the use of words (Hindu Taliban) as inappropriate and said that the decorum of court should be maintained.It asked the security guards to escort the lawyer, who had entered into verbal duel with Dhavan, outside the court room. PTI
SC reserves verdict on plea to refer 1994 judgment on namaz to a larger bench
Ram Janmabhoomi lawyer rushes towards Babri lawyer over “Hindu Taliban” remarks, evicted from court
Hindus acted like Taliban during Babri Masjid demolition: Lawyer tells SC
SC Collegium reiterates Justice K M Joseph’s name, recommends two others
New Delhi:Despite the Centre’s reservations, the Supreme Court Collegium has “reiterated” its decision to recommend Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph as an apex court judge. The Collegium also said that it had found “nothing adverse regarding” his “suitability” in two letters sent by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asking the Collegium to reconsider its decision.Collegium met on July 16 and said in its resolution: “Collegium, on due consideration of all the aspects mentioned in the aforesaid two letters, resolves to reiterate the afore-mentioned recommendation, especially since nothing adverse regarding suitability of Mr Justice KM Joseph has been pointed out in the aforesaid letters.”“We have carefully considered the observations made by the Law Minister in his letters dated 26th April, 2018 and 30th April, 2018 addressed to CJI referring back, for reconsideration, recommendation made by us on 10th January, 2018 for appointment of  Justice KM Joseph, Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, as Judge of the Supreme Court.”Collegium headed by CJI Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and AK Sikri also recommended the names of Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran as Supreme Court judges.In the resolution, the Collegium said that “one of these vacancies is going to be filled up in terms of our recommendation for elevation of Justice KM Joseph, which has separately been reiterated by us today”. The “separate” reiteration is significant because once the Collegium reiterates a name for elevation to the Supreme Court, the Centre is duty-bound to accept it.Sources said that no additional names were considered by the Collegium for elevation to the Supreme Court and the decision to recommend the two names, and the reiteration of Justice Joseph was taken unanimously.While the Collegium met and took the decisions on Monday, sources said that the delay in posting the resolution on the SC website Friday was because one consultee judge was on leave. A consultee judge is a Supreme Court judge, who is not a member of the Collegium but has served with the High Court Chief Justice being recommended for elevation.indianexpress

Bareilly leader announces reward for stoning and shaving head of anti-triple talaq crusaders
Lucknow:The head of a Bareilly NGO on Friday allegedly announced rewards for anybody who stones and shaves the heads of two women who went public with their grievances after being divorced through triple-talaq, a controversial Islamic practice that permits instant separation of married partners.The women in question are Nida Khan, who was the target of a fatwa issued by Barelvi clerics 4 days ago, and Farhat Naqvi, the sister of Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.“Our group will award Rs 11,786 to anyone who stones Nida Khan and Farhat Naqvi, shaves their heads and scares them away from India,” declared All India Faizan-e-Madina Council head Moin Siddique Noori.Incidentally, PM Narendra Modi is set to meet both Khan and Naqvi during a rally at Shahjahanpur on Saturday. The 2 were formally invited by Rajesh Kumar Mishra, BJP MLA from Bareilly.This is not the first time Noori has made a controversial announcement. Last year, he had promised to reward anybody who succeeds in decapitating Shia Waqf Board chairperson Waseem Rizvi and Tarek Fatah.HT
PM Modi to meet triple talaq victim, speak in Shahjahanpur
Sedition row: Delhi HC sets aside JNU’s order imposing penalty on Kanhaiya Kumar, calls it ‘illegal’
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday set aside JNU’s order imposing fine against its former student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar. Calling the university’s order “illegal, irrational and irregular,” the court directed the administration to decide the matter after a proper hearing. A Rs 10,000 fine was imposed on Kumar by an appellate authority of the university in connection with a 2016 incident in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at an event relating to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging. To protest against the penalty imposed on him, Kumar had moved the Delhi High Court. Earlier this week, the Delhi High Court directed JNU to not take any coercive step on the fine till today’s hearing. The last date to pay the fine was July 18, 2018. A high-level panel of JNU had in 2016 recommended a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kumar. It also recommended that another student, Umar Khalid, be rusticated in connection with the incident. Besides, financial penalty was imposed on 13 other students for violation of disciplinary norms.In a Facebook post, earlier this week Khalid vowed to fight the university’s order and added that the students would not “lie low”.“An administration that has been running at the orders of the ruling BJP and the RSS, was at no point of time in a position of impartiality to conduct this enquiry. The court has repeatedly found faults with the enquiry process and have vindicated our apprehensions,” Khalid wrote in the post. PhD scholar said that they were being “targeted in a systematic and a malafide manner by an enquiry that was prejudiced against us from day one”.indianexpress

In New Govt Rule, Foreign Journalists Need Prior Permission to Visit Kashmir
New Delhi: In a move that is reminiscent of a brief period during the early days of the Kashmir insurgency in 1990 when the Indian government made it impossible for foreign journalists to report from the valley, the Ministry of External Affairs has written to all foreign correspondents stationed in India that they will have to apply in writing for permission to travel anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir.Off the record, MEA sources insist the diktat is merely reiteration of long-standing policy governing the entry of foreign reporters to “restricted and protected areas” and that there is no bar on reporting trips to the state. However, the MEA’s own note makes it clear the Modi government is now treating the entire territory of J&K as a restricted area, in contrast to the earlier policy in which only the strip along the Line of Control required prior clearance for a visit.Since the introduction of this new restriction, The Wire is aware of at least one instance of the government failing expeditiously to grant a reporter permission to visit the state, thus effectively voiding the intended story. In letters sent out to foreign news organisations based in Delhi on May 22, 2018, MEA’s external publicity division said it was addressing the “important issue” of foreign journalists travelling to circumscribed areas “without official clearance”.thewire
J&K: Muslim League chairman booked under PSA
Srinagar:J&K government booked Muslim League (ML) chairman Mushtaq-ul-Islam under Public Safety Act (PSA) for his anti-national activities and has shifted him to Jammu.Official sources said that Mushtaq was arrested from his Batmaloo residence recently for his 'anti-national' activities.However, he was booked under PSA by DM, Srinagar on Friday and shifted to Kotbalwal jail, Jammu.Mushtaq was first arrested on October 12, 1983 when he damaged pitch during India and West Indies one-day international cricket match at SK cricket stadium here, since then, he was imprisoned several times under PSA and other acts.UNI
Kathua rape case: J&K High Court issues notice to govt over dismissal of accused cop
J&K High Court today issued a notice to the state government seeking its reply within two weeks over a petition filed by a policeman, one of the eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, challenging his dismissal from the service, a defence lawyer said. High Court Judge Justice M K Hanjura issued the notice to Chief Secretary and DGP after hearing the argument over the petition filed by the constable Tilak Raj. Besides Raj, govt has dismissed sub-inspector Anand Dutta and 3 SPOs Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma for their alleged involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl whose body was recovered from a forest in Kathua district in January, a week after her abduction.The sub-inspector and the constable are accused of destroying the crucial evidence for money to save the culprits. The petition was filed in the High Court here yesterday after getting a nod from the district and sessions judge Pathankot where the rape and murder case is under trial on the orders of Supreme Court,defence lawyer AK Sawhney said.
Owaisi’s Poser To Modi: Do You Want A Congress-Mukt Bharat Or A Muslim & Dalit-Mukt Bharat?
New Delhi: Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi asked seven questions to Prime Minister Narendra while speaking in the Lok Sabha on Friday.Cornering the Modi government, Owaisi, while addressing to PM Modi, said: You had said you want to see Quran and computer in the hands of Muslim children. Why has the allocation for pre- and post-matric scholarship for minority children hasn’t been changed since 2013?Third-time Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad, Owaisi asked: Do you want a Congress-mukt Bharat or a Muslim & Dalit-mukt Bharat? The present dispensation has created an atmosphere of hatred in the country.Why was the judge, who diluted the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act, appointed the chairperson of National Green Tribunal? You don’t have the guts to promulgate an ordinance against dilution of the Act.Owaisi also said that PM Modi’s aggressive foreign trips costing around Rs 1500 crores to the public exchequer were futile exercise given India’s relations with its neighboring countries.caravandaily
Telangana govt planning to use Wakf lands for edu institutions
Telangana government planned to utilise Wakf lands for building more educational institutions for Muslim youth, state Chief Secretary SK Joshi said today.Joshi, who held a meeting with officials on minorities welfare, sought a detailed report on Wakf lands in all districts.Our plan is to utilise the Wakf lands in a productive manner to boost education of Muslims, he said.He said that over 64,000Muslim students were studying in 204 minorities residential schools in the state.The state government was determined to provide jobs to Muslim youth by imparting necessary training and skills, the Chief Secretary said.PTI
Kapil Sibal to appear for AMU in minority status case
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader, former union minister and senior advocate of Supreme Court Kapil Sibal has agreed to appear for AMU in its minority status. A delegation led by president AMU students’ union and former MP Mohammed Adeeb met advocate Kapil Sibal at his residence and discussed Aligarh Muslim University minority status issue.The delegation comprised of Supreme Court advocate Z K Faizan, Haji Salamatullah, Dr Azam Mir Khan Vice President Aligarh Muslim University, former president AMU students’ union Shahzad Barni. The delegation spoke at length about the minority status issue.Later speaking to Inquilab bureau Mohammed Adeeb told that Kapil Sibal has agreed to appear for Aligarh Muslim University in minority status case. siasat
Haryana priest Amarpuri arrested for raping 120 women after video clips went viral
Haryana police on Friday arrested a 60-year-old Mahant, Baba Amarpuri aka Amarveer, from Baba Balaknath Temple in Tohana district of Fatehabad. The following arrest came in after several videos of Amarpuri raping several women surfaced on various social media platforms. As per reports, Baba Amarpuri is accused of raping 120 women. The arrest came in after police found various rape clips, each with a different victim. The clips were shot by the accused himself using his cell phone. The accused has reportedly been sent on 5-day police custody. The investigating police have also raised his premises and have reportedly seized a number of suspicious articles.The following matter was highlighted after a relative of one of the accused approached police with a number of clips showing Baba raping his known associate. newsx

Noted Barelvi cleric Azhari Miyan dies
Bareilly: Chief cleric of the influential Dargah Aala Hazrat here, Mufti Mohammad Akhtar Raza Khan Qadiri aka Azhari Miyan, died on Friday night. Azhari was in his 70s and had been suffering from illness for a long time. A renowned Sunni Barelvi cleric, Azhari had occupied 24th place in the annual list of 500 “most powerful and influential Muslims” across the world, a record prepared by the Jordanian think tank, Royal Islamic Strategic Study Centre (RISSC), affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman. He was the great grandson and successor of Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan. TOI
Hamas: Deal reached with Israel to restore calm in Gaza
Hamas has said a deal to restore calm in the besieged Gaza Strip has been reached, ending the Israeli onslaught on Hamas positions and other violence that resulted in the deaths of four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier on Friday.Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum announced early on Saturday morning that the deal, brokered by Egyptian and UN officials, was active from midnight local time on Friday."We reached [an agreement] to return to the previous state of calm between [Israeli] occupation and the Palestinian factions," Barhoum said. Israel has yet to confirm the agreement, but the army said in a statement on Saturday that communities near Gaza could return to normal activity, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz. "At the end of an assessment by the southern command this morning it was decided to maintain a full civilian routine in the communities close to the Gaza Strip," Haaretz quoted the statement as saying. The deal comes after Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Friday.Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters towards Palestinian protesters gathered along the fence with Israel, killing 27-year-old Mohammad Sharif Badwan and wounding 120 others, according to health officials in Gaza. Hamas also said three of its members were killed earlier in the day after Israel launched large-scale attacks in the southern part of the enclave.While it appeared that relative calm had returned to the area on Saturday, Phyllis Bennis, a programme director at the US-based Institute for Policy Studies, said it was unlikely that any ceasefire agreement would hold.aljazeera
Gaza truce holds after Israeli air strikes across Palestinian enclave
Hamas: Kushner and Greenblatt spokespeople for Israeli occupation
Palestinian leaders have condemned senior US officials for blaming Hamas for the suffering of Gaza's population and presenting an argument which entirely excludes Israel's position as the occupier.In an opinion piece published by The Washington Post on Friday, the two US officials in charge of Washington's Middle East policy - Jared Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, and Jason Greenblatt - along with David Freedman, the ambassador to Israel, blamed Hamas for the poverty and unemployment in Gaza over the past 70 years, attributing it to "corrupt and hateful leadership". "Despite the billions of dollars invested for the benefit of Palestinians in Gaza over the past 70 years, 53 percent of the people there live below the poverty level, and the unemployment rate is a crippling 49 percent," the article, titled Help is at hand for Palestinians, it's all up to Hamas, read."The Palestinians of Gaza are stuck in a vicious cycle where corrupt and hateful leadership has provoked conflicts leading to reduced opportunities and the poverty and hopelessness that follow," it added.In response, officials in the besieged Gaza Strip said on Friday that the US had lost its regional credibility and prestige for ignoring Arab and Palestinian positions and blindly following Israeli ones.aljazeera
Israeli minister : Palestinians have a culture of terror
Israel's former deputy foreign minister has said the Hamas movement is solely to blame for the recent bloodshed in the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming that Palestinians represent a "culture of terror" while absolving Israeli forces for the killings of more than 130 protesters, journalists and medics at the border. Danny Ayalon told Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan that the killings by Israeli snipers of unarmed Palestinians, including paramedic Razan al-Najjar and journalist Yasser Murtaja, were unfortunate but justified because "they came with harm intention". "They [Hamas] are sending them to die. It's a culture of death," he said in an interview with Head to Head Al Jazeera TV  programme. aljazeera
‘Jewish state’ law sparks outrage among Jews
JERUSALEM:A recently-approved Israeli law that recognizes Israel as the “nation-state of the Jewish people” has invited a storm of condemnations and outrage in Israel and among Jewish groups. Approved by Knesset (Israel’s parliament) on Thursday, the legislation also states that a “united Jerusalem” is the capital of Israel and that Hebrew is the country's official language, stripping Arabic of its earlier designation as an official language while recognizing its “special status.” Tamar Zandberg, chairwoman of the left-wing Meretz Party, described the law as “shameful”. “Zionism is no longer a national movement, but a forceful nationalism that humiliates the minority and establishes racial supremacy,” she said.  Opposition leader Isaac Herzog said “it is sad that the last speech for him as the head of opposition will be against this backdrop.” “History only will determine whether the law will benefit Israel or not,” he said. Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni said the legislation was only to benefit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Netanyahu wants the law for his fight,” said Livni, a member of the Zionist Union. Her party, the largest opposition party with 24 seats in Knesset, had voted against the law during its three readings. Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel has decried the legislation as “colonial” and “features key elements of apartheid”. New Israel Fund a US-based non-profit organization, described the legislation as “tribalism as its worst.” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the head of Union of Reform Judaism, the largest Jewish denomination around the world, said the law would do an “enormous damage” to Israel. The American Jewish Committee, a prominent Jewish advocacy groups in the United States, for its part, said it was disappointed by the law. Anadolu Agency
Saudi slams new Israeli law, says it ‘perpetuates racial discrimination’
New Delhi:Days after Israeli government announced a legislation defining the nation as the state of Jewish people, Saudi Arabia on Saturday slammed the law terming it as “perpetuating racial discrimination” against Palestinians, news agency AFP reported. The law which was adopted by Israel’s parliament on Thursday defines the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest. It also downgrades Arabic from an official language to one with special status.A report in AFP stated that the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Friday night released a statement saying that the kingdom “rejects and disapproves” of the new legislation, adding it contradicts international law. A Saudi foreign ministry official has called on the international community to “confront such a law and or other Israeli attempts, aimed at perpetuating racial discrimination against the Palestinian people”, SPA reported. The Gulf nation said adoption of such law will act as a hurdle in ending the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The law was also condemned by the 6-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, comprised of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE. Commenting on the law, GCC secretary general Abdullatif al-Zayani said that it “reflected the regime of racism and discrimination against the Palestinian people.”indianexpress
America rejects plans to extradite Gulen for US preacher held in Turkey
America has rejected plans to link the case of an American pastor held for almost two years with US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the failed 2016 coup bid, a senior US official said on Friday. A Turkish court on Wednesday ruled to keep in jail on terror-linked charges US pastor Andrew Brunson, who ran a Protestant church in the city of Izmir and has been held since October 2016.Meanwhile, Turkey is continuing to press for the extradition of Gulen, who lives in a secluded compound in the state of Pennsylvania from where Ankara says he masterminded the coup bid. Gulen denies the charges.The two issues, added to disputes on Syria and the detention of two Turkish US diplomatic mission staffers, have caused significant strains in the relationship between the NATO allies."One of the aspects of the tension in the relationship has been when people, including people in the government, have drawn very direct linkages [between Gulen and Brunson]," said the official, asking not to be named."Very senior people have suggested that," he said. "We do not think it is appropriate to link these cases, partly because the legal systems are very different in the two countries, and the cases are very different."middleeasteye
South Africa rejects Saudi, UAE pressure to boycott Qatar
South Africa has rejected Saudi and UAE pressure to severe relations with Qatar, Al-Khaleej Online reported Pretoria’s envoy to Doha saying.During a celebration to remember South African freedom icon Nelson Mandela in Doha on Wednesday, Faizel Moosa said that his country rejected such pressure “because it was against the values that Mandela fought for – not to interfere in the others’ internal affairs.”“Qatari-South African relations are developing continuously,” Moosa said at the event. Commercial exchange between the two countries rose to 70 per cent after the siege imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and egypt in June last year, and there would be more mutual investments, he added.middleeastmonitor
Egypt postpones Morsi’s trial
The Cairo Criminal Court has adjourned the trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and other defendants until 5 August in the case known as “trespassing Egypt’s eastern borders”.Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, was the country’s first democratically-elected civilian president. Since he was ousted in a military coup by his then-defence minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in 2013, Morsi as well as hundreds of members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood group have faced a string of trials in court cases described by human rights groups as “political”.
Turkish police detains wife of slain Islamic State 'war minister' Shishani:Reuters
ISTANBUL:Turkish authorities detained the wife of Abu Omar al-Shishani, a senior Islamic State commander killed in combat two years ago, in a counter-terrorism operation in Istanbul this month, police said.Dubbed Islamic State’s “war minister” and a close adviser to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Georgian Shishani was killed in action in the Iraq district of Shirqat, south of Mosul, in July 2016. His wife was one five people detained in simultaneous raids across Istanbul on the night of July 4 that targeted people believed to have connections with conflict zones and actively seeking to carry out attacks, police said in a statement.Her identity as Sishani’s wife was only discovered following several days of questioning, after her passport was determined to be fake, police said. They identified her only by the initials “S.D.”.She was formally arrested by an Istanbul court on July 17 and jailed, police said. She had two sons with Shishani, police said, although the whereabouts of the children was unclear. Reuters
Militants kill 10 Iran Guards at Iraqi border post: agency
Militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in an attack on a post on the Iraqi border on Saturday, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, the latest deadly clash in an area where armed opposition Kurdish groups are active.The agency quoted a Revolutionary Guards statement as saying that several of the attacking “terrorists” were also killed in the fighting in which a munitions depot was blown up.Provincial security official Hosein Khosheqbal told state television that 11 members of the Guards' voluntary Basij forces were killed in the overnight violence in the Marivan area, which he blamed on the Kurdish armed opposition group PJAK.“The latest news is that the Basij and Guards forces are in hot pursuit of the attackers,” Mr. Khosheqbal said.The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) -- an outlawed group that seeks self-governance for Iran's Kurds and has links to Turkey's militant Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) -- operates in the border area, along with other armed Kurdish groups based in northern Iraq.Earlier this month, the Revolutionary Guards said they had killed three militants in a security operation near the border with Iraq, and nine militants were reported killed by the Guards last month further north on the border.REUTERS
Syria's war: Evacuation of rebels from Quneitra begins
Rebels in the southwest province of Quneitra in Syria have started leaving the area after giving up their fight against government forces near the frontier with Israel, according to Syrian state media.A convoy of buses on Friday mid-afternoon carried the first batch of rebels, their family members and assorted civilians to opposition-held territory in the north where they will live among more than one million others displaced by Syria's seven-year-long civil war.The surrender in Quneitra, in line with a deal that was struck between rebels and pro-government forces,  is a big victory for President Bashar al-Assad whose troops are close to reclaiming complete control of the country's south.aljazeera
Myanmar violated UN child rights pact in Rohingya crackdown, experts find
Myanmar violated its obligations to the United Nations child rights convention in its crackdown on the Rohingya that led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from the minority community, legal experts have found.Children make up around half of the more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh since the start of a military crackdown last August. UN has called the Myanmar military operations a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Myanmar denies the allegation and has said it waged a legitimate counter-insurgency operation after Muslim militants attacked security posts.Legal experts commissioned by Save the Children Norway analysed research by UN bodies and international human rights groups who have alleged that mass killings, arson, and torture were conducted by Myanmar security forces on Rohingya.Reuters
Terrorism not a clash between Christian West and Islam: David Cameron
Kolkata:Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has said terrorism should not be seen as a battle between the Christian countries of the West and the Islamic countries in the Middle East. It is all about identifying and wiping out a small section that believes in extremism. Criticizing US President Donald Trump's view on terrorism, he said it is more of an intellectual battle against those who believe in the "perverted view" of the Islamic religion."When at times I listen to President Trump, it seems he thinks of terrorism like a clash of civilizations between the Christian West and the religion of Islam, which I think is completely wrong," said Cameron, also the former Conservative Party chief."What's happening now-a-days is a civil war in the Islamic states between a vast majority willing to practice their religion peacefully and a very small minority that have taken up a radicalized and perverted view of the religion and turned it into a kind of belief."What we have to do is recognize those who are involved in this," he pointed out while addressing the Annual General Meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce here.IANS
US court awards 21 Indians up to 20 years in jail for call centre scam
Washington:US authorities on Friday announced the sentencing of 21 members of a “telefraud scam” run out of India-based call centres that defrauded Americans and legal immigrants of millions by threatening them with arrest, deportation, imprisonment and fines for unpaid dues to the government. All the 21 sentenced are either Indians or naturalised Americans of Indian descent, and some of them have consented to be deported back to India after the completion of their jail terms, up to 20 years for some. All of them were linked to call centres based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. 5 of the convicts were sentenced on Friday by the same Texas federal court that had sentenced the rest earlier this week. Including the three sentenced earlier, this brings the total to 24, making it perhaps the single-largest arrest and sentencing of Indians and Indian-descent people in a single case.HT
Pakistan General Elections: 4 days before polls, political parties intensify campaigns amid accusations of foul play
Islamabad: With only four days left for the general elections in Pakistan, all mainstream political parties in the country intensified their acrimonious campaign against each other, with some expressing reservations over the impartiality of the polls.According to the electoral rolls published by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 105.96 million voters will be able to cast their vote in the upcoming elections.According to the data released by the ECP, 3,459 candidates are running for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,396 candidates are contesting for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies.PTI
Grave consequences if elections turn controversial: Pak Jamaat chief
Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JI) Ameer Senator Sirajul Haq has called upon the care taker government, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and concerned institutions to take the masses in confidence regarding the questioned being raised about the elections.Addressing election meetings in Chakdara and Talash, he said that it was the government and ECP’s responsibility to hold free, fair and transparent elections. He added that if the elections were controversial, the federation and the national unanimity could face serious threats.Siraj said that the only way to prevent chaos and bloody revolution in the country was to restore the people’s confidence in elections. He said that the impression that the government was patronizing a particular party should end.nation
The Urdu Press: Congress and Muslims;Seema Chishti
Minority & the party: Ghazala Jamil, JNU
BJP is done marginalising Indian Muslims. It has now started demonising them:Nazia Erum
Why the Muslim Brotherhood was blamed for Egypt's World Cup woes:Abdullah Al-Arian b
If serious, Modi, Bhagwat should purge supporters of mob lynching: Swami Agnivesh, interview
Why Modi Walked Out in 2007 and BJP Now Shuns Me:Karan Thapar
In Modi's Rhetoric and Silences, More Than a Hint of Unease:Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta
Draft UN Declaration on TB: Reference to Affordable Medicines Dropped:Anoo Bhuyan
“Muslim” Meal On Air India To Protect Hindus From “Halal”: Saeed Naqvi
“He Was Cruel, Like A Mad Dog”: Survivors Speak About Forced Sodomy By Members Of The Security Forces In Kashmir:Haziq Qadri, Qadri Inzamam, caravanmagazine
Constructing Muslim Enemy: RSS/BJP game plan for 2019 Parliamentary Elections:Shamsul Islam
Don’t just blame social media. We, too, are at fault for lynching deaths:Karan Thapar

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