Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Israel: 'Suspects in brutal beating of two Palestinians tied to anti-miscegenation group'

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Ten Jewish Israelis are suspected of severely beating two Palestinian men from Jerusalem in a wartime hate crime. Police believe some of the suspects are tied to right-wing anti-Arab group Lehava, Walla reports.

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By Mairav Zonszein | September 1, 2014

Several Jewish Israeli suspects in the brutal attack of two Palestinians from East Jerusalem on July 25th are connected to anti-miscegenation, anti-Arab group Lehava, according to a report by Walla! News on Monday.

In what Walla! describes as a “near lynch,” a group of about 10 Jewish Israelis from the East Jerusalem settlement of Neve Yaakov assaulted Amir Shwiki and Samer Mahfouz of Beit Hanina with bats and iron rods on a Friday evening during the height of the summer’s Gaza war (known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge). Both men were beaten unconscious and hospitalized in critical condition, only only recently improving to stable condition.

Australia: Hear ye, I'm Bait-ul-Salam, the House of Peace

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Today I stand happy and proud and serve as a place of worship and community centre for hundreds of Ahmadi Muslim men and women who come on every Friday in great numbers and pray in complete unity and peace.

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By ‘Bait-ul-Salam’ (House of Peace) |

Hello everyone,

This is a short story of myself; ‘Bait-ul-Salam’ (House of Peace), also known as ‘Ahmadiyya Centre Melbourne’. I live in the hearts and minds of my owners, the Ahmadiyya Muslims, but my street address is ‘6 Leisureland drive in Langwarrin’. I am one of the most beautiful architecturally designed buildings in Frankston and in Melbourne.

The land where I stand today has always been a farmland and then in early 1980s my first owner and builder decided to build and designed myself to serve as a ‘theme park’. The massive building and its halls were used as a venue for parties and weddings. It was one of the best times of my early life. But then my owner decided to sell it and then I came under different administrations and organizations.

I almost got abandoned and became a place where ghosts reside but finally Ahmadiyya Muslim Community contacted my then owner and fortunately the deal got finalized. It was year 2006 when Ahmadiyya Muslims took over and within few weeks the community members started organizing what they call ‘Waqar-e-Amal’ (dignity-in-labour) events where tens of Ahmadi volunteers’ men and women would come on every Saturdays and Sundays and would clean my carpets, halls, rooms and my massive grassy grounds. They literally washed the whole building from inside and placed new glasses and doors. Within few months I was given a new life and I myself could not believe what I have become.

Mayanmar: Human rights less important than ‘nationalism’: senior monk

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“All political parties should give priority to nationalism, which is the interest of the majority, in their political activities. General Aung San carried out political activities with a nationalist spirit. Nationalism means the interest of national ethnic groups and citizens. We must protect these interests.”

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By Aung Kyaw Min | August 30, 2014

A Senior Buddhist monk has urged political parties to prioritise “nationalism” – or “the interest of national ethnic groups and citizens” – over human rights.

Sayadaw Ashin Daywaindarbhivamsa, a member of the Central Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion, better known as Ma Ba Tha, made the comment while defending the controversial draft interfaith marriage law, which could restrict marriages between Buddhist women and non-Buddhist men.

“All political parties should give priority to nationalism, which is the interest of the majority, in their political activities. General Aung San carried out political activities with a nationalist spirit. Nationalism means the interest of national ethnic groups and citizens. We must protect these interests,” Sayadaw Ashin Daywaindarbhivamsa said.

The Sayadaw was responding to accusations from a National League for Democracy official, U Myo Yan Naung Thein, that the draft law was a “superficial” and “cheap” political move. U Myo Yan Naung Thein, secretary of the NLD Central Research Management Team, is also principal of Bayda Institute, a political training school. Other civil society and political leaders have also criticised the law, with more than 100 groups issuing a joint statement describing the draft as “disgraceful”. Some members of organisations that issued the statement subsequently received death threats.

USA: ‘Stereotypical’ Arab mascot dropped by California school

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Over the years, the mascot evolved from a turban-wearing horseman carrying a lance to a standing figure with a scowl and a traditional head covering.

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By The Associated Press | September 1, 2014

The bearded, snarling mascot with a large hooked nose who wears a head scarf did not appear at Coachella Valley High School's season opening football game on Friday. A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot during halftime was also retired.

The Desert Sun reports the change was among the steps the Coachella Valley Unified School District is taking to give the mascot a makeover.

The Arab mascot has existed since the 1920s to recognize the desert region's reliance on date farming, a traditionally Middle Eastern crop. Over the years, the mascot evolved from a turban-wearing horseman carrying a lance to a standing figure with a scowl and a traditional head covering.

It came under fire last November when the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter to the school district complaining that the mascot was stereotypical.

Vatican City: Pope praying for Christians in Pakistan, says family of slain minister

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“It’s also not just about Christians; there is serious unrest in Pakistan due to tensions between Shia and Sunni groups, as well as between various political groups.”

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By Anjali Lukose | September 1, 2014

Pope Francis is praying for persecuted Christians in Pakistan and the Vatican is working with Islamabad to ensure their security, says the family of a Roman Catholic former Pakistani minister, who was murdered by the Taliban for allegedly insulting the Prophet.

The family of Shahbaz Bhatti, who was sprayed with bullets as he left his Islamabad home on March 2, 2011, met the Pope during his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on August 27.

“We requested the Holy Father to remember the situation in Pakistan in his prayers. There is no peace and Christians continue to be persecuted,” Dr Paul Jacob Bhatti, Shahbaz’s brother and a former Pakistani minister for national harmony, said.

Israel must scrap illegal land grab in the West Bank: Amnesty International

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The plans, announced on Sunday by the Israeli military-run Civil Administration, would directly affect at least five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area.

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By Statement | September 1, 2014

The Israeli authorities’ outrageous plan to expropriate nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank is illegal and must be rescinded immediately, said Amnesty International.

“Israel’s strategy of illegally confiscating land for settlements in the West Bank must stop once and for all. Not only it is illegal under international law but it is leading to a wide range of violations of Palestinians’ human rights on a mass scale,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Reports that that the Israeli cabinet justified this land grab as a reaction to the deplorable murder in June of three Israeli teenagers suggests this is an act of collective punishment and that Israel is moving further and further away from its obligations under international law.”

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