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Zionists and Jerusalem: Tactically flexible, strategically inflexible

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On Jerusalem: Tactically flexible, strategically inflexible
Jerusalem is in the news. After an assault inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound Sanctuary (al Aqsa), Israel responded with security measures that the Palestinians and Muslims worldwide condemned.  Thousands of Jerusalem Palestinians protested and refused to go through the metal detectors to pray inside the al Aqsa. They prayed outside it. Israel tried to crush their protests but failed. Finally, Israel relented and removed the security cameras and the metal detectors.

Why did Israel place the metal detectors? Why did it place the security cameras? It is incremental takeover of the Compound. The takeover process started with Jews asking for Muslim permission to pray at the Western Wall of al Aqsa. The Ottoman authorities, out of religious tolerance, allowed Jewish pilgrims to pray at the Borak Wall/the Western Wall. During the British Mandate, Zionists tried to expand this foothold at the wall. As a result, they unleashed the six-…

Lebanese Personal Status Laws II

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Interview with Women’s Rights Activist Caroline SuccarSalibi: Women are not treated equally in Lebanese family courts, prospects for an optional modern civil family law are dim
Last June I telephonically interviewed Lebanese women’s

Lebanese Law and Women’s rights- I

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Lebanese Law and Women’s rights- I The issue of Lebanese law and women often comes up in American courts in matters involving Lebanese American litigants. A review of material published by the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering* and Human Rights Watch** helps shed light on important questions. Below are commonly asked questions and their answers. 1.Is Lebanon a Muslim country? Lebanon is a Muslim- majority- country. About 30% Shia, 30% Sunni and 30% Christian and 10% other minorities such as the Druze.  Demographically, Lebanon is a Muslim country. The Christians dispute these numbers arguing that counting all the Lebanese in the diaspora makes Lebanon a Christian- majority country. But fact is, as to those Lebanese living in Lebanon that have Lebanon as the place of their habitual residence, the majority are Muslims.
2.Is Lebanon then just like Saudi Arabia or Jordan as to its being a Muslim country? Lebanon is a Republic. It is not an Islamic republic. In many countries in the world, …

Interview with Imad Hamad, American Human Rights Council Executive Director

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The American Human Rights Council (AHRC) is holding its annual banquet on Thursday May 18. I interviewed Mr. Imad Hamad with questions about the banquet and about AHRC. Below are excerpts.
Q: Another year, another banquet. What are the highlights of this year’s banquet?
A: This year we are having our third banquet. We are awarding remarkable individuals from diverse backgrounds for their work advancing human rights. We expect a strong turnout, a full house- just like last year. Last year we had over 800 attendees. This year we have a special guest whose appearance is a great honor for the banquet.
Q: Human rights is a new type of advocacy in Arab and Muslim circles, does this present a challenge to AHRC?
A: It used to present a serious challenge. Before AHRC, I advocated for years for civil rights and civil liberties, locally, nationally and internationally. Advocacy for civil rights and liberties has been around for so many years that almost everyone understands the concept and the work.…

The Syrian conflict and Hezbollah: Are there winners in the Syrian conflict?

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The Syrian conflict and Hezbollah: Are there winners in the Syrian conflict?*
The Wall Street Journal is one of America’s finest papers. It is also the paper with the biggest paid circulation. Even those who are liberal and not fond of its editorial policies have to admit that the reporting is professional, objective and accurate. There is a so-called Chinese wall between editorial writing and news writing.
Inaccurate and Unbalanced
On the Middle East, the Journal has good writers that have written deep and incisive pieces on the region. Understandably, Syria and Iraq get the bulk of the attention in Middle East reporting. One of the Journal’s reporters in the region is Maria Abi Habib. Recently, she wrote a piece on the Syrian conflict. Her thesis was that Hezbollah is the winner in the Syrian conflict. It seemed as if it was written by Hezbollah's PR department to raise the morale of its fighters and its core constituency.
The page one article by Maria Abi-Habib was entitled “A win…