Israel killed 570 and injured 3,120 children during the nearly month-long offensive on Gaza. The number of elderly killed was 95 and 368 were injured. Total number of Palestinians killed was 2,050 and 10,330 were injured, these figures are based on information provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Health as of August 21.
Birmingham Ladywood MP has been branded “shameful”, “extremely irresponsible” and accused of “stirring up tensions” and behaving in a inappropriately by leaders of Britain’s Jewish communities for taking part in a protest against a supermarket stocking goods from illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian Occupied Territories.
There is something particularly pernicious about the latest Israeli massacres in Gaza. The indiscriminate slaughter of Palestinian men, women, children and babies is as inhumane as in the two previous mass killings and atrocities. Only this time it was carried out under a renewed vigour and defiance of all international norms and a barrage of propaganda that much of the media has seemed keen to lap up to try to justify the unjustifiable, the blatant immorality of the intransigent aggressor devouring the victims as mere fodder.
It would appear to be no coincidence that the latest wave of financial sanctions targeted against Muslim charities coincides with Israel’s renewed killings of Palestinians in Gaza. Several Islamic organisations in Britain have suddenly found that their bank accounts have been closed without any explanation by HSBC including Ummah Welfare Trust, Finsbury Park Mosque and The Cordoba Foundation.
Boy band member Zayn Malik found himself on the receiving end of vicious death threats from Israelis after he tweeted support for Palestinians caught up in the Gaza conflict.
The Guardian published on August 11 a full-page advert calling Hamas a ‘death cult’ who use children as ‘suicide bombers or human shields’. This drew heavy criticism from its readers and caused the ‘Stop the War Coalition’ to write a public letter to the Editor of The Guardian condemning his decision to publish the offending advert.
England cricketer, Moeen Ali, and Malaysian Cyclist, Azizulhasni Awang, have been warned by their respective governing bodies for displaying their support for the people of Gaza during competition.
Be it Marlon Brando’s activism in the US civil right movement in the 60s, Sean Penn’s defiant political pilgrimages to Castro’s Cuba or more recently George Clooney’s support for the people in Darfur and Ukraine. It seems that no political world issue is taboo in LaLa land - no issue that is except the plight of the Palestinians.
A video has surfaced on the internet showing Israeli soldiers cheering with delight as missiles hit buildings including Palestinian houses in Gaza. The video that showed the destruction of Palestinian houses and many other buildings in Gaza was captured on the phone of an Israeli Defence Force soldier.
President of the New York Board of Rabbis caused a storm last month when he claimed that Israel has a right to kill any Palestinian who voted for Hamas. Speaking at a pro-Israel rally in New York on July 28, Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner challenged the Fourth Geneva Convention and labelled everyone who voted for Hamas a combatant.
A campaign by the Israel Embassy in Ireland to counter growing European criticism of Israel’s war on Gaza has spectacularly backfired after it was forced to remove what was deemed a series of Islamophobic images from its facebook page.
Media reports that French Muslims and pro-Palestinian supporters surrounded then attacked the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris on July 13 while worshippers cowered inside have proved to be fabricated.
A large number of Palestinian children are being imprisoned and mistreated in the Israeli Military court system.
Each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children face prosecution. Since the beginning of 2010 to mid-2014, nearly 3,000 Palestinian children have been arrested according to Addustour newspaper.
Muslims in Scotland are split between staying within the UK or going independent, as Scottish citizens gear up to decide the future of their country at the referendum on independence on September 18.
The Government has been rocked by the protest resignation of Foreign Office Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi over what she called her fellow Conservatives’ “morally indefensible” position on Gaza.
A Middlesex University student has had a business master class with Sir Richard Branson after winning a competition to find young outstanding Nigerian entrepreneurs.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon launched first ever Armed Forces Muslim Forum (AFMF) on July 23.
The Forum aims to “encourage better dialogue” and “help highlight the crucial role British Muslims play in our Armed Forces both past and present.”
On June 25 pupils and staff of Tauheedul Boy’s School in Blackburn presented Book Aid International with a donation of £13,500 for the charity’s School Library in a Box scheme.
A lecturer in Muslim law is among the latest recipients of honorary doctorates presented by the University of Roehampton in London last month.
Leaked internal documents released earlier this month has revealed UK-German surveillance company, Gamma Group International, has sold spy software to Bahrain during the regime’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists.
Mariam Hassan Salem al-Mansouri has become the first Emirati woman to hold the rank of fighter pilot in the UAE Air Force and may be the first Gulf woman to enjoy the title.
The founder of Britain First, James Dowson, has resigned from the far-right group over its “provocative and counterproductive” mosque invasions. Dowson, a former BNP member, announced his departure on July 27.
Two Bedfordshire Police officers are to appear in court in connection with an alleged unprovoked assault on a severely autistic man.
A senior member of Leicester's UKIP branch has quit claiming he had suffered online racial abuse at the hands of another party supporter.
In June 2012 (Issue 278) I wrote about the Court of Appeal’s decision in Hounga v Allen. Mrs Allen held dual British and Nigerian nationality and her family lived in Nigeria. Ms Hounga (who was around 14 at the time) worked for Mrs Allen’s mother and brother in Nigeria. She was offered the chance to come to the UK to work for Mrs Allen and provide her with housekeeping and childcare assistance in exchange for £50 per month.
Growing up is hard enough…but growing up in the open air prison called Gaza comes with a whole new set of challenges.
I am the child whose name you do not know. Whose image violates the sensibility of your space, whose face becomes relevant only as you gaze into the eyes of your own. But what do I do? You ask me. Ask me? What can I do?
The fall of Mosul in Iraq on June 10 to the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Sham [ISIS] may have shocked the world but it was no surprise to many analysts who had been monitoring the increasing sophistication of the group in conducting several operations across wide territory. Nor was it a surprise to the US, with intelligence and defence officials warning for over a year that ISIS was planning to take over large parts of Iraq.
Commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War was, of course, necessary. Four years of conflict, the like of which had never been seen before, resulted in 37 million dead. It wasn’t, unfortunately, The War to End All Wars and it goes without saying that as we mourn those who died for their king and country, entire regions continue to be ravaged by conflict.
When it comes to health in the name of vanity, humans go to endless lengths to get their hands on every low calorie, anti-aging option available. Fairly new on the scene is palm oil, considered a healthy alternative to trans fats and standard ingredient in almost all beauty products.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international health emergency following the worst ever Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. The virus has claimed more than a 1000 lives spread across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
Sir, Before we start condemning the rest of the world, how about taking a look at the behaviour of the self governing, independent Muslim states in the Middle East that are close to Palestine and Israel.
Sir, Hundreds of Palestinians babies, children, women and old men murdered in the glare of world media by Israeli bombings but it does not move the hearts of the US, UK and the rest of the Western world.
Sir, Brilliant interview with former Chief of Defences Staff. Lord David Richards. It was quite a wide ranging interview. You covered UK war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and now with ISIS. The rise of ISIS today is due to the policies of US and UK in the region.
The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on 25 March in central London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.