ایران زمان ایت الله خمینی =مخالف دخالت نظامی کشورهای بیگانه در منطقه ایران امروز = مشوق دخالت نظامی کشورهای بیگانه در منطقه (روسیه در سوریه)
— Meir Javedanfar (@MeirJa) October 5, 2015
Yesterday, an Israeli mother and father were gunned down in front of their children after their car was stopped by terrorists in the West Bank.
Today, in Jerusalem, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed 4 Israelis, killing two of them.
My deepest sympathies with the families of the victims. These people are my compatriots. My flesh and blood. My family.
Enclosed is a mourner’s prayer in Hebrew.
Building more settlements and destroying the homes of the families of the terrorists in order to avenge the recent killings? NO!!!! A thousand times NO!
I want the perpetrators and those who helped them to be brought to justice and for them to face life in prison. No mercy. But leave their families. And lets not punish the entire Palestinian population by building more settlements.
And Mr Abbas: I am disgusted by your refusal so far to condemn the recent killings. Shame on you.
A new book on ISIS has just been published by William McCants, who is currently a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institute.
Called “The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State”, the book uses a wide variety of sources, including numerous primary sources in Arabic to describe the meteoric rise of ISIS, which has only been around since 2014! His sources include “secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen”.
In a recent Podcast, Mr McCants talks about where ISIS came from, what developments inside Al Qaeda inadvertently helped to create organization, and how some of Assad’s own actions, such as emptying out Syria’s jails including numerous Jihadis at the beginning of the uprising in Syria helped Jihadi organizations. Apparently Assad did this in order to create a worst alternative to his regime, as a tool to convince the international community especially the West that he is the best alternative to all the others.
I will be putting Mr McCant’s book on my reading list. It sounds fascinating.
You can listen to the Podcast below. Other podcast guests include David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Ryan Evans who hosted the show.
Imagine you are a woman living in Iran, a country whose laws discriminate against you in numerous areas, such as employment, family rights, dress code, human rights, just to name a few.
On top of that, imagine being interested in football, a sport which the regime does not allow Iran’s women to watch in stadiums.
On top of that imagine you surpass all the discriminations and you make it to the country’s Futsal team (five- a-side indoor football). But to leave the country to take part in international games, you must have your husband’s permission. Without it, you can not leave the country, no matter how good you are. This is what happened to Niloufar Ardalan, the Captain of the Iran’s women Futsal team.
On top of that imagine having to play Futsal while being forced to wear the Hijab and to have your entire body covered while you play. You are given no choice in the matter. Imagine the choking, stifling heat which you would suffer. Meanwhile, your international opponents are not subjected to the same discomfort, thus enabling them to focus on their game more.
Now imagine taking part in the recent Asian Football Confederation’s Futsal cup.
Then imagine overcoming all these obstacles, and beating all your opponents to win the cup.
NOW STOP IMAGINING, BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY!!!!
Congratulation to the people of Iran and to Iran’s women especially. If they can achieve so much under so many restrictions, just imagine what they could achieve if one day the are given equal opportunities and a level playing field, something which they deserve.
Here are the highlights of the final match:
Another sign indicating the gap between the aspirations of the Iranian people and the regime. The revolution has failed.