(JTA) — Soccer fans displaying Israeli flags at World Cup matches in Russia have been subjected to threats, harassment and violence.
In one incident, a man wearing an Israeli flag around his shoulders was filmed as he was being chased around Moscow’s Red Square by men shouting “Palestine,” including one wearing a Tunisian flag. The man wearing the Israeli flag, who was also wearing a kippah, was filmed walking away from the growing group of hecklers along with another man who walked alongside him.
The hecklers shouted “Israel the whore” in Arabic, “get lost,” and “f*** you” as the men they were pursuing walked away for long minutes without responding to the taunts. About five hecklers then shouted “Viva Palestine” while waving the Tunisian flag.
In a separate incident, the Israel Broadcasting Corp. reported that a man waving an Israel flag during a match between Portugal and Morocco had it snatched from him by fans who wanted to tear it up. But Israelis who were there during the match Wednesday said a player had thrown his shirt into the crowd and fans were jostling to find it and keep it as a souvenir, the IBC later reported.
The monthlong World Cup kicked off last week and is being hosted in 11 cities across the Russian Federation. Hundreds of thousands of fans have poured into Russia for the games, including many Israelis.
Soccer fans from many nations enjoy displaying their national, regional or team flags at matches, regardless of whether teams from those places are playing. Unlike Tunisia, Israel did not qualify to participate in the World Cup.
On Facebook, a page of supporters for the Tunisian team featured a post with a video of the incident on Red Square. Decorated with icons showing a flexed muscular arm, it was titled “When Tunisian chased Israelis in Moscow singing Palestine.”
Unidentified armed men, believed to be members of the islamist group known locally as “Al Shabaab”, killed five people on Tuesday night in an attack against the village of Litandacua, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, according to a report on the independent television station, STV.
The raiders burnt down 44 houses. One of the victims was a child who was sleeping in one of these houses.
The Macomia district administrator, Joaquina Adalberto, confirmed the attack, but told reporters she did not yet have any details.
The Cabo Delgado provincial police commander, Joaquim Sive, cited on Radio Mozambique, said that a unit from the defence and security forces has gone to the village to assess the situation and guarantee security.
This follows lethal attacks on the villages of Naene, also in Macomia, on 4 June, and of Namaluco, in the neighbouring district of Quissanga, two days later, in which a total of 14 people were murdered and 374 houses were destroyed.
The attacks in Cabo Delgado have led to calls for greater vigilance in the neighbouring province of Niassa. Thus Angelina Nguirezi, administrator of the Niassa district of Marrupa has called on young people not to be deceived when people of doubtful origin and behaviour offer them jobs.
“Youths shouldn’t be taken in by false promises, for there is no such thing as easy work”, she said.
Nguirezi also called on households and on religious leaders not to offer hospitality in their homes and places of worship to people who they do not know, without first informing the authorities.
On Wednesday, the Human Rights Commission of the Mozambican Bar Association OAM) called on the authorities to take control of the situation in Cabo Delgado, and to hold the terrorist groups responsible for their actions.
The OAM Commission held a meeting with representatives of the Attorney-General’s Office (PGR), the Justice Ministry and civil society organisations to discuss how to overcome the Cabo Delgado crisis.
“The sooner the situation is brought under control the better, since there is no doubt that this is a major violation of human rights”, said the Commission chairperson, Ricardo Moresse. The people behind the raids must be brought to justice, he urged, “since they are creating a situation of instability”.
“It doesn’t matter who is waging these attacks”, he said. “What is worrying is that they are happening, and they are faceless. It is important to bring the situation under control, otherwise efforts to develop the country will be rendered useless, particularly in the north which has been the stage for major multinational investments”.
PGR representative Alexandre Viegas took objection to the description of the PGR as “weak” (though this is the near universal opinion of Mozambican civil society). He said the PGR is operating on the basis of work done by the Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC), and screens suspects in detail to avoid violations of their human rights.
He complained of insufficient evidence to reach those involved in the Cabo Delgado attacks. This grossly contradicts the announcement made in April by the Cabo Delgado provincial attorney’s office which said it had remitted to the provincial court the cases against 234 people arrested after the initial islamist raids, 32 of whom are Tanzanian nationals. They are accused of crimes including first degree murder, mercenarism and the illegal possession and use of firearms; 155 of the accused were said to be in preventive detention, while the other 79 have been released conditionally and are awaiting trial at home.
Viegas said here should be consultations with the communities in the districts where attacks have occurred to understand why young people had joined an armed insurgency. He even suggested forming a group to contact those behind the attacks in order to understand the origin of the problem.
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We continue our study of the book, ‘The Garden of the Righteous’, available on the Islamic Circle of North America (Canada) website. In this article, we examine what this book says about honor killing, and the reiteration of Canadian Imams. We also examine contrary commentary by other Canadian Islamic organizations that decry honor killing.
On its official website ICNA Canada shares with its members, followers and supporters the book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous” رياض الصالحين) compiled by Imam Zakaruya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi, a Sunni Shafi’ite jurist and hadith scholar who lived in 13th century.
The Gardens of the Righteous (Arabic: Riyadh as-Salihin), is a compilation of verses from the Qur’an and hadith by Al-Nawawi. It contains a total of 1905 hadith divided across 372 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran.
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