Middle East/ IslamToday

Makyia Fowler 3rd Period 04/28/15

Israel And Palestine

The Palestinian situation has traditionally been a "fuse' that ignites regional conflict. It has become especially contentious and violent in recent years. Due to its impact on the global economic stability and security in relation to global oil demand and needs, the United States and the international community have made attempts in recent years to broker a solution to the conflict. Yet, a resolution remains elusive as to the respective claims of the Palestinians and Israelis. The country has always been home to both Jews and Arabs; the latter are most often Muslim, but also consist of Christians and Druze. Since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, ownership of the territory has been claimed by both the Jews and the native Arabs. The Jews claim that Palestine is actually the site of the ancient land of Israel, which was, according to the Hebrew Bible, promised to the Jews by God. Palestinian Arabs, on the other hand, claim that their sustained and continuous majority status as residents of the region grants them the right to control it. Since Jews and Christians share their common belief in the Hebrew Bible as a sacred text, both groups cite biblical prophecy supporting Jewish control of Palestine.


On October 14, 2011, Kenya announced that it was deploying troops to Somalia in pursuit of al-Shabab, the al-Qa`ida-linked Somali militant group that has abducted foreign aid workers and tourists in Kenya. Although authorities blame al-Shabab for much of the violence, it has also become clear that Kenya has a domestic radicalization problem of its own. Kenyan nationals have conducted a number of recent terrorist attacks in Kenya, with many of them receiving military training from al-Shabab in neighboring Somalia. Throughout its recent history, Kenya has been victim of sporadic terrorist attacks. The most prominent of these incidents was on August 7, 1998, when al-Qa`ida attacked the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, killing 213 people.The attack was coordinated simultaneously with the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed 12 people. On November 28, 2002, al-Qa`ida militants attacked the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombasa, killing 15 people. Almost simultaneously, militants fired two shoulder-launched missiles at an Israeli charter plane in the same city, missing the target. Once Kenyan troops entered Somalia, al-Shabab warned it would launch a campaign of violence in the country. The first incident targeting civilians in Kenya post-invasion occurred on October 24, 2011, when militants tossed a grenade into the Mwaura pub on Mfangano Street in Nairobi, wounding 12 people. Later that day, another grenade attack targeted a bus terminal in Nairobi, killing one person. On November 5, assailants threw two grenades at the East Africa Pentecostal Church in Garissa, killing two people. Attacks on churches escalated in 2012. In one recent incident, on September 30, 2012, militants threw a grenade into a church Sunday school service at the St. Polycarp’s Anglican Church in the Eastleigh area of Nairobi, killing one child. Then, on October 17, 2012, a grenade attack targeted officers from the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) who were cracking down on terrorist activity in the coastal city of Mombasa, killing one officer.

Women And Islam

Women are the greatest victims of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. World Woman Festival in Oslo said that in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, women’s rights were increasingly being threatened by fundamentalists who wanted to return to the Middle Ages. warnings were ignored before the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. “We are the voices of the women who said, much before 9/11, much before the world felt the effects of jihad, ‘Don’t go down that road, it is dangerous’, but we were silenced.”