April 22, 1994 |
Lawyers representing an Islamic foundation that wants to establish a mosque on a vacant campus here and neighbors concerned about the mosque's impact said they had reached a tentative agreement regarding use of the property. A zoning hearing on the proposal scheduled for last night was postponed at the request of Rosemont lawyer Fred B. Fromhold, who represents the Foundation for Islamic Education Inc. Fromhold said he wanted to give all parties time to approve the agreement formally before the hearing continued.
November 4, 1993 |
A 22-acre campus here occupied by a Christian junior college since 1956 would become a center for Islamic worship and education in a plan outlined last night by representatives of the Main Line's Muslim community. Addressing a standing-room-only audience of about 100 neighbors at Northeastern Christian Junior College's Boone Hall, Elsayed Omran, a Villanova University professor, said that the area's Islamic community included about 100 families. They have been looking for a place to gather for worship and religious education for about two years, Omran said.
March 26, 1997 |
Riad Nachef is a man of peace, say his fellow Muslims. He's the president of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, a religious leader at a University City mosque, and a lecturer and radio commentator on his Islamic faith. He has led prayer meetings in Ridley Park, and has cowritten a pamphlet about the correct direction for Muslims to face when they're praying. But police in Chelsea, Mass., say Nachef is one of nine men who invaded the home of Muhammed Al-Arab, the president of the Islamic Association of Massachusetts, this weekend and beat and pistol-whipped Al-Arab and association director Ahmed El-Arab.
March 7, 1993 |
A militant Muslim fundamentalist group led by a blind Egyptian sheik living in New Jersey has threatened to kill business people in Egypt unless they liquidate their assets. A statement by el-Gama'a el-Islamiya - the Islamic Group - warned foreign investors to flee the country "for the sake of their lives," and advised Egyptian businessmen to close up shop. Updating a method used widely by hostage takers in Lebanon, the group faxed its statement to an international news organization operating in Cairo.
July 30, 2012
Yemen security site briefly seized SANA'A, Yemen - Gunmen loyal to ousted Yemeni ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh seized a security building near the Interior Ministry in the capital for a few hours on Sunday before vacating it, a security official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a former security official and a relative of Saleh dispatched the gunmen. After taking over the building in Sana'a, they blocked off the airport highway along which it is located. Saleh, Yemen's ruler for more than 30 years, transferred power to newly elected president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in February after a yearlong uprising, as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that gave him immunity from prosecution if he relinquished power.
May 20, 1994 |
The Egyptian government has escalated its conflict with the country's lawyers, arresting 10 prominent attorneys, including two officers of the national bar association. Mukhtar Nouh, the association's treasurer, Khaled Badawi and eight other lawyers were arrested Wednesday, a day after security forces used rubber bullets, batons and tear gas to crush protests by lawyers angered by the death of a colleague while in police custody. The death of Abdel Harith Madani has created a makeshift alliance between human rights groups and the banned Muslim Brotherhood, whose members play a leading role in the bar association.
September 15, 1993 |
Alongside justifiable outrage against the Iranian death sentence pronounced on the writer Salman Rushdie, there has been a deafening silence in response to the dirty new war on Arab intellectuals. It is a more serious threat to hopes for a liberal, peaceable world than the bombing in New York, and there already have been more people killed. Rushdie has been made the symbol of the right to free expression of writers everywhere. All those who support this cause owe it in conscience to speak out against the campaign to silence thinkers who oppose militant fundamentalism.
August 13, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - The United States will cut $100 million in U.S. aid money to Palestinians in Gaza if the territory's Hamas rulers continue with "unwarranted audits" of local U.S. nonprofit organizations, a State Department official said Friday. The threat came in response to a growing attempt by Hamas to exert control over the international groups that support the many impoverished Palestinians among Gaza's 1.5 million people. This week, Hamas shut down the U.S.-financed International Medical Corps after it refused to submit to a Hamas audit.
April 21, 1993 |
Militant fundamentalists claimed responsibility yesterday for an assassination attempt on an Egyptian cabinet minister, days after he accused them of sacrilege. Information Minister Safwat el-Sherif appeared on Egyptian television last night with gauze bandages covering his right hand, which was injured by shattered glass yesterday morning when gunmen fired at his limousine outside his house in suburban Cairo. Sherif's injuries were minor, but his bodyguard and driver suffered more serious wounds and were hospitalized.