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"Despite being home to more than a million Muslims, Italy has put stringent limits on the number of government-approved mosques..., there are just seven in the entire country ... [and] Muslims have been forced to transform warehouses, parking lots, stadiums and supermarkets into places of prayer": Hamas’s decision to carry on fighting in recent weeks despite catastrophic civilian losses owed as much to Egypt’s refusal to lift this blockade as it does to Israel’s: "At least 17 people have been killed and 160 wounded in an Israeli strike that hit a fruit and vegetable market near Gaza City ... during a four-hour truce called by the Israeli military": Muslims and Christians in Palestine come together amid the current crisis, where a Greek church becomes "a haven not just for Christian but also hundreds of Muslim families seeking shelter there as the offensive drags on" ... ... but while the world celebrate the end of Ramadan, Palestinians in Gaza are shy to send each other Eid greetings, because they "don't feel right this year" said Mohammed Al Masri:   HSBC bank closes some Muslims accounts, and claims that the action was not taken based on race or religious discrimination. Some of their members have been banking there for more than 20 years:   "A hate crime against one group is a hate crime against us all, so we're going to actually double down on uniting as one neighborhood to reject this act of hatred and intolerance" City Councilman Mark Treyger: At least 15 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli fire while sheltering in a UN run school, "Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the school in Jabalya refugee camp": Chinese TV boasts that hundreds of Muslims are allowed to gather in a mosque in Beijing to pray Eid together after a month of fasting Ramadan, but the crackdown on the Uighers in Muslim majority Xinjing province continues and a Muslim scholar is prosecuted: "Over the years, outsiders have come and told me: 'Put the women behind a curtain; they can watch from a TV.' I say to them: 'The whole world looks at Islam as suppressing women. How are we going to change that? No curtains, no walls here, ever'":


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