Afternoon Roundup

Israpundit follows ISM. Bill Levinson at Israpundit rebuts Huwaida Arraf in this latest post on the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

Iran regime continues persecution of Sufis. Iran Focus reports the latest IRI brutality against Sufi Muslims:
Islamic mystics, or Sufis, focus on the direct perception of Truth or God through mystic practices based on divine love. Sufism, common to both Sunni and Shiite sects of Islam, has its roots in Iran. Its followers oppose Iran’s ruling theocracy on spiritual grounds.

Police arrested some one thousand Sufis as clashes broke out after the place of worship used by the mystics was demolished Tuesday on government orders.

Hundreds were injured during the clashes after police fired teargas and used truncheons to attack the demonstrating Sufis.

Go to the link for a list of names.

Rice to Arab states: Isolate Hamas, Iran. Reuters via The Intelligence Summit reports that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called on Arab states to isolate islamist Iran and the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority:
Rice, who will visit Egypt on Tuesday and travel to Saudi Arabia and to a regional meeting in the United Arab Emirates, will lobby states to deny aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian government and push Iran to curb its nuclear plans.

Arab powers such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia oppose Hamas' rejection of peace talks with Israel and fear a nuclear-armed Iran.

But they are reluctant to explicitly support America in the Middle East, where U.S. backing for its top ally in the region, Israel, angers many Arabs and clouds governments' cooperation with Washington.

Full article at the link.