Islamophobia Crisis - Special Reports

UNA’s General Assembly adopts resolution to boost role of OIC countries in fighting

The General Assembly of the Union of News Agencies (UNA), an affiliate of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), adopted a resolution to strengthen the role of the national news agencies in the OIC member states in combating Islamophobia. At its fifth session held at the OIC headquarters on Sunday, under the chairmanship of Saudi Minister of Culture and Information and Chairman of UNA Executive Council Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, the General Assembly urged the member news agencies to
2017-10-16 15:10 | News | AbrarOnline

UNA's General Assembly adopts resolution to boost role of OIC countries in fighting Islamophobia

The General Assembly of the Union of News Agencies (UNA), an affiliate of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), adopted a resolution to strengthen the role of the national news agencies in the OIC member states in combating Islamophobia.
2017-10-16 13:10 | News | IINA

French Muslims concerned and scared by draconian anti-terror bill: Report

Muslims in France expressed concern about what they consider draco¬nian counterterror¬ism laws that legally enshrine many of France’s state of emergency powers, amid fears that the measures blur the line between freedom and security. “French Muslims are highly con¬cerned and scared because for two years they have been under the microscope of the French state and now these measures are no longer temporary. They are permanent,” said Yasser Louati, French human rights activist and co-founder of the Comité Justice et
2017-10-11 15:10 | News | AbrarOnline

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs: Stoking Islamophobia and Defending Racism

Would a farmer ask a fox to help design a security system for her free-range chickens? A group that stokes Islamophobia and defends an explicitly supremacist organization shouldn’t be part of a Public Consultation on Systemic Discrimination and Racism in Québec. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) should be removed from the “list […]
2017-10-11 00:10 | Canada, Canadian hypocrisy, Freedom of Expression/Speech | DissidentVoice

Muslim group of UK raises £38,000 for kin of Manchester terror attack victims

A group which works to tackle Islamophobia has donated tens of thousands of pounds for the families affected by the Manchester Arena attack.
2017-10-10 13:10 | News | IINA

Georgetown Islamic studies professor highlights rise of Islamophobia

A Georgetown professor of Religion & International Affairs and Islamic Studies called John L. Esposito presented recently a talk entitled “Islamophobia A social disorder that impacts our nation and students,” hosted by Georgetown’s Office of Institutional
2017-10-06 19:10 | News | IINA

Muslims Gather Worldwide on Ashura Against Terrorism

Millions of Shia Muslims around the world gathered to commemorate the seventh-century killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson, thousands of which used the Ashura event as an opportunity to stand against terrorism at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Pilgrims flocked to Karbala, where Hussain ibn Ali was killed by the forces of the Caliph Yazid in A.D. 680 - a formative event in Shia Islam. Some 25,000 members of Iraq’s security forces were deployed to protect the
2017-10-02 07:10 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Iraq | AlBawaba

US: Are 'anti-Sharia' bills legalising Islamophobia?

At least 194 bills were sought to criminalise Islamic law in the United States between 2010 and 2016, report says.
2017-10-01 11:10 | News | Aljazeera

Weekend Read: In the Wake of Islamophobia, We Must Consider Edward Said's Legacy of Exile

Edward Said was an academic, literary critic, fine musician, activist and, perhaps most importantly, the father of postcolonial studies. Yet perhaps nothing defines Said better than his role as a public intellectual who strived his whole life to speak truth to power.Whether rallying against American militarism in West Asia, popularising the Palestinian cause in American academia or voicing fierce criticism of Yasser Arafat and his Oslo debacle, Said always analysed everything with meticulous alertness and, in his own words, the gaze
2017-09-29 14:09 | ENTERTAINMENT, Latest News, In the Limelight | AlBawaba

Fascist Britain First look to incite Islamophobia after Parsons Green attack

Following the appalling terror attack in Parsons Green, in London, the fascist and anti Muslim group Britain First,(BF) have again tried to inflame Islamophobia. On ...
2017-09-16 17:09 | Action, News, Top story | UAF

'Apple is at War With the Niqab': Unexpected Controversy Over the iPhone X

A controversial British columnist mocked niqabi women over not being able to use the iPhone X. The writer was slammed for her comments on Twitter. Meanwhile a popular Arabic hashtag suggested it was an anti-niqab conspiracy. That theory was widely satirized online. When British columnist and well-known Islamophobe Katie Hopkins tweeted on Tuesday using the iPhone X to make fun of women wearing the niqab, she was
2017-09-16 10:09 | The Loop, The Loop, Middle East | AlBawaba

Challenging Islamophobia: Attitudes To Islamic Immigration – Analysis

A number of recent surveys across Europe show, despite Muslim integration, a rising suspicion of Muslims and a pushback against
2017-09-14 03:09 | 1, Analysis, Religion | EurasiaReview

Islamophobia in UK prevents Muslims from succeeding at work: Report

Muslims in the United Kingdom are “less likely to succeed in the labor market than any other faith group”, a report published by a government commission said on Thursday. Research released by the Social Mobility Commission said: “Young Muslims living in the UK face an enormous social mobility challenge and are being held back from reaching their full potential at every stage of their lives.” The report uncovers some “significant barriers to improved social mobility from school through university and
2017-09-10 20:09 | News | AbrarOnline

Britain's Muslims face workforce discrimination: report

State commission says 'Islamophobia, discrimination and racism' preventing Muslims from succeeding in UK jobs market.
2017-09-07 18:09 | News | Aljazeera

NCCM: Quebec media has perpetuated stereotypes about Canadian Muslims

  “Quebec media, it seemed, was only interested in Muslim stories when there was a bad-news angle,” said Amira Elghawaby, communications director of National Council of Canadian Muslims,  in an email seen by the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), under the theme of “It’s time for change.” At a 2016 NCCM youth workshop in Montreal exploring Islamophobia in the media, 94 percent of participants said they felt media portrayals of Muslims in Quebec were negative. This was the highest of
2017-09-03 13:09 | News | AbrarOnline

The NY Times’s Newest Op-Ed Hire, Bari Weiss, Embodies its Worst Failings — and its Lack of Viewpoint Diversity

As the Paper of Record boasts of its own diversity, the range of opinions it airs continues to shrink. The post The NY Times’s Newest Op-Ed Hire, Bari Weiss, Embodies its Worst Failings — and its Lack of Viewpoint Diversity appeared first on The Intercept .
2017-08-31 15:08 | Black Lives Matter, Glenn Greenwald, Islamophobia | TheIntercept

Of Dramas Big and Small in the USA Today: From ISIS to Islamophobia to the Solar Eclipse

All of last week I was in the windy city --Chicago-- to see rehearsals of my play, Jihad Against Violence: Oh ISIS Up Yours! as it was being readied for a weekend-long staged reading at the fabulous Silk Road Rising Theatre Company. This is a theatre company whose mission is to introduce plays and playwrights from the Silk Road region spanning east/Southeast Asia, through the MENA region and up to the shores of Bella Italia, to American audiences, and the
2017-08-28 09:08 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

Charlie Hebdo magazine cover accused of stirring up hatred against Muslims

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is again at the centre of controversy with a new front cover blaming terrorist attacks in Europe on Islam. A cover illustration depicts two blood-soaked pedestrians after being hit by a speeding van, with the caption: “Islam is the religion of peace eternal.” It has become one of the top trending topics on Twitter in France, with users describing it as “Islamophobic”, “racist” and “disgusting”. Internet users also accused it of stirring up hatred against
2017-08-25 14:08 | News | AbrarOnline

CAIR opens branch in Oregon to combat hate crime and Islamophobia

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation, announced the opening of a new chapter in Oregon. The new CAIR chapter joins more than 30 regional offices and chapters of the civil rights organisation, whose headquarters is at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. By the beginning of October, the chapter in association with several other groups, will launch a hate crime reform platform on their website (cairoregon.org) that local and state governments can
2017-08-24 14:08 | News | AbrarOnline

Brexit Britain: A United Kingdom of hate and denial

It's time for 'Leave' campaigners to acknowledge and denounce the rise of Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Brexit Britain.
2017-08-20 08:08 | News | Aljazeera

Iran: Trump should ‘tackle’ White Supremacy rather than meddle in nations’ affairs

President Donald Trump’s off-script press conference Tuesday about this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has led to widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum in the United States. And on Wednesday, Iran’s supreme leader joined the onslaught, telling the president to deal with white supremacy in his own country before interfering in the affairs of others. Trump earned criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for saying that “both sides” were to blame for the violence that left one person, Heather
2017-08-18 13:08 | News | AbrarOnline

Vancouver mayor condemns planned City Hall anti-Muslim rally

In the wake of an anti-racist protester dying in Charlottesville last Saturday, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson condemned a rally planned for City Hall this weekend by a collection of small groups opposed to  Islam, the federal government’s immigration policies and what they call the loss of Canada’s “European heritage.” The Vancouver mayor said there is little the city can do to prevent a rally planned by far-right groups, but he hopes residents confront racist rhetoric peacefully after recent turmoil in the United
2017-08-16 15:08 | News | AbrarOnline

Hate crimes against Muslims in Germany on the rise: Report

German Civil Rights Activist Taner Aksoy argues that anti-Muslim sentiment has had a long history in Germany but is becoming increasingly violent because of external factors and the country’s far-right Xenophobic campaigns. Long-simmering tensions between Germany’s far-right and Muslim minority have taken a dangerous turn. The country is seeing an increase in hate crimes against Muslims. Before 2017, German authorities labelled attacks against Muslims under the generic category of racism, but now they are recorded as “anti-Islamic” offences. In the
2017-08-16 10:08 | News | AbrarOnline

in Albany, New York unites against racism, white supremacy

Hundreds of people rallied on Sunday during a peaceful protest in the city’s Townsend Park of Albany to condemn the scourge of hatred and bigotry that prompted the deadly violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Brought together by the beat of a single drum, men and women of all faiths and races also spoke out against the rhetoric from the White House, which they believe, is emboldening white supremacy, Albany Times Union news reported. Ivette Alfonso, president of the state board
2017-08-15 15:08 | News | AbrarOnline

Study: People living in more diverse suburbs less likely to experience Islamophobia

People living in more diverse suburbs are less likely to express or experience Islamophobia, according to new RMIT research University in Melbourne, Australia. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Islamic Council of Victoria and Moreland and Hume city councils, The Westender News reported. The study which led by Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker and Associate Professor Karien Dekker examined whether the religious visibility of Muslim residents had an impact on the local community cohesion and Islamophobia. “The data, collected
2017-08-15 15:08 | News | AbrarOnline

India Celebrates Democracy, Kashmir Cries Hypocrisy

India wants to reap the benefits of Islamophobia from which the world is suffering…. the Indian government has to reconcile its own people to body bags coming from Kashmir…. If the Indian people were told the truth that Kashmiris don’t want to be with India, and the struggle here is sustained by them primarily…. the More
2017-08-15 08:08 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Muslim campaign in US to end Islamophobia, dispel misconceptions

Muslim leaders across the United states considered the recent incidents of hate crime that hit the country a part of a deeply alarming trend that came to the forefront in last year's presidential election hoping The Muslims "ask me anything." sessions hel
2017-08-14 11:08 | News | IINA

The Misguided Attacks on ACLU for Defending Neo-Nazis’ Free Speech Rights in Charlottesville

The impulse to curtail civil liberties in the wake of terror attacks, and blame those who defend them, is always wrong and dangerous. The post The Misguided Attacks on ACLU for Defending Neo-Nazis’ Free Speech Rights in Charlottesville appeared first on The Intercept .
2017-08-13 14:08 | Free expression, Glenn Greenwald, Islamophobia | TheIntercept

The War on Immigrants: Racist Policies in the Trump Era

President Donald J. Trump and his administration’s immigration agenda centers on draconian, enforcement-based policies and executive orders, exacerbating an already dysfunctional immigration system. As an extension of Trump’s then–presidential campaign, the Trump administration’s immigration policies also represent racist and xenophobic practices, such as anti-Mexicanism and Islamophobia. Like Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, these More
2017-08-04 08:08 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

NCCM: Quebec media has perpetuated stereotypes about Canadian Muslims

“Quebec media, it seemed, was only interested in Muslim stories when there was a bad-news angle,” said Amira Elghawaby, communications director of National Council of Canadian Muslims, in an email seen by the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), under the theme of “It’s time for change.” At a 2016 NCCM youth workshop in Montreal exploring Islamophobia in the media, 94 percent of participants said they felt media portrayals of Muslims in Quebec were negative. This was the highest of Ontario,
2017-08-01 14:08 | News | AbrarOnline

CAIR calls for probe of bias motive for vandalism of Muslim candidates banner

The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) on Saturday called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism of a political banner for a Muslim mayoral candidate.`Dr Hazem Mahmoud said the 8-foot-long banner on his front lawn has been cut with a sharp blade. Mahmoud stated that he had been targeted because he is of Egyptian-Muslim heritage but does not know if the vandalism resulted from bias or disagreement with his political views.
2017-07-31 09:07 | News | AbrarOnline

Met Museum goes against Islamaphobia with chats

The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York explains Islamic art to its visitors in an attempt to establish an intercultural bridge against the rise of Islamophobia in the country
2017-07-25 22:07 | News | Hurriyet

‘There is no Such Thing as Islamophobia.’ Imam Tawhidi on Linda Sarsour, Islam and Media in the West

Imam Mohammed Tawhidi, the self-billed “Imam of Peace” and “terrorist for dropping truth bombs”, is a curious character. Youthful, yet presenting himself as a wise and experienced religious scholar, his public persona has drawn praise from across the political spectrum in the West, as well as criticism, including the outright ban of his Facebook account. In the short span of about a year, he has gone from having a small social media following to an online superstar, equally loved
2017-07-24 08:07 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Iran | AlBawaba

Boston Launches Anti-Islamophobia Poster Campaign

A poster offers advice on how a bystander can help someone experiencing anti-Muslim harassment — without challenging the harasser. "Education is key to fighting intolerance," the mayor says.
2017-07-18 17:07 | News | NPR

OIC Report: Islamophobia Is on the Rise

The Islamophobia Observatory Report of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) described the growing fear against Islam and Muslims in certain parts of the world.
2017-07-12 11:07 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Regional News | AlBawaba

A Brief History of Ismaili Muslims

If Islamophobia means fear and misunderstanding of Muslims, one could say Ismaili Muslims have suffered similar effects throughout their storied history, mostly at the hands of other Muslims. After an eventful thousand years of persecution, polemics and targeted propaganda by other Muslims, Ismaili Muslims and their hereditary Imams have emerged today onto the global public […] The post A Brief History of Ismaili Muslims appeared first on The Islamic Monthly .
2017-07-06 10:07 | Homepage Slider, Society | TheIslamicMonthly

A Brief History of Ismaili Muslims

If Islamophobia means fear and misunderstanding of Muslims, one could say Ismaili Muslims have suffered similar effects throughout their storied history, mostly at the hands of other Muslims. After an eventful thousand years of persecution, polemics and targeted propaganda by other Muslims, Ismaili Muslims and their hereditary Imams have emerged today onto the global public […] The post A Brief History of Ismaili Muslims appeared first on The Islamic Monthly .
2017-07-06 10:07 | Homepage Slider, Society | TheIslamicMonthly

Muslim star in Limerick, Ireland vows to fight against Islamophobia

The first Miss Limerick from a Muslim background in Ireland has pledged to challenge Islamophobia during her reign, after being subjected to attacks online. Racha Mennad, aged 20, said she had been the victim of racist and religious abuse online, even though she was born and grew up in Ireland, Limerick Leader News reported. Born in Ireland, Mennad said she is also proud to be Algerian and to have an Algerian passport. The Tullamore native, who has been studying HR
2017-07-05 14:07 | News | AbrarOnline

ICSE board ‘promotes’ Islamophobia, Class VI book blames Azaan for noise pollution

In a sensational development, the ICSE board’s class VI text book has blamed mosques and Azaan for causing noise pollution. A chapter on noise pollution in the book published by Selina Publishers talks about sources that cause noise pollution. The image published in the chapter of Integrated Science shows trains, cars, planes and mosque as sources […] ICSE board ‘promotes’ Islamophobia, Class VI book blames Azaan for noise pollution
2017-07-01 14:07 | Education, India | JantaKaReporter

Birmingham unites against fascist Britain First

Unite Against Fascism and other anti-fascists halted fascist Britain First’s attempt to march, unhindered, through  Birmingham to spread their Islamophobia today Hundreds joined a UAF protest ...
2017-06-24 17:06 | Action, News | UAF

Theresa May Wants To Fight Islamophobia in the U.K.? You Must Be Joking.

The British prime minister is too late to condemn anti-Muslim extremism. For years she ignored the problem and her Conservative Party even fueled it. The post Theresa May Wants To Fight Islamophobia in the U.K.? You Must Be Joking. appeared first on The Intercept .
2017-06-20 14:06 | Mehdi Hasan | TheIntercept

Terrorist rams Muslims leaving London mosque, killing 1 and injuring 10

One person has been killed and ten more injured after a white van driver screaming ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’ plowed into Muslim worshippers near a renowned north London mosque, in the latest terror attack to rock Britain. A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the van mounted the pavement and veered into the congregation outside the Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Mosque, shortly after they finished Taraweeh prayers. Heroic bystanders wrestled the
2017-06-19 13:06 | News | AbrarOnline

Muslim women victims of Islamophobia file complaint in Canada

Three Muslim workers have filed a human rights complaint alleging they were victims of Islamophobia after they were fired from a maintenance project in western Canada, Canadian media reported Thursday. Amino Rashid told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that she and two of her colleagues were dismissed from a maintenance project at the Husky Energy facility in Lloydminster, along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, after reporting incidents of harassment from other staff. Rashid said two male workers told her “there are people
2017-06-17 20:06 | News | AbrarOnline

German FM calls Iftar ceremony ‘incredible’

The Foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel in a message said that Iftar (fast breaking) is an incredible ceremony in the month of Ramadan. In his twitter message released on Tuesday in the German language, Gabriel suggested that everybody should participate in Iftar-cum-dinner, saying it is wonderful. Meanwhile, Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern attended an Iftar ceremony held in an Islamic Center in Vienna The symbolic effort of the German minister and the Austrian chancellor was made while some right-wing
2017-06-14 14:06 | News | AbrarOnline

Islamophobia is intolerable, says London police chief

The recent terror attacks in London have affected Muslims in the same manner as all other citizens of the city and terrorists do not discriminate between Muslims and non-Muslims in their attacks. Targeting of Londoners on the basis of their faith was unacceptable. These views were expressed by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, in an interview with a local media outlet, on Sunday. The police commissioner also said that hate crimes against Muslims have risen in frequency after the London
2017-06-12 15:06 | News | AbrarOnline

'Anti-Sharia' Marchers Met With Counter-Protests Around The Country

"March Against Sharia" participants said the Islamic moral code is a threat to U.S. society and women's rights. Counter-protesters accused them of racism and Islamophobia.
2017-06-11 11:06 | News | NPR

How US groups spread hate via the Islamophobia industry

Ahead of the nationwide 'March Against Sharia', Al Jazeera speaks to author Nathan Lean about the Islamophobia industry.
2017-06-10 12:06 | News | Aljazeera

Protest in a Time of Great Danger

Across the U.S., groups like Indivisible are countering the horrific actions of the neofascists in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. This past Saturday, a rally took place in Pittsfield, MA, that was organized in reaction to the murders in Portland, Oregon. “Say NO! to Islamophobia” was its theme, as demonstrators stood at Park Square in the More
2017-06-08 08:06 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

An Intolerable Europeanization of ‘Antisemitism’ Blackmail

On 1 June, the European Parliament voted, by a very large majority, for a new resolution on antisemitism. It goes without saying that we deplore, yet again, the singling out of antisemitism from other manifestations of racism. Not a word on the others, whereas, for example, Islamophobia is rampant and Romophobia is deadly. But it’s More
2017-06-07 07:06 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Autocrats, Plutocrats, Theocrats: Dog-Whistle Anti-Semitism And Islamophobia – OpEd

Some of the world’s worst leaders from Hungary, to Russia to Iran have joined forces in echoing anti-Semitic tropes bashing American-Jewish
2017-06-01 04:06 | 1, Opinion, Discrimination | EurasiaReview