It’s Plain To See The Tories Don’t Want To Tackle Islamophobia

The nasty and offensive Islamophobia unveiled this week is yet another example of the anti-Muslim prejudice that is widespread in the Conservative Party but which... The post It’s Plain To See The Tories Don’t Want To Tackle Islamophobia appeared first on HOPE not hate .
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The Right’s “Judeo-Christian” Fixation

During one of his recent confrontations with congressional Democrats, Donald Trump made a stunning comment about the United States’ Jewish population. How could Jewish voters overwhelmingly support the Democratic party, he groused, when it included prominent critics of Israel like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar? When American Jews voted for those politicians—or other members of the same party—who “hate Israel and hate Jewish people,” they must be ignorant or, still worse, “disloyal.” IMAGINING JUDEO-CHRISTIAN AMERICA: RELIGION, SECULARISM, AND
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Malaysia PM: Diplomacy is the best way to mobilise support for Palestine

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Muslims should utilise diplomatic channel to show Israel as the “perpetrators of injustice” instead of launching attacks, local news agencies reported on Monday. For 70 years the Palestinians have been fighting for their land, he said, but made no progress due to acts which triggered fear among the international community. To change the current narrative in the West on Islamophobia, Mahathir said: “Using diplomacy is a good strategy to win over the support of
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Why Did Chuck Schumer Call an Islamophobe His “Principled” Friend?

Rep. Peter King is not a “moderate” Republican. The post Why Did Chuck Schumer Call an Islamophobe His “Principled” Friend? appeared first on The Intercept .
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Progressives Excoriate Schumer for Mourning as 'Card-Carrying Islamophobe' GOP Rep. Peter King Announces He Won't Seek Re-Election

Eoin Higgins, staff writer "This Schumer tweet is yet another reminder that the top Dem in the Senate doesn't give a damn about Islamophobia and is unfit to hold the title of Minority Leader."
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Ilhan Omar on Peter King’s retirement: ‘Good Riddance’

After longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announced that he would not seek reelection, ending a career defined by his history of racism and Islamophobia. Rep. Ilhan Omar took to Twitter to make it clear that she wasn't exactly upset by the news, while Senator Chuck Schumer praised the retiring Representative. "Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else," tweeted Schumer, "He’s been principled & never let others push him away from his principles."
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How right-wing TV host Eric Zemmour is fuelling France’s identity wars

The polemicist has attracted large audiences for his anti-Islam diatribes but critics accuse of him stoking racism.  On Monday afternoon, two men attending a mosque in Bayonne, south-western France, were  shot and severely injured by a man who tried to set the door of the building on fire. The victims, aged 74 and 78, were Muslims. The attacker, Claude
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By rejecting stereotypes, Slam and Ramy show us authentic Arab Muslim men on screen

By Sherene Idriss | – There is a long history of damaging stereotypes of Arab and Muslim men on screen. Because of this, audiences from culturally diverse migrant backgrounds understandably crave more positive representations of their ethnic and cultural communities. Two new screen productions – Ramy and Slam – tell stories embracing the complexity of […]
| film, Islamophobia |

Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to questions from UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to questions from UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief In the News The BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia. Right To Boycott July 15, 2019
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Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief In the News The BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia. Right To Boycott July 15, 2019
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Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Palestinian BDS National Committee's responses to UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief In the News The BDS movement does not tolerate any act or discourse which adopts or promotes, among others, anti-Black racism, anti-Arab racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia. Right To Boycott July 15, 2019
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The new Spanish civil wars

How the contested legacy of Islamic rule in Spain is fuelling the rise of the far right in the troubled kingdom.  A few months ago I took a high-speed train from Madrid to Córdoba, and then travelled by bus through the mountains to Granada. My ultimate destination was the Alhambra, the exquisitely designed fort and palace that was the last bastion
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Duke U. Faculty reply to Trump Dept of Ed. demand for Negative Teaching on Islam and Palestinians

Letter: 62 Duke faculty respond to Department of Education directive letter to the editor By Concerned Faculty October 3, 2019 | ( The Duke Chronicle) – We appreciate the recent statement on academic freedom from President Price and Provost Kornbluth following the US Department of Education’s investigation of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East studies. […]
| Authoritarianism, Donald Trump, Islamophobia |

​ISESCO chief participates in communication meeting on establishment of a world way for combating Islamophobia

At the invitation of President of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco, Dr. Habib El-Malki, President of the current session of the Parliamentary Union of OIC member states (PUIC), the Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scienti
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Trump again Tries to Get Ilhan Omar Killed à la Heather Heyer with Lies about Dancing on 9/11

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – One of the “very fine people” Trump praised at the Charlottesville riot by Nazis and Klansmen rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters (i.e. ordinary people) and killed Heather Heyer on August 12, 2017. Trump appears to be angling for one of his Volk to do the same thing […]
| Donald Trump, Featured, Islamophobia |

Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook

India is currently home to the second-largest Muslim population in the world (194.8 million), and by the year 2060, it will have the largest Muslim population (over 333 million, according to the Pew Research Center). Although Muslims constitute nearly 15% of the Indian population today, we are witnessing the meteoric rise of right-wing Hindutva nationalism under Prime […] The post Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook appeared first on The Islamic Monthly .
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Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook

India is currently home to the second-largest Muslim population in the world (194.8 million), and by the year 2060, it will have the largest Muslim population (over 333 million, according to the Pew Research Center). Although Muslims constitute nearly 15% of the Indian population today, we are witnessing the meteoric rise of right-wing Hindutva nationalism under Prime […] The post Narendra Modi’s Authoritarian Islamophobia Playbook appeared first on The Islamic Monthly .
| Homepage Slider, International, Uncategorized |

Islamophobia, Boris Johns and the British Conservative Party

By Mohammed Samaana | – Belfast (Informed Comment) – The new British PM Boris Johnson prided himself on having a diverse government. Actually only on September 4, his new chancellor, Sajid Javid was proud to say during his first spending review speech that someone with his background, the son of a Muslim bus driver, can […]
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Islamophobia, Boris Johnson and the British Conservative Party

By Mohammed Samaana | – Belfast (Informed Comment) – The new British PM Boris Johnson prided himself on having a diverse government. Actually only on September 4, his new chancellor, Sajid Javid was proud to say during his first spending review speech that someone with his background, the son of a Muslim bus driver, can […]
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Legal victory over FBI ‘Muslim registry’ – demands review of “war on terror” policy

Civil rights groups have long suspected security agencies of keeping what they call a “Muslim registry”, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack. The tide of anti-Muslim hostility that has spread across the US, and subsequently throughout Europe- with little resistance it should be said- they argue has created a climate in which civil rights and legal protection guaranteed under the American constitution were denied, in the so called “war on terrorism”. In the two decades since the
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Islamophobia: Sikh Member of British Parliament Lets Boris Johnson have it over Conservative Bigotry

“The Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who wears a turban, won a round of applause in the Commons for asking an angry and passionate question about Boris Johnson’s language about minorities, and particularly his column about Muslim women who wear the burqa looking like letterboxes. The prime minister said his comments were ‘a strong liberal […]
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“We know the hurt and pain”: First turbaned Sikh MP condemns Boris Johnson’s burqa remarks

Tan Dhesi confronts the Prime Minister about the “hurt and pain” felt by those receiving derogatory and racist remarks about their appearance. In a blistering speech, the first Sikh MP with a turban, Tan Dhesi, confronted Boris Johnson in the House of Commons about his comparison of women wearing burqas to “letter boxes” and "bank robbers”. “If I decide
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Behind Islamophobia Is a Global Movement of Anti-Semites

by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed The global rise of white nationalist violence proves that the threat of fascism is not just about one community — it threatens all communities: white people, black people, Muslims, Jews, and beyond. The spate of mass shootings… Continue Reading  
| Human Rights, Islam, anti-semitism |

Behind Islamophobia Is a Global Movement of Anti-Semites

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, | – ( Foreign Policy in Focus) – The world’s Jewish and Muslim communities are both in the firing line of far-right groups forged in the historic bowels of Nazism. By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, August 26, 2019. Print Neo-Nazis and Neo-Confederates rally in Charlottesville, VA (Shutterstock) The global rise of white […]
| Far Right, Islamophobia |

Behind Islamophobia Is a Global Movement of Anti-Semites

The global rise of white nationalist violence proves that the threat of fascism is not just about one community — it threatens all communities: white people, black people, Muslims, Jews, and beyond. The spate of mass shootings at the end of July comes head on the heels of an escalating epidemic of U.S. gun violence. More The post Behind Islamophobia Is a Global Movement of Anti-Semites appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
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Why I Left the Far-Right: Joram van Klaveren’s Journey to Islam (Video)

Emir-Stein Center | Video Clip | – “From extreme nationalism and far-right politics to compassion and empathy, watch the incredible transformation story of Joram van Klaveren, a former Dutch parliamentarian.” Emir-Stein Center: “Why I Left the Far-Right” Article appended by Informed Comment: Geert Wilders’ former senior right hand, Joram van Klaveren, converts to Islam EICRI […]
| Far Right, Islamophobia, Western Muslims |

Joe Walsh Is Running for “Morning Joe”

Twenty-five years ago, Representative Joe Scarborough was a Gingrich Republican, swept into office in the Republican wave of 1994. He was, in many respects, one of the most radical members of that freshman class, and a leader of the ’90s equivalent of the Freedom Caucus . In the 2000s, he became a standard-issue conservative talking head. MSNBC hired him to be vocal proponent of the Iraq War on a channel that had developed an untimely reputation for leaning a little
| Politics, Joe Walsh, Joe Scarborough |

Hitler’s long shadow

By the turn of the millennium, it seemed that the Führer and Nazism had not just been comprehensively defeated but safely buried. But now, as globalisation fragments and national populists rise, we are not so sure. When I studied in West Germany in the late 1980s, Hitler and the Second World War were omnipresent. The trials of prominent war criminals and mass murderers often
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‘Anti-Semitism’ vs. ‘Islamophobia’: How language creates hierarchies of discrimination and whitewashes bigotry

Why is an anti-Semite not called a “Semitophobe?” Timo Al-Farooq says that what at first glance might seem like a linguistic mishap is in fact a reflection of the hierarchy of discrimination in the Western discourse on racism.
| Culture, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia |

Orientalism at the ‘NY Times’: Muslims worship ‘Allah,’ not ‘God’

The Orientalist bias is in the first sentence of this 'NY Times' report. Rep. Rashida Tlaib's grandmother apparently prays to 'Allah,' not to 'God.' This is how the press other-izes Arabs.
| Media Analysis, Islamophobia, Muftia Tlaib |

Russian Twitter trolls stoke anti-Immigrant & anti-Muslim lies, and not Just in US

By Ahmed Al-Rawi and Yasmin Jiwani | – Russian troll activity on Twitter aimed at influencing public opinion has attracted a lot of attention in the United States and other western democracies. Canadians may feel it’s not an issue here. But a recent examination of Twitter data suggests there are reasons to be concerned as […]
| Islamophobia, Russia |

Perfidious Albion? Is UK PM Boris Johnson an Islamophobic, anti-Immigrant, anti-Gay Bigot?

By Luke Reader | – After the election of Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and prime minister, does Britain have a populist, nativist politician as its head of government? It’s hard to say. Johnson has been a little of everything during his career. Over three decades in public life, Johnson has shifted between social […]
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Tories spy opportunity in Labour's anti-semitism crisis, and three other lessons from PMQs

There was a lot to go over in Theresa May's second-to-last PMQs.  The Conservatives may have changed their thinking over anti-Semitism in the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn majored on climate change in his questions today. The government has some genuine achievements to shout about here (as well as some things to apologise for) and the usual approach
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Twenty-four years after the Srebrenica massacre, our leaders haven’t learned its lessons

Srebrenica, like the Holocaust, did not begin at the point of violence, but in the preceding decade where political leaderships and the media fanned the flames of populism. Today is Srebrenica Memorial Day. It marks 24 years since over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered as part of a deliberate, systematic strategy to destroy or forcibly remove Muslim communities from
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Labour MPs have one eye on the Greens, and five other things we learnt from PMQs

Expect the party’s next election campaign to be as green as it is red.  Labour MPs have one eye on the Greens... Alex Sobel, the Labour MP for Leeds North West, opened the session with a critique of the government’s approach to the climate crisis — and urged Theresa May both to beef up its net zero emissions
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A new poll shows the Conservative rank-and-file hold Islamophobic attitudes

And there's every reason to believe it.  A YouGov poll commissioned by Hope not Hate has further highlighted the full extent of Islamophobia within the Conservative party. 60 per cent of Tory members believe that “Islam is generally a threat to Western civilisation”, and 54 per cent believe that “Islam is generally a threat to the British way life”, according to
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Combating Islamophobia: Rami Malek sets Conditions for Playing Villain in Bond 25

Belfast (Informed Comment) – It is well overdue for a Hollywood star to refuse to take a role in a film that will continue to serve colonial interests and reinforce the message of racism and Islomophobia by presenting Arabs and Muslims as terrorists, religious fanatics and uncultured barbarians. The rising star, Rami Malek, however, is […]
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The background of the man behind the Panorama ‘hatchet job’ – or ‘jobs’ – on Labour Party

John Ware: pro-Israel former Sun journalist and maker of libellous output condemned as Islamophobe and already subject of complaint by Labour over earlier ‘hatchet job’ The journalist behind this week’s […]
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Blind denial over Islamophobia within continues

Tory leadership is under renewed pressure to combat the worrying levels of Islamophobic beliefs within the party, after HOPE not hate (HNH) polling reveals deep... The post Blind denial over Islamophobia within continues appeared first on HOPE not hate .
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The Tory membership polling that reveals the most about Boris Johnson’s calculations

Nearly half would prefer not to have a Muslim prime minister. Suddenly, we have all become very interested in what a very unrepresentative 0.2 per cent of the population think. These 160,000 or so people are the Conservative Party membership . Disproportionately old, male, white, affluent, and zealously pro-Brexit, they are never usually given much attention, even by the
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Why We Need a New Response to the LGBT Sex Education Row

The row in Birmingham over LGBT sex education for primary school has moved into its fourth month. The school gates at Parkfield Community School and Anderson Park School have seen weekly protests after the school piloted the ‘No Outsiders’ programme, which some parents claim promotes gay and transgender lifestyles and undermines their rights to determine what ideas their children are […]
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Dominic Raab's backers will now decide who makes it to the next round of the Tory leadership

But whoever gets to the final two, the support for Rory Stewart poses a serious question for the winner.  Who will win Dominic Raab's 30 votes? As the contenders for the Conservative leadership head into the third ballot of MPs, the answer to that question will determine who survives. The scrap for the last place in the fourth round is between Sajid
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The Conservative leadership debate showed the true scale of the party’s identity crisis

There is a disconnect between what can be said in official Tory politics and what is being said, unofficially, in a vast and radicalised Brexitland. In Howard Brenton’s 1980 play A Short Sharp Shock , patrician Tories watch aghast as their party is suddenly populated with used car salesmen and white Rhodesian mercenaries. The play captured the
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Rory Stewart might just have hit his ceiling, and other lessons from tonight's debate

Sajid Javid made the strongest pitch for Dominic Raab's 30 votes. No candidate knows how they will get Brexit done The first question was the most fundamental: how did the candidates intend to get their Brexit plans through a recalcitrant Parliament by 31 October?  All offered varying shades of commitment to leaving the EU - be it with
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Rory Stewart might just have hit his ceiling, and other lessons from Tuesday's debate

Sajid Javid made the strongest pitch for Dominic Raab's 30 votes. No candidate knows how they will get Brexit done The first question was the most fundamental: how did the candidates intend to get their Brexit plans through a recalcitrant Parliament by 31 October?  All offered varying shades of commitment to leaving the EU - be it with
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Our Next Prime Minister - Live!

Follow the BBC debate with the Conservative leadership candidates - live with the  New Statesman  team.  Welcome to the New Statesman's liveblog of  Britain's Next Prime Minister , the United Kingdom's least sympathetic reality TV show on the air. Press refresh for updates. 21:00:  Thank god that's over. Was it really only an hour? Boris Johnson
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“We should be fearful”: Muslim women on the prospect of Boris Johnson as prime minister

The real-life effect of the Tory leadership candidate’s column describing women wearing the burqa as “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”. In August last year, 21 Muslim women in the UK reported Islamophobic abuse in one week. Fourteen wore the hijab and seven wore the niqab. They were on the receiving end of a spike in hate crime against
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Boris Johnson’s racist insults, dog whistles and slurs

The Tory leadership candidate’s most egregious remarks. Boris Johnson could be the next prime minister. Here are some of his most egregious and distasteful remarks.  1. Calling women wearing the burqa “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”   Islamophobic incidents in which Muslim women have been  called “letter boxes”  have risen since Johnson described women wearing the burqa as “letter boxes”
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