With Trump’s Iran Attack Abroad, Iranian-Americans and Muslim-Americans are Unfairly Targeted at Home

Irvine, Ca. (Special to Informed Comment) – A day under the Trump Administration typically consists of angry tweets, an absurd amount of misinformation, and reckless decisions made by an egotistical maniac. Just three days into the new year we saw exactly that as the Trump Administration launched an attack on Iran, killing the nation’s top military commander, General Qasem Soleimani, by drone strike, and bringing the two nations to the brink of war. Many have been left in confusion, as
| Arab Americans, Donald Trump, Iranian-Americans |

Lansman backs BOD demands naming Jackie Walker – but in 2016 he attacked "frenzied witch-hunt" against her

Momentum founder and Long-Bailey campaign manager backs her support for BOD demand that black Jewish activist never rejoin Labour – but three years ago his assessment was very different Jon Lansman The SKWAWKBOX has been running a series of articles examining Jon Lansman’s support of Rebecca Long-Bailey’s decision to accept a list of ten demands by the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BOD) – and his own past articles that might fall foul of that list.
| Analysis, comment, accusation |

Did you know Harvard recognizes Quran as one of best expressions for justice?

Did you know Harvard recognizes Quran as one of best expressions for justice? The university references a verse from the Quran, regarding it as one of the greatest expressions of justice in history. January 15th, 11:04 am January 15th, 11:05 am Step Feed When it comes to the law, both legislation and implementation are deemed relative. But the same can't be said for justice as by definition it is
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Hasn’t the US been a greater source of instability in the Middle East than Iran?

During a televised discussion over which country has been the main source of instability in the Middle East, I struggled to place Iran ahead of the US. While it is self-evident that no single country can be held responsible for all of the region’s pain and suffering – just as every individual possesses some degree of agency, however small that maybe, so do states and governments – it would be dishonest to look beyond the US in such conversations. American
| Afghanistan, Article, Asia & Americas |

Zionism and ‘Anti-Semitism’: A Chronicle of a Smear Foretold

Photograph Source: Kate Ausburn – CC BY 2.0 With the 2020 Presidential elections fast approaching, the progressive campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining traction. Several interest groups have grown increasingly anxious of Sanders’ Democratic Socialist agenda, including ruling class Republicans, corporate Democrats and their joint ally – Zionists, both Christian and Jewish. Sanders and BDS The ongoing ‘anti-Semitism’ smear of Sanders  and his grassroots following has been waged openly
| articles 2015 |

Top People who Dress like Muslims who are a Thousand Times Better than Donald Trump

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump retweeted a doctored image of House majority member Nancy Pelosi (a Catholic) and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (who is Jewish) dressed in Muslim garb. Trump managed to be anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic and anti-Muslim all at once. When the White House was pressed on why he did this, as Greg Sargent of WaPo notes , “the White House offered a curious justification: Trump retweeted that image to send the message that Democrats are on the
| Donald Trump, Featured, Islamophobia |

Calling Bernie Sanders Anti-Semitic Is Islamophobic

What follows is a conversation between professor Sahar Aziz and Shir Hever of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. BERNIE SANDERS:  We must treat the Palestinian people as well with the respect and dignity that they deserve. What is going on in Gaza right now when youth unemployment is 70% or 80% is unsustainable. SHIR HEVER:  Welcome to The Real
| anti-semitism, bernie sanders, islamophobia |

Jewish teacher fired over anti-Israel comments in US, as concern grows over ‘weaponizing anti-Semitism’

There are growing concerns over the “weaponization of anti-Semitism” following the firing of a Jewish teacher by an elite New York City prep school for expressing remarks critical of Israel. JB Brager, who had been a history teacher at the private school for 18 months, is believed to have been forced out after controversy had boiled over in the aftermath of a lecture at the school. The controversy began in November when a speaker at the school, Kayum Ahmed,
| Asia & Americas, BDS, International Organisations |

Marvel just got another Muslim superhero and he's from Dearborn

Marvel just got another Muslim superhero and he's from Dearborn The new character will get a formal introduction in the latest edition of "Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13" comic. January 13th, 10:27 am January 13th, 10:28 am Leyal Khalife [ Marvel ] Superheroes may be fictional but their fight against injustices is closer to reality than one would think. The Muslim community got its very own Marvel superhero
| News |

How Democracies Die

Leo Tolstoy wrote that happy families are all alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. So too with failed democracies. There is no one route to the dissolution of the open society, but the patterns are familiar, whether in ancient Athens, the Roman Republic or the collapse of the democracies in Italy and the Weimar Republic in Germany that led to fascism. The ills that beset Germany and Italy in the 1930s are sadly familiar to
| Chris Hedges, adolf hitler, article 48 |

Video: Calling for the Closure of Guantánamo Outside the White House on the 18th Anniversary of the Opening of the Prison

Andy Worthington outside the White House on January 11, 2020, calling for the closure of the prison on the 18th anniversary of its opening (Photo: Witness Against Torture). Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months of the Trump administration, including my current visit to the US to call for the prison’s
| Andy Worthington's US tour (January 2020), Closing Guantanamo, Donald Trump |

Golden Globe winner Ramy Youssef undergoes extra security check at LA airport

The Egyptian-American stand-up comedian who just won his first Golden Globe has been stopped at the Los Angeles airport in a security check he says is down to his Muslim name. Ramy Youssef filmed the security agent opening his case which contains his statuette and then wiping it down for “security purposes”, he later posted the video on social media. “Is that part of the test or what? Did it pass?” he asks. He captioned the video: “The
| Africa, Asia & Americas, Egypt |

As U.S. enters another Conflict with a Muslim Nation, Read about Islam’s Beginnings

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) As the US once again enters into a heightened conflict with a Muslim-majority nation, it would be advisable for all informed Americans to know more about Islam. I immodestly recommend my recent book on the Prophet Muhammad Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires , published October 9, 2018 Available at Barnes and Noble And Nicola’s Books in
| Islam, Qur'an |

Czech mosque daubed with death threats during 'oppressive' climate of anti-Muslim hate

Czech police are treating graffiti threatening to kill Muslims scrawled on a mosque as property damage, rather than a hate crime. A mosque in the Czech Republic's second city of Brno has been vandalised with graffiti threatening to kill Muslims, police said on Saturday. "Don't spread Islam in the Czech Republic! Or we'll kill you," read the inscription sprayed on the mosque. "We have been investigating the
| News |

Myanmar, China and now India: Is Muslim dignity so cheap?

According to Amit Shah, the national President of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), “Infiltrators [Muslim immigrants] are like termites in the soil of Bengal. The BJP Government will pick up the infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay of Bengal.” Such terminology may not surprise those living in the West ruled by the likes of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, wherein there is a growing Islamophobia industry. Nevertheless, they are pushing Muslims into a defeatist, oppressive, victim
| Article, Asia & Americas, China |

London mosque targeted by anti-Islamic graffiti

Police are investigating an incident in which anti-Islamic slogans were spray-painted near a mosque in south London in an attack described by officials as 'sickening'. A building near a mosque and cultural centre in Brixton, south London, was found daubed with anti-Islamic slogans on Wednesday by the Metropolitan Police. Police officers were called to the building following reports of spray-painting near the North Brixton Islamic Cultural Centre on Wednesday morning. The Met
| News |

Muslim woman in U.S. kicked out of job for turning up in hijab

Muslim woman in U.S. kicked out of job for turning up in hijab "The job requires a specific uniform. That is not part of the specific uniform," the employee's boss told her. January 2nd, 11:56 am January 2nd, 11:57 am Step Feed [ Metro ] The world is a discriminatory place for hijabis. Both at home and abroad, they are often denied or dismissed from jobs as
| News |

Embracing Palestine: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of ‘Anti-Semitism’

At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of anti-Semitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw even closer to the Palestinian narrative. In fact, my proposal was not meant to be a sentimental response in any way. “Reclaiming the Palestinian narrative” has been the main theme in most of my public speeches and writings in recent years. All of my
| Article, Europe & Russia, Israel |

US presidential hopeful Sanders gets clean bill of health after heart attack

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has fully recovered from the heart attack he suffered three months ago and is in good health. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has fully recovered from the heart attack he suffered three months ago and is in good health, his doctors said in letters released on Monday. Martin LeWinter, a cardiologist at the University of Vermont, said the 78-year-old senator from Vermont has made an "uneventful recovery" from the heart attack he
| News |

Dutch politician hates Muslims so bad he launched #DrawMohammed contest

Dutch politician hates Muslims so bad he launched #DrawMohammed contest Though it is not explicitly mentioned in the Quran, visual depictions of the Prophet Mohammed have long been discouraged in Islam. December 30th, 2:43 pm December 30th, 2:44 pm Step Feed Though it is not explicitly mentioned in the Quran, visual depictions of the Prophet Mohammed have long been discouraged  in Islam. Some Islamophobes never cease to insult
| News |

The Main Result of the Impeachment Process

The House Democrats have impeached the president, but the Senate will surely acquit him Thus the wistful plan to turn enough Republicans to make a difference won’t work. Meanwhile, Trump’s base has remained at around 42% throughout. The hearings appear to have consolidated the Trump base. Fundraising has reportedly “gone through the roof.” In short, the impeachment hearings have not succeeded, either in disillusioning Trump supporters or in reducing his prospects for a second term. The entire Democratic case against
| articles 2015 |

Blazing a Trail From Kashmir

An elderly Jewish man with a prosperous belly and a trim, young Muslim man walk into a New York delicatessen … and 55 years later the Muslim man writes a trailblazing autobiography. He’s in his early 20s, slim and strong, when he leaves his native home in the Vale of Kashmir, a disputed land in the Himalayan foothills between India and Pakistan. He dodges an impending war. He has no formal passport, just an official residency permit which expired many
| articles 2015 |

Why Don’t We Care About China’s Uighur Muslims?

Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Stitcher , Radio Public , and other platforms . New to podcasting? Click here .   It’s been described as the worst human rights crisis in the world — the arbitrary detention in sprawling camps of a million or more Uighur Muslims in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province. The Chinese government has
| Deconstructed, Deconstructed Podcast |

Indians Rise Up Against Hindu Supremacy

India’s government has pushed through a dangerous new bill that has provoked a mass uprising . The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) offers a fast-track to legalization for Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Buddhist and Jain immigrants from bordering nations while explicitly denying one religious group the same privileges. For years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been chipping away at the rights of Muslims in India, but the world’s largest democracy may have finally overplayed its hand on
| assam, bangladesh, bharatiya janata party |

Iran, Turkey sign religious cooperation agreement

Iran and Turkey signed a cooperation agreement yesterday intended to increase religious relations, reported Press TV . The agreement was inked in the Turkish capital Ankara between Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, head of Iran’s Islamic Culture and Communication Organisation, and Ali Erbas, head of Turkey’s top religious authority, the Religious Affairs Directorate. The agreement is said to consist of 18 articles ranging from translation and publication of religious books to holding various events, and “teaching of Islamic jurisprudence by
| Europe & Russia, Iran, Middle East |

Sanders After Corbyn: The Jewish Question

Drawing By Nathaniel St. Clair The hordes of Democratic Party pundits, anti-Trump Republicans, and former national security state functionaries who supply CNN and MSNBC with endless streams of jibber-jabber, along with their counterparts at The New York Times and Washington Post, are pulling out all the stops — trying to convince Democrats that only a “moderate” can defeat Donald Trump. They speak for the dead center, and they are dead wrong. They
| articles 2015, Leading Article |

Michigan synagogue member sues weekly anti-Israel protesters over 'anti-semitism'

Anti-Israel protesters are being sued by a member of a Michigan synagogue for 'harassing' worshippers. A member of a United States synagogue is suing anti-Israel protesters and city leaders over 16 years of protests outside the congregation, arguing the protesters have been uniquely provocative and that some restrictions on them would not violate free-speech protections in the US Constitution. The regular Saturday protests in front of Beth Israel congregation in Michigan
| News |

In 2020, Muslims in Boris' Britain have an important choice to make

Comment: As the new decade approaches, Muslims, Jews, people of colour and all marginalised communities must make a conscious choice to unite, and fight for our rights, writes Malia Bouattia. Boris Johnson - to paraphrase Kanye West before his Trump days - does not care about Muslims.  And our government does not care about Islamophobia. In fact, they're all too happy to peddle, intensify, institutionalise it and delegitimise any resistance against it, all the while
| Comment |

Accusing Bernie Sanders of anti-Semitism is nothing but thinly veiled Islamophobia

Comment: Critics are accusing Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders of anti-Semitism, just to keep his progressive politics out of power, writes Sahar Aziz. Bernie Sanders is the first Jewish American to have a real chance of becoming president of the United States. He is also the first mainstream candidate to challenge America's unconditional support for Israel. Together, this makes him a prime target of Islamophobes and anti-Semites alike.   Sanders, the son of Holocaust survivors, is endorsed by
| Comment |

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: “Art is what you use when other modes of language are inadequate”

The 2019 Turner Prize winner on why he left the UK for Beirut, rising Islamophobia, and how art reveals hidden truths.  On 2 December 2019, in the Members’ Room of London’s Tate Britain, Lawrence Abu Hamdan is worried about his voice. His daughter brought a cold home from nursery and he is now trying not to strain his throat, as
| News |

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan snub Malaysia’s Muslim summit

Leaders from many Islamic nations including Turkey and Iran gathered in Malaysia on Wednesday to tackle issues that have agitated Muslims worldwide, but the summit was snubbed by Saudi Arabia and its close ally Pakistan. At a welcome dinner, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the Kuala Lumpur Summit would aim to “do something” to improve the lives of Muslims and overcome Islamophobia. “We need to find a way to address our shortcomings, our dependency on non-Muslims to
| News |

Muslim leaders gather in Malaysia for summit shunned by Saudi

Leaders and senior representatives from some 20 Muslim nations flocked to the Malaysian capital on Wednesday to discuss issues agitating Muslims globally at a summit Saudi Arabia decided to snub, and Pakistan ducked out of attending. No agenda for the Kuala Lumpur Summit has been released, but it could address age-old disputes in Kashmir and the Middle East, the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, and mounting outrage over China’s camps for Uighur
| News |

Evening Call: Boris Johnson makes peers, avoids reshuffle, and plots boundary changes

Elevate good times, c'mon. One of the few comforts of the election night, for those who didn’t back the winning side, came from Richmond Park. Dominic Raab survived a strong Lib Dem challenge in Esher; in Chingford, Iain Duncan Smith clung on. But in Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith – a man who had already lost the seat once before, in the
| News |

Malaysia to host major summit of Muslim leaders

Malaysia will this week host a summit of Muslim leaders billed as a forum to look at the Islamic world’s problems, but it will be closely watched for Middle East power plays and their stance on China’s Uighur minority. Leaders from Iran, Turkey, and Qatar will be among hundreds of delegates attending the three-day event set to discuss myriad challenges faced by Muslims. The summit has been pushed by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has long championed greater
| Malaysia, News, Politics |

How NOT to interview an extremist

Ill-prepared interviewers run the risk of lending legitimacy to fringe voices. With a party, known for persistent Islamophobia within its ranks, winning a majority today,... The post How NOT to interview an extremist appeared first on HOPE not hate .
| News, Uncategorized |

After the worst election campaign in memory, Britain’s religious minorities must unite

The manner in which faith communities have been set against each other is unprecedented and dangerous. This has been the worst general election for the UK’s religious minorities that most can recall. We have witnessed open racism before but not to this degree: Britain’s faith groups have been set against each other in an unprecedented manner.
| News |

Top 5 Reasons Buddhist Myanmar has been Charged with Genocide of Rohingya Muslims

By Catesby Holmes | – Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is defending Myanmar in court against accusations of genocide. According to a case brought by the country of Gambia at the United Nations’ International Court of Justice, the Myanmar military in August 2017 carried out a systematic, targeted campaign of terror, rape and murder […]
| Islamophobia, Myanmar |

MCB: BBC fail to report on Islamophobia in the Tory Party

One of Britain’s largest Muslim representative bodies has accused the BBC of “failing to sufficiently report” on Islamophobia within the ranks of the Conservative Party. The BBC, which has been one of the most vocal critics of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over his alleged failure to address anti-Semitism amongst party members, was accused of failing to give equal importance to the racism experienced by Muslims. The complaint was addressed to the BBC Director General Tony Hall in a letter by
| Europe & Russia, News, UK |

Muslims aren’t the Only Ones Endangered by Israeli Groups Churning Far-Right Hatred

By Nasim Ahmed | @Nasimbythedocks | – Last week, a Guardian investigation traced a network of Facebook accounts fuelling far-right Islamophobic pages around the world to Israel. Journalists at the UK daily uncovered a plot to take over some of Facebook’s largest far-right pages in an attempt to foment hatred towards Islam and Muslims while […]
| Islamophobia, Israel/ Palestine |

Boris Johnson’s attack on EU citizens shows the Tories don't think migrants belong here

The Conservatives have no desire for the UK to be a diverse country.  EU citizens who witnessed the European referendum will not be surprised that Boris Johnson is again turning his fire on us. As a leading figure in Vote Leave, Johnson oversaw a campaign grounded in dog-whistle xenophobia and anti-migrant sentiment. Now in the final week of the election campaign, the
| News |

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is an Engine of Anti-Muslim Hate the World Over. Don’t You Care?

What happened to the guy who told his Muslim employees in 2015 that he would “fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment”? The post Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Is an Engine of Anti-Muslim Hate the World Over. Don’t You Care? appeared first on The Intercept .
| Justice, Mehdi Hasan, Technology |

Israel-Based Group is Behind Bigoted Facebook Smear Campaign Aimed at Rep. Ilhan Omar

By Eoin Higgins, staff writer | – (Commondreams.org) – “The goal of these anti-Muslim hate campaigns is clear—they put Muslim lives here and around the world at risk and undermine our country’s commitment to religious pluralism.” Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, have been the target of […]
| Islamophobia, Israel/ Palestine |

Evening Call: Anti-Semitism in the Spotlight

If the improvement in Labour's polling now stalls or reverses, it seems likely that this scandal will be part of the reason why. The big story in British politics today: lawyers representing the Jewish Labour Movement have gathered sworn statements from several dozen current and former Labour officials, as part of the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s investigation into anti-Semitism in
| News |

Back to Jim Crow under Trump: ‘Lynch her’ is Republicans’ Big Idea to Deal with Rep. Ilhan Omar

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Liz Sawyer at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twitter account of Danielle Stella, the Republican challenger to Ilhan Omar has been shut down after she called for her opponent to be lynched. Stella managed to combine the worst excesses of Jim Crow punitive policies toward the African-American congresswoman with […]
| Featured, Islamophobia |

Convert Story: To Ask Or Not to Ask, That is the Question

“How did you convert to Islam” is a question that is commonly asked to those who convert to Islam. While the short answer to this question is, “I said shahada”, the long (and more detailed) answer is one that is commonly expected. It is important to acknowledge that the majority of “born Muslims” who ask this question do such out of good intentions. For this reason, I wrote this piece out of a place of love and
| #Life, Family and Community, featured |

The chief rabbi’s Labour warning reveals major shifts in UK politics

The fears of Britain's Jews are very real and are part of a broader politicisation of minorities.  “Just weeks before we go to the polls, the overwhelming majority of British Jews are gripped by anxiety”, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis wrote in  The Times  this week. The electoral intervention, warning that “a new poison - sanctioned from the top - has taken root” in the
| News |

MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITAIN LAUNCHES CROSS-PARTY ELECTION PLEDGES

The 2019 General Election and British Muslims: Muslim Council of Britain Launches Cross-Party Election Pledges   Today the Muslim Council of Britain, the country’s leading British Muslim representative body is calling on political parties and prospective candidates to commit to a set of pledges ahead of the General Election.   The commitments were developed following extensive surveying its affiliates and amongst Muslim communities. The pledges represent a consensus view of the key challenges facing British Muslim
| Hot Topics |

What's behind the Labour Party's rift with Hindu voters?

The Hindu Council of Britain have released a statement in support of the Chief Rabbi, and have gone further, accusing Labour of having become an anti-Hindu force.  The Chief Rabbi's intervention has triggered a series of statements by other religious leaders. The Archbishop of Canterbury has released a supportive statement, as has the Muslim Council of Britain, who have also accused
| News |