Arson attacks hit Turkish community sites in Germany

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Arsonists on Monday struck a Turkish community center in Germany, the latest in a string of attacks which Turkey has sometimes blamed on Kurdish militants amid its military offensive in northern Syria.Unknown attackers hurled incendiary devices in the center of the town of Ahlen, police said, also telling national news agency DPA they were not ruling out a political motive.At the weekend Molotov cocktails were thrown at Turkish community mosques in Berlin and the town of Lauffen, a cultural ...

Trudeau decries Islamophobia a year after Quebec mosque attack

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Monday for Canadians to stand up against Islamophobia and discrimination as he paid tribute to six Muslims killed a year ago at a Quebec mosque. Trudeau lamented that acts of hate and discrimination have become "commonplace" or "even tolerated," saying in parliament that "it should never have come to this point." "We cannot bring back those who perished, but we owe it to them to fight the very sentiment that ...

WATCH: Pregnant Muslim woman forcibly removed off plane due to ‘allergies’

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Anila Daulatzai, a Muslim professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, was forcibly removed from a plane to Los Angeles in September, where her ill father awaited surgery. After a number of passengers documented the incident, the footage went viral on social media. Daulatzai can be seen and heard resisting security men who forcibly escorted her off the plane. The 46-year-old claimed she suffered an episode of discrimination, on board Southwest Airlines, “because she is ...

When are we going to take Islamophobia seriously?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The terrorist attack outside a north London mosque in the early hours of Monday has again raised questions about how we deal with the threat posed from far-right extremists. Eyewitnesses claimed the perpetrator (Darren Osborne) had shouted: “I’m going to kill all Muslims,” while gesturing and laughing at the same time. The attack comes after new evidence that shows the number of suspected far-right extremists who have been referred to the government’s anti-terrorism ...

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San Diego schools sued over anti-Islamophobia campaign

Friday, 26 May 2017

Six parents have sued the San Diego school district, alleging that its anti-Islamophobia campaign favors Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students. Charles LiMandri, an attorney for the parents, called the campaign a “politically correct solution to a problem that does not exist.” The plan drew little attention when the board approved it 4-0 on April 4, with one member absent. Public comments from staff and community members were uniformly positive. ...

ANALYSIS: How does one death make a headline when others don’t?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Is it true that attacks in the West get more coverage than those in other parts of the world? And if this is true, is it because the West and its media are racist? A hotbed of Islamaphobia? Are we Westerners less interested when people die in other parts of the world? Certainly when Khalid Masood killed five and injured many more in London on March 22, the world was quick to respond, and soon after the event became very personal. Within days the world seemed to unify in its mourning for the ...

Hijabi rapper targets Islamophobia with latest music video

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The latest music video ‘Hijabi’ by poet and Syrian American activist Mona Haydar has gone viral on social media, where she stands in the way of islamophobia by rapping about the Muslim women who face discrimination for wearing Hijab. During an interview with Al Arabiya’s interactive news program, Haydar said she felt this video is important because of the pressure on hijabs’ in America in today’s age. Haydar explained she’s been an artist and poet for the ...

Woman photographed in hijab on Westminster Bridge responds to Islamophobic abuse

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Muslim woman who was photographed on Westminster Bridge has responded to Islamophobic memes that have been published after the deadly attack in London on Wednesday, The Guardian reported. The photo captured a woman wearing a hijab, apparently glancing at her phone on the bridge as people huddled around an injured victim close by. The picture was than circulated on twitter and by anti-Islam blogs, where social media users accused the Muslim women of not caring. A second picture that was taken ...

Canada lawmakers pass motion to combat Islamophobia

Friday, 24 March 2017

Lawmakers in Canada’s House of Commons, with strong encouragement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, passed a motion Thursday paving the way for future measures to combat Islamophobia. The motion, which passed easily, asks the government to “recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear” and “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” In the wake of the January attack on a ...

Why businessman Nasif Kayed calls himself the ‘Arab Culturalist’

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

In the 1980s and 1990s, Nasif Kayed was an Arab businessman with a gift of the gab, and a passion for breaking the stereotype. He had already been involved with over 40 companies and ventures and was on way to taking his businesses to the next level. Today, he calls himself inter-cultural consultant & inspirational speaker, and Middle Eastern cultural expert. Kuwait-born Nasif, son of an electrical contractor, was raising in the United Statesa family of seven, two from his wife’s ...

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