A definition of Islamophobia will save the lives of British Muslims

This week, MPs from across the political spectrum came together to discuss an issue that really matters to communities up and down the country. No, it wasn’t about Brexit. They were meeting to launch a report calling for the introduction of a definition on Islamophobia. Our call for a definition is not about curtailing free speech or causing offence. Quite the opposite – it is about being able to speak out on the nature of the challenge and how best to address it as a society. Those who argue against recognising the seriousness of this issue are too often those who have no experience of how debilitating this abuse can be.Continue Reading

Zionism and racism

In the Trump era, whether to support Israel or not is becoming an increasingly partisan issue in American politics. Israel’s designation as a partisan issue has highlighted a bizarre association: white nationalists vocally supporting Israel, even calling themselves Zionists of sorts. Richard Spencer, in an interview with an Israeli journalist, called himself a “white Zionist” because he believes white people should have a homogenous homeland in America.Continue Reading

War Crimes Allegations Against Saudi Crown Prince Filed In Argentina Days Ahead Of His Visit

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may find that his travel options are curtailed in the future, after Human Rights Watch pushed for an international investigation into his alleged war crimes.Continue Reading

Canada: Muslim groups call for national day of action against hate

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More than 100 community groups across Canada have called on Justin Trudeau’s government to designate January 29 a National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance, in memory of the victims of a deadly attack on a Canadian mosque on that date last year.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), which spearheaded an open letter sent to the Canadian government on Thursday, said the move would allow all Canadians “to join together in the fight against Islamophobia and hate of all kinds”.

Six Muslim men were shot and killed after a gunman opened fire at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City on 29 January 2017.

“As we approach the second anniversary of the attack, we pause to recognise that the racism and hatred that underpinned this attack do not exist in isolation,” reads the open letter.

Addressed to Canada’s minister of Canadian heritage and multiculturalism, it was signed by dozens of Muslim, interfaith and other community groups across the country.

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UK parliament defines Islamophobia as a ‘type of racism’

Report was product of two years of consultations and submissions from academics, activists, and members of the UK Muslim community

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A British parliamentary committee has produced a working definition of Islamophobia and classified it as a “type of racism” with hate crimes against Muslims continuing to rise across Britain.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims published its report on Tuesday following two years of consultations and submissions from various groups and individuals.

In the “Islamophobia defined” report, the select committee defined Islamophobia as “rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”

“Let us be clear, Islamophobia is rooted in racism, and its victims are not just Muslims but also those who are perceived to be Muslims,” the report’s authors, Anne Soubry and Wes Streeting noted.

“Its effects are seen in individual behaviours and institution processes.

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More than 100 Palestinians wounded in clashes at Gaza-Israel border

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More than 100 Palestinians were reported wounded in violent clashes on Friday afternoon as thousands of demonstrators protested close to the fence, burning tires and throwing rocks at Israeli military positions along the Gaza border, Times of Israel reported.

The violence came despite calls from Hamas leaders and warnings from the IDF to keep the Friday protests peaceful and to stay away from the border fence.

However, Israeli defense officials said it was the quietest protests since the “March of Return” began on March 30. According to their estimations, Hamas may have stationed armed men close to the fence to try to minimize the violence, the Ynet news site reported.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said 130 Palestinians were hurt, including 77 hit by live fire.

The IDF said that protesters broke through the fence in three locations before immediately returning to the coastal enclave, with Israeli soldiers opening fire at the suspects in one case.

In addition, an IDF aircraft opened fire at a group of Palestinians launching incendiary balloons at Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, the army said. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the airstrike.