Islamophobia in UK: Thugs shot Imam of a Mosque, Police arrest 2 for attempted murder

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An Imam who was shot in the arm moments after leading evening prayers says three thugs gunned him down in the street before fleeing in a BMW.

The 47-year-old, who asked not be be named, was one of two men shot on Portland Road in Luton of UK about 9.50pm on Thursday night.

Two local men, aged 30 and 32, were arrested on Saturday morning on Blundell Road, Luton, on suspicion of attempted murder.

The father of a young son was released from hospital hours after he was shot, sporting a heavily-bandaged forearm with 11 shotgun pellets still lodged in it.

He had just left the Masjid al Madani mosque when the black BMW 4-series stopped next to him, he thought to let him cross the road.

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EU not ready to combat Islamophobia, foreign affairs expert says

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The European Union is not ready to tackle Islamophobia, according to a foreign affairs expert from a leading Turkish think tank.

“Because of fears of political considerations, European politicians are not ready to tackle this issue seriously,” Dr. Enes Bayraklı of Ankara-based Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) told Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of a three-day conference on Islamophobia at Istanbul’s Sabahattin Zaim University.

“I don’t see in the very near future it will happen, but it has to happen,” said Bayraklı who has also been the co-editor of the annual European Islamophobia Report since 2015.

“European Parliament and the E.U. should acknowledge Islamophobia as a form of racism,” he added.

Bayraklı said that an increase of Islamophobic policies and attacks have been seen in Europe especially after the beginning of Syrian civil war.

According to the European Islamophobia Report 2017, a rising wave of Islamophobia has taken hold in Europe.

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Irish soldier jailed for sending racist WhatsApp messages to woman

Graham Bolger’s sentence was increased when his actions were found to be a hate crime

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Trial to start in Portland for man accused of anti-Muslim hate crime

The suspect in the case, Frederick Sorrell, started crying after a court appearance last year, and said he was sorry.
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Tennessee Man Facing Federal Hate Crime Charges

The Justice Department says a Tennessee man has been charged with violations of the federal hate crime act, accused of harassing teenage Muslim girls and swinging a knife at their father.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man accused of harassing two teenage Muslim girls and then swinging a knife and attacking their father is a facing a federal hate crime charge, the Justice Department said Monday.

A federal grand jury in Nashville has indicted Christopher Beckham and charged him with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and lying to the FBI.

Beckham, who is 32 and lives in Nashville, is also facing state charges for the alleged incident that took place in October.

He is accused of confronting two sisters in hijabs after they got off a school bus and saying “Allahu Akbar!” and “Go back to your country,” federal court records say.

An affidavit filed by an officer with the Nashville Police goes into more details about the same alleged incident.

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Muslim woman in Houston stabbed in apparent hate-driven roadside attack

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A 31-year-old Houston woman was stabbed in the arm in a roadside attack apparently motivated by anti-Muslim hate, and a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the attacker’s arrest and conviction.

According to the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the group offering the reward, the assault took place early Thursday morning.

The woman, who is white and wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab, was driving home from her nursing job when her vehicle was nearly sideswiped by a red SUV.

Rattled, she pulled over and got out of her vehicle to check for damage when the SUV made a U-turn and pulled up behind her.

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Bethel Park Man Sentenced To Probation, Home Confinement For Hate Crime Attack

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BETHEL PARK, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania man who admitted violating the federal hate crimes law when he used anti-Muslim slurs and broke the jaw of another man while drunk at a restaurant has been spared a prison term.

A federal judge instead sentenced Jeffrey Burgess to three years of probation and four months of home confinement on Friday. The 55-year-old Bethel Park man will also have to pay his victim restitution, but that amount hasn’t been determined.

Burgess had pleaded guilty late last year as part of a deal with prosecutors. His lawyer has said Burgess’ alcoholism contributed to the November 2016 attack.

Authorities say Burgess began insulting a man sitting next to him at the restaurant and repeatedly punched him in an unprovoked attack. The victim, who is not Muslim, suffered a broken jaw, a head injury and lost a tooth.