Attacks on mosques on the rise in Netherlands

ISTANBUL (AA): There has been an increase in the number of attacks targeting mosques in the Netherlands, according to a report released by a Turkish university on Monday.
Issued by Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, the 2016 Netherlands Human Rights Report said that in 2016, there were 72 attacks on mosques in the Netherlands compared to 28 attacks the year before.

Racism and Islamophobia continue to be an important human rights issue in the country, it said.

It also highlighted another report released in 2017, which said that migrants in the country felt less safe compared with the Dutch, and the group which felt least safe was the Surinamese, followed by the Turks.
According to the report, there are 475 mosques in the Netherlands.

Canadian students offering hijab kits to victims of Islamophobic attacks


TRENTON, Canada (AA): A Canadian university has launched a program to provide replacement hijab kits to women who are attacked and have their head coverings ripped off, the groups told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

The program is a joint effort by the student union of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group.

In an email to Anadolu Agency, the two groups said the idea sprang from discussions concerning the attack on a mosque in Quebec City in January, when six Muslims at prayer were shot to death by a student from Laval University.

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Muslim teacher wins unfair dismissal case over 9/11 video


A Muslim woman who was fired from a teaching job for protesting about 11-year-olds being shown graphic footage of September 9, 2001, terror attacks, has won an unfair dismissal case against her former school on October 31.

Suriyah Bi, 25, who is studying for a PhD in human geography at UCL, represented herself at the tribunal after failing to qualify for legal aid.

Suriyah Bi was dismissed as a teaching assistant from the Heartlands Academy in Birmingham two years ago after raising concerns about a Year 7 class with special needs being played a video that showed people jumping to their deaths from the upper floors of the World Trade Center in New York on September 9, 2001.

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A Brief History Of Donald Trump Stoking Islamophobia

With a series of casual retweets, the president has once again spread anti-Muslim sentiment.

President Donald Trump is once again promoting anti-Muslim propaganda.

On Wednesday, the president retweeted a series of overtly Islamophobic videos shared by British far-right activist Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader for the anti-Muslim group Britain First.
The videos purportedly show Muslims committing violent crimes ― but, like many things on social media, they are misleading. One video, captioned “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” depicts a boy beating another boy. But the video’s original caption on a Dutch website does not mention race or religion, and local media reported that the 16-year-old pictured in the video was not actually a migrant.

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The US-led War Against ISIS Is Killing 31 Times More Civilians Than Claimed. Report


The Pentagon claims that its air war against ISIS is one of the most accurate in history and that it is so careful in who it targets that the 14,000 US airstrikes in Iraq have killed just 89 civilians.

It turns out that the military’s assertion is a stunning underestimation of the true human cost of Washington’s three-year-old war against ISIS. An 18-month-long investigation by the New York Times has found that the US-led military coalition is killing civilians in Iraq at a rate 31 times higher than it’s admitting.

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Karzai reacts at US airstrikes and alleged civilian deaths in Helmand

Karzai-300x169The former Afghan President strongly reacted at the recent US airstrikes jointly conducted by the Afghan forces in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, claiming that several civilians were killed in one of the airstrikes.

The Office of the former President in a statement said the former President Hamid Karzai expresses grief and concerns regarding the death of all ten members of a single family in Mosa Qala airstrike.

Condemning the alleged civilian deaths in strongest words, Karzai said such airstrikes by the US forces demonstrates the clear violation of US forces in the Afghan soil.

The statement further added that Karzai once calls for immediate halt of airstrikes on Afghan homes and villages.

This comes as the Afghan and US forces launched a campaign against the Taliban drugs labs in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan on Monday.

The Afghan government says the airstrikes have been carried out in line with the government’s strategy to eliminate the income sources of the insurgents and terrorists which mainly comes from the illicit drugs production and smuggling.

The commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support and US forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said the U.S. and Afghan forces conducted a series of strikes over the past 24 hours against Taliban drug labs, to target the revenue streams of the terrorists.

Gen. Nicholson further added that the combined operations struck seven Taliban drug labs and one command-and-control node in northern Helmand province.

“Specifically, in striking northern Helmand and the drug enterprises there, we’re hitting the Taliban where it hurts, which is their finances,” he said.



Muslims are more frequently assaulted in Trump’s America than they were post-9/11, a new study of FBI crime data revealed.

The number of assaults rose precipitously within the past two years, eventually surpassing the peak reached in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks, according to the study from the Pew Research Center.

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