As a young British Muslim, I’ve been told to stay away from Google – why do I feel like a terrorist?

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A few days ago, a German school announced that it had banned Muslim students from using prayer mats in order to stop them from displaying their religion “in a provocative manner”. I read this with a sad sense of familiarity; it reminds me of the sense of fear and anxiety that I myself feel as a young British Muslim in 2017.

On a day-to-day basis, I am hyperconscious about where I am sitting in a café or a park, when I do my daily Quran reading — who around me might see the Arabic writing on my laptop screen or mobile phone app and feel threatened or incensed? Might they even call the police or refer me to a prevent channel, as has happened to others? If I was doing my French homework, I know I would hardly be noticed, but I worry terribly about the piercing eyes around me when reading Arabic, especially the Quran.

A few weeks ago, I was even asked to leave a mosque for reading the Quran. Yes, you read it correctly. I was taken into an office where several anxious old men had called an emergency Cobra meeting of sorts, and interrogated me about who I was, what I was doing and why I was there, because they had never seen me before. They were alarmed simply because I was sat on my own, in a corner, looking down at my phone.

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Muslim Hate Crimes: Hawaii Mosque Receives Threatening Messages Amid New Trump Travel Ban

Multiple hate-filled social media posts, emails and voicemail messages were directed towards members of the Oahu mosque in Hawaii amid the creation of a second travel ban, Hakim Ouansafi, the president of the Muslim association of Hawaii announced Tuesday.

“Killing Muslims is God’s will! You beasts will pay!” a man can reportedly be heard screaming in one of the voicemail messages.

The hate messages began Monday when President Donald Trump signed a second executive order barring citizens from six Muslim countries from entering the U.S. The Trump administration has maintained that the revised travel restrictions on people from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for a period of 90 days was created on the grounds of national security. The new executive order kept in place a ban on all refugees from entering the country for 120 days.

Ouansafi said the travel ban directly resulted in the hateful messages towards Muslims, citing one written message the Hawaii Association received.

“Now we have a president who knows that you guys are evil,” Ouansafi read aloud, “and we’re going to exterminate you.”

These hate messages haven’t all been left on social media or via voicemails. One mosque member, Zakaria Khairane, told local reporters that his 13-year-old-daughter, who wears a hijab, was recently threatened by a man on a public bus.

“When they got off the bus, the gentleman followed them with obscene gestures and verbal abusive language, which my daughter wouldn’t even dare to share with me,” Khairane said.

Hawaii was the first state to take legal action against the revised travel ban, with state attorneys filing a 40-page request to a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order blocking its implementation Tuesday. State attorneys asked for the temporary restraining order to begin on March 15, a day before Trump’s executive order is supposed to take effect.

“This new executive order is nothing more than Muslim Ban 2.0,” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement Monday. “Under the pretense of national security, it still targets immigrants and refugees.”

Roughly 3.3 million Muslims who lived in the U.S. in 2015. The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the country increased from 24 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported Feb. 15, 2017.

Group calls for FBI investigation after Muslim teen found hanging from tree in Seattle

The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for the FBI to investigate the death of a Muslim teenager who was discovered hanging from a tree.

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The incident, which the medical examiner initially ruled a suicide, involves 18-year-old Ben Keita, whose body was discovered in a wooded area of Lake Stevens in January. He’d vanished in November.

“Ben was a happy young man,” father Ibrahima Keita told Q13 Fox. He said his son had no history of depression or anxiety.

However, the medical examiner later changed the cause of death to undetermined. Two reasons were cited, according to KIRO. The rope used to hang the teen was tied 50 feet high in the tree, and a search of the area just weeks earlier had not turned up anything.

According to Washington CAIR, Keita was found hanging in an area that was searched at least twice by police before his body was finally discovered.

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High school student films anti-Muslim rant on Ottawa bus

OC Transpo said the incident has been investigated and the man has been identified

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A video of a man on an OC Transpo bus delivering an obscenity-laced tirade against Canadian Muslims is getting attention online.
The video, filmed by Lisgar Collegiate student Jawad Ghandour, begins with an inaudible conversation between passengers sitting at the back of the bus.
A man wearing a red hoodie then turns around and begins screaming slogans such as “The race war is coming!” and “Canadians won’t take Islam!”

The bus appears to be on the 97 route headed for Lees station.
The video then shows the man pacing to the front of the vehicle, where he and the bus driver have a brief conversation, the beginning of which is inaudible.
The man eventually raises his voice again: “I’m sorry, I will not be oppressed.”
The driver asks him to put out his cigarette out or get off the bus. The man eventually goes to the back of the bus, grabs a gray backpack and leaves.
On his way out he claims that he was assaulted first, and calls the driver a “muzzy sympathizer.”
The video has been shared hundreds of times and has close to 200,000 views on Facebook. A number of commenters said they recognize the man from similar erratic outbursts on public transit.
OC Transpo said that it’s investigating the incident and that it doesn’t condone the behaviour.
“As soon as we were made aware of the situation, we immediately began an investigation to gather all the facts. At present, the investigation into this occurrence is still ongoing,” said Gord Robinson of the service’s special constable unit.
Robinson said the man in the video has been identified and that information is being shared with the Ottawa Police Service’s hate crime unit.

Anti-Muslim hate has gone mainstream in Europe

Unfavourable views about Muslims have surged in number of European countries, including Hungary (72%), Italy (69%) and Poland (66%).

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Describing itself as the “most authoritative and comprehensive explo­ration of extremism” in Britain and Europe, the annual report by the British-based advocacy group Hope not Hate paints a bleak picture for the post- Brexit and Trump world.

“2016 was a year where a new far-right threat became more evi­dent, one played out largely on so­cial media and to an international audience,” Hope not Hate Chief Ex­ecutive Officer Nick Lowles said in the report.

“It is this same new-style far right that has been at the heart of the global fake news phenomenon and that can engage and mobilise greater numbers of people across Europe and North America than ever before,” he added.

The report points to the emer­gence of a new generation of far-right activists across Europe who are active on the internet and social media in an unprecedented way. This is a generation of far-right political activists who, for the first time, is witnessing some of their own views seeping into the main­stream, particularly fears regarding a clash of civilisations between the Judeo-Christian West and Islam.

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How the Dehumanization of Certain Groups Leads to a ‘Vicious Cycle’ of Hate

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Two groups of people — Mexican immigrants, and Muslims — have been the subject of much attention lately, and now researchers say they have figured out one psychological process that explains why some people in the United States vilify these groups.

The process, called dehumanization, occurs when people view others as less evolved and civilized than they view themselves, according to the study, which was published in January in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

But dehumanization may ultimately lead members of the targeted groups to have greater support for violent action, the researchers found in the study, which was conducted in the U.S. during the 2016 primary elections.

The new results show that the extent to which people in the U.S. dehumanize Mexican immigrants and Muslims “is very strongly correlated with support for then-candidate Donald Trump,” study co-author Emile Bruneau, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania, told Live Science. In other words, the more a person “dehumanized” Mexican immigrants and Muslims, the more likely they were to support Trump. [Understanding the 10 Most Destructive Human Behaviors]

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Two US Mosques Get Hate Notes Calling For ‘Slaughter Of Muslims’

“I will pay $100 to charity for every Muslim slaughtered.”

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WASHINGTON — Two mosques in the US state of Maryland have received threatening letters calling for the ‘slaughter of Muslims’, in apparent hate crime incidents.

Two Islamic centres in Silver Spring and Maryland received violent threats by mail.
The president of the Islamic Education Society discovered an envelope inside a mailbox on Monday containing a threatening note, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said.

Police said this incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

The faithful at the mosque are still reeling after the terrifying message was dropped in their mailbox.

“It’s heartbreaking, but we can’t control anything. I don’t know what in their mind they want to do,” Taiyab Mohiudden, trustee of the Islamic Education Society of Maryland, was quoted as saying by CBS Baltimore.

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