Gaza family mourns slain son, 11: ‘Not last child to be killed’

On Friday afternoon, as Israeli soldiers from the other side of the fence were firing tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition, Yaser Abu al-Naja and a few friends took cover behind a waste container away from the front lines of a protest in the Gaza Strip.Continue Reading

Three out of five Muslims have been victims of hate crime, new figures reveal

Taken from one of the largest studies ever conducted into hate crime, the report showed Muslims were the only religious group more likely to have suffered from criminal behaviour “you believe to have been at least partly motivated by prejudice”. Many victims specifically cited Islamophobia and religion as the motivation behind the offence.Continue Reading

A Devastating Story of Hate and Murder

On February 22, 2017, Adam Purinton, a United States Navy veteran, walked into Austin’s Bar in Olathe, Kansas and singled out two South Indian men, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, who were there enjoying happy hour.Continue Reading

US Islamophobia: Threats and acts of vandalism against mosques double so far in 2017

As of mid-March there were 32 incidents against mosques, compared to 16 last year

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Acts of vandalism, violence and aggression towards mosques around the US have doubled so far this year compared to the same period in 2016.

Numbers obtained from the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) show that there have been 32 reported anti-mosque incidents as of mid-March 2015, compared with 16 this time last year.

Of the 2017 number, 11 of those were either arson or vandalism and 19 were threats of violence.

Muslim leaders and advocacy groups have expressed strong concerns about a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric from political leaders and also in anti-Muslim violence, which has risen to post 9/11 levels.

One of the most recent alleged hate crimes was in Tucson, Arizona, where an intruder entered a mosque, ripped up copies of the Quran and scattered the pages around the place of worship.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations offers reward in mosque fire

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PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is preemptively offering a reward for information, should a fire at a Pittsfield Township mosque be ruled arson.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the fire, reported at 4:59 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at a mosque at 5909 W. Michigan Ave. The address appears to be the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti, which also serves as a mosque, and Pittsfield Township detectives and fire investigators are assisting in the investigation.

Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason said Sunday there was no clear indication either way of whether the fire had a suspicious cause. Given the building’s use as a mosque, the department called ATF.

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Suspect in Texas Mosque Fire Feared Muslims, Investigator Says

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A man suspected of burning down a Texas mosque believed its worshippers were terrorists and may have been looking for other mosques to target, authorities alleged during a hearing pertaining to an unrelated case against the man.

Marq Vincent Perez, 25, hasn’t been charged in the Jan. 28 fire that destroyed the Islamic center in his hometown of Victoria, a community about 125 miles southwest of Houston.

Perez was arrested last week on a charge alleging he tried to set fire to a former friend’s car earlier in January, and during a hearing on March 9, prosecutors presented evidence that Perez was suspected in the fire and an earlier burglary of the mosque in arguing that he be denied bond.

Although prosecutors have repeatedly declined to describe the burning of the mosque as a hate crime, U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington cited testimony about Perez’s “involvement in a hate crime presently being investigated” as a reason for denying him bond.

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