Erdoğan Accuses Myanmar Of 'Genocide' As Thousands Of Rohingya Flee To Bangladesh
Almost 400 people have died in violence that Myanmar's military said was triggered by attacks on security forces by Rohingya insurgents
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Myanmar of "genocide" against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled in the tens of thousands across the border into Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence.
"There is a genocide there," Erdoğan said in a speech in Istanbul during the Islamic Eid al-Adha feast, which commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.
"Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators."
Almost 400 people have died in violence in the north-western Rakhine state that Myanmar's military said was triggered by attacks on security forces by insurgents from the Rohingya ethnic minority.
The army's statement said there had been 90 armed clashes, including an initial 30 attacks by insurgents on 25 August, making the combat more extensive than previously announced. The army, responding to the attacks, launched what it called clearance operations against the insurgents.
Advocates for the Rohingya say security forces and vigilantes attacked and burned villages, shooting civilians and causing others to flee. Hundreds of civilians were killed, they say, posting photos, videos and details on social media as evidence.
World's Silence On Myanmar Violence Against Rohingyas 'A Portrait Of Shame': Presidential Aide
The international community has the responsibility to come up with a long-term solution to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın said on Friday.
"Turkey will continue to maintain its constructive and determined attitude for a solution," Kalın said in a Twitter post.
He called "the world's silence" in the face of the persecution of Rohingya Muslims by security forces of the southeast Asian country "a portrait of shame."
Turkey is continuing its "intensive efforts and initiatives at every level to end the humanitarian tragedy" in Rakhine, according to the president's aide.
He noted that Turkish humanitarian aid agencies, including the Turkish Red Crescent, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), are involved in these efforts.
Turkish authorities are also in contact with authorities in Myanmar and Bangladesh -- where thousands of Rohingya have fled -- to supply humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people, Kalın stressed.
Persecution of all Muslims in Myanmar on the rise, rights group says
The systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Burma and not confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, where recent violence has sent nearly 90,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing, a Burma rights group said on Tuesday.
The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country's Buddhist monks, and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.
"The transition to democracy has allowed popular prejudices to influence how the new government rules, and has amplified a dangerous narrative that casts Muslims as an alien presence in Buddhist-majority Burma," the group said in a report.
The report draws on more than 350 interviews in more than 46 towns and villages over an eight-month period since March 2016.
Burma's government made no immediate response to the report. Authorities deny discrimination and say security forces in Rakhine are fighting a legitimate campaign against "terrorists".
UK-based Rohingya group calls for investigation into atrocities against Muslims in Myanmar
An independent commission must investigate recent atrocities against the Muslim community in Myanmar, a London-based human rights organization has urged Myanmar's government.
The Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) said it welcomed a report by former UN chief Kofi Annan released last Thursday. ARNO also said responsibility lay with the national government to implement the Annan report's recommendations.
"It is noteworthy that the Commission has stressed to address the Rohingya problem and their 'legitimate concerns' without use of force, and warned of radicalization if not executed swiftly," ARNO said.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, ARNO President Nurul Islam urged "the attention of the UN and the international community, powerful countries, the OIC, ASEAN and Myanmar's neighbors to bring consistent pressure to bear on the Myanmar government and the military".
Describing the latest army deployment and nationwide anti-Muslim protests a "conspiracy", Islam said: "Rakhine leaders and military leadership are annoyed over the report of Annan's commission" and therefore "this military crackdown under the pretext of so-called security measures with a view to frustrate the commission's report, to further destroy the Rohingya minority and to cause a fresh exodus into Bangladesh."
We Think Bigotry Will Never Reach UK Shores But Looking At Our Newspapers You'll See That It Has
Assistant secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, writing in a personal capacity
"The Muslim Problem": that's what columnist Trevor Kavanagh asked the Sun's readers to find a solution for. If the phrase sounds familiar, it is. The language used appears to have been borrowed from the Nazis in the 1930s, where they implemented their "Final Solution" to the "Jewish problem" - a fact highlighted by the Board of Deputies of Jews.
Some might argue that this is nothing new: the Sun has a history of spreading hatred, from its Katie Hopkins' column dehumanising migrants by comparing them to "cockroaches" to its significantly misleading and dangerous front page "1 in 5 Brit Muslims' sympathy for Jihadis". But this goes beyond outrageous and vile bigotry, which often finds itself within the Sun's pages.
In the UK, in 2017 we have a national newspaper with over 1.5 million readers, publishing Nazi language and specifically targeting Muslims. This - in a week where the Sunday Times reported 40 neo-Nazis were being investigated amidst fears they are plotting terrorist attacks against Muslims.
Saturday's bombing of a Minnesota mosque was just one violent incident in a long string of them. When will they get the attention they deserve?
Anti-Muslim Violence Is Everywhere—Except in the American Media
If a Christian church in America were bombed in what the state's governor labeled an "act of terrorism" and countless other churches were intentionally burned to the ground over the past few months, is there any doubt you would have heard about this?
Donald Trump would be screaming about a war on Christianity. Media outlets from across the political spectrum would be covering these horrific incidents. And you know what, that coverage would be the correct response. We should have a zero-tolerance policy concerning attacks on places of worship and our freedom of religion.
But we are seeing that very scenario play out in the American Muslim community, yet we are seeing a collective yawn from the mainstream media. Look what took place on Saturday in Bloomington, Minnesota. During early morning prayers at the Bloomington Islamic Center a person (or persons) tossed an improvised explosive device—as the FBI has described it—into the window of this place of worship. While thankfully no one was injured, the explosion was so loud it woke neighbors and caused damage to the mosque's offices.
The 'Israelisation' illusion and 'Israeli Arabs' propaganda
Once again, the Israeli authorities have thrown another Palestinian leader into prison. Once again that leader is Raed Salah, who has a defiant smile and whose life shares characteristics with liberation leaders known to the world through their civil, non-violent struggles, the price of which has been repeated imprisonment and sometimes assassination.
Raed Salah, who is quietly approaching sixty and living an active life, is one of the most prominent Palestinian leaders today. He has gained support from Muslim and Christian religious leaders for his defence of the Palestinian sanctities — mosques, churches, monasteries and historical monuments — threatened by the Israeli authorities and extremists. What is unique in his case is that his experience is closely linked to Jerusalem, even though he was born in the very core of the Palestinian presence, which the Israeli propaganda calls "Israeli Arabs". He is a Palestinian leader who is forced to carry Israeli citizenship.
The Israelis around David Ben-Gurion who were in ecstasy at their military victory in 1948 imagined that they had accomplished the task of ethnic cleansing, the details of which have been set out in successive studies by Israeli historians in recent decades. The task of dealing with those left behind seemed easy; there were about 100,000 Palestinians who managed to survive the Nakba in the territories occupied in 1948. They were forced to be Israelis in terms of documentation, and it seemed like an easy task to assimilate them, using them as propaganda for "the only democracy in the Middle East".
Iran And The Nuclear Deal's Future: Iran Secret, Unannounced And Illegal Uranium Enrichment
It has been over a week since a new round of tension has initiated over the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This string of developments were kick-started with a meeting between Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and Yukio Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The fact that Washington suddenly sought a meeting with the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog and launched an emphasis on inspections of Iran's military sites has raised eyebrows.
In retaliation, Iran vowed no access to its military sites, prompting Haley's reaction in saying such an approach by Tehran will severely jeopardize its future compliance with the JCPOA. And despite the IAEA issuing a quarterly report confirming Iran's compliance with the deal terms, Amano on Thursday "rejected Tehran's claim that its military sites were off-limits to inspection…," according to the Associated Press.
The Trump administration has been in office for over 7 months now and this issue coming under limelight is quite significant, to say the least.
England Is Now More Pro-immigrant – But It's More Islamophobic Too
Reading through Hope Not Hate's latest report on their surveys of English attitudes towards race and immigration, one comes away with a mix of optimism and pessimism. Those of us who are what the organisation describes as "confident multiculturals" – or what the tabloids would describe as out-of-touch liberal elitists – can be heartened by what seem to be an increase in our ranks. We now make up 22% of the sample, up from 8% in the first survey in 2011. The two most pro-immigrant groups now make up 39% of the overall total.
At the other end of the spectrum, those who are "hostile" to immigration have remained consistent, but with a shift from those who are most fiercely opposed – down from 13% to 5% since 2011 – to the group described as "latently hostile," up to 17% from 10% in the same period. This indicates that even those people harbouring anti-immigrant views are more likely to engage with the political process than to resort to direct violence themselves or support it in others.
However, the report also details a significant rise in anti-Muslim sentiment. 42% of people said that the recent terrorist attacks have increased their suspicion of Muslims in Britain, including many of those in the more liberal groups. Around 50% of people would be willing to see relaxation of human rights protections to "help fight terrorism," and a similar proportion see Islam itself as "a threat to the west".
Jihad Wins in Idlib: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Takes Over Syria's North
Most media coverage of Syria focuses on two aspects of the country's civil war: first, the campaign against the Islamic State (or ISIS) in northeastern Syria—including the battle by U.S.-backed Syrian forces to retake ISIS' de facto capital, Raqqa—and second, the broader Russian involvement in the country.
In northwestern Syria, however, an overlooked but important battle has been taking place, pitting Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a successor to the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate known as Jabhat al-Nusra, against Ahrar al-Sham, a rival Salafist group aligned with Turkey and Qatar. The two have been engaged in heavy fighting for control of Idlib Province, the epicenter of the remaining anti-Assad insurgency, and HTS has acquired important gains. It has seized the provincial capital, Idlib city, and forced Ahrar out of Bab al-Hawa, the main border crossing with Turkey. HTS, in other words, has already scored a major strategic victory against Ahrar and will likely dominate Idlib from now on.
HTS control of Idlib means that the province will increasingly be viewed as a pariah internationally. Although the group claims to be independent, the United States and the international community at large see it as an al Qaeda front. One result of this perception is that while HTS may claim that it can preserve NGO independence, fewer and fewer NGOs will be willing to work in Idlib, leading to a further deterioration in the province's humanitarian situation. Moreover, the Assad regime and its allies will likely have greater international support for an offensive to retake the province.
I Ignored Islamic Marriage Advice, and This is What Happened - A Real Life Story
Saying relationships are not easy is an understatement. Even if you get past the initial courtship and tackle wedding planning, once the honeymoon period ends, the real work begins. It is now much harder (and more expensive) to just walk away.
Patience is an important component to any relationship, marital or otherwise. We don't quote the "Piers Plowman" line "Patience is a virtue" for nothing! Patience, or sabr, is mentioned 90 times in the Qu'ran as well as in numerous hadith. God would not just ask us to be patient without giving us opportunities to practice, so it shouldn't have been a surprise when my turn came.
I grew up in a Christian home but, in my early teens, began to explore my religious beliefs and search for answers to the questions I had. Over the course of 20 years, I finally found the answer to my spiritual needs: Islam. My path was certainly not straightforward and ironically enough, my path to discovery included majoring in Ministry at a Christian college.
Along the way to Islam, I met my husband. Before we got married, we started attending church together where he was eventually baptized, fully accepting Christianity. I finally had someone to share my secular and spiritual life with and I couldn't have been happier.
It Is Not Just Trump That Has Emboldened White Supremacists, It Is Our Entire System
After the truly shocking vehicle attack in Charlottesville on Saturday which killed one and injured at least 19 others, senior politicians, media figures and, eventually, the President of the United States, came out to denounce white supremacist organisations. However the nature of some of their condemnations seemed phoney and hypocritical, devoid from the realities of the often toxic spheres which they themselves inhabit. Throughout modern times, elements of both the political class and the mainstream media have been embroiled with scandals and controversies. When the levels of moral corruption at the top levels of society are high, then violence caused by emboldened groups in lower socioeconomic classes becomes inevitable.
Examples of inflammatory and hateful rhetoric among US politicians are not difficult to find. Despite condemning the Charlottesville rally, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham has previously publically stated that he believes 'Iranians are liars.' Current White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has been accused of homophobic, misogynistic and Islamophobic speech on numerous occasions, and Ted Cruz, second to Trump in the Republican leadership race in 2016, called for police to 'patrol and secure' ordinary Muslim neighbourhoods during his campaign, and yet after Charlottesville accused those responsible for being 'bigots who want to tear our country apart.' Bill O'Reilly, former host of The O'Reilly Factor - the most watched cable news programme in the US for over 14 consecutive years - repeatedly made disparaging comments against minorities, including claiming that many African-Americans were 'ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads.'
I'm A Muslim And I'm A Problem: UK Media - Stand Up, Stand Out, Spread Love, Stop Hate
That's the message the Sun newspaper and Trevor Kavanagh have put across. The repercussion of such a message is fear and ignorance ultimately manifesting in hate towards my community and the communities that I work with.
The press and the media have a huge responsibility as a source of information for millions of people, to put out stories in which they are accountable for. If you write a story that scapegoats and boxes a community into a specific negative category you harbour people's fear and insecurities, you are held accountable to the violence and hate that comes after.
As a young Muslim and a community organiser, I worry for my community and those that I represent. My dad, who wears a cap and has a full-length beard, has to travel to work everyday on public transport; my sisters, who adopt the hijab, take the train to college and university and I have to think about whether they're ok and safe everyday.
The Islamic institutions I work with face the full brunt of hate too. Just two months ago we had a horrific incident occur at Muslim Welfare House in Islington, a member of North London Citizens. Because of the hate and ignorance exacerbated by the press, a man decided that it was ok to run over Muslims congregating after taraweeh prayers leading to the death of one man and severe injuries of others.
'Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies' – UN chief
16 August 2017 – Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognizing diversity.
"Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are, as I mentioned yesterday, poisoning our societies," the Secretary-General told journalists today at a briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York.
"It is absolutely essential for us all to stand up against them everywhere and every time," he added.
Addressing questions from a journalist about the situation in the US, where a weekend protest and counter-protest over the removal of a Civil War statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked discussions about race, Mr. Guterres said "these demons are appearing a little bit everywhere."
A Portuguese national, Mr. Guterres said that as a European, he is proud that Europe created the values of Enlightenment: tolerance, the respect for the other, and the importance of recognition of diversity.
Muslim women facing Islamophobia challenge the 'victim' stereotype
Islamophobia is real and it is becoming a global issue affecting Muslims regardless of ethnicity, age, profession and social standing. In the UK, anti-Muslim hate crimes have increased fivefold after the terror attacks in Manchester and London, and in the U.S. the number of hate groups that specifically targeted Muslims rose from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016.
Last year, the late Member of Parliament (MP) Jo Cox worked on a report that highlighted how Muslim women were more likely to be attacked than Muslim men. Dr. Irene Zempi of Nottingham Trent University, who has done considerable research in the area of gendered Islamophobia, corroborated the statement of Fiyaz Moghul, the founder of Tell MAMA, a project based in the UK that records and analyzes reported anti-Muslim incidents. Moghul suggests that these figures are due to Muslim women in hijab (head covering) or niqab (face veil) being more "visibly Muslim."
As a result, I've noticed a shift in the attitude toward Muslim women who experience Islamophobia. There are times that women are depicted as helpless victims waiting for their proverbial knight in shining armor -who is, more often than not, a white, non-Muslim man or woman. This is not to devalue ally ship–I think there are several times where support from non-Muslims has made a significant impact, such as Tracey Tong on the New York City subway and the men who died defending a Muslim teen girl and her friend in Portland.
When anti-Semitism and Islamophobia join hands: The racist vortex
The campaign against George Soros is fuelling a dangerous symbiosis between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, argues political scientist Farid Hafez
There was probably a time when the current leader of the Hungarian conservative party, Fidesz, Viktor Orban, was quite grateful to George Soros. Back in 1988, as a 25-year-old fresh law graduate, he became a member of the Central-Eastern Europe study group funded by the Soros Foundation. A year later, he received a Soros scholarship to study British liberal political philosophy at Pembroke College, Oxford University.
And in more recent times, Soros donated $1m to Orban's government to cope with the environmental disaster in the town of Devecser, which was flooded with toxic sludge from a nearby aluminium factory in 2010.
But today, Orban has no words of gratitude for Soros. Rather, he has launched a vicious campaign against his former benefactor. And while his aggressive rhetoric is verging on anti-Semitism, the Hungarian prime minister has also – strangely enough – managed to weave in Islamophobic threads into his verbal attacks on Soros. And surprisingly (or not), this symbiosis of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia has been well received elsewhere in Europe and even the US.
The Responsibilities of American Muslim Girls in the Face of White Supremacy
In response to the violence and death caused by the intentional race riots caused by white nationalists, aka White supremacists, aka the KKK, aka neo-nazis, during the "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville, Va., you might be reflecting upon overwhelming feelings of grief, fear, anger, confusion, or emotional paralysis. These are all incredibly valid and human feelings in response to such perpetual and targeted violence against marginalized communities that we are witnessing, if not experiencing, time and time again. You're right, this isn't okay.
Please, please take care of yourself during this difficult time, whatever that needs to look like for you. We just ask that when you're refortified, please do not use your pain or fear to stay away from actively engaging with the issue at hand. Do not turn away. We can not remain silent, as this directly upholds and actively perpetuates white supremacy and violence conducted under it's name. Do not be *surprised* when such protests turn violent, or even deadly, and please do perpetuate false equivalencies of violence being committed on "many, many sides," as the President has so cowardly, but unequivocally in line with his character, has done.
Trump politics, media bias triggers Islamophobia in US
On Aug. 5, the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center, a small mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota, was targeted with an "improvised explosive device" at around 5 a.m., at a time when the congregation was inside getting ready for their morning prayer. Fortunately, no one was injured during the attack, which caused material damage to the property and was termed as a "terrible, dastardly, cowardly, terrible" crime by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. "The destruction done to this sacred site is just unthinkable, unforgivable," Dayton was quoted as saying by The Star Tribune during his press conference on the same day.
The latest incident was a new dark stain in the U.S. record of anti-Muslim tendencies, which have significantly increased in the past couple of years. According to experts, in addition to other factors, the election of Donald Trump as president and his discriminative political rhetoric, as well as the media bias against Muslims and Islam has been a contributing factor to the recent escalation violence against Muslims in the United States.
Although racial discrimination is not a hidden story in American history and politics, and continues to haunt the daily lives of many in the U.S., a new alarming trend, particularly against Muslims and or those with perceived Muslim backgrounds, has been observed.
It is getting more difficult to fight Islamophobia in Europe: UN official Gün Kut
It is becoming more difficult to fight Islamophobia in Europe, as mainstream political parties compete for votes with the far-right, Gün Kut, a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) since 2010, has told the Hürriyet Daily News.
"As extreme right-wing views started to gather public support, some center-right parties started to embrace some of the rhetoric that is normally used by extreme right in order to prevent the fleeing of their fringe voters toward the extreme right. Meanwhile the center-left, which usually supports these anti-racist efforts, has become more silent in order not to lose fringe voters.
You have been working for at least two decades on international commissions to combat racism. Tell us your general observation about the evolution of this issue.
Discrimination on the basis of color, ethnicity, nationality and language exists everywhere, but it takes various forms and varies in intensity. The problem may be getting worse over time but there are also more and more solutions provided. So it is a mixed bag of results. Unless intense efforts are exerted on tackling the issues, things are going to get much worse. If there has been slight improvement it's thanks to these international mechanisms.
Another Media Islamophobia victim's story falls apart.
She Blamed Islamophobia, Then Her Husband Was Arrested For Weapons Smuggling
In April, the Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed complaining that Muslims were being singled out in airports. "Does the 4th Amendment apply to Muslim citizens at LAX?" Lubana Adi, its author, fumed.
Adi, a Syrian, told a sob story about visiting her "aged mother" and two brothers who were refugees in Turkey. Then airport security "groped" under her Hijab and demanded that she empty her purse. They wanted to know why she had visited a border city and where all the money she was carrying had gone.
"President Trump's new security regime wastes yet more of our time and our taxpayer money and shows outright scorn for the spirit of the 4th Amendment," Adi complained.
The Los Angeles Times felt that the story was so important that it needed to be referenced in future pieces as an example of the abuses that Muslims face in this country.
It was a shocking Islamophobic outrage. But now the Times is telling another story.
Forbes, August 16, 2017 - The pro-Iran deal camp is recently making much noise about how the Trump administration and critics of the pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are making rightful complaints of the text failing to address Iran's destructive belligerence in the Middle East.
These are valid concerns, considering the fact that even if the deal remains intact come October's decision by President Donald Trump to find Iran in compliance or not, the mullahs are hell-bent to continue wreaking havoc and expanding influence across the region.
The pro-Iran deal camp claim Washington has no evidence to hold Tehran in violation of the JCPOA terms. Not true.
. Tehran has exceeded its heavy water production cap, necessary for a plutonium nuclear bomb, s. testing more advanced centrifuges, . illicitly procuring highly sensitive nuclear and ballistic missile technology in Germany, according to Berlin's intelligence services, . surpassing its uranium enrichment cap, another key non-compliance factor
Google Should Turn Its Attention To Battling Islamophobia
Google launched its Redirect programme last year which subtly redirects potential online Islamist terrorists to sites with existing moderate Islamic narratives, a move emulated by other tech companies. This step should be applied to prevent Islamophobia too.
Governmental inability to effectively halt and counter the massive online propaganda efforts of terrorist groups such as the so-called Islamic State (IS) has resulted in an increased reliance on private sector companies to curb their dominance online.
To this end, Google's think-tank Jigsaw launched its Redirect programme last year, a feature subsequently adopted by YouTube this year.
The programme, which operates much like a targeted advertising campaign, regulated more than 1,700 key words frequently searched by Islamist extremists to divert them to pre-existing, anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) playlists. For example, users were directed to videos of long lines of people waiting for food in Isis-controlled territory, a subtle dig at the group's competency, which was designed to repel vulnerable individuals from the group.
An Australian senator calls for a burqa ban, as politicians are discovering a reason they can't legislate
Islamophpbia: What The Heck Is Going On In Australia?
An Australian senator is under intense criticism for wearing a burqa into the Senate as a way of drawing attention to her crusade to ban the religious dress from the country.
Pauline Hanson is being condemned by the country's attorney general, George Brandis, who urged her to consider that "to ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do. I would ask you to reflect on that."
Penny Wong, the Labor Party's Senate leader, concurred with Brandis' sentiments, telling Hanson that "it is one thing to wear religious dress as a sincere act of faith, there is another to wear it as a stunt here in the chamber.
Islamophobia, Political Divisions Threaten Arab American Identity
Arab culture is visible in communities of immigrants from the Middle East across the United States - the cuisine, music and language are hard to miss in places with high concentrations of Arab Americans including Dearborn, Michigan and Anaheim, California.
The Arab American identity, however, is fading from the political landscape of the country amid the rise of Islamophobia and political turmoil in the Middle East.
Mainstream US media outlets and politicians have focused on Muslim Americans, especially as anti-Muslim rhetoric intensified in right-wing circles.
Shifting the spotlight to Muslim Americans has impacted the Arab agenda in the US, including advocacy for Palestinian rights, experts say.
Most Arab Americans are Christian, while most Muslims are not Arab. More than a quarter of US Muslims are African American, according to Pew Research Center.
Live, sponge-tipped bullets & suspicious objects: Israeli gifts to the children of Palestine
Taking advantage of the impunity enjoyed by its soldiers, and the immunity against any legal prosecution, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continue to target Palestinian children, whether by killing, wounding or arrest.
One of those children was the 16-year-old child Abdel Rahman Abu Hamisa from the Gaza Strip who was killed by Israeli soldiers last month, raising the number of Palestinian children killed by the IOF since the beginning of the year to 13 children, 11 of whom were shot with live bullets.
Abu Hamisa was shot with a live bullet in the left shoulder that penetrated his chest while taking part in a march in solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 28, 2017, near the Gaza border, which led to his instant death.
The crime of the occupation is not limited to direct killings; it extends to suspicious objects it leaves behind, which kill those touch them, especially children, as what happened to the 16-year-old Uday Nawaja, who was killed in the explosion of a suspicious object.
Does It Really Matter If Netanyahu Ends Up Behind Bars?
By Neve Gordon
"Background noise" was the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the decision of his former chief of staff, Ari Harow, to become a state witness. The following day, the prime minister's press officer declared – for the 100th time – that "Nothing will happen, because nothing happened." Despite his relentless effort to paint a business-as-usual atmosphere, this time it looks as if Netanyahu is actually going down.
At least two probes dealing with serious allegations of bribery, breach of trust and fraud seem likely to end with an indictment against Israel's premier. In "Case 1,000", police suspect Netanyahu accepted lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen, while, in certain instances, he even provided services in return.
"Harow is the game changer," as one prominent Israeli columnist explained. Before becoming chief of staff, he was responsible for maintaining Netanyahu's connections with several billionaires, and is likely to possess incriminating information about his former boss's relations with these affluent figures.
British Muslim teacher taken off US-bound flight: I was treated like a criminal
Juhel Miah, 25, calls for explanation for treatment by US officials, which left him feeling angry and humiliated
A young British Muslim teacher escorted off a New York-bound flight by US officials in front of the school party he was helping lead has spoken of his concerns that he was targeted simply because of his religion.
Maths teacher Juhel Miah, 25, who was born in Birmingham and brought up in Swansea, said his treatment left him feeling humiliated. Both he and his school are demanding an explanation from the US authorities.
Miah told the Guardian: "I'm not an angry type of person. I don't get easily worked up, otherwise I wouldn't be a teacher. But I was definitely angry. It hit me the hardest was when I was being escorted off the plane. Everyone was looking at me.
"Not just members of the public but my school, my kids, fellow teachers. It made me feel so small, as if I had done something wrong, as if I am a criminal. Everyone must have been thinking that – even the kids from my school. I hope not but that's what was going through my head. I didn't know where to look.
The Recent U.S. Terror Plots You Won't Hear Donald Trump Talking About
The president's decision to approach terrorism exclusively as a Muslim issue is dangerous.
As President Donald Trump struggles to defend his decision to halt refugee resettlement and immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, it's become increasingly clear that the executive order he signed on Friday is a solution in search of a problem.
Islamophobia may sell in the White House, but many Americans find it hard to buy his argument that the order will keep out "radical Islamic terrorists" but is "not about religion."
No refugee from any country targeted in Trump's ban has carried out a fatal U.S. terror attack. This fact is inconvenient for Trump. He first proposed what critics ― and reportedly, Trump himself ― referred to as a "Muslim ban" in December 2015, after a Muslim couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
Syed Rizwan Farook, the husband, was an American born in Chicago. And Tashfeen Malik, the wife, was a legal permanent resident of the U.S. whose native country, Pakistan, is not included in Trump's order.
Thousands of women joined World Hijab Day on 1st of Feb, a day that aims to raise awareness about wearing the Hijab and celebrates women's right to choose what they wish to wear. Indeed, such awareness is much needed in many democratic societies, where there is a significant rise of Islamophobia.
Muslim women, who choose to wear the face-veil (Niqab), out of conviction of faith, also joined World Hijab Day, as they too wish to assert their desire to wear it for similar reasons and purposes as the Hijab. Although there are no statistics on the number of Muslim women who choose to wear the Niqab, they are certainly a minority within a minority. Nevertheless, some politicians disproportionately focus on the Niqab as a polarising tool, using it to instill fear and divide communities, often prior to elections or to distract the public from more pertinent issues such as health care, unemployment or affordable housing. Angela Merkel, who is considered to be a left leaning liberal politician, did just this when she called for banning the face-veil ahead of elections, citing incompatibility with German culture. It's thought she made these statements to gain political capital within her party and to restrain the anti-immigration sentiments surrounding the admission of 800,000 asylum seekers into Germany last year. In contrast, it was uplifting to hear the British prime minster Theresa May acknowledge World Hijab Day in Westminster, saying, "what a woman wears is a woman's choice."
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