Today in Islamophobia

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compiled by the Bridge Initiative

Each day, the Bridge Initiative aims to bring you the news you need to know about Islamophobia. This resource will be updated every weekday at approximately 11:00 AM EST.

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11 Jul 2019

Today in Islamophobia: At the UN Human Rights Council, 22 countries call on China to end its abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. In the United States, another federal judge allows a case against the Muslim ban to continue, while a piece in the Economist discusses the growing number of laws in western governments targeting Muslim women’s dress. In India, a slogan used as a greeting is increasingly being invoked by Hindu lynch mobs. Our recommended read of the day features Wajahat Ali’s comments describing Tucker Carlson as a white nationalist. This, and more, below:

United States

11 Jul 2019

'If it walks and talks like a white nationalist- it's Tucker Carlson': columnist unleashes on Fox News host | Recommended Read

This is just part of the network’s latest attempt to create a larger wedge between Americans, the panel explained. Meanwhile, Carlson is carrying the water for white supremacists. “If it talks white a white nationalist, if it behaves like a white nationalist, if it Tweets like a white nationalist, it’s Tucker Carlson,” said New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali. read the complete article

Our recommended read of the day
11 Jul 2019

Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson a ‘racist fool’ after he describes her as a threat to U.S.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson praised an immigration system that produced refugee turned lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — then condemned her as “living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.” Carlson described Omar as not sufficiently thankful for her success in the country. “Omar has an awful lot to be grateful for,” he said. “But she isn’t grateful . . . she hates this country more than ever.” read the complete article

11 Jul 2019

Tucker Carlson embraces hateful nativism in attack on Rep. Omar

In the eyes of Carlson, Omar hasn’t followed the boilerplate behavior of the Fox News immigrant. That prototype shows love for the country by praising it, by hugging the flag and by citing all the ways it’s superior to the homeland. “Probably no person in this country has benefited more from American generosity than Ilhan Omar. Instead of being grateful, though, she is bitter. She hates this country. It says a lot about our current immigration system,” Carlson said. read the complete article

11 Jul 2019

Federal judge allows challenge to Trump travel ban to advance

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts determined that the case the plaintiffs — four American Muslims and five organizations representing them — are making revolves around equal protection and freedom of speech and association and is separate from the Establishment Clause claim the Supreme Court considered last year when it upheld the ban. read the complete article

United Kingdom

11 Jul 2019

Boy Wins Massive Payout After His Teachers Wrongly Accused Him Of Wearing An Isis T-Shirt

An eight-year-old schoolboy has been awarded £3,500 in compensation after teachers wrongly assumed he was wearing a T-shirt in support of Isis. The pupil came to class at a Tower Hamlets school wearing the top which read: “I want to be like Abu Bakr al-Siddique”, a much-loved and respected figure in Islam. read the complete article

Where is the outrage about the Tory party’s Islamophobia?

Recent polls conducted for Hope Not Hate by YouGov – which has a solid record when looking at party members – is horrifying. It found that 60% of Tory members believe Islam “is generally a threat to western civilisation”, with less than one in five dissenting; that 54% hold it to be “generally a threat to the British way of life”; and 43% do not want a Muslim as prime minister. read the complete article


11 Jul 2019

UN: Unprecedented Joint Call for China to End Xinjiang Abuses

Twenty-two countries at the United Nations’ top human rights body issued a joint statementthis week, urging China to end its mass arbitrary detentions and related violations against Muslims in the Xinjiang region, Human Rights Watch said today. In their unprecedented move, the countries also called on China to cooperate with the UN high commissioner for human rights and UN experts to allow meaningful access to the region. read the complete article


11 Jul 2019

Western governments are telling Muslim women not to cover up

In recent weeks, arguments over the burkini have switched to municipal swimming pools, in particular those in the city of Grenoble. After the mayor outlawed the garment, a group of burkini-clad protesters began defying the ban and snapping themselves as they splashed about; a couple of pools were temporarily closed. In the national French press, the affair is discussed as though it were a sinister Islamist conspiracy to subvert the secular French republic. read the complete article


11 Jul 2019

Jai Shri Ram: The Hindu chant that became a murder cry

In many parts of India, Hindus often invoke the popular god Ram's name as a greeting. But in recent years, Hindu lynch mobs have turned Ram's name into a murder cry, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi. The slogan-shouting and heckling is no longer restricted to the mob and the streets. Worryingly, it has also entered parliament. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 11 Jul 2019 Edition


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