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02 Aug 2019

Today in Islamophobia: The Netherlands’ ‘burqa ban’ proves difficult to execute on day one. 7 Philadelphia police officers resign over racist social media posts, as a NJ school board member resigns over anti-Muslim posts. Our recommended read of the day is by Azeem Ibrahim, titled “Myanmar wants to track Rohingya, not help them”. This, and more, below:


02 Aug 2019

Myanmar Wants to Track Rohingya, Not Help Them | Recommended Read

Documents recording births, attesting identity, and confirming residency have long been a key battleground for the Myanmar state in its protracted genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the western state of Rakhine. Throughout the decades since independence, subsequent military governments forced upon the Rohingya documents that attested residency—without confirming citizenship. read the complete article

Our recommended read of the day


02 Aug 2019

Dutch 'burqa ban' rendered largely unworkable on first day

Wearers of the banned clothing are to be given the option to remove the offending item or face a police fine of between €150 and €415. There is no prohibition on wearing such garments in the street. But the law appears to have been fatally undermined after police said its enforcement was not a priority and signalled their discomfort with the idea that veiled women could be put off from entering a police station to make unrelated complaints. read the complete article

United States

02 Aug 2019

7 Philadelphia Officers Named in a Report on Racist Social Media Posts Have Resigned in Recent Weeks

Officers Jesus Cruz, Anthony Acquaviva, Michael Melvin, Thomas Young, Joseph Fox, Edward McCammit and Robert Bannan left the police force in July, the police department said. Cruz, who resigned on July 18, posted anti-Muslim memes and promoted police brutality at least 36 times on his social media account. On Aug. 16, 2006, he wrote: "All I want from the government is to defend this country from Islam ... I will protect my family with an AR15," according to the Plain View Project, which made its national database of offensive posts public earlier this summer. read the complete article

02 Aug 2019

Elected official who made anti-Muslim posts resigns from state school board

The school board member who posted inflammatory messages about two Muslim congresswomen has resigned from the board of directors on the New Jersey School Boards Association and decided to not run for re-election in November. read the complete article

02 Aug 2019

More Presidential Candidates Are Visiting Mosques Than Ever Before

Inslee is not the only candidate courting the Muslim vote. He joins a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who have campaigned in Muslim communities around the country. Prior to the 2020 election, presidential candidates rarely ― if ever ― visited a mosque on the campaign trail. read the complete article


WhatsApp Groups Reveal The Hate Against Muslims In Delhi’s Residential Colonies

Anti-Muslim content like this three-minute video is frequently shared in the Whatsapp group of the Residential Welfare society of a Delhi colony, a Supreme Court lawyer who resides in the colony told HuffPost India. Five years after Narendra Modi first swept to power, and months after his re-election in a polarising general election, anti-Muslim rhetoric has been normalised to point that it is freely shared in Whatsapp groups meant to coordinate the activities of Resident Welfare Association (RWA), in professional groups set up by work colleagues, and in family groups. read the complete article

United Kingdom

02 Aug 2019

Half Of Brits Think Islam Is Incompatible With UK Values, Survey Finds

The survey said it questioned 2,077 UK adults of various ages and genders living in different regions of the country between July 12 and 14 to gather the results, which suggest: - Most of the adults questioned, 58%, believe Islamophobia is widespread in the UK. - Nearly half, 48%, believe Islam is incompatible with British values. - Almost a third, 29%, think Islam encourages Muslims to carry out acts of violence against non-Muslims. - Two thirds, 67%, of the public agree most people in the UK have a negative view of Islam. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 02 Aug 2019 Edition


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