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03 Nov 2020

Today in Islamophobia:  The Islamophobic witch-hunt of Islamo-leftists continues in France. In Canada, witnesses testify on then the first day of the Bill 21 trail in Quebec. Writing for Al Jazeera, Jeremy Corbyn urges the world to stop ignoring the plight of the Rohingya. Our recommended read of the day is by 10 American Muslims who explain why they support Donald Trump for a second term. This, and more, below:

United States

02 Nov 2020

10 Muslim Americans Explain Why They Support Trump

Although Muslims are the least likely faith group in the U.S. to support Trump in the 2020 election, the number of Muslim Americans who support him is rising, according to a report by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding released in October. Support for Trump among Muslim Americans climbed from 4% in 2016 to 14% this year, the survey found. read the complete article

Our recommended read of the day
02 Nov 2020

At Wichita mosque, this man had a gun and made Islamophobic comments, witness says

A 26-year-old Wichita man is in jail and a local Islamic leader is calling for peace after a man reportedly showed up to a Wichita mosque with a handgun and yelled Islamophobic comments at a Muslim man. Wichita police arrested Dustin Arterburn, 26, Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after he reportedly went to a northeast Wichita mosque while armed with a gun and yelled anti-Muslim comments at a 53-year-old Muslim man read the complete article

02 Nov 2020

How will Indian Americans vote on November 3?

South Asian Americans are one of the fastest-growing immigrant groups in the United States, and their participation in politics has increased significantly in recent years. While South Asian Americans are now more visible on the political stage than ever before, their loyalties remain diverse, resisting easy classifications. read the complete article


02 Nov 2020

The Islamophobic witch-hunt of Islamo-leftists in France

That such incidents provoke a reactionary backlash among rightwing politicians and media outlets insensitive to distinctions between Muslims and Islamists is unfortunately to be expected, but it doesn’t take much to provoke such reductionism in France these days – a veil-wearing woman who dares to express an opinion, participate in a song contest or go jogging or to the beach is enough to warrant as much “debate” on the “Muslim problem” as mass murder. Nor is it confined to the right: a member of Macron’s centrist party recently asked a veiled woman to leave the room, in an echo of a far-right politician doing the same earlier last year. read the complete article

02 Nov 2020

Macron’s populism and Islam

In October 2, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, delivers a speech to present his strategy for fighting separatism. He clearly targets (and stigmatizes) the Muslim community there (including 52 mentions of the words Islam, Islamism) insofar as it has refused to be assimilated (to cultural majoritarianism). But, this is a Muslim community which, as most social scientists admit, has engaged in an extraordinary process of integration, socially, economically, and to a certain extent politically, despite some cultural, urban and employment forms of discrimination against them. read the complete article


03 Nov 2020

What is 'Love Jihad': How an Islamophobic conspiracy theory went mainstream in India

The Islamophobic conspiracy theory of “Love Jihad” is becoming increasingly mainstream in India, with the chief minister of the country’s most populous state issuing a public warning to Muslims accused of trying to convert Hindu women by marriage. The theory, perpetuated by right-wing fringe groups, is that Muslim fundamentalists conceived of “Love Jihad”, originally called “Romeo-Jihad”, with the objective of converting Hindu and Christian women to Islam through trickery, expressions of false love and even forced marriage. read the complete article

United Kingdom

02 Nov 2020

It is time for an investigation into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party

It was also disheartening, however, that Conservative MPs, such as Michael Gove, had the audacity to talk about antisemitism in the Labour Party, while refusing to talk about Islamophobia in their own party. As a young Muslim, who has faced Islamophobic abuse online and in person, I felt truly undermined. read the complete article


02 Nov 2020

Myanmar fugitive monk Wirathu hands himself in to face sedition charges

Hardline Buddhist nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu handed himself over to police in Myanmar's commercial capital of Yangon on Monday after more than a year on the run from charges of sedition. Wirathu is known for his rhetoric against minority Muslims, particularly the Rohingya community, but he has also been critical of the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi and supportive of Myanmar's powerful military. read the complete article


02 Nov 2020

Rohingya refugees are being ignored

There are approximately one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who have been driven out of their homes in Rakhine state in Myanmar. With the world’s attention focused on so much of what is happening in the Middle East, with refugees trying to enter Europe, or refugees in Europe not getting the support they should, the Rohingya refugees are being ignored, and the causes of them seeking a place of safety are also being ignored. Those are the crucial issues that have to be addressed. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 03 Nov 2020 Edition


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