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22 Oct 2020

Today in Islamophobia: In Australia, Muslim community leaders fear hate attacks after student at Islamic school tests positive. France mourns teacher Samuel Paty as government mobilizes against Muslim groups. Our recommended read today is by Rebecca Rosman on escalating Islamophobia in France amidst worry that Muslim communities might be “collectively punished.” This, and more, below:


22 Oct 2020

After teacher’s killing, French Muslims fear rising Islamophobia | Recommended Read

The gruesome killing of a teacher by an 18-year-old suspect of Chechen origin is testing the country’s fragile relationship with its Muslim minority, with growing fears of collective punishment. In the days after the killing, the government launched a crackdown against Muslim organisations while vigilante groups have attacked mosques; places of worship in Beziers and Bordeaux have been placed under police protection after having been threatened with violence. read the complete article

22 Oct 2020

Two Muslim women stabbed under Eiffel Tower ‘by white women shouting “dirty Arabs”’

Two Muslim women were ‘stabbed repeatedly’ under the Eiffel Tower in a suspected racist attack in Paris. Police arrested two white female suspects who allegedly shouted ‘dirty Arabs!’ as they launched the attack. They are being held on suspicion of attempted murder, city prosecutors said. It follows rising tensions over the beheading of a teacher in the Paris suburbs last Friday by a radicalised terrorist infuriated that cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed were shown to children. read the complete article

22 Oct 2020

France mourns teacher Samuel Paty as government mobilizes against Muslim groups

The killing has provided further impetus for a French government effort to rein in radicalization and — controversially — to “reform” how Islam is practiced in France. Macron, speaking Tuesday in the Paris suburb of Bobigny, said, “Several dozen concrete actions have been launched in recent days against organizations, associations or individuals who carry a project of radical Islamism, or an ideology of destruction of the republic.” read the complete article

United States

22 Oct 2020

Biden foreign policy begins with telling the world: ‘America’s back’

Biden has pledged to immediately rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, the World Health Organization and other U.N. bodies. He plans to return to the Iran nuclear deal, if Tehran also returns to compliance. He has said that on Day 1, he will remove the “gag order” prohibiting any health organization that performs or provides advice on abortions from receiving U.S. foreign aid. He will lift Trump’s “Muslim ban,” reverse his “cruel and senseless” immigration policies, increase refugee admissions to 125,000 a year (Trump’s target is 15,000), and “restore greater transparency for military operations.” read the complete article

22 Oct 2020

Opinion | Our Arab American forefathers left us a legacy we can't afford to ignore

Trump is not the first politician to ban Arab and Muslim immigrants, or even the first to refer to them as trash. When we look back, we see the story of Arab immigration in this country as a narrative not only fighting for the right to be an Arab citizen in America, but defining what that means. On 29 April 1929, Pennsylvania Senator David Reed advocated an even stricter immigration quota than the one conceived four years earlier which limited the number of Syrian immigrants. read the complete article

22 Oct 2020

Why Muslim votes matter the most in Florida — the largest US swing state

A handful of states where Biden and his rival Trump have similar levels of support among voters will probably decide the fate of the election and Florida is the largest swing state. Political pundits predict Florida’s 29 electoral votes will be decisive and a historical look also proves how the past three elections were won with razor-thin margins. read the complete article


22 Oct 2020

TikTok is banning white nationalism posts and those with 'hurtful' anti-Semitic and Muslim stereotypes

This includes misinformation about notable Jewish individuals and families who are used as proxies to spread anti-Semitism," TikTok said. Safety teams at TikTok already tasked with removing hateful ideologies such as neo-Nazism and white supremacy will now also take down content with "neighbouring ideologies" such as white nationalism and male supremacy, according to the company. "As part of our efforts to prevent hateful ideologies from taking root, we will stem the spread of coded language and symbols that can normalise hateful speech and behaviour," TikTok said. read the complete article

22 Oct 2020

Sent from Gitmo to UAE, detainees fear final stop: Yemen

he Guantanamo detainees were promised they were being sent to a Muslim country for rehabilitation that would help integrate them into society, opening the way to jobs, money, and marriage, according to their lawyers and families. It was a lie. Instead, the detainees -- 18 Yemenis and one Russian, swept up from Afghanistan and Pakistan after the Sept. 11 attacks -- have languished in custody in the United Arab Emirates for as long as five years, their families and lawyers tell The Associated Press. read the complete article


22 Oct 2020

Muslim community leaders fear hate attacks after student at Islamic school tests positive

Muslim community leaders say they fear a “fresh wave of hatred” after an infectious student at an Islamic school has sparked fears of an outbreak in Melbourne’s north-west. Two schools closed and more than one hundred social housing residents have been told to isolate after a grade five boy who was meant to be quarantining attended classes at the East Preston Islamic College for several days before testing positive to Covid-19. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 22 Oct 2020 Edition


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