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Turkish president calls for fight against Islamophobia

Source : Agencies | 20 Nov 2013

Turkish President Abdullah Gul called on Muslim countries to fight against Islamophobia during his address on Tuesday at the 29th session of the COMCEC held in Istanbul.

"Islamophobia remains a critical problem, which instigates unsubstantial prejudices against our region and Muslims. Terror plays a role in the persistence of such problems. We have to combat any form of deviation playing into the hands of people who equate terrorism with Islam, the religion of love, tolerance and conciliation," Gul said during his inaugural address.

‘Jihad Obsession’ Upsets US Muslims

Source : OnIslam | 25 Mar 2013

American Muslims see the new advertisements linking Jihad to violence and terrorism by Islamophobic blogger Pamela Geller reflecting her obsession with Islam and the sizable minority.

“What I’m troubled by is Miss Geller’s obsession and fascination with Islam and with American Muslims,” Linda Sarcour, a spokesperson for the National Network for Arab American Communities, told CNN in an interview.

Championed by Geller, new ads linking Jihad to violence and terrorism appeared on buses in San Francisco earlier this month.

Muslim immigrants leaving crisis-stricken Iberia

Source : Agencies | 23 Mar 2013

Spain and Portugal were considered the Iberian Dream not long ago but mostly Muslim immigrants have begun leaving these countries due to the recession and ensuing unemployment, Foreign Policy reports.

More people left the county in 2011 than entered and the trend increased in the first semester of 2012, the Spanish Institute of Statistics reported.

OIC channel to confront Islamophobia, boost unity

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour | 20 Feb 2013

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation yesterday emphasized its plan to establish an effective satellite television channel to confront Islamophobia and strengthen economic ties between member countries.

“We’ll hold a four-day meeting of experts at OIC headquarters here from Saturday to discuss various aspects of the project in order to present it at the next meeting of OIC information ministers,” said Essam Salim Al-Shanti, director of the media department.

France Deports Imams to Protect Secularism

Source : OnIslam / 14 Dec 2012

Seeking to preserve its secular nature, the French government has enacted a new policy to deport foreign-born imams and disband faith-based groups if they are found to suffer “religious pathology”.

"The aim is not to combat opinions by force, but to detect and understand when an opinion turns into a potentially violent and criminal excess," Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a press conference cited by Reuters.

Anti-Muslim hate crimes still in high levels: FBI

Source : Agencies | 13 Dec 2012

Hate crimes against perceived Muslims, which jumped up 50% in 2010 largely as a result of anti-Muslim propagandizing, remained at relatively high levels last year, according to 2011 hate crime statistics released today by the FBI.

The bureau reported that there were 157 reported anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2011, down slightly from the 160 recorded in 2010. The 2011 crimes occurred during a period when Islam-bashing propaganda, which initially took off in 2010, continued apace, reported SPLC.

French Muslims Sue Anti-Prophet Magazine

Source : OnIslam | 11 Dec 2012

Accusing it of provoking Muslim sensitivities, two Muslim organizations are suing a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo after it published inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The drawings were “damaging to the honor and reputation of the Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim community” the complain made by the Algerian Democratic Union for Peace and Progress (RDAP) and the Organization of Arab Union was cited by France 24 on Friday, December 7.

Islam faces growing discrimination in EU

Source : Agencies | 08 Dec 2012

Europe's growing religious diversity is creating social and legal tensions that cry out for reform, but even a European Union seeking solutions may not have the political will to implement them.

That was the impression given this week when researchers for a three-year EU-funded study of discrimination and other problems faced by minority faiths in member countries presented some of their proposals to European Commission officials.

Eight sentenced to death over anti-Islam film

By The Associated Press | 29 Nov 2012

An Egyptian court convicted in absentia Wednesday seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.

French Muslims face job discrimination: Stanford study

By Al Arabiya | 26 Nov 2012

Muslim French citizens face job discrimination compared to their Christian peers who receive two-and-a-half times more opportunities with equal qualifications, concluded a new research conducted by Stanford political science professor David Laitin.

Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study concluded that a Christian citizen with an African heritage is two-and-a-half times more likely to get called for a job interview than an equally qualified Muslim citizen with the same ethnic background.

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