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Islamophobia

2018

14

Jun

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Austrian rightist calls for prohibition of fasting in schools

The Secretary General of the Austrian People’s Party, Karl Nehammer, called for a ban on fasting for school-age children. He said that he had received “innumerable” reports from teachers about the welfare of children during Ramadan. “If religious rituals, regardless of religion, endanger the health of children, this is clearly going too far,” Nehammer said. “If religion […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Gatestone Institute , TRT Haber

13

Jun

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Wilders’ Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest gets green light from Dutch counter-terror agency

The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, it said on Tuesday. The party said the plan to hold the competition in the party’s secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV. Wilders’ Freedom Party is the leading […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Reuters

13

Jun

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Racist verbal attack on Bosnia-born lawmaker in Austrian parliament

The loud interruptions during a speech of Bosnia-born lawmaker Alma Zadic in Austria’s Parliament caused outrage as they were branded sexist and racist, the Der Standard Austrian paper reported on Tuesday. Zadic, a lawmaker from the Green Party renegade List of Peter Pilz, had taken the floor on Tuesday to speak about protection of intelligence […]

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Country: Austria
Source: N1

08

Jun

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Austria to close 7 mosques, expel imams

Austria will shut seven mosques and expel 40 imams, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday. During a news conference with Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and EU Affairs Minister Gernot Blumel, Kurz said the move came as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”. Kurz said that the investigation on several mosques and associations conducted by […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency

07

Jun

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Turkey criticizes Rotterdam mayor for allowing Pegida protest at mosque

Turkey fiercely criticized Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb for allowing anti-Islam movement Pegida to roast pigs in front of the Laleli mosque on Thursday evening. On Twitter Omer Celik, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, called the decision to allow this protest “immoral”. “Other municipalities in the Netherlands did not allow Pegida to roast pigs in front of […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: NL Times , BBC Türkçe

28

May

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Ozil criticised by far-right party holding anti-Islam rally in Berlin for Erdogan meeting

An anti-Islam rally was held by far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in country’s capital Berlin on Sunday. Speaking to media before the beginning of the rally, AfD board member Beatrix von Storch criticized German football player of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil. “Ozil has German passport but he isn’t a German. He can’t be a […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Anadolu Agency

25

May

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Muslim inmates in Alaska fed pork during Ramadan: activists

A federal judge granted a restraining order Thursday forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramadan, rights campaigners said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming Anchorage Correctional Complex had violated constitutional prohibitions against “cruel and unusual punishment.” CAIR said […]

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Country: United States
Source: AFP

21

May

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Danish integration minister calls Ramadan ‘dangerous’, ‘unsustainable’

Despite the fact that Ramadan is only observed by practicing Muslims, it can also impact the rest of Danish society, Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg of the Liberal Party wrote in an opinion piece published by the BT daily, urging Muslims to take a vacation on Ramadan in order not to endanger the lives of fellow Danes. According to Støjberg, who is known for her hardline stance in immigration […]

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Country: Denmark
Source: Sputnik , Sputnik News

18

May

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French court sentences woman to jail for refusing to remove niqab

A French court has sentenced a woman to six-month in Jail for refusing a police officer’s order to remove her niqab, a garment of clothing that covers the face. The sentence, that sparked outrage in the French Muslim community, followed the woman’s dramatic arrest in the southern city of Toulouse last month after she was stopped […]

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Country: France
Source: Alwaght , TRT Haber

10

May

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Muslim teacher banned from wearing headscarf by German court

A Berlin labour court has found the city was right to bar a teacher who wears a Muslim headscarf from teaching primary school classes, rejecting her discrimination complaint. Justice Arne Boyer ruled on Wednesday that the city state’s so-called neutrality law, which bars the wearing of overt religious symbols and clothing for state employees on […]

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Country: Germany
Source: SBS News , Deutsche Welle