Islam

Hamas-link imam sparks row in Milan

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, September 3, 2013

Anti-Israel statements and participation by a Hamas-linked imam in Milan’s Ramadan celebrations have led the Jewish community to suspend relations with a local Muslim umbrella body, the Milan Islamic Associations Coordination (CAIM) group.

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In Kosovo, daily survival is a joint struggle for Jews and Muslims

By Liam Hoare, August 9, 2013

Votim Demiri, president of the Jewish community of Kosovo, took me to his house in the Marash area of Prizren.

The district forms one point of a triangle with two Islamic holy sites.

Later, he showed me around the historic centre of the city, where the Sinan Pasha Mosque sits within walking distance of a Serb Orthodox church and a Catholic school. “This is our Jerusalem,” he said.

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Jewish and interfaith groups ‘saddened’ by Islamophobia

By Anna Sheinman, July 26, 2013

The Board of Deputies, senior rabbis and the Joseph Interfaith Foundation have together released a statement on behalf of the Jewish community expressing their “sadness and concern” at a recent rise in Islamophobic attacks following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

The statement said that recent bombings of mosques such as those in Walsall and Wolverhampton were “truly shocking”.

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Why the I-word has closed down debate on extremism

By John Ware, July 26, 2013

David Aaronovitch is a gifted commentator, and fearless in speaking his mind. How his tireless defence of the Iraq invasion has gone down in his native Hampstead, I can only imagine, for Aaronovitch is not a man to trim.

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Qatada wins if we drop the Human Rights Act

By Martin Bright, July 11, 2013

It is nearly 14 years since I first met Omar Mahmood Abu Omar, the man known to the world as Abu Qatada.

He was sitting on the carpeted floor of a book-lined room in north-west London, every bit the picture of a man of Islamic learning. I remember him as a jolly, avuncular figure, gently spoken and charismatic.

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Education Secretary Gove: Muslims must counter antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

An “insufficient” number of Muslim community leaders in Britain do enough to tackle antisemitism, Education Secretary Michael Gove has claimed.

He said Muslims had a “responsibility” to counter extremists and to challenge their own community members who attack British foreign policy or Israel’s right to exist.

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An unhelpful approach

By David Aaronovitch, July 7, 2013

Two weeks ago in the JC the writer Douglas Murray described the idea of Islamophobia as "a crock". Douglas and I have shared a few platforms over the years and I have a respect for his combination of intellectual and street-fighting skills.

So it is with disappointment and trepidation that I take issue with him here. He is, I think, completely wrong. And here's why.

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A new face of British Islam is rising. It needs your help

By Shiraz Maher, June 30, 2013

It hardly needs pointing out that those who casually embrace one form of bigotry are also more easily disposed towards other forms of hatred. Take the English Defence League, which officially claims to concern itself only with opposition to Islamist extremism, but has repeatedly demonstrated that it actually opposes all Muslims.

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Late boost for reformist candidate in Iran election unlikely to bring change

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 14, 2013

Iran’s foreign policy is not expected to change whatever the result of today’s presidential elections, but the outcome is being closely monitored in the West in an attempt to gauge the Islamic Republic’s future direction.

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UK Muslim group says it will sue Jewish activist

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2013

The founder of an organisation which records Islamophobic attacks is engaged in a legal battle with a Jewish woman who he claims defamed him on Twitter.

Fiyaz Mughal has threatened libel proceedings against Israel supporter Ambrosine Chetrit after she allegedly criticised the Tell Mama group. He has accused her of siding with the anti-Islamic English Defence League.

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