Islam

Red faces over MK's visit to far-right party

June 10, 2011

The visit last week of Israeli Deputy Minister for the Negev Ayoob Kara to a far-right Belgian party which has a convicted Holocaust-denier on its board has caused anger within Belgium's Jewish community.

Filip Dewinter, leader of right-wing party Vlaams Belang, hosted Mr Kara in the Flemish Parliament and took him to visit Antwerp North, which is heavily populated by Muslims.

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Jewish groups in US backing Sharia law

By Ellen Tumposky, May 26, 2011

American Jewish groups are fighting a proposed ban of Sharia law in the state of Oklahoma.

A coalition of organisations that include the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) are backing a legal appeal against a measure that would prevent Islamic law from being used in the state's courts.

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Synagogue plotter felt Muslims treated 'like dogs'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The Americans arrested when buying weapons on Thursday, on suspicion of planning terror attacks on New York synagogues, were apparently angry that the world treated Muslims "like dogs".

Ahmed Ferhani, a 26-year-old said to be of Algerian descent, was heard by undercover police saying that he needed the arms "for the cause" and expressing interest in attacking the Empire State Building.

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How a humble policeman backed Islamism

By Martin Bright, April 14, 2011

The role of "Islamist cop" Robert Lambert, in Muslim radical politics, has been an intriguing sideshow for some time now. As head of the Muslim Contact Unit at the Metropolitan Police, Mr Lambert promoted the view that national security was best served by talking to people on the wilder fringes of political Islam, because they were the authentic voices of the Muslim "street".

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Voice of hope in UK Muslims for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

The latest pro-Israel advocacy group emanates from an unlikely source, but is dedicated to turning the tables on the delegitimisation campaign.

British Muslims for Israel aims to challenge perceptions within the Muslim community about life in the country, according to one of its founders, Hasan Afzal.

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Jews, Muslims urge Sarkozy to drop Islam debate

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

Jewish leaders in France have joined their Muslim, Christian and Buddhist counterparts to demand that President Nicholas Sarkozy should call off a contentious debate on Islam planned for next week.

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Islamists get a key role in parliament

By Martin Bright and Simon Rocker, February 17, 2011

Jewish organisations and politicians have expressed outrage at the decision by the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia to retain the controversial Islamist organisation iEngage as its secretariat.

Described by the CST as having "a troubling attitude to antisemitism", concerns about its Islamist politics had earlier led to the resignation of the group's Conservative chair Kris Hopkins MP, and one of its vice-chairs, Jewish Labour peer Greville Janner.

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Beyond the pale

February 17, 2011

Islamophobia is a serious concern, over which the Jewish community should be keen to co-operate with an All Party Parliamentary Group.
So not least of the problems with the Islamophobia group's decision to retain its link with the Islamist organisation iEngage is that the All Party Group has now been rendered beyond the pale. So long as iEngage is involved, no representative of the Jewish community can have any dealings with it.

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Rabbis, imams: EDL channelling our worst fears

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

Jewish and Muslim leaders have called a demonstration planned for tomorrow by the English Defence League (EDL) an “inciteful event”.

The far-right organisation have announced that they will stage a rally in Luton, the town where the group was set up by Tommy Robinson in 2009.

A number of the EDL’s previous 30-odd rallies and protests have descended into violence and resulted in arrests.

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On this day: Islamic republic established in Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

The Iranian revolution, which ended more than 50 years of the rule of the US-baked Pahlavi dynasty, started in January 1978, when disparate groups of religious scholars, students, nationalists and communists began demonstrating against the Shah.

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