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Engy Abdelkader: Muslims Redefining Community
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Sometimes expressions of community manifest at unexpected yet necessary moments. Illustrative is the American response to the recent proliferation of anti-Muslim hate advertisements on government owned public transit systems in cities around the country.

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Hateful graffiti discovered on Guelph mosque
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Guelph police are investigating after racial graffiti was discovered on a mosque. Police say “numerous” spray-painted graffiti markings were discovered on the outside of the Guelph Muslim Society’s mosque at 286 Water Street early Tuesday.




Australia: White Supremacists Heart Geert Wilders
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by Natalie O’Brien (The Age)

WHITE supremacists are urging Australian “patriots” to gather at public meetings by the controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders, ready for trouble and a no-holds barred fight.




Does the Qur’an Say Jews Are “Apes and Pigs”?
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The following article deals specifically with the claim that the Quran teaches that Jews are “apes and pigs.” There is an important fuller discussion to be had on the relationship between Islam and Judaism and Muslims and Jews, a history which has seen its fair share of antagonism and hostility but that is an article for another time.




Wajahat Ali: Death by Brown Skin
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Sunando Sen, a 46-year-old Indian immigrant, recently opened a small copying and printing business in New York City’s Upper West Side with his hard-earned savings. Described by friends as “very educated” and “so quiet, so gentle, so nice,” Sen’s American dream ended in tragedy last Thursday when Erika Menendez fatally pushed him in front of an oncoming subway train.




MotherJones: The GOP’s Anti-Muslim Wing Is In Retreat
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By Tim Murphy and Adam Serwer (MotherJones)

Over the last four years, a die-hard cadre of activists and their allies in Congress have dragged the Republican Party into a fever swamp of Islamophobia and barely-concealed anti-Muslim bigotry.




Meet Robert Spencer’s Fellow Christian Extremist: “Usama Dakdok”
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Spencer’s extremist allies in this cause are many, on the other side of the pond it’s the EDL, Geert Wilders, etc. and here in the USA it’s individuals like Pastor Usama Dakdok, who has said things like, “every Muslim is a demon.”




U.S.: Pushback Against Growing Islamophobia
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Faced with a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment and a well-funded campaign to promote Islamophobia, a coalition of faith and religious freedom groups Thursday said it will circulate a new pamphlet on frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Islam and U.S. Muslims to elected officials across the United States.




Islamophobia Is Not Pro-Israel
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At a moment when I would otherwise be reviewing Yom Kippur teachings and preparing spiritually for the most sacred day in the Jewish calendar, I instead feel called as an American Jew to respond to the abominable, Islamophobic advertisements in the New York City subways.




Pam & Bob: Welcome to the Bay, Where We Don’t Tolerate Hate
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I have to say I love the Bay Area, the weather, the nature, the people–just beautiful. I knew thatPamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s SIOA hate ad campaign wasn’t going to last long before being touched up by the creative hands of guerilla artists, and it hasn’t.