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Jonathan Greenblatt: 'This proud Jew would register as a Muslim' in database

18 November, 2016 - 19:24

Anti-Defamation League head vows to sign up to registry Trump promised while campaigning, legally obligating Muslim Americans to be tracked

The head of the Anti-Defamation League has vowed to sign up to a Muslim registry if it is established by Donald Trump.

Related: The US will no longer feel like a haven for Jews under Trump | Jonathan Freedland

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Donald Trump: we need to track all Muslims in America – archive video

18 November, 2016 - 08:45

Donald Trump tells NBC News in November 2015 that if elected president, he would implement a system to track Muslims in the country. ‘There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,’ he tells NBC at a campaign event in Iowa, saying such policies would help America to crack down on illegal immigrants. Asked how he would implement such a system, Trump replied: ‘Good management’

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Spokesman claims Donald Trump never called for Muslim registry despite video evidence

18 November, 2016 - 07:28

Spokesman for president-elect’s transition team said he ‘never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion’, which is false

A spokesman for the Trump transition team has claimed that Donald Trump “never advocated” for a registry tracking individuals based on their religion, despite video evidence showing Trump doing exactly that.

Jason Miller, the communications director for the transition team, released a statement on Thursday in response to reports that the incoming administration has been considering a register for Muslims arriving in the US:

President-elect Trump has never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion, and to imply otherwise is completely false.

The national registry of foreign visitors from countries with high terrorism activity that was in place during the Bush and Obama administrations gave intelligence and law enforcement communities additional tools to keep our country safe, but the president-elect plans on releasing his own vetting policies after he is sworn in.

Related: Muslims in Trump's America: realities of Islamophobic presidency begin to sink in

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Muslims in Trump's America: realities of Islamophobic presidency begin to sink in

17 November, 2016 - 13:00

For many Muslim Americans, threats of violence and discriminatory policies under Trump’s administration signal a need for increased political engagement

Fariha Nizam was sleepy and stressed last Thursday morning when she boarded the Q43 bus, which cuts through the affluent Queens neighborhood where Donald Trump was raised.

As a Muslim, she was concerned about the newly minted president-elect and his campaign promises that targeted Muslims, immigrants and women. But it wasn’t until an older white couple began yelling at her, 10 minutes into her weekly commute to her internship, that the reality of Trump’s America set in.

They were telling me I can't wear [the hijab] anymore

How we can use the leverage of our voting block in a post-9/11 world has become all the more critical

The platform [Trump] was running on, most of it was against me, as a human being, as a Muslim, as a minority.

We are saying to our Muslim brothers and sisters, be concerned but do not project yourself as a scared victim

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The Nigerian school for orphans of jihadists – and their victims

17 November, 2016 - 11:17

In a region where social bonds have been fractured by Boko Haram insurgency, the Future Prowess school is an unlikely model of cohesion

They make unlikely classmates. At a small primary school in north-east Nigeria, a group of uniformed orphans are greeting a visitor to their art class.

Some are the children of Boko Haram fighters. Others are the offspring of their victims.

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Islamophobia growing as anti-extremism policy fails, says MP

17 November, 2016 - 08:06

Supremacists will thrive, says Liam Byrne, unless government sees that grievance rather than god inspires many to violence

A vacuum at the heart of the government’s counter-extremism policy is leading British Muslims to despair in the face of spiralling Islamophobia, a former Labour Cabinet and Home Office minister has warned.

Related: Britain must lead the way in the battle of ideas that will defeat Isis | Liam Byrne

Related: Prevent strategy to be ramped up despite 'big brother' concerns

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Related: Ethnic diversity among local leaders is so low it ‘defies analysis’

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Britain must lead the way in the battle of ideas that will defeat Isis | Liam Byrne

17 November, 2016 - 07:00
With Donald Trump heading for the White House, Theresa May needs a new counter-terrorism plan that addresses the grievances that turn many to violence

The wrong people are definitely cheering Donald Trump. Not just the odious Nigel Farage – but Islamic State commander Abu Omar Khorasani who declared this week that the “maniac” in the White House would increase terrorist numbers by thousands. With victory in Mosul on the horizon, now is the time for government to stop dithering and produce a new plan to tackle extremism that has a simple idea at its core: it’s time to move on from the neocons.

Related: A year on from the attacks in Paris, we need unity above all | Manuel Valls

Decent integration policy is a prerequisite. We need new ways of celebrating our country together

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As a Muslim, how do I tell my child the new president doesn’t like us? | Mehdi Hasan

16 November, 2016 - 19:37
Donald Trump’s victory has led to a surge in anti-Muslim feeling in the US. Explain that to a nine-year-old

‘Did she win?” My bleary-eyed nine-year-old had fallen asleep on our couch the previous night, as the polls closed in Florida. When she sat across the breakfast table from me, I had to break the news that, while her own state of Virginia might have (narrowly) opted for Hillary Clinton, most of the other swing states – Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan – went with Donald Trump. “So we won’t have a female president?” she asked, looking disconsolate.

I couldn’t bring myself to tell her that she, we, minority communities across the board, had bigger problems to worry about. The normalisation of racism, of antisemitism, of misogyny, but, above all else – in terms of the impact on her own life and future – Islamophobia.

How do I tell her about the Ku Klux Klan, now recruiting new members “to fight the spread of Islam”?

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Jakarta's Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

16 November, 2016 - 06:49

Case against Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama seen as test of Indonesia’s commitment to religious tolerance and pluralism

The Christian governor of Jakarta, the capital of the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has been named a suspect in a case of alleged blasphemy, Indonesian police announced on Wednesday.

The case involving Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has caused uproar across the country in recent weeks and is being seen by some as a test of Indonesia’s commitment to religious tolerance and pluralism.

Related: Indonesian president blames 'political actors' for stoking Jakarta blasphemy protests

Ahok @basuki_btp is a good man. If we are this ignorant may be we don’t deserve progress. May be we don’t deserve him #ImwithAhok #KamiAhok

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Germany bans Islamic group DWR as police launch raids on 190 sites

15 November, 2016 - 11:18

Mosques, offices and flats in 10 states searched as government accuses organisation of radicalising young people

German police have launched dawn raids on about 190 mosques, flats and offices linked to an Islamic group as the government bans the organisation, accusing it of radicalising young people.

The interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, said the DWR “True Religion” organisation had contacted young people as it distributed Qur’ans and other religious material, and had persuaded about 140 of them to join militants in Iraq and Syria.

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'Islamist hyperextremism' could bring world to brink of catastrophe – report

15 November, 2016 - 11:00

Catholic charity says the kind of religiously motivated violence espoused by Isis has led to attacks in one in five countries in last two years

A new and deadly wave of Islamist “hyperextremism” is undermining global peace and stability with an impact felt in the Middle East, Africa and the west, according to a new report that calls for urgent action to protect religious diversity.

The Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report, produced by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, says the kind of religiously motivated violence espoused by Islamic State has given rise to attacks in one in five countries worldwide over the past two years.

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FBI reports hate crimes against Muslims surged by 67% in 2015

14 November, 2016 - 21:31
  • Number of anti-Muslim hate crimes last year at its highest since 9/11
  • Experts say rise is fueled by extremism and Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric

Hate crimes against Muslims shot up in 2015, according to new statistics released by the FBI, a rise which experts say was fueled by acts of extremism abroad and anti-Muslim rhetoric in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

According to the FBI, the number of hate crimes against Muslims increased by 67% in 2015, compared with the year before. There were 257 incident of hate against Muslims in the US compared with 154 in 2014.

Related: Claims of hate crimes possibly linked to Trump's election reported across the US

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Graves of Muslim sailors who joined allies in WWII are rediscovered

11 November, 2016 - 14:44

Burial places of 11 Indonesians given new headstones during ceremony in Liverpool cemetery were they had been forgotten

They had been buried and forgotten for almost seven decades. But now the lost graves of 11 Muslim merchant seamen who died serving the Allies during the second world war have been uncovered and given new headstones during a poignant ceremony.

The graves of the Indonesian Muslims who were part of the Dutch navy had remained hidden since the 1940s, obscured by a large hedge and covered in grass.

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'Bloody battles and great chaos': Islamist extremists welcome Trump's victory

10 November, 2016 - 20:45

Abdullah al-Muhaisny, a key authority among radical circles in Syria, says Trump presidency will sow division and expose west’s hatred of Muslims

Jihadis have welcomed Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the American presidential race, saying his election would sow greater division and expose what they described as the hatred and racism of the west towards Muslims.

The endorsement of the election result by extreme Islamist figures highlighted fears that Trump’s divisive rhetoric and call to ban Muslims from entering the US could empower radicals who have argued that the west seeks Islam’s destruction and is at war with its adherents.

Related: The mind of Islamic State: more coherent and consistent than Nazism | Robert Manne

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Tennessee mother calls for removal of school history book 'promoting Islamic propaganda'

10 November, 2016 - 15:05

Pearson textbook My World History is subject of formal complaint after parent says child felt assignments on Islam ‘went against her beliefs as a Christian’

A Tenessee mother and founding member of a parents’ group opposed to Islamic “indoctrination” has asked for a history textbook to be removed from her daughter’s social studies curriculum, claiming that it “promotes Islamic propaganda”.

Michelle Edmisten, a founder of the Facebook group Sullivan County Parents Against Islam Indoctrination, first raised the issue in October, after her daughter was given an assignment requiring her to answer questions about the name of Islam’s holy book, and the five pillars of Islam.

The controversy sadly reflects larger efforts to purge lessons on Islam from schools in Tennessee

Related: Donald Trump has made it clear: in his America, Muslim citizens don’t exist | Moustafa Bayoumi

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Ilhan Omar becomes first Somali American legislator in the US

9 November, 2016 - 21:09

The 34-year-old Muslim woman was elected to Minnesota’s state house of representatives, soon after Donald Trump said Somali immigrants are a ‘disaster’

In an election that starkly divided the country on Tuesday, one result was a glimmer of hope for people who opposed Donald Trump: Minnesota elected America’s first Somali American legislator, Ilhan Omar.

The 34-year-old, who came to America as a refugee almost 20 years ago, beat out a Republican opponent to gain a seat in the state house of representatives.

Related: 'This is my country': Muslim candidate aims to break boundaries in Minnesota

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'I worry this will empower racists': US Muslims on Trump's victory

9 November, 2016 - 16:38

As Donald Trump is elected the 45th president of the United States, Muslims in America tell us how they feel

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States. This comes after a controversial campaign that included contentious remarks about Muslims: Trump said he would ban them from entering the US if elected president; he later downgraded this threat by saying he would impose “extreme vetting” on anyone coming from a land he considers suspect. So how do Muslims in the US feel now he’s been voted into office?

Related: Hate crimes and attacks against Muslims doubled in California last year – report

Related: Panel: What does the US election result say about misogyny? | Patricia Williams and others

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Michigan Muslims face reality of Trump victory: 'I pray for our community'

9 November, 2016 - 11:00

In Dearborn, Michigan, where a third of residents are of Arab descent, residents voice alarm at the election’s results – but say they are ‘not giving up the fight’

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For the city of Dearborn, Michigan, where one-third of the city’s 96,000 residents are of Arab descent, the presidency of Donald Trump is almost certain to be volatile and unpredictable.

Just after 2.40am on Wednesday, when the election was called for the Republican nominee, Muzammil Ahmed, the chairman of the Michigan Muslim Community Council who attended an election watch party in Dearborn Tuesday night, tried to reach for a silver lining.

Related: Yes, the polls were wrong. Here's why | Mona Chalabi

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‘I hate this beard. By God, I hate it’: Iraqi men celebrate their freedom by shaving

8 November, 2016 - 15:33

When civilians are liberated from Mosul, many are keen to lose their Isis-enforced beards. Now a team of volunteer hairdressers is helping them achieve this symbolic return to normality

The civilians of Mosul in Iraq have lived the past two and half years under the barbaric rule of Islamic State (Isis), with the fear of death looming over their lives.

Isis implemented numerous absurd policies, often claiming their strict rules to be rooted in Islam. These included bans on smoking, watching football and wearing clothes with logos, as well as enforcing compulsory beards for men.

Related: On the road to Mosul, the battle of Bashiqa – in pictures

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