‘People would have been in fear to answer the question,’ One Nation senator says of Essential poll, and claims actual figure would have been much higher
Pauline Hanson says she doesn’t believe that 49% of voters support a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia.
“I’ll tell you something, I believe it’s a lot higher than that,” she told Sky News on Thursday.Continue reading...
Deputy Labor leader says results, which show 49% of Australians want to ban Muslim immigration, indicates Australian leaders not doing enough to foster cohesion
A poll showing almost half of Australians surveyed want to ban Muslim immigration shows Australian leaders have not done enough to foster cohesion, the Labor deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, has said.
The poll comes a week after One Nation senator Pauline Hanson’s first speech in the Senate, in which she reiterated her call for such a ban and has sparked a debate about the best way to tackle rising anti-immigration sentiment in Australia.Continue reading...
Israel agrees not to renew detention for Malik al-Qadi and brothers Mahmoud and Muhammad Balboul.
Jewish activists cast doubt on JLM suitability to lead Labour anti-Semitism training.
Push for UN resolution before president departs presents grave danger for Palestinians.
On stage, the absurdist Dutch comedian is all fairytales and silly songs. Off it, he’s a deadly serious – and controversial – political campaigner. He talks fun, failure and freedom of speech
It’s been six years since Hans Teeuwen last performed in the UK, which is a long time to wait for one of the most exciting comedians in the world. Since he left, vowing to pursue his other life as a lounge singer, we fans have fed on scraps – such as his out-of-the-blue contribution to the row earlier this year around German comic Jan Böhmermann’s prosecution for insulting President Erdoğan of Turkey. In an interview with Dutch TV, Teeuwen claimed – without a flicker of irony – to have had sex with Erdoğan while the latter was working as a “boy whore” in an Istanbul brothel.
Now is not the time to mellow. It’s much more a time for a rebellion against political correctness
To tell morally uplifting stories is far less fun than to rebel against taboosContinue reading...
Australia’s values of civility and tolerance are being tested by anti-Muslim rhetoric in parliament – and society’s response will be crucial
Debates about racism in Australia are always contentious, more so when they involve political representatives, but the public should be forthright in speaking out against appeals to fear.
Australians should resist attempts to divide the country according to race or religion. It’s only right to expect political representatives to set the tone for society.Continue reading...
Exclusive: Tim Soutphommasane enters debate as Essential releases poll showing 49% of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration
The race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, says Pauline Hanson is stoking division and appealing to xenophobia as new polling suggests 49% of Australians support One Nation’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration.
Following Hanson’s first speech in the Senate last week, in which she declared that Australia was in danger of being “swamped” by Muslims and reiterated her call for a ban on Muslim immigration, Soutphommasane was expected to use the opportunity of a forum at the Australian National University to urge Australians to resist politicians’ attempts to divide the community according to race or religion.Continue reading...
Samah Dweik was found charged with incitement on Facebook, which is deepening its relationship with Israel.
Local leaders in Elizabeth, New Jersey, assembled to express concerns and secure mosques amid rise in violence against Muslims: ‘People will hate us regardless’
When he heard on Monday morning that the man suspected of being responsible for a bombing in Chelsea was a Muslim from Elizabeth, New Jersey, Nawaz Sheikh knew the local community needed to act.
Sheikh, the president of the Muslim Community Center of Union County, picked up the phone and called Hassen Abdellah, the president of Elizabeth’s Dar ul-Islam mosque, to discuss how to respond.Continue reading...
After injuring him and killing his brother-in-law, Israel is now bringing trumped-up charges against Jerusalem resident Ali Nimir.
Academic freedom supporters celebrate victory, but damage has been done.
Anti-Muslim sentiment, stoked by toxic political rhetoric, is already high. In the coming days, innocent Americans will be targeted simply because of their faith
Terrorism has strained traditional American notions of individual responsibility. While such attacks fortunately remain rare in our country (data shows that out of 14,000 murders in the United States, a few dozen per year are motivated by religious or political ideologies of any persuasion), violence by a Muslim is often attributed to the entire American Muslim community. Sometimes, it is accompanied by calls for sending them home or clamping down on them in various ways. Even before police identified Ahmad Khan Rahami as the person suspected of setting off the bomb that exploded in New York on Saturday night, social media was awash with anti-Muslim slurs and threats. A twitter campaign launched to support Muslims was hijacked to spread fear and hatred instead.
Already reeling from the divisive and bitter rhetoric that has marked the current presidential campaign, Muslim Americans are bracing for the backlash. My own Facebook page is flooded with warnings not to leave home and tips for staying safe if one does venture out, especially directed to those of us who look “Muslim” – like the two young Brooklyn mothers in headscarves who were attacked earlier this month while out walking their infants in strollers. Their fears are hardly misplaced. According to a recent analysis by California State University, a compilation of official hate crime data from 20 states shows that in 2015 anti-Islam incidents increased by 78.2% and anti-Arab incidents jumped by 219%, “the most precipitous rise since 2001”. Another study shows that mosques have been attacked at rates not seen since the 2010 controversy over building an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.Continue reading...
Israel’s wanton killings, closures and raids bring violence to Palestinian communities.
Yasmine Bouzegan Marzouk lost three family members in the truck attack in July and spoke at a national ceremony in tribute to French victims of terrorist attacks
A young French Muslim woman who lost three family members in the 14 July jihadi attack on Nice made an impassioned plea on Monday not to confuse the Islamic faith with terrorism.
Yasmine Bouzegan Marzouk, 21, told a national ceremony in tribute to the French victims of terror attacks that they were carried out by “barbarians who do not follow the law, faith or religion”.Continue reading...
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