MABDA Report 18.10.10

Staff Interfaith / Islamophobia News

Islamophobia Report

18/10/2010

The Meanings and Uses of Shari'ah

The Revealer asked scholars, journalists and academics to weigh in on what shari’ah is, how the media often get it wrong, how it’s being used to create fear of Islam and Muslims, and how it is framed to justify continued military defense of “American values.”
Read the full report, here:

http://therevealer.org/archives/4632

A History of Anti-Mosque Campaigns

American Jewish Journalist Jeff Klein explores the history of anti-mosque campaigns  in the aftermath of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" controversy:

"When the Roxbury Mosque was under attack in Boston my organization, Dorchester People for Peace, and other progressives took a stand in its defense. DPP sponsored a well-attended public forum on the topic in 2006. Since then, we have worked closely with our local Muslim friends – many of whom are US-born African-Americans with deep ties to our community. Although the current furor is over a proposed Mosque in New York, the issues are much the same. Islamophobia continues to be a racist tool of the war-promoting Right and the most extremist sectors of the Israel Lobby. Anti-war and anti-racist organizations cannot remain indifferent."

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/08/pro-israel-extremists-have-campaigned-against-an-islamic-cultural-center-before.html

Euro-American Right-Wing Alliance?

The English Defence League, a far-right grouping aimed at combating the "Islamification" of British cities, has developed strong links with the American Tea Party movement.

An Observer investigation has established that the EDL has made contact with anti-jihad groups within the Tea Party organisation and has invited a senior US rabbi and Tea Party activist to London this month.

Read more on the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/10/english-defence-league-tea-party