Islamophobia

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Muslim Transit Worker Shoved Down Stairs at Grand Central

NYPD says hate crimes on the rise

(Newser) - A Muslim transit worker was called a "terrorist" and pushed down a flight of stairs in New York City on Monday, two days after police say a man threatened to slit the throat of a Muslim NYPD officer. Soha Salama, 45, suffered a twisted knee and swollen ankle. She... More »

Man Tells Hero Muslim Officer He'll Cut Her Throat: Cops

NYPD officer Aml Elsokary saved a baby from a burning building in 2014

(Newser) - The New York Police Department has arrested a man accused of harassing an off-duty Muslim police officer previously commended for heroism. The NYPD said Monday that 36-year-old Christopher Nelson has been arrested on charges of menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, the AP reports. Authorities say Officer Aml... More »

Letter Sent to Mosques Promises Genocide of Muslims

California mosques are hoping for greater police protection

(Newser) - "Your day of reckoning has arrived,” reads a letter sent to at least three California mosques this week. “There’s a new sheriff in town—President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you... More »

Teacher Allegedly Grabbed Muslim Kindergartner by Neck

Officials are investigating

(Newser) - Public school officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, are investigating allegations that a teacher mistreated a 5-year-old student because he's Muslim, the AP reports. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that the kindergarten teacher grabbed the student by the neck at one point and another teacher had to intervene.... More »

Man Arrested in Connection With Arson at Florida Mosque

The mosque was sometimes attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

(Newser) - Police have arrested a suspect in the fire that left a 100-square-foot hole in the roof of a Florida mosque occasionally attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, WKMG reports. According to Reuters , 32-year-old Joseph Schreiber is believed to be behind Sunday's arson at the Islamic Center of Fort... More »

French High Court Rules on Town's Burkini Ban

Council of State says women on resort's beaches can wear full-body swimsuit if they want

(Newser) - France's tussle with the burkini was just dealt a strong blow by the country's top administrative court, which on Friday overturned one resort town's ban against the full-body beachwear, the AP reports. The ruling from the Council of State comes during a summer of high-profile cases along... More »

Family Sues Middle School Over Boy's 'Terrorist' Confession

$25M suit alleges East Islip forced Muslim boy into it

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim boy with special needs confessed earlier this year to being a member of ISIS and plotting to blow up the school fence, and now his family is suing the school district in East Islip, NY, alleging that officials there forced a false confession and violated his... More »

Student Booted From Flight Over Phone Call

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi calls it anti-Muslim bias

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines recently removed a college student from a flight after he was heard speaking Arabic on his cellphone, the New York Times reports. The student, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi—who had emigrated to the US from Iraq with his family in 2010—says he was only talking about a dinner he... More »

Teacher Asks if Muslim Student Has Bomb in Her Backpack

The girl's principal has apologized

(Newser) - The father of a Muslim middle-school student says a teacher asked his daughter if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack. The school's principal has apologized for the incident, according to a spokesperson. Abdirizak Aden said the teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Georgia stopped his 13-year-old daughter,... More »

State Worker Faces Charges After Clash With Muslims

She allegedly struck, threw coffee on man after berating Islam

(Newser) - A state corrections worker in California is in hot water after a confrontation with Muslim men in an East Bay park that went viral in a Facebook video . In it, Denise Slader can be heard telling them: "You are very deceived by Satan. Your mind has been taken over,... More »

Cab Passenger Rants About ISIS, Attacks Driver

'He came out of the house carrying a rifle in his hand'

(Newser) - Around 1am on Thanksgiving day, a Pittsburgh taxi driver picked up a man outside Rivers Casino—and ended up in a hospital bed after a possible hate crime. The passenger was talkative: "He started the conversation and began to ask questions like, ‘You seem to be like a... More »

Group Posts Addresses of 'Muslim Sympathizers'

Days earlier, members held an armed rally outside a Texas mosque

(Newser) - The group responsible for an armed anti-Muslim protest at a Dallas-area mosque last weekend posted a list containing the names and addresses of dozens of Muslims and "Muslim sympathizers" to Facebook on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports. According to the Huffington Post , the list contained personal information about... More »

'Clock Kid' Wants $15M and Some Apologies

Ahmed Mohamed's family threatens civil lawsuit

(Newser) - The family of "clock kid" Ahmed Mohamed hasn't exactly forgotten about his arrest in September . Their lawyer today sent letters to the city hall and school district of Irving, Texas, threatening to file a civil lawsuit within 60 days unless they receive apologies and $15 million in payments,... More »

This Politician's Words About Muslims Spur a Trial

Marine Le Pen compared public prayers to the Nazi occupation

(Newser) - The US isn't the only country whose politicians are in hot water over comments about Muslims. In France, one is actually facing trial because of it. Marine Le Pen, who leads the far-right National Front, compared Muslim prayers to the Nazi occupation and has been charged with "inciting... More »

Homemade-Clock Kid Is Perfect Topic for GOP Debate

Ahmed Mohamed's case hits all kinds of timely issues

(Newser) - So a smart 14-year-old kid wearing a NASA shirt gets handcuffed and questioned by police for the high crime of building a homemade clock and bringing it to school to show off his handiwork. Problem: The kid's name is Ahmed Mohamed, and authorities at his high school in Irving,... More »

Zimmerman Finds Ally, Hawks Paintings of Confederate Flag

He teams with owner of 'Muslim-free' gun shop in Florida

(Newser) - Like the Avengers of controversy, George Zimmerman and the owner of a "Muslim-free" gun shop are teaming up to sell copies of Zimmerman's painting of a Confederate flag. According to the Florida Gun Supply website , Zimmerman was painting an American flag when he heard about a suit against... More »

Snowden Leak: NSA Spied on Muslim-American Leaders

Including a former Homeland Security official

(Newser) - The NSA and FBI targeted a number of prominent and seemingly upstanding Muslim-Americans for surveillance, including lawyers, professors, civil rights activists, and even a former Bush administration official, according to the latest revelation from Edward Snowden's document trove. A spreadsheet recapping the thousands of email addresses the NSA monitored... More »

Benghazi Summit Spiraled Into Muslim Hatefest

Up to 300M Muslims 'bent on destruction of Western civilization': panelist

(Newser) - A panel on Benghazi at a conservative think tank devolved into finger-pointing and "ugly taunting"—targeted at a law student wearing an Islamic head scarf, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post . Asking a question from the back of the room, Saba Ahmed noted that "we portray... More »

Court Orders YouTube to Yank Anti-Muslim Video

Federal appeals panel sides with actress in 'Innocence of Muslims'

(Newser) - The anti-Muslim video that set off worldwide protests in 2012 can no longer be seen on YouTube. A federal appeals court today ordered Google to take down Innocence of Muslims, reports the San Jose Mercury News . The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to back the request made... More »

Hey, Hollywood: You Could Learn From Comics on Islamophobia

New Muslim-American superhero shows what can be done: Muaaz Khan

(Newser) - The world is about to get a new superhero, courtesy of Marvel Comics, who just happens to be a smart Muslim-American teen girl . Well done, writes Muaaz Khan at the Guardian , who hopes the fictional Kamala Khan proves to be just as much of a role model for young Muslims... More »

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