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Germany marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, but growing xenophobia and Islamophobia in especially formerly communist East Germany is seriously threatening the country's national security.

Three decades after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, German authorities are grappling with the rise of far-right ideology in the eastern part of the country.

The most damning evidence is the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which crept...

An elected Muslim religious leader in Greece's Western Thrace region was given 80 days of prison sentence for usurping authority.

İbrahim Şerif is the elected mufti of Komotini (Gümülcine) which is one of the three major cities of the Western Thrace region in Greece, home to a Muslim-Turkish minority of around 150,000 people.

Şerif tweeted on Nov. 6 that he was convicted by a court in Alexandroupoli (Dedeağac) on Nov. 5 on the basis of his participation in a Friday prayer in...

A poll released in France on Wednesday says some 42 percent of Muslims in France have faced discrimination at least once in their life due to their religion.

The poll, conducted by Ifop and the Fondation Jean-Jaurès, reveals that those aged between 30 and 40 are more often victims.

Some 60 percent of women who wear a veil also say they have been discriminated against at least once.

Kaynak: Euobserver

Germany's Muslim community is "not feeling safe enough" amid growing Islamophobia in the country, a German Muslim leader told Anadolu Agency (AA) in Berlin on Friday.

"This year we had more than 80 attacks on mosque communities in Germany. The security situation is very tense. Muslims are not feeling safe. Talks with security authorities have shown that no sufficient concept exists and, above all, we as Muslims are not being sufficiently advised," said Burhan Kesici, the chairman of...

A court in Italy's Milan has rejected an appeal on lifting a burqa and veil ban in public places that came into force in Lombardy in 2016.

The northeastern region adopted the regulations that explicitly outlawed the use of Islamic face coverings in public.

The decision was approved by a trial court before it was taken to the appeal court in Milan, local media reported Thursday.

Ali Abu Shwaima, the chairman of the Lombardy Islamic Center, said there has never been a...

A mosque in the Wassenberg region in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was dirty putting deposition outside.

In the attack organized by unknown person or persons at 4:00 pm with local time after the afternoon prayer to the Wassenberg Selimiye Mosque linked to the Turkish-Islamic Union of Religious Affairs (DİTİB).

 The matter was notified to the police after learning about society after half an hour.

The president of the Wassenberg Mosque Foundation Selimiye ...

The French Senate approved a bill Tuesday proposed by the mainstream right that would oblige women wearing headscarves to remove them when accompanying school outings.

The issue has been in the news in recent weeks since a far-right politician objected to a mother wearing a headscarf who was accompanying a school trip to a regional assembly meeting. The move came a day after two elderly men were seriously injured in a shooting attack at a mosque in the southern city of Bayonne. A...

The parents of a 10-year-old Muslim boy who said he was questioned by an Ohio student teacher about his patriotism and religious beliefs and was told to undress to determine if he had been physically abused at home have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the boy’s civil rights were violated last November.

The lawsuit filed last week names the Lakeview Local School District, a teacher, the student teacher and a school nurse as defendants. The district is based in Cortland, roughly 65...

Construction workers at a mosque in the German city of Schwelm found a pig's head at the site on Wednesday, according to Anadolu Agency.

The workers contacted the administration of the Schwelm Yeşil Cami, who relayed the issue to the local police.

The administration condemned the anti-Muslim attack, stressing that the mosque would enrich the city of Schwelm. Stating that they are working together with the local authorities, the administration underlined that the act was a...

An 84-year-old former candidate for France's ultra-right party shot and wounded two men in their seventies Monday as he attacked a mosque, prompting the government to express "solidarity" with Muslims hours after railing against Islamic "separatism".

The octogenarian attacked the mosque as two men were preparing it for afternoon prayers, Bayonne mayor Jean-Rene Etchegaray told AFP at the scene.

The man "approached the building by car and threw an incendiary device against the...

A high school girl from Ohio says she was disqualified from a 5K last weekend for wearing a hijab during the race.

Noor Alexandria Abukaram, a junior at Sylvania Northview High School, ran her fastest 5K of the season Saturday — at 22 minutes and 22 seconds — but she then learned she’d been disqualified for wearing her religious head covering.

“My hijab is a part of me,” the teen told local NBC affiliate WNWO. “Like, if you’re asking me to run without my hijab, you’re asking me...

During the French occupation of Algeria, Frantz Fanon wrote about France’s gendered approach to maintaining its colonial grip: “If we want to destroy the structure of Algerian society, its capacity for resistance, we must first of all conquer the women; we must go and find them behind the veil where they hide themselves and in the houses where the men keep them out of sight.”

This approach, it seems, is far from a thing of the past for the French state and society.

Indeed, once...

Attackers targeted a mosque in Germany's Dortmund with Molotov cocktails late Sunday night, but only material damage was caused, thanks to early intervention.

The attackers who targeted Eving Grand Mosque, which operates under the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), are suspected to belong to far-right groups or be PKK terrorist organization sympathizers.

The immediate response to douse the fire sparked by the Molotov cocktails thrown at the mosque prevented...

New York City ferry workers refused to let three Muslim families board a ferry because of phony "security" issues, according to a discrimination complaint filed Wednesday. The complaint said the ordeal turned what was supposed to be a fun summer outing into "one of the worst days" of the family members' lives.

The complaint, filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the families took a ferry from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Wall Street on September 21 without a problem. The...

The University of Cergy-Pontoise (Paris region) aroused the excitement, after an internal questionnaire, questioning the practice of Muslim students and for the fight against terrorism was made public on social networks.

The establishment apologized in a statement, and was forced to remove the questionnaire from circulation.

The incriminated document raises various questions related to the religious practice of Muslim students.

Among the topics addressed in the internal...