Swiss politician claims hijabs should be banned from passport photos

Walter Wobmann, a member of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, said it was unfair that headscarves were allowed in passport photos despite hats and hairbands being banned. According to local media, the politician described the policy as an act of “unequal treatment” and branded it “unacceptable”. Mr Wobmann, who has previously campaigned against minarets and …

Dutch health minister Edith Schippers calls Dutch to “rise up” against “political Islam”

Minster Edith Schippers of Public Health wants the Dutch to “rise up” against Islamic radicalism and to protect the Dutch culture, which she finds “much better” than other cultures, she said at the Hendrik Jan Schoo speech in Amsterdam on Monday. She thinks a freedom coalition should be formed against Islam. “It is time that …

French PM Valls slams New York Times report on burkini ban

France’s prime minister Manuel Valls has reacted strongly to an article published by the New York Times on September 2nd, in which French Muslim women complained of discrimination. The article “paints an intolerable picture, because it is false, of France, the country of the Enlightenment and liberties,” Mr Valls retorted in an opinion piece published …

Racist poster appears on wall of Turkish mosque in Montreal

An unknown Italian group has pasted a racist poster on the wall of the Turkish Dorval Mosque in the Canadian city of Montreal. The imam and president of the mosque, Mehmet Değer, spoke about the poster, which appeared on Friday night. “This is the eighth racist attack against this mosque”, he said. “No one has …

Arson attack on Scotland mosque points to increasing Islamophobia

An arson attack at the Edinburgh Central Mosque over the weekend is being considered a hate crime according to Scotland police and a description of the man suspected of setting fire to the front entrance of the mosque has been released. Muslims make up 1.4 percent of the total population in Scotland and 15,000 of …

Orlando mosque fire: Police arrest suspected arsonist

A fire at the Florida mosque where Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had prayed was deliberately set. The fire broke out early Monday morning at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce. Mateen, who killed 49 people at the Orlando nightclub in June, had attended the mosque. The Islamic Center of Fort Pierce was heavily damaged …

Muslim woman attacked and bitten in Vienna ‘for wearing hijab’

A Muslim woman wearing a headscarf was beaten and bitten in Vienna in what her family suspect was an Islamophobic attack. The 51-year-old woman, identified only as Mrs D, was on her way to work at 6am in the south of the Austrian capital when she was attacked from behind. The woman said she heard …

Minnesota restaurant in US posts “Muslims get out” sign

Restaurant owner sparked outrage in Minnesota this week after he changed the sign outside his establishment to read “Muslims get out”—a message he insists people are “taking it the wrong way. The sign, which was erected following the ISIS-affiliated stabbing attack in nearby St. Cloud, attracted a gaggle of protesters outside Treats Family Restaurant on …

Study reveals job bias against Muslim women wearing headscarf in Germany

A Muslim migrant woman in Germany who wears a headscarf has to send almost five times as many job applications as a native German candidate with same qualifications to get an interview, research released Tuesday claimed. Independent research institute IZA published preliminary results of a study into the employment chances of female migrants in Germany, …

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