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Belgium's Wallooon region has voted to ban kosher and halal meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals. The environment committee of southern Belgium's Walloon Parliament voted unanimously for the ban, which will take effect in September 2019 if the parliament's plenary approves the ban later this month. Both Jewish kosher and Islamic halal rituals require the butcher to swiftly slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining its blood, a process condemned by animal...

Norway's anti-immigrant Progress Party (FrP) voted on Tuesday to ban circumcision for boys under 16 and bar hijabs in public schools. The decisions were taken in the national annual conference of the FrP, in which the advocates of the circumcision ban claimed it causes "mental and physical harm to children." The third largest party FrP has 29 of the 169 seats in the Norwegian parliament.

Meanwhile, the leader Siv Jensen, in an interview to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, said that...

The Turkish consulate general in Switzerland's Zurich was vandalized Monday with different colors of paint, while graffiti reading "Kill Erdoğan" was written on a bus stop and a building near the mission. Consul General, Asiye Nurcan İpekçi, told Anadolu Agency that the attack happened in the afternoon. "Police arrived right after the incident and we are examining the attack," she said. Explaining that the attackers were around 60 people wearing balaclavas, İpekçi said that police had taken...

The burka and full-face veil have no place in German society, the country’s interior minister has said. “We are an open society. We show our face. We are not burka,” Thomas de Maiziere wrote in a guest editorial for Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Days after the German parliament voted in favour of a limited burka ban for civil servants, judges and the military, Mr de Maiziere called for laws to protect Germany’s “dominant culture”. We attach importance to certain social habits, not for...

Swedish police said Monday they suspected arson in connection with an overnight fire that damaged a Shiite mosque near the capital, Stockholm. The Imam Ali Islamic Centre in Jarfalla, a municipality north-west of Stockholm, said in a post on Facebook that about one-fourth of the building was destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze that appeared to have started on one of the outer walls, according to police who have opened an investigation into arson. Fire fighters were quickly at the...

A woman wearing a burqa was dragged off a London bus by armed police in a counter-terrorism operation that led to another young Muslim woman being shot just a few streets away. Footage shows a passenger, believed to be in her twenties, in full Muslim dress, screaming as a group of undercover officers pull her off public transport on Willesden High Road in north-west London on Thursday evening. The woman was forced to lower her veil after being bundled into a doorway next to a shop while her...

Five suspects hurled Molotov cocktails at a mosque in Germany's Weil am Rhein late Thursday in the latest attack to target a Turkish Islamic place of worship in the European country. Authorities said four Molotov cocktails hit the Eyüp Sultan Mosque, sparking a small fire. Rainfall and the failure of some bottles to penetrate through the window prevented a large blaze while police launched an investigation to find the culprits. Officials from the local branch of the Turkish Islamic Union for...

Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament agreed to a draft law on Thursday that will prevent civil servants, judges, and soldiers in Germany from wearing full-face veils at work as part of security measures what they call a "precaution" to prevent extremist attacks. The move comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel called in December for a ban on full-face Muslim veils "wherever legally possible". There are five months to go before a federal election, and her conservatives lost some support...

Aye Alhassani, 23, had completed several tests and a group interview before she was invited to an individual interview for the position with the airline. It was during the interview that she was informed SAS has a uniform policy banning the wearing of religious symbols. "At first they were cautious and I don't think the interviewer wanted to be straight about it. But eventually it was clarified that it's not permitted to wear a headscarf according to their policy. I was quite shocked,"...

The intensified far-right populist political rhetoric has been the new specter haunting European society's core liberal democratic values, with Muslims designated as the new scapegoats, leading to an exclusionary and discriminatory atmosphere on the continent. Experts have suggested that European society has chosen Muslims as the new Jews, shifting from anti-Semitism to a new anti-Muslim stance.

The rise of violence against migrants in general, and Muslims and Turks in particular, has...

Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child will be denied education and government benefits. Officials in the western region of Xinjiang, home to roughly half of China’s 23 million Muslims, have released a list of banned baby names amid an ongoing crackdown on religion, according to a report by US-funded Radio Free Asia. Names such as Islam, Quran,...

The far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP) said it would pursue a ban on burqa in their party manifesto, which is expected to be published on Monday, according to the party leader on Sunday. Paul Nuttal told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show the party will also target Sharia rule in Britain as part of their campaign. "We have a heightened security risk at the moment and for CCTV to be effective you need to see people's faces,” Nuttal said. "Secondly, there's the issue of integration. I don't...

Unknown assailants vandalized a mosque in Germany's eastern city of Leipzig on Thursday morning, spray-painting the walls with anti-Turkish slogans. Ismail Ozgan, the head of the Eyup Sultan Mosque Association, told Anadolu Agency that a large sign at the entrance of the building was covered in black paint by the assailants, who also scrawled insulting slogans against Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. It was the third attack in Germany within a week that targeted Turkish...

A mosque in Germany’s southwestern city of Freiburg has been targeted by vandals on Tuesday night, who spray painted Nazi symbols on the walls of the mosque. Ziya Celik, the head of the "Islamic Centrum Freiburg” mosque association told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday that they were worried over growing number of hate crimes targeting mosques and Muslims in recent years. “We condemn this xenophobic act,” he said, adding that they suspect far-right groups were behind this attack.

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The conservative party, Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), has demanded concrete formulations for changes in the German citizenship law for its electoral program after Turkey voted in favor of a constitutional reform package on April 16. CDU politician Thomas Strobl said in a "Die Welt" piece on Wednesday that Germany should enforce consequences for the dual citizenships of Turkish citizens living in Germany. "I think it is wrong to have dual citizenship over generations," Strobl...