Australian woman forced off French beach for wearing a burkini

A Muslim woman from Australia has told how she was forced to leave a beach in France for wearing a burkini. Zeynab Alshelh, a 23-year-old medical student, told Australian media she had travelled to Europe to show solidarity with local Muslim women. Footage broadcast on Channel 7 showed local people saying they would call the …

Pig’s head hung in front of Essen mosque in Germany

A severed pig’s head has been found outside a mosque in the city of Essen in the western Nordrhein-Westfalen region of Germany on Friday. A caretaker at the Essen Central Mosque told police he found the bloodied head when he arrived at the mosque. Consulate General of Turkey in Essen Mustafa Kemal Başa and Essen …

Overnight arson at Hamilton mosque, fire put out by Syrian refugees

An arson Wednesday night at the Ibrahim Jame Mosque on King Street East was stopped by Syrian refugees who put out the small fire and helped police catch a suspect. The attack comes on the eve of 15th anniversary of an arson attack on Hamilton’s Hindu Samaj Temple in the days after 9/11. “Witnesses in …

New York woman tries to rip off Muslim women’s hijabs, attacks babies in apparent hate crime

An American woman attacked two Muslim women and their babies in New York, trying to rip off their hijabs and pushing over their strollers, which the prosecutors have described as a hate crime. The attacker, whose real name is Emirjeta Xhelili, approached the women in a Brooklyn street on Thursday afternoon and tried to rip …

Far-right Dutch leader Wilders says upset that Turkey coup attempt failed

Dutch anti-Muslim leader Geert Wilders said he was upset about the failure of the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, claiming any military regime is better than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Speaking in a special session in Parliament on Tuesday, Dutch lawmakers discussed the foiled coup that killed 240 people. The Party for Freedom (PVV) …

Muslim woman set on fire on New York’s Fifth Avenue in possible hate crime, police say

A Muslim woman wearing traditional garments had her clothes set on fire by a man with a lighter as she shopped on a crowded New York City street over the weekend, police said. The 35-year-old was dressed in a hijab and standing outside a Valentino store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Saturday night when …

Norwegian hairdresser threw women out of salon for wearing hijab

A hairdresser in Norway refused to serve a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. A Norwegian court has found a hairdresser guilty of discrimination for refusing to serve a Muslim woman wearing a hijab. The Jaeren District Court fined Merete Hodne 10,000 kroner ($1,200) and ordered her to pay 5,000 kroner in court costs. Court papers …

CSU in Germany seeks to prioritise Christian migrants over Muslims

A list of the CSU’s demands regarding Germany’s refugee policy has been leaked to the media. The sister party to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is due to meet behind closed doors in Schwarzenfeld on Friday to discuss several debt instruments, including the refugee and immigration policy. In a five-page position paper, …

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 …

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