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 …

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 …

Quebec considers ban on face veils in public sector

Quebec is moving ahead with a law to ban face coverings in the public sector in a move criticized as marginalizing Muslim women and potentially inflaming anti-immigrant tensions in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province. The proposed law prohibits anyone giving or receiving government services, such as a provincial government-issued health card, from wearing face-covering garments. …

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