A right Charlie; intolerance towards Muslims

25th Mar 2015

Sir, The smoldering animosities in Eastern Ukraine are undermining all constructive attempts to restore normalcy in this restive region. But what is more staggering is despite the killing of thousands of Ukrainian troops, pro-Russian militants and civilians, not a single word of Christian fundamentalism was even whispered in Western media outlets.

Radicalism, aggressiveness and hostilities seem to be quintessentially in the realm of Islam. Singling out a specific racial, ethnic minority or religion, and associate it with violent criminality, is bound to stir the embers of intolerance, hatreds, boycotts, racism at a critical juncture when we are in times of conflict and great tragedies; and at a time when we need nothing but coexistence, cooperation and the conciliation of differences.

Those who consider Muslims as aliens, unable or unwilling to integrate into mainstream Western societies, must think twice.

I am an Arab and a Muslim. I think that there is no need for hidden racism, xenophobia, discrimination, anti-Muslim hatreds, bigotries and prejudices in the West. It is a monumental task for me and others to integrate ourselves in societies where your women, girls and children are daily harassed, sexually and verbally abused and molested; look at the appalling mistreatment of the elderly in care homes.
Terrorism and criminality have no religion, creed, class or colour.

Yours
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
London

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