Issue 307 - Friday 28th November 2014 - Top Stories

Issue 307 – Friday 28th November 2014

UAE uses terrorism card to demonise Muslim institutions

The UAE has been widely condemned for attempting to disparage a whole raft of diverse Muslim organisations and charities around the world with the same brush as terrorist groups like Al Qa’ida, Boko Haram and ISIL.

Issue 307 – Friday 28th November 2014

Israel bans Norwegian doctor from Gaza

Israel has blocked Norwegian doctor who has helped Palestinians during conflicts for over 30 years from entering the country and thereby accessing the Gaza Strip. Dr Mads Gilbert was banned from entering the country following his outspoken criticism of the Israeli Government.

Editorial

  • Muslims face more injustices

    “The strength of a government is determined by the freedom that flows to its citizens, not the powers it gathers for itself,” said Prime Minister, David Cameron. In his address to the Australian Parliament, he laid a great deal of emphasis on such shared values that also included open societies, accountability and human rights. Yet in their face, he proceeded to confirm plans for new powers to curb more freedoms in the ever-expanding war against terrorism.

  • UAE resorts to employ Israeli tactics to disparage critics

    The 82 Muslim groups and organisations lumped together by the UAE as so-called terrorists is so wide ranging, from terrorist groups like ISIL, Boho Haram and al-Qa’ida to internationally renowned and respected charity, Islamic Relief. The list just doesn’t make any sense and has no clear rationality.

Home News

World News

  • Mufti condemns killing of seven worshippers in a mosque in Saudi Arabia

    At least three masked gunmen opened fire on worshippers in the Ahsa Mosque, in al Dalwah village in al Ahsa region, Saudi Arabia, on November 3. Seven worshippers, including three children, were killed. Several others were injured.

  • Confrontation between the Pakistani Government and PTI/PAT

    The current confrontation between the Government of Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) headed by cricketer turned politician, Imran Khan, is headed towards an expected conflagration.

  • NGOs urge countries outside the region to take on Syrian refugees

    The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have called on countries outside the Middle East to provide financial support to Syria’s neighbours and take in at least 5% of the total Syrian refugee population.

  • Over 500 anthropologists join academic boycott of Israel

    More than 500 anthropologists, have joined an academic boycott of Israel, with another 77 joining anonymously it has been announced earlier this month. The <em>Washington Post</em> reported that the individuals joined a boycott by the American Studies Association, the oldest and largest group devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history.

Islamophobia & Discrimination

  • Rightwing media attack Affleck for defending Islam

    America’s right-wing slammed Hollywood A-lister Ben Affleck for his defence of Islam on a US talk show. Affleck accused TV host Bill Maher of and “racist” depictions of the religion during a televised debate.

  • Muslim woman broke arm in Islamophobic attack

    A middle aged Muslim woman was left with a broken arm in an unprovoked Islamophobic assault in Melbourne last month. The latest incident is one of many Islamophobic attacks sweeping Australia following anti-terror raids involving more than 800 police officers.

  • Over 1000 people sign petition to launch police investigation into Hopkins tweets

    Police confirmed that they have received complaints and are currently trawling the tweets of former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins, although no investigation has been launched. A website calling for the arrest of The Sun columnist and TV airtimefiller has been created following a string of Islamophobic posts on her Twitter account.

  • Four men jailed for throwing a pig’s head into mosque

    Four men were jailed on November 17 for throwing a pig’s head into Blackpool Central Mosque just two days after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

  • Welsh councillor denies using Islamophobic word

    A councillor in Wales has denied his use of the term “muzzy” on his Facebook was an Islamophobic slur. Mike Harris, an independent Torfaen councilor, posted “Once a Muzzy!” alongside an article on Hamas reportedly executing informers.

  • Muslims cemetery plans rejected

    Plans for a 4,000 plot Muslim cemetery in Catherine-de-Barnes, in Solihull, was rejected by Solihull Council on November 5. But a separate application for a 7,000 plot Muslim cemetery adjacent to this site still has to be determined.

  • McDonald’s manager arrested after launching racist tirade at Somali customers

    A West African McDonald’s manager was arrested over a racist tirade against Somali customers. The victims say he told them: “All you fu@#ing Somalians are the same.” Yasin Farah, 27, and his friends went to the restaurant in south east London, for breakfast at 5.30am on November 2. He said the manager of the restaurant, who is understood to be black and had a West African accent, quickly turned on him and four friends.

Regular Columns

  • LEGAL CORNER: Holiday pay calculation should also include overtime

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal has just handed down an important decision on the calculation of holiday pay, Bear Scotland v Fulton and others (UKEAT S0047/13). Three different cases which each raised similar issues were heard together, and a number of important principles can be derived from them.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Unique qualities of Ali ibn Abi Talib

    BOOK REVIEW: Unique qualities of Ali ibn Abi Talib

    The Special Characteristics of the Leader of the Faithful – Ali b. Abi Talib. By Ahmad b. Shu’ayb al-Nasa’i. Translated by Michael Mumisa. Birmingham: Al-Mahdi Institute. pp103. PB. 2014. £9.99

  • BOOK REVIEW: Journey of Iranian-American to her homeland

    In her debut book, Azadeh Moaveni eloquently recounts her estranged relationship with her motherland Iran. Her parents fled to America three years prior to the ground-breaking Islamic Revolution in 1979 and from that point Moaveni has felt torn. As an Iranian teenager growing up in California, Moaveni always felt an essential component of herself was missing. At home she spoke Farsi with her grandparents, whereas at school she discussed Hollywood and boys fluently.

  • POETS’ CORNER: Shipwreck

  • MATRIMONIAL

Comment

  • Clegg’s mental health provision promises

    With a little over seven months until the General Election, all parties are gearing up to charm the electorate. A repeat of the hung parliament of 2010 is unlikely to be the ambition of any of the main parties, and it certainly doesn’t seem to have been terribly popular amongst the electorate.

Environment

  • US Midterms: Major loss for Democrats, and Climate action

    The recently held US Midterm Elections mark a major turning point in the allotment of power in the Federal Government, as Republicans gained a majority in both the House of Representatives as well as the Senate, controlling Congress. The biennial election turned out to be a serious defeat for Democrats, which many attribute to President Obama’s extremely low approval rating, despite record job growth and low levels of unemployment nationally.

Health and Science

Sport

  • Asian Para Games

    World Exclusive, comprehensive list of all the Muslim Medalists at the Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea

  • Iran lose right to host volleyball championships

    Iran has been stripped of the right to host next year’s under-19 volleyball world championships, it was revealed on November 9. The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has instead awarded the event to Argentina.

  • SPORT BRIEF

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

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