Monthly Archives: November 2011

    Islamophobia Watch has reported that two EDL members have been in court recently for racially aggravated harassment and for breaching bail conditions for violent assault.

18 year old Jacob Jake Hyland of Mayridge, Fareham was “given a restraining order by Portsmouth Crown Court (15/11/11) for religiously-aggravated harassment after making abusive phone calls to Abbas Rahim at the Al Mahdi Centre in Fareham in October and November of last year.”
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  Baroness Flather is proving to be something of a favourite with the Daily Mail with a comment piece in yesterday’s paper criticising Lord Waheed Alli for instigating an inquiry in to the Lords’ expenses scandal.

Lord Alli is said to have asked the solicitor, Imran Khan, to look into the 12 cases involving three peers- Lord Paul, Lord Bhatia and Baroness Uddin, to investigate whether racial bias played any role in the decisions passed on peers from ethnic minority backgrounds in contrast to their white British peers.
Baroness Flather writes:
“As an Asian peer, I can say this trio have brought embarrassment not only on the House of Lords, but also on my own ethnic group.

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  Richard Peppiatt, a journalist who quit the Daily Star in March over its skewed, inflammatory and often false reporting on Islam, appeared before the Leveson Inquiry on Media Ethics today.

The BBC reports on coverage from the Inquiry:
“Richard Peppiatt told the inquiry that reporters tried to find facts to fit articles. “Your job is simply to write the story how they want it written.”

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  A new report by IPPR on Islamic supplementary schools will state that although many British madrasas are good, a significant minority fall short on expected standards.

The Guardian today reports on the report which will be launched tomorrow. The report reflects the findings of IPPR’s survey of 179 madrasas.
From the Guardian:
“Madrasas have the potential to positively influence Muslim children’s development, allow pupils to explore and understand their own identity and strengthen community cohesion…However, this is held back by poor teaching standards and narrow curricula in many madrasas.”
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  The Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph seem to have been busying themselves over the weekend publishing articles which lend themselves to portraying Muslims as intolerant and irrational.

 There’s the article in the Mail on Sunday on ‘baby Jihad’, on the news that a Muslim mother in Germany has named her newborn son Jihad.
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  BBC Asian Network has reported on rising community tensions in Manchester after it emerged that the North West Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) infiltrated mosques in the city with officers posing as Muslims. The infiltration resulted in the conviction of three men on terrorism charges in September. 

From the BBC:
“Relations between the Muslim community and Greater Manchester Police are being strained after officers infiltrated mosques.
“Some Islamic groups have told the BBC Asian Network that they are angry about undercover tactics used in recent counter terror operations.
“The North West Counter Terrorism Unit carried out an investigation which involved officers posing as Muslims.

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    Nicholas Mercer, the army’s former chief legal advisor in Iraq, has spoken of the “moral ambivalence” and “cultural resistance to human rights” at the Ministry of Defence which, he claims, is to blame for tragedies like the death of Iraqi detainee, Baha Mousa.

In an interview with the Guardian Mercer states that his advice on the treatment of prisoners by the UK forces in Iraq was persistently ignored paving the way for the abuse of detainees whilst in British custody.
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  The Independent today reports that the far-right, anti-Muslim movement, the English Defence League, are to formally enter politics after agreeing an alliance with the British Freedom Party (BFP).

The BFP was set up by former members of the BNP who were disaffected by the BNP’s politics and lack of success.

From the Independent:
“The English Defence League plans to field candidates for the first time in local elections after an alliance was finalised between the far-right group and the British Freedom Party, which was set up by disgruntled members of the British National Party.

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  Negative reporting on the goings-on in madrassahs in the UK isn’t hard to come by. It’s a breath of fresh air then to see an article on the BBC Asian Network on the accelerating ‘modernisation’ of madrassahs and the efforts being undertaken to reform their method of teaching Islam to young British Muslims.

From observing Criminal Records Bureau checks and teaching computer literacy to employing teaching staff who are speak English, madrassahs are adapting to cater for the ever-changing needs of young British Muslims.
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  The BBC reports on the Backbench Business Committee’s disgraceful dismissal of the e-petition calling for Babar Ahmad’s extradition proceedings to be halted and his trial to be conducted in the UK.

The Committee have decided to hold the debate on the issue in Westminster Hall rather than in the Commons chamber.

Ahmad’s e-petition is one of only six to have amassed more than 100,000 signatures – it currently has over 140,000 – and e-petitions with far fewer signatures have been granted the privilege of a Commons debate.

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