By Ismail Allison, CAIR National Intern
Imagine being robbed of everything you own in broad daylight. Imagine a criminal taking away your wallet, your car, your house, even your family. Imagine dozens of onlookers who could call for help simply ignoring what’s happening to you. Or worse, imagine the onlookers praise the robber and condemn you as the criminal.
This is the situation that Palestinians living under Israeli occupation have experienced every day for decades. Robbed of their very lives while numerous foreign governments and media outlets stand by, watching.
For many Palestinians, social media has been the best way…
By Huzaifa Shahbaz
On Monday, five members of a Canadian Muslim family went out for a walk in London, Ontario. Four of them never returned home.
According to Canadian law enforcement, an anti-Muslim extremist deliberately crashed his car into the family at an intersection, killing a 74-year-old grandmother, a 46-year-old father, a 44-year-old mother, and their 15-year-old daughter, nearly wiping out three generations of a single family.
The driver, Nathaniel Veltman, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, as well as one count of attempted murder for targeting a nine-year-old boy, who was the only member of his…
By Huzaifa Shahbaz
As protesters, elected officials, journalists, and human rights activists across America vocally criticized Israel’s escalating human rights abuses on the Palestinian people last month, Israel advocacy groups in the United States were faced with a persistent challenge: if you cannot defend inhumane Israeli policies on their merits, how do you silence Israel’s critics and change the conversation?
Enter the Anti-Defamation League, which publicly claimed that criticism of the Israeli government by supporters of Palestinian human rights had led to a sudden and sharp uptick in antisemitic incidents across America.
That claim drew media attention away from the…
By Ismail Allison, CAIR National
Times are changing. For decades, the dominant narrative in American politics depicted Israel as a peaceful democratic nation defending its existence from fanatical, irrational Palestinian terrorists who have no interest in dialogue.
That was then. This is now. The American public’s response to Israel’s recent human rights abuses against Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, at Masjid Al-Aqsa and in Gaza have revealed that our national discourse on Palestine has radically — and perhaps permanently — changed in at least three ways:
1. Courage and Condemnation from Elected Officials
Unequivocal and uncritical support for Israel has been…
By Edward Ahmed Mitchell & Huzaifa Shahbaz
In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks belong to God, Lord of the Worlds. May peace and prayers be upon Prophet Muhammad and his family.
What do you know about “Sharia law?” If you’re not a Muslim, this might seem like a loaded question to ask of someone who is a Muslim. But there are actually plenty of circumstances in which it would be appropriate to ask the question. During an interfaith event at a mosque. At an academic conference about religion. …
By Huzaifa Shahbaz, CAIR National
Muslims across Europe are facing severe attacks on their religious freedom. France has targeted Muslim women, mosques, and civil society organizations under the guise of combatting “separatism.” Austria is attempting to strip citizenship from Muslims under the veneer of fighting “political Islam.” Switzerland just approved a proposition that banned niqabs in the name of “national security.”
These and other governments have one thing in common: they are using Islamophobia as a political tool to appease the far-right.
Amid a deadly pandemic, modern far-right groups in Europe have secured more votes and support than ever before…
By Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR National
In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks belong to God. May peace and prayers be upon Prophet Muhammad and his family.
Whenever activists, reporters or foreign diplomats criticize China’s genocide of Uighur Muslims, the Chinese government usually responds with a standard line: deny wrongdoing and reject foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs.
But during a publicly televised meeting with Secretary of State Tony Blinken today, top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi tried out a new deflection tactic.
After Secretary Blinken used his two-minute opening remarks to…
By Huzzaifa Mohamed, CAIR National
Our country is still in the middle of a long-overdue racial reckoning sparked by the brutal murder of George Floyd, and Maryland is in the thick of this reckoning. State lawmakers are currently debating several police and criminal justice reform bills that aim to fix antiquated and discriminatory policies and practices.
While headlines have only recently begun to focus particularly on police violence and misconduct, the reality is that this issue has affected especially Black and Brown communities for generations.
From police in our children’s schools that disproportionately reprimand and criminalize students of color and…
By Nihad Awad & Huzaifa Shahbaz, CAIR National
Ten days have now passed since a suicide bomber named Anthony Quinn Walker destroyed a city block in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day.
Since then, the public has not heard much about the bombing from the media or learned much about the bomber from the government. We do know that Walker was a 63-year-old white male. He recently sold off a significant amount of real estate. And someone had reported him to the police for supposedly making explosives in his RV.
So far, we seem to know only one other thing for…
By Roula Allouch, Esq. & Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Esq.
What was the demographic make-up of the grand jury that decided not to indict any police officers for killing Breonna Taylor?
Did Kentucky prosecutors encourage the grand jurors to make the specific decision they settled upon, or did the jurors reach that decision without any prompting?
How much time passed between the moment police officers (supposedly) announced their presence outside Ms. Taylor’s home and the moment they started breaking through her front door?
Who, exactly, was the lone witness who verified the claim that the officers announced themselves?
What was the…
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