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It’s not difficult to define Islamophobia. So why does Britain struggle with it so much? | Nesrine Malik | Opinion

From the Tory party to the police, senior figures raise problems which are simply irrelevant. It says a lot about their willingness to confront this prejudiceLast week it became clear that, according to senior police, the Tories and some non-Muslim public figures with some Muslim friends, the term “Islamophobia” is undefinable in any meaningful, actionable way. The working definition, put forward by the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims, is not legally binding; yet Martin Hewitt, ...

Mum and me: a story of immigration and integration | Podcast | News

Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, the son of two Indian immigrants, explains why he felt so frustrated with a recent report from Tony Blair’s thinktank. And Katharine Murphy looks ahead to Australia’s imminent electionGuardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty recently read a report from Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change. It was called The Glue That Binds: Integration in a Time of Populism and in it, a foreword – written by the former prime minister – stressed that immigrants had a duty...

Yes, Islamophobia is a type of racism. Here’s why | Wes Streeting | Opinion

Contrary to myth, the definition I helped devise isn’t a threat to free speech. Theresa May’s government must adopt itOn 15 March, a gunman walked into the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand and opened fire. During the course of his killing spree there, and at the Linwood Islamic Centre, 51 people were slaughtered in their place of worship for no other reason than their killer had decided that their faith meant that they deserved to die.Hatred against Muslims does not begin with the sou...

Film based on Christchurch mosque shooting in the works | Film

Hello, Brother – named after a victim’s last words – was announced at Cannes film festival by Egyptian director Moez MasoudA film about the Christchurch mosque shootings, in which 51 people died, is to be directed by Egyptian film-maker and academic Moez Masoud.According to Variety the film’s title will be Hello, Brother, the words spoken by 71-year-old victim Hati Mohammed Daoud Nabi, who opened the door to the gunman of Al Noor mosque, where 42 people died. The central characters are “a family...

Racism in political parties reflects pervasive prejudice in Brexit Britain | Rachel Shabi | Opinion

Party rows over racism reveal not only poor vetting, but also the shocking bigotry in society unleashed by BrexitIt’s hard to avoid noticing that most of our political parties seem to be embroiled in rows over racism and prejudices. Two Conservative local election candidates were suspended over racist social media posts last week – and that’s after a steady drip of revelations over Islamophobic comments made by members and candidates alike. Labour suspended several local election candidates over...

Facebook allowed violent posts by man charged with Ilhan Omar death threat | Technology

Site took no action to remove posts by Patrick Carlineo alluding to violence against Muslims and US officials, until Guardian reviewFacebook allowed a man charged with threatening to kill congresswoman Ilhan Omar to post violent and racist content for years, and took no action to remove his posts when he was arrested.Patrick Carlineo, of upstate New York, posted several entries to his Facebook page alluding to violence against Muslims and US officials including former president Barack Obama, a G...

China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority | News

Smartphones and the internet gave the Uighurs a sense of their own identity – but now the Chinese state is using technology to strip them of it. By Darren BylerIn mid-2017, Alim, a Uighur man in his 20s, returned to China from studying abroad. As soon as he landed back in the country, he was pulled off the plane by police officers. He was told his trip abroad meant that he was now under suspicion of being “unsafe”. The police administered what they call a “health check”, which involved collectin...

Muslims and LGBTQ people should stand together, not fight each other | Owen Jones | Opinion

Don’t let the Birmingham school protests perpetuate divisions when a common enemy – the far right – is once again loomingWatching angry protesters waving placards outside a Birmingham primary school brought it all back for Khakan Qureshi. A softly spoken gay Muslim in his early 40s, he vividly remembers Margaret Thatcher denouncing the fact that children were being taught they “have an inalienable right to be gay” and introducing section 28 – the toxic product of Tory homophobia and a hysterical...

Trump under fire over Islamophobia after man threatens to kill Ilhan Omar | US news

Ocasio-Cortez also makes direct link between controversial remarks by Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro and threat against OmarDonald Trump and Fox News are coming under fire for contributing to a climate of Islamophobia, following the arrest of a supporter of the president who threatened to kill Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota who was one of the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress. Related: Ilhan Omar: man arrested after he made death threat – then left contact details Continue rea...

'We would never put that image on page 1': how we covered Christchurch | Membership

From first whispers to horrified aftermath, this was a story which required a fast, careful response. Here our editors and writers explain how we covered the Christchurch shootingsOn Friday 15 March, 50 people were shot dead and 48 injured in attacks targeting Muslims at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch. It was the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history. Across the Guardian’s three main offices – in London, Sydney and New York – we ensured our coverage of the shooting, its...

White supremacy feeds on mainstream encouragement. That has to stop | Gary Younge | Opinion

Rather than making concessions to bigots, politicians must confront them. It’s the only way to end the violenceOn 19 April 1995, Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring another 684, in the deadliest act of domestic US terrorism to date. A white supremacist, among other things, he was radicalised by what he regarded as excessive federal government power, US foreign policy and a constellation of bigotries and inadequacies too n...

The Tories and their Islamophobia problem – podcast | News

The Conservative peer and former party chair Sayeeda Warsi discusses the Tories’ Islamophobia problem, and why they need to be doing so much more to tackle it. Plus Jim Waterson on the Facebook Brexit ads that are secretly overseen by staff of a Lynton Crosby firmThe Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi has been an outspoken critic of Islamophobia within her party. Last year the former party chair called on the Conservatives to launch a full independent inquiry into Islamophobia, warning the Tories w...

Muslims and Jews face a common threat from white supremacists. We must fight it together | Jonathan Freedland and Mehdi Hasan | Opinion

From Christchurch to Pittsburgh, the two communities are under attack. It is time to stand unitedThe two of us have been having the exact same conversation for the past decade. About antisemitism and Islamophobia. One of us a Muslim, the other a Jew, we have conducted it in public and in private, on Twitter and on TV. We’ve agreed; we’ve argued; we’ve even wandered off topic to trade tips on how to get through a fast. Now we’ve come together because of the urgent and common threat that we face. ...

Jacinda Ardern’s grief should not eclipse that of Muslims | Mariam Khan | Opinion

The New Zealand prime minister’s response to the Christchurch killings is to be admired, but the focus must be on the Muslim communities affectedSince the Christchurch terror attack, much of the focus has been not on the mourning of New Zealand’s Muslim community, but on white people. This has been repeated across the west, and in parts of the Middle East. Jacinda Ardern’s face was projected on to the outside of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai days after the attack.The prime minister’s response to the...