Twenty people have died and another 26 were injured this Saturday when a man opened fire at a shopping center in El Paso (Texas). The alleged perpetrator is under police custody while the FBI is treating the attack as a case of “domestic terrorism”. The author could face a death penalty.
Tommaso Chiamparino is the European Commission’s coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred, a role he considers goes hand in hand with fighting for the rights of everyone, for an open, diverse society.
Kristin Bohner is Christian and admits certain envy every time she sees Muslims prostrate themselves on a rug to pray, without using a bank. Cagatay Caliskan is Muslim and admires the wealth of traditions Jews have. Esther Hirsch is Jewish and recognizes that she did not know all the things that Jews and Muslims had in common. All three of them live in Berlin. They are part of a team that is working to build the first great sacred place that will host three religions and all the others which want to take part, welcoming atheists or agnostics as well. The doors of ‘House of One‘ will be wide open to everyone.
“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of muslimness or perceived muslimness.” This definition is the result of half a year of investigation and consultation directed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims.
The Antidefamation League (ADL) has asked authorities to investigate the sinagogue shooting in Pittsburgh as a hate crime. Georgetown professor Bruce Hoffman says it is more than that.
Police are looking into it as a hate crime due to reports of Islamophobic insults. Investigators do not treat it as terrorism because the alleged perpetrators were four occupants of the car who had been apparently whiling away at the spot before being asked to leave.
The ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ which was promoted through anonymous letters sent in the UK found not only the strong answer of people and authorities backing Muslims but also no major violent incident was reported.