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Former Managing Director of Al-Jazeera Circulates Antisemitic Material

In a recent post by Yaser AbuHilalah, the former Managing Director of Al-Jazeera posted an image of a Palestinian woman holding the face of what looks like, her deceased son. The picture is heart-breaking and shows the love of a mother for her now deceased young son. However, what AbuHilalal did, was to use an image that also placed a picture of what is assumed to be Mary, holding the Read more

Where antisemitism meets misogyny: 3 Jewish women share their stories 

By Elizabeth Arif-Fear A few weeks ago, I had the “joy” of being verbally abused online. Now, as an outspoken Muslim woman advocating for feminism, LGBT+ equality and stronger Jewish-Muslim relations, it’s nothing new. However, what I’ve increasingly noticed is how trolls will attempt to “attack” me by using antisemitic discourse e.g. talking about my “Jewish nose” or me “being Jewish” – as though this would be a bad thing Read more

Sheikh Asrar Rashid

Sheikh Asrar Rashid’s Politicised & Aggressive Narrative Is Abhorrent

Sheikh Asrar Rashid is active within British Muslim faith circles and has been a preacher for some years now. The sad fact is that Sheikh Asrar Rashid, incorporates a politicised and aggressive narrative within his religious edicts. Whilst religious leaders have sometimes historically strayed into political speech, we have to highlight the deeply corrosive speech that Asrar Rashid gave on the 13th of June 2021, at a lecture entitled ‘Al-Aqsa Read more

The scourge of Islamist Antisemitism

                 “Are we Jews forever doomed to live in fear?”               (Daniel Netz) At a time when Jews were being held hostage in the US, a Jewish follower on my Facebook, Daniel Netz, asked: “Are we Jews forever doomed to live in fear?” This not only brought tears to my eyes, but I was also left speechless Read more

Even After the Beth Israel Terrorist Attack Few Voices Tackle Islamism Within

Sadly, the Beth Israel antisemitic terrorist attack has seen Jewish communities targeted because they are Jews. British Islamist twitter feeds are playing out sympathy for the convicted extremist Aafia Siddiqui, rather than focusing on the antisemitic hostage taking of four people at the Beth Israel synagogue in Texas. This alone demonstrates the callous, political and highly inflammatory nature of Islamists. When Aafia Siddiqui was tried in the U.S. in 2010, Read more

The Rise of the Taliban Inspires Islamists. In Doing So, It Raises Risks for Jewish Communities

The recent rise of the Taliban and the take-over of Afghanistan, will no doubt, inspire non-violent Islamists and those who believe in values which underpin violence in order to enforce Islamist sentiment. Whilst the vast majority of British Muslims abhor the brutality and medieval nature of the Taliban, there are some who believe that the Taliban encompass a form of ‘liberation army’ that has freed Afghans from some form of Read more

Teachers Not Knowing When the Holocaust Started Is Deeply Worrying

The Jewish Chronicle has highlighted an article that makes for depressing reading. It states that, “A majority of teachers in England do no not know when the Holocaust began and lack the knowledge to challenge myths about it, according to new research by University College London’s Centre for Holocaust Education.” Worst still, most of the teachers could not tell when or where the Holocaust began and had little idea about the Read more

Jews Don’t Count. But Why Should They? A Book Review

By Wasiq Wasiq Antisemitism came to the public consciousness no greater than when the Labour Party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, failed the Jewish community. So spectacular was this failure, that it led the Party to be investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). To put this into context, the only other party to gain the EHRC’s attention and therefore be subjected to an investigation was the Read more

Why We As Muslims Must Challenge Antisemitic Language Like This

The sad fact is that both Christian and Muslim communities have been affected by antisemitic tropes and language over specific times in history and in the modern world. The language and the tropes remain similar though historical events and linguistic impacts may be different. These tropes against Jews heighten when power relations are misused to blame or demonise Jews for problems that may be taking place in society, or when Read more

This Holocaust Memorial Day, we need to stand together against antisemitism

By Elizabeth Arif-Fear, Trustee Every year, on 27th January, the world commemorates Holocaust Memorial Day. Remembering the horrors of the past is essential in order to ensure to stop such tragic events from repeating themselves. This date is particularly poignant as it marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where at least 1.1 people were murdered. Throughout the Holocaust, Jews, Roma, members of the LGBT+ community, political prisoners, disabled individuals Read more