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Equality Means Equality for All. Organisations are Either In or Out of this Sphere
October 4, 2015 By Tell Mama

Equality Means Equality for All. Organisations are Either In or Out of this Sphere

Nick Cohen highlights some of the issues that colleagues within Tell MAMA have been grappling with for some time. Apart from being the target of far right campaigns, Tell MAMA has also become the target of groups purporting to tackle Islamophobia, solely because Tell MAMA believes that equality means equality for all. Cohen mentions the following

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Attack on Rotherham Taxi Driver Leaves Him With Serious Head Injuries
October 3, 2015 By Tell Mama

Attack on Rotherham Taxi Driver Leaves Him With Serious Head Injuries

This morning, a taxi driver of Aghan heritage was found in the street with head injuries after suffering a serious assault. South Yorkshire Police were called to the scene and the taxi driver was later admitted to hospital and as part of a routine procedure, was induced into a coma. The victim is responding to

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After the fire, why the Ahmadiyya community will not give into hate , by Rima Amin
October 2, 2015 By Tell Mama

After the fire, why the Ahmadiyya community will not give into hate , by Rima Amin

Why Facebook must do more to challenge anti-Muslim hate posts, by Rima Amin “Love for All, Hatred for None” is the motto carried by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. A motto that has been tested in recent days after a surge of hateful comments towards Muslims on social media following a fire at the Baitul Futuh mosque

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Family seek hate crime charge against white supremacist accused of killing Iranian-American Shayan Mazroei
October 1, 2015 By FM

Family seek hate crime charge against white supremacist accused of killing Iranian-American Shayan Mazroei

The family of murdered Iranian-American engineering student Shayan Mazroei, 22, want authorities to consider it a hate crime. Craig Tanber, a white supremacist gang member allegedly stabbed Mazroei outside a California bar on September 7. Given his gang links and ideology, the family’s attorney Neama Rahmani wants a closer look at Taber’s motive. “Our clients lost their only child to a heinous act of racism and violence,” said Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers, the law firm representing the Mazroei family. “We will not rest until we obtain justice against those responsible for Shayan’s tragic death.” Witnesses claim that the suspect’s girlfriend described Mazroei as a ‘terrorist’ and said “f—ing Iranians” before Tanber attacked him. Investigators are not convinced that race was a motivating factor. “It’s not even close to have enough evidence to charge it as a hate crime. It is a murder, it is charged as a murder,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin. Shayan’s mother Shahzad Mazroei could not hide her tears at a recent press conference. A source told the New York Daily News that she had flown back from Iran after learning of his murder. She has lost her son, a promising student [...]

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September 30, 2015 By Tell Mama

National Conference on Anti-Muslim Prejudice on October 15th 2015

The Tell MAMA project will hold a free event on October 15 to discuss how communities and police forces can respond to anti-Muslim hate crimes. This discussion coincides with National Hate Crime Week, which runs between October 10 and 17. So why do we need this awareness week? Many British Muslims consider anti-Muslim abuse too

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September 29, 2015 By FM

Four men accused of ‘anti-Christian’ hate crime to appear in court

Four men accused of a faith-based hate crime will appear at York Crown Court on October 9 after a Christian teenager was allegedly the victim of four incidents that took place between July 2014 and May 2015. The York Press detailed how Andrew Addison, 30, and three others, are alleged to have filmed themselves assaulting the victim with a lit aerosol, taping a dummy to his mouth as he was bound to a chair, sending him a threatening message on Facebook, and binding the young churchgoer to a crucifix in early 2015. Christopher Jackson, 21, Alex Puchir, 37, and Joseph Richard Rose, 21, are charged alongside Addison with a religiously-aggravated assault in Hull. At an earlier court appearance, at York Magistrates Court, the prosecution alleged that the four accused men knew the victim was a committed Christian. Rose also faces additional charges relating to allegations of sending him a threatening message over Snapchat. Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks, defending the accused, indicated they would plead not-guilty.  

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September 29, 2015 By Tell Mama

David Jones – UKIP Supporter & Avid Tweeter

David Jones (@DavidJo52951945), has over 23,000 Twitter followers and regards himself as a UKIP supporter. A regular tweeter, he has built up a following on the back of his anti-migration and anti-EU tweets. The description on his avatar on Twitter says: “UK government have abandoned Brits. We need to exit EU, ECHR, stop all immigration

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September 28, 2015 By FM

Britain First supporters boycott H&M over its use of Muslim model

H&M’s latest new fashion campaign ‘Close the loop‘ has drawn the ire of Britain First supporters. The source of their indignation is a Muslim model named Mariah Idrissi. Britain First concluded that ‘As the number of Muslims in Britain increases, so will their prominence in the media’. Though that logic presents a flaw, as Ms Idrissi told Fusion “It always feels like women who wear hijab are ignored when it comes to fashion.” Nor did Britain First inform supporters that the campaign also features a diverse cast: from an amputee model, to plus-sized models, and a group of Sikh men. Funny that. So why the single focus? Forget H&M or Mariah Idrissi for a moment. It is not about that. The story serves a wider purpose – to play on the insecurities individuals hold towards Muslims in Britain. A variety of comments called for boycott of H&M. Others opined that ‘Islam belongs in the desert away from the civilised world’. One user wrote that ‘I’m SICK of turning on the tv and seeing Muslims on it. I don’t pay a licence to see that sort of vermin’. To stray from a perceived notion of cultural identity invokes bigoted, racist, and [...]

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Intimidation in Northern Ireland Towards Muslims is Deeply Worrying
September 28, 2015 By Tell Mama

Intimidation in Northern Ireland Towards Muslims is Deeply Worrying

Sometimes, many of us forget about Northern Ireland and the social dynamics that make up this part of the United Kingdom. Recently Northern Ireland has been in the news for a series of racist attacks in South and East Belfast, by the Ulster Group – the Ulster Volunteer Force. A Muslim woman reported into us last

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Thousands of Anti-Muslim Posts Today Could Fuel Reverse Extremism
September 26, 2015 By Tell Mama

Thousands of Anti-Muslim Posts Today Could Fuel Reverse Extremism

We have commented on the mosque fire at the Baitul Futuh mosque today. Yet, a simple search of Facebook pages where the fire was highlighted, such as the Evening Standard Facebook page, shows the following vile hateful comments below. These are just a few snapshots of comments which are made at the start of the

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