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Facebook Founder’s Post Shows Why Jewish Muslim Relations Are Fundamental to Protect
December 11, 2015 By Tell Mama

Facebook Founder’s Post Shows Why Jewish Muslim Relations Are Fundamental to Protect

Muslim and Jewish communities have so much in common. From food, to religious practices and to the fact that both communities live so closely in various parts of the globe, the history of Muslim and Jewish communities have always been intertwined. Sometimes these relationships have been strained because of Israel and Palestine, but on the

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Facebook Founder’s Post Shows Why Jewish Muslim Relations Are Fundamental to Protect
December 11, 2015 By Tell Mama

Facebook Founder’s Post Shows Why Jewish Muslim Relations Are Fundamental to Protect

Muslim and Jewish communities have so much in common. From food, to religious practices and to the fact that both communities live so closely in various parts of the globe, the history of Muslim and Jewish communities have always been intertwined. Sometimes these relationships have been strained because of Israel and Palestine, but on the

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“Are You Going to Brainwash Your Kids to Bomb People?”
December 11, 2015 By Tell Mama

“Are You Going to Brainwash Your Kids to Bomb People?”

We have spoken to a mother who has been subjected to anti-Muslim language in front of her children. The East London resident. (who wears the Hijab), was abused after the terrorist murders in Paris and had parked her car and was looking for something in the vehicle. As she did so, a white male stopped

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“Are You Going to Brainwash Your Kids to Bomb People?”
December 11, 2015 By Tell Mama

“Are You Going to Brainwash Your Kids to Bomb People?”

We have spoken to a mother who has been subjected to anti-Muslim language in front of her children. The East London resident. (who wears the Hijab), was abused after the terrorist murders in Paris and had parked her car and was looking for something in the vehicle. As she did so, a white male stopped

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“Are You Going to Brainwash Your Kids to Bomb People?”
December 11, 2015 By Tell Mama

“Are You Going to Brainwash Your Kids to Bomb People?”

We have spoken to a mother who has been subjected to anti-Muslim language in front of her children. The East London resident. (who wears the Hijab), was abused after the terrorist murders in Paris and had parked her car and was looking for something in the vehicle. As she did so, a white male stopped

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“Are You Going to Brainwash Your Kids to Bomb People?”
December 11, 2015 By Tell Mama

“Are You Going to Brainwash Your Kids to Bomb People?”

We have spoken to a mother who has been subjected to anti-Muslim language in front of her children. The East London resident. (who wears the Hijab), was abused after the terrorist murders in Paris and had parked her car and was looking for something in the vehicle. As she did so, a white male stopped

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Why extremist groups want you to ban their online content
December 7, 2015 By FM

Why extremist groups want you to ban their online content

Facebook briefly banned Britain First’s page on 30 November, sparking momentary cries of celebration on social media. But within an hour, the far right organisation’s page was restored, claiming Facebook’s censorship to be a ‘fascist attack’. Britain First currently has over 1 million likes on its Facebook page—more than Conservatives and Labour combined. Its page on average generates hundreds of likes for posts. Immediately following restoration, likes spiked into the thousands. Despite their inflammatory material, banning social media sites like Britain First is a highly ineffective approach. Research points to the negative consequences that arise from exercising bans. The International Centre for Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) found through in-depth analysis that a systematic blocking of sites with extremist material is both impractical and counterproductive. It found that strategies which include removing websites, filtering content for accessibility, and hiding search engine results, have little to no effect hindering such networks. This is due to the particular challenges of internet regulation. The scale of website traffic makes identifying and monitoring content extremely difficult, as well as resource-intensive. Even when web page takedowns do occur, sites and forums tend to re-emerge rapidly. The far-right website, Gates of Vienna, was taken down twice in [...]

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How do you balance between free speech and criticism of religion?
December 3, 2015 By FM

How do you balance between free speech and criticism of religion?

When Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of The Prophet Mohammed early in 2015 there was a violent and deadly backlash. The magazine’s office were invaded and several employees were murdered in cold blood. A few years ago a Danish magazine published other cartoons and there was a vociferous Muslim outcry. These and other events have prompted many commentators, comedians and controllers of various media to speak in defence of the ‘freedom of speech’. Why should they restrain themselves when discussing Islam? A new phrase ‘self-censorship’ has been coined and applies explicitly to matters with a Muslim and Islamic links. The implication is that commentators are being asked by the state or the establishment voluntarily to impose restrictions on what they say. Let me say from the outset that I am not a Muslim but I have a personal interest in the history of religious practices and from that an interest in interfaith issues. Until late in life I had no idea what about Islam. Like many older people, my religious education did not introduce Islam as a religion, but from history I learned that Moors were ‘alien invaders’ spreading across North Africa until they were halted in Spain by Christians. My [...]

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Open Letter to the Daily Mail on their Editorial Cartoon for the 17/11/2015
November 21, 2015 By Tell Mama

Open Letter to the Daily Mail on their Editorial Cartoon for the 17/11/2015

18/11/2015 Readers’ Editor, Daily Mail, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT Dear Sir, RE: Editorial Cartoon in the Daily Mail on the 17th of November 2015 We wanted to get in touch with you regarding this cartoon which was published on the 17th of November. We would like to start off by saying

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Meet the Keyboard Warriors who Spout Anti-Muslim Bigotry
October 25, 2015 By Tell Mama

Meet the Keyboard Warriors who Spout Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Recently, we posted up an article on our Facebook page for communities to collectively tackle hate, intolerance and prejudice. The picture showed some visibly Muslim females and it also highlighted the need to report in anti-Muslim prejudice. The responses we received are sadly not really shocking anymore and highlight how far right and anti-Muslim sympathisers

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