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New report claims that ‘Islamophobia’ in Europe has ‘worsened, if not reached a tipping point’

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The term “Islamophobia” is an illegitimate conflation of two distinct phenomena: crimes against innocent Muslims, or discrimination against them, neither of which is ever justified, and honest analysis of the motivating ideology of jihad terror, which is always necessary. Islamic advocacy groups and their Leftist allies have been insisting for years that such analysis, too, constituted “Islamophobia.” And they mean to silence it and force the West to adopt what are in essence Sharia blasphemy restrictions. You can see that in the report below: it starts out by speaking about “hate crimes against Muslims,” which are always wrong, and ends up implying that a restriction of “anti-Muslim rhetoric” is needed. The problem with that is that truthful and honest speech about jihad violence has been smeared for two decades now as “anti-Muslim rhetoric.”

“Islamophobia in Europe is at a ‘tipping point’, new report warns,” TRT World, December 30, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

According to a new study, the pandemic, far from reducing anti-Muslim hate crimes has accelerated some of the worst narratives against Islam and Muslims.

A new report on Islamophobia in Europe has warned that hate crimes against Muslims in the continent have “worsened, if not reached a tipping point,” over the last two years.

The pandemic resulted in relatively fewer physical attacks on Muslims and their places of worship, but that didn’t result in less hate speech. Instead, according to the authors, there was an increase in online hate speech, which has longer-term implications for how Islamophobia is tackled across the continent.

Enes Bayrakli, one of the report’s co-authors, described the increase of online abuse directed at Muslims as a “significant trend.”

“This is worrying because online narratives don’t stay online and can create a climate for physical attacks to occur in the real world,” said Bayrakli speaking to TRT World.

A report in 2020 looking at online trends of Islamophobia found ubiquitous examples of fake news, which included themes that Muslims were super-spreaders of Covid-19, that mosques were covid vectors or that pandemic rules were applied more leniently towards Muslims out of fear of being accused of racism.

Such fake news stories represented an intersection and a development in narratives against Muslims that are common themes amongst Islamophobes.

Mainstream media outlets also contributed to the idea of linking images of Muslims to the pandemic and therefore legitimising negative tropes about Muslims and the pandemic.

Another important feature of this year’s Islamophobia report is the cover image depicting the French President Emmanuel Macron.

When asked why this was significant, Bayrakli said that “Macron has become the face of institutional and structural Islamophobia in Europe. His policies are directly targeting, discrimination and criminalising Muslims in France.”

There are few countries in Europe where Islam and Muslims face as much scrutiny as they do in France.

“There are of course other politicians in Europe who are following the same policies as France,” says Bayrakli, but France is applying “Islamophobic practices at the state level in dealing with their Muslim minorities,” he added.

This week alone saw two mosques attacked in France against a backdrop of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric from the countries political establishment, which increasingly frames Muslims as the threat within.

France has closed down more than 17 mosques for violating vague “security laws” or not having the right “safety standards” in the last two years. An additional 89 mosques are also under surveillance.

According to this year’s report on Islamophobia, France’s systemic pressure on Muslims has resulted in unprecedented “increasing number of police searches, threats of eviction, as well as mosques and school closures, including the dissolution of a humanitarian NGO and a human rights organisation defending Muslims in France against racism and discrimination.”

When put together these actions, the report warned, “threatened the fundamental freedoms of Muslims.”…

The government hailed the raids as a success. However, the lack of results has cast doubt on the aim of the raids in a country that has increasingly seen an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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