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Re:  Gigi Hadid’s brother visits Palestine for second time in 2019

Re: Gigi Hadid’s brother visits Palestine for second time in 2019

Re: Gigi Hadid’s brother visits Palestine for second time in 2019

Re: Gigi Hadid’s brother visits Palestine for second time in 2019

Re: Gigi Hadid’s brother visits Palestine for second time in 2019

Re: Gigi Hadid’s brother visits Palestine for second time in 2019
Re: Gigi Hadid’s brother visits Palestine for second time in 2019
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Re:  MCB: BBC fail to report on Islamophobia in the Tory Party

Re: MCB: BBC fail to report on Islamophobia in the Tory Party

One of Britain’s largest Muslim representative bodies has accused the of “failing to sufficiently report” on Islamophobia within the ranks of the Conservative Party.

The , which has been one of the most vocal critics of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over his alleged failure to address anti-Semitism amongst party members, was accused of failing to give equal importance to the racism experienced by Muslims.

The complaint was addressed to the Director General Tony Hall in a letter by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), this morning. The MCB reminded Hall of the ’s responsibility as a public broadcaster to be impartial and not to create a hierarchy of racism through its biased coverage.

“Racism against Muslims should be given equal importance to racism against others” said the MCB.

The MCB, which has been documenting the rise of Islamophobia in the UK, asserted that anti-Muslim racism had become “institutional and widespread” within the Conservative Party.

It also charged the party under Boris Johnson’s leadership of having “consistently failed to address its problem with Islamophobia, with individuals at every level within the party.”

It was alleged that anti-Muslim hate had taken root at the top, with the Prime Minister himself showing no regret over comments widely regarded to be Islamophobic.

A list of information was highlighted in the letter concerning the alarming rise of Islamophobia. “Religious hate crime in England and Wales rose by 40 per cent to its highest level in 2017-18, with more than half of all religiously-motivated attacks being directed at Muslims,” said the MCB.

“Islamophobia in our country’s governing party, therefore, is of huge concern to British Muslims, and the failure of the to report on this extensively during this election is deeply disappointing and neglects to represent an issue of great importance to society at large.”

While insisting that the had failed to provide balanced coverage and to highlight the full extent of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, the MCB suggested that the broadcaster was guilty of peddling anti-Muslim bigotry itself by giving a platform to far-right Islamophobic hate figures like Melanie Phillips. The pro-Israel commentator wrote a highly controversial article last week in which she claimed that deception is a mainstream Muslim belief.

Worrying details emerged recently over the extent to which anti-Muslim racism is being spread across the world. In the latest of such cases, a investigation traced a network of Facebook accounts fuelling far-right Islamophobic pages around the world to Israel.

Journalists at the UK daily uncovered a plot to take over some of Facebook’s largest far-right pages in an attempt to foment hatred towards Islam and Muslims while fostering support for Israel, in a report titled Inside the hate factory.

As many as 21 of the of the biggest far-right Facebook pages churning out hatred of Muslims at an industrial scale were tracked to “a mysterious Israeli-based group.” Thousands of coordinated fake news posts per week were being produced and circulated to millions of followers around the world.

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Re:  UNRWA must operate alongside a collective effort to help Palestinians achieve their political rights

Re: UNRWA must operate alongside a collective effort to help Palestinians achieve their political rights

December 8, 1949 marked the establishment of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Despite the recent Israeli-US conspiracy to eliminate the agency, as well as its internal shortcomings as evidenced by allegations of corruption and misconduct, it continues to provide services for Palestinian refugees 70 years later.

UNRWA is riddled with limitations, mostly due to the fact that donors are also collaborators in Israeli colonialism. In his speech commemorating the agency’s 70th anniversary, Acting Commissioner-General Chris Saunders referred to UNRWA’s renewed mandate, stating that “the UN General Assembly [UNGA] demonstrated its strong support for UNRWA and Palestine refugees.”

The other side to this narrative is the UNGA’s refusal to hold Israel to account for creating and perpetuating the plight of Palestinian refugees. As long as the international community finances aid for, and abuse against, Palestinians, UNRWA will remain relevant to the Palestinians, irrespective of its shortcomings.

However, with UNRWA and international discourse on one hand and the Israeli narrative on the other hand, Palestinians are misrepresented. UNRWA’s press release marking its 70th anniversary speaks of the “Arab-Israeli conflict of 1948,” which comes from an organisation familiar with the Palestinian Nakba and its narratives. The language that focuses on conflict as opposed to premeditated ethnic cleansing aids the Israeli fabricated narrative which refuses to acknowledge its creation of Palestinian refugees as a result of the Zionist colonisation of Palestinian land.

Normalising Israel’s colonialism has not endeared UNRWA to its detractors. Neither does it help Palestinians achieve independence and autonomy. Reducing UNRWA to a funding issue is brushing aside the centrality of Palestinian refugees to the Palestinian anti-colonial struggle and collective memory. It is not only the Trump administration that can cause irreparable damage in this regard by attempting to change the definition of Palestinian refugees. The international community has claimed to uphold Palestinian rights yet it continues to restrict Palestinian narratives.

Funding UNRWA is important to alleviating the suffering caused by humanitarian deprivation as a result of Israel’s dispossession of Palestinians. Yesterday, the Netherlands resumed its funding of UNRWA and increased its donation to the agency from $13 million to $19 million. Austria has also signed a €2 million ($2.2 million) agreement for UNRWA to aid Palestinian refugees in Syria. Without a doubt, UNRWA has faced unprecedented challenges, as described by former senior UNRWA director Chris Gunness. Yet the international community must stop making this issue a question of UNRWA survival while detracting focus from Palestinian refugees. A tweet from Gunness succinctly clarifies the dynamic: “They [Palestinians] need UNRWA but they don’t want it. They want their full political rights,” he stated.

Funding UNRWA is just the first step. If the international community was serious about upholding human rights, it would emphasise the importance of funding for humanitarian endeavours alongside the Palestinian political struggle, which is intentionally thwarted partly through the discrepancy between financial aid and human rights violations. The international community has failed generations of Palestinians. It should be a matter of concern to the international community that, 70 years since the Nakba, the discourse of humanitarian aid still prevails over that of political rights.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

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Re:  MCB: BBC fail to report on Islamophobia in the Tory Party

Re: MCB: BBC fail to report on Islamophobia in the Tory Party

One of Britain’s largest Muslim representative bodies has accused the of “failing to sufficiently report” on Islamophobia within the ranks of the Conservative Party.

The , which has been one of the most vocal critics of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over his alleged failure to address anti-Semitism amongst party members, was accused of failing to give equal importance to the racism experienced by Muslims.

The complaint was addressed to the Director General Tony Hall in a letter by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), this morning. The MCB reminded Hall of the ’s responsibility as a public broadcaster to be impartial and not to create a hierarchy of racism through its biased coverage.

“Racism against Muslims should be given equal importance to racism against others” said the MCB.

The MCB, which has been documenting the rise of Islamophobia in the UK, asserted that anti-Muslim racism had become “institutional and widespread” within the Conservative Party.

It also charged the party under Boris Johnson’s leadership of having “consistently failed to address its problem with Islamophobia, with individuals at every level within the party.”

It was alleged that anti-Muslim hate had taken root at the top, with the Prime Minister himself showing no regret over comments widely regarded to be Islamophobic.

A list of information was highlighted in the letter concerning the alarming rise of Islamophobia. “Religious hate crime in England and Wales rose by 40 per cent to its highest level in 2017-18, with more than half of all religiously-motivated attacks being directed at Muslims,” said the MCB.

“Islamophobia in our country’s governing party, therefore, is of huge concern to British Muslims, and the failure of the to report on this extensively during this election is deeply disappointing and neglects to represent an issue of great importance to society at large.”

While insisting that the had failed to provide balanced coverage and to highlight the full extent of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, the MCB suggested that the broadcaster was guilty of peddling anti-Muslim bigotry itself by giving a platform to far-right Islamophobic hate figures like Melanie Phillips. The pro-Israel commentator wrote a highly controversial article last week in which she claimed that deception is a mainstream Muslim belief.

Worrying details emerged recently over the extent to which anti-Muslim racism is being spread across the world. In the latest of such cases, a investigation traced a network of Facebook accounts fuelling far-right Islamophobic pages around the world to Israel.

Journalists at the UK daily uncovered a plot to take over some of Facebook’s largest far-right pages in an attempt to foment hatred towards Islam and Muslims while fostering support for Israel, in a report titled Inside the hate factory.

As many as 21 of the of the biggest far-right Facebook pages churning out hatred of Muslims at an industrial scale were tracked to “a mysterious Israeli-based group.” Thousands of coordinated fake news posts per week were being produced and circulated to millions of followers around the world.

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