The Heat: Examining Islamophobia

The Heat

The Heat: Examining Islamophobia

Recent killings in the United States are examples of what some see as growing intolerance against Arabs and Muslims.

Lebanese-American Khalid Jabara was shot on his porch by a neighbor on August 13 and just a day later Imam Maulama Akonjee and his associate Thara Uddin were killed walking home from prayers at a mosque in New York City.

Reports of violence against Muslims have been on the rise. A study by Georgetown University calculated 174 total attacks, the highest number yet of reported incidents of violence and vandalism against Muslims since the Sept. 11 attacks.

More than two dozen states have sought to ban sharia law, and studies show the number of Americans who view Islam in a negative light has spiked since the start of the U.S. election cycle in 2015.

Brian Levin, the director for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University also found that the rate of hate crimes directed at Muslims in the U.S. tripled after the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

To discuss these disturbing trends, The Heat’s Anand Naidoo is joined by:

* Georgetown University Professor Engy Abdelkader, author of the report, “When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 US Presidential Elections”.

* Arjun Sethi, a writer and attorney based here in Washington, DC. Sethi has observed the FBI’s Shared Responsibility Committee, a covert counterterrorism program to identify “radicalized” individuals currently being tested.

* Nadia Hassan, founder of the Villa Park Peace Coalition in Orange County, California. She is also the daughter of a U.S. Marine.

The Heat: Examining Islamophobia PT 1

The Heat: Examining Islamophobia PT 1

Recent killings in the United States are examples of what some see as growing intolerance against Arabs and Muslims. To discuss these disturbing trends, tonight's panel is joined by Georgetown University Professor Engy Abdelkader, writer and attorney Arjun Sethi and Nadia Hassan, founder of the Villa Park Peace Coalition.

The Heat: Examining Islamophobia PT 2

The Heat: Examining Islamophobia PT 2

Recent killings in the United States are examples of what some see as growing intolerance against Arabs and Muslims. To discuss these disturbing trends, tonight's panel is joined by Georgetown University Professor Engy Abdelkader, writer and attorney Arjun Sethi and Nadia Hassan, founder of the Villa Park Peace Coalition.

Islamophobia is growing in Europe too. Watch this video by Demos of tweets in the United Kingdom marked as Islamaphobic for the four days after the terrorist attack in Nice, France. Each red dot is an Islamophobic tweet.

The panel of experts continues:

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  • Yashar

    Hating or fearing people just because they are Muslims is stupid and hateful and no sane person will condone such a thing.
    However hating and fearing Islam is not a phobia, it’s in fact quite sensible. Consider the following facts:
    1) Currently there are hundreds of thousands of active Muslim terrorists in the world.
    2) Western people generally care about human rights but the Muslim world has no respect for human rights especially women, gays and religious minorities. In Muslim majority countries, religious minorities might have the right to live but they do not have the right to promote their religions (In Iran, people of Bahá’í faith basically don’t even have the right to study in colleges or get government jobs, etc). .
    3) Western civilization is based on free speech but the Muslim world doesn’t like free speech if it’s not in favor of Islam. Also, can you even find one free Muslim majority country? Maybe Turkey or maybe not especially since Erdogan’s Islamist party got to the power.
    4) Islamic terrorism, hateful Muslim preachers, sexual harassment, etc, in western countries. Some of terrorists have been Muslim converts and many of them were apparently “nice” people until they became bad people. So people ask this sensible question: how the hell can we trust [convert] Muslims anymore when even seemingly nice and integrated Muslims could quickly turn into extremists?
    5) Islam is too visible in western societies and that makes any religion unpopular.