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Building Solidarity, Hope and Resistance When the Sky is Falling February 3rd 2017
The past year has felt devastating for many of us fighting for a more equal, just and progressive future. The rise of Trump and Brexit have seen mainstream parties embrace the divisive politics of the far-right. Latent racism, Islamophobia and prejudice have, of course, been endemic in our societies for a long time. But the hostility....
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Against Borders for Children keeps on fighting to protect 8 million children December 8th 2016
Despite the losses, hate and fear that 2016 has meant for many, Jawaab is grateful to have found friends this year who share our vision of a world without hate. One piece of work we’re really proud to have contributed to is the Against Borders for Children campaign - fighting to reverse frightening legislation that asks for 8 milli....
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The Enemy Within? France’s Muslim Problem August 1st 2016
9/11 shook America, 7/7 shook Britain and the past year and a half has shaken France. The Charlie Hebdo shooting, the Paris attacks, the Nice atrocity and most recently the tragic killing of a priest in Normandy. And just as Bush & Blair used 9/11 & the ensuing climate of fear to rationalise their misguided War on Terror, Fra....
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What’s on Europe’s Mind? July 11th 2016
A month ago, after a leave campaign which focused on immigration, identity and 'taking back control' Britain voted to leave the EU. For many in the UK, the last month has felt devastating. For migrants and BME citizens, the last month has felt chilling. Reports of xenophobic and racist hate crime have soared since the EU referendum,....
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Orlando shooting shows us minorities must unite against oppression June 13th 2016
I woke up uncharacteristically early on Sunday morning; my sleep pattern broken from my 2am sehri, and my ears still alert to the irritating beep of the BBC News Update. Like many others around the world, I quickly became aware of the tragic Orlando shootings. My heart sank. Another mass shooting in the US, another attack in Orland....
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Statement on Prevent at ODIHR conference September 30th 2015
Europe’s largest annual human rights conference, organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), takes place in Warsaw from 21 September to 2 October 2015. Jawaab presented a statement around the issue of Islamophobia and how we can move forward in tackling this. As part of Jawaab’s work we ....
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Extremism isn’t the only struggle of our generation July 22nd 2015
David Cameron’s speech in Birmingham, in which he announced his plans on how to tackle extremism, motivates me to bring some aspects of the work that I have been doing with young Muslims for the last eight years into the equation. It is important to understand the real challenges facing this generation. The minority of Muslims, ....
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Islamophobia in Europe May 1st 2015
Islamophobia is a term used to describe irrational hostility, fear, or hatred of Islam, Muslims, and Islamic culture, and active discrimination against these groups or individuals within them. Today, Islamophobia in Europe manifests itself through individual attitudes and behaviors, and the policies and practices of organizations ....
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Ban the word ‘Muslim’ March 16th 2015
I want to make a case for non Muslims in the UK to think more carefully about the way they talk about 'Muslims'. If non-Muslims are so careless about the way they use phrases like 'the Muslim community' (and the very word 'Muslim' now carries an insinuation of fostering violence), then perhaps we non-Muslims should be banned from....
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The Spectator apologises March 12th 2015
Rizwan Hussain: an apology In his 7 March article (‘Jihadi John, the crazies at Cage and the fools who fund them’), Rod Liddle wrongly identified the founder of the organisation Jawaab, Rizwan Hussain, as being the former head of the Global Aid Trust, which had been exposed by a TV programme as ‘a nest of extremist Islamists....
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Home is unsafe February 26th 2015
Home is a place where we should all feel safe. However yesterday, for the first time I felt unsafe in my own city...London. On my commute to work, I was racially abused, both physically and verbally. A man grabbed my hijab and made derogatory bigoted comments. He even had the audacity to question my loyalty to my country! Why? Bec....
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The transformation of Anne Marie Waters January 28th 2015
In the first of an occasional series from Spinwatch, Hilary Aked examines Sharia Watch and its founder Anne Marie Waters. Spinwatch, which investigates and campaigns on PR, propaganda and lobbying in politics, is currently investigating the counterjihad movement. If we want to empower and inform the anti-racist movement to build a....
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Where Monoculturalism leads January 15th 2015
As France grieves for those whose lives have been so brutally taken, and more emergency and counter-radicalisation measures are discussed, the future for a peaceful Europe rests on how our leaders diagnose the problems that we collectively face. It may seem counter-intuitive, but far from suffering from an excess of multiculturali....
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Dear Young French Muslims January 14th 2015
Director Luc Besson has written a open letter to young French Muslims, calling on them to reject extremism in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. My brother, if you knew how badly I hurt for you today, you and your beautiful religion that has been so sullied, humiliated, and singled out. Forgotten are your strength, your energ....
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50 Islamophobic acts since Paris attacks January 14th 2015
More than 50 Islamophobic acts have been recorded in France since the Paris incidents which took place a week ago. The figures were announced on Monday to the AFP against Islamophobia Observatory of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). According to the president of the observatory, Abdallah Zekri, citing figures fro....
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Extremism Educational Pack December 22nd 2014
Today's digital age brings about many benefits, such as instant stream of information. We are never too far away from clicking and finding the answers to our questions.  Having said this there is a growing concern that it is able to serve individuals who wish harm on society. Extremism is a plague and media is one of the tools used ....
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A Muslim Terrorist November 23rd 2014
Welcome to our new website. We bring you not only our fresh new website, but also the launch of our new campaign #IslamNoPhobia. Jawaab feels that young people’s identity is being lost to anti-Muslim hate speech on social media platforms. Also in everyday face to face situations such as in schools, work and in public. Anti-....
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Happy Birthday Jawaab! November 11th 2014
It's Jawaab's 3rd Birthday! 11.11.11 saw the launch of Jawaab in an underground cafe in North London. We can't believe that today marks our 3rd anniversy. The time has flown by and throughout the years we have been busy working on our British Pakistani Voices and 12 Cities Network campaigns. Jawaab wants to take this opportuni....
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Thoughts on Grassroots Activity October 21st 2014
What do we do on Monday morning? Mainstream media is relentless in fuelling the Far Right's portrayal of Islam, so much so that its rhetoric is part of the way many people think and feel about Muslims, particularly those who have no contact with them. The rhetoric is dangerous because it endorses the ignorance, prejudice, and f....
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Remembering Srebrenica September 5th 2014
As part of Remembering Srebrenica, a group of community activists and leaders were taken to Bosnia to learn of the genocide and the consequences of the war from 1992-1995. The visitation highlights what hatred, dehumanisation of the 'other', in this case Muslim Bosniaks leads to - death, destruction and denial. Learning about this at....
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Europe needs to tackle the threat of Islamophobia July 2nd 2014
Following the events of 22 July in Norway – when Anders Behring Breivik, driven by a hatred of Islam, killed 77 people – there have been ample expressions of outrage, analysis and commentary, but little indication as to what must to be done to prevent Islamophobia spreading. Before 22 July, the Soul of Europe, together with th....
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Research on youth issues in Germany June 13th 2013
We visit Ruhr Westfalia and conduct grassroots listening, discussing the issue of Islamophobia with young people, religious and community leaders and activists. All individuals consulted from a wide range of religious and non-religious backgrounds expressed their concerns that Islamophobia was on the rise in their local area. Many of....
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Berlin Trip: Anti-Islamophobia Campaign November 10th 2012
Jawaab alongside Soul of Europe travel to Berlin to begin the planning of a conference which will take place in Germany in 2013. The conference in September 2013 which will bring activists and mentors from across Europe who are working to tackle Islamophobia at grassroots. We are aiming to work with participants from UK, France, Ger....
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Anti-Islamophobia project: the beginning March 17th 2012
Our very first trip to Ruhr-Westphalia, Germany took place from 9-11th March 2012. Noori, Rizwan, Bilal, Peter and Donald from the Jawaab and Soul of Europe team took a road trip to northern Germany. Our visit was to begin the brainstorming of our new campaign and form a pan-European network of activists working on the issue of Isl....
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British Muslim & Bengali – Terrorism & Islamophobia November 14th 2010
Young British Muslim Bengali men talk about Terrorism, Islamophobia, Gangs and Crime Akhtar Abu, a young British Bengali Muslim man decided to film a short documentary at Cornwallis Adventure Playground based in Islington. This was the place where he spent most of his time growing up. He went around with a camera and captured th....
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Kick Islamophobia Highlights January 14th 2010
Here are the video highlights from our anti-racism festival and football tournaments for 2008 and 2009.....
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Report Launched – Young Muslim Voices November 14th 2008
Young Muslim Voices campaign held its first conference in November 2008 - inviting key decision makers, influencers and local politicians from across London to listen and understand social issues young people are facing. The conference was organised and delivered by young people themselves and raised important issues ranging from dis....
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