Tag Archives: Islamophobia

Canada: Toronto police say hijab-cutting incident didn’t happen

Source: NBC News

“Toronto police are disputing an 11-year-old girl’s claim that her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school last week. Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said Monday an extensive investigation was conducted and police concluded it did not happen. … Pugash declined to say whether the girl acknowledged it didn’t happen. He said police wouldn’t take a step like this unless they were absolutely confident.” [editor’s note: On the one hand, there seem to be a lot of hoaxes of this variety. On the other hand, if it’s anyone’s word versus the police department’s, I know which side I default to absent a good reason to think otherwise … – TLK] (01/15/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/toronto-police-say-hijab-cutting-incident-didn-t-happen-n837791

Canada: Idiot reportedly tries to cut schoolgirl’s hijab off

Source: Toronto Star [Canada]

“Khawlah Noman was walking to school with her younger brother when she felt somebody pull the hood of her winter jacket down. Protected from the rain was the 11-year-old’s light blue hijab — the target of a man holding a pair of scissors with a blue handle. Over the next 10 minutes, she said she was attacked not once, but twice, by a man who is now a suspect in a Toronto police hate crime investigation.” (01/12/18)

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2018/01/12/man-cuts-hijab-off-girl-in-scarborough-police-say.html

The right’s Islamophobia has nothing to do with national security

Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“When asked by reporters on Wednesday about President Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim videos, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, ‘what the President is talking about is the need for national security, the need for military spending.’ Her talking points are out of date. The videos are not about ‘national security’ at all. … None involves terrorism against the United States or even Europe. None could have been prevented by more ‘military spending.’ Sanders is behind the times. Trump’s tweets show that, increasingly, America’s purveyors of anti-Muslim bigotry no longer need terrorism as a rationalization. Islamophobia is finding new justifications, which don’t rely on ISIS or Al Qaeda detonating bombs in London or Chicago. And in that way, it’s embedding itself more deeply in America’s political terrain.” (11/30/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-new-islamophobia/547130/