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A police sketch of the suspect.
Aug15

NYC Mayor says Muslims in cross-hairs of bigotry

By: BBC Source: BBC Imam Maulana Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 64, were shot in the head on Saturday in the borough of Queens. Some mosque-goers said the shooting was a hate crime, but police say there is as yet no evidence the men were targeted because of their faith. Attacks on US mosques are at their highest levels since records started. The two men, originally from Bangladesh, were approached from behind by a man who shot them both in the head, police said. They had both just left the al-Furqan Jame mosque. A man holding a gun was seen leaving the scene of the shooting in the Ozone Park area, but no-one has been arrested. Police said the suspect had a “medium complexion”....

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Tharid Uddin (kiri) dan Maulana Akonjee (kanan) - Picture via Twitter
Aug15

US: CAIR offers reward for killer of NYC Imam

  By: Chris Hannas Source: VOA News A Muslim advocacy group is offering a $10,000 reward to help solve the killings of a Muslim cleric and an associate in New York. The 55-year-old Imam Maulana Akonjee and 64-year-old Thara Uddin were shot at close range on a city street as they left afternoon prayers Saturday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it would make a formal announcement Monday about the reward. “We hope the offer of a reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of the individual who perpetrated this heinous crime,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Once an arrest is made, we expect that the motive of the shooter can be...

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FILE - In this Aug.4 2016 file photo made from video, Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing traditional Islamic dress, in Marseille, southern France. The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim women from its beaches, citing security concerns. A City Hall official said the ordinance, in effect for August, could apply to burkini-style swimsuits.  (AP Photo, File)
Aug14

Burkini ban: apparently misogyny is OK if it’s anti-Muslim

By: Huda Jawad Source: The Independent It has been a bad few months for women – the attack on Channel 4 news anchor Fatima Manji by Kelvin MacKenzie for fronting the news on the day of the Nice attacks, followed by Donald Trump’s accusation that a dead Muslim American Serviceman’s mother isn’t “allowed to speak”. The announcement of the opening of a “fellatio café” in London in December 2016 servicing only men’s desires with coffee on the side was a similarly shocking moment, in addition to the TUC’s report on sexual harassment of women in the workplace, the investigation by the Women and Equalities Committee on the prejudices faced by Muslim women in employment. This week, we heard the...

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