November 17, 2013 This November sees the launch of the second Islamophobia Awareness Month, first in 2012. The month-long campaign will see activities and projects held throughout Britain to combat the continuing rising tide of Islamophobia.
Islamophobia or anti-Muslim hatred is reaching worrying heights in Britain, across Europe and globally. Racist and fascist fringe parties are gaining ground amidst economic crisis, and mainstream parties increasingly catering to populist, nativist and xenophobic electoral agendas fanned by sensationalist media scaremongering. From the niqab ban and anti-sharia legislation, to erosion of civil liberties and racist discrimination in housing and employment, Islamophobic prejudice is now prevalent in the mainstream, on display in political life, in the media and in the attitudes of the police and the courts.
IAM coordinates a rich and diverse programme of events and activities organised with partners supporting the campaign to raise awareness and forge solidarities across anti-racist and anti-war agendas. The 1st anniversary will be marked on 25thNovember at the House of Commons London.
The MCB announcement goes on to identify the sponsors of the campaign as:
- Muslim Council of Britain
- Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia
According to its Facebook page, the Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia is:
…a network of groups and individuals who came together to campaign against Muslim racism in Britain. Description The Enough Coalition was established to tackle the rising tide of Islamophobia in the UK and confront anti-Muslim hatred. It brings together a coalition of organisations including Stop the War, Friends of Al-Aqsa, British Muslim Initiative, Federation of Students Islamic Societies, One Society Many Cultures, Unite Against Fascism, London Muslim Centre and the Islamic Forum of Europe.
The Friends of Al-Aqsa, British Muslim Initiative, Federation of Students Islamic Societies, London Muslim Centre and the Islamic Forum of Europe are all tied either to the UK Muslim Brotherhood and/or the Bnagladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami in the UK.
The two trustees of ENGAGE are Sir Iqbal Sacranie and Mohamed Ali Harrath. Sacranie is a former Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), discussed below, and in 2008 was listed by the Union of Good (UOG) as a trustee. The UOG is a Hamas fund-raising network headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and was designated by the US government as a terrorist entity in November 2008. Mohamed Ali Harrath is the CEO of the Islam Channel who had previously been wanted by Interpol on charges of terrorism in Tunisia. The Interpol notice has since been removed. The Islam Channel is a UK media company which frequently promotes the works of individuals associated with the Global Muslim Brotherhood.