The artwork accompanying the piece on celebrating the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople
Islamophobia was on rise particularly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but it’s frequency and notoriety has increased in the U.S. during the past decade, Muslim leaders here say.
Some even argue that there are those who have a very clear agenda to propagate stereotypes about Islam…
…Ibrahim Hooper, the Communications Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said that even after 9/11 there was a reserve of goodwill for American Muslims, so even though Muslims and mosques were attacked, a majority of the American people reacted in favor of Muslims and supported them.
But since ISIL has been on the scene “unfortunately we are seeing rising levels of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society”, Hooper said.
The prejudice toward Muslims can’t be attributed only to ISIL, he said. “There is also an organized industry promoting Islamophobia in America, founded by millions of dollars and promoted by networks like Fox News and Internet hate sites…” he said…
From the Turkish World Bulletin, who that same night had the following items:
Istanbul gets ready to mark 1453 conquest: On May 29, 1453, Ottoman Fatih Sultan Mehmed conquered Istanbul, then called Constantinople, from where the Byzantines had ruled the Eastern Roman Empire for more than a 1,000 years.
The conquest transformed the city, once the heart of the Byzantine realm, into the capital of the new Ottoman Empire.
Look no further for the source of ‘Islamophobia’