UK college steps back hosting Islamophobia conference

An academic conference tackling the alarming rise in Islamophobia in the UK has had to be relocated after Birkbeck College decides not to host the conference organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission. The conference will now be held at an alternative venue.

In statement organisers said, “The turnaround came after calls on social media by Britain First.

“While IHRC believes that the safety of everyone is paramount it is not justifiable to allow threats and intimidation by a tiny minority to disrupt the normal flow of everyday life.”

The conference, which is being supported by 19 Muslim and non-Muslim organisations including Stop the War Coalition and Campaign against Criminalising Communities, is due to feature speeches by leading academics in the fields of race relations, Islamophobia, multiculturalism and securitisation, exploring and suggesting responses to the soaring levels of Islamophobia in the UK.

IHRC chair Massoud Shadjareh said “It is staggering to think that an Islamophobia conference held in an academic arena can itself become the victim of institutional Islamophobia at so many levels”, Asian Image reported…

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  • ntt1

    Very encouraging ..

  • Alain

    We should learn to be as tolerant of others as they are in Muslim countries; no more, no less. When I see real tolerance practised in the Muslim world, then I may be open to the claim of “islamophobia”.

    • Frau Katze

      It’s always a one-way street with Islam.

  • Pete_Brewster

    If that’s true, then God bless and keep Britain First!

  • tom_billesley

    It’s surprising that muslims hadn’t already demanded a change of venue.
    Birkbeck College hosts the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.
    http://www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk/