Chapel Hill shooting: American Sniper ‘behind rise in Islamophobia in US’, says leading Arab advocate

One of the leading advocates for Arab-Americans has hit out at the lack of coverage received by the killing of three young Muslims in North Carolina, describing it as symptomatic of an American Sniper-inspired rise in Islamophobia.

Abed Ayoub, the legal director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), said the film industry, US government and right-wing political commentators all had a role to play in the recent surge in anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment…

When asked if the reaction would have been different if the victims had not been Muslims, Mr Ayoub told The Independent: “Absolutely 100 per cent this would have been covered differently if the roles were reversed.

“This country needs to realise that acts of terrorism are not confined to a single religion or ethnicity,” he said. “This [Islamophobia] is something that needs to stop and we would like the media to pay more attention and cover this more to show the impact of hate crime and hate speech”…

Iran’s PressTV immediately noticed this and put out their own piece.

Meanwhile, RT (Russia Today) had this to say: Scarce MSM coverage of Chapel Hill shootings shows true extent of accepted Islamophobia

We have already posted on Turkey: Turkey’s Erdogan chides Obama for silence on Chapel Hill Muslim murders