Midweek rant from Turkey: Report reveals rising Islamophobia in Europe

A report entitled “Hatred, Islamophobia and Racism in Europe”, published by the International Center for Watching Violation of Rights (UHİM), has revealed the rising xenophobia against Muslims in Europe.

According to the report, segregation, hate speech and violent attacks which Muslims face in the West are considered to be outcomes of Islamophobia, but this term, which means “Fear of Islam”, does not adequately represent the reality since violence towards Muslims is based on hostility rather than fear.

The Head of the Center, Ayhan Küçük, read a decleration regarding the report on Tuesday, in a meeting organized in Bağlarbaşı Congress and Cultural Center in Üsküdar.

Küçük said that the main objective of the report was to analyse discrimination against Muslim immigrants in Europe.

“Foreigners have negligible political representation in European countries in terms of their population. Legislative regulations regarding foreigners are insufficient, biased and prejudiced.

Discrimination, hate speech, segregation and physical attacks against Muslims are usually considered to be consequences of the rising Islamophobia in Europe. However, this term, meaning “fear of Islam”, does not reflect the reality. We can easily say that violence against Muslims is based on hostility, not fear…

Sounds like Europe is an awful place for Muslims. That explains why so many are leaving…oh, wait.