The forces of globalization and mass migration have resulted in clashes of cultures amongst various metropolitan cities in the west. Growing up as a second generation citizen near a city as diverse as Toronto, the most multicultural city in the entire world, exposes you to a variety of co-existing culture, from diverse classrooms to clashes of foodways and fusion dishes. It is also a beautiful thing to witness community centers and masajid where Muslims can peacefully practice their faith and an overall atmosphere of peace, tolerance, acceptance as well as human rights which are taught to children from a very young age. However, this very binding fabric, that could have created the blueprints of harmonious co-existence, interfaith dialogue, learning and growth, for this past decade has been unjustly plagued by Anti-Muslim sentiments in the media leading to prejudice and an increase in hate crimes locally and internationally. Furthermore, the information age has also exposed Canada’s own settler-colonial history making it challenging to address both past and present human rights violations and challenging the dehumanizing international political rhetoric that aims to exploit humans and the environment. Recent western wars across the middle east as well as anti-Muslim sentiments within the media have disproportionately led to increased global hostilities towards the Muslim community. Children with Muslim sounding names, hijab, and Muslims in general are constantly a target and placed in scrutiny. This dehumanization and desensitization targeted towards the Muslim community both destroy their sense of self worth and uproot them from their traditions as well as create a strong sense of prejudice. Continue reading Hate Crimes Against Humanity: Contrasting Prejudice and Rahma
The last few days have seen the continuation of widespread violence by Israeli occupiers against Palestinians in the West Bank. Numerous videos have been posted of illegal Israeli settlers evicting Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah and of Israeli forces attacking peaceful Muslim worshippers in al-Aqsa Mosque. Continue reading Israel-Palestine: The End of Media Deception?