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MFest, which will be held at the British Library in London on 27th-29th April, will celebrate Islamic literature, ideas, and culture, and aims to challenge the idea that Islam and Muslims are a monolithic and static block, which is one of the fundamental features of Islamophobia.
Suspicious packages received by four Muslim MPs have been linked to the ‘Punish a Muslim day’ campaign. After the incidents were raised in Parliament, the Home Office said a definitive definition of Islamophobia was not needed as Islamophobia is already clearly recognised and effectively monitored.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a hashtag campaign to encourage action against hate speech. He launched the #endthehate campaign through a video on his personal and mayoral Twitter feed in conjunction with his keynote address to SXSW 2018, and also called on social media companies to do more to combat it.
The New America think tank’s data visualization project analyses 650 instances of anti-Muslim activity since 2012. It shows that national rhetoric in the USA has played a significant role in the rise of hate against Muslims in the country, particularly since the beginning of the 2016 election cycle.