Violence and Security

  • Dutch Court Rejects Defunding of School with Former IS Links

    July 31, 2017

    In a case reflecting the growing controversy over the impact of Islamism in the Dutch confessionalized private school system, the State Council of the Netherlands has ruled that the Ministry of Education must finance an Islamic school whose administration once included an Islamic State (IS) supporter.

  • MB Says Islamists Squeezed It out in Syria

    July 28, 2017

    A leading figure in Syria's Muslim Brotherhood (MB) claims that the MB has been squeezed out of any potentially moderating role in postwar Syria because the Assad opposition has been captured by the expanded and radicalized Islamist scene in the country.

  • June Featured Islamist Expansion in UK Public Sphere

    July 28, 2017

    A review of legal cases, policy debates, and public developments in the UK reveals a marked expansion in Islamist violence in the public sphere and a tendency toward soft-pedaling government policy responses toward jihadist beliefs and actions under the banner of preserving multicultural tolerance.

  • IS Ramps up Anti-Shiite Propaganda Against Iran

    July 27, 2017

    The Islamic State's (IS) major online propaganda platforms show a decided increase in anti-Iran propaganda, with direct sectarian appeals to Iran's Sunni minority to attack and replace the Shiite regime with an IS model of Sunni Islamism.

  • Fatwas Signal Support for IS Use of Nuclear, Chemical Weapons

    July 26, 2017

    Although Islamic State (IS) supporters have used relatively low-cost and easily available conventional weapons to this point, radical imams have issued fatwas approving the use of nuclear and chemical weapons for jihad.

  • NGO Criticizes Indonesian Ban of Islamist Group

    July 26, 2017

    Human Rights Watch has posted a press release asserting that the Indonesian government's decision to ban the Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir, which supports the replacement of democracy in the country with a caliphate based on sharia law, "constitutes a troubling infringement of the rights of freedom of association and expression."

  • Canadian Police Issue Warrant for Imam Inciting Killing of Jews

    July 21, 2017

    Canadian police have issued an arrest warrant on a hate crimes charge for a Jordan Imam who sermonized in Montreal's Saint-Michel mosque, where he cited Koranic passages to support his call for killing of Jews.

  • ECtHR Affirms Broad Grounds for "Hate Speech" Criminalization

    July 21, 2017

    In the case of Belgium's conviction of the leader of the "Sharia4Belgium" movement for promoting violence against non-Muslims, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) supported the conviction on the grounds that states may prevent incitement to "hatred, discrimination and violence" and "oppose political movements based on religious fundamentalism."

  • UN Chief: Target "Hate Speech" to Prevent Atrocities

    July 20, 2017

    At the launch of an initiative to prevent atrocities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that averting such crimes requires combating "the proliferation of hate speech - both online and offline" that could "spread hostility and hatred" and lead to the normalization of violence.

  • UNESCO Event Prioritizes Diversity in Preventing Terrorism

    July 20, 2017

    At a UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) event on how to use "educational media" to prevent "violent extremism," speakers emphasized the importance of promoting "inclusion and respect for diversity" and "citizenship education" in school textbooks and curricula to blunt the force of extremist messaging.

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