Opinion: Islamophobia on the rise in Europe, discussion at EU Parliament concludes

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The EU Parliament held an event on Tuesday to discuss Islamophobia.

Tomasso Chiamparino, the EU Commission Coordinator On Combating Anti-Muslim Hatred, said hatred and discrimination had become commonplace in the discourse of some politicians and that this could not be ignored.

Chiamparino said that despite discrimination against people with headscarves or beards, combating Islamophobia was not a priority in many countries.

Underlining that the voice of victims of Islamophobia was not being heard, he added that if countries failed on this issue, the EU project would be unsuccessful.

EU Parliament lawmaker Magid Magid, said the far-right started to gather supporters across Europe, and that these people not only threatened human rights but also security.

“Let’s not give one more inch to Islamophobia. Let’s push back against hijab bans and halal bans,” Magid said.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency after the event, former lawmaker of the Brussels Capital Region Parliament Mahinur Özdemir said Islamophobia seriously affects Muslim women.

Özdemir said women became subjects of Islamophobia at a rate of 76% in Belgium and 84% in France.

“Hate speech has started to turn into attacks,” she stressed.

In order to prevent this, parliaments have to take measures as they did against Anti-Semitism and racism, Özdemir added, saying: “If you cannot name something, you cannot take measures against it.”