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Akhtar, S. (2017). Editorial: Muslims as Victims of Prejudice and Violence. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 14(3):245-246.

(2017). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 14(3):245-246

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Editorial: Muslims as Victims of Prejudice and Violence

Review by:
Salman Akhtar

In the cacophony surrounding the “radical Islamic terrorism” which, in my opinion, is better termed “radical un-lslamic terrorism,” the cries of Muslims who are suffering in this world go unheard. To be sure, some Muslim fanatics have committed acts of terror and violence; at times, these acts have been of dramatic proportions and have inflicted unwarranted and unjustified damage upon innocent civilians. At the same time, it is true that Muslims are also victims of politically motivated violence. The press, the public, and the politicians all pay far greater attention to the violence perpetrated by Muslims but remain deaf to the cries of persecuted Muslims. The facts, however, speak loud and clear.

ο    In July 1995, over 8000 Muslim boys and men were killed by the Serbian armed forces in an attempted genocide of Bosniak Muslims.

ο    Over 200,000 Muslim civilians have been killed as a result of US allied forces' pillage of Iraq.

ο    Since the 9/11 attacks, the US government has carried out drone attacks in Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen, resulting in over 1000 civilian Muslim deaths, including women and children.

ο    Since 2016, hate crimes against Muslims in the United States, while under-reported, have risen 78 percent over the previous year. Hate crimes against other groups declined or rose much less.

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