Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:9AM
Islamophobia on rise in Britain
Islamophobia on rise in Britain
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Islamophobia on rise in Britain

While the UK is witnessing a surge in anti-Muslim hate crime reports, official data shows the wide extent of Islamophobic attacks long before the recent terrorist acts. London's Metropolitan police recorded more than 1,200 incidents of Islamophobic hate crime in the 12 months to March 2017. Last year, an exclusive poll for the Huffington Post UK found that more than half of Britons regard Islam as a threat to western liberal democracy.

Egypt’s bid to appease Saudis

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has finally approved an agreement that transfers sovereignty over the two strategic Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. The move comes despite the fact that many are angry in Egypt at what they see as treason on the part of their government. The Egyptians held repeated street protests against Sisi over the handover of Tiran and Sanafir to the Saudis. The accord has become politically sensitive for Sisi as he considers Saudi Arabia as a crucial ally.