Ahlam Hamdan, ('23, Clinical Mental Health Counseling) Founder of LV Community of Hope
Athar Haseebullah, Executive Director of the ACLU of Nevada
Fateen Seifullah, Imam, Masjid As-Sabur, North Las Vegas
Islamophobia is a term that has different meanings across culture and languages, but in short, according to Merriam-Webster, it is irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam.
In the literature on Islamophobia, much of the focus is on this stereotyping of Muslims as terrorists and the ways in which this puts the rights and liberties of all Muslims into jeopardy. A great deal of work emphasizes the negative consequences of this vilification: violence against Muslims in the form of physical assaults; harassment and prejudices in the media; ostracism and the exclusion of Muslims from political, social, and economic affairs; unfair discrimination against Muslim individuals and communities with regard to employment and the provision of services; and the vandalizing of property including mosques, Islamic schools, and cemeteries. Representation of Islam as a threat to the West and its values, including freedom, democracy, and the rights of women and minorities, and concomitant efforts to reverse Muslim immigration and integration in Europe, the United States, and other Western countries is frequently noted. [GaleOneFile -Israel Studies]