Dutch Muslim Organizations Boycott Israeli Dates

Several Muslim organizations in the Netherlands, including the Council of Dutch Moroccan Mosques (RMMN), the Islamic Foundation of the Netherlands (ISN)
and Milli Gorus, are asking Muslims to boycott the purchase of Israeli dates during Ramadan. The boycott is the response to the late May Israeli attack on an aid convoy
for Palestinians, in which nine activists were killed and several people (including two Dutch) wounded. The boycott is to be launched after prayers on Friday July 9, one
month before the start of Ramadan.

Swiss Oppose UN Resolution on Minaret Ban

Several Muslim and African states have proposed to denounce bans against minaret construction as ‘Islamophobic’ as part of a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on religious defamation. According to Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raphaël Saborit, “in principle Switzerland disagrees with the concept of a resolution devoted to the defamation of religion,” as religious freedom ought to protect individual rights to practise one’s own religion, and not the religion itself.

Denmark: Muslims walk out of terrorism conference after Islamophobic comments by legislator

Several Muslim attendees walked out of a “Terrorism and Communication” conference hosted by the Danish Security and Surveillance Agency.

A local pubic broadcaster notes that Muslim guests, including an imam, decided to leave after Soren Esperson from the Danish People’s Party stood up and said that Islam is one of the world’s problems. Esperson’s comments came after the head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, Jakob Scharf, opened the conference by saying that Islam cannot be equated with terrorism, and argued that doing so complies with the demands of al-Qaeda’s fear-driven tactics.