More on Islamophobia (ICLA Mission to OSCE)

By • on August 11, 2013

More on Islamophobia

Yesterday, when I posted the final report on OSCE Vienna 2013 and then a follow-up, the video of the Turkish representative’s response was not yet available. Since then Vlad has finished processing it, and I’ve added it to the report. However, since the post is now so far down the page, I’m including it here so that interested readers will be sure to see it.

In response to Dr. Harald Fiegl of Mission Europa Netzwerk Karl Martell, the Turkish government representative Mr. Umut Topcuoglu quotes the definition of “Islamophobia” provided by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Turkish representative adds in an unusual personal retort that the Mission Europa representative appears to be suffering an unusually severe case of this imaginary malady:

In addition to the content of his response, pay attention to the unusually snide, insulting, and contemptuous tone used by Mr. Topcuoglu when addressing Dr. Fiegl.

Many thanks to Henrik Ræder Clausen for recording this video, and to Vlad Tepes for processing and uploading it:

The transcript of the definition:

Islamophobia is a contemporary form of racism and xenophobia motivated by unfounded fear, mistrust, and hatred of Muslims and Islam. Islamophobia is also manifested through intolerance, discrimination, unequal treatment, prejudice, stereotyping, hostility, and adverse public discourse. Differentiating from classical racism and xenophobia [sic], Islamophobia is mainly based on stigmatization of a religion and its followers, and as such, Islamophobia is an affront to the human rights and dignity of Muslims.


By ross on August 17th, 2013 at 11:11

How often do you have to be told – ‘Islam’ is NOT a race – so criticism of Islam is in no way ;’racist’.

If you really want to look at racism – look at Muslim attitudes to Jews.

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