Mitri traced a “new hatred” of Islam and Muslims to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
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Experts warned of retaliation against Muslims reminiscent of Jewish treatment during the Holocaust if the issue of Islamophobia is not dealt with swiftly.Speakers addressed the way that Arabs in general and Muslims in particular are portrayed in Western media outlets.Sammak added that the media also plays a vital role in encouraging accurate perceptions of religion.Jabbour echoed Sammak's calls for media outlets to help solve the issue. According to Mitri, the rise in Islamophobia is something fairly new.
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