Blatant Islamophobia and anti-Palestinian racism in Hamilton Spectator

The letter makes a false charge that Palestinian activists and slogans, including the BDS movement, are “Islamist.” However, most Palestinian movements (including BDS) are secular and encompass both Muslim and Christian Palestinians. My concern here, however, is not only that it is a false claim, but that it has overtly Islamophobic overtones. The author is using the term “Islamist” solely to try to paint Jama and the Palestinian solidarity movement in a negative light, perpetuating anti-Islam and anti-Palestinian sentiment.