Islamophobic attempted murder in England

This video about England says about itself:

24 September 2017

An imam was rushed to hospital after he was stabbed outside a mosque by an attacker who reportedly made ‘anti-Muslim comments’.

Police have launched an investigation after Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked with a knife outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre in Greater Manchester on Sunday.

Andrew Western, Labour councillor for Sale, Greater Manchester, said his thoughts are ‘with him and his family.’

Dr Kurdy, 58, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, and some people had already made their way into the mosque when he was attacked at around 6pm.

He has been discharged from hospital, according to his colleague Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association, who said he was ‘very lucky’.

Greater Manchester Police is treating the attack as a hate crime and confirmed they have made two arrests. They have arrested two men in relation to the attack.

From the BBC in Britain today:

Altrincham mosque stabbing: Surgeon attacked in ‘hate crime

A doctor has been stabbed in the back of the neck on his way to a mosque in Greater Manchester, in a suspected hate crime.

Consultant surgeon Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked outside the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association at about 17:50 BST and was taken to hospital.

He has since been discharged and a 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old who were arrested are being questioned.

Greater Manchester Police have asked for any witnesses to come forward.

Dr Kurdy heard Islamophobic comments at the time of the attack, community sources said.

Police said the 58-year-old was on his way to the mosque, where he is the vice-chairman and has led prayers, when he saw another man across the road.

“A short time later he felt an injury to the back of his neck. He ran into the centre and then called emergency services.”

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said it was a “nasty and unprovoked attack” to a “much-loved” man.

‘Abusive comments’

Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the mosque, said: “It could have been very, very serious.

“He [Dr Kurdy] said he noticed someone cross the road and then somebody just attacked him from behind.

“Obviously he was in shock at the time, he had just been stabbed, so the detail of those comments I don’t know – but there were definitely abusive comments made by the attackers at the door of the mosque.

“We understand it was a knife, he is very lucky.

“It’s a very unified town so for this to happen like this in the street, it is frightening.”

Dr Anis added that Dr Kurdy is “in good spirits”.

Akram Malik, chairman of the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association, added: “It is devastating that someone has chosen to attack a community member, on his way to prayer.

“We pray that Dr Kurdy makes a full recovery and the perpetrator faces the full force of justice.”

‘Motivated by hate’

Iftikhar Awan, who attends the mosque with his wife and children, said the community was “in a state of shock”.

He added that Dr Kurdy was treated in Wythenshawe Hospital, where he works as an orthopaedic surgeon.

Det Insp [Detective Inspector] Ben Cottam said Dr Kurdy was attacked “in broad daylight”.

ACC Jackson added: “People will want to know why the attacker did this and we are treating this as a crime motivated by hate.

“It is difficult to say more than this at this time but there is nothing to suggest that this is terrorist related.”

Dear Assistant Chief Constable Jackson: since when are white supremacist terrorists not terrorists?

He said there would be an increased police presence in the areas to “reassure local people”.

The Muslim Council of Britain said it was shocked by the attack and urged the government to implement its “hate crime action plan”.

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  4. Wednesday 29th november 2017

    Sites such as Twitter and Facebook ‘fuelling far-right ideas by giving platforms to hate’

    ANTI-RACISTS urged money-making sites such as Twitter and Facebook yesterday to ban the perpetrators of Islamophobic, anti-semitic and racist hate online.

    They accused social media sites of often giving “free rein” to those spreading racist views, while the responsibility for reporting hatemongering accounts currently lies with users.

    Campaign group Hope Not Hate has warned that, unless corporations stop giving space to hate merchants, the far right will creep further into the mainstream and continue to grow.

    The group’s senior researcher Joe Mulhall said that social media organisations argue that it is not illegal and is “free speech.”

    He told those gathered at Hope Not Hate’s anti-Islamophobia conference in Camden, London: “We have to get better at fighting the far right, with it creeping into the mainstream.”

    Researchers revealed that, between March and November this year, racist English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson saw his number of Twitter followers jump from 60,000 to 385,000.

    It dramatically increased during the months when there were terror attacks in Manchester, London Bridge and north London’s Finsbury Park attack on Muslims and spiked during the Parsons Green attack.

    Research by Hope Not Hate shows that Islamophobes have “strengthened the impression that Islam is an imminent threat to Western society” by manipulating accounts on Twitter, ie using automated bots and buying followers.

    Anti-Muslim websites are also alarmingly growing in popularity, activists heard.

    With the election of Donald Trump in the US and far-right parties across Europe becoming more prominent, the issue has become much harder to tackle, Mr Mulhall said, adding: “There is incredibly toxic language around Muslims.

    “It’s unleashed something we’re going to have to deal with,” he said, pointing out that anti-Muslim movements often spring up as a result of poor social-economic climates.

    He said: “There was a time when, if you wanted to hear conspiratorial ideas about Muslims taking over, you would have been listening to someone with a loudhailer in a car park somewhere.

    “But now you can hear it in parliament chambers across Europe and from the president of the USA in some senses. It’s terrifying. We know how to deal with EDL, but we have to get better with it creeping into the mainstream.”

    In a year that has seen National Front’s Marine Le Pen win a third of the vote in France’s presidential elections this year and Germany’s Alternative for Germany party attract 13 per cent of the vote, anti-Muslim assaults reached their highest since 2001. Following the terror attacks in Paris, hate crime against the Muslim community rose from 113 in 2014 to over 400 in 2015.

    Lallab, a Muslim feminist organisation in France, condemned the way anti-Muslim sentiment has crept into women’s daily lives in France, with “completely abhorrent” debates.

    Co-founder Sarah Zouak said: “We just continually hear talk about Muslim women in France without giving them a voice.

    “People speak in our place and it reaches the point where they tell us how to think, what to wear, whether we’re allowed to go to the beach, whether we’re allowed to go to university.”


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