Norwegian mosque gunman news update


This 11 August 2019 United States TV video from Norway says about itself:

Norway mosque worshipper recounts encounter with gunman

A worshipper recounted on Sunday (August 11) how he wrestled with a gunman who fired shots into a mosque in Baerum, Norway on Saturday (August 10), in what is now being treated as a potential terrorist attack.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The 21-year-old man suspected of committing an attack on a mosque in Norway claims he is innocent. He also denies having murdered his 17-year-old step-sister.

The lifeless body of the young woman was found in the man’s house after the attack. Furthermore, the man refuses to talk to police, his lawyer said.

Later today he will be in court. That session takes place behind closed doors.

Safety precautions

On Saturday a terrorist with shotguns entered the Al-Noor mosque in Bærum, near Oslo. He fired four shots. A person was slightly injured … The suspect was quickly overpowered, eg, by a 65-year-old mosque visitor.

According to correspondent Dirk Evers, that was no coincidence. The mosque had taken measures since the racist attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, where 51 people died. …

Inspired by other terrorists

Yesterday it was announced that the Norwegian police suspect the man of attempted terror. He has right-wing extremist ideas and is said to have announced his attack on the small online forum Endchan.

He may have been inspired by the Christchurch terrorist. He placed his extreme right-wing manifesto on the controversial forum 8chan. The perpetrator of the racist attack in El Paso last weekend (22 dead) also placed a similar manifesto on 8chan.

The suspect is believed to be Philip Manshaus; an admirer of World War II Norwegian nazi leader Vidkun Quisling. Quisling helped the German occupiers to deport Norwegian Jews (and Norwegian Sami, whom Quisling also considered to be an ‘inferior race’) to death camps.

POLICE INVESTIGATING NORWAY MOSQUE SHOOTING AS TERROR An attack by a gunman at a Norwegian mosque on Saturday will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism. The suspected shooter at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the Norwegian capital had expressed far-right, anti-immigrant views online, assistant chief of police Rune Skjold said. [Reuters]

While only three people were present at the time of the attack, more than a dozen had been praying in the mosque for the Eid al-Adha Islamic holiday only 10 minutes earlier. Had Manshaus struck a short time before, a large number of people may have been killed. Manshaus is also suspected of murdering his 17-year-old adopted Chinese stepsister, whose body was found at the family home on Saturday. … Both Tarrant and Manshaus cited Breivik as a role model. Manshaus’ Instagram account contains three pictures: two of himself, and one of Breivik performing the Nazi salute in court: here.

USA: White Supremacists Committed At Least 73 Murders Since Charlottesville: ADL: here.

MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO SHOOT UP WALMART Police said they’ve arrested a 26-year-old Florida man suspected of being a white supremacist for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Walmart right after a gunman killed nearly two dozen people at one of the superstores in El Paso, Texas. [HuffPost]

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Norwegian mosque gunman is a neo-nazi


This 11 August 2019 video says about itself:

Norway: ‘There’s blood everywhere,’ says head of mosque after shooting

A worshipper at a mosque in Norway overpowered a black-clad gunman wearing a bulletproof vest, says Irfan Mushtaq, the director of the al-Noor Islamic Centre in Baerum. One person was injured in the attack, police said. Images of police and paramedics on scene, near Oslo.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Perpetrator of attack on Norwegian mosque posted his nazi sympathies online

The Norwegian police are investigating the attack on a mosque yesterday as an act of terror. The 20-year-old attacker has right-wing extremist ideas. According to the police, he expressed his sympathy online for Vidkun Quisling, the nazi prime minister of Norway during the Second World War.

Yesterday afternoon, just after four o’clock, the man invaded the Al-Noor mosque in Bærum, near Oslo. He fired four shots. A man was slightly injured. … The shooter was overpowered by 65-year-old mosque goer Mohamed Rafiq, writes the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

This picture shows Mohamed Rafiq.

After the attack, a dead woman was found in the suspect’s apartment. The police did not want to say who the woman is and what happened. The woman was, however, a “close acquaintance” of the suspect. The police suspect the man of murder. He has not been questioned yet.

Endchan

Before the attack, the man is said to have have announced his act on the small online forum Endchan. He also wanted the attack to be streamed live on Facebook, but that didn’t work. The man said he was inspired by the perpetrator of the racist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 51 people died. He placed his extreme right-wing manifesto on the similar forum 8chan, known as a “cradle of hatred”.

The perpetrator of the racist attack in El Paso last weekend (22 dead) also placed his extreme right-wing manifesto on 8chan. That site then went offline, because the companies that kept the site up no longer wanted to cooperate with it. It was expected that users would go to other, comparable platforms. Endchan is now also offline.

Endchan claims the site will return.

German neo-nazis imposing eating pork by violence


This German TV video says about itself:

Death threats against Leipzig child care centres

Two weeks ago, two kindergartens in Leipzig wanted to take pork off the menu. Then they got massive threats. Some of them have been published by Mayor Jung.

MDR TV of 31 July 2019

From daily The Independent in Britain, 31 July 2019:

Far-right racists threaten to burn down German kindergartens because they stopped serving pork

Mayor speaks out against far-right threat to freedom

By Jon Stone

Europe Correspondent

Far-right racists in Germany have threatened to burn down two nursery schools and kill their management if they do not reintroduce pork to their lunch menus.

Two daycare centres in the city of Leipzig were criticised by right-wing politicians for removing pork, apparently out of consideration for Muslim children who attend.

Burkhard Jung, Leipzig’s social democratic mayor, said the criticism had sparked a tirade of hate and threats against the kindergartens and city authorities from people with far-right and Islamophobic views.

In an emotional post on social media Mr Jung recounted threats that had been received by the nursery in the past week, including pledges to burn it down if pork was not introduced before a certain date, threats to kill those responsible for the menu with a “knife in the heart”, and others to beat up its staff “until [they] are unable to work”.

He said the threats, of which he had only recounted a “small selection” had been received both in writing and in person, adding: “I’m speechless”.

The mayor said the menu change was “nothing unusual” and that reasons for changing the food offer could have been “diverse” – including cultural, taste, or nutritional reasons.

He said the change was “a free decision in a free country” and not a subject for cultural debate.

Mr Jung criticised politicians from the far-right AfD party for allegedly contributing to the hysteria by name, pointing the finger at the “Gaulands, Weidels and Höckes who continue to verbally beat up on those weaker than them”.

“In 2019, kindergartens are threatened when they change their menu, because it does not fit a small-minded picture of the world,” the mayor said.

“The sinking of western civilization and the danger to our enlightened freedom is not the result of those who, for whatever reason, have a different food culture than it is common at the traditional German regular table, but because of those who have lost their moral compass.

“We must not look away, not keep quiet, not hide away: Freedom, equality and empathy are also at risk in our country.”

Earlier this month the board of the two daycare centres announced “in consideration for a changing world” that they would develop a pork-free menu, though they did not specifically mention Islam as the reason.

The daycare centres were given a police guard earlier in the week following the threats.

These people who threaten death are, of course, murderous Islamophobes. But their violent imposition of eating pork is also a threat to Jews, many Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians, atheists and others who are vegans or vegetarians.

From DPA news agency in Germany, 24 July 2019:

Two neighbouring nurseries in the eastern German city of Leipzig have backtracked on their decision earlier Tuesday to remove pork from the children’s lunch menu after a fierce debate ignited online.

The head of both nurseries, Wolfgang Schaefer, said he had decided to reverse the decision – at least for now. The management plans to hold a series of discussions on the matter with parents in mid-August, he told dpa. Police were deployed to protect the facilities earlier in the day, while Schweinefleisch, the German word for pork, became the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Germany on Tuesday. “We’re overwhelmed by the whole thing,” Schaefer said.

Local newspaper the Leipziger Volksstimme quoted an employee of one of the day-care facilities as saying that they had received threats in the wake of the decision from people opposed to changing the rules for Muslims. About two weeks ago, parents received a letter from the nurseries’ management saying that “out of respect for a changing world, only pork-free food and snacks will be ordered and given out starting July 15.”

Not all parents were opposed to the move, however. A 37-year-old father of a boy who attends the nursery said: “In principle, we approve of this decision – you won’t be able to keep my son away from sausages, but he will just have to have them at home.”

The conservative CDU’s Saxony branch waded into the debate, saying on Twitter that “The ban on pork at two day-care centres in Leipzig is unacceptable.” …

A lawmaker for the far-right AfD party, Beatrix von Storch, spoke of “cultural subjugation”, noting that 300 children in both facilities would now have to change their diets and customs to appease two Muslim children.”

So, unfortunately, the witch-hunt against the nurseries was not limited to the violent AfD neo-fascists, and to the corporate tabloid Bild daily, with its lying xenophobic right-wing record. The ‘centre-right’ Saxony ‘Christian’ ‘Democrat’ CDU joined in. These ‘Christian’ ‘Democrat’ Saxons should be ashamed of themselves; as they are, figuratively speaking, urinating on the grave of fellow CDU member Walter Lübcke, murdered by a neo-nazi for opposing xenophobia.

Dutch racists smear excrement on mosque


Veenendaal mosque smeared with excrement and sanitary napkin, photo by Yasin Makineli

Translated from Dutch regional broadcasting organisation RTV Utrecht today:

Nasser Mosque in Veenendaal has been the target of vandalism. Walls and doors were daubed and smeared on Sunday night. Poop and sanitary napkins were used for this.

Similar to what French rascists did earlier to a mosque.

The mosque board says it has informed the police. Camera images have also been provided to the police, who are now investigating.

You can also see pictures of the smeared mosque on Twitter.

“Of course it is terrible that this has happened, but let’s not panic unnecessarily and let the police do their work,” writes the mosque executive on Facebook.

Rupert Murdoch’s Times promotes Islamophobia


This 21 August 2013 video from the USA says about itself:

Rupert Murdoch Takes On Muslims

Rupert Murdoch provoked backlash on Twitter Monday after he tweeted a controversial message about Muslims. He backed Britain’s chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, who had told the [Rupert Murdoch-owned] Times of London that multiculturalism has “had its day, and it’s time to move on.”

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Investigation called for over false stories about Muslims in the Times

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

EVIDENCE indicates that the Times newspaper has a potentially Islamophobic editorial process that led to a “litany of falsehoods” being published about Muslims, a media reform group has said.

The newspaper’s coverage of three “scandals” involving Muslims were found to have not happened as reported, according to an analysis by two journalists part of the Media Reform Coalition (MRC).

Andrew Norfolk, the newspaper’s chief investigative reporter, had “sacrificed basic journalistic standards” in order to get the stories published, the MRC report published today said.

Two journalists, Hacked Off co-founder Brian Cathcart and Press Gang editor Paddy French, found there was omission or minimisation of “facts that would have led readers to question central elements of what was being alleged” and using quotes out of context.

Mr Norfolk alleged in August 2017 that Tower Hamlets council placed a white, five-year-old Christian girl with Muslim foster carers who were alleged to have behaved like bullies and bigots, presenting this as a breach of the council’s duty to find appropriate placements.

Relevant and credible authorities agree that the claims against the carers were unfounded, the report says.

In July 2018, Mr Norfolk accused the now shut down human rights charity Just Yorkshire of publishing a report about Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion

author of an anti-Muslim article in another Murdoch publication, in the Sun

that was so critical that it provoked death threats against her. The Times has since admitted there was no evidence that the report led to threats.

In November 2018, Mr Norfolk accused Rotherham council of encouraging a British Pakistani rapist to request legal rights to visits to his son and to have a role in his upbringing.

All official bodies now agree that the council followed court rules that apply to local authorities requiring it to notify the father of care proceedings, but that it provided no encouragement for him to participate, the report says.

The report also accuses the Times of “resisting complaints and criticisms in defiance of the evidence” and failing to make meaningful corrections.

MRC chair Natalie French called for an independent investigation into the Times’s coverage so the public can know “how such a blatant lapse of professional standards occurred and what will be done to prevent it happening again.”

Dr Shazad Amin, CEO of the Muslim Engagement and Development organisation, said: “We need an urgent independent inquiry to ascertain whether this is part of a wider problem of systematic anti-Muslim bias at this paper and whether journalistic standards are being compromised in the pursuit of sensationalist and negative stories about Muslims.”

The Times has been contacted for comment.

Sri Lankan Muslim victims of violence interviewed


Attacked mosque in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka

From the World Socialist Web Site in Sri Lanka:

Muslim victims of violence in Sri Lanka speak to the WSWS

By our reporters

17 May 2019

On Wednesday, WSWS reporters visiting Minuwangoda, a bustling town in the Gampaha district of Sri Lanka, discovered a ghost town. The town, with many Muslim-owned shops, is located 50 kilometres from Colombo in the Western Province. It has been devastated by an anti-Muslim rampage by Sinhala racist thugs.

Fully armed Sri Lankan army soldiers and police special task force officers are now “protecting” this town along the Colombo highway, after a rampage carried out with the direct or indirect backing of the police and military. The attack lasted several hours on Monday evening, before and after a curfew imposed by the government.

Military in the burned area in Minunwangoda

Other areas that came under attack included Chilaw, Nikaweratiya, Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Bingiriya, Kobeigane and Wariyapola. Kotramulla and Thummodera in the Naththandiya area experienced severe violence. All are located in the north-western province. One 45-year-old Muslim was killed by thugs at Kotramulla. Many were injured.

As WSWS reporters visited Minuwangoda, acting defence minister Ruwan Wijewardena toured the area with Muslim ministers, a day after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also toured the town. Town residents spoke with contempt of their promises of “protection for the people.”

Minuwangoda town is deserted. Apart from police and soldiers, only a few shopkeepers remain. Two cafes named Halal and Faus and over 50 Muslim-owned shops selling clothes, shoes and electronics were totally destroyed, as well as the Sinhala-owned Siripathi Dress Point and Echo shops. Windows and doors at a mosque at the centre of town were broken. The “Diamond Pasta” plant, Sri Lanka’s largest pasta-producing factory employing 500 workers, was also gutted. About 30 persons in the factory during the attack jumped from the windows to save their lives.

Almost all Muslim shops were closed for Ramadan prayers when the attack took place. Goons broke the shops’ locks, looted valuables and finally burnt them down.

The owner of Siripathi Dress Point at his shop

The owner of the Mohideen Shoe Palace told the WSWS, “Most of the attackers came from outside. Goods worth hundreds of thousands of rupees are now burnt to ashes. At Amra Tex, near our shop, denim trousers worth tens of millions were looted before the shop was burned.”

The owner of Jewel Moon lamented, “Most of our business is done in the festive season. Now, a huge amount of money has to be paid to wholesalers from whom we bought the goods.”

All the shop owners asked how they were to repay their bank loans after the destruction.

Muslim shopkeepers and store workers mostly live in Galoluwa, about 1 kilometre from the town. After the attack, security forces surrounded the area and intimidated people. Around the “Eksath Junction” area, 30 Muslim families’ houses were damaged by goons.

A worker said, “Soldiers came in black clothes, covering faces in black. Knocking doors with their guns, they shouted obscenities, saying ‘Thambio’ (Muslims). When we came out of houses they fired at the ground to intimidate us. All children in the village are still nervous.”

Mobs broke the gate to attack the house

Police searched the entire Galoluwa area two weeks ago but found nothing suspicious. The worker added, “Ordinary Muslim people have no connection with any violence. The bomb attacks were carried out by those who have links to ISIS. We thoroughly condemn their attack.”

The rampage followed the April 21 terror bombing of three churches—two in Colombo and one in the outskirts—and three luxury hotels, killing over 250 and injuring 500, bombings allegedly carried out by ISIS and the National Thowheeth Jamma’ath (NTJ) Islamist group.

Sahabdeen, 65, who supports his children and grandchildren by selling cheap snacks, said his house was attacked with stones: “I have two daughters and a son. They are married. One of the married ones has a three-wheeler but does not get enough business. I bear most of the family expenses. Our house does not have even proper electricity. What is expected by attacking us?”

Sahabdeen holding a stone thrown by thugs

Another person said, “The Minuwangoda urban council chairman, government and opposition ministers and MPs traded blame for the attacks. But no one came when we were hit, and shops were burned.”

A group of workers explained their view of the international situation to the WSWS. One said the American imperialists build up terrorist organisations like Al Qaeda and ISIS and use them to manipulate resource-rich Middle East countries like Iraq: “America said that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. These were all lies. Recently, Libya and Syria were destroyed. Millions of people have been turned into refugees. In history, there have been conspiracies to bring pro-American governments to power.”

When another worker asked why the Sri Lankan government invites US intelligence agencies like the CIA and FBI to Sri Lanka to investigate the bombings, the first replied, “This government also works with America.”

Halal Food destroyed

WSWS reporters discussed Washington’s war drive against China and its regime-change operation in 2015 to oust ex-President Mahinda Rajapakse’s regime, which it saw as too closely aligned with China. Rajapakse is not an opponent of imperialism, however, and now is reaching out to Washington.

A small businessman said, “We thought security forces were there to preserve peace. But we were hit with guns. Children were terrorized with filthy words. The media does not show these things.”

WSWS reporters explained the Sri Lankan ruling elite’s chauvinist politics. Anti-Tamil discrimination culminated in a 30-year communal war with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Now, every capitalist government notoriously sends state forces, police and thugs against the workers and oppressed, using the method of divide and rule to suppress struggles of the workers and oppressed masses.

Still burning shop

After the April 21 bombings, the communal propaganda of the bourgeois political establishment and capitalist media promoted anti-Muslim attacks across Sri Lanka to divide workers along communal lines.

These attacks were well organised with behind-the-scenes support of established political parties. Dayasiri Jayasekera, a prominent MP in Kurunegala district and secretary of President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, was filmed going to Bingiriya police and securing the release of several arrested persons. He later held a press conference, claiming that he was there only to quell unrest.

Madumadhawa Aravinda, an ally of Rajapakse and leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU), was also caught on video. He later said he was there on his way to another area.

Namal Kumara, a notorious chauvinist tied to the establishment, and Amith Weerasinghe of the Mahasohon Balakaya militia, implicated in racist violence in Digana last March, were arrested by police. Nearly 100 have been arrested in the past three days. In the past, such people have been promptly released.

Burnt down shops

In a Twitter message on Wednesday, Rajapakse “urged all members of any political party, including that of his, to maintain law and order and not to aggravate the already sensitive situation.” This is effectively an admission of the involvement of ruling class parties.

Like ruling classes in every country facing an upsurge of class struggle, the Sri Lankan ruling elite is rapidly turning to authoritarian forms of rule. President Sirisena, the government and defence establishment ignored advanced warnings of the terrorist attack, which is now being used to impose antidemocratic measures, including a draconian state of emergency, and suppress class struggles and rural unrest.

All the established parties have rubber-stamped these measures, based on their own police-state agenda. The army then takes the upper hand. Workers must oppose anti-Muslim violence and propaganda, the state of emergency, and unite across ethnic lines, build their own action committees and fight for a workers and peasants government on the basis of the struggle for international socialism.

Nine Muslim ministers of the Sri Lankan government resigned on Monday in response to renewed threats by fascistic Buddhist monks, Sinhala racists and other reactionary elements to violently attack the country’s minority Muslim population: here.

American racist murders, injures Jews


This 27 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Authorities say John Earnest, a 19-year-old white male, stormed the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California, on April 27 killing one person and injuring three.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

In a manifesto published online Saturday under the name John Earnest, the writer described plans to kill Jews, referring to himself as an “anti-Semite” and “white supremacist”. It referenced the alleged shooters at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue and the New Zealand mosques, Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler as role models. The writer expressed no remorse for his impending actions.

The Post article mentions that a Democratic party politician and presidential candidate, Hickenlooper, reacted to this terrorist act:

It is a combination of President Trump’s leadership at the top but tied into some of the real challenges we have around issues of mental health.

This 27 April 2019 video by another Democratic party presidential candidate, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, says about itself

Six months since the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh & on the last day of Passover, a gunman opened fire at Chabad of Poway synagogue. We must stand united & condemn this anti-Semitism & all religious bigotry. An attack against one of us for our religion is an attack against all of us‬.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 27 April 2019:

Dead and wounded in attack on synagogue in California

An attack on a California synagogue killed one woman and injured three people, including a girl and the rabbi. …

The perpetrator opened fire with an automatic rifle in the prayer house of Poway city, north of San Diego. The attack came on the last day of the Jewish Passover. About a hundred people had gathered in the synagogue. …

US American media report that the perpetrator before the attack put a manifesto full of racist language and quotes from the Bible online. He also confessed to having set fire to a mosque in the city last month. Graffiti was found there about the attack on a mosque in New Zealand.

The incident takes place exactly six months after the attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh. On October 27, eleven people were killed in that synagogue. That was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.

A car barreled into eight people in California. Police say the driver was targeting Muslims: here.