Muslim woman reacts to Nice atrocity

This video from the USA says about itself:

American Muslim Reacts To Attack In France

15 July 2016

Thom talks to caller Rachel, who is an American Muslim, about the recent attack in France and why terrorists are criminals who do not represent her religion.

What Rachel says may help to counter Islamophobic propaganda in the corporate media, now after the Nice crime, and already earlier.

However, neither Rachel nor others of the non-violent majority of Muslims have any absolute moral duty to publicly dissociate themselves from the Nice bloodbath; or from ISIS (not connected to the Nice bloodbath according to French police). Like in the case of non-Muslims, the media should presume that they reject this kind of atrocity, unless someone explicitly contradicts that.

When neo-fascist Anders Behring Breivik called himself a ‘conservative Christian’ on the Internet, and then proceeded with his bloodbaths in Oslo and on Utøya island in Norway, I did not hear anyone demand that all ‘conservative Christians’, or all Christians for that matter, should immediately in the sharpest possible way condemn Breivik; or else would be suspect of being accomplices, subject to jailing or deportation.

When Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel murdered 16-year-old Israeli girl Shira Banki and wounded five others for demonstrating against discrimination of LGBTQ people in Jerusalem, I did not hear anyone demand that all ‘ultra-Orthodox’ Jews, or all Jews for that matter, should immediately in the sharpest possible way condemn Mr Schlissel; or else would be suspect of being accomplices, subject to jailing or deportation (maybe some-anti-Semites demanded that). Many people, including me, would regard such a reaction to Schlissel’s crime as anti-Semitism.

While the crime in Nice is similar in its bloodiness to these two crimes, it is really different ideologically.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the local truck driver who extremely probably was the perpetrator of the bloodbath in Nice, and was shot dead by police, used to drink alcohol.

Translation of what Mr Bouhlel’s next door neighbour said to France 3 TV station:

he is convinced that the attack has nothing to do with Islam. “He has nothing to do with religion, he does not pray, he does not observe Ramadan. He is a depressed man who is in divorce. He lives alone and has financial problems.”

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, Driver In Nice Attack, Wasn’t ‘Stable Psychologically,’ Family Says. The 31-year-old reportedly had no known ties to terror groups: here.

It seems that Mr Bouhlel is rather similar in some ways to the German pilot Andreas Lubitz who committed suicide by flying his plane against a French mountain, killing the passengers and crew. The link of Andreas Lubitz to Christianity, Lutheran Christianity in his case, seems to be a bit stronger than any link between Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel and Islam. As far as I know, not anyone has blamed Mr Lubitz’ suicide cum mass murder on Lutheranism; correctly so. The media should discuss the Nice bloodbath similarly.

On Twitter from Britain today:

Just had to remove graffiti at work that said “KILL ALL MUSLIMS AND CORBYN“.

Letter from Nice: The West is learning all the wrong lessons from the latest atrocity. What we witnessed in Nice was harrowing, and the response only adds to the tragedy: here.

Inside the ghettos, Muslims are fed up with being blamed for the violence of others because of a shared religion. Disaffected young Muslims in Nice insist they share nothing in common with Lahouaiej Bouhlel but they rail against the humiliations they regularly endure because of their religion: here.

Dutch Rob Wijnberg on Nice and other attacks: here.

Munich shooting: Gunman Ali David Sonboly was ‘obsessed’ with mass killings, say police. Authorities believe 18-year-old German-Iranian wanted to mark anniversary of Norway massacre carried out by Anders Breivik: here.

LOCAL authorities in the French city of Nice protested yesterday against an attempted cover-up of government incompetence over last week’s lorry attack. The city received a letter from the SDAT anti-terrorism agency on Wednesday, saying CCTV images of the July 14 attack should be destroyed: here.

You are a ‘terrorist’ because of your clothes in Ohio, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Emirati businessman attacked by American armed police, because of his clothes and language

2 July 2016

An incident at a hotel in Avon, Ohio, in which an Emirati businessman was forcibly detained and attacked by armed police

Dutch NOS TV writes today (translated) about this

police action in the US against a businessman from Abu Dhabi who on the basis of his appearance was suspected of ties to Islamic State [ISIS].

Last week five policemen in Avon (Ohio), alarmed by a hotel employee, aimed their weapons at the Arab businessman who had a telephone conservation outside his hotel. The man was dressed in a long white robe, called a kandura, and wore traditional head covering.

Heart attack

The police shouted to him that he had to lie on the ground. The Arab then had a heart attack and had to be hospitalized. The municipal authorities have apologized.

Cops Conduct SWAT Style Assault on Innocent Man, Put Him in Hospital: here.

Murdered Jo Cox was preparing exposure of British Islamophobes

Floral tributes to murdered MP Jo Cox

This photo shows Kim Leadbeater (right), the sister of murdered British Labour party MP Jo Cox, viewing floral tributes with her parents Jean and Gordon Leadbeater (centre) in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Jo Cox ‘was preparing report on far-right nationalists and rise of Islamophobia

MP was working with charity investigating rise in Islamophobic incidents in Britain

Harry Cockburn

1 hour ago

Labour MP Jo Cox was preparing a report for Parliament on the rise of Islamophobia and the dangers of aggressive nationalist radicals before she was killed outside her constituency surgery, it has emerged.

The mother of two died after being shot and stabbed in the street in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

The 41-year-old had recorded a video in which she spoke about preventing Islamophobia and said that in her constituency “many of our young women don’t feel safe when they’re out on the street”, according to the Times.

The video and report were both planned to be launched on June 29.

Ms Cox worked on the report with Tell Mama, a charity that monitors anti-Muslim incidents in the UK, and has warned of a surge in aggression and Islamophobia in the past year.

Tell Mama director Fiyaz Mughal told the Times that the organisation’s annual report would detail the escalation in anti-Muslim action in the UK last year.

He said significant clusters of far-right activity during that time had been in Yorkshire.

Mr Mughal said: “In the last 18 months South Yorkshire is one of the leading areas in the country [for Islamophobic incidents].”

Meanwhile, 77-year-old Bernard Kenny, who was stabbed in the abdomen while trying to help Ms Cox, remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ court on Saturday, charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a knife.

Mair gave his name to the court as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain”, and was remanded in custody until June 20 when a bail application will be heard.

See also here. And here. And here. And here.

Jo Cox was set to address parliament later this month about a surge in anti-Muslim attacks, especially against women, it has been revealed: here.

Syrian activists are paying tribute to Jo Cox, the UK Labour MP who was allegedly killed by the Neo-Nazi-affiliated Thomas Mair, The Independent reported Friday: here.

A message from the vigil for Jo Cox in Leeds (Pic: Andrew Brammer)

Racist hatred behind murder of Jo Cox: here.

The murder of Labour Party MP Jo Cox by the fascist Thomas Mair is being cynically utilised by the campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union (EU), to be decided in Thursday’s referendum: here.

England: A group of 20 men rubbed ‘joke’ fake poo on a four-year-old Asian girl’s face outside a pub in a suspected racial attack. The girl’s uncle, Tayyib Nawaz, said she was now too scared to go back to Worcester city centre: here.

Arizona, USA: Syrian Refugee Family Living In Fear, Again, After Receiving Anti-Muslim Threat. “You are Muslim and not welcome,” the note read. But the family says the Tucson community has otherwise been warm and welcoming: here.

Jo Cox murdered, British racist media complicit

British racist newspapers

This picture shows Islamophobic lunacy, whipped up by the British corporate media. The caption by Billy Bragg in Britain on Twitter to it is:

So how was Thomas Mair radicalised? Or if he is mentally ill, what triggered his violent attack on Jo Cox?

Mass murder in Orlando, USA and Donald Trump

This January 2016 video from the USA is called MUSLIM BOOTED from Trump Rally for Silent Protest Against Islamophobia.

By Larry Rubin in the USA:

Orlando exposes the Goebbels in Trump

Thursday 16th June 2016

‘If you repeat a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it’ – this assertion by Adolf Hitler’s PR man fits in with Donald Trump’s choice of language and tone of discourse following the Orlando murders.

Trying to exploit for self-promotion the murder of 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has sunk to new lows in bigotry, fearmongering and slander.

Neither Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell nor Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have uttered one word of criticism, however. In fact, both have recently reiterated their support of him.

Meanwhile, Democratic Representative for Georgia John Lewis tweeted “Donald, you need to shut up. Give the American people time to grieve.’’

In his speech, Trump accused the entire Muslim community of harbouring criminals such as Omar Mateen, who opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning killing 49 people and injuring many more.

In fact, Mateen acted entirely alone.

Trump repeated his call for banning all Muslims from entering the US, even though Mateen was born in New York.

He congratulated himself for “predicting” that such a tragedy would occur and said that somehow President Barack Obama is in league with terrorists.

“We’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or has something else in mind,” Trump said. “And the something else in mind — people can’t believe it. People cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts… there is something going on.”

Trump suggested that if the people in the Orlando nightclub had had guns, “things might have been different.”

Mateen bought his murder weapons perfectly legally from a gun store in Orlando.

On the floor of the US House of Representatives, Jim Hines, a Democrat from Connecticut, said that Congress was “complicit” in the shootings in Orlando and elsewhere because it refuses to take action on gun control. Hines represents Newton, where school children were killed by a mass murderer.

Furthermore, Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil-rights and advocacy organisation in the US, said on Sunday: “For many years, members of the LGBTQ community have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Muslim community against any acts of hate crimes, Islamophobia, marginalisation and discrimination. Today we stand with them shoulder to shoulder.

“The liberation of the American Muslim community,” Awad continued, “is profoundly linked to the liberation of other minorities — blacks, Latinos, gays, Jews, and every other community. We cannot fight injustice against some groups and not against others. Homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia — we cannot dismantle one without the other.”

He also said that “the largest massacre in modern US history was committed by a man … during Ramadan. For true Muslims, this would be heartbreaking at any time, but it’s especially tragic now.

“Ramadan is a time of patience, humility, generosity — it’s a time of overflowing love. The attack in Orlando was all hate — hate of freedom, hate of love, hate of the LGBT community.

“Now, more than ever, is a time to reject calls for division and hate, to denounce all forms of violence. Now is a time to remember the common bonds that link all people.”

Trump is calling for just the opposite. Backed by Republican leaders such as McConnell and Ryan he’s trying to pit American against American, community against community.

As an editorial in today’s Washington Post says, Trump is revealing himself “more clearly than ever as a man unfit to lead.”

In their remarks to the nation following the Orlando massacre, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made their differences – and disturbing similarities – crystal clear: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

11 January 2016

We’ve got a new low in Donald Trump rallies. They kicked a silent Muslim woman out just for being Muslim. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“A Muslim woman was kicked out of a Donald Trump rally on Friday night for no apparent reason. The woman, Rose Hamid, told CNN that she “came to the rally to let Trump supporters see what a Muslim looks like.” She stood silently with a t-shirt that read “I Come In Peace.”

About halfway through the rally, held in Rock Hill, South Carolina, some people in the crowd “turned pretty ugly” toward the woman, shouting “epithets.” She was then escorted out by security.

Trump commented on Hamid as she was being ejected. “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred,” Trump said.

Trump has stoked antipathy against Muslims by calling for a total ban on Muslim immigration into the U.S.”

Read more here.

By Sue Caldwell, of LGBT+ Against Islamophobia in Britain:

This horrific attack underlines the fact that homophobia continues to be a part of life in the West today.

This man was born and brought up in the US, where Establishment figures routinely espouse anti-LGBT+ sentiments.

We will resist any attempt to use this atrocity to whip up hatred against Muslims.

The response from the LGBT+ communities so far has been brilliant – a strong desire to stand united and continue our fight against homophobia and transphobia wherever it may come from.”

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

LGBT massacre was not about Islam

Tuesday 14th June 2016

Activists express their anger at media framing of Orlando shooting as part of conflict with Isis

LGBT activists shut down the “horrible and racist thought process” linking Sunday’s Orlando mass shooting to Islam yesterday as thousands assembled to honour the victims.

British gay rights campaigners were left saddened and angry as mainstream media showed more interest in shooter Omar Mateen’s religious interests than his lethal homophobia.

Vigils for the dead and injured of the Pulse Club shooting took place worldwide last night, as London’s gay village overflowed with mourners.

Words of solidarity were also issued yesterday by the British trade unions and the Labour Party, whose shadow equalities minister Kate Green argued for more security measures during next week’s Pride celebrations.

GMB LGBT network Shout! organiser David Braniff-Herbert told the Star the media’s insistence on the Orlando shooter’s religion was due to their “agenda for Islamophobia.”

He said: “If they can talk the homophobia down they get to speak more on the religious background of the shooter.

“And that has really very little to do with it. Everyone wants to talk about the Isis links, it makes absolutely no difference.

“If you look at how the Christian right have introduced 200 anti-LGBT+ laws across the US in just the past six months, you see it’s not about how some very few Muslims think about LGBT people, it’s about a systemic homophobic, biphobic and transphobic system and it’s intolerable.”

In the corporate media, there is much talk of Mateen being from a Muslim family. And very little talk of other sides of Mateen which might be relevant. Like Mateen being mentally ill and alcoholic. Like Mateen being a mercenary at the G4S privatized police, privatised prisons and privatised army corporation, with its macho homophobic corporate culture. And of Mateen living in Florida, with its tradition of homophobes like Anita Bryant, Senator Marco Rubio and ex-governor Jeb Bush.

Mateen guarded BP properties for his G4S bosses during the BP oil spill: here.

Mr Braniff-Herbert then retold how just over two years ago he and his partner were attacked by a group of young men in a popular London area.

“When we published that story the response from some people was ‘Oh well this is what happens when you have open immigration,’ but all the boys were white and English,” he added.

“The presumption was that it couldn’t possibly be done by white people. This is a very horrible and racist thought process.

“The anti-LGBT rhetoric is not exclusive to one group of people.

“What we need to express is that an Islamophobic response is just as bad as a homophobic response to hate crime.”

Earlier in the day, journalist Owen Jones had walked out of Sky News after presenter Mark Longhurst and radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer attempted to distance the tragedy from homophobic hate crime.

Trade Union Congress LGBT committee chair Maria Exall also told the Star there was “homophobia denial” going on.

“Owen Jones should be supported on insisting that it was a hate crime against LGBT people and that’s what needs to be reported,” she said.

“It’s a hate crime for whatever reason and it should be recognised for what it is.”

Britons also mourned for the Orlando victims in the cities of Manchester, Cardiff, Norwich and Nottingham, while a solidarity event will be taking place today in York at 7pm on St Helen’s Square.

Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers G4S: here.

Homophobia and Islamophobia in Germany

Nazi anti-refugee slogan in Germany

This 2015 AFP photo is from Waltrop in Germany. Neo-fascists had defaced a refugee home with the slogan ‘Dogs, get out’ and a nazi swastika.

By Judith van de Hulsbeek, Dutch NOS TV correspondent in Germany, 15 June 2015 (translated):

Germany: hatred against Muslims, Roma and gay people grows

Today, 21:02

The dislike of Muslims but also of Sinti, Roma and refugees generally is surging in Germany; according to a study by Leipzig University among 2420 Germans. …

The university is doing this research since 2002 every two years, about far-right sentiment in German society, such as anti-Semitism, xenophobia and playing down the Nazi past. On these ‘classic far-right’ issues the results stay more or less the same. Around 10 percent of respondents expressed racist, anti-Semitic or Nazi ideas and think, for example, that the German nation is inherently superior and that Jews have too much influence.

In 2014 questions about specific target groups (eg. Muslims, Roma, LGBTQ people) were added to the study. There a clear increase is seen. Thus more than 40 percent of respondents replied they think it is disgusting when two men kiss in public. …

In Germany, some 100 refugee centers have been set on fire since early 2015.

Orlando homophobic massacre applauded by Christian fundamentalists

This video from the USA says about itself:

Pastor On Orlando Massacre: ‘These People All Should Have Been Killed

13 June 2016

Pastor Steven Anderson, whose hate knows no bounds, celebrated the deaths of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in a 4-minute mini-sermon that cited the Bible as justification for why they needed to die.

Read more here.

The ‘Reverend’ Anderson is not alone. The infamous bigots of the Westboro Baptist Church likewise applaud the mass murder of LGBTQ people in Orlando.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Muslim Denounces Terror, Promptly Called ‘Pig’ & ‘Scoundrel’ Anyway

13 June 2016

A Florida Imam who went on CNN Sunday morning to express condolences to the victims and families of the horrific shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando is now on the receiving end of threats and attacks on social media.

Read more here.

U.S. GUN DEATHS IN A WORLD OF THEIR OWN In Japan, your chances of dying from a gun are the equivalent of being killed by a lightning strike in the U.S. [NYT]

RECORD DONATIONS FOR ORLANDO “A GoFundMe initiative to raise money for the victims and families of the mass shooting at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, raised $1 million faster than any campaign in the platform’s history.” [HuffPost]

Glenn Greenwald on homophobia and Islamophobia: here.