London Islamophobic terrorism, not just one ‘bad apple’

This video from London, England says about itself:

Finsbury Park Attack: 15-Year-Old GCSE Student Expresses Anger Over ‘Media Cover Up’

19 June 2017

A 15yr old student spoke of the fear she has following the attack in Finsbury Park and what it means to her.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Finsbury Park attack has roots in Tory policy

Tuesday 20th JUne 2017

SEARCHING questions must be asked about the latest outburst of violence on our streets.

Nothing can minimise nor justify nor excuse the actions of the hate-filled fanatic who targeted a group of people going about their business near the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London for the reason of their religion.

But personal condemnation of one murderer is not nearly enough.

As this newspaper made clear after the killings in central London two weeks ago, and has always made clear, the deeper causes of such terrorist outrages deserve intense scrutiny and action.

Recently months have seen three dozen people killed on the streets of Manchester and London by Islamist fanatics — acts that were at least in part a predictable and predicted reaction to the foreign policy of this country and its allies.

Now we have a man using a motor vehicle to deliberately target ordinary Muslims going about their daily lives, badly hurting several people, screaming about his murderous quest to “kill Muslims,” later laughing about what he had done.

Yet it would be entirely wrong to argue that this is “just” a hate crime.

As Kevin Ovenden shows clearly in these pages, Islamophobia in this country occupies a sordid special spot.

It is a hatred that has been whipped up by the powerful and become a political tool.

A tool with which to disguise the logical results of imperialist policy abroad, a tool to undermine political opponents at home.

Who can forget the Tories’ campaign last year against now London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and the campaign by Theresa May’s scumbag-in-chief Lynton Crosby to tar him as an extremist on what looked like the sole grounds of his faith.

The Tories’ man in that race, Zac Goldsmith, is now back as one of the party’s MPs after being soundly seen off by Londoners, at least in part for his transparently racist campaign.

Or how about when former Tory chair Sayeeda Warsi spoke of a “simmering underbelly of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.”

Or when Tory Shipley MP Philip Davies — a nasty tyke for all sorts of reasons — refused to apologise after saying that Muslims should “fuck off” following a fake story in hate-mongering rag The Sun.

Or when May refused to criticise US President Donald Trump for his slurs against Khan after the London Bridge attacks.

Or when — despite a pause in campaigning and just hours after people were hacked to death — the former home secretary said there had been “far too much tolerance” of Islamist extremism.

But even these pale in comparison to the government’s Prevent “counter-extremism” strategy — an institutionally Islamophobic programme where 67 per cent of those targeted for extra snooping are Muslims, despite only making up 5 per cent of the population.

This language and these attitudes have consequences. Every day ordinary Muslims in this country face hatred, suspicion and violence.

The Finsbury Park murder took place just days after the first anniversary of Labour MP Jo Cox’s murder by another far-right terrorist, and the events where communities got together to show their unity.

That unity is our strength. We must reject division and unite against hatred, in all its forms. Unite against those in power who would use hatred to divide and weaken us.

Theresa May needs to address Islamophobia in her own party: here.

This video from Britain says about itself:

JK Rowling In Twitter Row Over Finsbury Park Attack

19 June 2017

JK Rowling has called on those spreading hate and division to stop, in the mean time entering into arguments with Katie Hopkins and Nigel Farage.

By Julie Hyland in Britain:

Fourth terror attack in UK since March targets Muslims

20 June 2017

One man was killed, and 10 injured after a van mowed down Muslim worshippers leaving prayers at 12.20 a.m. Monday in Finsbury Park, North London.

The driver, 47-year-old Darren Osborne, who was detained at the scene, reportedly yelled, “I’m going to kill all Muslims—I did my bit.”

Osborne, a father of four, had driven the rented van from his home in Cardiff, South Wales to the Muslim Welfare House, near Finsbury Park Mosque, where he waited until late night prayers had finished. On Ramadan holiday the mosque was especially busy and onlookers said many more could have been killed or injured.

Osborne drove onto the pavement, ploughing into a crowd that had gathered to help an elderly man who had become ill due to the heat. The older man died at the scene, eight others were taken to hospital, and two were treated on the street.

Onlookers described injured bodies lying across the street, as the van dragged people beneath it. When Osborne jumped from the cab, shouting his anti-Muslim statements, he was pinned to the ground by several men, while the local imam Mohammed Mahmoud shouted, “Don’t hit him—you do not touch him—hand him to the police.”

Osborne tried to goad the worshippers, saying repeatedly, “Kill me, Kill me.” When he was handed over to police, he taunted the crowd, “I’d do it again, I’d do it again,” as he smiled, waved and blew kisses.

The attack is the fourth terror attack in Britain since March—one in Manchester and three in London—that have claimed 36 lives so far.

On March 22, Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer at the entrance to Parliament before being shot dead. Four others died and 49 were injured.

On May 22, suicide attacker Salman Abedi detonated his bomb at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, northwest England, killing 22 people and injuring 120.

On June 3, eight people were killed and at least 48 injured after a van was driven at high speed into people on London Bridge. The three occupants—Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane, and Youssef Zaghba—then ran to neighbouring Borough Market, where they stabbed people indiscriminately before being shot dead by armed police.

Appearing at Finsbury Park yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May pompously expressed her sorrow over “evil borne of hatred.” She has come under sustained fire for her indifference to the horrific inferno at Grenfell Tower, west London last Wednesday, where the current death toll is 79 people and rising. Worshippers at the mosque had reportedly being giving prayers to the victims only shortly before they were attacked.

May referenced London Bridge and the “unimaginable tragedy of Grenfell Tower” in her statement following her chairing of a Cobra emergency meeting. She spoke in platitudes about the “unbreakable resolve” and community spirit in this “extraordinary city of extraordinary people.”

This was buttressed with her repeating the need to stamp out “extremist ideology” by denying it “safe spaces.” May has made clear this includes joining the United States in taking military action in Syria and strengthening counterterrorism legislation. She used the Finsbury Park assault to repeat her threat to gain powers for greater censorship of the internet by forcing internet companies to give up individuals’ private messages, such as through WhatsApp, and to force them to censor material or face heavy fines.

Nonetheless, May’s reference to not tolerating “extremism of any kind, including Islamophobia” was welcomed by the Guardian as a “distinct and important change in rhetoric” away from her previous “one-eyed” approach, targetting Islamic extremism.

Such claims disarm workers and youth as to the strengthening of the state apparatus and its implications. It also conceals that this latest attack—clearly motivated by anti-Muslim hostility—has been encouraged by the statements of numerous political leaders, including May, and by the media.

The prime minister seized on the attacks in Manchester and on London Bridge to try and strengthen her position under conditions of a snap general election that she had called two years ahead of schedule. Claiming that the country was at war with the ideology of Islamic extremism, she said it was “time to say enough is enough.”

“There is far too much tolerance” of Islamic extremism in Britain, she claimed.

In one sense this is true—at least as far as the intelligence and security services are concerned! Virtually every single person that has been involved in a terror attack in Britain since 7/7/2005 was known to the state. Many had been reported repeatedly as potential terror threats and were under surveillance. Italian intelligence services had informed their British counterparts, for example, that the London Bridge attacker, Youssef Zaghba, had attempted to travel to Syria and was considered a terror risk.

Butt had appeared on a Channel 4 TV documentary, “The Jihadis Next Door,” in which he threatened police and posed with an ISIS flag. Manchester bomber Abedi came from a well-known family of Libyan Islamic supporters of Al Qaeda, who were part of the western-backed overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in 2011.

The authorities allowed all these individuals to move around freely because they were part of a network of operatives protected by the British state, which has been used in the UK and US-backed regime-change operations in the Middle East.

The right-wing media has seized on the latest attack to up its anti-Muslim campaign. Writing in the Sun, Douglas Murray called for an end to “large-scale Islamic immigration,” the “permanent closure” of mosques “caught hosting anti-British views,” “imprisonment of everyone known to have connections with extreme organisations” and the deportation of dual nationals “caught associating with designated groups.”

In fascistic tone, the Daily Mail editorialised, “We need action—now. There is a war being fought on our streets and it’s time to deploy all the weapons at our disposal.” Its columnist Katie Hopkins went further. After the Manchester bombing she tweeted, “Western men. These are your wives. Your daughters. Your sons. Stand up. Rise up. Demand action. Do not carry on as normal. Cowed.” She also called for a “final solution” in another anti-Muslim tirade.

After London Bridge she claimed the capital was the victim of its “multiculturalism.” Speaking of London as if it was an enemy city, facilitating and colluding with Muslim extremists through its “endless tolerance to those who harm us,” she wrote that it was now, “The patriots of the rest of England versus the liberals in this city.”

Osborne’s precise affiliations are not yet known,

According to the Guardian, Osborne was an Internet follower of Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, the leaders of the neonazi paramilitary gang Britain First.

but in travelling from Cardiff to London to mount an attack on Muslims leaving prayer he was taking such incitements to their logical, murderous conclusion.

The Muslim Welfare Centre, outside which the attack took place, had only at the weekend held a memorial meeting to Jo Cox. The Labour MP was murdered in West Yorkshire by a right-wing terrorist

Thomas Mair shouted “Britain First” as he shot Cox three times and stabbed her 15 times in broad daylight near the local library in Birstall, near Leeds. Britain First is the name of a UK fascist group. When first arrested, he described himself as a “political activist.” In court he said, “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain.”

Although a search of his home had provided extensive evidence of indirect links to fascist and far-right groups, little effort was made to explore his political sympathies during the trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Police records show an increase in Islamophobic incidents following the London Bridge killings, with 20 recorded on June 6, the highest daily tally for 2017. Commenters on social media were quick to point out that no politicians or columnists were demanding to know how Osborne had been “radicalised” and by whom.

London mosque attack survivors cheer Corbyn, heckle Theresa May

This 20 June 2017 video from London, England is called Theresa May heckled while Jeremy Corbyn is cheered at #FinsburyPark.

Finsbury Park terror attack: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn receive very different reactions on mosque visit, video shows. One man is heard shouting: ‘How come you [May] were so quick today? Kensington you weren’t so fast,’ as Prime Minister emerges from centre. Another shouted for her to “come out and talk to us” and protesters called out “May must go”: here.

So, the survivors of the bloody Islamophobic terrorist attack on the Finsbury Park mosque react rather similarly to the survivors of the bloody corporateConservative politicians-caused Grenfell Tower disaster.

This 19 June 2017 video from London, England is called Jeremy Corbyn on Finsbury Mosque attack.

Donald Trump fails to personally address terror attack on London mosque and murdered Muslim woman. He’s much quicker to express condolences when Muslims attack western nations, critics note: here.

JK Rowling is asking how the Finsbury Park attacker was radicalised: here.

Witnesses described seeing [attacker] Osborne shouting “I’m going to kill all Muslims” and saying the attack was “for London Bridge” as he was arrested and dragged from the scene by police. … The Telegraph reported Osborne had become radicalised following the recent terror attacks in London Bridge and Manchester. He is alleged to have hurled insults at his Asian neighbour’s 12-year-old son and was allegedly thrown out of his local pub the night before the attack for “cursing Muslims“: here.

Osborne is reported to be an Internet follower of nazi outfit Britain First.

Number of far-right extremists flagged to Government terror unit soars 30% in a year. Dramatic rise can be revealed after Muslim worshippers were mowed down outside north London mosque on Monday by suspected terrorist: here.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 20 June 2017:

Comments “glorifying” the Finsbury Park terror attack have been reported to the Government’s terror alert system amid fears of further atrocities.

A woman who wished to remain anonymous told The Independent she discovered a stream of vile responses to a post on Britain First’s Facebook page.

The far-right group posted a link to its leader Paul Golding’s blog, reporting that the man suspected of ramming a van into worshippers leaving prayers declared that he wanted to “kill Muslims”.

Finsbury Park attack: EDL founder Tommy Robinson [real name: Yaxley-Lennon] not being investigated [by police] despite ‘hate preaching‘ about ‘enemy combatants‘ at mosques: here.

London: Regents Park Mosque ‘attack’: Man ‘holding weapon and threatening Muslim worshippers’ tasered and detained by police. The man came to the mosque and began “shouting abuse and threats”, a witness said: here.

Islamophobic terrorist attack in London

This video from London, England says about itself:

Finsbury Park Mosque: “This is a terrorist attack” eyewitness – BBC News

19 June 2017

An eyewitness to the Finsbury Park Mosque attack has described the immediate aftermath.

From daily The Independent in England today:

Finsbury Park mosque attack: Man shouted ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims’ after suspected London terror attack

Police treating incident as ‘potential terrorist attack’, Prime Minister says

Jon Sharman

Witnesses to the suspected Finsbury Park terrorist attack claim a man shouted “I’m going to kill all Muslims” after a van ploughed into people near the area’s mosque.

At least one person was killed and another 10 injured when a van hit pedestrians following prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London in the early hours of Monday morning.

A witness said he heard a man saying: ‘I’m going to kill all Muslims, I’m going to kill all Muslims‘. …

The van driver, described by witnesses as a large white man, was detained by members of the public after the attack in Seven Sisters Road.

U.K. INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL TERROR INCIDENT THAT KILLED ONE And left 10 injured after a man drove a van into a crowd near a north London mosque that had just finished prayers. In the U.S., a suspect has been arrested for the death of a Muslim teen, who was killed after leaving a Virginia mosque. [HuffPost]

Rally against Islamophobia in Cambridge, England

This video says about itself:

Confused Islamophobes Target American Sikhs: The Daily Show

26 April 2016

Hasan Minhaj sits down with designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia to find out how Islamophobia is affecting America’s (non-Muslim) Sikh population.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Activists rally round Muslims after hate attack on mosque

Monday 12th June 2017

DEMONSTRATORS staged a display of solidarity with Muslims at the weekend after a hate crime targeting a mosque.

The Cambridge collective of Stand Up to Racism organised the rally after after strips of bacon were left on four cars outside the Omar Faruque mosque and cultural centre in the city on Thursday.

The gathering on Saturday at the city’s Guildhall was initially planned to celebrate the result of the general election, which Cambridge Stand Up to Racism co-ordinator Richard Rose described as a victory for grassroots activism.

The result was also a slap in the face for the Tories’ anti-immigration dog-whistle politics and austerity, he added.

After the attack on the city’s mosque, Stand Up to Racism appealed to people to show their support for the Muslim community and celebrate multiculturalism.

Cambridge’s Labour MP Daniel Zeichner — an honorary member of the city’s Stand Up to Racism committee — was re-elected with a thumping 13,000 majority in the marginal seat, seeing off a challenge by Lib Dem candidate Julian Huppert.

Mr Rose said: “Cambridge Stand Up to Racism deplores the recent incident at Omar Faruque mosque, where bacon was left on cars of fasting Muslims.

“This offensive act in no way reflects the feelings of the vast majority of Cambridge residents, who are proud of our diverse, multicultural city.

“The divisive scapegoating politics fuelled by Theresa May was firmly rejected in Cambridge, as elsewhere.

“We are determined not to allow a small number of racists to divide us.”

British violent racists use London Bridge atrocity as pretext

This video from the USA says about itself:

Islamophobia killed my brother. Let’s end the hate | Suzanne Barakat

5 December 2016

On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor’s sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator’s story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. As she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness hateful bigotry and express our allyship with those who face discrimination.

By Felicity Collier in England:

Hate crimes against Muslims rocket as death toll rises to 8

Thursday 8th June 2017

SADIQ KHAN warned yesterday that there has been a spike in the number of racist incidents since the attacks on London Bridge.

Provisional figures released by the London mayor’s office show that on Monday there were 54 recorded incidents, compared with a daily average of 38 so far this year.

Of these, 20 were recorded as Islamophobic hate crimes, compared with a daily average of 3.5 this year, which is the highest daily figure so far this year.

It is also higher than after the Paris attacks in November 2015 and after the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013.

The figures come as the death toll from the London Bridge attack on Saturday evening rose to eight after police recovered a body, believed to be Frenchman Xavier Thomas, 45, from the Thames.

He is thought to have been struck by the terrorists’ van on the bridge and witnesses reported him being thrown into the water.

Mr Khan urged Londoners yesterday to report any hate crimes to the police.

“One of the greatest things about London is our defiant unity in the face of adversity — and that will not change in the aftermath of this horrific attack,” he said.

“Just as the police will do everything possible to root out extremism from our city, so we will take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime.”

The secretary of the al-Madina Mosque in Barking, east London, Ash Siddique said a number of women had been attacked on their way to the mosque, including one who was grabbed around her throat at a bus stop.

Anti-Islamophobia charity Mend has set up an online form for reporting instances of hate crime against Muslims.

Portland, USA anti-racist murder survivor meets harassed girl

This video from Portland, USA says about itself:

Family of MAX attack victim says his heart was ‘as big as the world’

27 May 2017

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche was stabbed to death after defending a young woman who was being harassed on the MAX.

By Antonia Blumberg in the USA:

06/01/2017 05:25 pm ET

Portland Hero Meets With Teenage Girl He Stood Up For

In a statement, Micah Fletcher also told the city’s Muslim community they “are loved.”

Micah Fletcher survived a stab wound to the neck last week when he stood up to an attacker who was harassing two teenage girls on a train in Portland, Oregon.

Two other men, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, who also came to the girls’ aid, were stabbed and killed.

Fletcher has said he is still trying to make sense of what happened.

On Wednesday, the 21-year-old got the chance to meet with Destinee Mangum, one of the girls he was injured defending, and her family. Mangum’s mother, Dyjuana Hudson, posted about the experience on Facebook, calling Fletcher an “angel” and a “hero.”

“Finally got a chance to meet one of the angels that saved my daughter’s life,” she wrote. “Micah is one of the best genuine hearted people you will ever meet.”

In an emotional interview, Mangum told Fox affiliate KPTV this weekend that she wanted “to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me, because they didn’t even know me.”

“They lost their lives because of me and my friend and the way we looked,” Mangum continued. “I just want to say thank you to them and their family, and I appreciate them, because without them we probably would be dead right now.”

Fletcher was one of three people stabbed after confronting a man on a MAX train for verbally attacking Mangum, 16, and her 17-year-old-friend, who is Muslim and was wearing a hijab. Police arrested Jeremy Christian, who has ties to white supremacist groups, soon afterward.

Fletcher, a student at Portland State University, told USA Today on Tuesday that he’s still “healing” from the May 26 attack. “I got stabbed in the neck on my way to work, randomly, by a stranger I don’t know, for trying to just be a nice person,” he said.

On Wednesday, Fletcher released a video on Facebook thanking supporters for an outpouring of kindness and money, but adding that there’s a problem that needs addressing.

“We need to remember that this is about those little girls,” he said. “I want you to imagine that for a second being a little girl on that MAX. This man is screaming at you. His face is a pile of knives. His body is a gun. Everything about him is cocked, loaded and ready to kill you.”

He noted that there’s a “white savior complex” present in society that has placed all the focus on the three men who stood up to Christian, rather than addressing the daily, lived experience of racism and Islamophobia that young people like Destinee and her friend face.

In a statement during Christian’s court hearing on Tuesday, Fletcher said: “I want the Muslim community to know that they have a home here in Portland and are loved.”

The 21-year-old is also a poet and has written pieces about Islamophobia in the past. Oregon Live reported that Fletcher won a 2013 poetry competition for two pieces of work: one that dealt with the blame rape victims face and another focused on the prejudice leveled at Muslims in America after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Jeremy Joseph Christian made his first court appearance in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday after being arrested for stabbing three individuals with a knife last Friday, killing two. The violent assault took place after the victims intervened to defend two girls who had been the target of an Islamophobic and racist tirade from Christian while traveling on a Portland MAX train: here.

From the Stranger site in Seattle, USA:

Princeton University professor of African-American studies, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, was scheduled to speak at Town Hall Seattle this evening about her latest book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.

But on Sunday, Fox News aired a brief clip of her 20-minute-long commencement speech to Hampshire College’s graduating class of 2017, during which she said what anyone with two eyes, a pulse, and more than three chapter books on their shelf would say about the President of the United States, namely that he’s a “racist, sexist, megalomaniac.” The media arm of the Republican party showed the clip with the headline: “Anti-POTUS Tirade: Princeton Prof Slams Pres During Speech.”

Then, according to a statement Taylor’s publishers released on Facebook, like cowards, a number of Fox News viewers felt compelled to send racist, sexist, megalomaniacal messages to Taylor from the relative safety of their own computers.

‘Trump, condemn Islamophobic violence’

This video from the USA says about itself:

27 May 2017

Mom remembers her son ‘killed by Ohio white supremacist’

‘He was a hero’: Mom pays tribute to her Good Samaritan son ‘killed by white supremacist who cut his throat as he tried to protect [a] Muslim woman in a hijab‘.

A mother paid tribute to her Good Samaritan son who was one of two victims whose throats were cut after they tried to intervene when man launched an ‘anti-Muslim‘ tirade at two young women on Friday night in Portland.

Taliesin Myrddin was identified in a touching tribute that his mother posted to Facebook on Saturday.

Asha Deliverance wrote: ‘Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, My dear baby boy passed on yesterday while protecting two young Muslim girls from a racist man on the train in Portland.

‘He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love you forever.’

Myrddin was one of the two men stabbed on Friday night, and police have arrested Jeremy Joseph Christian in relation to the crime.

The 35-year-old white supremacist has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation and one count each of aggravated murder and being a felon in possession of a restricted firearm, reported KOIN 6.

His sister, Aurora Dachen, also posted a tribute to her late brother, describing him as her hero, and writing: ‘As I’m sure some of you may know, my dearest brother was one of the men who lost their lives on the MAX in Portland yesterday.

‘My heart feels empty from the loss of my big brother, but also from the cruel awakening that hate & judgment can cause someone to do such a thing. I am so proud to be able to call someone so brave and strong my big brother.

‘You have always and will always be my hero, Tilly. Although you may not be here to hold and comfort me, I know you will always be a part of me. Thank you for teaching me everything you have. I will forever cherish every memory we have made these last 18 years. I will try my hardest to make you proud everyday, Til. #hateisevil’

Dachen also shared an event on her Facebook page called ‘We stand up, we stand together’ which will be a candlelight vigil to remember the two Good Samaritans who lost their lives Friday night.

The suspected murderer Jeremy Christian is known for hate speech, and is a self-identified white supremacist who was pictured on April 29 referring to himself as the ‘Lizard King’ and giving Nazi salutes at an [‘alt-right‘ neofascist] free speech rally with an American Revolutionary War flag tied around his shoulders like a cape.

He walked among fellow protesters holding American flags and signs that said ‘Trump Makes America Great Again‘.

Christian’s Facebook site paints disturbing a picture of the suspect …

The suspect has been in jail previously for a string of charges including robbery, kidnapping and unlawful use of a weapon, and he brags about being an ex-con on his Facebook page.

He has posted on his profile a number of times to say he supports the Nazis, and once even said he wants a job in Norway ‘cutting off the heads of people that Circumcize (sic) [male] Babies.’

By Andy Campbell and Sebastian Murdock in the USA:

05/30/2017 11:02 am ET

‘Condemn Violence’: Portland Hero’s Mother Pens Open Letter To Trump

“You have said that you will be President for all Americans.”

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche’s last words were words of love.

Namkai-Meche, 23, was one of the victims in a hate-fueled attack on a train in Portland, Oregon, on Friday. While dying of a stab wound, he reportedly told a bystander: “Tell everyone on the train I love them.”

It’s no surprise, then, that Namkai-Meche’s family is continuing to fight back against the hate that’s plaguing the area. His mother, Asha Deliverance, has written an open letter to President Donald Trump, which family members provided to HuffPost on Tuesday.

In the letter, she encouraged Trump to be a be a “President for all Americans.”

“Please encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another,” the letter reads in part. “Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups. I am praying you will use your leadership to do so.”

Dear President Trump,

May 29, 2017 Memorial Day

I’m writing to you today, Memorial Day, to share my heart after losing my son.

Taliesin died a hero, like many other Americans who have died defending freedom. He was just 23, a year out of college with a degree in economics, working, had just bought his first home and was thinking about starting a family.

Our family grieves, but we are proud that through his selfless action he, along with the other two men, has changed the world, when in the face of hate he did not hesitate to act with love.

Two precious lives were lost this Memorial Day wee!end in Portland and one more, nearly so. All three were strangers to each other, and to those they were defending. They fearlessly risked their li$es for two young women who were threatened by an act of bigotry & terror. These brave men saw the immediate injusti#e and didn’t hesitate to act. They recognized the truth. We are more alike than we are different.

To ride the train home without being assaulted because of the color of your skin or your religious beliefs, is an inalienable right. You have said that you will be President for all Ameri#ans.

So, I ask you Mr. President to take action at this time. Your words and a#tions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world. Please encourage all Ameri#ans to protect and watch out for one another. Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups. I am praying you will use your leadership to do so. It would deeply honor Taliesin’s sacrifice, which has been amplified by the millions of voices who have supported our family in response to this tragedy.

With Peace In My Heart, Asha Deliverance

Ricky John Best, 53, also died in the attack.

“He would drop anything and help everybody. No matter what was going on for him. He had such a kind spirit and quiet humor and strength,” Kareen Perkins, one of Best’s colleagues, told HuffPost. “He had a little sparkle in his eye. Just a great sense of humor.”

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the accused killer in the attack, reportedly made anti-Muslim comments directed at two girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Then Best and Namkai-Meche stepped in to help.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the federal government Monday to revoke the permits for two upcoming “alt-right” rallies, citing a potential increase in violence after the incident. Christian regularly attended such rallies in the city.

The federal government has jurisdiction for the plaza where both rallies are set to take place early next month. Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue its own permits to allow the organizers to hold the events.

“Our city is in mourning,” Wheeler said in a Facebook post. “Our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation… I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy.”

The Portland hate crime suspect has called the stabbings “patriotism” in his first court appearance.

The “March Against Sharia” took place in cities including St. Paul, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington, and New York City. The marches attracted Islamophobic hate group members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists ― all to rally against the completely nonexistent threat of Sharia law in the U.S.: here.