Muslims murdered in New York City


This video says about itself:

Muslims Denounce Islamophobia After New York Imam Shot

5 August 2016

Muslims in Queens are standing up to bigotry! After the recent shooting of a well-respected Imam and his assistant, community members join together to protest the killing. They’ve even called the act a hate crime, while the NYPD refuses to acknowledge it as one.

Jewish group expresses solidarity with Muslims after imam is murdered in Queens: here.

The New York City police announced late Monday that they had arrested and charged a Brooklyn man with second-degree murder (upgraded the next day to first-degree murder charges) in connection with the execution-style killings of an imam and his assistant in broad daylight near their mosque in Queens. The community of Bangladeshi immigrants in the Ozone Park area was plunged into mourning, and Muslims throughout the city of 8.5 million expressed alarm over the hostility being stoked by the endless war on terror, and the growing attacks on refugees and immigrants: here.

Full-body swimsuit ban in France


A burkini (full-bodied swimsuit) clad woman on a beach

Once again, French authorities (like authorities in other countries) wage ‘war on terror’ by waging war on women’s rights to dress in whatever way they want.

Sometimes, they wage war on women for wearing miniskirts; sometimes on women for wearing maxiskirts; sometimes on women for wearing trousers; sometimes on women for wearing headscarves.

Now, yet another war.

From Agence France Presse:

Burkinis banned on France’s Cannes beaches by mayor

11 August 2016 • 9:48pm

The mayor of Cannes has banned the wearing of burkinis – full-body swimsuits

Burkini‘ is not really a good name for these swimsuits. It alludes to ‘burqa’, often used wrongly in Western countries for face-covering women’s clothes in Afghanistan. These should be called chadaris, not burqas. Burqas are rare clothes for upper class Pakistani women.

‘Burkinis’ do not cover faces, and so are not only unlike real burqas, but also unlike chadaris.

on the beaches of the French Riviera resort famous for its annual film festival, officials said on Thursday.

The film festival where women were refused entry for not wearing high heel shoes. Another example of denying women the right to wear whatever they feel comfortable in.

Mayor David Lisnard signed off on the ruling that “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have (bathing apparel) which respects good customs and secularism”, which is a founding principle of the French republic.

“Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order (crowds, scuffles etc) which it is necessary to prevent,” it says. …

It is as ridiculous and oppressive to associate full-body swimwear with jihadi terrorism, as it would be to associate a women wearing a miniskirt with some conspiracy to violently overthrow some government to replace it with ‘Marxist-feminist’ rule.

Thierry Migoule, head of municipal services for the town, sought to clarify the ruling’s intent.

“We are not talking about banning the wearing of religious symbols on the beach … but ostentatious clothing which refers to an allegiance to terrorist movements which are at war with us,” he said. …

At the Olympic long distance swiming at the Rio Olympics, all women wore smimsuits covering their legs.

The Egyptian women’s beach volleyball team at the Olympics in Brazil wear ‘burkinis’. Yet, NATO countries do not protest about that to the military regime in Egypt; their military allies. Again, if one is so ridiculous to associate ‘burkinis’ with Al Qaeda or ISIS, then it would not be surprising if the same or similar ridiculous authorities would see a woman in shorts or with bare shoulders as a declaration of bloody ‘Maoist people’s war’ or something.

Islamic dress is a contentious issue in France, where the full-face veil is banned in public places. …

Earlier this week a water park in nearby Marseille cancelled plans to host a private event for Muslim women wearing burkinis after protests from politicians.

Look at recent history. Less than a century ago, women at European beaches were arrested for supposedly being ‘indecent’ for wearing anything less than full-body swimwear. Now, the pendulum of authorities’ lunacy has swung from one extreme to the other extreme.

From Associated Press:

A City Hall official said the ordinance, in effect for August, could apply to burkini-style swimsuits. Violators risk a 38 euro ($42) fine.

Middle-aged white men like me have no right to tell women not to wear the burkini. Whether the ban on this modest swimwear is truly a contemporary expression of the French tradition of secularism, I cannot know. What I do know is that it is both wrong and counterproductive: here.

The Cannes Burkini Ban Undermines Freedom Of Muslim Women: here.

Reading book on Syrian art is ‘terrorism’


Faziah Shaheen was quizzed under terror laws after Thomson Airways cabin crew saw her reading a book about Syrian art on her honeymoon flight

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

British Muslim woman detained under terror laws after cabin crew report her reading Syrian art book on plane

Exclusive: Airline urged to apologise after honeymooner ‘made to feel like a culprit’

Liam O’Hare, Ted Jeory

A Muslim NHS worker was detained at a UK airport and questioned under terror laws after a cabin crew member spotted her reading a Syrian culture book on board her honeymoon flight.

Faizah Shaheen, who helps prevent teenage mental health patients from becoming radicalised, was returning from honeymoon in Marmaris, Turkey, when she was stopped by South Yorkshire Police at Doncaster Airport on 25 July.

The 27-year-old was pulled over because a Thomson Airways cabin crew member on her outbound flight a fortnight earlier had reported her for suspicious behaviour.

Police officers questioned her for 15 minutes under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act and told her the suspicions related to the holiday book she had been reading – Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline.

The award-winning book by Malu Halasa is a collection of essays, short stories, poems, songs, cartoons and photographs from Syrian authors and artists.

Ms Shaheen, from Leeds, said she was left angry and in tears by the experience – and with a feeling she had been discriminated because of her faith.

She said she now intends to make formal complaints against the police and Thomson Airways.

She said: “I was completely innocent – I was made to feel like a culprit.”

Recalling the incident, she said: “I was queuing at passport control and saw police staring at me. I just got through passport control and then two police officers approached me and took me aside and asked me to show my passport again.

“I asked what was going on and they said I had been reported due to a book I was reading and was to be questioned under the Terrorism Act.

“I became very angry and upset. I couldn’t understand how reading a book could cause people to suspect me like this. I told the police that I didn’t think it was right or acceptable.”

She was given an information leaflet explaining that Schedule 7 legislation is used by police to determine whether a person appears to be or has been involved in terrorism.

“I was asked what I do,” she said. “I told them I work as a child and adolescent mental health services practitioner for the NHS.

“Ironically, a part of my job role is working on anti-radicalisation and assessing vulnerable young people with mental health problems are at risk of being radicalised.

“I said that to the police. I’m actually part of trying to fight radicalisation and breaking the stereotypes.

“It was a very hurtful experience to go through,” she said. “I fight for different causes and then to be victimised and experience this first-hand and made me realise how bad it is.

“Instead of reminiscing about our honeymoon I am left talking about this experience.

“I do question if whether it would be different if it was someone who wasn’t Muslim.”

The book she was reading was the winner of an English PEN award. Ms Shaheen bought it after it was recommended to her at Bradford literature festival in May.

Labour MP Keith Vaz, who chairs the Home Affairs Committee, said the airline had overreacted.

He said: “In the current climate people are worried. But there is always a balance to be struck in circumstances of this kind. We want the public to report suspicious activity.

“Reasonable people would not regard reading a book on Syria on its own, without any other concerns, as warranting the questioning of an individual. Thomson Airways should accept that a mistake was made and apologise to the woman concerned. I am sure if they had done so there would have been a better understanding of the entire situation.”

It no longer feels safe to fly as a Muslim – and airlines are making a difficult situation worse. The woman who faced questioning for reading an award-winning book about Syrian culture on board her honeymoon flight is only the latest victim of racial profiling in the travel industry: here.

Two Muslim women who work for US government escorted off plane as they made staff ‘uncomfortable’. ​The two friends were escorted off the plane after one of them questioned why they had not been given water for hours on the tarmac, and were greeted by armed police officers: here.

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.

The Nice attacker was not an Islamist, a jihadist: here.

More than 30,000 Muslims from across the world meet in the UK to reject Isis and Islamic extremism: 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?