German racists bomb mosque


This video from Germany says about itself:

27 September 2016

The Fatih Camii Mosque and an international congress centre were hit in separate bomb attacks in the city of Dresden, late on Monday. No one was hurt in the explosions, which police are investigating as connected xenophobic attacks.

The first explosion targeted the mosque at just before 22.00 local time while the second, at the congress centre, occurred around 20 minutes later. The charred exteriors of both buildings were seen on Tuesday morning as police arrived to begin their investigations. Officers say the explosions were caused by homemade devices.

SOT, Bacaru Mahmut, President of Mosque committee (German): “Yesterday, at around 21:55, a young man wearing a blue jacket and a bag came here, to our mosque. And he dropped a bomb here or whatever it was. Our imam called me and then I called, very quickly, the police and firefighter department. They arrived very quickly. A firefighter team extinguished the fire.”

From Reuters news agency:

Tue Sep 27, 2016 | 3:56am EDT

Bombs at mosque, congress center in Dresden, no one hurt: German police

Two improvised bombs exploded in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday evening – one at a mosque and one at an international conference center – but no one was injured, police said on Tuesday.

“Even if we so far have no claim of responsibility, we must go on the basis that the motive was xenophobic,” Horst Kretzschmar, president of Dresden police, said in a statement.

He said police believed there was a link to celebrations planned for the coming weekend in the city to mark the anniversary of German reunification on Oct. 3, 1990.

At the time of the first explosion, the imam of the mosque was inside with his wife and sons but they were not hurt. Damage was, however, done to the building through pressure waves.

Soon after, the International Congress Centre was damaged by a home-made device and the bar of a nearby hotel was evacuated.

During the night, police officers were sent to protect other mosques in the city.

Dresden was the cradle of the anti-Islam PEGIDA … movement whose weekly rallies attracted around 20,000 supporters at the height of its popularity at the start of 2015.

Racist firebombs Scottish mosque


Edinburgh Central Mosque

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Mosque arson was hate crime

Monday 19th September 2016

POLICE said yesterday they are treating an arson attack on Edinburgh Central Mosque as a hate crime.

It sustained minor fire damage to the door and a small bush in the garden after an object was thrown at the building, situated in Potterrow, at about 2.10am on Sunday.

The suspect is a white man in his early thirties, with very short hair and wearing a short-sleeved black top with a white emblem on the front with dark trousers.

Police believe he spoke to a group of women in George Square before the incident and are urging them to come forward, as well as anyone who drove past the mosque during the attack.

Chief Inspector Mark Rennie, local area commander, said: “This was a despicable and reckless act which we are treating as a hate crime.”

Detective Inspector John Kavanagh said: “Fortunately, no-one was injured as a result of this incident but the consequences could have been far worse had the fire taken hold and spread.”

Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) chairman Foysol Choudhury strongly condemned the crime as “an attack against our freedom of religion and expression.”

He said: “Edinburgh cannot tolerate any action that aims to spread hate and division within its society.

“ELREC would like to uphold Police Scotland’s request for everyone who has any information to contact them and wishes to offer support to anyone who feels more insecure after this attack.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555-111, where information can be given anonymously.

Spanish neo-fascist violence against pregnant Muslim woman


This video is the film Inside Fascist Spain (ca. 1945). A film by the Department of Defense of the USA. Though this film is critical about the Franco dictatorship, not much later, as the Cold War started, that Franco dictatorship became de facto allies of the USA.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Police have arrested two men in Barcelona who are suspects of having kicked a pregnant Muslim woman in her stomach.

The pregnant woman was walking with her husband and two children in the street when the pair shouted abuse at her because she was wearing a niqab. The two men attacked the husband and then the wife when she tried to intervene. In addition, she received a kick in her stomach.

Research at the hospital showed that the unborn child is well. So is the woman.

Spanish police say the two suspects have links with far-right groups. They stand accused of discrimination and abuse.

‘Burkini’ still banned in Corsica, France


Women in burkini and bikini play together, ANP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

A judge in Corsica has maintained the ban on wearing a burkini on the beach of Sisco.

The court in Bastia decided that the ban is legal because public order was likely to be disturbed. The burkini ban was established in Sisco after last month on the beach there had been a big brawl. …

The French Council of State has deleted the burkini ban in the seaside resort Vileneuve-Loubet. According to the supreme administrative court, the ban violates basic freedoms, but can be established in a case of threats to the public order. …

Later, however, witnesses contradicted that burkinis provoked the fighting [in Sisco]; they said the quarrel arose because a group of bathers had claimed a piece of beach for themselves.

Burkini-Wearing Woman Gets Chased Off French Beach. Villeneuve-Loubet’s burkini ban has been overturned. But that didn’t stop beachgoers from threatening 23-year-old Zeynab Alshelh, 09/19/2016 09:48 am ET: here.

Muslim woman murdered in New York, hate crime?


This video from the USA says about itself:

CAIR-New York Urges Probe of Bias Motive for Stabbing Death of Muslim Woman in Queens

2 September 2016

From Daily Kos blog in the USA:

Nazma Khanam: Was Muslim Woman Stabbed to Death in NYC a Hate Crime Victim?

By Brett Wilkins

Saturday Sep 03, 2016 · 7:39 PM

Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday at the Jamaica Muslim Center, a mosque in Queens, New York, to pay their respects to Nazma Khanam, the 60-year-old Bangladeshi woman stabbed to death in front of her 75-year-old husband just steps from their home in Jamaica Hills on Wednesday night. As family, friends and others — the victim’s nephew is a NYPD transit officer and dozens of police attended the funeral — said their goodbyes to the former schoolteacher, many members of the Muslim community said they were convinced the stabbing was a hate crime.

“They didn’t take her phone, pocketbook, bag, nothing,” nephew Mohammad Rahman told the New York Daily News outside the family’s home on Friday. “We feel this is a hate crime . . . We want justice.”

Khanam’s death comes just weeks after beloved Queens imam Maulama Aknojee and his assistant Thara Uddin, both also originally from Bangladesh, were executed in broad daylight as they walked home from prayers at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque at 77th Street and Glemore Avenue. Oscar Morel, 35, of Brooklyn has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder — but not a hate crime — in connection with the killings.

NYPD officials said they had no leads in Khanam’s slaying as of Friday. Police are investigating whether the attack was an attempted robbery, although the victim’s relatives said nothing was stolen from her. NYPD investigators also initially believed the murders of Akonjee and Uddin were also attempted robberies. Neither man was robbed during or after the attack, although NYPD Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner said “there is nothing in the preliminary investigation that would indicate that they were targeted because of their faith” in the wake of the murders.

Investigators have been equally hesitant to speculate on whether Khanam’s murder was a hate crime. “Our best guess is it was a psycho,” a high-ranking police official told the New York Daily News on Friday. “He ran at her. There was no conversation. This is a hard one to explain.”

At Friday’s funeral, emotions ran high as speeches were interrupted by attendees chanting “we want justice!”

“This was not a robbery and though we do not know all the facts, the reality is this is happening too often,” public advocate Letitia James said to cheers.

In the same week as Akonjee and Uddin were murdered in Queens, 61-year-old Stanley Majors of Tulsa, Oklahoma was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he shot and killed Khalid Jabara, 37, who was originally from Lebanon. Majors had allegedly harassed the Jabara family for years, calling them “filthy Lebanese”, “dirty Arabs” and “Moo-slems.” The Jabaras are actually Christians.

“That’s four murders in less than a few weeks, let alone the numerous hate crimes and assaults that have taken place throughout this country and much of Europe,” Khalid Latin, the executive director and chaplain for the Islamic Center at the New York University and the chaplain at the NYPD, told the Guardian. “Anti-Muslim sentiment is at an all-time high, and we will continue to hear news like this until those who have the ability to speak up and out will start to do so both with words and actions.”

According to research by Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative, which tracks and analyzes Islamophobia in the United States, there were more hate crimes targeting Muslims in 2015 than in any other year since the Islamist terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Some observers have noted that the increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes has coincided with the rise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called for a total ban on Muslim immigration and travel to the United States. Numerous individuals wanted or arrested for committing anti-Muslim and other anti-immigrant hate crimes have cited their support for Trump or even said his name during assaults.

“Our data suggests that acts and threats of anti-Muslim violence increased in 2015, and that it has escalated further during the presidential election season,” Engy Abdelkader, a member of the US State Department Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and the author of a recent Bridge Initiative report titled “When Islamophobia Turns Violent: The 2016 US Presidential Elections,” told the Intercept.

Back in New York, NYPD officials released surveillance video of a person of interest in the Khanam slaying and are offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

Hundreds at New York mosque mourn woman murdered in ‘hate crime’. Nazma Khanam’s death comes just weeks after two men were shot in the back of the head after midday prayers, rocking the Queens Bangladeshi community: here.

Dutch racist party wants Koran ban


Geert Wilders speech in New York City, cartoon

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday 27th August 2016

NETHERLANDS: The far-right Freedom Party (PVV), leading the polls ahead of next year’s general election, has vowed to close mosques and “ban the Koran,” in its manifesto.

PVV leader Geert Wilders tweeted: “All mosques and Islamic schools closed, a ban on the Koran,” on Thursday. The PVV claims it would reverse the “Islamisation” of the Netherlands with measures including barring migrants from Islamic countries and banning the hijab.

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.