FBI Islamophobia in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 February 2015

Kameelah Rasheed, Instructional Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools, talks about how the LDC jurying tool provides clear common language for teachers to talk about their instruction.

This video from the USA says about itself:

US Muslim forced off plane cites Islamophobia

26 November 2015

Being told to get off plane in front of passengers was “humiliating”, says Kameelah Rasheed, who alleges discrimination.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

American artist Kameelah Rasheed hauled off New Jersey plane and questioned for hours ‘for being Muslim’

Ms Rasheed says her headscarf was the only thing distinguishing her from 200 other passengers

Adam Withnall

26 November 2015

An American woman says she was escorted off a plane bound for Istanbul from New Jersey in a deliberate attempt to “humiliate and ostracise” her for being a Muslim.

Kameelah Rasheed was questioned for more than two hours by US officials at Newark Liberty International Airport

Sadly, it looks like there is as ‘much’ liberty at Liberty International Airport as at the Christian far right ‘Liberty University’.

in what she described as Islamophobic treatment.

The 30-year-old Stanford University graduate, artist and contributing editor at The New Inquiry said the only thing to single her out to the authorities was the fact that she was “the only visibly Muslim person” on the flight of around 200.

Ms Rasheed said that she was initially allowed on the United Airlines flight after security checks and some additional questioning by customs officers.

But before the plane could take off, she was forced to leave and interrogated by an FBI agent, she told al-Jazeera.

The New York resident had her phone and passport confiscated in the incident, while officers asked her questions such as: “Why are you flying? Where are you going in Istanbul? How can you afford to go on holiday? How much was the ticket price?”

“It was an attempt to humiliate and ostracise me,” she said.

Asked if the questioning appeared to be as a result of heightened tensions following the shootings two weeks ago in Paris, Ms Rasheed said: “I don’t think there is a resurgence of Islamophobia after the Paris attacks. I think it never went away. It’s becoming more legitimised.

“Right after 9/11, you could do it [commit hate crimes towards Muslims] for a couple of years and no one would blame you… And now after Paris, it’s like, ‘look at what they did, I can treat them how I want’. We didn’t make any progress.”

The incident follows a similar one last week when four people “of Middle Eastern descent” were hauled off a Spirit Airlines flight from Baltimore to Chicago. A fellow passenger had alerted crew to so-called suspicious activity – which later turned out to be watching news from the Paris attacks on their phones.

Then, Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the Council on Islamic-American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told The Independent: “Unfortunately, I think we’re going to see more and more of this.”

Ms Rasheed said she didn’t blame her airline, which had been helpful in trying to secure her a refund. She said she felt “very angry and hurt”, and wouldn’t want to fly for the foreseeable future.

British young Muslim women defended against racist

Ruhi Rehman

From the Daily Mirror in Britain:

Young Muslim woman targeted by racist thug on train thanks her ‘Geordie angels’

23:01, 23 Nov 2015
Updated 23:02, 23 Nov 2015

By Craig Thompson

Ruhi Rehman, 23, was petrified when the yob told her to “get off” the train – and told other passengers she could have a bomb

A young Muslim woman who suffered racist abuse from a train thug has thanked the heroes who stepped in to help.

Ruhi Rehman, 23, was petrified when the yob told her to “get off” the train – and told other passengers she could have a bomb.

But other travellers were disgusted to see Ruhi and her sister subjected to the foul tirade and rushed to their rescue.

They demanded he leave the pair alone and forced him off Newcastle’s Metro – clapping and cheering as he left in shame.

Ruhi told the Newcastle Chronicle : “It was the true Geordie spirit that shone through.

Read more: Hero commuter defends crying young Muslim woman from thug’s ‘terrorist’ racist rant after Paris attacks

“They were my angels that day and I can’t thank them enough.”

Ruhi and her sister had been travelling between Newcastle and Whitely Bay when they were approached by the man on the busy train.

“He shouted “get up out of that seat” at me,” said Ruhi.

“I was shocked at first because I didn’t really know what was happening.

“He was then saying stuff like ‘this is my country’ and my sister told him we were born here and it was our country too.

“It was then the other passengers started getting involved, telling him to leave us alone.

“Then he said to them ‘what, do you want her to bomb this train?’.”

Disgusted by his comments, a group of men demanded the man leave the Metro at the next station, telling him he was not welcome.

Ruhi said: “There was no violence or anything, they just made it clear he had to leave.”

When the man got off the train the carriage erupted into applause.

“I’d never seen anything like it,” said Ruhi. “I have never felt more proud of being a Geordie.

“It was lovely that everyone came together to help us and I can’t thank them all enough.

“It made me feel really optimistic and hopeful.”

Ruhi has now reported the attack to police.

She added: “After what happened in Paris I have felt a bit paranoid.

“But why should we? Just because of a few extremist people.”

Katrina Barber, 41, was sitting opposite Ruhi, who was wearing a burka, on the Metro.

She said: “They were a lovely couple of girls.

“We were talking about the weather being cold before this man came up and started shouting at them for no reason.

“He was quite intimidating and was screaming in a really violent way.

“A lady and her daughter moved out of the way because they were so scared.

“But other people just jumped to her defence and, in the end, everyone came together and made it clear we would not stand for this type of behaviour.

“I was so moved by what happened, I gave the girls a hug as I got off.”

Police today said they were investigating the incident which happened last Saturday.

Ruhi’s story has also had a strong reaction on social media from people praising the actions of the passengers.

Sharon Kelly, managing director at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro, said: “We urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the police.

Read more: Woman launches into vile racist rant on bus telling black man ‘you’re inferior’

“The safety of our passengers is paramount. I can assure customers that incidents of this nature are rare on Metro and they will not be tolerated.

“A police investigation into this matter is now underway and we will work with them to help trace those responsible.”

Metro Inspector Ian King said: “We have received a report of an alleged racist incident happening on a Metro train at around 4:45pm on Saturday, November 21.

Northumbria Police take a hard stance against any form of attack on any minority group or individual and officers will be investigating this report.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 191 23/11/15.”

See also here.

Thugs chant ‘ISIS go home’ as they beat Scottish takeaway owner hours after Paris terror attacks: here.

Australian state-funded networks provide platform for extreme right: here.

Anti-Muslim rallies in Australia: A byproduct of the “war on terror”: here.

British Daily Mail compares Muslim refugees to rats, like nazis did with Jews

This video says about itself:

14 January 2014

This is a clip from The Eternal Jew which was released in 1941 by the Nazi government of Germany. All German citizens were required to watch this film which was an apology by Nazis served up to the German people to excuse/make acceptable the wanton murder of over 6 million Jews (about 90% of the total Jewish population of Western Europe.) The voice in the background is the original narrator. …

Thus, the Jews were vilified in so many ways by the Nazis [to make] the people of Western Europe … object [less] to the Holocaust. Clearly, this is a very simplistic analysis of the Holocaust, but it is real. Think about how the white Christians of the American south believed in slavery, Jim Crow, and the idea that black people were inferior in almost every way to white people. You might want to find and watch some of the news footage of Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.

In this clip from this nazi anti-Semitic propaganda film, at 3:30 the nazi comparison of Jews to rats starts.

Unfortunately, similar vile hate propaganda still exists today.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

MP calls for Mail apology over refugee rats cartoon

Friday 20th November 2015

LABOUR’S Richard Burgon called on the Daily Mail to apologise yesterday for publishing a cartoon likening Muslim immigrants to rats.

In a letter to editor Paul Dacre, the shadow Treasury minister said the cartoon fuelled Islamophobia at a time when British Muslims “feel under particular threat of demonisation” in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

In addition to a public apology, he called on Mr Dacre to make a “substantial” donation to anti-Islamophobia or anti-racism charity and reassess policy.

He added: “More widely, myself and hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of others would respectfully ask that the Daily Mail considers its general approach to the portrayal of immigrants and ethnic minorities and considers the consequences for our society of its portrayal.

“It is my belief that, all too often, the Daily Mail lets down its readers and the general public.”

Seven-year-old Texas boy donates piggy bank to vandalised mosque

Seven-year-old Jack Swanson donated $20 to the mosque

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Seven-year-old boy empties piggy bank and donates money to vandalised mosque

‘It’s 20 bucks, but coming from Jack collecting his pennies it’s worth 20 million bucks to me and to our community’

Serina Sandhu

A seven-year-old boy has donated his entire piggy-bank savings to a mosque in Texas that was vandalised in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

A member of the Islamic Center of Pflugerville (ICP), in Travis County, arrived on Monday morning to find that faeces had been left in front of the building.

Pages torn from the Koran were also left at the scene.

But after discussing the incident with his mother, schoolboy Jack Swanson decided he would empty his piggy bank and make a donation of $20 to the mosque, news site Kxan.com reported.

His mother, Laura, said the pair had spoken about how the act of vandalism was a “really awful thing to do”.

“We had a good conversation [about] what churches are for and how everybody’s churches are important.”

Faisal Naeem, a board member at the mosque, said the donation gave him hope.

“It’s 20 bucks, but coming from Jack collecting his pennies it’s worth 20 million bucks to me and to our community. This gives me hope because this means it’s not one versus the other.”

Jack’s act of kindness has been praised on social media.

Speaking about the vandalism, Mr Naeem said it was “very unexpected and quite honestly shocking”.

Pflugerville Police said it was being investigated as a hate crime, according to Kxan.com.

Since the Paris terror attacks on Friday in which 129 people were killed, reportedly deliberate attacks have taken place on mosques in different countries.

Mr Naeem told ABC News: “It’s become so commonplace where something goes wrong somewhere and people want to blame all Muslims. If anything, it’s a pointing indictment of the logical fallacy in our society’s way of thinking.”

On Tuesday, Police Scotland said they were treating a fire at the Bishopbriggs Cultural Centre in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, which is used as a mosque, as “wilful fire-raising”.

US President Trump would treat Muslims like Jews in 1930s Germany

This video is from Germany in the 1930s. It shows a Jewish-owned shop window, on which Hitler‘s SA paramilitary troops have painted the word ‘Jew’ and a Star of David.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Donald Trump confirms Muslim ‘register’ plan – but won’t deny comparisons to Nazis’ treatment of Jews

Ben Carson, Mr Trump’s rival for the Republican nomination, also likened refugees fleeing war-torn Syria to rabid dogs

Ashley Cowburn

1 hour ago

Donald Trump has confirmed his plan to force Muslims in the United States to register on a database – and refused to respond to comparisons between his policy and the treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany.

The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination was confronted about the scheme – which would see Muslims given a form of identification that notes their religion – by a reporter from NBC News while signing autographs after a rally in Iowa.

The reporter asked whether all Muslims in the US would be forced to register. “They have to be,” replied Mr Trump. “They have to be.”

He was then asked four times by another reporter how his plan for a Muslim database would be different from Nazi Germany’s laws that required Jews to register.

Mr Trump repeatedly replied “you tell me” until he stopped responding.

He first floated the idea of special ID cards for American Muslims during a debate over Syrian refugees entering the country.

The Republican candidate wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday: “Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border trying to get into the US. Isis maybe? I told you so. WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL.”

The comments come as more than half of state governors across the US said they are not prepared to welcome Syrian refugees.

It also followed the Republican-led House of Representatives passing legislation that would freeze plans to allow 10,000 Syrians into the US.

Mr Trump is not the only Republican candidate to have made provocative remarks about Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks. Ben Carson, Mr Trump’s rival, likened refugees fleeing the war-torn region to rabid dogs.

He said: “If there’s a rabid dog running around your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog.”

President Barack Obama has heavily criticised the anti-refugee rhetoric in the wake of the Paris attacks, denouncing proposals by one Republican candidate that only Christians should be granted asylum as un-American.

Mr Obama added: “That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

British racists abuse Paris murders for violent crimes

This 16 November 2015 video from Scotland is called Attack on Methil takeaway workers caught on CCTV.

By Will Stone in Britain:

Arrests follow Paris ‘revenge‘ attacks

Tuesday 17th November 2015

COPPERS have made a string of arrests following a spate of racist incidents sparked by the Paris terror attacks.

Takeaway owners in Scotland were violently attacked by a 15-strong mob in the early hours of Sunday.

Mohammed Khalid, 53, and his wife, who own the Caspian Fast Food outlet in Methil, Fife, were set upon by vengeful yobs as they were shutting shop.

The couple say they were subjected to racist abuse and their attackers repeatedly referenced the Paris shootings and Islamic State (Isis) terrorism as they carried out the attack.

Mr Khalid needed hospital treatment for a serious eye injury while his wife suffered minor injuries.

Their daughter Shama Khalid posted CCTV footage of the attack on Facebook, saying: “This is so upsetting.

“I hope no-one has to witness anything like this ever. My poor parents. They spent all their lives trying to protect us from things like this, only to become victims themselves.”

She said her dad had spent more than 12 hours in hospital.

Police Scotland have charged two men, aged 35 and 17, over the incident.

In a separate incident, a woman was arrested on Sunday after she said those from the “Islamic faith” were no longer welcome at her salon in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

A post on Blinks of Bicester’s Facebook account said the salon is “no longer taking bookings from anyone from the Islamic faith whether you are UK granted with passport or not.

“Sorry but time to put my country first.”

The 43-year-old was cuffed by Thames Valley police following complaints about the “racially offensive” comments.

By Sabby Dhalu in Britain:

A-knee-jerk response is the last thing we need

Tuesday 17th November 2015

In the wake of the abhorrent Paris terror attacks we must guard against the stoking of hatred against those seeking refuge from war and destruction, writes SABBY DHALU

THE terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut were chilling, and the first response of the anti-racist movement is solidarity and sympathy with all those affected.

However, the anti-racist movement is now sadly accustomed to the other responses that come fast in the wake of every terrorist attack.

Usually this is two-fold — a clampdown on civil liberties by the state particularly targeting Muslim communities, and a rise in anti-Muslim hate crime on the streets.

In this case, it is threefold: also moves by governments to make still more wars (which, by the way, make still more refugees and cause still more terrorism).

The Paris attacks have added a new dimension to this. Even though some of those responsible for the attack have been identified as French nationals, stories spread like wildfire that the perpetrators of the attack had entered France as refugees.

This prompted a knee-jerk response by politicians to “close or strengthen the borders.”

This year Europe has experienced the biggest migration of refugees since the second world war.

That said, less than one million refugees are expected to arrive in the whole of the EU by the end of this year.

Turkey has taken two million refugees, and Lebanon — a country approximately the size of Cornwall — has taken over one million refugees.

Less than one million across 28 of the world’s richest countries in the EU is not a lot by comparison.

What is described as a “crisis” is only a crisis because of the refusal by the majority of EU countries to take a fair proportion of refugees.

Instead we see an inhumane approach to people fleeing war, terrorism, climate change and poverty — refugees are left without proper shelter, warmth, sanitation and food.

“Fortress Europe” has emerged, with barbed wire fences erected, a breakdown of the Schengen agreement (which brought in passport-free movement across most of the EU’s internal borders) and often bare-faced racism and Islamophobia — for example Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban saying Muslim refugees threaten Christian Europe.

After the second world war and the horrors of the Holocaust, the whole world said: “Never again.”

Yet today European governments are busy conceding to far-right and fascist parties on refugee policy and the response to terrorism.

France itself is one of the most notable examples, with support for the Front National topping the polls this year at 30 per cent.

The Paris attacks now give European politicians a convenient excuse to pursue the course they were already taking regarding refugees, but one which will do nothing to combat terrorism.

Austerity and the resulting fall in living standards not seen since the 19th century means that refugees are the latest scapegoats and distraction.

False arguments counterposing investment in social housing and reducing homelessness with providing help for refugees have already been advanced over the last few months. Now the threat of terrorism has been added to this anti-refugee narrative.

This ignores the fact that the refugees arriving in Europe are fleeing the same terrorists that carried out the Paris attacks.

At the same time all Muslims are scapegoated for the actions of a tiny number who kill and murder in the name of Islam, despite the overwhelming condemnation of such attacks by Muslims in general.

Muslims are always portrayed as the perpetrators of terrorism, despite the fact that globally they are the main victims of Islamic State (Isis) and al-Qaida terrorists.

This Islamophobic narrative leads directly to an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes.

According to the West London Muslim Cultural Centre, just the day after the Paris attacks a Muslim woman was attacked with a glass bottle.

Blaming all white people for Anders Breivik’s 2011 attacks in Norway would seem ridiculous, but this is exactly what happens when terrorist attacks occur in the name of Islam.

Indeed, terrorist attacks committed by white racists are often played down, treated as “lone wolf” attacks and not a widespread phenomenon.

For example, in April 2013, one month before Lee Rigby was murdered, 82-year-old pensioner Mohammed Saleem was murdered by a Ukrainian fascist.

This fascist went on to bomb mosques in the West Midlands and became known as “The Tipton Bomber.”

The victims were Muslim. The perpetrator was white. However these incidents did not receive anywhere near the level of coverage as Rigby’s murder.

The media fails to make the link between Breivik and other European fascist groups, despite their high levels of electoral support across Europe, whereas correctly Isis or al-Qaida attacks are always linked to one another.

The government will use the Paris attacks to justify the forthcoming Extremism Bill. A draft Bill has not yet been published, but we can expect the biggest clampdown on civil liberties we have ever seen, mainly directed at the Muslim communities for whom David Cameron has already said obeying the law will not be taken as proof of rejection of “extremism.”

Moreover, the loose definition of “extremism,” which the government itself struggles to define, means all those on the centre-left and left who disagree with government policy could be targeted.

This is on top of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act which includes measures such as imposing a legal duty on schools and other education institutions to implement Prevent, to “stop youngsters being drawn into extremism,” but which in reality will leave innocent young children and their families feeling persecuted.

An objective assessment of Prevent and various legislation must consider that such measures, compounded by a rise in Islamophobic attacks — the majority of which are on Muslim women — are actually counter-productive in eradicating extremism and instead contribute to a sense of isolation and the feeling that Western liberal democracies do not care for their Muslim citizens.

Instead, the response should be to take on the concerns of the Muslim population, act against hate crime, recognise Muslims themselves are the main victims of terrorism and take our fair share of the refugees fleeing the sort of attacks we saw in Paris and Beirut last week. This would challenge the narrative used by those like Isis and al-Qaida rather than feed it.

Sabby Dhalu is Stand up to Racism organiser and Unite Against Fascism joint secretary.

Stand up to Racism has organised a public meeting in Parliament in response to the Paris attacks and to discuss the implications of the Extremism Bill on Thursday November 26 at 7pm, Committee Room 10, Parliament.

Syria: If Cameron wanted to fight the terrorists he wouldn’t be worried about a Russian veto — after all, Russia is now working with France. His aims are more sinister: here.

Cameron decides UN can’t stop his lust for destruction. BRITAIN could begin bombing Syria without the support of the UN security council, David Cameron declared yesterday. In a statement to Parliament about the Paris terror attacks, the Prime Minister signalled his intention to call a second vote on RAF air strikes in Syria after MPs scuppered his drive to war last August: here.

President Barack Obama is accusing Republicans who oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. of being scared of widows and orphans. He says the political posturing “needs to stop.” … He says rhetoric like that is a potential recruitment tool for the Islamic State group. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate,” he said: here.

Islamophobic fire attack on Dutch mosque

The Roosendaal mosque before the fire attack, photo by Marieke Boerefijn

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Attempted arson at mosque in Roosendaal

Today, 15:02

At a mosque in Roosendaal last night it was tried to set it on fire. The building sustained light damage. No one was injured. The perpetrators have not been found yet.

The police can not say whether the attempted arson has something to do with the attacks last night in Paris. According to a spokesperson speaking to Omroep Brabant broadcasting this needs further research.

The mosque in Roosendaal is the largest Muslim prayer house in West Brabant.

Yeah right, setting mosques on fire will bring the people who died in the Paris attacks back to life … NOT!!!!!

Xenophobic arson will magically heal the wounds of the people who were injured in the Paris attacks … NOT!!!!!

Dutch Muslim organisations strongly condemn Paris violence: here.