United States ‘alt-right’ Islamophobic fake news on Germany


This video from the USA says about itself:

Media Fawns Over Neo-Nazis (The So-Called Alt-Right)

2 December 2016

Donald Trump’s base includes Nazis, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and the KKK, including his Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a former executive of the Neo-Nazi website, Breitbart. The Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones both wrote fluff pieces praising their fashion and ascendancy in Washington thanks to Donald Trump.

Jimmy Dore breaks it down.

From teleSUR:

Breitbart Takes Fake News to New Level with Muslim Attack

7 January 2017

The “news” story portrayed a deliberate attack on a Dortmund church by a “mob” of Muslims.

Far-right white nationalist website Breitbart has been criticized by German authorities and media for falsifying a story of a new year’s eve where a church was supposedly set on fire by a group of Muslims in Dortmund.

On Jan. 3., Breitbart published a story titled “Revealed: 1,000-man mob attack police, set Germany’s oldest church alight on New Year’s Eve.” The group reportedly chanted “Allahu Akbar” while setting the church alight, as the website cited live information from local media outlet Ruhr Nachrichten.

However, Ruhr Nachrichten then hit back at the story, saying that Breitbart’s reporting of the event has been “using our online reports for fake news, hate and propaganda.” The German outlet explained that the far-right website falsely connected a number of separate incidents to fabricate the story.

Local media reported that there were some individuals who launched fireworks in the crowd with police ordering a number to leave and took some into custody, and a small fire which lasted for 12 minutes started on the Church’s roof. Yet, there were no reports from the media or authorities which indicated that the fire was intentionally lit.

Importantly, while local media reported that there were around 1,000 people gathered in Dortmund’s Leeds Square for New Year celebrations and that there were groups of foreign people attending, it could not be seen as a “mob,” like Breitbart portrayed. It was also pointed out that the Church in questions was in fact, not the oldest in the country.

Ruhr Nachrichten‘s editor Peter Bandermann said that Breitbart also sensationalized how Syrians in the crowd were using the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” explaining that “this statement is a Muslim prayer as normal as ‘Amen’ in the Church.”

Bandermann added, “The fact is: there was no sign that terrorism was being celebrated in Dortmund.”

Police told local media that overall the celebrations amounted to a quiet night and later stated in a report that the number of call-outs for New Year’s celebration had actually decreased significantly from last year.

Thousands of users read and shared the Breitbart story, before it was revealed as a falsification. “The danger is that these stories spread with incredible speed and take on lives of their own”, Eva Kühne-Hörmann, justice minister of nearby Hesse, told the Guardian.

Breitbart was known as a mouthpiece for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign for promoting racism and white nationalism. Its former director Steve Bannon is now Trump’s chief strategist.

Breitbart already runs a website from London and is rumored to be opening up outlets in France and Germany ahead of elections later this year and to play on the increasing anti-immigration sentiment within the continent.

A number of German companies including BMW and Deutsche Telekom have already pulled their advertising from the website.

Politico co-founder offers effusive praise for Breitbart, a platform for white nationalism. The normalization of bigotry: here.

European Muslims’ numbers overestimated


This video says about itself:

Young Muslim Americans react to Islamophobia

14 January 2016

Fusion interviewed a group of young, Muslim Americans about the rise of Islamophobic rhetoric in the U.S., and common misconceptions about Islam and Muslim people.

Dutch NOS TV reports today about a poll by Ipsos Mori.

How many Muslims are in the Netherlands? 19% of all residents, Dutch respondents estimated. The real 2010 figure was 6%.

How many Muslims are in France? 31% of all residents, French respondents estimated. The real 2010 figure was 7.5%.

How much of terrorism in Europe is by Muslims? All of it, the racist extreme right says. Most of it, the ‘moderate’ ‘center right‘ says. In fact, international police organisation Europol calculated that in 2009, 0,4% of all terror attacks in Europe were by Muslims. Most terrorism in Europe is by white nationalists.

German Pegida bigwig racist arrested for bombing mosque


Bombing suspect Nino K. Photo by Dirk Sukow

Translated from Focus.de in Germany:

Attack on mosque

Dresden bomber was a speaker at Pegida demonstration

Friday, 09.12.2016, 10:37

The bomber, who just before the Day of German Unity carried out an attack on a mosque in Dresden, has been arrested. According to media reports, he was a spokesman of the xenophobic movement Pegida.

After the explosive attack on a Dresden mosque at the end of September, the police have now arrested a suspect. Details are to be reported later in the morning, it was reported Friday in the operational defense center in Leipzig.

One week before the central ceremony on the Day of German Unity in Dresden two explosions were carried out, one on the mosque and one on the congress center of the city.

Probable culprit spoke at Pegida event

The Bildzeitung had first reported on the arrest. It was also said that the suspected bomber was in the summer of 2015 at a Pegida event as a speaker. He is said to have shouted abuse among other things against “criminal aliens” and “lazy Africans“.

According to the Bildzeitung, the suspect is called Nino K.

See also here.

The image of Lutz Bachmann styled as Adolf Hitler was published by the Dresden Morgenpost after a reader spotted it on Facebook

This image of Lutz Bachmann, fuehrer of the racist Pegida organisation in Germany, who had styled himself as Adolf Hitler, was published by the Dresden Morgenpost.

Trump elected, US racists threaten Muslim genocide


This 27 November 2016 Bangladesh TV video is called Three California mosques receive hateful letters mentioning Trump.

By Andy Campbell in the USA:

Letters To California Mosques Praise Donald Trump, Promise Genocide

“You Muslims are a vile and filthy people.”

11/26/2016 05:35 pm ET

Religious leaders in California are calling for a police investigation after identical letters were sent to local mosques hailing President-elect Donald Trump and calling for death to Muslims.

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement asking for increased protection after the hate-filled letters were discovered at the Islamic centers of Long Beach and Claremont as well as a mosque in San Jose.

The handwritten and photocopied letters, received over the course of the week, were signed by “Americans for a Better Way.” They call Muslims “a vile and filthy people” who “worship the devil” and evoke Trump.

“There’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims,” the letters read. “He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews.”

CAIR leaders in San Francisco and Los Angeles didn’t initially want to bring the letters into the public spotlight to avoid copycats, but they acknowledged the need for police intervention once the diatribe was sent to a number of jurisdictions across the state, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We urge local law enforcement authorities to work with Muslim community leaders to ensure the safety of all houses of worship,” CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo said in a statement. “Our state’s political and religious leaders need to speak out against the mainstreaming of Islamophobia that we are witnessing in California and nationwide.”

Though Trump has said he isn’t aware of campaigns across the country to intimidate and hurt Muslims since his victory, the problem is rampant.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has tracked more than 700 acts of this kind of bias intimidation and harassment targeting Muslims, blacks, Latinos, immigrants and LGBTQ people since Election Day, though not every incident has been independently verified. The Huffington Post’s Christopher Mathias has identified at least 13 incidents in which Muslims have been attacked, harassed or threatened in Trump’s name.

San Jose police are reportedly investigating the letters. It wasn’t immediately clear whether police departments across the state would ramp up security in response to CAIR’s statement.

CAIR urges Muslim community members to report any incidents to police and to the organization’s civil rights department by calling 202-742-6420 or by filing a report online.

Have you been a victim of an act of harassment or discrimination? If so, we encourage you to report the incident to local authorities, and to send us an email about it at: trackinghate@huffingtonpost.com.

See also here.

‘Fear of Trump’ Is Making Some Children Physically Sick, Say Health Experts. As nation braces for what life under Trump will mean, anxieties are specifically growing among those targeted by president-elect: here.

Dutch government’s Islamophobic anti-women plan


This 2011 video is called Burqa Ban: Muslim full-face cover now crime in France.

In the Netherlands, there are about a hundred women wearing what is called in the media a ‘burqa’.

Overwhelmingly, these are Afghan women, who, during the 1980s came, mostly with their husbands, as refugees from the pro-Soviet government then in Afghanistan, to the Low Countries. In the families of these women, the view prevailed that the Kabul government of the pro-Soviet Union People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, should be overthrown violently in order to replace it with a government interpreting Islam in a harsh way, including against women’s rights (as it later became under the Taliban, and basically is now, under the governments helped into office by George W Bush’s 2001 invasion).

Then, in the 1980s, no one in the Netherlands dreamt about yelling at those asylum seeking women: “Take off that burqa!” No politician proposed an “anti-burqa” law. The political Right, the allies of then United States president Ronald Reagan, saw Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and other fanatically religious people fighting “godless communism” in Afghanistan as valuable allies of NATO’s “free world”, including the Netherlands. While the political Left said that refugees, of whatever religious or political hue, should not be harassed.

Afghan chadaris

There is a big problem in all this talk of ‘burqas’ now in 2016. These Afghan garments are chadaris (chadris); not burqas. Real burqas are a different type of clothes for some elite women in Pakistan. There probably are extremely few women in Western countries wearing a real (Pakistani upper class) burqa.

The anti-burqa measures are also not really aimed at the small numbers of Afghan refugee women wearing, not real burqas, but Afghan chadaris. As we said, these women are about 100 in the Netherlands; maybe a few hundred more in a bigger country like France. Not even the most demagogic Islamophobe could make a credible case about the horrible dangers of “Islamization” out of such small numbers.

The anti-burqa laws are about intimidating the much bigger numbers of women wearing, not burqas, not Afghan chadaris, but other, less conspicuous, clothes rightly or wrongly considered “Islamic”, like headscarves. No, the aim of those laws is even wider: it is also to intimidate the big numbers of women, originally from Turkey, Morocco, as refugees from Bush’s wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc. who do not even wear headscarves. No, I should say, the aim is still wider: it is to intimidate the whole working class, “autochthonous” or “allochtonous” and to divide it along sectarian religious lines. A divided, intimidated working class, Rightists like ex-President Sarkozy of France calculate, would make it easier to take lots of money away from not so well off people and give it to extremely well off people like corrupt businesswoman Ms Bettencourt who financed corrupt Sarkozy and his corrupt political party.

‘Burqa’ banning politicians like Sarkozy basically are just as anti-women as Afghan warlords making burqas chadaris mandatory. Both sets of misogynists deny women their rights to decide themselves whether they want to wear a miniskirt, a maxiskirt, trousers, a chadari, or whatever. Both say: “That is not her business. That is my business!”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Dutch parliament this afternoon will talk about the bill to have a limited ‘burqa ban’. This means that people will be no longer allowed to wear face-covering clothing in public transport, education, healthcare and government buildings.

It seems that a majority of the House agrees with the plan of Minister Plasterk. Then the Senate must still consider it.

The burqa ban has engaged politicians in The Hague for a long time. The first administration of Prime Minister Rutte, dependent on parliamentary support of [Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic] PVV party, wanted a complete ban on face-covering clothing. That plan disappeared after the fall of that government. …

‘Unnecessary’

The Council of State says that the burqa ban is unnecessary. The advisory body of the government says there are many other opportunities to make people show their faces in the context of safety.

Also Annelies Moors, Professor of Anthropology at the university of Amsterdam, is opposed. She said this morning on the Radio 1 news that in the Netherlands no burqas are worn at all.

There are, according to her, women who wear a face-covering veil, but this group is very small. “About one hundred fifty daily, and between four and five hundred irregularly.”

It is a waste of time and money to take action against them, because these women generally cause no nuisance. The effect can also be that they are hampered in their daily lives because they will no longer be allowed to ride trams.

ANGELA MERKEL SUPPORTS PARTIAL BURKA BAN “The full-face veil is not acceptable in our country,” the German chancellor said. [Willa Frej, HuffPost]

Donald Trump’s Islamophobia


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump‘s General: Islam Is A Cancer

19 November 2016

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn thinks that Sharia law is taking over Texas. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), a Donald Trump adviser who was floated as a potential running mate before the GOP nominee eventually picked Mike Pence, delivered a speech in Dallas on Wednesday at a gathering for the group ACT! for America.

Flynn, who serves as an adviser to the anti-Muslim group, told the audience that Islam is “a cancer” and “a political ideology” that “definitely hides behind being a religion,” while also pushing a bogus rumor about creeping Sharia in Texas.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

The contents of Flynn’s book, How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, was a main topic of discussion. He took special interest in discussing what he called the dangers of Shariah law in Texas.”

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

How YOU Can Fight Trump’s Muslim Registration Plan

19 November 2016

A viewer made a great suggestion on how Americans can fight back against Trump’s Muslim registration plans. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“Donald Trump’s policy advisers are discussing plans to establish a registry for Muslim immigrants in the US, a man believed to be a key member of the President-elect’s transition team has revealed.

Kris Kobach, the secretary of state for Kansas, said the President-elect’s advisers were looking at how to implement a proposal suggested by the billionaire businessman that would force immigrants from Muslim countries to register on a database.

Mr Kobach, who helped devise tough immigration laws in a number of US states and claims to have participated in regular conference calls with Mr Trump’s immigration advisers, also said the Trump administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a US-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval.”

Read more here.

Judge Tells New Citizens They Can Leave The U.S. If They Don’t Like Donald Trump. “He will be your president and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country”: here.

Washington DC, USA: Approximately 300 protesters were gathered outside of the Reagan building, to voice their concern with the National Policy Institute, a group that has been called Anti-Semitic, racist, and xenophobic: here.

American Muslims to concentration camps?


This video from the USA says about itself:

10 December 2013

After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, many Japanese-Americans were sent to internment camps. Betty Taira was only eight when her family was sent to the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Trump Supporter Cites Japanese Internment As ‘Precedent’ For Muslim Registry

”The president needs to protect America first.”

11/17/2016 12:24 am ET

A supporter of President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday cited the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II ― considered one of the darkest periods in American history ― as the basis for creating a federal registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.

Carl Higbie, a retired Navy SEAL, made the case in an interview with Fox NewsMegyn Kelly, who was decidedly incredulous upon hearing it.

Japanese-American Lawmakers Demand That Trump Denounce Internment Camp Comments: here.

Trump Team Is Mulling Muslim Registry And Planning Border Wall, Reported Adviser Says. A previous iteration of the plan was fiercely criticized by civil rights groups: here.

Georgia Bill Could Make Niqabs And Hijabs Illegal In Public: here.

Trump adviser Steve Bannon Suggests There Are Too Many Asian CEOs In Silicon Valley: here.

Bank Led By Donald Trump’s Top Treasury Contender Accused Of Racist Lending. OneWest allegedly used different standards for white borrowers and people of color. 11/17/2016 03:01 am ET: here.

The Clinton Campaign Was Undone By Its Own Neglect And A Touch Of Arrogance, Staffers Say: here.

Montana Synagogue Requests Police Protection After Reports Of Nazi Propaganda. Acts of hate and intolerance have risen since last week’s election: here.