Islamophobic attempted murder in England

This video about England says about itself:

24 September 2017

An imam was rushed to hospital after he was stabbed outside a mosque by an attacker who reportedly made ‘anti-Muslim comments’.

Police have launched an investigation after Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked with a knife outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre in Greater Manchester on Sunday.

Andrew Western, Labour councillor for Sale, Greater Manchester, said his thoughts are ‘with him and his family.’

Dr Kurdy, 58, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, and some people had already made their way into the mosque when he was attacked at around 6pm.

He has been discharged from hospital, according to his colleague Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association, who said he was ‘very lucky’.

Greater Manchester Police is treating the attack as a hate crime and confirmed they have made two arrests. They have arrested two men in relation to the attack.

From the BBC in Britain today:

Altrincham mosque stabbing: Surgeon attacked in ‘hate crime

A doctor has been stabbed in the back of the neck on his way to a mosque in Greater Manchester, in a suspected hate crime.

Consultant surgeon Dr Nasser Kurdy was attacked outside the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association at about 17:50 BST and was taken to hospital.

He has since been discharged and a 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old who were arrested are being questioned.

Greater Manchester Police have asked for any witnesses to come forward.

Dr Kurdy heard Islamophobic comments at the time of the attack, community sources said.

Police said the 58-year-old was on his way to the mosque, where he is the vice-chairman and has led prayers, when he saw another man across the road.

“A short time later he felt an injury to the back of his neck. He ran into the centre and then called emergency services.”

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said it was a “nasty and unprovoked attack” to a “much-loved” man.

‘Abusive comments’

Dr Khalid Anis, a spokesman for the mosque, said: “It could have been very, very serious.

“He [Dr Kurdy] said he noticed someone cross the road and then somebody just attacked him from behind.

“Obviously he was in shock at the time, he had just been stabbed, so the detail of those comments I don’t know – but there were definitely abusive comments made by the attackers at the door of the mosque.

“We understand it was a knife, he is very lucky.

“It’s a very unified town so for this to happen like this in the street, it is frightening.”

Dr Anis added that Dr Kurdy is “in good spirits”.

Akram Malik, chairman of the Altrincham and Hale Muslim Association, added: “It is devastating that someone has chosen to attack a community member, on his way to prayer.

“We pray that Dr Kurdy makes a full recovery and the perpetrator faces the full force of justice.”

‘Motivated by hate’

Iftikhar Awan, who attends the mosque with his wife and children, said the community was “in a state of shock”.

He added that Dr Kurdy was treated in Wythenshawe Hospital, where he works as an orthopaedic surgeon.

Det Insp [Detective Inspector] Ben Cottam said Dr Kurdy was attacked “in broad daylight”.

ACC Jackson added: “People will want to know why the attacker did this and we are treating this as a crime motivated by hate.

“It is difficult to say more than this at this time but there is nothing to suggest that this is terrorist related.”

Dear Assistant Chief Constable Jackson: since when are white supremacist terrorists not terrorists?

He said there would be an increased police presence in the areas to “reassure local people”.

The Muslim Council of Britain said it was shocked by the attack and urged the government to implement its “hate crime action plan”.


English Islamophobes threaten acid attacks

Young London Muslim woman Resham Khan in hospital following a racist acid attack on 21 June 2017

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Sick Acid Attack Threats Sent to Muslims

Thursday 31st August 2017

Police increase patrols in Bradford after violent letters posted to homes

POLICE have increased street patrols in Bradford after leaflets containing threats of acid attacks were sent to Muslim homes.

The leaflets were posted through letterboxes in the predominantly Muslim area of Hanover Square where two attacks were reported last week.

One of the letters features an image of a sword over the English flag and reads: “Kill Muslim scum”.

It goes on to spew hateful and threatening comments including that women wear burkas because they are “ugly” and accuses men of grooming white girls in the area.

“We are now going to do acid attacks on anyone who wears the funny black masks around your square and Bradford and other places,” it reads.

“In your square there are three of ur [sic] male pigs who are grooming four white girls.

“We know who the three male pigs are. They are walking dead pigs.”

The letters were sent ahead of an English Defence League (EDL) march which was planned for this Saturday — the same day as the Islamic festival of Eid. West Yorkshire police confirmed yesterday that the event has now been cancelled but an EDL demo in nearby Keighley will still take place on the same day.

Anti-racism campaign group JUST Yorkshire’s chairman Nadeem Murtuja said there was a “correlation” between the leaflets and racist opinions expressed in the Sun newspaper by columnists Sarah Champion and Trevor Kavanagh.

He said: “We wrote at the time that such incendiary comments from prominent politicians, including perceived champions fighting against abuse, could inflame tensions, and though I accept that this material cannot be directly attributed to those columns, the themes between what is written in this racist material and those columns seem to show a correlation.”

Ms Champion was forced to resign from the Labour front bench earlier this month after she wrote that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls,” in the right-wing rag.

The JUST Yorkshire chairman also raised concerns that some Muslims are removing visible signs of their faith such as beards and headscarves to avoid abuse, pointing out that this “takes away the very freedoms that form the cornerstone of British values.”

The recent threats come after reports that Islamophobic incidents increased by 500 per cent following the Manchester Arena bombing.

West Yorkshire police said they are taking the threats “extremely seriously” and have launched a hate crime investigation into the incident.

US band Allah-las concert stopped by white nationalist terror threat

This 2012 music video from the USA is called Allah-Las – Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) (Official Video).

On 23 August 2017, an Allah-Las concert was planned in Rotterdam city in the Netherlands.

However, authorities banned that concert. They said there was a terrorist threat against it.

Lots of talk on the Internet along the lines of ‘These Muslims are at it again!‘ ‘Just after the bloody attack in Barcelona!’, etc.

These people apparently forgot to consider the possibility: ‘These white nationalists=alt-right=neonazis are at it again.’ Just after the neonazi murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, USA. After Breivik in Norway (whose mass murder was widely blamed on Muslims, and not just by the xenophobic Rupert Murdoch media, before police had found out it was by Breivik). After the Islamophobic murders in Quebec, Canada. After the murder by an Islamophobic motorist outside Finsbury mosque in London, England. Etc. Etc.

Now it turns out that the terrorist threat against the Allah-las concert was by white Dutchman Jimmy F. from Zevenbergen town. Police have arrested him. Jimmy F. is now officially a suspect of terrorism. According to a Dutch NOS TV report today, Internet contacts of F. describe him as ‘right-wing’ and ‘nationalist‘. So, a lot more like Anders Behring Breivik and the Charlottesville murderer of Heather Heyer, James Alex Fields Jr. than like Osama bin Laden. Apparently, F. wanted to create a climate of Islamophobic fear and violence by blaming Muslims falsely.

It reminds me of the German neonazi army officers’ plot to murder politicians, posing as Syrian refugees who they hoped would be blamed.

F’s Internet friends claimed that F. had ‘good intentions’. That reminds me of far-right Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who recently said that Adolf Hitler supposedly had ‘good intentions’. More about Taro Aso later on this blog.

Right-wing Italian mayor wants death without trial for ‘Allahu akbar’

This video about Italy says about itself:

Venice Gay Pride: Mayor Brugnaro ‘wants to ban parade’

27 August 2015

The mayor of Venice has been quoted as saying that he will try to ban Gay Pride parades in the city, provoking fury from gay rights activists.

“There will be no gay pride in my Venice,” Luigi Brugnaro told La Repubblica newspaper, describing the event as farcical and kitsch.

The head of an Italian gay rights group criticised the mayor and invited him to join the next Pride parade in Venice.

“We will be back next year and we invite the mayor to march at the head of the parade with us,” Flavio Romani, from the Arcigay group, told AFP news agency. “That way he will see what a Gay Pride really is.”

He accused the mayor of trying to impose his views on a “cosmopolitan city”.

In the interview with La Repubblica newspaper (in Italian), Mr Brugnaro said he firmly opposed hosting the parade in Venice.

Mr Brugnaro earlier provoked controversy by withdrawing books that depicted same-sex families from Venice’s nurseries and primary schools.

The British pop star Elton John was among those who condemned the move, calling the mayor “boorishly bigoted” in an Instagram post.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant today:

Mayor of Venice repeats: “Who calls Allahu Akbar here will be shot straight away”

The death penalty was abolished in Italy in 1889. Except for Mussolini‘s fascist dictatorship. Under Mussolini, the death penalty could, in theory, only be applied after a trial (in practice, a trial at a fascist kangaroo court). Now, the far-right mayor of Venice wants the death penalty without trial; not even kangaroo court trial. Not for murder; not for rape. For saying two words.

‘Allahu akbar’ means ‘God is the greatest‘ in Arabic. It is a very common saying in mostly Muslim countries; eg, at funerals. The expression expresses the hope of the person using the saying that the forces of good will ultimately prevail, even in difficult circumstances.

In a very small percentage of the saying being used, it is by ISIS or similar terrorists during acts of violence. It was also said by Canadian islamophobic terrorist and Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen supporter Alexandre Bissonnette as he committed mass murder at a Quebec mosque, as a cynical reference to Islam intended to wrongfoot police investigations.

However, in far over 99% of cases, saying ‘Allahu akbar’ has nothing to do with terrorism. Just like saying ‘Thank God’ or a similar expression from a Christian tradition in the big majority of cases does not mean that the person saying it is a Christian fundamentalist terrorist aiming at killing supposedly ‘un-Christian’ persons.

The right-wing mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro,

According to Wikipedia:

Luigi Brugnaro is an … Italian politician, entrepreneur, business executive and the current Mayor of Venice, an office he took a hold of on June 15, 2015. …

Brugnaro has attracted controversy via his banning of forty nine books about discrimination and or homosexuality from the city’s schools, including a French Book on gay parenting entitled “Jean Has Two Mums”, and in declaring that there will be no gay pride parade in Venice.

The Volkskrant article continues:

wants frontier justice for potential terrorists. Anyone who enters the busy San Marco square and calls ‘Allahu akbar’ will, according to Brugnaro, be shot after three steps. …

Brugnaro: ‘Last year I said they will be shot after four steps, now I say: after three steps. I will say it in Venetian: ‘Ghe sparemo’. (‘We’ll shoot them’) ….

Brugnaro did not say what police would do if someone would call Allahu Akbar as a joke.

London Islamophobic attack survivors still in hospital

This video from London, England says about itself:

Imam praised for protecting attacker

19 June 2017

Imam Mohamed Mahmoud has been praised for protecting the Finsbury Park attacker from harm, saying “We extinguished flames of anger or mob rule that would have taken charge.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Finsbury Park Mosque: Victims of van attack still in hospital

Thursday 24th August 2017

TWO victims of the Finsbury Park mosque terror attack remain in hospital two months after a van drove into worshippers leaving Ramadan night prayers.

One has lost vision in one eye while another victim has suffered serious head injuries, according to the chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque Mohammed Kozbar.

Makram Ali died at the scene from multiple injuries and seven others were hospitalised.

The driver of the van, Darren Osborne, was charged with murder and attempted murder in June and will appear again at the Old Bailey in November.

Mr Kozbar said the Muslim community is still recovering from the attack which happened in the early hours of June 19, outside the Muslim Welfare House on Seven Sisters Road.

He said: “Everybody in Islington has responded very well with a show of solidarity, and some have offered help.

“We managed to raise £38,000 for the victims and we’ve distributed all the money.”

USA: A MAN DROVE HIS CAR THROUGH A ST. LOUIS VIGIL FOR A TRANS WOMAN KILLED BY POLICE While no one needed medical attention, several protestors were hit. [HuffPost]

Rupert Murdoch’s Sun daily nazi-style hatemongering

This video from England says about itself:

Liverpool’s Boycott Of [Rupert Murdoch‘s] The S*n: As Relevant Now As In 1989

13 April 2017

It’s 28 years since Kelvin MacKenzie presented a press agency report sourced from senior members of South Yorkshire Police and Tory MP Irvine Patnick on the front page of The S*n as ‘The Truth’ of what happened at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.

The newspaper has been boycotted in Liverpool ever since.

In more recent times, newer campaigns ­– Total Eclipse Of The S*n and Shun The S*n – have pushed for retailers in the city not to sell The S*n, while in February of this year Liverpool FC announced S*n journalists are not welcome in Anfield’s press box or at the Melwood training ground.

Earlier this month, Roger Alton argued in [Conservative weekly] The Spectator that the club’s ban is wrong. Here Gareth Roberts argues the opposite, and says the ban, and the boycott, are as relevant as ever.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Corbyn slams ‘nazi-like’ Islamophobia in the Sun

Thursday 17th August 2017

Labour leader among 108 MPs condemning article on the ‘Muslim problem’

JEREMY CORBYN joined more than 100 MPs in condemning the “nazi-like language” used in a hate-filled Sun newspaper column that called for a “solution” to the “Muslim problem.”

The Labour leader said recent stories published by the right-wing tabloid “incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities,” which is “wrong and dangerous and must be condemned … in the clearest possible terms.”

He was speaking out after Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh suggested it was “acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than a cultural problem.”

Writing about recent sex gang convictions, Mr Kavanagh claimed that “the common denominator is Islam.”

And he concluded his venomous tirade by asking: “What will we do about the Muslim problem then?”

Mr Corbyn said: “With hate crimes against Muslims on the rise in Britain and neonazis inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, we must stand in solidarity and unity with all our communities and not let hate divide us.”

A letter initiated by Labour MP Naz Shah and signed by 107 of her parliamentary colleagues called for Sun editor Tony Gallagher to “not only retract the article” but to “strongly consider whether Mr Kavanagh’s brand of bigotry fits with your vision for the paper.”

The letter said there was “little doubt” that Mr Kavanagh was comparing Muslims to the supposed “Jewish problem” — which led to the genocide of six million people in the nazis’ “Final Solution.”

Before Kavanagh, his ex-Murdoch media colleague, professional racist Katie Hopkins, had already demanded a “final solution” of the “Muslim problem”.

Press freedom campaigners said the publication of the column exposed the toothlessness of print media regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), which replaced the Press Complaints Commission in 2014.

Jewish and Muslim groups have complained to the regulator, but they fear it is powerless because the editors’ code offers religious and ethnic groups no protection against discrimination.

Mediawise spokesman Mike Jempson told the Star: “Public shaming of Trevor Kavanagh’s dog whistling in Murdoch’s Sun may be the only way to demonstrate abhorrence of his views.

“He explained that a comment column counts as “freedom of expression” falling outside the terms of the editors’ code, monitored by Ipso.

While it allows individuals who have been identified in news articles to complain about discrimination, there is no protection against generalised comments.

“In other words, complaints about much of the content of Julius Streicher’s Der Sturmer [a nazi newspaper] would not be upheld by Ipso if it were being published today.”

Ipso confirmed that it had received 227 complaints about the column.

The National Union of Journalists called on the press watchdog to carry out an immediate investigation into the prevalence of Islamophobia, racism and hatred being espoused in British newspapers following Mr Kavanagh’s article.