Islamophobic death threats in Britain

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

British MPs threatened, worries about ‘Punish a Muslim day

Today, 9:32

In Britain, four MPs of the Labour Party have received suspicious packages, presumably because they are Muslims. In fact, three of the packages included a letter that calls for violence against Muslims, according to the British newspaper The Times.

The document refers to a special day to punish Muslims, a ‘punish a Muslim day’, on 3 April. The letter surfaced for the first time in social media last week and was also sent to the homes of several Muslims in London. The letter states that people can earn points eg, by verbally abusing a Muslim, by snatching a woman’s headscarf away, and by throwing acid into a Muslim’s face.

Death threats

London mayor Sadiq Khan is sick of threats against Muslims and has posted a video on Twitter in which he read aloud several death threats addressed to him.

He was called a homosexual Muslim terrorist who had to die. Others said he should be deported, or that he should commit suicide.

The anti-terror police is investigating.

Meanwhile, people have also launched a counter-action. Under the heading Love a Muslim day you can earn points by smiling to a Muslim or by participating in Ramadan.

USA: Mosque Terror Attack Suspect Put In Detailed Bid To Build Trump A ‘Great’ Border Wall. The former sheriff’s deputy submitted an extensive proposal that would make the border wall a recreational attraction: here.



Sri Lankan Muslims about sectarian violence

Armed forces in Digana, Sri Lanka

By Rohantha De Silva and K. Gamini in Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka: Muslims explain how the organised violence occurred

13 March 2018

Anti-Muslim violence initiated by extremist Sinhala-Buddhist groups in the Teldeniya-Digana area of Kandy began on the evening of March 4 and continued for about four days. The death of a Sinhalese lorry driver, following an assault by four Muslims men, was seized on by right-wing Sinhala-Buddhist formations to unleash their attacks.

Police lifted a curfew on Sunday but social tensions in the Kandy area remain. Police and military personnel are conducting intermittent patrols of Kandy town and the affected area with soldiers stationed at some locations.

According to the police, almost 7,000 security officers, including 3,250 from the army and air force, have been deployed. Over 220 people have been arrested—161 from the Kandy area and 69 from outside the district.

When World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) reporters visited Teldeniya-Digana a few days ago, the damage done by the violence was clearly visible. Houses and shops had been attacked and burnt down, and residents expressed fear, despair and outrage over the vicious destruction suddenly unleashed against them.

According to those interviewed by the WSWS, the violent rampage was initiated by the fascistic Mahasohon Balakaya (MB—Greatest Demon) and Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) formations. Mahasohon Balakaya, which was established a few years ago, has a public office in Digana. Both organisations, which claim to be “protecting” the Sinhala race and Buddhism, are infamous for targeted attacks on Muslims. Sri Lankan police have arrested MB leader Amith Weerasinghe and several other associates on suspicion of directing the violent rampage.

One resident explained to the WSWS: “Mahasohon Balakaya is mainly responsible for the incident. It made a video three years ago in which one of its leaders, Amith Weerasinghe, claimed there was not a single Sinhala shop in Digana. He declared that Digana had become a ‘Muslim country.’”

A mosque that was damaged by attackers

One youth told WSWS reporters: “It is not the Sinhala-Buddhist civilians in the area that attacked us. The arson and destruction was carried out by extremist groups. In Kengalla [an affected village] alone, around 25 shops and 50 houses were destroyed. Even the mosque was damaged. There was fire everywhere and the area was filled with black smoke.”

“Our Sinhala neighbours helped us like brothers”, he continued. “It is they who protected us. They were very sad for what happened… During Vesak [the main Buddhist festival] we also participate organising Dansal [alms giving]. We don’t condone those four who killed the driver but why are we, the innocent attacked?”

Another resident explained that the extremist thugs, mainly young boys and girls, came into the area on motor cycles and that a lorry was also used for transport. Petrol bombs, metal and wooden bars and stones were used in the attack. While much of the destruction was recorded on CCTV, most of the thugs masked their faces with cloth and the police allowed the violence to occur.

Inside a house that was attacked

The resident also demanded to know what the ruling United National Party (UNP)-Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) government was doing and referred to the government’s deployment of police against university students protesting the privatisation of education.

“They can block kilometres-long protest marches using barricades and teargas, but don’t do anything against several hundred thugs. The thugs can come and attack and then just go away… The politicians in Kandy were sleeping. They did not do anything.”

The resident expressed sadness over the death of the lorry driver. “He was a very good person and very friendly towards Muslim people.”

M Saheed

M. Saheed said, “The attackers wanted us to be provoked and to retaliate so that they can say we are ISIS. But we are peace-loving people and the majority of Sinhala people are with us. They are helping us, providing food and rooms for shelter and temporary accommodation.”

Rizvi, who works in Kuwait, was anxious about the safety of his family and returned to Sri Lanka last week.

“Every day I speak to my family and I contacted them in the morning, at around 10.30, one day after the attacks began. My wife said that there is no problem but then I learnt that there had been trouble in the area two hours later.” Rizvi called again but no one answered and he began crying in the shop where he was working in Kuwait.

“I eventually found out that my wife and two children, together with her sister-in-law and her two daughters, aged 8 and 2, were hiding in the bushes. They hid there for around three hours and were very scared”, he said.

“A Sinhala woman saw them and took them to her house even though her husband and daughter had gone to work. She was alone but courageously took them inside, gave them tea and food, closed all the doors and protected them.”

The terrifying situation facing Rizvi’s wife and children was typical of what happened to many Muslim people in the area.

A student looking at her burnt books

WSWS reporters also spoke with Muslim residents in Digana. According to residents, the thugs brought an empty coffin and initiated their attack from a section of Digana known as New Town. A Buddhist monk was among the 500 perpetrators. One group drove to Kengalla and another attacked Muslim businesses and houses in the Digana area. Residents have accused police commandos of supporting the thugs.

Mohamed said, “This is a side road from Digana and we didn’t think they would come here so we didn’t even have time to hide. There were thousands of rupees worth of cigarettes and telephone re-charge cards, among other items, destroyed. The fridge and the TV were also damaged.”

Numbers of Digana residents have left their homes and temporarily moved to other locations. Fatima Bibi said: “We were living in peace with Sinhala civilians and they were very friendly with us. We don’t care what happened to the four [who attacked the Sinhala driver] but why were we attacked? Our son just started a small business and his office was attacked. The front door was broken.

“My daughter and her baby were at home at that time but they then hid in a safer place. Scared that their small daughter would cry, they closed her mouth with a piece of cloth.”

These communalist attacks are not aberrations but follow a definite pattern. Fascistic organisations like Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya and Mahasohon Balakaya were promoted by President Mahinda Rajapakse when in power and have been appeased and nurtured by the current government.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, along with his Sinhala and Muslim cabinet ministers, visited the destroyed and vandalised areas. He promised compensation for those affected and then presided over a meeting of ministers and various government bureaucrats. The meeting was told that 465 houses, shops and vehicles had been damaged—86 fully destroyed, 196 partially and 182 minimal—in the anti-Muslim pogrom.

A house completely destroyed during the rampage

Wickremesinghe feigned concern, declared that the violence was a “challenge” to tourism, an indication of where his real interests lie, and urged the Buddhist hierarchy to “educate the people about unity and co-existence.”

Wickremesinghe’s comments are dripping with cynicism and hypocrisy. No amount of commissions or political appeals will eliminate the root cause of the ongoing extremist violence.

The Buddhist hierarchy and successive governments have promoted anti-Tamil and anti-Muslim chauvinism in order to divide and derail the working class and defend the power and privileges of the Sri Lankan ruling elite. The encouragement of these reactionary forces by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government and the Rajapakse-led opposition is in direct response to the deepening economic and political crisis of Sri Lankan capitalism.

Racist anti-Muslim letters in Britain

This video says about itself:

12 March 2018

Letters encouraging people to take part in ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ have reportedly been sent to houses across the UK. We spoke with Shazad Amin, CEO at Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Letters fomenting hatred of Muslims

LABOUR MP Yasmin Qureshi confronted the Tories yesterday with their failure to address urgent issues of race and religion.

“Can I ask the minister if she can explain why no government minister in the last eight years has ever made a speech on the rise of anti-Muslim hatred”, enquired the Bolton South East MP of Policing Minister Victoria Atkins.

It was prompted by reports that anti-Islamic letters have been posted across the country.

Ms Qureshi said the letter calling for an attack on Muslims offers rewards of 10 points for verbal abuse, 50 points for throwing acid, 1,000 points for bombing a mosque and 2,500 points to “nuke Mecca”.

Former [Conservative] minister Anna Soubry described the letters as “an act of blatant incitement to terrorism” and called on the government to introduce a “proper legal definition of Islamophobia”.

Shadow policing minister Louise Haigh called the letters “despicable” and said they contained “insidious beliefs,’ while Ealing Central & Acton MP Rupa Huq said: “You don’t have to have taught media studies or be a Muslim to have noticed the anti-Muslim sentiment is becoming quite common in much of our tabloid printed press.”

After five forces received reports of the letters, Counter Terrorism Policing North East is leading the investigation into the messages.

A suspicious package was delivered to the parliamentary office of Labour MP Mohammad Yasin yesterday.

Emergency services were called and detectives are investigating after the package, which contained an unknown liquid, was delivered just before 1pm.

Police confirmed later that the liquid in the package, which the Bedford MP did not personally open, was non-hazardous.

No-one was injured, but two people were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Police are reportedly concerned the incident may be linked to the Punish A Muslim Day letters.

Islamophobic violence in Germany

This video from Germany says about itself:

Germany: Berlin mosque set ablaze in alleged arson attack

11 March 2018

People gathered outside the burnt out DITIB [Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs] Koca Sinan Camii mosque in northern Berlin on Sunday morning, after a fire broke out at the venue earlier that day.

Berlin’s Interior Senator Andreas Geisel visited the scene. Standing outside the mosque he said, “I can only call on people to live with each other peacefully, here in Berlin.”

Chair of the Alliance for Innovation and Justice Haluk Yildiz maintained that this was an act of terror, rather than an arson attack. He said, “This is a terror attack on the largest Turkish community in Europe.”

Yildiz went on to criticise German politicians for not visiting the site of the fire. He said: “I’d also wished that the CDU leader, the SPD leader, all those so-called democrats were here, so that they can also say that they distance themselves from this. It’s not enough that just the Interior Senator is here.”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 11 March 2018:

Turkish mosques and clubhouses set on fire in Germany

In several places in Germany the past few days there has been arson of Turkish buildings, including mosques. …

In Berlin, a mosque and an association building of the same mosque were set on fire. The police assume it was an attack with a political background.

There were also fire attacks in Sauerland and in the town of Itzehoe north of Hamburg. In Sauerland three Molotov cocktails were thrown at a home and in Itzehoe a window of a mosque was smashed and fire set at a Turkish greengrocer’s shop. A passerby warned the residents in the building above the store that there was a fire ….

On Friday there had already been arson in a mosque in Baden-Württemberg. The chairman of the representative organization Türkische Gemeinde in Deutschland called this a terrorist attack. The police deal with that case as attempted murder and is looking for five suspects.

British nazis jailed for Islamophobic crimes

This video says about itself:

Austrian Police Charge 8 People on Suspicion of Neo-Nazi Crimes After Vienna Anti-Islam Demo

11 March 2015

Austrian police have charged eight participants in the country’s first protest against perceived “Islamization” with yelling “Heil Hitler!” and other actions that contravene Austria’s anti-Nazi laws. Beyond shouting slogans, police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said Tuesday that some suspects flashed the Hitler salute or other gestures associated with the Nazis during last month’s demonstration, which was modeled after Germany’s PEGIDA movement. Police say the suspects, seen on photos and videos, have yet to be identified.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Britain First leaders jailed for anti-Muslim hate crime

Prosecutors say harassment could have let rapists walk free by endangering ongoing trial

British nazis are on record defending rape.

Lizzie Dearden, Home Affairs Correspondent

The leaders of far-right extremist group Britain First have been jailed for anti-Muslim hate crimes after targeting people they incorrectly believed were involved in an ongoing rape trial.

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen were convicted on several counts of religiously-aggravated harassment following a trial at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, which heard their actions could have caused rapists to walk free.

Fransen was sentenced to 36 weeks imprisonment and Golding for 18 weeks by a judge who said their crimes were “deliberately planned against targeted victims”.

Judge Justin Barron said their words and actions “demonstrated hostility” towards Muslims and Islam, adding: “I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case for their own political ends.

“It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants.”

The judge said the court had received a number of emails both in the defendants’ support and against them, but the verdict was based ”solely on admissible evidence heard in court”.

Golding, 36, was convicted of one count of religiously aggravated harassment and acquitted on two others.

His deputy, 31-year-old Fransen, was found guilty of three counts of the same offence and cleared of one.

They were arrested in May after distributing leaflets and posting of videos during a rape trial at Canterbury Crown Court, where three Muslim men and a teenager were later convicted and jailed.

In one incident, Fransen went to the home of one of the defendants, Tamin Rahmani, and shouted racist abuse through the front door.

His pregnant partner Kelli Best was alone with their two children, aged three years and 18 months, at the time of the incident on 9 May.

In a video played in court, Fransen could be seen banging on the door and shouting: “Come out and face me you disgusting rapist, come on.”

Prosecutors said it was one of several incidents of Fransen and Golding “filming and harassing people” they incorrectly believed were involved in the trial.

“In each case, they instead targeted innocent members of the public”, a spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

“They filmed the abuse and then released it on social media and through the Britain First website.

“They also posted offensive leaflets through the letterboxes of houses in the area where the rape trial defendants lived.” …

The defendants, both of Beeches close in Penge, will be sentenced later in the afternoon.

Their actions endangered the trial of three men and a 17-year-old boy who were jailed in September for raping a drunk 16-year-old girl who had asked them for directions, after taking her to a flat above a kebab and pizza restaurant in Ramsgate.

Jaswant Narwal, from the CPS, said: “The prosecution case demonstrated these defendants were not merely exercising their right to free speech but were instead aiming religiously-aggravated abuse at innocent members of the public.

“The victims suffered the distress of the abuse followed by additional stress when the footage was uploaded to the internet.

“This offending also related to an ongoing criminal trial and the actions taken by Fransen and Golding could easily have derailed the justice process.”

The “campaign” was one of a series of similar stunts by Britain First, which selectively highlights crimes it believes to be convicted by defendants from Muslim backgrounds.

The group gained international notoriety when Donald Trump shared several of Fransen’s Twitter posts last year, sparking a diplomatic row after Theresa May condemned the action.

Both Fransen and Golding have since been banned from Twitter in a crackdown on extremism and hate speech, but Britain First continues to have a large following on Facebook …

They are due to stand trial in Northern Ireland next month over separate allegations of inciting hatred at the “Northern Ireland Against Terrorism” rally in Belfast. …

Britain First, which started as a splinter group from the British National Party, is believed to have fewer than a hundred active members.

It has forged links with extreme nationalist movements across Europe, seeing Fransen attend a march in Poland where she called Islam a “cancer moving through Europe”, adding: “Our children are being bombed, our children are being groomed and our government does nothing.”

The Finsbury Park terror attacker, Darren Osborne, read Britain First posts before his attempted massacre of Muslim worshippers, while neo-Nazi Thomas Mair repeatedly shouted the group’s name while murdering Labour MP Jo Cox.

Britain First is among the organisations perpetuating the idea of a cultural “war against Islam”, a report found last week …

“Fascist organisations are growing, particularly when mainstream politicians such as Trump and others in Europe ape far right rhetoric”, said Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism. “It is high time that they be held responsible for hate speech.”

British racist tried murdering 12-year-old girl

This video from the USA says about itself:

Roy Moore‘s Muslim Marxist MELTDOWN

21 December 2017

There are sore losers and then there’s Roy Moore. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore still hasn’t conceded the Senate race to Democratic rival Doug Jones — but that hasn’t stopped him from bitterly posting articles that cast blame on “Muslims” and “Marxists” for his humiliating loss.

In a pair of Facebook posts that have gone up over the past two days, Moore has promoted an article from conspiracy theory website World Net Daily that alleges “a coalition of Muslim and Marxist-led groups” was instrumental in defeating Moore’s Senate candidacy.

Read more here.

There is not only an Islamophobe called Moore in the USA. There is one in Britain as well.

While American Republican politician Roy Moore is accused of abusing young girls sexually, Briton Paul Moore is accused of attempted murder.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 2 March 2018:

Man tried to kill Muslim woman and 12-year-old girl as ‘revenge’ for terror attacks

Paul Moore said he was ‘doing the country a favour’ after targeting woman wearing headscarf

Lizzie Dearden, Home Affairs Correspondent

A man has been convicted of attempting to murder a Muslim woman and 12-year-old schoolgirl in “revenge” for Islamist terror attacks.

Paul Moore, 21, told relatives he was “doing the country a favour” after ramming his car into the victims in Leicester on 20 September – five days after the Parsons Green Tube bombing.

Zaynab Hussein, who is Somali and wears a headscarf, was walking down Acer Close after dropping her children off at school when Moore hit her with his Volkswagen.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that the driver laughed as he returned to the woman, as she lay wounded on the road, to run her over with all four wheels.

Ms Hussein sustained life-changing injuries after suffering a broken leg and fractures to her pelvis and spine.

Moments later, Moore drove at a 12-year-old schoolgirl who was also of Somali origin and wore a headscarf.

He showed no emotion as a jury on Friday found him guilty of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

Mr Justice Soole adjourned sentencing to a later date, with 47-year-old Ms Hussein’s husband, Barre Duale, watching as Moore was taken back to his cell.

In a statement released after the verdict was announced, Mr Duale said Moore “joined the ranks of terrorists” by launching an attack on the UK’s values.

“He was actually attacking Britain, he was attacking a British mother, a British wife, a productive British worker and charity volunteer”, the statement said.

“He wasn’t attacking terrorists, he was joining their ranks by doing what they do and attacking an innocent woman.

“I hope that he thinks long and hard about his actions and is able to understand the error of his ways.”

Mr Duale said the family was heartbroken by the attack, and any sentence Moore receives “will be less than the life sentence that my wife will have to live with” through her injuries.

Prosecutor Jonathan Straw said Moore has a number of previous convictions and was on bail for a charge of causing grievous bodily harm when he was arrested for the attack. …

Prosecutors said Moore targeted Ms Hussein “purely because of the colour of her skin” and perceived Islamic faith.

“Carefully and deliberately, in an act of calculated evil, he aligned his wheels so the front and back wheels were over her,” Mr Straw told the jury.

“He did not know her. He tried to kill her purely because of the colour of her skin and because of her perceived Islamic faith as she was wearing a hijab. …

Mr Straw said Moore drove at the schoolgirl moments later and clipped her, adding “it is only by the grace of God and nothing more that she was saved”. …

Four other people were in the car with Moore during the incident and begged him to let them out afterwards.

In a recorded interview played to the court, passenger Reece Bishop said Moore was laughing as he hit Ms Hussein.

“He was just driving like a maniac,” he added. “I thought we were going to be dead. He said, ‘I feel like running someone over. Anyone’.

“It all happened so fast. He turned the steering wheel and he just hit her out of the blue.” …

[Witness] Mr Welsh said he did not wish to repeat the language Moore used after the incident as he “did not want to be racist”. …

Campaign group Hope Not Hate warned that online hatred was growing, with far-right extremists rallying around the idea of a “war against Islam”.

“We must be prepared for more terrorist plots and use of extreme violence from the far right for the foreseeable future”, said the group’s chief executive Nick Lowles.

Security services have raised the alert over a mounting threat from the far right since the neo-Nazi murder of Labour MP Jo Cox and the Finsbury Park terror attack.

Several terror cases involving suspected neo-Nazis are progressing through courts, including alleged plots to attack Downing Street and murder a Labour MP with a machete.

Last month a Britain First supporter was jailed for trying to mow down the owner of an Indian restaurant after saying he was going to “kill a Muslim”, while a neo-Nazi was convicted of planning to attack a gay pride event, and a Hitler-obsessive was imprisoned for threatening to petrol bomb mosques in revenge for the Manchester attack.

Violent racists injure 14-year-old girl

This 2011 video says about itself:

«The headscarf girl» – «Das Kopftuchmädchen» is a Swiss filmlet about a Muslim girl facing negative social repercussions for wearing the headscarf. Its aim is to deliver a condensed picture how especially young, smart Muslim girls suffer from the ever growing wave of Islamophobia in Switzerland since the adoption of the minaret ban in 2009.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Girl (14) maltreated in Emmeloord after refusing to take off headscarf

A 14-year-old girl was wounded by two boys in Emmeloord last Wednesday after she refused to take off her headscarf. The victim was injured. That’s what the police announced today.

When the girl came home from school last week, two boys demanded her headscarf to be removed. When she did not do that and said that the boys had to keep their mouths shut, the two jumped off their bikes.

The girl was pushed from her bicycle and kicked against her head and back. Then the perpetrators went off, writes Omroep Flevoland.


The victim went home first after the abuse and then went to the hospital. She turned out to have multiple bruises and a concussion.

The police are looking for the boys. They are about 18 years old. People who know more can contact the police.