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Islamophobic France: Muslim Education Minister Targeted

3 September, 2014 - 21:08

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This is the first time that I’ve heard of an “Ayatollah” supporting ‘gay marriage.’

Star Tribune

PARIS — France’s new Muslim education minister called for more respect Wednesday after becoming the target of slurs, while a top Socialist politician said a magazine should be convicted of inciting racial hatred for referring to her religion and ethnic background as a “provocation.”

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, a 36-year-old rising star in the Socialist Party, said she has been the target of racially-motivated verbal attacks over the last week, including being branded “Ayatollah” by a conservative weekly.

“I call for respect,” she told The Associated Press in an email. “And I repeat in particular that racism is not an opinion, but a crime.”

The Morocco-born Vallaud-Belkacem, who doesn’t publicly speak about her religion, is seen as an easy target to attack the unpopular Socialist government led by President Francois Hollande.

She is a young, Muslim woman in a political landscape made up mostly of white, Catholic men. She’s an outspoken defender of gender and racial equality, and supported a divisive law legalizing gay marriage last year. She also intervened in a national debate on the negative impact of halal meat, saying society should stop pointing the finger at Muslims.

One conservative politician referred to Vallaud-Belkacem as a “smiling Vietnamese Communist,” and a fake identity card has appeared on social media falsely claiming she changed her name from Claudine Dupont to a more ethnic-sounding one to get promoted.

A top Socialist Party official threatened legal action against “Minute” magazine, which in its latest edition calls her religious and ethnic background a “provocation.” The official, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, said the magazine should be convicted of inciting racial hatred.

“Minute,” which has sympathies with France’s ever-growing far-right National Front party, faced accusations of racism last year when it put black Justice Minister Christiane Taubira on the cover with the wording: “Taubira Finds Her Banana.”

Taubira tweeted in support of Vallaud-Belkacem: “They must have nothing in their heads, be empty in their heart, and have hardened souls. Najat, you’re flying high with our ambitions for schools. Thanks.”

Valeurs Actuelles’ cover, to be published Thursday, features the headline “Ayatollah” over a sinister-looking photo of the minister’s face.

The publication’s general director said the reference to Islam was purely coincidental despite an outcry that it was racist— and he said the criticism is purely about politics.

“We speak of ‘Ayatollah’ with no reference to the Muslim religion whatsoever … We’re concerned that her nomination poses a problem as she’s pursuing an ideology in schools that worries us,” Yves de Kerdrel told the AP without elaborating.

Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said, “You can be in disagreement. But we cannot accept these kind of attacks.”

France has Western Europe’s largest Muslim population, estimated at 5 million.

French rights group, SOS Racism, meanwhile, issued a petition in her defense, which has been signed by more than 4,000 people.

Some commentators insist the criticism against her has nothing to do with religion or her sex.

“She just has no competence in education.” Versailles deputy mayor Francois-Xavier Bellamy said.

Rotherham, Race and “White” Paedophilia

2 September, 2014 - 22:25

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The Rotherham grooming story and the way in which it is being reported criminalizes the whole population of British male youth of Pakistani origin and frequently the cause for this criminality is linked to Islam, which is strange considering such crimes go against basic Islamic teaching. It reminds me of the way in which Blacks in the US have been targeted and criminalized by the media and political class.

IslamophobiaWatch points us towards an article by Coolness of Hind that notes the double standards over ethnicity and religion in the responses to revelations about sexual abuse.

Coolness of Hind

The right-wing, anti-Muslim racists however are doing their utmost to attach the horror that is the case of Rotherham to race (Pakistani) and religion (Islam). In the comments section of a Spectator article on the topic, commenters called for Islam to be proscribed, mosques to be bulldozed and British Isles to be cleansed, Spanish inquisition-style.

bulldozemosquesSpectatorOne report by the Daily Fail, decrying BBC for not highlighting the race of the perpetrators in some of their reports, highlighted the author of a report on the Rotherham case, Professor Alexis Jay’s comments:

‘The issue of race, regardless of ethic [sic] group, should be tackled as an absolute priority if it is known to be a significant factor in the criminal activity of organised abuse in any local community.’ 

The BBC in its response highlighted that it did indeed highlight race and brought it to the attention of its readers.  In other words, the right-wing forced an accommodative approach for the need to highlight the race of the perpetrators of a crime.

The result of this racist narrative is that sub-consciously, a crime is being attached to a group in a manner which suggests that only one group has the propensity to abuse girls.  This despite the fact that other reports suggest other race groups are also involved:

“Sonia Brailsford, a mother of four, said she was “shocked and disgusted” by the abuse inquiry report but that a much deeper problem concerning men in their 20s targeting schoolgirls was still going on today. “That is the biggest problem around here,” she said. “You see groups of young men – white, black, Asian – hanging around outside schools waiting for the end of school all the time. They drive up and down, trying to get girls’ attention.”

To accentuate the race element some articles quoted people making note of the race of the victims:

“Why didn’t the Asian men pick on their own? Because they are at home doing the cooking and cleaning so they saw young white girls from deprived areas as easy targets”.

The above, heavily stereotypical rationale is shocking and most disturbing yet common from the comment sections of the many reports which have been been published.  The statement is the same as insinuating that white girls of low socio-economic background are “easy pickings” due to the “white” culture they come from.  It is a disgusting statement and one which reinforces the notion of rising racism in Britain today. What makes such statements more perverse is that the victims included girls of Asian background.

Is Paedophilia a “White” Crime?

What really exposes this preposterous discourse is that the right-wing as well as their cheap supporters seemed to experience a collective amnesia with regards to such abuses.

A powerful paedophile network with allegations of up to 20 MPs being involved has been operating from within the government for decades.   Countless lives have been potentially ruined. Garry Glitter, Stuart Hall, Jimmy Saville (with the number of abuse victims hitting a thousand), and Rolf Harris have abused countless girls and boys.  A “cover-up” has allegedly happened with regards to most of these cases; the question is, what is the explanation here? A failure of multiculturalism?

Notably, the abovementioned rings and names are associated with middle-class whites. The burning question remains, why has not the skin colour or the religion (Christianity) of these sick individuals been plastered across the papers? Side-stepping the comparatively inexistent outrage by the public for papers not highlighting their “ethnicity”, the political elite, such as the neocon Michael Gove, have even taken an apologist attitude towards such repugnant actions and have said that inquiries are not needed.

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India: Two Dalit Youth Arrested For Converting to Islam

2 September, 2014 - 21:09

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You can bet there would hackles and howls if this were happening in a predominantly Muslim nation.

What if they were Muslim? (h/t: Mubashir)

via. Indian Express

Shivpuri police have booked two Dalit youths for allegedly converting to Islam without seeking permission from the district authorities as mandated by the state’s anti-conversion legislation, but are unsure about the next course of action as the accused claim they have returned to Hinduism.

Maniram Jatav and Tularam Jatav, residents of Shivpuri district, were booked under the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 1968, on Thursday, months after the matter came to light. Tularam had claimed he was not given the money promised to him for converting to Islam and accused Maniram of forcing him to convert.

A news report earlier this year accused rich Muslims in Khaniyadhana, a town whose several residents are based abroad, mostly in Muslim countries, of converting lower-caste youths by offering money.

This was followed by Hindu organisations petitioning the district authorities to stop the conversions.

Shivpuri SP Mahendra Sikarwar told The Indian Express that the FIR was registered against the duo after getting a go-ahead from the district collector but arrests, if any, will follow only if the offence was established.

The police had sought permission from the district collector to register an offence and while the application was pending, the two youths submitted affidavits that they had returned to Hinduism on their own.

The police have no idea where the conversions took place and who presided over the ceremony. The act mandates jail term for the converts and those presiding over the ceremony if it’s done without a written permission.

The duo had also acquired Muslim names. “The police had asked them to submit proof that they had converted to Islam with permission from the district collector but they could not and submitted affidavits saying they had returned to Hinduism. The FIR was registered because prima facie an offence was committed,’’ said a police officer.

Collector Rajeev Dubey said the permission to file the FIR was cleared by his predecessor and that he had no knowledge of the case.

In-charge of Khaniyadhana police station Yogendra Singh Jadaun said he was not sure if the act mandated arrest of the accused because he was yet to lay his hands on a copy of the legislation. He admitted that Hindu organisations had submitted memoranda in February this year.

A Shivpuri-based activist said the conversions appeared to have occurred in Lalitpur, a town in Uttar Pradesh not far from Khaniyadhana.

Police suspect arsonists were behind mosque fire

2 September, 2014 - 20:51

 DPA

The facade of the Mevlana mosque was badly damaged by smoke from the fire. Photo: DPA

This fire originally was being reported as likely being an accident.

The Local

Police had believed that the fire at the Mevlana mosque in Kreuzberg might have been caused by a technical fault or started accidentally, but both of those possibilities have now been ruled out.

“We never ruled out arson,” Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told The Local. “There was no direct evidence of an arson attack, no traces of a break-in… but by a process of elimination it turned out that it was probably a deliberately started fire.”

Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was already speaking of an “attack” in the days before the police announcement on a visit to the mosque, describing arson on a place of worship as “an attack on the centre of society”.

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This Is How People In The Middle East Are Making Fun Of ISIS

1 September, 2014 - 23:49

Muslims across the world and particularly in the Middle East have been making lampooning ISIS in numerous ways. One way is to take the group’s Arabic acronym of “Da’ish” and replace it with the rhyming word “Ja’hish” which literally translates to ass.

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“The state of donkeys in Iraq and Syria”

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Huffington Post

As militants of the Islamic State group continue their brutal offensive in Syria and Iraq, some have taken to a whole different front line to attack the radicals: social media.

In recent weeks, dozens of humorous campaigns ridiculing the extremist militants have emerged on Twitter and Facebook. While some blast such humor as insensitive and inappropriate, others defend satire as a way to push back at the Islamic State’s intimidation tactics.

“Sometimes, you have to mock, to belittle. Because sometimes, belittlement is your enemy’s greatest fear,” Libyan-American writer Hend Amry wrote on Twitter.

Amry was responding to critics of a #ISISMovies, a hashtag that briefly took off in mid-August riffing off popular film titles to mock the Islamic State militants.

In another online satire, Twitter users mocked up a “Jihadi Vogue” spoof magazine cover, making fun of the extremist group’s propaganda machine, which actually does publish its own magazine.

And when the group’s mysterious leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a rare public appearance in Mosul in July, social media users rushed to mock the expensive-looking watch that had slipped out from under the self-styled Caliph’s robe.

In Lebanon, where IS also staged incursions in recent months, one news site published an Onion-style article joking the militants postponed its invasion because of Lebanon’s complex political system. “We do not yet understand the Logic of Lebanon,” a fake ISIS spokesman is quoted saying in the NOW News parody. “I mean… Who the f*** do we overthrow around here?”

Meanwhile, Palestinian satire TV show Watan ala Watar produced a segment in June mocking the Islamic State fighters as ridiculous hypocrites. The clip also takes aim at the group’s regional politics, suggesting they are harming the whole region except for Israel.

AAJA And MPAC Demand Action After Fox Host Advocated For Violence Against Muslims

30 August, 2014 - 19:57

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MediaMatters

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) are demanding action from Fox News after a host linked all Muslims to terrorists and advocated for violence against practitioners of the faith.

In an August 27 statement, the Asian American Journalist Association condemned Fox co-host Andrea Tantaros for making blanket statements conflating all Muslims to the Islamic State and advocating for violence against them. AAJA called on the network to apologize:

AAJA calls for Tantaros and Fox News to apologize for the irresponsible, inflammatory statements. We also call on Fox News to discourage its journalists from making blanket comments that serve to perpetuate hate and Islamophobia.

Muslims and Islam are not interchangeable terms with terrorists or ISIS. We in the media know better and must be vigilant in our choice of words.

The AAJA joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council in their outrage over the offensive Fox segment. MPAC previously called for the network to fire Tantaros following her inflammatory statements.

The growing call for action from Fox News comes after an August 20 segment of Outnumbered featured co-host Andrea Tantaros discussing the death of journalist James Foley at the hands of the Islamic State. Suggesting that the history of Islam set a precedent for the murder, Tantaros declared that “this isn’t a surprise,” and that the only way to solve the situation was “with a bullet to the head. It’s the only thing these people understand”:

Walid Shoebat: The Antichrist Will Be A Muslim

29 August, 2014 - 22:57

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Your Muslim doctor…may be the Antichrist. Your Muslim grocer…may be the Antichrist. Your local Muslim barber…may be the Antichrist! Be on the look out! (h/t:Golden Izanagi)

Walid Shoebat: The Antichrist Will Be A Muslim

(RightWingWatch)

Walid Shoebat is a former Muslim who converted to Christianity and now makes a living peddling his anti-Islam “expertise” to various right-wing groups.

Despite the fact that his tale of having grown up as a Muslim terrorist is highly suspect, Shoebat is regularly welcomed onto shows like the American Family Association’s “Today Issues,” as he was this morning, to explain to AFA president Tim Wildmon that Jesus predicted that Christians would be beheaded by Muslims and that the Antichrist would be a Muslim.

Citing Revelation 20, Shoebat declared that “Jesus prophetically proclaimed that the Christians will be beheaded in the End of Days,” which seems to be an odd misreading of this passage, as it was John, the author of Revelation, not Jesus, who said that “I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God” when he was taken up to Heaven.

Even Wildmon seemed confused by Shoebat’s claim, but Shoebat continued on undaunted, declaring that a key component of the Antichrist will be the denial of the Father and the Son, which must mean that the Antichrist will be a Muslim.

“How hard is it to unravel the Scripture?,” Shoebat asked. “When I read it, I read it as a Muslim – as a Muslim! – and I saw myself in Scripture as the enemy of God and I repented.”

The rise of ISIS and its attacks on Christians, Shoebat predicted, will eventually lead to a Christian revival in America.

“So yes, this is a curse,” he asserted, “but sometimes it’s like the manure: it stinks to high Heaven but it makes sweet fruit in the end. I know, in the end, that America will be victorious. How do I know that? From the Bible”:

Rick Santorum Discovers Religious Freedom?

29 August, 2014 - 22:28

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Rick Santorum on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos

For quite some time former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has been squarely in the Islamophobia camp and within that camp he was more on the Louie Gohmert side of things.

Santorum is the guy who said “Muslims speak Islamic,” who said Sharia’ is evil and incompatible with the Constitution, supported religious profiling of young Muslims, wants to impose his own version of Judeo-Christian law and claimed that “equality” comes from his god and not the Islamic god.

Now Santorum has found “religious freedom,” coincidentally just as he is about to release a documentary about recent court cases such as Hobby Lobby that the rightwing frames as a religious freedom issue.

The Week

In a new interview with Vocativ, Rick Santorum expressed some very positive views about the Quran and Islam.

The interview focuses on Santorum’s latest project, a documentary about “religious freedom” called One Generation Away. The film comes from Echolight Studios, of which Santorum is the CEO. One Generation Away will be released next month — exclusively in churches.

One Generation Away focuses on recent court cases, including the Hobby Lobby contraception ruling and a case in which Oregon bakers refused to serve same-sex customers for a wedding. The film “argues that the right to practice religion is currently under threat in the United States,” according to Vocativ.

It’s not just Christianity that Santorum wants to save: When asked about the Quran, Santorum said that he “would absolutely encourage more teaching about Islam” in schools. “Maybe 50 years ago, when Islam had third-world status and not international status — maybe that was different,” Santorum told Vocativ. “But given what’s going on, it’s important to teach it.”

I find the language to be deliberately vague because the question then becomes what exactly will be taught about Islam? Santorum leaves a loophole so he can claim later he means that Islam is an evil religion that should only be studied so people can be aware of its danger.

Lock up Muslims who travel to Syria, says Boris

27 August, 2014 - 01:00

Conservative Party Conference Continues

Good analysis and breakdown by Bob Pitt at IslamophobiaWatch.:

London mayor Boris Johnson devotes his column in today’s Daily Telegraph (“Do nothing, and we invite the tide of terror to our front door”) to the murder of James Foley and ISIS’s success in extending its control over areas of Syria and Iraq.

Johnson asserts that we “need to be far more effective in preventing British and other foreigners from getting out there”.

In order to suggest that this is a specifically British issue, he adds sarcastically: “I am interested to see how many Belgians are there.” Obviously not interested enough to check the figures, though. A report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation estimated that, as of December 2013, up to 296 Belgians had travelled to Syria to participate in the resistance to Assad. The figure for the UK was 366.

Johnson, however, apparently knows better than the ICSR’s researchers how many fighters from the UK are in Syria. He tells his readers that there are “perhaps five or six hundred Britons currently out there”. Where he gets that statistic from is unclear. Five hundred – the figure suggested by Sir Peter Fahey of ACPO – is at the top of the range of official estimates of the number of people who have gone to Syria to join the opposition forces since the outbreak of civil war there in 2011.

It is thought that half of these individuals have since returned to the UK, while as many as 40 fighters have lost their lives. So the number of people still out there is probably little more than a couple of hundred. Furthermore, there is no reason to suppose that the majority of them joined ISIS rather than the other anti-Assad opposition forces – who have been engaged in armed conflict not just with Assad’s regime but with ISIS too.

The majority of young Muslims who travelled to Syria would have been motivated, not by the desire to join a murderous gang of fanatics, but by the entirely admirable wish to defend the Syrian people against the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad. It seems likely, therefore, that the number of UK citizens who have joined ISIS is in the dozens rather than the hundreds.

Not that any of this enters into Johnson’s assessment of the situation. He writes: “The police can and do interview the returnees, but it is hard to press charges without evidence. The law needs a swift and minor change so that there is a ‘rebuttable presumption’ that all those visiting war areas without notifying the authorities have done so for a terrorist purpose.”

So it isn’t just all individuals who have been fighting the Assad regime who are to be automatically categorised as terrorists, but anyone who has visited the conflict zones for whatever purpose. While everyone else in the UK is entitled to the presumption of innocence, Johnson proposes that the principle of “guilty until proven innocent” should be applied to Muslims. He thinks this represents only a “minor change” in the law.

Johnson appears oblivious to the fact that is it precisely such grotesque double standards that intensify the alienation and resentment among Muslim youth and provide the conditions in which a tiny minority of them can fall for the propaganda of organisations like ISIS.

Of course, Johnson isn’t bothered about that. All he’s interested in doing is throwing some red meat to the Tory rank and file in order to further his ambitions to take over the Conservative Party leadership.

Update:  See “Former MI6 counter-terrorism chief warns against rush to overhaul UK laws”, Guardian, 25 August 2014

Mosques Defaced in Austria and France

25 August, 2014 - 20:17

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A mosque’s minaret and the entrance were vandalized with the Nazi symbol in Austria:

The Nazi symbol was sprayed in black paint overnight on Tuesday, around the entrance to the mosque and on some mosaic tiles.

It is not known who defaced the mosque but the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution has launched an investigation.

The mosque was opened in 2001 by the local Turkish cultural association.   However, many locals protested in 2005 when the cultural association announced that it wanted to build a minaret to accompany the mosque.

Among the roughly 15,000 residents of Telfs, about 2,400 people signed a petition against the building of the mosque, and nearby homeowners threatened lawsuits.

Locals objected that the minaret would attract crowds and cause traffic congestion. Others complained that the minaret would represent a victory of Islam over Christianity.

A compromise was reached wherein the mosque’s minaret would be only 15 meters tall, rather than the 20 meters originally planned by the cultural centre.  It was also agreed that there would be no muezzin call for prayers from the minaret.

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For the second time this year the same mosque has been targeted in France.:

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According to AFP, swastikas, Celtic crosses, and slices of ham were found on the walls of the mosque in Cognac on Sunday.

The same source said that the imam of the mosque discovered the misdeeds early Monday morning when the went to the mosque to perform the Fajr prayer, the first prayer of the day.

Abdallah Zekri, President of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, a component of the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM), told AFP that “slices of ham were spread on the steps of the entry and two crosses painted on the walls.” “This is the same group wanted to celebrate the anniversary of the degradation of the mosque last year,” Zekri estimated, confirming that a complaint was filed.

Zekri expressed his support for the Muslim community in France, calling on them to stay calm against these provocations. He recalled that Islam has nothing to do with the horrors committed in Iraq against the Christian community.

Early in 2013, a report of “l’Observatoire de l’Islamophobie” found a recent increase in anti-Muslim acts in France, a growing phenomenon that concerns the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). “At least 50 anti-Muslim acts have been registered by the police and gendarmerie for the first quarter of 2013, up from 40 during the same period in 2012, an increase of 25%,” the document says.

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Mordechai Kedar Joined Geller and Spencer At Pro-Israel, Anti-Muslim Rally

25 August, 2014 - 20:06

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If you had any doubts of the type of cretins we are dealing with look who flew-in just for the anti-Muslim, pro-Israel massacre on Gaza rally.

via. IslamophobiaWatch

Yesterday Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer’s American Freedom Defense Initiative held a rally in Union Square, New York, under the slogan “We the living support Israel”.

In an apparent attempt to boost turnout – even Geller must be aware that the vast majority of New York’s Jewish community, including committed supporters of the state of Israel, will have nothing to do with her – the event was subtitled “And minorities persecuted under Islamic rule”.

According to Geller, an individual who enjoys at best a tenuous relationship with reality, the event attracted “thousands” of AFDI supporters, though it’s odd that her website contains no pictures of this vast throng. From photographic evidence, it looks as though the attendance was at most a couple of hundred. A report at the Huffington Post puts it at “around 150″.

The speakers included Israeli academic Mordechai Kedar (pictured), who flew to the US specially to address the rally. According to Geller’s report, he devoted his speech to showing “how the jihadists are proceeding according to quranic imperatives”.

You’ll remember Kaidar. He’s the man who recently hit the headlines after he argued that the only thing that would deter attacks on Israel would be if the sisters or mothers of the perpetrators were raped.

Hundreds protest Israeli wedding of ‘Jew with Muslim’

25 August, 2014 - 19:58

The self-described Israeli "anti-miscegenation" group Lehava protests a wedding between an Arab and a Jew.

The self-described Israeli “anti-miscegenation” group Lehava protests a wedding between an Arab and a Jew.

A little late in posting this article but this should come as no surprise to those who have read Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath,” or otherwise been following news from Israeli society.

What if they were Muslim?

via. IslamophobiaWatch

A bride who converted from Judaism to the Muslim faith and a Muslim groom were married on Sunday to cries of “Death to Arabs” as Israeli police held back about 200 angry protesters.

The protesters, many of them young men wearing black shirts, denounced the bride, who was raised Jewish and converted to Islam before the wedding, as a “traitor against the Jewish state”. They sang a song that urges, “May your village burn down.”

A few dozen left-wing Israelis held a counter-protest nearby holding flowers, balloons and a sign that read, “Love conquers all.”

The groom told Israel’s Channel 2 TV the protesters failed to derail the wedding or dampen its spirit. “We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favour coexistence,” he bravely said.

Several dozen police, including members of the force’s most elite units, formed human chains to keep the protesters from the wedding hall’s gates and chased after many who defied them. Four protesters were arrested, and there were no injuries.

A lawyer for the couple, Maral Malka, 23, and Mahmoud Mansour, 26, both from the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv, had unsuccessfully sought a court order to bar the protest. He obtained backing for police to keep protesters 200 metres from the wedding hall in Tel Aviv.

The far-right group Lehava has harassed Jewish-Arab couples in the past but has rarely protested at the site of a wedding. Sunday’s demonstration was a sign of how tensions have risen during the war in Gaza.

A protester against the wedding, Ofer Golan, told France 24, “It’s time that the Muslim will leave Israel. That’s it. This is a Jewish country, they don’t belong here, they don’t have to be here. They have 22 countries; they can go anywhere they like.”

But one of the left-wing Israelis supporting the couple, Merav Ronen, told France 24, “This is the country of Israel. Yes, it’s a Jewish state, but it is also a democratic state. People cannot live their lives according to what anybody else tells them.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, sworn in last month to succeed Shimon Peres, criticised the protest as a “cause for outrage and concern” in a message on his Facebook page.

“Such expressions undermine the basis of our coexistence here, in Israel, a country that is both Jewish and democratic,” said Rivlin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud bloc.

Lehava spokesman and former lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari denounced Jews intermarrying with non-Jews of any denomination as “worse than what Hitler did,” alluding to the murder of 6 million Jews across Europe in World War Two.

A surprise wedding guest was Israel’s health minister, Yael German, a centrist in Netanyahu’s government. She told reporters as she headed inside that she saw the wedding and the protest against it as “an expression of democracy.”

Arab citizens make up about 20 percent of Israel’s majority Jewish population, and the overwhelming majority of Arabs are Muslims. Rabbinical authorities who oversee most Jewish nuptials in Israel object to intermarriage, fearing it will diminish the ranks of the Jewish people. Many Israeli couples who marry out of their faith do so abroad.

Malka’s father, Yoram Malka, said on Israeli television he objected to the wedding, calling it “a very sad event”. He said he was angry that his daughter had converted to Islam. Of his now son-in-law, he said, “My problem with him is that he is an Arab.”

France 24, 18 August 2014

See also “Extremists’ hatred poisons Mahmoud and Morel’s wedding”, Haaretz, 19 August 2014

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Islamophobic attack on 84-year-old woman

24 August, 2014 - 23:12

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The Local

Police confirmed that they received a report of the attack in the Favoriten area of Vienna, and are currently investigating.

The perpetrator was a 30 to 35-year-old man who spoke and insulted the woman using a strong Viennese dialect.

Another nearby woman was also knocked down by the man, according to reports.  Nearby teenagers who came to the assistance of the old woman were unable to prevent the man from escaping after committing the assault.

According to the IGGiÖ, the Turkish woman, who uses a cane, was initially in shock and could not be interviewed by police.  She was taken to the emergency hospital in the 20th district.

A police spokesman said that investigations are ongoing, while the police wait to speak to the victims of the attack and are calling for witnesses.

According to the IGGiÖ, the case is unique in its brutality and shows that the xenophobic mood has further escalated. “As bad as this incident was, we hoped that it can strengthen opposition to trends of Islamophobia,” it said in a press release.

Ferguson Cop Dan Page Relishes Being A “Killer”

23 August, 2014 - 22:56

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Ferguson Protests: Missouri Cop Suspended after ‘I’m a Killer’ Video Circulated

By Mark Piggot (IBTimes)

One of the police officers tasked with keeping security in riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri has been placed on “administrative leave” after a video circulated in which he appears to rant about Muslims and Barack Obama – and boasts about killing people.

Officer Dan Page, who during the Ferguson unrest was filmed pushing CNN TV reporter Don Lemon and other protesters, was giving a speech to the St. Louis/St. Charles chapter of the Oath Keepers, which according to its website is “a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’”

In his talk, which apparently took place on 22 April and was uploaded soon after, Page makes a number of extraordinary boasts, including ones about his being a multiple-killer.

“I personally believe the Lord Jesus Christ is my saviour, but I’m also a killer,” he is seen saying. “I’ve killed a lot and, if I need to, I will kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me.”

In the speech Page, a former Vietnam veteran and military reservist, rails about black people being “little perverts”, homosexuals, and the “four sodomites on the Supreme Court.” He tells someone in the audience: “Policemen are very cynical. I know I am. I don’t trust anybody. I hate everybody. I hate y’all, too. I hate everybody. I’m into diversity – I kill everybody. I don’t care.”

The head of the St. Louis County police department. Jon Belmar. told CNN the video was bizarre and found the boasts about killing particularly disturbing: “As a police chief, that’s something I’m not going to be able to endure.”

A psychiatric evaluation of Officer Page will now take place.

Police in Ferguson have been strongly criticised for the shooting of Michael Brown which sparked the riots, but the events have also seen rising concern over the increasing militarisation of police.

Under the “1033 program” hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus military equipment from Iraq and Afghanistan has been passed on to local police forces across the US including grenade-launchers and armoured vehicles.

Brussels Diplomat, Jean-Marie Pire Assaults Qatari Princess

22 August, 2014 - 21:46

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Thankfully, Jean-Marie Pire has been arrested for assaulting a woman wearing the veil, in the process ripping off her earrings, leaving her with cuts and bruises.

Strangely reports on the assault have been describing Pire’s attack in mild terms, as if he were simply “removing the veil,” or “taking off the full-face veil.” Grabbing and ripping off a woman’s veil is should never be described as “removing” or “taking off,” it is plain and simple assault!

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A senior Belgium diplomat has been arrested for taking off the full-face veil of a Qatari princess after she asked him for directions, in a case that has highlighted difficulties in imposing the so-called “burka ban” in the country.

Jean-Marie Pire, who apparently specialises in protocol, went about removing the woman’s niqab, a black full-face veil, when approached by her on the street in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

The 60-year-old diplomat, who did not know the identity of the wealthy royal, took offence to her clothing when she approached him with two other women last week, asking for directions.

“I said I don’t talk to anyone if I can’t see their face,” Pire said, according to The Times. “With this reply, I wanted to make it clear that the veil is banned in Belgium,” he added.

“Because the person asking me a question didn’t seem to hear me, I lifted her veil. I know I shouldn’t have done that, but what she did wasn’t legal either!”

Belgium, along with France, banned full face-coverings in 2012, imposing fines for wearing veils.

Local officials have reportedly already given the unnamed woman a fine of around £115 for breaching the ban on face-coverings. She also faces up to seven days in prison for wearing the garment in public.

The woman, who has not been named, has made an official complaint to Brussels prosecutors, who may now charge Pire with assault.

She said she suffered cuts and bruises after her earrings were violently dislodged, along with her veil.

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Pamela Geller, ‘Anti-Muslim Hate Group’ Leader Banned From UK, Holds Pro-Israel Rally In NY

18 August, 2014 - 21:33

Very well done post by Paul Vale at the Huffington Post. Kind of hilarious. Geller even showed up to whine in the comments section.:

(Huffington Post)

NEW YORK — On Sunday the American Freedom Defence Initiative (AFDI), an organisation the Southern Poverty Law Centre has listed as an anti-Muslim hate group, held a demonstration in New York’s Union Square in support of Israel and “minorities persecuted under Islamic rule”.

The group’s leader is Pamela Geller, an activist who in 2013 was banned from entering the UK by Home Secretary Theresa May. The government restricted Geller, along with author and blogger Robert Spencer, from entering the country as it was concluded their presence in the would not be “conducive to the public good”. The pair had planned to attend a rally in Woolwich following the death of Drummer Lee Rigby.

Here’s Geller on Sunday…

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…along with Robert Spencer.

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There were around 150 people at the event.

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Many had come with homemade placards.

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“The media” took a bit of a kicking…

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As did Obama…

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…despite being the only Western leader to authorise air strikes against militants in Iraq.

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This woman sought divine inspiration for her sign…

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…and received it.

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…whereas this chap just went to Home Depot.

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This guy forgot the name of ISIS.

While this entrepreneurial chap had a bag full of Israeli flags…

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…which he was peddling for $10.

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Then there was this piece of couture.

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And this Panama hat.

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Click to see the entire article…

 

Road Rage Racism: Crazy Lady Goes On Anti-Muslim, Racist Rant

15 August, 2014 - 23:01

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By Emperor

When two cars get involved in an accident the drivers usually exchange information or file police reports, right? Well not in the video below.

Apparently sometimes the only way to respond to an accident or incident on the road is by going ballistic, especially if you suspect the other driver is a “fucking Mooslim!”

The unidentified lady goes into a berserk, hate-filled, threatening rage and at one point even physically attacks the other driver, who is video-taping the altercation, perhaps because she was screaming insults at him.

The woman who has an obsession with the man’s mother can’t seem to keep her expletive filled, racist rant coherent. A definite downer for any racist bigot who at least wants to make a modicum of sense when letting loose how they really feel about any particular minority.

At one point she screams at the other driver as he apologizes (for what exactly we are unsure),”Learn to goddamn drive, you fucking Muslim.”

 She then asks, “You’re a Muslim, aren’t you?”

“Yes, ma’am. Proud,” he answers.

To which she accuses him of being a terrorist who blows up buses and that’s when our sorry racist mixes up her hate, calling the other driver a “nigger-loving atheist loving bitch.” If you ever needed proof of how racism and Islamophobia are tied together, well, here it is.

Despite it all the man remains calm and urges her to be calm, to which she responds by physically assaulting him.

The moral of the story? If you’re Muslim, Black or atheist (or a combination of all three?) you have to be a better driver than everyone or else you’ll be susceptible to a barrage of racist road-rage!

Also remember to get all on video.

Update: Jail Time For Israeli Sniper Who Bragged About Shooting Children

14 August, 2014 - 21:56

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Jail Time For Israeli Sniper Who Bragged About Shooting Children

(Counter Current News)

It’s been several days since we first screen captured the Instagram account of Israel Defense Forces sniper David D. Ovadia, and his cached comments on the account of Palestinian Sherrii ElKaderi.

Many dozens of news sites tripped over themselves to copy and paste our report, even without having access to the sources that brought it to us. Free of the burden of citation, they noted the details we had relayed publicly, but when pressed, they could not elaborate. This led to many to suspect that the post from Ovadia was a hoax, that he had never in fact posted such comments.

For her part, ElKaderi has tirelessly confirmed the post by the IDF soldier, even who boasted of murdering 13 Gazan children in one day. An IDF Combat Engineering Corps Soldier, specifically, Ovadia posed with a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle, taunting the Palestinian ElKaderi with the now famous screen captured post. 

As we said from the beginning, it was unclear and perhaps unlikely that the Barrett was used in the commission of such crimes, as this weapon is usually reserved for the best of the best marksmen. But Ovadia’s posting of himself with the .50 caliber rifle was obviously meant to be visually intimidating to Palestinians.

As Israeli, Iranian, European and pretty much everyone but U.S. media outlets (save the International Business Times), took our report seriously, the IDF began doing an investigation of their own. Ovadia’s initial plea was that his account had been “hacked”, a claim which many proponents of the IDF incursion into Gaza quickly jumped on, as we had reported the “hacktivist” group  ”Anonymous” took control of his Instagram account, deleting it entirely after our report first broke.

Ovadia thought that would be the end of it. Within hours, armies of self-described “debunkers” flooded social media, claiming that this was a “hoax”. But the IDF investigators still smelled something funny about Ovadia’s professions of innocence. They pressed on with their questioning, only to catch him in a number of lies. Finally, Ovadia confessed to having made the post, and quickly deleting it once it was clear he was going to get in trouble for his hateful comments.

Now, the IDF has announced that Ovadia is being sentenced to 30 days in jail. They assert that he did not actually shoot 13 children, but was instead using the claim to harass and terrorize Palestinians on social media. As we suspected, Ovadia has not even qualified for the .50 caliber rifle, but had posed with it to look intimidating.

Before finally confessing, Ovadia’s hateful claims of proudly carrying out war crimes led to Anonymous hacking the websites of the Mossad intelligence agency in Israel “for the brave IDF Sniper”, in reference to Ovadia, and following up by taking down the Israeli Ministry of Defense as well, similarly attributing attack to Ovadia’s online claims.

Meanwhile, there are still people who believe they are “debunking” this story, which is now headline news in Israel. On the contrary, however, this story has been investigated, confirmed, and led to Ovadia doing some (though not enough) jail time.

Is ISIS Beheading Children in Iraq?

14 August, 2014 - 21:44

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It’s good to see Christians being critical of purported atrocities at time when many are susceptible to fall for any alleged horror story.

As despicable as ISIS is, there isn’t any substance to the claim that they are beheading children.

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By Joe Carter (Gospel Coalition)

Over the weekend social media sites exploded with outrage over reports that the Islamic militant group ISIS was beheading Christian children in Iraq. The news is horrific and disturbing — but is it true?

The source of the claim comes from Mark Arabo in an interview with CNN. Arabo says that ISIS is “systematically beheading children” and that “there is a park in Mosul in which heads of beheaded children are put on a stick.”

Arabo is businessman in San Diego, California who is described as a “spokesperson for the Iraqi Chaldean community in San Diego County.” Arabo has been instrumental in promoting House Resolution 663, a resolution that expresses an “urgent need to protect religious minorities from persecution.” While he is a passionate spokesman for Iraqi Chaldeans and obviously sincere in his convictions, there is reason to question whether his claim about beheaded children is true.

There is no doubt that ISIS is persecuting the Christians in Mosul and other areas of Iraq. But almost all have already fled the city and the few that remain are continuing to leave the area. There are, however, journalists from Iraq and Western news agencies still in the city. Why have none of them taken photographs of these atrocities, or even reported on their occurrence? Why have such stories not been reported by the Christians who have fled to the cities controlled by the Kurds?

If Arabo was able to get news of such atrocities in San Diego, why has no one else heard stories of this ongoing tragedy?

Fueling the speculation has been websites, like Catholic Online, that purport to have pictures of children beheaded by ISIS. (The images on the site are extremely graphic and disturbing. I’d advise not looking at them.) Catholic Online, which is not officially connected to the Catholic Church, has only one picture that could be of a beheaded child. But there is no way to know whether it is real or whether it occurred in Iraq. There is no source or context for the photos and the story is credited to “News Consortium.”

One of the pictures that Catholic Online includes — and that has become ubiquitous on social media — shows a baby with three rifles pointed at his head (see image above). While the image is outrageous, it was not a photo taken of ISIS in northern Iraq.

The photo originally appeared online April 11, 2014 on the Facebook page of a person from Yemen. Numerous people on that page attest that the clothes the child is wearing are obviously Yemeni. A few days later, though, the image started popping up on pro-Syrian Army websites claiming that it was an Armenian child who was taken by Syrian rebels. Whatever the original context for the photo, we know based on the date alone that it was not recently taken in Mosul or northern Iraq.

While it is possible that children are being beheaded by ISIS in Iraq, there is currently no credible evidence to support that claim. We should pray this report turn out to be just rumor and that whatever other crimes are being committed, that God is sparing the children of Iraq from “systematic beheading.”

As Christians, we have a duty to champion the truth. We should avoid spreading unsubstantiated claims and inflaming dread and panic by playing on people’s natural disgust of harm to children. ISIS is an organization that has committed heinous acts of violence and violated the human rights of many of our fellow believers. But we must not partake in the spreading of lies, even if it is against our enemies.

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Spain Unearths 1000-year-old Muslim Cemetery

14 August, 2014 - 21:30

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An important discovery.

Spain Unearths 1000-year-old Muslim Cemetery

(OnIslam)

CAIRO – Spanish researchers in Ciudad Real province have unearthed a 1,000-year-old Islamic cemetery, in the first sign that the rich Islamic civilization has extended to Castilla-La Mancha centuries ago.

There is “a world to explore,” statement published by the Spanish city Alcázar de San Juan town hall was quoted by The Local on Wednesday, August 13.

“We are not talking about a four-year project: to fully understand everything it’s going to take one or two hundred years.”

After two weeks of digging in the town of Alcázar de San Juan in the Ciudad Real province, found fragments of household goods from the bronze age as well as a Roman inscription and traces of Celtiberian settlements.

For project leader Víctor López Menchero, the most important discovery was for an ancient necropolis containing seven bodies believed to be Muslims.

The positioning of the bodies, facing Makkah, confirmed that it was a Muslim graveyard.

López Menchero asserted that the discovery of an Islamic graveyard was one of the few pieces of evidence that Muslims lived in Castilla-La Mancha.

López Menchero’s archaeological project, jointly run by Castilla-La Mancha University and authorities in Alcázar de San Juan was established in 2013.

Muslims ruled much of Spain for centuries starting from 711 to 1492.

Their last king was defeated by Catholic king and queen, Ferdinand and Isabella, in 1492.

After that Muslims mosques were either left to ruin or converted into churches.

There are nearly 1.6 million Muslims in Spain, making up 3.4% of the country’s 47 million population, according to an Andalusian Observatory.

About 1.1 million of Spain’s Muslims re foreigners, while 464,978 are Spanish Muslims.

Islam is the second religion in Spain after Christianity and has been recognized through the 1967 law of religious freedom.

A recent survey found that 70% of Spain’s Muslims feel at home in the European country and that 80 percent feel they have adapted well to the Spanish way of life.

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