Khalid Jabara Was Victim Of Hate Crime And Tulsa Police Failure

Loon Watch - 16 August, 2016 - 19:12


Vernon Majors, a 61 year-old White male had been violently harassing and intimidating his Christian Lebanese Arab neighbors, the Jabara family for years. He used racial epithets against them and also Islamophobic slurs consistently over this time period.

In fact, he intentionally struck the mother of the family, Haifa Jabara with his car causing grave bodily injuries to her person for which he was sent to prison. Eventually he bonded out and that’s when the nightmare for the Jabara family began all over again.

This story reflects the Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism rampant in America and a complete breakdown and failure on the part of the Tulsa Police Department to protect its citizens. The Jabara family did everything they could within the law to protect themselves but the Tulsa PD did not take them seriously. The question is why and how much did bias play a part?

Muslim civil rights activist Ahmed Rehab has called on those concerned by this brutal hate crime to go onto the Facebook page of the Tulsa Police Department and give them a “1 star review.”

Just rated Tulsa Police a “1 star” on their FB page, and let them know why. Please do the same. If you want more details on the murder of Khalid, see my last status. I am sure if they get a torrent of bad reviews, it will make it into the chief’s meeting. A good fast way to let them know how you feel.


Islamophobes Terrorize Church In Bid To Fearmonger About “Muslim Invasion”

Loon Watch - 16 August, 2016 - 18:10


These Australian Trump devotees want to “Make Australia great again.” Does that mean giving the land that was stolen by White colonizers back to the aboriginals? It should be but that’s not what they mean. Instead they think it’s cute and funny to dress in what they think are “Muslim clothes” and make fake chants while interrupting a Church service. They stand on stolen land, where their ancestors killed, murdered, raped and forcibly converted true native Australians to Christianity, yet they want to warn about a fictitious “Muslim invasion.”

I also have to point out the irony of Islamophobes deluded enough to believe that protesting against an Anglican Church, “dressed up as Muslims” (whatever that means) is the way to go about “saving” Western civilization.

PS: The response by Father Bower of the Church was awesome!

via. Instanews

A group of far-right protesters dressed in mock-Islamic clothing has interrupted an Anglican church mass in Australia, chanting about a “Muslim invasion.” The church minister said he was appalled by the stunt, but said he supports people’s right to protest.

The group Party for Freedom gathered at Gosford Anglican Church in New South Wales on Sunday to stage a spectacle in which they pretended to pray while using a loudspeaker to blast out what sounded like a Muslim prayer. They then chanted slogans against Islam before leaving, ABC reports.

Later the group took Facebook photos at a pub in full Muslim garb while being questioned by police. They claimed on their page that the protest was against Father Bower, who preaches at the church. They say they are against his making friends with Islamic preachers and being favorable toward a multicultural Australia.

“It was … just out of the blue, some of the congregation were quite upset,” Father Bower told ABC, shocked that the disturbance had to happen halfway through his sermon.

“I recognized one of the participants and clearly they weren’t Muslims — it was mock attire,” he added. “I took a minute or so but I worked out who they were. I quietened the congregation down – they were a bit distressed.”

The group denies its behavior was inappropriate, its leader Nick Folkes telling the Australian broadcaster “I don’t have to apologize because we didn’t hurt anybody, it was only words and it was a protest sort of thing, it’s very different to going with the intention of physically hurting somebody.”

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Communist party members may still be barred from US citizenship

The Guardian World news: Islam - 16 August, 2016 - 17:57

As Donald Trump calls for ‘extreme vetting’ of Muslim immigrants, he has pointed to old measures to bar communists – which still echo in today’s rules

Membership in the Communist party may still preclude would-be citizens from becoming naturalized in the US.

In his speech on Monday, Donald Trump alluded to cold war tactics used to screen out communists in the 1950s when he proposed his “extreme vetting” of Muslim immigrants using an ideological purity test. But the remnants of those restrictions linger in citizenship requirements today.

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Trump has made it clear exactly who should be barred from the US: himself | Moustafa Bayoumi

The Guardian World news: Islam - 16 August, 2016 - 17:36

He said ‘those who do not believe in our constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred’ should be turned back at the border. Remind you of anybody?

In his major policy speech on foreign policy delivered yesterday in the battleground state of Ohio, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finally made it clear who exactly should be barred from the United States: himself.

The candidate plainly stated that “those who do not believe in our constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country”. Since Trump, who is known to have expressed bigoted and hateful opinions about Mexicans and Muslims, and who has repeatedly demonstrated a tenuous grasp of the constitution, already resides in the United States, I assume he will opt for Mitt Romney-style self-deportation.

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Abuse of Muslims is now mainstream. I never thought my children would see this | Salma Yaqoob

The Guardian World news: Islam - 16 August, 2016 - 13:50
Nadiya Hussain’s account of prejudice comes as no surprise to those of us who are used to being attacked in the street, in schools and in the press

Nadiya Hussain’s account on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs of the everyday anti-Muslim prejudice she encounters may have come as a surprise to some people. It won’t shock anyone in the Muslim community.

Related: The Guardian view on anti-Muslim discrimination: a terrible social injustice | Editorial

Related: For Muslim women life had been getting better. No longer | Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

My son asked me if he would be safe if he stopped being a Muslim

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Burkini ban defended as French mayors urged to cool local tensions

The Guardian World news: Islam - 16 August, 2016 - 12:43

France’s women’s rights minister supports ban on ‘beach version of burqa’ but says it should not be seen in context of terrorism

The French government has defended municipal bans on body-covering burkini swimwear designed for Muslim women but called on mayors to try to cool tensions between communities.

Three Mediterranean towns – Cannes, Villeneuve-Loubet and Sisco on the island of Corsica – have banned the burkini, and Le Touquet on the Atlantic coast plans to do the same.

Related: Five reasons to wear a burkini – and not just to annoy the French | Remona Aly

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Islamophobia: why Adnan doesn't get a job callback but Aidan does

The Guardian World news: Islam - 16 August, 2016 - 04:14

Australian businesses are taking steps to stamp out religious discrimination but the Diversity Council is calling for employers to do more

You can imagine her surprise when the young lawyer was mistakenly copied into an email which revealed she hadn’t got a job because of her parents’ religion.

Well, she might have been surprised, but as a Muslim, such instances of discrimination are hardly uncommon.

Related: Time for men to sign up to female-dominated caring and sharing jobs

Related: Diversity versus cultural fit: 'I hire people who I know will challenge me'

Related: I've studied radicalization – and Islamophobia often plants the seed | Sarah Lyons-Padilla

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Hundreds gather to remember Muslim cleric as suspect charged in shooting

The Guardian World news: Islam - 16 August, 2016 - 03:13

New York City police have charged a man from Brooklyn with the murder of imam Maulama Akonjee and his friend outside a mosque in Queens

A suspect was charged on Monday in the fatal shootings of an imam and another Muslim man, as hundreds of mourners gathered in Queens, New York, to remember the victims and call for justice.

Late Monday night, Oscar Morel, 35-year-old Hispanic male from Brooklyn, was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said. He had already been charged with a hit and run and assaulting an officer.

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Positive ways to tackle anti-Muslim prejudice | Letters

The Guardian World news: Islam - 15 August, 2016 - 18:48

Social justice should indeed be the hallmark of policies tackling discrimination against Muslims (Editorial, 15 August) but it is surely time to recognise that the very title of the Prevent programme symbolises its weakness. A Promote programme emphasising tolerance, mutual respect and democratic values for people of all faiths stands a better chance than the negative approach implicit in Prevent, which has so far yielded little evidence of success.
Jeremy Beecham
Labour, House of Lords

• Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Opinion, 12 August) is right to point out that the factors that dissuade Muslim women from entering the workplace are various and complex, but I’d disagree with her suggestion that there’s no one in “liberal society” who would dare challenge the unsatisfactory status quo.

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Corsican mayor bans burkini after violence at beach and protests

The Guardian World news: Islam - 15 August, 2016 - 14:40

Mayor of Sisco, Ange-Pierre Vivoni, says ban is necessary to protect population after clash between teens and Muslim families

A Corsican mayor has announced a ban on burkinis, becoming the third in France to do so, as tensions on the island run high following violent clashes between villagers and three Muslim families.

Skirmishes at a beach in the commune of Sisco at the weekend left four people injured and resulted in riot police being brought in to stop a crowd of 200 Corsicans marching into a housing estate with a high population of people of North African origin, shouting “this is our home”.

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Five reasons to wear a burkini – and not just to annoy the French | Remona Aly

The Guardian World news: Islam - 15 August, 2016 - 09:30

The mayor of Cannes and others are outraged yet again by some Muslim women’s swimming attire. How to defy the idiocy? You can wear one yourself

Wahey – it’s that time again, people! The burkini is all the rage for the ump-flippin-teenth time, and our latest dip into controversial swimwear politics comes from – you’ll never guess – the French. The mayor of Cannes is going trigger-ban happy by curtailing the right to swim while covered on the French Riviera. The ruling states: “Beachwear that ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order.” I don’t think that thought crossed Nigella Lawson’s mind, to be honest.

Related: Mayor of Cannes bans burqinis on resort's beaches

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The Guardian view on anti-Muslim discrimination: a terrible social injustice | Editorial

The Guardian World news: Islam - 14 August, 2016 - 19:35
Even Bake Off favourite Nadiya Hussain gets racial abuse. Tackling it is not about anti-extremism but simple justice

Nadiya Hussain confirmed her status as the poster girl for integrated Britain when, cast away on the latest Desert Island Discs, the Bake Off star chose Marmite as her luxury. Having picked the nation’s most identifiable spread, she did not really need to say, as in a characteristically articulate moment she did, that of all the many things that define her, her Britishness comes first. But it made it all the more jarring when she also spoke of the racial abuse, both verbal and physical, that once kept her indoors with her small children and which even now she takes as something to be expected, despite teetering close to being a very young national treasure.

She was not asked – Desert Island Discs is not that kind of programme – if the abuse is worse now. The Metropolitan police reckon it is up by 60% between last year and this, after Brexit and with the elision between the government’s Prevent strategy of counter-extremism and measures to promote integration, along with plans to legislate against vaguely defined “extremism”. But everything she said was a reminder that although radicalisation is a real and difficult issue, treating Muslims as the problem instead of acknowledging that social injustice plays a large part in excluding a significant minority from the aspirations and experiences of the majority only undermines the trust on which security depends.

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Muslim women and integration in the UK | Letters

The Guardian World news: Islam - 14 August, 2016 - 19:18

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown asks (Opinion, 12 August), “who in a liberal society would dare challenge [the internal oppression of Muslim women]?” Some of the required challenge must be philosophical. As a Christian, I read “liberal” differently from mainstream politics, where it generally refers to globalisation etc. But the psalmist said that “God … bringeth out those which are bound with chains”, and St Paul affirmed “there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female”. Christians and Muslims have common cause since the Qur’an also acknowledges creation, and prominent in the text is the affirmation of equality: “So God created man[kind] in his own image … male and female created He them”. How dare men of any religion oppress women, pretending God’s approval? Don’t the Muslim scholars also agree?
Chris Jeynes
Guildford, Surrey

• Three cheers for Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. At last, someone in the Guardian has acknowledged that, as she says, “anti-discrimination measures need to go hand in hand with a reform of cultural, parental and religious practices and beliefs”. Unless and until the major Muslim organisations become much more active in encouraging their co-religionists to integrate (and be seen to integrate) as fully as possible into the general life of the community, there is little hope that things will improve for the average Muslim person in this country. Oh, and did you notice that, to judge by her photo, Yasmin doesn’t wear a hijab, in common with the likes of Baroness Warsi and Naz Shah MP. Whether we like it or not, a large part of the non-Muslim population in the UK does not see the hijab as a symbol of piety but rather as a sign of rejection of the cultural norms of the UK or, worse still, of subjection to male authoritarianism or the espousal of extremist opinions.
Roger Fisken
Bedale, North Yorkshire

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