Peter Zieve: Anti-Mosque Crusader, Shocked By Negative Reaction To His Campaign

Loon Watch - 21 April, 2016 - 19:44

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Peter Zieve, sought to link a local mosque that was going to built to radicalization and terrorism. In what turned out to be a feel good story, the community responded negatively to his attempts.


Peter Zieve, president of Mukilteo-based Electroimpact, said he is throwing in the towel on his campaign to raise concerns about the mosque and what he says is a link between having a mosque in a community and breeding Islamic radicalization.

“Apparently I have no privacy, and I have no freedom of thought,” Zieve said Wednesday afternoon.

The negative response that he got via email and in local newspapers “just completely overwhelmed me,” he said. “I didn’t anticipate it.”

Zieve sent a bulk mailing of unsigned postcards to residents of Mukilteo, a city of 21,000 about 45 minutes north of Seattle, telling them that a mosque is planned for their town. He didn’t put his name on the postcards, but he confirmed to the Puget Sound Business Journal last week that he was the person behind them.

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Bottles Of Alcohol Thrown At Mosque Windows As People Pray Inside

Loon Watch - 21 April, 2016 - 19:30

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A mosque in High Wycombe has been targeted in a “racist hate attack”, with bottles of alcohol being thrown at the building in an attempt to smash the windows while people prayed inside.

Community leaders have now condemned last week’s attack on Totteridge Mosque which they say poses a “serious threat to a cohesive and diverse society”.

A “youth” was spotted throwing the bottles against a window at the back of the mosque, in Totteridge Road, at about 10.50pm last Wednesday, before driving off quickly in a car.

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Attacks on the new NUS president show the limit of free expression for Muslims | Iman Amrani

The Guardian World news: Islam - 21 April, 2016 - 19:15
Malia Bouattia has a track record of standing up to racism and discrimination. But once again a Muslim in a public role has come in for special criticism

Malia Bouattia was elected the first black woman president of the National Union of Students yesterday. This moment of history followed one of the most high-profile and controversial elections the NUS has had – and even after the vote, the arguments go on.

Bouattia, in her current role as black students officer, has spoken frankly on a range of issues. Last month she addressed the UN in Geneva about the harmful effects of Prevent, Britain’s anti-extremism scheme in schools; she has worked on the Why Is My Curriculum White campaign; and she has a strong network of student supporters on social media.

Related: Philosophy has to be about more than white men | Minna Salami

Related: Tories step up attempts to link Sadiq Khan to extremists

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How is the 2016 Election Impacting Muslim (and Other) School Children?

altmuslim - 21 April, 2016 - 00:03
By Uzma Mariam Ahmed This election cycle has been difficult to experience, even for adults.  Civil conversations and respect for diversity have been sidelined, and the loudest voices in politics and on television now are frighteningly extreme. Unsurprisingly the hateful rhetoric has filtered into American schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has just released [Read More...]

NUS elects first female black Muslim president after tense contest

The Guardian World news: Islam - 20 April, 2016 - 16:38

Malia Bouattia stood on a radical grassroots platform and made headlines last year after opposing a motion to condemn Isis

The National Union of Students has elected its first black female Muslim president, after a tense contest in which Malia Bouattia unseated incumbent Megan Dunn.

Bouattia, a leftwing former University of Birmingham student who has been the union’s black students’ officer for the past two years, stood on a radical grassroots platform opposing the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, and pledging to reignite the traditions of NUS activism.

Related: Is free speech in British universities under threat?

I received an open letter from Jewish students with questions & concerns about my #NUSNC16 campaign. My response:

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French students wear headscarves for 'Hijab Day'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 20 April, 2016 - 16:08

Organisers at prestigious Sciences Po say event will encourage understanding of stigmatisation faced by Muslim women

Students at Sciences Po, one of France’s top universities, have invited people to wear the headscarf for a day, saying that by covering their hair participants could “better understand … the experience of stigmatisation” of some Muslim women.

The event came a week after Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, suggested universities should ban the headscarf and claimed that a majority of French people believed Islam was incompatible with the values of the Republic.

#HijabDay at the prestigious Sciences Po university in central Paris today

Journée du Hijab, á Sc Po. Á quand une journée de la Charia? De la lapidation? De l'esclavage?

Comme enseignant à @sciencespo, je veux dire ma désapprobation face au #HijabDay. En France, les femmes sont visibles. Non au prosélytisme !

Happy #HijabDay

Related: French PM calls for ban on Islamic headscarves at universities

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MPs shout 'racist' at Cameron after comments on Sadiq Khan during PMQs

The Guardian World news: Islam - 20 April, 2016 - 15:15

The prime minister criticised Labour’s candidate for London mayor for ‘sharing a platform with extremists’

David Cameron was met with cries of “racist” in the House of Commons as he joined attacks on Labour’s London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, after he claimed Sadiq Khan had links to a supporter of Islamic State.

Cameron laid into Khan during prime minister’s questions, saying the Labour mayoral contender had nine times shared a platform with a radical imam called Suliman Gani, who supported IS (Islamic State).

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Influx of morality police to patrol the streets of Tehran

The Guardian World news: Islam - 20 April, 2016 - 04:00

As many as 7,000 agents in the Iranian capital will be targeting women with ‘bad hijab’, but a new police-spotting app may give fashion rebels the edge

Police in Tehran are deploying 7,000 undercover morality agents tasked with a fresh crackdown on women defying strict rules on the wearing of the hijab, among other offences deemed unIslamic.

Every spring, as the temperature rises and with it the desire of people to go out, the authorities in Iran tighten their grip on social norms, increasing the number of the so-called morality police deployed in public places.

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Palestinians Are Dying, But Only Israelis are “Vulnerable” in The NY Times

Isabel Kershner in The New York Times reports that Israelis are suffering from “a sense of vulnerability” after a bus bombing in Jerusalem this week. The event, she reports, sowed fear and anxiety in a population “already on edge” after a series of attacks over the past several months.

Although there were no reported deaths from the bombing, she writes that Israelis were reminded of the second Palestinian uprising “when suicide bombers blew up buses in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities, killing scores.”

Missing from her account is any mention of Palestinian fear or vulnerability in spite of data showing that Palestinian deaths outnumber Israeli fatalities by a factor of five or more, depending on the time frame. The second intifada, for instance, which Kershner takes as her reference point, left 5,904 Palestinians dead compared with 1,163 Israelis.

She notes that “about 30” Israelis have died in the past six months in contrast to “more than 200” Palestinians, a rate of more than six to one. But this fact has not inspired her to look into Palestinian anxieties. Instead she once again attempts to place the blame on Palestinians, writing that they reportedly died in “attacks or attempted attacks or in clashes with Israeli security forces.”

Nothing is said of the frequent charges that Israeli troops have carried out “street executions” of Palestinians who pose no threat to them or others. (See TimesWarp 3-25-16.) Likewise, nothing is said about the crippling effects of the brutal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the crucial background for this conflict.

Kershner entirely omits the context here while focusing on every possible source of Israeli angst: the bus bombing, the recent discovery of a tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel, a belligerent statement by Hamas and the lone-wolf knife and vehicular attacks by Palestinians.

Discerning readers may ask why Palestinians are using kitchen knives and automobiles as their weapons of choice, but the Times is not about to address the question. It would underscore the fact that Palestinians are the vulnerable party, an unarmed and virtually helpless population contending with one of the most sophisticated armies in the world.

In fact, Palestinians face daily threats from Israeli weapons, ranging from bulldozers to drones to live fire. Gaza farmers tending their fields near the border with Israel and fishermen at sea are frequently targeted by Israeli bullets and shells. West Bank communities confront the threat of land confiscation, settler attacks and demolitions that destroy homes and livelihoods.

And unarmed protesters in Gaza and the West Bank have been injured and killed during non-violent demonstrations. In fact, Israeli security forces injured a shocking number of Palestinians last year, a total of 14,925. As of April 11 this year, troops had already wounded 1,627.

According to United Nations data, Israeli forces have injured an average of 109 Palestinians each week in 2016. By comparison, Palestinians are wounding an average of four Israelis weekly. Yet it is Israeli “vulnerability” that takes center stage in the Times.

Kershner writes that “the threat of the tunnels continues to sow fear in Israeli communities along the border,” but she fails to say that not a single Israeli civilian has been harmed because of the tunnels. During the 2014 attacks on Gaza, they were used solely for targeting Israeli troops.

Palestinians, on the other hand, have reason to feel vulnerable, and they have reason to build tunnels as one of the few means of defense when they are under attack from Israeli weapons, but the Times has no interest in reporting this. It is only Israeli angst that matters here.

Israelis may have to deal with their fears, but Palestinians have to face much more: the loss of land, water, mobility, security and dignity. They have concrete and verifiable casualties, and they have to contend with their own defenselessness and fears, but in spite of all the evidence, the Times has turned its back on their narrative, joining Israel in blaming the victim.

Barbara Erickson

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Filed under: Pro-Israel Bias in NY Times Tagged: Gaza, Intifada, Israel, New York Times, Palestine, West Bank

Swiss halt Muslim family's citizenship process after refusal to shake hands

The Guardian World news: Islam - 19 April, 2016 - 16:54

Brothers refused to shake female teachers’ hands because it violated their faith but politicians say school officials’ compromise went against Swiss culture

Switzerland has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers after the boys’ refusal to shake hands with their female teachers sparked a national debate over religious freedoms.

The brothers, aged 14 and 15, had informed education officials in the northern municipality of Therwil that physical contact with women who are not family members violated their faith.

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Head of German anti-Islam group on trial for hate speech

The Guardian World news: Islam - 19 April, 2016 - 15:56

Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann was charged with inciting hatred through Facebook posts allegedly branding refugees ‘cattle’

The founder of Germany’s xenophobic and anti-Islam Pegida movement has appeared in court on hate speech charges for allegedly branding refugees “cattle” and “scum” on social media.

Lutz Bachmann, founder of the far-right Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident movement, was charged in October with inciting racial hatred through a series of widely shared Facebook posts.

Related: Pegida: what does the German far-right movement actually stand for?

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Why speaking Arabic in America feels like a crime | Sinan Antoon

The Guardian World news: Islam - 19 April, 2016 - 15:25

A UC Berkeley student was booted from a Southwest Airlines flight for speaking Arabic. Are we surprised?

There was a time when one could speak Arabic, or even read a book written in that language, on a flight in the United States without hesitation, or the fear of suffering humiliating consequences. That time is long gone. Many colleagues and friends confess that they try to avoid carrying Arabic or Persian books on flights in order not to invite incriminating looks.

On 6 April, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, an Iraqi refugee and UC Berkeley student, was on a Southwest Airlines flight at Los Angeles international airport talking to his uncle on the phone. He was removed, interrogated and searched by the FBI as a result. Then he was forced to find another flight. Why? Because another passenger heard him speak Arabic. “Inshallah,” which means “God willing,” an expression used by all native speakers of Arabic irrespective of religious affiliation, seems to have been the trigger.

Related: Southwest Airlines draws outrage over man removed for speaking Arabic

Related: Southwest Airlines criticized after incidents involving Middle Eastern passengers

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