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Amicus briefs against Trump's travel ban: the strongest arguments

The Guardian World news: Islam - 6 February, 2017 - 18:17

Tech companies, politicians and universities are among the US groups citing religious bias, immigrant achievements and national security as reasons to overturn the ban, which has been temporarily suspended

Several groups and businesses have waded into the dispute over Donald Trump’s travel ban, adding their voices to the mounting opposition to the executive order, which is currently blocked pending a decision by the ninth circuit court of appeals in San Francisco. The court has set a deadline for briefs of 6pm ET (3pm PT) on Monday, and may rule within days. Here are some of the most outspoken comments drawn from “amicus briefs” – legal arguments lodged in court by interested parties, known legally as “amici” (friends) – calling for the ban to be overturned:

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America proudly describes itself as “a nation of immigrants”. Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies. Immigrants are among our leading entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and philanthropists. The experience and energy of people who come to our country to seek a better life for themselves and their children – to pursue the “American Dream” – are woven throughout the social, political, and economic fabric of the Nation.

[Trump’s executive] order effects a sudden shift in the rules governing entry into the United States, and is inflicting substantial harm on US companies. It hinders the ability of American companies to attract great talent; increases costs imposed on business; makes it more difficult for American firms to compete in the international marketplace; and gives global enterprises a new, significant incentive to build operations – and hire new employees – outside the United States.

The United States faces real threats from terrorist networks and must take all prudent and effective steps to combat them, including the appropriate vetting of travelers to the US. We are nevertheless unaware of any specific threat that would justify the travel ban. We view the order as one that ultimately undermines the national security of the United States, rather than making us safer. In our professional opinion, this order cannot be justified on national security or foreign policy grounds.

It does not perform its declared task of “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”. To the contrary, the order disrupts thousands of lives, including those of refugees and visa holders all previously vetted by standing procedures that the administration has not shown to be inadequate. It could do long-term damage to our national security and foreign policy interests, endangering US troops in the field and disrupting counterterrorism and national security partnerships.

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Over the course of the past week, amici institutions have seen their students stranded abroad and their faculty members prevented from travelling to and from foreign countries. Scholars based abroad have expressed a determination to boycott academic conferences in the United States, and potential faculty recruits have expressed serious doubts about teaching at amici’s schools. These consequences undermine amici’s bedrock commitment to serving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States, and the world through innovative teaching and research.

[The executive order] undermines the values and contributions of open academic exchange and collaboration. At bottom, those adverse impacts impair the cross-border exchange of ideas that is critical to amici’s success as educational institutions – and to the success of the country as a whole.

The United States Constitution forbids the government from discriminating on the basis of religion. The order is motivated by bias against Muslims, as confirmed by the President’s own public statements, as well as the absence of any rational justification for the categorical exclusion of individuals from the seven identified nations or the complete ban on refugees from around the world. The religious discrimination involved in the Executive Order is inconsistent with the bedrock Establishment Clause and equal protection principle that the government should never favor one religion over another.

The order profoundly, directly and irreparably harms people throughout the United States, destabilizing the lives of thousands of individuals and their families – including those seeking to live, find refuge, visit, study or work in the State of Washington. Under the Order, US citizens and legal permanent residents are unable to maintain their relationships with their families when their family members are denied entry at our borders. Those fleeing persecution cannot find a safe harbor here. And workers and students with valid visas will lose their right to live, work, and study here if they travel abroad.

There is no rational basis for the suspension of the Refugee Program because refugees trying to enter the United States are already subject to an intensive investigation, which can last for as long as two years, and which includes personal interviews and biometric analyses, and vetting by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center and the departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security.

The Executive Order has fractured many refugee families whose safety and desire for unification were already fragile, and risks the lives of many who relied on the promises of the United States when they received their visas. Those people made irreversible plans to leave the countries in which they were residing, and followed established procedures to obtain their visas and permission to enter the United States. The Executive Order closes the door to their hope of avoiding the immense dangers that they currently face, leaving them in the perilous situation.

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The First Amendment mandates governmental neutrality with respect to religion. This principle, contained in the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses and reflected also in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, secures the right to religious freedom by straightforwardly forbidding official discrimination on the basis of religion. Ignoring the clear constitutional command, however, the government has singled out a religious group – Muslims – for official disfavor and maltreatment. By instituting a wide-ranging, punishing ban on immigrants, the government has run roughshod over core First Amendment protections.

The Executive Order is exactly what President Trump promised all along – a “Muslim ban”. No amount of rebranding will change that. People from seven countries are refused entry to the United States for no reason other than their deity and preferred holy book. Beyond failing every applicable legal standard, the Executive Order is an insult to the fundamental principles of our Constitution. It cannot stand. It should not stand even for a day.

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Black and Native Seminoles Joined Forces Against the U.S. Army

Loon Watch - 6 February, 2017 - 17:22

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“Seminoles in Florida claim that some of their number are descended from African slaves who before emancipation managed to escape and mingle in their ranks, even converting some of the Seminoles to Islam. The Algonquian and Pima languages are said to contain words with Arabic roots. Cherokees claim that a number of Muslims joined their ranks and say that the chief of the Cherokees in 1866 was a Muslim named Ramadhan Ibn Wati.” (Smith, Islam in America, 68) Black and native Seminoles joined forces against the U.S. army during two wars in 1812 and 1835.

Trump Makes Praying at Airports Cool Again

Muslim Matters - 6 February, 2017 - 15:13

Such were the cheers protesters chanted as thousands across the US gathered at airports to express their disapproval of Trump’s unprecedented travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries. The executive order, disguised as a security measure, only affected innocent families and vulnerable refugees fleeing war and looking for safety.

Almost immediately following the ban, protesters rushed to occupy all major airports in the country to demand the release of innocent travellers with valid travel documents.  One of the unintended outcomes of these demonstrations was the public acceptance of the Muslim ritual prayer at airports. As times of the five daily prayers entered, dozens of Muslims at the protests joined together to pray in congregation; the prayer somehow managed to become a form of protest itself at that point. This was a stark contrast to the usual circumstance where Muslims generally try to find secluded spots at airports and pray anxiously with hopes of avoiding too much attention. Moving images of protesters circling around Muslims as they say their prayers have gone viral on the internet; we share a few below that capture this historic moment.

 

'We want you to know you're not alone': why I went to visit a mosque

The Guardian World news: Islam - 6 February, 2017 - 14:54

Visit My Mosque day helps educate people about Islam to combat rising Islamophobia. Readers tell us about their experiences

More than 150 UK mosques opened their doors on Sunday for the third annual Visit My Mosque day, an event aimed at fostering a better understanding of Islam.

It came after Donald Trump banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees from entering the US. Many saw the open days as an opportunity to counter rising Islamophobia.

The guy was talking about the overlap between the Bible and Qur’an. ​I had no idea about this

People seemed to enjoy themselves and it was a great way for us all to get together and share stories

Muslims are just normal people. That’s how they should be treated.

In the current climate I wanted to show my support. I have no suspicions and concerns about Muslims.

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‘Finally, I am here’: Iranian researcher caught in travel ban arrives in US – video

The Guardian World news: Islam - 6 February, 2017 - 10:27

An Iranian researcher who had been prevented by Donald Trump’s travel ban from coming to the United States to work at Stanford University gives his reaction after arriving at New York’s Kennedy Airport on Sunday. Nima Enayati was turned away last week when he tried to fly to New York from Italy

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'A personal attack on Muslim women': Ms Saffaa mural defaced in Melbourne

The Guardian World news: Islam - 6 February, 2017 - 02:41

‘I almost wanted to cry,’ says Saffaa, who collaborated on the mural with other female artists including Molly Crabapple

A Melbourne street-art mural featuring a Muslim feminist protest paste-up by prominent artist and activist Ms Saffaa has been defaced in an act of vandalism the artist has labeled a “personal attack on Muslim women”.

Featuring pictures of well-known Saudi activists and artists, women in headscarves, Saudi poetry and a pink stencilling of the words “radical Muslim”, the mural was defaced on Saturday night, with the faces of the women blacked out and the words painted over.

Related: Ms Saffaa, protest art and the fledgling Saudi Arabia women's rights movement

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Travel ban: Trump casts 'blame' on judge and courts for hypothetical attack

The Guardian World news: Islam - 5 February, 2017 - 21:34

Despite rebukes over criticism of judge, president sends angry tweets about suspension of order on refugees and travel from Muslim-majority countries

Donald Trump on Sunday refused to bear responsibility for a hypothetical terrorist attack on the US, telling followers they should “blame” a federal judge and the American court system for suspending his ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries as it weighs its lawfulness.

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Related: 'An epic confrontation': has travel ban put White House and courts at odds?

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Judge James Robart Halts Trump Order: “No One Is Above The Law”

Loon Watch - 5 February, 2017 - 19:23

Federal Judge James Robart, who it seems is actually just a really good guy, put a halt to the executive order signed by Trump banning refugees, and also opined that the state (Washington and Minnesota brought the lawsuit) would likely prevail on its claim that the order is unconstitutional.

Of course, Twitler-in-chief, was besides himself and tweeted something dumb about overturning the “so-called” judge’s ruling.

Update, 9:52 p.m.: CNN is reporting that Customs and Border Protection is reinstating revoked visas for travelers affected by the ban, indicating that the executive order is no longer in effect.

On Friday night, in the most stinging and widespread rebuke to the new administration so far, a federal judge in Seattle ordered a nationwide stay on President Trump’s week-old executive order barring travelers from seven countries from entering the U.S., Reuters reported.

Unlike the judicial orders already in place, the order entered by Judge James Robart (a George W. Bush appointee, in case you’re keeping score) went to the heart of the executive order, requiring that the travel restrictions be stayed immediately. Federal officers are barred from enforcing the parts of the ban that target immigrants from those seven countries and refugees, and that grant exemptions to refugees on the basis of their religion.

via. Slate

UK mosques open their doors as Jeremy Corbyn sends message to Trump

The Guardian World news: Islam - 5 February, 2017 - 19:18

As hundreds of Islamic centres across the country welcome visitors, Labour leader warns against ‘demonisation’ of Muslims

Jeremy Corbyn has challenged the “demonisation” of Muslims and sent a message to Donald Trump that “drinking tea together is far more effective than pouring concrete to build walls to keep each other apart”.

The Labour leader delivered what he called a “very gentle message to a man across the Atlantic” as he spoke at Finsbury Park mosque in north London, one of more than 150 that opened their doors on Sunday to allow people of other faiths or of no faith to take tours and ask questions about Islam.

Related: A chronicle of fear: seven days as a Muslim immigrant in America | Mona Chalabi

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Elif Shafak: ‘When women are divided it is the male status quo that benefits’

The Guardian World news: Islam - 5 February, 2017 - 09:00

The Turkish novelist on reclaiming faith from religion, her love for Istanbul, and the creative benefits of self-imposed exile

Elif Shafak is the most widely read female novelist in Turkey. She is also a political commentator. Three Daughters of Eve is an intense, discursive and absorbing novel about three middle-eastern women, each studying at Oxford, with dramatically contrasting views.

I was halfway through your chillingly prescient novel, which includes a terrorist incident, when the Istanbul bombing happened. How did you feel when you heard the news?
I was heartbroken, and horrified by hate speeches in which Islamist groups seemed to blame the victims for celebrating a Christian holiday. When writing the novel, I took a close look at Turkish society and its psychology. Fear is in the air, there is constant anxiety. I observed this at every level of Turkish society – subtle but strong. Something explodes in a kitchen in Istanbul and everyone throws themselves to the floor, thinking it might be a bomb. We have no memory, no time for analysis or even for grief. This was the psychology I wanted to capture in my book.

Related: In Istanbul, a writer awaits her day in court

Being a Turkish novelist feels like being slapped on one cheek and kissed on the other

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Is Sweden Invaded by “Muslim Rapists”?

Loon Watch - 5 February, 2017 - 07:37

Is Sweden the “rape capital” of the world, as Breitbart and islamophobes worldwide claims? What is the background to the high figures of reported rape in Sweden? Is it the so called “Muslim invasion of immigrants” that is responsible for it? Is “the Muslim rape culture” behind it? Or is it simply so that Sweden has stronger laws against sexual offences like rape, and that Swedish women are fostered not to take shit!

I am from Sweden. When I went to school 30 years ago I heard about a case when two young white American exchange students raped Swedish young girls. Many Swedes reacted with horror. Many blamed ALL Americans for the wrongdoings of these two. “All American white youngsters are like that, racists and rapists”, “USA is insane”, “Americans are rapists”. “Too much American TV-violence”

Breitbart and Islamophobes worldwide do the same thing to Muslims. “Muslims rape women” they claim. “Muslims” are currently “raping” Europe, according to the Breitbart Senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

The so called “evidence” for this is the claim that the numbers of rapes allegedly is “skyrocketing” in Europe, and it is all blamed on Muslim immigrants.

And worst of all it is in Sweden, it is claimed. Sweden is a burning hell were “Muslims” rape, kill and burn down cars, they say.

Is Sweden the ” Rape Capital of the Western World”?

Breitbart hates Sweden more than any other European country. Sweden is both a stronghold for feminism and a country that has accepted a lot of refugees, especially Muslims. And we all know that feminists, migrants and Muslims make Breitbart go bananas! Almost every time Breitbart talks about “Muslim rapeculture” in Europe they bring up Sweden as the worst case scenario. Sweden is ” rape capital of the Western world” it is claimed.

As “evidence” for this international statistics is cited. And indeed according to that statistics lots of rapes are reported in Sweden. 63,5  rape incidents per 100,000 citizens. USA with 300 million people have 27. That would lead you to think that the numbers of rape are skyrocketing. But then you look at the figures. Sweden with ten million people have 5,960 rapes. Azerbaijan 16. India only 22,000. Lebanon 19. Mozambique 44! And Saudi Arabia claims there is almost no rape, and lash the raped women instead. Egypt has about 100 all in all. Canada 576.

Hey, what is going on here?

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Does this mean that Sweden is unsafe for women, and that Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Mozambique are paradizes for women?

Of course not. There are big differences between all countries. The first is that what is defined as rape in Mozambique and Saudi Arabia is not the same as in Sweden or Germany. And what is legally definied as a rape in USA is not the same as in Sweden.

Mozambique still have the old colonial laws that stated that rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims and stay married for at least five years. Saudi Arabia, well… Lots of women are raped but the legal system dont care about that. Egyptian law is not protecting Egyptian women very well.

The Swedish law considers lots of acts as sexual assault and rape that other countries dont do. There has been a lot of discussion globally about the case of Julian Assange. If you agree to have sex with a man in Sweden, using condom, and you take it off in the end of the sexual act, without the consent of the women, it can be regarded as rape. Sweden has strong laws against martial rape, and rapists can be convicted even if the wife do not herself report the rape of the husband. There are proposed laws that will make sexual harrasment online a crime, like sending unsolicited pictures of the Male organ to women. Sexual bullying at work is regarded as a crime, and if it involves physical contact without consent it might be regarded as rape.

In USA martial rape is still not entirely regarded a crime in 13 states.

The second difference is that different countries report about rape statistically in different ways. If one person rapes a woman 100 times it can be regarded as ONE crime in some places. In Sweden it would be reported by the police as 100 rapes.

There has been some discussion about this online.

Imagine, for example, if your boss rubbed against you in an unwanted way at work once a week for a year. In Canada, this would potentially be a case of sexual assault. Under Germany’s more limited laws, it would be zero cases. In Sweden, it would be tallied as 52 separate cases of rape. If you engaged in a half-dozen sex acts with your spouse, then later you felt you had not given consent, in Sweden that would be classified as six cases of rape.

BBC wrote;

Official figures from the United Nations show that there were 17 kidnaps per 100,000 people in Australia in 2010 and 12.7 in Canada.

That compares with only 0.6 in Colombia and 1.1 in Mexico.

So why haven’t we heard any of these horror stories? Are people being grabbed off the street in Sydney and Toronto, while the world turns a blind eye?

No, the high numbers of kidnapping cases in these two countries are explained by the fact that parental disputes over child custody are included in the figures. If one parent takes a child for the weekend, and the other parent objects and calls the police, the incident will be recorded as a kidnapping, according to Enrico Bisogno, a statistician with the United Nations.

And the third factor is that the focus on the rights of women has led to an increase in reported rapes to the police. Swedish women are more conscious about their rights and are not afraid to report sexual assaults or rape.

 

Immigrants?

Globe and Mail writes:

But aren’t refugees and immigrants responsible for a greater share of Sweden’s sexual assaults?

In a sense. Statistics show that the foreign-born in Sweden, as in most European countries, do have a higher rate of criminal charges than the native-born, in everything from shoplifting to murder (though not enough to affect the crime rate by more than a tiny margin). The opposite is true in North America, where immigrants have lower-than-average crime rates.

Yes, you read correct. Immigrants have higher rates of criminal charges than natives in most of Europe, but in the USA it is the opposite. (We´ll have to return to this fact some other day.)

Sweden dont have statistics that cover the descent of convicted rapists. Denmark, the neighbouring country, has it.

Denmark is one of the countries that has “skyrocketing” rape figures according to Breitbart. Well there certainly is a statistic overrepresentation of immigrants in the rape statistics. The Danish paper BT reported some years ago that three times as many with immigrant background are sentenced for rapes than those with Danish background. That sounds scary, right?

Lets look at the statistics. This is from 2015. The first headline is about crimes that has to do with sexual assault (Sexualforbrydelser). The second headline deals with rape (Voldtaekt). The statistics show the number of convicted per year and their descent.

89.77% of Denmark’s population of over 5,580,516 was of Danish descent. That means that there are 10%, or about 560,000, with foreigh descent. Of them something like 200,000 to 250,000 are Muslims. In 2015 553 people were convicted for sexual offences, 456 were of Danish descent. 49 were convicted of rape, 21 were of non Danish descent. (statistikbanken) Bad, but hardly so alarming that you can claim that “Europe is collapsing” due to “foreigners” that “predominantly” are “Muslims”. (And some of the non- danes are visitors to the country, that does not live in Denmark.)

Below you have the figures for 2014. 425 with danish decent were convicted for sexual assault 2014,  39 foreigners (less than 10%). 18 with danish descent were convicted for rape, 12 of foreign descent. (statistikbanken) Yes the immigrants and their children have higher rates of crime than native Danes, but it is hardly the disaster Breitbart talks about.


There are differeces between Denmark and Sweden, but not big once. What is true for Denmark shluld be true for Sweden.

The irony is that Breitbart hates feminism and the concept of equal rights for women. Feminism makes women look ugly, they claim. They have written several articles ridiculing women that has reported about rape and sexual assault. Just make a search on Breitbart and you´ll see. Rape+hoax. Rape+fake. Rape+lie.

Breibart makes fun of rape victims, and claim there is a inflation in fake rape allegations. But still they claim to be concerned about the so called “Muslim Rape”. Hypocricy!

There are a lot of problems still in Sweden and Denmark with oppression of women, and with rape and sexual assault. And some immigrants bring with them a view of women that is not accaptable to most Swedes. But that does NOT justify slanders against all immigrats or all Muslims.

Not the first time

It should be emphasized that there are many similaritied between the current hatred against Muslims and the way Jews today, and historically, have been slandered and hated,

The Nazis spread the same lies about Jews in the 30s, as Breitbart spreads about Muslims today. It was claimed that there was such a thing as ”Jewish Rape Culture”. Especially the magazine Der Sturmer was famous for spreading these kinds of lies. 

In the picture below, from Der Sturmer,  you can see the satanic Jewish snake that is raping a woman, and in the background you can see the Jewish Talmud.

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In the 1930s it was claimed that Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe were overrepresented in the criminal statistics of Germany. That might be true since they were socioeconomically poorer that native German Jews. In the same way as Breitbart does today, the nazis claimed that this was “evidence” of “Jewish criminality” and “Jewish rape culture”.

As for Sweden. Sweden, and the Nordic countries are on the top of the list of countries where women have most rights, where there is most eauality between genders.  There are problem, but lets solve them without blaming all Muslims, and without spreading lies.

Are you taking part in Visit My Mosque day? Share your stories

The Guardian World news: Islam - 4 February, 2017 - 21:30

More than 150 mosques will open their doors to non-Muslim visitors on Sunday. If you are attending we’d like to hear your experiences

Non-Muslims will have the chance to visit their local mosques on Sunday as more than 150 offer people the opportunity to ask questions about Islam and find out more about the faith.

Organisers of Visit My Mosque day are expecting thousands of people to take part, with many across the UK opening their doors and hoping visitors will want to show solidarity after Trump’s travel ban.

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Are Muslims Rapists?

Loon Watch - 4 February, 2017 - 14:43

Hatred against Jews and hatred against Muslims have a lot in common. One thing in particular is that throughout the history Jews and Muslims have been accused of being rapists. The Nazis in the 30s are well known for their claim that the Jewish men was seeking to rape “Aryan women and small girls” to “make Europe more Jewish”. The myth that all Jewish men are rapists is still being spread among antisemites. Today Muslims are victims of this slander as well.

Internet is filled with claims that Muslims rape women. The thinkthank close to President Donald Trump, Breitbart, is no exception to that. Breitbart often claims that Muslim men are sexual perverts that just want to rape women.

Milo Yiannopoulos, senior editor at Breitbart, stated;

Women will suffer terrible sexual atrocities at the hands of Muslims, but they will survive these encounters most of the time.  Muslims want to violate women, not kill them.”

A lie that is often repeated will be accepted as The “Truth” by many in the end. So too with the lies of Breitbart.”Muslim Rape Crisis“, “Muslim Rape Gang Leader“, “Muslim Gang Rapists are Springing Up Everywhere“, “Islamic Rape Gangs“, “Muslim Child Rape“, etc etc…

Jewish and Muslim Rapeculture

By now you might ask whether a Muslim never raped a woman? Of course there are individual Muslim rapists, as there are Jewish rapists, rapists among Trump supporters, among farmers, Americans, Christians, Russians, carpenters and stamp collectors.  But if you claim that Muslims, Jews, Trump supporters or Christians  are rapists you are spreading a dangerous lie. You are implying that ALL are criminals.

According to Breitbart there is a “Muslim Rape Culture“. The Nazis spread the same lies about Jews in the 30s, as Breitbart today, and claimed that there was such a thing as “Jewish Rape Culture”. Especially the German magazine Der Sturmer was famous for spreading these kinds of slanders.

In the picture below, from Der Sturmer,  you can see the satanic Jewish snake that is raping a woman, and in the background you can see the Talmud.

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The Nazis claimed that the Jewish Talmud allowed marriahes between adult men and children. It was claimed that Jews were pedophiles, and that it had its origin in the religion. If you wonder where the myth that all Muslims are pedophiles come from, or slanders about the prophet Mohammad and Aisha, you should look at the antisemitic roots of these slanders.

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Jewish Defamation of the Blood. That is the headline of this issue of Der Sturmer. In the bottom of the page it says that “The jews are our disgrace”.

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The Nazis took real rape, committed by individuals that happened to be Jews, and mixed with lies and fabricated stories about “rape”. The example below is from Der Sturmer 1927. According to the article an American Jew raped a German woman in Ohio. “Defamation of the Race in America” is the headline. The implied message is that “all Jews are like that”.

By claiming that Jews were rapists and by giving “evidence” about this the Nazis whipped up hatred against Jews in Germany. Truth was replaced by “alternative facts”.

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In the Nuremberg trials after World War 2 it was established that the lie that a “Jewish Rape Culture” existed was one of the crimes against humanity the Nazis committed. In Nuremberg this quote from Der Sturmer 1933 was put forward as one of the evidences of the Nazi crimes.

“One single cohabitation of a Jew with an Aryan woman is sufficient to poison her blood forever. Together with the alien albumen she has absorbed the alien soul…. Now we know why the Jew uses every artifice of seduction in order to ravish German girls at as early an age as possible; why the Jewish doctor rapes his patients while they were under anaesthetic. He wants the German girl and the German woman to absorb the alien sperm of the Jew. She is never again to bear German children… The author and abettor of such action is the Jew. He has been aware of the secrets of the race question for centuries, and therefore plans systematically the annihilation of the nations which are superior to him. Science and authorities are his instruments for the enforcing of pseudo-science and the concealment of truth.”(M-20).

But are Muslims rapists?

Of course no. The question is stupid. Are all Christian rapists? Are Americans rapists?

The lie is easy to expose. They claim that all people belonging to a group are guilty of real or invented crimes that a few persons in the group might, or might not, have committed. That is hatred, that is racism!

Canada Mourned The Victims Of Quebec City Massacre

Loon Watch - 3 February, 2017 - 23:33

Trump was silent while a whole nation to our north mourned an unprecedented Islamophobic massacre. Much respect to Canada.

via. France24

Nearly 5,000 mourners packed into a hockey arena in Montreal’s Olympic park for the funeral, while many more across Canada watched it on television.

For many in this mostly secular nation, the ceremony was their first glimpse of traditional Muslim funeral rites.

There were also prayers for the other three victims, who will be commemorated the next day in Quebec City.

Khaled Belkacemi, 60, and Abedlkrim Hassane, 41, both Algerian dual nationals, and Tunisian-born Aboubaker Thabti, 44, were shot dead, along with three other worshippers at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday.

“The pain is hard to express, it runs deep,” mourner Mohamed Lemdani told AFP.

“We are all family men who came to Canada to work and integrate into a multicultural society,” he said.

White flower wreaths were placed by the coffins, covered by the flags of the victims’ birth countries, where their bodies later would be transported for burial.

There has been an outpouring of support for Canada’s minority Muslim community in the wake of the attack, but also pockets of increased hate mongering.

At the funeral Catholics, Jews, Muslims and agnostics sat side by side, hugging each other and wiping away tears as verses of the Koran were read aloud.

“The whole nation has been shaken by this brutal and hateful attack, but in these dark moments our country has united and showed solidarity,” said Trudeau.

“(Say) no to violence, no to intimidation, racism and xenophobia,” said Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

To Canada’s 1.1 million-strong Muslim minority, he said: “Know that you are at home here.”

Hijra and the Black Muslim Experience

altmuslim - 3 February, 2017 - 21:07
Recent political developments in the U.S. have prompted many to reexamine the situation that Black people face. The routine extrajudicial killing of Black women and men by police has become increasingly visible. Expressions of white supremacist nativism have become more prominent in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign [victory and now presidency]. And, Black people’s socioeconomic prospects remain bleak. One response has been to advocate for Black American migration, invoking our collective memory of once common calls for repatriation and mass exodus.

Steve Bannon's Islamophobic film script just one example of anti-Muslim views

The Guardian World news: Islam - 3 February, 2017 - 19:47

The man who once imagined a ‘global war’ between ‘the Judeo-Christian west’ and ‘jihadist Islamic fascism’ is now Trump’s top adviser. Here’s a selection of anti-Muslim remarks he has made in the past

The emergence this week of a script for an Islamophobic film written a decade ago by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has drawn new attention to Bannon’s past statements about Islam, and to his view that “the Judeo-Christian west” is engaged in a “global war” against “jihadist Islamic fascism”.

Related: Steve Bannon's role in inner circle of Trump team raises fears of security crisis

The road to the establishment of an Islamic Republic in the United States starts slowly and subtly with the loss of the will to win. The road to this unique hell on earth is paved with the best intentions from our major institutions. This political/accommodation/appeasement approach is not simply a function of any one individual’s actions but lies at the heart of our most important cultural and political institutions.

We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, and people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs against but to fight for our beliefs this this new barbarity that’s starting, uh that we will literally eradicate everything we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000 and 2,500 years.

It’s a very unpleasant topic. But we are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism. And this war is, is, I think metastasizing, almost far quicker than governments can handle it … We have Boko Haram and other groups that will eventually partner with Isis in this global war. And it is unfortunately something that we’re going to have to face, and we’re going to have to face very quickly.

I think the discussion of, you know, can we put a cap on wealth creation and distribution – it’s something that should be at the heart of every Christian that is a capitalist. Is, what is the purpose I’m doing with this wealth. What is the purpose I’m doing with the ability that god has given us and that divine providence has given us to actually be a creator of jobs and a creator of wealth. I think it behooves all us to really take a hard look and make sure that we are reinvesting that back into positive things, but also to make sure that we understand that we’re at the very beginning stages of a global conflict, and that if we do not bind together with other countries that this conflict is only going to metastasize.

They have a Twitter account today, Isis does, about turning the United States into a river of blood if it comes in and tries to defend the city of Baghdad. And trust me, that is going to come to Europe. That is going to come to central Europe, it is going to come to western Europe, and it’s going to come to the United Kingdom. And so, I think that we are in a crisis, like I said a crisis of capitalism, really the underpinnings of capitalism. And on top of that we’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism.

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I believe the world, and particularly the Judeo-Christian west, is in a crisis, and it’s really the organizing principle of how we built Breitbart News to really be a platform to bring news and information to people throughout the world, principally in the west but we’re expanding internationally, to let people understand the depths of this crisis. And it is a crisis both of capitalism but really of the underpinnings of the Judeo-Christian west and our beliefs.

It’s ironic I think that we’re talking today, at exactly, uh, tomorrow, 100 years ago, at the exact moment we’re talking, uh, the assassination took place in Sarajevo, um, of uh Archduke Franz, uh, Ferdinand, um, that uh led to really the end of the Victorian era and the beginning of the bloodiest century in mankind’s history.

Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission. Islam means submit. I mean, the whole thing, it’s just categorically, he’s – Avi, he is the epitome, he’s the Republican version – not a conservative – he’s a Republican establishment, country club version of the Clintons. That’s all they are. It’s a it’s it’s a it’s a – it’s the baby boomer, narcissistic, he wants to feel loved.

You believe that not only we’re at war, but we have to prosecute this as a war, and we have to take care of this fifth column – there’s clearly a fifth column here in the United States – that needs to be dealt with immediately?

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Canadians form 'rings of peace' around mosques after Quebec shooting

The Guardian World news: Islam - 3 February, 2017 - 19:46
  • Gunman shot dead six worshippers at Quebec mosque last week
  • Non-Muslims act as ‘human shields’ in Toronto, Edmonton and St John’s

Hundreds across Canada gathered around mosques to form protective barriers – described by organisers as “human shields” and “rings of peace” – as Muslims in the country marked their first Friday prayers since a gunman shot dead six men who were praying at a Quebec mosque.

“No Canadian should be afraid to go to their house of worship to pray,” Yael Splansky, the rabbi behind the effort to set up “rings of peace” around Toronto mosques told the Canadian Press. “It’s a terrifying scene. Imagine people of faith going to pray in peace, to pray for peace, and to be at risk. Houses of worship are sacred and must be protected.”

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Part of Jewish solidarity line around mosque while Muslims pray inside. #ringsofpeace #to #ringofpeace pic.twitter.com/tR2VNfY6Aj

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