Mass funerals in Yemen for children killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes

17 civilians, including 9 children were among the dead after last week’s strikes


Hundreds of mourners in northern Yemen buried 17 civilians, including nine children, killed in air strikes last week as Western pressure increased on the warring parties to end the devastating four-year war.

A Saudi-led coalition backing the internationally recognized government has been providing air support to tribes in Hajjah province battling the Iran-backed Houthi group. Last week, air strikes on Kushar district killed 10 women and 12 children and wounded 30 people, including 14 under the age of 18.

The coalition blamed the deaths on shelling by Houthi fighters that struck the houses of tribesmen.

Many of those killed and wounded were transported to the Houthi-held capital Sanaa. On Thursday, mourners carried wooden coffins, painted green, to the Grand Mosque for prayers.

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U.S. Airstrikes In Somalia May Amount To War Crimes, Says Rights Group


The United States may have committed war crimes as it bombed al-Shabab militants in Somalia, a new report Amnesty International alleges.

Researchers for the human rights group investigated five U.S. airstrikes and found that they had resulted in 14 civilian deaths. The U.S. has “indiscriminately killed some of these civilians,” Abdullahi Hassan, a Nairobi-based researcher for Amnesty, said in an interview.

Hassan says researchers first pinpointed where the strikes had taken place and then tried to find family members, witnesses and medical professionals who had information about who had been killed.

They found that the airstrikes killed farmers, women and an eight-year-old girl, whom the group assessed had no ties to al-Shabab.

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‘Do people hate us?’: Muslim family’s car graffitied with swastika


A Muslim family has been the target of a shocking hate crime in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The Hassan family’s car was spray painted with swastikas and insults overnight, including the words “Muslim” and “dogs”.

Mariam Hassan said she and her 11-month-old son were asleep inside their Clarkson home when the car was vandalised.

“We have no idea who did it,” she said.

“Do people hate us? It’s so upsetting.”

The Hassan family believe the offender struck some time between two and four o’clock this morning.

It wasn’t until Mrs Hassan’s husband woke up to prepare a bottle for their son, that they saw the damage.

“It’s scary,” she said.

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Muslim woman attacked in possible hate crime


A stranger allegedly attacked a Muslim woman in Brooklyn — repeatedly kicking her and trying to trip her — in what police are eyeing as a possible hate crime, authorities said.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the assault, which happened around 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Avenue H in Flatbush.

The stranger approached the 41-year-old woman, who was wearing traditional Muslim clothing, including a hijab, police said. Without uttering a word, the man kicked at her feet in an alleged attempt to trip her. When that was unsuccessful, he kicked her in the right shin, cops said.

She was treated by medics at the scene.

Meanwhile, investigators are still looking for the suspect, who fled west on Avenue H after the attack.

Police described him as a white man with an average build, approximately 5 feet 7 and 20 to 25 years old. He was wearing a dark jacket with light sleeves.

Leader of Nigel Farage’s party resigns over anti-Islam messages

Catherine Blaiklock sent racist posts and retweeted those of far-right figures before joining Brexit party


The leader of the new pro-Brexit party backed by Nigel Farage abruptly resigned on Wednesday after the Guardian asked her about a series of deleted anti-Islam Twitter messages sent before she took on the role.

Catherine Blaiklock, the leader of the Brexit party, repeatedly retweeted posts from far-right figures as well as sending her own messages. Among the messages she shared was one by Mark Collett, a former British National party (BNP) activist, referring to “white genocide”.

The term is often used in extreme rightwing and racist online activism of the sort seen as having inspired the terrorist who killed 50 people last week at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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CAIR-NJ Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Verbal Abuse Targeting Muslim Woman in Front of Her House in Jersey City

CAIR-NJ Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Verbal Abuse Targeting Muslim Woman in Front of Her House in Jersey City

The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for a hate crime investigation of an incident in which a woman verbally-abused a Muslim woman who was wearing and Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

On February 15, a Muslim woman who wishes to not to be identified captured video of another woman, who was blocking her driveway, yelling at her to “Go back to your f***ing country.”

The woman, who was wearing a sweatshirt branded with a nearby school’s name, was cursing at the resident for filming her.

SEE: Woman who wears hijab told to ‘go back to your f****** country’ in incident caught on video

“Hateful acts of verbal abuse such as those allegedly carried out in Jersey City in February should not be tolerated,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “We expect local law enforcement to conduct a full investigation and determine the appropriate action. Unfortunately, we are once again reminded of the poisonous political atmosphere that divides this country along religious and ethnic lines.”

In a published report, CAIR noted a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since Trump took office.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.