It’s been 16 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, but America’s fight against terrorism doesn’t appear to be dissipating whatsoever––and innocent civilians are paying the ultimate price as a result.
In a report released Thursday, the Pentagon claimed U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have “unintentionally” killed 801 civilians since the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) began in August 2014, but independent observers and human rights groups say the number is far higher.
Number of crimes and incidents aimed at Muslims jumped from 21 in 2016 to 42 so far this year
he number of police-reported hate crimes or hateful incidents targeting Muslim people or institutions doubled in the last year, according to Quebec City Police Chief Robert Pigeon.
Looking back on the first year of his tenure, Pigeon told reporters Tuesday so far this year, there has been a total of 71 hateful incidents in the Quebec City area, of which 42 targeted Muslims. In 2016, there were 57 in all, 21 aimed at Muslims.
He said of those cases targeting Muslims, 14, or 66 per cent, led to an arrest or were resolved in 2016, while only 10 of this year’s 42, just 23 per cent, have been closed so far.
Tuesday’s news conference is one of the few times Pigeon has spoken with the media about the rise in hate crimes following the Jan. 29 mosque shooting that killed six men.
Transit police are investigating after a 17-year-old Muslim girl says she was verbally and physically assaulted on a Vancouver train because of her faith.
In a Facebook post published on Tuesday, the teen described boarding a Canada Line train at Waterfront Station on her way home from work Monday evening.
Just before 10 p.m., the girl said she sat down on the train when an unknown man approached her and began yelling profanities at her. The stranger allegedly threatened to kill her and all Muslims.
Meanwhile, the White House is ignoring the rising threat to Muslim communities.
A man in Jacksonville, Florida was arrested Friday for planning a mass-shooting at a local Islamic center, in the latest case of domestic extremism targeting Muslims.
Bernandino Bolatete, 69, allegedly planned to “shoot up” the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, authorities stated on Monday. Bolatete, who is currently being held by the FBI, reportedly expressed “strong anti-Islamic sentiment” according to a tip received in October by Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams’ office. Following the tip, an undercover detective reached out to Bolatete to earn his trust.
“I just want to give these freaking people a taste of their own medicine, you know,” Bolatete allegedly told the detective, referring to Muslims. He claimed he owned five guns, including at least one AR-15, and reportedly planned to attack the mosque in revenge for extremist attacks in the news.
LONDON: A security guard who told a Muslim woman to remove her hijab at a McDonald’s restaurant in London has been suspended.
The fast food chain confirmed on Tuesday that the man, who is employed by a third party, was suspended pending an ‘internal investigation’ into his behavior.
The young Muslim woman filmed the security guard blocking her path to the counter and telling her: “It’s just a matter of taking it off” at a branch in the Seven Sisters London suburb on Friday.
The Muslim woman told the McDonald’s security guard: “It’s not just a matter of taking it off. I wear it for religious reasons and I’m not ashamed of it. And I will stand in line and I will get the food that I want because this isn’t OK.
A Brooklyn woman will spend six months on Rikers Island for attacking two Muslim women, authorities said.
Emirjeta Xhelili, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday to assault as a hate crime for trying to rip hijabs — traditional head coverings — off two women walking with their children in Bath Beach.
Xhelili screeched “get the f–k out of America, b—–s” and “this is America, you shouldn’t be different from us,” during the Sept. 2016 attack.
A North Carolina man is accused of committing a “sex act” with a copy of the Quran while serving time in jail.
Jonathan Ross Compton, 35, was charged with ethnic intimidation on Friday at 4 a.m., according to jail records. The incident occurred around 2 a.m. while Compton was in Gaston County Jail on a felony charge for failing to appear, the Charlotte Observer reported.
Abdur Abdulkhafid, a Muslim, was being held in the same jail cell when Compton ejaculated into his copy of the Quran, jail officials said. After conducting the lewd act on the religious text of Islam, Compton called 39-year-old Abdulkhafid a racial slur, officials said. Jail policies allow inmates to carry religious texts with them in their cells.
Abdulkhafid was brought into the county jail and booked November 2 on charges of violating a domestic violence protection order and simple assault, reported the Gaston Gazette.