‘Jews Against Fascism’ Burn Anti-Muslim Election Propaganda

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Political lobby group Jews Against Fascism burned anti-Muslim election propaganda, authorised by the Australian Liberty Alliance, in a video uploaded to Facebook on November 24.

The right-wing Australian Liberty Alliance’s manifesto lists “Islamisation” and “integration” as key policies.

Controversial right-wing figure Avi Yemini, who identifies as an “Ozraeli” and is Jewish, is standing as a candidate for election for the seat of Southern Metropolitan Region. His Facebook page focuses mainly on anti-Muslim rhetoric, with posts such as: “Islam is not merely a religion, it is a totalitarian ideology with global aspirations. Islam uses the religious element as a means to project itself onto non-Islamic societies, which is manifest in the historical and ongoing expansion of Islam.”

Yemini also shared the placard-burning video to his page, writing: “Let the triggering begin.” Credit: Jews Against Fascism via Storyful

Sinclair Broadcasts Defense Of Far-Right Conspiracy Theorist Laura Loomer

Loomer was recently banned from Twitter for promoting hateful anti-Muslim views.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns local news stations that reach a collective 40 percent of Americans, rolled out a “must-run” segment Wednesday morning that defended a far-right conspiracy theorist.

The segment, by former Trump campaign senior adviser Boris Epshteyn, blasted Twitter for banning Laura Loomer last week for promoting hate, Media Matters first reported. Loomer, an anti-Muslim extremist who had around 260,000 followers on the site, would use the platform to claim without evidence that Sharia law had gone into effect in places like Michigan.

In his segment, Epshteyn defended the tweet that finally got Loomer kicked off Twitter ― an attack on Muslim Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Omar had condemned the “evil doings” of Israel in a 2012 tweet, writing, “Israel has hypnotized the world.” The message, as Omar explained more fully during her campaign, was a criticism of the nation of Israel and its violent conflict with neighboring Palestine, not of Jewish people.

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Calgary hair salon undeterred by offensive graffiti

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Karizma Hair Salon has been at the same northeast Calgary location for 14 years, and staff say they’ve never had any issues until this week.

On Tuesday, an employee discovered graffiti spray painted on the side door of the salon, shocking the entire staff.

“Go Home Dirty Muslims,” was crudely written in black spray paint.

“Really horrible,” owner of Karizma, Adam Zeinab, said. “It’s an insult.”

Several employees of the salon are of the Muslim faith and say they have no idea who would have vandalized the business.

They immediately called police, who said they weren’t as shocked to see the graffiti.

“We do see more instances than I’d like to admit to, unfortunately, it’s on the increase,” Calgary police hate crimes coordinator Craig Collins said.

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Framingham probes hate letters sent to Muslim student at Hemenway Elementary

“It is not lost on me the harm these letters have caused the family and the greater Muslim community,” said Superintendent Robert Tremblay in a statement.

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FRAMINGHAM – Jamaal Siddiqui described his usually cheerful 10-year-old niece, who is Muslim, as “quiet” after she received two hate notes in her cubby at Hemenway Elementary School – one calling her a terrorist and the other threatening to kill her.

“That’s more alarming for us because she’s not like that. She’s upbeat, she’s always outside playing in the cold, and she’s refraining from doing that because she’s scared. And she has all the right to be scared,” Siddiqui said Wednesday morning.

Police are investigating a possible hate crime at the Water Street school, after Siddiqui’s niece reported receiving hateful and threatening letters, school officials said. Schools Superintendent Robert Tremblay said the first letter was found on Friday and the second on Monday, both were placed in the student’s storage bin. Tremblay described the most recent message as “threatening harm,” calling the messages “unacceptable and unwelcome in our community.”

“This is not a Framingham problem. This is not a Hemenway problem. This is a pervasive problem around hate that we have to take a stand on and address,” Tremblay said during a press conference in front of the school on Wednesday morning. “We are investigating this, we are taking this very, very seriously. We don’t imagine that this is an imminent danger to the school, safety is our priority and we’re going to continue to make that our priority.”

Since the letters surfaced, the district’s Interfaith Advisory Committee, Tremblay, and school safety officials met with the family to give them an update on the investigation and next steps. Tremblay said the first priority is finding who is responsible for the letters and making sure the victim feels safe.

“I honestly am heartbroken. This is not just a one and done. This is something we live every single day with every single student, trying to make them feel respected and included,” Principal Elizabeth Simon said.

Hate crimes in the U.S. increased about 17 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to data released by the FBI on Tuesday. The report found that religion comprised 20.6 percent of all single-bias incidents. A hate crime is defined under federal law as a crime that targets a person because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender.

In April, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a report that found a 17 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents nationwide in 2017 compared to 2016. This was accompanied by a 15 percent increase in hate crimes targeting American Muslims over the same period.

Sumaiya Zama, the director of Community Advocacy and Education at CAIR’s Massachusetts chapter, is acting as an advocate for the family and said she’s aware of an increase in such incidents.

“Through my work on the ground and with the community, I have noticed an uptick in identity-based incidents that involve young Muslims. We need to pay close attention to this,” said Zama.

Siddiqui said he and his wife grew up in Framingham and feel close to the city, calling the incident something “you don’t expect to happen in your own backyard.” He said he was appreciative of how the district is handling the incident so far.

“There’s still a long ways to go. But we know the school and the school board are doing the best that they can, but it doesn’t mean we’re taking this lightly in any way. We need a resolution as soon as possible,” said Siddiqui.

The district will also conduct an internal investigation by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Development.