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

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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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Muslim woman attacked in possible hate crime

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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.

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

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“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.

US Muslim Congresswoman Condemns “Anti-Muslim” Poster Linking Her To 9/11

Ilhan Omar said the “anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist” encouraged threats of violence against her, the BBC reported on Monday

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WASHINGTON: US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has condemned a poster linking her to the 9/11 attacks displayed at a Republican stall in the West Virginia legislature.

She said the “anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist” encouraged threats of violence against her, the BBC reported on Monday

West Virginia Republicans said they did not support hate speech and had told the exhibitor to remove the poster.

Omar was elected last November, one of the first two Muslim women to have been elected to the US Congress.

The poster at Friday’s West Virginia Republican Day in the state legislature in the town of Charleston showed her and the burning twin towers in New York alongside the words: “Never forget – you said. I am the proof – you have forgotten.”

In response, Omar said the image showed why she was the target of threats.

“No wonder I am on the ‘hitlist’ of a domestic terrorist and ‘Assassinate Ilhan Omar’ is written on my local gas stations,” she said.

“Look no further, the GOP’s (Republican) anti-Muslim display likening me to a terrorist rocks in state capitols and no one is condemning them.”

Omar’s mention of a hitlist appears to refer to an alleged plot by a self-proclaimed white nationalist. Christopher Paul Hasson had a cache of weapons and a list of targets including Ms Omar and other prominent Democratic politicians.

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