A Polish born Britain First supporter tried to drive his van into a Asian restaurant boss, just hours after telling police: “I’m going to kill a Muslim, I’m doing this for Britain.”
Marek Zakrocki, gave a Nazi salute and shouted “white power” as he drove at Kamal Ahmed, just days after the Finsbury Park terror attack in June.
The 48-year-old missed his target however but smashed into the window of the Spicy Nights restaurant in Harrow.
Just hours earlier Zakrocki had consumed two bottles of wine before getting into an argument with his wife and assaulting her at their nearby home.
Another blow to the company’s credibility
In a blow to Twitter’s credibility, the company retracted its previous explanation for why it did not remove tweets that included graphic anti-Muslim videos that were retweeted this week by President Donald Trump. “We mistakenly pointed to the wrong reason we didn’t take action on the videos from earlier this week,” CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Friday. “We’re still looking critically at all of our current policies, and appreciate all the feedback.”
In the wake of recent attacks on places of worship around the country, police in Delaware County, Pennsylvania hope to track down a man who placed hate-filled and threatening signs around a mosque and Islamic learning center before he might escalate to violence.
“I don’t know what the potential of this individual is but he certainly, in my opinion, has some significant mental health issues,” Upper Darby Police Chief Michael Chitwood said. “…The message he’s sending is a strong hatred, violent message.”
KALKASKA, Mich. — An official in northern Michigan plans to challenge the approval of a recall petition levied against him after he refused to apologize for sharing anti-Muslim Facebook posts.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that members of the Kalkaska County Election Commission on Friday unanimously approved the proposed recall language targeting Kalkaska Village President Jeff Sieting.
A village resident filed the petition. It alleges Sieting voted to approve a budget that had a $500,000 deficit and raised concerns about his social media activities.
Sieting says the budget doesn’t contain a deficit and that the village fund balance would cover the shortfall. He says the Facebook posts were taken from his personal Facebook account with the intent to cause damage to him. He also questioned why he needed to issue an apology.
‘The growth among Twitter accounts and websites spreading anti-Muslim hate is alarming’
Online anonymous bots are helping to spread and amplify Islamophobia, a new study has found.
Researchers from non-profit organisation Hope not Hate monitored several anti-Muslim figures and blogs to see how they used bots, image manipulation and fake news were used to increase the size of their audiences.
One example who benefited from fake accounts was Pamela Geller, whose views were found to be automatically propagated on Twitter by 102 bots.
Her blog, the Geller Report, reportedly doubled its monthly audience to two million viewers between July and October.
Patrik Hermansson, researcher for Hope not Hate, told The Guardian: “The growth among Twitter accounts and websites spreading anti-Muslim hate is alarming. In such a key area of public interest, it is an indication of increased interest in these views and, as each account or site grows, more people are exposed to deeply prejudiced anti-Muslim views.”
Film would contravene library policy against promoting discrimination, councillor says
The screening of an anti-Islam film at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library has been cancelled after an e-mail campaign by residents who argued it would violate the library’s own policies around hate speech.
Coun. Catherine McKenney, a library board member, said she raised concerns about the film after being contacted by residents.
“If you look at the content of what was going to be shown, it really does go against our policy,” she said. “We will not rent space to groups that promote discrimination against others and this [screening] clearly contravened that.”
A Swedish politician is under fire after denying the humanity of Muslims, local media reported on Sunday.
“Muslims are not completely human,” Martin Strid, a board member for the Sweden Democrats, said on the “Forum” program on Swedish state television SVT.
Some prominent Swedish politicians took exception to his remarks.
Liberal Party leader Jan Bjorklund blasted Martin, describing his remarks as “racist”.
On Twitter, Annie Loof, leader of the Center Party, also criticized the comments as “racism”.
Jonas Sjostedt, leader of the Left Party, also branded the remarks “raw racism”.
Meanwhile, a group of Muslims in the eastern city of Norrkoping filed a criminal complaint against Strid, accusing him of “spreading hatred”.
The Sweden Democrats have 49 seats in the nation’s 349-seat parliament.