Three people, including 13-year-old girl, found guilty of ‘brutal’ hate attack against Muslim women in Eltham

Three people, including a 13-year-old girl, have been found guilty after a “brutal” hate attack against two Muslim women in Eltham.

The trio, and another woman who has yet to be identified, punched the Muslim mum and daughter in the face, pulled their hair, and tried to rip off the mum’s headscarf.

They only stopped and fled once a passing ambulance was flagged down and the crew went to help the panicked pair.

Paul Anderson, 37, of Sevenoaks Road near Brockley, Joanna Farrer, 38, of William Barefoot Drive, Eltham, and a girl aged 13 were found guilty of religiously aggravated assault.

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Muslim woman’s hijab ripped off, assaulted in US


WASHINGTON: A Muslim woman’s hijab was allegedly ripped off in the US by a man who she claimed beat her “like an animal” and repeatedly stepped on her head, prompting calls for a hate crime probe.

The woman from Milwaukee was attacked as she walked home from prayer.

Milwaukee police told FOX6 News they were investigating the crime.

The incident happened on Monday and the victim was released from the hospital a day later.

“I said to myself, ‘I am going to die today for sure.’ So he gets up from the car and told me to come here,” said the woman who was attacked.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said a car pulled up alongside her.

One man came from a car. That man wanted only one thing – to remove the woman’s hijab, or headscarf, she said.

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Poland, New Player in Islamophobia Game


WARSAW, Apr 8 2017 (IPS) – Ameer Alkhawlany moved to Poland in September 2014 to pursue a Master’s in biology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland’s second largest city. Two years later, the Polish state awarded him a scholarship to complete a PhD in the same faculty.

Pawel Koteja, his professor at the institute, told Polish media that Alkhawlany was “very committed to his scientific research, to which he dedicated a lot of time and effort, and was determined to pursue an academic career.”

According to activists in contact with Alkhawlany, the student had an uneventful life in Poland until last summer, when he was allegedly approached by Poland’s secret services (ABW) with the offer to inform on Muslims residing in Poland. He would have to report back from mosques and actively seek out contact with specific people.

Alkhawlany refused. He said he was an atheist so he didn’t attend religious services and that some of the people he was asked to contact were from non-Arabic speaking countries so he might not have a common language with them.
In July, when the man was allegedly approached by ABW, Krakow was hosting the annual Catholic ‘World Youth Day’, attended by the Pope and an estimated three million people. Polish authorities were tightening security.

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You Can’t Opt Out At Islamophobia


When I travel, passport checks and security don’t phase me, armed police pay me no attention and no matter where I’m going, the worst I’ll face is a bored employee longing to finish their shift. I do as I’m told. Shoes off, electronic devices in the box. I’m polite and don’t cause any disruption. So why shouldn’t it be like this? The point is it should be, but not just for you.

Last year I travelled with my friend in Europe. We went to France, Denmark and Belgium. Admired the art, loved the landmarks and relished the idea of a city as clean as Copenhagen.

As we progressed through the queues, checks and controls, we followed the rules. Our attitude the same, the only difference being the place of birth on our passports. Stepping into the air with the automatic doors sliding closed behind us, he breathed a sigh of relief, ‘Well that’s never been so easy. Is that what it’s like to travel when you’re white?’ and as he joked it hit me. Yes, yes it is.

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Anti-Muslim, Anti-Refugee Rhetoric Poses a Big Threat to Our Communities


Wednesday saw a significant blow to the Trump administration’s attempts to institute a Muslim ban. A Federal Judge in Hawaii struck down a revised travel ban, saying it was driven by “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” as evidenced by comments made by the administration and Trump himself. As a Somali-American living and working in a large refugee community, this animus has long been apparent and has deeply affected me and those in my community.
Since the launch of his presidential campaign two years ago, Donald Trump seemed to have a particularly virulent animus toward us Somalis. In stops in Minneapolis, and Lewiston, all home to large Somali refugee populations, he referred to Somalis as a “disaster” to the communities they moved to, as a dangerous threat to their neighbors, and as potential terrorists. This was underscored by repeated calls to prevent Muslims from entering the country, warnings of the dangers of Muslim refugees, and denunciations of Islam as an enemy of America.  Many in our community called it hate.
Why does he hate us” was an often repeated question.

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Fuchs to discuss hate on campus during town hall


UF President Kent Fuchs will hold a town hall meeting today at 6 p.m. in Emerson Hall to gauge students’ opinions about racially charged incidents on campus.

At a Board of Trustees meeting Friday, Fuchs spoke of the challenges of defending free speech while denouncing acts of hate on campus. He spent about 10 minutes discussing recent racially charged incidents on campus, such as a noose found in a Weimer Hall classroom and a man with a swastika on his sleeve on Turlington Plaza.

Most recently, anti-Muslim graffiti was found in McCarty Hall B on Thursday, he said.

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