As the founder of the anti-Muslim hate monitoring and support service, Tell MAMA, the report of the Home Affairs Select Committee on social media companies and their inaction to remove extremist and illegal material is a breath of fresh air and a vindication for many of us who for years have been brushed aside by the arrogance of social media corporations and their public relations teams. For years we highlighted how their platforms have been used to humiliate people because of their identities and to promote extremism, as well as anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred. The response from social media companies like Google, Twitter and You Tube in particular, has been bluster, public relations spin and media lines that have done nothing to help victims who have suffered so much on their platforms.
Police have charged one man after Ottawa’s central mosque on Northwestern Avenue and the Islam Care Centre were hit by vandalism this week.
The suspect turned himself in to police after calling them Wednesday to report the vandalism, police said Friday.
Investigators were able to confirm that windows were broken at both the mosque and care centre and then arrested the man. Police allege that the man assaulted one of the arresting officers.
Lackawanna, NY (WKBW) – Several agencies, including the Lackawanna Police Department, are investigating a fire that displaced four families this past weekend. The fire is believed to be suspicious and may have been set intentionally.
The fire burned a home on Ingham Street, Saturday morning. The four families who lived there are Muslim.
Several people suffered from smoke inhalation and injuries from jumping out a second story window. Police are investigating to see if the fire was intentionally set.
The FBI is monitoring the investigation in case the fire turns out to be a hate crime.
The founder of Western New York Muslims is praising police for their work, and says it’s vital to see how and why this fire started.
“It could be a tactic. It could be mischief. But, it is the thinking behind that. We have to say who would do that, why would they would do that and why would they target such a place,” said Faizan Haq.
The Erie County Sheriff’s office is helping with the investigation. They hope to know by the end of the week whether or not this was arson.
Calgary police believe the owners of an SUV found covered in hateful and anti-Muslim graffiti in Rundle Thursday were targeted based on their ethnicity.
Early Thursday morning, a grey Infiniti SUV parked in the 2200 block of 48 St. N.W. was sprayed with racist phrases mentioning Islam and people from the Middle East, police said in a release Friday.
The vehicle was also scratched with a key and the windows were smashed.
Senior Const. Craig Collins, hate crimes coordinator with the Calgary Police Service, said it is believed the owners of the SUV — a Syrian family who live at the house where the vehicle was parked — were the targets of the graffiti and investigators are treating the incident as a hate crime.
A 13-year-old girl was among three people found guilty of a “brutal” race hate attack on two Muslim women.
Paul Anderson, 37, Joanna Farrer, 38, and the girl were convicted at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday of religiously aggravated actual bodily harm.
The victims, a mother and daughter, were punched and kicked repeatedly during the attack in Eltham last May.
Anderson, of Sevenoaks, was jailed for three years. Farrer, of Eltham, and the girl will be sentenced at a later date.
The court heard the attack, on 5 May, started when the younger victim had an altercation with the teenager, then aged 12, as she and a boy crossed Middle Park Avenue in Eltham, south east London, in front of her car.
In 2016, 91 mosques were attacked across Germany, where a significant increase in anti-Muslim violence was also seen.
Experts claim that European far-right groups have picked Muslims as the new scapegoat, in addition to their anti-Semitic sentiments, violently targeting Muslim communities across European cities. Reports also suggest that hate crimes against Muslims across European states have significantly increased.
The intensified far-right populist political rhetoric has been the new specter haunting European society’s core liberal democratic values, with Muslims designated as the new scapegoats, leading to an exclusionary and discriminatory atmosphere on the continent. Experts have suggested that European society has chosen Muslims as the new Jews, shifting from anti-Semitism to a new anti-Muslim stance.
We can’t tackle Islamophobia without Muslims.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Tuesday to address the rise in hate crimes against minorities, but they left out a critical group.
There was no Muslim on the panel, titled “Responses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes,” to address the rise in Islamophobia against the Muslim community.
The panel included Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, to discuss increasing anti-Semitism, and Dr. Prabhjot Singh, a medical doctor, to describe the rise of hate and violence against the Sikh community. Other panelists included Vanita Gupta, the incoming president and CEO of the Leadership Conference For Civil And Human Rights, and Will D. Johnson, the chief of police of Arlington, Texas.