Trump issues Ramadan statement, makes it mostly about terrorism

  • Trump issued a statement Friday wishing Muslims a “joyful Ramadan,” but apparently could not resist peppering it with repeated references to terrorism.
  • “This year, [Ramadan] begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt,” Trump wrote. “America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it.”
  • Trump’s statement veers sharply between well wishes for the holiday and tough talk aimed at terrorists and their backers. Read more (5/26/17)

Michigan official asks people to “kill every last Muslim” on Facebook — and won’t apologize for it

  • A Michigan politician is facing backlash for refusing to apologize for a Facebook post that urged people to “kill every last Muslim,” the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.
  • Jeff Sieting, village president of Kalkaska, a small Michigan town about 230 miles northwest of Detroit, posted a lengthy anti-Muslim Facebook status in November. 
  • The post said Islam was a “death cult,” and called on non-Muslims to “kill every last Muslim, burn every last copy of their satanic book, burn every last mosque to the ground.” The post also said the only “answer” to terrorism is to nuke the two holiest Islamic cities — Mecca and Medina — and 10 of the largest Muslim-majority cities.
  • The post was found by Kalkaska native Cindy Anderson. Anderson and other constituents asked Sieting to apologize, but he refused, and now, his constituents are looking to remove him from office. Read more (7/13/17)

One dead, 10 injured, suspect arrested after van drives into pedestrians leaving London mosque

  • An incident involving a white van that plowed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning is now being investigated as an act of terrorism, London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said in a statement.
  • One man has died and at least 10 people have been injured in connection to the attack, the BBC reported. 
  • One suspect — a 48-year-old man whose identity has not yet been released — has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Read more (6/19/17 9 AM)

‘Daily Mail’, other media outlets criticized for victim-blaming Muslims for Finsbury Park attack

  • On Sunday night, a white van rammed into pedestrians leaving London’s Finsbury Park Mosque after “taraweeh,” or nightly Ramadan prayers. 
  • Media outlets began reporting on the incident as more details emerged.
  • In some publications, like the Daily Mail Online, reporters went so far as to link the attack on the mosque with a radical cleric who used to preach there. Read more (6/19/17)

Another incident of terrorism against Muslims that failed to be widely reported!

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British Muslims reported suspects to authorities in London and Manchester

  • British Muslims reportedly notified the anti-terrorism police concerning the suspects in the London Bridge attack and the Manchester bombing, according to recent reports.
  • Neighbors and ex-friends of the attackers in London told members of the press that they had contacted law enforcement multiple times about one of the alleged attacker’s extremist views, BuzzFeed U.K. reported.
  • An unidentified man, who said he is a former friend of one of the suspects in the London attack, told BBC Asian Network that he notified police through their anti-terror hotline after hearing several comments about past terrorism attacks. 
  • He reportedly said that the anti-terror police failed to take action after his report. Read more (6/6/17)

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