Category: Community News

Why white nationalist terrorism is a global threat

He seems to have been a classic “lone wolf”. As far as police can tell, the man who murdered 50 worshippers, and critically wounded nine more, at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15th was not part of any organisation. The 28-year-old Australian, Brenton Tarrant, claimed to have developed his violent beliefs on his own, surfing the internet and visiting Europe. He bought his weapons himself. He honed his skills at a suburban shooting-range. No one there suspected that he was preparing a massacre. Yet he was part of something much bigger….more: economist

New Zealand: A Muslim Child Care Center Was in the Way of the Terrorist

Image result for atlas…There are several other targets within Christchurch that Tarrant may have considered while plotting his alleged crime. There are two Halal food outlets – a butchery and a supermarket – in the vicinity of the immobilised car. The most chilling possible target en route to Ashburton is the An-Nur Child Care Centre on Springs Road in Hornby in the city’s far west. The Centre is described as “the only Islamic early learning service in Christchurch”…. more: newshub

Statement From the HCC President: Diversity & Inclusion

Image result for hcc college, holyoke maDear HCC students, faculty and staff,

Once again, a stunned community is burying its dead while the world tries to make sense of the senseless. The horrific attacks on Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand has been felt around the globe, and certainly here in Western Massachusetts.

To the Muslim members of our community, I extend my deepest sympathy. My heart is filled with sorrow by this unfathomable act of hatred. For those who are struggling and in need of support during this difficult time, please know that resources are available.

To all members of our community: We must be the change we wish to see in our world. I urge you to join me in redoubling our efforts to combat Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia, and bigotry in all its forms. Let’s dedicate ourselves to living our values of kindness, inclusion and trust, and to building a community where all feel safe and welcome; where diversity is celebrated, and hatred and prejudice have no place.

To all members of our community: We must be the change we wish to see in our world. I urge you to join me in redoubling our efforts to combat Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia, and bigotry in all its forms. Let’s dedicate ourselves to living our values of kindness, inclusion and trust, and to building a community where all feel safe and welcome; where diversity is celebrated, and hatred and prejudice have no place.

 

Christina Royal, Ph.D.

President

Holyoke Community College

“Remove Kebab” is The Terrorist Back Ground Song At the Time Of Twin Terrorist At Christchurch, New Zealand

Is “Remove Kebab” internet meme a reference to the massacre of Bosnian by Serbian?

Yes and no. ‘Kebab’ is a satirical ethno-religious slur used to refer to Muslims in general. Since the meme supposedly originated in Serbia, it used to refer to Turks, Bosniaks and, to a lesser extent, Albanians.The kebab meme is linked to a video filmed by Bosnian Serbs during the Bosnian War called ‘God is a Serb’ and colloquially referred to as ‘Serbia stronk’. The lyrics are devoutly anti-Bosniak and anti-Croat and praise Radovan Karadžić and his ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. The ‘remove kebab’ meme is now a common sight on the  Polandball comics used as a discreet way of condoning the murder or removal of Muslims….more:  quora – steamcommunity 

Heart Attacks Affect the Families of Victims of the New Zealand Terrorist Attack

Yasser Mohammed, a family friend, said Darwish’s mother arrived from Jordan on Friday (March 22nd). “She came yesterday to attend the funeral, and she died this morning as a result of her inability to endure the grief and grief caused by the loss of her son.” “They have another son who lives here,” he said. “They are trying to take the body back to Jordan.” Suad Adwan is one of the relatives of the victims of the massacre who suffered heart attacks in the days that followed…more:  translate beirutobserver.com

As the Christchurch shootings unfolded, I knew I had to quit my job at Sky News

A smiling woman on a bridge…I realised pretty quickly though that the Sky News I worked on wasn’t focused on reporting facts and informing the public. Rather, conservative media commentators came together with current and former right-wing politicians, disseminating misinformation which bordered on conspiracies.I compromised my values and beliefs to stand idly by as I watched commentators and pundits instil more and more fear into their viewers….MORE:ABC

Is right-wing terrorism on the rise in the West?

The counterterrorism insight from  Brenton Tarrant’s horrific actions in New Zealand is not that he is an aberration in right-wing extremism; it’s that he is not. Yes, he used a camera to livestream the atrocity over social media, and it ,…MORE: www.economist.com

New Zealand shooting is warning for US: Get serious about white supremacist terror threat.The counterterrorism insight from Brenton Tarrant’s horrific actions in New Zealand is not that he is an aberration in right-wing extremism; it’s that he is not. Yes, he used a camera to livestream the atrocity over social media, and it went viral before it was removed. ..more: USTODAY

Hundreds Gathered in West Springfield, Islamic Society of Western MA, to Remember Victims of New Zealand Terrorist Mosque Attacks

Image may contain: one or more people, crowd and indoorWEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Following news of the worst mass shooting in New Zealand history, locally, many will gather to hold a vigil to honor the lives lost. This interfaith gathering is being organized along with the local Muslim community. This is going to take place at the Islamic Society of Western Mass on Amostown Road. …more: westernmassnews

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The Roots of the Christchurch Massacre

All those who have helped to spread the worldwide myth that Muslims are a threat have blood on their hands. For Muslims, Friday Prayer is like Sunday Mass for Christians. It’s the day of community prayer. We travel to our local mosques, our religious sanctuary. Our families gather in the early afternoon to pray as a community. Kids run through the halls as the imam recites the Quran in Arabic. We eat together and mingle outside…MORE NYT