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Las Vegas Terror Attack: Israeli Propaganda and Fake News

7 Oct

[Published 05 October, 2017]

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In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attack in Las Vegas, in which more than 406 people were injured and 58 dead, both the mainstream and right-wing media were quick to initially blame it on a Muslim extremist.

It began with the likes of Breitbart and the UK’s Mail Online claiming that the attack was carried out by ISIS.

The Mail Online’s Rod Ardehali published a piece suggesting ISIS had called for an attack as early as May. The headline and Ardehali’s piece have since been amended and Ardehali’s name as the author has been removed.

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Later that day, on the 02 October, the claim that the terrorist in this attack was a Muslim convert was published via Amaq, Islamic State’s semi-official news agency, which we now know to be a false claim.

As one social media commentator amusingly put it: “ISIS would claim responsibility for anything, except PPI [Payment Protection Insurance].”

Several hours before Amaq’s now debunked claim and Site Intel Group’s subsequent repetition of it, Arutz Sheva claimed in an ‘unofficial report’, that the Israeli radio station, Reshet Bet had reported that the terrorist’s name was one ‘Samir Al-Hijab’, who had converted to Islam in his 30’s, claiming Samir was Stephen Paddock’s Muslim name.
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The right-wing Breitbart propaganda website, created and funded by Israel, repeated the false claims first made by Site Intel Group, a site led by Rita Katz, whose site claims to be a ‘provider of Jihadist/Far Right & Far Left/Cyber Security News’, that the terrorist was a Muslim convert.

Like the Mail Online, Arutz has now amended its original piece and reporting on this false claim and Reshet has denied any such reporting of it. Arutz only did so after a barrage of demands were made on social media for it to stop spreading fake news.

Unfortunately, this has not stopped any of other right-wing media, extremists and supporters, like Paul Joseph Weston, Robert Spencer, and the Zionist Islamophobe, Ambrosine Chetrit repeating similar false claims. Even the so-called liberal Haaretz newspaper repeated the claim.

As we now know, the terrorist in the Las Vegas was one Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old, who is believed to have been shot when Las Vegas police entered the 32 second floor hotel room of the Mandalay Bay Hotel from where he was shooting.

Alongside the false claim of any ISIS involvement, the former partner of Paddock’s female companion, a man named Geary Danley, was also falsely implicated. Again, this was put out by the very same right-wing media sources, largely due to a search of some of Geary’s social media postings criticising Donald Trump.

This is yet another case of fake news and false reporting by the mainstream and right-wing media outlets in order to demonise Muslims to further Israel’s interests and agenda.

Interestingly, Rita Katz, who is largely responsible for this false narrative, also has links to Arutz Sheva and many of the other right-wing supporters of this fake narrative that ISIS was responsible and Paddock was a Muslim convert.

It is also worth noting, that Ms. Katz is an Iraqi Jew and has spent the last week making retractions and amendments to the original fake story she authorised, if not putting it out herself since it was discovered that the story was just that.

Her father was executed for spying for Israel, thus giving her good reason to dislike Muslims. She also supported the invasion of Iraq and has many connections with Israel and the Zionist lobby and propaganda machine in the US.

Not surprisingly, Facebook and Google have also played a role in reporting the false narrative that this terrorist attack was initiated by ISIS and Paddock was a Muslim Convert, from which they have also profited by placing ads alongside fake postings and stories published.

As the UK’s Guardian newspaper noted:

Facebook’s “Safety Check” page, which is supposed to help people connect with loved ones during the crisis, ended up briefly promoting a story that said the shooter had “Trump-hating” views, along with links to a number of other hoaxes and scams, according to screenshots. At the same time, Google users who searched Geary Danley’s name were at one point directed to the 4chan thread filled with false claims.

The Las Vegas police have stated, categorically, that this attack was not initiated by ISIS, Paddock was not a Muslim, nor was his partner involved (she was in the Philippines), or was Geary involved, who was on the opposite side of the US at the time it took place.

ISIS’ claims of responsibility for this terrorist attack seek to instil fear and ferment hatred of Muslims. But as we all know ISIS is funded by the US and other, occidental, governments.

Despite the fake narrative of the Las Vegas terrorist attack now being disproved, there will be many who will still believe that the fake story is still true.

If, at all possible, these individuals, need to acquire some common sense and need to ask themselves: Why and who would spread these false rumours, fake news, and misinformation?

The answer to these questions are simple: It benefits Israel and harms Muslims.

This is exactly what Israel and its advocates and supporters want.

As Malcolm X is once reputed to have said:

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He also said, that if you are not careful, the media [and your governments] will have you hating the oppressed, and loving those who oppress the weak and oppressed.

Forgive the use of the pun, but stay woke and do not believe ALL your governments tell you or that you read in the media!

Author: Jason Schumann

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British Sikhs Rally With Alt Right to Malign and Vilify Muslims

29 Jul

[Published 29 July, 2017]

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[Image via Twitter from a now deleted Facebook post of interview given by Bhai Mohan Singh on LBC with Katie Hopkins]

For somewhat disgruntled and clearly resentful reasons, a number of British Sikh organisations appeared to have aligned themselves with members of the alt shite and libertarian movement in order to attack Muslims.

One of these organisations is the Sikh Awareness Society (SAS), which lists Prabjot Singh as its website registrant. Bhai Mohan Singh (above) is also involved in the work and activities of SAS.

SAS states on its website, that:

“In Britain today Sikh youth are still actively targeted on the basis of their religion and history. This historically linked hate-crime causes much emotional distress to the families involved with the majority of these cases ending up in abuse.”

Perhaps herein lies part of the root cause of the Sikh community’s alignment with Far Right commentators and hate preachers in an ongoing bitter attack on British Muslims.

It seems that SAS are rightfully unhappy with the fact that British police wrongly classify racist attacks on Sikhs as antiMuslim hate crimes and/ or classify them under general “Race and Religious” hate crimes.

It is perfectly right that SAS and other Sikh organisations should have such grievances and challenge the police to properly record hate crimes according to the classification of different ethnic and religious groups.

As early as March 2016, another Sikh organisation, which lists Lord (Indarjit) Singh of Wimbledon CBE as its director and published a letter on its website regarding the false reporting and recording of hate crimes against Sikhs.

SAS, however, has gone one step too far and sought to align itself and garnered support from the likes of Katie Hopkins, Anne-Marie Waters, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, and Dr Ryan Waters of the UK Independence Party.

Waters, Hopkins, and Lennon, have all repeatedly called for the genocide and expulsion of all Muslims from Europe, claiming that Europe is being overrun and facing imminent Islamification and that the White race is being wiped out.

Bhai Mohan Singh, also of SAS, recently gave an interview for LBC with the former radio presenter, Hopkins, before she was forced to resign due to her continued and unapologetic racist and antiMuslim outbursts after a public campaign.

Hopkins, described as a PR machine for extremists, has recently been photographed having a selfie taken with a holocaust denier and travelled to Sicily to support the anti-Immigrant campaign, Defend Europe.

Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, is more than happy to drag up and reignite ancient and colonial division between Sikhs and Muslims, which SAS seems more than happy go along with and draw out to no constructive or positive benefit or outcome.

Returning to the Sikh communities grievances with police monitoring of hate crimes and having corresponded with Jasvir Singh of the Sikh Federation, UK, the available data for hate crimes against Sikhs would suggest that some 3,500 hate crimes were misreported and recorded for 2015/ 6.

But do such valid grievances of Muslim grooming gangs and the marginalisation of Sikh concerns regarding the police ever warrant the Sikh communities White supremacist associations?

Many members of the Sikh community say no!

The comments have been anonymised in a now apparently deleted Facebook post, but here are some of the sentiments voiced by Sikhs in relation to SAS’s antiMuslim stance and links to the Far Right:

“Katie Hopkins a known and openly racist broadcaster?”

“Fucking pricks. You don’t represent my community.”

“Why are you aligning us with Katie Hopkins? She is hijacking this for her own cause”

Hardeep Singh, of the Sikh Messenger, has tweeted and posted numerous comments and articles against Muslims, including mocking the right of Muslim women to choose and have the right to wear head and face coverings in public.

In response to Singh’s mocking of the right to wear face and head coverings, the Sikh Federation appeared to condemn his comments and in fact draw parallels with similar concerns affecting Sikhs in Europe.

Author: Jason Schumann

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