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Bob Blackman: British MP Unapologetic About Links to antiMuslim Hindu and English Nationalists

28 Oct

[Published 28 October, 2017]

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Bob Blackman, a Tory MP and patron of the Campaign Against AntiSemitism, recently hosted a Diwali celebration event in the UK’s House of Commons with extremist, Tapan Ghosh.

The event was also attended by Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, who issued an immediate apology.

Ghosh, a Hindu Nationalist, has previously called for the genocide of Muslims in Kashmir, as well as praising the forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar.

Ghosh, also founder of the Hindu Defence League, has also been praised by former English Defence League founder, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who is more well-known by the name, Tommy Robinson.

Did Blackman apologise or distance himself from Ghosh?

Answer: No.

In response to questions and criticism of attending an event and meeting with Ghosh, and despite having organised it, Blackman shrugged it off, simply saying he was not aware of who was invited and did not see what all the fuss was about.

In a statement, he gave to the press, he also defended Ghosh, stating that his presence was relevant to the event taking place. Blackman did state that he would have challenged Ghosh had he made any similar comments but that free speech was paramount.

However, it now transpires, that Blackman is also associated with Robinson, having interacted with him and apparently shown agreement with his views on social media. In one such interaction, Blackman retweeted a tweet in which Robinson states that Hindus in Bangladesh are surrounded by Muslims.

What neither Blackman nor Robinson seem to have grasped is that it was the brutalism of British colonialism and policy of divide and rule, which has created and exacerbated religious tensions and the unequal religious makeup of Bangladeshi society; first after the partition of India and then, when Bangladesh became its own country after civil war with and separation from Pakistan.

Blackman and Robinson also seem to ignore nor the fact that it is Bangladesh which is bearing the brunt of the ongoing refugee crisis of the Rahimyar Muslims – who are being driven out of Rakhine and over the border by the Myanmar government – which is arguably adding to the tensions and religious divide.

Blackman’s links with and apparently ardent support for Hindus does not go unmissed or without some questioning as to where his loyalties may lie.

A quick view of Blackman’s expenses, shows that he was paid several hundred pounds to attend an anti-Iran event organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the Welle Association, which supports and explicitly promotes regime change in Iran.

In addition, he also receives regular donations from two Hindu businessmen; a significant donation received from the former hedge fund manager, Lord Fink for undisclosed remunerations; and a donation from a property company to attend a conference in Israel.

There is an even larger donation received from the Indian High Commission.

India, incidentally, conspired with Bengali and Hindu Nationalists, for the civil war that brought about the creation and establishment of Bangladesh, which was also funded and supported by Israel and British governments.

Not directly, but by repeatedly ‘liking’ and ‘retweeting’ criticism and hatred toward Muslims, Blackman, indirectly, shows himself for who he really is and who he supports.

Rajnish Kashyap, Director of the Hindu Council of Britain, was asked to comment and condemn the invitation of Ghosh to the House of Commons event hosted by Blackman, but has failed to respond.

And, whilst the Campaign Against AntiSemitism maliciously and wrongly accuses the European Forum for Ethnic Minority Individuals, Communities, Individuals, and Organizations of creating tension between Sikhs and Muslims, it has so far refused to remove Blackman as its patron.

All the while, Campaign Against AntiSemitism, has recently called for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to remove as a patron and disassociate itself from the Jewish comedian, Alexi Sayle, following an interview with Sky News in which he claimed that all allegations of antisemitism “amongst supporters of Jeremy Corbyn are a complete fabrication.”

Presumably, Blackman remains as a patron of the fake charity, Campaign Against AntiSemitism because of his support and associations with and for Hindu Nationalists against Muslims, which, naturally, serves Israel’s interests best.

Watch this space for the Campaign Against AntiSemitism to come back with a smear, making false accusations of antiSemitism.

Sadly, it would appear that Muslims are now under attack from all sides of the fascistic spectrum.

Since publishing this blog, Blackman has sadly blocked on Twitter.

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

Tommy Robinson, Alt-Right antiMuslim Propaganda, and the Portland Terror Attack

1 Jun

[Published 31 May 2017]

In recent days, Jeremy Christian has been charged with the murder of two individuals and the serious wounding of a third, who came to the aid of two young Muslim women on a train in Portland, Oregon, who were being subjected to “aggressive Islamophobic verbal abuse” by Christian. 

The three victims have been called heroes and Christian has rightly been labelled a terrorist by witnesses and the public in general.

Within eight hours of a campaign to raise money for the families of the three victims, Muslim communities had raised over 100,000 dollars, a figure that now stands in excess half a million.

At his arraignment, Christian, who is now known to be White supremacist, justified his attack on the two women and the strangers who came to their aid, by shouting in the courtroom that he was acting out his first amendment rights.

In defiance of the court and public outrage of his callous act of murder, Christian was heard calling out: “free speech or die”, “death to the enemies of America”, proclaiming what he did was an act of patriotism.

On learning of the incident, former leader of the far right group EDL and Pegida, alt-right mouthpiece and all-round antiMuslim thug, Tommy Robinson, aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was quick to blame Muslims for the Portland terrorist attack.

He tweeted the following remark on the 27 May 2017:

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Robinson deleted the tweet several hours later; but only after realising, or being informed that the terrorist in this instance, Jeremy Christian, is a White supremacist. Presumably, the narrative had changed beyond his control to milk it in the way in which he would have wished.

In another, either failure to grasp the facts of the matter or complete misinterpretation of a news event that did not quite fit his narrative to easily exploit and to further his rhetoric of the ‘Islamification of the West’, Robinson posted a link to a newsflash of a train in High Wycombe, UK, being evacuated by police.

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As it turns out, Robinson was also wrong about this incident; and so, presumably again, wilfully or ignorantly, posted something about nothing in order to further stir up fear and resentment against Muslims by his followers and those gullible to believe in everything he posts as being fact.

This is in the same week as Robinson being convicted of contempt of court and given a suspended 3-month sentence, as well as claiming that we are at war and calling for the mass deportation and incarceration of Muslims, following the Manchester attack, carried out by Salman Abedi.

In a further effort to create divide and stir up hatred toward British Muslims, Robinson also posted an image of Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, holding a copy of the Qur’an purportedly taken immediately after the Manchester attack. In fact, the image of CC Hopkins was taken almost a year ago. Robinson was corrected, but chose to throw insults instead of retract or apologise.

All the while, the likes of the counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation, who have previously sponsored Robinson and received government funding to work with and re-educate him, still hold the view that Robinson is neither a danger to Muslims nor an extremist.

Robinson also blamed the terrorist attack in Dortmund on fanatical Muslims, when, in fact, the attack was carried out by members of a far right group.

A journalist posting such inflammatory accuracies and propaganda – as Robinson clearly does quite regularly – would be challenged without question. Robinson, however, appears to lack any integrity and has neither retracted nor apologised for doing so. Neither has he condemned Jeremy Christian.

If Robinson wishes to wipe the slate clean and cast off the label of being an extremist himself; or at least an apologist for White supremacy, he needs to cease door-stepping individuals who call him out as such in order to intimidate them; stop posting false and inaccurate news to inflame; and start being pro-active by engaging in constructive debate and actions with those he views as enemies of Western, Liberal ideology.

Until then, Tommy, you will remain an extremist in many people’s eyes. That, or an apologist and a racist thug, at best.

Author: Jason Schumann

Twitter Launches All-Out Assault On Freedom Of Speech

18 Nov

The focus of this blog article is set out in two parts:

a) The rightful shutting down and suspensions of social media user accounts that espouse, promote, and/ or incite hatred;

b) The wrongful shutting down and suspensions of social media user accounts that espouse valid criticism of human rights abuses by oppressive nation states.

Despite falling traffic and market value, in a drive to combat so-called online ‘hate speech’, Twitter has recently started banning controversial and/ or outspoken user accounts on its social media platform.

One of the first accounts to fall foul of Twitter’s perma-suspension/ lifetime ban, was that of Milo Yiannopoulos, known as ‘the infamous internet troll.’

This was back in July 2016, after he (Milo) attacked the actress, Leslie Jones, and encouraged his followers to do the same, which included her receiving death threats and racial abuse.

More recently, Twitter has begun dishing out bans to similar accounts of the alt-right.

Slate has since reported, that the most prominent of these, was Richard Spencer, director of a white nationalist think tank, the National Policy Institute. His associated accounts were also suspended.

USA Today also reports that other alt-right user accounts have been suspended.

Other accounts, such as Tarek Fatah, David Vance, Tommy Robinson, Pam Geller, Pat Condell, Paul Joseph Watson, and Robert Spencer, have so far escaped the culling.

Don’t get me wrong, Twitter is right to do this.

In this instance, this is not about silencing rights and freedoms to speak one’s mind, seek to offend, or be politically incorrect. The issue here, is one of stopping hate speech and incitement.

As evidence of the problem, we only need look at Trump’s rhetoric during the presidential campaign. There is clear evidence that his comments spawned several thousand racist hate attacks, abuse, and also murders, across the US. How do we know Trump is to blame? Well, in many of the incidents, his supporters, who have been the perpetrators in many instances, claimed to have his consent to carry out their racist acts.

Within the last few days, Tommy Robinson, the Pegida, UK leader and founder of the former English Defence League, incited his followers to claim that an anti-Islamophobia campaign, #IAM2016, launched by Mend Community, was in fact, a campaign supporting Daesh.

It is clear, that the alt-right are inciting hatred and abuse online, which, in turn, manifests in our every day real lives, causing genuine harm and suffering; mainly to the lives of minority communities.

(As an aside, the recent and now more prevalent use of the term ‘alt-right’ is a deliberately misapplied label, that is used to disguise, not only the views of those who consider themselves as libertarians espousing the right to offend and speak without censure, but also to make the views of extremists and racists on the far right more acceptable and tolerated.

Indeed, use of the term ‘alt-right’ is one of the single most cynical, perverse and iniquitous attempts by the likes of Milo, Robinson, Watson et al, to seek to diminish and white-wash the impact of hate speech and racism ladled on minorities and trivialise what they perceive is the right to abuse, cause offence and spread hatred).

Without doubt, Twitter should be applauded for its efforts to curb members of the Far Right from spreading hate, marginalising minorities, promoting homophobia, misogyny, racial abuse, and inequality.

After-all, there is no such thing as free speech without responsibility. Any sane and reasonable person accepts this. If not, you are more than likely to have one or more personality disorders.

More worryingly, however, is that Twitter is now actively silencing liberals and socialists, like myself, who speak out against members of the Far Right and crimes of oppressive regimes, such as Saudi, Turkiye and Israel.

Erdogan and Netanyahu have both actively sought to crush the right of any individual to criticise their national policies of brutality, human rights abuses, political interventions, and continued war crimes.

For its part, the UK-based Community Security Trust (CST), working on behalf of the Israeli government, announced a few days ago, that it is working with and to ‘influence’ and re-educate Twitter to ‘remove’ anti-Zionist accounts, critical of Israel’s apartheid, demonstrated by its forced displacement of people, and illegal annexation and occupation of Palestinian lands.

As the journalist Asa Winstanley recently reminded us with a post on his Twitter feed, CST – a so-called registered charity, under the guise of monitoring anti-Semitism – ‘leads’, and ‘has been secretly participating in counter measures to shut down campaigns by the BDS movement‘, for a number of years.

The relevance of the use of the word ‘secretly’ in the above statement, by Asa, is very pertinent here.

As is clearly evident by recent statements made by the UK Tory party Conservative Friends of Israel, CST proactively seeks to influence and subvert the UK Government in its effort to have anti-Zionism and the BDS movement labelled as anti-Semitic and thus proscribed. Thereby creating a new offence, punishable by criminal sanction, such as a fine or prison sentence.

‘Antony Lerman — a genuine expert on the problem of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish violence in Europe — has strongly criticized the CST for its conflation of anti-Semitism with any moves to question the behavior of the State of Israel.’

(Quote from Sarah Irving Lobby Watch, published on Electronic Intifada’s site on 20 January 2015)

CST’s efforts to criminalise BDS and anti-Zionism in the UK have thus far failed, despite mucho butthurt outrage and protestations from other, equally, subversive and vexatious UK-based Jewish organisations, including by the Israeli government itself and Mark Regev, its UK Ambassador.

Like its counter-parts, such as the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, one of the other nefarious tactics that CST employs – in seeking to silence constructive debate and criticism to challenge and bring Israel’s human rights abuses to the fore – is to recruit, train, and work with individual volunteers. These volunteers then harass and name and shame BDS supporters and anti-Zionists online and in their real lives.

Both CST and CAA also encourage their volunteers to make multiple false and malicious reports to Twitter – in order to have BDS and pro-Palestinian accounts suspended – as recently happened to my Twitter account.

(As shown in the above link, @BedlamJones (regarding my own account suspension) is a well-known Zionist troll on social media, working with CST and other Zionist propaganda organisations, to have mine and other anti-Zionist twitter accounts suspended. It was CST who personally had my own account suspended).

My own account was suspended because I tweeted a meme of a troll doll with the quote ‘I would pay to see a noose around my trolls’ neck’. Twitter claims that my tweet was a violent threat and targeted harassment.

Similarly to making multiple false reports to Twitter, CST and CAA actively encourage their volunteers to gather potential evidence and make reports to the police to bring criminal charges of anti-Semitism. Insofar as I am aware, these efforts have failed in all but one case.

There is also new evidence that CST and CAA ‘volunteers’ are actively attempting to hack BDS and anti-Zionist social media accounts, as shown here:

https://twitter.com/JOYOURPAPARAZZI/status/800278221405257729

Twitter, more bizarrely, is now is now being increasingly selective and biased in which accounts it will suspend. In an experiment conducted by one user, the user tweeted the same post, but from two different accounts, substituting the word ‘White’ for the word ‘Black’. Guess which account Twitter suspended.

I will leave you with this quote by Voltaire:

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

In conclusion, it appears that the battle for freedom of speech; to challenge racism, oppression, and the criminal activity of nations such as Israel, has now stalled, and that by collusion with Twitter, proponents of, have won the argument for the moment.

All this serves to do, is to drive people away and make them more determined.

From my perspective, efforts to counter criticism of Israel’s war crimes, by smears, discrediting, and malicious reports, also ferments and exacerbates animosity toward Israel and Jews in general.

Yes, extremism, racism and anti-Semitism are entirely wrong! That said, I believe Zionism is racism.

I, and others like me, will continue to fight it!

The same view applies to the likes of Saudi and Turkiye.

TAKE NOTE: One day, we will rise again, and there will be change, but let’s just hope the Far Right don’t!



By Jason Schumann

formerly @debatingculture

White Privilege: When is a Terrorist Not a Terrorist?

1 Sep

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Photo: Zack Davies, Facebook Page

 

Original Article Published on News7826, 2015

Zack Davies (pictured above) took a machete to Dr Bhambra’s head, a Sikh man, in a UK supermarket, because he had brown skin. Davies wanted to wreak revenge for the death of Lee Rigby, who was publicly murdered in the streets of Woolwich by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, in 2013.

Also in the UK, a few weeks ago (May, 2015), two 15-year-old teen boys were given a 12-month custody order by UK courts for purchasing explosive chemicals and other related materials, in a plot to blow up parliament and commit public acts or murder, including beheadings.

Similarly, in June 2015, Dylann Roof, massacred nine lives at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States, because he felt Blacks were taking over and he wanted to start a race war. 

In contrast, just last week (July/ August 2015), there were confirmed reports of a deliberate explosion at a gas works in St Quentin-Fallavier, France, followed by the discovery of a decapitated body. The perpetrators’ name is one Yassin Salhi. The body was that of Salhi’s boss, Herve Cornora.

What’s the difference between these events, we might ask? The difference, is that only in the case of Salhi, were officials, governments, and the media, quick to condemn his actions as an act of terrorism. Salhi has since said his actions were related to family and work troubles, though evidence also clearly disputes this. 

In all the other three cases (Davies, the Two Teen Boys, and Roof), members of Far Right, the media, politicians, and the judiciary, have been quick to label these extremists as ‘lone-wolves’ and ‘troubled’, despite clear evidence to the contrary. Davies and Roof both had known links Far Right extremist organisations. Extremist paraphernalia being found in each of their homes and in their possession, including the teen boys. It was the same with Anders Breivik.

When news of Zack Davies first came to light, the likes of Far Right extremists such as Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch); Tommy Robinson (Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, founder of the English Defence League); and professional Islamophobe, Tarek Fatah (Columnist for Toronto Sun), were all quick to explain away his [Davies’] actions, as a Muslim plot to ‘Islamificate’ the West, with ‘Moozlamic rayguns’ and ‘Shakira Law.’

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Robert Doggart, a 63-year-old Tennessee resident, is an ordained Christian minister in the Christian National Church, who plotted a violent attack against a Muslim-American community in New York state, was released without charge. The Daily Beast labelled him as a ‘lethal threat.’ Doggart only faces a fine (yes, a fine) for his actions.

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As Charles Kurzman, and Dan Schanzer have noted, the real terrorist threat, ‘is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists’ (NY Times, June 2015). The question is, when will the world wake up, and stop victim blaming Muslims, and Black people, for all that is wrong in this world? Kurzman and Schanzer’s own research found that only 3 percent of anti-government extremism recorded, was severe by law enforcement agencies came from Muslim extremists.

I restate the question: when will politicians, the media, and law enforcement stop scapegoating Muslims and members of the Black community as extremists and thugs? When will they start treating their ‘own’ as an equal threat to the function of mainstream society and the cause of its systemic problems? When will Western governments, and societies, learn, and accept, that they are as much responsible for radicalised, home-grown terrorism, and the rise of Daesh, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, in the Middle East, and Africa? Especially, as Western governments have created and proactively fund and support terrorism.

 

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/opinion/the-other-terror-threat.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/18/guess-why-this-christian-terrorist-plot-against-muslims-isn-t-getting-any-press.html

http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-terror-group/5402881

http://njtoday.net/2015/05/17/report-claims-america-created-the-islamic-state-of-iraq-and-syria-isis/

 

 

 

Article by: Jason Schumann, 2016

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