Islamophobia and the Far Right
“In those so-called freedom centres, they plot to destroy and kill us. We’re still waiting for the Muslims to make peace with each other. They eat each other alive, like the dogs they are...” stated Rabbi Nachum Shifren and finalized off his speech “Today is the first day of the rest of your lives. We shall prevail, we will not let them take over our countries. We will never surrender to the sword of Islam...” deliberately and intentionally provoking the onlookers and protesters standing by with his xenophobic and Islamophobic remarks at the English Defense League (EDL) protest on October 25, 2010.
The Norway Massacre of 2011 would be recognized as one of the greatest and most extreme massacres in Norwegian history since World War II in which 78 teenagers had their lives taken, the youngest victim being 14 year old Saridyn Svebakk-Bohn. Within various media sources, the attacker at first was speculated to be of Muslim origin, later on finding out that in fact the convict was 33 year old Norwegian right wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who was sentenced to 21 years of “preventative detention” (life imprisonment).
Before committing his crime, the Norwegian culprit had released a so called manifesto of 1,500 pages, consisting of both his religious and political views. The New York Times had described the Norwegian culprit, who had sourced in his manifesto, and was being influenced by Islamophobes such as Robert Spencer, Bat Ye'or, Pamela Geller and Bruce Bawer. It was also made of reference in his manifesto that the perpetrator had contact with senior members of the English Defense League, a provocative and Islamophobic group based in England which is currently being led by Tim Ablitt.
The EDL consists of various divisions within it, including the [Far Right] Jewish Division, formerly lead by Roberta Moore, who was also present at the trial of Breivik. Moore had orated she “believes Breivik is not evil” following her argument with “There are many people out there who think like Breivik“, clearly trying to bring into line the emotions and sentiments of the public for such a horrific and tragic event. Moore was also taken under arrest on May 12, 2012 at the commemoration of Al-Nakba held at Whitehall Dowing Street in London. She had clearly targeted both Muslims, and people of the Jewish faith also, clearly labelling them as “traitors of Israel”, for them not maintaining her Islamophobic and far-right ideology.
The individuals and events mentioned above only just scratches the surface of the provocation and bias done towards Muslim’s globally. Individuals should know that Muslim’s and people of other faiths have been living in peace and harmony for many odd hundred years before the ”Islamophobia Frankenstein” was made born. The public should also be aware of and should not tolerate all the bias and injustice done towards Muslims. They should stand up for what’s right in the name of justice and humanity as both harmony and quality are both democratic rights for world populations.
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