Just the smallest hint in this article as to why these “race hate” crimes are growing: a passing mention of the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks. But there is no hint here that that holds the key as to how these “racist crimes” can be stopped, and why no amount of propaganda indoctrination will suffice.
“Increase in race hate crimes casts doubt on ‘One Scotland’ campaign,” by Michael Howie in The Scotsman, with thanks to PRCS:
RACIST crime is growing across Scotland despite a multi-million-pound Executive campaign to tackle the problem, new figures obtained by The Scotsman have revealed.
Some 3,387 racially-aggravated crimes and offences were recorded by the country’s eight police forces between April and December this year, compared with 3,192 during the same period last year – a rise of 6 per cent.
The increase has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Executive’s “One Scotland” campaign launched in 2002 to tackle racism in the country’s streets and classrooms, and sparked calls for the Jack McConnell, the First Minister, to put the issue on a platform equal in size to the one given to sectarianism in recent months.
Ethnic community leaders are also accusing politicians of failing to wake up to the “elephant in the room” that is growing Islamophobia, saying thousands of Muslims and members of other minority racial groups are continuing to be victimised following the 11 September and 7 July terrorism attacks.
In 2005-6, 4,294 racially-aggravated crimes were recorded by police – 358 every month and more than ten times the level recorded in 2001-2.
Since then, the number has continued to rise according to new figures obtained by The Scotsman, with reported verbal and physical attacks rising to 376 per month….
Osama Saeed comes closest to the problem when he says that “people are more likely to be called a terrorist than a Paki.” That shows that many, if not most, of these are not race crimes at all.
But Osama Saeed, Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain, disagreed, saying Asians were increasingly being victimised on religious grounds.
“The police have not got to grips with the scale of the problem, which is vast. Incidents are not being reported because there isn’t a good link-up between communities and the police.
“People are more likely to be called a terrorist than a Paki. It’s more likely to be religiously-based abuse, particularly directed against Islam. The One Scotland campaign is fine but it isn’t really dealing with the changing face of racism. There’s an elephant in the room at the moment, attacks directed at Islam, which no-one is addressing. One Scotland isn’t hitting those buttons.”
Sandra Deslandes-Clark, executive director of Semper Scotland, the support group for black and ethnic minority police, also agreed that racist attacks were on the rise. She said: “Unfortunately, the ‘war on terror’ has now almost legitimised racism on our streets.
There are very good reasons why that appears to be so, rooted in the legitimate frustration people feel toward the Muslim leadership, with all its obfuscation and obstruction of anti-terror efforts.
“There need to be stiffer penalties and a higher-profile attempt by the Executive to tackle the problem. We have seen the First Minister speak out about sectarianism, accepting there is a problem and showing unity with police, churches and other groups. We now need the same approach on racism.”…
NASEEM Akhtar, 44, is from Pakistan and moved to Scotland around 20 years ago. She worked in a shop in Hamilton and never encountered any problems but that all changed when she moved to Motherwell and another shop just over a year ago.
“Since I moved here hardly a day has gone by without racial abuse and hassle. Just last Thursday a group of young boys were standing in the door of the shop. Another two young men, about 26 or 27, were asking for money. I told them to move but they started giving me abuse.
“I was standing at the counter eating a packet of peanuts. One of the young men came in, and I told him to go away. He grabbed the peanuts from me and threw them in my face. He then started calling me names like ‘black bitch’. I’m ashamed to repeat the other names he called me. This happens nearly every weekend.
“There isn’t very much the police can do if they are under 16. I’ve been to court four times this year. My husband has been to court four or five times,” she said.
Last month a 16-year-old threw a brick at Ms Akhtar’s husband, Zahid Tanveer, narrowly missing his head.
Of course, racism isn’t really the problem at all. Do Muslims in Britain and America really want to decrease fear and mistrust directed toward them? Easy. Just follow these four simple steps:
- Stop blaming violent acts committed by Muslims in the name of Islam on the various sins of unbelievers.
- Establish nationwide, compulsory programs in American mosques to teach against the jihad ideology and Islamic supremacism, by means including an explicit and definitive rejection of the literal meaning of many passages of Qur’an and Hadith.
- Stop saying violent or hateful things in private when you think no non-Muslims are around. For example, the imam Umar Abdul-Jalil, executive director of ministerial services for the New York City Department of Correction, was secretly recorded last year while speaking at an Islamic conference in Arizona. Muslims, he said, invoking Qur’an 48:29, must be “compassionate with each other” and “hard against the kufr [unbeliever].” In Britain, Hamid Ali, imam of the mosque frequented by the July 7 bombers, praised the bombers and called their terror attack “good” in a conversation secretly recorded by an undercover journalist. Publicly, he had condemned the attacks. In a mosque in the Czech Republic, a Muslim secretly filmed by a documentary filmmaker says Islamic Shari’a law, including the stoning of adulterers, should be adopted by the Czech Republic. Cleveland imam Fawaz Damra, who has since been ordered deported for failing to disclose his ties to terror groups, signed the Fiqh Council of North America’s condemnation of terrorism, despite having declared at an Islamic conference that “terrorism, and terrorism alone, is the path to liberation.”
Do such incidents mean that every Muslim who professes to have adopted Western notions of pluralism and the equality of dignity and rights of non-Muslims and Muslims is dissembling? Of course not. But they do mean that non-Muslims are perfectly justified in being suspicious even when Muslim profess moderation and opposition to terror. Consequently deeds, not just words, are needed. To conclude my four recommendations, genuinely anti-terror Muslims should:
4. Actively work with Western law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend jihadists within Western Muslim communities.
But it is unlikely that any of that will be done. Instead, these poor mistrusted, misunderstood folks will keep crying “Islamophobia” and “racism,” and trying to manipulate Western legal and political systems.