No, non-Muslims always get the brunt of it. This grotesque attempt yet again to portray Muslims as victims after a jihad attack is just the latest of many, as this is a tried and tested response straight out of the playbook for Muslim spokesmen in the West, but it nonetheless still amounts simply to an attempt to deflect attention from where it should be. Authorities should be challenging the Muslim community in Ireland today about the extent of sympathy for the Islamic State within their communities, since the Islamic State has called for stabbing attacks in the West. They should be calling upon Muslims in Ireland to begin to back up their words of condemnation for the attack with real action to counter the idea that it is a righteous deed to commit violence against the kuffar. Instead, as always, we get this disgusting victimhood posturing. Remember: no Muslims were stabbed in Ireland, nor should they be, but from the tenor of this article, you might get the impression that an “Islamophobe” had targeted Muslims in Ireland. It’s a total inversion of reality.
Fazel Ryklief watched in dismay as news of the Dundalk attack that left one man dead and two injured spread on Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, a tide of anti-immigrant abuse directed at Muslims had begun to swell on social media .
“In the end, irrespective of whether he was Syrian or Egyptian, it all came down to him being a Muslim. Islam always gets the brunt of it,” said Ryklief, who works at the Islamic Foundation of Ireland in Dublin.
“I want to stop feeling guilty about being a Muslim every time someone with a Muslim name does something like this,” he told The Irish Times, adding that he was not surprised that some media outlets immediately concluded that the alleged attacker was a Syrian.
The majority of Muslims condemn all violence, and abhor the killing of anyone, he went on: “As soon as the police mention the words ‘terrorist attack’ people go mad. They don’t wait to establish the reasons.”
However, the “terrorist” rhetoric that has surrounded Muslims in recent years is having this effect, feared Dr Saud Bajwa, a consultant at Galway University Hospital and spokesman for the Galway Islamic Cultural Centre.
Change in attitudes
Dr Bajwa says the vast majority of Irish people treat Muslims with respect but that he has noticed a change in attitudes in recent years. “There is no doubt that these days people are quick to jump to conclusions,” he said.
“On our side, we’re always praying sincerely that the latest attack is not a Muslim thing. I still think there is a wider good out there in Ireland but there are always people who look at me with doubt because I am a Muslim.”
“This fear is from the unknown – when everyone is shouting that these people are dangerous, even the mildest unfamiliarity can create a sense of fear. I love this society I’ve chosen to live in.
“But if we don’t block this stereotyping and if decent people don’t get involved and ask people to use their intellect rather than jumping to conclusions, things will get worse,” said the Galway-based consultant.
Ali Selim, spokesman for the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin’s Clonskeagh, says Irish people should take heed of their own recent history with Britain before drawing conclusions about members of the Muslim community.
“It was just yesterday that if you crossed the Border and spoke in an Irish accent you’d immediately have your papers checked. Even today people still talk about the cartoons of Irish people in the British press. I believe this history will stop most people from stereotyping.”…