AP: “In aftermath of bike path killings, mosques near NYC face hostility again”

Again and again we see it: whenever there is an Islamic jihad massacre, the establishment media acts as if Muslims were the victims. One would get the impression that Sayfullo Saipov were a “right-wing extremist” who had run over Muslims with his truck. As for the death threats this mosque supposedly received, is there any independent verification of them? Given the many anti-Muslim hate crimes that turn out to have been faked by Muslims themselves, that has to be asked.

Note also Abu Muhammad blaming the U.S. for Saipov’s massacre.

“In aftermath of bike path killings, mosques near NYC face hostility again,” by Wayne Parry, Associated Press, November 2, 2017 (thanks to David):

PATERSON, N.J. — In the halal bakeries and markets that line Main Street, and in mosques that have been part of the community for decades, a familiar dread has taken hold after the latest terror attack in the U.S.

Sayfullo Saipov, the Muslim man accused of using a truck to mow down people on a New York City bike path in the name of the Islamic State militant group, lived in Paterson.

The city saw a surge of anti-Muslim harassment after 9/11, particularly after it was learned that as many as a half-dozen of the hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field lived or spent time in Paterson, which is 20 miles outside New York.

After the attack Tuesday that left eight people dead, “it’s the same feeling again,” said Imam Mohammad Qatanani, spiritual leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, the region’s most influential mosque. “People here feel they will be blamed as a religion and as a people. Because this guy was a Muslim, Muslims will be blamed anywhere and everywhere.”

By Thursday, it had already begun. The Islamic Center of Passaic County had received eight telephone threats, prompting police to assign extra patrols to the area.

“They say they’re going to kill us, they’re going to burn the place down, all using extremely foul language,” said the mosque’s president, Omar Awad. “They say, ‘We’re going to come rip your … beard off.’ ”

The New Jersey office of the Council on American Islamic Relations reported that threats had also been made against the Omar Mosque, next door to the apartment house where Saipov lived. Mosque officials did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Tensions have flared within the Muslim community as well, with two men getting into a fistfight at a mosque in a dispute over the cause of Saipov’s alleged radicalization….

Ramy Elhelw, 30, of Hoboken, said he never saw Saipov there. “This is not somebody we recognize in any way, shape or form,” Elhelw said. “A person who does something of this nature is a deranged human being.”

THE PATH TO RADICALIZATION

But Abu Mohammed, a 46-year-old Palestinian construction worker and olive oil importer who came to America at 18, said he saw Saipov worship there.

He condemned Saipov’s alleged crimes, but he also said he understands what can send a law-abiding Muslim down the path of radicalization.

“It’s simple: They see the U.S. terrorizing Muslims left and right for the last 27 years, hundreds of thousands of them,” Mohammed said. “That’s terrorism, and terrorism creates terrorists. The one who starts the fight is more guilty.”

Upon hearing Mohammed’s remarks to reporters at the Omar Mosque, an elderly man yelled at him and punched him in the face, and they scuffled….

Aref Assaf, a Palestinian active in Paterson’s Muslim community, said Muslims have been at the forefront of efforts to counter extremism.

“This guilt by association is hurtful for those of us who are working so hard to see this curse wiped from the face of the Earth,” Assaf said.

Source: Jihad Watch

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