Archbishop says desecration of Jerusalem cemetery a ‘hate crime’

Jerusalem’s Anglican Archbishop Hosam Naoum has called the desecration of a Protestant cemetery in Jerusalem a “clear hate crime,” days after Israel swore in the most far-right government in the country’s history. Two unidentified men broke into Jerusalem’s Protestant Mount Zion Cemetery and desecrated more than 30 graves on Sunday, local media reported. Security footage circulated on social media shows one man of Orthodox Jewish appearance entering the graveyard, pushing over a cross-shaped tombstone and smashing it with rocks with the help of a second man. The graveyard, founded in 1848 and maintained by local communities, contains the graves of 73 men of the Palestine police service who were killed during the second world war. It is also the burial place of many senior Christian leaders including Samuel Gobat, the former bishop of Jerusalem.

— source Jews For Justice For Palestinians | Jan 5, 2023

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Rhetoric by Politicians That Fuels Anti-Asian Attacks

With the midterm elections three weeks away, a new report warns candidates and elected officials not to use inflammatory rhetoric that contributes to hate-fueled attacks. The group Stop Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Hate, or Stop AAPI Hate, documents a trend of reported hate incidents on Asian Americans when politicians use inflammatory language, like blaming China for the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn and national security concerns. The report, called “The Blame Game,” finds more than 20% of Americans believe Asian Americans are at least partly responsible for COVID. This is nearly double from last year. On Monday, PBS explored the issue in a new documentary called Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March.

as I was mentioning before, we were seeing the ramping of the rhetoric, calling the pandemic “China virus” and “kung flu,” and we were seeing these attacks, one after another, on our social media feeds and seeing it in the news. And so, when March 16th happened, I don’t think a lot of people were necessarily surprised — I mean, absolutely devastated, of course, but not necessarily surprised. We sort of saw it coming.

And the perpetrator, the person who killed these eight people, including six women of Asian descent, said that it was because of his sexual addiction. Well, you know, when he went to the first spa and killed the four people, brutally murdered four people, he then drove 45 minutes to the next two spas, where he killed additional four people. And he passed many different

— source | Oct 18, 2022

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After Alt News Raised the Issue, Facebook, YouTube Ban Accounts Spreading Hindutva Hate

On December 23, 2021, Harish Ramkali, a member of the Bajrang Dal in Haryana, posted on Facebook that any school that dresses its students as Santa Claus without prior permission from parents would have a case filed against them and be closed.

This was one of the several threats that Ramkali had made on his Facebook page in the lead up to Christmas last year that saw a spate of violence against the minority Christian community.

On December 12, Ramkali uploaded a video where he could be seen mobilising people against a Christian pastor whom he accused of religious conversion in Haryana. “The Valmiki community of Jind is standing up against them (the Christian community),” Ramkali could be heard saying amid chants hailing the Valmiki god and slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.

Harish Ramkali, aka Harish Saini, is a resident of Jind, Haryana and a leader of the Bajrang Dal. Starting out as a district president of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad

— source | Pooja Chaudhuri | 21/Jan/2022

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Border Agent’s Secret Facebook Group Caught

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has opened an investigation into the posting of racist and xenophobic messages by current and former Border Patrol agents on a private Facebook group. More than 9,500 people are part of the group, which was exposed by ProPublica on Monday. The group’s Facebook page is filled with racist, homophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynistic content about migrants, as well as some lawmakers and other high-profile people.

One post contained a photoshopped image of Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being sexually assaulted by President Trump. In another thread, members of the group made fun of a video of a man trying to carry a child through a rapid river in a plastic bag. Someone commented, quote, “At least it’s already in a trash bag,” unquote. Asked by a reporter to respond to her depiction in the Facebook post, Congressmember Ocasio-Cortez said it was, quote, “indicative of the culture” she observed inside the migrant prison she had just visited, and said she did not feel safe around the Border Patrol officers.

— source | Jul 03, 2019

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In Funding Hatred, India’s Corporates Have Compromised With Evil

Even for a country which is perpetually in outrage mode, the brouhaha over the TRP scandal “takes the cake, if not the bakery,” as a colleague of mine who knows a thing or two about hot spots would put it.

The likes of Arnab Goswami, Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar will now stew in their own juice for some time, and one hopes the steaming will result in at least some of the toxins in them being flushed out. But they are not the only villains in the current TV eco-system of fake news, communalism and bigotry which masquerades as news in India today and which drives the TRP system.

They are like brainless, amoral viruses which know only one thing – how to replicate and amplify their hate. The real villains are the hosts who provide shelter and sustenance to these viruses, but nobody is talking about them.

I speak, of course, about their corporate sponsors, the companies which give them millions of rupees of advertising revenue, thereby enabling them to continue injecting their deadly poison into the social fabric of the nation. Hatred and bigotry gets TRPs, which in turn gets advertising revenue, which keeps this vicious cycle going. Without this money the cycle could not sustain itself.

Here’s an illustrative list, compiled after hours of self inflicted torture:

Republic TV and Republic Bharat: Raymonds, Muthoot Group, Jio, Max Bupa, Kent, Air India, Star Health Insurance, Nissan, Dabur, Mahindra, Amazon, Samsung, Sony, Maruti, Nerolac, and Toyota.

Times Now: Cadbury, Toyota, Hyundai, Nerolac, Birla Group, Amul, Skoda, Mercedes, Ceat, Samsung, Bluestar, HDFC, Sony, TCS.

All responsible companies should boycott these venomous channels and civil society should mount pressure on them to do so, or face a boycott of their own products. A stirring of their conscience appears to have begun – just last week Bajaj and Parle announced that they will no longer advertise in some of these channels or networks because, as Rajiv Bajaj stated, “I do not want my children to inherit an India built on hate.”

— source | Avay Shukla | 18/Oct/2020

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