US Muslims fear backlash over Boston bombings

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Kameelah Omar-Muhammad (right) of Atlanta, Georgia, greets Khadijah Shareef of Muslim Women of America in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the “Islam on Capitol Hill 2009″ event at the West Front Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, in this file photo. US Muslims are watching closely as the probe into the Boston bombings unfolds, fearing a backlash like after 9/11 if an Islamist link is confirmed to the deadly attack. ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES—US Muslims are watching closely as the probe into the Boston bombings unfolds, fearing a backlash like after 9/11 if an Islamist link is confirmed to the deadly attack.

Several Muslim groups issued statements within hours of Monday’s double bombing at the Boston Marathon, strenuously condemning the attacks that killed three and injured more than 170 people.

Investigators said on Tuesday the range of possible culprits remains “wide open,” as speculation ranges from homegrown right-wing or white supremacist extremists to foreign Islamist groups or an al-Qaida type cell to a “lone wolf.”

A spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Ibrahim Hooper, said the Muslim group had already received “the usual hate calls,” but nothing major as yet—and underlined its main message was condemnation.

“You don’t want to create the impression that you’re more concerned about vandalism at a mosque, or something like that, than you are about a violent attack that takes the lives of individuals and injures many more,” he said.

Hate crimes

 

But he told AFP: “In any of these cases that’s something that’s in the back of our mind, that there’s a possibility of a backlash. We’ll just have to see how the investigation develops.”

The number of FBI-designated hate crimes against Muslims and Arabs in America shot up dramatically after the September 11, 2001, attacks, which were quickly attributed to al-Qaida and a team of mostly Saudi Arabian airplane hijackers.

Amid the torrent of accurate and not-so-accurate reporting as the Boston bombing story broke on Monday, at least two news outlets inaccurately reported that a Saudi Arabian national was being held as a suspect.

No Islamist or other link has yet been confirmed. But Sahar Aziz of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (Ispu) think tank said Muslims should be wary.

Entrenched stereotype

“Because the stereotype of Muslims as terrorists and disloyal has become entrenched within American culture, there is a strong likelihood that Muslims in America will face backlash if the suspect is a Muslim.

“Such backlash could take the form of hate crimes, mosque vandalization, evictions off of airplanes, school bullying and scapegoating in certain media outlets,” she told AFP.

The Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) posted a link on its Facebook page to a Washington Post story headlined: “‘Please don’t be a Muslim’: Boston marathon blasts draw condemnation and dread in Muslim world.”

“Was this thought crossing your mind today? Seems like it was for many Muslims,” MPAC commented, referring to the link.

MPAC head Salam al-Marayati said: “Terrorism has no faith so it is irrelevant what the culprit … will claim as his affiliation. What is relevant is the crime of terrorism, which we as Muslims have been speaking out against.

“We have confidence in our country, the United States of America, to maintain its tradition of protecting minorities and all people subjected to hate or persecution.”

Muslim minority

America’s estimated 3.5 million Muslims make up fewer than 1 percent of the country’s population, according to a study by the Pew research group published in December.

A Pew poll published before the 10th anniversary of 9/11 found that “Muslims in the United States continue to reject extremism by much larger margins than most other Muslim publics.”

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  • Hellomr

    Kilala ang mga Muslim sa ganyang gawain pumatay ng walang kalaban laban…

    • LAD

      mga tuso pati,gaya nung kasama namin dati sa apartment na muslim, ayun daw sa relegiyon nila bawal sa kanila ang manlamang sa kapwa, sabi ng kasama namin wag mong isama ang islam ,magbayad ka ng tamang share nya sa kuryente at tubig wag yung para kaming sinesalestalk,

  • Hellomr

    Twin building sa New York sino ba nagpabagsak walang iba kundi Muslim ….

    • $$$BINAYaranPoAko!

      most people are very quick to point finger whenever incidents like this happens … their accusations are basically hollow and wallow themselves in finger pointing, blame game, and fault find with no basis at all or substantial facts to support!

      • LAD

        abay alangan namang sabihin nating ang nagpabagsak sa twin towers ay mga tauhan ni pope john paul, eh inamin na nga nung lokolokong si bin ladin

      • $$$BINAYaranPoAko!

        now, people form their opinions based on anything they hear and see without even trying to verify the information … the news today are full of distorted ‘facts’ that are being fed to the viewing public and the truth are hidden to keep the people ignorant …. journalism has now become sensationalism …. everything is doctored …. don’t be quick to judge … i hope that the authorities get the real suspects, not scapegoats who are innocents … many lives had been ruined because those caught were wrongfully accused

      • LAD

        hindi ko naman sinasabing mga muslim terrorist na nga ang may gawa ng boston bombing na yan, basi alng ang comment ko sa sinabi nung mga nauna na mga kagagawan ng muslim terrorist ang mga naunang pamimirwisyo, twin towers, at iba pa, na kumpirmado naman ,inamin pa nga nung sira ulong si bin ladin. marami din namang matititnong muslim… itong mga jihadist na ito iba naman kasi sa tingin ko ang kanilang, prophta at allah

      • 33Sam

        Well check these photos and videos out to enlighten you:

        The photos mainstream media does not want you to see of the Boston Murderthon:

        infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

        Any news media that does not carry these photos and asks questions as to why there were photos taken of Navy Seal dressed men carrying backpacks one minute and then seen without the backpacks that look exactly like the exploded backpack shown by Fox news, is nothing more than a goon-puppet for the people responsible for these murders. This is one murderthon the U.S. government has been caught having a hand in.

        Mainstream media and Boston authorities are purposely “looking the other way” on this. Proof that media is lying for the lying government.

        Here, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi asks Boston Governor Patrick, FBI Agent DesLauriers, and the Boston police-force heads about why the marathon contestants were told over loud speakers, that a bomb drill was taking place on the race grounds at the same time the race was happening and not to worry, moments before the bombs went off. Bidondi’s questions were rudely ignored with deer-in-the-headlights stares from the Governor and his entourage:

        youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

    • 33Sam

      Muslims controlled by CIA and the U.S. government brought down the Twin Towers. In 1993 the FBI was responsible for the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 with a 1,200 pound bomb hidden in a van parked in the Trade center basement.

      The photos mainstream media does not want you to see of the Boston Murderthon:

      infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

      Any news media that does not carry these photos and asks questions as to why there were photos taken of Navy Seal dressed men carrying backpacks one minute and then seen without the backpacks that look exactly like the exploded backpack shown by Fox news, is nothing more than a goon-puppet for the people responsible for these murders. This is one murderthon the U.S. government has been caught having a hand in.

      Mainstream media and Boston authorities are purposely “looking the other way” on this. Proof that media is lying for the lying government.

      Here, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi asks Boston Governor Patrick, FBI Agent DesLauriers, and the Boston police-force heads about why the marathon contestants were told over loud speakers, that a bomb drill was taking place on the race grounds at the same time the race was happening and not to worry, moments before the bombs went off. Bidondi’s questions were rudely ignored with deer-in-the-headlights stares from the Governor and his entourage:

      youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

    • 33Sam

      FBI was responsible for the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, refusing to disarm the 1,200 bomb placed inside a van parked under the Trade Center in the basement.

  • Albert Einstien

    be fair people NOT ALL muslims are terrorist….in fact most of them are peaceful citizens of the world…..religion should NOT be the BASIS of BIAS in pointing to the culprit..prayers & justice to the victims….peace should reign…..

    • Crazy_horse101010

      it happens all over the world even asia

    • JanofVA

      Maybe if they actually spoke out against it….help instead of harboring terrorists in their countries…and not celebrate on the streets everytime something like this happens in Europe and US, then MAYBE, the stereotypes will stop….until then, it will continue because they are not trusted.

      • generalproblem

        correct ka dyan

      • LAD

        oo nga mas lumalalim ang pananampalataya kuno lalong nasisisraan ng ulo, di ko tuloy maisip kung sino hipikrito katoliko o mga moklo

      • tonygadoy

        Very much correct. The more religious they are; the more they’re prone to violence.

      • 33Sam

        The government did this and are fooling you into thinking a Muslim did it.

        The photos mainstream media does not want you to see of the Boston Murderthon:

        infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

        Any news media that does not carry these photos and asks questions as to why there were photos taken of Navy Seal dressed men carrying backpacks one minute and then seen without the backpacks that look exactly like the exploded backpack shown by Fox news, is nothing more than a goon-puppet for the people responsible for these murders. This is one murderthon the U.S. government has been caught having a hand in.

        Mainstream media and Boston authorities are purposely “looking the other way” on this. Proof that media is lying for the lying government.

        Here, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi asks Boston Governor Patrick, FBI Agent DesLauriers, and the Boston police-force heads about why the marathon contestants were told over loud speakers, that a bomb drill was taking place on the race grounds at the same time the race was happening and not to worry, moments before the bombs went off. Bidondi’s questions were rudely ignored with deer-in-the-headlights stares from the Governor and his entourage:

        youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

      • guamjeff

        What do you say now Sam? The dirtbags that did this are caught and dead. Shooting it out with police. Throwing bombs just like those that killed those watching the race. Pictures of the scum placing their packs by children. Looking one guy in the eye while putting the bomb down that blew his legs off and almost killed him. You obviously are part of the support group for these guys. Just hope you are caught soon and put out of all of our misery.

      • Great Goliath

        1. Google “muslims condemn terrorism”
        2. Harboring terrorists ? Sir, 85-90 of AQ-s victims (killed) are muslims. Do you think muslims are “harboring” people that are more likely to kill them any else ?
        3. Since when to do muslims cheer or celebrate acts like this. There is 9/11 in which people claimed there cheering.Simply its not true. Are there people happy that this occured probably. The Westborough Church is also happy for this, in fact they are happy everytime an american is killed. I guess I can claim that Christians celebrate everytime there is a t-act.
        4. Accordring to the FBI at least 1/3 of all terrorists are found due to “snitching” from other muslims.

    • LAD

      nakakpagtaka lang bakit walang pumupunang muslim sa mga muslim na terrorista, ako sasabihin ko diretso wag nilang gamitin ang islam sa katarantaduhan nila

    • 33Sam

      The rich people that control the planet want to kill 90% of the human population this 21st century. Be aware. Peace cannot reign with eugenicists controlling the planet.

      infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

      youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

    • wizguy

      i agree with you. they should get the culprit not the innocent muslim. many muslim are not happy with this muslim terrorist group also. They are the dirt of their religion, just like in a family there is also a black sheep.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Richer/100001930670226 Bruce Richer

        wherre do you find all thses innocent muslims……………Iraq? Iran? Pakistan? Afghanistan, Syria, Indomnesia, Chechnya………….the list goes on and everywhere the list goes…….extreme violence by muslims follows

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Richer/100001930670226 Bruce Richer

        bull…when do the “Innocent muslims proteest such violence?

      • guamjeff

        Show me a muslim country that allows freedom of religion. There are none. They may partially tolerate the traditional Christians but they persecute t hem mercilessly and kill them without retribution often. If any Christian tries to discuss their religion or influence a muslim they are killed. If a child or family member converts to Christianity they are killed. Even in the USA these idiots kill their own children if they go against their parents or their religion of “peace” (barf, gag)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Richer/100001930670226 Bruce Richer

      every country where islam is there exists such bimbings, rape, honor killings and abuse of woman and children………….islam sucks

  • david

    looking from the standpoint of muslims, who have also been subjected to “terrorist acts” by the US govt, i say pareho lang sila. kawawa civilians in both sides dahil mga politicians ang decision-makers lagi. kung muslims feeling agrabyado kaya gumaganti, me dahilan. look at history. of course, americans who are collateral damage to this war, saan sila tatakbo?

    • JanofVA

      It doesn’t matter if the US didn’t get involved…war is inevitable in the Middle East…they are just inherently violent people. Remember the Iran and Iraq war??? Iraq invading Kuwait??? Afghanistan war with Russia??? Even if the US does nothing, they still attack.

      Why are they doing the same acts in the Philippines??? In London??? In Bali???

      • 33Sam

        You would be surprised who actually is behind these wars and terror attacks. Its the U.S. Government, the CIA, NATO controlling Al Qaeda and similar groups making it look like Muslims did it. War is inevitable in the Middle east because the globalist eugenicist bankers and the richest people on the planet want to kill Muslims and Arabs.

        The photos mainstream media does not want you to see of the Boston Murderthon:

        infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

        Any news media that does not carry these photos and asks questions as to why there were photos taken of Navy Seal dressed men carrying backpacks one minute and then seen without the backpacks that look exactly like the exploded backpack shown by Fox news, is nothing more than a goon-puppet for the people responsible for these murders. This is one murderthon the U.S. government has been caught having a hand in.

        Mainstream media and Boston authorities are purposely “looking the other way” on this. Proof that media is lying for the lying government.

        Here, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi asks Boston Governor Patrick, FBI Agent DesLauriers, and the Boston police-force heads about why the marathon contestants were told over loud speakers, that a bomb drill was taking place on the race grounds at the same time the race was happening and not to worry, moments before the bombs went off. Bidondi’s questions were rudely ignored with deer-in-the-headlights stares from the Governor and his entourage:

        youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

    • 33Sam

      You are correct on this:

      The photos mainstream media does not want you to see of the Boston Murderthon:

      infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

      Any news media that does not carry these photos and asks questions as to why there were photos taken of Navy Seal dressed men carrying backpacks one minute and then seen without the backpacks that look exactly like the exploded backpack shown by Fox news, is nothing more than a goon-puppet for the people responsible for these murders. This is one murderthon the U.S. government has been caught having a hand in.

      Mainstream media and Boston authorities are purposely “looking the other way” on this. Proof that media is lying for the lying government.

      Here, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi asks Boston Governor Patrick, FBI Agent DesLauriers, and the Boston police-force heads about why the marathon contestants were told over loud speakers, that a bomb drill was taking place on the race grounds at the same time the race was happening and not to worry, moments before the bombs went off. Bidondi’s questions were rudely ignored with deer-in-the-headlights stares from the Governor and his entourage:

      youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Richer/100001930670226 Bruce Richer

      you are very wrong as such violence follows in every muslim country. even when the U.S. is not involved…………..muslims are just plain barbarians…………….honor killings, suicide bombings, beheadings, mombs in dance parlors on schoolbuses and in movie thearters such as in chechnya and the philipines. Then there are the planes which have been blown up by muslims, the subways and the list continues much farther than the space here allows

  • halfpunk

    hindi lahat ng muslim ay terrorista pero lahat ng terrorista ay muslim……

    • LAD

      he he he galing mo ate

    • 33Sam

      Mali hindi lahat ay Muslim, ang mga terrorista ay U.S. government din:

      infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

      youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

      • http://www.facebook.com/roger.destua Roger Destua

        bakit ang phil govt hindi? every govt mi mga ginagawang “terroristic” activities. Pero kaya naman parati stereotyped ang mga muslim as terrorista ay dahil na rin din sa kanilang paniniwala na justified sila pumatay ng dahil sa relihiyong islam.

  • billy scott

    daming magaling dito. buti pa ako ATHEIST. I only believe Science.

    • LAD

      bakla ka rin? kasama mo sina ate…kasi ako ateyist din….lukah dapat I only believe in science… may painglis ka pa kasi bruha ka ..hala maglaba na at linisin ang parlor

    • 33Sam

      Ok Mr. Science, then look at these photos and video:

      infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

      youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

  • 33Sam

    The photos mainstream media does not want you to see of the Boston Murderthon:

    infowarsDOTcom/boston-bombing-culprits-found/

    Any news media that does not carry these photos and asks questions as to why there were photos taken of Navy Seal dressed men carrying backpacks one minute and then seen without the backpacks that look exactly like the exploded backpack shown by Fox news, is nothing more than a goon-puppet for the people responsible for these murders. This is one murderthon the U.S. government has been caught having a hand in.

    Mainstream media and Boston authorities are purposely “looking the other way” on this. Proof that media is lying for the lying government.

    Here, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi asks Boston Governor Patrick, FBI Agent DesLauriers, and the Boston police-force heads about why the marathon contestants were told over loud speakers, that a bomb drill was taking place on the race grounds at the same time the race was happening and not to worry, moments before the bombs went off. Bidondi’s questions were rudely ignored with deer-in-the-headlights stares from the Governor and his entourage:

    youtubeDOTcom/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SqmtMA25kW4#!

  • Hellomr

    They should extinguished all the Muslim in the United States purges them out where they belong….

  • Hellomr

    Sino ba ang nagdadala ng explosive sa katawan at pinasasabog sa karamihan ng tao diba mga Muslim ….. Sino ba ang nag pipiloto ng ng ibangga ang eroplano sa twin tower sa New York diba mga Muslim …..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Richer/100001930670226 Bruce Richer

    Muslims are too cowardly to stand up and voice their dissapproval of bombing 8 year old boys for alah and mohammed

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.armstrong.5686 Richard Armstrong

    Once a muzzy always a muzzy. There is no such thing a moderate muzzy. These people do not belong in our society. I can and you know we have many examples that confirm this.

  • artvet2

    Hey folks – it matters not where the violence occurs, in a Muslim country or a Western one. What matters is that those Muslims NOT supporting the violence against other religions really must take an open and loud stand against the radicals. If they fail to do so, they will be painted with the same brush as the radicals.

  • JayMankind

    “Please don’t be a Muslim”. Nice, catchy line but totally meaningless. How about teaching your children to be tolerant?

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