US mosques receive pro-Trump hate letter calling Muslims ‘filthy’
THREE California mosques received a letter calling Muslims “vile and filthy”, praising President-elect Donald Trump and saying he plans to “cleanse” America, an association of Muslim-Americans said.
The same short, anti-Muslim letter – addressed to “Children of Satan” – was sent in recent days to mosques in San Jose in northern California and Long Beach and Claremont in the Los Angeles area, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said on November 27.
The letter dismissed Muslims as a “vile and filthy people” and called on them to “pack your bags and get out of Dodge”, the council said.
Mr Trump, the letter added, is “going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims”.
The document has prompted council chapters in California to appeal for stepped-up police protection of mosques.
“This hate campaign targetting houses of worship must be investigated as an act of religious intimidation, and our state’s leaders should speak out against the growing anti-Muslim bigotry that leads to such incidents,” said Hussam Ayloush, leader of the council’s Los Angeles branch.
Since Mr Trump – who railed against Muslims and immigrants during the campaign – was elected on November 8, more than 100 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred across the country, said CAIR.
It quoted the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which monitors hate crimes, as saying over 700 incidents targetting different minority groups had been documented since election day. – DUTCH officials have culled 190,000 ducks on a central Netherlands farm where inspectors have confirmed the presence of a highly infectuous strain of bird flu, officials and local media said.
The outbreak was detected at a farm in Biddinghuizen, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Amsterdam, where about 180,000 ducks were put down together with another 10,000 within a one kilometre radius, the Dutch food and safety watchdog NVWA said.
Authorities have also imposed a ban on poultry and poultry product transport within a 10 kilometre radius, ONE man was gunned down and nine people wounded in a shootout in the historic French Quarter of the southern US city of New Orleans.
Some 30 officers rushed to the scene when shots rang out around, city police superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters. the statement said.
Tests indicated that the birds were killed by an H5N8 variant of the disease “which is highly infectuous” for poultry – killing about 30 percent of infected birds – but not “very dangerous to humans”, public newscaster NOS said.
Earlier this month the Netherlands shuttered petting zoos and banned duck hunting as it stepped up measures to stem a bird flu outbreak blamed for killing scores of poultry and more than a thousand wild birds in the country.
In the western port of Rotterdam, a park closed its animal section after
The man died of gunshot wounds, while two women and seven men were injured.
Two men were arrested in connection with the shooting, but Mr Harrison said a motive had yet to be established.
Thousands of outsiders hadpoured several aquatic birds were found to have died from the H5N8 virus. Others still not affected have been penned in.
And on the banks of Lake Markermeer, close to Amsterdam, about 1250 wild birds were found dead earlier this month, local news reports said.
The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed more than 420 people, mainly in southeast Asia, since first appearing in 2003. Another strain of bird flu, H7N9, has claimed more than 200 lives since emerging in 2013, according to World Health Organisation figures. – into the French Quarter as New Orleans hosted the Bayou Classic, an annual American football game between two rival Louisiana state universities.
The multi-day event includes a competition between rival marching bands, concerts and a parade. –