Stop hate at­tacks in Amer­ica

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

TCal­i­for­nia, HE cold-blooded mur­der of a Mus­lim cou­ple in San Jose,

could be an act of Is­lam­o­pho­bia. Ghu­lam Rabbi (59) and his wife Shamima (57) were shot dead in­side their home, and their bod­ies were re­cov­ered by po­lice as friends and rel­a­tives re­ported that they haven’t heard from them for days. But a grisly mes­sage found near their bod­ies has raised alarms. The piece of pa­per found at the crime scene said: “Sorry, my first kill was clumsy.” The cou­ple had em­i­grated to the US from Bangladesh and lived a low-pro­file life. The plot thick­ens as one of the two sons of the de­ceased is miss­ing. Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that a ‘di­a­tribe’ was found writ­ten on the wall claim­ing that Shamima begged for life as she was be­ing killed. This makes it a case of hate-crime with vested in­ter­ests bent upon fan­ning com­mu­nal strife in the coun­try.

Is­lam­o­pho­bia is not new to the US. In the wake of mil­i­tancy in the Mid­dle East, and a large num­ber of young­sters go­ing the Daesh way, there has been an in­crease in hate at­tacks against the Mus­lims. Ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris, Brus­sels and San Bernardino have crip­pled the co­ex­is­tence equa­tion be­tween Mus­lims and other com­mu­ni­ties of Europe and Amer­ica. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, tak­ing cog­ni­sance of the sit­u­a­tion, had called for tol­er­ance and slammed the sen­ti­ments of oth­er­ness in the so­ci­ety. The new wave of dis­crim­i­na­tory acts against Mus­lims is un­prece­dented, and it ne­ces­si­tates not only con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures but also a new so­cial con­tract. It is a fal­lacy to equate ter­ror­ism with any re­li­gion or com­mu­nity, and this is what peo­ple across the board should un­der­stand. Mus­lims are as pa­triot as any other com­mu­ni­ties in their re­spec­tive so­ci­eties. Hate and homi­cide at­tacks are serv­ing no pur­pose other than push­ing the Mus­lims to the edges . — Khaleej Times

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