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May15

Getting ridiculous: Flying while Muslim paranoia is out of hand

By: Star-Ledger Editorial Board Source: nj.com The former Princeton associate professor yanked off a plane for doing math is only the latest such embarrassment in the era of Donald Trump. Almost weekly, we are seeing reports of someone kicked off a flight for a ridiculous reason, best summarized as flying while Muslim — or just while looking Muslim. There was the 26-year-old student at University of California, Berkeley, escorted off a plane for speaking Arabic; the Muslim passengers barred from flying after viewing news reports on their phones, or asking if they could sit together, or “staring back at” a crew member. The Sikh activist and fellow at Stanford Law School who said...

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May14

“This is America” – Man rips hijab off Muslim woman on airplane

By:  Christopher Mathias Source: Huffington Post A North Carolina man ripped off a Muslim woman’s hijab and screamed “This is America!” during a Southwest Airlines flight late last year, court documents revealed Friday. Gill Parker Payne, 37, of Gastonia, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in a New Mexico federal court Friday to a misdemeanor hate crime charge of using force to intentionally obstruct the woman’s free exercise of her religious beliefs. In a plea agreement, Payne admitted to being aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Dec. 11, 2015, when he saw a woman wearing a hijab sitting a few rows in front of him. Near the end of the flight, Payne,...

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May12

US: Is the FBI causing Jews to fear Muslims?

By: Aviva Stahl Source: AlterNet Since 9/11, the FBI and NYPD have solved dozens of terror plots that its own agents and assets manufactured, including some against synagogues. Even if the plots were less than real, the foiled “attacks” have greatly impacted both the defendants and their alleged victims, spreading fear among Jewish-Americans and triggering panicked reports about heightened threat against Jews. The arrest this April of James Medina, a recent convert to Islam with an extensive criminal history, may be the latest evidence of the disturbing practice. An FBI affidavit showed an FBI source suggesting that Medina bomb the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Hollywood, Florida on...

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