New Zealand Muslim leader (& U.S. Women’s March leader) ‘blame Jews’ for Christchurch attack

March 27, 2019



1. World’s tallest building lit up with image of Jacinda Ardern
2. Terrorism in New Zealand and Manchester, and Britain’s would-be prime minister
3. Women’s March leader links ‘American Jewish Establishment’ to NZ mosque attacks
4. Leftist students wearing ‘Bernie 2020’ shirts harass, blame Chelsea Clinton for New Zealand shootings
5. Prominent New Zealand Muslim leader blames Jews for Christchurch attack
6. Not Israel, not the U.S., but China
7. China rounds up a million Muslims, forces them to eat pork
8. The AP: Missing out massacres of Christians
9. Homeless 8-year-old Christian refugee who fled Boko Haram wins NY chess championship



[Notes by Tom Gross]

(Here are a few more observations concerning the massacre of Muslim worshippers by an Australian white supremacist at two New Zealand mosques 12 days ago.)

The world’s tallest building has been lit up (photo above) with a giant image to honor New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her leadership following the massacre.

The 829-metre-tall Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beamed out a photo of Ardern embracing a woman at the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington.

United Arab Emirates ruler Sheikh Mohammed rightly praised Arden for her political leadership following the massacre. (But it would be nice if the UAE might also improve its own appalling human rights record, release political prisoners, and stop torturing liberal reformists in its dungeons.)

Ardern has received credit from commentators around the world for her handling of the tragedy.

Two glowing editorials by The New York Times were headlined “America deserves a leader as good as Jacinda Ardern”, and “Jacinda Ardern leads by following no-one”.




British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn called the attack on the New Zealand mosques “terrorism” (which of course it is).

But when it comes to terror attacks on British people, either by the IRA in the past, or the Islamist shrapnel-laden suicide bomb attack on high school girls attending an Ariana Grande in the British city of Manchester on May 22, 2017, Corbyn tried to avoid calling these attacks terrorism.

Twenty-three people were murdered in the Manchester terror attack, and 139 were wounded, more than half of them children.

And when it comes to terrorist attacks on Israeli Jews, Corbyn doesn’t only avoid using the word terrorism, he appeared to welcome the murder of Israelis, as witnessed, for example, by his wreath-laying at the graves of the terrorist who helped perpetrate the Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.

Corbyn could soon become British prime minister if early elections are called in the UK as a result of the Brexit stalemate.



Women’s March National Co-Chair Bob Bland has finally apologized after she was condemned a week ago for sharing a post suggesting the “American Jewish Establishment” had some connection to the New Zealand mosque attacks.

On March 17, Bland shared a post from Jesse Rabinowitz, an extreme left-wing anti-Israel Jew, who wrote: “The same language and hate that folks spew against Sisters Linda Sarsour and Rep. Ilhan Omar killed 54 Muslims in New Zealand. You can’t stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and simultaneously disavow Muslim women for speaking their truths. American Jewish Establishment, I’m looking at you.”

(TG: 50 people died in the shootings, not 54.)

Bland apologized saying that “it has come to my attention that some people are upset that I shared Jesse’s post. I was juggling 2 kids on a Sunday + not being mindful. I’m sorry. I do agree with the first 2 sentences that Jesse said, except I would extend it to all establishment politicians of both parties, of any or no faith. Words matter and I should have clarified.”

The Women’s March leaders, particularly Sarsour, have stirred controversy over the last two years for repeatedly insulting Jews in many posts and speeches deemed anti-Semitic. Many liberal Jews said they couldn’t stomach its anti-Semitism any longer and boycotted this year’s march.

“Calling out anti-Semitism is not bigotry against Muslims. We’ve witnessed this enough times: the zero-sum game these women are playing literally leads to horror,” the feminist group Zioness said in a statement condemning Bland. “Jews and Muslims are in fact targeted by the same heinous actors within the white nationalist movement across the globe, which is why Jews and Muslims of conscience have come together in solidarity during crises like we witnessed in Christchurch and in Pittsburgh.”

Bob Bland has been a hero to many in the leftist media, being feted, for example, at a Vanity Fair magazine event in 2017.



(For those who haven’t seen it:) Amazingly, and appallingly, NYU students confronted a pregnant Chelsea Clinton, and said that because Chelsea had condemned anti-Semitism on the left of America’s Democratic Party a month earlier, she had “stoked” the hatred behind the New Zealand shootings.

“After all that you have done, all the Islamophobia that you have stoked,” senior Leen Dweik angrily tells Clinton, “this right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words you have put out in the world.

“The 49 people died because of the rhetoric you put out there,” said Dweik, while wearing a “Bernie Sanders 2020 T-shirt”.

Video of Clinton being harassed here:



New Zealand’s Jewish community has expressed dismay after a prominent mosque leader blamed Mossad for being behind the Christchurch terror attack.

On Saturday, at a (mis-named) “anti-racist” rally organized to mark the New Zealand attacks, Muslim leader Ahmed Bhamji told more than 1000 people:

“I stand here and I say I have a very very strong suspicion that there’s some group behind him and I am not afraid to say I feel Mossad is behind this.”

A person in the crowd shouts: “It’s the truth. Israel is behind this. That’s right!”

A video of his speech has been widely shared on social media, for example here (in criticism):


New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses said: “These conspiracy theories are dangerous lies. They put the Jewish community at risk, at a time of heightened security concerns.”

“Conspiracy theories – particularly the idea that Jews (whether through the Jewish state or otherwise) are a malevolent controlling force in the world – are at the very core of anti-Semitism.”

When asked by New Zealand media to explain himself on Monday, Bhamji defended his speech, saying a commission of inquiry needs to be set up by the New Zealand government to find out if Israel was behind the attack.

More here from the New Zealand news site Newshub.



Tom Gross adds: As readers know, conspiracy theories about Jews and Israel – whether being behind the 9/11 attacks or pretty much anything else wrong in the world – are staple bedrocks of anti-Semitism, prevalent on both the far right and far left, and a key component in speeches by Hitler in his rise to power.

For the record, the Christchurch murderer didn’t mention Jews or Israel at all in his “manifesto” and indeed the country he said he admired most was China, as well as citing ultra nationalist groups in Ukraine and Serbia whom he praised.

And as was reported by New Zealand’s media on the day of the shootings, Christchurch’s tiny Jewish community were among the first to rush to the scene and to local hospitals to offer assistance, including food and shelter, to the injured Muslims and the families of victims.



Here is a graphic reminder of the country that the Australian terrorist who murdered Muslims in New Zealand, thought was the best.

AFP (Agence France Presse) news agency reports:

“Among the obligations for detainees of all ages is to eat pork on Fridays, which is a holy day for Muslims. Consumption of pork is prohibited by Islam’s religious restrictions.”

Full piece:

Muslim former detainee tells of China camp trauma
March 21, 2019

Istanbul (AFP) - For Muslims in China’s re-education camps, indoctrination starts with early morning patriotic songs and sessions of self-criticism, and often ends with a meal of only pork, according to one exiled former detainee.

UN experts say China holds one million Muslims in camps in the heavily policed Xinjiang region where most of the country’s ethnic Uyghur, the largest Muslim minority, live.

Beijing has rejected the accusations and says it runs education training centres as part of its fight against Islamist extremism in the Muslim-majority region.

The sites are a kind of “campus”, according to China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng speaking last week.

For Omir Bekali, an ethnic Kazakh who says he spent several weeks in a camp in Karamay in Xinjiang before fleeing to Turkey a year ago, it was more about trauma than education.

The camps had only one objective, he said, to strip detainees of their religious belief.

“Every morning, at 0700 to 0730, we had to sing the Chinese national anthem. We sang together, 40 or 50 people, facing the wall,” Belaki told AFP, recalling the scene in his modest Istanbul apartment.

“I never really wanted to sing, but because of the daily repetition, it sinks in. Even a year later, the music is still resonating in my head,” he said, adjusting the traditional patterned cap worn by Kazakh men.


Born in Xinjiang to ethnic Uyghur and Kazakh parents, Bekali like many minorities from China, left for Kazakhstan in 2006 to look for work. There, he got Kazakh nationality.

His troubles began in March 2017 when he was arrested in Xinjiang after he returned on a business trip for his Kazakh travel agency.

After spending seven months in prison on charges of aiding “terrorism”, he was sent to a re-education camp.

Among the obligations for detainees of all ages he says was to eat pork on Fridays, which is a holy day for Muslims. Consumption of pork is prohibited by Islam’s religious restrictions.

He said the “students” -- as officials called them -- were also forbidden to speak a language other than Chinese and to pray or grow a beard, which authorities interpreted as a sign of religious radicalisation.

Bekali said he was able to leave after nearly two months in the camp, he believes, because of an intervention by Kazakhstan authorities.

The former detainee has been visiting overseas conferences to tell his story as one of the few survivors able to speak out. Most prefer to keep quiet, for fear of endangering their loved ones in China.

Bekali has no news of his parents and his three brothers and sister, who remain in China. After being released, he left Kazakhstan to settle in Turkey with his wife and children. He said he wanted to “put more distance” between himself and China.



This horrific list of terrorist atrocities on houses of worship worldwide, released following the New Zealand massacres by the Associated Press and reprinted in thousands of publications around the world, omits some attacks on worshippers in churches, such as the Jihadist attack on a cathedral in Alindao in Central African Republic that killed 48 last year on November 15, 2018.

Many bloody attacks on churches in Nigeria are missing too.

The two worst attacks, in terms of the death toll, on the list were attacks on mosques in Yemen and in Egyptian Sinai, carried out by the Islamic State.


A look at attacks on houses of worship over last decade
The Associated Press
March 15, 2019

Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade:

July 16, 2010: Jundallah group kills 27 and injures 270 after it carries out a double suicide bombing against another Shiite mosque in southeastern Iran.

Oct. 31, 2010: Al-Qaida in Iraq militants attack Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad during Sunday night mass, killing 58 people in the deadliest assault targeting Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion there. Al-Qaida in Iraq later became the Islamic State group.

Dec. 15, 2010: Two suicide bombers from the Sunni extremist group Jundallah blow themselves up near a mosque in southeastern Iran, including six Revolutionary Guard commanders.

Aug. 5, 2012: Six members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, in Oak Creek, are fatally shot by a white supremacist, Wade Michael Page. Page was shot by a responding officer and later killed himself.

Nov. 18, 2014: Two Palestinians using axes, knives and a gun kill four Jewish worshippers and an Israeli police officer in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.

Jan. 30, 2015: Suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the Pakistani town of Shikarpur kills 71. Jundullah claims responsibility.

March 20, 2015: Islamic State suicide bombers attack a pair of mosques in Yemen’s capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people.

June 17, 2015: Nine black worshippers including a pastor are killed by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, after he prayed with them in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was convicted of federal hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion charges and sentenced to death.

Sept. 24, 2015: A suicide bomber strikes a mosque in Yemen’s rebel-held capital, killing 25 worshippers during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Nov. 12, 2016: Suicide bomber from Islamic State group kills over 50 at the shrine of Shah Noorani, in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

Dec. 11, 2016: Suicide bomber strikes inside a Cairo chapel adjacent to St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of Egypt’s ancient Coptic Orthodox Church. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, which killed at least 25 people.

Jan. 29, 2017: A gunman killed six men during evening prayers at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City. Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and attempted murder charges and was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Feb. 16, 2017: Suicide bomber detonates his explosives vest among the devotees at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Pakistan’s Sindh province, killing 98.

April 9, 2017: Twin suicide bombings rock churches in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria and Tanta, killing at least 45 people. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.

June 15, 2017: A suicide bomber kills four people at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul. Among the dead is a leader of Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite Muslims.

Aug. 1, 2017: A suicide bomber storms into the largest Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, opening fire on worshippers before blowing himself up, killing at least 90 people. Hundreds more were wounded in the attack, which happened during evening prayers.

Aug. 25, 2017: Militants storm a packed Shiite mosque in Kabul during Friday prayers. The attack ends with at least 28 worshippers killed and 50 wounded, many of them children. Two of the assailants blow themselves up and another two are shot dead by Afghan security forces.

Sept. 29, 2017: A suicide bomber blows himself up outside a Shiite mosque in Kabul, killing five. The attack took place as worshippers were leaving the mosque after Friday prayers.

Oct. 20, 2017: The Islamic State group claims a suicide bomber attack, killing 31 and wounding 29 people, at a Shiite mosque in Kabul.

Nov. 5, 2017: Dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault weapon, 26-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others.

Nov. 24, 2017: Militants kill 311 worshippers in a mosque attack in north Sinai, the deadliest such terrorist attack in Egypt’s modern history.

Dec. 17, 2017: Islamic State attack on a church in Pakistani city of Quetta kills 16 people.

Aug. 3, 2018: Suicide bombers disguised in burqa robes attack a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan, killing 27 people.

Oct. 27, 2018: A gunman believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media entered Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Pittsburgh and opened fire, killing 11 and wounding six, including four police officers.

Jan. 27, 2019: Two suicide attackers detonate two bombs during a Mass in a Roman Catholic cathedral on the largely Muslim island of Jolo in the southern Philippines, killing 23 and wounding about 100 others. Three days later, an attacker hurls a grenade in a mosque in nearby Zamboanga city, killing two religious teachers.

March 15, 2019: 50 people are killed in an attack at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.



Islamist militias including Boko Haram murdered at least 6,000 Nigerian Christians last year, and forced tens of thousands to flee in a policy of ethnic cleansing as they seek to impose Sharia law on formerly majority Christian areas. (They killed many thousands in each of the years before 2018 too.)

(I interviewed one teenage victim here:

(Or here with over 93,000 views.)

Because they are black Africans and because they are Christian, the liberal media in the west has barely reported these massacres at all.

One story that has received attention, however, is about 8-year-old Tani (pictured above), who has just become New York State’s youth chess champion. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof (who is an exception to the rule in that he does quite often write on human rights victims, even if they are Christian) drew attention to Tani’s plight. His piece is below, after the first one by Leonardo Blair.

-- Tom Gross



Homeless 8-y-o Christian refugee who fled Boko Haram wins NY chess championship, donations pour in
By Leonardo Blair
Christian Post
March 18, 2019

Thousands of dollars in donations are now pouring in to help find a home for a homeless 8-year-old Christian refugee who fled persecution with his family from Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria, after he beat wealthier competitors to win New York State’s primary chess championship.

The boy, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is affectionately called Tani, is currently living with his family in a homeless shelter in Manhattan and only started playing chess just over a year ago, according to an op-ed by The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof.

Tani who is the new state chess king of the kindergarten through third grade level was undefeated at the state tournament earlier this month where he outsmarted children from “elite private schools with private chess tutors,” Kristof said. But he has a bigger ambition.

“I want to be the youngest grandmaster,” he said.

The young refugee’s family fled Nigeria in 2017 because of the ongoing terrorist attacks on Christians.

“Such violence often results in the loss of life and physical injury, as well as loss of property. As a result of the violence, Christians are also dispossessed of their land and means of livelihood. Christians in northern Nigeria, especially in the Sharia states, face discrimination and exclusion as second-class citizens. Christians with a Muslim background also face rejection from their own families and pressure to give up Christianity,” says Open Doors USA, an organization that helps persecuted Christians in 60 countries.

“I don’t want to lose any loved ones,” Tani’s father, Kayode Adewumi, told Kristof.

The family’s asylum request in the U.S. is still pending with a hearing scheduled for August.

In 2018, more than 6,000 Christians had been killed or maimed by Islamist terrorists affiliated either with Boko Haram group or the Fulani tribesmen, whose anti-Christian terrorism remains unchecked by Nigeria’s government.

Tani, his older brother, and his parents moved to New York City more than a year ago, according to Kristof, and a pastor directed them to a homeless shelter. He soon started attending P.S. 116 where a part-time chess teacher taught him how to play chess. With the blessing of his mother, Oluwatoyin Adewumi, he joined the chess club.

When he took part in his first chess tournament a year ago, Russell Makofsky, who oversees the P.S. 116 chess program, said Tani had the lowest rating of any participant, 105.

His rise since then, however, has been meteoric. His rating is now 1587 and continues to improve. To understand how well Tani is doing, Kristof noted that the world’s best player, Magnus Carlsen, has a rating of 2845.

“It’s an inspiring example of how life’s challenges do not define a person,” Jane Hsu, the principal of P.S. 116, which held a pep rally to celebrate Tani’s victory, told Kristof.

Hsu explained that even though his family currently does not have a home, his parents have worked hard to ensure that he succeeds. His father currently works two jobs while his mother recently completed a course to become a home health aide.

Two days ago, Makofsky launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money so Tani’s family can find a home. As of Monday morning, nearly 1,400 people had donated almost $100,000 and counting.

“I welcome this family and join them in wanting to help grow this boy’s talent. The family is inspiring and strong and an example of how welcoming immigrants has built this nation and added immeasurable good to our communities,” wrote one donor on the campaign’s site.

Tani also found support from actress Olivia Wilde, who tweeted the GoFundMe campaign on Saturday, noting: “I just donated to Tani’s gofundme campaign to help his family find a home. Please join me!”


This 8-Year-Old Chess Champion Will Make You Smile
Overcoming life’s basic truth: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.
By Nicholas Kristof
Opinion Columnist
New York Times
March 16, 2019

In a homeless shelter in Manhattan, an 8-year-old boy is walking to his room, carrying an awkward load in his arms, unfazed by screams from a troubled resident. The boy is a Nigerian refugee with an uncertain future, but he is beaming.

He can’t stop grinning because the awkward load is a huge trophy, almost as big as he is. This homeless third grader has just won his category at the New York State chess championship.

Much of the news of the last week has focused on wealthy families buying access to great universities, either illegally through bribes or legally through donations. There is no question that America is a tilted playing field that gives wealthy children huge advantages.

So we should all grin along with Tanitoluwa Adewumi, the newly crowned chess champion for kindergarten through third grade. He went undefeated at the state tournament last weekend, outwitting children from elite private schools with private chess tutors.

What’s even more extraordinary is that Tani, as he is known, learned chess only a bit more than a year ago. His play has skyrocketed month by month, and he now has seven trophies by his bed in the homeless shelter.

“I want to be the youngest grandmaster,” he told me.

Tani’s family fled northern Nigeria in 2017, fearing attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on Christians such as themselves. “I don’t want to lose any loved ones,” his father, Kayode Adewumi, told me.

So Tani, his parents and his older brother arrived in New York City a bit more than a year ago, and a pastor helped steer them to a homeless shelter. Tani began attending the local elementary school, P.S. 116, which has a part-time chess teacher who taught Tani’s class how to play.

Tani enjoyed the game and prodded his mom, Oluwatoyin Adewumi, to ask if he could join the chess club.

“He is interested in the chess program, which he will like to be participating in,” Mrs. Adewumi, who is working hard to master American English, emailed the club. She explained that she could not pay the fees for the program because the family was living in a shelter.

Russell Makofsky, who oversees the P.S. 116 chess program, waived the fees, and a year ago the boy took part in his first tournament with the lowest rating of any participant, 105.

His rating is now 1587 and rising fast. (By comparison, the world’s best player, Magnus Carlsen, stands at 2845.)

Tani has an aggressive style of play, and in the state tournament the coaches, watching from the sidelines, were shocked when he sacrificed a bishop for a lowly pawn. Alarmed, they fed the move into a computer and it agreed with Tani, recognizing that the gambit would improve his position several moves later.

“It’s an inspiring example of how life’s challenges do not define a person,” said Jane Hsu, the principal of P.S. 116, which held a pep rally to celebrate Tani’s victory. Hsu noted that while Tani lacks a home, he has enormously supportive parents dedicated to seeing him succeed.

Tani’s mom can’t play chess but takes him every Saturday to a three-hour free practice session in Harlem, and she attends his tournaments. His dad lets Tani use his laptop each evening to practice. And although religion is extremely important to the family, the parents let Tani miss church when necessary to attend a tournament.

“Tani is rich beyond measure,” in the strength, love and support of his family, Makofsky told me.

Tani’s dad has two jobs: He rents a car that he uses to drive for Uber, and he has also become a licensed real estate salesman. Tani’s mom has passed a course to become a home health aide. Meeting them, it’s easy to see where Tani’s scrappy diligence came from.

It is sometimes tough for Tani. His parents say that he once came home from school crying after classmates teased him for being homeless. And at an immigration hearing last fall, he burst into tears when he misunderstood the judge to say that the family would be deported.

“I feel American,” he explained. In fact, the family’s asylum request is dragging on, with the next hearing scheduled for August.

Tani tries to put that out of his mind. He lies on the floor of the shelter and practices chess for hours each evening — now preparing for the elementary national championship in May.

“He is so driven,” said his school chess teacher, Shawn Martinez. “He does 10 times more chess puzzles than the average kid. He just wants to be better.”

Makofsky shook his head wonderingly. “One year to get to this level, to climb a mountain and be the best of the best, without family resources,” he said. “I’ve never seen it.”

Tani is a reminder that refugees enrich this nation — and that talent is universal, even if opportunity is not. Back in Nigeria, his parents say, his brilliance at chess would never have had an outlet.

“The U.S. is a dream country,” his dad told me. “Thank God I live in the greatest city in the world, which is New York, New York.”


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