By Julie Blackadder.
As the initial wave of horror at the murder of Lee Rigby dies down, the far Right have been doing their best to maintain hostile attitudes towards Muslims. Amongst various bits of nonsense doing the rounds is the story of a vicious attack on a 14 year old boy.
English Defence League’s Northampton Division facebook page has posted two hysterical status updates on the topic. “Another 14 yr old child is attacked in Gillingham by 15 Muslim youths”, starts the first. “Yet another Muslim Murder attempt on a British lad!! FRESH ATTACK!!”, says the second.
The photo caught my attention: I thought, he looks awfully young for fourteen. Just on the off chance, I did a reverse image search, which led me to this link,
It turns out that the photo is of 11 year old Calvin Lock, pictured in hospital after he had a bad reaction to the drug Ibruprofen.
Anyway, the source of the story turns out to be Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs,
And also duplicated here, http://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/gang-of-15-muslims-savagely-attack-and-stab-a-14-year-old-english-boy/, featuring a picture of a completely different boy.
Geller, and her blogging chum Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch, have a history of fomenting racial hatred through bullshit, and were the founders of the “Stop the Islamization of America” campaign. I couldn’t find a link that wasn’t the work of far right nutters, so I did another reverse image search on the picture. This turned up several links from The Press News, including these:-
The attack is supposed to have taken place last Friday night, and supposedly, “A police spokesman said the initial police report had not classified the attack as racially-motivated but inquiries were continuing.”
Well that is truly, bloody amazing, Pamela, because that attack happened on the 30th October, 2009, and the subsequent court case collapsed in November 2010.
Joseph Haigh was clearly the victim of a brutal assault, but it’s despicable to use a 4 year old case to stir up racial tensions, already high after Woolwich.
And another thing, Ms Geller, how do you “know” the attackers were Muslim, you batshit weirdo?
Why the EDL felt it necessary to use a randomly googled pic, I do not know, nor why they said the attack took place in Gillingham, Kent, when in fact it occurred in Thornhill, West Yorkshire. Nuffink to do with a man being arrested for a mosque attack in Gillingham, I don’t suppose..
Pamela, and Robert Spencer, have been asked to speak at the English Defence League’s demo in Woolwich on June 29th. Hope not hate have sent an open letter to Theresa May, for which they have collected thousands of signatures, asking that they be denied entry to the UK.
“We believe that their [Spencer and Geller’s] ultimate objective is to incite hatred against all Muslims and the consequences of their very presence in the UK will give encouragement to racists and extremists, who seek to use the awful murder of Drummer Lee Rigby to further their hateful agenda.”
Well, that seems fair enough. Sod off, Pamela. Britain doesn’t need you.