Killing of London Ontario Muslim family with truck was hate crime

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jerrym
Killing of London Ontario Muslim family with truck was hate crime

Police have announced that the killing of a London Ontario Muslim family yesterday was a hate crime. The religious and racial hatred prevalent in Canada raises its ugly head again. 

Four members of a Canadian Muslim family who were killed on Sunday when a pickup truck jumped the curb and ran them over were deliberately targeted in an anti-Islamic hate crime, Canadian police said on Monday.

"There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate," Detective Superintendent Paul Waight of the London, Ontario, police told reporters. "It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim," Waight said.

Police arrested the suspected attacker, 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, on Sunday. His truck swerved off the road, over the curb, struck the family and then drove off at high speed, police said, citing witnesses. ...

Veltman, described as a London resident, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He is due in back in court on Thursday after being remanded to custody on Monday. Veltman does not have a criminal record, and is not known to be a member of a hate group, police said. He was arrested in a mall parking lot without incident while wearing a body-armor-type vest, police said. There is no evidence he had any accomplices.

The attack was the worst against Canadian Muslims since a man gunned down six members of a Quebec City mosque in 2017. London Mayor Ed Holder said it was the worst mass murder his city had ever seen.

Police said the family requested that the names of the victims not be released yet, but provided their ages. A 74-year-old woman died on the scene, while a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl died after being taken to a hospital, police said. A 9-year-old boy survived and is in the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

"This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil, and should be treated as such," said Mustafa Farooq, head of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. "There are some very, very scared people out there," London's mayor said.

London, which has about 400,000 residents, has a large Muslim community and Holder said Arabic is the second-most-spoken language to English in the city.

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/four-killed-by-car-were-victims-a...

 

NDPP

Police say driver intentionally struck 5 pedestrians in London, Ontario because they were Muslim

https://twitter.com/i/events/1401992596386320389

"In a statement, the detective inspector said 'there is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act and that the family was targeted because of their Muslim faith.' A 9-year-old boy who remains in hospital with serious injuries is the only survivor of the family, officials say...[thread]

Appalling hate crime with a background of a massive and relentless anti-Muslim demonization campaign since at least  9/11 with continuing 'after-shocks'. Sincerest condolences...

NDPP

"Community vigil will be held at the London Muslim Mosque tomorrow at 7 pm. Vigil will be live-streamed on Facebook."

https://twitter.com/nccm/status/1402039475585355779

 

NDPP

#OurLondonFamily

https://twitter.com/mhamou/status/1402064787912237057

"We ask Canadians and allies abroad to change their social media profile pictures to the image below of the Green Ribbon Against Islamophobia, using the hashtag Hate will never win."

NDPP

Heard a CBC interview with the London chief of police this morning. He said terrorism charges 'are not off the table.' There are still few details being released on the identity and background of the alleged murderer Nathaniel Veltman.

A huge, central question that remains to be answered is who is Nathaniel Veltman and  from whence came the violent Islamophobia that moved him to kill this Muslim family in such an awful apparently planned and targeted attack?

"Let me be clear: This was an act of mass murder, perpetrated against Muslims and rooted in unspeakable hatred. The magnitude of such hatred can make one question who we are as a city..." - London mayor Ed Holder -

And as a country.

NDPP

"Saddened to learn of the killing of a Muslim Pakistani-origin Canadian family in London, Ontario. This condemnable act of terrorism reveals the growing Islamophobia in Western countries. Islamophobia needs to be countered holistically by the International community."

Imran Khan PM of Pakistan

https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1402140136201195520

Ken Burch

NDPP wrote:

#OurLondonFamily

https://twitter.com/mhamou/status/1402064787912237057

"We ask Canadians and allies abroad to change their social media profile pictures to the image below of the Green Ribbon Against Islamophobia, using the hashtag Hate will never win."

Done.

NDPP

"The fact that I don't see Nathaniel Veltman's photo all over the media says everything about White vs POC criminal coverage...From what I heard his social media was deleted after his name was released."

https://twitter.com/awksandanx/status/1402047094655946759

NDPP

Islamophobia on the Rise (and vid)

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2021/06/08/658585/Islamo-phobia-on-the-rise

"In this edition of The Debate, Press TV interviews Tarafa Baghajati, founder of Initiative By Austrian Muslims, out of Vienna and Zafar Bangash, director of The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought from Toronto, to look at the reasons for the rise of Islamophobia..."

NDPP

'This was a terrorist attack': Trudeau condemns London hit-and-run that left four Muslim family members dead

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-london-terroris-attack-1.16057480

"This killing was no accident, this was a terrorist attack,' Trudeau said in a speech in the House of Commons. Trudeau also vowed to redouble the government's efforts to dismantle 'far-right hate groups' that encourage such violent activity..."

Wouldn't that necessarily include the government of Apartheid Israel with its hyperactive lobby/fund-raising organizations and its recruitment of Canadians into the IDF here?  Would it not necessarily also include the violent, fascist Kahanist organization the Jewish Defence League Canada?

Or is this all just another Justin Trudeau virtue-signalling moment at the awful expense of all Muslims and all Canadians who demand these hate-crimes stop, 'full of sound and fury signifying nothing'?

Ask Justin Trudeau to hold an immediate national summit with Muslim community leaders,  Stop Supporting Apartheid Israel's genocide of Palestinians under an illegal occupation &  to ban JDL- Canada for a start!

[email protected]

MegB

NDPP wrote:

Ask Justin Trudeau to hold an immediate national summit with Muslim community leaders,  Stop Supporting Apartheid Israel's genocide of Palestinians under an illegal occupation &  to ban JDL- Canada for a start!

[email protected]

At the very least. 

jerrym

MegB wrote:

NDPP wrote:

Ask Justin Trudeau to hold an immediate national summit with Muslim community leaders,  Stop Supporting Apartheid Israel's genocide of Palestinians under an illegal occupation &  to ban JDL- Canada for a start!

[email protected]

At the very least. 

And end the legally sanctioned discrimination of Quebec's Bill 21 that banned certain public employees, including public school teachers and government lawyers, from wearing religious symbols in the workplace.

"Quebec's religious symbols ban is pushing some women to rethink their future in the province"

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/u-k-vaccine-rollout-why-seth-loves-christm...

voice of the damned

NDPP wrote:

"The fact that I don't see Nathaniel Veltman's photo all over the media says everything about White vs POC criminal coverage...From what I heard his social media was deleted after his name was released."

https://twitter.com/awksandanx/status/1402047094655946759

The National Post is now publishing Veltman's picture. As far as I can tell, CBC, generally viewed as among the more racially egalitarian of the mainstream media, is not.

voice of the damned

Just watched a video about Veltman on CBC. They apparently know that he used to work on an egg farm, but still won't show his picture.

CTV has a picture of Veltman as part of a two-photo slide-show at the bottom of one of their articles.

NDPP

Suspect in alleged London hate killings laughed during arrest

https://nationalpost.com/news/local-news/who-is-nathaniel-veltman-accuse...

"The pickup driver was wearing what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest, a military style helmet and clothing that perhaps had swastikas on it, Savehilaghi said. A pair of neighbours earlier told The Free Press Veltman lived alone in his unit and described him as an introverted white man who played video games and rarely interacted with those living nearby..."

voice of the damned

In the UK, the Daily Mail(aka the Daily Heil) is also running Veltman's picture.

NDPP

Now that it's finally out there others will inevitably publish it also. Still puzzled why it took this long.

NDPP

"This is about:

  1. #OurLondonFamily
  2. Anti-Muslim #HateCrime
  3. Canadian Foreign Policy failure to protect Canadian Muslims

It is not about anything else and no one can exploit it to play the victim card..."

https://twitter.com/yasetrallah/status/1402673723233247232

NDPP

"Like it or not, Zionism is a major contributor to the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim beliefs and attitudes in Canada. Settler-colonialism thrives on the idea that Muslims are inferior and an existential threat, and that any violent or oppressive policy against them is justifiable."

https://twitter.com/mbueckert/status/1402236803915173889

NDPP

A terrorist attack in Canada and the politicians who primed it

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/6/9/a-terrorist-attack-in-canada...

"On Sunday, Islamophobic violence surfaced once again in Canada. It was former PM Stephen Harper who stoked it. Once a rank politician, always a rank politician..."

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Agree 100% that Harper milked the Muslim terrorist meme to the hilt. The Liberals were spineless post 9-11 and let Omar Khadr rot in Guantanamo but the Conservatives ran with and ramped up the US Islamaphobia campaign to the hilt.

travissmith

Based on pictures of the family they're not dressed in Islamic garb but clothing typical for South Asia even the head scarfs. The only way you'd know they're Islamic is by the plainer design on the clothes, which is insider knowledge and more so regional.

 

This attack was about more than Islam but it's good everyone has jumped to it. I wonder how this will affect the culture going forward and if there will be follow up attacks?

Speaking of Harper, the thread on Army.ca regarding the attack quickly devolved to site moderators saying they don't think Muslims belong in Western society. 

 

Here's some more context: https://www.ekospolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/20190415_slide3.png

https://www.ekospolitics.com/index.php/2019/04/increased-polarization-on...

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NDPP

'When is London going to wake up?' Muslims describe the terror of living in Canadian city where family was killed.

https://www.vice.com/article/3aqaen/london-ontario-canada-muslim-family-...

"Islamophobia is palpable in their daily lives but not enough people care."

...Or act. A perennial Canadian problem across a range of critical issues alas. Too many empty words and too few effective actions.