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Wallsend mosque attack: worshippers fear escalating violence

5 January 2012 General 30 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

BY JANEK SPEIGHT

AN attack on a Newcastle mosque, trapping seven worshippers inside, has been caught on security camera.

The attack happened only minutes after a group of children had finished a scripture class and is the latest in a series of incidents that have left the city’s Muslim community feeling ‘‘vulnerable and scared’’.

In the security footage, which has been provided to police, two tattooed men are seen to approach the Wallsend mosque about 9.30pm on Monday.

Click below to see an edited version of the CCTV footage.

If the video doesn’t work, go to the direct link: http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/wallsend-mosque-attack-worshippers-fear-escalating-violence/2410331.aspx?storypage=0

Footage provided by Newcastle Muslim Association

One man, with a large tattoo of a cross on his neck, kicks through the fence gate and hurls an object at the mosque’s front door.

Then he runs and smashes a flying kick into the door.

More objects are thrown at the building and one of the men is seen to shout what appears to be abuse.

Newcastle Muslim Association vice-president Diana Rah said seven worshippers were inside the mosque at the time and managed to lock the main entrance on the side of the building.

The two men tried to kick through this entrance but were unsuccessful, she said.

Ms Rah said a group of children left the mosque after an evening scripture class only minutes before the men arrived.

Newcastle police Chief Inspector Dean Olsen said the attack was being investigated. He called for anyone with information to come forward.

Click below to see images taken from the CCTV footage.


Ms Rah said incidents against the mosque had increased in the past three months.

Garbage had been thrown across the mosque’s front lawn and the fence had been broken down on another occasion.

In April, an envelope containing photographs of three slaughtered pigs was left at the mosque’s doorstep. The pigs had been half-buried on land where a new mosque was to be built.

Last month the word ‘‘Srebrenica’’ was sprayed in graffiti across a neighbour’s car parked outside the mosque.

Srebrenica is the name of the town where 8000 Muslims were massacred in July 1995 during the Bosnian war.

The association had also received abusive emails and threats.

Ms Rah said that in the past 20 years there had been only a handful of isolated incidents directed at the Wallsend mosque.

But since the association had made plans to establish its mosque at Elermore Vale, the incidents had increased and were ‘‘starting to become a pattern’’.

Ms Rah said the Newcastle Muslim Association had ‘‘a lot of faith in the wider Newcastle community’’ and knew the majority were not responsible for the ‘‘unacceptable’’ acts.

The association had installed a high-tech security camera system.

Ms Rah said incidents against the mosque had increased in the past three months.

Garbage had been thrown across the mosque’s front lawn and the fence had been broken down on another occasion.

In April, an envelope containing photographs of three slaughtered pigs was left at the mosque’s doorstep. The pigs had been half-buried on land where a new mosque was to be built.

Last month the word ‘‘Srebrenica’’ was sprayed in graffiti across a neighbour’s car parked outside the mosque.

Srebrenica is the name of the town where 8000 Muslims were massacred in July 1995 during the Bosnian war.

The association had also received abusive emails and threats.

Ms Rah said that in the past 20 years there had been only a handful of isolated incidents directed at the Wallsend mosque.

But since the association had made plans to establish its mosque at Elermore Vale, the incidents had increased and were ‘‘starting to become a pattern’’.

Ms Rah said the Newcastle Muslim Association had ‘‘a lot of faith in the wider Newcastle community’’ and knew the majority were not responsible for the ‘‘unacceptable’’ acts.

The association had installed a high-tech security camera system.

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30 Comments »

  1. I think its time for us to start our version of t
    he NRA we need a MRA

  2. The NRA does not protect people, they simply fight for the right of people to own weapons and they run classes to teach them how to use them. You are right, however, I believe that every law abiding citizen should own a gun and know how to use it.

    I have owned a gun since I was 11 years old and was allowed to hunt alone or with my friends when I was 12 years old. I was a certified hunter safety instructor, and I taught an NRA approved riflery class to children at a summer camp for 2 years though this was long ago. People should being able to defend themselves and their homes against the thugs running around today. Most people in my community own 1 or more guns and you rarely hear about someone breaking into a house with someone in it.

    In fact about 2 years ago a teenage gangbanger from Texas visited a nearby community and broke into a house to get some money or whatever, the elderly woman who lived in the house was able to shoot him in the leg. The boy was able to crawl back into his car but he died during the police chase. You do not need an MRA just use existing laws and simply arm yourself. Remember the best home defense weapon is not a pistol but a shotgun. A pistol will shoot through walls and may kill a family member or a neighbor. A shotgun is a short range weapon, its hard to miss with, and is much safer to use to use in your home.

  3. How awful!!!!!!!! Let’s hope they catch these evildoers!

  4. Hope they nail the scum. Bias crimes against any group need to end.

  5. those r islamophobes bt cnt c0ntrol d spread of islam wid watevr they doing idiots

  6. How horrifying.

  7. Thank God none of the kids were hurt. This Guy looks like a fine upstanding ignorant redneck. That cross on his neck should be cut off of him, he profanes it every day he walks.

  8. This is why “martial training” is necessary for women and child, if he would have ran up on my masjid,temple whatever, he would not have left alive, believe me. Muslims have to get back to being scared of ALLAH only! Fear is child’s play!

  9. well with our Dec 15 law lets give him american way of justice: no trial and for ever jail in Gitmo!

  10. How horrible!

  11. I hope they catch these criminals

  12. england?

  13. Seems like an act of terror to me.

  14. These guys are the picture of sheer evil hatred. Hitler would have loved them.

  15. Yeah sure, Next they will say we are training to fight to control America. Just be wise and keep away from trouble man! No need for guns. Well if you were a christian, then it would have been a different story, The media would say You just love shooting sports. I just can not believe how the media is so twisted and people just absorb what ever they see or hear.

  16. They do say you are fighting to control America. Furthermore, a lot of muslims will say the same thing. We want to control the world, bring everyone under the rule of sharia, turn the world into a lovely islamic paradise.

    Clean handed educated people say these things in their utopian dreams. The mad bombers work for them.

  17. To Anon,

    Let’s be honest, for a second just put aside your christian views and I put my Islamic views aside too. Do you really think that Sharia law will be enforced on American people and that all the existing laws will be exchanged for Islamic ones? If you say yes then I will go look at the window to see if there are any pigs flying out there. This idea is just a Myth to create fear in people’s hearts so that when America decides to go to war, they get good support from the people, However this is only creating hatred and fear among them (or maybe on the Fox channel fans). There are millions of Muslims living in America and there is not a single political party trying to enforce the sharia or any kind of it. So where on earth this idea came from? As I said earlier, take a neutral position and think about it. Just do the math, If you think I am living in cooko land then please enlighten us with your views.

  18. Muslim spokesmen have put these ideas into people’s heads. It is not something invented by the kuffar.

    Muslims say these things here and have created countries where non muslims may be kicked or killed with impunity and seem about to create several more.

    It is rather silly to say you do not know where these ideas are coming from.

    I don’t see a muslim takeover looming, I see a grand conflict looming. Muslims will attempt ethnic cleansing in parts of US as they have in other places. They will wreck the peace of the country as they have others.

    The NOI is considered a hate group by SPLC. They are muslims. Why in the world wouldn’t the rest of us consider muslims a hate group? Why wouldn’t non muslims feel threatened?

  19. Hey the nation of Islam is a political group formed mainly by black africans, I have never seen a member of the NOI at a Mosque. so find some other argument this is invalid.

    “Muslims will attempt ethnic cleansing in parts of US” “LOL” I guess you have taken a high illegal substance before typing this! You are funny man!

  20. Anon if you want your comments to be taken seriously, please refer to the quran and sunna. I think you are a Lebanese Christian, so you know what i am talking about.

  21. I think the main things keeping the peace are citizen and security videos.

    I think many muslims certainly are imbued with supremacist theocratic ideas. Back in the 90s they were blaring them with more confidence perhaps, 9/11 has taught them caution.

    Do you really think there is no salafi and/or muslim brotherhood action going on in the US?

  22. I think it is a bit absurd for muslims to be wondering why the rest of us might not like them.

  23. To my surprise, there is this from the msm:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45909621/ns/world_news-africa/

  24. Compare that to this pic of the idiot here running across the lawn.

  25. anon, No the salafists are not trying to take control. again Mr. anonymous who cares about your love. I personally do not give a damn and am sure the other billions do not either. Now I wish you go read the article about the sheriff shot in Arizona. 99% of white folks (I guess) were insulting the Mexicans with all kind of names. Well Mexicans are Christians too. So you see even your christian love between you does not exist or is fake. So love each other before you love others.

  26. anon don’t play with feelings with your silly pics

    here something for you http://www.rense.com/general68/exp.htm

  27. There is and always has been plenty of racial/tribal conflict in the US, it just doesn’t reach the proportions of war.

    No Salafis you say. How about MB? Of course muslims plot to take over. What else are you all about? I do not think earth will ever belong to the muslims, they have too much contempt and hatred for the people living in it.

  28. The muslims are simply another supremacist utopian group, like communists, nazis, Japanese Imperial Army of 1937, that thinks they have the truth, the best ideas, the ideas straight from God, and that they should rule the world.

    Rest of world laughs.

  29. Well anon I liked when you typed “Japanese Imperial Army of 1937″ you even specified the date. you were scared that we might think you saying the actual Japs are bad. Well this tells me that you are ignorant who has has not traveled the world. Now take a trip to Japan, people do not speak English and none of the products have english description. YOu Ignorant person let me tell you that Japan Hates the US. Japan is a sleeping Dragon. You go and ask the Japs about the last two atomic bombs. The rest of us will laugh at your ignorance! and I mean YOU not all the american people!

  30. I would not expect any great love of US from the Japanese, yes they might be still angry about the bombs, just like the Chinese might still be angry about the sack of Nanking.

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