Politician Quotes: Fake, Truth, or Out of Context?

When I first started my blog, it was with the intention of trying to reach out to American readers in particular, and to convey the real message of Islam and the problem of Israel, from an Arab and Muslim perspective, that is free from media bias and propaganda.

Do horrible crimes committed by Muslims really happen? Of course they do. Whether they are practicing or not. How much of it is true, half-truths, or completely taken out of context or not, nobody can answer that. I write many articles about the strong motive to promote propaganda. Are fake claims promoted? Indeed they are, and clearly designed to stir up hatred and influence western public opinion, and so I expose that. Here is an example of a claim that circulated on Facebook at the time …

When one searches “Syrian girl stoned to death for using Facebook account”, you get 389,000 results. The Daily MailBreitbartIndia Today, Global TimesIsrael Hayom, and numerous other news sites and blogs that reported the story.

It is ironic because the still that was used to claim that Syrian rebels were stoning a woman for having a Facebook account, was taken from a film recounting the stoning of Soraya M in an Iranian village in the eighties. It had its world premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Director’s Choice Award. It was also the second runner-up for the Cadillac People’s Choice Award. But if you do doubt this, then click here.

Even Politicians are guilty of spreading fake news. No Donald, the ‘yellow vest’ protesters were not chanting “We want Trump!”

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The video was taken in the UK – not France.

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None of these images have anything to do with migrants, or recent migrants, and are completely free of its original context, except two.

  1. (1) They are not even migrants, but natives of the UK. You can read my opinion on the “Asian grooming gangs” here. (2) No, a Muslim woman did not ignore victims of the Westminster terrorist attack.
  2. (1) The French, and nothing to do with migrants, were protesting against a controversial labor reform.
  3. This was in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and not Sweden, so nothing to do with migrants. Bangladeshi Muslim protesters burned a Swedish flag during a protest against facebook for holding a competition on caricatures of Prophet Mohammed pbuh.

People share things across social media without fact-checking and knowing its correct context, and context is very important for us to be able to make better judgement. Many Muslims are guilty of this too, which only harms our cause even more. The real issue is the promotion of false claims that then leads many to also seriously doubt the real facts. That in itself has resulted in real harm. When they are exposed as fake, then that creates the illusion in the minds of many who sit on the fence that the other quite real acts of brutality might also be fake. This is especially the case for the Palestinian cause.

There are individual Muslims who do not follow the teaching of the Qur’an, or misinterpret it. That is their personal choice and their own level of ignorance. We see everyday, how many non-Muslims misinterpret the Qur’an. Now they show such hatred towards Muslims, and that is how extremists are born.

The personal choices of people whether to completely follow their religion, or not, does not reflect on what their religion teaches. Similarly, the fact that certain Muslims drink alcohol and frequent prostitutes does not mean that their religion permits it. It means that these individuals choose to defy their religion.

In the end, if people are going to condemn Muslims, then they should do so for what they actually do, and not for fictitious claims. Together with them, we should stand to condemn the actual acts of violence.

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