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We'll find a way to fight it. We always have. 
19th-Jun-2017 11:54 pm
This latest attack has hit closer to home than any attack before. I have students at Finsbury Park mosque; I have a student living on Seven Sisters Road; it’s two tube stops from me. There were friends-of-friends on Facebook whose mums go to that mosque and hadn’t heard from them yet; an old National Union of Students LGBTQ acquaintance goes there. Today has not been my best day ever. And given that both ISIS-inspired dickheads and Islamophobic terrorists seem to love attacking during Ramadan I am worrying a bit about Eid.

I keep thinking about the imam there, Mohammed Mahmoud. He’s just thirty years old, and he heard the crash and ran out. By then a group of men had the suspect pinned down, and they were beating him - incredibly scary, but understandable, given they’d just seen him mow people down. (And specifically mow down people who had circled round an elderly man having a medical emergency, wanting to help. I don’t understand.) And the imam yelled at them - don’t hurt him, just wait for the police. Then he and a group of others stayed there, protecting this person they’d just seen gleefully murder people they knew, for what must have been an endless eight minutes until the police arrived.

A few hours earlier I’d been watching Cursed Child again with two good friends.

HARRY: She’s a murderer, and we’re not.

HERMIONE: We have to be better than them.

RON: It’s really annoying but it’s what we learnt.

This was originally posted at http://lokifan.dreamwidth.org/360541.html. Comment wherever you like :)
20th-Jun-2017 12:11 am (UTC)
I am so sorry that this is happening. I heard about the imam doing that. Better than all those calling for blood on either side.
25th-Jun-2017 07:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, he's a hero.
20th-Jun-2017 02:42 am (UTC)
The hatred needs to end, and for that to happen, our world leaders, religious leaders, and community leaders need to step up and denounce all of this, instead of merely wringing their hands and saying what a tragedy it is. It would also be helpful if the fucking media would quit glorifying all of the violence, thus planting the seeds of hatred and violence in other weak minds.

25th-Jun-2017 07:29 am (UTC)
? Genuinely, what's the difference between denouncing and saying what a tragedy something is, in this context?

Yeah, it's difficult to navigate talking about the news vs not inspiring copycats. And the Islamophobic media 1000% contributed to this guy's radicalisation.
20th-Jun-2017 11:24 am (UTC)
I hope that everyone you know is safe; I am sorry for those who were not. :-(

It takes incredible moral strength to behave as Mr. Mahmoud did. He's a hero, and we need more like him, in this world.
25th-Jun-2017 07:35 am (UTC)
Thanks ♥

yeah, absolutely.
22nd-Jun-2017 07:54 am (UTC)
It's such a terrible thing to happen, and Mr Mahmoud is a hero, indeed, as are all those who helped protect the killer.

Ron hits it on the nail, doesn't he? How long will it take before everyone is willing to remember that lesson?
25th-Jun-2017 07:31 am (UTC)

*sighs* Well. Hopefully things will at least ease up a bit.
26th-Jun-2017 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm miles late, but yes. And for fuck's sake. And yes.

Sends you a big pile of love!
27th-Jun-2017 10:49 pm (UTC)
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