Reports of the incident spoke of a 39-year-old woman, who suffered “A minor head injury” which has been described as not life threatening after treatment at a local hospital. The newspapers did not reveal any information that could identify the assailant and dutifully quoted the Metropolitan Police urging Londoners to present evidence.
“I would ask people not to speculate on the motive for the attack until we have established all the facts,” the police spokesman concluded.
This did not stop the media from pointing out that the woman was wearing a « Top Charlie Hebdo », and reminding the public that the French satirical magazine was targeted by “Islamic extremists” in January 2015 on its cover depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The implication is clear: The woman wore a provocative shirt that offended Muslims in one way or another, and therefore had the stabbing to come.
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The story only becomes more disturbing when some of the missing details are filled in. Even a quick glance at video and stills of the incident shows the woman wearing a printed top with a Charlie Hebdo cover – but not the one depicting the Muslim Prophet. Instead, it showed a homosexual kiss between a CH cartoonist and a Muslim preacher, captioned “Love stronger than hate. “
Although authorities did not name the victim, bloggers and activists identified her as Hatun Tash, 39, who fled Turkey after renouncing Islam for Christianity. She now preaches in Hyde Park on behalf of Defend Christ Critique Islam Ministries.
This is not the first time that Hatun Tash has been physically attacked for criticizing Islam. This time, she was stabbed several times. https://t.co/D37FcxbBL1
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) July 26, 2021
In Sharia-practicing countries – such as Saudi Arabia – apostasy from Islam is a crime punishable by death. Turkey is still nominally secular. The UK too. This is why the UK authorities should be alarmed by this attack, but they do not appear to be.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who once said sadly that the terrorist attacks were “Is an integral part of life in a big city”, did not even recognize the incident. Instead, he demanded that the police investigate a speech made by a “Anti-vaxxer” former nurse.
According to a blogger, Tash was part of the Speakers Corner, facing “Intimidation, threats, sexual assault and physical assault” in recent years. In October 2020, she was apparently assaulted and knocked out. On another occasion, the blogger said she was detained by police and detained for 20 hours without explanation.
Focusing on Tash’s choice of clothes is perniciously like blaming her for ” to provoke “ attacks it in a way. His top, or his words for that matter, may have been offensive to some Muslims, but they were not in violation of the law.
One would expect the British public to show some solidarity with a woman assaulted by a man with a knife, in broad daylight, for speaking in a place dedicated to free speech. However, there was no call for a curfew for the men this time around.
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Worse yet, violence is increasingly becoming the norm at Speakers Corner. He has reportedly experienced multiple clashes in recent months between Shiite Muslims and Sunnis. Indeed, in one of the videos that captured Tash’s attack, the speakers in the foreground can be heard discussing Islamic theology.
There is nothing wrong with this as such, as long as everyone understands that the laws, customs and traditions of Speakers Corner, London and the UK take precedence over those they brought. from abroad. If not, what’s the next step, practicing suttee in Kensington Gardens in the name of diversity and inclusion?
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