Since the beginning of November there have been dozens of terrorist attacks across the globe and whilst events in Paris ,Mali and the downing of the Egyptian aircraft dominated world headlines – the slaughter of the innocent has not ceased elsewhere and the death count is rising by the day.
November has thus far seen over 327 deaths (excluding approx. 25 terrorists) and almost 1000 injured in high profile attacks and we are only twenty two days into the month.
The vast majority of these attacks have been carried out by Islamic extremists , primarily Islamic State & Boko Haram and between them they are responsible for a staggering 80% of all victims ( Approx. 280 deaths and over 950 injured, including life changing injuries.
These figures do not take into account the countless innocent victims of the ongoing , multi player conflict that is tearing parts of Syria & Iraq apart and the genocidal philosophy of Islamic State and their ever shifting partners in their quest for a single Islamic Nation.
See below for full figures
But what has all this to do with religion and God , I hear you ask.
Not a lot in my opinion!
Growing up in loyalist West Belfast I was born into an environment were prejudice and mistrust of our catholic counterparts was engrained into the very foundations of our culture and traditions.
Until I was old enough to know better , I hated all Catholics with equal measure. In my childhood ignorance I assumed all Catholics were members of the IRA and other republican terrorist groups and I wished them all dead or at least “kicked ” down South were they rightly belonged.
In my world they were responsible for the savage conflict that was tearing Northern Ireland apart and they were drenched in the blood of innocent.
I hated them all with a passion
I grew up surrounded by loyalist paramilitaries and some of the most dangerous men that have ever walked the streets of the UK were my neighbours and members and associates of my wider family. Like the vast majority of the community I lived in my day to day life was governed by the men of violence and they both policed the local population and protected us from the IRA and other republican terrorists.
When news came through of the assassination of a republican or one of their supporters , I celebrated with the rest of the community and we mourned collectively when one of our own died whilst “fighting” for queen and country. Although in truth they were probably more likely to die as a result of the ever present internal feuds that littered the history of loyalist paramilitaries.
Although on the whole the local community supported and harboured the paramilitaries that lived and operated among us , universal support was never achieved and many in the loyalist community wanted nothing to do with the men of violence and their brutal tit for tat killings of innocent Catholics, each other and anyone else that got in their way.
But they were part of our daily lives and although we could ignore them and sometimes disagree with their methods, we were inextricable linked to them and sadly judge guilty through association.
But not all loyalists were blood thirsty psychopaths and despite the bad press the majority were law abiding citizens that wanted nothing more than to live in peace and make the best of what life threw at them.
In many ways the mainstream Muslim community of the UK & wider world are also being judge guilty through association , for the heinous crimes of IS and other Islamic extremists. Regardless of how may times we are reminded that Islam is a religion of peace , Islamic extremists mock this concept with their daily slaughter and all carried out in the name of Islam and the quest for a single Islamic state.
The fact of the matter is that Islamic State’s ideology is based on a version of Islam and the reported sayings of the prophet Muhammad . Their twisted interpretation of the Qur’an is wide open to misinterpretation and is fuelled by violent verses & the call for the death of all none believers and the establishment of a..err , an Islamic Sate.
Mainstream Muslim’s are quick to defend Islam and label all negative references to their religion as prejudice and racist. They are quick to protest if their faith is under attack and in our country that is their democratic right.
And yet they have done too little in public to express solidarity with the victims in Paris and others slaughtered in recent days in the name of Islam.
All British muslims are under the spotlight at the moment and the religion of islam is being dragged through the dirt by extremist and their twisted ideology. The Muslim community needs to stand up and be counted and show the rest of the UK that they stand with us against the merchants of death and hate.
They need to show us that mainstream Islam REALLY is a religion of peace and they need to route out the hate preachers and others in their communities that wish to bring death and destruction to the streets of the UK and mainland Europe.
Until then they may find themselves isolated and ostracized by large parts of the UK public and that is sadly a fact of life in the maelstrom of religious violence that is currently sweeping the globe and slaughtering the innocent.
|1||Vehicular attack||0||3||Beit Einun, West Bank||Unknown driver rammed his vehicle at Israeli soldiers in the entrance to Beit Einun in the West Bank, injuring three. The driver fled the scene.||Palestinian (suspected)||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|1||Car bomb, shooting, grenade||12||unknown||Mogadishu, Somalia||Millitants detonated a car bomb on an hotel in Mogadishu, opening their way inside. They then started shooting and throwing grenades at hotel guests, killing 12 people.||Al-Shabaab||War in Somalia|
|3||Stabbing||0||3||Rishon LeZion, Israel||A 19-year-old Palestinian stabbed three people in Rishon LeZion, including an eighty-year-old woman, before being apprehended by civilians and police.||Palestinian (lone wolf)||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|3||Stabbing||0||1 (+1 perpetrator)||Natanya, Israel||A 22-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank stabbed and seriously injured a 71-year-old man in Netanya. The attacker was shot by the police, who confronted a mob trying to lynch him.||Palestinian lone wolf)||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|4||Vehicular assault||1 (+1 perpetrator)||0||Halhul, West Bank||Sulemain Shaheen rammed an Israeli border policeman on Highway 60 near Halhul. The policeman was critically injured and died on November 9th, the attacker was killed on the spot by other Israeli forces that were on the scene.||Sulemain Shaheen (lone wolf)||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|4||Suicide bombing||3||10||Arish, Egypt||A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb Wednesday near the North Sinai Police Officers Club in the city of Al-Arish, killing three police conscripts and injuring 10 others, the Ministry of Interior said. Wilayah Sayna, an ISIL-affiliated organization claimed responsibility for the attack.||Wilayah Sayna (ISIL)||Sinai insurgency|
|5||Suicide bombing||5 (+1 perpetrator)||0||Arsal, Lebanon||A suicide bomber attacked offices in Arsal where the Qalamoun Clerics Association was meeting. The association’s head, Sheikh Othman Mansour, was killed as well, along with four other people and the perpetrator.||unknown||Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon|
|6||Shooting||0||2||West Bank||Unknown gunmen shot two Israelis near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, leaving one with moderate wounds, allegedly with a sniper rifle from a neighborhood near the holy site. No group claimed responsibility.||Unknown||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|6||Stabbing||0||1||Sha’ar Binyamin, West Bank||Baraa Issa stabbed and wounded an Israeli civilian in Sha’ar Binyamin Industrial Zone and then fled the scene. A few hours later, he uploaded a video to Facebook, claiming respnsibility for the attack and stating he is a member of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.||Baraa Issa (Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades or lone wolf)||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|6||Shooting||0||1||Beit Einun junction, West Bank||16 year old Palestinian shot and wounded an IDF soldier. Shin Bet arrested the attacker a day later.||Palestinian lone wolf||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|7||Bombings and shootings||12||15||Baghdad, Iraq||Multiple bombs were set off across Baghdad in the Duwanim, Nahrawan, and Tarmiya areas. The blasts killed 9 and left 15 wounded. Three men were also found shot dead. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but ISIS is suspected.||Islamic State suspected||Iraqi Civil War|
|9||Vehicular assault||1 (perpetrator)||4||Kfar Tapuach, West Bank||Sulemain Shaheen rammed his vehicle at a hitchhiking station at Tapuach Junction, wounding four pedestrians. Forces that were on the scene shot and killed the driver.||(lone wolf)||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|9||Stabbing||1 (perpetrator)||1||Beitar Illit, West Bank||A Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli guard in Beitar Illit. The attacker was shot and killed by Israeli forces.||(lone wolf)||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|9||Stabbing||0||1||Nabi Ilyas, West Bank||Two Palestinians stabbed an Israeli customer in a Palestinian shop.||(lone wolf)||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|9||Suicide bombings||3 (+2 perpetrators)||14||Ngouboua, Chad||Two suicide bombers, suspected to be sent by Boko Haram, have detonated themselves in a village on the shores of Lake Chad. 3 people were killed in the blast, including two kids and another 14 were wounded.||Boko Haram (suspected)||Boko Haram insurgency|
|9||Suicide bombing||4 (+1 perpetrator)||20+||Fotokol, Cameroon||14-year-old girl suicide bomber detonated herself at a mosque in Fotokol, killing five people and injured over 20. The army managed to foil another attack by another child bomber.||Boko Haram (suspected)||Boko Haram insurgency|
|12||Suicide bombing||43||240||Beirut, Lebanon||ISIL suicide bomber detonated a bike loaded with explosives and when onlookers gathered, another suicide bomber detonated himself on them bringing the casualties to 43 dead and 240 wounded.||Islamic State||Syrian Civil War spillover in Lebanon|
|13||Shooting||2||2||Mount Hebron, West Bank||Unknown gunmen ambushed and shot a family car with seven passengers, killing two men and wounding two other, including a 16-year-old teen. The perpetrators fled the scene.||Unknown||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|13||Bombings||19||33||Baghdad, Iraq||Attacks targeting Shiites in Baghdad, including a suicide bombing. The blasts killed 19 and left 33 wounded. ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attacks.||Islamic State||Iraqi Civil War|
|13||Shootings, bombings, grenade, hostage taking||130 (+7 perpetrators)||352||Paris, France||A series of co-ordinated attacks began over about 35 minutes at six locations in central Paris. The first shooting attack occurred in a restaurant and a bar in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. There was shooting and a bomb detonated at Bataclan theatre in the 11th arrondissement during a rock concert. Approximately 100 hostages were then taken and overall 89 were killed there. Other bombings took place outside the Stade de France stadium in the suburb of Saint-Denis during a football match between France and Germany.||Islamic State|
|17||Bombings||34+||80||Yola, Nigeria||A bombing took place in a farmer’s market near a major road in Yola, Nigeria. Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have reported 32 dead and 80 wounded. No group has claimed responsibility but Boko Haram is suspected. ||Boko Haram (suspected)||Boko Haram insurgency|
|18||Suicide attack||15 (+2 perpetrators)||123+||Kano, Nigeria||Two girls, aged 11 and 18, detonated themselves in a busy mobile phone market in Kano, Nigeria, killing at least 15 and injuring at least 123. Boko Haram is suspected. The attack is thought to have been revenge for an earlier call by the Emir of Kano, a traditional leader, for citizens to take up arms against the Islamist militants. ||Boko Haram (suspected)||Boko Haram insurgency|
|18||Stabbing||0||1||Marseille, France||Tziyon Saadon, a Jewish history teacher, was stabbed in the arm and leg by three men shouting praises for ISIS. The attackers also showed Mr. Saadon a picture of Mohammed Merah, a French-Algerian extremist who killed 7 people, including 4 Jews, in a crime spree in Southern France in 2012.||Islamic State|
|18||Shooting, suicide bombing||2 (+1 perpetrator)||5||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Perpetrator Enes Omeragic killed two soldiers and opened fire on a bus, resulting in three more injured civilians. A few hours later Omeragic killed himself with a bomb.||lone wolf associated with the Salafi movement|
|19||Melee attack||2||1||Tel Aviv, Israel||A thirty-six-year-old Palestinian man killed two and injured one at a makeshift synagogue in Tel Aviv. He was captured just after the attack and brought into custody.||lone wolf||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|19||Shooting||3||5||Gush Etzion Junction, West Bank||A Palestinian man opened fire on a line of traffic in Gush Etzion, in the West Bank region. The attacker then fled the scene, only to shoot at and intentionally ram into a group of pedestrians at a nearby junction. ||lone wolf||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|20||Hostage taking, Shooting||27 (+3 perpetrators)||2||Bamako, Mali||A group of gunmen, who were believed to be Islamic, took several hostages at the Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali – among them are 140 visitors and 30 employees. Al-Mourabitoun and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack. ||Al-Mourabitoun
|Northern Mali conflict|
|20||IED||2||9||Yusufiyah, Iraq||A roadside bomb planted near the mosque in Yousifiya went off as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers, killing two civilians and wounding nine. No group claimed responsibility but ISIS is suspected. ||Islamic State (suspected)||Iraqi Civil War|
|20||Suicide attack||7||28||Yusufiyah, Iraq||A suicide bomber later detonated his explosives-packed vest, killing seven and wounding 28 others. No group claimed responsibility but ISIS is suspected. ||Islamic State (suspected)||Iraqi Civil War|
|21||Suicide attack||4 (+4 perpetrators)||10+||Fotokol, Cameroon||A suicide bomber detonated himself in a suburb of the Cameroonian town of Fotokol near the border with Nigeria, killing four people. Several minutes after another three suicide bombers detonate themselves but did not kill anyone. Around ten people were injured. Boko Haram is suspected. ||Boko Haram (suspected)||Boko Haram insurgency|
|21||Stabbing||0||4||Kiryat Gat, Israel||Palestinian illegal worker stabs four civilians, including a 13-year-old teen, in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat and caught hours later. ||Palestinian lone wolf||Israeli-Palestinian conflict|
|21||Arson||0||0||Maasim, Philippines||Three rebels suspected to be from the Front 73 guerrilla unit of the New People’s Army attacked a compound of a pineapple plantation owned by Dole Philippines and burned a tractor, a bulldozer and a ‘Saddam’ truck of the company by using siphoned fuel from one of the vehicles. It was initially reported that three company guards were hurt in the incident but it was later said that no one was hurt.||New People’s Army (suspected)||CPP-NPA-NDF rebellion|
|22||Stabbing||1 (+1 perpetrator)||0||Gush Etzion Junction, West Bank||Isam Thwabteh stabbed and killed a 20-year-old Israeli woman in Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank. He was shot dead by the IDF.||Palestinian lone wolf||Israeli–Palestinian conflict|