One of the original news report was titled “Turk drives into crowd of Kurds in Switzerland”
The older video on liveleak.com in the above graphic was titled “Turkish car on full spped hit Kurdish mob which attacked another Turkish driver”
On the same site the same video was re-uploaded titled “German woman and her child from the car and beat them both on the side of the road…” with a description like the one shown in the right portion of the above graphic.
Websites Where This Lie Was Shared
This is probably the origin of this lie. “shariaunveiled.wordpress.com” has been cited as the source of this news in most of the below mentioned pages. This page contained, most if not all, hateful comments towards Muslims and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for allowing refugees into Germany.
Uploaded by sharia unveiled. 340,000+ views.
Hateful comments against Muslims. One of them was: “LOL 0:14 THAT is how to deal with these useless inbred bastards. These people are piles of pig shit. We need to shoot thousands of them, dump their carcasses in mass graves, and make sure their fellow inbreds “back home” see the video and understand we’re anxious to help more of them meet Allah.”
Apparently, some visitors to the site did try to correct the news through the comments section.
Apparently, only one comment was made on this page which corrected the false news. To their credit the page’s authors did (apparently begrudgingly) correct the article by including an update at the end which depicted the actual event, but they still didn’t change the title, the five paragraphs worth of false news and the wrongly titled video. Furthermore, they also included the following after the update: “However, this video and related story still underscore the seriousness of what is going on in Europe on several different fronts.”
On this very same site the correctly titled video was uploaded about four days ago.
Contained corrections and some anti-Muslim statements in the comments section.
Comments were predominantly hateful and calls for violence against Muslims.
Hateful and calls for violence against Muslims comments. One interesting comment which reminded of an uncomfortable similarity was:
“Germany is gonna have to gas those barbarians before all is said and done”
This is the link that is shared in the following two facebook posts. Of the only 20 comments on this page, at-least two were of corrections, but the misleading article is still up. Also contained anti-Muslim comments.
30 Likes, 18 Shares. Shared from satyavijayi.com, of the only 4 comments here there was one of correction, but the misleading post is still up.
62 Likes, 86 Shares. Shared from satyavijayi.com, of the 21 comments there was one of correction, but the misleading post is still up. Included anti-Muslim comments, one being: “I seriously want those off shoot nazis butchering these psychopath this time.. Especially the immigrants who r looting d hosts.#pegida”
This appears to be an American right-leaning website, probably for this reason there seemed to be a lot of Obama/The Democrat party hating comments alongside the Muslim hating ones.
- Some of the above articles were also shared on linkis.com which is used to share “personalized web pages”:
(A retweet of “@shankarchanda6”)
About the author (Emphasis mine): “Author, blogger, editor, researcher, graphic artist, software engineer, carpenter, woodworker, guitar shredder and a strict constitutionalist. Member of the Watcher’s Council and the Qatar Awareness Campaign. I believe in individual rights, limited government, fiscal responsibility and a strong defense. ONE WORD: FREEDOM!”
Fortunately not many views for this.
No comments were made here, so probably not many views.
The article had only four comments out of which one was a corrective comment but the misleading article is still up.
The following reply was made to the corrective comment: “Even better in a way! Moslems bringing their never-ending tribal wars into the West and, thereby, causing more mayhem.”
Main website statement: “The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards”
To their credit they did apparently had the false article removed later on.
Google Cached Page: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:DhSWeQqIJ-QJ:opposition24.com/muslim-immigrants-attack-german-woman-and-her-child/95+&cd=23&hl=en&ct=clnk
One interesting comment was: “the best muslim is a dead muslim.”
The misleading link was removed later on.
Google Cached Page: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:3fRIhPN2m88J:https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/Shi%2526039%253Ba-Islam+&cd=26&hl=en&ct=clnk
The misleading news was a comment on this website.
It was a comment on this website. A Reply to it was: “Not suprized, and never a report on the lame stream media !”
It was a comment on this website.
The link here leads to a facebook post, where one of the comments was “Re open Archwitz send them to the showers”. By Archwitz the writer apparently means the Auschwitz concentration camp which was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps during World War II.
Note: All the above links (aside from the first google cached page) were accessible on 18th October, 2015.
There are probably a lot more links for pages where this lie was spread and it is safe to say that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people were affected by this. Additionally, the severity and quantity of the hateful and vile comments on these sites presents a grave image indeed, of the current state of Islamophobia in the world.
An important point to note here is that all this malicious deception has its roots in only one anti-Islamic website (i.e. shariaunveiled.wordpress.com). Just a single website’s deceitful and fraudulent actions caused so much harm.
Apparently malicious organizations first try to give a comparatively much higher coverage to negative events involving Muslims and when that is not enough they have no qualms in manufacturing such events.
Unjust Negative Coverage of Muslims
Even though, “According to statistics from Europol, less than two per cent of all recorded acts of terror were perpetrated with religious motivations, with an even smaller number being committed by Muslim extremists.”
According to a University of Birmingham paper in 2006, 84% of press coverage in British national newspapers represented Islam and Muslims either as ‘likely to cause damage or danger’ or as ‘operating in a time of intense difficulty or danger’.
It’s still Muslim Immigrants Fighting Each other
First of all, this ‘argument’ or rather an excuse is completely beside the point. The extremely misleading title i.e. “Germany: Mob of Muslim Immigrants Pull a Young German Woman and Her Child From Their Car and Beat Them Both” is obviously supposed to create anti-Muslim, anti-Islamic and anti-Immigrant sentiments besides fanning and spreading the flames of hatred that have occupied the sentiments of mainly European and American people. The deceptive title was supposed to create a shock effect and use the emotions of people to achieve a bigoted agenda. Judging by the comments at these web pages, apparently all these malicious objectives were to a large extent achieved.
Second, as far as I have researched on this there doesn’t seem to be any information regarding the citizenship status of these people.
Third, the deception tries to push forward the idea that these violent activities are a solely Muslim problem, which is a far cry from the truth.
“… in 2013, there were 152 terror attacks in Europe. Only two of them were “religiously motivated,” while 84 were predicated upon ethno-nationalist or separatist beliefs.
We are talking about groups like France’s FLNC, which advocates an independent nation for the island of Corsica. In December 2013, FLNC terrorists carried out simultaneous rocket attacks against police stations in two French cities. And in Greece in late 2013, the left-wing Militant Popular Revolutionary Forces shot and killed two members of the right-wing political party Golden Dawn. While over in Italy, the anarchist group FAI engaged in numerous terror attacks including sending a bomb to a journalist. And the list goes on and on.”
“Or what about the (dare I mention them) Jewish terrorists? Per the 2013 State Department’s report on terrorism, there were 399 acts of terror committed by Israeli settlers in what are known as “price tag” attacks. These Jewish terrorists attacked Palestinian civilians causing physical injuries to 93 of them and also vandalized scores of mosques and Christian churches.”