(Secretary of Himpunan Mahasiswa Persatuan Islam Ciputat Region)
Today, we were surprised by the news of terror on two mosques in the area of Christchurch, New Zealand. The brutal action occurs after the course held Friday prayers of Muslims on Friday (15/03/2019). The incident occurred at the mosque Linwood Avenue and Masjid An-noor in Deans Avenue. The massacre was carried out while broadcast live on the facebook page with the offender without hesitation showing every shot shotgun to kill Muslims who were inside and Regional mosque.
At least the latter reported the sad news, reported by CNN Live Updates New Zealand, as many as 49 people were reported killed and dozens more injured in the attack that lasted for a few minutes it.
This incident became the darkest in New Zealand. Earlier, reported murdererpedia.org deadliest incidents of violence have occurred in November 1990 in the territory of Aramoana, a small settlement on the northeast coast of Dunedin.
The perpetrator, identified as David Malcolm Gray (33), a brutal rampage by shooting his neighbor with an AK-47, killing 13 people during 24 hours. He was eventually shot dead by police. Crazy stunt that was only started from the problem misled neighbor’s dog on the property belonging to Gray.
This time the brutal action which occurs in two mosques Christchurch, referred to as the darkest of violent crimes are rare in a country predicated as the country’s safest. 2017 for example, the New Zealand top 10 safest countries in the world rankings even two versions of the Global Peace Index from research agencies and peace organizations, Vision of Humanity. No wonder the bloody incidents this time really surprise anyone who hears it.
Gunman or Terrorist?
There is an interesting fact, that no matter how the public judge how cruel terror massacres by Branton Tarrant and his friends, only a handful of media who label them as hard as terrorists. They prefer a more friendly words, the gunman. Even if traced back to the early evening, any foreign media not to use the diction of terrorists to spread the perpetrators of this massacre. This fact was revealed to contain news tribunnews.com air-title, ‘Foreign Media Brenton Not Call Shooter In New Zealand Masjid As Terrorists’ to show that it is indeed a rare terrorist label used in this incident.
The same thing happens when acts of terror in the form of a mass shooting took place in Las Vegas in October 2017. Visitors country music festival called ‘Route 91’ fired upon indiscriminately by Stephen Paddock (64). At least in this incident paddock killed more than 59 people and left 500 people injured as a result of such action. Christchurch similar to the incident, the mass killings in Las Vegas was also reported only as shooting by gunmen.
Also in the case of Devin Patrick Kelley who shot dead 26 members of the church in Texas in November 2017. Also Nikolaus Cruz that killed 17 people in Florida high school USA in February 2018 ago. They are all the same, it was reported as a shooting gunman as actors and not as terrorists who commit acts of terror.
*Muslim and Label Terrorist Propaganda*
Her case is different if the perpetrators or even murders are committed by people of Islam, usually named Yusuf, ahmed, omar or any other name that is synonymous with Muslim names because (usually) are immigrants from Muslim countries. Whatever the action, regardless of the victim, the terrorist label is always attached to that is synonymous with Muslim.
Coverage is usually complete with narration ‘bearded man’ who launched an action before chanting Takbir. Then afterwards often rumored to have an affiliation to movements like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Abu Sayyaf in order to add stimulus news that a Muslim is synonymous with terrorism. Almost all reporting the same model. If the Muslim perpetrators, terrorist label. If the culprit besides Muslim gunmen label.
Inevitably, the term terrorist is always made as inherent to Islam. In order for an increasingly negative stigma attached to religion development in the world experiencing rapid growth unstoppable.
No wonder the Australian senator also stated that the incidence of Christchurch due to the state policy about Muslim immigrants.
“The causes of the bloody incident today in New Zealand because of a government program that allows Muslim fanatics moved to New Zealand.” Senator Anning went on to say “While Muslims may be the victim of an attack, but he claimed them as actors”. Anning blamed the deaths in New Zealand mosque to “all Muslims”.
“Does anyone still denied the relationship between Muslim immigrants and violence?” Anning said in his Twitter timeline @fraser_anning.
Anning loud statement was in contrast to the fact that the Muslim population in New Zealand is still relatively small. Percentage who reported ‘tirto.id’ s Muslim population has increased 28 percent compared to 2006. However, compared to the entire population of New Zealand, Muslims only reach 1.1 percent of the total New Zealand population reached 4.25 million in 2013.
Excerpted from The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which aired in 2017, the number of Muslim population of New Zealand is expected to double by 2030, or up to 100,000 people.
Data also show existing Muslim long enough in New Zealand.
“Muslims have been in New Zealand for more than 100 years. Nothing like that ever happened,” Mustafa Farouk, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations, said in a telephone interview.
In the end any outstanding news, facts terror events in Christchurch have revealed that the real terrorists are not identical to the Muslims especially Islam. The term terrorist is now turned, the world began to see that the Muslim ummah become victims of these abominations.
If during the term terrorism has always tried to impose the religion of Allah. Then Allah. Which will show the world who the real terrorists are.