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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 November 2015
Sun whips up racism with lie about Muslim support for terror
Lying Tory 'newspaper' the Sun ran a front page on 23 November condemning "One in five Brit Muslims' sympathy for jihadis". This was a naked attempt to whip up racism after the recent atrocities in Paris.
The unbelievable statistic was based on a small Survation poll - which made no mention of jihad. The poll actually asked whether respondents had "sympathy with young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria".
It did not say whether this meant fighting with groups like Isis or against them. And 'sympathy' for the plight of disenfranchised youth is hardly equivalent to approval for terrorism.
An earlier poll found 14% of the general population has "some" sympathy for young Muslims going to fight in Syria. In Survation's Muslim survey, 5% expressed "a lot" and 14.5% "some" sympathy - 19.5% (nearly one in five) total. When you take into account normal variations between sample groups, these figures are almost the same.
But Rupert Murdoch's flagship rag doesn't let mere facts get in the way of its political agenda. Defend the rich, divert the blame, divide the workers.
The Socialist Party has long described the Sun's method of journalism as two-pronged: make it simple - and make it up.
Muslim Twitter users overwhelmed the site with ridicule for the Sun's attack.
#1in5Muslims get through airport security without getting randomly selected for a search
#1in5Muslims refrain from using phrases such as "what a bombshell!" or "that's the bomb!"
#1in5Muslims get asked if they shower with their hijab on
#1in5Muslims wonders what bacon tastes like
#1in5Muslims think Ross and Rachel were on a break
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In The Socialist 25 November 2015:
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Stop the Tories' war on Syria
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Police finally own up to spies' relationships with target women
Transgender woman dies after spiteful courts pick men's prison
'Antibiotic apocalypse': profit system holds back research
Sun's racist lie about Muslim support for terror
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International socialist news and analysis
Bombing Syria won't stop Isis
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Myanmar: electoral defeat for the military, renewed class struggle ahead
Workplace news and analysis
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Lambeth library workers' wildcat strike
"I'm voting for Roger because I believe we need change in our union"
Steelworkers demand government action to Save Our Steel
Firefighters rally to defend pay and conditions
Solidarity with sacked BT worker
Protest demands reinstatement of John Vasey
Workplace news in brief
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Tory MP made me sick with tax credit cut lies
Transgender access to healthcare is worsened by cuts
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Waltham Forest march demands homes for all
Fire cuts cost lives
Save Dorothy Lucy centre
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