Social media users have voiced frustration at what they described as a double standard after a mosque was bombed in the US.
The explosion at around 5am local time (09:00 GMT) at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, caused damage but did not cause any casualties.
Worshippers had been preparing for the dawn prayer when the attack happened.
There were between 15 and 20 people inside the building at the time, according to Star Tribune, a local newspaper.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent agents to track down who was behind the attack, which it says was caused by an “Improvised Explosive Device”.
The mosque, like many others in the US, received threats of attack prior to the bombing.
For many the response, or lack of it, revealed a double standard.
Some questioned why US President Donald Trump failed to respond to what they described as a “terrorist attack” targeting Muslims.
Mark Follman, an editor at the progressive-leaning Mother Jones magazine, said Trump’s silence was due to the target of the attack.
Apparently there was a terrorist bombing in Minnesota today. Take one guess why Trump has said nothing about it. https://t.co/4PoyfCY4YT
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) August 5, 2017
“In normal times, the bombing of a house of worship with an IED would not go unacknowledged by the president of the United States,” he continued, after posting a list of previous attacks committed by far-right attackers that Trump had also not responded to.
Marty Parrish asked: “Did I miss Trump’s statement of concern for the victims of this bombing and members of the Mosque?” Adding: “Does he care?”
Did I miss Trump’s statement of concern for the victims of this bombing and members of the Mosque?
Does he care?
— Marty Parrish (@Marty_Parrish) August 6, 2017
But Trump was not the sole target of anger, with some railing against the purported lack of media coverage.
Some US-based outlets did publish stories on the attack, but that did not assuage the anger.
A Twitter user named Brown Saraah wrote: “Someone bombed a mosque in Minnesota recently. You probably didn’t hear about this because mainstream media likes to demonize Muslims.”
Someone bombed a mosque in Minnesota recently. You probably didn’t hear about this because mainstream media likes to demonize Muslims.
— Brown Saraah (@Brown_Saraah) August 6, 2017
Activist Simran Jeet Singh accused the media of avoiding the term “terrorism”.
“Are you kidding with this headline right now? Can you not cal it terrorism because Muslims were the targets? Why the double-standard?” He said, in response to a New York Times article, which used the term “explosion” to describe the attack.
Are you kidding with this headline right now? Can you not cal it terrorism because Muslims were the targets? Why the double-standard?
— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) August 5, 2017
Media perpetuates normalization of hate crimes against Muslims
There was BOMB ATTACK AGAINST A MOSQUE & coverage of it makes it seem nothing https://t.co/FogDYMS8TF
— Hasib N (@HasibMN) August 5, 2017
As with other recent attacks, well-wishers were quick to make donations to the mosque to help it repair damage to the mosque.
By the time of publishing, hundreds of people had donated a total of $12,000 to repair the damage on two fundraising pages.
If you’d like to donate to rebuild the mosque in Bloomington, MN that was damaged by a bomb on Saturday morning: https://t.co/hVyyk7yhUI
— Naomi Kritzer (@NaomiKritzer) August 6, 2017
The latest attack comes amid rising Islamophobic sentiment.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has said that discrimination against Muslims swelled during the 2016 election campaign and has continued to rise following Trump’s election victory.
The US president campaigned on a platform that promised a blanket ban on Muslims entering the country, as he vowed to closely monitor mosques.
Today, five years after the #OakCreek tragedy, a firebomb was thrown into a Minnesota mosque. We live with hate violence everyday.
— Arjun Sethi (@arjunsethi81) August 5, 2017
Source: Al Jazeera News