Saturday, July 23, 2016

Too little too late? Angela Merkel FINALLY addresses Germany – but many blame HER

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has finally spoken out 16 hours after five children, two teenagers and two adults were murdered at a McDonald's in Munich.The horrifying scenes put 1.4m people on lockdown in Germany's third largest city and sent the nation into a panic amid a fresh wave of terror incidents across Europe. While no motive has currently been identified in this latest incident, Mrs Merkel, 62, has come under heavy criticism from the public who are becoming increasingly uneasy about her policies. Mrs Merkel did not travel to Munich and instead returned to Berlin from a trip to the Alps where it is believed she was having a holiday. She refused to answer questions from reporters and instead opted to read a speech as she made her first public comments.She said: "In Munich it was a night of terror. "Those people who wanted to go for dinner have died and they were killed by the gunshots of a lone attacker. "We are all - and I'm saying this on behalf of the whole federal government - mourning with a heavy heart for those who will never return to their families. "To the families, the parents and children for whom everything today seems empty and pointless, I say personally and in the name of many, many people in Germany: we share your pain, we're thinking of you and we're suffering with you." However after taking time to reference the shocking murders Mrs Merkel then went on to address the instability in the EU states.She added: "Within many days we have had tragic news, such as in Nice with the deaths of 84 people, then the horrific axe attack and the severely injured are still suffering." However her words have done little to appease members of the public who are reeling over the latest tragedy. Twitter user @wortwicht said: "Nothing interests me about what @Merkel thinks about the situation? NOTHING will change anyway!" While @UlfBrue referenced opposition parties who said: "The AfD has expressed her condolences before Merkel." And Darrell Collins ‏said: "Difficult to believe that Germans support Merkel & her immigration policies! You are in danger!"

BBC Scrubs ‘Ali’ From Munich Killer’s Name On TV, In Articles, AND On Social Media

 by Raheem Kassam

The BBC has unilaterally chosen not to report the Munich attacker’s full name, in what appears to be an attempt to scrub any Muslim or Islamic heritage link to its coverage of the incident. Most sources at this point suggest that Ali David Sonboly – the Munich attacker who targeted children and killed nine yesterday – is not connected to radical Islam, but the BBC has gone to extraordinary lengths to try to keep any reference to his heritage out of its coverage, opting to name him only as “David Sonboly”. Other news organisations including the Wall Street Journal, Independent, Daily Mail, and Sky News named the attacker as “Ali David Sonboly” or “David Ali Sonboly”. CNN even referred to him simply as “Ali Sonboly”.

But the BBC had different ideas, opting to refer to him in their online news coverage, national and international broadcast coverage, and on social media (above) as “David Sonboly”.
At 3pm UK time on Saturday, the BBC made reference to the killer as Ali Sonboly. Within one hour however, the BBC had changed its references to the now dead culprit to “David Sonboly”. At 6:31pm, the news bulletin on the BBC News Channel referred to him as “David Sonboly” though at 6:32pm their correspondent in Germany referred to him as “David Ali Sonboly”.
The BBC’s online coverage says, at the time of publication [emphasis added]:
The 18-year-old gunman who killed nine people in Munich was obsessed with mass shootings but had no known links to the Islamic State group, German police say.
Written material on such attacks was found in his room. Munich’s police chief spoke of links to the massacre by Norway’s Anders Behring Breivik.
The gunman, who had dual German-Iranian nationality, later killed himself.
His name has not been officially released but he is being named locally as David Sonboly.
He had a 9mm Glock pistol and 300 bullets in his rucksack.
Breitbart London has reached out to the BBC for comment, and has asked who took the decision to scrub the name “Ali” from the attacker’s name across all its platforms. We have not yet received a response.

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen: ‘Either We Kill Islamism Or It Will Kill Us’

 by Donna Rachel Edmunds

A French National Front (FN) Assemblée Nationale member has made it clear that she believes Europe is at war with Islamists, warning that the time is coming for people to choose a side. Her comments come just days after 84 people were killed in Nice while celebrating Bastille Day. Speaking shortly after the Nice attack, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, niece to Marine Le Pen and one of the FN’s two National Assembly members, told her supporters: “Either we kill Islamism or it will kill us again and again. You are with us and against Islamism, or you are against us and for Islamism… Those who choose the status quo become complicit with our enemies.”
Expanding on the comments in an interview with The Telegraph, she says that radical Islam is implacably opposed to the French secular way of life. “We have a heritage of faith linked to secularity, and I would always defend that. It’s quite opposite to the radical Islamic faith, which seeks to impose itself more and more on public life.”
Challenged over her views on the grounds that they would appall many, she responds: “I have exposed reality.”
She continued: “The attacks that took place in France at the Bataclan [in Paris last November] were carried out by terrorists who infiltrated their way into the flood of immigrants arriving from Greece.
“Free movement of goods and people is a way of feeding terrorism. France’s migration policy has contributed to the explosion of radical Islam here and to the genesis of those terrorists who are born in France.”
A devoted Catholic, she defends comments made some time ago in which she said that “Islam should not have the same public space as Catholicism.
“We have traditions, cultural influences that are Christian. France is not an Islamic country, and Islam should not have the same place in public life.”
But she draws a distinction between the secular world of French politics and personal religion, insisting: “I make a big distinction between my political combat and my faith. I never mix the two.”
Her comments echo those of the American Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, who this week warned that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government,” and wants to “govern the world.”
Stressing that he did not want to be “disrespectful” of Islam or “generate hostility,” he criticised Catholic leaders for their tendency “to simply think that Islam is a religion like the Catholic faith or the Jewish faith.”
He said that is not the case. Unlike Jews or Christians, “when they [Muslims] become the majority in any country they have the duty to submit the whole population to Sharia [Islamic law].”
He continued: “I think the appropriate response is to be firm about the Christian origin of our own nation [America], and certainly in Europe, and the Christian foundations of the government, and to fortify those.”
As for Maréchal-Le Pen, as well as reasserting France’s traditional Christian values she believes that an answer can be found in part by France leaving the European Union. She agrees with Nigel Farage that staying in the EU paves the way for more attacks on French women by migrants.
“These people arrive with a different language and culture and without being educated in the same way about women’s rights,” she says.
“Brexit opens an avenue for us. While France and the UK are not entirely comparable, it [will demonstrate] that it’s possible to leave without the cataclysm of which opponents warned. The UK will reap the benefits, and France will be reassured that the route is open.”
Asked whether ‘Frexit’ could happen, she says: “Yes, if Marine Le Pen is elected.”
The wide-ranging interview also took in Maréchal-Le Pen’s views on gay marriage and gay adoption. Unsurprisingly, as a practicing Catholic, she is against both.
“Once you break away from the natural framework of a man and a woman, you could have other minorities who want their form of love recognised by the state. If you endorse homosexuality [in marriage], why not polygamy?” she asks.
And explaining her stance on gay adoption, she says: “I believe that it’s very important for a child to have a father and a mother, and that parents aren’t interchangeable. I am very attached to the idea that my husband spends time with our daughter and that he fulfils his role.”
And defending herself from assertions that her views are bigoted and racist, she counters that she is merely upholding traditional French values with the family at the heart of society.
“Invective allows people to claim the moral high ground,” she says. “I defend the French culture. I want France to remain true to the adage, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ I don’t want a culture imported from elsewhere. That’s not a racialist vision. It has nothing to do with skin colour.
“I feel I have two patriotic duties. One is to defend the independence and sovereignty of my country, and the other is to produce children to transmit that message.”

Top Cardinal: Islam Wants To Dominate The World


Pic:   Brigitte Maier
  by Nick Hallett
A senior cardinal has said there is “no question that Islam wants to govern the world” and the only way to save Western civilisation is to return it to its Christian roots. Cardinal Raymond Burke said that while Muslims were “lovely people”, their religion teaches that it should dominate the state, and any country with a Muslim majority must submit to Islamic law.
Speaking to Religion News Service, the American cardinal criticised Christian leaders who “simply think that Islam is a religion like the Catholic faith or the Jewish faith.”
“That simply is not objectively the case,” he claimed.
“When they become a majority in any country then they have the religious obligation to govern that country,” the cardinal added. “If that’s what the citizens of a nation want, well, then, they should just allow this to go on. But if that’s not what they want, then they have to find a way to deal with it.”
He also said that areas of France and Belgium have become “no-go zones” that are effectively “little Muslim states”.
When asked how the West should respond to increasing Islamisation, Cardinal Burke said: “I think the appropriate response is to be firm about the Christian origin of our own nation, and certainly in Europe, and the Christian foundations of the government, and to fortify those.”
“We have to say no, our country is not free to become a Muslim state,” he added.
The cardinal was speaking ahead of the publication of his book Hope For The World: To Unite All Things In Christ, which takes the form of an extended interview.
The Catholic Herald quotes the cardinal as saying in the book: “Islam is a religion that, according to its own interpretation, must also become the State. The Koran, and the authentic interpretations of it given by various experts in Koranic law, is destined to govern the world.
“In reality, there is no place for other religions, even though they may be tolerated, as long as Islam has not succeeded in establishing its sovereignty over the nations and over the world.”
Cardinal Raymond Burke is patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta and is seen as one of the leading figures among traditionalist Catholics. He has become known for his uncompromising conservative views and has a strong affinity for the traditional Latin Mass.

Hungarian PM Orban Becomes First EU Leader To Endorse Trump

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Saturday became the first European leader to endorse US presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him a “better option” for the bloc than his rival, Hillary Clinton. “I am not a Donald Trump campaigner. I never thought it would occur to me that of the available options, he would be the better one for Europe and for Hungary”, Orban said in an annual speech at a summer school in Baile Tusnad in Romania.
The right-wing leader said he was swayed by security proposals Trump had made in his acceptance speech as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee on Thursday night.
Depicting America as a country mired in violence, Trump had vowed to increase intelligence efforts, suspend immigration from nations “compromised by terrorism”, and stop a “failed policy of nation-building and regime change” in places like Syria and Iraq.
Orban is also a fervent opponent of immigration — particularly from Muslim nations — and has blamed recent terror attacks in Europe on the bloc’s refugee crisis, which erupted last summer.
– ‘Kindling insecurity’ –
“(Trump) has made some proposals about stopping terrorism, that I as a European couldn’t have said better regarding what would be best for Europe”, Orban said.
Orban stressed Europe had to create a network of national intelligence agencies that matched “the world’s best”.
He also supported Trump’s push to “abandon the policy of exporting democracy”.
Orban said the West’s toppling of authoritarian “but stable” regimes in Libya, Syria and Iraq had sparked chaos and unleashed the influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.
“If we prioritise democracy-building rather than stability in those regions where stability is more important, then we are kindling insecurity,” he said.
Orban warned the same applied to current events in Turkey, which has declared a state of emergency and launched a mass crackdown after a failed coup on July 15.
“If Turkey becomes unstable, then many tens of millions of people could turn toward Europe,” he said.
Around 400,000 migrants and refugees passed through Hungary in 2015 before the government sealed off its southern borders with razor-wire fences in autumn and brought in tough new anti-migrant laws.
Earlier this month, the government announced it would hold a referendum on October 2 on the EU’s troubled plan to share 160,000 migrants around the 28-nation bloc via mandatory quotas.
  Breitbart News

After Denying Islamic State Connection, Police Try To Link Munich Gunman To Anders Breivik

A teen gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Munich was “deranged”, police said Saturday, linking his actions to Norwegian far-right mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik rather than Islamic State jihadists. Europe reacted in shock to the third attack on the continent in just over a week, after the black-clad gunman went on a shooting spree at a shopping mall on Friday evening before committing suicide.
“There is absolutely no link to the Islamic State,” Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said.
He describing the attack as a “classic act by a deranged person” and described an individual “obsessed” with mass shootings.
Andrae added: “The link is evident” with Breivik’s massacre of 77 people, which took place exactly five years ago to the day.
Munich prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch said the 18-year-old German-Iranian — whose name has been withheld for the time being — had suffered depression and reportedly undergone psychiatric treatment.
Grieving Munich residents laid roses and lit candles in memory of the victims, with one placard bearing the simple plea: “Why?”
“Bloodbath in Munich,” was the headline on the best-selling Bild newspaper as Germany struggled to come to terms with the killings.
The attack had sent Germany’s third largest city into lockdown as police launched a massive operation to track down what had initially been thought to be up to three assailants.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was to convene her security council on Saturday to address the shooting.
The incident occurred four days after an axe rampage on a train in the same German state of Bavaria and eight days after a truck attack in the French Riviera city of Nice that killed 84 people. Both assaults have been linked to jihadism.
Armed with a handgun, the attacker opened fire at a McDonald’s restaurant and continued along the street before entering the mall.
A police patrol shot and wounded the gunman but he managed to escape before police found the body of what they believed was the “only shooter.”
Among the nine killed were three Kosovans, according to the foreign ministry in Pristina, while Munich police said the injured included children.
– Scenes of panic –
A video posted on social media appeared to show a man in black walking away from a McDonald’s while firing repeatedly on people as they fled screaming.
Survivors described terrifying scenes as shoppers rushed from the area, some carrying children in their arms.
“We entered McDonald’s to eat… then there was panic, and people ran out,” one woman told Bavarian television.
Another video appeared to show the gunman on a car park roof exchanging a tirade of insults with a man on a nearby balcony.
“I’m German, I was born here,” the assailant replies after the man fired off a volley of swear words, including an offensive term for foreigners.
Police initially believed there could be up to three assailants.
But Andrae later said two others had “absolutely nothing to do” with the attack — and that they were simply fleeing the scene.
Munich’s main train station was evacuated and metro and bus transport suspended for several hours while residents were ordered to stay inside, leaving the streets largely deserted.
– ‘Europe stands united’ –
President Joachim Gauck said he was horrified by the “murderous attack”, while US President Barack Obama voiced staunch support for Washington’s close ally.
“Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and all German people. Europe stands united,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Twitter.
Europe has been on high alert for terrorism after a string of attacks in neighbouring France and Belgium claimed by IS.
The attack came just days after a 17-year-old asylum seeker went on a rampage with an axe and a knife on a train on
Monday near Wuerzburg, also in Bavaria, injuring five people.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had said that assailant was believed to be a “lone wolf” who appeared to have been “inspired” by IS but was not a member of the jihadist network.
On July 14, 31-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel used a truck to mow down 84 people, including children, after a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, the third major attack on French soil in the past 18 months.
Friday’s massacre spurred many in Munich to think the unthinkable.
“It has reached us. People in Munich have long had a queasy feeling. Fears grew with every attack in Paris, Istanbul or Brussels,” said the Abendzeitung newspaper’s editor-in-chief Michael Schilling.
“There were particular concerns about the Oktoberfest. But since Friday it is clear that there can be no security anywhere, not even in the safest German city.”
The train attack had already triggered calls by some politicians to impose an upper limit on the number of refugees coming into Germany, which accepted a record 1.1 million migrants and refugees last year, many through Bavaria.
  Breitbart London

This is Merkel’s legacy

"This is Merkel’s legacy. Her disastrous immigration policies have decimated Germany and the whole of Europe.
The enemedia will claim “motive unknown” but that’s only because the mass murderer was Muslim. If we know anything, it is the motive. The attacks are coming more and more frequently. We have to stop treating each one as a separate criminal act, and realize we’re in a war."
 Leslie Ann Stoffel

Alps Stabber Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ Three Times During Questioning

by Donna Rachel Edmunds

A Moroccan man who stabbed a mother and her three young daughters in an Alpine holiday village in France says he carried out the attack because he had been offended by the father scratching his thigh in the presence of the man’s wife. The man, named only as Mohamed B, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar”, meaning Allah is greatest, three times while being questioned by investigators after Tuesday’s attack, The Telegraph has reported.
The 37-year old was arrested at the Garde-Colombe Alpine resort, near Laragne in southern France, after stabbing a mother, 46, and her three daughters, aged eight, 12, and 14. He had been staying with his wife and children in the neighbouring cabin.
The mother and two eldest girls were treated for injuries described as serious but not life threatening at the local hospital in Gap, but the youngest girl had to be airlifted to Grenoble hospital as she suffered a punctured lung.
Shortly after the attack, reports circulated that the assailant had carried out the stabbings as he thought the mother and her daughters were “too scantily dressed”, but Raphael Balland, the Gap prosecutor, said there was no evidence of this.
Rather, he says the assailant told him he had carried out the violent assault as he was offended by an “inappropriate gesture”.
“The husband and father of the victims confirms he crossed the suspect while he was leaving the premises after the attack. The suspect allegedly then told him: ‘You shouldn’t have done that in front of my wife’, then scratched the inside of his thigh over his shorts.”
Mr. Balland added: “The husband doesn’t remember doing such a gesture.”
He said it was “hard to comprehend that such a gesture could have sparked such a serious attack from a person in full mental health or devoid of any ideological intent”.
The attack provoked fears of lone wolf style Islamic terrorism, coming just days after a major terrorist incident in Nice which claimed the lives of 84 victims, including ten children. But searching the assailant’s home in the Paris region, police say they found no Islamist materials. The Moroccan national is said to have been known to the police for petty crimes, but not for radicalisation.
According to the victims he didn’t say a word during the attack, and in questioning at first only shouted Allahu Akbar three times before falling silent.
He later told prosecutors that he had suffered from “depression and schizophrenia for several years”, causing him to be on permanent sick leave since 2009, and stopped taking his medication six months ago.
However, medical and psychiatric experts found “no evidence of any pathology of a psychiatric nature”.
He has now been placed under judicial investigation for “attempted murder” against the mother and “aggravated attempted murder” against the three daughters and is being remanded in custody.

Angela Merkel BACKLASH: Fury erupts at German leader amid Munich shooting rampage

Angela Merkel BACKLASH: Fury erupts at German leader amid Munich shooting rampage As the horrifying scenes from Germany's third largest city sparked outrage across the world many in German pinned the blame directly on the country's leading politician and her opn door policy on migrants. Police revealed the gunman who killed nine people and injured at least 20 others at a Munich shopping mall is an 18-year-old Iranian immigrant Ali Sonboly. The Iranian - who took German nationality - complained that he had been bullied for seven years before firing his handgun into children in a MacDonalds restaurant. Police are probing claims which suggest Sonboly - whose father works as a taxi driver - lured some of his young victims to their deaths with a promise of a free burger. At least nine people have been confirmed dead following the shootings at McDonalds and the Olympia shopping centre in the north-western Moosach district. Now furious Germans, and critics across Europe, are rounding on Angela Merkel and calling on the Chancellor to resign. Twitter user @steveOc7 said: "Another terrorist attack in Europe. RIP to those that died in #MunichShooting #AngelaMerkel has a lot of blood on her hands."While ‏@InfoConor added: "Only surprise about #MunichShooting is that it took this long before it happened. Still happy with last years decision Angela Merkel???" And ‏@KGHohenstauffen added: "The relatives of the raped and killed should thank Angela Merkel for the destruction of Germany." Susan Tutt ‏said: "Has anyone found Angela Merkel? Why is she in hiding? Her people deserve to hear directly from her! #MunichAttack" Chancellor Merkel's ruling party suffered widespread losses to the anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland in this year's local elections. And as the nation gets set to go to vote in the national federal elections next year, polls are suggesting she could be ousted. Another user @HillBuzz aka Kevin DuJan said: "What will it take for Angela Merkel to resign from office? German people need to wake up she is responsible for all of this." J Mäntyvaara added: "Angela Merkel must leave after this because she is dangerous for whole Europe."Mrs Merkel has yet to make any comment on the situation in Munich however she is not thought to have travelled to the city. Earlier this week Germany’s interior minister warned of the “serious” threat from lone wolf attacks in the country and across Europe, telling the public to expect further attacks. The stark assessment of Germany’s security situation follows a warning from the French Prime Minster that his country should "learn to live with the threat” from Islamist extremists. Speaking in Berlin, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said the Afghan refugee who attacked train passengers with an axe in the southern state of Bavaria was now thought be from Pakistan. Responding to the incident, which was claimed by Islamic State, the senior German cabinet minster said similar attacks were highly likely.The influx of more than a million refugees has sparked outrage on the streets of Germany since Mrs Merkel the country's leader used her New Year address in 2015 to urge citizens not to have 'coldness in their hearts' but to embrace the 1.1million newcomers. She has been blamed for fuelling the European migrant crisis by promising to welcome those who make it to Germany. And while at first she was praised by Germans for her decision to allow many of those escaping war and poverty to stay - the situation has spiralled. He told reporters: "Like several EU countries, like the whole EU, Germany is also in the target area of international terrorism. Therefore, I have said for a long time, the situation is serious.” The French PM issued a strikingly similar warning this morning, saying that the country must be prepared for more deadly attacks. He said: ”Even if these words are hard to say, it's my duty to do so: There will be other attacks and there will be other innocent people killed. “We must not become accustomed to, but learn to live with, this threat.”Germany was added to the list of terror-struck European nations after an axe-wielding 17-year-old Afghan refugee attacked passengers on a train in the southern state of Bavaria. The multiple crises involving radicalised young men with links to groups operating in the Middle East and North Africa - including those in Brussels, Paris and Nice - have stretched the continent's intelligence services to breaking point. Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), said the German train attack "illustrates the reality that some ISIS sympathisers will have slipped through European borders".The London-based think tank said around two per cent of Germany's population arrived last year, making it "impossible in practice for European security services to screen new arrivals with thoroughness sufficient to preclude the possibility of attacks”. Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said: “I am shocked and appalled by the terrible attack unfolding this evening in Munich, and the loss of life. "My thoughts are with those injured and the families of those killed. "We stand ready to assist our friends in Germany. Our travel advice to UK nationals in the area tonight is to stay indoors and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Another Day, Another Jihad Massacre: This time in Munich.

by Robert Spencer 

 The events unfolded in predictable fashion: a young Iranian Muslim opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich while screaming “Allahu akbar,” and initial mainstream media reports were that the gunman was a “right-wing extremist,” lashing out on the fifth anniversary of the Norwegian madman Anders Breivik’s massacre, while screaming out his hatred for foreigners.
As it happened, it was someone else screaming his hatred for foreigners at the jihad murderer, not the other way around, but once again, the lie had gotten halfway around the world before the truth had a chance to put on its shoes.
And the same old comedy, the familiar one that plays out every week now in modern, multicultural Europe and North America, duly played out again, to an increasingly bored and indifferent crowd. Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae informed the world that the young jihadi had no known links to jihad terror groups, and added: “The motive or explanation for this crime is completely unclear.”
Unclear? Really? What is it about “Allahu akbar” and the gunning-down of innocent civilians that you don’t understand, Herr Andrae? And the answer, of course, is: everything. Hubertus Andrae, and Angela Merkel, and Theresa May, and Manuel Valls, and John Kerry, and Barack Obama, and every last one of the other Western leaders are resolutely and determinedly ignorant about what it means when a young Iranian Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” opens fire in a shopping mall.
What, after all, could it possibly mean? This young man must have come from a troubled home, no? He must have grown up in poverty and been denied access to all sorts of economic opportunities that were open to native Germans of his age, right? He must have been “radicalized on the Internet” by shadowy forces that somehow possess the magic power to turn benign, peaceful Muslims who are a benefit and asset to every Western nation into misunderstanders of their own religion who suddenly and inexplicably discard the peaceful Islamic teachings they have imbibed from youth in their Western mosques, in favor of a twisted and hijacked version of their religion that leads them to think that treason and mass murder are not only commendable, but blessed by the Almighty – isn’t that the case?

The Munich shooter’s motive is completely unclear, because we don’t yet know if he was teased in school or on the job, or if he had trouble getting a job in the first place, or if he had psychological problems, or if he was a brooding loner who always left his moderate Muslim friends disquieted – the only thing we do know is that he couldn’t possibly have been motivated by a religion that exhorts its adherents to “slay them wherever you find them” (cf. Qur’an 2:191, 4:89, 9:5).
No, none of that is true, and one wonders if even the European and North American political and media elites believe in their own nonsense anymore. The Munich mass murderer was motivated by Islam, pure and simple – by its teachings of warfare against unbelievers and the necessity to subjugate them. His war cry of “Allahu akbar,” revered by jihadis for its power to “strike terror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60), demonstrates that.
The Islamic State’s repeated calls for the mass murder of civilians in Western countries also demonstrate that. Hubertus Andrae, and Angela Merkel, and Theresa May, and Manuel Valls, and John Kerry, and Barack Obama, and every last one of the other Western leaders persist in pretending that incidents such as the mass murder in Munich on Friday, and the mass murders in Nice, Orlando, Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino, Chattanooga, and elsewhere recently are all separate, discrete criminal acts, unrelated to one another and all requiring extensive investigation to determine the motives of the perpetrators.
That proposition is not only false; it’s a Goebbelsian Big Lie. These are not criminal acts. These are not the acts of the psychopathic or the disenfranchised. These are acts of war, battles in a larger war that has been going on for 1,400 years and is picking up speed in our own age, courtesy of our willfully myopic and feckless leaders. Unless and until Western authorities begin to treat each of these incidents as part of a larger war, they will continue to misdiagnose the problem and apply the wrong solutions.
And that is the one thing they are certain to do. And so there will be many, many more Munichs. Watch this space next week for my comments on the next jihad massacre and the next flurry of predictable denials and obfuscations. My comments next week will be much like my comments here, because the actions of the elites after the next jihad attack will be much like what they have been today. What is it going to take to get leaders who are in touch with reality? Seriously, is that really too much to ask?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Protestant Theologian: ‘Radical Bible Groups’ A Bigger Threat To Teens Than Islamism

A German protestant theologian said that ‘radical’ bible groups are a bigger radicalisation threat to adolescents than Islamists, and downplayed the number of minors who have converted and left Germany to fight for Islamic State Harald Lamprecht, Christian theologian and sect commissioner for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, in an interview with Der Morgenpost claims that “radical bible groups” are more of a risk to the youths of Saxony than Islamism.
During the interview, in which the theologian was asked to advise parents of how to look out for signs of Islamic radicalisation, he told parents “not to panic” and advised them, rather, to be more prepared to keep watch for warning signs of Christian radicalisation:
“As for the threat of Saxon youths, be prepared for radical Bible groups. They are a much bigger problem than Islamists.”
Downplaying the significance of the 810 young people nationally who have been radicalised by Salafists and Islamist propaganda online and have proceeded to leave Germany to join Islamic State, he pointed to the figures of radicalised youths in Saxony being in “low, single digits”.
Mr. Lamprecht, who speaks to the regional church’s three-quarters of a million members across 719 congregations, advised that interest in the Quran does not equate radicalisation and urged parents to teach their children “the difference between Islam and Islamism”.
Speaking to the German Evangelical News Agency after the Der Morgenpost interview, Mr. Lamprecht attempted to clarify his comments, stating that he did not mean to “equate the terrorist organisation with Christian fundamentalists”, but rather draw a comparison of how Bible study groups outside of mainstream Christianity “radically distort the Bible” with how Salafist groups “twist the Quran”.
He stated: “Such cases [of Christian radicalisation] are purely numerically up more frequently than the current three known cases of successful Islamist radicalisation in Saxony.” 
However, the results of Islamic radicalisation and Christian radicalisation are vastly different. A joint study by the German interior ministry and the independent Institute for Criminology Research of Lower Saxony found that devout Muslims in Germany are more prone to violence than Christians.
German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported of the research’s findings that “the willingness to commit violent crimes grows” among young Muslims “the more religious they become”, whereas the opposite was true of Christians where “the willingness to commit violent crimes, such as armed robbery or assault and battery, among young Catholics and Protestants decreases with religious fervour”.  
Germany has experienced a series of shocking Islamist-inspired attacks by radicalised youths including the stabbing of a police officer by a 15-year-old girl, the bombing of a Sikh temple by teenaged boys, and an axe attack on a train by a 17-year-old Afghan refugee.  
The interview came following the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl identified as “Linda” who ran away from her home in Pulsnitz, Saxony, in early July. The parents fear that their daughter has attempted to join Islamic State.
It is believed that the Linda flew to Istanbul, Turkey, intending to travel along one of the various documented routes used by radicalised individuals to get to Syria. Just last year eight British girls travelled to Turkey and onwards to Syria on the so-called “jihadi bride trail”.
Prior to her disappearance family and friends noted that Linda had “changed”. She started to read the Quran, wore a headscarf and Islamic clothing, and told her sister that she converted to Islam.
It has been suggested that Linda was brainwashed by an Islamic State adherent via Facebook. Last year a senior female Islamic State commander who left the terror group has claimed the organisation has a specialised social media grooming unit, where fighters work in shifts to radicalise vulnerable young people online.
In 2014 Sabina Selimovic and Samra Kesinovic from neighbouring Austria were believed to have been radicalised by reading jihadist materials on the Internet and travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State.
The “poster pin-ups” for Jihad boasted of their lives with the terrorist organisation, but that was short-lived with both reportedly pregnant and longing to return home. Though their whereabouts are still unknown, it has been reported that both are now dead, Samra allegedly used as a sex slave by Islamic State before being killed while trying to flee.

Multiple Shooters Reported Active In Munich Mall Terror Shooting — Six Reported Dead


Shooting rampage in Munich ongoing, 15 dead, Islamic State celebrates

“Whole Europe is under our terrorism.” Yes, and it’s only going to get worse, thanks to Europe’s suicidal policies regarding Muslim migrants. Whether or not this shooter is a jihadi or a migrant, the Islamic State is crowing, and will be working toward murdering many more people in Europe.
Islamic State celebrates Munich
Munich shooter
“Up to 15 dead after shots fired at shopping centre in Munich,” by Robin Schiller,, July 22, 2016:
UP to 15 people are believed to have been shot dead at a shopping centre in Munich this evening.
A major police operation is underway near Munich’s Olympic Park following reports of shots being fired in the shopping centre in the area.
Reports of a second shooting at a Metro station in the city were a false alarm.
“We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage,” a police spokeswoman said, adding she believed more than one shooter was involved.
According to Interior Minister Joachim Hermann, three suspects are believed to have been involved and are currently on the run.
Members of the public have been urged to clear public spaces and return home.
Police have confirmed ‘multiple’ fatalities – a local newspaper is reporting as many as 15 people may have been killed.
Staff in the shopping mall where shooting broke out are still hiding, an employee told Reuters by telephone.
NTV television reported that German police special forces had arrived at the scene.
“Many shots were fired, I can’t say how many but it’s been a lot,” the employee, who declined to be identified, said from the mall in Munich….

Munich is colorful

 An anti-PEGIDA (BAGIDA) protester shows a poster 'Munich is colorful' during a protest against BAGIDA demonstration, a local copycat of Dresden's right-wing populist movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident), in Munich, southern Germany, on January 19, 2015. Thousands of people took part at the anti Pegida demonstration. More than 800 participants took part at the Pegida demonstraion.
Munich, Germany, is under attack!
Many dead, whose blood covers
Angela Merkel from head to foot!
 Ronald A Silverman

VIDEO: Mass Shooting at Munich shopping mall, SEVERAL DEAD, ISIS CELEBRATES on social media

15 casualties reported in Munich shopping mall shooting according to initial reports. Police operation still underway. Hillary Clinton lauds and admires Germany’s immigration model.The shooting at a Munich shopping mall is over, police spokeswoman Claudia Kvenzel said. Police are asking people to avoid the area. Kvenzel had no further information. [Original story, published at 12:39 p.m. ET] An ongoing “shooting spree” was happening early Friday evening at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the Moosach district of Munich, Germany, a police spokesperson told CNN. The spokesperson did not give any further information. News of events in Germany is beginning to spread on IS-linked Telegram channels
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Shots Fired At German Shopping Mall — ‘Multiple Deaths’

Several gunshots are reported to have been fired at a shopping centre in Munich, with media claiming there have been multiple fatalities.

UPDATE 1835 BST — Video claiming to show shooter posted to social media
A Twitter video showing a man with what appears to be a pistol shooting at bystanders also clearly shows a distinctively laid out branch of the McDonalds fast-food chain. Local images and Google Street View strongly suggests the video is in fact from Munich as claimed.

Claim: Red Cross Management Covered Up Migrant Sexual Abuse

A Red Cross employee has claimed that women in an asylum home run by the charity have been sexually abused and that management covered it up. The Red Cross in the German city of Potsdam are under fire as an allegation has emerged that sexual abuse of women in one of their asylum homes is not just happening, but is being actively covered up by management.
An anonymous letter was sent to the head office of the German branch of the Red Cross by someone claiming to have been an employee at the Potsdam asylum home. The whistleblower accused the management of covering up the constant sexual abuse of female migrants in the home, German TV channel Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg reports.
The letter specifies that female colleagues of the worker were also sexually harassed and mocked by male migrants in the home. According to the employee the management were well aware of the sexual abuse and harassment, but chose to cover up the incidents rather than try and tackle the problem.
The Red Cross has told media that they have forwarded the letter on to the prosecution service in Potsdam and are taking the matter very seriously.
The manager of the asylum home who is alleged to have been the leader in the cover up is currently on sick leave while an internal investigation has been started by the Red Cross in Potsdam. The organisation justified the move with Red Cross National Association spokesman Frank Hülsbeck claiming that “it ensures that these employees do not enter the home until all allegations are cleared up”.
Spokesman for the Potsdam office of the organisation, Ingo Decker, echoed the remarks of the national office saying: “We take these allegations very seriously and have invited the national office to notify us of the initial results.”
The asylum home has also been subject of previous complaints where it was alleged that health and safety standards were severely lacking. According to those reports the employees of the home were exposed to outbreaks of diseases without being provided with adequate protection, including highly-contagious tuberculosis. The management had also insisted that workers undertake weapons searches on migrants, exposing them to potential danger.
While the case seems extraordinary it is not the first time asylum workers have been told to keep quiet, or have been ignored by authorities, over migrant sexual harassment or abuse. Nor is it the first time a worker at a Red Cross facility has been subject to sexual abuse from migrants as was the case in Belgium earlier this year.
Critics of the German government’s approach to the issue say that there needs to be more accountability in asylum homes and more of an effort to prevent the abuse of women and children.

Austrian Presidential Candidate Demands Crack Down On Illegal Turkish Passport Holders

After mass pro-Erdoğan protests by Turks in the Austrian capital of Vienna, presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has called on a crack down of Turks who have illegal dual citizenship in Austria. In the immediate aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey last weekend Austrian Turks took to the streets of Vienna to express their support for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by the thousands. The protests have led to many in the Austrian political scene to question how appropriate it is for the minority in the country to be so adamantly loyal to a foreign head of state.
Presidential candidate for the anti-mass migration Freedom Party (FPÖ) Norbert Hofer is now calling for a government review of Turks who may possess dual citizenship with Austria and Turkey, Kurier reports. Austria is unusual among European nations in that it is illegal, in most cases, to hold a dual citizenship with another nation.
Mr. Hofer told Austrian press that he believes there are a large number of people who possess both Turkish and Austrian citizenship and passports. He has also called for the exposure of any Turks in Austria who are directly cooperating with the Erdoğan government. On Thursday the Erdoğan regime suspended the European Convention of Human Rights and has expelled or suspended civil servants and academics, banning the latter from leaving Turkey.
According to Mr. Hofer, Turkey’s announced plans to reinstate the death penalty pushes the state further from European values. “The value system of Turkey does not fit the EU. I don’t want to condemn the value system of Turkey, but it just does not suit us,” he said.
In a press statement the presidential candidate said that Austria can’t accept the fact that Ankara refuses to tell the government how many Austrian citizens share citizenship with Turkey. He claimed that the dual citizenship could form parallel societies within Austria. Mr. Hofer went so far as to say that the dual citizens should renounce their Austrian citizenship.
Currently in Austria there are around 90,000 Turks who are eligible to vote in Turkish elections and the vast majority are fervent supporters of President Erdoğan’s Justice and Development (AKP) party. Of the total 300,000 or so men and women of Turkish decent living in Austria, around 113,000 of them carry a Turkish passport.
Mr. Hofer also mentioned the Grey Wolves, present at the weekend protests, who are notorious for clashing with Kurdish protesters and are accused of being ultra Turkish nationalists. “Their home is therefore not Austria, but Turkey,” he said of the protesters.
The EU-Turkey migrant deal was also brought up by the candidate who said: “I am also for the termination of the refugee agreement with Turkey,” citing the constant threats from Mr. Erdoğan and allies toward the European Union. Mr. Hofer did not mince words calling the actions of Ankara “blackmail”.

Bulgaria Seeks Allies To Defend Against Turkish Invasion of Europe 31 1

One of Bulgaria’s top businessmen has called for Balkan countries to form a union to defend against a potential Turkish invasion of Europe. Vasil Vasilev said that the supposedly “tolerant” and “solidarity”-loving European Union (EU) could not be relied on to protect the Balkans if “hundreds of thousands of so-called refugees” from Turkey descend on them. The businessman and philanthropist recommended that Bulgaria form a union with other Balkan countries who would be threatened by Turkish moves to expand their territory and influence.
He said: “These are mostly Bulgaria and Greece, as well as Serbia and Macedonia. They should form some kind of a union to stop the Turkish threat and this may be the most reliable thing we can count on.”
Speaking in Sofia, the Vassilevi Brothers Foundation chairman said that “Bulgaria should not have any doubts that the Europeans will hand [the country] to Turkey.”
Mr. Vasilev contended that the EU’s professed values of “tolerance and pan-European solidarity” do not exist except when it suits the wishes of the people ruling the bloc.
Because of this, Mr. Vasilev said Bulgarians could not rely on NATO nor the EU for protection in the case of a Turkish invasion of the country.
The businessman told FOCUS radio: “I think that we cannot count on neither NATO nor on the EU. I am convinced that neither of these organisations will lift a finger to protect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bulgaria in case of aggressive actions or even in case of a mass invasion of hundreds of thousands of so-called refugees or migrants from Turkey.”
Mr Vasilev said a horde of migrants from Turkey descending on Bulgaria “will be practically some kind of Bashi-Bazouk, and will do the same job a military operation would do.”
The Bashi-Bazouk, forces loyal to the Ottoman Turks, slaughtered thousands of Bulgarians in the Batak Massacre, in 1876. Senior Western figures like Bill Clinton have criticised countries like Hungary and Poland for rejecting mass Muslim immigration, but have not perhaps recognised the recent and more far-reaching history in these nations which gives rise to scepticism over mass migration.
The Battle of Varna: In 1444 in eastern Bulgaria, the Ottoman army under Sultan Murad II defeated the Hungarian-Polish and Wallachian armies commanded by Wladyslaw III of Poland, who was also King of Hungary. Stanislaw Chlebowski/Wikimedia Commons
Ottoman Turks occupied the country for 500 years, levying various taxes on Bulgarians such as jizya, the Islamic tax demanded from non-Muslims living under Muslim rule. The most infamous of these was the “blood tax”, which saw Ottoman Turks remove every fifth male child from Bulgarians families to serve in their army.

380,000 Homeless in Germany While Govt Builds Downtown Apartments for Migrants

While thousands of born Germans remain homeless, one city is building trendy downtown apartments for single male migrants on the corner of the Oberhausen Peace Square. The majority of the million migrants who arrived in Germany last year are now in housing, yet in 2013 cities claimed there was no room to accommodate German homeless.

Construction of the apartments, which are located in the heart of Oberhausen’s shopping district, is nearly complete. It is expected that migrants who arrived in Germany among the influx of foreigners who washed up in Europe during the migrant crisis will be able to move into the fashionable flats by the end of this month.
The councillor responsible for real estate management in Oberhausen, Jürgen Schmidt, said the city had managed to house 90 per cent of the 1,400 migrants who arrived there in 2015 and 2016 during Europe’s “migrant crisis”. In 2013, cities said they were struggling to provide even emergency shelters for German homeless in winter.
Emergency shelters for the homeless are very basic. Most cities have a disused building in which to allow homeless people to stay during the coldest winter nights. As there is insufficient space in many cities’ shelters, the majority of homeless are forced to sleep on tables and chairs.
When the temperature drops to a deadly level — several degrees below sub-zero, some German cities erect emergency shelters. In smaller towns, however, a number of Germany’s 380,000 homeless freeze to death most winters.
The property marked for migrants in Oberhausen is on the corner of Peace Square, a picturesque park with shops and a charming neoclassical building.  These center around an ornamental lake with a fountain at one end, the water lined with trees and framed by flower beds. Oberhausen Councillor Schmidt told Der Westen that migrants moving in will be “mostly single men from other refugee sites”.
The council gave the go-ahead to the apartments, which are designed with the single male migrants in mind, because it was difficult to fit them in elsewhere. Most of the accommodation in which German taxes are paying for migrants to live is designed for more than one person and so many single men found themselves on a long waiting list for housing.
Despite this new development and two others which are nearly completed, Councillor Schmidt appealed to homeowners in Oberhausen to free up more properties for migrant use.
He said: “We are still looking for small apartments for single people, but also apartments for large families.”
Previous appeals by the town hall to the property owners in the city, to provide housing for refugees, have been successful. Councillor Schmidt said the city had received “many offers” of housing and “great apartments” for migrants, and because of this they had managed to house 70 per cent in private properties.
While the city has provided migrants with their own houses and apartments Oberhausen has a building which accommodates just 80 homeless people during Germany’s harsh winters. The shelter is packed out, in the coldest months, when the shelter is available and many of the city’s homeless have to sleep outside in the freezing weather.
Mr. Schmidt said Oberhausen had fulfilled the accommodation needs of migrants there “99 per cent compared with other cities” and noted the city already has plans in place for future migrant influxes.
“If the number [of migrants] rises significantly, we can house them at the Froebel School, Eisenheim High School and Stötzner School,” Mr. Schmidt said. The councillor noted that with the city’s three new blocks of housing for migrants, there are now 400 more places for migrants to live.
There appears to be significant discrepancies in the way politicians handle migrants and the way they treat Germany’s homeless. In October last year, after the country lacked enough permanent housing for all of the migrant influx, politicians expressed alarm that 3,000 of them were sleeping in heated tents.  Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party chair, “Our hope is that no refugee would freeze to death in Germany,” Thomas Strobl, chairman of the governing Christian Democratic Union party, promised that the government would not allow any migrants to freeze to death.
CDU member Juila Klöckner said the tents were “inhumane”, and refugee spokesman for the Green Party, Claudia Stamm complained that heated tents are cruel, as migrants would be cold if they had to step outside the tent.
She said: “Municipalities and cities cannot allow refugees to live in tents during the winter. Even if the tents are heated, you would still need to leave the tent and shower in the snow.”

In Hamburg, migrants protested living in the tents — which are government-provided — holding signs reading “we’re cold” and “please help us”. October temperatures in the city generally range from 8 to 13 degrees centigrade.

Germany: The Terrifying Power of Muslim Interpreters

Alexander Stevens is a lawyer at a Munich law firm specializing in sexual offenses. In his recent book, Sex in Court, he describes some of his strangest and most shocking cases. One such case raises the question: What do you do when interpreters working for the police and courts lie and manipulate? As no one monitors translators, it is likely that in many instances, the dishonesty of interpreters goes undetected -- Stevens' book chronicles the devastating effects one dishonest interpreter had on a case.
The parents of a Syrian girl, "Sali," had promised their daughter to a man named Hassan, who, at the time, was still living in Syria. The arrangement was seen as mutually beneficial: Sali's parents would receive money and Hassan would be allowed to enter Germany. Sali would never willingly have married a man 34 years her senior, but the family's honor required it. However, Sali did not receive any benefits from this arrangement. Hassan's interest in Sali was apparently confined to her body. He forced Sali to perform all kinds of sexual practices several times a day, and brutally abused the girl in the process.
Sali was unable to hide the fact that she took no pleasure in these rapes and she became ill, so Hassan reproached her and "openly threatened to demand a large compensation payment from her family, for the cost of the wedding reception and lost pleasures of love." Sali sought help from a women's shelter, where an employee took her to a lawyer: Stevens. At the shelter, Sali described her misfortune, but was careful repeatedly to come to her husband's defense. She was more worried about her family's honor, should Hassan decided to divorce her, than about herself.
"After two hours of painstaking depictions of sexual abuse, corporal punishment, and mental humiliation," Stevens writes, "I had no doubt that everything had actually happened as she said."
The next day, Stevens tried to get an appointment for questioning with the police and an interpreter. But he was surprised when he got to the shelter. Sali was like a different person. Suddenly, she wanted nothing to do with him or the women's shelter employee.
Sometime later, an employee of the women's shelter sent him a letter that Sali had left behind for him. It read:
Dear Mr. Stevens,
I am very sorry to have caused you so much inconvenience. Please believe me when I say I did not want to. Everything I told you then is true. I also wanted to make a statement to the police regarding what I told you. But the interpreter there told me that a faithful woman must not use words like sex and rape. Words like that would dishonor my husband and our family. She also said that I was a blasphemer, because I went to the police. No woman should report her own husband. The husband must be honored. I did not know what to do, Mr. Stevens. Because I think she is right. I should never have disgraced my husband and my family. Therefore, I would ask you not to tell anyone. I do not want to create any more trouble for my family and my husband's family. Please forgive me. You were very good to me.
By this time, Sali was already dead. According to the employee from the women's shelter, the police suspected suicide.

Interpreters Decide on Asylum

Non-Muslim refugees, in particular, complain of the pressure exerted on them by Muslim interpreters. As Gatestone Institute has already reported, Christians and other non-Muslims are beaten, threatened, and harassed in German refugee homes. One of the reasons that German authorities do not intervene has to do with the Muslim interpreters, says Paulus Kurt, head of the work groups for the Central Committee of Eastern Christians in Germany (ZOCD):
"Interpreters belonging to the Islamic religion often stick with the defendants. I am aware of statements in which interpreters have pressured and supposedly said to Christians, on the way to the police or beforehand: 'If you complain, you can forget your application for asylum.' I often noticed that statements were retracted because Christians were threatened."
The effects of these abuses of power are devastating: interpreters in Germany have great influence on who is granted asylum. In a November 2015 open letter to Frank-Jürgen Weise, the head of their agency, employees of the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), pointed out the potential problems of this system within their agency:
"A Syrian is someone who identifies himself as a Syrian in writing (checks the proper box on the questionnaire), and the interpreter (usually not sworn in, or from Syria) confirms it. The interpreters are neither employed by the Federal Agency, nor are they in any way sworn in to the legal system of the Federal Republic of Germany. Ultimately, examination of the asylum application is left solely to these interpreters -- insofar as it involves the verification of nationality and, therefore, the country of persecution. In our view, a decision-making process such as this, which is practiced on a massive scale, is not in keeping with due process."

Television Reports

In May 2016, the German public television station Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcast a report on Muslim interpreters who lie. The report, entitled "Treason in the Refugee Home: When Translators Mistranslate," exposed several instances of the same issue:
Moderator: With the growing number of refugees, the demand for interpreters has also rapidly increased. Ultimately, translators play a central role in the asylum procedures, for example. Since there is an overall shortage of qualified and sworn interpreters, the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees has recently been advertising for translators with this flyer [title: "We are Looking for Interpreters"]. Inside, it says: "You take on great responsibility in your work, and we expect you to be neutral and reliable." But there is often a gaping hole between expectations and reality.
Reporter: Bullied and threatened by other refugees. A nightmare, what this Iraqi refugee is telling us. He asks one of the translators for help, but he [the translator] takes the side of the attacker.
Hassan: "They wanted to beat us; they insulted us. And the interpreter thought about everything while translating, and alleged that none of it had happened."
Reporter: Hassan, as we call the young man, belongs to a small religious community of Yezidis. Radical Sunni Muslims despise Yezidis, even in Germany. Instead of conveying the message, the translator cheated him.
Hassan: "The interpreter translated that we merely had a dispute on the street."
Reporter: That was a conscious mistranslation. Not an isolated incident, says Gian Aldonani. She fled to Germany as a young Yezidi girl. As a student in Cologne, she got involved in working with refugees. In the process, it became apparent to her again and again:
Gian Aldonani: "It is purposefully mistranslated. At first, we thought these were isolated cases out of Cologne and the surrounding area. But in documenting all of the cases, we recognized that translators all over Germany were very purposefully mistranslating. [...] The social workers are reliant on the translators. The translators take advantage of this situation. These people are doing the same thing here that they do with minorities in their countries of origin."

More "Isolated Cases"

Similar cases -- always labelled "isolated cases" -- are found in German and Austrian newspapers again and again.
In Austria, in June 2016, the Salzburg regional court sentenced a jihadist to two years in prison. He had fought for the Al-Nusra Front in Syria. Incidentally, it became known that: "The 29-year-old came to Salzburg as a refugee in October 2015 and helped at the Freilassing border crossing as an interpreter."
Regarding "interpreter and cultural mediator Besnik S.," the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper wrote:
"Besnik S. also interpreted for the young refugees -- until one of his colleagues became suspicious of him. Besnik S. was consistently translating incorrectly. Instead of facilitating communication for the young men, he allegedly tried to bring them closer to his ideology. "
Particularly grotesque is the March 2016 case of a Chechen interpreter, who worked as a court translator in Graz, Austria:
"The interpreter had already interpreted several people's statements. As another witness was supposed be questioned at that point, the woman [interpreter] explained that the witness in question was her husband. But she claimed that he could not come that day, and sent his apologies, because he was in Russia at the moment and had already informed the court of that. The man was accused in another proceeding of a similar type. ... Observers had already noticed that, during recesses in the proceedings, the interpreter had talked with about 20 Chechens among the courtroom spectators."
Alexander Stevens, the Munich lawyer, often gets the impression that there is a "fraternal solidarity" between interpreters and criminal defendants, he tells Gatestone. From his own experience and from conversations with judges, prosecutors, and fellow attorneys, he knows that Muslim interpreters in particular often violate their duty of neutrality:
"My personal feeling is that not only the defendants [but also the interpreters] of Islamic society are cunning, sly, and sometimes crafty. In this room, organized crime, gang violence, theft, and fraud are frequently dealt with. They are often very smart, and there is an incredible cohesion within the respective cultural and religious community, particularly among Albanians, Turks, Syrians and Moroccans. The common denominator is possibly Islamist conditioning. They are very close, almost like family, but without being related by blood."

Negligence on the Part of the Authorities

This problem is well known among judges and defense lawyers, says Stevens:
"It starts as soon as the judge asks: 'What is your name?' Instead of simply translating those three words, the interpreter often talks 'forever.' Conversely, the interpreter then only says one sentence where you expect a lengthy testimony. Often, you are not really sure what the interpreter and the defendant are discussing."
Stevens cites negligence on the part of German authorities as exacerbating this problem. While there are strict admission requirements for court interpreters in languages such as English or Spanish, this is not the case in Germany for many other languages. He points out that the German state of Bavaria's Court Interpreters Act clearly states: "The recognition of foreign degrees falls under the responsibility of the Bavarian Ministry of Education" -- meaning that even applicants with flimsy degrees can be hired if the Ministry feels that there is a shortage of interpreters in a particular language.
Stevens criticizes the naïveté of the Germans:
"The swearing-in process goes like this: The judge reads aloud to him from the Judiciary Act, proclaiming that he [the interpreter] will translate faithfully and diligently. That's it! With that, he is sworn in, and according to German law, he is absolutely credible."
Stevens points out that although this problem has existed for a long time, it has become even more harmful since the start of "the refugee problem, which involves a whole potpourri of crime, including sexual assault."

Human Rights Activists: "No Trust for Muslim Translators"

Karl Hafen, the former longtime Executive Chairman of the German section of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), is concerned about the situation faced by non-Muslims in German refugee housing, where interpreters seem complicit. He told Gatestone that
"Most of what is reported to us about translators involves threats that they will not translate if the affected victims blame Muslims for their misfortune, or that interpreters try to point out that what happened is mandated by the Koran."
Many refugees are already intimidated by the mere presence of a Muslim interpreter.
"Some victims complain that they can no longer speak openly when an interpreter reveals she is Muslim by wearing a headscarf. Others tell us that they are afraid to go to the doctor with a Muslim interpreter, because based on what was done to them, they cannot trust her."
Hafen does not want to label those interpreters as Islamists -- they are normal, conservative Muslims:
"Again, there is a strong return to Islamic rules, a kind of de-integration. It also depends on how the interpreters themselves live, whether alone or in a family that practices Islam. The Muslim interpreters refuse to believe that what happened actually took place as described. And among other things, this practice is encouraged, because part of our media -- but especially politicians and bishops -- downplay the brutalities and simply refuse to recognize that the people who have become victims, or who have had to witness crimes with their own eyes, no longer trust Muslims."
We cannot allow translators to continue misrepresenting and manipulating an already vulnerable refugee population. The German authorities need to reform the system for employing translators for courts, police and government agencies, so that all refugees receive the due process they deserve.

North African Footballers Sent Home From Tournament After Molesting Teen Girls

A North African football team has been sent home from the Gothia World Youth Cup tournament in Sweden after members sexually assaulted three teenagers at the event’s opening ceremony.

At the opening ceremony of the Gothia Cup on Monday, a gang of North African men surrounded and groped three 16 year old girls. Police arrested the team’s 35 year old manager for sexual assault.
Events unfolded when, outside Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, a group of between 30 and 40 men from a North African football team asked the girls if they could take photographs with them.
Swedish media outlet SVT reported that the group then began surrounding the three teens, groping them and trying to put their hands under the girls’ clothes.
The mother of one of the alleged victims said the men “kissed [the girls], and the grown man shoved his tongue in my daughter’s mouth”. She said the teens then panicked and tried to protect themselves.
Police arrived to stop the sexual assaults after hearing the girls’ cries for help, and arrested the club’s 35-year-old manager. Police did not arrest any of the teenagers for the attacks because it would have been too difficult for the girls to have identified which of them were responsible. The tournament’s organisers chose to dismiss the team from the competition.
Gothia Cup’s founder and secretary general, Dennis Andersson, said that after meeting with the foreign team they were “very remorseful” about the attacks and that the men admitted that they knew what they did was wrong.
Noting that such attacks had never happened before at the tournament, which is the world’s largest and most international youth football competition. Mr. Andersson indicated that the Gothia Cup would take a stand against the issue of sexual harassment at next year’s tournament.
He said: “I have already started thinking about the future. Gothia Cup should be at the forefront of the question of stopping stuff like [sexual assaults].

“Next year [at the tournament] we’ll do something big, something that will be seen and heard.”


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Germany: Jewish man attacked by a Palestinian


A Chareidi Jew was attacked in Berlin this past Saturday.

Two bicyclists in their twenties stopped for a red light next to the victim and asked him if he's Jewish.  When he answered in the affirmative, one of the men said he's a Palestinians, cursed the victim, threatened to harm him and his family and then spit on him.  He also took pictures of the victim with his phone.