Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Muslim Translators Deliberately Misinterpreting Christians to Get Them Deported, Says Pastor

Muslim translators are deliberately misinterpreting migrants who converted to Christianity in order to get them deported, a Berlin pastor has said.

In a damning verdict on Germany’s Ministry for Immigration and Refugees (BAMF), Rev Gottfried Martens said Afghan and Iranian migrants who convert to Christianity are subject to “kangaroo court” hearings where “almost exclusively Muslim translators” falsely translate their responses.
Rev Martens, who has baptised over 1,000 former Muslims since the start of the migrant crisis, sais officials who hear the cases are poorly trained, receiving little more than a three-week course.
In a letter to supporters, the pastor wrote: “Many are manifestly clueless about the situation of Christians in Iran and Afghanistan, and worse yet they are utterly clueless concerning questions relating to the Christian faith.”
“But all of this does not prevent them from assuming the role of self-appointed experts, whose questions ‘unmask’ the supposedly deceitful Iranian asylum applicants one after another, even when those hearing the cases don’t even know the difference between the Creed and the Our Father.”
He said the newly-converted applicants are often asked unreasonably difficult questions about their new faith, including the names of the two sons in the parable of the Prodigal Son, or how Martin Luther died.
“In this way Christians who learned the first elements of the Christian faith in their house church in Iran are well and truly hung out to dry,” he said.
He also said Muslim translators “deliberately stick the knife in our congregational members by falsely translating what they say”.
He called for Christian migrants to be housed separately to Muslims, and strongly criticised Catholic and mainline Protestant leaders who oppose this on the basis it may show the religions cannot exist peacefully.
Breitbart London reported in February how six Christians were attacked in their asylum accommodation, but ended up being expelled themselves.
The pastor referred to this incident in his letter, saying:
“In February we experienced how a group of almost 100 radical Muslim asylum applicants attacked six Christians so brutally in their residence that the police ended up having to use their dogs to protect the six Christians from a pogrom.”

“As almost always happens in such cases, a few days later the six Christians were banned from the institution that housed them.”

Greens Demand Media Blackout of ‘Populist’ Police Union Chief Who Spoke Out Against Migrant Crisis

Union chief Rainer Wendt is the “Donald Trump of the German police” and should be banished from the airwaves, according to Green Party Police Vice President Oliver von Dobrowolski.

Von Dobrowolski, a Berlin-based detective whose organisation represents Green Party backing police officers, has set up a petition which calls for a media blackout on the police union boss, who he blasts for making statements that are “deliberately populist”.
The appeal, hosted on Change.org, says “members of marginalised groups” are upset by appearances by the police union chief, and warns that exposure to Wendt’s views could cause Germans to “develop a misplaced fear of crime”.
Addressed “in particular [to] the broadcasting corporations and newspapers”, the petition demands the German media stop providing a platform for the union chief to voice “opinions on police issues and internal security policy”.
In the last 18 months, Wendt has become known for the forthright manner in which he’s sounded the alarm on some of the policing dilemmas the country faces resulting from the arrival of almost two million people since 2015.
Wendt’s belief that the mass influx of Middle Eastern and North African migrants is linked to the number of security issues Germany now faces is one of the reasons the petition states why the union boss is unfit to appear on television.
“Furthermore”, it continues, “[Wendt] has demanded rubber bullets be used against protesters, called for a fence to be built along the German border to ward off migrant flows, and made statements regarding the existence of an alleged macho culture among young Muslims”.
Another cause for concern, according to the appeal, is that Wendt has given interviews to media outlets that the petition states are “suspected of having a readership which includes people who are openly right wing and conspiracy theory-minded”.
Statements by the police union chief “generate a false picture of threat”, and are likely to lead Germans to “develop a misplaced fear of crime”, the petition says. It also alleges that Wendt’s views are ‘repellent’ to “a large part of the mainstream” as well as, “in particular, members of marginalised groups”.
The trade unionist told Junge Freiheit, a conservative weekly magazine which was among the supposedly “dubious” outlets named in the appeal, that he “laughed heartily” upon reading the Change.org petition.

Left wing politicians reacted with anger last week after Wendt blasted the leniency of Germany’s criminal justice system as a “joke”. Social Democratic Party deputy Ralf Stegner called the union boss a “ right wing populist loudspeaker with no substance”.

Turkish Migrants Form New Political Party in Austria

A new political party has been formed in Austria consisting of men and women from a Turkish migrant background, but the organisers insist the party isn’t purely Turkish or Islamic.

The new party, called the “New Movement for the Future” (NBZ) was formed on 1 January this year in the Austrian region of Voralburg. Chairman Adnan Dincer, himself a migrant from Turkey, has told Austrian media that the party is currently looking at building up its internal structure so that it can field candidates in both local and national elections, Austria’s Kurier reports.
According to Mr. Dincer, the NBZ is not an Islamic party or a Turkish party, but claims it is a centre-right Austrian party that will be aiming to represent migrant issues and call themselves “a party for the forgotten”. In regard to the role of Islam in the party, which is largely made up of Turkish Muslims, Dincer said “religion is religion, politics is politics”.
According to the NBZ in a statement published on their Facebook page in August last year, the failed coup in Turkey in July was the catalyst for the formation of the group. The NBZ makes it clear that they support controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and condemn the Gülen movement, who the Turkish government says carried out the coup attempt.
The party blames Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz for the lack of integration of Turks in Austria and slammed his comments made in the wake of the coup, when he said that migrants who weren’t loyal to Austria were welcome to leave the country. Kurz’s statement “can hardly be surpassed in his hostility of Turkey and its democracy,” they write.
The idea of migrants leaving the country is one the NBZ is not opposed to. They say that if Austria has a problem with the Turkish community, Austria can pay them to return to Turkey and that the NBZ would be open to such a proposal.
Since the failed coup in Turkey last year, the Turkish government has repeatedly attempted to crack down on opposition to President Erdoğan inside Turkey and in foreign countries.
Last week it was revealed that imams of the German-Turkish Islamic association DITIB  had actively spied on Turkish nationals and sent information to the Turkish government on people they believed to be Gülen movement supporters.

One Turkish spy was even caught in Germany on a mission to assassinate two prominent opposition leaders in Germany and Belgium. In Turkey, Erdoğan has arrested journalists, opposition politicians, and others the Turkish government feel are a threat to the regime.

Almost Half of Germans in Hesse Don’t Believe Migrants Will Adapt to Local Culture

A new poll conducted in the German region of Hesse shows that despite the slowdown in migrants over the last year a majority want a limit on migrants and almost half don’t believe they will adapt to local rules.

The poll, commissioned by Hessian Rundfunk and conducted by Hessentrend, was published Monday and shows deep social division on the subject of migration in the region. The people of Hesse, where the German financial capital of Frankfurt is located, still show a great concern over the potential of another surge of migrants and many believe that integration efforts are not working, FOCUS Online reports.
Fifty-nine per cent of those who took the survey said they wanted to see Germany implement a limit on the number of migrants who can apply for asylum each year.
The Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), the ally and sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have made the issue of a migrant ceiling a potential deal breaker on forming a coalition government after the federal elections later this year.
Almost half of the respondents, some 47 per cent, said that they didn’t believe that newly arrived migrants would respect the local rules and way of life in the area. This figure is only two per cent less than last year showing that most Germans in the region have not substantially changed their minds despite the decrease in the number of migrants arriving over a twelve month period.
Many have argued that mass migration and multiculturalism will bring enrichment to the lives of people in countries like Germany but 40 per cent of those surveyed claimed they didn’t see migrants enriching their lives at all.
Thirty-three per cent also fear that migrants will be a burden on the labour market in the long term, which is something that some economists have also claimed.  An economic report from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg last summer said the long-term impact of mass migration could damage the economies of European countries like Germany and Sweden.
Crime is also a major concern for Hessians as 52 per cent of respondents believed that mass migration would likely increase the amount of crime in the area. In neighbouring Austria, migrant perpetrated sex crimes have increased 133 per cent over the last year.
One-third of Hessians, 36 per cent, also think that mass migration could greatly impact their way of life in a negative manner.

Polls in Germany have largely shown a negative reaction to the mass migration policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the course of the past year. The rise of the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany party (AfD) and their electoral success in local elections many suggest they will have a strong showing in the German federal election later this year, likely at the expense of Merkel’s CDU.

Austrian Populist Leader Vows to Ban Islamism

The leader of the anti-mass migration Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache has vowed to ban Islamism in Austria as he sets his sights on the chancellor position.

Mr. Strache has said he wants to ban political Islam in Austria at the New Year’s celebration of the Freedom Party in a keynote speech in Salzburg. Strache said that Austria needs to pass a law along the same vein as the anti-Nazi laws to ban what he called “fascistic Islam” including Muslim symbols, saying that Islam could threaten European civilisation, Kurier reports.
The FPÖ chief told the packed meeting of party officials that Islamism is “antagonistic to women, antiliberal and corresponds to a fascist worldview”. He added any migrants who don’t respect the freedoms and values of Austria “may go back to their Islamic country, we have forced no one to come here”.
“Let us put an end to this policy of Islamisation… otherwise we Austrians, we Europeans will come to an abrupt end,” Strache said.
He also slammed Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and other members of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) who have requested a lowering of the migrant ceiling to 17,000 asylum seekers per year. “We do not need an upper limit, nor a halving of the upper limit – we need a zero-migration, in fact, a minus-migration, because of all the illegals and criminals who are in the country,” Strache said.
On the subject of the European Union (EU), Strache said the political bloc needed serious reform and reaffirmed his commitment to national sovereignty for European nations. “The national state is not dead, it is a cultural achievement ‘A model of success’,” he said.
Media in Austria and elsewhere have spread rumours there may be an upcoming battle for leadership of the FPÖ between Strache and former presidential candidate  Norbert Hofer, but Strache put the rumours to bed.
Claiming he and Hofer were so close that “a single sheet of newspaper” couldn’t fit between them, he said both he and Hofer were on the same page looking toward the next Austrian federal election that could take place this year or next year.
Hofer also spoke at the conference and took the opportunity to slam Austrian media saying, “The more you attack us, the stronger we become”. Hofer also supported the idea of a ban on Islamism saying, “this is something that we will implement when we are in power”.

The FPÖ plan echoes statements made last year by the Dutch politician, and European Parliament ally of the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders who said he would close down mosques and ban the distribution of the Quran in the Netherlands. Wilders’s party, the Party for Freedom (PVV), is set to win the most seats in this year’s national elections according to recent polling.

The Islamization of France in 2016: "France has a problem with Islam"

The Muslim population of France was approximately 6.5 million in 2016, or around 10% of the overall population of 66 million. In real terms, France has the largest Muslim population in the European Union, just above Germany.
Although French law prohibits the collection of official statistics about the race or religion of its citizens, Gatestone Institute's estimate of France's Muslim population is based on several studies that attempted to calculate the number of people in France whose origins are from Muslim-majority countries.
What follows is a chronological review of some of the main stories about the rise of Islam in France during 2016:
January 1. The Interior Ministry announced the most anticipated statistic of the year: a total of 804 cars and trucks were torched across France on New Year's Eve, a 14.5% decrease from the 940 vehicles burned during the annual ritual on the same holiday in 2015. Car burnings, commonplace in France, are often attributed to rival Muslim gangs that compete with each other for the media spotlight over which can cause the most destruction. An estimated 40,000 cars are burned in France every year.
January 3. Raouf El Ayeb, a 31-year-old French citizen of Tunisian origin, was charged with attempted homicide after he tried to run down four troops who were guarding a mosque in Valence. Although police found "jihadist propaganda images" on Ayeb's computer, they attributed the attack to "depressive syndrome" rather than terrorism because he was not heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is the greatest) during the attack.
January 7. Sallah Ali, a Moroccan born French citizen, stormed a police station in the 18th district of Paris while shouting "Allahu Akbar." He was carrying a butcher knife, and Islamic State flag and was wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt. Police opened fire and shot him dead. The belt was found to contain fake explosives. Investigators were unsure whether the attack was an act of terrorism or the work of a man who was "unbalanced."
January 11. A 16-year-old Turkish Kurd brandishing a machete attacked a Jewish teacher outside a school in Marseille. The perpetrator said he had acted "in the name of Allah and the Islamic State."
January 12. Some 80,000 people applied for asylum in France in 2015, but only one-third of the applications were approved, according to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless people (Ofpra).
January 13. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve banned three Islamic cultural organizations that ran the Lagny-sur-Marne mosque, which was closed down as part of a security crackdown. He accused the leaders of the groups of inciting hatred and calling for jihad over a period of several years.
January 15. An Ifop poll for Le Monde found that half (51%) of French Jews feel they are under threat because they are Jewish; 63% said they have been insulted; and 43% said they have been attacked. Some 70% of those who said they want to leave France said they been exposed to anti-Semitic acts.
January 27. The Ministry of Culture assigned an "18 and over" rating to "Salafistes," a documentary which features interviews with North African jihadists. The filmmakers said the government wanted to "kill the film" by banning it from being aired on public TV, and making cinemas reluctant to show it. Filmmakers François Margolin and Lemime Ould Salem insisted that the film should be given as wide an audience as possible. "What has upset the French authorities is not the violence, but the subject itself," Margolin said. "They want to prevent French citizens from knowing the truth."
January 28. The Council of State (Conseil d'État), France's highest administrative court, rejected a request by the country's Human Rights League (Ligue des droits de l'Homme, LDH) to lift the state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 terror attacks. "The imminent danger justifying the state of emergency has not disappeared, given the ongoing terrorist threat and the risk of attacks," according to a statement issued by the court. LDH had argued that the extraordinary powers given to security services posed a threat to democracy.
February 2. Six converts to Islam were arrested in Lyon on suspicion of seeking to purchase weapons in order to attack swinger clubs in France. They were allegedly planning to travel to Syria after the attacks, and had already purchased bus tickets to Turkey.
February 7. An increased police presence in northern port of Calais spread France's migrant crisis to other parts of the country. Migrant camps sprouted up in the nearby ports of Dunkirk, Le Havre, Dieppe and Belgium's Zeebrugge, as migrants sought new ways to cross the English Channel to Britain.
February 9. The Islamic State identified France's National Front party as a "prime target" in the latest issue of its French-language Dar al Islam online magazine. It also identified supporters of the National Front as targets. The publication published a photo of a National Front rally with a caption which reads: "The question is no longer whether France will be hit again by attacks like those of November. The only relevant question is the next target and the date."
February 10. The National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, approved a proposal to amend the constitution to strip people convicted of terrorist offenses of their French nationality. For the measures to be fully adopted, they require the support of the Senate, as well as a three-fifths majority of Congress, the body formed when both houses meet at the Palace of Versailles to vote on revisions to the constitution.
February 15. The Council of State upheld legal provisions that allow the government to block any website that "apologizes for terrorism." Several digital rights associations had challenged the legality of two decrees related to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2014.
February 29. Demolition teams began dismantling the southern part of the "The Jungle," a squalid migrant camp in the northern port town of Calais. The government tried to relocate the migrants to official accommodations inside converted shipping containers in the northern part of the camp. But most refused the offer, fearing they would be forced to claim asylum in France. "Going to Britain is what people here want," Afghan migrant Hayat Sirat said. "So destroying part of the jungle is not the solution."

Journalist at ‘Der Spiegel’ celebrates untimely death of German right-wing writer

Hatice Ince, a journalist at the German newspaper Der Spiegel, took to Twitter to express her joy about the untimely passing of German writer Udo Ulfkotte (56), who died of a heart attack on January 13. Ulfkotte was highly critical of Islam, immigration and the mainstream media. He wrote bestsellers like “The war in our cities” and “Purchased journalists“.
The German-born journalist of Turkish descent wrote: “A great beginning of the year” and “Udo Ulfkotte is dead. Me: Hahaha! We’ll drink to that“.
In a short op-ed last year, Ince wrote that Germany sometimes gave her the feeling that “Turks do not belong here, they do not want to integrate, are not intelligent, not German.
Whether that’s true or not, laughing and cheering at the death of someone you disagree with, surely won’t help. Shortly after receiving a tonne of criticism, Ince wrote on her blog that she was drunk – so she actually drank to it – and now has regrets (getting caught, it seems).
This man represents for me exactly the hatred, which often makes us despair. He has fueled a lot of hatred and spread conspiracy theories.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Austria drugs CRACK-DOWN: 30 migrants among 31 men arrested in Graz drug bust

POLICE in Austria have arrested 31 men as part of a “zero-tolerance” crack-down on drugs culture but only one of the men is an Austrian citizen.In an effort to put an end to the Austrian city of Graz’ drugs scene, police arrested the men. Fourteen of the men are from Nigeria, 12 are from Afghanistan, three are from Algeria, one is from Pakistan and one was Austrian.Officers caught 15 of the men at the weekend after suspecting them of drug dealing on the streets of Graz. Police said they also confiscated 2,500 euros of drug money when they seized the suspected criminals.Austria’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka is focusing on developing a ‘Safe Austria’ scheme and said: "In the field of drug-related crime, I believe that a clear zero-tolerance strategy will be developed." A spokesman for the Interior Ministry warned: “If an asylum seeker is convicted under criminal law, this can lead to them losing their asylum status or being denied asylum. The ministry is also looking to speed up the process of deportation for such cases.” The criminal complaints against migrants in Austria has soared over the past few years, with interior ministry figures showing that a staggering 42,010 property-related crimes were alleged to have been committed by migrants in 2015. A staggering 23,951 of the charges are alleged to be bodily harm caused by the migrants.In Vienna alone, 960 criminal complaints were made against Afghanis in the city between January and August last year, up from 730 for the whole of 2015.But Christoph Riedl, an asylum expert for the Diakonie charity, pointed out that the figures could have been influenced by more people reporting crimes rather than more migrants actually committing crimes. He said: “Just because the number of criminal charges has risen, this doesn’t automatically mean that asylum seekers are committing more crimes. “These are figures for criminal complaints and not per capita statistics.” He added: “In order to interpret these figures properly, we need to look at the statistics for the number of convictions.”

North African Migrants on Trial for Burning Asylum Centre in Ramadan Rage

Two asylum seekers have gone on trial in Germany, accused of arson and causing injury, after allegedly burning down a significant migrant facility because food was being served during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The massive fire almost completely destroyed the asylum home in Messe, Düsseldorf, leaving 28 migrants suffering smoke poisoning and causing around €10 million (£8.8 million) worth of damage, Krone Zeitung reports.
An Algerian migrant is said to have set the fire whilst being encouraged by a Moroccan, who was the leader of a group the Algerian was a member of. Both were arrested shortly after the fire on June 7th last year.
According to the criminal indictment, reported by RP-Online, the Algerian had become angered by the fact food and drink were being served at the centre, one day after the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
After an argument broke out over the issue of lunch, the man decided to light the fire, pouring a bottle of vodka over bedding so the flames spread quickly.
Fire department spokesmen described the 5,000-sq-ft exhibition hall, normally used for storage for exhibitors, as a “total loss” / Getty / DPA
Originally, the pair were going to be charged with causing serious injury, which could have seen them jailed for 15 years. However, the charges have been downgraded because there was no serious injuries or deaths, and the defendants are not likely to receive more than two years’ imprisonment.
Before the trial had even begun, authorities made it clear they would be attempting to deport the two men if convicted.
The German government has insisted criminal offenders from North Africa are top priority for deportation. However, earlier this month it was reported that just 368 of 8,363 rejected asylum seekers from North Africa were deported in 2016.

The asylum home near Düsseldorf was a converted exhibition hall and many of the migrants there were from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It was exclusively for men travelling alone and the city had deliberately moved migrants there who were considered socially difficult.

German Media’s Anti-Trump Bias ‘Catastrophic’, Top Insider Says

Broadcasters’ bias against Donald Trump is “unbearably unprofessional”, Bild’s former editor-in-chief has said in an interview in which he berates the German media as out of touch.

Hans-Hermann Tiedje, chairman and primary shareholder of communications consultancy WMP Eurocom AG, blasted German broadcasters’ coverage of President-Elect Donald J. Trump as “catastrophic”.
Watching television stations ARD and ZDF on election night, Tiedje said he found the “depravity” and lack of professionalism from journalists to be “unbelievable”, recalling: “With every figure and every piece of information reported, they displayed their disappointment and horror”.
Desperate to find a scapegoat to blame for Trump’s victory, the media insider told meedia.be that journalists “first scorned the pollsters, and then our commentators maintained that Trump voters were all stupid, old, white men, which is nonsense.
“Then when the matter of bots and algorithms [disputes over vote counts, voting machines, and predicted algorithms] came up, they found the true culprit: Putin.”
In the media’s eyes Vladimir Putin is “the bad boy who can be blamed for everything”, Tiedje explained, adding that this has now extended to the Russian president’s having been responsible for Trump’s electoral victory.
He said: “And recently, the same commentators are claiming Putin will be able to swing the election against [Angela] Merkel, in favour of [Social Democratic Party minister] Sigmar Gabriel.
“This is better comedy than [German satirist] Böhmermann”, he added, comparing journalists’ “miserable” reporting on world events with the anti-Trump television presenter and comedian.
The tenor of how Trump is portrayed on German television hasn’t changed since the election, Tiedje reported, telling Meedia.de: “Whatever he says, whatever he does, it’s never right according to the German television class.”
The former talk-show host said it’s not just on the subject of Trump that Germany’s media is out of touch, describing as “peculiar” the composition of studio guests invited onto talk shows.
“Assuming that polls are correct, two-thirds of Germans no longer endorse a ‘welcome culture’ [approach to asylum seekers and economic migrants], yet this is never reflected in the guest selection of these programmes,” Tiedje said.
Figures who are critical of mass migration almost never appear on television, the veteran journalist noted, and suggested the reason for this is that the views of such writers “probably disturb most of the political journalists working in television”.
The media’s “selective choice of guests” is part of a wider problem in which “the political elite correlates with the media elite” Tiedje said, resulting in a situation where he said it’s “no wonder that many audiences and thus voters no longer feel they’re being taken seriously.

“The media must ask themselves why consumers are increasingly inclined to get their news from the Internet, to the detriment of print, radio, and TV,” he remarked.

Trump calls EU a ‘VEHICLE FOR GERMANY’ as he slams Merkel’s ’catastrophic migrant mistake’

PRESIDENT-elect Donald Trump believes Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” with her open-door refugee policy, which has allowed a wave of more than one million migrants into Germany. He claimed his relationship with Merkel “may not last long at all” as he slammed the German chancellor for allowing the migrant crisis to get out of control. Mr Trump also hit out at the EU, abelling the crumbling Brussels bloc “a vehicle for Germany” and he suggested more countries will follow Britain’s “smart” decision in voting to leave.He added: “If refugees keep pouring into different parts of Europe… it’s going to be very hard to keep it together because people are angry about it.” Mr Trump’s glowing praise for Brexit came as he slammed the EU, suggesting it functions primarily to serve Germany’s interests and ranking Merkel alongside Russian president Vladimir Putin in international leaders he fears could be problematic. He said: “You look at the European Union and it’s Germany.“Basically a vehicle for Germany. “That’s why I thought the UK was so smart in getting out.” Mr Trump added: "I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals.""I do believe this, if they (EU countries) hadn't been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems that it entails, I think that you wouldn't have a Brexit. "It probably could have worked out but this was the final straw, this was the final straw that broke the camel's back." In another huge blow to Brussels, the President-elect promised to work quickly to secure a trade deal with the UK as it prepares to leave the stagnating union.Just days before he takes over the presidency, Mr Trump told Mr Gove: "Brexit is going to end up being a great thing. "We're gonna work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides." The news comes as Washington’s EU ambassador Anthony Gardner confirmed Mr Trump’s team has been calling EU leaders to find out “which country is going to leave next”.

Member of Parliament for Jew-Hating Labour Party Accuses Breitbart of ‘Anti-Semitism’


A British Member of Parliament has used Parliamentary privilege to accuse the Breitbart News Network of anti-Semitism, homophobia, racism, and misogyny.

At Foreign Secretary’s questions in the House of Commons on Tuesday 10th Liz McInnes, the Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton, quizzed Boris Johnson on his recent meetings with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
She asked Johnson: “On Sunday, the Foreign Secretary met Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, a man whose website is synonymous with anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, the hero worship of Vladimir Putin and the promotion of extremist far-right movements across the world.”
Mr. Johnson did not address Ms. McInnes’s accusations, merely describing the conversation he had with Mr. Bannon as “genuinely extremely productive”.
Breitbart London’s Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam has dismissed Ms. McInnes’s comments as “grotesque, out of step with reality, and supremely hypocritical”.

Kassam said of the claims: “Liz McInnes seems to be blissfully unaware of the overwhelming Jew-hatred in her own political party, including that of her boss Jeremy Corbyn.Her grotesque statements about Breitbart News — which employs a Muslim-born immigrant as its London editor, a homosexual man as its tech editor, whose CEO is Jewish, and whose Jerusalem vertical is perhaps the most pro-Israel outlet in the world — shows just how out of step with reality she is.
“While her accusations are unsubstantiated, the same can not be said for challenges against her own party, which has been shown to have long-standing problems with discrimination, and supports the oppression of women through its segregated Muslim meetings. She is perhaps the most supremely hypocritical person I’ve ever had the pleasure of not meeting”.
– Anti-Semitism and racism –
Accusations of endemic anti-Semitism have dogged the Labour Party for years, especially since the leadership campaign held in the summer of 2015. During that campaign, the eventual winner, Jeremy Corbyn, was revealed to have called Hamas and Hezbollah “friends”. Both are dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel.
Under Corbyn’s leadership, dozens of members including MP Naz Shah and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, have been suspended from the party over charges of anti-Semitism and racism; charges which Mr. Corbyn seems to be mostly unconcerned about.
Astonishingly, the party even managed to prompt fresh allegations of anti-Semitism at a press conference called to announce that an inquiry into anti-Semitism within the party had determined that the party is “not over-run” by anti-Semitism.
Days later, the Campaign Against Antisemitism warned that British Jews will continue to “worry” about their future in Britain, following Corbyn’s appearance in front of a Parliamentary inquiry into anti-Semitism in which he refused to denounce anti-Semitic attacks against his own Jewish MPs.
McInnes, however, appears unconcerned with Labour’s anti-Semitism problem. In an article she penned last July, ahead of a leadership challenge against Corbyn by rival Owen Smith, McInnes set out a number of reasons she couldn’t support Corbyn in the leadership role. The rise of anti-Semitism within the party under Corbyn was absent from that list.
– Misogyny –
Labour has repeatedly had accusations of misogyny levelled at it from women within the party, dating back years before Corbyn’s leadership.
In addition to the gender-segregated meetings the party holds for its Muslim members, Sonia Sodha, who worked as an adviser to the party between 2010 to 2012 called the party out with a brutally honest article on The Guardian‘s website last August, in which she admitted: “Labour has always had a long-standing women problem.”
Weeks earlier, Theresa May had walked into Downing Street as the Conservative Party’s (and the country’s) second female prime minister, prompting Sodha to admit that Labour Party members were “left asking the uncomfortable question: could it ever happen on our side?”
She concluded it could not, as the party’s problem was more than just one of lack of equal representation in elected offices. Women were too often being left out of the important decision-making processes within the party, she said.
“To me, it’s tokenistic to promise half a shadow cabinet of women if you don’t bother to invite any of them to the discussions that count or to share the key election platforms,” she added.
Her article followed a letter sent to Corbyn, signed by nearly half of Labour’s female MPs, challenging him over his “inadequate” response to “rape threats, death threats, smashed cars and bricks through windows”, targeting women in the party, which the signatories said was “being done in your name”.
Then, during the leadership challenge designed to oust Corbyn as leader last summer, rival Owen Smith criticised the Labour leader’s failure to sufficiently stamp out “intolerance and misogyny” from the party.
But Anoosh Chakelian, deputy web editor at the New Statesman took issue with his claim that the party “didn’t have this sort of abuse before Jeremy Corbyn became the leader”, writing: “Anyone involved in Labour politics – or anything close to it – for longer than Corbyn’s leadership could tell Smith that misogyny and antisemitism have been around for a pretty long time.”
– Homophobia –
In October, an internal investigation by the Labour Party found that Labour MP Angela Eagle had been subject to homophobic abuse and intimidation by members of the party after the atmosphere within her constituency became “toxic and divided in the extreme”.
“The investigation has received many hundreds of abusive, homophobic and frightening messages that have been sent by Labour members to Angela Eagle” the report outlining the findings noted.
It added: “This has resulted in genuine fear and intimidation of a small number of other members.
“This creates an environment in which some members are fearful to take part in the party or raise their voice about any issue, as they see that meetings have become hostile and sometimes aggressive.”
– Charges against Breitbart repeatedly debunked –
Meanwhile, the charges of anti-Semitism, sexism, and homophobia levelled at Mr. Bannon have already been roundly and repeatedly debunked.
Breitbart employs several Jewish journalists and editors, including Joel Pollak, an Orthodox Jew, who was happy to confirm that Mr. Bannon is a “friend of the Jewish people and a defender of Israel”.
In an interview, Mr. Pollak went on to defend Mr. Bannon as a man with “no prejudices“, saying: “He treats people equally, and, in fact, during my time working closely with him at Breitbart for five years, he sought out people from diverse backgrounds.”
The sentiment was seconded by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who said of Bannon: “I know him well, I worked hand-in-glove with him. I feel that these charges are very unfair.”