Friday, July 31, 2015

UK: Muslims threaten to slaughter soldiers’ wives and families

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“We the servants of Allah intend to avenge our peoples by destroying the families of unbelievers in the land of hate.” Appease faster, Cameron! His announcement that this letter from “The Circle of Allah” has nothing to do with Islam should be along any minute now.
“Jihadis threaten to slaughter British soldiers’ wives and families as police issue social media warning,” by Chris Hughes, Mirror, July 31, 2015:
Families of British servicemen have been ordered to stop sharing personal details on social media after extremists threatened to kill a solider’s [sic] wife in a letter direct to their home.
Police are investigating a specific threat after Islamist fanatics shoved a sickening note through the door of the serving soldier.
The family are so terrified they are understood to have fled their home.
The letter is entitled “JIHAD – The Holy War For Islam – A warning to the brides of British Soldier Warmongers” and threatens to “destroy the families of unbelievers”.
The full text of the letter reads: “You have been identified as an unbeliever and a bride of a murderer of the servants of Allah in the Holy Land.
“Our peoples have suffered at the hands of your husbands who have murdered, killed and raped our women and children.
“We the servants of Allah intend to avenge our peoples by destroying the families of unbelievers in the land of hate.
“You along with many others will pay the price for your husband’s destruction in the Holy Land.
“We now know where you live and will begin to destroy the unbelievers and their families as they have done to us.”
It is signed off “The Circle of Allah – Avengers Serving Allah”.
The threat was made in Lincolnshire, the county home to nine armed forces bases…

 jihadwatch

UK: Son Of Notorious Hate Preach Joins Islamic State

by Liam Deacon 

The son of one the UK’s most notorious hate preachers, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who set up banned group al-Muhajiroun with Anjem Choudary, has travelled to Syria to join Islamic State (IS). Mohammed Fostok, 30, from Enfield is thought to have left Britain in October last year. Security sources confirmed to The Times that it is their “firm belief” that he has joined the terrorist group and is now living in Islamic State controlled territory.
His farther was born to a wealth Syrian family, but came to the UK in 1986 to claim political asylum. He was instrumental in setting up of Hizb ut-Tahrir in the UK, but split from them 1996 to set up the even more hard line group Al-Muhajiroun.
Fostok is just one of several children of Omar Bakri who is thought to be involved with extremism. However his daughter, Youssra, changed her name to Yasmin, died her hair blonde, and is now thought to work as a striper.
Omar, the farther, has been directly linked with two of the 7/7 London bombers and the two Britons who carried out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv in 2003. He is also thought to have inspired the killers of Lee Rigby.
He has called from the killing of women and children on Facebook and in 2004 said that Muslims should give the West “a 9/11, day after day after day.” However, he was barred from returning to the UK after travelling to Lebanon in 2005, following the 7/7 London Bombings.
He was arrested and detained in Lebanon and is now facing terrorism charges that include the death penalty. His family begged the Home Office to let him return to the UK in 2014, claiming he is being tortured in Lebanon.
Jihadi John apologists CAGE claim he is: “currently detained in an underground cell in Al Rayaniyeh prison with no light and no ventilation. He is held in solitary confinement in a small cell with rats and cockroaches…” and “has no means to know when to perform his five obligatory prayers.”
 breitbart

Left-Wingers Put Ads in Third-World Newspapers Begging Immigrants to Keep Coming

by Oliver Lane 

Danish campaigners are reacting to their government’s efforts to bring mass-immigration under control by launching their own counter-propaganda initiative. One group, which has motivated its supporters through Facebook, managed to raise 100,000 Danish kroner (£9,500) from roughly 1,000 backers. Their ‘welcome refugees’ campaign will take out advertising space in domestic and foreign newspapers, in a desperate bid to counter the Danish government’s recent action on migration. As reported by Breitbart London this month, the new right-wing Danish government has abolished unemployment benefit for migrants.
Instead, they will be eligible for a new benefit worth only half as much as the benefit available to native Danes. The new ‘integration’ benefit required newcomers to learn Danish to receive full payment – otherwise money is docked until they learn.
The government, concerned at how long information about the new benefits regime will take to filter through to potential immigrants in North Africa and the Middle East, has decided to take out newspaper adverts in nations abroad such as Turkey telling foreigners not to come.
Explaining her pleasure at being able to oppose the government, campaign spokesman Marianne Rosenkvist said:
“On the one hand we are surprised about the level of support we have gotten. We hadn’t expected that. On the other hand, I’m actually not surprised that there are many who agree with us and would like to show that other voice that also exists in Denmark.
“What we would love to accomplish is to see Danish politicians stop making life harder for the refugees coming here, but we also think that it’s important to let people know in Denmark and abroad that many Danes want to stop this de-humanization of refugees”
As well as adverts in Danish and newspapers further afield, the group will also take out space in the United Kingdom’s Guardian.
 breitbart

UK: Inspectors Accused of Ignoring Anti-Christian Bullying in ‘Islamist-Dominated’ Schools

by Liam Deacon 

The director the Christian Institute has written to the secretary of state, Nicky Morgan, to raise his concerns that school inspectors and the Department for Education have ignored and failed to act on the well documented bullying of Christians in schools that had allegedly been taken over Islamists. In the letter, seen by Breitbart London, Colin Hart points out that the damming official reports by Peter Clarke and Ian Kershaw into the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot to take over state schools in Birmingham listed numerous anti-Christian incidents dating back as far as 1996.
However, school inspection group Ofsted completely failed to pick up on the ongoing discrimination. “Clearly Christian pupils in those schools were being intimidated. Yet it appears to have gone on for years, undetected by Ofsted,” says Hart.
More concerning still, however: “Even after the Clarke and Kershaw reports highlighted some of the problems, Ofsted by accident or design neglected to mention them. And Sir Michael’s latest letter continues this pattern. Not once does it refer to the mistreatment of Christian pupils.”
Hart mentions several examples of bullying by Muslim teachers and pupils, including anti-Christian chanting in assemblies, teachers labelling Christian children ‘liars,’ students who chose to study Christianity in Religious Education being left to teach themselves, and Christmas carols being attacked.
“It is disturbing, therefore, that none of the Ofsted reports into any of these schools makes reference to these allegations, or to any specific action to address them,” says Hart.
Just this year, an Ofsted report on Park View school – which was revealed last week to have already reinstated some of the disgraced Islamist teachers – specifically mentions tackling homophobia, but not anti-Christian bigotry.
“All bullying is wrong, whatever the reason, whoever the perpetrator is, and whoever the victim. All pupils must be properly protected from it and it is wrong to elevate certain categories of victimisation above others,” the letter asserts.
Hart then extends his criticism to the actions of the inspectorate itself, which he claims has intimidated and marginalized Christians. He argues: “Ofsted’s system for detecting intolerance is clearly inadequate if it is not picking up on anti-Christian sentiment. In fact, Ofsted may be part of the problem.”
Hen mentions several cases he is aware of, such as the interrogation of pupils, some as young as six, where it was strongly implied they ought to believe in gay marriage. “Ofsted inspectors also seem to take a heavy-handed approach on the issue of transsexualism,” he writes, referencing a case in which a girl was asked if she knew of any girls who felt “trapped in the wrong body”. She was left wondering if the inspector was referring to her.
Furthermore, “Ofsted inspections as currently constituted never seem to discover mistreatment of Christian pupils by an unprofessional atheist teacher… Ofsted inspections need to be re-balanced,” he concludes.
A Department for Education spokesman said: “Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and all schools should take an active role in tackling it. Heads, teachers, governors and trustees are working tirelessly to resolve deep seated issues at these Birmingham schools which developed over a long period of time.”
 breitbart

Calais goes UP IN FLAMES: Migrants fight to get into UK as ferry workers block harbour

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Flames filled the air in Calais after striking French ferry workers blocked roads with burning tyres leaving the port now resembling a warzone.The protest has taken place after negotiations with the French government over job cuts broke down. Fires, which are currently blocking access to the harbour, have plunged the crisis zone into further chaos. It comes after Britain's borders faced more disruption last night as hundreds of migrants including children stormed the Eurotunnel. David Cameron has said Britain is threatened by a “swarm” of foreigners and the migrant crisis in Calais was likened to a “warzone.” Migrants were pictured clinging to a lorry as they left the port of Dover, while others in Calais were seen clambering over fences with children in tow. More than 4,000 increasingly aggressive and desperate migrants largely from war-torn failed African states have stormed through fences in a bid to clamber aboard trains to ‘El Dorado’ UK. An estimated 150 have made it to Britain’s shores, with some claiming an increased feeling nationwide that the country is under siege. Mr Cameron, meanwhile, remains in Vietnam and Theresa May has refused to call in military support to help the beleagured French forces. Despite the numbers of migrants flooding into Britain, Mr Cameron has insisted the border with France is secure although he did admit the threat was very real.He said: "This is very testing, I accept that, because you have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain because Britain has got jobs, it's got a growing economy, it's an incredible place to live. "But we need to protect our borders by working hand in glove with our neighbours the French and that is exactly what we are doing." Natalie Chapman, of the Freight Transport Association, likened the scenes of chaos in Calais to a "warzone" and fears it is only a matter of time till a British driiver gets killed in the French port. She said: “The situation in Calais has been escalating over the last few months and you think it can’t get any worse - and then it does. “For lorry drivers trying to get to the UK it’s like a warzone. You’ve got people who have made in many cases very long and dangerous journeys to try to get to the UK who will stop at nothing to try to get on board. “We recognise it’s a humanitarian crisis and a complex global situation and that these are human beings, but drivers’ lives are being put at risk by people who are so desperate they have no concern with their own safety and welfare and probably even less for the safety and welfare of the drivers. “We are very, very concerned about the safety of our drivers and we fear it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.”Experienced MPs however have called on Mr Cameron to act as the threat continues to grow by demanding the British Army should be sent in to restore order because the French authorities had clearly 'lost control'. Labour shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper lashed out at the Prime Minister saying cross-Channel diplomacy had failed. She said: “Still not enough is being done to stop a difficult situation becoming desperate.” Mr Cameron claimed moves would be made to deport more people who arrive in the UK illegally and added: "We will remove more illegal migrants from our country so people know it's not a safe haven once you're there." Ukip leader Nigel Farage also waded into the debate saying: "A couple of times I’ve been stuck on the motorway and surrounded by swarms of potential migrants to Britain and once, even, they tried the back door of the car to see whether they could get in."British social media users were also becoming increasingly frustrated with what they perceive as Mr Cameron’s inaction on the Calais crisis. Angry reaction on Twitter included Jammy Bottoms who wrote: “It's so disgusting that Cameron isn't even pretending to be the slightest bit concerned for the migrants at Calais.” stephen phelps added: “UK: the 5th richest economy with the 5th biggest defence spend. How difficult can it be to secure a f*&@!!£ tunnel!” hard W. Jones said: “David Cameron: ‘Everything will be done to make Britain's border secure.’ Yeah, right, and I'm a Frenchman."Michaela CrossT wrote: “Where the hell is David Cameron in all this? He’s not exactly Chuchill is he!?” Richard Dingle: “Cameron continues to embarrass over his use of language describing migrants as a 'swarm' We need a statesman not a shallow prat.” The row in Britain follows latest news footage from Calais showing some as young as 15 climbing through holes in the wire and using clothes to help them jump over fences. When French police arrived in riot vans some of the migrants were rounded up while three or four made a dash towards parked lorries.Raihan Jan, 24, a clerk from eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, said that he had travelled first to Iran, then on to Turkey, Greece and Italy before arriving in Calais four days ago. He said: "We heard that one guy died last night and we know it's very dangerous, but there is not another way to go the UK. "This is the last chance that we have. We think that the economy is a little bit better in the UK so we will get a chance to have documents and some work. "Life in our villages is very difficult, we can't live there. I lost an uncle and we lost all our property and home in the war, everything was destroyed."I heard that it is also difficult there in the UK but we will try. We are going to try again tonight because last night there were no trains." As two more migrants died and a further 1,500 once again attempted to storm Eurotunnel trains in the chaotic port, officials on both sides of the Channel bickered over how to sort out the mess. The ferry terminal and tunnel entrance is now under nightly siege as some 5,000 migrants in a nearby camp dubbed “The Jungle” attempt to illegally make their way to the UK. The crisis has caused travel chaos on both sides of the Channel, with motorists reporting long queues to get into terminals. Both British and French governments have pledged to increase co-operation and bolster security, with 120 additional French police officers deployed to try to stem the tide of refugees. But the latest breaches caused lengthy delays of up to three hours for passengers travelling from Eurotunnel's UK terminal in the early hours, the operator said. The firm added it had suspended ticket sales for those who had not made a reservation.Now politicians and those representing British hauliers - currently losing £750,000 a day because of the chaos - have said enough is enough and it is time for military action. Ukip leader Nigel Farage led those calling for the British army to be drafted in to help search vehicles coming into the UK for illegal immigrants. In addition, hauliers said the French military should also be called in to Calais to protect the lives of drivers which were increasingly in danger. Mr Farage said: “In all civil emergencies like this we have an army, we have a bit of a TA and we have a very, very overburdened police force and border agency. “If in a crisis to make sure we’ve actually got the manpower to check lorries coming in to stop people illegally coming to Britain if in those circumstances we can use the army or other forces then why not.”Former Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe agreed that the army could be deployed at UK borders, but stressed that the situation in Calais itself could only be the responsibility of the French. She said: “There is an argument for the army getting involved, but there then has to be a clear policy of what to do with the migrants when they are found - and in my opinion they should be sent straight back to Calais. “Calais is the French’s responsibility - we haven’t had control of Calais since the reign of Queen Mary. The migrants are in a safe country and the French must uphold the law in their own country.” Eurotunnel earlier revealed that since the beginning of the year it has blocked 37,000 migrants trying to make their way to Britain and that in the last month nine people have died trying to cross the Channel. It is thought that up to 148 people made it to the UK after Monday's incursion.So far Home Secretary Theresa May has refused to be drawn on calls for military involvement, saying the priority was to install security fencing. Kevin Hurley, the police and crime commissioner for Surrey, called for Gurkha soldiers based at Shorncliffe barracks in Folkestone to be deployed to protect Britain’s border. He said: “I am increasingly frustrated by the huge numbers of illegal migrants who jump out of the backs of lorries at the first truck stop - Cobham Services in Surrey - and disappear into our countryside. There were 100 in the last month alone.” In addition to the calls for the British army to be drafted at UK borders, there were also calls for the French to use their own military in the chaotic port of Calais itself. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) warned that the lives of lorry drivers were now in danger because French police were simply no longer able to cope. The RHA’s chief executive, Richard Burnett, said: “It has become clear that the French authorities in Calais simply cannot cope. This has become an untenable situation and is obviously now beyond the capabilities of the French police. The RHA strongly repeats its request, made in June, for deployment of the French military to contain, segregate and control the migrant threat.
 express

Pat Condell: Comedians and Ukip

What Turkey Wants in Syria

by Burak Bekdil
  • Turkey says that it, together with the US, wants an IS-free zone in northern Syria. That is fine. But who will fill the vacuum in areas cleared of IS?
  • Turkey simply finds joining the international campaign against the Islamic State an opportunity to install pro-Sunni Islamist rule in areas now controlled by IS.
  • In all reality, Prime Minister Davutoglu wants to replace extreme Islamists with less extreme Islamists. Turkey is trying, with U.S. help, to make Syria an extension of Turkey for Muslim Brotherhood Sunni Islam.
After several months of reluctant negotiations, Turkey has anxiously decided to join the allied battle against the radical Islamists who fight under the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Islamic State, ISIS, IS). Turkish jets bombed IS strongholds inside Syria, and police detained hundreds of IS supporters operating in Turkey, including two leaders. Moreover, Turkish ministers hastily signed a decree that would allow the U.S. military to use the critical Incirlik air base for strikes against IS targets. Incirlik, in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, is close to many IS strongholds and will cut response times for U.S. aircraft, increasing the efficiency of anti-militant operations.
Turkey says that it, together with the U.S., wants an IS-free zone in northern Syria. That is fine. But who will fill the vacuum in areas cleared of IS? That is an extremely important question Turkey's American allies should think about with extreme care. Turkey simply finds joining the international campaign against IS an opportunity to install pro-Sunni Islamist rule in areas now controlled by IS.
This is how Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu describes, with all the unrealistic euphemism he could think of, the militias he apparently wishes would replace IS's brutal Islamists:
"We need to support moderate opposition forces there. Moderate opposition forces means all those forces who are tolerant of other Syrian citizens, who do not commit any terrorist crimes and who do not collaborate with the Syrian regime, which is responsible for all these humanitarian tragedies in the last four, five years."
The key word here is "moderate." In all reality, Davutoglu wants to replace extreme Islamists with less extreme Islamists. And the less extreme ones come under a different flag: the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which Turkey has vehemently supported over the past few years, in the hope that it would fight and topple Turkey's regional nemesis, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.
The FSA was formed in August 2011 by Syrian army deserters, and was based in Turkey. Unsurprisingly, its fighters are 90% Sunni, which explains the real appeal to the Sunni supremacist Davutoglu. The FSA militias are a ragtag group of rebels with a cause: to build a Sunni Islamist Syria, albeit not a Salafist Syria. The group does not have a real structure, money or sophisticated weapons to fight either Assad or the Islamic State.
Members of the Free Syrian Army's Al-Tawhid Brigade pose for a photo in Aleppo, in 2012. (Image source: Vice video screenshot)
In Syria's civil war, it is not uncommon to see fighters moving from one group to another. In March, for instance, the US-backed "moderate" rebel group, Harakat Hazzam, disbanded and its members joined extremist groups such as the al-Nusrah Front (ANF), an al-Qaeda offshoot, and the Levant Front, a coalition of rebels, also with ties to al-Qaeda. The ANF has, in addition, picked up thousands of men who once fought under the flag of the FSA.
Almost invariably, the groups fighting in Syria, with varying degrees of violence, are Islamists. If Davutoglu can market the FSA to his American allies, he will be nurturing, on his private agenda, another Islamist group that can potentially become another band of jihadists. Davutoglu is trying to make Syria an extension of Turkey for Muslim Brotherhood Sunni Islam.
In 2012, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued an open letter to opposition groups in Syria, including the FSA, accusing them of carrying out kidnappings, torture and executions. A United Nations-sponsored inquiry commission documented war crimes committed by these groups.
Some FSA-aligned groups have been criticized for having an affiliation with radical Islamists. The group itself was accused of summarily executing innumerable prisoners it held. Furthermore, the UN offered credible allegations against opposition groups, including the FSA, that they were recruiting children as soldiers. The FSA was mentioned in a 2014 HRW report detailing the widespread practice of using child soldiers -- just as the IS is doing. All that is reasonable when you recall that some FSA-aligned brigades are working with hardline Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda and Ahrar Al-Sham.
Such is the profile of the "moderate" rebel group that Turkey supports and tells the U.S. is the "good guys" fighting for democracy in Syria.
In other words, with U.S. help, Turkey wants to build, in parts of Syria, a Sunni Islamist rule, which it hopes will expand into other Syrian regions, finally reaching Damascus.
This may not be a realistic scenario, but even its progress can potentially create new Frankenstein monsters in Syria, with, most likely, "moderate" Islamists taking off their masks and becoming the radicals they in fact are.
 gatestoneinstitute

Germany:Frankfurt Book Fair hosts publishers inciting hatred and violence against Israel.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has been monitoring antisemitic texts at the Frankfurt Book Fair for 12 years.  And the same happens every year.  Sadly, European Jewish organisations do not react!

The Algemeiner reports:


“The Palestinians and the Loss
of the Forbidden,” by Imad
Sayid Ahmad, was deemed an
antisemitic text by
the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center criticized the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday, urging organizers of the 2015 event to blacklist publishers inciting hatred and violence against Israel.

“These stands become focal points for imams visiting with their Koranic school classes,” the organization said in a released statement. “These hateful titles can serve as a low-tech instrument for recruitment of youth to jihad.”

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The Center gave authorities behind the Frankfurt Fair a list of 56 “merchants of hate” and which countries they are from. Twenty hailed from Egypt, 19 from Syria/Lebanon, nine from Jordan/Palestinian, five from Saudi Arabia, two from Kuwait, one from Morocco, and one Arab publisher was from the United Kingdom.  The numbers were based on 251 antisemitic titles that the SWC monitored at book fairs around the world – 80 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 67 in Abu Dhabi; 53 in Muscat, Oman; 35 in Doha, Qatar; and 16 in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Center said the “Worst Offender” award goes to a publisher Dar-al-Kitab al-Arabi of Egypt, which published 78 of the 251 books identified as antisemitic.

“These, tip of the iceberg findings, are a minimal indication of the problem, as their stands become focal points for local and foreign Imams who bring their Madrassa school classes with them. These hateful titles, can serve as a low-tech recruitment instrument for youth to Jihad,” said SWC Director for International Relations Dr. Shimon Samuels. “In Riyadh, some 420 titles were removed by the ‘Religious Police as contrary to Islam…’ yet the conspicuous number of volumes inciting to violence against Jews were left in place.”

“There is no doubt that many of them – and especially, Dar al-Kitab al-Arabi of Egypt – deny and trivialize the Holocaust, which is a crime under German law,” Samuels said. “This publisher has an obsession with Henry Ford’s International Jew The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Hitler’s Mein Kampf – none of which can be excused as ‘anti-Israeli rather than anti-Jewish.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has been monitoring antisemitic texts at the Frankfurt Book Fair for 12 years and last year ranked antisemitic literature that was on display at the event, listing Qatar as “Worst Offender 2014.”

The Center also monitored the 2015 book fairs in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. In March they lamented U.S. support of the Muscat International Book Fair, which SWC described as a “hothouse of antisemitic hate,” and in April slammed Morocco’s culture minister for failing to stop the display of anti-Jewish texts at the 2015 Casablanca Book Fair.
 The New Antisemite Blog

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hamas's Child Abuse Camps

by Khaled Abu Toameh
  • More than 500 Hamas members of Hamas's armed wing, Ezaddin al-Qassam, are supervising the military training and religious education in the camps to train future jihadis in the war against Israel. Hamas's religious education is aimed at teaching the children about Islam and its sharia laws. They are also being taught that making peace with the "infidels" is prohibited under the teachings of Islam.
  • It is disturbing to see how international and Palestinian human rights organizations, especially those claiming to defend children's rights, are turning a blind eye to this large-scale child abuse by Hamas. These organizations only care about children's rights when there is a way to throw all the blame on Israel.
  • The Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, are also poisoning the hearts and minds of their people by constantly inciting them against Israel. These children will never accept the two-state solution that Abbas is talking about. Nor will they ever recognize Israel's right to exist in this part of the world.
  • "Teach your children how to play, how to smile... Build for them an institution...on the love of Palestine and not how to get themselves killed." — Palestinian activist Eyad al-Atal, criticizing Hamas for "depriving an entire generation of Palestinians of their childhood."
For the third running year, thousands of Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip are receiving military training as part of Hamas's summer camps.
The camps, which are being held under the banner "Vanguards of Liberation," are aimed at preparing children as young as 15 for fighting against Israel. More than 25,000 children have joined this year's Hamas camps, according to Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip.
What is most disturbing about this practice is that the families are not hesitant to send their children to be trained as future jihadis in the war against Israel. On the contrary, many of the families interviewed in the Palestinian media in the past few days said they were proud to see their children being taught how to use various types of weapons.
Rashed Anwar Abu Diqqa attends one of Gaza's Hamas-run military summer camps. The teenage boy, shown holding an assault rifle, says "I go to the summer camp because it teaches young people lots of useful things. (Image source: MEMRI)
Only a few Palestinians have dared to speak out against Hamas's exploitation of children. Palestinian activist Eyad al-Atal criticized Hamas for "depriving an entire generation of Palestinians of their childhood." He said that apart from creating new supporters of the Islamic State, the military training of the children was in violation of human rights principles.
Addressing the Hamas leaders, the al-Atal said: "Teach your children how to play, how to smile, how to rejoice. Build for them an institution for education and entertainment that would raise them on the love of Palestine and not how to get themselves killed."
It is also disturbing to see how international and Palestinian human rights organizations, especially those claiming to defend children's rights, are turning a blind eye to this large-scale child abuse by Hamas. These organizations only care about children's rights when there is a way to throw all the blame on Israel.
As in the past two years, the summer camps are being held in bases belonging to Hamas's armed wing, Ezaddin al-Qassam, throughout the Gaza Strip. The declared goal of the camps to is to "prepare a new generation of Palestinian youths spiritually, mentally and physically for the battle to liberate Palestine." When Hamas talks about the "liberation of Palestine," it is not referring to the West Bank and Gaza Strip only, but to the whole of Israel. In other words, these Palestinian children are being educated and trained to prepare for joining the war aimed at destroying Israel.
The children are being taught that their role models are Hamas suicide bombers and terrorists responsible for the death of hundreds of Israelis over the past few decades. Most of the training and indoctrination takes place in the evening, due to the hot weather and for "security reasons." More than 500 Hamas members of Ezaddin al-Qassam are supervising the military training and religious education in the camps.
Hamas's religious education is aimed at teaching the children about Islam and its sharia laws. The children are being told that the whole of the land of Palestine (including Israel) is Muslim-owned land that can't be given away to non-Muslims. They are also being taught that making peace with the "infidels" is prohibited under the teachings of Islam.
At one of the camps, the children were taught how to "raid" an Israeli military base and kill and capture some IDF soldiers. The drill was attended by Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, who said he was very proud of the children's level of performance.
Another senior Hamas official, Khalil al-Hayah, told the child-soldiers that they were being trained for jihad against Israel.
"These camps are designed to prepare a generation that carries the Quran and rifle," al-Hayah explained. "The camps show that Palestinians support the resistance and the project of liberation of Palestine. The goal is to liberate Palestine and the Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem]."
This is bad news for the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, who continue to talk about their desire to establish a Palestinian state that would exist alongside Israel in peace and stability. These children will never accept the two-state solution that Abbas is talking about. Nor will they ever recognize Israel's right to exist in this part of the world.
While Hamas is training children to become the future jihadis of the Palestinians, Abbas and his Palestinian Authority are also poisoning the hearts and minds of their people by constantly inciting them against Israel. This incitement is taking place in the mosques, in the media and in the public rhetoric of PA leaders and spokesmen. So what Abbas and the PA are doing is no less serious than what Hamas is doing to the children of the Gaza Strip.
Neither Hamas nor the Palestinian Authority has prepared their people for the possibility of peace with Israel. On the contrary, the two parties have radicalized their people to a point where it has become impossible to talk about a two-state solution. The only ones who benefit from this indoctrination and child abuse are Islamist terror groups and those in the region and abroad, including Europe, who continue to seek the destruction of Israel.
 gatestoneinstitute

Alleged ‘Ankara Insider': Turkey’s Suruç Bombing a False Flag Operation



by Frances Martel 

A Turkish national whistleblower known on Twitter only under the alias Fuat Avni is claiming that the Suruç suicide bombing attributed to the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS) was planned by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to allow for military action against Kurds. While the account is anonymous and provides no corroborating evidence, it has sufficient following to provoke a loud national response. Fuat Avni, who boasts 1.47 million followers on Twitter, is reportedly related to the movement supporting former Erdogan ally and current archnemesis Fethullah Gulen, who resides in exile in the United States. Avni has made the incendiary claim that the bombing was planned in a meeting of senior Turkish government officials. He claims a meeting between the President, his advisers, “National Intelligence Organization (MİT) head Hakan Fidan, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and former Interior Minister Efkan Ala” concluded in a decision to carry out the bombing.
“For ISIL to strike Turkey, when Yezid [Erdoğan] and his gang are their biggest supporters, is nonsensical. Both Suruç and Kilis were Yezid’s decision, not ISIL’s,” Avni writes. “What coincidence that those who said they’d send four people to Syria and fire eight rockets at Turkey to start a war were also at the meeting.” He adds that “the [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] ISIL cells under the control of Fidan’s shady team were finally put into action in Suruç,” directly implicating the intelligence chief.
The bombing of Suruç, a town on the border of Syria across from the much-conflicted Kurdish town of Kobani, killed 31 and left 100 injured, mostly Kurds who had organized to travel to Kobani and help rebuild after the occupation of the Islamic State. Turkish officials have blamed the Islamic State for the bombing and began an airstrike campaign against the group in Syria, while also heavily targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Marxist terrorist group. Kurdish supporters have protested that the Turkish government is targeting them while letting the Islamic State blossom.
While Avni is widely followed, he has been incorrect in the past, predicting mass journalist arrests that never happened and the seizure of the Hurriyet newspaper, which remains fully operational. He was widely reported in February to be Emre Uslu, a former politician and current columnist in Turkey. Uslu said of the accusations then, “If I am Fuat Avni or if I have ever used Fuat Avni’s account, let God damn and perish me.”
He is not the only one blaming Erdogan for the attack, however. Selahattin Demirtas, the head of the left-wing and pro-Kurdish HDP, claimed the bombing had been orchestrated by “gladio,” described by Hurriyet as “a deep state organization that was directly linked to the presidential palace and thus Erdoğan himself.” Erdogan responded to Demirtas by calling his statements “vulgar.” He stated, “I want to express that the presidency is a very high position and should not to be dishonored like this.” Other reports claim not that Erdogan planned the attacks, but that the Islamic State gave the Turkish government advanced warning.

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Germany: Activists organise yet another Gaza flotilla

Yaakov Lappin and Benjamin Weinthal @ Twitter

Sadly, German activists organize a Gaza flotilla right now, not one European/Turkish flotilla on its way to Yemen in spite of children going hungry in Yemen.


Benjamin Weinthal a retweeté Yaakov Lappin
Sadly, German activists organize a Gaza flotilla right now, not one European/Turkish flotilla on its way to Yemen
Benjamin Weinthal added,

Merkel’s Crying 14-Year-old Migrant Girl Hates Israel, Hopes it ‘Won’t Be There Anymore’

 Reem Sahwil
by Oliver Lane 

The 14-year-old Palestinian refugee who shamed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her nation’s immigration policy on live television is back in the headlines again – for her deeply disturbing views on the future of Israel. Featuring in a generously illustrated Die Welt newspaper piece at the weekend, tween political activist Reem Sahwil was given the opportunity to discuss her disability, her aspirations to study at university, and her views on the Middle East.
Despite having broken down in tears on German television when told by Merkel that she and her family couldn’t stay in Germany, Sahwil told the newspaper that she wanted to return to her “homeland” of Palestine, and said:
“My hope is that one day it [Israel] won’t be there any-more, but only Palestine… The country should no longer be called Israel, but Palestine”
Now a figurehead for Germany’s pro-mass immigration left, Sahwil told the paper she doesn’t consider Germany her home – and little wonder. The article reveals her parents hang a ‘historical’ map of Palestine on their sitting room wall – that being a polite way of saying a map of the Middle East with no Israel at all – she explains her parents have brought her up on a diet of anti-Israel rhetoric:
“Parents say, Israel has expelled us from Palestine, that’s true, is not it?”
When the paper asks the young girl whether she realises that Germany and Israel have a special relationship, and that it is not “permitted” to hate Jews, she simply replies that German law is no impediment to her desire to wipe Israel off the map: “Yes, but there is freedom of expression, here I must say that… I am willing to discuss everything”.
Strong views indeed, especially considering neither Reem or her parents have ever been to Palestine, they were all born in the Lebanon. That said, these are probably not unusual views among the Palestinian diaspora living in Germany, and what makes Sahwil extraordinary is the sudden platform she has been given to broadcast them from. First coming to public prominence two weeks ago after breaking down in tears on live television, Sahwil had gained her place on what had presumably been a carefully picked studio audience of ‘youth’ after applying to meet the Chancellor.
It is little wonder her appearance had been approved by television executives – in terms of shaming the Chancellor into taking a softer approach to immigration, Sahwil is the equivalent of a political nuclear bomb. Born prematurely and with cerebral palsy, Sahwil was involved in a bad car crash aged six and now travels with the aid of a wheelchair. Just before the programme was filmed her family had been told their visa had expired and they were going to be deported.
As the disabled 14-year-old broke down in tears and as Chancellor Merkel apologised about her impending deportation, and explained that there were a lot of people in Palestine who wanted to come to Germany, and that not everyone could come, German television controllers could be forgiven for congratulating themselves. It will probably transpire to be the propaganda coup of the year. Far from being the compassionate chancellor who smashed the anti-immigration campaign group PEGIDA and never missed an opportunity for a photo-shoot with ‘community leaders’, the media narrative now has her down as a deeply uncaring, cold woman happy to pack off a crying, disabled teenager off to the Middle East.
By remarkable coincidence, Sahwil’s family visa now seems to have been extended.
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Gay Activists Allied with the Islamic State

by Giulio Meotti 

Fallujah, Iraq, some homosexuals on the top of a building. Blindfolded and unaware, these gays are then thrown from the building by the executioners of the Caliph al Baghdadi. Those who did not die instantly were prey for the crowd that finished them off with stones.
At the end of July, in Stockholm, the city from where many Islamists have fled to go to fight with the Caliph, holds a special gay pride. Shouldn't this be the right time for the ephebic LGBT activists to condemn the crimes of Islam as they have never done before? It doesn't seem like it.
Instead, they decided to complain against the organizers, the liberal nationalist right. The reason? The presence of people of Islamic faith in the neighborhoods that the march passes through, those pieces of democracy abandoned to "multiculturalism". They are the same militants who are proud to organize gay pride parades in Jerusalem.
The event's organizer is Jan Sjunnesson, former editor of the conservative daily Samtiden. The event's Facebook page is flooded with insults against "xenophobic" and "Islamophobic" actions, while anti-racists have even decided to organize a counter parade. The RFSL, a gay organization funded by the generous Swedish welfare, also protested the parade.
So, when the rally passes "sensitive" neighborhoods and some Muslims decide to protest and perhaps throw stones and shout curses (as has happened in recent years in Copenhagen, Denmark), they would find themselves allied with the homophilic mainstream.
Sharia and LGBT together.
Gay activists have never said anything about homosexuals under the Palestinian Authority, nor did they protest when Gay Pride in Madrid boycotted the Israelis. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is what the LGBT said in the Nineties when in Algeria the Islamists announced how they settled the gay question: "In the fight against evil we must eliminate homosexuals and depraved women". Almost nothing said against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president who a few years ago, in addition to denying the gas chambers, denied the existence of gays in the Islamic Republic. 
The well known Australian columnist, Andrew Bolt, asked why there were no boats against Islamic State at the Sydney Gay Parade. Not a boat on a hundred and fifty. The British weekly Spectator's Douglas Murray summed up this gay indulgence with a question: "Why does the battle for gay rights stop at the borders of Islam?"
The controversy around the Sweden march shows the flaws in the libertarian platform of our Western audience, because gay culture can not be the Western shield against political Islam. It would be a battle lost from the start.
And what about the homosexuals in the Islamic world? Well, they must prove themselves capable of flying.
 israelnationalnews

How Calais migrants can buy chainsaws to cut through fences for just £30

a chainsaw and the crisis in calais
Migrants in Calais are able to buy chainsaws for as little as £30 in order to cut through fences in their desperate attempt to reach Britain.As the crisis in the French port town continues to escalate, officials have warned that migrants are using cheap and readily-available chainsaws to cut through metal fences surrounding the Eurotunnel site. Officers patrolling Calais said they were powerless to stop those eyeing up a route to Britain from getting their hands on the power tools, which can be bought for knockdown prices from local hardware stores. French DIY shop Leroy Merlin - under a mile away from the Eurotunnel terminal - sells over 56 different types of electric chainsaws - with the cheapest on special offer at €47.90 (£33.50).Going up in price, the next chainsaw costs €69.90 (£49) with their most expensive product - which boats a 75cm blade - costing a whopping €1,745 (£1,223). The next port of call for those wanting fence-cutting tools is another hardware store just two-and-a-half miles away, which also has a wide variety of chainsaws on offer. Migrants who travel to Bricoman can get their hands on one for as little as €78.90 (£55.30). Bruno Noel, the Calais delegate for the Alliance Police Union, spoke of the difficulty in stopping the estimated 5,000 migrants gathered in Calais from breaking into the Eurotunnel site. The official revealed how Eurotunnel staff are facing a constant battle to fix holes made by desperate migrants in their fences. He said: "Eurotunnel repairs them as best it can, but as fast as it does, they make others. "You can buy an electric chainsaw quite cheaply in Calais, and the migrants use them to cut through the metal fencing." His warning came as thousands of increasingly desperate migrants stormed Channel Tunnel defences for a third night. Largely from war-torn failed African and Middle Eastern states, the large group gave gathered in northern France in a bid to reach the UK, while an estimated 150 have made it to Britain's shores. But as the crisis continues to escalate, Prime Minister David Cameron remains in Vietnam while Home Secretary Theresa May refuses to call in military support to help the overwhelmed French forces.
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UKIP Goes to War: Farage Promises ‘Major Ground Campaign’ to Get Britain Out of the EU

 major ground campaign
by Oliver Lane 

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said Eurosceptics need to get “off their backsides and join this fight” to win the EU referendum, and that Europhiles already have a massive head-start. Farage took particular aim at Eurosceptics who were urging the campaign to wait until Prime Minister David Cameron had finished his EU renegotiation, remarking that the status-quo ‘yes’ campaign was already under way and if things didn’t get started now, it would be too late to save Britain.
Responding to questions from the audience of journalists about whether he was the best person to lead the ‘out’ campaign, Farage responded that he was not seeking to lead it himself, but at present if he didn’t there wasn’t any one else who would.
After stressing that it was more important for the out campaign to get its message accross rather than bicker internally over who should lead the movement, Mr. Farage said:
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UKIP leader Nigel Farage addresses the meeting in London today / Oliver Lane / Breitbart News

“What of the ‘No’ side? They’ve gone to ground, some who have been calling for twenty years for a fundamental change in Britain’s relationship with the European Union have decided to stand aside, not to ‘snipe’ at the Prime Minister, and to wish him well with his re-renegotiations.
“The ‘No’ side needs to set the agenda for this renegotiation. An extensive public poll shows the public priorities for this renegotiation are completely different to those of David Cameron.
“Of course, this is the question of open borders. And is it any wonder, as we see the scenes at Calais, every evening and every day… The EU’s common asylum policy means limitless numbers of people can come onto the continent… all the French authorities need to do at Calais is to grant asylum status to all 5,000 people there, give them French passports, and they will all be free to come to the United Kingdom without having to climb on the back of a truck.”
Of his plan to invigorate the ‘No’ campaign and to engage the whole of Britain, Mr. Farage said:
“Given we face the political opportunity of a generation, it is hopeless in a marathon-race to the line in this referendum to give the Prime Minister and the ‘Yes’ side, to give them a 13-mile head start.”
“We are going to launch in September a major ground campaign, the biggest public outreach programme this party has ever attempted. We are doing it because we want our country back, because we genuinely believe the best people to rule Britain are the British themselves… we are literally going to hold hundreds of public meetings up and down this country.”
“We cannot allow Cameron to go into this re-negotiation unchallenged, we cannot allow the yes side to have the massive head-start they have in the polls and the campaign in the country, and I would say to Eurosceptics of every hue in Britain, we’re going to be out there from the first of September. Come and join us”.
Speaking of who he saw as being key to the major ground campaign, Farage said that politicians should be willing to step back and allow celebrities, sports stars, and business people to get involved. Remarking that politicians often had too high an opinion of themselves and that many ordinary people had never heard of them, he stressed he wanted to see whoever would be effective at reaching out to voters to take the stage, regardless of background.
There was time for some more light-hearted questions as well. Asked for his opinion on the Labour leadership battle, Farage called it “terrific” and that it was so entertaining he was considering watching that instead of the cricket. He said to open up membership at “£3 a go” was a mistake that even a new party like UKIP would “never, ever make”.
UKIP will be formally commencing its ‘Out’ campaign this weekend.
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Anti-Semitism on the Rise: European Terror Attacks Fuel Hate Crimes Against Jews

by Donna Rachel Edmunds 

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the UK where the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes has more than doubled in some areas over the last year. The increase coincides with two serious anti-Semitic attacks in Europe: the killing of hostages at a Paris kosher supermarket in January by the same group that carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and a month later, the murder of a Jewish man outside a synagogue in Copenhagen. Both the Metropolitan Police, which covers London, and Greater Manchester Police force have seen a massive increase in anti-Semitism, while the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity set up to monitor anti-Semitism in Britain, has also recorded a more than 50 per cent rise in incidents.
Merseyside, West Midlands and West Yorkshire Police forces, which cover areas with large Muslim populations, also recorded significant increases in anti-Semitism, although in other parts of the country the tally remained stable, or even fell moderately.
According to the Daily Mail, the crimes recorded included assault, harassment, arson and criminal damage.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has said that anti-Semitism has “absolutely no place in Britain”, adding: “Those who seek to spread anti-Semitic hatred should know that the Government will act against those who seek to divide our country and sow discord.”
Her colleague, Communities Minister Baroness Williams said: “Anti-Semitism and hate crimes of any sort are not only vile, wrong and totally unacceptable in our society, but they are also an affront to the British values that we hold dear.
“Whilst one anti-Semitic incident is one too many, it is positive that members of the Jewish community now feel more able to speak out against these pernicious crimes knowing that their Government will act decisively to protect them.”
Figures obtained by Freedom of Information request from the Metropolitan Police show that in 2013/14, 134 anti-Semitic crimes were reported across London, where a large proportion of Britain’s Jews live. That figure rose substantially to 459 in 2014/15, an increase of 138 per cent.
The picture was similar in Greater Manchester, another hub of British Jewry, where the 82 offences recorded in 2013/14 more than doubled to 172 in 2014/15.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “The international picture of increasing hostility and tension towards the Jewish community is no doubt having an influence in the UK.”
Over the last year or so, Jews from across Europe, fearing for their safety, have been moving in increasing numbers to Israel and the US. In February, Breitbart London quoted Honey Gould, a Jewish wife and mother who was moving to Arizona with her husband and two children: “I know there are plenty of people who simply want to live a peaceful coexistence,” she said, “but there is so much anti‑Semitism in Britain, and it’s coming from all sides.
“Our local Jewish schools look like prison camps. They’re surrounded by wire fences. There are guards on patrol, some with dogs. On Saturdays, you see police walking the street with members of the CST. I don’t want to sit at home panicking when my husband goes to the synagogue. I just want to live in peace.”
The picture is similar across Europe. This summer alone, 3,000 French Jews are expected to make Aliyah (move to Israel), joining the 3,142 who have already migrated this year. Last year saw approximately 7,200 French Jews migrating to Israel, a sharp increase on the 1,064 who relocated in 2013.
A recent poll commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also found a marked increase in concern about violence against Jews in Germany, Belgium and France.
Back in the UK, the CST, which was set up to monitor British anti-Semitism has recorded an increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period last year. 2014 saw the highest ever total of incidents in a year – 1,174 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in all.
In January to June 2015, the CST recorded 473 incidents, up 53 per cent from the 309 recorded in the first half of 2014. That in itself constituted a 38 per cent increase from the same period in the previous year. A further 333 reported were not included in the total as they were deemed not to be anti-Semitic.
The crimes recorded included 44 violent anti-Semitic assaults, two of which were classified as ‘Extreme Violence’, meaning that they involved grievous bodily harm (GBH) or a threat to life; 35 incidents of damage and desecration of Jewish property; 36 direct anti-Semitic threats; 5 cases of mass-mailed anti-Semitic leaflets or emails; and 353 incidents of abusive behaviour, including verbal abuse, anti-Semitic graffiti, anti-Semitic abuse via social media and one-off cases of hate-mail.
The CST noted that the increase owes as much to the increasing willingness of Jews to report anti-Semitic attacks, both to the Police and to themselves, as it does to global events which may have prompted anti-Semitism.
Chief executive David Delew said: “The terrorist attacks on European Jews earlier this year, following the high levels of anti-Semitism in 2014, were a difficult and unsettling experience for our Jewish community. We welcome the apparent increase in reporting of anti-Semitic incidents, but regret the concern and anxiety about anti-Semitism that this reflects.”
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Will Cameron EVER act? French police under siege as THOUSANDS of migrants storm border

 Migrants climb on to a lorry in Calais and the Eurotunnel
As thousands of migrants in Calais stormed Channel Tunnel defences for a THIRD night, under siege Britain was asking ‘where the hell is David Cameron?’More than 4000 increasingly aggressive and desperate migrants largely from war-torn failed African states have stormed through fences in a bid to clamber aboard trains to ‘El Dorado’ UK. An estimated 150 have made it to Britain’s shores, with some claiming an increased feeling nationwide that the country is under siege. David Cameron, meanwhile, remains in Vietnam and Theresa May has refused to call in military support to help the beleagured French forces. Despite the numbers of migrants flooding into Britain, Mr Cameron has insisted the border with France is secure although he did admit the threat was very real. He said: "This is very testing, I accept that, because you have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain because Britain has got jobs, it's got a growing economy, it's an incredible place to live. "But we need to protect our borders by working hand in glove with our neighbours the French and that is exactly what we are doing." Experienced MPs however have called on Mr Cameron to act as the threat continues to grow by demanding the British Army should be sent in to restore order because the French authorities had clearly 'lost control'.Labour shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper lashed out at the Prime Minister saying cross-Channel diplomacy had failed. She said: “Still not enough is being done to stop a difficult situation becoming desperate.” Cameron claimed moves would be made to deport more people who arrive in the UK illegally and added: "We will remove more illegal migrants from our country so people know it's not a safe haven once you're there." Ukip leader Nigel Farage also waded into the debate saying: "A couple of times I’ve been stuck on the motorway and surrounded by swarms of potential migrants to Britain and once, even, they tried the back door of the car to see whether they could get in." The row in Britain follows latest news footage from Calais showing some as young as 15 climbing through holes in the wire and using clothes to help them jump over fences. When French police arrived in riot vans some of the migrants were rounded up while three or four made a dash towards parked lorries. Raihan Jan, 24, a clerk from eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, said that he had travelled first to Iran, then on to Turkey, Greece and Italy before arriving in Calais four days ago. He said: "We heard that one guy died last night and we know it's very dangerous, but there is not another way to go the UK. "This is the last chance that we have. We think that the economy is a little bit better in the UK so we will get a chance to have documents and some work.
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Germany: "Some Germans are so over antisemitism they’re over the existence of Jews"

Via Heeb Magazine:

But earlier this week it became known that local neo-nazi groups were apparently planning attacks on Jewish athletes. Of course, you might say, it’s what neo-nazis do. And yet, Silke Burmester, a columnist for the biggest leftist daily taz and previously a blogger for Spiegel Online, was struck by something: the very existence of a Jewish sports festival.

On Twitter she wondered what the hell a “Jewish sports festival” is supposed to be and whether Jews had their own Olympic games since 1936. (Answer: kinda, which sort of comes with being banned from other sports associations.) Not satisfied with that she later tweeted, after having watched a news report, what “Jewish sports” is supposed to be – swastika-throw? (Maybe we should be grateful that she didn’t go with coin-tossing.)

Other people voiced similar concerns i.e. were antisemitic and complained about the exclusionist and chauvinist and racist nature of such an endeavour. Some couched that in a general atheist critique of religion, others said that Jews just want to exclude the goyim.

In Germany, people are always very puzzled when they encounter Jewishness not as creed but as secular culture or, Gott bewahre, ethnicity because they think that kind of thinkings lead to the Nuremberg laws. And Jews expressing their Jewish identity beyond religion will often hear they should get over it and not harp on differences.
And in fact when called out Silke Burmester said she just wants to live in a world without ethnic and religious assignments.

So there you have it: some Germans are so over antisemitism they’re over the existence of Jews.
  The New Antisemite Blog

Why Muslim Rapists Prefer Blondes: A History

 

Violent Islamic lust for British and Scandinavian girls goes right back to Muhammad.


By Raymond Ibrahim 

The Muslim penchant to target “white” women for sexual exploitation—an epidemic currently plaguing Europe, especially Britain and Scandinavia—is as old as Islam itself, and even traces back to Muhammad.
Much literary evidence attests to this in the context of Islam’s early predations on Byzantium (for centuries, Christendom’s easternmost bulwark against the jihad).  According to Ahmad M. H. Shboul (author of “Byzantium and the Arabs: The Image of the Byzantines as Mirrored in Arabic Literature”) Christian Byzantium was the “classic example of the house of war,” or Dar al-Harb—that is, the quintessential realm that needs to be conquered by jihad.  Moreover, Byzantium was seen “as a symbol of military and political power and as a society of great abundance.”
The similarities between pre-modern Islamic views of Byzantium and modern Islamic views of the West—powerful, affluent, desirable, and the greatest of all infidels—should be evident.  But they do not end here.  To the medieval Muslim mind, Byzantium was further representative of “white people”—fair haired/eyed Christians, or, as they were known in Arabic, Banu al-Asfar, “children of yellow” (reference to blonde hair).
Continues Shboul:
The Byzantines as a people were considered as fine examples of physical beauty, and youthful slaves and slave-girls of Byzantine origin were highly valued….  The Arab’s appreciation of the Byzantine female has a long history indeed.  For the Islamic period, the earliest literary evidence we have is a hadith (saying of the Prophet).  Muhammad is said to have addressed a newly converted [to Islam] Arab: “Would you like the girls of Banu al-Asfar?”  Not only were Byzantine slave girls sought after for caliphal and other palaces (where some became mothers of future caliphs), but they also became the epitome of physical beauty, home economy, and refined accomplishments.   The typical Byzantine maiden who captures the imagination of litterateurs and poets, had blond hair, blue or green eyes, a pure and healthy visage, lovely breasts, a delicate waist, and a body that is like camphor or a flood of dazzling light.[1]
While the essence of the above excerpt is true, the reader should not be duped by its overly “romantic” tone. Written for a Western academic publication by an academic of Muslim background, the essay is naturally euphemistic to the point of implying that being a sex slave was desirable—as if her Arab owners were enamored devotees who merely doted over and admired her beauty from afar.[2]
Indeed, Muhammad asked a new convert “Would you like the girls of Banu al-Asfar?” as a way to entice him to join the jihad and reap its rewards—which, in this case, included the possibility of enslaving and raping blonde Byzantine women—not as some idealistic discussion on beauty.
This enticement seems to have backfired with another Muslim who refused Muhammad’s call to invade Byzantine territory (the Tabuk campaign).  “O Abu Wahb,” cajoled Muhammad, “would you not like to have scores of Byzantine women and men as concubines and servants?” Wahb responded: “O Messenger of Allah, my people know that I am very fond of women and, if I see the women of the Byzantines, I fear I will not be able to hold back. So do not tempt me by them, and allow me not to join and, instead, I will assist you with my wealth.”[3]  The prophet agreed but was apparently unimpressed—after all, Wahb could have all the Byzantine women he desired if the jihad succeeded—and a new Sura for the Koran (9:49) was promptly delivered condemning the man to hell for his reported hypocrisy and failure to join the jihad. 
Thus a more critical reading of Shboul’s aforementioned excerpt finds that European slave girls were not “highly valued” or “appreciated” as if they were precious statues—they were held out as sexual trophies to entice Muslims to the jihad.
Moreover, the idea that some sex slaves became mothers to future caliphs is meaningless since in Islam’s patriarchal culture, mothers—Muslim or non-Muslim—were irrelevant in lineage and had no political status.   And talk of “litterateurs and poets” and “a body that is like camphor or a flood of dazzling light” is further anachronistic and does a great disservice to reality:  These women were—as they still are—sex slaves, treated no differently than the many slaves of the Islamic State today.
For example, during a recent sex slave auction held by the Islamic State, blue and green eyed Yazidi girls were much coveted and fetched the highest price.  Even so, these concubines are being cruelly tortured.  In one instance, a Muslim savagely beat his Yazidi slave’s one year old child until she agreed to meet all his sexual demands.
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Another relevant parallel between medieval and modern Islamic views exists: white women were and continue to be seen as sexually promiscuous by nature—essentially “provoking” Muslim men into lusting after them.
Much of this is discussed in Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs by Nadia Maria El Cheikh.  She writes:
Fitna, [an Islamic term] meaning disorder and chaos, refers also to the beautiful femme fatale who makes men lose their self-control.  Fitna is a key concept in defining the dangers that women, more particularly their bodies, were capable of provoking in the mental universe of the Arab Muslims. 
After explaining how the fair haired/eyed Byzantine woman exemplified Islam’s femme fatale of fitna, Cheikh writes:
In our [Muslim] texts, Byzantine women are strongly associated with sexual immorality…  
Our sources show not Byzantine women but [Muslim] writers’ images of these women, who served as symbols of the eternal female—constantly a potential threat, particularly due to blatant exaggerations of their sexual promiscuity…. 
Cheikh documents how Muslims claimed that Byzantine (or “white Christian”) females were the “most shameless women in the whole world”; that, “because they find sex more enjoyable, they are prone to adultery”; that “adultery is commonplace in the cities and markets of Byzantium”—so much so that “the nuns from the convents went out to the fortresses to offer themselves to monks.”
Concludes Cheikh:
While the one quality that our [Muslim] sources never deny is the beauty of Byzantine women, the image that they create in describing these women is anything but beautiful.  Their depictions are, occasionally, excessive, virtually caricatures, overwhelmingly negative….
Such anecdotes [of sexual promiscuity] are clearly far from Byzantine reality and must be recognized for what they are: attempts to denigrate and defame a rival culture through their exaggeration of the laxity with which Byzantine culture dealt with its women….
In fact, in Byzantium, women were expected to be retiring, shy, modest, and devoted to their families and religious observances….  [T]he behavior of most women in Byzantium was a far cry from the depictions that appear in Arabic sources.”[4]
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Based on all the above, some historic facts emerge: Byzantium was long viewed by early Muslims as the most powerful, advanced, and wealthy “infidel” empire, one highly desired—not unlike modern Islamic views of the West today. And Byzantine women, or “white women,” were long viewed as the “femme fatale” of Islam—from a carnal perspective, the most desired, from a pious perspective, the most despised of women.
Turning to today, we find all these same patterns at work—including the idea that “white women” are naturally promiscuous and provoke pious Muslim men into raping them.  Thus last December in the UK, while a Muslim man raped a British woman, he told her that “you white women are good at it”—thereby echoing that ancient Islamic motif concerning the alleged promiscuity of white women.
The UK is also home to one of the most notorious Muslim-led sex ring scandals: in Rotherham and elsewhere, thousands of young native British girls have been systematically groomed, trafficked, beaten and sexually abused by Muslims—even as the “multiculturalist” authorities and police stood by and watched. (For more on the UK scandal and Islamic law on sex slavery click here).
In fact, all throughout Europe—particularly in the Nordic nations—thousands of “Byzantine-type” women have been violently raped and egregiously beaten by Muslims. In Norway, Denmark, and Sweden—where fair hair and eyes predominate—rape has astronomically risen since those nations embraced the doctrine of multiculturalism and opened their doors to tens of thousands of Muslim immigrants.
According to Gatestone Institute, “Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%.”  The overwhelming majority of rapists are Muslim immigrants.  The epidemic is so bad that some blonde haired Scandinavian women are dying their hair black in the hopes of warding off potential Muslim predators.
Nor is this phenomenon a product of chance; some modern day Muslims actually advocate for it.  Back in 2011, a female politician and activist trying to combat sexual immorality in Kuwait suggested that Muslims import white sex slaves.  After explaining how she once asked Islamic clerics living in the city of Mecca concerning the legality of sex slavery and how they all confirmed it to be perfectly legitimate, she explained:
A Muslim state must [first] attack a Christian state—sorry, I mean any non-Muslim state—and they [the women, the future sex slaves] must be captives of the raid. Is this forbidden? Not at all; according to Islam, sex slaves are not at all forbidden. [See here, here, and here for more on Islamic law and sex slavery.]
As for what sort of “infidel” women are ideal, the Kuwaiti activist suggested Russian women (most of whom are fair haired and eyed; ironically, Russia is often seen as Byzantium’s successor):
In the Chechnya war, surely there are female Russian captives. So go and buy those and sell them here in Kuwait; better that than have our men engage in forbidden sexual relations. I don’t see any problem in this, no problem at all.
In short, the ongoing epidemic in the UK, Scandinavia and elsewhere—whereby Muslim men sexually target white women—is as old as Islam, has precedents with the prophet and his companions, and, till this day, is being recommended as a legitimate practice by some in the Muslim world.
Notes:
1. Shboul’s essay is found in Arab-Byzantine Relations in Early Islamic Times (ed. Michael Bonner, Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2004), 240, 248.
2. This apologetic approach is also found in modern academic works discussing the janissaries—European Christian boys who were seized by the Ottoman Empire, converted to and indoctrinated in Islam, trained to be jihadis extraordinaire, and then unleashed on their former Christian families.  Although young, terrified boys were seized from the clutches of their devastated parents, modern academics claim that Christian families actually hoped their boys would be taken and trained as janissaries, as this would ensure that they have a “bright future” in the Ottoman hierarchy.
3. Arabic tafsir here: http://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?tMadhNo=1&tTafsirNo=5&tSoraNo=9&tAyahNo=49&tDisplay=yes&UserProfile=0&LanguageId=1 A shorter version of the narrative also appears in Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad (trans. A. Guillaume, NY: Oxford University Press, 1997), 602-603.
4. Nadia Maria el Cheikh, Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004), 123-129.
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Open Letter to the Archbishop of Westminster

by Denis MacEoin
  • With Islam, how it is possible to dialogue with a faith that denies the divinity of Christ, regards the Bible as corrupt, believes that all Christians are the inferiors of Muslims and are destined to hell fire? What is there to talk about if both sides are to be honest about their beliefs?
  • When members of ISIS murder apostates, it is hard to condemn them, as that is what the Prophet did. When they take slave girls as war booty, that is what the Prophet did. Waging jihad is an injunction in many chapters of the Qur'an.
  • I do not know what copy of the Qur'an Pope Francis has been shown, but it is clearly very different to any copy in my possession, whether the original Arabic or a translation.
  • When hate preachers in British mosques convey a violent or intolerant message to their congregants, they do so by quoting the Qur'an as the Word of God, thereby sanctioning acts of jihad. To ignore this is to hamper us in our efforts to bring Muslims into peaceful relations with the West, with all non-Muslims and especially with one another.
  • What was striking was that, instead of successive generations of Muslims becoming better integrated into British society, the younger they are, the more radical they become. Apparently the majority of Muslims do not feel particularly progressive.
  • Only 34% of British Muslims believe the Holocaust happened. 62% of Muslims here do not support freedom of speech. Only 7% of Muslims in the UK consider themselves as British first. CSP Poll this year reported that 38% of Muslim-Americans say Islamic State (ISIS) beliefs are Islamic or correct. Figures such these are indicative of a wider level of acceptance of extreme ideas than your comments and those of many politicians suggest.
On June 19, when Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, spoke at the 2015 Global Security Forum in Bratislava, one section (under the heading 'Clarity') drew widespread attention from the media and politicians, and from some the religious realm.
In that passage, Cameron spoke about the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL, or, in Arabic, Da'ish). "In ISIL," he started, "we have one of the biggest threats our world has faced." He went on to express concern about the way in which young British Muslims were being drawn into the ISIS web through the internet or within their communities:
The cause is ideological. It is an Islamist extremist ideology -- one that says the West is bad and democracy is wrong that women are inferior, that homosexuality is evil. It says religious doctrine trumps the rule of law and Caliphate trumps nation state and it justifies violence in asserting itself and achieving its aims.The question is: how do people arrive at this worldview?
How does someone who has had all the advantages of a British or a European schooling, a loving family, the freedom and equality that allow them to be who they want to be turn to a tyrannical, murderous, evil regime?
There are, of course, many reasons – and to tackle them we have to be clear about them. I am clear that one of the reasons is that there are people who hold some of these views who don't go as far as advocating violence, but who do buy into some of these prejudices giving the extreme Islamist narrative weight and telling fellow Muslims, "you are part of this".
This paves the way for young people to turn simmering prejudice into murderous intent. To go from listening to firebrand preachers online to boarding a plane to Istanbul and travelling onward to join the jihadis. We've always had angry young men and women buying into supposedly revolutionary causes. This one is evil; it is contradictory; it is futile – but it is particularly potent today.
I think part of the reason it's so potent is that it has been given this credence.
So if you're a troubled boy who is angry at the world, or a girl looking for an identity, for something to believe in and there's something that is quietly condoned online, or perhaps even in parts of your local community, then it's less of a leap to go from a British teenager to an ISIL fighter or an ISIL wife, than it would be for someone who hasn't been exposed to these things.
For what may be the first time, a head of state dared to make a connection between ordinary Muslims and extremism, by arguing that fundamentalist views might be quietly condoned online, or perhaps even in parts of a local Muslim community.
A report written in 2007 by this author for the British think tank Policy Exchange, titled "The Hijacking of British Islam," exposed the existence of hate literature in mosques across the UK. As soon as it was published, all hell broke loose, and everything possible was done to pretend that our evidence had been somehow faked. Many British writers and journalists such as Douglas Murray, Samuel Westrop and myself have tried over the years to draw attention to the realities of Islamic ideology and practice in schools, shari'a courts, and in politics, but we were severally rebuffed.
But now, over one thousand young British men and women have travelled to Syria and Iraq to support the Islamic State, and it is becoming clear to everyone that something is amiss -- not with British society, values or aspirations, but in parts of our two million strong Muslim community. Innes Bowen's study of the UK Muslim population, "Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam," shows in some detail just where these radical influences may come from.
Inevitably, Cameron's references to the Muslim community brought condemnation from the usual suspects (and one unusual one). Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of a Muslim think tank, the Ramadhan Foundation, found the remarks "deeply offensive." The Muslim Council of Britain found Cameron's statement "wrong and counter-productive." In a radio interview, Muslim Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi argued that, "To make the comparison he has done the way he has done, it is not only unhelpful but actually wrong." Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who sits in the House of Lords, described the speech as "misguided" and "demoralizing."
That Muslim leaders might respond this way was not surprising. Muslims in the UK, with several notable exceptions such as Haras Rafiq and Majid Nawaz, have been in denial for decades, and show few signs of facing up to the dangers facing them any time soon.
The unusual rebuke came, not from a Muslim, but from Britain's most important Catholic prelate, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster. Speaking on LBC Radio on the day of Cameron's speech, the Archbishop spoke unfavourably about the Prime Minister's remarks on Muslims. His remarks bear quoting almost in full here:
The interviewer started by saying that "he [Cameron] seems to be laying this squarely at the door of the Muslim community. Too many people in the UK are sliding into violent extremism. He's warned that British Muslims risk quietly condoning ISIS. Do you think that's fair?"
To this, Nichols answered:
No. I think the community is a very diverse community. I was at a Muslim meeting last Saturday week. It was a Shi'a Muslim meeting. It was looking at dialogue and how people live together. And then they were absolute in their condemnation of ISIS. So there are many voices, Muslim voices in this country, that condemn ISIS and condemn it absolutely. We don't hear those [voices] in the public media very often, but they're there. It is an enormous challenge to Islam in this country, and I know many of the Muslim leaders are deeply, deeply concerned about this. I would say for most of them and the families they represent, they feel a bit helpless in terms of the access to the Internet and to that whole seduction and manipulation that goes on. I think they need help with that.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster (center). Image source: Catholic Church England and Wale
On the face of it, the Archbishop's remarks are worthy of respect, since he is active in interfaith work and considers it to be his mission, like that of the current Pope Francis, to work for peace and conciliation. But interfaith work can often be marred by an underlying refusal to come clean about beliefs that contradict those of others.
With Islam, I have to ask how it is possible to dialogue with a faith that denies the divinity of Christ, denies that he was crucified or resurrected, denies the Trinity, denies Mary as the mother of God, denies the belief in original sin and salvation through Christ, regards the Bible as corrupt, believes that all Christians are the inferiors of Muslims and are destined to hell fire? What is there to talk about if both sides are to be honest about their beliefs?
Even if a majority of Muslims may be concerned about extremism in their midst, there are reasons to think that David Cameron's view is close to the mark: that some Muslims unwittingly or wittingly condone what goes on because much of it is in keeping with the Qur'an, the hadith [traditions], the Shari'a law books, and Islamic practice from the time of Muhammad.
Here is what I wrote. I await his reply.
An open letter to
His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Your Eminence,
I have listened with interest to your interview last Friday on LBC Radio, when you were asked to comment on David Cameron's speech at the 2015 Globsec conference in Bratislava, specifically his remarks concerning British Muslims and the role he wants them to take in defeating the radicalization of Muslim youth. You took issue with him, and gave reasons for a different approach to the problem.
May I comment on the things you said in turn? I write as someone with a lifetime's experience with Islam and Islamic Studies. My second degree was a four-year MA from Edinburgh University in Persian, Arabic and Islamic History, when I studied the life of Muhammad and the Qur'an (in Arabic) with the late William Montgomery Watt, the world's leading authority on both subjects at that time. I also have a PhD from Cambridge in Persian Studies, researching aspects of Iranian Shi'ism. I have taught Arabic-English translation and Islamic civilization in Morocco and Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University. I have written many books, academic articles, entries for scholarly encyclopaedias (including the second edition of The Encyclopaedia of Islam).
More pertinent to what I want to say here is my authorship of think tank reports on hate literature found in British mosques, on Shari'a law in the UK, and two reports on Muslim schools in this country, when I was the first person to identify the problems revealed by the Trojan Horse scandal.
I say all this, not to brag, but to show that I come to this subject as an informed and experienced commentator. I am, as much as yourself, an active opponent of genuine Islamophobia, but not of honest criticism of Islam, whether from religious or secular points of view. I have often collaborated with and written about Muslim reformers here and abroad, and I regard them as the chief hope of the Muslim community in the years to come. And I frequently criticize the treatment of such fresh thinkers by Islamist governments, whether in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, or elsewhere.
I also take a deep interest in the fate of the Baha'i community of Iran, a religious group I have studied and written about for many years. I fear that the Shi'a meeting you attended recently would have asked you to leave had you spoken up in defence of the Baha'is and asked for an end to their persecution. You say you spoke about dialogue and how people live together. Shi'a Muslims almost to a man curse the Baha'is in their prayers and support the Iranian government's treatment of them. They are, may I say it, often vociferous in their hatred for Jews as well.
Like yourself, I have great hopes for Muslims, above all in their integration within this country and their adjustment to the British way of life while retaining those aspects of their faith that blend best with our own values -- notably their spirituality, prayerfulness, and their pursuit of the various cultural achievements they bring here, from Qawwali music to one of the highest art forms of all civilization: Arabic and Persian calligraphy.
But I fear I am not as sanguine as you are about the possibilities of finding genuine opposition to radicalism. Some form of intolerance, and acceptance of violence, seems to pervade so many Muslim communities around the globe. You say, "there are many voices, Muslim voices in this country that condemn ISIS and condemn it absolutely." That is undoubtedly true, but Muslim voices openly condemning radicalism remain muted, especially within the more closely knit communities, not least those where hate preachers still lecture in the mosques and intolerant literature is still to be found. As you yourself say, "we don't hear those [voices] in the public media very often." You add that "many of the Muslim leaders are deeply, deeply concerned about this." But rather more Muslim leaders, especially those from Deobandi, Salafi, Wahhabi, Muslim Brotherhood and similar circles do not seem at all concerned.
There is a simple reason. All Muslims, if they are at all pious, believe that the Qur'an is the unassailable Word of God, dictated by the angel Gabriel to Muhammad. They also believe that it is a complete and perfect transcript of a book that has existed with God for all eternity. Sunni Muslims (and Shi'is using a different corpus) believe that the ahadith -- the passages of hadith literature recording the sayings and actions of Muhammad -- are beyond criticism, since centuries of scholarship have winnowed out anything unauthentic. And all Muslims, however diverse their origins, believe that the Sira, the historical biography of the Prophet, reveals words and actions that serve as models for the behaviour of all believers.
Salafi Muslims, who are the most radical, are far from a modern suddenness. They believe that Muslims must act in accordance with the path laid down by the Prophet and his companions (the salaf), the first three generations who lived in Muhammad's lifetime.
Where does this lead? No Muslim may criticize or seek to re-interpret the Qur'an (some who have tried have been killed), the six canonical hadith volumes, or the behaviour of the Prophet and his companions. When members of ISIS murder apostates, therefore, it is hard to condemn the ISIS members, as that is what the Prophet did. When they take slave girls as war booty, that is what the Prophet did. When they impose the jizya or poll tax on Christians, or execute any who refuse to pay it, that is what the Prophet and his companions did. Waging jihad is an injunction in many chapters of the Qur'an. Taking concubines as part of war booty is ordered explicitly in the Qur'an. Killing non-Muslims who take up arms against the Muslims is repeatedly urged in the Qur'an. Killing apostates is enjoined by a Tradition in the most authentic book of hadith, the Sahih al-Bukhari. Beheading those deemed to have acted against the Muslims is an act approved of by Muhammad, famously when he allowed the beheading of some 700 male members of the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.
Of course, many Muslims in this country are horrified by the things ISIS fighters do, above all by the non-Qur'anic punishments they carry out, such as killing Christians and others without offering them a chance for conversion, killing Muslims who have opposed them without giving them an opportunity to repent, or burning a prisoner alive. But where extremists act in accordance with Islamic law or scriptural commandments, criticism is far harder to express. I have heard only the tiniest number of British Muslims condemn Hamas, its terror tactics or its covenant to kill all Jews in the world.
After the terror recent attacks in Tunisia, Paris and Kuwait, David Cameron said that these had nothing to do with Islam and that "Islam is a religion of peace." This is a frequent assertion by politicians. It has also been echoed by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel," in which he writes: "Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Quran are opposed to every form of violence."
Much as I respect Pope Francis and find him a man of goodwill and understanding, I fear I find him much mistaken in this. It is a simple fact of Qur'an commentary, since the earliest period until today, that early, Meccan verses, which express a tolerant and peace-loving attitude, although applicable within the Muslim community, have been abrogated by later, Medinan, verses, which call for jihad, the beheading of non-Muslims, outright hatred for Jews and Christians, generalized hatred for all non-Muslims (who are destined for hellfire), and the need to use violence to impose Islamic rule across the world.
I do not know what copy of the Qur'an Pope Francis has been shown, but it is clearly very different to any copy in my possession, whether the original Arabic or a translation. When hate preachers in British mosques convey a violent or intolerant message to their congregants, they do so by quoting the Qur'an as the Word of God, thereby sanctioning acts of jihad. And the history of "authentic Islam" has been a constant story of acts of violence punctuated by periods of peacefulness within the Islamic realm. Muhammad led jihad armies and sent others out -- that history is regarded by all Muslims as "authentic." The first four caliphs (authentic to all Sunni Muslims) directed major campaigns of conquest that finally brought Muslim armies to India in the East, and the Iberian peninsula, the south of France, southern Italy and to the gates of Vienna.
The Ottoman Empire, between 1346 and 1918, conquered and enslaved much of Eastern Europe. Even several of the mystical Sufi orders, thought by many to be non-violent, fought jihad wars in North Africa, the Caucasus and elsewhere. From the 18th to the 20th century, jihad wars were waged against heretical Muslims and Westerners in India, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, British Mandate Palestine, against Israel, and in Arabia (twice). Today's wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere are a powerful testimony to the attractions of fundamentalist Islam.
There are many kinds of jihad, but violent jihad -- war in the cause of Islam -- has been constant throughout Islamic history. To that extent, Islam and violence are far more closely associated with each other scripturally and historically than in any other religion. To ignore this is to hamper us in our efforts to bring Muslims into peaceful relations with the West, with all non-Muslims and especially with one another.
It also does not help if we ignore another basic Islamic doctrine, something called Al-wala' wa'l-bara' -- meaning something like "loyalty and enmity," as it has been translated in several English-language Muslim publications issued in the UK. While the real meaning is more complex, what it amounts to is an assertion that Muslims must have as little as possible to do with non-Muslims. Muslims should not celebrate Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries or anything else with their non-Muslim workmates or neighbours. They must not take part in interfaith gatherings where they may be called on to compromise their faith. They must expose the falsehoods of Christianity and Judaism (based on passages in the Qur'an that treat both the Old and New Testaments as hopelessly corrupt); deny the sonship and godhood of Jesus; reject the crucifixion; condemn monks and priests, and so on. This doctrine has been widely preached and published in this country. It represents a significant challenge to your own interfaith work. Even the most moderate and companionable Muslims find it impossible to deny these things, because to do so would mean denying the veracity of the Word of God.
Those who ignore such passages in the Qur'an are to be commended for making an effort to engage with non-believers, but as often as not, doing so becomes a challenge to their faith or brings them closer to secularism.
Many convert to Christianity, but in doing so they expose themselves to threats or acts of violence from their families and other local Muslims. Many converts have paid the ultimate price.
There is strong statistical evidence to show that more than a negligible number of Muslims in the West subscribe to what we consider radical views. In survey after survey, polls taken by well-regarded agencies such as Pew, NOP World (a UK company now within the German Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung [GfK], one of the top five marketing research organizations in the world), the British public opinion researcher ICM Research, the Center for Security Policy, Policy Exchange, and Civitas show high figures for support for violence, honour killings, stoning adulterers, executing apostates and much else. There is far too much material to discuss in any detail here, but a thorough compilation of such findings is available. The figures are worrying in the UK, but grow even more alarming when surveys are conducted in Muslim countries.
In 2007, the conservative British Think Tank, Policy Exchange, published a groundbreaking survey of Muslim attitudes in the UK, "Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the paradox of multiculturalism." What was striking in it was that, instead of successive generations of Muslims becoming better integrated into British society, the younger they are the more radical they become. Overall, 53% of Muslims prefer Muslim women to wear a veil. Only 16% of 45-54-year-olds prefer shari'a to UK law, but this rises to 37% of 16-24-year-olds. Conversely, 75% of those aged 45-54 prefer UK law, but this drops to 50% of 16-24s. 56% of this youngest generation insist that a Muslim woman may not marry a non-Muslim; 56% insist that a woman may not marry without the consent of her male guardian (father, brother, uncle); 52% say a man may have up to four wives, a woman only one husband; 36% believe apostasy is punishable by death; 71% insist that homosexuality is wrong and should be illegal. Whereas 56% of 45-54 year-olds want some reform of shari'a law, this drops to 37% of 16-24 year-olds. While a mere 2% of 45-54s support al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, this rises to 13% among the youngest.
These numbers go some way to confirming Sarfraz Manzoor's conclusion that apparently the majority of Muslims do not feel particularly progressive, especially in areas such as permitting homosexuality, mixing with members of the opposite sex, in reining in the application shari'a law.
The Policy Exchange survey must be read in its entirety. It is long, detailed, and sophisticated in its nuance. Overall, a majority of Muslims seem to be well integrated and do express loyalty to Great Britain. We should not go too far in claiming there are no progressives or that they are not in large numbers. But it remains worrying that the younger generations are clearly much less well-integrated than their fathers and grandparents.
Most immigrant communities go in the other direction. According to a 2011 report on integration by the US Migration Policy Institute, "Full integration into U.S. society and economy generally takes more than one generation, with children of immigrants reliably outperforming their parents in educational attainment, occupational status, wealth, and home ownership. Residential segregation also decreases between first and second generations, and rates of intermarriage between ethnic and racial groups increase. Language proficiency improves dramatically as well." Clearly, this does not seem to apply as strongly among British Muslims, and a similar pattern can be seen across Europe.
Other surveys are even more disturbing. An ICM Unlimited poll in 2006 found that a full 40% of British Muslims wanted shari'a law and that as many as 20% approved of London's 7/7 bombings. The 7/7 bombers seemed to be well-integrated young men, with jobs and educational qualifications. An NOP World Ltd. survey at the same time put the figure of support higher, at 25%. In 2005, the Federation of Islamic Students in the UK indicated that one in five Muslim students would not report other Muslims known to be planning terror attacks.
CSP Poll this year reported that 38% of Muslim-Americans say Islamic State (ISIS) beliefs are Islamic or correct. A 2010 survey of 600 Muslim students at 30 universities throughout Britain found that 32% of Muslim respondents believed that killing in the name of religion is justified; and that 40% wanted shari'a law. A 2006 NOP Research survey showed that as many as 78% of British Muslims supported punishing the publishers of Muhammad cartoons. The same survey found that fully 29% of British Muslims would "aggressively defend" Islam. It also showed that 68% of British Muslims support the arrest and prosecution of anyone who insults Islam. When compared with the views of Christians and Jews, this is a very high figure indeed. One in ten British Muslims supports honour killings.
This is only support for violence. There are other areas for concern. Only 34% of British Muslims believe the Holocaust happened. 51% believe a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim. 62% of Muslims here do not support free speech. Only 7% of Muslims in the UK consider themselves as British first: with the passage of so many generations now, this is a disturbing indication of non-integration. 54% believe a Muslim man may marry up to four wives. 61% want homosexuality punished. According to Pew (2011) 21% of Muslim-Americans say there is a fair to great amount of support for Islamic extremism in their community. 43% of Muslim-Americans believe people of other faiths have no right to evangelize Muslims. That, of course, includes the Catholic Church. In 2013, 1 in 3 Muslims in Austria said it is not possible to be a European and a Muslim, and 22% oppose democracy.
I have, I fear, gone on too long citing statistics. But figures such these are indicative of a wider level of acceptance of extreme ideas than your comments and those of many politicians suggest. I do not envy you in your work to find reconciliation, and I do commend your efforts in seeking solutions to this problem, now a problem of overwhelming proportions across the world. Nothing here is remotely Islamophobic, insofar as it is based wholly on a direct reading of Islamic scripture and texts, of Islamic history, and of statistics for modern developments and attitudes. I do, therefore, ask you to take some measure of my comments simply on their own merits. My arguments are not subtle, and of course there are many other perspectives on all the matters covered here. As a professional, however, who has spent a lifetime studying many facets of Islam, perhaps my views deserve to be taken into account alongside the important work you do to secure closer relations with those sections of Britain's Muslim community, who show themselves willing and even eager to forge close ties with their fellow citizens, regardless of faith or its absence.
Apologies for subjecting you to such a lengthy exposition, but I simply hope that you will see that David Cameron did not speak out of turn when he expressed concern at Bratislava.
With best wishes,
Dr. Denis MacEoin

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