MUSLIM LOVE FOR RAPE Cairo mob brutally assaulted CBS reporter Lara Logan
By Michael Winter, USA TODAY Feb 15, 2011 A mob in Tahrir Square brutally beat and sexually assaulted CBS News' chief foreign correspondent, Lara Logan, who was covering Friday's celebration of the departure of former president Hosni Mubarak, the network says. She is in a U.S. hospital recovering. CBS says Logan, who was reporting for 60 Minutes, was surrounded by more than 200 people "whipped into frenzy." She then became separated from her TV crew and security and then suffered a "brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating." She was saved by a group of women and about 20 Egyptian soldiers, and reconnected with her colleagues CBS says. Saturday she flew back to the United States and is now in a hospital. The network said it would have no further comment. The Washington Post notes that 39-year-old Logan, who joined CBS in 2002, is the mother of two young children. She met her husband, Joe Burkett, a defense contractor, in Baghdad while covering the war. The attack highlights the risks female journalists face, The Atlantic's Garance Franke-Ruta writes. Most mainstream American news outlets have a policy of not namin g the survivors of sexual assault and it is hard to imagine that CBS would have issued this statement, which landed like a thunderbolt in the close -knit media world, without Logan's permission. That makes her one very brave woman, as news of the attack ric ocheted across Twitter and newspapers with lightning speed.
Rapists stalk women in Somali refugee camps
(AP) ± Dec 7, 2010 GALKAYO, Somalia (AP) ² The three masked gunmen burst into Asha Muse Ali's tent at night and grabbed every item of value they could find: $85 in cash, a cell phone and a gold ring. Then the attackers embarked on a crime that carries a severe social stigma in this conservative Muslim country: They raped Ali and her aunt. Ali and her family are among almost 60,000 internally displaced p eople in the central Somali town of Galkayo, where hundreds of families have sought refuge from violence in Mogadishu and in south -central Somalia. But once there, the women risk being raped.
Aid workers say the number of rapes are alarming and that in som e cases, they are fueled by young men watching pornographic videos. The Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development said it has documented 51 cases of rape against women in Galkayo this year. Last year the center recorded 104 cases, most of them inside the refugee camps. Many more cases go unreported. "The number is bigger than what we recorded because there are women who suffer in silence for fear of reprisals, divorce or allegations that they consented to the act," said the center's Saado Mohamed I se. Antonio Guterres, the head of the U.N.'s refugee agency, expressed outrage about the rapes as he toured camps in Galkayo and Bossaso last week. "That is a heinous crime and it needs to stop. It is a central human rights question," Guterres said. Refugees also told him they lack food, education, health care and proper shelter. The U.N. refugee agency says more than 12,000 people have fled Mogadishu since Oct. 1. Somalia hasn't had a central government for nearly 20 years. Much of Mogadishu is ruled by violent Islamist militias who impose conservative social rules on families and mete out harsh punishments for violations of the social code. Rape as a weapon of war has occurred in many countries across Africa, most notably in Congo. Rape and other kinds of sexual violence are a reality in Somalia as well, although rapists are widely despised here. Al -Shabab, the country's most powerful Islamist militia, has sentenced men to death for sexual assaults. Violence against women in Somalia can trigger clan wars. T he family of an accused rapist will pay monetary or livestock compensation for sexual assaults. Somali families have also arranged marriages between the rapist and the victim to clear the victim from the stigma associated with rape. Some camp residents and aid workers blamed some of the sexual assaults on a new prevalence of pornography, which can even be seen on cell phones. The top official in Somalia for the U.N. refugee agency said he has received reports that youths "first heat up themselves before the y go out and hunt down women." "It is appalling that the women in the camps are raped by youth gangs with total impunity after watching pornographic films," Bruno Geddo said. Ise said three rapists were arrested last month but freed after their victims left Galkayo, a sprawling city jammed with tents and tin shacks and that lacks a proper judicial system to try rapists and social resources to help victims. Ali, 45, whose tent was broken into, said she won't alert authorities about the masked men who raped her even if she recognizes them. Ali's aunt, Muna Aden, who was also raped during the Nov. 26 attack, nodded.
"No. I won't inform on them because I'm afraid for my life," Ali recounted in an interview. The Associated Press does not identify victims of sex crimes as a matter of policy but both women gave permission to use their names and take their photographs in order to publicize the dangers they face and the poverty they live in. Women who collect firewood in the bush or walk in darkened refugee camps risk being attacked. When the men armed with pistols, a dagger and an AK -47 rifle broke into her tent, Ali, who earns $1.50 a day washing clothes and cleaning houses, dragged her sleeping children ² ages 10 and 8 ² out of the way. The gang ransacked the t ent. Ali implored them: "Brothers, you've got what you wanted, can you please go away and leave us alone? Please don't rape us." Instead, the three gunmen took turns raping her. Next Muna, 35, was raped. Her husband, pinned down by the assailants, could do nothing. The assault ended with Muna being stabbed in the thigh. "Allah! Allah!" she screamed. The attackers ran away. The police arrived a half -hour later, asked a few questions and left. In the morning, Ise's aid group took the women to the hospital. "I have experienced enough hell on this world," said Ali, whose husband was shot dead two years ago in Mogadishu. The attackers who raped Asha and Muna are not likely to be punished, said Ise. "It is not uncommon to have a criminal walking freely in the stre ets of the town the day after the night he raped a woman," she said.
UK court sentences prince to at least 20 years
LONDON (AP) ² A British court sentenced a Saudi prince to at least 20 years in prison Wednesday for beating and strangling one of his serva nts at a swank British hotel in a case that featured days of lurid testimony about their abusive relationship. Justice David Bean sentenced Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud to a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 20 years for the b rutal assault at the Landmark Hotel in London on Feb. 15. The sensational case featured CCTV images of the shaven-headed prince throwing a punch at his aide in a hotel elevator ² the set piece in a prosecution case that alleged the suave playboy prince bat tered his lover in a rage following years of abuse.
"No one in this country is above the law," Bean said. "It would be wrong for me to sentence you either more severely or more leniently because of your membership of the Saudi royal family." The jury had deliberated just 95 minutes before returning its verdict. The prince was convicted of both murder and a second count of grievous bodily harm with intent relating to the attack in the elevator. Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw described a flamboyant lifestyle wit h a dashing prince who lived the luxury life ² dining in fine restaurants and receiving erotic massages from a masseur who compared him to Hollywood actor Omar Sharif. The prince's lawyers attempted before the trial to stop evidence of his homosexuality from being made public. "Beneath the surface this was a deeply abusive relationship which the defendant exploited for sadistic reasons, for his own personal gratification," Laidlaw said. He described the assault leading to the aide's death as being "a really terrible, a really brutal attack." Saud originally told police that he and Bandar Abdulaziz had been swigging champagne into the early hours of the morning, and that when he awoke at 3 p.m. he could not rouse Abdulaziz. Jurors rejected a claim by his defense lawyer, John Kelsey-Fry, that the prince was guilty only of manslaughter. Defense lawyers had attempted to shield the prince's sexuality during the bail application process, but failed. Since the prince's arrest, Saudi officials have said nothing about the case, and Saudi newspapers and television have not even mentioned it, a sign of how embarrassing the trial and sentencing are for the royal family. Media in the kingdom strictly avoid any discussion of the private lives of members of the royal family ² particularly of anything that casts them in a negative light. The prince's grandfather is the half brother of the current king. Britain has no prison transfer agreement with Saudi Arabia, so there is no possibility the prince could serve his sentence the re. Associated Press Writer Maggie Michael in Cairo contributed to this story. Muslim Rape Epidemic in Sweden and Norway - Authorities Look the Other Way posted by Fjordman Sunday, February 20, 2005 Numbers released in January 2005 indicate a sharp rise in the number of rape charges in Malmö, Sweden¶s third largest city:
Thomas Anderberg, responsible for statistics at the Malmö Police, says there was a doubling of the number of reported rapes by ambush in 2004, following what was already a decade of stea dily increasing numbers of sexual crimes. - I think that¶s great news, says Anna Gustafsson, head of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Malmö Police. She suggests that the increase is due to the fact that women who otherwise wouldn¶t press charges for rape now choose to contact the police. In other words, Gustafsson claims that we are dealing with a ³technical´ increase, not a real one. However, national statistics reveal that reported rapes against children have almost doubled in Sweden during the past ten years: According to Swedish Radio on Tuesday, statistics from Sweden¶s National Council for Crime Prevention show that the number of reported rapes against children is on the rise. The figures have nearly doubled in the last ten years: 467 rapes against children under the age of 15 were reported in 2004 compared with 258 in 1995. Legal proceedings continue this week in a case involving a 13 year old girl from Motala who was said to have been subjected to a group rape by four men. (Note: These four men were Kurdish Muslims, who raped the girl for hours and even took photos of doing so) The number of rape charges per capita in Malmö is 5 ± 6 times that of Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen is a larger city, but the percentage of immigrants is much lower. And it¶s not just the rape statistics that reveal a scary increase in Malmö or Sweden. Virtually every kind of violent crime is on the rise. Robberies have increased with 50 % in Malmö only during the fall of 2004. Threats against witnesses in Swedish court cases have quadrupled between 2000 and 2003. During the past few decades, massive immigration has changed the face of Sweden¶s major cities, as well as challenged the viability of the welfare state. In 1970 Sweden had the fourth highest GDP per capita among d eveloped countries with income about 6% above the OECD average. By 1997 it was at fifteenth place with an average GDP per capita 14% below average. Malmö has a heavy concentration of Muslim immigrants in particular. According to some estimates, it will be a Muslim majority city in no more then 10 years. Crime is rampant in the growing ghettos: Becirov runs the Islamic Center of Malmö, on the outskirts of Sweden's third -largest city. Some immigrant neighborhoods in the city have (official) unemployment rate s exceeding 50 percent. Swedish authorities have failed to lift up the area, and seem to be giving the Islamic Center of Malmö a great deal of leeway in attempting to do so. An article that appeared in 2003 noted that "a few" of the 6 -to 10-year-old girls were wearing headscarves. On a visit in January 2005, fully 80 percent were covered in class--only a handful were not. In a fit of absent -mindedness, Sweden has suddenly become as heavily populated by minorities as any country in Europe. The percentage of foreign-born is roughly equivalent to the highest percentage of immigrants the United States ever had in its history (on the eve of World War I). Rosengård appears to be all -immigrant. The public schools have virtually no ethnically Swedish children. There are stories--familiar in other parts of Europe where immigrants from the Muslim world have recently settled --of students harassing Jewish teachers and defacing textbooks that treat Jewish themes. Crime is high. Is it unfair and ³racist´ to suggest a link between the influx of Muslim immigrants and
the growing number of rapes? Not if we compare with the situation in neighboring Denmark, where this trend has been evident for years: Criminologist: immigrants are rape champions If one leading expert is to b e believed, the sharp rise in the number of rapes in this over the last 5 years is largely attributable to a group of unemployed and alienated immigrants. 'Over the last 5-10 years there has an increasing tendency to marginalise and alienate immigrants,' s ays Professor Flemming Balvig, a criminologist at Copenhagen University. 'As a result, many second generation immigrants have reacted against this through various types of criminal activity, including rape.' Muslim rape concern Alarmed at last week's police statistics, which revealed that in 68% of all rapes committed this year the perpetrator was from an ethnic minority, leading Muslim organisations have now formed an alliance to fight the ever -growing problem of young second and third-generation immigrants involved in rape cases against young Danish girls. As Robert Spencer has demonstrated, rape can indeed be linked to Islamic teachings of Jihad, and even to the example of Muhammad himself, his Sunna. Above all, it is connected to Islamic notions of th e role of women in society, and their behaviour in the public sphere. An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are "asking for rape." Apparently, he isn¶t the only Muslim i n Europe to think this way: The German journalist Udo Ulfkotte told in a recent interview that in Holland, you can now see examples of young, unveiled Moroccan women with a so -called "smiley". It means that the girl gets one side of her face cut up from m outh to ear, serving as a warning to other Muslim girls who should refuse to wear the veil. In the Muslim suburb of Courneuve, France, 77 per cent of the veiled women carry veils reportedly because of fear of being harassed or molested by Islamic moral pat rols. Hijab, the Islamic veil, is thus not ´just a piece of cloth´. It serves as a demarcation line between proper, submissive Muslim women and whores, un -Islamic women who deserve no respect and are asking for rape. The veil should more properly be viewe d as the uniform of a Totalitarian movement, and a signal to attack those outside the movement. Judged in the light of the Mufti who said that women who don¶t wear it are asking for rape, how on earth can the veil be said to be about ´choice´? The freedom to choose not to be raped if you dress in a normal fashion in your own country? Is that what freedom is about in Europe in 2005? Even though Sweden, unlike Denmark, has almost no public debate about immigration, frustration is very much present underneath the surface. 75 % of Swedes ³dislike´ Muslims, more than in any other European country surveyed. Even in Holland, which recently witnessed violent clashes with Muslims after the murder of Islam-critic Theo van Gogh, the rate is lower than in Sweden. But y ou¶re not supposed to talk about such issues in Sweden. That would be ³racist´:
Swedish laws prohibiting "hate speech" against racial minorities have been vigorously enforced. There have, for example, been a number of gang -rapes of Swedish women by Muslim immigrants. But Swedes must be careful what they say about them. On May 25, neo-Nazi Bjorn Bjorkqvist was convicted and sentenced to two months in prison for writing, "I don¶t think I am alone in feeling sick when reading about how Swedish girls are raped by immigrant hordes." ["Jag tror inte jag är ensam om att må dåligt när jag läser om hur svenska tjejer har våldtagits av invandrarhorder"] All in all, we must say that there is strong circumstantial evidence indicating that the rise in rape charges in the city of Malmö could very well be real, which puts the Malmö Police assertion that this is ³great news´ in a rather curious light. And the problem is not just limited to Sweden. It exists in Norway, too: Rape charges in the capital are spiraling upwards , 40 percent higher from 1999 to 2000 and up 13 percent so far this year. Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen of Oslo's Vice, Robbery and Violent crime division says the statistics are surprising - the rising number of rape cases and the link to ethnic backgrou nd are both clear trends. But Larsen does not want to speculate on the reasons behind the worrying developments. While 65 percent of those charged with rape are classed as coming from a non-western background, this segment makes up only 14.3 percent of Osl o's population. Norwegian women were the victims in 80 percent of the cases, with 20 percent being women of foreign background. Europe: Tolerating Intolerance An incredibly revealing article that tells us all we need to know about the multiculturalist fetish in Europe and some parts of North America, not to mention the need for change within Islam. Apparently, the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reported that 65 percent of rapes of Norwegian women were performed by "non Western" immigrants ± a category that, in Norway, consists mostly of Muslims. The article quoted a professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo (note: her name is Unni Wikan) as saying that "Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these rapes" because Muslim men found their manner of dress provocative. The professor's conclusion was not that Muslim men living in the West needed to adjust to Western norms, but the exact opposite: "Norwegian women must realize that we live in a multicultural society and adapt th emselves to it." In January 2005, Norwegian media reported that 2004 saw the highest number or rape charges ever recorded in the capital city of Oslo. Strangely enough, there was now no mentioning of how immigrants were grossly overrepresented in rape cas es. Why not? Unless there has been a sudden and unexplained drop in the number of immigrants raping Norwegian women between 2001 and 2004, which is unlikely, the statistics should be at least as staggering in 2005 as they were before. If they are not revealed, it can only mean that ³somebody´ didn¶t like the numbers presented in 2001, and decided to bury them. That ³somebody´ must be a person at the very top level in the police, maybe even in the government. If so, that is disquieting. What is even more disquieting is that the media are equally silent about this. How come no journalists are digging into the material? And where are all the professional
Feminists, in a Scandinavian nation brimming with them? The conclusion one may draw from this is that the a uthorities in Sweden and Norway know about, or should know about, a disturbing amount of Muslim immigrant rapes of native Scandinavian women, yet choose not to make this information known to the public. Perhaps it would be just too politically incorrect to reveal the negative effects of decades of naïve immigration policies. Perhaps it would also destroy too many multicultural pipe dreams among the intellectual elites, who have built their current careers and reputations on advocating how culturally and eco nomically enriching this new population mix would be. So in the end, the safety of young Scandinavian women is sacrificed in order to keep the glossy image of a multicultural society intact. It is a chilling demonstration of an Eurabian continent that now appears to care more about not upsetting relations with its immigrant population than about protecting its own citizens.
Jihad and rape go hand in hand
By Robert Spencer Saturday, September 25, 2004 WorldNetDaily.com "Each of us was raped by between thre e and six men. « One woman refused to have sex with them, so they split her head into pieces with an axe in front of us." This happened in Darfur, from which Sudanese military personnel actually airlifted women to Khartoum to serve as sex slaves. Meanwhile, Indira Dzetskelova, the mother of one of the child hostages in Beslan, Russia, reports that "several 15 -year-old girls were raped by terrorists." Her daughter "heard their terrible cries and screams when those monsters took them away." This indicates that there are two things the massacre in Beslan has in common with the ongoing massacres in Darfur: both, no less than the 9 -11 attacks, are examples of Islamic jihad terrorism, and both are characterized by rape. The jihadist element has been made clear by the ringleaders of both atrocities. Sudanese Gen. Mohamed Beshir Suleiman recently declared: "The door of the jihad is still open and if it has been closed in the south it will be opened in Darfur." In southern Sudan, of course, the jihad was waged aga inst Christians; in Darfur, the targets are black African Muslims whose Islamic bona fides don't satisfy Khartoum. As for Beslan, the Chechen jihadist leader Shamil Besayev warned the Russian government last winter: "Praise Allah, we are dreaming of dying in jihad, we are dreaming of dying on the way of Allah, so that we could earn paradise and mercy of Allah." What does rape, then, have to do with these religious conflicts? Unfortunately, everything. The Islamic legal manual 'Umdat al -Salik, which carries the endorsement of Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, stipulates:
"When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman's previous marriage is immediately annulled." Why? So that they are free to become the concubines of their captors. The Quran permits Muslim men to have intercourse with their wives and their slave girls: "Forbidden to you are ... married women, except those whom you own as slaves." (Sura 4:23 -24) After one successful battle, Muhammad tells his men, "Go and take any slave girl." He took one for himself also. After the notorious massacre of the Jewish Qurayzah tribe, he did it again. According to his earliest biographer, Ibn Ishaq, Muhammad "went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for [the men of Banu Qurayz a] and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches." After killing "600 or 700 in all, though some put the figure as high as 800 or 900," the Prophet of Islam took one of the widows he had just made, Rayhana bint Amr , as another concubine. Emerging victorious in another battle, according to a generally accepted Islamic tradition, Muhammad's men present him with an ethical question: "We took women captives, and we wanted to do 'azl [coitus interruptus] with them." Muhammad told them: "It is better that you should not do it, for Allah has written whom He is going to create till the Day of Resurrection." When Muhammad says "it is better that you should not do it," he's referring to coitus interruptus, not to raping their captives. He takes that for granted. With Muhammad revered throughout the Islamic world as al-insan al-kamil, the perfect man, the rapes of Darfur and Beslan are not surprising. What is surprising, or ought to be, is the silence from the Islamic world ab out the rapes in both cases. Where are the reformers who will dare to say that Muhammad's example must not be followed in this case? Who will acknowledge that the world has developed principles of human rights that must supercede those forged in seventh -century Arabia? Where are the Western spokesmen who are not so in thrall to multiculturalism that they will condemn rape that is justified according to Islamic religious principles? The much -lionized "Muslim Martin Luther," Tariq Ramadan, now banned from entering the U.S., can so far only bring himself to call for a moratorium, not a definitive ban, on stoning for adulterers. Rape of captives? His sentiments are not known. Where is the Muslim Solzhenitsyn, who will speak honestly about the aspects of Islam that so desperately need reform and call for the overhaul that the system so obviously needs? The whole world is waiting. But for the girls and women of Darfur and Beslan, it is already too late.
Gang rapist blames culture By Kim Arlington 09dec05
A CONVICTED gang rapist has told a Sydney court he sexually assaulted a 14 -yearold girl because he thought she was promiscuous and "had no right to say no".
The 27-year-old, identified only as MSK, said voices had commanded him to rape the girl, but also blame d cultural differences for the attack. MSK, convicted of raping two girls aged 13 and 14, faced sentencing submissions today before NSW Supreme Court Justice Peter Hidden. He is already serving a 22-year jail term for leading his three younger brothers i n the gang rape of two more girls, aged 16 and 17. All four attacks took place at the brothers' Ashfield home, in Sydney's inner -west, in June and July 2002. The court was told the first rape, that of a 14 -year-old girl known as T, took place four days after MSK arrived from Pakistan. MSK took an oath on the Koran before telling the court his cultural background was partly to blame for his crimes. T, who had visited his house with two female friends, was not wearing traditional Muslim dress, he said. "She was not covering her face or wearing any headscarf," MSK said. "Then she started drinking with us ... at one point she started touching my leg." MSK agreed T had not consented to sex but said: "I go ahead with it because ... I believe that she was promiscuous". "I believed at the time I committed this offence that she had no right to say no," he said. "I believed I'm not doing anything wrong." T had told the trial that before she was raped by MSK and his younger brother MAK, who also was convicted, she was a virgin and had never kissed a boy. MSK said he believed that his 13 -year-old victim, known as C, also was promiscuous. Now 18, T shook her head as she listened from the public gallery, supported by C's mother. MSK had visited Australia nine times, including a 10 -month stint when he worked as a security guard, before his arrest. He told the court he now had a "better idea and understanding of Australian culture" after being exposed to the country's media. "I understand now that what I did at the time was wrong and (that) what I believed was wrong," he said.
MSK also said he was drunk at the time of the offences, and was not taking the ant ipsychotic medication prescribed for him by his father, a doctor. "I was not taking my medication so I was under the influence of voices," he said. "I was commanded by voices to go ahead." Crown prosecutor Ken McKay told Justice Hidden that MSK's expla nation for the offences kept changing. "One minute it's the voices, the next minute it's a cultural issue," he said. Mr McKay said the question of mental illness was raised only this year when MSK's applications to adjourn his trial were refused, but a j ury found him fit to be tried. MSK apologised to his victims for the first time today, but interrupted his apology to tell T: "Don't shake your head - I'm telling you something." Outside court, T rejected his apology. "It wasn't a sincere apology. I don 't accept it at all," she said. MSK will be sentenced next year.
Muslim Rape Wave in Sweden By Fjordman December 15, 2005
Swedish girls Malin and Amanda were on their way to a party on New Year's Eve when they were assaulted, raped and beaten half to death by four Somali immigrants. Sweden's largest newspaper has presented the perpetrators as "two men from Sweden, one from Finland and one from Somalia", a testimony as to how bad the informal censorship is in stories related to immigration in Sweden. Similar incidents are reported with shocking frequency, to the point where some observers fear that law and order is completely breaking down in the country . The number of rape charges in Sweden has tripled in just above twenty years . Rape cases involving children under the age of 15 are six - 6 - times as common today as they were a generation ago. Most other kinds of violent crime have rapidly increased, too. Instability is spreading to most urban and suburban areas. According to a new study from the Crime Prevention Council, Brå, it is four times more likely that a known rapist is born abroad, compared to persons born in Sweden. Resident aliens from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia dominate the group of rape suspects. According to these statistics, almost half of all perpetrators are immigrants . In Norway and Denmark, we know that non-Western immigrants, which frequently means Muslims, are grossly overrepresented on rape statistics . In Oslo, Norway, immigrants were involved in two out of three rape charges in 2001 . The numbers in Denmark were the same, and even higher in the
city of Copenhagen with three out of four rape charges. Sweden has a larger immigrant, including Muslim, population than any other country in northern Europe. The numbers there are likely to be at least as bad as with its Scandinavian neighbors. The actual number is thu s probably even higher than what the authorities are reporting now, as it doesn't include second generation immigrants. Lawyer Ann Christine Hjelm, who has investigated violent crimes in Svea high court, found that 85 per cent of the convicted rapists were born on foreign soil or by foreign parents. A group of Swedish teenage girls has designed a bel t that requires two hands to remove and which they hope will deter would -be rapists. "It's like a reverse chastity belt," one of the creators, 19 -year-old Nadja Björk, told AFP, meaning that the wearer is in control, instead of being controlled. Björk and one of her partners now plan to start a business to mass produce the belts and are currently in negotiations with potential partners. "But I'm not doing this for the money," she said. "I'm really passionate about stopping rape. I think it's terrible." In an online readers' poll from the newspaper Aftonbladet, 82% of the women expressed fear to go outside after dark. There are reports of rapes happening in broad daylight. 30 guests in a Swedish public bath watched as 17 girl was raped recently, and nobody did anything. The girl was first approached by 16-year-old boy. He and his friends followed her as she walked away to the grotto, and insi de the grotto he got her blocked in the corner, ripped off her bikini and raped her, while his friend held her firm. There are even reports of Swedish girls being attacked and cut with knives on the dance floor. A 21-year-old man who came to Sweden a couple of years ago admits that he has a low opinion of Swedish females ±or ³whores´ as he calls them. He is now prosecuted, suspecteded of cutting eight girls in several pubs. He is also charged with raping a girl at a private party, and with sexually harassing another girl in the apartment. Several witnesses claim that the 21 year old has said that he hates Swedish women. Some Muslim immigrants admit their bias quite openly. An Islamic Mufti in Copenhagen sparked a political outcry after publicly declaring that women who refuse to wear headscarves are "asking for rape." Apparently, he's not the only one thinking this way. ³It is not as wrong raping a Swedish girl as raping an Arab girl,´ says Hamid. ³The Swedish girl gets a lot of help afterwards, and she had probably fucked before, anyway. But the Arab girl will get problems with her family. For her, being raped is a source of shame. It is important that she retains her virginity until she marries.´ It was no coincidence that it was a Swedish girl that was gang raped in Rissne ± this becomes obvious from the discussion with Ali, Hamid, Abdallah and Richard. All four have disparaging views on Swedish girls, and think this attitude is common among young men with immigrant background. ³It is far too easy to get a Swedish whore«« girl, I mean;´ says Hamid, and laughs over his own choice of words. ³Many immigrant boys have Swedish girlfriends when they are teenagers. But when they get married, they get a proper woman from their own culture who has never been with a boy. That¶s what I am going to do. I don¶t have too much respect for Swedish girls. I guess you can say they get fucked to pieces.´
The number of rapes committed by Muslim immigrants in Western nations are so extremely high that it is difficult to view them only as random acts of individuals. It resembles warfare. Muhammad himself had forced sex (rape) with several of his
slave girls/concubines. This is perfectly allowed, both in the sunna and in the Koran. If you postulate that many of the Muslims in Europe view themselves as a conquering army and that European women are simply war booty, it all makes perfect sense and is in full accordance with Islamic law. Western women are not so much regarded by most Muslims as individuals, but as "their women," the women who "belong" to hostile Infidels. They are booty, to be taken, just as the land of the Infidels someday will drop, it is believed, into Muslim hand. This is not mere crime, but ideologically-justified crime or rather, in Muslim eyes, attacks on Infidels scarcely qualify as crime. Western women are cheap and offensive. We Muslims are here, here to stay, and we have a right to take advantage of this situation. It is our view of the matter that should prevail. Western goods, like the land on which we now live, belong to Allah and to the best of men -- his Believers. Western women, too, essentially belong to us -- our future booty. No wonder there is a deep and increasing suspicion against Muslims in the Swedish and European public. Sweden has national elections less than a year from now. Here is a suggested draft email, in English and Swedish, that you can send in to Swedish politicians and media to protest the lack of honesty about what Muslim immigration is doing to the country: I would hereby like to protest against the passivity and the lack of resolve demonstrated by Swedish authorities in the face of a huge spike in the number of rapes in their country. It is time for Swedish politicians, Swedish media and the Swedish public to admit that the large increase in the number of rape charges in their country during the past generation is intimately tied to the immigration that has taken place during that same time period. The attitude among many Muslim men is that women who are not veiled and a ct properly submissive have themselves to blame if something happens to them. Such a line of thinking is incompatible with the culture of freedom in any Western country. It means that as long as Muslim immigration continues, Sweden will continue to import an Islamic culture that will destroy women¶s freedom in Swedish society. The strains caused by immigration are now so large that unless something serious is done about this, pretty soon Sweden will face the same kind of riots we have recently seen in Franc e, and will approach the point of permanent ethnic and religious strife. Swedish politicians and media need to put the well-being of their daughters above that of political correctness and their own Multicultural vanity, and it is shocking that they actual ly need to be reminded of this. It is an international embarrassment to Sweden as a nation that Swedes travel around the world to lecture about women¶s rights, and at the same time their own young women are finding that their most basic rights, such as bei ng able to go outside wearing normal clothes without being harassed, are slipping away. It¶s a sham, and it needs to end. Unless Swedish authorities are able to provide basic security to a population that pays some of the highest tax rates in the world, th e Swedish government should publicly admit its inadequacy and resign from office. At the very least, it should be honest enough to tell Swedish citizens that they have to provide security for themselves, and stop making it difficult for people to do this. The Swedish general elections are less than a year away, and this time, Muslim immigration needs to be raised to the very top of the public agenda.
Violence part of life for girls in French suburbs
10 Nov 2005 Source: Reuters By Kerstin Gehmlich SAINT DENIS, France, Nov 10 (Reuters) - With nightly scenes of rioting beamed around the globe, the world has learned that France's bleak suburbs are enclaves of gang wars and macho rules. The girls living there have known this for years. Even before the riots, Ophelia, 16, used to run home from school every day because she was afraid of being attacked in the maze of high -rise buildings in her suburb northeast of Paris. A series of gang rapes in these bleak housing estates shocked France a few years ago. In 2002, a 17-year-old girl was set alight by an 18 -year-old boy as his friends stood by. Walking near a burned-out garbage bin, Ophelia's twin sister Sandra says the riots came as no surprise. Violence against and pressure on women is part of daily life in the suburbs, where boys can dictate how girls should dress. "You have to behave like a guy and look like a guy. If you wear a skirt, you get into immediate trouble. You're a slut," says Sandra, wearing a baggy sweatshirt and jeans. Sandra and her sister grew up in the nearby Clichy-sous-Bois suburb, where the riots broke out after the accidental death of two teenage boys on Oct. 27. The violence spread across France, with young men venting deep anger about racism, unemployment and a bleak future. But not many girls have taken part, and many say they are fed up with consecutive nights of violence. Apart from poverty, feminists say the dominance of traditional cultures among families of Arab and black African origin, combined with the growing role of I slam in the suburbs, have contributed to the harsh treatment girls get there. Pressure is mounting for Muslim women to wear veils. Forced marriages that snatch them from college and career -- where they do much better than their male schoolmates -- are on the rise.
The support group "Ni Putes, Ni Soumises" ("Neither Whores nor Submissives") says the number of forced marriages has risen in recent years, with roughly 70,000 girls pressured into unwanted relationships each year in France. "MARRY THIS MAN!" "There is so much violence in the suburbs because there is so much poverty here," said Ourdia Aibeche, who runs a soup kitchen in Saint Denis, a rundown suburb north of Paris where France's kings are buried. "There is a saying: If there is no money in th e house, there is war in the house," she said. Violence comes in different forms, says Sarah Oussekine, who leads the feminist Voix d'Elles-Rebelles group from a small office in a grey housing estate in Saint Denis. "Many come to us because they have been beaten by members of their families," she said. "And there are lots of women between the age of 17 and 30 who are being forced into marriage," she said, adding her group was advising some 3,500 women a year. Oussekine said many girls of African origin w ere depressed because they failed to lead a modern French life and fulfil their families' expectations at the same time. "One day, their father comes along and says: 'Marry this man. He's a good guy. He'll treat you well'," Oussekine says. Aisha's father did so. The 22-year-old, who did not want to give her real name, ran away from her family last night because her father told her she would have to marry a distant relative or be sent to live with family in Algeria. "I can't go back to my parents," said the soft-spoken girl. Oussekine says the conservative government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin should provide groups like hers with means to educate young women and offer them hope. Villepin has said he will increase money for local support groups, after years of cutting back state funds for them.
"I'm so angry," says Oussekine. "It takes a total mess (like the riots) to make people even notice our problems."
Western Muslims' Racist Rape Spree
Posted GMT 12-27-2005 In Australia, Norway, Sweden and other Western nations, there is a distinct race based crime in motion being ignored by the diversity police: Islamic men are raping Western women for ethnic reasons. We know this because the rapists have openly declared their sectarian motivations. When a number of teenage Australian girls were subjected to hours of sexual degradation during a spate of gang rapes in Sydney that occurred between 1998 and 2002, the perpetrators of these assaults framed their ration ale in ethnic terms. The young victims were informed that they were "sluts" and "Aussie pigs" while they were being hunted down and abused. In Australia's New South Wales Supreme Court in December 2005, a visiting Pakistani rapist testified that his victim s had no right to say no, because they were not wearing a headscarf. And earlier this year Australians were outraged when Lebanese Sheik Faiz Mohammed gave a lecture in Sydney where he informed his audience that rape victims had no one to blame but themsel ves. Women, he said, who wore skimpy clothing, invited men to rape them. A few months earlier, in Copenhagen, Islamic mufti and scholar, Shahid Mehdi created uproar when -- like his peer in Australia -- he stated that women who did not wear a headscarf were asking to be raped. And with haunting synchronicity in 2004, the London Telegraph reported that visiting Egyptian scholar Sheik Yusaf al-Qaradawi claimed female rape victims should be punished if they were dressed immodestly when they were raped. He adde d, "For her to be absolved from guilt, a raped woman must have shown good conduct." In Norway and Sweden, journalist Fjordman warns of a rape epidemic. Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen stated that the steady increase of rape -cases and the link to ethnicity are clear, unmistakable trends. Two out of three persecutions for rape in Oslo are immigrants with a non-Western background and 80 percent of the victims are Norwegian women. In Sweden, according to translator for Jihad Watch, Ali Dashti, "Gang rapes, usual ly involving Muslim immigrant males and native Swedish girls, have become commonplace." A few weeks ago she said, "Five Kurds brutally raped a 13 -year-old Swedish girl."
In France, Samira Bellil broke her silence -- after enduring years of repeated gang rapes in one of the Muslim populated public housing projects -- and wrote a book, In the hell of the tournantes, that shocked France. Describing how gang rape is rampant in the banlieues, she explained to Time that, "any neighborhood girl who smokes, uses makeup or wears attractive clothes is a whore." Unfortunately, Western women are not the only victims in this epidemic. In Indonesia, in 1998, human rights groups documented the testimony of over 100 Chinese women who were gang raped during the riots that pr eceded the fall of President Suharto. Many of them were told: "You must be raped, because you are Chinese and non-Muslim." Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported that in April 2005, a 9 -year-old Pakistani girl was raped, beaten with a cricket bat, hanged upside down from the ceiling, had spoonfuls of chillies poured into her mouth, and repeatedly bashed while handcuffed. Her Muslim neighbours told her they were taking revenge for the American bombing of Iraqi children and informed her they were doing it be cause she was an "infidel and a Christian." In Sudan -- where Arab Muslims slaughter black Muslim and Christian Sudanese in an ongoing genocide -- former Sudanese slave and now a human rights' activist Simon Deng says he witnessed girls and women being rap ed and that the Arab regime of Khartoum sends its soldiers to the field to rape and murder. In other reports, women who are captured by government forces are asked; "Are you Christian or Muslim?" and those who answer Christian, are gang raped before having their breasts cut off. This phenomenon of Islamic sexual violence against women should be treated as the urgent, violent, repressive epidemic it is. Instead, journalists, academics, and politicians ignore it, rationalize it, or ostracize those who dare di scuss it. In Australia, when journalist Paul Sheehan reported honestly on the Sydney gang rapes, he was called a racist and accused of stirring up anti -Muslim hatred. And when he reported in his Sydney Morning Herald column that there was a high incidence of crime amongst Sydney's Lebanese community, fellow journalist, David Marr sent him an e-mail stating, "That is a disgraceful column that reflects poorly on us all at the Herald." Keysar Trad, vice-president of the Australian Lebanese Muslim Association s aid the gang rapes were a "heinous" crime but complained it was "rather unfair" that the ethnicity of the rapists had been reported. Journalist Miranda Devine reported during the same rape trials that all reference to ethnicity had been deleted from the vi ctim impact statement because the prosecutors wanted to negotiate a plea bargain. So when Judge Megan Latham declared, "There is no evidence before me of any racial element in the commission of these offences," everyone believed her. And the court, the politicians and most of the press may as well have raped the girls again.
Retired Australian detective Tim Priest warned in 2004 that the Lebanese gangs, which emerged in Sydney in the 1990s -- when the police were asleep -- had morphed out of control. "The L ebanese groups," he said, " were ruthless, extremely violent, and they intimidated not only innocent witnesses, but even the police that attempted to arrest them." Priest describes how in 2001, in a Muslim dominated area of Sydney two policemen stopped a car containing three well-known Middle Eastern men to search for stolen property. As the police carried out their search they were physically threatened and the three men claimed they were going to track them down, kill them and then rape their girlfriends. According to Priest, it didn't end there. As the Sydney police called for backup the three men used their mobile phones to call their associates, and within minutes, 20 Middle Eastern men arrived on the scene. They punched and pushed the police and damaged state vehicles. The police retreated and the gang followed them to the police station where they intimidated staff, damaged property and held the police station hostage. Eventually the gang left, the police licked their wounds, and not one of them took action against the Middle Eastern men. Priest claims, "In the minds of the local population, the police are cowards and the message was, 'Lebanese [Muslim gangs] rule the streets.'" In France, in the banlieues, where gang rape is now known simply as tourna ntes or 'pass-around,' victims know the police will not protect them. If they complain, Samir Bellil said, they know that they and their families will be threatened. However, Muslim women in the French ghettos are finally fighting back against gang rape and police non-action. They have begun a movement called, "We're neither whores nor doormats." They are struggling against the intrinsic violence that plagues their neighbourhoods and the culture that condones it. In most French prosecutions, the Muslim rapists state that they do not believe they have committed a crime. And in a frightening parallel with the gang rapists in Australia, they claim the victim herself is to blame and accuse her of being a "slut" or a "whore." According to The Guardian, during t he recent French riots, a Saudi Prince with shares in News Corporation boasted to a conference in Dubai that he had phoned Rupert Murdoch and complained about Fox News describing the disturbances as "Muslim riots." Within half an hour he said, it was chang ed to "civil riots." Swedish translator, Ali Dashti, stated that in Sweden when three men raped a 22 year-old woman recently, they said one word to her. "Whore." Such stories, according to Dashti, are in the Swedish newspapers every week. And, the politica lly correct "take great care not to mention the ethnic background of the perpetrators." Sweden's English newspaper The Local reported in July that Malmo police commander Bengt Lindström had been charged with inciting racial hatred. He sent e -
mails from his home computer to two city officials. To the head of healthcare, he wrote: "You...treat old Swedes who have worked hard building up the fatherland like parasites and would rather give my taxes to criminals called Mohammed from Rosengärd." In Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden, the police have admitted, Dashti says, that they no longer control the city. "It is effectively ruled by violent gangs of Muslim immigrants." Ambulance personnel are regularly attacked and spat upon and are now refusing to help u ntil a police escort arrives. The police are too afraid to enter parts of the city without backup. In early 2005, Norwegian newspapers reported that Oslo had recorded the highest ever number of rape cases in the previous twelve months. However, Fjordman explained, the official statistics contained no data regarding "how immigrants were grossly over represented in rape cases", and the media remain so strangely silent. Oslo Professor of Anthropology, Unni Wikan, said Norwegian women must take responsibility for the fact that Muslim men find their manner of dress provocative. And since these men believe women are responsible for rape, she stated, the women must adapt to the multicultural society around them. The BBC pulled a documentary scheduled for screening in 2004, after police in Britain warned it could increase racial tension. "In these exceptional circumstances... Channel 4 as a responsible broadcaster has agreed to the police's request..." The documentary was to show how Pakistani and other Muslim men se xually abused young, white English girls as young as 11. The number of rapes committed by Muslim men against women in the last decade is so incredibly high that it cannot be viewed as anything other than culturally implicit behaviour. It is overtly reinforced and sanctioned by Islamic religious leaders who blame the victims and excuse the rapists. In three decades of immigration into Western countries, Islam has caused social upheaval and havoc in every one of its host countries. No other immigration progra m has encountered the problems of non -assimilation and religious ambiguity. Everywhere in the world, Muslims are in conflict with their neighbours. And as Mark Steyn recently said, every conflict appears to have originated by someone with the name of Mohammed. In July 2005, Melbourne Sheik Mohammad Omran told Sixty Minutes that "...we believe we have more rights than you because we choose Australia to be our home and you didn't. " In the same interview visiting Sheik Khalid Yasin warned "There's no such thi ng as a Muslim having a non-Muslim friend, so a non-Muslim could be your associate but they can't be a friend. They're not your friend because they don't understand your religious principles and they cannot because they don't understand your faith."
Despite being told over and over by Islamic scholars, and witnessing massive influxes of Islamic crime, Western countries continue to believe in the reality of assimilation and moral relativism. In Australia, Lebanese Christians have assimilated and become a res pected part of our community. The Premier of Victoria is a Lebanese Christian as is the Governor Of New South Wales. However, Lebanese Muslims have encountered serious problems because of their refusal to accept our right to live our way of life. Nothing so clearly demonstrates that it is not an issue of race -- but of culture. By Sharon Lapkin FrontPageMagazine.com Sharon Lapkin is a former Australian Army Officer and a postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne.
PAKISTAN: RAPE LAW COMPROMISES CRITICISED
Lahore, 13 Sept. (AKI/DAWN) - Expressing outrage at the µpolitical expediency¶ demonstrated by the government over the women¶s protection bill, human and women¶s rights bodies on Tuesday accused it of reneging on its promise. They said women had campaigned against the discriminatory laws for 25 years and proved them fundamentally flawed. Ahead of the discussion of the measures in the National Assembly on Wednesday part of the governing Pakistan Muslim League reached a compromise on the amendments with the six party religious alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). The Hudood Ordinance - passed under the dictatorship of the late General Zia -ulHaq - means women could be sentenced to death if found guilty of having sex outside marriage and make a ra pe victim liable to prosecution for adultery if she can not produce four male witnesses. While religious hardliners seek to preserve what they see as divine rules, civil society and womens's organisations have struggled to pressure successive governments to repeal them. One of the agreed amendments, reached after discussions with the hardline MMA, read that the offence of rape (Zina bil Jabr) that the women¶s protection bill had sought to delete from the Hudood Ordinance 1979 would be made subject to the Islamic Hadd punishable for adultery - if it fulfilled the requirements of the Hadd. Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Asma Jehangir said that the manner in which the government had dealt with the issue of women¶s rights was disappointing. ³The so called women¶s protection bill was a farcical attempt at making the Hudood Ordinances palatable. In the first place, the implications of the ordinances went far beyond discrimination and persecution of women on the plea of morality.
She said the bill had addressed none of the concerns. In addition, the government had agreed to replace Section 9 of the draft bill by subjecting the interpretation of the ordinance according to the injunctions of Islam. "Such open-minded jurisdiction granted to an already cowed-down judiciary would result in authentication of the most conservative form of religious interpretation. It would also be detrimental to the rights of non -Muslim citizens, who might not subscribe to Islamic principles. Reiterating the HRCP¶s demand for repeal of Hudood Ordinances, she said the government should refrain from using the issue of women¶s rights to further its own interests rather than making any real effort for the improvement of their lot. The Women Action Forum working co mmittee was of the view that the government¶s political machinations with the Muttahida Majlis -i-Amal would result in amendments that would be even more barbaric. By acceding to the MMA an extraordinary advantage the government had subverted all the constitutional bodies such as the Council of Islamic Ideology and the National Commission on Status of Women and ignored the decision of the cabinet committee concerned. All parties in parliament were invited to participate in the parliamentary select committee but the MMA decided to boycott it. By conducting closed -door negotiations the government was pandering to a group of religious obscurantists who were known for their rabidly anti -women stance and thus bartering away women¶s rights, it said.
Muslim Rape, Feminist Silence
By Jamie Glazov FrontPageMagazine.com November 1, 2006 Unveiled women who get raped deserve it. That¶s the pedagogy preached by the Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Taj al -Din al-Hilali, who recently sparked an international stir by pronouncing that women who do not veil themselves, and allow themselves to be ³uncovered meat´, are at fault if they are raped. This is nothing new, of course, and it is somewhat mysterious why the Sheikh¶s comments have caused any shock at all, since his view is legitimized by various Islamic texts and numerous social and legal Islamic structures. And that is why back in September 2004 in Denmark, al -Hilali¶s Australian counterpart, the Mufti Shahid
Mehdi, declared exactly the same thing, stating that unveiled women are ³asking for rape.´ All of this, in turn, explains the skyrocketing epidemic of Muslim rape in non -Islamic countries. Muslim newcomers are significantly overrepresented among convicted rapists and rape suspects throughout European nations such as Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. No wonder why many Muslim rapists openly admit their actions and justify them smugly with casual references to their religious and cultural beliefs. This horrifying phenomenon was on display in a cour t trial in Australia last year, in which a Muslim rapist, going by the name "MSK", taunted his sobbing 14 -year-old victim and proudly professed the legitimacy of his sexual assaults on young girls by explaining that his victims were not veiled -- as the Islamic religion mandates women to be.  "MSK" is from Pakistan. He is doing in Australia what he learned best back home: in some of the most notorious rural areas of Pakistan, gang rape is officially sanctioned as a legitimate form of keeping women margi nalized and "in their place." As noted earlier, certain realms of Islam help institutionalize this form of violent misogyny. The Koran, for instance, permits Muslim men to enslave - and have sexual relations with - the women of unbelievers captured in the spoils of war (Sura 4:23-24). The Islamic legal manual 'Umdat al -Salik, which is endorsed by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, sanctions this violence, affirming that Muslims can enslave captured infidel women and make them concubines. To compound this pathology, a notion has developed within the system of gender apartheid in which Muslims like "MSK" have grown up: the idea that a woman who does not veil herself is somehow responsible for any sexual or physical harm done to her. In the psychopathic mental gymnastics that occur in the perpetrators' minds, the unveiled woman must be sexually punished for violating the "modesty" code. Thus, when Islamic Muftis like Sheikh Taj al -Din al-Hilali and Shahid Mehdi declare that women who refuse to wear headscarves are "asking for rape," they are merely regurgitating a popular theme in many segments of Islamic culture. In traditional Islamic law, rape cannot be proven unless four males testify as witnesses (Sura 24:4 and 24:13). In othe r words, raped women cannot get justice anywhere Islamic law prevails. More horrifying still, a woman who has the courage to say she was raped, and fails to produce the four male witnesses (which is obviously almost always the case), ends up being punished because her accusation is regarded as an admission of pre -marital sex or adultery. And this is why seventy-five percent of the women in prison in Pakistan are behind bars for the crime of being a victim of rape. In Holland, myriad women now bear the horrible scar that has infamously become known as "smiley," whereby one side of the face is cut up fr om mouth to ear - a war mark left by Muslim rapists as a warning to other women who don't veil themselves. In France, the phenomenon of Muslim gang rape as punishment for non -veiling even has a word to describe it: "tournante" (take your turn). In areas w here Muslims form the majority (i.e. the Muslim suburb of Courneuve, France), even non -Muslim women
feel pressured to veil themselves in fear of Muslim sexual and physical punishment. In the context of this epidemic of Muslim violence against women, and the open legitimization of it pronounced by Islamic clerics, one would think that the Western feminists of our time would be up in arms, sympathetically coming to the side of their raped sisters and standing up for women¶s rights in general. But this is just not the case. The West's leftist feminists are responding with an apathetic heartlessness and deafening silence.  It's all very much understandable and expected, of course: it is politically correct and cutting-edge to scream with moral indignation about a woman's right to an abortion in the West, but to actually care for - and come to the public defense of - the female victim of a gang-rape committed by Muslims is unthinkable. This is so because admitting the Muslim rape epidemic, and the theology and institutions on which it is based, and denouncing it, would violate the central code of the "progressive" leftist faith: anti-Americanism and cultural relativism. No culture can be said to be better than any other - unless it is American culture, which is always fair game for derision and ridicule. But to criticize any Third World culture in general - and an adversary culture in particular - is to surrender the political cause and faith. And that's why leftist feminists are also completely mum on the h orrors of forced marriages, honor killings and female genital mutilation within the Islamic world. The worldview of Oslo Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Unni Wikan, is perfect in representing leftist feminists' stand on Muslim rape and Islamic gender apartheid. Wikan's solution for the high incidence of Muslims raping Norwegian women stresses neither the punishment of th e perpetrators nor the repudiation of the Islamic theology that legitimizes such abuse of women. Instead, Wikan recommends that Norwegian women veil themselves. This is because, in Wikan's view, Western women must take their share of responsibility for the rapes, since they are not dressing and behaving according to Muslim understanding. The Norwegian women, in her view, are to realize that they live in a multicultural society and s hould, therefore, adapt themselves to it. Sheikhs Taj al -Din al-Hilali and Shahid Mehdi would be proud. It has long been evident that Western leftist feminists couldn't care less about real actual breathing women; they care only about their ideological be liefs. For them, the victims of Muslim rape can be easily forgotten and dismissed -- for the pursuit of their ultimate goal: to aid and abet the West¶s totalitarian enemies and to wreak the destruction of their own free societies which bestow the individua l liberties and rights that they despise and abhor.
 Although debate exists about whether Islam enforces women¶s veiling, and there are some valiant Islamic reformers fighting for a tolerant Islam that does not enforce veiling, the unfortunate r eality is that Muslim fundamentalists find legitimacy for forced veiling in Islamic texts. See Robert Spencer¶s Onward Muslim Soldiers, pp. 77-78 and his new book The Truth About Mohammad, pp. 44 and 61.  Dr. Phyllis Chesler has powerfully documented Western feminism's betrayal of Islamic gender apartheid's victims in The Death of Feminism.
MUSLIM LOVE FOR BOMBS
Indonesia's bomb-makers at large BBC News
The men believed to have masterminded the 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta, and built the bombs used in other recent attacks, are still on the run. Police have been on their trail since the 2002 Bali bombings. Two men are believed to have built the bombs used in that attack. Azahari Husin, a 45-year-old Malaysian university lecturer, and Dulmatin, a 32-year-old electronics expert, were named as chief bomb-makers by another suspect, Ali Imron, who was given a life sentence for his role in the attack, and who has co-operated with the police. Both men are believed to belong to the militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), accused of carrying out the Bali bombings. JI, which has often been linked to al-Qaeda, is believed to control a network stretching across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Smaller cells might also exist in Cambodia, Vietnam, and even Australia. Its principal goals are the establishment of Islamic governments across the region, followed by the formation of a unified South East Asian Islamic state. University lecturer Azahari Husin is alleged to be JI's top bomb-making expert. He gained a doctorate from Britain's University of Reading, and used to work as a former university lecturer in Malaysia. A married father of two, he is said by some to be a fanatic, ready to die for his cause. He is believed to have given bomb-making classes to JI militants, and to have issued precise instructions on how the massive car bomb used at the Sari club in Bali was to be manufactured. As well as technical bomb-making expertise, he is also alleged to have been a key figure at the JI planning meeting which selected Bali as a target. Dulmatin, also known as Joko Pitono and nicknamed Genius, is a technician and electronics expert. He is believed to have worked with Azahari Husin to assemble the massive car bomb as well as the explosives vest used by a suicide bomber who attacked the nearby Paddy's Bar, just moments before the explosion at the Sari club.
Indonesian police were successful in catching up with most of the group which carried out the bombings, and several are now in jail and facing execution. But Azahari Husin and Dulmatin have managed to evade the police hunt, sometimes by the narrowest of margins - police think they have come within minutes of catching Azahari Husin on different occasions. Since the Bali attacks, Azahari Husin has been more closely linked with another Malaysian, Noordin Mohammed Top. The two are believed to have built the bomb used in the 2003 attack on Jakarta's JW Marriott hotel, and to have masterminded the September attack on the Australian embassy. Analysts point out that as long as such men remain at large, the threat of further attacks in Indonesia remains very much alive. The group they are alleged to belong to, JI, was formed in the mid-1980s by two Indonesian clerics. It evolved its terrorist edge in the mid-1990s when one of its founders, the late Abdullah Sungkar, established contact with Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, academics and intelligence experts believe. While Abdullah Sungkar oversaw JI's political and strategic development, several South East Asian intelligence agencies name Abu Bakar Ba'asyir as the group's spiritual leader. He is currently on trial facing charges relating to the 2002 Bali attacks and the 2003 Marriott hotel bombing in Jakarta.
Blair blasts Muslim extremists
British leader ready to toughen stance on 'evil ideology' as police release a video image of suspected bombers BY TINA SUSMAN STAFF CORRESPONDENT July 17, 2005 LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair issued a blistering attack yesterday on radical Muslims' "perversion of religious faith" and hinted at far tougher anti-terror moves as the death toll from last week's bombings rose to 55 and police released a chilling photograph of the four attackers heading to the train that carried them to their fatal mission. Police said the picture, captured from among thousands of surveillance tapes police have been scanning since the July 7 blasts, showed the men as they strode together with backpacks carrying the bombs that ripped through three Underground trains and a London bus. For the first time, police confirmed the identities of all four suspects: Germaine Lindsay, 19; Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30; Hasid Mir Hussain, 18, and Shahzad Tanweer, 22. All died in
the explosions, which police believe were masterminded by someone still at large. Egyptian authorities continued questioning Magdy Mahmoud Mustafa el-Nashar, 33, an Egyptian-born chemist who lived in Leeds, England, and appeared to have known at least some of the bombers. He was arrested Friday in Cairo after explosives were found in the bathtub of his Leeds apartment, authorities said. El-Nashar has denied any knowledge of the attacks. The violence has prompted calls by some in government to crack down on Islamic extremists in Britain. New measures proposed by government officials in recent days would make it easier to deport extremists and to bar entry to those already rejected by other countries. Blair did not mention the proposals in his speech but made clear he saw toughening of laws as crucial, along with dialogue with Muslim groups and help from Muslim leaders beyond simple condemnations of violence. "What we are confronting here is an evil ideology," he said. "This is a battle that must be won, a battle not just about the terrorist methods but their views. Not just their barbaric acts, but their barbaric ideas. Not only what they do, but what they think and the thinking they would impose on others." Many Muslims, and the family of at least one bomber, have said they believe the attackers were brainwashed by radical clergy, who Blair said had taken advantage of "our tolerance and good nature" to gain a foothold in Europe and to target Muslims such as those recruited for the London attacks - young men born, raised and educated in Britain. "This is what we are up against," he said. "It cannot be beaten except by confronting it, symptoms and causes, head-on. Without compromise and without delusion." Muslim leaders issued a joint statement condemning the attacks, but the city's assistant police commissioner, Tarique Ghaffur, said they needed to do more, such as informing on potential terrorists and their supporters. On a leafy residential street of central London, meanwhile, one of the last signs of the violence disappeared when the wreckage of the double-decker bus believed to have been blown up by Lindsay was towed away.
Latest bombers being shielded
Bruce Wilson in London 27jul05
POLICE yesterday identified two of last Thursday's London bombers as more than 3000 marksmen fanned out across London, joining the largest manhunt in British history. In a dramatic day, Scotland Yard also identified where two of the bombers lived and the Southgate flat in which they believe the bombs ± which failed to detonate ± were made. They also released details of a mundane -looking household food bucket that could be a vital clue. They believe the explosives were mixed in similar containers, a brand sold in only about 100 outlets across the UK. The two bombers were identified as Yasin Hassan Omar, 24, from Somalia and Muktar Said Ibrahim, 27, who was thought to be from Eritrea. As polls showed growing public concern about Britain's Muslim community, the fact that Omar had been paid more than £23,000 ($58,000) in state benefits over a six year period caused more outrage. He appears to have been li ving free in the onebedroom north London flat ± where the bombs apparently were assembled ± after being given political asylum status. Muktar, also known as Muktar Mohammed Said, moved in with him two years ago. A neighbour, Sammy Jones, 33, said she sa w the two men carrying unmarked boxes into the ninth-floor flat and asked them what they were. They said it was wallpaper stripper. Other neighbours said the two had recently been joined by a third man, and the three used to kick a football about in a nearby park. Recently Omar had taken to wearing Muslim robes. Police are now convinced there were five bombers after deciding a fifth m an ditched a bomb near Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London. They have not identified the other three. Five people have been arrested in connection with the two bombing attacks on London, on July 7 and 21, but none was directly involved, police said. Muktar's father, who is believed to have lived in London for 10 years, was also being questioned. Police allege Muktar was the bomber whose device failed to explode in a No. 26 bus in Hackney, East London, while Omar had tried to blow up an Underground trai n between Oxford Circus and Warren Street, in central London. The latest developments provoked calls for a thorough investigation into Britain's generous political asylum policies. It is likely that all the bombers in the second attacks were admitted to the country as asylum seekers.
The killers in the July 7 attacks, which killed 56 people, were either of British Pakistani origin or were British citizens. Police remain puzzled why nobody has come forward with information on the four July 21 suspects whose pictures have now been all over the media since last Friday. They believe the four certainly have gone to ground, and are being protected, evidence the cell may be well-organised and extensive.
Jordan Homicide Bomb: An Islamic Wedding Gift
Written by Barbara J. Stock Friday, November 11, 2005 The wedding had been set for after Ramadan on November 9, 2005 in Amman, Jordan. A young couple was celebrating their future lives together and sharing their joy with 300 friends and family. This scenario is not so different from weddings in Chicago or London or Sydney. The bride was lovely in her white gown and the groom was handsome in his tuxedo. The only difference for this couple is that, instead of a honeymoon, their marriage will start by burying their fathers and eight other family members. As this Muslim couple celebrated the beginning of their new lives together, a stranger wandered into the wedding hall, placed himself in the heart of the happy crowd, and blew them and himself to bits. This wedding and its guests were the victims of an Islamic attack on a ³soft target.´ The term ³soft target´ is code for innocent civilians that are much easier to kill than heavily armed soldiers. And the killing is what it is all about for these Islamics. This couple and their guests were Jordanian, and Jordan has been assisting the West, specifically America, in fighting Islamic terrorists. Therefore, any citizen of Jordan is a fair target for Islam. A verse from the Quran states: ³Slay the transgressors whereever you find them.´ This young couple and people at the two other sites in Amman were considered ³transgressors.´ Nearly all those killed were Muslim. While some in the Islamic world will be outraged and claim that these murderers are not ³true Muslims,´ it is a simple fact that those suicide bombers and those that sent them are following the Quran to the letter. Last week, the authorities in Australia were luckier. What was reported as a ³significant attack´ on Australian civilians was thwarted before it could be carried out. Islamic cleric Abu Bakr, a strong supporter of bin Laden and terrorists around the world, was arrested as the ringleader of the group. This has been a busy week for Islamics. The liberal media has tried to blame the riots in France and now Belgium and Germany on ³high unemployment´ and lack of jobs rather than admitting it was Muslims sensing a chance to tear something apart and shoot at police. This was a chance for Islam to test the system and the government it hates. It also exposed western Europe¶s dirty little secret.
The dirty little secret is that most western European countries, have ³no-go´ zones. These ³no-go´ zones are Muslim neighborhoods and the police and firefighters do not enter these neighborhoods unless they absolutely must do so. These ³zones´ belong to Islam, and all non-believers enter at their own risk. Non-Muslims on the fringes of these ³Islamic zones´ suffer violent attacks from roving bands of Muslim men and boys patrolling ³their´ territory. The outrage is that this behavior has been allowed. Europe is just beginning to pay the price for hoping its Islamic problem would just go away if Muslims were just left alone. In Iran, lovely television shows directed at small children teach these children that it is a joy to become suicide bombers in defense of Islam. The children are taught that Allah will be pleased with them if only they die killing the enemies of Islam. In the ten-minute film, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, a young Palestinian boy must watch as ³evil´ Israeli soldiers beat and kill his parents and brother. The boy then joins a ³resistance´ group who will help him avenge the deaths of his family. Tearful surviving family members bid him farewell with these words, ³Go, my children. Go and show the Zionists how brave and heroic are the children of Palestine.´ The story ends when the boy, laden with grenades, blows himself up in the middle of a group of Israeli soldiers who all have the face of Satan. A friend of the dead boy picks up his friend¶s bloodstained keffiyeh headdress, drapes it over himself, and walks into the sunset-presumably to become a suicide bomber himself. The Arab news channel, Al-Jazeera, realizing that the world was growing restless with Islam calling suicide bombers ³martyrs,´ has now renamed the act of killing one¶s self to kill others, ³Paradise Operations.´ The message is clear: kill for Islam and paradise awaits. The president of Iran has publicly declared Israel should be blown off the face of the planet. Mohamed El Baradei, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, is a Muslim and he seems to be making excuses for Iran and its advancing nuclear program. El Baradei always wants to give Iran ³a little more time´ to be honest about a program that was hidden and lied about for almost 20 years. Can El Baradei truly be trusted to monitor a Muslim country? Can he put his responsibility to monitor Iran¶s nuclear activities above Islam? In Indonesia, two 17-year-old Christians were shot in the head, point-blank, on their way home from church and a few weeks ago three Christian girls were beheaded. Most of Europe remains in denial that Islam is a real threat not only to their lives but their cultures and way of life. Here in America, people have become complacent about the threat, continuing to cling to the idea that Islam is a nothing more than a peaceful religion that has been high-jacked by a ³handful´ of bad people. The problem is that this handful equals millions of people who are determined to kill and die for Allah. These terrorists are convinced that a violent death is the only path to paradise. For the most part, so-called ³moderate Muslims´ remain silent in their condemnation of this mass murder and many quietly cheer the killing. News agencies are reporting that even in Jordan, a country of almost six million people--nearly all Muslim--only a few hundred people took to the streets to protest the recent bombings.
Why has America not been struck again? No one knows for sure but all agree it is just a matter of time before there is another attack on American soil. The appeasers believe that if America pulls its troops out of Iraq, America will be safe. What the peaceniks seem to forget is that America was not occupying Iraq on September 11, 2001. If we pull the troops out of Iraq, Islam will see this action as a sign of weakness and will step up terror attacks around the world. Perhaps fear of mass retaliation from one of the few countries that has stood up to Islam is making the terrorists hesitate. But Islam¶s apparent success in cowing Europe will give them courage. Americans need to look at the video of the devastated wedding from Jordan. Next week or next month those videos could be from a wedding in St. Louis or a mall in Minneapolis. It could be grammar school in Toledo or a hospital in San Diego. America is full of ³soft targets´ and Islam has plenty of people who wish to take part in a ³paradise operation.´ It¶s coming, America, so are we ready?
FBI thwarts terrorist plot against NYC
By PAT MILTON Associated Press Writer Jul 8, 2006 NEW YORK (AP) -- The terrorist plot, in the words of one FBI official, involved "martyrdom and explosives": suicide bombers who would attack train tunnels used by tens of thousands of commuters in an effort to bring death and flooding to lower Manhattan. Eight suspects had hoped to pull off the attack in October or November, federal officials said. But federal investigators working with their counterparts in six other countries intervened before the suspects could travel to the United States and become a more serious threat, officials said Friday. Initial reports said the suspects - including an al-Qaida loyalist arrested in Lebanon and two others in custody elsewhere - wanted to attack the Holland Tunnel, a major thoroughfare that carries cars beneath the Hudson River and into Manhattan. But officials said the group, with five suspects still at large, had specifically mentioned only the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation train tunnels, which carry more than 215,000 passengers each weekday between New York and New Jersey. "This is a plot that involved martyrdom and explosives," said FBI Assistant Director Mark J. Mershon. Officials cited the arrest of the Lebanese suspect - described as the scheme's mastermind - as a significant break in the investigation. A Lebanese official said the Beirut man confessed to plotting to attack the tunnels later this year, and that he was acting on Osama bin Laden's orders.
Police arrested the operative on April 27, acting on information from the FBI, a senior security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The 31-year-old suspect uses the alias Amir Andalousli, but his real name is Assem Hammoud. The suspect told investigators he had already undergone training in light weapons in Ein ElHilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon that is notorious for lawlessness and violence among rival Palestinian factions. His family, however, denied any al-Qaida links. His mother, Nabila Qotob, told The Associated Press she's visited him regularly at a police station where he's being held. "His morale is high because he is confident he is innocent," she said. "Don't make up accusations. My son is innocent. What al-Qaida? He never left his father's side. He loves life and fun." New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly said the men believed that bombing the train tunnels under the Hudson River would unleash massive flooding in lower Manhattan, home to Wall Street and the World Trade Center site. FBI agents monitoring Internet chat rooms that extremists use determined that tunnels were possibly being targeted after they pieced together code words from the conversations, a federal official said. A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing, said the suspects hoped it would inflict damage on the U.S. economy. "They were about to go to a phase where they would attempt to surveil targets, establish a regimen of attack and acquire the resources necessary to effectuate the attacks," Mershon said. Details of the plot - first reported by the Daily News - emerged on the one-year anniversary of the attacks on the London transportation system that killed 52 people. Officials said the timing of Friday's report was coincidental. New York's transportation system has emerged as a potential terrorist threat several times over the years. A June book by journalist Ron Suskind highlighted a reported plot by alQaida to kill thousands by spreading cyanide gas in the subway. In May, a man was convicted of plotting to blow up a bustling subway station.
Two killed as at least 46 bombs rattle restive south
Associated Press June 14, 2006
Bangkok: Suspected Muslim insurgents exploded at least 46 bombs yesterday in attacks on government offices and other targets across Thailand's restive south, killing at least two people, as the deputy prime minister visited the region, officials said. Two people were killed by the blasts in three provinces, and a nother 24 wounded, said police spokesman Colonel Pattanawut Angkanawin. The bombings in the three southern Muslim -majority provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, most of which took place as people headed to work between 8:30 am and 9 am, represented the most extensively coordinated attacks in many months by the suspected Islamic separatists, whose activity surged in January 2004. One of the bombs went off at a government office in Yala minutes before Deputy Prime Minister Chitchai Wannasathit was due fo r a visit in the area. Chitchai is in charge of overseeing security in Thailand's south. More than 1,300 people have been killed in sectarian fighting in the past two-and-a-half years. Government efforts to contain the violence, mainly by pouring security forces into the area, have failed to make much headway. The attacks came just two days after Thailand finished celebrating the 60th anniversary on the throne of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and was a sharp reminder of the problems down south after a period of relative calm. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said intelligence information had indicated the insurgents had planned a "major operation" for yesterday but that the government's security operation was "not good enough" to block the attacks. Thai intelligence officials have said that June 15 was the date chosen by a 1997 meeting of insurgents to represent the "national day" of an independent Pattani sultanate. The area was annexed in the early 20th century, and a violent separatist movement has waxed and waned since then. Government efforts to contain the violence, mainly by pouring security forces into the area, have failed to make much headway.
Australian terror suspects bought chemicals, downloaded instructions for bomb making
By Meraiah Foley
March 6, 2007
SYDNEY, Australia ± Nine men accused of Australia's largest terrorist conspiracy downloaded bomb-making instructions off the Internet and stockpiled chemicals to make lethal explosives because they believed Islam was under attack, a state prosecutor said Tuesday. The nine were devotees of a radical Muslim cleric sympathetic to Osama bin Laden, and struck a pact to launch a terrorist attack because they felt their religion was under threat and needed to be defended at any cost, a pre -trial hearing heard Tuesday. They were arrested in a series of 2005 raids in Sydney and the southern city of Melbourne, where cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika and other followers were also detained and now face separate charges of belonging to a terrorist group. The nine men were formally indicted Tuesday on one charge each of conspiring between June 2004 and November 2005 to carry out a terrorist act. A police report released at the time of the arrests listed Australia's only nuclear reactor, the Lucas Heights facility near Sydney used t o make radioactive medical supplies, as a possible target. The reactor was not mentioned in Tuesday's hearing. None of the suspects, who face a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted, entered a plea. The purpose of the hearing, expected to last we eks, was to allow the judge to decide whether there is enough evidence to send the men to a jury trial. Prosecutor Wendy Abraham said the suspects had obtained large amounts of industrial chemicals that could be used in bomb -making, including hydrochloric and citric acids, glycerin, acetone and brake fluid. They also had detonators and laboratory equipment such as beakers and rubber tubing to mix and store chemicals, and documents that were ³extremist in nature,´ Abraham said. ³They believed Islam was under attack,´ Abraham told the court. ³Violence was the primary tool of their jihad.´ Attorneys for the men did not comment Tuesday but have said they nine are innocent. During a June 2005 raid on the house of one suspect, Mohammed Ali Elomar, authorities found a computer memory stick containing a 60 -page document in Arabic that included instructions on how to make bombs and how to hide explosives near restaurants and government buildings, Abraham said.
The instructions included how to make TATP, the expl osive used in the deadly 2005 London subway bombings that can be made from bleach, drain cleaner and acetone paint thinner, she said. At the homes of two other suspects, Khaled Cheikho and Mirsad Mulahalilovic, authorities found magazines and press releas es from al-Qaeda, videos of people being beheaded and transcripts of speeches by bin Laden, Abraham said. The prosecution alleges the nine men were in routine contact with each other about the alleged plot, using mobile phones registered with fake names t o communicate by encoded text messages. Two of the suspects, Abdul Rakib Hasan and Khaled Sharrouf, allegedly used a mobile phone to arrange a meeting with Benbrika, the prominent Muslim cleric known for praising bin Laden as a ³great man.´ During the meeting in Melbourne, Benbrika allegedly told the men they should be prepared to die. ³Everyone has to prepare to die or be jailed, but we have to be careful,´ Abraham quoted him as saying. ³If we want to die for jihad, we have to do maximum damage, maximum damage.´ Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr, pleaded not guilty in December to direct ing the group's activities and possessing a CD related to planning a terrorist act. Mazen Touma, Omar Baladjam, Mustafa Cheikho and Mohammed Jamal are the other suspects. The Australian Security Intelligence Organization, the national spy agency, has requested that parts of the proceedings be closed to the public for national security reasons.
Muslim Love for Criminals
Homegrown Terror Suspects Turned Toward Radicalism in U.S. Prisons
Friday, May 22, 2009 Fox News By Joseph Abrams The four men charged with plotting to blow up two New York synagogues and shoot down military planes converted to Islam while behind bars, a place terror experts say is a cauldron for Islamic radicalism. James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were said by friends and family to have become Muslims while in prison, where they began on a path toward terrorist violence that law enforcement officials say is part of a troubling trend in America. "Prisons can play a critical role in both triggering an d reinforcing the radicalization process," read a landmark 2007 report from the New York Police Department, which warned of prisons as a "radicalizing cauldron." "The prison's isolated environment, ability to create a 'captive audience' atmosphere, its absence of day-to-day distractions, and its large population of disaffected young men, makes it an excellent breeding ground for radicalization." Many inmates convert to Islam while incarcerated, but security experts have signaled an emerging threat from those who embrace "Prison Islam," which they say is a twisted version of the religion. Prison Islam is "the convergence of prison culture and violence into religious practice," said Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. Often lacking an imam or other religious leader to instruct them, inmates will distort Islam for themselves to embrace prison values like violence and gang loyalty. And while religious conversion is rehabilitative for the vast majorit y of inmates, Cilluffo said, Prison Islam can lead them down a much more dangerous path. Charismatic leaders can recruit prisoners to their cause and further swell the ranks of the radicals. Between 6 and 10 percent of the U.S. prison population practices some form of Islam, according to varying studies. Some join in good faith, some join for protection from gangs, some join for the Halal food they prefer to regular prison fare. It's the ones who become radicalized who pose a distinct threat, federal offici als say. "These radicalized inmates either feel discriminated against in the United States or feel that the United States oppresses minorities and Muslims overseas," Donald Van Duyn, now chief intelligence officer for the FBI, said in testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security in 2006. Related Stories
That seems to be the story of James Cromitie, the apparent ringleader of the four alleged terrorists from Newburgh, N.Y. According to the federal complaint filed against them, Cromitie told an FBI informant that "he was upset about the war" in Afghanistan and "unhappy that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the United States Military forces." Cromitie spent time in prison from 2000 -2004 and did an earlier stint i n Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, N.Y., where the Muslim chaplain was Salahudin Muhammad. Muhammad, who Newburgh city officials say preaches peace from his pulpit, is also the imam of that town's sole mosque, Masjid al -Ikhlas, which Cromitie is known to have attended before his arrest Wednesday night. Muhammad, when interviewed by FOXNews.com, said emphatically that Muslims are not being radicalized inside the prison, called it a "sensational" charge meant to sell books. "Nobody is teaching radicalism in the prisons. People are teaching prisoners how to get rid of their criminal mentality. That's what's being taught," he said. While the FBI has identified some prison chaplains as sources of radicalization, some prison experts say the problem is that there are too few imams in the system, which must then contend with the inmates offering their own malformed teachings on the religion. A Department of Justice report in 2004 found that there was an average of one Muslim chaplain for every 900 Muslim inm ates in federal prisons, which it said constituted a "critical shortage." There are 40 imams serving the New York Department of Corrections, which runs 68 prisons. "When you've got groups that go underground, that didn't rely on chaplains, that's when you've got some real trouble," Cilluffo told FOXNews.com. One such group of ex-cons was preparing terrorist attacks on Jewish and government targets around Los Angeles in 2005 when it was disrupted by local law enforcement. A coordinated yearlong investigation brought down the cell allegedly planning attacks on the synagogues in New York this week. Prison radicals have been most active on the West Coast and in the Northeast, and security experts say they don't currently pose a threat that is strong in numbers. Cilluffo noted that conversion is a positive experience for the vast majority who take up the religion. But it doesn't take large numbers to pose a substantial threat to America, he said. "The reality is you don't need many people. One is arguably too much ."
FBI to assess threat from radicalized inmates
Associated Press, August 31, 2005 SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- The FBI will conduct "threat assessments" of inmates nationwide to determine who may have been converted to a radical ideology and could commit extremist violence upon release.
Randy D. Parsons, acting assistant chief of the FBI's Los Angeles office, gave the directive in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. "The primary goal of these efforts is to assess and disrupt the recruitment a nd conversion of inmates to radicalized ideologies which advocate violence," Parsons wrote. FBI officials have been concerned since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that groups with extremist ideologies may be targeting prisoners as prime candidat es for conversion. The agency has worked with prison officials to identify potentially disruptive groups for "some time," according to the letter, dated Friday and obtained Tuesday. "However, recent investigations have identified a clear need to increase t he FBI's focus and commitment in this area," Parsons wrote. He said the FBI wants to increase its efforts to "identify, report, analyze and disrupt efforts by extremist persons or groups to radicalize, recruit or advocate for the purpose of violence within correctional facilities." Spokeswomen for the FBI's Los Angeles office and for the FBI in Washington declined to comment on the letter. Karen Ernst, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Sacramento, confirmed her office is participating in the "threat assessments. " The order comes as an investigation continues into whether a suspected Southern California terror plot originated in a state prison in Folsom, near Sacramento. Three Los Angeles area men, including a parolee from California State Prison, Sacramento, are suspected of plotting attacks on Jewish and National Guard sites. FBI Director Robert Mueller warned the Senate Intelligence Committee in February that prisons are "fertile ground for extremists." "The FBI will be going into each institution and assessing each population," said Todd Slosek, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Slosek expects the FBI to examine the department's information on all "disruptive groups," including prison gangs and militant Islamic organizati ons.
That shouldn't interfere with inmate religious practices, free speech or other rights, Parsons wrote. Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, said he worries that some inmates are forming radical grou ps and "putting a veneer on it and calling it Islam." Authorities said they believe the Southern California plan originated in a shadowy group at the Folsom prison known as Jamiyyat Ul Islam Is Saheeh. That case arose after Levar Haley Washington, 25, and another man were arrested July 5 by police in suburban Los Angeles for investigation of robbing gas stations. Counterterrorism officials in California have said they suspect a list found in Washington's Los Angeles apartment contained potential terrorist t argets, although he has not been charged with a terrorism -related crime. The list included National Guard recruiting stations, synagogues and the Israeli Consulate. Authorities believe the attacks were to be carried out this coming Sept. 11. Washington converted to Islam in the Sacramento -area prison before his parole in November.
My Perfect Man -- Marrying an Inmate Can Work
Commentary, Jes Stewart, Pacific News Service, Aug 18, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO--Last week, I got married. I married an amazing man who i s educated, intelligent, beautiful, volunteers with kids, is the lead man at his job and is respected by his peers, co-workers and superiors. He is a dedicated Muslim committed to living the path of Islam. He respects my opinion, teaches me, learns from me and has a loving, dedicated family who supports us completely. He is also in prison. National media have focused on prison relationships since an ex -prison nurse staged a violent escape for her incarcerated husband in Tennessee, killing a guard in the process. On the day of my wedding, in fact, ABC's "20/20" program was outside the gates of San Quentin State Prison trying to get interviews from women about "prison love." I avoided them. News reports question the relationship between inmate George Hyatte and his wife Jennifer. Was she manipulated by some mastermind criminal? Was she forced into marriage because her life was empty? The media have tagged women married to prisoners as "self -deceptive," "bored with everyday life," having "long -term low self-esteem," "needing an exaggerated way to rebel," "vulnerable and exploited by sociopaths," and "relatively shy and introverted."
None of these labels apply to my husband or myself. A year ago I walked through San Quentin's prison gates to attend an inmate -run program called Real Choice, which focused on teaching young men about life choices and their consequences. I sat in the chapel and watched the inmates educate and interact with kids, some of whom I had worked with for the past six years in my role as an inner-city youth developer. It was my first time in an adult prison, and it was nothing like I expected. We sat in classrooms surrounded by inmates, with no correctional officers to be found. The inmates spent their day schooling these kids, not scaring them. I watched them all, but one man in particular caught my attention. Yes, he was fine, but there are plenty of fine men not in prison, so that is not what got me. About mid -way through the program, this tall, beautiful man with a long goatee stood up a nd demanded our attention with his words. Our heads spun to see him as he read his poem. At the end of the day I approached him, asking if he gave out copies of his poems. He responded by saying, "Here is my hook-up. If you want them, write me and I will send you copies." He handed me his CDC inmate number. That was it -- I went home. After our initial contact through mail our relationship developed into friendship. And as we learned about each other over the months, love. We talked about who we were as people, what we believe in, wrote poetry, sent pictures, talked about our families, normal stuff. Our relationship is unique though. How many people these days can say they had a strictly intellectual relationship prior to being married? Or kissed for the first time the day they got engaged? All of my married friends tell me communication is the key to a successful marriage. Well, if that is true we should do just fine. It is what our relationship has been based on from the beginning. While I spend my day working with kids and supervising nine staff who dedicate their lives to combating youth violence in San Francisco, my husband spends his day working from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Prison Industry Authority. Then he attends college classes four days a week. We spend the weekend together talking, laughing, eating, playing cards and scrabble and enjoying each other. I am a 32-year-old, college-educated, street-smart woman. I don't live in a trailer park or the projects. My life was plenty exciting before I me t my husband. I'm not having an affair, not old enough to be having a mid -life crisis and I am no more of a rebel now than I have been my entire life. Also, I personally believe my husband should have gone to prison for his crime. He is not innocent, and i t is not my life's work to get him cleared. He will tell you that prison probably saved his life. Not because of the California Department of Corrections, but because of a path he chose once incarcerated. Is he the same person he was 14 years ago at the ag e of 17? No. But he is accountable for his actions. He has been paying for them for the last 5,007 days. He is a rare man. I have to believe that -- he is my husband. I can't believe that men who have been in prison are throwaway men, unworthy of love or attention. They are the parents of the children I see everyday, and I count on them to come home and
be real fathers. I don't know when my husband will come home. We talk about our life together in the abstract, because the parole board is unpredictable. I work on his parole from the outside and he works on it from the inside. We want financial security, a family, a house, maybe a dog. That man behind the walls of San Quentin Prison is My Perfect, and it really isn't about anyone else. PNS contributor Jes Stewart is a youth developer and violence prevention coordinator in San Francisco.
JUST KEEP THE BEAST BEHIND BARS - SILLY WHITE WOMEN! Gang member jailed over mosque pistol
A MUSLIM gang member who was caught outside a mosque with a loaded pistol has been jailed for eight years. Marcus Archer, 24, handed the gun to a friend when he went in to pray at the Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre on the London Road, Thornton Heath, and was arrested by armed police when he came outside. Archer, a member of the socalled "Muslim Boys" gang, was being followed after he was accused of having a member of a rival gang, dubbed the "Peel Dem Crew", murdered. Appearing at the Old Bailey on September 9, both he and two other men were cleared of conspiracy to murder. But Archer, of Croxted Road, Dulwich, admitted possession of a firearm with intent and possession of ammunition without a certificate. His conviction comes as police say gang violence in areas of south London, including Brixton and Lambeth, is rising. Leaders at the Croydon Mosque say they are keen to avoid trouble spreading to the borough and are warning people not to follow groups who use religion to justify violence. Speaking after the trial, Tanveer Sajjid, from the management committee at Croydon Mosque, said: "People who are dedicated to Islam and who understand the religion would not do that. "Islam doesn't teach violence, but some people are using it to give them a justification for what they are doing.
"We have regular talks at the mosque and the centre where we teach people about the dangers that are coming from some individuals. This is something we have always done, but even more so since the bombings in July. "There was an incident a while ago with a gang going around robbing from the community in the name of Islam. "We are always on the lookout for people like this, but even when we see a new face we can't stop them from worshipping and we can't start searching everyone as they come in. "If we have suspicions about someone all we can do is call the po lice." Mr Sajjid also said the recent violence had given Islam a bad reputation and encouraged backlash attacks against mosques. He said: "We have had to change our opening time to close earlier because of security reasons." At Archer's trial Judge Gerald Gordon told him: "It is perfectly clear from all that I have heard and read that in the world which you have chosen to inhabit guns are commonplace. "The courts have to do everything they possibly can to prevent young men carrying and using guns." Archer, who has a deep scar on his right cheek, has previous convictions for possessing an imitation firearm, robbery and assault. In April 2000 he was jailed for three years after he put an imitation gun to a teenager's face on a bus and pulled the trigger back. When he was arrested outside the mosque on July 16 last year he was carrying a blank firing pistol which had been converted to fire live ammunition.
L.A.'s thwarted terror spree
By Daniel Pipes
The Jewish High Holidays this year fall in early October, and that's when a massacre
was planned against two Los Angeles synagogues, as well as other targets, according to an indictment just handed down against four young Muslim men. Law enforcement traces the origins of this plot to 1997. That's when Kevin Lamar James, a black inmate at New Folsom Prison, near Sacramento, California, founded Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS, Arabic for "Assembly of Authentic Is lam"). JIS promotes the sort of jihadi version of Islam typical of American jails. As the indictment puts it, James, now 29, preached that JIS members have the duty "to target for violent attack any enemies of Islam or 'infidels,' including the United Stat es government and Jewish and non -Jewish supporters of Israel." James, serving a 10-year prison sentence for an armed robbery in 1996, recruited acolytes among fellow prisoners. Volunteers swore to obey him and not to disclose the existence of JIS. On release from prison, they promised to get directives from him at least every three months, recruit Muslims to JIS, and attack government officials and supporters of Israel. Levar Haney Washington, 25, allegedly joined the JIS and swore allegiance to James just before his being released from New Folsom in November 2004, having served his six-year sentence for a 1999 assault and robbery. On getting out, Washington immediately be gan recruiting at his mosque, Jamat-E-Masijidul Islam in the Los Angeles area. "He regarded Osama bin Laden very highly," reports one person whom Washington tried to recruit. Two men, both 21 years old and without criminal records, did sign up: Hammad Riaz Samana, a lawful Pakistani immigrant and student at Santa Monica College, and Gregory Vernon Patterson, a black convert who had worked at a duty -free shop in Los Angeles International Airport. The three, plus James, now face up to life in prison for conspiring "to levy a war against the Government of the United States through terrorism." They did so in five ways. They conducted surveillance of U.S. government targets (military recruitment stations and bases), Israeli targets (the Los Angeles consulate and El Al), and Jewish targets (synagogues). The trio monitored the Jewish calendar and, the indictment notes, planned to attack synagogues on Jewish holidays "to maximize the number of casualties." They acquired an arsenal of weapons. To fund this undertaking, they set off on a crime wave, robbing (or attempting to rob) gas stations eleve n times in the five weeks after May 30. They engaged in physical and firearms training. Finally, they tried recruiting other Muslims. But Patterson dropped a mobile telephone during the course of one gas station robbery, and the police retrieved it. Inform ation from the phone set off an FBI -led investigation that involved more than 25 agencies and 500 investigators . The police staked out Patterson and Washington, arresting them after they robbed a Chevron station on July 5. Washington's apartment turned up bulletproof vests, knives, jihad literature, and the addresses of potential targets. Patterson was waiting to acquire an AR-15 assault rifle.
The JIS story prompts some worried observations. Although Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales lavished praise on "the work of able investigators at all levels of government" in solving this case, law enforcement was as clueless about the JIS gang as was its British counterpart about the 7/7 bombers. If not for the lucky break of a dropped phone, the jihadis probably would have struck. It is extremely disturbing to see law enforcement pat itself on the back for ineptitude. American prisons are comparable to the banlieues in France, the principal recruiting grounds for a criminal form of Islam. As Frank Gaffney observes, "The alleged New Folsom State plot had better rouse us out of our stupor." Will it? Senate hearings in 2003 on prison jihadism yielded distressingly few results. The emergence of a primarily African -American Islamist terrorist cell signals a new trend. Native-born Americans have taken part in terrorist operations before, but (again, as in London), this case this marks their first large -scale plot. Terrorist plans that fail don't make headlines, but they should. This was a near-miss. Home-grown radical Islam has arrived and will do damage. Even though most Jews resist acknowledging it, the Muslim threat is changing Jewish life in the United States. The golden age of American Jewry is coming to an end
Gangs in Search of an Ideology
By Michael Radu FrontPageMagazine.com November 14, 2005
Of the Muslim rioting that began in poor suburbs of Paris on October 27, Mohammed Rezzoug, caretaker of the municipal athletics center in Le Blanc -Mesnil says, "It's not a political revolution or a Muslim revolution... There's a lot of rage. Through this burning, they're saying, 'I exist, I'm here.' " Obviously, Mr. Rezzoug is well integrated in French culture -- or at least in its habit of theorizing ad nauseam over everything. However, things in France are not what they used to be -- hence the shift from Rene Descartes' famous dictum, "Cogito ergo sum" ("I think, therefore I am") in the seventeenth century to Mr. Rezzoug's "They burn, therefore they are." And burn they do. Youth gangs, overwhelmingly French -born and Muslim, have engaged in a nation -wide rampage that by November 8 had burned 5,000 vehic les, a few schools, kindergartens, police stations, shopping malls, and post offices. Police officers have been wounded and an older man beaten to death. Some 800 individuals have been arrested and a curfew locally imposed to stem this anomic wave of gang violence that is spreading all over France -- and beyond. But the riots
increasingly and alarmingly suggest that Islamist radicals see criminality as an opportunity for recruitment, while the criminals see Islam as a legitimizer.
There are gangs, and there are Gangs...
The Independent tells of how in one Paris suburb, Aulnay - sous-Bois, 20-year-old Abdelkarim, the caid (leader in Arabic) of the local gang, boasts of the 2,000 euros he makes on each car stolen: "You want prostitutes, DVD players, jewelry? I can get anything you want." His talk is of poverty, discrimination, and dreams of his family's Morocco, but also of his anti-Semitism and hashish habit. "'Look around you -- there is nothing here. We live four to a room. Our parents go to work like zombie s. But we have nothing. Even the jobs around here go to people from elsewhere. This parking lot is like our living room,' he said. One of his friends . . . held a mobile phone. 'Come and look,' he gestured, laughing. It was a short film of a Chechen guerri lla cutting off the head of a Russian soldier." If one replaces names like Abdelkarim or Karim with Pablo or Deshawn and Aulnay sous-Bois with Watts or South Bronx, with a few extraordinary exceptions we have a similar profile: uneducated young men from broken families, deep involvement in criminality, contempt for their parents' low -paying jobs, identification with gangs, resentment of outsiders -- in short, the lost urban youth of the West. When a father from Aulnay-sous-Bois complains, "How am I supposed to inculcate the work ethic in my son, when his friends have Nikes given to them by their drug -dealer fathers?" that should sound very familiar to many parents in urban America. However, while American gangs like the Hispanic Mara Salvatrucha, the Jama ican Posse, and the Crips or Bloods are racist (anti -white, anti-Hispanic or both, as the case may be), violent, and antisocial, their exclusive goals are money and turf control. That is also true of their French (or British) confreres, but in the latter c ases Islamist beliefs play or could soon play a decisive justifying role. These exceptions, however, are essential if we are to understand the importance of the events taking place in France's cities these past weeks. The most important of those exceptions are the gangs' religious identity and the elite's cultural attitudes. The criminally dysfunctional youths of la banlieue are made more potent because they operate in an increasingly dysfunctional society, which in the United States may be local but in Fra nce is national. And, as a British observer put it, "Mexicans are not Moroccans (think religion). . . . Nor are the fires of disintegration already burning, as they are in [Interior Minister Nicolas] Sarkozy's France." Abdelkarim says "From my window I can see the Eiffel Tower . . . . But Paris is another world. This is Baghdad." He exaggerates (so far), but should be taken seriously. Especially when Jean-Louis Debre, the Speaker of the National Assembly and mayor of Evreux, seems to agree, calling the u nrest "a true episode of urban guerrilla." Meanwhile, the police union chimed in with its own alarmism: "Nothing seems to be able to stop the civil war that spreads a bit more every day across the whole country," it said, advocating the intervention of the army.
The "Evil Minister"
Naturally enough, for the hoods in the banlieues, "Ever since Sarko came into the government, life has been s--t," said Abdelkarim's friend Kamel, age 16. "He treats us like dogs. Well, we'll show him how dogs can react." On this point, he and the outspoken minister, who talks of "cleaning out" the racaille (riff -raff), are speaking the same language. The latter sees the riots as a clear attempt by the gang leaders to keep control, which he is determined to regain. The prob lem is that the false sense of victimhood felt by the gangsters is shared by many more Muslims. Thus, Murad, a Moslem leader in Aulnay, says "Islam has been insulted [by a tear gas canister which landed in front of a mosque] and nobody has yet asked forgiv eness. . . . If there would have been a tear gas canister in a church or synagogue, Sarkozy would have gone there to apologize." (Never mind that on November 7 a church in Lens was firebombed and no Muslim apologies were forthcoming.) Worse still, the leftist opposition -- socialists, Greens, communists, human rights activists, and most of the intellectual elites also agree with Kamel, that the problem is not the gangs of arsonists but "the system": law and order, the police and, especially, Sarkozy. Le Monde writes, "To the provocations of Nicolas Sarkozy answers the stupidity of teenagers, who ruin the fragile economic tissue and burn the buses borrowed by their families. Some of the arsonists were victims of a system, before becoming small mafiosos taking advantage of the situation." So, the mayhem was an "answer" to the Interior Minister's calling the criminals "criminals and hooligans"? Criminality becomes "stupidity" and criminals become "victims." It is precisely this kind of language to which ph ilosopher Jean-Francois Mattei refers below: The betrayal of the language: when one does not have the courage to face things, one speaks to better obscure them. We apply the usual meaning of words to the violence we know in the urbanized banlieues and else where. In France one does not speak anymore of 'riots' but of 'harassment actions'; not of 'delinquents' but of 'youths'; not of 'drug trafficking' but of 'parallel economy'; not of 'policemen' but of 'provocateurs'; . . . not of 'lawless zones' but of 'se nsitive neighborhoods'; not of 'infringement of the right' to work: but of 'movement of legitimate demands.' Or from the statement of the "anti-racist" MRAP (Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples): MRAP has compassion for the victims of the riots [but] the words crime or riot are never used. Instead, all is explained through "social, ethnic and territorial 'apartheid,' the refusal to respond to a social fracture expanded by an ethnic one. If police were attacked, it is because there are 'tensions' between this daily victimized population and police. As for law, well, the only thing to do is check the circumstances of the deaths of the two teenagers self -electrocuted [in hiding from the police at a power station, which set off the riots] and of the tear gas canister falling in front of a Clichy mosque. Most importantly, MRAP demands 'total mobilization against racist discrimination' and against "any racist exploitation of these dramas and sufferings generated by violence. And then there is the communist newspaper L'Humanite:
Nicolas Sarkozy's arrogance evidently has no limits. . . . After having deliberately lit the fuse, he happily surveys the damage, and wants time to think about it. . . . The suburbs are not a special case. The subur bs are France, the France that suffers at work, is unemployed. . . . The future of the French model of social justice -- of all our futures -- lies in the suburbs. That is why Nicolas Sarkozy wants to break them. . . . Rather than endless images of burnt c ars, we must give a voice to the suburbs. And we must listen to them! Once again, criminals have nothing to do with it. In fact the banlieues "are France." And it was the Interior Minister's fault for insulting the rioters. As for the leader of the opposition, Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande, he made it clear that he considers "intolerable" Sarkozy's words. His party asked President Jacques Chirac to make "strong gestures" and "apologies" in order to calm the violence. All of these "analyses" and solutions coming from the French Left -- the very same Left that was in power for most of the past quarter of century --are unconvincing, to say the least. The Left did try to "solve" the Muslim immigrant problem the only way it knows: by spending. Clichy-sous-Bois' mayor, Claude Dilain, a socialist and the vice president of the French Convention of Municipal Authorities, is said to be "a proactive mayor, setting up free soccer training for local youth, appointing youth leaders as mediators and making sure that the community's waste collection service functions properly. Clichy-sous-Bois is an amalgam of schools, daycare centers, welfare offices, parks and a college that looks like something out of an architecture competition. The community library is currently sponsoring a writing contest themed 'I come from afar, I like my country.'" Result? The current wave of violence started in his very town. As for the minister, his answer is quite simple: "I ask that we assess correctly the fundamental role o f police presence in the suburbs. The police are the Republic's police. They keep order in the republic. If they don't do it, what order will replace them? That of the Mafias or fundamentalists."  Obviously, it is the latter.
Enter the Islamists
For many years, in the Paris region, Islamist ideology has tried to take advantage of unemployment and unrest. "It is time to open our eyes." Now, youths crying "God is great" rampage and demand that areas where Muslims form a majority be reorganized on the basis of the millet (religious community) system of the Ottoman Empire, with each millet enjoying the right to organize its life in accordance with its religious beliefs. In parts of France, a de facto millet system is already in place, with women obliged to wear the hijab and men to grow beards; alcohol and pork products forbidden; "places of sin" such as cinemas closed down; and local administration seized. The message in the suburbs is that French authorities should keep out. Who will replace them? We have already some clear indications: Suddenly 'big brothers' -- devout bearded men from the mosques who wear long traditional robes -- are positioning themselves between the authorities and the rioters in Clichy-sous-Bois, calling for order in the name of Allah. As thousands of voices shout 'Allahu Akbar' from the windows of high -rise apartment buildings, shivers run down the spines of television viewers in their seemingly safe living rooms.
Those citizens have good reasons to worry indeed. Firs t, in France (as well as in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany) Muslims are wildly over -represented in prisons. In France they make a majority of inmates, and in jails close to the banlieues as much as 80 percent. Second, Islamist terrorists from France (and Spain, Netherlands, and Belgium) have a profile quite distinct from that of their counterparts in the Muslim world, inasmuch as they contain a far more significant number of (usually petty) criminals. The available data suggest that Islamist crimi nality in France has a history at least a decade long. Thus, Khaled Khelkal, considered the mastermind of the wave of bombings in France in the mid -1990s, who was shot by police in 1995, became a hero in the banlieues. Born near Lyons to Algerian parents, Khelkhal went to the prestigious La Martiniere lycee in that city but, he claimed, dropped out and engaged in a criminal career because he could not "tolerate being marginal and rejected by the others" -- and because he chose to follow the example of his b rother, Nouredine, who was already in jail for armed robbery. More recently, two French -born Algerian and two Tunisian immigrants were arrested in July 2005 for alleged terrorism and links to the main Algerian Islamist terrorist organization, which is part of the Al Qaeda nebula, while also being linked to a prostitution racket. How many of the hundreds arrested so far will become Islamists once they complete their ridiculously short prison sentences -- usually a few months -- and how that prison time will help them on their path remains to be seen. What is clear is that the mass of present arsonists will vastly reinforce the ranks of Islamists in France and beyond.
The reasons for all this are often attributed to factors like "alienation from b oth parental roots and country of origin, and the society in which they live." Sociologists call this phenomenon re -Islamization, and it is increasing in intensity among second and third generation Muslims in Western Europe. Those young Muslims who wer e born in Europe lost their ties with the country of their parents, while at the same time their families suffered the same disintegration as their native ones, with parents losing control over their children, to gangs and/or Islamists. Hence, such youths are no more Algerians, Moroccans, or Pakistanis, but neither are they French or British. Therefore Islam, however understood or misunderstood, becomes the default identity. Indeed, complaining of high unemployment and using it as an "explanation" of Muslim violence and refusal to integrate misses the point. Leaving aside the obvious fact that, since they are mostly teenagers and thus should be in school, not on the job market, these youths, "French against their will, products of Arab -African immigration, intend to maintain their cultural and religious specificities. Far from wanting to mix and integrate in a scared France which confuses indulgence with tolerance, they continuously look to their close origins, due to modern means of communication, and refuse to come out from their identity ghetto." Second, unemployment is not a result of "discrimination." Hence, when Hugues Lagrange of l'Observatoire sociologique du changement (CNRS) claims that "the main reason for these tendencies [to violence] lies in the unemployment of unskilled
youths," he misses the irony. Could it be that they are unemployed because, instead of staying in schools, they prefer to skip or burn them and thus remain unskilled? None of this is to say that unemployment, which has bee n running at 10 percent in recent years for those who actually want to work, is not a major problem in France. It is, and that is the result of France's massive rejection of capitalism. A recent poll shows that 61 percent of professionals, 68 percent of em ployees, 70 percent of industrial workers, a majority of merchants and artisans, and 60 percent of youths between 18 and 34 years of age oppose it. That and many Muslims' rejection of integration are the two main reasons why it is so hard to be optimis tic about any short-term improvement in France's situation -- and indeed Europe's.
Why Europe, and Not France?
The fundamental problems of the French banlieues are far from unique. Romano Prodi, the leader of the Italian leftist opposition, has already sta ted that similar developments in his country are a matter of when, not if. Nor are the European elites' confusion and inability to leave political correctness behind different from France's. The even more serious problem is the "democratic deficit" wit hin the European Union. Brussels and many national elites show disregard, if not contempt, for the anxieties of the majority, and for reality. A recent EU Commission paper echoes the French Left's approach. As The Guardian reports: "In an attempt to ensure that the vast majority of peaceful Muslims are not portrayed as terrorist sympathizers, the paper says: 'The commission believes there is no such thing as 'Islamic terrorism,' nor 'Catholic', nor 'red' terrorism. . . . The fact that some individuals unscrupulously attempt to justify their crimes in the name of a religion or ideology cannot be allowed in any way . . . to cast a shadow upon such a religion or ideology." This, after the very same commission identified a "crisis of identity" among young people born to immigrant parents as a key danger. "The document describes radicalization as "a modern kind of dictatorship", likens it to neo -Nazism or nationalism, and says the internet, university campuses, and places of worship are tools of recruitment. It says second-generation immigrants often feel little connection to their parents' country or culture but may also encounter discrimination in European countries. In short, the commission correctly identified the nature of the threat -Islamist terrorism -- but lacked the courage to name it. How very Brussels! France has long been seen, and still sees itself, as a model for Europe. The present developments may well prove that Francophiles are right, but not for the reasons they usually have in mind. Geography, size, and its number of Muslims all make France a pivotal element in what amounts to a cultural conflict of continental dimensions. Following the Madrid bombings of 3/11/04 and the London bombings of 7/11/05, the riots in France force the old cont inent to realize that there is a "Muslim problem" related to, but not just, the Islamist terrorist problem. So far, only hesitant steps have been taken toward recognition of the former. France, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Austria have already wi tnessed, through the political rise of populist, nationalist parties, what happens when governing elite denial of the
problem persists. In democracies, someone will always offer a solution when the public demands one. The present spectacle in France is not encouraging.
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Prison's violent gang culture exposed in leaked report
Publisher: Jon Land Published: 30/01/2006 The violent gang culture inside one of Britain's toughest prisons was exposed in a leaked report today.
South London street gang the Muslim Boys, which forces its enemies and others to convert to Islam, is operating freely inside Belmarsh jail in south -east London. The Daily Mirror revealed that a monthly security report at the high -security jail highlighted "abuse, assaults, intimidation and threats" by gang members. "Most of the perpetrators are believed to be members of the Muslim Boys gang who intensified their drive to recruit other prisoners to the fold," said the report. "They force prisoners to accept the Muslim faith - those who refuse suffer assaults. "Some of the atrocities were carried out with impunity during associations, causing victims to fear for their lives." It added: "They promise potential converts protection from other prisoners and staff who they challenge at every opportunity." In September last year, three members of the Muslim Boys were cleared of conspiracy to murder 20-year-old Adrian Marriott after the prosecution offered no evidence at the Old Bailey. At an inquest earlier this month into Mr Marriott's killing, his mother Ruth described hearing her son shot dead after he refused to convert to Islam. "We heard gunfire. Adrian was told he would be killed if he did not become a Muslim," she told the Southwark Coroner. Mr Marriott, an accountancy student and member of rival gang the Peelden Crew, was killed in a park near his home in Brixton, south London, in June 2004. The Muslim Boys, also known as PDC or Poverty Driven Children, specialise in robbing drug dealers and members have claimed they pray before and after committing crimes. Some gang members have made unsubstantiated claims about links with al Qaida. Police and community leaders believe that their Muslim identity has been adopted solely to strike fear into their victims, and to get better food while in prison, rather than from religious conviction. Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers has reported similar incidents of Muslim gang culture at Feltham young offenders' institution in west London. She said in a report published in November that she was concerned by the level of intimidation faced by inmates, adding that "bullying was related to gangs and faith allegiances". Ms Owers added: "There was ongoing concern among some staff that a small minority of young people were being coerced into joining the Muslim faith."
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on leaked documents. "Across the estate, it is standard practice to regularly monitor and analyse the security situation within any establishment so that any issues can be identified early on and addressed as quickly as possible. "Each prison has in place an anti -bullying strategy tailored to the specific needs of the prison with a range of tools available. "The measures used will be a proportionate response to the threats posed to good order but may include closer monitoring of p articular prisoners, moving prisoners to different houseblocks or to the high security unit, or even moving prisoners to different establishments." She added: "Prison governors are aware of the risks of radicalisation and carefully monitor their establishments to ensure any signs of radicalisation are assessed and challenged vigorously through the chaplaincy. "The Prison Service works closely with other government agencies to combat radicalism and is currently evaluating a number of initiatives involving th e interaction between prison establishments and the local Muslim communities which they serve." Copyright Press Association 2006.
Radical Islam and the French Muslim Prison Population
By Pascale Combelles Siegel The Jamestown Foundation Volume 4, Issue 15 (July 27, 2006) In the mid-1990s, after an unprecedented campaign of terrorist attacks in Paris, the French government dismantled several Algerian GIA -backed terrorist cells and sentenced both operatives and financiers of the attacks to lengthy prison te rms. A new wave of convicts followed suit after the dismantling of another terrorist cell before the 1998 World Cup. Yet these anti -terrorism successes created a different set of problems as radical Islamists began proselytizing their views to fellow inmat es and recruiting new followers in prisons. Pascal Maihlos, the director of France's domestic intelligence agency, Renseignements Généraux (RG), put it plainly in an interview with Le Monde earlier this year: "It is there, in prison, that a minority of radical Islamist terrorists (about 100) hook up with petty criminals who find their way back to religion under its most radical form" (Top Chrétien, November 25, 2005). Maihlos is referring to the new dangers posed by the proselytism of some radical Islamist activists inside French prisons. In its seminal 2005 study of proselytism in
prisons, the RG counted 175 acts of proselytism in 68 prisons (out of 188 prisons across the country). The 68 prisons in question are generally larger prisons located in urban areas. According to Maihlos and the RG, the most severe acts of proselytism include spontaneous calls for collective prayers (30% of all incidents) and pressures on fellow prisoners to follow certain religious -oriented rules (20% of all recorded incidents) (Top Chrétien, January 14). Other acts of proselytism include special requests, such as requests for prayer carpets, halal meat (meat killed and processed according to religious principles) and suitable places for worship; there are also calls for allowing the traditional Islamic dress code (instead of prison garments) and a few incidents of degrading Christian symbols such as Bibles and Christmas trees. The progression of proselytism appears to be linked to the rise of Salafism, a brand of Islam that preach es a strict observance of 7th century rules and a strong rejection of Western values. Even though the Tablighi movement ²which is hostile to violence²remains the dominant Islamic movement in French prisons, an unnamed RG official told Le Figaro on January 1 3 that "we observe a steady increase of Salafism, with two particularities: a strong rejection of Western values and the legitimacy of violence" to achieve their goals. As a result, the Salafism brand of Islam is now found in jails all across France except for four regions (out of 22), and its influence continues to grow. The four regions that are not experiencing this trend are located in rural areas (Top Chrétien, November 25, 2005). In the short term, the threat is considered serious because a number of those imprisoned for acts of terrorism in the mid -1990s have been (or will soon be) released from prison . The fear is that once out of prison, they will reconstitute new networks with the assistance of former inmates. According to Maihlos, "Of course, the release of such individuals is a top priority for all intelligence services [involved in counter-terrorism]" (Top Chrétien, November 25, 2005). Such fears are not just theoretical. In September 2005, the French counter -terrorism agency, Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST), dismantled Safé Bourada's terrorist cell in Trappes (near Paris). Safé Bourada, an Algerian, had been incarcerated for almost 10 years for his participation in the 1995 attacks on the Paris metro system. He stands accused of having reconstituted a terrorist network with delinquents he had met in prison. Bourada is now back behind bars. Additionally, according to the RG, another network headed by a man named Cherifi was also created in prison and dismantled in 2005. A mo nth later, in October 2005, the conservative daily Le Figaro announced that a prison guard in Bourges (Central France) was under investigation for radical proselytism. In 2003, both the RG and local prison officials realized that he "was involved in [radic al Islamist] proselytism inside and outside the prison. Police sources indicated that he had encouraged youth to join the jihad in Iraq and elsewhere" (Le Figaro, November 30, 2005). Six other people were subsequently arrested and placed under investigatio n. While the risk is certainly real, as attested by last year's incidents, it also appears to be quantitatively limited for the time being. Out of the nearly 60,000 prisoners in French prisons, only 99 are being held on terrorism -related charges . Of these, the RG estimates that 30 of the 90 are heavily engaged in radical Islamist proselytism. The RG considers them particularly dangerous because their previous "terrorist" experiences make them capable of leadership. The RG is also concerned with 20 isolated cases of new converts who are now actively engaged in proselytism; these
20 have been identified as being at risk of becoming overzealous in their actions in order to "prove" their sincerity to their newfound religion. Of these 175 acts of proselytism, the RG considers "that half -a-dozen, based on their past behaviors, could cross the red line into terrorism" (Le Figaro, January 13). This calculation validates prison officials who consider that "proselytism does not necessarily lead to terrorism" (Le Monde, February 4). A prison guard at Osny (a Paris suburb) declared to Le Monde on February 4: "These guys [proselytizing radicals] can exert great influence and have a courtship of 50 around them. Some arrive in prison with nothing, and within a week thei r cells are replete with gifts from fellow inmates. When the ring leaders are transferred to another prison, however, it all quickly disappears. Their influence is not that deep." In the long run, two factors may decisively impact the threat that seasone d terrorists recruit common criminals into new terrorist networks. First, if Islam is the religion of a large majority of French inmates, the prison system has only very recently decided to accommodate the practice of a moderate brand of Islam. In the first ever sociological study of Islam in French prisons, Farhad Khosrokhavar (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), estimated that between 50% and 80% of French inmates are Muslims . That number must be contrasted with France's overall Muslim po pulation, which is 7-8%. Despite these numbers, the author found the almost "complete absence of institutional response" on the part of the authorities to accommodate Muslims (casafree.com, May 7). For example, Khosrokhavar notes that there are only 69 ima ms in French prisons (compared to 500 Christian ministers and 84 rabbis) to tend to the religious needs of tens of thousands of Muslim inmates. By comparison, at the time of the study, there were two imams tending to only 20 Shiite prisoners in the British prison system. Khosrokhavar also criticizes the strict security rules and a strict application of the principles of secularism that overly constrict the practice of Islam. For example, in many prisons, according to Khosrokhavar, collective prayers are for bidden; women cannot come to the prisoner visiting rooms veiled; hallal meat may only be available for an additional fee; and prisoners encounter difficulties in observing the Ramadan . According to Khosrokhavar, "inmates view these rules as manifestati ons of disdain toward them" and therefore turn toward a practice of "wild Islam" (un islam ensauvagé). "Prison administration leaves inmates to their own devices and to the hands of self-proclaimed, semi-clandestine radical leaders," he said. "As a result, the door is open for dangerous interpretations of Islam where rejections of others [non Muslims], hatred of the West and jihad are the dominant elements" (casafree.com, May 7). After the RG report of 2005 on the extent and dangers of radical proselytism in prisons, the French Ministry of Justice initiated a number of reforms to allow for a better practice of a moderate Islam. The cornerstone of the project is the recruitment of more imams to serve the Muslim prison population in conjunction with the Cons eil Français du Culte Musulman (a representative organization of French Muslims headed by Dalil Boubakeur). The project is only in its initial stages and only time will tell how successful it is. The second dimension of the problem lies in the socio -economic profile of Muslim prisoners. Some of these prisoners²young, male, poor and brutally cut off from all
familial support (after they land in jail) ²may become easy prey for the radicals' recruitment machine. The statistics gathered by Khosrokhavar are qui te telling. In his book, he estimates that the overwhelming majority of Muslim convicts are males between 20 and 30 years -old and who belong to the underclass. At the time of their arrest, two-thirds of the prisoners were unemployed. Those who were employe d were mostly laborers. Only 10% were professionals, making this group more capable of tapping into the large pool of disenfranchised and poor youth to proselytize a radical and violent version of Islam and recruit them for terrorist networks. The risk is that a violent, confrontational version of Islam finds resonance in a population alienated from mainstream values and progress. If the French government fails to take effective measures to promote the practice of a moderate form of Islam in prisons, it runs the risk of breeding a new generation of terrorists. Notes 1. This was the case of some of the terrorists who had provided financial and logistical support to the 1995 -1996 attacks in the Paris metro as well as some of those indicted in the terrorist ( failed) plot against the World Cup organization in 1998. 2. This number accounts for both convicts and suspects awaiting trial. 3. The numbers are imprecise because the French government does not ask for the religious affiliation of convicts. This is part of the French concept of "neutrality" toward people's origins. The figures are based on the author's educated estimates. 4. Farhad Khosrokhavar, L'Islam dans les prisons, Paris, Balland, 2004.
MUSLIM LOVE FOR HONOR MURDER
Honor killings in USA raise concerns By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY November 29, 2009
Muslim immigrant men have been accused of six "honor killings" in the United States in the past two years, prompting concerns that the Muslim community and police need to do more to stop such crimes. "There is broad support and acceptance of this idea in Islam, and we're going to see it more and more in the United States," says Robert Spencer, who has trained FBI and military authorities on Islam and founded Jihad Watch, which monitors radical Islam. Honor killings are generally defined as murders of women by relatives who claim the victim brought shame to the family. Thousands of such killings have occurred in Muslim countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and Palestinian territories, according to the World Health Organization. Some clerics and even lawmakers in these count ries have said families have the right to commit honor killings as a way of maintaining values, according to an analysis by Yotam Feldner in the journal Middle East Quarterly. In the USA, police allege the latest "honor killing" was that of Noor Almaleki, 20, who died Nov. 2 after she and her boyfriend's mother were run over in a Peoria, Ariz., parking lot. Prosecutors charged Almaleki's father, Faleh Almaleki, with murder, saying the Iraqi immigrant was upset that his daughter rejected a husband she married in Iraq and moved in with an American. "By his own admission, this was an intentional act, and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family," says Maricopa County prosecutor Stephanie Low, according to The Arizona Republic. Many Muslim leaders in the USA say that Islam does not promote honor killings and that the practice stems from sexism and tribal behavior that predates the religion. "You're always going to get problems with chauvinism and suppressing vulnerable populations and gender discrimination," says Salam Al -Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Not all agree. Zuhdi Jasser says some Muslim communities have failed to spell out how Islam deals with issues that can lead to violence. "How should young adult women be treated who want to assimilate more than their parents want them to assimilate?" asks Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which advocates a separation of mosque and state. "How does an imam treat a woman who comes in and says she wants a divorce ... or how to deal with your daughter that got pregnant, and she's in high scho ol?" Phyllis Chesler, who wrote about honor killings in her book Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, says police need to focus on the crimes' co -conspirators if they wish to reverse the trend. Before 2008, there were six honor killings in the USA in the previous 18 years, according to her research. "It's usually the father, brother or first male cousin who is charged with the actual shooting or stabbing, (but not) the mother who lures the girl home," Chesler says.
"The religion has failed to address this as a problem and failed to seriously work to abolish it as un-Islamic." Jasser says his community needs to address how to treat young women who want to assimilate. "Until we have women's liberation ... we're going to see these things increase."
Honor Killings: The Islamic Connection
By Phyllis Chesler FrontPageMagazine.com Thursday, November 13, 2008 She knew. She told her friends that her father was going to kill her. She ran away, stayed at a shelter, stayed with friends. She was lured back home by honeyed sentences. Her family could not sleep without her. Late last year, on December 10th, in Toronto, sixteen year-old Aqsa Parvez's father. Mohammed, and her brother, Waqas, collaborated in her murder. Aqsa's crime? She refused to wear hijab, she was becoming too assimilated. Mohammed and Waqas Parvez are currently in jail awaiting trial. This seems to be an open-and-shut case of an honor killing. Islamists in Canada disagree and have launched a protest against a popular Canadian magazine, Toronto Life, for daring to describe Aqsa's murder as an honor killing. An announcement, ostensibly penned by Michelle@urbanalliance.ca went out over Facebook calling for people to barrage the magazine's editor, Sarah Fulford, with email and telephone criticism and to attend a Speak Out and press conference which was to have taken place last night. And to write to a new pro -Muslim magazine titled Aqsa-Zine. Ironically, the new zine is open to Muslim women only. No Christians, Jews, or Hindus need apply. This is the problem: Islamist separatism -- aka Islamic religious and gender apartheid. It is practiced in Muslim countries and transported by immigrations globally. Tradition and religion have a storng hold, especially on immigrants in a strange, new land. However, many religious and cultural groups have managed to both integrate and to retain their own religious identities. Muslim immigrants (and their third generation descendants) seem to have a much harder time with this balancing act. If we understand Islam as an all -encompassing political, military, religious, social, and cultural entity (which it is), then things become clearer.
Known honor killings fi rst arrived in North America in 1989, when Palestina Isa's father, an Abu Nidal Palestinian terrorist and his wife, her mother, both slaughtered their hard-working and much-abused 16 year old daughter Palestina. Her crime? She was becoming too "American," too independent, too academically ambitious -and she had a friend, a boy, who was an African -American. Her mother held her down and her father butchered her with tremendous animal ferocity. On January 1st of this year, Yasser Said shot his daughters Sarah and Amina to death in Dallas and probably escaped back to Egypt. Like Palestina, they were teenagers (aged 17 and 18). Their mother collaborated in their murder by luring them back home to their deaths. The FBI has been hunting for Said and recently featur ed him on their Ten Most Wanted List. They described Said as having committed an "honor killing." For reasons that remain unclear, within a week, the FBI removed that description. Some say that the Bureau caved into Islamist pressure. Others, myself inclu ded, suggest that it would not necessarily help them capture Said if he were seen as a "Muslim hero," who was being persecuted because he is a Muslim. After Parvez was honor killed, Mohammed Elmasry, of the Canadian Islamic Congress, was quoted as saying: "I don't want the public to think that this is an Islamic issue or an immigrant issue. It is a teenager issue." Islamists insist that honor killings have nothing to do with Islam. They say that it is a "cultural" but not an "Islamic" crime. They are wrong . Islamists also say that honor murders are the same as domestic violence. All men, all religions engage in it. Wrong. Most honor killings are committed by Muslims who believe that what they are doing is a sacred, religious act. They may misunderstand the Qu'ran but as yet, no mullah or imam has stood up in the global, public square to condemn such murders as dishonorable and anti -Islamic. No fatwa has ever been issued against a Muslim honor killer. In terms of domestic violence, western-style domestic batterers rarely kill their daughters. That is a characteristic of an honor killing. And, western style domestic batterers act alone when they kill their adult partners. An honor killing is a collaborative act between several or many members of the same family . It is unfortunate, even shameful, but not surprising that Islamists seek to cover up this sin against Muslim girls and women by attacking those who would dare expose it as "Islamophobes." We cannot afford to fall for this deception. A crime is a crime. The shame resides in the criminal, not in his victim. The shame will become ours if we justify the brutal sacrifice of Muslim girls and women in order to remain multi -culturally and politically correct.
MUSLIM DAD SETS UP SON TO MURDER DAUGHTER'S BOY FRIEND By J. Grant Swank, Jr.
MichNews.com Dec 15, 2005 She had his child. The boy friend then was killed by her father. In other words, the family was "dishonored." Dishonoring a Muslim family can yield a killing. Whoever did the dishonoring is to be slain. Sometimes it¶s by bullet or knife or whatever. But the dishonoring must be vindicated. Therefore, Allah is satisfied. This goes on every day. It is happe ning while I type. Such devilish customs are frightening cultures not used to such barbarism. Therefore, as Muslims move to non-Muslim societies, they keep their traditions such as "honor killing." That of course cuts through the civility of cultures that do not tolerate such devilment. Arash Ghorbani-Zarin, 19, was cut through with a knife 46 times. He had been seated in an automobile in Oxford in November 2004. The reason he was slain is because he was accused of impregnating Manna Begum, his girl friend. With that, her two brothers slaughtered the boy friend. Her father, Chomir Ali, 44, set it all up. He convinced the brother to slay the girl¶s boy friend. "It¶s just the way Muslims are," Cheherazad Jmil reported to the press. In other words, such doings are common place. It is expected from the Muslims in certain communities. When honor killing takes place, often the press does not report it. Often the police do nothing. Often even the females in the Muslim community shield the murderer. If anyone protests the honor killing, he is turned upon by Muslim males in particular. Females are not considered worth that much by Islamics. The women are possessions of the clan¶s males. If they get out of line, they may find themselves killed. In this case, it was the boy who was accused of impregnating the girl who was slain in order to retrieve the honor of the clan. The girl would walk through the neighborhood holding the boy¶s hand. That is not permitted by Muslims who are legalistic in adhering to their customs. Therefore, the boy had to be gotten rid of. A friend warned the girl not to hold hands in public. Nevertheless, she continued. "It¶s shameful for the family," a friend to the girl informed the media. According to the Guardian: "A father and his two sons we re today found guilty of the murder of a university student µto vindicate the family's honor.¶ "A jury at Oxford Crown Court ruled that 44 -year-old Bangladeshi waiter Chomir Ali ordered his two sons Mohammed Mujibar Rahman, aged 19, and Mamnoor Rahman, aged 16, to kill Arash Ghorbani-Zarin, a 19-year-old university student who
was in a long-term relationship with Ali's daughter, Manna Begum, on November 20 last year. "The three will be jailed for life. "The body of Mr. Ghorbani-Zarin - an Iranian Muslim studying electronic engineering at Oxford Brookes University - was found in his car in Spencer Crescent, Rosehill an Oxford suburb. He had been stabbed 46 times, mostly in the chest." With Muslims moving increasingly throughout Europe and Africa as well as North America, concern from non-Muslims is rising. The non-Muslims are coming to realize that the chief aim of fanatic Muslims is Islamic world rule. There are 4000 web sites spewing forth hatred against non -Muslims. Jews in particular are hated, being called "Jew-pigs." All non-Muslims must be slain, according to Allah¶s dictates in the Koran. There are sleeper cells throughout the free countries. These could explode at any time, thus imploding the culture. There are schools where Islamic teachers inst ruct boys and girls how to hate and kill for Allah¶s sake. There are TV programs in the Middle East instructing the same. Females who do not follow the legalistic Islamic customs are in danger of being wiped out. For instance, "Ms. Begum's close friend Che herazad Jmil described her as a µstrong character¶ who never wore a head scarf or Muslim clothes, but opted instead for jeans and hooded tops. "She said she had warned Ms. Begum her actions would cause embarrassment to her family." Many Muslim communities expect their females to cover their bodies from head to toe. In some cases, if a Muslim female shows her ankles she will be beaten by her husband. She may even be slain. There are cases where a brother slays his sister because in some fashion she has dish onored her clan. Then the brother will take the dead body, hugging it and crying, for he did not want to slay his sister. Nevertheless, "honor killing" demanded it. In non-Muslim cultures this sort of behavior is anathema. National non -Muslim national leaders are slowly coming to realize that this infusion of such carnage cannot be tolerated in a non -Muslim society. Muslim leaders in Muslim countries usually turn their backs on such horrible customs. It has become so ingrained in such countries as Pakistan, that it is difficult to get villages and rural areas to change to a civil manner of living.
For Muslim women, a deadly defiance
'Honor killings' on rise in Europe
By Colin Nickerson, Globe Staff January 16, 2006
BERLIN -- Life was just starting to look up for 23-year-old Hatun Surucu when the bullets cut her down. After four years of grueling courses in vocational school, coupled with the demands of single motherhood, she was only weeks away from receiving certification as an electrician, a trade that wo uld give her the independence she desperately craved. It had been a rough road: Eight years earlier, her parents, Turkish immigrants, had yanked Surucu from eighth grade, bundled her off to Istanbul, and forced her to marry an older cousin. Miserable in Tu rkey, she had fled her husband and returned to Berlin with her infant son, determined to make her own way as a modern woman in a secular society, according to friends. For a Muslim barely out of girlhood, it was an act of extraordinary defiance against her family. And it cost Surucu her life. As Europe's Muslims become increasingly conservative, growing numbers of women are being killed or mutilated in the name of ''family honor," according to law enforcement agencies, women's activist groups, and moderate Islamic organizations. These cases usually involve an attack on a Muslim woman by a close relative -typically a brother or father -- angered by her refusal to accept a forced marriage or her insistence on leading a Western -style life. There were at least eight such slayings in Berlin alone in 2005, and 47 honor killings of Muslim women across Germany in the past six years, according to police, media reports, and activist groups. Not coincidentally, activists say, tens of thousands of European-born Muslim women are annually forced into unwanted marriages, often to much older men, in their family's home countries. Refusal to submit to such marriages can bring a death sentence. Following a spate of headline -grabbing cases, including Surucu's murder, European countries are slowly coming to recognize honor killings as a distinct crime. In Great Britain, for example, a police review of 22 domestic homicides last year resulted in 18 being reclassified as ''murder in the name of so -called 'honor.' " Scotland Yard has reopened probes into 109 suspicious deaths, covering a 10 -year span, that seem to have been family conspiracies to kill Muslim women. The violent trend, say authorities, reflects the strengthening grip of religious fundamentalism among the continent's 16 million Muslims, many of whom suffer from rising unemployment, inadequate education, and -- perhaps above all -- the sense of being unwelcome outsiders in their adopted homes. As Muslim men embrace radical Islam and return to age -old customs, women are paying a cruel price. ''There is a lost generation of Muslims in Europe," said Eren Uensal, spokeswoman for the Turkish Federation of Berlin. ''Ten years ago, Muslims here were more modern, more secular than those 'back home.' Now the situation has reverse d. The younger men feel there is no place for them in Europe, but they also feel there is no place else for them."
Islamic radical groups are filling the vacuum. ''The most alarming thing they teach is that violence is an acceptable way to enforce religiou s views or social customs," Uensal said. ''Much of that violence is against women." Hatun Surucu's murder was fairly typical of Europe's recent honor killings. Her parents and brothers in Berlin were outraged when Surucu abandoned her husband and returned to Germany with her infant son, Can. Even deeper than the anger was the family's sense of disgrace at this display of female independence, according to court testimony and family friends. But Surucu wanted to make her own way. She stayed at a Berlin women' s shelter only long enough to complete middle school. Then she found a part -time job, moved into a tiny apartment, and enrolled in a vocational program. Further enraging her family, she abandoned the hijab -- the traditional head scarf worn by some Muslim women -- in favor of earrings, makeup, and blue jeans. Her son, now 6, was the light of her life, friends say. But Surucu also loved movies and going out dancing. ''All she wanted, really, was to be an ordinary person, just a normal young woman," said Georg Neumann, a friend of Surucu's at the vocational school. On the night of Feb. 7, 2005, at a bus stop two blocks from her apartment, Surucu was waiting under a street lamp when bullets tore into her chest and face at point blank range. The slaying, according to police, was a family affair. Three of Surucu's five brothers have been charged with murder. One has already confessed in a chilling court statement. ''She wanted her own circle of friends" outside the family, Ayhan Surucu, 18, said of his sister. ''I t was too much." Ayhan, the youngest brother, is charged with pulling the trigger. An older brother is charged with acquiring the gun, and a middle brother is accused of luring his sister to the murder scene with a phone call in which he said the family wa nted to discuss reconciliation. ''She was still so much wanting to be one with her family," Neumann said. ''She didn't want to be cut off from them. She only wanted them to accept that she could have her own life." Britain opened a review of the suspicious cases after a Kurdish immigrant from Iraq, Abdullah Yones, held his 16 -year-old daughter over a bathtub and slashed her throat in 2004 after discovering that she was trading love letters with a boy in her high school class in London. In court last year, Y ones insisted that his daughter brought her fate on herself. On the day he was sentenced to life imprisonment, dozens of approving Kurdish men came to court to show solidarity with Yones, according to media accounts.
In a more recent German case, Goenuel Karabey, 20, the daughter of Turkish immigrants living in Berlin, refused a forced marriage last June and disappeared with her boyfriend, a Christian. Humiliated, her father and brothers tracked her down in Wiesbaden, in western Germany, at the home of the boyfriend's mother. Karabey was shot dead in the garden after agreeing to speak with her family. Her brother, Ali, later surrendered the murder weapon to police, according to media reports. Along with last year's subway bombings in London by home -grown Islamic zealots and riots in the Arab suburbs of France, the honor killings in Europe have horrified a continent that, until recent years, has paid little heed -- many politicians now concede -- to the religious fundamentalism breeding in its midst. Moderate Islamic groups and some European leaders are warning that honor killings reflect a trend of fundamentalism that sneers at Western laws and values. ''There are two societies with two different value systems living side by side -- but wholly apart -- in Europe," said Seyran Ates, a Berlin lawyer of Turkish origin who often works with women trying to escape forced marriages. The first two generations of immigrants, Ates said, found plentiful jobs and were generally content. But the generation of European -born Muslims now coming of age, Ates said, ''never integrated into Western society [and] are becoming more and more conservative, not less so." A Berlin group, Wildwasser, provides hiding places for girls ages 12 to 18 who feel their lives are in danger, mainly because of their refusal to enter forced marriages or to quit school in favor of duties at home. ''So many cases we see involve young [Muslim] girls who are exposed to ideas of equality and freedom, and take to these ideas like flowers to the sun," said Mehriban Ozer, a social worker for Wildwasser. ''They want to go to school. They want a life. The violence comes from fathers and brothers . . . who now see the tiniest step toward freedom by a female to be a terrible break from tradition." Although Muslims represent less than 5 percent of the German population, about half of the girls who come to Wildw asser fleeing violence at home are Turks, Arabs, North Africans, or West Asians from strict Islamic families, according to Trina Leichsenring, the group's director. The rise of fundamentalism among Muslims in Europe can be blamed, at least partially, on the failure of countries to integrate the millions of Muslims who started arriving in large numbers in the 1960s. Two generations later, most lead lives largely segregated from the mainstream. ''It's been taboo to discuss integration. It offends those who say every expression of cultural difference is somehow wonderful," said Heinz Buschkowsky, mayor of the Berlin borough of Neukoelln, where more than a third of the residents are Arabs and Turks. ''But now, with culture being expressed by covering women's faces or killing a girl who refuses to marry some old man in the home village, perhaps it is time to break the taboo."
In Neukoelln's largely immigrant Thomas Morus school, not far from the place where Hatun Surucu was murdered, students greeted news of her s laying with loud approval. Her brothers were hailed as local heroes. The principal, Volker Steffans, was so disgusted by the display that he sent a letter to parents, to be read and signed, explaining what he had always regarded as obvious -- that girls should not be harassed for refusing to wear head scarves; that girls should not be attacked for wanting to pursue careers; that women should not be murdered for expecting tolerance and equality in a Western society. ''A murder happened nearby; a young woman was killed. She died because she wanted to live freely," Steffans said. ''But we are shocked by the fact that students approve of this murder and say [Surucu] deserved to die because she 'lived like a German.' " Petra Krischok, a news assistant in the Globe's Berlin bureau, contributed to this report.
German court jails man for "honor killing"
Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:05 AM ET By Kerstin Rebien BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court sentenced a man of Turkish origin to more than nine years in prison on Thursday for the so -called "honor killing" of his sister but found two other brothers not guilty of conspiring in the murder. The murder of 23-year-old Hatun Surucu, who was shot while standing at a bus stop in a Berlin suburb last year, shocked Germany and sparked intense debate about a conservative Muslim immigrant community at odds with mainstream society. Forced to marry a cousin in Turkey as a young girl, Hatun Surucu later broke with her Turkish-Kurdish family in Berlin and was living independently with her five -yearold son, to the intense disapproval of her relatives, prosecutors said. Ayhan Surucu, 20, who confessed to pulling the trigger, was sentenced to nine years and three months, close to the 10 -year maximum allowable as he was a minor at the time of the killing.
"This young woman, who loved life, was a victim because she lived life as she saw fit, and that's why she was shot by her brother right here among us," Judge Michael Degreif said. The older brothers, Mutlu, 26, and Alpaslan, 25, who were accused of aiding him in the murder but who denied any involvement, were found not guilty after the court ruled prosecutors had not proved they had conspired to organize the murder. They cheered briefly on hearing the ju dgment, while their brother, who said he acted alone, laughed. Prosecutors said they would appeal against the decision. Public outrage at the murder was exacerbated when boys at a nearby school with many pupils from immigrant families were reported to have openly applauded the killing shortly afterwards because the victim had lived "like a German". ALIEN The case has added fuel to a simmering debate over the descendants of the mainly Turkish "guest workers" whose labor helped fuel Germany's post -war "economic miracle" but who remain in many ways foreigners in the country. The Surucu family lived for years in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg but "wasn't really living in Germany," Degreif said. The case is one of a series of incidents that have added to concer ns that Germany's large immigrant community, many out of work, poorly educated and not holding German citizenship, may be drifting further away from the rest of the country. As details of the Surucu case emerged over the past year, the trial opened a window onto a world whose values are completely alien to most Germans, who since the end of World War Two have prided themselves on an open, tolerant society. "It's a view that assumes that what it considers the moral integrity of the woman has to be defended at all costs and sees the honor of the family is the highest good," said Eren Unsal, of the Turkish Federation in Berlin and Brandenburg, which has condemned the murder and worked to foster integration. No reliable statistics exist on how widespread the phe nomenon is but several cases of "honor killings" have been recorded in Germany in recent years.
The Surucu verdict comes just weeks after an uproar in a notoriously disorderly school in Neukoelln, a rough district of Berlin with high unemployment and a lar ge Turkish and Arab population, where teachers said they had lost control. Politicians from all sides have jumped on the issue with a slew of proposals, including making immigrants take compulsory language training and tests to ensure they share basic social and cultural values. Some conservatives, who say lax "multicultural" policies have encouraged authorities to turn a blind eye to abuses, have also said that immigrants guilty of serious breaches of German law should be deported. But many experts say the problems have been allowed to build up under successive governments of all parties, which for a long time acted as though foreigners would one day return home.
German court jails man for "honor killing"
Apr 13, 2006 By Kerstin Rebien BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court sentenced a man of Turkish origin to more than nine years in prison on Thursday for the so -called "honor killing" of his sister but found two other brothers not guilty of conspiring in the murder. The murder of 23-year-old Hatun Surucu, who was shot while standing at a bus stop in a Berlin suburb last year, shocked Germany and sparked intense debate about a conservative Muslim immigrant community at odds with mainstream society. Forced to marry a cousin in Turkey as a young girl, Hatun Surucu later broke with her Turkish-Kurdish family in Berlin and was living independently with her five -yearold son, to the intense disapproval of her relatives, prosecutors said. Ayhan Surucu, 20, who confessed to pulling the trigger, was sentenced to nine years and three months, close to the 10 -year maximum allowable as he was a minor at the time of the killing.
"This young woman, who loved life, was a victim because she lived life as she saw fit, and that's why she was shot by her brother right here among us," Judge Michael Degreif said. The older brothers, Mutlu, 26, and Alpaslan, 25, who were accused of aiding him in the murder but who denied any involvement, were found not guilty after the court ruled prosecutors had not proved they had conspired to organize the murder. They cheered briefly on hearing the judgment, while their brother, who said he acted alone, laughed. Prosecutors said they would appeal against the decision. Public outrage at the murder was exacerbated when boys at a nearby school with many pupils from immigrant families were reported to have openly applauded the killing shortly afterwards because the victim had lived "like a German". The case has added fuel to a simmering debate over the descendants of the mainly Turkish "guest workers" whose labor helped fuel Germany's post -war "economic miracle" but who remain in many ways foreigners in the country. The Surucu family lived for years in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg but "wasn't really living in Germany," Degreif said. The case is one of a series of incidents that have added to concerns that Germany's large immigrant community, many out of work, poorly educated and not holding German citizenship, may be drifting further away from the rest of the country. As details of the Surucu case emerged over the past year, the trial opened a window onto a world whose values are completely alien to most Germans, who since the end of World War Two have prided themselves on an open, tolerant society. "It's a view that assumes that what it considers the mora l integrity of the woman has to be defended at all costs and sees the honor of the family is the highest good," said Eren Unsal, of the Turkish Federation in Berlin and Brandenburg, which has condemned the murder and worked to foster integration. No reliable statistics exist on how widespread the phenomenon is but several cases of "honor killings" have been recorded in Germany in recent years.
The Surucu verdict comes just weeks after an uproar in a notoriously disorderly school in Neukoelln, a rough distri ct of Berlin with high unemployment and a large Turkish and Arab population, where teachers said they had lost control. Politicians from all sides have jumped on the issue with a slew of proposals, including making immigrants take compulsory language train ing and tests to ensure they share basic social and cultural values. Some conservatives, who say lax "multicultural" policies have encouraged authorities to turn a blind eye to abuses, have also said that immigrants guilty of serious breaches of German law should be deported. But many experts say the problems have been allowed to build up under successive governments of all parties, which for a long time acted as though foreigners would one day return home.
Muslim Love for Ramadan Violence
Celebrating Ramadan Jihadi Style
Muqtedar Khan Washington Post Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and serves as a spiritual boot camp for Muslims. In this month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk everyday; abstaining from food, water, sex and anything unpleasant and immoral. One is not allowed to get angry, speak rudely or even think of bad things. The purpose of the month is to take a break from deep entanglements in mundane affairs and make a
systematic and concerted effort to reconnect with the divine and work on improving one's personal moral character. For me, Ramadan is about returning to the fountain of truth and drinking from it as deeply as possible. It is not the parched throat but rather the parched soul that is my concern, so I study the Qur'an and contemplate on it. Other Muslims adhere more closely to rituals. I believe that while rituals discipline, knowledge is more transformative. But to each his own. The goal in Ramadan is really is to find a way, ritual, spiritual or intellec tual, to get closer to God. Unfortunately, for some Muslims, murder and mayhem rather than prayer and fasting have become the way to celebrate Ramadan. On September 6, in the first week of Ramadan, two suicide bombers killed over 50 people in Peshawar, Pa kistan. On September 13, five bombs killed over 30 in New Delhi, India. On September 15, a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a Ramadan fast breaking ceremony killing 22 people in Diyala, Iraq. On September 17, a truck bomb and some militants attacke d the US embassy in San'a, Yemen killing 16 people. And on September 20, a massive truck bomb killed over 60 people in Islamabad, Pakistan. All of these attacks have been conducted by people who call themselves "Jihadis", this they claim is their struggle in the path of God. One cannot imagine to what extent the minds and the hearts of these people have become poisoned that in the month of Ramadan, when even frowning is undesirable, they chose to murder and maim indiscriminately. The most incomprehensible aspect of these atrocities is that a vast majority of their victims are the very people on whose behalf these wars are waged! If they want to fight and die for God, they are welcome. There are over 200,000 American soldiers, in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are there specifically to oblige them, why not go and fight them. These cowards, who call themselves Jihadis, run and hide from soldiers seeking to fight them and instead target helpless and unarmed civilians. They repeatedly confirm that they have no regard for social order, for law, for human life and even for the sacred injunctions from the God whose pleasure they seek through violence. If they really wish to wage a Jihad (struggle) in this holy month of Ramadan, then their first target should be the ir own cowardice and the profound Jahiliyyah (ignorance) that disables them from seeing what is right and what is wrong. There are three kinds of Muslim responses to these never ending atrocities. Some Muslims condemn, oppose and actively reject the Jihad is and their agenda of global anarchy. I wish they would be better organized and more effective. Another minority, unfortunately, appreciates and supports the Jihadis. I pray that this Ramadan may open their eyes to the true reality of the Jihadi phenomen on. It preys on the weak and the helpless, has achieved absolutely nothing of value for Muslims, and has pushed a large number of people in the world to despise Islam and hate
Muslims. And then there is a significant Muslim population that lives in denia l. They also are intellectually dishonest. They first deny that there is such a thing as jihadi terrorism, resorting to conspiracy theories blaming every act of Jihadi violence either on Israel, the U.S. or India. Then they argue that unjust wars by these three nations (in Palestine, Iraq and Kashmir) is the primary cause for Jihadi violence; a phenomenon whose very existence they have already denied. Unless Muslims wakeup to the culture of terrorism in their world and act to eradicate it, they may find themselves isolated and shunned from the rest of the world, while also being the biggest victims of the very phenomenon they do not fight. Muqtedar Khan is Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a Fellow of the Institute for Social P olicy and Understanding. Posted by Muqtedar Khan on September 22, 2008
MUSLIM LOVE FOR REVENGE
Muslim Sect leader threatens retaliation
By JON GAMBRELL (AP) July 1, 2010 LAGOS, Nigeria ² A leader of a radical Muslim sect that left 700 people dead in Nigeria allegedly has issued a videotaped threat calling for new violence as the one year anniversary of their attack nears.
Imam Abubakar Shekau, whom police claimed to have killed during the July 2009 violence, told a Nigerian journalist that he had taken over as leader of the Boko Haram sect. Shekau told the reporter that he suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh during the fighting, but had been rescued by "fellow believers and protected by Allah." "I have the intention to retaliate," Shekau said in the local Hausa language. The Associated Press could not immediately verify the authenticity of the recording cited by Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper Thursday. Police officials could not be immediately reached for comment. The newspaper said a reporter go t the 25-minute interview with Shekau on April 19 after being blindfolded and driven to a hideout near Maiduguri, the site of much of the violence last year. The interview took place with Shekau seated before a stack of religious books and near a Kalashnik ov rifle. Asked where the sect obtains weapons, Shekau answered: "We get them from where we get them. God said we should get them, the holy prophet said we should get them." Boko Haram ² which means "Western education is sacrilege" in Hausa ² has campaigned for the implementation of strict Shariah law. Nigeria, a nation of 150 million people, is divided between the Christian -dominated south and the Muslim held north. A dozen states across Nigeria's north already have Shariah law in place, though the area re mains under the control of secular state governments. Boko Haram sect members rioted and attacked police stations and private homes a year ago this month, sparking a police crackdown. Authorities have been accused of killing Boko Haram leader Mohammed Yusu f while he was in custody. Police officials said he was killed while trying to escape, but army officials said he was alive when he was arrested. The group largely went underground after Yusuf's death. In early March, police arrested 17 officers suspected of taking part in filmed executions that later aired on international news channel Al -Jazeera. In recent months, rumors about the group rearming spread throughout northern Nigeria. Violence between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria has left hundreds dead since the start of the year. Those deaths sparked calls from an al Qaida-affiliated website for a Muslim uprising against Christians.
Threats of revenge on Pope
John Cornwell and John Follain
September 18, 2006
WITH two unfortunate words, "evil and inhuman", applied to the prophet Mohammed, the Pope last week in the sleepy confines of a Bavarian university lecture room set back relations with Islam several eras.
The comment has called down the wrath of Muslim extremists and the shocked dismay of Islamic moderates. Threats have been issued not only to the papacy but the entire billion -strong community of Catholics. One popular jihadi website operated from Kuwait declared that Catholics "are doing everything in their power to extinguish the light o f God" and called for violent retribution. Last night, Benedict XVI told pilgrims at his summer palace outside Rome that he was "deeply sorry" about the angry reaction sparked by his speech about Islam and holy war, and said the text did not reflect his p ersonal opinion. His words came after the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, read out an apology at a news conference, saying Benedict's position on Islam was in line with Vatican teaching that the church "esteems Muslims, who adore the only God". The Holy Father was very sorry that some passages of his speech may have sounded offensive to the sensibilities of Muslim believers, it said. But the statement has sparked outrage throughout the Islamic world and called into doubt the likelihood, not to mention advisability, of his planned visit to Turkey in two months' time. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday: "The Pope spoke like a politician, not like a man of religion ... In an era when a dialogue has been initiated between religions, values and civilisations, it is very unfortunate that these remarks have been made against Islam." He added that he too was now uncertain whether Benedict should still visit Turkey. The Pope has also, crucially, exacerbated deep divisi ons within his own church between traditionalist Catholics and moderate progressives. Those Catholics who had come to feel comfortable with the mild and elderly professorial pontiff, relieved that "God's rottweiler" - his nickname when he was cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - was not about to declare jihad on the liberal wing of his own church, are utterly dismayed at this apparent show of Benedict's ageing teeth. In the lecture last Tuesday at the University of Regensburg, Bavaria, where he had once been a professor, the pontiff had been addressing the relationship between faith and reason, a favourite topic of Catholic theologians ever since the Middle Ages.
In the intimate confines of the lecture room, the Pope inserted that single incendiary sentence, quoting a medieval text referring to a debate between the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaeologus and a Persian Muslim. "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new," he quotes the emperor as saying, "and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, s uch as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." Defenders of the Pope's quotation, starting with Father Federico Lombardi, the official Vatican spokesman, have tried to emphasise the context rather than the offending words. But the words will be remembered long after the context has been forgotten. The Pope had been pleading for all religionists to renounce violence, and arguing that there should be no gulf between religion and reason, suggesting that Islam was not a religion of reason - a theme he has stressed in the past. But his damaging words contain a startling lapse in historical accuracy in the opinion of Muslim historians. It is commonly accepted that it was Islamic and Arabic culture that kept alive the philosophy of Aristotle t hrough the Dark Ages and made the Catholic reconciliation of faith and reason possible in the work of Thomas Aquinas. One senior Anglican source said: "If anything, Islam was the religion of reason ahead of Christianity. Mathematics and medical science we re developed in the Islamic world. The clash between reason and medievalism has Muslims on the side of reason." Moderate Muslim opinion is also baffled by the insensitivity of the Pope. Adnane Mokrani, a Rome-based Muslim theologian, said of the Pope's qu otation: "To use polemical texts from seven centuries back is not a suitable starting point, given that the current situation between Christianity and Islam is different." The Pope could have found ample texts that underlined Islamic respect for faith and reason, he said. The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Islamic body in the nation, has demanded an immediate retraction. The extremist Muslim group Hizb -ut-Tahrir also condemned the Pope's words. Spokesman Imran Waheed said: "The comments follow consistently negative, violent and extreme descriptions of Islam: the use of the term Islamo-fascist by George W. Bush, and evil ideology by Tony Blair, and the gratuitous publication of the offensive Danish newspaper cartoons throughout Europe earlier this year." Ever since 9/11, unofficial sources in the Vatican have voiced fears of a strike on St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican City. Pilgrims entering St Peter's now have to pass through X-ray checkpoints and last week al-Qa'ida-linked websites were indeed targeting the Vatican. One carries an image of the black flag of Islam flying over the apostolic palace, the Pope's residence. A message posted by a senior al -Qa'ida figure said: "We are
certain that the infidelity and tyranny of the Pope will only be st opped by a major attack." Inside the Vatican it is being said unofficially that Benedict was trying to pre -empt an aggressive letter aimed at the papacy by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which was why he cited the debate in which there was a Persi an participant. The predicament of this Pope, however, is strangely anomalous. He was the theological backstop for so long that he presumably does not feel the need for advice. At the same time, there has been a significant shift within the Vatican's governance which has seen a weakening of the department responsible for international affairs, the Secretariat of State. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of state under John Paul II and for more than a year under Benedict, might have been a restraining influ ence. But he has been something of a lame duck this past year in the expectation of his retirement at the age of 78. Ironically, the transition to his successor, Cardinal Bertone, took place before the weekend in the midst of the uproar. On Friday, while Muslim leaders united in outraged condemnation of the Pope, cardinals Bertone and Sodano and the pontiff were downing truffles and sparkling wine to celebrate the handover. Yet by any yardstick Benedict's words have betrayed his long -term antipathy towards Islam. Vatican watchers are now remembering the unprecedented privilege he granted last year of an extended interview to the late Oriana Fallaci, a rabid Italian Islamophobe. In three books and many interviews, she hurled abuse not only at Islamic extremists but at the religion itself. A consistent theme of Benedict's preaching as Pope has been the erosion of Christianity in Europe, and, by implication, the danger of the spread of Islam. He is thought also to remain opposed to the inclu sion of Turkey in the European Union. The origins of the Pope's abrasive comments date back to a seminar at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo in September last year. About 40 of his former students gathered to talk about Islam and Catholicism. The Pope is reported to have said dialogue with Islam was difficult. A Jesuit professor, Khalil Samir, who took part in the seminar, says Benedict deplored the fundamentalism of Islam and its rigid reading of texts without room for interpretation. The prophet, the Pope said, was treated like a "tape recorder", as he expressed the word of God directly, "which is absurd". The remarks are also set to have far-reaching consequences for the tensions between Catholics and the theological tectonic plates that hav e been grinding against each other within the church ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The church and especially the papacy have long had problems with the existence of other religions, let alone tolerance of them. It started with the crusades in th e early Middle Ages, and continued with the Reformation (the memory dies hard that the Guy Fawkes plot was a Catholic conspiracy to destroy the establishment of Protestant England). Through the 19th century, as secular nation states expanded in Europe, th e popes set their faces against the notion of religious freedom and separation of church and state. A succession of pontiffs, notably pope Pius IX (1846 -1878), declared that respect for other religions was a form of "insanity". A stunning historic U-turn occurred at the reforming Second Vatican Council of the mid-1960s. The church, after a battle royal among cardinals, finally endorsed a model of respect for other religions that looked similar to America's respect for religious pluralism. Catholic traditionalists, however, have never liked this tardy acceptance of religious difference: after all, how can you believe your pope is infallible and that Catholicism holds the full content of truth if you grant that other religions, and other Christian denominations, are also an authentic path to salvation? John Paul II, whose views on religious freedom were honed in communist Poland, went along with the new religious pluralism of Vatican II while it spelt out the right of Catholicism to exist in an atheistic sta te. That is, until he saw what happened to his native Poland after the fall of communism: McDonald's, Western music, pornography and abortion swept through his beloved country. Pluralism, the idea that people should be allowed to follow their own beliefs and value systems, or none at all, became in John Paul's view a recipe for cultural relativism: "a new form of totalitarianism", he called it. The answer was the single infallible magisterial truth proposed by Catholicism. Through a quarter of a century o f John Paul's reign the theological underpinning of his statements was nuanced by none other than Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In 1999, it was cardinal Ratzinger who wrote a document for the entire world, albeit signed by John Paul, stating that all religions were defective other than the Catholic faith. There was outrage, but there was no retraction. Whatever the Pope intended to impart to his audience at Regensburg, the effect has been to alienate rather than forge connections with Islam by pointing up what he sees to be a striking contrast between the two faiths. Crown Prince el-Hassan bin Talal of Jordan said recently: "Perceptions of the Muslim world are distorted beyond recognition. Th e general contempt that the Western media often display towards Islam exacerbates the situation."
The best that can be said of the Pope in this instance is that he has played unintentionally into the hands of Islam's critics, thus raising the likelihood o f interreligious violence. Mokrani, the theologian, insists the Pope has made a huge error of judgment: "In today's climate it would have been much more productive to find common ground, inciting followers of both faiths to dialogue." The Sunday Times