GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed fingered his long, henna-dyed beard and stared down in silence on Saturday, pointedly ignoring a military commissions judge asking in vain whether the self-described architect of the Sept. 11 attacks understood what was being said and whether he was willing to be represented by his defense lawyers.
Minutes later, Ramzi bin al Shibh, another of the five detainees arraigned on Saturday as accused conspirators in the attacks, stood, knelt and started praying. Later, he shouted at the judge that he should address their complaints about prison conditions because “maybe you are not going to see me again.”
“Maybe they are going to kill us and say that we have committed suicide,” he added.
One defendant, Walid bin Attash, was wheeled into the courtroom in a restraint chair for reasons that were not disclosed.
Amid disruptions both passive and aggressive, the government’s attempt to restart its efforts to prosecute the five defendants in the long-delayed Sept. 11 case got off to a slow and rocky start in a trial that could ultimately result in their execution.
After hours of jostling over procedural issues, all five defendants deferred entering a plea. The judge set a hearing date for motions in mid-June; the trial is not likely to start for at least a year.
Several family members could be heard muttering when the lawyer for Mr. bin Attash, Cheryl Borman — who wore traditional black Muslim garb, covering everything but her face — asked women on the prosecution team to consider dressing more modestly so that the defendants would not have to avoid looking at them “for fear of committing a sin under their faith.” The women were wearing military or civilian jackets and skirts.
Under Islam, murdering 3,000 people who were peacefully going about their business to further the cause of Islam makes them heroes, but glancing at an uncovered woman is a "sin." The morality of Islam is inverted.
KOHISTAN / DASSU: A former lawmaker and cleric from Kohistan district, Maulana Abdul Haleem, termed formal education for women un-Islamic and asked parents to pluck their daughters from school, or else they would be ‘doomed’.
The nonagenarian, who was elected to the National Assembly from Kohistan on the now-defunct Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s ticket in 2002, also railed against non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the region in his Friday sermon, calling them ‘hubs of immodesty’.
Maulana Haleem, who was an office-bearer of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl until recently, was delivering a Friday sermon, at Jamia Masjid Komila, on who is dayoos, or those liable to be condemned to hell.
“It’s beghairti (immodesty) to equip girls with secular education,” the cleric said, adding that those Kohistani parents who were sending their girls to schools were acting against ‘Islamic shariah’
He did not spare female NGO workers either.
“Some women from these NGOs visit our houses frequently, mobilising naïve Kohistani women to follow their agenda in the name of health and hygiene education,” he said, adding that this was ‘unacceptable to Kohistani culture’. He threatened them with ‘dire consequences’, saying that married female NGO workers will be sent back to their husbands, and the unmarried ones will be wedded to Kohistani men.
When approached for comments, the cleric stood by the contents of his sermon, and insisted that several Hadith books prohibit girls from receiving degrees and certificates in ‘secular education’.
. . . the cleric said that formal education paves the way for girls to enter the job market. “When they permit their women to work, they give them a free hand to mix with na-mehrum (men they are not related to by blood) – by doing so, the girl’s father, brother or husband become dayoos in the eye of the shariah,” he said.
Such people will never enter Paradise, he added.
The only responsibility men owe to women is their sustenance, and not education, he said. In return, the women should stay at home and look after their children and family members, he added.
He claimed that 97% of girls schools in Kohistan were closed and the few girls that were enrolled, only visited their schools to collect cooking oil which the education department was distributing with the support of foreign donors.
Dr. Rich Swier had just returned from his first trip to Israel. He sent us this report of what he found there that he posted on the blog for his daily international internet radio program, The Dr. Rich Show, First Impressions: My Trip to Israel. He will discuss what he found there on his upcoming radio program, Monday, May 7th that airs at 11:00 AM EDT in the US.
Rich Swier is a fellow Nam era serving US Army officer and a colleague in The United West. His daily program, The Dr. Rich Show has garnered a wide international audience via the internet. I have been a guest on several episodes with both he and co-host Johnny Jackson. Having family and friends and been to Eretz Yisroel a number of times, I know what Rich has found there. A warm sometimes fractious people who have literally turned a desert waste land into a veritable Garden of Eden. Just look at a satellite photo of the country and notice the green of Israel contrasted with the arid dryness of its Arab neighbors. Israel's founders and several generations of Jewish immigrants and their descendents have labored to return the land to its productive origins. The tragedies of the Shoah that killed Six Million European co-religionists and the pogroms in Arab Muslim lands in the Ummah .sent millions of Jews and their progeny into sanctuary in this land. They have transformed it into a vibrant democracy and leading edge modern technology based economy. They did it by themselves with the support of the Jewish Diaspora and allies like the US, Germany and other friends in the West. This has produced what authors Dan Senor and Saul Singer called in their book a veritable, Start Up Nation. A Jewish nation that treats its minorities, women, gays, Christians and Muslims fairly. It is truly a light unto the nations, surrounded as it is by fundamentalist Islamic neighbors threatening to extinguish it in a religiously inspired Jihad equipped with tens of thousands rockets, missiles, suicide bombers and soon nuclear weapons. Israel's largely citizen Army, Zahal, with its professional core, assures this vibrant country with the means of thwarting those threats. Americans support this valued ally in the troubled cockpit of the Middle East, because it shares common Judeo-Christian values of liberty, freedom and the Future. As Rich has found out on this his first trip to Israel, Jerusalem is the spiritual center of the Judeo-Christian West. Kol Hakavod ("Outstanding in Ivreet") to my chaver, Lt. Col. Rich Swier.
Read my friend Rich Swier’s blog post and tune in to his program via the internet to hear his first impressions of Israel.
I recently returned from my first trip to Israel. I thank the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for making this trip possible. People say first impressions are lasting ones. I came home with three everlasting impressions of Israel.
First, Israel is ancient on the surface yet new at its core. My first days were spent in two adjoining cities, Jaffa founded over 4,000 years ago and Tel Aviv founded in 1912. These cities symbolize how Israel's ancient roots gave birth to a modern and cosmopolitan culture. Viewing Tel Aviv from Jaffa one can see why Israel is called the “startup nation". Corporations like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have a major presence there. When you check out at any Publix super market in Florida you will be accessing a software program developed in Israel. Haifa is where the anti-missile defense system named "Raphael", part of Israel's Iron Dome, was developed. Read More
Poller and Gurfinkiel on Todayâ€™s Close Presidential Run-off Election
Fox News reported that polls have opened in France for today’s second round of Presidential elections pitting incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy of the center right against Socialist Francois Hollande. What is at stake is the future of France pitting multiculturalist immigrant friendly “nouveau France” versus a France aroused to take back its national identity. This weekend in separate opinion pieces, American ex-pat Nidra Poller and Michel Gurfinkiel writing from separate perches in undisclosed Parisian arrondissements tried to disabuse Americans and others from the conventional wisdom conveyed by the mainstream media that alleged Socialist front runner Hollande would end up being first past the post. Au contraire! The race has tightened for good and sound reasons.
Poller in her American Thinker article,French elections: Virtue, the Debt, and the Jewish Question zeroes in on what the underlying concerns are the questions of Islam and generous immigration policies. Concerns that fostered unease, especially in France’s Jewish community aroused by the tragic senseless murders of Jewish children and a Rabbi at a Toulouse Jewish school by Mohammed Merah, an al Qaeda wannabe of Algerian origins.
The French presidential elections, initially presented by pollsters and commentators as a pushover for the Socialist contender François Hollande, turns out to be a cliff-hanger. The best comparison with the United States might well be the 1948 Dewey- Truman match. On the eve of the final round, pollsters admit that the gap between the two candidates is gradually narrowing. My prediction is a photo finish, with less than one point of difference. This is the most important presidential election in France since the end of World War 2. The outcome is not only crucial for France but for the free world. I think this is the most clear cut opportunity for a European nation to stand up and confront the wave of conquest unleashed in 1973. There has been some speculation about how this would happen: mass incarceration and deportation of Muslims, civil war, craven surrender... Now, in the European country with the largest Muslim population, the question is going to be treated democratically; not by revolution, not by tribal warfare, but by the exercise of hard won freedom through institutions created and developed over the centuries. French citizens, acutely aware of the high stakes, are riveted on a campaign that has become increasingly articulate and well-defined. It is impossible in the space of this brief article to give a detailed account of issues and events, particularly to an English-speaking readership that has received rather sketchy superficial information.
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Far from any spirit of resignation, French Jewish voices are speaking clearly and boldly. There are calls for increased police protection as a short term measure and demands to curb the evil at its roots in media incitement to Jew hatred via anti-Zionism. The SPJC (Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive) is recruiting security personnel for Jewish schools, charitable institutions are raising money to pay for them. When Richard Prasquier, the president of the CRIF, expressed concerns of some Jewish citizens that the far Left, essential for Hollande's victory, would influence the policies of his government he was accused of mixing religion with politics. Sammy Ghozlan, president of the BNVCA (National Office for Vigilance against anti-Semitism), tireless defender of the safety of Jews and indomitable opponent of the BDS movement, has consistently noted the greater incidence of anti-Semitic violence in municipalities governed by communists, with peaks after demonstrations, exhibitions, and anti-Israel rallies.
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The choice on Sunday May 6th is not between two men but between two mutually exclusive visions of the future or, more exactly, the survival of France as a nation. If ever the proverbial Jewish vote would make sense, this is the moment. French Jews would not be afraid to be recognized as Jews, wouldn't fear for their lives, the safety of their children, their very future in France if "immigration" did not import Islamic Jew hatred. The Socialist party, which claims to stand for the vivre ensemble [living together] and accuses President Sarkozy of catering to a neo-fascist Front National, cuddles up to the anti-Zionist Left that sees no evil in the population that spawned Mohamed Merah. The point is not to accuse all Muslims of being jihad killers nor to pretend that there is no connection between Islam and jihad, but to ask how the French nation can resist conquest and avoid collaboration. (Read More)
Michel Gurfinkiel echoes Poller’s observations in his own acute analysis as a seasoned French commentator in his Pajamas media article, France/ A Referendum On National Identity”. His subtitle, “choosing a fate’ underlines for all French, especially its beleaguered Jews, what could be today a close watershed election defining the nation’s future.
There is one thing every French citizen agrees upon: the second and final round of the presidential election will have far-reaching consequences. It will not just decide between two candidates, or two parties, or even two political or economic philosophies. Rather, it will settle the fate of France as a nation.
For clarification, examine the 18th district in northern Paris. It voted heavily for the left in the first round on April 22, and is poised to do the same in the second round. François Hollande, the socialist candidate, garnered 43% of the vote there, much more than the 28% he received nationally. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon received 15% there but only 11% nationally. The other left candidates received a combined 7% both there and nationally. All in all, the left won a staggering 65% of the vote in the 18th, about 20 points higher than the national returns.
A completely different picture emerged in the neighboring northwestern 17th district of Paris.
There, Sarkozy was the undisputed frontrunner, with 44% of the vote. While Hollande lagged with 26%, Bayrou finished slightly better than he did nationally, with over 10%. Mélenchon stayed near 7%; Le Pen fell to 6%. The far left took 3%.
The right and the center took 60% of the vote in the 17th, while the left did not even reach 40%.
Politically speaking, why are these neighboring districts worlds apart? The 17th is a bit richer as a whole; a bit more bourgeois than the 18th, but there are both affluent and working class areas in both districts. The actual differences are ethnic and cultural.
The 18th is essentially a “neo-French” stronghold: a place where most inhabitants are immigrants (or children of immigrants) from non-European countries and where Islam is the dominant religion. Admittedly, two major tourist spots with a distinct French flavor — Old Montmartre, the Disneyland-style artists’ village near Sacré-Cœur Basilica atop Montmartre Hill; and Pigalle, nowadays merely a sex shop row — are to be found here. But they are just enclaves in an otherwise increasingly alien environment.
To understand what the 18th district really is one must examine everyday life. For instance, note the street prayers that Muslim Arabs and sub-Saharan Muslims have been routinely organizing on Fridays. Though an illegal practice — it blocks cars and even pedestrian traffic for hours — the socialist mayor of Paris and the police have had no option (so say they) other than tacitly tolerating it.
On the contrary, the 17th remains staunchly French in outlook. Its inhabitants, whatever their race, ethnicity, or religion, prefer France to be Western, Judeo-Christian, and democratic. They do not want it to become a post-Western, “globalized” nation. (Or, to use a formerly rude and now politically correct French expression: “Une société métissée” – a mongrel society).
Quite remarkably, the 17th district today hosts — along with more districts and communes in western Greater Paris — the largest French Jewish community. Many of the local Jews are Sephardic immigrants (rather, refugees) from Arab countries who upon coming to France lived in the same areas as Muslim immigrants from North Africa or sub-Saharan Africa. They were forced over the years to migrate to areas where they could expect to be both physically and emotionally safer
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A further difficulty: there are marked differences among immigrants, between Europeans and non-Europeans on one hand, and even among non-Europeans on the other hand. Some of them came to France to be French, some to turn France into their own thing.
We may rely on some figures. According to Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), metropolitan France was in 2011 the most immigration-oriented of all EU countries: 26.6% of its inhabitants were either immigrants or the children of immigrants. A similar figure is provided by Insee, the French National Institute of Statistics: they found that 23.9% of all babies born in metropolitan France in 2010 had at least one parent born outside of Europe, including the overseas French territories. Roughly speaking, this amounts to one quarter of the 63 million population, or about 15 million people.
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In between the two presidential rounds, Nicolas Sarkozy constantly mentioned France’s national identity as one of his priorities. France, he said in Toulouse on April 29, “was twenty centuries old. … It was the combined produce of Christianity, the Enlightenment, the Revolution, and the anti-Nazi resistance. … It was the land of Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Joan of Arc. … It was keeping the memory of the Shoah and of the thousands of North African Muslims who had fought in its armies during WW2.”
Clearly, he was wooing both Marine Le Pen’s and François Bayrou’s supporters, the key voters in the second round. But his words rang true.
Hollande has also undertaken winning at least some of Le Pen’s votes. During his debate with Sarkozy Wednesday evening, he repeatedly said that he would be as tough as anybody on immigration matters, and would uphold a strict separation between state and religion. He even said that his most controversial and most pro-immigration proposal — granting electoral franchise to legal foreign residents in local ballots — was not to be taken seriously, since it implied a complex and unlikely constitutional revision in the first place.
But such cynical short-term tactics cannot change that the long-term future of the left lies with the neo-French only. (Read More)
At the conclusion of this Presidential run in la belle France, we shall see if France returns to its national identity as defined by Sarkozy or enters the troublesome vision of a “noveau France” espoused by multiculturalist Socialist Hollande.
As Hollywood icon actress Bette Davis said in the classic 1950 film, All About Eve: “fasten your seat belts..it’s going to be a bumpy night” in France.
Watch the incomparable Ms. Davis deliver this classic line in this You Tube video:
The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State and the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, were yesterday locked in a shootout at a wedding in Maiduguri, leaving three guests dead and several others injured.
Confirming the incident in a statement the JTF spokesman, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said: "Credible information at the disposal of the JTF Operation Restore Order revealed that two top Boko Haram terrorists on the wanted list of the task force sneaked into Maiduguri to attend a wedding Fatiha of one of their own in Sabon Layi, Gwange in Maiduguri metropolis.
"Consequently, at about 0835 hours today (yesterday), the task force mounted surveillance about 200 metres away from the wedding venue. The terrorists within the Fatiha sensing danger opened fire sporadically on the surveillance team and the area. This led to the death of three civilians and two wounded from the fire of the terrorists and two were arrested."
The spokesman said an AK47 rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition and a vehicle used by the terrorists were recovered.
Musa warned the member of the public not to attend any wedding organized by members of the sect.
Algerian Premier Sees Not An "Arab Spring" But An "Arab Plague"
From Netherlands Worldwide Radio:
Algeria PM sees 'Arab plague', no spring
May 5, 2012
Algeria's prime minister called Saturday for his country's stability to be preserved in upcoming polls, arguing he could see no Arab Spring but rather a "plague" wrecking the region.
Speaking at a rally attended by around 3,000 people in Algiers on the penultimate day of the May 10 legislative election campaign, Ahmed Ouyahia criticised voices calling for an Arab Spring-style revolt in Algeria.
"It isn't an Arab Spring which is sweeping the region but a plague, and there is confirmation of this everyday," he said, citing "the colonisation of Iraq, the destruction of Libya, the partition of Sudan and the weakening of Egypt."
Protests left five dead and hundreds wounded broke out in Algeria in January 2011, days after the beginning of the Tunisian uprising, which launched a wave of pro-democracy movements in the region known as the Arab Spring.
But the protests never developed into a broad movement challenging the regime, which soothed tempers by raising the minimum wage and passing a package of cautious reforms.
"We are telling our Arab brothers: 'When our throats were being slit, you didn't even come to extend your condolences, so don't lecture us today'," he said.
Ouyahia was referring to the decade of civil war that erupted in 1992 when the army interrupted legislative elections which the Islamists were poised to win. Some 200,000 people died in the conflict.
In countries affected by the Arab Spring such as Tunisia or Egypt, the elections that came after long-standing autocrats were toppled saw Islamist parties make huge gains.
Ouyahia is believed to be close to the military and a member of the so-called "eradicators" faction which advocates the toughest line against Islamism.
Algerians are called to elect their national assembly on May 10.
An Islamist alliance is hoping to benefit from the Arab Spring effect but observers say deep distrust for the political class could result in very low turnout.
Nearly half the residents in the Buffalo Niagara region are considered "unclaimed" by a religious group -- a stunning change from just a decade ago, when the percentage of the population affiliated with a faith tradition was higher here than in any other metropolitan area in the country.
Catholicism, most mainline Protestant denominations, Judaism and some evangelical denominations in the Buffalo Niagara region experienced huge membership declines between 2000 and 2010, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, which last week released the results of the latest U.S. Religion Census.
The study also showed exponential growth of the local Muslim community, which is now estimated at 18,483 people in Erie and Niagara counties, up from about 5,400 a decade ago.
That makes Islam the second most-practiced world religion in Western New York, behind Christianity.
Judaism slipped to third, with a total of 8,084 adherents in Buffalo Niagara, down from an estimate of 20,150 in 2000.
The Buffalo Niagara region had a population loss of less than 3 percent -- about 34,000 people -- between 2000 and 2010. At the same time, membership in a religious tradition fell by 31 percent, or more than a quarter of a million people.
"That's a pretty big drop," noted Dale E. Jones, who conducted data analysis and mapping for the 2010 U.S. Religion Census.
The unclaimed category consists of 514,314 people and is now the single largest segment of the Buffalo Niagara population, when compared with the area's religious groups.
What’s behind the exponential growth of Western New York’s Muslim population? Note what MPACT local director, Dr. Khalid Qasi said in an interview for this article about the liberalization of US immigration policies:
The presence of Muslims grew by 67 percent nationwide, with estimates now pegged at 2.6 million, according to the census.
But in Buffalo Niagara, the percent increase for Muslims was a whopping 242 percent.
The 18,483 estimate appeared to be accurate, according to Dr. Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York.
Qazi has pegged the local Muslim population at 20,000 to 25,000 for the six counties of Western New York.
The census, which breaks down data by state, county and metro areas, cited an additional 3,000 Muslims living in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.
"In this context, I don't think it is really different from what my own personal estimates are," he said.
But Qazi said not all of the growth has occurred over the past decade. The 2000 census estimate of 5,400 was much too low, he said. The number then would have been closer to 10,000 Muslims.
Qazi attributed the growth to several factors, beginning with immigration changes dating back to the Lyndon Johnson administration that allowed immigrants from primarily Muslim countries to enter the United States.
More recently, physicians, engineers and scientists needed in the United States to fill professional posts where there is a shortage often are from Muslim backgrounds, Qazi said. And in Buffalo, the resettlement of refugees from Bosnia and Somalia has added to the local Muslim community, which also tends to have families with more children, he said.
"As much as we saw loss of population, it would be far higher if we did not see refugee resettlement," Qazi said.
But why do Muslims gravitate toward and stay in Buffalo?
"I think the community in Buffalo is a much more tolerant community, and people are willing to stay here," he said.
The area's low cost of living compared with larger cities also is a major factor, he said.
Of course, all is not sweetness and light in the Buffalo-Niagara Frontier. You may recall the US case against al Qaeda wannabe terrorists, the Buffalo Six. Then there was the spectacular honor killing beheading of the wife by Muzzammil Hassan, the owner of the alleged moderate Muslim Bridges TV channel. More recently we have the Jewish community’s discovery of extremist Syrian Imams in a disastrous synagogue-mosque twinning program of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding co-founded by Rabbi Marc Schneier uncovered by Dr. Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, the “buffaloed in Buffalo” incident. In our coverage of the failure of the American Law for American Courts legislation, we also noted Hasan Shibly, Florida’s CAIR director, who hailed from the Buffalo Muslim community. He and his mother had been detained at the US-Canadian border because Homeland Security had information that they had consorted with terrorist financiers at a conference in Toronto. Then there is Buffalo’s burgeoning Somali Muslim population. The Buffalo News in an article in March 2012, “Monitoring of Muslims Continues“ noted that the New York Police Department (NYPD) Intelligence had a special interest in the Buffalo vicinity because of possible recruitment within the Somali community for al Shabaab, the Somalia al Qaeda affiliate. The NYPD also had monitored the website of the University of Buffalo Muslim Students Association chapter.
One footnote on this latest Buffalo News report on the U.S. Religious Census. The 2010 US religious Census had an estimate of 2.6 million Muslims in the US. That is less than two-fifths of the 7 million figure cited frequently by the mainstream press, promoted by Muslim Brotherhood front group the ISNA. A bit of taqiyya?
Watch this WGRS news video of the conflict over the opening inMay 2011 of the Jaffarya Mosque in Buffalo.
The BBC never ceases to have Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, commenting on a wide variety of issues.
On BBC Radio 4 News at One today he was dispensing his wisdom in regard to the elections in Greece and France.
What a tragedy for the hapless people of Britain that they are being fed information from an organisation, the BBC, which seems to operate like a kind of Islamic Lord Haw Haw, and that the people are not issued with a health (and wealth) warning that the views of such luminaries as professor Timothy Garton Ash include a Europe which should accept gracefully that it becomes Eurabia.
This is what Mark Steyn wrote about Garton Ash:
Meanwhile, the complaceniks held down prestigious chairs at European universities and think tanks and assure us there’s no problem. Timothy Garton Ash is an Oxford professor who directs its European Studies Centre, the sort of chap National Public Radio calls in when they need an “expert” on the EU.
The populations of Europe are aging fast, so more immigrants will be needed to support the pensioners, and these will largely be Muslim immigrants. For this increasingly Muslim Europe to define itself against Islam would be ridiculous and suicidal…Let’s imagine, for a moment, Europe in 2025 at its possible best. A political, economic, and security community of some forty free countries and 650 million people, embracing all the lands in which the two world wars began, and producing, still, a large part of the wealth of the world. A further 650 million people, born in the most explosive parts of the early twenty-first-century globe, but now living in a great arc of partnership with this European Union, from Marrakesh, via Cairo, Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Tbilisi, all the way to Vladivostok. That would not be nothing.
No, indeed. It would certainly be something, but quite what he declines to say. And that’s what Garton Ash sees as the Continent’s “possible best” – a giant Euro-Muslim “arc of partnership”. Faced with a choice between correcting course or drifting irrevocably into Eurabia. Garton Ash has chosen consciously to embrace the latter. He will not be the last.
AMERICA ALONE By Mark Steyn p. 125.
So this Oxford professor, who is also, according to his Biography the Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, thinks that "this increasingly Muslim Europe" is "a good thing" (Mark Steyn, p 124).
Well I wonder whether the people of Europe think that living under Muslim colonisation, duly Islamized and with no legal rights, will be a "good thing"?
But do the people of Europe realise that this is what is happening?:
This book describes Europe’s evolution from a Judeo-Christian civilization, with important post-Enlightenment secular elements, into a post-Judeo-Christian civilization that is subservient to the ideology of jihad and the Islamic powers that propagate it. The new European civilization in the making can be called a “civilization of dhimmitude.” The term dhimmitude comes from the Arabic word “dhimmi”. It refers to subjugated, non-Muslim individuals or people that accept the restrictive and humiliating subordination to an ascendant Islamic power to avoid enslavement or death.1 The entire Muslim world as we know it today is a product of this 1,300 year-old jihad dynamic, whereby once thriving non-Muslim majority civilizations have been reduced to a state of dysfunctional dhimmitude. Many have been completely Islamized and have disappeared. Others remain as fossilized relics of the past, unable to evolve.
Eurabia by Bat Ye’or The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Ye’or p. 9
1. Bat Ye’or, The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians under Islam, translated from the French by David Maisel, Paul Fenton and David Littman. With a preface by Jacques Ellul. Revised and enlarged English edition (Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1985).
[Bold emphasis added]
Should the British people be fed the views of such a man as professor Garton Ash without first being told that he is in favour of Muslims assuming control over the governance of Europe?
Hollande Wins French Presidential Run-off Elections According to Pollsters
A tip of the hat to Lance S
The Wall Street Journal reported that Socialist leader Francois Hollande has apparently won today's Presidential run-off election.
Given what we posted earlier today in commentary from Nidra Poller and Michel Gurfinkiel, is France's future, especially that of the Jewish community there uncertain, considering Hollande's "nouveau France" platform? We will shortly see what evolves when M. Hollande takes over the Elysee Palace as France's new President. Perhaps there will be a return to rampant muliculturalism and deepening Muslim intimidation in France with the largest Muslim population of any EU member country.
PARIS—French Socialist candidate François Hollande won Sunday's presidential runoff, defeating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy after a hard-fought campaign that pitted two radically different personalities against each other, according to estimates of preliminary results seen by The Wall Street Journal.
The ballot was set to continue until 8 p.m. local time in some large French cities, but the samples of preliminary results show Mr. Hollande, 57 years old, had garnered between 52% and 53.3% of the vote. The center-right Mr. Sarkozy, also 57, collected an estimatedMr. Sarkozy collected an estimated 46.7% to 48%, according to the sample of results.
Delegates at the recent General Convention of the United Methodist Church (held from the 24th April to May 4th, 2012) approved a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli goods made in the West Bank.
It was to be expected as the United Methodist Church has for some time expressed substantive hostility toward the Jewish State. There was a great deal of hand-wringing over the supposed harm being done to Palestinian Christians due to the “Occupation” but zero concern over the treatment of Palestinian Christians by the Palestinian Authority itself. Nor was there much worry expressed over the systematic cleansing of Christians from the Islamic Middle East, such as the ongoing oppression of Arab Christians in nearby Syria and Egypt, not to mention recent events in Southern Sudan, Mali, Nigeria…
During another anti-Israeli resolution that failed to pass, which sought the divestment of the Church’s stock in three multinational companies that do business with Israel, the sheer bigotry of one speech by a BDS campaigner stood out. The individual in question: One Margaret Novak of the two-man Yellow Stone delegation to the Conference.
Margaret Novak stated to the assembly, without any subsequent censure:
I would just ask us all to imagine we were United Methodists in the 1930s and 40s [and] that our Board of Pensions held stock in the very successful manufacturing firms in Germany that bid and received the bids to manufacture the ovens for the concentration camps.
At what point would we decide it was time to divest?
How much evidence would we ask for before it was time to stop the wholesale destruction of people?
Whilst the comparison of Israeli policies in a conflict zone to the destruction of Jews in the Holocaust is a common defamation of the Jewish State, which doesn’t remotely stand up to any sort of impartial analysis as the condition of the Palestinian populace in the West Bank improved considerably since the so-called “occupation” began in 1967, with their welfare comparing favourably with neighbouring countries, Ms. Novak went one stage further by comparing three modern multinational companies that dared to do business with Israel with the very firms that manufactured the ovens used during the extermination programme known as the Holocaust.
What are these diabolically evil companies from which Ms. Novak sought divestment? Step forward Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard and Motorola! Ye ebil are responsible for the slaughter of the Palestinians!
Nonetheless, such a statement of moral equivalence represents an interesting insight into the extreme moral depravity of those involved in BDS campaigning, their extremist stances, and frequent attacks on any sort of positive collaboration between Israeli’s and Palestinians. In totality it points to the fact that BDS campaigners do not seek a just solution to the conflict but rather wish to perpetuate it until Israel’s destruction.
Ms. Novak played the BDS Movement’s signature tune that slanders Israel with Holocaust imagery. It is a rather ironic thing to do. Despite their claims that BDS(M) is based on the boycott of Apartheid South Africa, it actually has its origins in the anti-Semitic Arab economic boycott of Israel, which was initiated several years before the Jewish State was born, mere months after the atrocities of the Holocaust were revealed to the world.
The policy of the Arab League was based on an older Arab boycott of Jewish businesses, which started circa 1920. In various guises it became a critical element in achieving within a few decades an effective Judenrein of the Middle East. Interestingly, similar boycotts were instituted in other parts of the world at the same time, not merely the Judenboykott of 1930’s Nazi Germany. These boycotts were driven by nothing other than naked unabashed anti-Semitism. Today same the strategy is ennobled with a fashionable humanitarianism but the behaviour of those involved reveals its true intent.