Sunday, February 17, 2019

Bernie Sanders Stands with Muslims, But Do They Stand with Him?

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Bernie Sanders Stands with Muslims, But Do They Stand with Him?

FEB 16, 2019 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER33 COMMENTS

“Bernie Sanders on Ilhan Omar: ‘We Will Stand By Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters’: But will they stand by him?” My latest in FrontPage:

Jewish Insider reported Thursday:

SCOOP: HEARD LAST NIGHT — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on a conference call hosted by Jim Zogby, Co-Chair of the DNC’s Ethnic Council, when asked about the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweets about AIPAC:“I talked to Ilhan last night to give her my personal support. We will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

Questions that establishment media journalists would ask Bernie Sanders if they were actually journalists and ever asked Leftists tough questions:

1. Yes, you stand by your Muslim brothers and sisters, but will they stand by you, when the chips are down? Remember the Communist Tudeh Party in Iran, which supported Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution, only to be banned and persecuted by the Khomeini regime.

2. If a first-term Jewish Congresswoman had posted a series of tweets criticizing jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women, gays, and others, how many seconds would it have taken you to withdraw your support from her and denounce her?

3. Why doesn’t Ilhan Omar’s retailing of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories bother you? Aren’t you aware of how these conspiracy theories have been used to incite violence against Jews? Haven’t you paused to consider what her obvious belief in these conspiracy theories reveals about her character?

4. The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).

Now, I know you’re not a religious man and don’t take religious texts seriously, but do you understand that Ilhan Omar, as a believing, Sharia-observant Muslim, most likely does take these texts seriously, and probably thinks that they reveal eternal truths that provide her with insight into human interaction now and in all situations? She is, after all, a product of a culture that reveres these texts, and she has never given any sign of departing from the values or norms of that culture.

5. In light of question #4, do you really think that no matter how useful you may be at the moment to Ilhan Omar, that she regards you with anything other than utter contempt? Do you really think that she does not see you as an enemy of Allah who strives to impede the efforts of the Muslims in any possible way?

You may protest at this, that since you are not a religious Jew, this could not possibly be the case, but a constant characteristic of Islamic supremacists is to speak of all Americans as Christians and all Israelis as Jews, despite the fact that many are not religiously observant. Ilhan Omar has never given any indication that she does not see the world in any way other than the way an Islamic supremacist would see it.

You will doubtless call me an “Islamophobe,” Mr. Sanders, and consider the friendship and mutual respect you have established with Ms. Omar to be unshakeable. And you may well be right on the latter; human nature is everywhere the same, and it may be that Ilhan Omar will depart from what the Qur’an and Sunnah tell her about Jews in your case, and establish a lasting bond. There are plenty of precedents. But there are also plenty of precedents of Muslims establishing friendships with Jews and then turning on their Jewish friends, opting for adherence to the Qur’an and Sunnah instead of for the friendship. Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev murdered three of his Jewish friends on September 11, 2011. In August 2003 in Houston, after becoming serious and devout in his observance of Islam, Mohammed Ali Alayed murdered his Jewish friend Ariel Sellouk.

Am I saying Ilhan Omar is going to kill you, Bernie? Of course not. But it’s extremely unlikely that she is ever going to like you. And for all the support you give her, you will be out on your ear as fast as the Tudeh Party the minute you become no longer useful.

Go ahead, call me an “Islamophobe.” But one day you may discover that what I am saying here was not so “racist” and “bigoted” after all.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Scientist and the Elite Try to Hide What Really Happened at CERN, Demonic Entities, Extra Dimensions

Scientist are beginning to get more and more "religious". What has happened at CERN the past few Years? And What are they up too, this will not be your typical video. Speakers: Chuck Missler and Charles Lawson Human Sacrifice at Cern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVNnq... Original Sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq4WBYRcXRU

Who Will Destroy the Kaaba? (Prophet Muhammad Answers!)

The Kaaba is Islam's holiest site, the center of Muslim worship, and the most important destination of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). Yet the Prophet Muhammad himself told his followers that someone would eventually destroy the Kaaba, stone by stone. Muhammad even described the person's appearance and nationality! Consider two hadiths: Sahih al-Bukhari 1595: Narrated Ibn Abbas: The Prophet said, “As if I am looking at him, a black person with thin legs plucking out the stones of the Ka’bah one after another.” Sahih al-Bukhari 1596: Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger said, “Dhus-Suwaiqatain (the thin-legged man) from Ethiopia will demolish the Ka’bah.” As we can see, according to Muhammad, the Kaaba (Ka'bah, or Ka'ba) will be destroyed by a thin-legged black Ethiopian. David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics discusses the implications of Muhammad's claims. PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 PAYPAL: https://www.paypal.me/Acts17Apologetics TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?... MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net #Kaaba #Muhammad #DavidWood

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Islamic State down to its last square mile in eastern Syria

Islamic State down to its last square mile in eastern Syria FEB 16, 2019 JIHAD WATCH BY ROBERT SPENCER The Islamic State declared its caliphate on June 29, 2014, and it looks as if it will last less than five years. Time to bring our troops home and work on containing jihad activity and preventing jihadis from coming here, rather than keeping American troops on endless missions in foreign countries.
“IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria,” by Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press, February 14, 2019: OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants’ outposts in and around the village of Baghouz and worked to clear surrounding villages of remaining fighters, officials with the Kurdish-led forces said. Thousands of people, including many foreign fighters and their families, have emerged from the area in the past few weeks amid ferocious fighting as the U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces closed in from three sides. They include scores of militants who surrendered to the SDF on Wednesday night, but the exodus of civilians has slowed to a trickle in recent days. The United Nations opened a transit center Thursday in Suar, halfway between the towns of Hajin and Al Hol, with room for 400 people, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding that a small number of displaced women and children are already using its services. “The battle continues but the pace has changed. … There are advances but very slow,” said Mervan, an SDF official who goes by the nickname “the Brave.” He said SDF operations have focused mainly on the village’s northeast axis, hitting posts held by IS and its cells. He said the militants attacked the Kurdish forces the night before, hitting one of their vehicles and killing a number of fighters. The militants are using new thermal weapons, he said. “The forces are moving very slowly. They are not moving heavy weapons, very little unless guided and very precise,” he said. The SDF official said he estimates 300 militants remain inside the enclave, and about 1 square kilometer (1 square mile) remains in IS hands. Ciyager Amed, an SDF official, said it is difficult to differentiate between the militants and civilians stilled holed up in Baghouz, citing one reason why the advances have slowed down. Another official said tunnels were still being discovered….

At the University of Northern Iowa, It’s Time for Islam 101 (Part Two)

Hugh Fitzgerald: At the University of Northern Iowa, It’s Time for Islam 101 (Part Two) FEB 16, JIHAD WATCH BY HUGH FITZGERALD Part 1
And where do we see, in real life, this “shared brotherhood”? In the endless attacks on Christian churches and worshippers in Pakistan? In the death sentence, and eight years of prison, endured by Asia Bibi? In the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian Minister for Minorities, who dared to attack the blasphemy law that was used to condemn Asia Bibi? Is that “shared brotherhood” displayed in the hundreds of thousands of Pakistani Muslims who came out on the streets, after Bibi’s acquittal, to bay for her blood? Do we see that “brotherhood” of Christians and Muslims in the attacks, even in supposedly “moderate” Indonesia, on Christians, including the decapitation of Christian schoolgirls? Is this “brotherhood” visible in Saudi Arabia, where Saudis are forbidden to practice Christianity, and where even the foreign Christians are forbidden to worship publicly, and must do so only behind closed doors? Bibles, crucifixes, and other Christian symbols are prohibited; Christian clergy are forbidden entry to the country. Even the most innocuous of activities are punished. A group of Korean nurses, softly singing Christmas carols in their own rooms, behind closed doors, were overheard by the religious police, and were promptly expelled from the country. Is the “shared brotherhood” of Christians and Muslims to be found in Iraq, where the Christian population has gone from 1.5 million in 2003 to 250,000 today, a country where, the Anglican Canon Andrew White now says, “Christianity is dead”? Why did the Christians leave Iraq? Once Saddam Hussein, who had been their protector, was overthrown, Muslims of both sects — Sunni and Shi’a — promptly began to attack at will the now unprotected Christians. Or is that “shared brotherhood” to be found in Lebanon, where the Maronite community has been in steady decline ever since the Lebanese Civil War, during which it defended itself mainly against the Sunni Muslims, and now finds its major foe to be the Shi’a Muslims of Hezbollah? In Egypt, where is that “shared brotherhood” when Muslims attack Coptic Christians, bomb their churches, riddle with machine-gun fire buses in which Copts are traveling to and from pilgrimage sites? Where, in any of these countries, have Muslims turned out en masse — or even turned out at all — to protest the mistreatment of local Christians by local Muslims? The answer is: nowhere. Nowhere can this “shared brotherhood” of Christians and Muslims be found. Islam 101 comes on the heels of last semester’s interfaith panel, “A Rabbi, A Pastor and An Imam: Stronger Together,” which Khan said brought out around 300 people to discuss the similarities and differences between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. This Interfaith propaganda will inevitably include many of the following points: First, that Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are the “three great monotheisms.” Nothing will be said about how Muslims regard many Christians as guilty of shirk, or polytheism, because of the doctrine of the Trinity. Second, that Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are the “three great abrahamic faiths.” Just how significantly Islam’s version of the story of Abraham differs from that of the other two “abrahamic faiths” will not be addressed. Third, that Muslims revere Jesus “as a great prophet.” There will be no mention of the denial, in Islam, of His divinity. Fourth, that Mary, too, is revered in Islam, that Sura 19 is named after her, and that “Mary” (“Mariam”) is mentioned more frequently in the Qur’an — 70 times — than in the New Testament. But the Muslim apologists are unlikely to admit that she is only a righteous woman, neither a prophet nor the mother of the Son of God. As for “fasting during Ramadan,” that will be accurately described as a month-long fast, during the day, that offers Muslims a way to demonstrate the strength of their commitment to the faith. “I think it [Islam 101, two one-hour lectures by two Muslims] will be a great opportunity for those who don’t know much about Islam or don’t personally know Muslims,” Khan said. Food will be catered from nearby Mirch Masala Grill, and a question-and-answer period will follow each speaker. For those who want to test their newfound knowledge, the Center for Multicultural Education will have trivia directly following the lecture. An evening of sanitized Islam, carefully prepared by Muslims well-versed in the arts of taqiyya and tu-quoque, And accompanied by that essential come-on and emollient — free food. That food, representing one or more Muslim cuisines, is a sine qua non of these Open Mosque Nights and Ask-A-Muslim Anything events. Sometimes it’s a sampling of many Muslim cuisines. In this case, the food provided by the “Masala Grill” is apparently is to be that of South Asian cuisine. Hungry students — are attracted to these events by the promise of exotic free food. The food also puts them in a receptive, cheerful mood, more likely to accept what they are told by their kind hosts. The little game of “trivia” that ends the evening, “for those [visitors]who want to test their newfound knowledge,” will provide them with the illusion that they have learned a great deal. It’s not hard to guess what kinds of questions will be asked, nor the right “answers” that will be supplied to them by their Muslim hosts.

Nigeria: Elections Postponed After Islamic State Murders 42 in Attack on Governor’s Election Convoy

Nigeria: Elections Postponed After Islamic State Murders 42 in Attack on Governor’s Election Convoy

FEB 16, 2019 9:47 AM JIHAD WATCH BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

“The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram offshoot, claimed responsibility for a deadly attack this week on a state governor’s election motorcade in Nigeria that may have involved some beheadings days before people in the African country head to the polls on Saturday.”

And now the elections have been postponed.

Intimidation is at the root of jihad. And this shows why: it works.

Last month, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria issued a security alert for American citizens, warning that Boko Haram and its offshoot ISWAP are planning to “disrupt” the elections. Soon after, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration accused members of the opposition of mobilizing the jihadis to disrupt the general elections with “massive attacks” in several states.

“Nigeria: Islamic State Claims Deadly Attack on Governor’s Election Convoy,” by Edwin Mora, Breitbart, February 15, 2019:

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram offshoot, claimed responsibility for a deadly attack this week on a state governor’s election motorcade in Nigeria that may have involved some beheadings days before people in the African country head to the polls on Saturday.

“There was heavy fighting between the attackers and the soldiers and CJTF [Civilian Joint Task Force],” a member of the civilian force told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency on condition of anonymity.

Although core Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria accepted Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance in 2015, ISWAP broke away from the Nigeria-based terrorist group in 2016 over leadership differences, prompting some in the U.S. government to treat the groups as separate entities.

On Wednesday, the pro-ISIS Amaq news agency claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of ISWAP, claiming the terrorist group had killed 42 people in Tuesday’s attack on the election convoy of the governor of Borno state, the birthplace of Boko Haram.

Reuters, however, learned from unnamed Nigerian officials that “between three and ten people were killed, and that some of them may have been beheaded,” later explaining:

Security sources said earlier on Wednesday the gunmen opened fire at the motorcade transporting Borno’s state governor Kashim Shettima [from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party] on his way from state capital Maiduguri to the market town of Gamboru for a rally.

Two security sources said three people died. A government and a separate security source said as many as ten people were killed. Some of those killed may have been beheaded, they said.

Gov. Shettima survived, but some other victims are also missing, Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.

The terrorists kidnapped APC supporters and took them into the bush, AFP learned.

“We still don’t know the fate of several of our supporters who were abducted during the fight,” Ngari Kalla, an APC campaigner, reportedly declared.

“There vehicle was stuck and before they could get out the gunmen surrounded them and took them away. This is a major concern to us,” Kalla added.

Last month, the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria issued a security alert for American citizens, warning that Boko Haram and its offshoot ISWAP are planning to “disrupt” the elections.

Soon after, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration accused members of the opposition of mobilizing the jihadis to disrupt the general elections with “massive attacks” in several states.

Over 84 million Nigerians are expected to go to the polls on February 16 to elect the nation’s president and members of the lawmaking National Assembly.

“The incumbent governor [of Borno]— at the end of a maximum two four-year terms — was campaigning for a seat in Nigeria’s Senate in Nigeria’s elections due to take place on Saturday. Muslim-majority northeast Nigeria, including Borno, is an APC stronghold,” Reuters noted.

The opposition has blasted the Buhari administration’s record on combating ISIS and Boko Haram….

Germany Deports Jihad Terrorist to Turkey, Refuses US Request to Extradite Him to US

Germany Deports Jihad Terrorist to Turkey, Refuses US Request to Extradite Him to US FEB 16, 2019 JIHAD WATCH BY ROBERT SPENCER Merkel’s Germany has a new and massive Muslim population; Merkel is clearly much more interested in keeping that population happy than in honoring Germany’s alliance with the United States.
“Germany: No Choice But to Reject Terrorist Extradition to US,” Associated Press, February 7, 2019: BERLIN — An American request for the extradition of a Turkish man wanted in the United States on terrorism charges was rejected because there was no other option under German law, authorities said Thursday, in a case that has raised the ire of officials in Washington. Adem Yilmaz, who was indicted under seal in the U.S. in 2015 on charges of participating nearly 10 years earlier in attacks on U.S. military forces along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization in Germany in 2010. To extradite him to face trial in the U.S. on terrorism charges would constitute double jeopardy under German law, Frankfurt state court spokeswoman Gundula Fehns-Boeer told The Associated Press. “An extradition could have only occurred if the Americans said they would restrict the charges to crimes not already punished,” she said. After the Frankfurt court’s decision on the American request last week, Hesse state officials on Tuesday deported Yilmaz to his native Turkey, said state Interior Ministry spokesman Marcus Gerngross. Gerngross said there was “nothing unusual” about deporting a foreign national who had violated German laws, but the decision angered American officials. American officials filed additional assurances on Monday, attempting to address the Frankfurt court’s decision, but the deportation was carried out before those arguments could be considered. After learning of the deportation, Deputy U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan called a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was in Washington to take part in meetings of the coalition fighting against the Islamic State group, to express American displeasure. “We are gravely disappointed by Germany’s decision to deport a dangerous terrorist — Adem Yilmaz — to Turkey, rather than to extradite him to the United States to face justice for his complicity in the murder of two American servicemen,” acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement later Wednesday after the two diplomats had met.

World’s Largest Islamic Charity, Islamic Relief, Implicated in Tunisian Terror Probe

World’s Largest Islamic Charity, Islamic Relief, Implicated in Tunisian Terror Probe

FEB 16, 2019 9:00 AM JIHAD WATCH BY ROBERT SPENCER

In Islam, zakat — the alms required of every Muslim — can and should be given to further the jihad. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there are so many jihad-linked charities.

The Obama administration dropped a terror funding case against Islamic Relief.

“Islamic Relief and Qatar Implicated in Tunisian Terror Finance Investigationm” by Sam Westrop, Rabwah Times, February 9, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A leaked report allegedly produced by the Tunisian Commission for Financial Analysis (CTAF) reveals an investigation into a prominent leader of Islamic Relief – the international Islamist charitable network founded in the U.K. and named by the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist organization – over concerns that monies given to Islamic Relief’s Tunisian branch by the British parent branch, Islamic Relief Worldwide, were used to fund jihadists at the Tunisian-Libyan border.

According to the report, CTAF (which is tasked with tackling money laundering and terror finance) found that Islamic Relief Tunisia’s chief bank account was found to have received a total of almost $2.5 million from Islamic Relief Worldwide as well as a prominent New York financial services firm, INTL FCStone.

From this income, the report claims that over $50,000 was spent just a few miles from the Libyan border – a jihadist hot-spot – on car rentals and purchases, hotels, fuel, and cell phones. CTAF has reportedly concluded that these expenditures provided “logistical support” for jihadists preparing to enter Libya.

CTAF also reportedly studied the bank accounts of the former Director of Islamic Relief Tunisia, Abdelmonem Daymi, his wife Hager Abdelouahed, and his brother Mounir Daymi. Investigators found that one of Abdelmonem Daymi and his wife’s joint accounts had received repeated large transfers totaling $150,000, in many different currencies, from sources in the U.K, U.S, and Qatar.

Daymi is a long-standing employee of Islamic Relief. At various points, he has held senior positions in Islamic Relief Worldwide (the UK parent branch), Islamic Relief Canada and Islamic Relief Tunisia. Today, Daymi directs Islamic Relief’s operations in Lebanon. Despite having left Islamic Relief Tunisia in 2015, CTAF investigators reportedly concluded that Daymi retained control over Islamic Relief Tunisia’s bank accounts.

Daymi is also the founder and former director of the Tunisia Charity, which serves as an arm of the Qatar Charity, which itself is funded and controlled by the Qatari regime. According to Tunisian media, Tunisia Charity was one of three organizations in Tunisia given access to $7.5 million of funding by the Qatari regime. In 2017, Tunisian lawmakers accused the Tunisia Charity of funding terrorism and called for an investigation.

Although Daymi resigned as director of Tunisia Charity in 2014, his wife, Hager Abdelouahed, remains an employee of the Qatari-controlled charity. Abdelmonem’s brother Mounir Daymi, meanwhile, is a director of Al Jazeera, Qatar’s enormous regime-controlled international media network.
Abdelmonem Daymi’s other brother, meanwhile, is Imed Daymi, one of the country’s most prominent politicians. He recently served in a coalition government with the Islamist Ennahda Party – a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Although he leads a separate political party (Congress for the Republic), Daymi is described in Arabic media as an “ally of Ennahda.” In 2013, Daymi flew to Qatar with Rachid Ghannouchi, co-founder of Ennahda and one of the world’s leading Islamist thinkers, to meet with the Qatari Emir.

Following media furor over the allegations against Islamic Relief and the Daymi family, Imed Daymi and other Islamist politicians condemned the allegations as conspiracy theories. CTAF has since denied publishing or leaking any information about the investigation, but it has pointedly refused to deny that the report exists, only stating that it hands its findings “exclusively to the Public Prosecutor’s office.”

Despite receiving over $80 million from Western taxpayers over the past decade, a growing number of governments and financial institutions have accused the Islamic Relief franchise of involvement with Islamist extremism and terror. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates designated Islamic Relief Worldwide as a terrorist organization; in 2016, the banking giant HSBC shut down Islamic Relief’s accounts, following a similar decision made by UBS four years earlier; that same year, German and Swedish governments named Islamic Relief as a proxy for the Muslim Brotherhood; and in 2017, the Bangladeshi government banned Islamic Relief from working with Rohingya refugees over reported radicalization fears….

Austria: Non-Muslim Girls Forced to Wear Hijabs to Avoid Harassment From Muslim migrants

Austria: Non-Muslim Girls Forced to Wear Hijabs to Avoid Harassment From Muslim migrants FEB 15, 2019 JIHAD WATCH BY ROBERT SPENCER A glimpse into the future of the whole of Europe. When I spoke in Germany in 2010, a teenage girl told me that she was harassed every day on her way to school by Muslim migrants, because she was not, in their view, properly covered.
“Austrian Girls Forced to Wear Hijabs to Avoid Harassment, Ex-MP Claims,” Sputnik News, February 15, 2019: According to Doctor Marcus Franz, who used to serve as a lawmaker in the National Council, there are “problem zones” in the country’s capital where local girls are being forced to hide that they are Austrian. Former member of the Austrian National Council, Doctor Marcus Franz, stated in an interview to broadcaster oe24.TV that he knew fathers in Vienna’s “problem areas” who give their daughters hijabs in order not to let them be recognised as Austrians and protect them from harassment. He cited witnesses from his personal acquaintances in the 15th district of the Austrian capital. The man pointed to “permanent micro-aggression”. He said girls are dressing differently than people in Austria are used to because of an “unhealthy aggressive attitude”. “Girls, young women as well as older women are simply afraid. You can observe this among people, you can see it plain and simple when you work in a social profession — as I do. And one should make a clear distinction between those who are new and those who have already been with us for a long time”, he stated….

BBC blames Salman Rushdie for Muslims Who Turned to jihad in Rage Over His “Blasphemous” Book

BBC blames Salman Rushdie for Muslims Who Turned to jihad in Rage Over His “Blasphemous” Book FEB 15, 2019 JIHAD WATCH BY ROBERT SPENCER “It all started with the publication of the Satanic Verses and how people pushed me away. That’s why I always say I am one of Rushdie’s children. I was radicalised by white liberals.” So what is the point that the BBC is trying to make? This: if we would all just submit to Sharia blasphemy laws, and stop criticizing Islam, then Muslims will be warm and cuddly and not wage jihad against us. And of course the BBC is right. The jihadis won’t need to fight us if we have already surrendered.
“‘Salman Rushdie radicalised my generation,'” by Mobeen Azhar, BBC News, February 14, 2019 (thanks to Vikram): It’s Valentine’s day 1989. Margaret Thatcher is prime minister and Kylie, Yazz and Bros are making noise. Far away, Iran’s supreme leader issues a fatwa demanding the death of British author Salman Rushdie – and the effect on young Muslims in the UK is huge. Alyas Karmani was soaking up everything student life had to offer. He’d grown up in Tooting, south London, in a traditional Pakistani household, his father a bus driver and trade unionist. Religion was an important part of Alyas’s upbringing but not something he was particularly interested in. “We were obedient to our parents. We’d go to the mosque when it was required but we had a clandestine double-life existence,” he says. “We were partying, smoking weed, going out with girls and doing everything we could possibly do.” So when it was time to choose a university, Alyas ran away from his Pakistani Muslim identity and headed 400 miles north to Glasgow. “I was running as fast as possible. I was a ‘self-hating Paki’. I didn’t want brown friends. All my friends were white liberal mainstream types. That was my crowd.” In Glasgow, Alyas would become an important fixture on the student scene. He ran club nights and loved music and dancing. “I had a wonderful time and then something really inconvenient happened in 1989.” That inconvenience was Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa – imposed on Salman Rushdie for his novel, the Satanic Verses, which was widely considered blasphemous in the Muslim world. While Alyas didn’t think Rushdie should die, he also didn’t think The Satanic Verses was OK. Now he found himself being blamed for a fatwa that had nothing to do with him. “I thought these friends understood and accepted me but now they were pointing fingers. The conversations went like this: ‘What’s wrong with you people? Why are you doing this? Why have you put a death threat on Salman Rushdie? What side are you on? Are you with us or against us?’ It was really as stark as that.” Alyas had felt uncomfortable going to mosques, which back in the 1980s were run almost exclusively by older South Asian men whose first language was not English. So Alyas went searching for Islamic guidance from younger, English-speaking Muslims and found it. Under their influence, he reconnected with the faith of his parent’s generation, but took it in a much more radical direction – the focus was on global Muslim identity rather than personal morality or spirituality. “It was a counterculture. It had a dress code and a language. I left my non-Muslim friends and when I left university, I completely devoted myself to the movement,” he says. “It all started with the publication of the Satanic Verses and how people pushed me away. That’s why I always say I am one of Rushdie’s children. I was radicalised by white liberals.” The Salafi school of thought Alyas became part of is more puritanical than traditional South Asian Islam, and has overt political leanings. Some of the people Alyas associated with ended up fighting in Bosnia, as members of the Bosnian army. He never made it to the battlefield, he says because his skills “were in promoting ideology”. Today, Alyas has softened his approach. “Back then we only saw binary options: good or bad. With or against. Halal or haram. Now I prefer shades of grey,” he says. He remains a devout Muslim who champions “the middle way”. He is an unconventional imam and psychologist. He offers his congregations in Huddersfield and Bradford advice on everything from sex and relationships to mental health. Ed Husain was a few years younger than Alyas when The Satanic Verses was published. Still at school, he was excited when his father took him to Hyde Park to protest against the book….

Tony Blair Admits to ‘Nascent Alliance’ Between Islam and Political Leftists

Tony Blair Admits to ‘Nascent Alliance’ Between Islam and Political Leftists

FEB 15, 2019 JIHAD WATCH 2:00 PM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

“Former Labour leader Tony Blair has admitted there is a ‘nascent alliance’ between Islamists and the political left in Britain.” This alliance has actually been established for a long time. Many Leftists have been found to be working closely with Islamic supremacist organizations with established connections to jihad terror groups such as Hamas, including the American and Canadian supporters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its allies.

It is peculiar, however, to see Tony Blair admit that this is happening across Europe:

And you can see this not just here in the UK, you can see it across Europe — and yes, it gives rise to anti-Semitism. It’s not your old traditional anti-Semitism of the old kind of right-wing nature of, you know, not wanting Jewish people in golf clubs and that type of thing, but it’s every bit as pernicious and, you know, to have a situation where you’ve got Labour MPs worried because they happen to be Jewish, I mean…”

It is critical to note is that CAIR and other such groups are stealth purveyors of anti-Semitism; their links to Hamas are just one indication of this. Western Leftists who ally themselves with such groups should be marginalized. Instead, they themselves work to silence those who speak the truth.

“Tony Blair Admits to ‘Nascent Alliance’ Between Islamist and Left-wing Politics,” by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart, February 12, 2019:

Former Labour leader Tony Blair has admitted there is a “nascent alliance” between Islamists and the political left in Britain.

In a wide-ranging interview focusing mainly on his desire to overturn the British public’s vote for Brexit in 2016, the controversial 65-year-old told Sophy Ridge of Sky News: “There is, I’m afraid, there is a kind of nascent alliance between what I would call bits of the sort of Islamist type of politics and the left.”

“And you can see this not just here in the UK, you can see it across Europe — and yes, it gives rise to anti-Semitism. It’s not your old traditional anti-Semitism of the old kind of right-wing nature of, you know, not wanting Jewish people in golf clubs and that type of thing, but it’s every bit as pernicious and, you know, to have a situation where you’ve got Labour MPs worried because they happen to be Jewish, I mean…” Blair added, trailing off.

Several of Labour’s Muslim politicians have been implicated in anti-Semitism scandals in recent years, such as Shadow Minister of State for Women and Equalities Naz Shah.

Shah was briefly suspended from the party over posting anti-Semitic remarks such as “The Jews are rallying” on social media — although she was not disciplined for liking and retweeting a comment saying that “abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths for the good of diversity” at a later date.

Hard-left party leader Jeremy Corbyn, too, has come under fire for previous remarks that British-born “Zionists” struggle to understand “English irony”, and for allegedlyparticipating in a Tunisian wreath-laying ceremony for the Black September terrorists who murdered Jewish athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

Blair seemed confident that there would be no issues with Labour and anti-Semitism if he was still in charge, asking Ridge: “Can you imagine that, when I was leader of the Labour Party, having a conversation with me about whether anti-Semitism is in the Labour Party or not?”……

Friday, February 15, 2019

Turkish Computer Game Incites Jerusalem Muslims to Wage Jihad and “Liberate” Temple Mount

Turkish Computer Game Incites Jerusalem Muslims to Wage Jihad and “Liberate” Temple Mount

FEB 15, 2019 BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS

A new computer game, “Mosque Guards,” is “being distributed in eastern Jerusalem that is suitable for smartphones and the home computer.” The game was developed by “a Turkish society called ‘Reading Time.’”

It’s no surprise that Turkish developers are behind it. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a fervent supporter of the Palestinian jihad. He called last March for an “army of Islam” to attack Israel on all sides.

Erdogan also proclaimed that “‘Jews in Israel’ beat Palestinian women and children, telling his audience at an Istanbul meeting of the Turkey Youth Foundation that Muslims must ensure Israelis are ‘taught a lesson.’” He went on: “But as Muslims, will confront these people [the Jews] if they have courage to deal with us and we’ll teach them a lesson.”

“Mosque Guards” is incitement of young Palestinian jihadis, exhorting them to ramp up their vioence against Israel and its citizens. These jihadis are indoctrinated to believe that they are on a “holy” mission to “liberate” “Palestine” from the River to the Sea, that is, obliterate Israel, in the name of Islam. The jihadi mission is made to look as if the jihadis are brave warriors fighting against alleged Jewish oppression. “The goal of the game is to teach the youth all the secrets of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during a virtual tour, and the players are seen as strong, warrior-like people who have already experienced the game and report that the game trains them to confront the Jerusalem Police.”

The winner of Mosque Guards receives the key to the Mughrabi Gate and the title “Liberator of Jerusalem.”

“Turkish computer game incites Jerusalem Arabs to ‘liberate’ Temple Mount,” World Israeli News,February 14, 2019:

Lt. Gen. (res.) Baruch Yedid, former head of Arab affairs in the IDF’s Central Command, discussed a new computer game, “Mosque Guards,” being distributed in eastern Jerusalem that is suitable for smartphones and the home computer.

The player must reach different places on the Temple Mount with a special Facebook page for coordination and co-creation between players.

“The money for developing the game was given by a Turkish society called ‘Reading Time.’ It transferred money to the East Jerusalem Society called Burj al-Laklak, a historical motif in Islam,” Yedid told Arutz-7.

“The goal of the game is to teach the youth all the secrets of the Al-Aqsa Mosque during a virtual tour, and the players are seen as strong, warrior-like people who have already experienced the game and report that the game trains them to confront the Jerusalem Police,” he explained. “The winner of the game receives the key to the Mughrabi Gate with the title ‘Liberator of Jerusalem.’”

The Temple Mount, under the administration of the Jordanian Islamic Waqf, can be accessed by 11 gates in the Old City of Jerusalem, but tourists and non-Muslims may enter only through the Mughrabi Gate.

“Under the guise of cultural and heritage activity, Turkish involvement is growing,” Yedid stated…..

Hamas-linked CAIR Outraged at Trump’s Border Wall Emergency Declaration

Hamas-linked CAIR Outraged at Trump’s Border Wall Emergency Declaration

FEB 15, 2019 JIHAD WATCH BY ROBERT SPENCER 

Odd thing: Hamas-linked CAIR never had any problem with Obama’s thirteen emergency declarations. Note how they try to smear Trump as racist, saying the border wall is an attempt to “make America white again,” as if trying to stop illegal immigration, and the crime and drug trafficking that come with it, were “racist.” One might almost get the idea that Hamas-linked CAIR was working at “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house.”

CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements about how Islamic law should be imposed in the U.S. (Ahmad denies this, but the original reporter stands by her story.) CAIR chapters frequently distribute pamphlets telling Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. CAIR has opposed virtually every anti-terror measure that has been proposed or implemented and has been declared a terror organization by the United Arab Emirates. Ayloush himself in 2017 called for the overthrow of the U.S. government.

So this denunciation is the best ad yet for the border wall.

“CAIR Condemns Trump’s Planned Border Wall Emergency Declaration as ‘Abuse of Executive Authority,'” Common Dreams, February 14, 2019:

WASHINGTON – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight condemned President Trump’s planned emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as an “abuse of executive authority.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that Trump will sign legislation to prevent a government shutdown while at the same time declaring a national emergency to try to build the border wall.

SEE: Trump Will Sign Spending Bill and Declare a National Emergency, Mitch McConnell Says

In response to the planned emergency declaration, CAIR said:

“CAIR condemns President Trump’s planned declaration of emergency powers to construct a border wall that is primarily motivated by an anti-immigrant ideology designed to ‘make America white again.’ Such a declaration would be an abuse of executive authority and would immediately invite legitimate constitutional and congressional challenges.

“Refugee asylum seekers, unaccompanied children or undocumented immigrants seeking work or to reunite with their families do not constitute a ‘national emergency.'”…

Hollywood Rallies Around Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar Despite Her anti-Semitic Tweets

Hollywood Rallies Around Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar Despite Her anti-Semitic Tweets FEB 15, 2019 BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS JIHAD WATCH “Hollywood celebrities concerned about bigotry in America made one big exception this week to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she was accused of anti-Semitism for remarks she made about the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).” Note well: these Hollywood celebrities who heavily impact culture are not concerned about anti-Semitism, but about anti-Muslim bigotry, with specific reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is herself a purveyor of bigotry. It’s insane, but it is also a familiar pattern. It’s fine for Muslims to be bigoted against Jews and other infidels, apostates, and homosexuals, to deem women to be inferior, and hold black slaves. Despite Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets claiming that “Jewish money was behind American elected officials’ support for Israel,” specifically the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Bernie Sanders stated: “We will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
“Hollywood Rallies Around Ilhan Omar: ‘I’m a Jew; She Was Right About AIPAC,’” by Justin Caruso, Breitbart, February 14, 2019: Hollywood celebrities concerned about bigotry in America made one big exception this week to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she was accused of anti-Semitism for remarks she made about the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said in a social media post about GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy defending Israel. She then insinuated that AIPAC was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. Many political figures, even Democrats, accused her of perpetuating harmful anti-Semitic tropes. Hollywood celebrities, however, had a different opinion. “I’m a Jew; she was right about AIPAC,” comedian Michael Ian Black said, adding, “Also, I’m an American; I’m right about the NRA.” “Trump’s criticism of Omar is ironic given how many times he has made anti-Semitic comments or hesitated to denounce such rhetoric,” Mia Farrow remarked. Left-wing director Judd Apatow responded to Vice President Mike Pence’s condemnation of Omar, snarking, “Pocahontas is cool? Nazi’s are good people is cool? Mexicans are rapists is cool? Africa is a shithole is cool? Grab em by the pussy is cool? Gotcha.” Rosie O’Donnell re-tweeted a similar criticism of Trump, simply adding, ImpeachTrumpNow.” Michael Moore simply posted a glowing photo of Omar….

At the University of Northern Iowa, It’s Time for Islam 101 (Part One

At the University of Northern Iowa, It’s Time for Islam 101 (Part One) FEB 15, 2019 BY HUGH FITZGERALD JIHAD WATCH
“Muslim students to discuss hijab, jihad during ‘Islam 101,’” by Amie Steffen, The Courier, November 12, 2018: To someone who isn’t Muslim, or doesn’t know anyone who practices Islam, the concept of “jihad” may sound bad. To Muslims, “jihad” isn’t negative at all. But despite more Muslims joining the Cedar Valley [sic] each year, the disconnect between Islamic and non-Islamic communities persists. We can guess exactly how “Jihad” will be presented to a non-Muslim audience at the lecture called Islam 101. Attention will be focused on the spurious hadith in which Muhammad, returning home from fighting, is said to have exclaimed that he was returning from the “lesser” Jihad of combat to the “greater” Jihad of personal moral struggle. Muslim apologists love to quote these words attributed to Muhammad, but they never tell us it’s based on a very questionable hadith, with a weak chain of narration (isnad). Nadir Khan believes a lack of education is the issue, and his group has come up with a solution. Islam 101, organized by the Muslim Students Association of the University of Northern Iowa, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday [November 14] at the Mocker Union Ballroom on UNI’s campus. The lecture will feature two speakers: Dem Kazkaz, a Syrian-American activist and president of the Masjid Al Noor Islamic Center in Waterloo; and Miriam Amer, a Lebanese-American activist and founder of the Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “The community is getting bigger,” Khan, president of the 25-member MSA, said. “Due to the political climate, and seeing all that is happening, this helps to bridge the gap between groups.” Topics discussed will include the actual meaning of jihad, the importance of the hijab, fasting during Ramadan, what Islam teaches about humanity and the shared brotherhood between Christianity and Islam. The “actual meaning of Jihad” to be conveyed will of course not be that which is accepted both by Jihadis around the world, and by mainstream Muslims, too. Nor will it be that presented by thousands of Qur’anic scholars and commentators. For Jihadis, mainstream Muslims, and Qur’anic commentators, Jihad means warfare against the Infidels, until they are killed, or converted, or they accept the permanent status of dhimmis, subject to a host of onerous conditions, including payment of the Jizyah. The “actual meaning of Jihad” the Muslim speakers will offer will be that of a “personal moral struggle,” based on that single weak hadith in which Muhammad returns home from the battlefield, declaring that he has returned from the “lesser” to the “greater” jihad of domestic life. The “importance of the hijab” presentation will discuss the function of cover — from the simple hijab, a kerchief or foulard that covers only the hair, to the full covering provided by the chador (in Iran), the burka (in Afghanistan), and the niqab (in Saudi Arabia), where a woman is totally covered save for a cloth grill over her face (with the burka), or eye-slits (with the niqab). These types of cover will be discussed as the means to prevent Muslim men from being unduly aroused, by hiding the wearer’s physical beauty. These various covers will be presented, unsurprisingly, not as being anywhere imposed on women by men, but as freely chosen by Muslim women. As for the fasting during Ramadan, there is no need to misrepresent it. Ramadan is simply a way for Muslims to demonstrate, by observing a month of strict day-time fasting, the strength of their commitment to the faith. In discussing “what Islam teaches about humanity,” the Muslims delivering the Islam 101 talk will pass over in silence the Qur’anic division of all mankind into Believers and Unbelievers, Muslims and non-Muslims. According to Qur’an 3:110, Muslims are “the best of peoples,” while Qur’an 98:6 calls non-Muslims “the most vile of creatures.” That is the most significant “teaching about humanity” to be found in Islam. The discussion of “the shared brotherhood between Christianity and Islam” will of course require that many more Qur’anic verses be ignored. The verses that command Muslims “not to take Christians or Jews as friends, for they are friends only with each other” (5:51) paints quite a different picture of the so-called “shared brotherhood” between Christianity and Islam; indeed, it undermines the idea completely. So do 3:110 and 98:6, with their stark distinction between Muslims, called “the best of peoples,” and non-Muslims, called “the most vile of creatures.” A “shared brotherhood” could only be achieved by ignoring important verses in the Qur’an. How likely is it that devout Muslims would do that?

Did Islam Destroy Classical Civilisation?

Did Islam Destroy Classical Civilization ? Source: Islam In It's Own WordsDid Islam Destroy Classical Civilisation? ”Excellent Analysis of how Islam created the Middle Age and influenced Europeans’ mind” One of the most enduring problems of history is the decline of Classical Civilization. How is it, scholars have long asked, that the civilization of Greece and Rome, which had endured over a thousand years, gave way to the world of the Medieval; an age which saw, for a while, the decline and apparent disappearance of the rationalist spirit of Greece and Rome? In academic and journalistic literature and in the popular imagination there is no mystery at all: After theBarbarian Invasions of the fifth century, we are told, the peoples of Western Europe reverted to living in thatched, wattle-and-daub huts. Cities were destroyed and abandoned, the art of writing virtually lost, and the mass of the population kept in a state of ignorance by an obscurantist and fanatical Church, which effectively completed the destructive work of the Barbarians. Into this darkened stage, the Arabs arrived in the seventh and eighth centuries like a ray of light. Tolerant and learned, they brought knowledge of the science of antiquity back into Europe and, under their influence, the Westerners began the long journey back to civilization. That, in a nutshell, is the story told in an enormous number of scholarly treatises and academic textbooks. It is a story implicitly accepted by a large majority of professional historians, both in Europeand North America – among them Bernard Lewis, the doyen of Middle Eastern studies in the English-speaking world; and yet it is a version of the past that is completely and utterly false. Indeed, it would be difficult to imagine a narrative further removed from what actually happened. And, shocking as it may seem, historians have known this for several generations. Why this knowledge has never been fully disseminated or integrated into academic thought is a moot point, but the fact that textbooks designed for schoolchildren and students of higher education can still be printed promoting the above version of events should be a cause of deep concern. For the truth is that when the Arabs reached southern Italy and Spain they found not a bunch of primitive savages, but a highly sophisticated Latin civilization, a civilization rich in cities, agriculture, art and literature, and presided over by completely Romanized Gothic kings. How do we know this? Well, the Arabs themselves said so. On their arrival in Spain, Gothic Spain, the Muslim conquerors of 711 were astonished at the size and opulence of its cities. Their annalists recall the appearance at the time of Seville, Cordova, Merida and Toledo;“the four capitals of Spain, founded,” they tell us naively, “by Okteban [Octavian] the Caesar.” Seville, above all, seems to have struck them by its wealth and its illustriousness invarious ways. “It was,” writes Ibn Adhari, among all the capitalso f Spainthe greatest, the most important, the best built and the richest in ancient monuments. Before its conquest by the Goths it had been the residence of the Roman governor. The Gothic kings chose Toledo for their residence; but Seville remained the seat of the Roman adepts of sacred and profane science, and it was there that lived the nobility of the same origin. (Cited from Lious Bertrand and Sir Charles Petrie, The History of Spain (2nd ed. London, 1945) p. 7) Not much sign of decline here! Another Arab writer, Merida, mentions Seville’s great bridge as well as “magnificent palaces and churches,” (Bertrand and Petrie, pp. 17-18) and we should note that archaeological confirmation of this picture is forthcoming. Several of the magnificent Visigothic churches and palaces still stand, and the discovery near Toledo in 1857 of a collection of richly wrought Visigothic votive crowns encrusted with precious stones brought the descriptions of the Arab conquerors to mind in the most vivid way possible. (See Richard Fletcher, Moorish Spain (London, 1992) p. 18) Documentary andarchaeological evidence from throughout the territories of the former Roman Empire has demonstrated, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the Barbarian rulers who occupied Italy and the Western Empire during the fifth century, far from destroying Roman culture and civilization, rapidly became Romanized themselves, and presided over a veritable renaissance of Classical civilization. The arts and the sciences flourished under them, and their enormous wealth was employed in the construction of brilliantly decorated residences and churches. By 500 AD, virtually all of the damage that had been done during the Invasions of the fifth century had been repaired, and cities flourished as they had under the old Imperial administration. Indeed, the “Barbarian” kings of Italy, from the very beginning, actively imitated the Court in Constantinople, and all of them regarded themselves as not only allies, but functionaries and officers of the Empire. The gold coins they issued were stamped with the image of the Byzantine Emperor, and they dwelt in the palatial villas erected by earlier Roman procurators and princes. Some of these were extended, and all were regularly renovated. Yet, having said all that, it is true that by the end of the seventh century, or at the very latest by the start of the eighth, this flowering Classical civilization came, rather suddenly, to an end; and the medieval world we are all familiar with took shape: cities and towns declined and were sometimes abandoned, trade diminished, life became more rural, the arts declined, illiteracy prevailed, and the feudal system, which fragmented the kingdoms of Western Europe, took shape. In the years which followed, the Church became the sole vehicle of learning and administration, and a barter economy largely replaced the monetary system in place shortly before. What coins were issued, were minted in silver, rather than the gold used tillthe start of the seventh century. The Middle Ages had begun. Who or what had produced this situation? As early as the 1920s Belgian medievalist Henri Pirenne located the proverbial smoking gun. But it was not in the hands of the Goths or Vandals, or the Christian Church: it was in the hands of those people whom it had, even then, become fashionable to credit with saving Western Civilization:the Arabs. The evidence, as Pirenne was at pains to show in his posthumously published Mohammed and Charlemagne (1938) was incontrovertible. From the mid-seventh century the Mediterranean had been blockaded by the Arabs. Trade with the great centres of population and culture in the Levant, a trade which had been the mainstay of Western Europe’s prosperity,was terminated. The flow of all the luxury items which Pirenne found in the records of the Spanish Visigoths and the Merovingians of Gaul, came to an abrupt end, as Arab pirates scoured the seas. The flow of gold to the West dried up. Gold coinage disappeared, and the great cities of Italy, Gaul and Spain, especially the ports, which owed their wealth to the Mediterranean trade, became mere ghost towns. Worst of all, perhaps, from the perspective of culture and learning, the importation of papyrus from Egyptc eased.This material, which had been shipped into Western European vast quantities since the time of the Roman Republic, was absolutely essential for a thousand purposes in a literate and mercantile civilization; and the ending of the supply had an immediate and catastrophic effect on levels of literacy. These dropped, almost overnight, to levels perhaps equivalent to those in pre-Roman times. Pirenne stressed that the arrival of Islam effectively isolated Europe both intellectually and economically. And with this economic paralysis came war: the Muslim conquests were to unleash a torrent of violence against Europe. As a direct result of the Arab advance, by the seventh and eighth centuries, Christendom, the area within which Christianity was the dominant religion, diminished almost to vanishing-point. This catastrophic loss of territory – everything from northern Syria to the Pyrenees – took place in a space of two or three generations. In Western Europe there remained only a nucleus of Christian territory, comprising France, Western Germany, the Upper Danube and Italy (as well as Ireland and parts of Britain); and these regions felt themselves threatened also with imminent extinction: For the surviving Christian territories were besieged and under sustained attack from the north and east ,as well as the south. As the Arabs sent army after army to plunder, destroy and occupy, they encouraged and, in some ways directed, further attacks on the core areas of Europe from other directions. Thus even the Viking onslaught, which devastated huge areas of the British Isles, France and northern Germany, was elicited by the Muslim demand for slaves. The latter is a fact not yet widely known, though well-accepted by professional historians: the Vikings, essentially, were piratical slave-traders, and their notorious expeditions across the seas to the west and along the great rivers of Russia to the east were elicited first and foremost by the Muslim demand for white-skinned concubines and eunuchs. Without Islam, there would almost certainly have been no Vikings. As it was, this trading-alliance between the barbarians of the North and the Muslims of Spain and North Africa was to bring Christian Europe to the brink of collapse. As if all that were note nough, the attempt to control the inroads of Muslims and Vikings opened Europe to the depredations of other predatory peoples, most especially from the steppelands of central Asia, and one of these in particular, the Magyars, or Hungarians, were to prove a real threat, for a time, to the continued existence of a Christian Germany. Pirenne’s research was first class and was never effectively refuted by his critics. Nonetheless, his findings have been ignored. Year after year popular and scholarly works on the history of the Mediterranean and of Islam’s interaction with Christianity continue to be published – especially in the English-speakingworld – without mentioning Pirenne’s name, far less taking on board his findings. This was the case, for example, with John Julius Norwich’s history ofthe Mediterranean (The Middle Sea), published in 2006. The same is true of the latest offering of Bernard Lewis, the grand old man of Middle Eastern studies at Princeton, whose 2008 book God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 – 1215, not only ignores Pirenne and his ideas, but comes to conclusions reminiscent of those taught before the appearance of Mohammed and Charlemagne. So for example in the above volume Lewis contrasted the cultural sophistication of the eighth century Islamic invaders of Spain with what he describes as the almost Neolithic culture and economy of the Visigoths and Franks whom they encountered. For Lewis, the “Dark Age” was still brought about by the Germanic Invaders of the fifth century, and the Arab blockade of the Mediterranean in the seventh and eighth centuries had no effect upon Europe. For him, the Arabs were still, evidently, the saviours of Europe from barbarism. How to explain this? Without doubt, political correctness has played a part. The spirit of the age dictates that non-European civilizations (such as the Islamic) should never be criticized,is most disturbing, and needsor even critically examined. Such an attitude, which essentially places ideology above evidence, and needs to be combated at every opportunity. There is however another factor: Pirenne, along with almost all historians of his age, assumed that Byzantium, which had not been overrun by the Barbarians, never experienced a Dark Age or a Medieval period. This view was prompted, in part at least, by Byzantine propaganda, which always advertised the Empire as the Second Romeand the inheritor of Rome’smantle. As recently as 1953, for example, Sidney Painter could write that, “from 716 to 1057 came [for Byzantium] slightly more than three centuries of glory. The Byzantine Empire was the richest state of Europe, the strongest military power, and by far the most cultivated. During these three centuries while Western Europe was a land of partly tamed barbarians, the Byzantine Empire was a highly civilized state where almost felicitous merger of Christianity and Hellenism produced a fascinating culture.” (A History of the Middle Ages, 284-1500). To this day, popular literature tells us how, after the taking of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453, Greek scholars and philosophers, fleeing to the West, helped “kick-start” the Renaissance in Italy. But if Byzantine civilization was not destroyed by the Arabs, why should anyone believe they destroyed classical civilization in the West? This was a point Pirenne did not address: He was perhaps unaware of its importance. Yet developments in Byzantine archaeology since the Second World War have now come dramatically to the support of Pirenne: For it has been shown, much to the surprise of everyone,  Byzantium experienced three centuries during which – in complete contrast to the opinion expressed above – almost all her cities were abandoned, populations plummeted and high culture came to an end. So great was the destruction that even bronze coinage, the everyday lubricant of commercial life, disappeared. And when archaeology again appears, in the middle of the tenth century, the civilization it reveals has been radically altered: The old Byzantium of Late Antiquity is gone, and we find an impoverished and semi-literate rump; a Medieval Byzantium strikingly like the Medieval France, Germany and Italy with which it was contemporary. Here we find too a barter or semi-barter economy; a decline in population and literacy; and an intolerant and theocratic state. And the break-off point in Byzantium, as in the West, is the first half of the seventh century – precisely corresponding to the arrival on the scene of the Arabs and of Islam. The evidence from the East, which has, regrettably, not yet become “common knowledge” even in the world of academia, weighs decisively in favour of Pirenne. The debate is essentially over – though the knowledge of that fact has yet to percolate through to the history faculties of our universities. Classical civilization, just as Pirenne said all those years ago, did not end in the fifth century; it ended in the seventh; and it was terminated by the Arabs. In my forthcoming book, Holy Warriors: Islam and the Demise of Classical Civilization (Felibri, August, 2009) I reiterate Pirenne’s arguments and demonstrate that, in many ways, he did not go far enough. For the impact of Islam upon Europe was far from being merely economic. Whilst Islam’s doctrine of perpetual war against the infidel did turn the Mediterranean into a violent frontier, and did impoverish Europe, Islam now also began to impose its mindset upon the West. Until the closing of the Mediterranean the predominant cultural influence upon Europe was from the East: from Byzantium and from the ancient Hellenistic centers in the Near East, especially Egyp tand Syria. With the closing of the Mediterranean, the West was isolated, and the centre of gravity moved, as Pirenne stressed, to the North; to northern Gaul, Germany and Britain. Yet the influence of the East did not come to an end. There was continuity. But now the East meant Islam. And in the centuries after the first Arab conquests, the influence of Islam became profound: It was this influence that would definitively terminate Classical civilization and give birth to the theocracy we now call “Medieval Europe”. The first and most obvious Islamic idea to be adopted by Europeans was that of Holy War. Before the seventh century, Christianity had been largely true to its pacifist roots. Even after becoming the official religion of the Empire, Christians tended to eschew the army as a career and the taking of any human life, even in war, continued to be frowned upon. In the words of Gibbon – no friend of Christianity – by the fifth century; “The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity; the active virtues of society were discouraged, and the last remains of the military spirit [of Rome] were buried in the cloister; a large portion of public and private wealth was consecrated to the specious demands of charity and devotion; and the soldiers’ pay was lavished on the useless multitudes of both sexes, who could only plead the merits of abstinence and charity.” (Decline and Fall, Chapter 38). This may go part of the way to explain the recruitment into the army of great numbers of Barbarians from the fourth century onwards. Actually, by the late fourth and certainly by the fifth century the words “barbarian” and “soldier”became virtually synonymous. The Gothic and Vandal kings who supplanted the Roman Emperors in the West were, to begin with, not exactly pacifists. Whilst readily accepting Christianity, the new faith had to find a place alongside the ancient warlike cults of Woden and Thor. Nonetheless, by the end of the sixth century, even the warlike nature of the Teutonic rulers began to dissipate. Gibbon notes that,under the spell of Christianity, the Goths and Vandals soon lost their martial traditions: so much so that by the seventh and eighth centuries the Germanic populations of North Africa and Spain were utterly unable to stem the Islamic advance in those regions.What a contrast this Christianity appears when we compare it with the muscular and militant faith of the Middle Ages, the faith of the Crusaders, Inquisitors and Conquistadors. This new Christianity was a direct consequence of the clash with Islam, for it did not appear until after the arrival of Islam. In one respect, the change came quite simply because it had to: Surrounded by aggressors bent on its destruction, aggressors with whom it was impossible to make peace, Christians had to take up arms. This was as true among the Christians of the North, threatened by the Vikings and Hungarians, as it was among the Christians of the South, threatened by the Muslims. But the change was elicited by ideology as well as simple necessity. Europeans began to be profoundly influenced by Muslim ideas – ideas on war, interpretation of Scriptures, heresy, the Jews, etc. This was a purely “Medieval” outlook: indeed, it was thevery epitome of what we now mean by “Medieval.”. Historians are familiarwith the influence of Islamic philosophy upon the West at this time, and they quote, generally with approval, the study by Europeans of the Persian Muslim Avicenna and the Spanish Muslim Averroes. But not everything that came from Islam was so benevolent. It is widely known, for example, that the Byzantine doctrine of iconoclasm, the destruction of sacred religious images, was directly attributable to the influence of Islam. But many Islamic ideas, some of them the polar opposite of those found in early Christianity, now began to find resonance in the thinking of Europeans at almost every level. How could it have been otherwise, when impoverished Christians viewed with astonishment the wealth, luxury and sophistication of Muslim cities in Spain, Sicily, and further east? That this wealth and luxury was debarred to them by the very Muslim Emirs and Caliphs whose opulence they so much admired, was beside the point. Europeans could only be impressed, and influenced. And influenced they were. From the Muslims they learned “Holy War”; from them they learned too that the Jews were an accursed race and the enemies of God. The consequences of these Islamic notions about the Jews were to be as long-lasting as they were tragic. Islamic fatalism, founded on the conviction that Allah could not be bound by any kind of natural or scientific laws, was lethal to the rationalism of Greece and Rome, which now began to die. Parallel with this development, there appeared, first in Islamic Spain and then throughout Europe, that obsession with sorcery and witchcraft which was to be one of the hallmarks of the MiddleAges. From Islam too the Europeans breathed the essence of fanaticism. Islamic law decreed death to be theonly fit punishment for a heretic or an apostate.No such idea had ever existed among Christians. True there had always been fierce doctrinal and theological disputes among Christians which even, at times, turned violent. But such violence as occurred was mainly verbal and rarely involved physical attack. By the end of the eleventh century, Christian Europe, under the influence of Islam both in Europe and in the Middle East, was beginning to think in a very different way; and within a hundred years the Popes had defined and published their new doctrine of capital punishment for dissenters. Torture too, absolutely normal in Islamic lands, began, for the first time, to be applied judicially in Europe. Source: http://www.faithfreedom.org/2009/07/09/did-islam-destroy-classical-civilization/

Holy Warriors: Islam and the Demise of Classical Civilization

Dr. Bill Warner how did Islam destroy the classical world

there were five major Patriarchs of the Roman Empire: Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem. By 661, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem diminished by their permanent conquest by the Islamic Arabs. after hundreds of years of ongoing battles and unrest, Constantinople finally fell to the Ottomans muslims after a two-month siege on 29 May 1453. thus Rome was the fifth and the last surviving classical civilisation. if it had fallen to islam too, we all would be muslim or living under islam by now for full lecture go to the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im0IisZ77QI These figures are a rough estimate of the death of non-Muslims by the political act of jihad. Africa 120 million Africans 14 million africans sent to the Islamic nations of North Africa and the Middle East. For every slave captured many others died. for every slave who reached a plantation, five others were killed in the initial raid or died of illness and privation on the forced march.[Woman’s Presbyterian Board of Missions, David Livingstone, Those who were left behind were the very young, the weak, the sick and the old. These soon died since the main providers had been killed or enslaved. So, for 25 million slaves delivered to the market, it is estimated death of about 120 million people. Islam ran the wholesale slave trade in Africa. Christians 60 million Christians The number of Christians martyred by Islam is 9 million . A rough estimate by Raphael Moore in History of Asia Minor is that another 50 million died in wars by jihad. Hindus 80 million Hindus estimate of 80 million Hindus killed in the total jihad against India. The country of India today is only half the size of ancient India, due to jihad. The mountains near India are called the Hindu Kush, meaning the “funeral pyre of the Hindus.” Buddhists 10 million Buddhists Buddhists do not keep up with the history of war. Keep in mind that in jihad only Christians and Jews were allowed to survive as dhimmis (servants to Islam) everyone else had to convert or die. Jihad killed the Buddhists in Turkey, Afghanistan, along the Silk Route, and in India. The total is roughly 10 million. This gives a rough estimate of 270 million killed by jihad. https://www.politicalislam.com/tears-of-jihad/

Actor Who Falsely Claimed Attack By Trump Supporters Says He’d Have Been Believed “If I Had Said It Was a Muslim”

Actor Who Falsely Claimed Attack By Trump Supporters Says He’d Have Been Believed “If I Had Said It Was a Muslim” FEB 15, 2019 BY ROBERT SPENCER JIHAD WATCH Chicago Police have announced that Jussie Smollett’s phone records “do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation.” His story was absurd from the start: MAGA-hat wearing thugs were supposedly roaming around — in Chicago! — in sub-zero temperatures — with bleach and a noose, just looking for him to wander randomly out at 2AM in search of a sandwich. But as his story fell apart bit by bit, Smollett has apparently decided to dig in and double down — at least until Chicago Police announced that the attack was staged. Yesterday Smollett claimed that he wasn’t believed because he said his attackers were white Trump supporters, and if he had said they were Muslim, then the doubters would have come around. This is just the opposite of reality. The establishment media is avid for news of white, Trump-supporting terrorists and thugs. In December 2016, Yasmin Seweid, a Muslim girl in New York City, made international headlines by claiming that she was attacked on the subway by white Trump supporters. She made it all up. On the other hand, when Muslims are the perpetrators of jihad attacks, the media does all it can to obscure that fact, or to claim that the jihadis were mentally ill or had some motive other than jihad. “After Jussie Smollett TV Appearance, Police Say They Found Men in Video,” by Sopan Deb, New York Times, February 14, 2019: Jussie Smollett, a star of the Fox television show “Empire” who said late last month that he had been assaulted by two men yelling homophobic and racial slurs in downtown Chicago, told “Good Morning America” that he was “pissed off” by the attack and those who doubted his story. The comments came Thursday in his first interview about the incident. Hours after the segment was broadcast, the Chicago police said they were interrogating two men believed to be the persons of interest seen in surveillance video images released in late January. They are currently not considered suspects in the incident, which is being investigated as a possible hate crime. “It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more,” Smollett told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “A lot more.”…

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