Friday, January 23, 2015

Quebec Islamist Networks Exposed - Sonia Bailey

by Sonia Bailey

Islamist networks are quietly establishing a presence throughout the province of Quebec in the cities of Montreal, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivieres.  This astounding and disturbing story broke earlier this week on the front page of Montreal’s Le Journal de Montréal, followed by four pages of highly detailed information provided by two investigative journalists. So far, the English mainstream leftist media has barely batted an eyelash at this breaking news.

According to this report prepared by Félix Séguin and Hugo Joncas of TVA Group and Le Journal Montréal respectively, sister publications owned by the Sun Media division of Quebecor Media,
“…two Islamist networks suspected of financing terrorist groups became the most important owners of buildings housing mosques and Muslim schools in Quebec, discovered by our investigative team.  The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA-Canada) own properties that house seven places of worship and four private schools in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivieres.”

ISNA is a direct offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the nucleus of Islamic terrorist movements that preach misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic ideologies, and that call for a global Islamic empire or caliphate (already established by ISIS) ruled by Islamic or sharia law.  MAC, at one point, publicized its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood on its official website, but has since scrubbed it to reflect otherwise.

These Islamist organizations adhere to the 50-point Manifesto written by the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna who opposes Western culture based on liberal-democratic values.  He advocated for an Islamic culture based on the Koran and other highly venerated Islamic texts that denounce the legitimacy of other religions, that oppose freedom of expression, and that seek the re-establishment of a caliphate and the global imposition of sharia law upon all.

Both MAC and ISNA are support entities that finance Islamist terrorist groups.  MAC finances the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, listed by the Government of Canada as a terrorist organization in 2002, via the Muslim relief fund-collector International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy-Canada (IRFAN-Canada).

PointdeBascule website writes “that in April 2011, IRFAN’s charitable status was revoked by Canada Revenue Agency after it concluded that, for the 2005-2009 period alone, IRFAN transferred  $14.6 million to Hamas.  In 2014, the Government of Canada listed IRFAN as a terrorist organization.”

“As for ISNA,” writes Hugo Joncas, “its charitable status has been withdrawn by Revenue Canada in 2013.  The tax department accuses ISNA of having sent $280,000 to Jamaat-e-Islami.  The military branch of this Pakistani organization, Hizbul Mujahideen, is recognized as a terrorist organization by the European Union.  It advocates the installation of an Islamic State in Indian Kashmir.”

In much the same way, ISNA-Canada’s American parent organization, ISNA, was found guilty in 2008 of transferring millions of dollars in funding to Hamas and other jihadi organizations to kill Israeli civilians through the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development in Texas, the U.S.’s largest Islamic charity at the time.

“According to Revenue Canada,” Joncas continues, “MAC owns property worth a total value of $31 million in the country.  Our investigation team found $14.5 million of it in Quebec.  As for ISNA, it entrusts its buildings to a subsidiary company, the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation (CITF).  This organization has a large number of property assets worth $10 million throughout the country, of which $3.3 million is in the province.”

ISNA’s CITF owns the building in which the Muslim Centre of Quebec, located in Montreal’s West End, resides.  In the mosque, the investigative team found radical Islamic propaganda that defends “sharia law, Palestinian terrorism and suicide attacks.”  This information is accessible to the students whose elementary school, the Ecole Musulmane de Montreal -- subsidized by the government -- is connected to the mosque by a side entrance.

One of the texts found was a 100-page booklet, entitled Controversial Questions about Islam And Comments, which justifies and encourages all sharia practices, such as cutting the hand of thieves “from the wrist joint”, flogging for “illegal sexual intercourse”, stoning adulterers, wearing the hijab, and polygamy. 

Killing apostates is also acceptable, and according to the booklet, “is in a way similar to a person who agrees to become a citizen of a country, which implements capital punishment for certain crimes.”  Concepts such as freedom and human rights depicted in the above-mentioned book, are interpreted differently than they are in the West.

At the Islamic Cultural Association of Estrie in Sherbrooke, housed in a building also owned by ISNA’s CITF, another radical book entitled “Quelques Enseignements indispensables à tout musulman” (Some Essential Lessons for Every Muslim) was found in the mosque by the investigative team.  This book asserts that a wife must obey her husband, that homosexuality is a horrible sin, and that unbelievers are destined for hell.

These seven mosques and four Muslim private schools -- and possibly many others -- support, promote and perpetuate a radical Islamist ideology in Quebec that goes against what Canadian and Western values stand for.

At a time when radicalized Muslims are returning home from the Islamic State battlefields in Iraq and Syria with military training, killing Westerners in the homeland, why does the mainstream leftist media help subjugate Western civilization to sharia law by continuing to obsess over the right to print cartoons?

Instead of assaulting the right to freedom of expression, one of the fundamental rights of a truly free and democratic society, the mainstream media must start exposing the truth about radical Islamist organizations in the homeland and stand up for Western values.

Sonia Bailey


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An Interview with Bassam Eid, Human Rights Activist, Part 1 - Maya Pollak

by Maya Pollak

The first of three installments. An interview with Bassam Eid, who tells of his life as a small boy in Jerusalem before the Six Day War and his experiences as a human rights activist covering the Arab-Israeli conflict. He speaks without distorting the truth about either side and is dedicated to the truth no less than he is to his people.

Translated from Hebrew by Sally Zahav

You might think that the things that Bassam Eid says would force him to go underground, or at least would make him constantly glance over his shoulder – but in reality, he seems relaxed as he emerges from the light rail into the center of chilly Jerusalem. Over a cup of espresso in the café where we agreed to meet, he immediately begins with an attack, without any unnecessary preliminary remarks.  “I think that if we prosecute Israel in The Hague for war crimes, we must also prosecute Hamas for war crimes against its own people”, says Eid. “Hamas served up the residents of Gaza on a silver platter for Israeli attack during Operation Protective Edge. They tried harder to defend themselves than to defend the population. And launching rockets into Israel – was done for the purpose of killing citizens, I have no doubt”.

The opinions of Eid, political commentator and human rights activist, are based on methodical research of Palestinians for years, including during the most recent fighting in Gaza. The evidence that he brings takes on a special significance since they are coming from a Palestinian.

“During the military operation, I made contact with several families from the area of Bayt Lahiyah. I heard from them that the IDF sent them SMS messages telling them to leave their houses, but the Hamas people prevented them from leaving and called them collaborators. As if to respond to the Israeli soldiers’ call to leave means that you are a collaborator. Hamas preferred that these people remain in their houses and be killed rather than flee to other places. This is terrible in my eyes.

“A friend of mine from the Gaza Strip sells me that four Hamas people came to him at 12 o’clock at night with a huge missile launcher, knocked on the door and asked him to leave the house because they wanted to use the roof to launch missiles into Israel. He told them that the children and women in the house were sleeping, and could not be turned out at such an hour. The next night the Hamas people returned, more of them this time, and beat him severely until he was forced to send everyone out of the house. They went up to the roof, launched missiles, and the next day the house was destroyed by the IDF. Armed groups are supposed to defend their people with their missiles and weapons, but Hamas defends its weapons using the citizens. And UNRWA closes its eyes to the deeds of Hamas, which hides missiles in the organization’s institutions”.

What is UNRWA’s angle?

“I think that UNRWA’s activism and hatred are a result of the rise of antisemitism in the world. As long as there is antisemitism, especially in Europe, UNRWA gains power as well as money. The rise of antisemitism in the world is no less dangerous than IS”.

Eid called himself “the spokesman of innocent victims” in an interview for the program “London and Kirshenbaum” on Channel 10, during Operation Protective Edge. Meanwhile, the number of those killed in the name of Islam has grown, in our area as well as outside of our area, as happened in France at the end of last week. “I expected an attack against Europe”, says Eid on the series of terror attacks that began with the slaughter of the editorial board at Charlie Hebdo. “For decades, Europe has supported the Arab dictatorships that created this terror. The Europeans will have to do some soul searching, both inwardly and with relation to those people who were oppressed with their monetary support”.

Will this event open the Europeans’ eyes or will nothing change?

“What happened at the editorial board in the newspaper in Paris is simply beyond comprehension, but unfortunately the Europeans will suffer an even longer and more terrible wave of terror. Europe is in the center of the radical Islamist organizations’ fight, and I am not sure that it will be able to deal appropriately with the predictable terror attacks”.

Did the publication of the caricature really insult the Muslims that much?

“It doesn’t seem to me that this was the real reason for the attack. I think that the Islamist terror organizations are trying to find reasons to justify their existence, and the caricature is simply an excuse”.

The future in exchange for rumors

Bassam Eid is a very angry man. He is angry with UNRWA, with Hamas, with the Palestinian Authority, with Israeli Arabs. It is a little bit difficult to contain the entire man with his opinions, especially when they are expressed calmly, in a pleasant Jerusalem café. One must make an effort to bear in mind that the speaker is a Muslim Palestinian who himself grew up in a refugee camp, someone that we would expect to express totally opposite opinions. But Eid is an anthropologist with a social platform who sees the Palestinian narrative as a chronicle of frequent and recurring errors. In the past he served as a researcher for Betselem, but today he does not identify with the organization. He is a consistent spokesman against acts that the Palestinian Authority carries out on its residents and on Israelis that violate human rights. His unconventional opinions have made him a popular interviewee in Israeli media, including the Haredi channels, and a favored guest lecturer in universities and conferences in Israel and abroad.

He is 56 years of age, the father of eight and grandfather of eight; everyone lives with him in the Bayt-Hanina neighborhood in north Jerusalem. In his childhood, his family lived in the area of the ruins of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem. They were nine children and he is the fourth. In 1966 the Jordanian government established the Shuafat Refugee Camp in north Jerusalem, next to the place where the French Hill neighborhood was later established. Five hundred Arab families that lived in the old city were evacuated to the new camp, including Eid’s family.

“My father did not hesitate to relocate because they said that UNRWA would give the families two-bedroom apartments and land for free”, he says. "The Jordanian soldiers even arranged to move all of our things. Father worked as a tailor in the old city, and he continued to go to his store in the Jewish Quarter even after we moved to Shuafat.

“Even today I still can’t get an explanation, from either Israeli or Arab experts as to why the Jordanian regime decided to relocate the families from the Jewish Quarter. I know that the houses in the Quarter were Jewish property and the Jews actually were returning to their homes. In the place where our house stood there is a haredi kindergarten today. In contrast, the Palestinians are always missing opportunities by moving to some place and not remaining in their place. In 1948 the Palestinians abandoned their houses because of rumors that the Jews were going to kill them, which was not at all true. We miss out on our future because of rumors".

The Shuafat of his childhood, he says, was different from that of today. “There was no crowding, the UNRWA people did many more positive activities then, and they would supply food to the residents for the entire year”. Eid was only nine when the Six Day War broke out. “On the very day that the war broke out I traveled from the camp to visit my aunt in the old city. Suddenly the war broke out and I stayed in the house for six days without going out. From time to time I heard shooting, for the first time in my life. I asked my aunt what it was, who was shooting whom, and she said that the Arabs were going to kill the Jews. I asked ‘what are Jews’, because I had never heard this word before, and my aunt answered that the Jews are man-eaters. I became even more afraid, and I asked if they would be coming to eat us.

“When the war was over my aunt sent me to bring food supplies, and then I saw for the first time in my life, soldiers with helmets. They spoke excellent Arabic. I went on foot from my aunt’s house to Shuafat, and on the way I saw dead bodies, apparently, mostly Jordanian soldiers. It was very frightening, shocking”.

Part 2: Life under Israeli rule and an invitation to join Betselem

Maya Pollak

Source:Makor Rishon, Issue 910 of the Diokan Section

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Iran's New Terror Base against Israel - Yaakov Lappin

by Yaakov Lappin

The new base in Syria gives Hezbollah the option of attacking Israel and drawing Israel's return fire away from Lebanon, where its most precious assets are hidden: well over 100,000 rockets and missiles that might be saved for a future battle over Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Hezbollah, exploiting its presence in Syria, has been attempting to open a new front against Israel.

Over the past 18 months, Hezbollah and its enablers from the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC] have begun launching a series of attacks on Israel from their new center of operations in southern Syria.

After Sunday's air strike (attributed by the media to the Israel Air Force) that killed 12 high-ranking Hezbollah and IRGC operatives near Quneitra, Syria, along the Israeli border, Israel is bracing for the possibility of an attack by Hezbollah and Iran.

Although Israel has not officially taken responsibility for the strike, it would make sense to view the action as a preemptive move designed to remove a clear and present danger arising on Israel's border with Syria. The danger is the formation of a second Hezbollah terrorism base, in addition to Hezbollah's home base already in Lebanon.

The IRGC and Hezbollah have begun playing a dual role in the geographical area once known as the Syrian Arab Republic, a country that no longer exists as it appears on world maps. Iran and Hezbollah are acting as the life support machine for the shrunken but still functional Assad regime, now in control of just Damascus, Aleppo, and the Syrian Mediterranean coastline.

Since moving into Syria to rescue the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, Hezbollah, acting on orders from Iran, has expanded its presence in several areas of Syria. Iran too has boosted its presence in Syria, primarily though the presence of members of its Revolutionary Guards.

At the same time, the IRGC and Hezbollah have begun building a terrorism base in Syria that is directed against Israel, in addition to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah semi-state entity in southern Lebanon.

The new base in Syria, at Israel's northeast border, gives Hezbollah the option of attacking Israel and drawing Israel's return fire away from Lebanon, where its most precious assets are hidden: well over 100,000 rockets and missiles that might be saved for a future battle over Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Hezbollah is also under domestic Lebanese pressure not to drag Lebanon into a new devastating conflict with Israel.

The Hezbollah and IRGC operatives that were targeted in Sunday's airstrike were in the midst of significantly stepping up these attacks. Their plans included rockets and cross-border raids by terror cells. These attack plans were seriously larger in scale than past assaults.

It is in this context that Sunday's air strike occurred.

Now, all eyes are on northern Israel to see whether Hezbollah and Iran retaliate there. The leader of the IRGC, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, on Tuesday threatened Israel with "devastating thunderbolts" -- threats Israel cannot afford to take lightly.

Israeli soldiers take part in a training exercise near the border with Syria, December 2013. (Image source: IDF)
It would be safe to assume, however, that Hezbollah wishes to avert the outbreak of an all-out conflict. Such a war would expose Lebanon to unprecedented Israeli firepower, and would also expose Israel to unprecedented Hezbollah rocket attacks and cross-border infiltrations by land, air and sea.

If such a conflict were to break out, many parts of southern Lebanon could lie in ruins, and Hezbollah's many Sunni enemies in next-door Syria could seize on the weakness of their Shi'ite foes and pounce, dragging Lebanon into the Syrian war.

That kind of outcome would not benefit Hezbollah or Iran in any way. But in the Middle East, miscalculations have led to costly errors in the past, and events can take on a life of their own.

Yaakov Lappin


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Jihad in Tel Aviv - Joseph Klein

by Joseph Klein

For Hamas and its allies, “heroic” acts mean genocide committed against innocent Jews – any Jews, including babies and worshippers praying in their sacred sanctuary. Indeed, genocide against Jews is enshrined in Hamas’s founding charter, which remains in effect to this day.

58297790100157490491noIsraeli civilians suffered yet another horrific attack on January 21st by a jihadist, whom Hamas described as “heroic.” This latest act of terror occurred on a bus in central Tel Aviv, where nine people were stabbed. Four of them were seriously wounded. The assailant is in Israeli police custody after trying to flee the scene. Palestinians on social media celebrated the attack with hashtag #JeSuisCouteau “I am a knife,” in a cruel twisting of the worldwide expression of support for the victims of the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters earlier this month – “Je suis Charlie.”

In recent months, jihadists affiliated with or supported by Hamas have killed about a dozen people, including an infant, by running them over with their cars, shooting them or stabbing them to death. These attacks included an invasion by two Palestinian thugs about two months ago at a synagogue in West Jerusalem during morning prayers. The Palestinians were armed with cleavers, knives and a gun, which they used to murder four Jewish worshippers in cold blood.

Just as it did in response to the bus stabbings, Hamas praised the cowardly synagogue attack as a “heroic” act. But Hamas was not alone. Shortly after the synagogue attack, Palestinian Authority President Abbas’s advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein praised the jihadists killers’ use of “quality weapons… the wheels of your cars, your axes and kitchen knives… because [they are  being used] according to Allah’s will.” Abbas’s pro-forma condemnation of the synagogue murders was belied by his party Fatah’s Facebook page glorifying the “heroic” use of ordinary objects as instruments of death against Jews.

For Hamas and its allies, “heroic” acts mean genocide committed against innocent Jews – any Jews, including babies and worshippers praying in their sacred sanctuary. Indeed, genocide against Jews is enshrined in Hamas’s founding charter, which remains in effect to this day. Palestinian Media Watch exposed just last week a video produced by Hamas’s Islamic Bloc at Al-Quds University depicting the shooting and stabbing of Jews praying. Expect another video shortly that depicts Jewish passengers on a bus being stabbed, with skull caps on the floor covered with blood as occurred in the wake of the Tel Aviv bus attack.

Hamas and Fatah leaders propagandize that the cowardly murders of innocent Jewish civilians are really nothing more than justifiable acts of resistance in a “popular” war against Israeli foreign occupation. For example, Izzat Risheq, a Hamas leader residing in Qatar, the terrorist-sponsoring gulf state that helps finance jihad throughout the Middle East, tweeted that the latest bus stabbings were a “natural response to the occupation and its terrorist crimes against our people.”

Sadly, neither President Obama nor most European leaders immediately condemned such vicious lies. They see no connection between the relentless Palestinian jihadist killings of Israeli civilians and the jihadist murders of 17 French citizens in Paris, including 4 Jews, or the murders of so many other civilians around the world by jihadists. Israel is a special case, they reason, because it is embroiled in a conflict over territories and the nationalist aspirations of the Palestinian people who are resisting Israeli occupation of their land. In other words, they have bought the Palestinians’ false narrative of victimhood hook, line and sinker.

For its part, Hamas’s leadership tried to reinforce this false distinction by distancing itself from the Islamist gunmen who carried out the Paris massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters. In an official statement issued in French that reeks of hypocrisy, they said there was no “justification for killing innocents.” Hamas then condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “helpless attempts” to draw parallels between “the resistance of our people from one side and the terrorism across the world in the other side.”

Despite its pitiful effort to appear sympathetic to certain victims of the Paris attacks (not, however, mentioning the killing of the four French Jews at a kosher supermarket), the true face of Hamas appeared on its “Al-Rasalah” Facebook page. Under photographs posted of the French jihadist killers, a caption declared: “The shahidim [martyrs] who were dispatched by God, the heroes of the raid in Paris.”

Jimmy Carter, who said last year that Hamas deserves “legitimacy as a political actor,” made a connection in his own perverse way between the Paris massacres and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He accepted at face value the rationale offered by the French jihadist who killed the Jews in the kosher supermarket, Amedy Coulibaly, that he wanted to defend the Palestinians.

“Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem. And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now — what’s being done to them. So I think that’s part of it,” Carter told comedian Jon Stewart. Fittingly, Carter was appearing on Comedy Central, since it is hard to take anything he says seriously.

The one world leader who should be taken seriously, because his country is under the constant threat of jihad, is Prime Minister Netanyahu. He said after the Paris massacres that “if we ignore the true root of the problem, if we ignore the fact that extremist Islamic terrorism seeks to exterminate Western civilization as a whole, including the Jewish People, if we ignore this – what we are now seeing in Paris will be only the beginning. These are not frightening words or prophecies of rage, this is the simple reality and the time has come to recognize it.”

After the most recent stabbings on the Tel Aviv bus, Prime Minister Netanyahu noted Hamas’s praise of the terrorist act and said: “The same terror tries to hurt us in Paris, Brussels and everywhere.”

President Obama had a chance in his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 20th to finally acknowledge the ideological source of the vast majority of terrorist acts committed globally, including in Israel, France and the United States – Islamic jihad. True to form, he failed to do so, as he has done so many times before. He did not even mention al Qaeda in his State of the Union speech.

Next month, Prime Minister Netanyahu will have the opportunity to tell a special joint session of Congress the truth about the threat of global jihad to freedom that President Obama failed to acknowledge, thanks to an invitation that Speaker John Boehner extended to Mr. Netanyahu. The president and his fellow Islamic jihad deniers would do well to listen for a change.

Joseph Klein


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Denmark's "Open Door" and its Limitless Beneficiaries - Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard

by Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard

As Amir Taheri said: If you want to integrate newcomers, you have to get rid of people who make a living out of integrating them.
Whether or not the majority if Muslims are peace-loving, tolerant and democratic is of no consequence, so long as the violent, radical and undemocratic minority calls the shots.
It is no help to peace-loving Muslims or to the rest of us that our Western leaders keep portraying Islam as if it is something that might have been concocted by the Salvation Army. One might even say that the "narrative" of many politicians is the true perversion of a message that is as clear as it could be.
If Denmark is lost as a result of a crazed, multicultural experiment, Danes will have no home.

Last week, in the article "Sweden: From 'Humanitarian Superpower' to Failed State," we promised to address the question of what motivates those who are opening the gates for the current massive influx of Muslims and other hard-to-integrate newcomers to Europe. There is no one simple answer but there are partial answers, which combined may shed some light onto "Who benefits?".

As a point of departure, let us revisit UK Prime Minister David Cameron's and U.S. President Barack Obama's recent joint press conference in the White House. Despite an impressive amount of huffing and puffing, they once again demonstrated that their understanding of Islam leaves much to be desired. A more sinister explanation is that they understand more than they are willing to say for fear of offending "1.6 billion Muslims."

"We are representing values that the vast majority of Muslims believe in," said President Obama. This is a highly dubious claim, but if it were true, it wouldn't matter in the real world, as Brigitte Gabriel has so eloquently explained. In brief, she said that whether or not the majority of Muslims are peace-loving, tolerant and democratic is of no consequence, so long as the violent, radical and undemocratic minority calls the shots. Just as it mattered not a bit that most Germans, Russians and Chinese were probably opposed to the excesses of Nazism, Stalinism and Maoism. Hitler, Stalin and Mao, between them, still managed to kill more than a hundred million people.

Cameron did not acquit himself much better than Obama. He talked about Muslims being "seduced" by a "poisonous narrative that is perverting Islam," despite the fact that many might say what Islam's Prophet left behind is perverse enough.

Fortunately, many Muslims are unwilling to implement Muhammad's bloodthirsty program of intimidation, enslavement and murder. It is no help to them or to the rest of us that our Western leaders keep portraying Islam as something that might have been concocted by the Salvation Army. 

In fact, one might even say that the "narrative" of many politicians is the true perversion of a message that is as clear as it could be.

Obama's soft approach

President Obama even took it upon himself to lecture Europeans on how to tackle their huge immigrant populations. It is not enough to "respond with a hammer and law enforcement and military approaches" to counter threats, he said. It is important for the Europeans to "reach out and work with" these communities -- in other words, use a soft approach.

If there ever were a place where a welcoming, tolerant and inclusive approach to Muslims should have worked, it is Scandinavia. Basically, all immigrants, regardless of origin, religion or culture, have been received with open arms.

Let us consider Denmark's example.

As soon as newcomers arrive and have been granted residence (and to some extent even before), they receive every benefit our welfare state has to offer: Free medical care, free education through university, housing that is often better than what poor natives have to make do with, integration allowances, free language education, disability pensions, old age pensions, equal rights under the law etc. Cannot pay for yourself, your wife (or wives) and your numerous children because you are not qualified for a job or would rather not work? No problem. The taxpayers will provide you with everything you need. Want to go and fight in Syria for the Islamic State and leave your dependents behind? That's fine. The state will pay for them while you hone your skills as a holy warrior. Want to come back to Denmark if you get tired of slitting throats and burying people alive in Syria? You are welcome, and you will enjoy all the transfer payments you had before your exotic venture.

How much softer can it get?

Yet you will hardly ever hear a Muslim --­ whether first, second or third generation -- ­express the slightest gratitude for all that hard-working Danish taxpayers have given them. Quite the contrary. When Muslims sound off in the media, it is usually in order to complain about the horrible way they are being treated. They are being harassed, excluded, mocked and offended by the natives. The original inhabitants turn their backs on them. That is often true, but is at least partly explained by the fact that Muslims prefer to live in confined areas (in Denmark they are known as ghettoes) with each other, where they can practice sharia law, keep control of their women and where outsiders are not welcome.

Tiny Denmark, covering 16,621 square miles, with 5.5 million people -- of which close to 300,000 are Muslims -- already has 33 or 40 (depending on what definition you use) Muslim areas. Some of them have turned into no-go zones, where the police and the fire brigade hesitate to enter for fear of being physically attacked. Among the most well known are Inner Nørrebro and Tingbjerg in Copenhagen, Vollsmose in Odense and Gellerup just outside Aarhus.

Billions upon billions of kroner have been spent in an attempt to upgrade, renovate and beautify these areas, on the assumption that the crime and anti-social behavior emanating from these areas are due to poor living conditions and poverty. Nothing has helped, and the reason is simple: Imams and other holy men maintain a firm grip on the Muslim diaspora (for instance, by convincing heads of families that their women must be veiled and constantly be under male supervision). This ensures that no integration takes place.

Members of the Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstrate in Copenhagen, Denmark, demanding a worldwide Islamic Caliphate, in 2006. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons/Epo)

The imams are schooled that it is their job to heed Muhammad's command to fight in the way of Allah until the entire world bends to his will. That cannot be achieved if the believers start integrating with infidels or emulating their culture. Their true adherence should be to the global Muslim umma (community). And, of course, it helps a lot if there is a steady influx of Muslim newcomers from afar.

So that is one basic explanation why integration has failed not only in Denmark but wherever imams are in control. Had there been no local whips, and no chain of command or conduit of financing from Middle Eastern potentates and missionary organizations, integration might have succeeded at least in part. 

That was the opinion of one Danish Lutheran priest who had helped to integrate the first Muslims that came to Denmark back in the 1970s. It was going well until the day the imams arrived, and started warning local Muslims that they were committing a mortal sin by becoming too westernized.

As schooled in Danish Lutheran thinking, the priest and his friends would hold to the famous dictum by the 19th century priest and poet, N.F.S. Grundtvig: Anyone, regardless of "race" or origin, can become part of the Danish people if he so wishes -- and "has for the mother tongue ear and for the fatherland fire."

The imams and their foreign backers are well aware of this open invitation and act accordingly.

This shows the futility of President Obama's and other Western leaders' exhortations that the authorities ought to engage with local faith communities (read: self-proclaimed spokesmen for Muslims). By doing so, Western leaders unwittingly confer on the imams a role as intermediaries between the state and sections of the population. The writ of the official law will only hold sway over Muslims to the extent that the imams allow it. Of course, that comes at a price in terms of cultural concessions, such as the right to wear the veil in public institutions, removal of pork in kindergartens, separate swimming for males and females in schools and public facilities, and the building of mega-mosques financed by Islamists in the Middle East.

Last year, former Danish imam Ahmed Akkari, who is of Lebanese extraction, published a book with the title Min afsked med islamismen (My Farewell to Islamism). Here he states in no uncertain terms that there is not a single "moderate" mosque in the country and that the imams routinely practice taqqiya (dissimulation): telling Danes what they like to hear but saying something entirely different to their flock. Akkari ought to know: He was the ringleader of the group of imams that went around the Middle East to stir up trouble against Denmark back in 2005/2006 in order to punish the country for the famous Muhammad cartoons that were published in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Akkari has since apologized and begged forgiveness for the damage he caused, but he will find no clemency from the Muslim strongmen and has had to settle in far-away Greenland to escape harassment and threats from his former brothers-in-arms.

"The Immigration-Industrial Complex"

Another group with a vested interest in both further mass immigration and non-integration and is what may be labeled "The Immigration-Industrial Complex." We are talking about the vast number of public employees and officers of semi-private humanitarian organizations who make a living out of receiving, caring for and integrating foreigners. If they were to succeed, or if the stream of asylum seekers were to dry up, they would be out of a job.

As a prerequisite of its work, the Immigration-Industrial Complex strives to spread a sense of guilt. This endeavor is mightily supported by a great number of journalists and so-called "experts," who have made a career out of accusing their fellow Danes of racism, "Islamophobia" and xenophobia. We are so rich, they claim, and yet we will not take responsibility for the plight of billions of our persecuted and poverty-stricken fellow men around the world.

Exactly how Danes -- and other Europeans who have never hurt a fly -- have incurred this burden is never explained. Nor would this sort of self-flagellation carry weight anywhere outside the West. But here it works wonderfully.

As Amir Taheri, former chief editor of Tehran's biggest newspaper, explained at a conference in Copenhagen some years ago: If you want to integrate newcomers, you have to get rid of people who make a living out of integrating them.

The political interest

What about the politicians? Why do they continue importing Muslims in record numbers, while knowing full well that all attempts to integrate those who came before have failed?

To the political Left, that is the good thing about them. The Left in Denmark lost both the Cold War and the allegiance of the working class on which it had pinned its political hopes. By the early 1970s, it was eminently clear that workers had become quite satisfied with the welfare state they had helped create, and were in no mood to overthrow the capitalist economy and embark on socialist experiments.

The Left can never forgive the "proletariat" for turning its back on the socialist project and voting for center-right parties. It needs a new proletariat -- one that will never integrate into bourgeois society, and is as eager to overthrow it, as is the Left. And as long as the ideology of multiculturalism, post-nationalism, globalization and cultural relativism dominates the media (as is overwhelmingly the case in Denmark), few politicians will dare demand a halt to immigration.

So far, the going is great. A survey of immigrant voters from 2010 documented that if immigrants alone were to elect the Danish parliament, the Left would get 169 seats out of a total of 179.

It is hardly surprising that the Left views a further mass influx of people from the third world with equanimity, not to say enthusiasm. The problem is that this kind of immigration is bound to wreck the very welfare state the Left claims to defend, and that its demise is not far off.

However, what leftist politician would dare jump ship and admit that 30 years of the "Open Door" has been a mistake?

The real mystery is why the center-right, with the exception of the immigration-critical Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti, or DF), has supported third-world mass immigration, especially as very few immigrants are likely to vote for them.

There appears to be no good explanation, except that there is no longer a conservative or nationally-oriented ideology to oppose the all-pervasive ideologies of post-nationalism, multiculturalism, globalization and cultural relativism.

Denmark is the European nation state with the longest continuous history within its present borders. Over time, Denmark lost vast areas to Sweden and Germany, but a core is intact. Yet hardly a politician outside the Danish People's Party will stand up and say that Denmark is the home of the Danes and has been so for more than a thousand years. Nor will they acknowledge that if Denmark is lost as a result of a crazed multicultural experiment, Danes will have no home and their language and culture will wither.

Recent signals from the center-right indicate that a shift may be under way. But it remains to be seen whether it is more than window dressing, intended to sway the voters before the parliamentary election later this year.

In any event, time is running out for the former democratic and cozy welfare state of Denmark.

Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard are editors-in-chief of Dispatch International.


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Israel Hits Pay Dirt with Strike on Iran & Hezbollah - Ari Lieberman

by Ari Lieberman

Iran, already hurt by international sanctions, has been forced to cut back on its overseas mischief and Hezbollah has felt the pinch. There have already been reports of widespread salary delays and cutbacks. Israel’s devastating strike comes at a very inopportune time for the battered organization.

Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi
As Congress gets set to impose new sanctions on Iran and the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, Argentina’s indefatigable prosecutor, once again sheds the unwanted spotlight on the Islamic Republic’s overseas terror activities, the mullahs have been hit with yet more bad news. On January 18, Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a convoy of military vehicles traveling on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights with devastating effect.

The missile strike hit pay dirt and liquidated a dozen Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps operatives including senior commanders from both organizations. The Iranians, already reeling from the death of Gen. Hassan Shateri in February 2013 as he traveled from Syria to Lebanon, acknowledged the loss of Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a ranking officer believed to be a ballistic missile expert and indispensable to Iranian operations in Syria and Lebanon.

Hezbollah suffered an equally harsh blow losing six of its operatives including Jihad Mughniyeh, son of the infamous Imad Mughniyeh who was on the FBI’s most wanted list before the Israelis separated his head from his shoulders in a daring cloak and dagger operation in Damascus in 2008. The death of Jihad as well as other senior Hezbollah commanders in the January 18 strike can be viewed as catastrophic for the terrorist group which has experienced a number of setbacks in recent months.

Hezbollah is now in crisis mode. Plummeting oil prices have adversely affected the group’s cash flow. Hezbollah has two primary sources of income. It runs a lucrative narco-terror operation in Lebanon’s Be’kaa Valley, exporting hashish internationally. But these funds are merely gravy for the organization which derives most of its income from the Islamic Republic. But the Iranians have been hard hit by plummeting gas prices brought upon by Saudi efforts to increase oil production thereby increasing supply and reducing the price of crude. Iran, already hurt by international sanctions, has been forced to cut back on its overseas mischief and Hezbollah has felt the pinch. There have already been reports of widespread salary delays and cutbacks. Israel’s devastating strike comes at a very inopportune time for the battered organization.

Just a few days prior to the strike, Hezbollah’s leader, perhaps in an attempt to increase sagging morale, risibly stated that his forces were capable of invading Galilee and striking beyond it. He also noted that his organization possessed unimaginable weapons. Now, the terror chieftain has egg on his face.

First, he must explain to an already war-wary domestic constituency why his forces are operating in a theater far removed from the Lebanese border. The presence of Hezbollah near the Golan Heights puts the lie to Nasrallah’s claim that Hezbollah operates merely to protect Lebanese soil from “Israeli aggression.”

More importantly, he must walk through the Hall of Shame and swallow his bombastic statements about Hezbollah’s military prowess and its ability to confront Israel. Nasrallah knows more than anyone that Hezbollah is incapable of responding to Israel’s body blow in any meaningful way for a multitude of reasons.

First, Hezbollah has committed at least one-third of its military resources to help prop up Iran’s lackey, Bashar Assad, whose beleaguered and demoralized troops are not faring too well. More than one thousand Hezbollah personnel have already been killed in that civil war. The last thing Nasrallah needs now is a two-front war and retaliation of any consequence would necessarily invite a powerful Israeli response.

Second, Iran views Hezbollah as its strategic arm. Iran intends to activate Hezbollah – whose rocket arsenal of 150,000 exceeds the collective total of most European powers – in the event of an Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities. A full-blown war now without strategic purpose, would not serve Iranian interests. Moreover, Iran is in the midst of grueling negotiations with the West over its nuclear program and desperately desires to see the lifting of crippling sanctions. A war now would complicate its efforts and compromise its ability to come across as a reasonable actor.

Third, Nasrallah has still not forgotten his last adventurous fiasco with Israel in the summer of 2006. Hezbollah spin notwithstanding, the organization took a terrible beating in its 34-day confrontation with Israel. Nasrallah himself admitted after the war that he thought his organization’s provocations that led to hostilities with Israel were a colossal mistake, a candid and surprising admission from someone who is generally incapable of telling the truth. If war were to break out today, Israel’s response would likely dwarf its actions in 2006 and would almost certainly entail a large-scale ground invasion designed to deny Hezbollah a platform from which it could fire its rockets.

Some have speculated that Israel was unaware of the presence of so many senior military officials in the doomed convoy and that the Israelis were merely responding on a tactical level to what they perceived was an imminent border threat. Others have speculated that the Israelis thwarted a Hezbollah-Iranian effort to set up a missile base near the Golan Heights. Regardless of its reasons, one thing is for certain; Israel’s targeted strike struck a devastating and decisive blow against terror and has sowed paranoia and fear in the hearts of its enemies.

Ari Lieberman


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Fury in Israel Over Obama's Mossad 'Lies' - Gil Ronen

by Gil Ronen

Senior Israeli says 'friends don't act like this' after Mossad Head denies US claim that he opposed Iran sanctions in talk with senators.

Barack Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu
Barack Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu
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A senior Israeli official delivered an uncommonly harsh attack on US President Barack Obama's administration Thursday evening, following the American report that alleged that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had warned US senators against further Iran sanctions, in contradiction of Israel's official stance.

"The fraudulent claims against the Mossad Head were raised by the Americans yesterday, despite a message that had been transmitted to them on Tuesday by Intelligence Minister [Yuval] Steintz,” the senior Israeli source told Channel 2 news.

He added that Israel had gone over the minutes of the meeting between Pardo and the delegation of senators, and that Pardo had not said what was attributed to him.

"Leaking the Mossad Head's statements, even if they had not been falsified, is a serious breach of all the rules,” the senior source added. “Friends do not behave like this. Information from a secret meeting must not leak out.”

Pardo denied on Thursday the report – which was carried by Bloomberg news – claiming that the Mossad disagrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu about the need to press new sanctions on Iran.

The report said that Mossad officials advised US senators who were visiting Israel recently to hold off on further Iran sanctions, saying that they would hamper, not help, efforts to persuade Iran to give up or allow full international supervision of its nuclear program.

"The Head of Mossad did not say that he opposes additional sanctions on Iran,” said the spy agency Thursday.

"Mossad Head Tamir Pardo met on January 19, 2015, with a delegation of US senators,” Mossad said in a statement. “The meeting was held at the request of the senators and with the prime minister's approval. At the meeting, the Head of Mossad stressed the extraordinary effectiveness of the sanctions that have been placed on Iran for several years in bringing Iran to the negotiating table.”

"The Head of Mossad noted that in negotiating with Iran, a policy of 'carrots and sticks' must be adopted, and there are not enough 'sticks' nowadays,” it added.

Furthermore, said the agency, he “said specifically that the agreement that is being formed with Iran is bad and could lead to a regional arms race.”

Sources in Jerusalem told Army Radio Thursday that the story reported in Bloomberg about disagreement between Netanyahu and the Mossad regarding sanctions on Iran is US President Barack Obama administration's “revenge” for Netanyahu's invitation to address Congress.

The invitation was extended by Congress without consulting Obama.

Gil Ronen


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