Time to Lift the Veil

JLH has translated an article from Politically Incorrect about an essay by Oliver Jeges in Die Welt. The PI article included excerpts from the Jeges essay, but instead of including those, the translator has appended the entire piece after the text from PI.

(Photo caption: “A young Palestinian in Berlin demonstrates against Israel”)

Why Do Muslims Not Demonstrate When Muslims Are Killing Muslims?

by Michael Stürzenberger

Today WELT-online published the outstanding commentary: “Are Muslims really Incapable of Self-Criticism?” The author is Oliver Jeges, the son of an Austrian mother and an Egyptian father. He emphasizes the absolute necessity of criticism of Islam, and faults the West for exculpating this “religion” of its responsibility for terrorism. “Current opinion in Europe decrees that terrorism in the name of Islam is not connected to Islam. That is as absurd as maintaining that religious wars have nothing to do with religion.” We are drawing ever closer to public discussion of the heart of the matter.

For instance:

[Excerpt 1, see full article below]

The author, a graduate of the Axel Springer Academy, also addresses the ironclad cohesion of the Ummah — the worldwide community of all Muslims. They are demonstrating everywhere for their co-religionists in Gaza:

[Excerpt 2]

Another important point is that Muslims never see themselves as the perpetrators, but only as the pitiable victims:

[Excerpt 3]

To come to the point, here is the whole article in WELT:

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Commentary on Islam

Are Muslims Really Incapable of Self-Criticism?

by Oliver Jeges

Nine years have gone by since several cartoons almost unleashed World War III. On September 30, 2005, the Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 small caricatures on one page, which, among other things, depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist.

The best-known drawing was a full-bearded face with a bomb as a turban. It was by Kurt Westergaard — seventy years old at the time — who has since then been under police protection and only just escaped assassination in his own house by fleeing into a panic room built for that purpose.

Far more horrifying than this close shave is the fury which exploded all over the Islamic world because of these twelve drawings. For many Muslims, the satiric representation of their religion’s founder was a cue for unreasoning hatred and uncontrolled violence. Danish embassies in Islamic countries were stormed and their diplomats expelled.

Streets from Jakarta to London were the scene of violent riots, for the one and only reason that Muslims felt provoked and their honor wounded. As a result of the worldwide protests, 139 people were killed and 800 seriously injured. There were similar upsurges of violence after the announced Koran burnings by American preacher Terry Jones, as well as at the opening of the low-budget, Islam-critical film, “Innocence of Muslims.”

How is that proportional?

The impression that arises in the world because of this is devastating. There are protests in the Islamic world and in Arab communities only when Muslims are the victims of the West, America or the “Zionists.” But if Muslims are the perpetrators, there is silence.

For instance, when Israel insists on its right of self-defense after months of Hamas rocket attacks, there is a wave of protests throughout the Islamic world. On the other hand, when a terrorist militia like IS (formerly ISIS) terrorizes half of the Levant, bestially slaughtering Shi’ites as well as Sunnis and destroying sacred places, it seldom occurs to Muslims to raise their voices in protest.

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Australian Volunteers for ISIS

The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is a an Australian public broadcasting outfit whose stated purpose is “to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia’s multicultural society”. Last Tuesday SBS lived up to its mission statement when it aired an episode of the discussion program Insight entitled “Joining the Fight”. The episode focused on young Australian Muslims who have chosen to join the Islamic State (ISIS) to wage jihad in Iraq or Syria.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for editing excerpts from “Joining the Fight” to make this condensed video:

One of the highlights of the show occurred when a teenaged supporter of ISIS stormed off the set. His lawyer — who accompanied him to the studio for the taping — said that she and her client had been duped by SBS’ producers.

Visit the SBS website to watch the full episode.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/15/2014

Jozias van Aartsen, the mayor of The Hague, has for the time being banned all political demonstrations in Schilderswijk, the district where a Muslim mob confronted and blocked an anti-ISIS demonstration last weekend. The mayor is concerned at the possibility of further violence if the Muslims of Schilderswijk are provoked again.

In other news, ISIS fighters in Iraq blew up a Shiite mosque in the town of Jalawla and publicly executed its muezzin.

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“Do Not Wait Until the Jihad Arrives on Our Own Doorstep”

The following open letter from an Assyrian Christian to Austrian politicians was made available to Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and has been translated by Rembrandt Clancy. Elisabeth includes this note:

This open letter was forwarded to me by a young Assyrian Christian lady whom I know personally. She wishes to remain anonymous, for obvious reasons. The letter was sent to Austrian politicians, members of parliament and other so-called very important persons.

The translated letter:

Dear …

As a proud Austrian woman primarily, and then as an Assyrian of Iraqi origin, I appeal to you to direct particular attention to the horrific ethnic and religious cleansing and the dreadful genocide which is being perpetrated, especially at this very moment, against Christians in Iraq and Syria. This systematic mass murder is being committed by radical Islamic holy warriors whose leader a few weeks ago proclaimed a new Caliphate, presently called IS, or the Islamic State.

It is very sad to have to look on as Austria in particular, a country which enjoys constitutional status with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which is one of the most important sources in law for her fundamental rights, scarcely reacts to the horrifying events. The ignorance in the face of the gravest human rights violations unfolding before our eyes, and at the gates of Europe, is beyond me.

It is mass murder in and of itself, that one of the most ancient peoples in the world, together with their thousands of years of culture, one representing a global cultural inheritance, is being annihilated. The Christian minority in Iraq is altogether one of the most ancient Christian communities, having been in existence since the first century; and today, they are on the point of being abandoned on a road from massacres and executions to everlasting oblivion.

Only a few weeks have passed since the violent advance of ISIS paralysed Iraq, sent hundreds of thousands of people to their deaths and drove another hundred thousand out of their homes.

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Cruel Theocratic Warriors in Iraq

The following article and video with German voice-over were translated by Rembrandt Clancy. The original plan was that the German-language video and a second BBC video would be embedded with the translations. However, in the interim YouTube took down the first video because of copyright violations.

Rembrandt Clancy explains what is now missing from this report about the Islamic State:

The footage in the German video was different from the BBC one in this sense: The latter video is concerned entirely with the firefight in Jalula; the German video shows a cut version of this firefight at the very beginning and lasting a few minutes.

Then the report moves on to describe a town in Syria, which they enter via Turkey, and there they describe how the IS behead people and leave the corpses out in the sun, starting with morning prayers and then into the afternoon. They also interview a deserter from the IS. It includes a cut from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s first and only public speech. It is all in the transcript, which identifies the speakers, and provides good idea.

Notwithstanding the limited overlap between the two videos, I believe the entire German version is BBC footage, even though I have not been able to find the rest of it anywhere else.

The translated article is below, followed by a video transcript.

Cruel Theocratic Warriors in Iraq

What the IS [Islamic State] terrorist army is carrying out in Iraq is in principle exactly the same as what the Prophet Mohammad routinely pulled off with his Islamic army in the 7th century on the Arabian peninsula: war against Jews and Christians. In the end, the region of today’s Saudi Arabia became Christian- and Jew-free; today, northern Iraq, where the IS rules, will be made Christian- Yazidi- and naturally Jew-free; that is, in the event any of these people should still be there. On Wednesday evening [6 August] the ZDF foreign journal [ZDF-Auslandsjournal] ran a superb TV report on the cruel theocratic warriors in Iraq. Their aim is quite clear — world domination. War will be declared uncompromisingly on every country that resists the expansion of Islam.

by Michael Stürzenberger

(Translated by Rembrandt Clancy)

Source Politically Incorrect

8 Aug. 2014

Here is the video of this impressive report showing the camera crew in the midst of real Islamic horror.

[Translator’s note: The firefight shown in this ZDF video takes place in the town of Jalawla (Jalula) in northern Iraq, just outside the Iranian border, and East of Bagdad. Immediately following the German video below, there is a BBC report which was not imbedded with Mr. Stürzenberger’s original report; it is presented here because it includes footage of the same firefight as shown in the German ZDF report. The latter is more broadly focussed on the IS/ISIS/ISIL itself.]

[The first video which was to be embedded here has been deleted.]

BBC video:

Islam’s 1400 year long war against all other religions, cultures and societies is now reaching another climax in Iraq and Syria. Everything that the IS perpetrates in Iraq, al-Nusra in Syria, Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, al-Shabaab in Somalia, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Afghanistan, al-Qaida in Yemen, and so on and so forth, is perfectly correlated with the Koran and with that historical paragon of Islam, its founder and enunciator, Mohammad.

The West must decide either to take action now against the theocracy in Iraq or wait — that is what one hears at the end of the ZDF-report. But eventually the war will come to us. But waiting would be to repeat the same mistake made in the early years of this totalitarian ideology. At that time Christendom watched for centuries as Islam brutally conquered one Christian land after another. The first reaction did not come until 1095 by means of the First Crusade under Pope Urban. It came 400 years too late, for had the Muslim armies been pushed back into the region of present-day Saudi Arabia in good time, mankind could have been spared 270 million deaths and 56 cruelly Islamicised peoples.

An article in DIE WELT calls the Islamic horror in Iraq by name: “Islamic State, A New Dimension in Cruelty”:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/14/2014

Tensions dropped in Ferguson, Missouri, after four straight nights of violent confrontations between youths and police. The youths were protesting the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed teenager. President Obama spoke up about the crisis, but was rebuked by the chief of the Fraternal Order of Police. The Missouri Highway Patrol was assigned to oversee security in Ferguson in an attempt to defuse the violence between the protesters and police.

In other news, North Korea fired five test missiles near South Korea as Pope Francis paid a visit to Seoul.

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The Pointy End of the Spear

The following discussion on Lowell Green’s CFRA talk radio program in Ottawa concerns the Islamic State and Islamic “extremism”. The featured caller gives a concise and lucid exposition about the nature of Islam as a political ideology. ISIS are not at all “extreme” — they simply represent Islam in its purest form:

Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

What is it With Muslims and Beheading?

Our British correspondent JP points out a blog post by Shashank Joshi at The Telegraph entitled “Where does the Islamic State’s fetish with beheading people come from?”

The topic in itself is fairly interesting, in a grim sort of way, but Mr. Joshi fastidiously avoids the most obvious explanation for the Islamic practice of beheading infidels: it is permitted (and mandated) by the Koran, the hadith, and the sira. Mentioning that aspect of the issue presumably borders on “Islamophobia”, and we can’t have that, can we? Not under the banner of a respected outlet such as The Telegraph!

Without going into details, the author’s analysis of ISIS’ three principal strategic reasons for beheading and related activities could be summarized thus:

1.   Psychological warfare — making their forces seem more powerful and effective than mere numbers or arms would otherwise indicate
2.   The deterrence of civilized nations whose leaders might face political ruin if their soldiers were crucified, beheaded, or otherwise mutilated
3.   The “propaganda of the deed”, which is particularly effective among Muslims who share ISIS’ fundamentalist outlook, and tend to sympathize with their goals

As is often the case on MSM websites, the comments are more interesting than the article itself. JP sends this representative selection — representative, that is, of those that were not deleted by The Telegraph’s ever-vigilant moderators.

Reader comment by aneuranbevan

well my comment didn’t last long!! Not to worry there are plenty of you saying the same thing. The veil has lifted…we all see what’s going on.

Reader comment by CrocodileGunnD

William Law has obviously touched a nerve. “A silly foolish blog with a silly foolish headline. The answer is more evident than the noses on the faces of most people: because they are barbarians. And you do not negotiate or be reasonable with barbarians”

I’m guessing it’s his last sentence that’s upset someone, (see above without it). What on earth has happened to the Telegraph? Who are these newbies writing nonsense? All the talent has moved on and with the time frame involved, there must be something fundamental going on.

Reader comment by Martin Adamson on 14 August 2014.

The Islamic State are terrorising and killing Yazidis, Christians and Kurds to make themselves popular and to legitimize their rule with their fellow Sunni Arabs. When they arrived in Iraq, they were treated with suspicion by local Sunnis because they were mostly foreigners who had no place in the local tribal culture. Driving out religious minorities creates free homes, cars, land, women to rape/enslave and other kinds of property which can then be redistributed to local Sunnis, ensuring popularity and legitimacy for the Islamic State. This is precisely how Islam has operated for hundreds of years. It is how Mohammed himself operated. Expansionist, revolutionary Islam is a belief system designed to allow alienated and disenfranchised young males to live out fantasies of adventure, violence, vengeance, dominance, limitless wealth through theft and unbridled sexual satisfaction through rape.

Reader comment by John Gerard

I like the way the moderators keep deleting my comments when I point out that Shashank said the caliphate would never, ever happen, yet it was declared five days after he said that in this very publication. And there’s not even a ‘comment deleted’ – it’s just gone.

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The Sharia Pool

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff reported on Monday about a little culturally enriched incident at her local public swimming pool. Since then she and some of her fellow swimmers spoke to the municipal authorities, but to no avail.

Here’s her follow-up report, taken from the comments on the earlier post:


Both my friend and my neighbor called the municipality in charge of the pool. The lady on the other end of the phone line could/would not tell my friend how many complaints she has received, but between the lines she let it be known that her day’s fun was limited. However, the gist is: tough luck, it’s allowed. Non-Muslims are not allowed to swim in clothes (shorts and t-shirt), but the Islamic clothes (i.e. hijab, leggings, tunica shirt) are permissible.

So this is how far we’ve come. The non-Muslim population must adhere to hygienic rules while the Islamic population need not. This is the new equality before the law.

How inclusive our new society has become!

I don’t need to tell our regular readers that this is an example of sharia law in action…

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/13/2014

Because of its position as a transport hub in Africa, Kenya has been warned by the World Health Organization that it is at serious risk of an Ebola outbreak. The Kenyan government assured the UN body that it is using special intensive screening measures to ensure against the spread of Ebola.

In other news, ISIS supporters handed out pro-Caliphate flyers on Oxford Street in central London. Meanwhile, the United States reported that it helped the Kurds break the ISIS siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing trapped Yezidis to escape.

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Thanks to Charlie Marteau, DS, Egghead, Fjordman, Gaia, JD, Jerry Gordon, JP, LS, Papa Whiskey, Phyllis Chesler, RR, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Kurdish Cracks in the Ummah

Below is the latest newsletter from the Tennessee Council for Political Justice.

Newsletter #137 — Kurdish Cracks in the Ummah

Tennessee’s newest power-seeking identity group, the TN Kurdish Community Council held a rally in Nashville demanding that Tennessee help them get their own country. As if we really want another country based on sharia law. Among the more interesting signs at the rally, was this one:

What do the Kurds have against the Turks, Persians or Arabs? And what difference does it make when Tennessee’s Kurdish activists will just call you an Islamophobe, xenophobe, bigot or racist if you try to differentiate by their ethnic identities?

Besides, the Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish and Persian Muslims tell us that their ummah is for all Muslims because they all follow the same doctrine, they all follow Islamic law and they all model their lives after their prophet Muhammad. Even the Hamas charter agrees that: “Its ultimate goal is Islam, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution. Its special dimension extends wherever on earth there are Muslims, who adopt Islam as their way of life.”

So what difference does it make whether it’s a Kurdish Muslim or a Arab Muslim who follows Mohammed’s example of marrying a child? Or the Quran’s command to a husband to beat his wife when she disobeys him?

One of the more vocal Jew-hating Kurdish activists in Nashville is Drost Kokoye. She says “I fight inner demons everytime I see a kafiya.” The “kafiya” (also spelled keffiyeh), is traditionally associated with Arabs and Turks who wear it as a scarf around their shoulders or head. The black and white patterned kafiya is typically associated with Jew hater Yassar Arafat and the red and white kafiya was adopted by Hamas. Much like the hijab, the kafiya has become a political symbol.

Drost’s negative feelings about the kafiya though doesn’t stop her from helping to organize and promote pro-Hamas rallies.

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ISIS in Sweden

ISIS is popping up everywhere these days, from Garwood, New Jersey to Malmö — or Gothenburg, or Rinkeby, or Tensta, or whatever culturally enriched town the “Swedish” Sheikh Ahmed calls home.

We’ve reported several times in the past on Rashid Hmami, a former Muslim from Morocco who converted to Christianity and now hosts an Arabic-language call-in program on television. Brother Rashid is unrestrained in his criticism of Islam, and has earned his share of death threats as a result.

An ISIS supporter in Sweden named Sheikh Ahmed recently called in to Brother Rashid’s program. News of his call spread to Sweden, and a subtitled version that appeared in the media caused public alarm. The following video was subtitled in Swedish, and the English subtitles have been translated from the Swedish. However, large chunks of the original Arabic were never subtitled in Swedish, so much of the exchange between Brother Rashid and Sheikh Ahmed is left out.

Many thanks to Kepiblanc for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below are excerpts from an article about Sheikh Ahmed from The Local:

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has received a number of worried calls since a video clip from an Arabic talk-show programme started making the rounds online.

On a recent episode of the popular Arabic talk-show programme Su’al Jari (Bold Questions), a man called in from Sweden and proceeded to threaten the country with extreme violence…

“Until the day we die, we will engage in war against Sweden and Europe,” the man said.

Swedish Security Police (Säpo) spokeswoman Sirpa Franzén said that the reactions from Swedes had been strong.

“Many people are upset since the video and other information is being spread online in connection to the situation in Syria,” she told newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

The caller, identified in the show as Sheikh Ahmed, said he was a member of the jihadist group IS (Islamic State, previously ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and began making references to the Koran, saying that god had given Muslims instructions to kill non-believers.

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Jihad Comes to Schilderswijk

Last weekend a peaceful march against ISIS in the Schilderswijk district in The Hague turned violent when Muslim counter-demonstrators went on the rampage, with the tacit connivance of the police.

Three videos of recent events in Schilderswijk (in Dutch): Video 1, Video 2, Video 3.

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sent the following report:

Trouble is brewing in The Hague. IS is taking over or has taken over the Schilderswijk (Painter’s Quarter, a notorious very poor area). Last week a peaceful demonstration against ISIS was stopped by Muslims, with passive assistance of the police.

The mayor Jozias van Aartsen is under fire for:

a)   not doing anything,
b)   remaining on holiday while this was going on,
c)   conveniently looking the other way while it happened, and
d)   lying to the media about it.

Don’t worry about him, though; he can do a lot worse and get away with it — just look at mayor Alied Wolfsen of Utrecht.

Wilders said some words about it, and things are really heating up there.

Arnoud van Doorn, the turncoat who left the PVV and is now paid by Saudi Arabia (how else can he afford to drive around in a new Jaguar?) announced he will set up a militia to protect mosques against attacks from the extreme right.

Below are excerpts from a report about Geert Wilders’ reaction to recent events in Schilderswijk:

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