Update on the Machete Jihad in Algeciras

Police in Algeciras are looking for a cell phone that allegedly belonged to the perpetrator of last Wednesday’s jihad attack. They’re hoping the phone may provide some insight into how the mentally disturbed “youth” was “radicalized” into becoming an adherent of an extremist interpretation of one of the world’s great religions.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Algeciras al Minuto:

The police are searching for the cell phone of the Moroccan killer of Algeciras

According to El Confidencial, the police do not yet have the phone.

January 29, 2023

The officers investigating the attack in Algeciras last Wednesday, where the sexton of the La Palma parish was assassinated and the priest of San Isidro [church] was wounded, are intensively searching for the cell phone of the perpetrator of the acts, because it may contain key information on the origin of the incident. According to El Confidencial Digital, although it had been published that the police seized the device, apparently the cell phone is still not in their possession, because Yassin Kanza would have taken care to get rid of it, since in the search of the apartment on Ruiz Tagle Street, flash drives were found with extremist Islamist contents, but no cell phone.

The police investigations suggest that in the phone of the perpetrator of the machete attacks upon the priest and sexton, there would be conversations with jihadist suspects in Tangiers and Ceuta, which stick out in the digital media, where in spite of the search conducted the early morning of Wednesday, no electronic device was found.

The discovery of the cell phone would make it possible to discover who might have helped the Moroccan individual in his process of rapid radicalization.

Machete Jihad in Algeciras

Last Wednesday a Moroccan culture-enricher launched a jihad killing spree with a machete (or knife, depending on the report) in the Spanish city of Algeciras, killing one person and gravely wounding another. There’s no doubt whatsoever that his rampage was motivated by zeal for Islam, because he expressed his devotion vociferously. However, I’m sure it will eventually be revealed that he has “a history of psychological problems”, like all the rest.

Below are two videos about the attack, both translated by Gary Fouse. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

Video #1:

Video #2:

The following article from El Pais (also translated by Gary Fouse) accompanied the videos:

A man kills one person and leaves at least four injured in an attack against two churches in Algeciras

The National Police arrested the attacker shortly after the incident. The National Court Prosecutor believes this to be an alleged terrorist attack of an Islamic nature.

January 25, 2023

At least one person died and four others were injured in a machete attack carried out in various churches and parishes in the center of Algeciras (Cadiz) on Wednesday afternoon. According to sources in the Ministry of Interior, one person carried out an attack with a knife, killing one person and wounding others. The man, a 25-year-old Moroccan, according to sources within the investigation and statements of witnesses who were present, entered the church of San Isidro in the center of the city at 7pm and “began to argue with the parishioners there, telling them that they should follow the Islamic religion.”

After that, he left the location but returned around 7:20 “with a machete and attacked the priest, causing serious wounds.” Then he proceeded to the church of La Palma, only 200 meters from the first, where, after causing miscellaneous destruction, he attacked the sacristan [sexton], who managed to get out of the church, but was caught by the attacker outside where he [the attacker] inflicted fatal wounds. Then, after leaving this location, “he tried to hide in a hermitage where he was caught by local police.” The arrestee has no police record and is being held by the National Police in Algeciras.

Agents of the General Intelligence Commissariat, specialized in the anti-terrorist fight, have taken charge of the investigation, without having determined for the time being the nature of the attacks beyond the fact that the attacks have jihadist overtones. The National Court Prosecutor has assumed the case to be a terrorist attack, according to the public ministry. Police sources warn, however, of the existing confusion at this time, and point out that there were attacks “in at least two churches”. Police reports will eventually clear up the nature of the attack. The city council has decreed an official day of mourning for the death of the sexton, David Valencia. The gravely wounded priest, who is in a coma, is Antonio Rodriguez.

An Algeciras priest has described the events as follows: “The attacker first went to the parish of San Isidro, where he attacked a person. Then, after that, he approached the church in La Palma Square, where he encountered a sexton in the street and attacked him, leaving him on the ground. After that, he appeared to go to the Church of the Virgin of Europe, but I don’t know if he got there.” All of the churches are located in the center of the city of 122,000 residents. The Civil Guard is setting up security barriers in the houses of worship in the area, confirms Miguel Alconchel, mayor of Los Barrios [neighboring municipality].

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Austria, Part 5

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Der Standard:

Operation Luxor

Proceedings against Austria’s alleged Muslim Brotherhood leader dropped

In the operational search warrant, he was considered “the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Austria”. More than two years later, the investigations against A.S. have been thrown out.

by Jan Michael Marchart
January 6, 2023

On November 9, 2020, when hundreds of heavily-armed police officers stormed rows of apartments all over Austria, A.S. was surely the most prominent among the suspects. In the nearly 200-page thick order for the raids in the so-called Operation Luxor against suspected members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the alleged leader of the Hamas terrorists, A.S. was considered the leader — literally as the “leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Austria”. That was what the formerly anonymous informant whispered to investigators.

More than two years later, these accusations lie in ruins. The investigations of the Graz State Prosecutor’s Office against A.S. — among others, for terrorist association, terror finance, and money laundering — have been dropped. That comes from a ruling by the Higher State Court in Graz, which Der Standard has accessed. Once again, lack of evidence. Up until now, more than twenty proceedings have been dropped — in all, almost 100 accused. “The rule of law has proven its worth,” says the lawyer for A.S., Andreas Rust.

The ruling also puts Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) under pressure. The State Prosecutor’s Office is indeed in charge of Operation Luxor. However, as the Turkish interior minister tried to make political capital of, Nehammer put himself in the media spotlight next to armed Cobra officers. After the investigative breakdowns surrounding the jihadist terror attack of November 2, Nehammer was criticized. Not the least of which, because of the long-planned Operation Luxor raids, an interview* with the later terrorist, K.F. (Kujtim Fejzulai) was postponed.

“Narratives inhibited as much as possible”

In its decision, the Higher State Court is now systematically picking the investigators’ work apart. Essential information in Operation Luxor goes back to an anonymous informant, who is himself accused. According to the files, he described the alleged leading circle of the Muslim Brotherhood in Austria to intelligence services in June of 2020. And at its head, accordingly, was A.S.

For the court, it was “not clear” how the anonymous informant could know all this. “Because the foundation for any of his knowledge — sensory perception, assumption— was… not clarified,” the decision states. On the contrary. Since access to Operation Luxor was far off in the future at that time, the investigators asked their informant no questions concerning how he himself came into contact with the Muslim Brotherhood. That was recorded by the intelligence service itself in an internal report. And: “Narratives from him on this topic were inhibited as much as possible.”

Accordingly, the court also maintains that it is not clear where the informant got his information or who gave it to him. In addition, based on his own statements (“ I can’t say exactly because when I came to Austria, I was told that by several people within the Muslim community”), it appears that some of his statements could be mere hearsay. It is also curious that the State Prosecutor’s Office compromised their informant a year ago in their own files. A short time later, he was involved in a fight.

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Pimping Her Daughter for ISIS

Camilla Olofsson is a Swedish convert to Islam who accompanied her husband to Iraq to take part in the jihad. This was back in the mid-2000s, before ISIS emerged, when Al Qaeda was trending. Ms. Olofsson took her children with her to give them a chance to be part of the jihad experience, and then stayed on when the Islamic State took over as the biggest stud muffin in the Middle East.

She eventually returned to Sweden, and has now been sentenced to almost seven years in prison for her activities in Iraq, which by Swedish standards is a stiff sentence. Among the crimes she was sentenced for was arranging for the “marriage” of her little girl to one of the mujahideen.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Swedish outlet Doku.nu:

Several years in prison for widow of Swedish Al Qaeda leader

When Moroccan-Swedish Mohamed Moumou died in Mosul in 2008, he was the second-in-command within Al Qaeda in Iraq. Now his Swedish widow, Camilla Olofsson, has been convicted for aiding and abetting aggravated rape against children and human trafficking of her own child. The crime was committed in Syria during the rule of the Islamic State.

Mohamed Moumou was trained in an Al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan and left Sweden when he was listed as a terrorist by the UN in 2006. He died in a drone attack in Mosul in 2008. By that time he had climbed to the position of the number two man within Al Qaeda in Iraq.

According to security police his widow, Camilla Olofsson, and other members of the family were within the radical Islamist environment even after the death of Mohamed Moumou. For example, two of the sons have fought in Syria, one of whom died.

Doku has previously reported on [Child Protection Act] interventions against two of the daughters; in one of the cases one of the daughters was going to take a niece abroad, but she was arrested by police at Kastrup [Copenhagen Airport].

During the spring of 2022, Expressen reported that Camilla Olofsson and a man were charged by the Stockholm court for, among others, aggravated rape of children. The October 11 charge was for Camilla Olofsson’s part in human trafficking on two occasions, aiding and abetting aggravated child rape on several occasions, and forced marriage. The man, who according to an arrangement with Camilla Olofsson was allowed to marry one of her daughters, was charged with aggravated rape of a child.

The prosecutor’s oral evidence was very extensive and included, among other things, interviews with several people within the jihadist environment who were in the Islamic State and who had contact with Camilla Olofsson and the family when the crimes were reportedly committed.

The Solna district court has now announced its judgment. Camilla Olofsson is sentenced to six years and ten months in prison for human trafficking and aiding and abetting aggravated rape against one of her daughters. The forced marriage is included in the human trafficking charge for which she has been convicted, according to the district court.

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Knife Jihad in Strasbourg

Last Saturday a culture-enricher from Kosovo went on a rampage with a bladed weapon in Strasbourg. During his attack, the rambunctious “youth” reportedly yelled “Allahu Akhbar”, which is Arabic for “I am known to the police and have a history of mental problems.”

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Le Figaro:

Strasbourg: A man armed with a knife attacks passersby before being overpowered by off-duty policeman

January 15, 2023

The assailant, who spoke Arabic during the acts, tried to stab a man, then a mother accompanied by her two children.

A man armed with a knife randomly strikes… Four days after the attack at Gare du Nord, the scene is repeated, this time in an Alsatian capital still traumatized by the Islamist attack of December 11, 2018. It was around 5pm on Saturday when a man armed with a knife tried to stab a passerby on Colmar Avenue in the Strasbourg district of Meinau. The latter, frightened, rushed to his car and managed to get away. The attacker then turned to a woman on a bicycle, accompanied by her two young children. Faced with the knife pointed at her, the mother tried to resist and fell to the ground.

An off-duty policeman, seeing the acts, came running. The man, who by chance was passing by, according to information from the SGP Police Union, tried to overpower the assailant without his service weapon, which was left at the police station. The suspect tried to stab him in the head without success. Only the hood of his jacket was pierced. “They struggled, and the policeman succeeded in immobilizing him with the help of a delivery man on a bicycle,” states the police source to Le Figaro. Once the Specialized Field Brigade (BST) arrived, the man was arrested and placed in custody.

Of Kosovar origin, the man, aged 31, was not known to the intelligence services for being radicalized but was listed in the files of previous judicial proceedings, specifically for illicit use of drugs in Seine-Saint Denis on February 16 and November 25, 2021. In the police car, he reportedly was chanting “Allahu Akhbar”. Also according to a police source, the assailant reiterated his remarks at the police station, adding: “You will all go to Hell because of what you are doing in Palestine.” His psychological state is described as “unstable” by a source close to the case. An investigation has been opened and assigned to the Judicial Police.

Attempted homicide is now the likely charge, but a terrorist act is not ruled out. The motives of the assailant remain unclear. He reportedly regrets the attack against the mother, but not the attack against the policeman, for whom the doctors have prescribed 45 days of disability time off.

In a state of shock, the mother was taken to the hospital, as was the policeman, who was injured in the hand and shoulder while bringing down the suspect. The Minister of Interior, Gerald Darmanin, praised a “courageous policeman who, while off-duty, arrested a very menacing individual. Thanks to his intervention, there are no victims to mourn.”

Knife Jihad at the Gare du Nord

A North African culture-enricher made a nuisance of himself on Wednesday at the Gare du Nord in Paris by waving a sharp object around and inadvertently injuring six people.

During the incident the unfortunate “youth” reportedly shouted “Allahu Akhbar”, which is Arabic for “I have a known history of psychological problems.”

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from BFM TV:

Knife attack at Gare du Nord. Assailant was under OQTF expulsion order

by Cecile Ollivier with Gauthier Hartmann
January 11, 2023

INFO BFMTV— The perpetrator of the attack is a Libyan, aged around 20, arrived in France three years ago.

The man who attacked and wounded 6 people with a knife at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris Wednesday morning was under an order of obligation to leave French territory (OQTF), issued in the summer of 2022, BFM TV has learned.

Known for acts of petty crime

Thanks to fingerprint analysis, police were able to identify this Libyan man, aged about 20. Having Arrived in France three years ago, he was known to police under multiple aliases for petty crimes, principally property damage.

The expulsion order he was subject to had not been executed. Expulsions to Libya are complicated due to the current instability of the country, but also due to the absence of an exchange channel for the identification of Libyan nationals.

On Wednesday at approximately 6:45am, the man, who was “extremely threatening”, attacked six people at the exterior entrance to the Gare du Nord, stated the Minister of Interior, Gerald Darmanin, who was at the scene Wednesday morning.

The individual was then neutralized by police in civilian clothes as well as frontier police, posted at the Gare du Nord. The assailant has been hospitalized after being shot three times by police. Gerald Darmanin explained Wednesday morning that he was “between life and death”.

Below are excerpts with additional details from Europe 1, also translated by Gary Fouse:

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Iranian Plotters Thwarted in NRW

Iranian “youths” are up to their usual mischief in the town of Castrop in North Rhine-Westphalia

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this op-ed from Die Welt:

The federal government underestimates the Islamic danger

by Lennart Pfahler
January 8, 2023

The decisive tip about the danger of attack in North Rhine-Westphalia came from the FBI. The authorities there have better chances of recognizing danger than the German services. It was wrong from the start to dissolve the circle of experts on Islamism.

Again, a plan for an attack. Again, thwarted at the last minute. Over the weekend, SEK officers [tactical police] arrested a 32-year-old Iranian. He reportedly attempted to obtain the bio-weapons cyanide and ricin. According to security circles, the man sympathizes with the Islamic State. So the FBI gave a decisive tip to the German Federal Criminal Police. The security authorities once again profited from their foreign contacts. There, the authorities have far better chances of monitoring dangers. Chances for which the investigators and intelligence services here have fought for years.

On the other hand, the federal government has recently acknowledged the Islamism theme with indifference. A group of experts based at the Federal Interior Ministry under the traffic light coalition* will not be continued. It has been canceled without replacement.

A series of attacks against synagogues shocked the Ruhr District back in November: Shots fired at a rabbi’s house in Essen and an arson near the synagogue in Bochum. Investigators anticipated a planned attack in Dortmund. They suspect a group with the best connections to the Iranian state to be behind the series of attacks. Die Welt investigations showed: At least one suspect went in and out of a radical Shia mosque. Followers of the Hizbollah terror organization and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards meet there.

How is Germany reacting? Perhaps the decisive blow against Iranian Shia extremism is still to come. The doors of the Islamic Center of Hamburg (IZH) are still open. The IZH is considered the most important representative of the mullahs’ regime. And the Revolutionary Guards are still not classified as a terror organization. The prerequisites for that have not been met, explains the Foreign Office. That is nonsense. This federal government needs an Islamism expert circle more urgently than ever.

*   “Traffic light” coalition government:
    Red:   Social Democratic Party
    Yellow:   Free Democratic Party
    Green:   Alliance90 / The Greens

Charlie Hebdo: We Paean Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Eight years ago the editorial staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo took serious casualties as the result of an Al Qaeda terrorist attack on its offices in Paris. The Islamic action was in revenge for the magazine’s repeated publication of cartoons featuring Mohammed Pbuh, the prophet of Allah.

Charlie Hebdo has remained defiant in its publication of caricatures, and has just gotten itself in trouble again. This time, rather than going for the man at the top, the cartoonists are taking on one of Mohammed’s minions, the renowned Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. The occasion for the magazine’s new lampoons is the last several months of demonstrations, especially by women, against the mullahs’ regime.

The Iranian government has just made an official protest to France about Charlie Hebdo’s disrespect for its Führer. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Belgian daily La Libre:

[Viewer warning above link— The message on one of the cartoons says, “Mullahs, go back to where you came from”.]

“This will not stand without an effective and firm response”: Iran warns Paris after the publication of “insulting” caricatures by Charlie Hebdo

Iran warned Paris on Wednesday that it would react after the publication of “insulting” caricatures of the supreme head of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Earlier in the day the satirical weekly published dozens of caricatures featuring the highest religious and political personality of the Islamic Republic.

It concerns caricatures selected during the course of a competition launched in December, as demonstrations multiplied in Iran after the death in detention on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code applied to women.

“The insulting and indecent act of a French publication in publishing caricatures against the religious and political authority will not stand without an effective and firm response,” declared the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahien, on Twitter.

In December, Charlie Hebdo had announced that this “international competition to produce caricatures of Khamenei was aimed at supporting the “Iranians who are fighting for their liberty”.

The authorities state that hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed and thousands of others arrested in what they generally describe as “riots”. They accuse foreign powers and opposition groups of stirring up trouble.

Charlie Hebdo published the caricatures in a special edition on the anniversary of the deadly attack against its Paris office on January 7, 2015, which was perpetrated by assailants declaring they acted in the name of Al Qaida to avenge the decision of the paper to publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

The publication of these caricatures caused a lot of anger in Muslim countries, and the 2015 attacks brought a wave of support for the magazine around the world.

Below is the Iranian press release, as linked by F Desouche, also translated by Gary Fouse:

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A Fundamental Right to Jihad

In March of 2016 the Islamic State pulled off two coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels. The surviving alleged attackers are currently on trial.

A court in Belgium has just enjoined the state from conducting any further searches of the defendants’ — ahem — nether orifices when they are transported from their prison cells to the courtroom. The citizens of Belgium will thereby be deprived of fundamental justice!

A side note: The case appears to have a Mohammed Coefficient of only 14.3%.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from La Libre:

Summary Court prohibits anal cavity body searches imposed on defendants in the March 22, 2016 attacks

Accused received partial relief

December 29, 2022

Caption: Police escort the accused before the Criminal Court

On Thursday the summary court ordered the Belgian state to end its systematic practice of anal cavity body searches imposed on the defendants being tried before the Brussels Criminal Court for their alleged participation in the March 22, 2016 attacks.

This practice, imposed during the transfers between Haren Prison and the Palace of Justice, where the Criminal Court sits, is aimed at checking that the prisoners have nothing hidden in their anus.

Thus, in its ruling, issued Thursday, the tribunal partially granted the requests of six of the seven accused prisoners, Mohamed Abrini, Sofien Ayari, Salah Abdeslam, Ali El Haddad Asufi, Bilal El Makhoukhi and Hervé Bayingana Muhirwa. Osama Krayem did not join in the petition.

For the tribunal, this systematic body cavity search seemed to constitute inhuman and degrading treatment prohibited by the European Convention on Human Rights.

The tribunal is giving the Belgian state eight days to end this practice, under penalty of a fine of €1,000 for each violation with a maximum of €50,000 per petitioner.

The ECHR Rules Against Eric Zemmour

Long-time readers will remember Eric Zemmour as the popular French commentator who often appeared in this space in subtitled videos from talk shows on French TV. More recently, of course, he ran for president, but failed in his bid to prevent the re-election of Emmanuel “Toy Boy” Macron.

Now the French establishment has finalized its revenge against Mr. Zemmour: his conviction for insulting Muslims has been upheld by the European Court of Human Rights.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the French website Marianne:

“Choice between Islam and France”: The ECHR refuses to annul the conviction of Zemmour

by Marianne, with Agence France Press
December 20, 2022

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against the controversial commentator Eric Zemmour on Tuesday and validated his conviction under French justice for incitement to discriminate and religious hate against the Muslim community after his remarks on France 5 in 2016.

Bad times for Eric Zemmour. On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against the president of the Reconquest party and validated his conviction by the French justice system for incitement to discriminate against the Muslim community after his remarks made on France 5 in 2016. The Court held that the French courts had not violated the freedom of expression of the candidate in the last presidential election. The former journalist had made the referenced remarks on September 16, 2016 on the program “C a vous”, broadcast live at 7pm on France 5, as part of the promotion of his book entitled Five years for nothing.

In particular, he stated that Muslims must be given “the choice between Islam and France,” and that France had been living “for the last thirty years under an invasion,” affirming that “in countless French suburbs where numerous young girls are veiled,” there is being played out, “a fight to Islamize a territory, a jihad.” He had been initially sentenced by the Paris Criminal Court to a €5,000 fine for “incitement to discriminate, to hatred or violence against a group of people for reason of their origin or adherence to a religion.” The sentence had been reduced to €3,000 on appeal. The Court of Cassation had then rejected his appeal.

Discriminatory Intention

The ECHR, the judicial arm of the Council of Europe, “holds that these remarks were not limited to a critique of Islam, but contained, given the context of terrorist attacks in which they were made, a discriminatory intention of a nature to call on the listeners to the rejection and exclusion of the Muslim community. Note that in 2020, Eric Zemmour himself had labeled the ECHR as “the source of evil,” in the fight against immigration. On the CNews program he then declared, “Not all of the unaccompanied minors are rapists, thieves, murderers, but since there are many who become so, the French people must be protected.” What would be good, according to him, would be “to leave the European Court of Human Rights”. “It is the ECHR and the European Convention on the Rights of Children that keep us from deporting anyone.” It is not sure whether the Court’s decision will improve the esteem of the polemicist for this institution.

The Closing of the Imanskolan

The following news video from Sweden is not current; it originally aired sometime last spring.

A Muslim-themed school in Uppsala known as the Imanskolan was shut down after its pupils were exposed to “radicalization”, due to their being taught in a parallel society. The interesting thing about the story is that the decision to close the school was taken based on input from Säpo, the Swedish Security Police. Säpo investigated the school and reported its findings to the Inspectorate of Swedish Schools, which moved to close the Imanskolan.

The video features interviews with Maged Ashkar, a member of the administrative board for Imanskolan in Uppsala, and Fredrika Brickman, the head of the Inspectorate of Schools.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Thoughts After a Visit to Poland

Fjordman’s latest essay concerns his recent visit to one of the few remaining European strongholds of Christianity.

Thoughts After a Visit to Poland

by Fjordman

The medieval city of Krakow in southern Poland has a well-deserved reputation for beauty. I recently had the pleasure of spending several days there. The city has seen its fair share of unrest, and was sacked and burned by Mongols in the thirteenth century. Yet Krakow survived the Second World War more intact than did many other Polish cities such as Warsaw.

Outsiders often think of Poland as a land of vodka, and to a lesser extent beer or mead. However, there are several wine-producing Polish districts as well. This is unusual for a country that was never a part of the Roman Empire; even today, most important European wine districts were once under Roman rule. Zielona Gora in western Poland has an annual wine festival. In the vicinity of Krakow you can also find several vineyards, primarily producing white wines.

While Krakow is a fine city to visit at any time, December is certainly one of the highlights. Personally, I enjoyed the local Christmas markets. Krakow is famous for its beautiful nativity scenes representing the birth of Jesus. The best ones of these are true works of art. Krakow also feels quite safe for visitors, and it still looks like a European city. Many towns further west in Europe now look like they have been transplanted from the Middle East or Africa.

Several cities, such as Berlin on 19 December 2016 and Strasbourg on 11 December 2018, have suffered deadly attacks by militant Muslims specifically targeting Christmas markets. As a consequence, security against Jihadist attacks has been beefed up all over Western Europe. Even Scandinavian cities such as Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo have put up concrete blocks to protect you from being mowed down by an Islamic terrorist while drinking mulled wine.

I have previously reviewed the book The Camp of the Sane and The Camp of the Saints by author Max Denken, who has Polish roots. He hopes that the eastern half of Europe, where people have experienced Communist rule, may be more resistant to social experiments, indoctrination and decadence than Europeans further west. The Visegrád Group of Central Europe, consisting of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, form an important part of this bloc.

However, the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in 2022 has created cracks within the Visegrád Four. It has inflamed anti-Russian sentiments in many countries, including Poland. Meanwhile, Hungary under its pragmatic Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been criticized for being insufficiently willing to impose harsh sanctions against Russia. Orbán has suggested that the sanctions have backfired and may have harmed the economies of EU countries more than Russia.

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Austria, Part 4

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Wiener Zeitung:


Investigation into pro-Hamas mosque

Study refers to association that reportedly supports Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and anti-Semitism

December 8, 2022

In a study, the Document Center for Political Islam analyzed the contents of sermons, social media posts, and books in the library of a mosque run by the “Islamic Association in Austria” (IVÖ). The expressions of opinions of IVÖ officials are allegedly interspersed with anti-Semitic stereotypes, and the imam of one of the IVÖ-run mosques in the 2nd District mentioned the terror group Hamas as a role model in sermons, according to the report.

Integration Minister Susanne Raab (ÖVP [Österreichische Volkspartei, Austrian People’s Party]) announced on Thursday the opening of an investigative process, and also took the Islamic Faith Society in Austria (IGGÖ) to task.

The Islamic Association in Austria (IVÖ) runs one of the largest mosques in the country as an association. This is part of a religious community within the Islamic community in Austria. The Documentation Center for Political Islam assumes that the sitting president of the IVÖ is also the imam of said mosque. His predecessor in the IVÖ was a known supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Target group youth

In a study, the Documentation Center for Political Islam analyzed both sermons and social media postings, as well as contents of the mosque’s library, and came to the conclusion that, “all three areas show a support for the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian terror organization Hamas.” For example, martyrdom and death in defense of the religion are glorified. An important target group is reportedly youth in particular. In connection with this ideal, the readiness to use violence in defense of Muslim lands is mentioned. Repeatedly, the virtue of “manliness” is mentioned in sermons. Surveys by the Documentation Center identify young men as the primary audience of the imam. “The imparting of such a worldview to a predominantly young male audience in the mosque community is questionable and can contribute to the spread of radical thinking,” according to Lisa Fellhofer, Director of the Documentation Center for Political Islam.

In books in the mosque’s own library, as well as in opinion statements by IVÖ officials, there were open calls for the destruction of Israel, and anti-Semitic stereotypes were shared. The current imam, according to his own statements, is pursuing the goal of shaping a new generation, which will be a driving force in line with the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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The Blunder That Could’ve Cost John Fetterman the Election

I’ve made no bones about my opinion of John Fetterman and the “election” that sent him off to exercise his notable oratorical skills in the United States Senate. However, there is another side to the Oz vs. Fetterman story, which concerns the relationship between Dr. Oz and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

My sentiment concerning the Pennsylvania senatorial election was: “Why can’t they both lose?”

I always like to present a variety of opinions at Gates of Vienna, so here is David Boyajian’s take on Fetterman, Oz, and Turkey.

The Blunder That Could’ve Cost John Fetterman the Election

by David Boyajian

“If John Fetterman lacks the stomach to expose the entire Oz-Turkish love affair, particularly Ankara’s support of ISIS, he may lose… and will deserve it.”

My Double Trouble: Dr. Mehmet Oz and Turkey said that back in October.

It spelled out Oz’s alarming relationships with the Turkish government, President Erdogan, and shady Turkish organizations and Turks. Benjamin Baird’s Behind Dr. Oz’s Curtain and other writers had covered similar ground.

Yes, soon-to-be Democratic Senator Fetterman did beat the Republican Oz, by roughly 240,000 votes out of 5.3 million — 51% to 46.6%.

Yet victory was never assured for the stroke-stricken Fetterman and his anemic campaign. Polls showed Oz gaining on, and sometimes beating, his opponent. Early voting before Fetterman’s dismal October 25 debate performance probably helped his campaign.

Oz has dual citizenship with Turkey. That’s vastly different than dual citizenship with, say, France or Norway. Turkey is a rogue NATO member, unashamedly repressive and corrupt, and has long supported international terrorist organizations such as ISIS.

Oz’s foreign ties, some of which we’ll list, were his most glaring vulnerability. Yet Fetterman never exposed those ties.

Had he hammered home Oz’s troubling foreign relationships in blistering attack ads, Fetterman would undoubtedly have won more decisively.

Points Fetterman Missed

  • Ahmet S. Yayla, Turkey’s counterterrorism chief from 2010-2013, acknowledged in 2020 that “Turkey was a central hub for… over 50,000 ISIS foreign fighters, and… ISIS logistical materials… making Turkey and ISIS practically allies.”

    As a Turkish citizen, Oz had a responsibility to condemn Turkey’s ongoing support of ISIS and other terrorists. Yet he remained silent.

  • I’ve never found forthright criticisms by Oz of Turkey’s myriad human rights abuses, corruption, and mistreatment of Christians.
  • In 2019, Oz said, “I met with our leader [President Erdogan] in Turkey.” Our? Erdogan is Oz’s “leader”? The doctor offered to “help Turkey as a representative.” As a U.S. senator, perhaps?
  • The photo of a beaming Oz double-clasping the hand of his corrupt, ISIS-supporting “leader,” President Erdogan, speaks for itself.
  • In 2019, Oz embraced Turkish “Justice” Minister Abdulhamit Gul in New York City. The U.S. Treasury Department penalized Gul in 2018 for his role in Turkey’s unjust detention of Andrew Brunson, an American Christian pastor.
  • Oz produces lifestyle programming on the BiP communications platform. Erdogan’s Turkish Wealth Fund owns BiP.
  • Oz’s extensive real estate holdings in Turkey include a $2 million dormitory leased at no cost to the corrupt regime’s Education Ministry.
  • Why did Oz hold a meeting with Turkey’s U.S. Ambassador, Hasan Murat Mercan, and why did the ambassador immediately phone Oz when he announced his candidacy? Mercan, incidentally, was a founder of Erdogan’s corrupt, Islamist AKP party.
  • As a special guest at a 2019 Turkish fundraiser, Oz sat beside Murat Guzel, co-host of the event. Guzel was reportedly questioned by Federal agents and given immunity in an investigation regarding political donations.
  • Oz was once elected to the High Advisory Council of the Istanbul-based World Turkish Business Council (DTiK). The latter is affiliated with Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEiK), an arm of Erdogan’s regime.

    The doctor spoke at DTiK’s 2019 conference in NY City co-hosted by Gunay Evinch. Erdogan hired Evinch’s law firm, Saltzman & Evinch, to collect intel on some of Turkey’s critics in America.

  • Republican Mike Pompeo, the ex-CIA director and Trump’s Secretary of State, said Oz must explain the “scope and depth” of his relationship to Turkey because they raise “national security concerns.”
  • Enes Kanter Freedom, the NBA basketball star, former Turkish citizen, and Erdogan critic, tweeted, “[Dr. Oz] is a Foreign Agent and he works for Dictator [Erdogan].”

    Also: “Whatever Erdogan wants… Dr. Oz is going to do.”

Just a few of these facts in skillfully produced attack ads would have demolished Oz’s persona and campaign.

The bottom line: Voters won’t tolerate candidates who look to an atrocious foreign government — in this case, Turkey’s — for leadership and personal gain. Voters must first, however, learn the facts in hard-hitting campaign ads.

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