The Ikhwan in Switzerland, Part Two

This is the second report on the Muslim Brotherhood in Switzerland; the one posted last month was from the Italian-speaking region of the country.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the German-language Swiss news portal Infosperber. It was published last September:

Muslim Brotherhood: Money flows in and through Switzerland

Tobias Tscherria
September 23, 2019

Reliable documents show how political Islam in Europe is strengthened. The clues also lead to Switzerland.

The illegal transport of money over the Swiss border; confusing financial networks and contracts, with which Islamic associations in Europe are awarded money — if they stick to backward conditions. An NGO which, under the cloak of charity, exports the fundamentalist views of the Muslim Brotherhood to Europe; connections to the power structure in Qatar.

The 90-minute “Arte — Documentation Qatar: Millions for European Islam” shows in detail how the Muslim Brotherhood wants to influence European Islam: It also shows that this is only possible because European nations do not provide the means for their Muslim citizens to practice their religion.

Switzerland is also an issue: With the help of leaked documents, Arte shows that the Muslim Brotherhood is not only active in Switzerland, but uses it as a transfer location for financial help.

“Qatar Charity” Doubtful Charity

The central actor of the documentation is the Qatari NGO “Qatar Charity”. Qatar’s largest aid agency was established in 1992 and is active in over 70 countries worldwide. Soon it gained a reputation for being closely tied to the power structure in Qatar — and for exporting the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood into other countries. To do this, it would use the contributions of conservative Muslims, who fulfill their zakat duty: They are obligated to hand over a certain proportion of their assets to the needy and other designated groups of people. Moreover, among the financiers of Qatar Charity are counted powerful and financially strong individuals.

Since 2014 Qatar Charity has been accused of “under-the-cloak humanitarian aid, financing radical Islamic groups” by Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Qatar’s ruling family, the Al-Thani clan, is allegedly involved. The ruling elite of the emirate in fact denies all accusations. Qatar Charity is an independent organization with no direct connections to the State. The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, defended himself against the accusation that Qatar Charity finances jihadism and political Islam. Moreover, Qatar also denies any financial engagement in Europe.

The accusation that Qatar finances Islamist groups, especially from Saudi Arabia, is hypocritical. Although the desert state is fighting the MB and Qatar, it itself supports terrorist jihadists, extreme fundamentalist Wahhabis and their mosques.

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The Ikhwan in Belgium, Part One

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the Centre Communautaire Laïc Juif. It was written in 2016, but is still relevant today:

The Muslim Brotherhood System: Illustration via the Privot Case

May 20, 2016
by Willy Wolsztain

More a religious political sect than a spiritual movement, founded in 1928 by the Egyptian Hassan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood carries a totalitarian vision of the religion. In Europe they are attempting to Islamize society in a gradual manner, with their ultimate end the installation of a worldwide caliphate. In order to grasp their true nature, it is enough to observe up close the Muslim Fair of Brussels (FMB), one of their flagship annual events, along with the Moslem Expo (Antwerp) and the Muslim Expo (Charleroi).

Promotion of the female Muslim dress code, segregation of men and women during conferences, omnipresent prayers, Koranic rants. At the FMB there reigns an atmosphere of obscurantism, bigotry and conservatism. There the Aksahum Foundation supports the charitable works of Hamas. One can hear the diatribes of hate against Shi’ite Islam (Hassan Iquiousson at the FMB 2015). Anti-Semitic preachers are invited (FMB 2104, Muslim Expo, Charleroi 2016) Works by Youssef al-Qaradawi, the notorious leading thinker and spiritual guide of the Brotherhood, are distributed.

The founding father Hassan al-Banna always present

The ideology that permeates the Muslim Fair is inspired directly by the founding father, Hassan al-Banna. See his 1947 manifesto with its 50 programmed points. One will note in passing how many ideas also influence the Islamic political pressure in Europe (claims on the Islamic veil, segregation between the sexes, family law, censorship of media and art, etc.) A prophetic microcosm, the Fair prefigures the ideal macrocosm according to the Brotherhood, the exact opposite of a liberal Islam open to the values of individual liberty, democracy, humanism and progress.

We examine the Brotherhood career of the Islamologist Michael Privot. We have already dealt with his case elsewhere. In an exemplary manner, it illustrates the “Leninist perspective of taking control”, put into practice by the Brotherhood, to use the happy formula of the Egyptian historian, Tewfik Aclimandos.

A completely unusual approach for a member of the Brotherhood, Michael Privot carried out a Brotherhood “coming out” in 2008. In perfect contrast to the spectacle of the Muslim Fair, Privot presents the European Muslim Brotherhood, self-styled as “fed up with the virtues of democracy, human rights, the nation of laws and responsible citizenship”. Interviewed eight years later after having said he slammed the Brotherhood door, he gave us the same angelic serenade. He shows “the tip of the ear”, however. “One has to take the example of Millî Görüş.” Millî Görüş, the Turkish Islamist movement, conservative, totalitarian, close in spirit to the Muslim Brotherhood. Since 2012, Michael Privot claims to have broken with the Brotherhood. In truth, that is false. Right up to today he remains closely tied to the active Brotherhood structures in Belgium. And here is the proof.

According to a 2008 American report, “The Muslim Brotherhood in Belgium”, Michael Privot co-chaired the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Students Associations (FEMYSO), one of the top organizations linked to the Brotherhood. In 2004, he entered the administrative council of the Educational Islamic Cultural Complex of Verviers — Assahaba Mosque (CECIV) as treasurer, a few months after the establishment of this non-profit. In 2007 he became vice secretary. He only left the board of the CECIV at the beginning of 2015. Not without leaving behind him a person of confidence, namely Julie “Noor” Pascoet, who joined the board at the end of 2014 as secretary. She joined Hajib El Hajjaji see below, who then sat on the board of CECIV since 2010, as well as Frank “Amin” Hensch, president and imam of CECIV. Pascoet is also a close collaborator of Privot at the head of ENAR (European Network Against Racism), which he leads in a professional role. She worked for Islamic Relief Worldwide, a very important international charitable NGO linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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The Ikhwan in Luxembourg

The following article concerns the Muslim Brotherhood’s use of Luxembourg as a financial hub. It’s from 2018, but still relevant — the situation has not changed in the interim.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this piece from the Yoan Kaufman Blog:

Investigation: Luxembourg, the fiscal paradise of the Muslim Brotherhood?

June 14, 2018

If Switzerland is known to have been a rear base of the Muslim Brotherhood, Luxembourg, on the other hand, has long been ignored. However, historically the Grand Duchy has played a central role in the financial strategy of this organization.

Luxembourg has become one of the strongholds of worldwide Islamic finance, and its authorities boast about it: “As the second largest world center for funds and host of the world’s principal stock exchange for stock securities, Luxembourg is today a key center for the development of Islamic finance in Europe,” stated Tom Theobald, Luxembourg’s deputy director general for finance at the end of 2017.

It is true that the publicity and lobbying carried out around this “Islamic finance” lends credence that this “finance” might be cleaner, more ethical because it is religious! In the name of God, is it less neo-liberal or less opaque? Nay. Such affirmations are absurd at best and at worst deceiving.

In reality, however, the valuation of this so-called new market quite simply hides the financial infiltration strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and certain Gulf countries.

A project under construction for over 40 years…

In 2005 the Swiss journalist Sylvain Besson published a remarkable work, “The conquest of the West”, which everyone unfortunately forgot, and would be good to update.

In this book, the investigator-journalist recalls that after the attacks on September 11, the Swiss police conducted a search at the home of Youssef Nada, the chairman of a group named al-Taqwa, which was suspected of having financed al-Qaeda. In Nada’s house, the police seized an exceptional document, which had to do with “Project” of the Muslim Brotherhood, written in 1981. This document established the global strategy of the Brotherhood and more specifically, that which was envisioned for Europe.

During a second search of the offices of al-Taqwa, investigators found another document fascinatingly titled “Financial Strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood”.

This edifying text details the financial structures created by the leaders of the Brotherhood during the 1970s, thanks to funds principally coming from the Gulf countries.

The central position of Luxembourg is clearly exposed in the first pages. “The Islamic International Bank of Luxembourg is the principal entity that directs and controls all other institutions. ARINCO, an affiliated entity, manages the long-term investments.” And here we are!

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The Coronavirus is Allah’s Punishment Against the Kuffar

In the following video Muslim women in India are asked their opinion about the ChiCom virus. All of them are delighted that Allah has sent it to punish the infidels.

Also, they’re obviously unconcerned about social distancing, because they know they can only catch the coronavirus if Allah wills it.

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

Video transcript:

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Praying Muslims Defy the Coronavirus in Bangladesh

Nothing stops salat (Islamic prayer), not even the ChiCom virus. The following video shows more than 10,000 Muslims at prayer in Bangladesh. They know the coronavirus cannot harm them unless Allah wills it.

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

Video transcript:

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The Ikhwan in Spain

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article (published in 2019) from European Eye on Radicalization:

The Muslim Brotherhood in Spain

by Maria Lozano Alia

“It is natural that Islam dominate, rather than be dominated, impose its law on all nations and extend its power over the entire planet”.

— Hassan al Banna

The Muslim Brotherhood has been the object of curiosity, study, tracking and fear in equal parts for the entirety of its history.

As is well known, the group was born in 1928 in Egypt, its leader being Hassan al-Banna, who is the source of the introductory quote, and who is considered the father of modern Islamism and the inspiration for the poorly-named “Arab Springs”.

And it is this paternity and its influence over extremists and violent groups (such as Hamas or Hezbollah) since their beginnings until today that has spawned a rejection of a large part of the West and also of current moderate Muslims.

Broadly speaking, and to establish an ideological framework, the Muslim Brotherhood can be defined as an organization which seeks the implementation of Islamic traditional values and sharia as a fundamental regulation of the human being to counter the deterioration of Islamic societies which began with contamination from the West and colonialism. The Islamic faith, therefore, appears as a nexus, guide and norm among all the members of the Islamic faith, beyond national, political and geographical structures.

For the achievement of these objectives, political participation is articulated as the principal tool, although throughout their history, they have resorted to violence and terror on more than a few occasions, this fact being the determining factor motivating the split of the Brotherhood in some countries.

As a distinctive feature of this group, it is worth underlining the permanent creation of structures, organizations, and support services for the community, in a manner parallel to institutions such as schools, hospitals, and mosques with the aim of winning over society.

The first expansion beyond Egypt was realized in Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon in the 1940s. The conquest of Europe had to wait a few years longer, with the first Brothers arriving in Spain in the 1960s, as will be seen later.

We should first analyze the common patterns in all of the processes of expansion of the Brotherhood.

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The “Islam is Peace” Deception: Six Statements


George W. Bush with CAIR in the mosque for the “Islam is peace” message

The “Islam is Peace” Deception: Six Statements

Michael Copeland

Here are six statements which can easily be verified.

Islam authorises the deception of non-Muslims in the cause of Islam.

“Using deception to mask intended goals” is Muslim Brotherhood (MB) strategy.

The MB’s main front group is the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR supplied George W. Bush with the “Islam is peace” message.

It was deception: Islam means “Submission”.

The deception of Bush has been a very successful propaganda coup.

Will any media relate these statements?

For previous essays by Michael Copeland, see the Michael Copeland Archives.

“It’s Their Interpretation of Islam”

“It’s Their Interpretation of Islam”

by Michael Copeland

“Ah, but it’s their interpretation of Islam”, we are assured by smooth-talking muslim speakers. Journalists have picked this up, and dutifully write about “an extremist interpretation” that lies behind the latest atrocity. This assurance about interpretation is surprisingly successful. It is designed to make us doubt what Islam’s source texts mean, including — and this is the crafty part — those whose meaning is clear and obvious. We can easily be taken in by this appealing and fair-sounding assertion. It puts us off the scent. That is the idea.

First, it is necessary to clarify what is meant by an “interpretation”. If an instruction says “give away one tenth of your income to charity”, that does not require an interpretation. The meaning is quite clear, and the instruction can be exactly followed. An “interpretation” is different. Say a politician repeatedly evades an interviewer’s question with some bland generalisation. Eventually the interviewer says, “I’ll take that as a ‘No’”. That is an interpretation. It is quite a different matter from the straightforward following of what a text says.

Bearing in mind that the Koran — all of it — forms part of Islam’s law, how does the “interpretation” allegation stand up to the test?

Let us see. We can take commands and instructions from the Koran and Hadith and compare them with what muslim leaders and speakers say.

Hatred

Koran 60:4 praises the “excellent pattern” shown by Ibrahim when he said (to the Jews):

“Between us and you enmity and hatred forever….”.

How do the spokesmen treat that?

  • Osama bin Laden: “Enmity and hate shall forever reign between us.”
  • Osama bin Laden: “Battle, animosity, and hatred — from the Muslim to the infidel — is the foundation of our religion.”
  • islamqa.com: “Muslims in the West must have … enmity and hatred of the kaffirs.”
  • Alminbar.com: “You should hate them, disown them and their religion.”
  • Abu Usama, Birmingham: “No one loves the kuffaar. We hate kuffaar.”
  • Anjem Choudary: “As a muslim I must have hatred for everything non-Islam.”
  • Yousuf Makharzah, muslim cleric: “Animosity towards the Jews is an obligatory religious duty, and one of the signs of the believers.”

Killing

The Koran commands:

  • “Kill the non-muslims wherever you find them” 9:5
  • “Kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from wherever they have expelled you….” 2:191

What do the clerics say?

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The Muslim Brotherhood Sinks a Taproot Into the Netherlands

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Algemeen Dagblad:

“Mosques in Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the grip of conservative Muslim Brotherhood”

The Rotterdam mosque De Middenweg and the Amsterdam Blue Mosque are in the grip of the Muslim Brotherhood. The message from the terror expert and investigator Ronald Sandee on Monday during his testimony in the mini-case in the Tweede Kamer [lower house of parliament] on unwanted foreign influence in Islamic institutions.

Although both steadfastly deny it, Sandee named Chairman of the Board Jacob van der Blom and imam Yassin Elforkani of the Blue Mosque as members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Van der Blom is also founder of the De Middenweg mosque.

Sandee has no hard evidence, but: “If it runs like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it may be a duck.” Van der Blom and Elforkani “follow the ideology” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The mosque in New West, built with money from Kuwait and Qatar, loomed large in the hearing. Sandee, ex-employee of the military intelligence service, also spoke extensively about the international Muslim Brotherhood. According to him, the organization strives for a “sharia state” in which Islam leads.

Veils

The Muslim Brotherhood are commonly well-educated, articulate, and “anti-integration”, said Sandee. According to him, they encourage women to wear veils, and hammer on “Islamophobic tendencies in society.

Sandee named the Blue Mosque as a striking example of the influence from the Gulf region. When Kuwait came in as financier around 2006, a high-ranking Kuwaiti official took over the company that owns the real estate, and according to Sandee, still determines the course of the mosque today.

Sandee also said he heard talk about young converts in the Blue Mosque, who are fairly intimidating in imposing their views. “But that is only hearsay.”

Middenweg

In the Blue Mosque, and also in the Middenweg (also financed by the Gulf region and with the same owner as the Blue Mosque) you see, according to Sandee, the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood on the speakers and training. In that connection, he also named the Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam, the largest in the Netherlands.

With respect to the money flow from the Gulf, the Netherlands is a little too naïve, perhaps gullible. “I have the feeling that countries like Turkey and Qatar follow a completely conscious strategy in influencing Muslim communities abroad. But we are stuck on freedom of religion.”

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Islam Creeps Into Quebec Schools Behind the Veil

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from the Quebec daily Le Devoir:

Examples of proselytizing at the CSDM

Law on the secularity of the state: Veiled educators have become proselytizers. Two Montreal mothers say their daughters have been pressured to adopt Muslim practices.

Proponents of the State Secularism Act will now be able to fight back against their opponents accusing them of fighting an imaginary enemy: two Montreal mothers claim that veiled educators pressured their daughters to adopt Muslim practices. Proof, she says, that the hijab is not always neutral and sometimes leads to proselytizing.

As part of the legal challenge to Bill 21, the feminist group For Women’s Rights of Quebec (PDF Quebec) was allowed to intervene and present witnesses. PDF therefore presented the case of Ines Hadj Kacem and Ferroudja Si Hadj Mohand, two women who emigrated to Canada who say they want to raise their daughters in total gender equality. However, they believe that the Montreal public school has failed in this regard.

I left Tunisia so that my daughter could grow up in an environment respectful of her choices and decisions

— Hadj Kacem

In a sworn statement, Ms. Hadj Kacem recounted that her daughter who attended the daycare at her primary school in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve had been pressured by veiled educators to thank Allah at the end of the meals and to stop using the school caterer because the food served is not halal or contains pork. Ms. Hadj Kacem said she removed her daughter from the daycare after filing several complaints with management.

Freedom of choice

“I left Tunisia so that my daughter could grow up in an environment that respects her choices and decisions,” the affidavit says. “But while attending the public school in my neighbourhood my daughter is under pressure to behave like a “good Muslim”. […] I have the strong impression that wearing a religious symbol by people in positions of authority influences my daughter’s behaviour and makes her question her choices and those of her mother. ”

Ms. Hadj Kacem recounts that her daughter is also under pressure from other schoolchildren because she is not wearing the veil. All this, notes the Montreal mother, “is detrimental to what we come to Quebec to look for, namely the equality between women and men.”

For her part, Ferroudja Si Hadj Mohand recounts that an educator wearing the hijab allegedly stopped a friend of her 9-year-old daughter because she was removing and putting her Islamic veil back in the courtyard of the Montreal North school they attend. The educator reportedly told her that once she was put on, the veil should no longer be removed. Then, turning to Mrs. Hadj Mohand’s daughter, she allegedly asked her when she would start wearing it. The girl felt “embarrassed” and forced to say “Maybe in high school.”

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mosque in Gothenburg

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the Swedish blog Ledarsidorna. It concerns the Muslim Brotherhood’s presence in Sweden:

Salafism merges with the Muslim Brotherhood in Gothenburg mosque

The latest revelation about the radical orientation of the Gothenburg mosque sheds new light on the environments in which the Salafist environment, which allows violence and jihad as methods, merges together with the Muslim Brotherhood in Sweden.

Last Friday, TV4 News revealed that the Gothenburg mosque website had a link, “About Islam”, which was aimed at new Muslims. This link takes visitors to a well-designed website written in Swedish with the name “New Muslim Guide”, which is a shortened version of the book, “The New Muslim Guide”, written by Fahd Salem Bahammam and published in 26 different languages. According to the website, “New Muslim Guide”, it was developed through the consensus of many Muslim scholars.

Under “Men’s rights in marriage”, it states that a Muslim woman must be responsive to her husband’s sexual needs, and it is recommended that she do well for him. If she refuses his legitimate sexual advances, she commits a sin when there is no valid reason, such as being on her period or sick. In another passage, it states that:

“One of the genuine rights of a man is that she cannot leave the home without his permission, whether it be for personal or public matters.”

The FHS (Swedish Defense University) terror researcher Associate Professor Magnus Ranstorp is crystal clear in his criticism of the mosque in a debate article in GP:

“We can never move a millimeter on our basic values on equality, women’s rights and our work against honor repression and other attempts to restrict democratic as well as individual freedoms and rights. That has to be clear. The Gothenburg mosque should also recognize this.”

The Gothenburg mosque is one example among many where the Salafist, violence-affirming environment merges with the Muslim Brotherhood’s covert violence-advocating environment.

There are several personal connections that link the Gothenburg mosque with the Muslim Brotherhood. Partly through membership in the United Islamic Associations in Sweden, FIFS, led by Mohammad Temsamani at the Ibn Rushd Study Association. Temsamani was involved in Muhammed Morsi’s presidential campaign in the 2011 Egyptian presidential election, in which Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate. Mohammad Temsamani, in addition to being chairman of FIFS, is responsible for religious questions at the Ibn Rushd Study Association, which has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism, anti-Western sentiments, and the building of a separate Muslim society in Sweden.

According to a study commissioned by State Aid for Religious Communities in 2014, several of the central actors in the Gothenburg Mosque Owner’s Foundation were also active in the Islamic Information Association (IIF) and the Römosse School. The former member of Parliament Abderizak Waberi (M) was headmaster of the school and became chairman of the FIOE, Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, after his term in the Parliament. FIOE is, according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leaders, the Brotherhood’s European umbrella organization.

Gothenburg’s Young Muslims (GUM) was registered in 2017 at the same address, and is a local chapter of Sweden’s Young Muslims, and works together with Ibn Rushd Study Association. Sweden’s Young Muslims (SUM) is part of the FIOE youth organization, FEMSYO. In an appellate ruling in Stockholm, SUM lost the right to public grants when they didn’t live up to the Authority for Youth and Civil Society democracy criteria.

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Asking us to Integrate Makes You a Nazi!

Muslims don’t come to Germany to “integrate” — they come to conquer.

If that wasn’t clear before, it should be clear now. During a recent rally staged by Turkish-Germans in Hanau, the arrogance of the conquerors was on prominent display.

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

The article below on the same topic (also translated by MissPiggy) is from Politically Incorrect:

Islam Demo: Turkish-German Woman in Hanau Says What She Thinks About Germans

“Call your children by name: Nazi bastards and monstrosities!

February 28, 2020
By L.S. Gabriel

Last Sunday a demonstration of mainly Turkish, Islamic German-haters took place in Hanau (PI-NEWS reported). Under the pretext of mourning for those killed in Hanau on 19 February by a mentally disturbed person, there was agitation against Germans per se. At the rally “Together Against Terror and Anti-Muslim Racism” one speaker clearly stated what she and probably the majority of her brothers and sisters in spirit (or lack of spirit) think of the Germans, from whose labour they benefit, in whose good and profitable country they participate. To the cheers and applause of the audience, Candan Özer Yilmaz, the widow of Attila Özer, one of the “NSU” victims, among others, declared that our laws have no meaning for them. She literally said:

If you demand integration from us, then go now, as a German, to the shisha bar and put down your German identity cards — no candles. If you want integration, first master our names and our history. Before that happens, you aren’t Germans! Integration doesn’t mean adhering to laws or demanding something from us that you cannot keep yourself. The murders and attacks happen in your country. That is part of your history. Before you start dealing with the political conflicts outside of Germany, clean your own toilet and call your children by their name! Call those Nazi pigs and monstrosities by name and stop treating them as sick or mentally disturbed people. They are Nazis!

Yes, in Germany murders and attacks happen, and everyone of them is one too many. However, most of the violence and hatred comes from migrants, their descendants and the people who are staying with us illegally, and is usually directed specifically against Germans.

Macit Bozkurt, the Imam of the Islamic Council for the state of Hesse, was also allowed to spread his taqiyya. He once again tried to “prove” Sura 5 verse 32, in order to “prove” that Islam is peaceful: “Whoever kills a person acts as if he had killed the whole of mankind.” As usual, he omits the following verse, where the Qur’an instructs to kill all non-Muslims, to cut off their hands and feet, to crucify them, etc., because he who is not for Allah causes mischief on Earth, according to the conclusion of this blood logic. Instead of saying that, the “orthodox” of all people put Muslims and “people with a migration background” on the same level as the Jews.

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The Well-Organised Invasion

Compiled by Michael Copeland

“But the truth is: this is a WELL-ORGANIZED INVASION.”
— Viktor Orbán, February 2020

“Brussels will not protect Europe. They do not want to stop the migration, but rather to support it and organize it.”
— Viktor Orbán, March 2018

Hear what was said of THE GREAT ISLAMIC INVASION OF 2015:

“Islam will invade Europe and America, smashing Western civilisation and replacing it with Islam.”
—Mohammed Mahdi Akef, Egypt

“We shall conquer their countries whether they like it or not.”
— Sheikh Muhammad Ayed, Al Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem

“We are coming to your country, whether you want us there or not.”
— Illegal migrants, Calais

“This exodus itself is a terrorist attack on a grand scale.”
— Aldo Sterone, commentator

“The Syrian refugees are neither Syrian nor refugees.”
— Daniel Greenfield

“They’re not refugees. This is an invasion. They want to take over.”
— Bishop Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, Hungary

“We only have one country, and it is the duty of us all to protect it.”
— Viktor Orbán, PM Hungary

“The country we were born in, lived in and worked in no longer exists.”
— Julia Caesar, Swedish journalist

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No Free Speech For Islam Critics

If advocates of free speech forbid the criticism of Islam, are they truly in favor of free speech?

No Free Speech For Islam Critics

by Anne Marie Waters

The British journalist Toby Young is the front face of a new free speech campaign group just launched in the UK. Young presents as being on the conservative right, and has defended feminist writers, including Julie Bindel and Germaine Greer, both of whom were “deplatformed” for their radical view that a woman doesn’t have a penis.

The Free Speech Union claims on its website it “believes that if society doesn’t uphold the right to express controversial, eccentric, heretical, provocative or unwelcome opinions, then it doesn’t uphold free speech.”

Quite. So why then doesn’t Toby Young believe in the right to express controversial, eccentric, heretical, provocative or unwelcome opinions about religion? Because he doesn’t, as he has made clear. When questioned as to whether Tommy Robinson could join the union, Young batted the question away (it would be a matter for the board!) and then began to virtual-signal. In essence, he said the union would not tolerate criticism of a person because of their sex (agreed), or because of their skin colour (agreed), or because of their religion (no, that’s entirely different).

Religion is belief, and a person is answerable for what they believe. What they believe constitutes a large part of who they are, and as adults they are accountable for it. I maintain that free speech means criticism of the ideas people propagate, and, by extension, criticism of that person for propagating such ideas. This applies whether the beliefs are political or religious.

The Union goes on to state: “We take no position on the validity of others’ opinions, political or otherwise, whether expressed in speech, writing, performance, or in another form. However, we condemn all incitements to violence.”

But they have taken a position: they will not criticise religion. Or, doubtless more accurately, they will not criticise Islam. Islam remains untouchable, even by an organisation founded to fight for free speech. The fear of Islam in the UK is once again on show for all to see.

It isn’t only fear of Islam itself that causes this; it is fear of the law and fear of the Left. The law will punish those who are critical of Islam in the UK. This sharia-isation of the law means that while gang-rape and child marriage and FGM continue unimpeded, insulting Islam is more likely to bring the police to your door.

The most imminent threat, however, is from the Left. Toby Young must know that if he were to practice actual free speech (i.e. the freedom to criticise Islam), he would be accused of “hate” and his mainstream platform would disappear.

Furthermore, Young has no restriction on his speech. He enjoys regular mainstream media slots. If he allowed criticism of Islam, those slots would evaporate.

While Young has unfettered access to social media, I have had my Twitter account closed for criticising South Yorkshire Police (the account was heavily shadow-banned in any case, and my number of follower would drop on a daily basis). My view numbers on YouTube dropped by 60% overnight; I am now censored there as well.

Worse still, I am routinely described as a neo-Nazi or fascist by the mainstream press and am never given a mainstream right of reply. Wikipedia portrays me as both a monster and an idiot. I am unable to respond on that platform. Toby Young is backing off from criticising Islam because he doesn’t want this to happen to him.

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