ISIS quotes Qur’an in call to attack non-Muslims during Ramadan

“During the message the Koran is quoted and suicide bombers were told to carry out plans now.”

Why isn’t the Islamic State stopped by all the peaceful passages of the Qur’an that non-Muslims who have never read the Qur’an assume dominate its pages?

“The new video, which Express.co.uk has chosen not to show, told ISIS fanatics to ‘wait and hide for them in houses, corners, roads’ and carry out murders.”

“Kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush” — Qur’an 9:5

“‘Attack them in their homes’ ISIS in twisted call for bloodshed during Ramadan,” by Zoie O’Brien, Express, May 26, 2017:

ISLAMIC State (ISIS) has called for attacks in Britain during the holy month of Ramadan, which starts tonight, after the Manchester bombing which killed 22 and maimed dozens more.

A sickening message is being circulated asking for lone wolf supporters to murder innocent people, like suicide bomber Salman Abedi did at Manchester Arena, Express.co.uk can reveal.

Girls as young as eight were targeted when the 22-year-old carried a bomb into the foyer after an Ariana Grande concert.

Warped ISIS jihadis are now telling its brainwashed followers to carry out attacks over the holy month of Ramadan, which starts tonight….

A vile message spreading online said jihadis must “never leave one metre without making it hell on earth for disbelievers”.

Britain’s trauma hospitals have been told to prepare for an attack this Bank Holiday weekend, after the terror threat was raised to critical meaning an attack is “imminent”.

The army has been pulled in to defend the streets with police, and armed officers will patrol Britain’s trains for the first time.

Police are also on increased patrols, implementing anti-terror powers to carry out more stop and searches.

No specific threat has been identified, but intelligence sources believe Abedi was part of a wider ISIS network and had enough chemicals in his flat to build another explosive device.

The new video, which Express.co.uk has chosen not to show, told ISIS fanatics to “wait and hide for them in houses, corners, roads” and carry out murders.

Their aim was to make Britons “forget their luxurious life”.

The message finished: “God bless you.”

The message specifically called for attacks in the US, Russia and across Europe, including Britain.

Among the top targets for the attacks, according to the message are “soldiers”, “the princes” and “ministers”.

Deluded fanboys of ISIS leader Abu Bakr-al Baghdadi called Ramadan the “month of jihad”.

A 12-minute rambling video delivers the message in Arabic with an English translation.

Express.co.uk has chosen not to reveal the location of the message, which also talks about immigration.

It claims “the tyrants on the island” have closed the door on immigration so should have the “door of Jihad opened in their faces”.

The twisted ISIS message says attacks on innocent children like the one in Manchester are “beloved”.

During the message the Koran is quoted and suicide bombers were told to carry out plans now.

Terror cells are told to “terrorise” the west until the point neighbours turn on each other….

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Court rules it acceptable for politician to be called ‘Nazi slut’ on TV for opposing Muslim migration

When AfD leader Alice Weidel said during a Cologne party conference that political correctness belongs in the dustbin of history, comedian Christian Ehring responded by putting her words to the test.

“Alright then, political correctness is over – let’s all be incorrect to each other. The Nazi slut is right there,” Ehring said while hosting his ‘Extra 3’ program.

Clearly, Weidel was expressing reasonable concerns about the prospect of Western freedoms, particularly freedom of speech, being shut down by accusations of racism, and specifically “Islamophobia.” Ehring knew this, but that did not stop him from spewing his ghastly insult and mischaracterizing Weidel’s intent. In so doing, he has perpetuated the common leftist/socialist schemes of dehumanizing their detractors and thereby inciting violence toward them. Another tactic of theirs is to label anyone “Nazi” who merely questions damaging immigration policy and the  barbarism that is spreading into the West due to Islamic supremacist and jihadi incursion.

Remember also that this “free speech” court ruling comes in a country in which a comedian was arrested last year for criticizing Turkish President Erdogan.

“‘Nazi slut’: German court rules ‘satirical’ insult of AfD leader is acceptable”, RT News, May 17, 2017:

Calling a far-right politician a “Nazi slut” on television is perfectly acceptable, according to a German court, which ruled that a TV presenter was being satirical when he said those very words about an Alternative for Germany (AfD) politician last month.

When AfD leader Alice Weidel said during a Cologne party conference that political correctness belongs in the dustbin of history, comedian Christian Ehring responded by putting her words to the test.

“Alright then, political correctness is over – let’s all be incorrect to each other. The Nazi slut is right there,” Ehring said while hosting his ‘Extra 3’ program.

Failing to see the ‘comedic value’ in Ehring’s joke, Weidel took legal action against the presenter, saying his words were defamatory and put her in danger.

However, a Hamburg court disagreed with Weidel on Wednesday, ruling that the phrase was clearly a joke about the politician’s reference to political correctness.

It ruled that the word ‘Nazi’ referenced the fact that “within large sections of the public, the AfD is viewed as right-wing or even far right-wing,” according to the Local and DPA.

It went on to state that while the word ‘slut’ has a sexual connotation, it is clear to the viewer that “the description was used because the complainant is a woman, and that the comment in no way is truthful.”

The judgement also stated that satirical exaggeration is protected by German laws on freedom of speech, and that Weidel, as a public figure, must accept being the target of exaggerated satire.

Weidel has announced she will appeal the decision.

“This ruling shows how far you can go under the cover of satire in Germany. That such aggressive defamation also poses a threat to Ms Weidel’s safety doesn’t seem to bother the court,” AfD spokesman Christian Luth said.

The ruling comes less than one week after Weidel made headlines for accusing German Chancellor Angela Merkel of being “insane.”

“Donald Trump said that Merkel is insane and I absolutely agree with that. It is a completely nonsensical form of politics that is being followed here,” she told the Local….

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HALF A MILLION children recruited by ISIS

What is so disturbing is that this will be left for our children to deal with — and the left in the media, academia and culture have thoroughly disarmed them  in the information battle-space. They are sheep to slaughter.

Half a million. And there will be millions more.

TERROR TOTS: HORROR AS EXPERTS REVEAL UP TO HALF A MILLION CHILDREN RECRUITED BY ISIS

THE ISLAMIC STATE HAS MANAGED TO RADICALISE UP TO HALF A MILLION CHILDREN, EXPERTS HAVE DISCLOSED IN A SHOCKING REVELATION OVER THE SCALE OF THE TERROR THREAT. By Zoie O’Brien, May 13, 2017:

Terror experts, psychologists and analysts have been scrambled to assess how the threat from hundreds of thousands of children who served ISIS can be countered.The new find poses a deadly threat to countries such as France, the UK and the USA, all of which have been threatened with mass bloodshed on the streets.Anne Speckhard, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, has travelled to Iraq to help deal with the crisis facing the country.The expert from The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) has also come face to face with the kids of the caliphate.She told Express.co.uk: “There was a lot of discussion about the numbers of youth involved – 250K to 500K.“ISIS banned the books from schools and replaced with their own curriculum and materials encouraging hatred and brutality, many of which were shown to us on a display.

“There is anger and concern about how to regroup in the face of ISIS destruction and worry that the ideology can continue to live in the hearts and minds of Sunnis who lived under ISIS and re-emerge.”

ISIS child beheads captive after being trained in horror terror camps.

Jihadis infiltrated classrooms, destroyed libraries and forced teachers to deliver a programme of hate in areas overtaken by ISIS.The Iraqi Prime Minister opened the Education in the Post-Daesh Iraq conference in April, where experts were told of the true extent of the problem.Before the invasions of towns in Iraq, a group called the ISIS ‘Emni’ planted radical preachers to prepare the ground.They learnt the grievances of local people and played on them to recruit families.

CALIPHATE KIDS: As many as 500,000 children may have been radicalised.

Children of the Islamic State: Teachers forced to throw out curriculum and preach for ISIS

The elite ‘Emni’ – made up of former Iraqi Baathists who served under Sadaam – is believed to be linked to terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Tunisia.The programmes under which children were indoctrinated were extremely successful.Testimony from young soldiers who served ISIS has revealed they lived to serve the older jihadis who sent boys as young as five to their deaths.

Professor Speckhard said: “Some of the youth were actually recruited into the Cubs of the Caliphate and some were taught to behead.“Likewise some teachers were forced to teach in ISIS schools and what to do with them.In a series of interviews with Daesh jihadis, Professor Speckhard, along with Professor Ahmet Yayla, a former counter terror police chief, established how young boys are recruited.

Their book, entitled ‘ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate’, revealed how ISIS set out to radicalise children in an attempt to bolster its own ranks in 2015.

Within months it had hundreds on its books.

Professor Speckhard said: “The child who told us about kids being tricked and put in suicide vehicles even not knowing they were going to be exploded, an ISIS emir verified that kids are sent both in vehicles and wearing vests.“They are so brainwashed that they cry when they are taken off the list.”One boy named Ibn Omar revealed how training camps and huge knives were named after al-Qaeda leaders.He told the professors: “No. If you don’t join ad-Dawlah and pledge your loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi you are an in infidel.“Some of the local [ISIS] fighters said they now knew that their father was an in del and that as soon as they could, they would take leave and would go kill him.”

EDITORS NOTE: This column with images originally appeared on The Geller Report.

On day Abbas met Trump, Fatah honored 12 jihadis who murdered 95 people

Abbas lied brazenly to President Trump, claiming that his government “educates for peace” and that the Palestinian Authority is “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.”

Meanwhile, this was what was going on back home.

palestinian jihadists“While Abbas met with Trump, Fatah honored 12 terrorists responsible for murdering 95 people,” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch, May 10, 2017:

As Palestinian Authority and Fatah Chairman Abbas met with President Trump last week, the two institutions he heads were busy glorifying murderers and planners of suicide bombings and shooting attacks in which 95 people were murdered.

Fatah posted the photo above of 12 imprisoned terrorist murderers on Facebook and sent “blessings” to the “heroic prisoners”:

Posted text:

“All blessings to our heroic prisoners carrying out the [hunger] strike of dignity: Karim Younes, Marwan Barghouti, Nael Barghouti, Ahmad Sa’adat, Abbas Al-Sayid, Hassan Salameh, Zaid Bassisi, Bassem Al-Khandaqji, Wajdi Joudeh, Maher Younes, Fuad Al-Shubaki, Wael Al-Jaghoub.”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, May 3, 2017]

These are the crimes of Fatah’s “heroes”:

Hassan Salameh – Serving 46 life sentences for planning suicide bombings that murdered 46.

Abbas Al-Sayid – Serving 35 life sentences for planning suicide bombings that murdered 35.

Marwan Barghouti – Serving 5 life sentences for planning 3 shooting attacks that murdered murdering 5.

Bassem Al-Khandaqji – Serving 3 life sentences for involvement in a suicide bombing that murdered 3.

Zaid Bassisi – Serving a life sentence plus an additional 55 years for planning a car bombing that wounded 8.

Karim and Maher Younes – Each is serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering 1.

Nael and Fakhri Barghouti – Each was serving a life sentence for murdering 1. Both were released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal. Nael Barghouti was rearrested for violating the terms of his release and is serving a life sentence plus an additional 18 years.

Wael Al-Jaghoub – Serving a life sentence for establishing PFLP terror cells and carrying out terror attacks. PMW was unable to verify the details of his crimes.

Ahmad Sa’adat – Serving a 30 year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization.

Wajdi Joudeh – Serving a 25 year sentence for involvement in a suicide bombing that murdered 4 and wounded 24.

Fuad Al-Shubaki – Serving a 20 year sentence for planning attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority

The image posted by Fatah shows the terrorists listed in the post. Above them is a logo showing three hands reaching up through barbed wire….

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ISIS justifies killing women and children by invoking Muhammad’s example

This ain’t Karen Armstrong’s Muhammad, this is the real thing: killing women and children is justified in a hadith in which Muhammad waves away those who object. “It is reported on the authority of Sa’b b. Jaththama that the Prophet of Allah (may peace be upon him), when asked about the women and children of the polytheists being killed during the night raid, said: They are from them.” (Sahih Muslim 4321)

“Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi: I was among the captives of Banu Qurayza. They (the Companions) examined us, and those who had begun to grow hair (pubes) were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair. (Sunan Abu Dawood 38:4390) Pubescent boys were thus killed, whether they had been combatants or not.

“Isis defends killing women and children as terror group loses territory and troops,” by Lizzie Dearden, Independent, May 6, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Isis has launched an “extremely defensive” propaganda effort to defend its slaughter of women and children as it struggles to retain territory, troops and attention.

The latest edition of the terrorist group’s Rumiyah magazine celebrated bombings that killed at least 45 people marking Palm Sunday at Coptic churches in Egypt.

Hundreds of people attended the victims’ funerals, with Egyptians of all religions uniting to condemn the bloodshed and the government threatening a new crackdown….

Opponents of Isis, including rival terrorist groups, have cited its killing of women and children – particularly Muslims – in indiscriminate terror attacks as proof of their takfir (disbelief).Christians are also afforded protection under sharia as protected “dhimma”, and were required to pay a special tax under caliphates in the Islamic Golden Age.

In an “interview” in Rumiyah, the leader of Isis’s faction in Egypt admitted that the “prevailing trend in many people’s reactions is that of denunciation, as well as disassociation … and of offering condolences”.

But in a lengthy propaganda article, Isis sought to justify its actions by claiming that “belligerent” Christians in Egypt deserve no protection.

It said it was “permissible” to murder all men and take women, children, the elderly and ill as slaves.

“With regards to those of the non-combatant women and children from among the belligerent Christians who are killed unintentionally, their blood is waste,” the article continued.

It claimed that the murder of women and children in indiscriminate terror attacks or bombardment was also allowed, citing Mohamed’s use of catapults in a medieval city siege….

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Florida Magazine gives ‘Unity Award’ to Radical Islamic Society of Sarasota Bradenton

941 ceo logoSarasota’s 941 CEO magazine has decided to give an award to a mosque tied to terrorism. The mosque is the Islamic Society of Sarasota Bradenton (ISSB).

941 CEO gave ISSB their 2017 Unity Award. 941 CEO’s  Sylvia Whitman, Susan Burns, and Anu Varma wrote:

Nonprofit Winner – Islamic Society of Sarasota Bradenton

FOUNDED IN 1993, THE NONPROFIT ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF SARASOTA BRADENTON (ISSB), with its impressive mosque on Lockwood Ridge Road, is the center of life for many Muslims in our region, and the only mosque within a 50-mile radius. With 200 families as members (and hundreds more who attend during holidays), it is a diverse community of Arab and non-Arab, many nationalities and American converts of all professions.

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“Muslims are not the ‘other,’” says Hassan. “We want to build bridges.”

Read more…

But is ISSB really building bridges? Perhaps a look at their past portends what they are today?

Bill Warner wrote:

March 10th, 2000: Jihad preaching Muneer Arafat and his al-Qaeda procurement agent roommate Ziyad Sadqua aka Ziyad Khaleel move to Sarasota and Orlando Florida respectively.

Jihad preaching Muneer Arafat takes the job of Imam or Holy Man at the Islamic Society of Sarasota Bradenton Mosque while Ziyad Sadqua aka Ziyad Khaleel sets up websites for Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

From 1998 to early 2000 Ziyad Khaleel lived in Manchester, Missouri, with Muneer Arafat and attended Columbia College in St. Louis. Three months later in June 2000 9/11 hijack pilots Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi and their accomplice Ziad Jarrah show up in the Sarasota Fl area and stay for at least 6 months.

Read more…

Joe Kaufman highlighted the links between the ISSB and terrorism. Kaufman reported:

CAIR-Florida Regional Operations Director Nezar Hamze’s mosque gun training tour has taken him to numerous Islamic centers throughout Florida. One of the centers is the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton, a radical mosque with a sinister past of embrace for those associated with Palestinian terror, including support for suicide attackers and their families.

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Another of the mosques receiving the training, the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB), has also had a terror-related history and its own imam with involvement in a terrorist organization. And like CAIR, it has been Palestinian terrorism and worse.

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According to the ISSB newsletter The Faith, in May 2001, the mosque’s children’s school, Dar al-Iman, was visited by then-professor at the University of South Florida (USF), Sami al-Arian, to discuss with the school’s parents “the opportunity for [their] children to attend a fulltime Islamic school in Tampa.” The school is presumably the Islamic Academy of Florida (IAF), an institution founded by al-Arian in 1992 and which is still in existence under a new name.

According to the US Justice Department, Al-Najjar, the brother-in-law of al-Arian, “had established ties to terrorist organizations and held leadership positions” within groups that raised funds for PIJ and Hamas. Those groups included al-Arian’s founded charity, Islamic Concern Project (ICP), and al-Arian’s founded think tank, World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE). Following his imprisonment, in August 2002, al-Najjar was deported from the US.

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Kaufman notes, “In January 2001, under the banner of ‘Aqsa Victims,’ The Faith announced that the mosque’s “community members” had raised $4000 to be sent to the family of Palestinian ‘martyrs.’ The newsletter read, ‘The second payment of donations for Aqsa victims were sent the martyrs families and needy in the West Bank in Palestine.’ With regard to Palestinians, the term ‘martyrs’ denotes either terrorists (general) or suicide bombers (specific).”

It appears that 941 CEO is giving credibility to an organization that has a history of supporting families of Palestinian martyrs. This gives cover to an organization with a checkered history to say the least.

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Study: Muslim Migrants Become Less Integrated the Longer They Stay

More good news about Muslim immigration.

SHOCK REPORT: MIGRANTS BECOME LESS INTEGRATED THE LONGER THEY STAY IN EUROPE

By Virginia Hale, Breitbart, May 1, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

NORWEGIAN STUDY HAS FOUND THE GAP IN LABOUR PARTICIPATION RATES BETWEEN CITIZENS BORN IN NORWAY AND THIRD WORLD MIGRANTS WIDENS THE LONGER NEWCOMERS HAVE BEEN IN THE COUNTRY.

Researchers at the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research uncovered “encouraging signs of labour market integration during an initial period upon migrants’ admission”.

But after a period of just five to 10 years, according to the report, “the integration process goes into reverse with widening immigrant-native employment differentials and rising rates of immigrant social insurance dependency”.

“Basically we were very surprised by these results, because really the differences between immigrants and Norwegian-born citizens should be getting lesser and lesser the longer migrants have lived in Norway. We found that the opposite happens,” said Knut Røed, a senior researcher at the Frisch Centre.

Norway’s acting minister for immigration and integration Per Sandberg said the government is aware of problems highlighted by the report, but suggested that not everything can be solved politically.

“Even if the government went further still in delivering migrants jobs and opportunities, we mustn’t forget that politicians can’t force people to become integrated,” said the minister.

He added: “There must also be a significant commitment from individuals themselves, if they are wanting to succeed in Norway.”

Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang described the findings of the study as “very bad news” for the nation’s welfare state.

“The conclusion is clear: if we do not succeed in getting newcomers into work, our entire welfare model will be in jeopardy,” the paper’s editorial read.

Norway’s welfare state is not the only aspect of life in the Nordic nation that mass migration threatens to disrupt, it has been warned.

Last year, the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) stated that Muslim immigrants are resistant to integration and can cause “problems” for the host nation.

“A strong increase in immigration, particularly from Muslim countries, can cause other long-term challenges. When a large number of asylum seekers come to a local community, it can have unfortunate consequences,” said PST head Marie Benedicte Bjørnland.
Last year, the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) stated that Muslim immigrants are resistant to integration and can cause “problems” for the host nation.

“A strong increase in immigration, particularly from Muslim countries, can cause other long-term challenges. When a large number of asylum seekers come to a local community, it can have unfortunate consequences,” said PST head Marie Benedicte Bjørnland.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

New York, D.C. top list of 20 U.S. Cities where girls at Risk for Female Genital Mutilation

Why are these areas at at such high risk? Because they are designated gateway cities for Muslim refugee resettlement. This report was generated in February 2016 — it is a year later and worse. The gruesome practice of female genital mutilation is at record highs and on the rise in America, due to the influx of Muslim immigrants. It is incredible that the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) does not track cases of FGM at the state level. That is how deep the islamization of our state and federal agencies has gone.

FGM fact sheet:

The number of women and girls at risk for female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States has more than doubled in the past 10 years. More than half a million women and girls in the U.S. are at risk of undergoing FGM in the U.S. or abroad, or have already undergone the procedure, including 166,173 under the age of 18, according to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).

Dissemblers and deceivers claim that FGM is cultural phenomenon, not religious. FGM is an Islamic cultural phenomenon. FGM is found only within and adjacent to Muslim communities.

Unlike male circumcision, female genital mutilation has no health benefits for girls and women.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves partial or total removal of the clitoris, causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Femal genital mutilation procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. It removes all possibility of sexual pleasure. It is the worst kind of misogyny.

Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where FGM is concentrated

FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.

FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

FGM is found only within and adjacent to Muslim communities (source: Gerry Mackie, “Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account,” American Sociological Review).

How little do Americans (especially young people)  know about FGM. Watch this video:

WOMEN AND GIRLS AT RISK OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION/CUTTING IN THE UNITED STATES

MARK MATHER AND CHARLOTTE FELDMAN-JACOBS
PRB, February 2016:

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on female genital mutilation/cutting in the United States was released in January 2016, providing additional information on women and girls at risk.

(February 2016) Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), involving partial or total removal of the external genitals of girls and women for religious, cultural, or other nonmedical reasons, has devastating immediate and long-term health and social effects, especially related to childbirth. This type of violence against women violates women’s human rights. There are more than 3 million girls, the majority in sub-Saharan Africa, who are at risk of cutting/mutilation each year. In Djibouti, Guinea, and Somalia, nine in 10 girls ages 15 to 19 have been subjected to FGM/C. Some countries in Africa have recently outlawed the practice, including Guinea-Bissau, but progress in eliminating the harmful traditional practice has been slow.1Although FGM/C is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, global migration patterns have increased the risk of FGM/C among women and girls living in developed countries, including the United States.

Increasingly, policymakers, NGOs, and community leaders are speaking out against this harmful traditional practice. As more information becomes available about the practice, it is clear that FGM/C needs to be unmasked and challenged around the world.

The U.S. Congress passed a law in 1996 making it illegal to perform FGM/C and 23 states have laws against the practice.2 Despite decades of work in the United States and globally to prevent FGM/C, it remains a significant harmful tradition for millions of girls and women. In the last few years, renewed efforts to protect girls from undergoing this procedure globally and in immigrant populations have resulted in policy successes. In Great Britain and in other European countries, a groundswell of attention has focused on eradicating the practice among the large immigrant populations of girls and women who have been cut or are at risk of being cut. Moreover, in 2012 the 67th session of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution urging states to condemn all harmful practices that affect women and girls, especially FGM/C. The UN resolution was a significant step toward ending the practice around the world.

In the United States, efforts to stop families from sending their daughters to their home countries to be cut led to a 2013 law making it illegal to knowingly transport a girl out of the United States for the purpose of cutting. FGM/C has gained attention in the United States in part because of the rising number of immigrants from countries where FGM/C is prevalent, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Between 2000 and 2013, the foreign-born population from Africa more than doubled, from 881,000 to 1.8 million.3

THE RISK OF FGM/C IN THE UNITED STATES

In 2013, there were up to 507,000 U.S. women and girls who had undergone FGM/C or were at risk of the procedure, according to PRB’s data analysis. This figure is more than twice the number of women and girls estimated to be at risk in 2000 (228,000).4 The rapid increase in women and girls at risk reflects an increase in immigration to the United States, rather than an increase in the share of women and girls at risk of being cut. The estimated U.S. population at risk of FGM/C is calculated by applying country- and age-specific FGM/C prevalence rates to the number of U.S. women and girls with ties to those countries. A detailed description of PRB’s methods to estimate women and girls at risk of FGM/C is available.

Just three sending countries—Egypt, Ethiopia, and Somalia—accounted for 55 percent of all U.S. women and girls at risk in 2013 (see Table 1). These three countries stand out because they have a combination of high FGM/C prevalence rates and a relatively large number of immigrants to the United States. The FGM/C prevalence rate for women and girls ages 15 to 49 is 91 percent in Egypt, 74 percent in Ethiopia, and 98 percent in Somalia. About 97 percent of U.S. women and girls at risk were from African countries, while just 3 percent were from Asia (Iraq and Yemen).


Table 1
U.S. Women and Girls Potentially at Risk for FGM/C, 2013 Data

Top 10 Countries of Origin

U.S. Women and Girls at Risk of FGM/C
All Countriesof Origin 506,795
Egypt 109,205
Ethiopia 91,768
Somalia 75,537
Nigeria 40,932
Liberia 27,289
Sierra Leone 25,372
Sudan 20,455
Kenya 18,475
Eritrea 17,478
Guinea 10,302
Other Countries of Origin 69,981

Source: Population Reference Bureau. Estimates are subject to both sampling and nonsampling error.


Girls under age 18 made up one-third of all females at risk of FGM/C in 2013. While some of these girls were born in countries with high prevalence rates, the majority are U.S.-born children of parents from high-prevalence countries. Anecdotal reports tell of U.S.-born girls being cut while on vacation in their parents’ countries of origin and of people traveling to the United States to perform FGM/C on girls here.5

The number of women and girls at risk varies widely across different states (see map). In 2013, about three-fifths of all women and girls at risk of FGM/C lived in eight states: California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. California had the largest at-risk population (57,000), followed by New York (48,000), and Minnesota (44,000). Minnesota has a disproportionate number of women and girls at risk of FGM/C because of its large Somali immigrant population, estimated at more than 31,000 in 2013. See the number of women and girls at risk in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


number of girls and women at risk of fgm/c varies widely across the united states


While the population at risk is still highly concentrated in large “gateway” states, many immigrant families have fanned out from traditional immigrant gateways to new destinations around the country. Some states also receive large numbers of African refugees. In fiscal year 2014, one-fourth of the 70,000 refugees arriving in the United States were from Africa.6

Most women and girls at risk of FGM/C are living in cities or suburbs of large metropolitan areas. In 2013, 40 percent of the population at risk lived in five metro areas: New York, Washington, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, and Seattle (see Table 2). See a list of the 50 metropolitan areas with the largest at-risk populations.


Table 2
U.S. Women and Girls Potentially at Risk for FGM/C, by Metro Area, 2013 Data

Top 10 Metropolitan Areas

U.S. Women and Girls at Risk of FGM/C
All Areas 506,795
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 65,893
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 51,411
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 37,417
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 23,216
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 22,923
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 19,075
Columbus, OH 18,154
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 16,417
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 15,854
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 11,347
Other Metro Areas 216,307
Outside of Metro Areas 8,780

Source: Population Reference Bureau. Estimates are subject to both sampling and nonsampling error.


LOOKING AHEAD

With the rise in international migration, the lines between issues facing women and girls in the U.S. and developing countries are blurred. Although FGM/C prevalence rates have held steady or declined in many African countries in recent years, the number of women and girls at risk of FGM/C in the United States is expected to increase in the future, as the foreign-born population from Africa increases.

Given the rapid growth of the youth population in developing countries, improving the well-being of girls has become a priority for many international organizations that promote gender equality and higher standards of living across the globe. Ending harmful practices against women and girls in developing countries could have a measurable impact on the well-being of immigrant families around the world.


Mark Mather is associate vice president of U.S. Programs at PRB. Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs is an associate vice president of International Programs, and Program Director, Gender at PRB.


Acknowledgments
The authors wish to acknowledge Kelvin Pollard and Donna Clifton at PRB for their assistance with the data analysis, and Howard Goldberg and Paul Stupp of CDC for their collaboration on the methodology. We are grateful to the Wallace Global Fund for providing funding for PRB’s work on this topic.


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  1. Donna Clifton and Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs, “International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Marks Ninth Year” (2012) accessed at www.prb.org/Articles/2012/fgm-zero-tolerance-2012.aspx, on Feb. 2, 2015.
  2. Equality Now, “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the United States,” accessed at www.equalitynow.org/sites/default/files/EN_FAQ_FGM_in_US.pdf, on Feb. 2, 2015.
  3. Migration Policy Institute, Data Hub, accessed at www.migrationpolicy.org/data/state-profiles/state/demographics/US, on Jan. 15, 2015.
  4. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Female Genital Cutting Research,” accessed at www.brighamandwomens.org/Departments_and_Services/obgyn/services/africanwomenscenter/research.aspx, on Feb. 2, 2015. Estimates for 2000 were based on a slightly different methodology and are not strictly comparable with the 2013 data. However, the large increase in the number of women and girls at risk of FGM/C is not surprising, given rising levels of immigration from sub-Saharan African countries since 2000.
  5. Equality Now, “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the United States.”
  6. U.S. Department of State, “Refugee Arrivals,” accessed at www.wrapsnet.org/Reports/Archives/tabid/215/Default.aspx, on Feb. 2, 2015

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

Germany granting asylum to former Taliban fighters over torture fears

How wonderfully humanitarian. What could possibly go wrong?

“Germany may grant asylum to former Taliban fighters over torture fears: report,” by Saim Saeed, Politico, April 27, 2017:

An increasing number of Afghans seeking asylum in Germany are claiming to having been members of the Taliban, potentially to increase their chances of asylum, Die Welt reported Thursday.

According to Die Welt, asylum seekers may be identifying themselves as former Taliban fighters because an open investigation into their backgrounds automatically prevents them from being deported. Ex-Taliban members claim they may be subject to torture or the death penalty in Afghanistan, and human rights law bars Germany from being an accomplice to torture.

“Membership of the Taliban as such cannot lead to a positive decision on the asylum application,” a spokesman from BAMF, the German office for migration and refugees, told Die Welt. “However, in the event of imminent human rights violations due to a previous membership, a grant of protection may be considered in individual cases.”…

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The Church of England has called for parents to lose the right to withdraw their children from religious education classes – because some parents are apparently using it to pull their children out of lessons on Islam.

This shocking encroachment upon the rights of parents is being justified by the Church of England’s essentially accusing parents of being ignorant for trying to deny their children exposure to “other faiths” and “world views.” Nonsense. Never before has there been any controversy about parents not wanting their children exposed to “other faiths” until Islamic supremacists burst into Western society with their full-fledged war on infidels and ambitions to conquer the “House of War,” not to mention the routine cursing of Christians and Jews during Friday prayers and the condemnation of the accursed people (Jews) and the astray people (Christians) during the daily repetitions of the Fatiha. Parents have every right to be concerned about the Islamic indoctrination of their children and to fight for their rights against what amounts to a “fatwa” by the Church of England.

Derek Holloway, the head of RE in the Church of England’s education office, has called for that right to be removed from parents and for their children to be taught other world religions regardless of the parents’ views

In America, Islamic indoctrination has also become a worrying issue. The Christian Action Network stated on its website:

The United States Department of Education has developed an Islamic indoctrination program for public schools called, ‘Access Islam.’ The lesson plans are written for grades 5 through 12. They include worksheets and videos to help students perform the 5 Pillars of Islam – prayer, fasting, alms giving, pilgrimage to Mecca and the proclamation of Muslim faith.

In Canada, Islamic indoctrination has also concerned parents, with unvetted sermons allowed by the Peel District School Board.

“Church of England Spokesman: ‘Children Should Be Forced to Learn About Islam’”, by Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart, April 28, 2017:

The Church of England has called for parents to lose the right to withdraw their children from religious education classes – because some parents are apparently using it to pull their children out of lessons on Islam.

Currently parents can choose for their children not to take part in religious education (RE) lessons, and can do so without giving a reason.

But Derek Holloway, the head of RE in the Church of England’s education office, has called for that right to be removed from parents and for their children to be taught other world religions regardless of the parents’ views.

“Seemingly [some parents] do not want their children exposed to other faiths and world views, in particular Islam. We are concerned that this is denying those pupils the opportunity to develop the skills they need to live well together as adults,” he told The Times.

He added: “Anecdotally, there have also been some cases in different parts of the country of parents with fundamentalist religious beliefs also taking a similar course. This is not confined to any one particular religion or area of the country.”

In a blog post on the Church of England’s Facebook page, he insisted that children should be taught about all religions to prepare them for life as global citizens.

“Religions are global in their reach and are global in their organization. The UK is part of a global community and so the time is now right to consider the RE curriculum content balance in global terms rather than in terms of parochial English census data,” he wrote.

The Church of England runs approximately 4,700 schools, of which around 200 are secondary or middle schools. The Church is, therefore, responsible for educating around a million children each year.

However, although Government guidelines stipulate that religious education must reflect that “the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian”, they continue that it must take “account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions”.

In his blog, Mr. Holloway supported this principle, writing: “Church schools are not ‘Faith schools for the faithful, they are church schools serving the community’. Therefore, we do not seek to deliver a Religious Education (RE) curriculum suitable only for those from Christian backgrounds but a Religious Education that is an essential component of an education that enables all the pupils we serve from all faiths and none to flourish and be prepared for life in modern Britain.

He added: “The right of withdrawal from RE now gives comfort to those who are breaking the law and seeking to incite religious hatred.”

However, Mr. Holloways’ blog has raised concerns from parents over state interference. Martin Earnest commented: “This is an appalling proposal and crosses the line too far of church interfering in the State and privacy of conscience.

“I will be pulling my child from RE to avoid religious indoctrination via the State.”

Another reader, Eric Norton, accused the church of hypocrisy, taking issue with Mr. Holloways assertion that church schools are not faith schools….”

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