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Why the establishment media and public officials keep mistranslating “Allahu Akbar”

They can count on the ignorance of most of their readers, the tacit approval of Muslim leaders who want the real meaning of the phrase obscured, and the assurance that none of their peers will hold them accountable for this inaccuracy, because the truth would be “Islamophobic.”

Google translate: God is the greatest

“Why media, officials mistranslate ‘Allahu akbar,’” by Art Moore, WND, November 2, 2017:

As the horrific news broke Tuesday that the driver of a Home Depot rental truck in New York City had mowed over pedestrians and bike riders, “terrorism” naturally came to the minds of most Americans.

When reports began circulating that witnesses heard the perpetrator yell “Allahu akbar,” even law enforcement officials typically reluctant to apply the terrorism label to such incidents acknowledged they were looking at something more than a tragic accident.

“Allahu akbar” is an Arabic phrase that has become significant in this post-9/11 era, yet in the aftermath of the attack Tuesday in which eight people were killed and a dozen injured, official after official and news outlet after news outlet mistranslated it, insisting it means “God is great.”

An accurate translation – and even Google Translate affirms it – is “Allah is the greatest” or, literally, “Allah is greater,” as in the god Allah is greater than all other gods.

The interpretation is important, contends Islam expert Robert Spencer, because it makes clear that the threat Western Civilization faces is rooted in a historic dogma of global conquest.

“‘God is great’ is a bland statement of piety. ‘Allah is greater’ is a declaration of supremacism and superiority, and of victory over the infidels,” Spencer told WND.

“The former is just an expression, the latter a declaration of war and of victory in that war,” said Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch and the author of 17 books about Islam.

Aware of the fear “Allah akbar” strikes in Americans, the New York Times ran a story Thursday headlined “‘Allahu Akbar!’ An Everyday Phrase, Tarnished by Attacks.”

Times reporter Eric Nagourney typically mistranslated the phrase, writing: “The Arabic phrase, which means simply ‘God is great,’ has, it sometimes seems, become intertwined with terrorism.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper mistranslated it in the aftermath of the attack Tuesday when he commented “Allahu akbar” is “sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstances.”

Tapper, who got into a Twitter battle with Fox News host Sean Hannity over his comment, said to a guest on his show “The Lead”: “The Arabic chant ‘Allahu akbar,’ God is great, sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstances. And too often, we hear it being said in moments like this.”…

Spencer explained to WND why establishment media outlets such as the New York Times get away with continuing to publish mistranslations of the phrase.

“They can count on the ignorance of most of their readers, the tacit approval of Muslim leaders who want the real meaning of the phrase obscured, and the assurance that none of their peers will hold them accountable for this inaccuracy, because the truth would be ‘Islamophobic,’” he said.

Asked whether or not there were any Muslim leaders or scholars the Times could interview who could set the record straight, Spencer replied, “Not that I know of.”…

Translating and understanding “Allahu akbar” as “merely ‘God is great’ strips the phrase of its crucial aspect of Allah’s supremacy over all other deities,” wrote Yigal Carmon of the Middle East Media Research Institute on Wednesday.

Carmon cited MEMRI’s October 2016 analysis of Allahu akbar, which explained how and why the phrase is misunderstood and mistranslated in the West.

The report acknowledged: “Translating concepts from one language into another is a difficult endeavor. Translating concepts that have no equivalent in the target language is even harder. Translating religious concepts for a culture in which religion has ceased to play a central role in the life of the individual and in society is hardest of all.”

One of the reasons for such mistranslations, MEMRI said, “is the fact that in the modern Western world the struggle for supremacy among religions has almost completely ceased, and to the extent that it still exists, it is nonviolent.”

“Therefore, statements of religious faith that embody a continuing historical struggle for divine religious supremacy lack a modern religious/cultural conceptual basis through which to be understood in the West, and consequently lack a linguistic equivalent.”…

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EDITORS NOTE: When you type into Google translate the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” the English translation is “Allah is the greatest.”

Muslim screaming ‘Allahu Akbar breaks into New York City church, vows to ‘kill any Christians’

Don’t be concerned. He was just a homeless guy. Don’t be concerned. He was mentally ill. Don’t be concerned. He was reacting to the bombing of his homeland. Don’t be concerned. He was lashing out after the President marginalized him. What’s that? The Islamic doctrine of jihad warfare against Christians and other non-Muslims? Oh, don’t pay any attention to that. That’s entirely irrelevant, in each and every case.

“Homeless man busted for breaking into Midtown church, threatening to kill all Christians,” by Shayna Jacobs and Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News, June 1, 2017 (thanks to Creeping Sharia):

A homeless man shouting “Allahu akbar” busted a Midtown church’s door with a wrench and threatened to return and shoot all Christians, police sources said Wednesday.

The drama began when Noel Droni asked a 37-year-old homeless man outside the interdenominational Times Square Church, on W. 51st St., if he was a Christian on Monday, cops said. When the man told Droni he was Christian, Droni allegedly pulled a red wrench from his backpack and smashed the church’s glass door.

He yelled “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” and then vowed violence, police said.

“I am going to blow up the church and come back and kill any Christians,” he said, according to court papers….

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Islamophobia HOAX: NY Muslim Yasmin Seweid arrested for filing false report

I was right — read my column here — read the whole thing. I said she made the whole thing up but the enemedia could not get enough of it.  A Muslim teen said she was “verbally abused on a NY train” by “Islamophobic Trump” supporters. It was worldwide news. No one in the media questioned all the holes in her story.

Yasmin and her brother Abdoul are featured together in NY Newsday talking about the “pigs” who attacked her and the cowardly witnesses who sat idly by. Yet, no witnesses ever came forward and no surveillance video corroborated her story, which happened on the platform and in the train car of a post-9/11 New York City subway station.

Ironically, it was also NY Newsday that reported the police charges against Abdoul from a few years earlier. Allegedly, Abdoul Seweid and his friends were involved in some serious criminal activity that Abdoul tried to cover by blaming the involvement of “three unknown males.”

Did Newsday ask police the tough questions? Did The NY Times? Apparently not, but they reported Yasmin’s story as fact, anyway.

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Woman Made Up Tale of Anti-Muslim Attack by Men Shouting ‘Trump’: Sources
By Murray Weiss, DNA | December 14, 2016:

MANHATTAN — An 18-year-old Muslim college student who claimed three men screaming “Donald Trump!” attacked her on a Manhattan subway platform is being charged with filing a false report after admitting she made up the incident, sources told DNAinfo New York.

Yasmin Seweid, a Baruch College student, told police that she boarded a uptown No. 6 train at East 23rd St. on Dec. 1 and was called a “terrorist” by three drunken young white men.

She also claimed that when she moved to the other end of the train, one of the men followed her and tried to pull off her hajib before she fled.

But investigators who spent significant NYPD resources trying to verify her story were unable to find any witnesses to the incident or video that could corroborate her story, sources said.

Seweid finally recanted Tuesday, saying she misguidedly made up the tale to get attention because she was having issues with her family at home.

She was expected to be charged with filing a false report — which could range from a misdemeanor to a felony charges — late Wednesday afternoon, sources said.

A source explained that, given the amount of time detectives spent chasing the phony story, and how politically charged the allegation was, the police and prosecutors felt compelled to charge her, particularly since they said they had given her numerous opportunities to come clean earlier in the process. She repeatedly refused to tell the truth for weeks, they added.

The charges came as news to her father on Wednesday.

“You try to raise your children as best you can,” said her father Sayeed Seweid, a limo driver who is attending law school at St. John’s. “Maybe she was afraid that night. She was running late,” he added.

After the incident, his daughter had gone missing for several days and he had filed a missing persons report. She was later found at a friend’s house, according to reports.

“She’s a bright, good girl. She’s young and maybe she was foolish here,” he added. “Young kids, you know, you don’t understand their mentality.”

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on PamelaGeller.com.

Muslim woman admits she lied about being slashed in face, called ‘terrorist’ in lower Manhattan

Here it is again, more faked hate, more islamofauxbia. These lies are a form of terrorism as well.

The point of these fabricated stories is to get press, and by golly, they get enormous press. Like Clockmed’s bomb hoax, the media will run anything to validate the myth of islamofauxbia. But when the lie is exposed, it generally runs in the back of the book, if it runs at all. The idea of islamofauxbia is a thought-crushing device designed to silence any criticism of Islam.

The fact is it is most generally Muslims doing the slashing — knife jihad.

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Police leave an ambulance after talking with the woman who claimed to have been called a “terrorist” before being slashed in downtown Manhattan. She recanted her story early Friday. Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News

“Woman admits she lied about being slashed in face, called ‘terrorist’ in lower Manhattan” by Reuven Blau, Rocco Parascandola, Thomas Tracy, John Annese, New York Daily News, April 1, 2016 (thanks to Pamela Hall):

Police leave an ambulance after talking with the woman who claimed to have been called a “terrorist” before being slashed in downtown Manhattan. She recanted her story early Friday.

A woman who told cops she was called a terrorist and slashed on her cheek in lower Manhattan on Thursday later admitted she made up the story, police said early Friday.

The woman, who wore a headscarf, told authorities a blade-wielding wacko sliced open her face as she left a Manhattan cosmetology school, police sources said.

The 20-year-old student at the Make-up Designory on Broadway near Rector St., said she was walking toward Trinity Church at 4:10 p.m. Her attacker, she said, came up behind her by Wall St., grabbed her arm, and slashed a roughly 2-inch gash into her cheek, police said.

The woman claimed incident took place outside Trinity Church in downtown Manhattan on Thursday.

But police could find no video or witnesses to back up her account and she ultimately admitted her wound was self-inflicted.

The woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment and later a psychological evaluation.

The incident comes as the city wrestles with a 22% spike in slashings and stabbings so far this year compared to the same period in 2015. NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton last week said the the department will start giving blade attacks the same level of scrutiny as shootings.

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Muslim Women’s Foiled bomb plot in New York City

This story quotes a Muslim professor saying that ‘for an undercover to be seeded in a community for that long without a specific target raises some deeply troubling questions about the direction of policing in our city.’ What should really raise some deeply troubling questions is that this program was ended by Mayor ‘Red Bill’ de Blasio, and that when it was ended, it was widely reported that it had not resulted in the foiling of a single plot, and only now is it revealed that this undercover agent exposed a jihad bombing plot in the city….That foiled plot should have been enough to show that the program was necessary and should continue. The undercover agent was seeded in the community for that long because for that long, and longer, there was a jihad threat within Muslim communities. That threat continues. This surveillance should have continued as well.

“NYPD officer ‘converted’ to Islam in order to go undercover and spy on Brooklyn College students which led to the arrest of two women accused of ‘building a bomb and planning to wage jihad in New York,’” Dailymail.com, October 31, 2015:

An NYPD officer pretended to be a Brooklyn College student at the Islamic Society in New York City, and taking the Muslim oath of faith, before befriending Muslim students to infiltrate the community.

The woman, who went by the name of Mel, short for Melike, spent four years earning the trust of Islamic students at the college as part of an NYPD operation to spy on Muslims, according to NY’s daily weblog Gothamist.

The controversial mission was part of the police departments well-documented plan that sees the blanket surveillance of innocent Muslims.

The Mayor of New York, Bill deBlasio has openly criticized such surveillance and declared at a Ramadan dinner that Muslim New Yorkers were ‘still fighting for basic human rights.’

‘We recently shut down the Demographics Unit at NYPD, which conducted surveillance on Muslim New Yorkers. Because it’s unfair to single out people on the sole basis of their religion,’ he added.

The undercover operation led to some important arrests. Four years after Mel had infiltrated the college, two Queens residents, Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui, were arrested and charged with allegedly planning to build a bomb.

The US Justice Department issued a release stating that the women were linked to members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State.

It was revealed that a Detective from the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau was heavily involved in bringing the women to justice.

Students who have since been made aware of the undercover operation have said how they now feel violated after discovering Mel’s true identity.

‘You trust someone, you talk to them. And they were just gathering information about your community,’ a student said.

‘I grew up here. To have this happen because of your religion, or your political views, it’s scary. You feel alienated. And you don’t feel like this is your home,’ she added.

Three Brooklyn College graduates who had been close to the undercover officer told Gothamist of the intimate ties she developed with Muslim students and her presence during some of the most private moments of their lives.

Mel immersed herself in the student community, attending Islamic education classes, social gatherings, and trips to museums and the aquarium.

Professor Ramzi Kassem at CUNY School of Law and director of the school’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project said that ‘for an undercover to be seeded in a community for that long without a specific target raises some deeply troubling questions about the direction of policing in our city.’

New York attorney Gideon Orion Oliver explained to Gothamist how undercover detectives ‘develop really profound and predatory relationships with their targets,’ to create an intimate bond of trust between them.

After spending so much time and getting to know a vast amount of the target’s life, ‘the government and the undercover officers have significant roles in manufacturing what they then characterize as the defendants’ plots,’ Oliver said.

Many of the cases dealt with by the NYPD often involve a form of ‘entrapment’ that see undercover detectives and FBI informants carrying out manipulative tactics in order to secure evidence that will later lead to arrests.

In the case of Velentzas and Siddiqui, four propane gas tanks, as well as instructions for how to turn them into explosive devices, are said to have been found in Siddiqui’s home, and according to the criminal complaint, the two women had in-depth conversations with the undercover officer about their violent aspirations.

The undercover officer established a friendship with at least one of the women as early as 2013, according to the criminal complaint.

The two women are not alleged to have been in the process of planning a specific attack, and according to the criminal complaint, Velentzas repeatedly stated she would not want to harm any ‘regular’ people, instead targeting police or military personnel.

After 9/11, both the NYPD and the FBI revamped their approach to terrorism investigations and began operating under a policy of preventive prosecution.

The NYPD began to look for particular indicators of radicalization such as the ‘wearing of traditional Islamic clothing,’ giving up drinking or smoking, and ‘becoming involved in social activism.’

In the NYPD’s model of measuring threats, which have been criticized, young people were also a key target.

‘The government – often acting through informants – is actively involved in developing [terrorism plots], persuading and sometimes pressuring the target to participate, and providing the resources to carry it out,’ according to the 2014 Human Rights Watch report.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn College authorities have denied having any knowledge of the undercover operation at the campus and have said they were not notified of such activity by the NYPD.

Specific guidelines expressly prohibit the NYPD from monitoring political or religious organizations unless there is suspicion of a crime taking place.

In this case, it appears ‘Mel’ was assigned to the school to observe Muslim students out of mere curiosity.

Brooklyn College students at the Islamic Society told Gothamist they feel skeptical and paranoid.

‘In the back of all our minds, there’s always that suspicion, that either, you are a spy, or you think I’m one,’ a female Muslim student stressed.

‘We’re acting like criminals, even though we haven’t done anything,’ she said.

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