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UK: Muslim mother takes legal action against school over face veil ban

Britain is going to have to decide whether it is going to defend its own values or surrender to Islamic values. British officials keep pretending that there is no incompatibility between the two and hence no decision to make, but this position will, ultimately, become impossible to sustain.

Quite possibly Rachida Serroukh

“Muslim mother takes legal action against school over face veil ban,” by Diane Taylor, Guardian, July 20, 2017:

A Muslim mother has launched legal action against her daughter’s school, after being told she could not wear a face veil on its premises.

Rachida Serroukh, 37, a single mother of three daughters, has begun a discrimination test case against the prestigious Holland Park school, dubbed the “socialist Eton”, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea after she was told she would not be allowed to wear a face veil at the school.

Serroukh, a devout Muslim who has worn a face veil for the past 14 years, was delighted when her 11-year-old daughter was offered a place at the school. Not only was it across the road from where they lived, Serroukh – who was born in Ladbroke Grove – had studied there, achieving good grades….

“Education is very important to me and I want to ensure that all my children get a good education,” she said. “My daughter, who will be starting at Holland Park after the school holidays, did really well in her year 6 Sats and was the top girl in her class.”

But when she attended an evening for parents of new pupils at the school on 13 June, she was shocked to be challenged over her decision to wear a face veil.

After a talk by the head teacher, Serroukh – a qualified childcare assistant who plans to return to work when her daughter is settled in school – was approached by a member of staff who asked to speak to her. She was taken into a room and told it was the school’s policy not to allow face veils on school premises.

“I was already feeling uncomfortable because I had to leave my daughter standing on her own,” said Serroukh. “As the teacher was female, I lifted my veil when we were talking together in the room.” She had already been surprised, she added, that at the welcome event for about 200 parents – including five or six who were identifiably Muslim – the head teacher said in his speech that the school was secular and did not offer prayer rooms “although it showed video footage of the school choir singing in a church”.

At first Serroukh thought that the teacher who raised the veil issue had misunderstood and thought her daughter would be attending school in a face veil. “I explained clearly that my daughter wears a headscarf and would not be coming to school in a face veil. Then I realised she was talking about me not my daughter.”

Serroukh asked several times to see the school policy banning visitors from wearing a face veil, as she was aware that a friend who also wore a similar veil had been attending school events for five years without encountering any problems.

“I had had no problem from security at the school gate when I entered the school and nobody there had mentioned a policy. I always lift my veil and show my photo ID when required to do so for security purposes,” she said. “I didn’t want to challenge the teacher until I had seen the policy.”
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Serroukh said the teacher then asked her to leave the school through the back exit, but she refused, explaining she needed to collect her daughter and would be leaving through the same door she had arrived – the school’s front entrance.

“I was very shaken and was in a state of shock about what had happened,” she said. “I had never experienced anything like this before. I have experienced name calling in the street from strangers about my veil but nothing like this had ever happened before. When I got home, I just broke down.”…

The school has not yet responded to repeated requests to comment; Kensington and Chelsea referred enquiries to the school. But in Wilson’s 13 July email, he referred to Serroukh’s account of the meeting with the teacher during the parents’ welcome evening, saying “we believe [it] to be factually inaccurate”.

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22-year-old Muslim takes 5-year-old bride

“Islam has no age barrier in marriage and Muslims have no apology for those who refuse to accept this” — Ishaq Akintola, professor of Islamic Eschatology and Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Nigeria

“There is no minimum marriage age for either men or women in Islamic law. The law in many countries permits girls to marry only from the age of 18. This is arbitrary legislation, not Islamic law.” — Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-‘Ubeidi, Iraqi expert on Islamic law

There is no minimum age for marriage and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.” — Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council

“Islam does not forbid marriage of young children.” — Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology

Few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Another tradition has Aisha herself recount the scene:

The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. (Bukhari 5.58.234).

Muhammad was at this time fifty-four years old.

Marrying young girls was not all that unusual for its time, but because in Islam Muhammad is the supreme example of conduct (cf. Qur’an 33:21), he is considered exemplary in this unto today. And so in April 2011, the Bangladesh Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini declared that those trying to pass a law banning child marriage in that country were putting Muhammad in a bad light: “Banning child marriage will cause challenging the marriage of the holy prophet of Islam, [putting] the moral character of the prophet into controversy and challenge.” He added a threat: “Islam permits child marriage and it will not be tolerated if any ruler will ever try to touch this issue in the name of giving more rights to women.” The Mufti said that 200,000 jihadists were ready to sacrifice their lives for any law restricting child marriage.

Likewise the influential website Islamonline.com in December 2010 justified child marriage by invoking not only Muhammad’s example, but the Qur’an as well:

The Noble Qur’an has also mentioned the waiting period [i.e. for a divorced wife to remarry] for the wife who has not yet menstruated, saying: “And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women, if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated” [Qur’an 65:4]. Since this is not negated later, we can take from this verse that it is permissible to have sexual intercourse with a prepubescent girl. The Qur’an is not like the books of jurisprudence which mention what the implications of things are, even if they are prohibited. It is true that the prophet entered into a marriage contract with A’isha when she was six years old, however he did not have sex with her until she was nine years old, according to al-Bukhari.

Other countries make Muhammad’s example the basis of their laws regarding the legal marriageable age for girls. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: “Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed.”

According to Amir Taheri in The Spirit of Allah: Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution (pp. 90-91), Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl “a divine blessing,” and advised the faithful to give their own daughters away accordingly: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.” When he took power in Iran, he lowered the legal marriageable age of girls to nine, in accord with Muhammad’s example.

“Police arrest culprits after 5-year-old girl married to 22-year-old man near Shikarpur,” by Hanif Samoon, Dawn, July 22, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A five-year-old girl was on Saturday married off to a 22-year-old man at village Raman Shar in the outskirts of Dakhan Town, some 40 kilometres from Shikarpur, before police intervened to arrest key individuals involved, local police said.

According to an official, a special police party headed by SHO Khuda Bakhsh Panhwar raided the ceremony and succeeded in arresting the nikkah khwan, Molvi Kifayatullah Bhutto, 40, the ‘groom’, Habibullah Shar, and the father of the groom, Gul Meer. The police also took the five-year-old bride, the daughter of Zameer Shar, into custody along with her mother.

According to police sources, the marriage had been solemnised before police reached the place….

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The Phenomenon of Honor Killings Rooted In Culture of Islam

Dateline North America, 2017: Cultural baggage comes in many forms, especially when a culture isn’t intellectually justified.

For the past five years, there has been at least one reported case of so-called “honor killing” each year in a different U.S. city, which means that there are many more.

The ruling Left, which has been trained to handle all major verbal forms of communication in America and Canada, reports very selectively on the criminal habits of people from the Third World for a variety of reasons all of which point at the root of an old anti-Western ideology whose origin festered in the bowels of prewar Germany and the Victorian Era England: liberal activism. Ever since the poison of the old European Liberalism (in the form of the Frankfurt School and the New School For Social Research) was imported and then domesticated by a naive and intellectually underdeveloped America of the 1940’s and 1950’s, the privileged classes have become untouchable. The old privileged class was that of the factory worker. The new privileged classes are the elites on welfare, the Third World immigrants and various other artificially generated minorities conjured up in the liberal academic circles for the purposes of destroying the vital sense of national unity in the West. For this reason, crimes committed in the name of a Third World culture of Islam (which comes in several flavors) are toned down and under-reported in the mainstream Western Media.

One type of Muslim immigrant crime imported from the Islamic culture of the Middle East is known as “honor killings”. Whether it is a Pushtun daughter dragged by hair from her bedroom out into the provincial village square so she could be slaughtered like sheep by her father in front of the whole community (where the water fountain would run red with a daughter’s blood) because she was reported to him by his new son-in-law as “not a virgin” or whether it is an Iranian wife who grew too old for her bored husband lusting after a new young bride (for whom an excuse for a religiously sanctioned murder of his wife by stoning in public was invented by the husband on false charges of adultery) – ”honor killings” – remain an endemic phenomenon in the lives of the rural, semi-rural and even some urban communities of Muslims worldwide. Let us not forget that in the Hadith (Sunnah) – the oral transmission of sayings of the Prophet of Islam – there is a description of an honor killing that the Holy Prophet of Islam authorized (Al-Bukhari Volume 7: Book 63: Hadith 195).

It is especially relevant for a genuine Westerner to understand how this evil phenomenon known as ”honor killings” is designed to impress with an impersonal nature of the Islamic community (‘ummah’) so that no individual would or could raise himself or herself above the requirements of an Islamic way of life. In 2008, teen sisters in Texas had allegedly been shot dead by their father because they had boyfriends. In Georgia, Sandeela Kanwal was strangled by her father because she wanted to leave an arranged marriage. The pizza-shop-owner father, Chaudry Rashid, told the police, “She [my daughter] wasn’t being true to her religion or to her husband.” She was 25 years old when killed by her Muslim dad. A year later, twenty-year old Noor Almaleki was run over by her father in Arizona for falling in love with some Muslim fellow of her choice.

In New York, Aasiya Hassan was beheaded by her husband for allegedly seeking a divorce. She was 37. And in 2014, Amina Ajmal testified in a New York courtroom against her father for killing her boyfriend’s relatives in Pakistan as a revenge for dating her. The cases involving girls from Pakistan are a chilling reminder in the 2014 New York Times front page photograph of a girl brutally beaten outside a courtroom in Lahore for marrying a man of her choice. On May 30, 2017 a Turkish Court acquitted two Kurdish brothers on the charges of plotting to kill their sister Hatun Surucu (who was 23). Their third brother rots in a German jail for shooting to death his sister on the street.

The template of behavior is identical in all cases: the victim is accused and then condemned by a male family member for adopting an “American” lifestyle—sporting sleeveless or wearing jeans, befriending boys, and choosing to be free from family traditions. All Muslim men view their honor through their women. While they live on Western soil, they are loath to accept American customs and values. They see it as a threat to their culture and creed. The individual must bow and resign before the impersonal totality of the clan unity – that is the way of the Middle East, and the way of Islam, too.

In the article below a sober Canadian French viewpoint on the threat of this form of cultural baggage brought by the Islamic immigration into the West is expressed, and backed by some solid statistics from social research. It would appear that even some Media in socialist Canada have a better grasp on this problem than the Mainstream Media in America do.

91% OF HONOR CRIMES IN THE WORLD ARE COMMITTED BY MUSLIMS (STUDY)

POSTE DE VEILLE, 9/2/2012

There were 2,823 victims of “violence based on honor” in Britain last year, according to (limited) police statistics for 2011 obtained by a women’s rights organization for Iranian and Kurdish communities obtained through a request for access to information: a dozen murders occur each year.

Apologists want honor killings to be treated as domestic violence to avoid embarrassing questions about the values ​​of others, but in fact they are very different crimes. Domestic violence involves a person (usually a man) who beats or kills another person. Honor crimes and honor-based violence are a family matter.

These crimes are underreported, but every year there are several thousands around the world. Here are some striking statistics and conclusions from an in-depth academic study of 172 honor crimes, based on information published in English-language media around the world.

It is more a cultural than a religious phenomenon, stemming from the tribal bad habits of South Asia and the Middle East, and if the Hindus, the Sikhs, and rarely Christians do it, the brutal truth is that honor crimes are mainly committed by Muslims against Muslim victims (91% in the world, 84% in North America, 96% in Europe) .

Worldwide, two thirds of the victims (93% women) were killed by their families of origin: 49% in North America, 66% in Europe and 72% in Muslim countries. More than half of the victims experienced an atrocious death, having been burned alive, stoned, decapitated, stabbed repeatedly, or after gang rape.

In 58% of the cases, it was because they were “too westernized” , which included: lack of subordination, rejection of Islamic dress, wanting to make a career, attending non-Muslims or having a non-Muslim boyfriend, an arranged marriage or leaving a violent husband. This criterion covers 91% of murders in North America, 71% in Europe and 43% in the Muslim world. In the other cases, the killings were committed for different sexual conduct (for example, having been raped or accused of adultery).

A recent poll by the BBC’s Asian network of 500 Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims revealed an alarming fact: 1 in 10 would endorse the murder of anyone who taints the honor of his family . The statement of Mohammad Shafia that “even if they drag me to the gallows, nothing is more precious to me than my honor,” has deep cultural roots.

We are deluding ourselves if we think there is no violence in the name of honor in our immigrant communities. We should clearly express our disapproval, warn those who are likely to commit these crimes, and support their potential victims .

European countries should follow the example of Canada, where, since 2009, the study guide given to new immigrants to prepare them for the citizenship test, reads: “Canada’s openness and generosity exclude Barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal violence, honor killings, female genital mutilation, forced marriages or other acts of gender-based violence. Those guilty of such crimes are severely punished by Canadian laws. ”

The judge did not mince words when he sentenced each of the three members of the Shafia family to a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison: “It is difficult to conceive of a crime more vile and hateful. The apparent reason for these shameful cold-blooded murders is that these four totally innocent victims had outraged your completely twisted concept of honor, which has absolutely no place in a civilized society. 

It’s as simple as that. Forget cultural sensitivities. There is no excuse for domestic terrorism.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report. The featured image is of the stoning of a Muslim woman is about to begin in Iran, as depicted in the film The Stoning of Soraya M.

VIDEO: Germany sees ‘huge increase’ in female genital mutilation (FGM)

When we went to Columbia University for our video series, we asked students if Planned Parenthood should fund female genital mutilation. The overwhelming response was yes. That should frighten every rational human in America.

The customs of the savage sweep across Europe. Any society that tolerates the deliberate mutilation of women and girls can no longer call itself part of the civilized world.

Where are the feminists? What a phony movement.

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. (source: Gerry Mackie, “Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account,” American Sociological Review).

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.

Female 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.

Unlike male circumcision, this procedure has no health benefits. It has one purpose and one purpose only, to remove the female’s most sensitive erogenous zone and the source of human female sexual pleasure. Chalk it up to another of Islam’s constitutions to [in]humanity.

‘HUGE INCREASE’ IN FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN GERMANY

RT, July 19, 2017:

Germany experienced a sharp increase in the number of women who have been subjected to genital mutilation, which is illegal in the country, an advocacy group has said. There are now more than 58,000 women affected by FGM, 10,000 more than the year before.

The estimate was published Tuesday by the women’s rights organization, Terre des Femmes, who said the increase was largely due to the influx of migrants from countries where female genital mutilation (FGM) is practiced.

“Due to the arrival of migrants from countries such as Eritrea, Somalia and Iraq, we have recorded a huge increase in the number of affected women and threatened girls,” said spokeswoman Charlotte Weil to DPA Tuesday, as cited by The Local.

Furthermore, there is currently more than 13,000 girls in Germany who are at risk of being forced into the procedure by their families, a 4,000 increase over last year, the group said.

“We don’t know of any cases where a girl was mutilated in Germany. It either takes place on a holiday back in their homeland, or during a visit to a practitioner in a city such as Paris or Amsterdam,” Weil added.

FGM is illegal in Germany, but is tolerated in many African countries as well as some in Asia. More than 200 million women worldwide are affected by female genital mutilation, according to Unicef.

While culturally entrenched in some countries, FGM is widely criticized by many health professionals and rights groups. The procedure may cause health problems depending on how exactly it is performed and has no health benefits.

Weil advised teachers to pay attention to young girls in their classes, especially if they share plans to go home for a “big festival.”

Some 280,000 migrants fled to Germany from their war torn and conflict ridden countries in 2016 – a decline on the 890,000 that arrived the previous year, according to Reuters.

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

Netanyahu: “The EU is undermining its security by undermining Israel”

He is right. If the devout jihadis ever succeeded in destroying Israel, Europe would be much more severely threatened even than it is now. The jihadis, emboldened by their victory, would turn to new prey, and find it in a weakened, confused Europe that has already brought in millions of invaders.

“Netanyahu Launches Blistering Attack on EU: ‘Their Behavior Toward Israel Is Crazy,’” by Barak Ravid, Haaretz, July 19, 2017:

BUDAPEST – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a blistering attack against the European Union during a closed-session meeting Wednesday morning in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, telling the premiers of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia that the EU’s behavior toward Israel is crazy.

Although the meeting had been behind closed doors, Netanyahu’s remarks were accidentally transmitted to the headphones distributed among reporters, though his people discovered the transmission and shut it down within a few minutes.

“The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel, that produces technology and every area, on political conditions. The only ones! Nobody does it,” Netanyahu said.

“It’s crazy. It’s actually crazy,” he continued, referring to the EU’s insistence to condition the EU-Association Agreement on certain terms related to the peace process. “It’s not about my interest. I’m talking about Europe’s interest.

“We have a special relationship with China. And they don’t care. They don’t care about the political issues. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he needs water for his people. Where will I get it? Ramallah? No,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israeli cows produce more milk than any other cows in the world – double the European average.

He went on to ask the Central European leaders to “help us and help Europe in expediting the EU Association Agreement.”

He added: “I think that if I can suggest that what comes out of this meeting is your ability perhaps to communicate to your colleagues in other parts of Europe: help Europe – twice. Don’t undermine that one Western country that defends European values and European interests and prevents.

“There is no logic here. The EU is undermining its security by undermining Israel. Europe is undermining its progress by undermining its connection with Israeli innovation by a crazy attempt to create conditions,” he added.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban interrupted at this point and said, laughing, “Mr Netanyahu, the European Union is even more unique. The EU places conditions on the ones already inside the EU, not only the countries on the outside.”

Netanyahu answered, “I think Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear. I am not very politically correct. I know that’s a shock to some of you. It’s a joke. But the truth is the truth. Both about Europe’s security and Europe’s economic future. Both of these concerns mandate a different policy toward Israel.

“We are part of the European culture,” Netanyahu continued. “Europe ends in Israel. East of Israel, there is no more Europe. We have no greater friends than the Christians who support Israel around the world. Not only the evangelists. If I go to Brazil, I’ll be greeted there with more enthusiasm than at the Likud party center.”…

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

Justine Damond: Killed by ‘Islamophobia’

Political correctness put her in the way of a “nervous, jumpy” Muslim cop who took her life.

A forty-year-old Australian woman named Justine Damond called 911 in Minneapolis Saturday night to report what she thought might be a rape; when police arrived, she approached the police car, and a Minneapolis police officer named Mohamed Noor shot her dead. Since then, Noor has refused to be interviewed by investigators, but has spoken to friends about what happened and why. The more Noor and those who know him have spoken, the more it becomes clear: Justine Damond was a casualty of “Islamophobia.”

Mohamed Noor is a Somali Muslim. He was the first Somali Muslim on the Minneapolis police force. In 2016, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges expressed her excitement about that fact:

“I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department. Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.”

Hodges wasn’t excited because Mohamed Noor had the skills necessary to become a fine police officer. She was only excited because he represented a religious and ethnic that she was anxious to court. And it is increasingly clear, as we learn about Mohamed Noor’s nervousness and jumpiness and lack of respect for women, and from his own account of events that he relayed to friends (that he was “startled” and reacted by opening fire), that Mohamed Noor was not cut out to be a policeman. He did not have the temperament for it, and if he hadn’t killed Justine Damond, he would likely have done something similar at some point.

So why was he on the force at all? Because he was the first Somali Muslim on the Minneapolis police force. He was a symbol of our glorious multicultural mosaic. He was a rebuke to “Islamophobes” and proof that what they say is false. Minneapolis authorities placed a great deal of faith in Mohamed Noor. He was for them the triumph of diversity, the victory of their worldview. But he has let them down.

Mohamed Noor is not a jihad terrorist. This was not a jihad attack. He is just a trigger-happy, panicky, reckless individual who held his job not because he was fit for it, but because of what he symbolized. And in the wake of his failure, Minneapolis multiculturalists aren’t about to reconsider their religion. On the contrary, they are doubling down.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has immediately recognized — as authorities do everywhere after jihad attacks — that the real victims are not those who were killed or wounded, but the Muslim community. She should have issued a statement saying that she recognized that Mohamed Noor was not hired because he was competent, but because he was a Somali Muslim, and that she sees now that Leftist social engineering on the police force costs lives. She should have promised that from now on, police officers will be hired based on their fitness for the job, not their religion or ethnicity.

Instead, this, from Hodges’ Facebook page:

Betsy Hodges
17 hrs · Minneapolis, MN ·

To the Somali community: I want you to know that you are a valued and appreciated part of Minneapolis. I stand with you and support you. The strength and beauty of the Somali and East African communities are a vital part of what makes Minneapolis so strong and beautiful. I am grateful to be your neighbor.

This week a Somali police officer, Officer Mohamed Noor, shot and killed a woman under circumstances we don’t yet comprehend. Justine Damond’s death was tragic and awful for everyone. And I want to be very clear that Officer Noor, a fully trained officer in the Minneapolis Police Department, won’t be treated differently than any other officer.

Justine’s death is a tragedy for our city. We cannot compound that tragedy by turning to racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. It is unjust and ridiculous to assert that an entire community be held responsible for the actions of one person. That will not be tolerated in Minneapolis. If you are experiencing discrimination, you can file a complaint at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/civil…/discrimination-complaint

Mayor Hodges is reassuring Muslims and warning against “Islamophobia,” as if a non-Muslim police officer had shot an unarmed Muslim woman. But that’s not what happened. And in issuing this warning, Hodges is only reinforcing the false premises that led to the killing of Justine Damond in the first place: the idea that Muslims are a victimized, persecuted community that needs special consideration, such that an incompetent Muslim police officer had to be hired. This just ensures that in the future, there will be more Justine Damonds.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in FrontPage Magazine. The featured image of Justine Damond, 40, originally from Sydney’s northern beaches, is by Stephen Govel.

Afghanistan: Muslim soldiers are using boys as sex slaves, and the U.S. is looking the other way

What are we in Afghanistan for, if not to stand for our own values and the principles of human rights? Instead, U.S. officials are aiding and abetting the destruction of these boys’ lives — and all too often sacrificing the lives of our own troops. This is beyond shameful.

“Those are the ones brought near in the Gardens of Pleasure, a company of the former peoples and a few of the later peoples, on thrones woven, reclining on them, facing each other. There will circulate among them young boys made eternal with vessels, pitchers and a cup from a flowing spring.” — Qur’an 56:11-18

“And they will be given to drink a cup whose mixture is of ginger, a fountain within Paradise named Salsabeel. There will circulate among them young boys made eternal. When you see them, you would think them scattered pearls. And when you look there, you will see pleasure and great dominion.” — Qur’an 76:17-20

“Afghan soldiers are using boys as sex slaves, and the U.S. is looking the other way,” by Anuj Chopra, Washington Post, July 18, 2017:

KABUL – Last summer, an Afghan police commander invited me to his post for tea — and to view his “beautiful” boy sex slave.

I stumbled through a farm of chest-high opium poppy stocks to reach his mud-and-wattle outpost on the outskirts of Tarin Kot, the capital of southern Uruzgan province that is teetering in the face of a Taliban upsurge. On its open roof, a slight teenager sat next to his hulking captor, stealing sad glances at me as he quietly filled our tea glasses. A shock of auburn curls jutted out of his embroidered pillbox hat and his milky eyes were lined with kohl. The commander flaunted him the way a ringmaster exhibits an exotic animal. “See my beautiful bacha (boy slave),” he said, blithe and casual, a gun dangling at his side.

The commander, an ally of the United States in the war against the Taliban, is not an anomaly. Hundreds of such outposts of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a front-line force armed and funded with U.S. taxpayer dollars, and other pro-government militias are believed to have enslaved young boys for dancing and sexual companionship, many of them kidnapped.

Freedom from the Taliban’s puritanical regime in 2001 also brought freedom to do “bacha bazi,” the cultural practice of sexual slavery and abuse of boys who are often dressed effeminately and whose possession is seen by Afghan strongmen as a marker of power and masculinity….

I reported last year how the Taliban are exploiting entrenched bacha bazi to infiltrate Afghan security ranks, effectively using child sex slaves — many of them brutally abused and hungry for revenge — as Trojan Horses to mount deadly insider attacks.

Institutionalized bacha bazi, described as culturally sanctioned male rape, is likely to continue unabated in the absence of any real deterrent. The United Nations has called on Afghanistan to urgently adopt legislation to criminalize bacha bazi and swiftly prosecute state officials guilty of the practice.

One senior official in Uruzgan described bacha bazi as an addiction worse than opium, saying commanders compete — and sometimes battle — one another to snatch pretty boys. Many prowl neighborhoods for boys “who have not seen the sun for years,” a cultural euphemism for unblemished beauty.

Last year when I unearthed a kidnapping epidemic of boys, it was disturbing to see local authorities pussyfooting around the issue and using security to rationalize their inaction. On the surface, President Ashraf Ghani has vowed zero tolerance for bacha bazi in security forces. But multiple officials in southern Afghanistan told me that any action against guilty commanders — a bulwark against insurgents — would anger them and cause them to abandon their posts with their loyalists, paving the way for the Taliban. There is therefore no desire to recover or rescue the innocent victims whose lives have been upended by this practice….

The Worst of All Tyrannies

Islamic State calls on Muslims to target businesses owned by Jews

The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); as fabricating things and falsely ascribing them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); claiming that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); loving to listen to lies (5:41); disobeying Allah and never observing his commands (5:13); disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more.

“Three businesses in Glasgow’s south-side named as ‘targets’ in ISIS-affiliated hit list,” by Craig Williams, Glasgow Live, July 18, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Three businesses in Glasgow have been included in a list of ‘target’ sites in the UK by fanatics linked to ISIS.

In messages encouraging aspiring terrorists to carry out ‘lone wolf’ attacks on the UK’s Jewish community, the three locations on the south side of the city are listed in posts on pro-ISIS social media channel Lone Mujahid.

The information comes from Spanish ISIS monitoring group Asesoria de Inteligencia y Consultoria de Seguridad (the Spanish Consultancy of Intelligence and Security or AICS), where analysts there have labelled the social media channel as “very dangerous” owing to its distribution of explosive manuals and attack procedures, thought to have been used by ISIS sympathisers in Europe.

Their report, seen by Glasgow Live and dated July 14, indicates that information concerning businesses and shops owned by Jewish people in the UK is being shared widely amongst Islamist propaganda sites tied to ISIS.

Contained within the list are the business locations and opening times alongside information about the proprietors themselves.

The AICS report ends by concluding that, given the information “they cannot rule out that some types of hostile action could be levelled against some of the listed establishments.”…

It is feared that as many as 30 Scots are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the extremist groups over the past few years….

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“Girl, 17, is sexually assaulted by ‘three Afghan asylum seekers’ and Iraqi migrant is accused of sexual harassment as youths riot at German music festival,” MailOnline, July 17, 2017:

A German folk festival descended into violence after Iraqi and Afghan asylum seekers were accused of sexually harassing local women, it has been reported.

Several cases of sexual harassment and aggression were reported at Volksfest in the town of Schorndorf, Baden-Wuerttemberg state, police said.

No arrests have been made but police are treating a 20-year-old Iraqi man as a suspect – and three Afghan asylum seekers in a separate incident in which a 17-year-old girl was groped.

A crowd of more than 1,000 are reported to have hurled bottles at police officers who moved in to detain one of the suspects on charges of dangerous physical assault.

Police said small groups of youths, many of whom are said to be immigrants, then began to vandalise the town which is home to just 40,000 people.

Authorities claimed they were roving through the streets armed with knives and replica handguns, firing flares and teargas….

He said ‘the aggression and escalation of violence’ was unprecedented in the town, near Stuttgart, and that the local police force had to request backup from other cities.

Police said in a statement that many youths ‘with migrant backgrounds’ were seen in the crowd, but Eisele said that it was impossible to estimate a percentage.

In a press conference Monday, Eisele evoked the chaos of Cologne’s infamous 2015 New Year’s Eve celebrations when men of North African and Middle Eastern appearance groped and assaulted hundreds of women, sparking widespread public outrage….

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