Muslim husband gives wife instant divorce for turning up the music too loud, then she is gang-raped

“According to reports, the woman has filed a complaint with the Moradabad police alleging that she was asked to perform halala, a practice in which a woman divorcee marries someone else, consummates the marriage and then gets a divorce. This makes her lawful to the former husband.”

That idea, as bizarre as it is, is not “extremist,” it is standard, Qur’anic Islam. If a man says “talaq,” you are divorced, to his wife, then she is divorced. But he can tell her to come back after he says it once, and do this again after he says it a second time. But if he says it three times, then she has to marry another man, consummate the marriage, and be divorced by him before she can return to her first husband, should he wish her to return. This is all based on the Qur’an:

“Divorce is twice. Then, either keep her in an acceptable manner or release her with good treatment. And it is not lawful for you to take anything of what you have given them unless both fear that they will not be able to keep the limits of Allah . But if you fear that they will not keep the limits of Allah, then there is no blame upon either of them concerning that by which she ransoms herself. These are the limits of Allah, so do not transgress them. And whoever transgresses the limits of Allah, it is those who are the wrongdoers. And if he has divorced her thrice, then she is not lawful to him afterward until she marries a husband other than him. And if the latter husband divorces her, there is no blame upon the woman and her former husband for returning to each other if they think that they can keep the limits of Allah. These are the limits of Allah, which He makes clear to a people who know.” (Qur’an 2:229-230)

“Uttar Pradesh Shocker: Woman Gangraped, Given Triple Talaq Over ‘Loud Music’ in Moradabad, Six Booked,” Team Latestly, September 15, 2018:

Moradabad, Sep 15: In a shocking incident, a woman in Uttar Pradesh was given a talaq after she mistakenly increased the volume of the music system, which angered her husband. The woman alleged that she was gang-raped after her husband gave her triple talaq. According to reports, the woman has filed a complaint with the Moradabad police alleging that she was asked to perform halala, a practice in which a woman divorcee marries someone else, consummates the marriage and then gets a divorce. This makes her lawful to the former husband.

An investigation into the matter has been initiated. A case has been registered into the matter. Reports inform that the Police has filed a case against six people on Friday on the complaint of a woman. The victim’s father said that her daughter was given a triple talaq after she mistakenly increased the volume due to which her husband was angry and took this step.

The victim’s family also alleged that she was forced to perform halala and was gang-raped. According to a report by PTI, the police informed that her in-laws denied that she was given a talaq….

EDITORS NOTE: This column first appeared on Jihad Watch. The featured image of a Muslim woman is by Debashis Biswas on Unsplash.

VIDEO: Ex-Intelligence Agents Expose Brennan’s Islamic Conversion by Glazov Gang

This new Glazov Gang features John Guandolo, an ex-FBI agent and president of Understanding the Threat, and Brad Johnson, a former CIA Station Chief and president ofAmericans for Intelligence Reform.

John and Brad Expose Brennan’s Islamic Conversion, unveiling the ex-CIA Chief’s romance with an ideological enemy of America.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column appeared on Jihad Watch. The featured image of Mecca is by Upsplash/Izuddin Helmi Adnan@izuddinhelmi.

Sweden sees steady increase in reports of forced marriage and child marriage

Islamic apologists in the West routinely claim that forced marriage and child marriage have nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. Odd, then, that with the massive Muslim migrant influx into Sweden that there would be a steady increase in both. Why don’t the peaceful and rapidly assimilating moderates rise up and put up a stop to this? And why do Swedish authorities never seem to ask themselves such questions?

Islamic tradition records that Muhammad consummated his marriage with (i.e., raped) Aisha when she was nine, and the resultant fact that child marriage is accepted in wide swaths of the Islamic world. Child marriage has abundant attestation in Islamic tradition and law.

Turkey’s directorate of religious affairs (Diyanet) said in January 2018 that under Islamic law, girls as young as nine can marry.

“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

Hadiths that Muslims consider authentic record 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.

“Sweden Sees Rise in Forced and Child Marriage Reports,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, September 7, 2018 (thanks to Ken):

According to the National Suppression of Honor Prevention of Childhood and Forced Marriage, a hotline set up for victims, the number of calls from those wanting to get out of forced or child marriages has steadily increased in Sweden.

Set up just over four years ago, the organisation’s hotline has seen 101 children and young people come to them for help in getting out of forced marriages between 2014 and 2018, SVT reports.

This year, however, the number of calls has dramatically increased with the hotline operators claiming to have received 132 calls relating to child and forced marriages, which is set to pass last year’s total of 139.

Despite being able to identify 101 potential victims of forced or child marriage, both of which are illegal in Sweden, only six cases have actually seen court convictions.

Although the absolute figures are relatively small, especially compared to other Western nations with more developed forced marriage and child abuse problems, they are significant in formerly low-crime, low-population Sweden. With just 9.9 million residents — a figure that has lately seen a historic rise — the whole nation is the population equivalent to the U.S. state of Michigan….

In March, the Swedish parliament voted to totally ban the recognition of any child marriages from overseas, despite some objections from parties within the governing coalition who wanted to propose special exemptions.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

VIDEO: “Trudeau, fast becoming Canada’s Idi Amin, might have you arrested if you depart from his policies”

In Justin Trudeau’s Canada, punitive government action is taken against “Islamophobia,” while antisemitism has reached disturbing levels and the country’s divisions are becoming worse.

A hate rally in the heart of Toronto’s Jewish community exposed a shocking reality: a link between elements of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers with a Palestinian group that “supports terrorism.” Fortunately, it was met with opposition from supporters of Israel.

The video below demonstrates the decline of Canadian values under the Trudeau government. That decline has been so severe that Israel National News published an article entitled The Corbyn/Trudeau Brotherhood.” The article condemned Trudeau’s veneration of Muslims at any cost, while enabling antisemitism to rise to dangerous levels:

Trudeau, fast becoming Canada’s Idi Amin, might have you arrested if you depart from his policies. These policies include funds for Muslim rallies where imams call for the murder of all Jews. Yes, that’s in broad daylight…in Canada… But of course anti-Semitism is not exclusive to Corbyn, or to the Labour Party, or to the UK, or to Canada, or to Europe, as we tell it in this thriller. Corbyn sticks out because he could become prime minister, another Trudeau/Idi Amin, and even if he goes no further, he’s gone far enough.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

UK Muslim: ‘It’s not immigrants who need to integrate, it’s the white majority’

The insufferable whiner Ruqaya Izzidien looks rather pale for someone who complains about “the melanin-deprived Durham University” and insists: “I did everything they tell young brown kids to do,” as if non-brown kids never had to be a prefect, or captain teams, or wear ribbons, or attain high grades, or participate in after school activities. Poor Izzidien had a positively miserable childhood in Wales, with boorish, insensitive non-Muslim Britons constantly asking her questions that positively wounded her. If only she had been born to an easier existence, such as being a Christian in Pakistan or Nigeria.

In any case, what she says about integration is already coming true in Britain, and will accelerate.

Ruqaya Izzidien

“Immigrants don’t need to integrate, you do,” by Ruqaya Izzidien, Al Araby, August 29, 2018:

There’s no such thing as integration for immigrants and their descendants.

Growing up in rural Britain – Wales, to be precise – I was the poster child for immigration.

My teachers liked me, I was a prefect, I captained my team in the Eisteddfod – an annual traditional Welsh competition. I won ribbons on Sports Day, attained high grades and did after school activities. I did everything they tell young brown kids to do.

It never occurred to me that I was the only one who considered myself just like everyone else.

But once I was far enough away, several years later, somewhere between Cairo and Gaza, after a Facebook exchange with an old classmate who told me magnanimously that he knows I’m a good person so I don’t need to apologise for whatever it was that some Muslim had done, a file opened in the back of my mind.

For months it began to fill with memories I’d shrugged off, pooh-poohed or not given a second thought to at the time.

Like when I was 19, lying on trolley in a hotel conference room in central Durham. A needle in my arm, and a bag of my O+ swishing around somewhere near my hip.

I knew that donating blood made me act oddly, that the gore of it made me giggle uncontrollably. I tried to redirect my need to make a noise, by babbling, rolling my tongue ridiculously and popping my cheeks. It helped.

The nurse walked up to me to check on my sack of blood. I stole a look at it and it only made me babble more.

“You speaking in your language, are you?”

Because a nervous brown teenager prattling at the grossness of giving blood must – of course – be speaking her native language.

My language is English, dammit.

It would be years before I realized the true extent of the education I received, both from the melanin-deprived Durham University and from my small comprehensive school in Wales. I was good at memorisation so I did well in exams, regurgitating whatever I’d put on my spider diagrams in the weeks before. But none of it has served me as well as the education I got from peers and teachers.

When I was 12, one teacher plopped a new student from Jordan in front of me and instructed me to translate. It was the first time he’d ever talked to me. I did not speak much Arabic (I later learned it at university and living in Cairo).

Later that year, when we were sorted into sets by ability – I was put in the lower set for classes where I landed the highest marks. I had to bring a parent in to request to be pushed up a set in four subjects. Five years later I left school with top A-Level grades.

There is no question that my hijab, my skin colour and my innate foreignness – despite being born and raised in the UK – is what got me put in lower sets.

And then there was the fetishisation. “Tell us what your hair looks like,” my Spanish teacher instructed. “I thought it would be long and beautiful.”

“Are you poor?” Asked the Geography teacher in front of the whole class, “large families are usually poor.”

“Where are you from?” Said my classmates of five years. “Say something in your language.”

My language is English, dammit….

The term integration is bandied about like it’s a magic elixir: If the immigrants and their children would just speak English and go to the school fete and the village show, then xenophobia would disappear.

But integration – an already problematic concept that should be abandoned in favour of acceptance – is a myth, at least as we know it.

Instead of telling the foreigners to assimilate, Britain, you should take a long hard look at yourself. Because participation does not bring minorities acceptance.

In order to achieve harmony in Britain’s multicultural landscape, it’s not immigrants who need to integrate, it’s the white majority. Until the majority stops treating people of colour like a curiosity for their entertainment, the country will be stuck in an existential crisis in which British children grow up as outsiders….

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

American Woman who left Indiana to live in the Islamic State with her husband and his sex slaves charged with aiding terrorists

This is the woman whose husband bought two Yazidi sex slaves and kept them in their home; she justified this.

Samantha El Hassani

“American Mom Charged with Aiding Terrorists After Living Under ISIS,” by Sarah Childress, PBS, August 23, 2018:

Prosecutors today announced more serious charges against Samantha El Hassani, an American woman who traveled to the Islamic State with her family in 2015 and who was charged with lying to the FBI last month.

El Hassani now faces a felony charge of conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, and a charge of aiding an individual to provide material support to ISIS. The charges were filed on Aug. 22.

For the past 18 months, FRONTLINE and the BBC have been investigating El Hassani and her family’s journey for an upcoming documentary. El Hassani traveled with her husband, Moussa, their two children at the time, and one of Moussa’s brothers to the Islamic State. She fled in late 2017 after her husband was killed fighting for the terrorist group. This March, in her first interview, in a Kurdish detention camp, she told FRONTLINE and the BBC that she had been tricked into traveling into Syria.

The indictment says that El Hassani “knowingly conspired to provide material support and resources” to ISIS, which prosecutors defined as “personnel, including funds and tactical gear” to be used by the group. It said she also helped two people — identified as “Individual A” and “Individual B” — in “providing themselves as personnel to ISIS, including by procuring tactical gear and funds for their use in fighting for ISIS.”…

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Islamic Slavery

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

As far as NBA immortal Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is concerned, asking football players to stand for the National Anthem is tantamount to locking them in leg irons and enslaving them. But where is his concern for the actual slavery that still continues in many Islamic countries?

Abdul-Jabber wrote in the Hollywood Reporter that “to the slave owners, singing slaves would drown out their own cruelty and oppression, clothe them in a coerced choir of decency. But it wasn’t enough that the slaves had to sing, they had to sing their oppressor’s feel-good songs that are summed up in the Porgy and Bess refrain of ‘I’ve got plenty of nothin’, and nothin’s plenty for me.’ Yay, nothin’. Currently, the song being demanded is the national anthem during football games.”

Comparing coddled, lionized, Leftist millionaire athletes with slaves forced to work in the fields in the scorching heat is obscene enough in itself, but Abdul-Jabbar looks even worse when one considers the fact that this famous, high profile convert to Islam has never said a word about the slavery that persists in the Islamic world.

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, owned slaves, and slavery is taken for granted in the Qur’an. Throughout Islamic history, the great caliphates and other Islamic political entities were slave societies. In my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISISI show that even Muslim Spain, much-lauded today as a paradise of multicultural harmony, was a center of the Islamic slave trade.

In Islamic al-Andalus, Muslim buyers could purchase sex-slave girls as young as eleven years old, as well as slave boys for sex as well, or slave boys raised to become slave soldiers. Also for sale were eunuchs, useful for guarding harems. Blonde slaves seized in jihad raids on Christian nations north of al-Andalus were especially prized, and fetched high prices. Slave traders would use makeup to whiten the faces and dye to lighten the hair of darker slaves, so that they could get more money for them.

A twelfth-century witness of the sale of sex slaves described the market:

The merchant tells the slave girls to act in a coquettish manner with the old men and with the timid men among the potential buyers to make them crazy with desire. The merchant paints red the tips of the fingers of a white slave; he paints in gold those of a black slave; and he dresses them all in transparent clothes, the white female slaves in pink and the black ones in yellow and red.

If the girls did not cooperate, of course, they would be beaten or killed. The Andalusian slave market became particularly important in the eleventh century, when two of the other principal markets from which the Muslims drew slaves, Central Asia and southeastern Europe, dried up. The Slavs by this time had converted to Christianity and were no longer interested in selling their people as slaves to Islamic traders. In Central Asia, meanwhile, the Turks had converted to Islam. The primary market for slaves among Muslims was for non-Muslims, as enslaving fellow Muslims was considered a violation of the Qur’an’s requirement to be “merciful to one another” (48:29); hence Muslim slave traders had to look elsewhere for merchandise.

And what about today? Slavery persists in many Muslim countries in North Africa, notably Mauritania and Niger. Mauritanian human rights crusader Boubakar Messaoud asserted that in that country, people are born and bred as slaves: “A Mauritanian slave, whose parents and grandparents before him were slaves, doesn’t need chains. He has been brought up as a domesticated animal.” Messaoud explained: “It’s like having sheep or goats. If a woman is a slave, her descendants are slaves.”

Likewise in Niger, which formally abolished slavery only in 2003, slavery is a long-standing practice. Journalist and anti-slavery activist Souleymane Cisse explained that even Western colonial governments did nothing to halt the practice: “The colonial rulers preferred to ignore it because they wanted to co-operate with the aristocracy who kept these slaves.”

Islamic slavery has not been unknown even in the United States. When the Saudi national Homaidan Al-Turki was imprisoned for holding a woman as a slave in Colorado, he complained that “the state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors was the focal point of the prosecution.”

What does Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have to say about these “traditional Muslim behaviors”? Nothing? Now, why is that?

Minnesota: Muslims say they will show their power next week at Vikings stadium

“There’s been nothing else like this, promoted anywhere in the United States which is a message in and of itself.” –Minnesota resident Bob Carrillo

But, it isn’t too late for Minnesotans and others to tell the powers-that-be at the US Bank Stadium that you object to the event—an event that celebrates the ritual slaughter of animals.

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From Third Rail Talk:

The Secret Plan of Muslims to Sneak Tens of Thousands Into the U.S. Bank Stadium for a Historic “Show of Power” in Minnesota

There is a secret plan to literally sneak fifty thousand Muslims into the Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium.

Feast of the Sacrifice…at US Bank Stadium? Yup.

Their own words not mine: “to show our unity and power”.

What is the Islamic event about?

Well it’s called EID AL ADHA – Feast of the Sacrifice.

About a week and a half ago we discovered this program being sponsored by some very interesting people and organizations.

Fifty thousand people – two day event on the 21st and 22nd of August at our Minnesota Vikings US Bank Stadium. That folks is tantamount to two Super Bowls back to back. We just had a Super Bowl here recently and capacity is between 60 and 65 thousand people! These folks have, in a very stealth fashion, invited 50 thousand people to be in the stadium on the 21st and 22nd – both days.

With a list of who’s who in the Islamist world in terms of Imams from Minnesota and from around the country as presenters.

[….]

This is the first of its kind and it’s massive. And Minnesota residents Minneapolis St Paul and the surrounding area are not prepared for this.

[….]

Call the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority at 612-332-0386 and demand, the operative word there, demand its cancellation.

Tomorrow!!!

Come to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Board Meeting on Friday, August 17 at 9 am and voice your position together with other citizens.

More here.  See how secretive the organizers have been about the gathering.

See also the video accompanying the story.  Honestly I couldn’t watch because the ‘celebration’ is about brutally sacrificing animals. BTW, where is PETA?

Wonder where the organizers will find 50,000 celebrants?

Just have a look at the numbers Conservative Review put together yesterday. We are admitting Muslims to the U.S. by the tens of thousands annually through a variety of LEGAL immigration programs. Expect the construction of more mosques and events like this one!

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Affirmative Action Backfires on French President

The Benalla scandal

Alexandre Benalla

French president Emmanuel Macron and his supporters breathed a sigh of relief as the “Benalla scandal” that had dominated the news stream since mid-July took a dip into the August doldrums. Mass media switched to summertime mode —heatwaves, sandy beaches, and the occasional thunderstorm with flash floods. But Emmanuel Macron’s glowing façade has flipped, revealing the underside of his invincible rise to power on the wings of an ex nihilo creation, La République en Marche (LREM), and the promise of a bright new world.

Alexandre Benalla, a 26 year-old bodyguard and Socialist party apparatchik who had accompanied Macron during the presidential campaign, was brought into the heart of the presidential palace where he was apparently granted exceptional power and privilege. Benalla’s fall from grace was precipitated by an article in the newspaper of reference, Le Monde: The “policeman” filmed as he beat a defenseless man that was down is in fact Alexandre Benalla the bearded strongman who had become the president’s shadow. The video [below] of “police brutality” on May Day at the trendy Place de la Contrescarpe, a short hop from the Pantheon, had been circulating on social media. A militant of Mélenchon’s France Insoumise party had captured the incident on the margins of a spectacularly violent “celebration” where a contingent of more than a thousand black blocs joined by far left radicals had wreaked havoc.

Yes, but the man that was roughed up was not a fire-breathing anarchist. The roughneck who manhandled him was not a policeman. The incident occurred on May 1st. And it took six weeks before his identity was revealed to the public… by the press.

According to reliable sources

The presidential staff discovered or was informed on May 1st that the “police” violence was committed by Benalla and his sidekick Vincent Crase, a security guard at LREM headquarters. The information circulated to and from cabinet ministers, high ranking officers, political appointees, chiefs, heads, directors, and all the way to the president who was in Australia on official business. As they would subsequently affirm, “appropriate” measures were taken immediately. But the embarrassing incident was kept under wraps. Once the story broke in Le Monde it unleashed a cascade of information on the puzzling way the case had been handled, and the even more puzzling role of Alexandre Benalla within the presidential staff (known as the palace cabinet, as distinguished from the ministerial cabinet).

Airwaves and print media focused fulltime on the intriguing, fascinating, troubling disclosures. The smooth façade of the New Look president was torn aside, exposing an ancien régime style imbroglio. It should be kept in mind that the most likely winner of the 2016 presidential race, François Fillon, was sunk by a financial scandal that, artificially or sincerely, provoked voter indignation. Fillon was accused of paying his wife Penelope a parliamentary assistant’s salary for a fake job. The incriminating narrative was, “How can French people, who work so hard to earn a pittance, condone the payment of huge sums to Fillon’s wife who did nothing?” Emmanuel Macron profited richly from Fillon’s disgrace.

And now we discover, among other pearls, that Benalla was earning—after his fall from grace—€6 000 net per month. A very hefty salary in France. All we know of his background and skills is that he was raised in a working class neighborhood in Evreux (Normandy) by his schoolteacher mother who had emigrated from Morocco. He worked as a bodyguard for various Socialist politicians, was accused of misconduct and dismissed in 2012, went to Morocco where he created a short-lived private security company, and returned to serve as Macron’s bodyguard during the presidential campaign. At the president’s behest, Benalla was subsequently integrated into the palace staff, charged with coordination of presidential travel. Is that all?

When the scandal hit the news, all the president’s men and women went into soft & smooth mode. From the Interior Minister to the sweet young rooky MP, they cranked out the talking points: It’s a personal misstep by a single (in fact 2) collaborator, duly sanctioned, end of story. Benalla and Vincent Crase had been invited to attend the May Day demonstration as observers. Normal procedure. Outraged by the violence, and seeing the riot police overwhelmed, Benalla rushed in to make a citizen arrest. He did, admittedly, overstep the boundaries of his official function as a presidential assistant. Regretful. He and Crase were immediately sanctioned: two weeks’ suspension without pay, Benalla was downgraded, and they were warned that further misconduct would lead to dismissal. Now, in the light of additional irregularities, both men were fired. It is not une affaire d’Etat. And the fact that every opposition party from the far Left to the far Right was breathing fire just proved that they were trying to make political hay out of a peccadillo.

Nevertheless, Benalla and Crase were detained, questioned, and will be tried on charges of impersonating police officers, committing violence against unarmed citizens, carrying unlicensed weapons, unlawfully receiving CCTV footage, etc. Meanwhile, diligent investigative journalists and parliamentary commissions kept unearthing facts, sparks were flying, and the mystery thickened.

The overarching question is: why were these two men granted such inappropriate privileges and why was their misbehavior kept secret? In this day of CCTV, smartphones, video archives, and database algorithms, the party line came off as comical. Statements made under oath and on TV debates unraveled within seconds. The “immediate sanctions” turned out to be paid vacations. And no elected or appointed official ventured to explain why, after seeing the May Day video, no one in the presidential apparatus made the slightest attempt to get the full story. With all the investigative tools at their disposal, they didn’t even accidentally come across the additional evidence now pouring out as if from an open fire hydrant?

Crase, who wasn’t even an official observer on that fateful day, was carrying a handgun. Apparently without a permit. Other unlicensed weapons were reportedly discovered at LREM headquarters. And yet Crase didn’t lose his job and Benalla enjoyed new improved exceptional privileges. He did have to cancel his wedding scheduled for July 22nd because he was in police custody that day, but he was about to move into an 80 square-meter refurbished duplex apartment in the luxurious building on Quai Branly where François Mitterand had lodged his mistress and their love child. But, insisted Macronites, he didn’t actually move in to the apartment. He was given a car fitted up with a siren and flashing lights? Nothing awry, they explained, the car was integrated into presidential convoys. And besides, they would add indignantly, it isn’t a “voiture de fonction” it’s a “voiture de service.”

What exactly was Benalla’s role in the presidential palace apparatus? Bodyguard? Is a French president allowed to have a semi-private bodyguard in addition to, side by side with, or over and above his official security detail? Is Macron, who promised a squeaky clean see-through administration, surrounding himself with goons? A Pretorian guard? “Heavens no!” replies the president’s chef de cabinet. The co-chairperson of a senate investigation commission asks, then, why the gun permit was granted—she quotes from the application— on the grounds of his “police” functions? Before anyone had time to integrate that element, it was revealed by le Monde that Benalla was given a diplomatic passport at the end of the two-week’s “sanction.” No other employee of his rank enjoys such perks.

Rumors circulated, backed up by videos, that Alexandre Benalla was lording it over the policemen and gendarmes assigned to protect the president and first lady. Furthermore, he was heading up an ad hoc commission aimed at reorganizing those services. To this end, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserves of the Gendarmerie but did he ever serve in the Gendarmerie let alone deserve such a high rank? And, as if that made the bodyguard usurpation more acceptable, we were told that he also accompanied Monsieur and Madame on private trips. If in fact he has a key to their villa in Touquet it is simply so that he could check it out before Emmanuel and Brigitte crossed the threshold. Oh? The French equivalent of the secret service doesn’t protect them on private junkets? Isn’t this a bit third worldy?

Monsieur Benalla himself, clean-shaven and looking more like a professor than a tough guy, gave interviews, backed up by his lawyer, and glaringly contradicted by video evidence: He had done nothing wrong. No violence, simply the normal technique for overcoming a culprit resisting arrest. The riot police were overwhelmed, he stepped in like a good citizen to give them a helping hand. President Macron, vainly attempting to make the whole thing vanish like a soap bubble, said Benalla’s personal misbehavior was a betrayal. But no one thought to ask why, in this case, he was given more favors than a dauphin after the betrayal.

The parliamentary session wound up with two no-confidence motions, easily defeated by the strong LREM majority. But they left a smudge. The president and loyal LREMs dismissed the Benalla affair as a tempest in a teapot. The opposition and a wide variety of commentators may differ on whether it is “une affaire d’Etat,” a total regime crisis or simply a brief period of turbulence, but no one believes it is a blip on the screen that will be forgotten when France wakes up in September, leaving the Wunderkind intact, to play to a full international house.

Comedy, tragedy, and hollow eloquence

On the comical side, there’s the exposé of Benalla’s Tinder account under the pseudonym Mars (Macron’s mocking nickname is Jupiter) where he proudly shows himself cheek by jowl with the president Himself. Even more comical is the subdued reaction of François Bayrou, the most sanctimonious politician in contemporary French history, whose Modem party joined the Macron government. Author of an ethical conduct bill passed during his brief stint as Justice Minister, Bayrou had to resign because of alleged misuse of European Parliament funds. In the eye of the Benalla storm, Bayrou congratulated the president for his finesse in handling this unfortunate incident, a personal misstep that does not involve the government and certainly not l’État.

The tragic reality is exemplified by the savage murders, in separate incidents, of three French men in the space of 10 days. Adrien Perez came to the aid of a friend assaulted in the parking lot of the nightclub on the outskirts of Grenoble where he was celebrating his 26th birthday. One of the assailants stabbed Adrien in the heart. Brothers Younes and Yanis El Habib, charged with murder, are awaiting trial in prison; a third suspect is under surveillance. In a town near Nancy, an unidentified man celebrating his 30th birthday responded to a call for help from a female friend who was being hassled. The aggressor lunged out of the bushes and slit his throat. The third murder took place in a bus at Porte de Clignancourt, in the 19th arrondissement of Paris: a 50 year-old passenger objected when a man got on the bus with a bicycle, which is prohibited. The bicycle rider slit the man’s throat.

While the president may suffer from a surfeit of bodyguards, defenseless citizens are exposed to a type of criminality that is foreign to French society. Candidate Macron’s promise to soothe rancor and discourage terrorist ambitions by opening job opportunities to the “excluded” was more appetizing to voters than François Fillon’s call to defeat radical Islam. In one of his rare comments on the scandal, president Macron, in his hallmark either-and-or formulation, said he was proud to have engaged Benalla, and betrayed by his misdeed. The president felt no need to explain why the betrayal was so richly rewarded.

The deference shown to the president’s man, Alexandre Benalla, by officials from ministerial level down to security details and including his own superiors in the presidential cabinet, remains to be explained.

What can explain the obstinate indulgence of investigating judge Anne Ihuellou, desperately searching for an insanity diagnosis that will protect Kobili Traoré from standing trial for the savage murder of Sarah Halimi in April 2017? One year ago, at the commemoration of the infamous Vel d’Hiv roundup of Parisian Jews, an eloquent Emmanuel Macron called for light to be shed on the anti-Semitic motivation of Sarah Halimi’s killer.

The separation of powers does not prevent officials from replacing a partial or incompetent judge. Where is the moral authority that illuminated Emmanuel Macron’s face that day?

Another light so quickly dimmed?

VIDEO: Footage reveals moment French President Emmanuel Macron’s deputy chief of staff ‘donned a riot helmet and police uniform so he could attack anti-Government protesters during street demonstrations.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the Times of Israel.

Michigan Candidate for Governor Linked to Nation of Islam

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed was recently a special guest speaker at a fund raiser for a Nation of Islam (NOI)-affiliated mosque.

The Muslim Center Mosque and Community Center states that it was “founded under the leadership of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed, a Nation of Islam Leader and son of its founder, Elijah Muhammad.”

This is not the first time El-Sayed has spoken at a fundraiser for the mosque.  In October 2017, El-Sayed spoke at their annual fundraiser, alongside radical left-wing activist and sharia apologist Linda Sarsour.

NOI has a long history of extremism.  Imam Deen Mohammad’s former assistant Imam Mubarak affiliates himself with the mosque and regularly posts to the Center’s Facebook page, including posts describing Jews and Christians as untrustworthy.

In addition to its connection to the Nation of Islam, the Muslim Center has several ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Center is under the direction of resident Imam Sheikh Momodou Ceesay.   Ceesay is a graduate of Al-Azhar University, the top school of Sunni jurisprudence, which has a long history of Muslim Brotherhood activity.

The Center has an “Executive Team” responsible for the day-to-day programming and maintenance of the mosque and center.  The chair of the team is Mark Crain.  Crain is a co-founder of MPower Change along with Sarsour. MPower Change has numerous connections to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.

El-Sayed’s campaign has prominently featured Sarsour, an inflammatory activist with ties to radical individuals and organizations, including her husband’s support for terrorists, which was exposed in 2016.

This is not the first time El-Sayed has embraced groups and individuals with extremist views.

The Clarion Project recently brought attention to El-Sayed’s embrace the Islamic House of Wisdom, a radical, pro-Iran mosque in Dearborn Heights. The Islamic House of Wisdom is one of three Iran-linked mosques in Michigan.

The Islamist Money in Politics initiative also found that El-Sayed has earned the support of Islamist donors connected to various groups identified by the U.S. government as Muslim Brotherhood entities.

The list includes donors affiliated with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)Muslim American Society (MAS)Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Esam Omeish, whose support for radical groups has made him known internationally.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of Democrat Party candidate for governor of Michigan Abdul El-Sayed (Photo: Tamekia Ashford / Detroit Health Department / Wiki Commons).