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1,000 more children as young as 11 abused by Muslim rape gangs, police again did nothing!

Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child abuse solicitor, said: “These children were treated as sexual commodities by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse. The survivors deserve an inquiry. They need to know how abuse took place for so long and why so many perpetrators have never been brought to justice.”

The answer is simple. The British Left created an atmosphere in which it was considered “racist” and “Islamophobic” to call attention to these crimes, since their perpetrators were Muslims. The British Left has such power over the public sphere in Britain that it successfully cowed and intimidated the law enforcement establishment into keeping quiet and doing nothing about these crimes, knowing it would be career suicide to do something so “Islamophobic” as to prosecute them.

So these cowardly police officials allowed thousands of young girls’ lives to be ruined instead of challenging this evil. When the epitaph of free Britain is written, the likes of Nick Lowles and Fiyaz Mughal will emerge as the ones who destroyed Britain as a free society, with eager help from self-serving politicians such as David Cameron and Theresa May.

“‘Girls must be saved from going through this hell’: Call for public inquiry into Telford sex scandal as it emerges up to 1,000 children as young as 11 were drugged, beaten and raped over 40 years,” by Alex Green, Mailonline, March 11, 2018:

A brutal sex gang raped as many as 1,000 young girls over 40 years in what may be Britain’s ‘worst ever’ child abuse scandal.

Girls in the town of Telford, Shropshire, were drugged, beaten and raped at the hands of a grooming gang active since the 1980s.

Allegations are said to have been mishandled by authorities, with many perpetrators going unpunished, while it is claimed similar abuse continues in the area.

Home Office figures show there were 15.1 child sex crimes reported per 10,000 residents in the year to September 2015.

Telford’s population is 155,000 – meaning a potential 225 victims.

Telford’s Conservative MP, Lucy Allan, has previously called for a Rotherham-style inquiry into the allegations and called the latest reports ‘extremely serious and shocking’.

‘There must now be an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford so that our community can have absolute confidence in the authorities,’ she told the paper.

A mother and four teenage girls have been linked to the allegations of abuse.

Lucy Lowe, 16, died alongside her mother and sister after the man who had been abusing her, 26-year-old Azhar Ali Mehmood, set fire to their house.

The taxi-driver first targeted Lucy in 1997. She gave birth to his child when she was just 14.

Mehmood was jailed for murdering Lucy, her mother Eileen and her sister Sarah, 17.

However, he was never arrested or charged with any sex abuse crimes over his involvement with the young girl.

Another victim, who was drugged and gang raped by nine men two years later, said that Lucy’s death was used as a warning to other girls who might speak out.

The schoolgirl, who remains anonymous, said she was driven to try to kill herself.

‘I was scared my family would die like Lucy’s. I thought they’d only be safe if I killed myself,’ she told The Sunday Mirror.

In 2002 another schoolgirl was killed in an unexplained car accident in Telford.

Becky Watson, 13, was killed after a car she was in crashed. At the time the incident was reported as a ‘prank’.

However, it was revealed she had suffered two years of sex abuse at the hands of a grooming gang, which began when she was 11.

In tragic diary entries she told of how she was forced to ‘sleep around’.

Her mother, Torron Watson, went to the police on a number of occasion and even handed them a list of suspects.

But nothing was done.

She said: ‘Girls like Becky were treated like criminals. I was crying out for help but it felt like I had nowhere to turn. If Becky’s abuse had been properly investigated by the authorities more girls could have been saved from going through this hell.’

Vicky Round, a friend of Becky’s, was abused by the same gang.

They forced her into a crack concaine addiction aged 12.

By 14 she was taking heroine regularly.

She died aged 20 after a suspected drug overdose.

In Rotherham around 1,400 girls, many of them under-age, were sexually abused over a 16 year period at the hands of men from the town’s Pakistani community.

An estimate of the number of victims in Telford was calculated with the help of Professor Liz Kelly, from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University, who reviewed the Mirror’s figures.

Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child abuse solicitor, said: ‘These children were treated as sexual commodities by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse. The survivors deserve an inquiry.

‘They need to know how abuse took place for so long and why so many perpetrators have never been brought to justice.’…

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

VIDEO: How to Spot Signs of Radicalization in Your Kids by Meira Svirsky

ISIS runs a slick operation – targeting, surrounding and manipulating young people to buy into their twisted ideology. At least 50 percent of their radicalization efforts are conducted online, a fertile medium where most kids can be found today.

While it is extremely useful to be able to spot the signs of radicalization (see below), it is even more important to work on creating an environment where the vulnerabilities to this kind sick influence cannot flourish.

Staying connected to your kids in meaningful ways needs to start way before they are vulnerable to radical recruiters. This ultimately means that your children will not only get their values from their peers but also from you.

As they get older (and hopefully wiser), becoming young adults, such a relationship can evolve where they begin to view you not just as a parent but also as a friend.

This means making it a point to:

  • Spend quality time with them
  • Discuss real world issues with them (including politics and religion, at their level)
  • Be genuinely interested in what they are doing (and stay up to date on those subjects so you can explore them together)
  • Create an open environment where any idea can be discussed without fear of punishment
  • Establish borders with online devices –filters, time limits, etc. (and set a good example of this yourself!)
Damian Clairmont, a young Canadian who was radicalized and died fighting for ISIS in Syria
Damian Clairmont, a young Canadian who was radicalized and died fighting for ISIS in Syria. (Photo: video screenshot)

Who Are Most Vulnerable?

  • Kids who feel ostracized or even just not popular with their peers (While you can’t do much to change this, you can use the opportunity to fill the gap, becoming the go-to person in their lives.)
  • Kids who feel abandoned – either because of an absent or recently divorced parent, etc.
  • Kids who have bad relationships with family members
  • Kids who need to dominate or control others
  • Kids who seek excitement or adventure
  • Kids with mental health issues (depression, post-traumatic stress from other events in their lives, etc.)
  • Kids who are already religious (they can be vulnerable to an authority figure convincing them that an an extreme form of their religion is the “true” way)
  • Kids who perceive they have been the victims of injustice (especially if they have been the brunt of racist bullying)
  • Kids who spend a lot of time online or have no supervision of their online activities

Signs of Radicalization

If your child, friend or even co-worker exhibits the following changes, professional help should be consulted.  Don’t think you can handle this alone! There are a variety of free resources available to address radicalization. Don’t make the mistake of thinking everything is under control.

You should suspect radicalization is taking place if see the following signs:

  • Becoming very political or religious
  • Change in dress or appearance
  • Looking down on those who don’t support you child’s new beliefs
  • Spending much more time online
  • Becoming socially isolated
  • Visiting extremist websites
  • Spending a lot of time chatting with new online “friends”
  • Fighting more often with family and friends
  • Justifying violence to support a cause
  • Becoming intolerant of those who are different (other religions, races, ethnicities)

Christianne Boudreau lost her son Damian Claimont fighting for ISIS. She has since founded an organization to help other parents. Watch her story below. Christianne can be contacted at @ChristianneBoud or through Hayat Canada Family Support.

Boko Haram forced 83 children to be jihad suicide bombers in 2017

A hadith has Muhammad saying: “By Him in Whose Hands my life is! Were it not for some men amongst the believers who dislike to be left behind me and whom I cannot provide with means of conveyance, I would certainly never remain behind any Sariya’ (army-unit) setting out in Allah’s Cause. By Him in Whose Hands my life is! I would love to be martyred in Allah’s Cause and then get resurrected and then get martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get martyred and then get resurrected again and then get martyred.” (Bukhari 4.52.54)

But that was just talk. He was never “martyred” at all, and throughout Islamic history, many Muslim leaders have not themselves ventured into the jihad against Infidels, but have corralled weak, vulnerable people into doing it for them. And so now this.

“Boko Haram has used 83 children as suicide bombers in 2017 – UNICEF,” RT, August 22, 2017:

Boko Haram has dramatically increased the use of children in suicide bomb attacks on civilians in Nigeria, UNICEF reported Tuesday.

There has been a four-fold increase in the use of weaponized children as part of the Islamist insurgency which has ravaged the country’s northeast for eight years, UNICEF said in a statement.

So far this year, 83 children have been used as “human bombs,” the majority of whom were girls.

Such attacks are used to sow fear among the population, especially of children who have been released, rescued or escaped from Boko Haram or similar Islamist terrorist groups….

In total, 55 attacks used girls, often younger than 15 years old, 27 used boys and one even used a baby strapped to a young girl to carry out a suicide bomb attack.

A total of 19 children were used in such attacks last year, reports AP….

“There were two girls taught by Boko Haram to be suicide bombers … The girls confirmed that they were taught that their life was not worth living, that if they die detonating the bomb and killing a lot of people, then their lives will be profitable,” Nigerian aid worker Rebecca Dali said, as cited by Reuters.

So far, 1.7 million people have been displaced by the Islamist insurgency in the northeast of the country, 85 percent of whom come from Borno state, the main focus of such attacks.

The insurrection is now in its eighth year, having claimed the lives of more than 20,000 and forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes, reports Reuters.

At least 170 people have been killed since June 1 of this year.

Mercado added that while Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for all such attacks, no other group is yet known to employ such tactics….

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ACLU opposes Maine bill criminalizing female genital mutilation

“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64

Why is it obligatory? Because Muhammad is held to have said so: “Abu al- Malih ibn Usama’s father relates that the Prophet said: ‘Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women.’” — Ahmad Ibn Hanbal 5:75

“Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to her: ‘Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.’” — Abu Dawud 41:5251

“Do not cut severely,” but not “Do not cut.”

That’s why it is so common around the world, and why it is certain to become increasingly common in the United States, particularly with help from the ACLU, which doubtless wants to avoid appearing to be “Islamophobic.”

“ACLU Opposes Maine Bill Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation,” by Anders Hagstrom, Daily Caller, May 26, 2017 (thanks to Ari):

The American Civil Liberties Union launched a vocal opposition this week against a Maine bill criminalizing female genital mutilation (FGM), Mainely Media reports.

Republican Rep. Heather Sirocki is sponsoring the bill, saying that it would classify performing FGM as a Class B crime in the state, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The bill would also punish the parent or guardian of the victim.

However, the Maine ACLU staunchly opposes the protection. ACLU spokesman Oamshri Amarasingham said that the risk of mutilation isn’t worth expanding Maine’s criminal code. The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault also supported the ACLU, arguing that FGM is not happening in Maine.

Sirocki, however, pointed to a 2012 report from the Center for Disease Control, which found 500,000 victims of FGM in the US. Furthermore, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found that 400 individuals have been arrested and 785 deported for FGM violations nationwide since 2003.

Maine, Sirocki said, is one of the eight highest-risk areas in the US for FGM. The practice has proven to be so rampant in the state that it has received special federal funding to combat it.

Sirocki’s bill would also criminalize “vacation cutting,” the practice of flying briefly overseas to subject minors to FGM in nations that haven’t banned the practice.

While FGM has been a crime federally since 1996, Maine is one of the highest-risk areas in the country for the practice, and Sirocki said that law enforcement needs to be able to try offenders on the state level….

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HALF A MILLION children recruited by ISIS

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

Half a million. And there will be millions more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Within months it had hundreds on its books.

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

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

Muslim pharmacist showed beheading films to children

Why not? Beheading Infidels is a divinely-sanctioned activity: “When you meet the unbelievers, strike necks…” (Qur’an 47:4) Why shouldn’t children join in the fun?

“Pharmacist ‘showed beheading films to children,’” Court News UK, March 17, 2017

A pharmacist accused of showing a beheading video to children faces trial in September. Zameer Ghumra, 37, is charged with distributing terrorist publications on 23 September 2015 under section two of the Terrorism Act 2006.

The charge relates to Ghumra allegedly showing a video of a beheading to two young children.

Ghumra appeared in the dock at the Old Bailey wearing a checked hooded sweatshirt and black skull cap. He spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing….

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

8-Year-Old Muslim Girl Carries Out Suicide Bombing

The girl was strapped with a homemade bomb. When she entered a police station, the bomb was detonated by remote control.

An eight-year-old girl carried out a suicide bombing attack at a Damascus police station, according to SANA (the Syrian Arab News Agency) and as reported by RT.

The agency cited a source in the Damascus Police Command that reported, “Terrorists sent an eight-year-old girl with a small homemade bomb to a police station in the Midan neighborhood. When she entered the building, militants activated the explosive device with a remote control, the child died at the scene, one police officer suffered light injuries.”

The bombing has not been claimed by any group as yet. The girl reportedly came to the police station and said she was lost.

The blast killed her and lightly injured one policeman.

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Feature Film — KiDS: Inside the Terror Factory

How is a young child transformed into a terrorist?

KiDS: Inside the Terror Factory (working title) dives deep inside the world of terrorist organizations to expose an unconscionable and heartbreaking truth. The film tells the anguishing stories of children who have been indoctrinated and manipulated – used and abused – to incite violence and radicalism.

This is child abuse of the worst kind.

Click here to learn about the film

TRAILER:

Isa Dare is a 5-year-old British boy. His mother, Grace, was radicalized at a British college and flew to ISIS territory in Syria, taking Isa with her. Just this past February, an adult terrorist stood next to Isa and encouraged him to press a button on a remote control.

Isa’s small fingers gripped the device as he pressed the button firmly. In an instant, a car next to him explodes. And in it, the “infidel spies” die breathlessly.

Isa is one of many children being radicalized to hate and kill.

Help wake-up the world and make this film a reality! 

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Islamic State jihadists’ laptops 80% filled with pornography

Former intelligence director Lieutenant General Michael Flynn has revealed that laptops seized from Islamic State jihadists are filled up to 80 per cent with porn films.

The ex-chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency says that the graphic films have been desensitizing jihadists “to carry out their hideous brutality” against infidel women, and particularly against Yazidi girls who are forced into sex slavery and forced to pray before being raped.

Flynn also states:

“We looked a ruthless enemy in the eye – women and children, girls and boys, raped and exploited, the beheadings stored on a laptop next to pornography…..these sick, psychopathic enemies were not only unimaginably hideous, but also treacherous…”

All the while, Muslim women are decreed by Islamic law to be covered from head to toe, even in scorching heat, except, of course, under exceptional circumstances to be noted: a Muslim woman can be fully “honored” as a jihadi and a “martyr”, if she decides to service sexually deprived male jihadists.

A note to the piously covered: the high today in Iraq is 107 degrees, compared with 114 later in the week. In Saudi Arabia, it’s 106, but 111 later this week.

Michael Flynn

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn

“Laptops recovered from ISIS jihadists are filled ‘up to 80%’ with PORN, reveals former US intelligence director”, by Allan Hall and Jennifer Newton, UK Daily Mail, July 13, 2016:

Laptops recovered from ISIS jihadists are filled ‘up to 80%’ with PORN, reveals former US intelligence director”, by Allan Hall and Jennifer Newton, UK Daily Mail, July 13, 2016:

A former US intelligence director has revealed that laptops seized from ISIS jihadis are filled up to 80 per cent with porn films.

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, an ex-chief of the Defence Intelligence Agency says the graphic films inures extremists to carry out their hideous brutality.

And he adds that intelligence gathering and the closing down of the fanatics’ communications channels is key to beating them.

Flynn made the claims in the German newspaper Bild, where his book on winning the war against radical Islam is being serialised.

The veteran, who is a potential running mate for Donald Trump in the US election later this year, wrote: ‘We looked a ruthless enemy in the eye – women and children, girls and boys, raped and exploited, the beheadings stored on a laptop next to pornography.

‘At one point we actually had determined that the material on the laptops was up to 80 per cent pornography.

‘These sick, psychopathic enemies were not only unimaginably hideous, but also treacherous and torn. We had to work faster to outwit them if we wanted to beat them.’

However, it is not the first time that jihadis have been linked to having pornography on their laptops.

Last year, former London mayor Boris Johnson said that homegrown fanatics from the UK who go to join ISIS are w*****s who watch porn because they can’t find girlfriends.

He explained that British terrorists often become radicalised because of their badly adjusted relations with women and turn to extremism to stop them feeling like losers.

Speaking at the time, Mr Johnson said: ‘If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w*****s’.

Meanwhile US officials also revealed in 2011 that former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had a stash of pornography as he hid in his squalid lair in Pakistan.

U.S. Navy Seals said they uncovered the x-rated films during the mission to kill the terror leader, who masterminded the 9/11 attacks…….

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One jihadi child proudly declared that he wanted ISIS to spread to the world so sharia would expand to all countries and a caliphate would rule.

On June 6, the Daily Mail published an exclusive report documenting how the Syrian refugee children as young as nine in the Turkish town of Antakya “are employed to stitch the uniforms that end up on the backs of frontline ISIS [Islamic State (IS)] fighters.”

“Syrian refugee children,” according to the Mail, “are forced to work in a military uniform sweatshop that sells camouflage to ISIS.

“Unable to go to school and desperate for money on the Turkish border the boys work 12 hour days for £10.

“Factory owner Abu Zakour has no problem selling uniforms to ISIS: ‘It doesn’t matter where my customers are from,’ he told the Mail.

Zakour’s factory also supplies Al Qaeda group Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and other rebel FSA fighters with military garb. The reports says that the children – mostly boys and a couple of girls “hidden upstairs” are paid a minimum of 40 Turkish lira (£10) to help make “the uniforms that get smuggled across the border to rebel groups.”

Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesperson of Turkish presidency, responded to the story  saying that “those are unserious statements.”

“The claims that the uniforms of DAESH,” said Kalin, referring to the Islamic State with an Arabic acronym, “are stitched at a textile factory in Antakya are unserious statements. They must prove it. What they want to do is a perception operation.”

However, the reporters from the Mail already went to the sweatshop in the city of Antakya, spoke directly with the factory owner and took photos of Syrian children or “child slaves” making uniforms for the Islamic State.

The city of Hatay, or Alexandrette, where the Antakya district is located, has been in the news for quite a long time for the increasing ISIS activities taking place there.

A 13-year-old Syrian child, for instance, who said he wished to be named Abu Hattab, told BBC Turkish in 2014 that he would like to go to Raqqa from Hatay, on the Syrian border, to join the Islamic State.

“For they practice sharia,” the child said in an attempt to justify his decision. “They are killing Alawites, kafirs [infidels], and apostates. They are killing the enemies of Allah.”

The jihadi child proudly declared that he wanted “the Islamic State to spread to the world so that sharia would expand to all countries and the caliphate would rule the world.”

His mother, an Arabic teacher, also said that she supported his son’s decision to join the Islamic State. “I want him to be a jihadist. I sent him to get training at an organization called Aleppo Islam eight months ago. He received military and sharia education there.

“I would be very happy if he dies in Syria,” the 53-year-old woman added.

Apparently, Antakya and Hatay – like many other Anatolian towns – have become the targets of many Islamist groups fighting in Syria and operating in Turkey.

Antakya, or the ancient city of Antioch, was called “the cradle of Christianity” and is one of the five centers (Patriarchates) of the ancient Pentarchy. It is the first place where the followers of Jesus were referred to as “Christians.” It used to be Byzantine Empire’s third largest city.

“The mixture of Roman, Greek, and Jewish elements,” writes Encyclopaedia Biblica, “admirably adapted Antioch for the great part it played in the early history of Christianity. The city was the cradle of the church.”

According to Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia, “Two great figures for the beginnings of Christianity were born here [in Antioch]: Saint Paul at Tarsus and Luke the evangelist at Antioch… The principal languages spoken by the Christians of western Anatolia were Greek, Armenian and Syriac.”

Many jihadist armies throughout history – including Seljuk Turks (1084), Mamelukes (1268) and the Ottomans (1516) –invaded Hatay, an ancient Greek-Roman city, diminishing, year after year, the Christian populations and culture there.

The area was eventually incorporated into the republic of Turkey in 1939. Today Antioch/Antakya is a majority-Muslim town in southern Turkey. Christians there are now a small minority.

“The relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims,” wrote Professor Philip Carl Salzman in Balanced Opposition: the Tribal Foundations of Arab Middle Eastern Islamic Culture “is defined by Islamic doctrine as one of superiority-inferiority, and of endless conflict until the successful conquest of the non-Muslims.”

And the conquest is always accompanied and followed by horrific crimes: bloodshed, sexual slavery, beheadings, torture, rape, burying alive, kidnapping, and burning.

Today, ISIS engages in these crimes daily. But yesterday’s jihadists also committed the same crimes all across the territory which is today commonly termed “the Muslim World”.

The peoples historically victimized by violent Jihad or Islamic raids include Jews, Zoroastrian Persians of Iran, Baluchistan and Afghanistan, Byzantine Christians, Armenians, Assyrians, Christian Coptic Egyptians, Christian Coptic Nubians  (modern Sudanese), Yazidis, Hindus of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbs, Croats, and Hungarians, among others.

Christians of Anatolia were mostly eradicated from Anatolia throughout centuries. Today ISIS aims to “finish the business” and eradicate the remnant Christians from the Middle East.

This appears the inevitable outcome of Islamization of territories and cultures. And this is what Hatay and Antakya as well as the rest of Anatolia have been going though for centuries.

ABOUT WILLIAM REED

William Reed is a human rights activist and a student of Turkish language and history.

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of a Syrian refugee child in Turkey. Photo: © Reuters