by, Tarek Fatah | Middle East Forum
When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, surrounded by the leaders of 10 Arab states, to build a coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), the scene dripped with irony.
For decades, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with Arab billionaires in Gulf Arab states, have financed the breeding grounds of Islamic extremism in the tens of thousands of madrassas spread around the world, from Philippines to Philadelphia.
Take the case of the al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, whose death President Barack Obama boasted about at the Wales NATO summit as an example of America’s approach to dismantling al-Qaida-affiliated groups.
What Obama failed to mention was the fact Godane became a jihadi terrorist only after obtaining a Saudi scholarship to study radical Islam at madrassas in Sudan and later Pakistan.
Assuming the objective of the American/Arab coalition was to fight the misogynist murderers of ISIS, it was also ironic not a single woman sat at the table. Not even a female State Department staffer or assistant.
This was not a coalition that will defeat ISIS; it was a coalition that will end up reinforcing Islamic State as the one true answer to the crimes being committed against the Arab people by its own leaders.
Islamic State is being formed exactly the way Saudi Arabia was formed when thousands of bloodthirsty jihadis rose from the Sultanate of Nejd and invaded the Kingdom of Hejaz, slaughtering the country’s citizens into submission in 1925.
Sen. Ted Cruz Q&A in Armed Services Committee Hearing on ISIS:
Remember, Saudi Arabia is a kingdom where the king had his own daughters held hostage to force their mom, his runaway wife, to return.
Then we have Turkey as a NATO ally sitting in on secret meetings where the West bungles its way trying to figure out the difference between “strategy” and “tactic”.
As the New York Times disclosed today “one of the biggest source of (ISIS)recruits is neighboring Turkey, a NATO member.”
The challenge posed by ISIS will not be resolved with the American airstrikes or by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s declaration echoing George Bush’s cliched chant that, “Islam is a religion of peace”.
This will merely strengthen the jihadis’ resolve and make more Muslims turn to ISIS.
Here is a five-point plan that will make ISIS weak from within:
Recognize Iraqi Kurdistan as an independent country, a UN member state with a security pact with NATO.
Recognize the Kurdish Workers Party in Turkey (PKK) as an ally, not a terrorist group.
Recognize the exiled Iranian Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) as an ally, not a terrorist group.
Recognize the Balochistan struggle for independence from Pakistan and Iran as a legitimate national liberation struggle, similar to those of the Baltic Republics, Kosovo, East Timor and Eritrea
Expel Turkey from NATO as it is an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and represents a threat to the West.
As for Islamic leaders in North America and Europe, they should stop their exercise in “Muslim patriotism” and for once speak the truth.
Listening to the rhetoric from some leaders of my Muslim community reminds me of car company executives who, instead of addressing the problems with their cars, are more concerned with protecting the reputation of their brand.
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Sen. Ted Cruz Discusses ISIS with Sean Hannity:
by, Katie Yoder | MRC NewsBusters | h/t Brandon Watkins III
Sometimes it takes a David to defeat a Goliath – or, in this case, unassuming nuns to speak where the media remain silent. Speaking out for Christians persecuted in the Middle East, Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan slammed the American media for keeping silent. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9-11. Both told the stories journalists ignore: of refugees displaced and Christian girls “repeatedly raped” and “misused” – some as young as 5-years-old. Mother Olga of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, an Iraqi native recognized by the Iraqi government for her care of the poor, recently established a religious order in Boston. Raised in Germany after fleeing from Turkey, Sister Hatune Dogan, is an Orthodox Christian nun who aids Christians in Syria and Turkey through her organization, “A Helping Hand to the Poor.” Addressing the American coverage of Christian persecution in the Middle East, Mother Olga stressed, “In the early months, there wasn’t much coverage.” “Some of the Christian networks – media networks – were covering [the persecution]. But not very much the secular media.”
Sister Hatune expressed similar dismay. “The media make a mistake,” she began, “Because they don’t say the truth.” She criticized, “But the media has big duty to tell the truth, to make Americans see what is really going on.”
That truth, she explained, consists of “slaughtering, raping, kidnapping, taking ransom, killing, crucifying, and ridding the Christians of what they need.”
As one of her “thousands of stories” of Christian persecution, Sister Hatune began:
“I met an Iraqi girl, five-and-a-half-years maybe, and they kidnapped her. I met her at seven-and-a-half-years. Until today, she [will not] say, no one knows, what happened to her, because she was misused. They [were] paid $30,000 dollars to release her. They released her, but under that condition. I am sorry for her. That was the youngest girl that I met. She was misused.”
Sister Hatune also told of meeting a 21-year-old Christian girl from Jordan. Once a captive, her abductors “every day” “were raping her all night.” When they weren’t satisfied with her ransom money, they “cut her face in different ways.” Another time, Sister Hatune met 280 girls. She described how they were “misused” by their kidnappers, some of whom “cut breasts and other [sensitive areas].” “I saw them with my own eyes,” she emphasized. Those are the stories the media should report – the “human face of this tragic reality,” as Mother Olga described. Mother Olga compared the news coverage of Christian persecution to the coverage of NFL player Ray Rice’s abuse scandal. “I know he’s probably a famous player, and this [football] team, it’s a big, big issue in America, but this is a personal life of two people.” While, at the same time, she continued, “200,000 people are displaced” and “people are dying from hunger” in the Middle East.
“It’s just like I try to put in perspective these kind of things,” she explained. “I’m just surprised how much sometime our secular media they cover some things over and over and they miss such a big picture.” Raised in Kirkuk, Iraq, Mother Olga had some stories of her own. “My old parish, and other parishes, and my sisters’ home and lot of church communities there and houses,” she said, are “full of refugees from Nineveh region, from Mosul.” The locals, “are cooking meals every day, and bringing mattresses and pillows.” “It’s too big of a reality,” she concluded.
She called for “raising awareness” in the States. “People are just frustrated with our own politics here,” she acknowledged, “so we don’t have time to worry about the foreign policies.” But, she added, “If we don’t stop this, this is dangerous for the whole Middle Eastern region.”
“Now it’s Iraq, but if we don’t stop it, it will impact the whole Middle Eastern region, and it will impact us in the West,” she continued.
She offered an additional warning on the silence of Christian persecution:
“Only recently, after, unfortunately, the tragedy of beheading two of our American journalists we realize now how many we have foreigners who are, whether American, Canadian, Australian, British, who have joined ISIS. And they have access to come back to the Western countries, and so, if they have such a radical mentality, and this is what they’re doing in the Middle East, do we think we will be safe here?”
Sister Hatune similarly concluded, “The media have to condemn this, and to be a witness, and to tell the truth.”
“What is going on here?” she asked at one point. “We are human beings.”
For Mother Olga’s full interview, please click here.
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Sister Hatune Dogan:
Photo courtesy of: Zee News
by, Supriya Jha | Zee News | h/t Trop
Washington, D.C.: Notorious for having decapitated three Westerners in less than a month, the barbaric extremists of the Islamic State are now almost synonymous with ‘beheaders’. However, there is much more to their barbarism, than they flaunt in videos posted online.
Having annexed huge swathes of occupied territory across Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State established an Islamic Caliphate there in June. And then then they started unleashing a bloody and barbaric trail of terror, torturing and murdering people, and the ugliest element being the abduction, torture, forced conversion and rape of women.
According to a blog posted by the US State Department, “thousands of women and girls abducted from their families and sold in markets”over the last two months”.
The blog paints a sad and painful portrait of Iraqi women, who have been taken from their homes in Iraq and subjected to unspeakable atrocities including rape, torture, forced conversion to Islam, kept as sex slaves, etc. Some of them are reportedly forced to watch their children being thrashed badly by the IS extremists until they convert to Islam.
Citing a plethora of reports, the blog post written by Catherine Russell, goes on to describe the tragic plight of thousands of innocent women, and calls for directing the use of resources and expertise from anti-IS coalition (whose making is in process), to ensure that the women in the captivity of the extremists return safely to their homes.
“Now, as we galvanize an international coalition to work with the newly formed Iraqi government to confront the evil represented by these extremists, we need to ensure ISIL’s horrendous treatment of women and girls is front and center,” reads the blog.
The blog further cites reports of abduction of some 1,500 to 4,000 women and girls, mainly from Iraqi minorities and regrets how even the young ones of age 12 and 13, too, were auctioned to the IS monsters “like cattle”.
“Girls as young as 12 or 13 have been forced to marry extremists or sold to the highest bidder — like cattle at an auction”.
Reportedly, many women have begged to die rather than to bear with the intolerable trauma and brutality meted out to them by the IS men.
There is a sea of “heartbreaking and terrifying” stories of such Iraqi women in IS captivity who prefer to die than to live as Islamic State extremists’ concubines.
Explaining how the “de-humanization of women and girls is central to ISIL’s campaign of terror”, the blog recommends the newly formed Iraqi government and the international coalition being formed to hold discussions on how to ensure the safe return of “those who have been abducted and trafficked”.
Patriarch Gregory III Laham from Syria, demanding that Senator Ted Cruz be removed from the summit.
by, Alana Goodman | The Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon that the “hatred and bigotry” he encountered when he was booed off the stage at a Middle Eastern Christian conference for defending Israel on Wednesday night was like nothing he has previously seen in his political career.
“I’ve certainly encountered audiences that disagreed with a particular point of view. But this virulent display of hatred and bigotry was remarkable, and considerably different from anything I’ve previously encountered,” Cruz said, just a few hours after his pro-Israel speech to the In Defense of Christians conference was drowned out by shouts and jeers from the audience.
The senator was booed off stage at the conference, which is aimed at raising awareness for the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, after saying that Christians “have no greater ally than Israel” and calling on the audience to support the Jewish state.
“The division and anti-Semitism expressed tonight by some of the crowd is not reflective of the teachings of Christ, and is in fact directly contrary to the tenets of Christianity,” Cruz said.
In a video posted by the Daily Caller, audience members can be heard shouting at Cruz during his keynote address.
“I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate,” said Cruz, before he was interrupted with shouts of “all of us!” from the audience.
“You speak for yourself!” one participant yelled during the senator’s defense of Israel.
“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” said Cruz, as audience members drowned him out with boos and cries of “enough!,” “no!” and “never!”
The Free Beacon reported on Wednesday that several Hezbollah and Syrian regime supporters were scheduled to speak at the conference. Numerous members of Congress were scheduled to attend, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), and Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.).
The speakers included Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Raï, who has defended Hezbollah’s right to attack Israel and has called for a meeting with the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Another speaker, Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, boasted on his official Facebook page last week about his Sept. 5 meeting with a “high level delegation from Hezbollah.”
The conference also featured Antioch Church patriarch Gregory III Laham, who has blamed terrorist attacks against Iraqi Christians on a “Zionist conspiracy against Islam” aimed at making Muslims look bad.
“It is actually a conspiracy planned by Zionism and some Christians with Zionist orientations, and it aims at undermining and giving a bad image of Islam,” Laham said in 2010, according to the Daily Star.
Despite the controversial speakers, Cruz decided to speak at the conference because he wanted to bring attention to the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians, his office told the Free Beacon on Wednesday afternoon.
He said Wednesday night that he was disappointed he was unable to give the speech he had planned.
“I’d intended to talk tonight about Pastor Saeed Abedini, wrongfully imprisoned in the nation of Iran for practicing his Christian faith. I’d intended to talk tonight about Mariam Ibrahim, wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to torture and death for her Christian faith,” said Cruz. “I had intended to talk about the three Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas simply because they were Jews.”
“Radical Islamic terrorists do not distinguish between Christians and Jews,” he added. “They hate us both, they murder us both.”
Funding for the conference was provided by top Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, organizers told the Free Beacon on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the conference did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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Here is a video of Patriarch Gregory III Laham from Syria, demanding that Senator Ted Cruz be removed from the summit..
More on this incident can be read here
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by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Let me first say, this comment is NOT directed towards the Middle-Eastern Christians as a collective, but rather towards those individuals in attendance at the IDC Summit, that were hateful and disrespectful. Many of those in attendance were very cordial and respectful and this message is not in reference to them.
Secondly, they invite Sen. Cruz to speak at the IDC summit as their keynote speaker and then, they disrespect him while he is there speaking on their behalf. He just happens to be one of the most genuine defenders of Middle-Eastern Christians, in their plight to end their persecution. Furthermore, Senator Ted Cruz was absolutely and unequivocally correct in his message and the “Christians” that showed objection were merely purveyors of hate and facilitated division.
On a personal note, a substantial portion of my life has been spent working to end the persecution of faith. Being a ‘..voice for the persecuted..’ is an honor and a privileged, of which I am not worthy. I never ‘chose’ to do it, but rather I feel as though I was ‘chosen’ to do it. Having said that, let me be very clear..
To those rude and disrespectful “Christians.” You should be ashamed of yourselves!
I will speak for you, to the extent that “you” speak for the Jews. I will defend your nation and your people, to the extent that “you” defend Israel and the Jewish people.
If “you” do not stand with Israel and the Jewish people, then likewise..
I cannot stand with you.
3 of the 8 Rapists are the son’s of the Chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League
by, Shamsul Islam | The Express Tribune | h/t Trop
FAISALABAD, Pakistan: Police on Friday registered a case against three sons of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Mian Farooq and five other unknown persons for allegedly raping a girl.
According to details, the victim Naz* herself moved a complaint before the Madina Town police in which she alleged that Muazzam Farooq, former chairman Zila Council Faisalabad, his two brothers Saad Farooq, Qasim Farooq and five others harassed her.
The complainant mentioned to have identified the accused Muazzam, Saad and Qasim but doesn’t know the other five persons; however, she claimed that she can also identify them if brought before her.
SHO Madina Town police station Farukh Waheed told The Express Tribune that, “In the medical examination of the victim it was confirmed that she had been gang raped. However, a DNA test will establish whether or not the alleged persons have committed the crime.”
Meanwhile, City Police Officer (CPO) Faisalabad Dr Sohail Habib Tajik has formed a committee under the supervision of SP Madina Town Nasir Sial to probe the incident. “If it was proved that the alleged persons were involved in the gang rape, the police will not hesitate to proceed against them in accordance with law, said Tajik.
Sources privy to the matter have claimed the arrest of one accused, Muazzam Farooq, but police are not confirming it.
* Victims name has been changed to protect her identitiy
by, Dan Friedman & Corky Siemaszko | New York Daily News
They’re the potential killers next door learning to become jihadists in a factory of terrorists whose ultimate target is New York City.
More than 100 young home-grown Muslims, including some from Gotham, are being trained to become an enemy within by Al Qaeda-inspired groups like ISIS operating in disintegrating Syria and Iraq, the NYPD’s terror chief estimated.
“I would be hyper-concerned about the people over there from New York City on the presumption they’re going to return to New York City,” John Miller, said Thursday.
Miller said he is just as worried about American jihadists from “Chicago, Minnesota, Portland, you name it.”
“If their mindset is to return to America and to engage in terrorist activities, they’re likely going to end up in New York anyway,” Miller said.
They’ll be fanatics with friendly faces like Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a 29-year-old dad from Minneapolis who personifies “Jihad Cool” and who is learning in Syria to kill so-called infidels.
And they are monsters who could be mistaken for good guys, like 22-year-old Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, a Florida college dropout who was photographed petting a kitty shortly before he died in a suicide attack on Syrian troops in May.
“There’s a factory over there” in Syria and Iraq that turns out terrorists,” Miller said. “The situation in Syria is a cancer and now that has spread to Iraq . . . They’re going over, getting training, getting radicalized.”
Miller laid out the frightening scenario during a meeting with the Daily News Editorial Board — and as President Obama announced he was sending several hundred military advisers to help the hapless Baghdad government stop radical ISIS from gobbling up the rest of the country.
The NYPD’s intelligence chief did not say how many New Yorkers are being schooled in terror by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but he said they have a good idea who they are.
It is very important, he added, to deny ISIS any “sanctuary.”
“Why did we have 9/11? Because Al Qaeda controlled real estate in Afghanistan where they had camps that allowed them to have a logistical infrastructure,” he said. “You don’t want that kind of sanctuary.”
So far, there has been no known successful terror attack on U.S. soil by an American who was radicalized overseas.
The closest thing to that was failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, a Connecticut man who was already infected with Islamic fanaticism before he went to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
“Bin Laden’s ideology of going after the far enemy was never broadly enacted, even by other radical jihadists,” said Paul Pillar, who was the CIA’s chief of analytic units covering the Near East and Persian Gulf.
But New York Sen. Chuck Schumer warned there’s a first time for everything.
“So we’re going to have to readjust,” the Democrat said. “So far we’ve been able successfully to readjust every circumstance. It’s not an accident we haven’t had a terrorist attack in New York, praise God, since 9/11.”
Americans constitute a tiny percentage of the estimated 12,000 to 15,000 foreign fighters from 81 countries who have flooded in to help ISIS try to oust Syrian despot Bashar Assad — and who are now marching toward Baghdad, said experts like Richard Barrett of the Soufan Group, an intelligence organization.
They have been lured into the fight by rap-filled videos that romanticize the “revolution” and help turn middling Muslims into radicals willing to die for Allah.
In recent months, over a dozen young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis and St. Paul like Muhumed have traveled to Syria to join the ranks of ISIS, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“A Muslim has to stand up for (what’s) right,” Muhumed wrote in a Jan. 2 post obtained by MPR. “I give up this worldly life for Allah.”
Muhumed and the others are now being chased by the FBI.
Photo courtesy of: Harold Feinstein
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Like many today, I find myself calling on anyone with the authority to do so, to halt the atrocities that are being carried out by the ISIS terrorist organization. Innocent lives are being taken and disposed of without any regard to humanity. Whether they be Christian, Yazidi, Shia Muslim or otherwise..this genocide of the innocent must be stopped. ISIS must be completely eradicated from the face of the earth. There is no plausible alternative and there can be no substitute.
Upon hearing reports of the impending US military air strikes in Iraq a few weeks ago, my first thoughts were ‘..better late than never..’ even though I knew they would be limited in scope and duration. In my heart I could not help but feeling, it was all “just for show.” Simply put, something to give the impression that we were actually doing something to combat the evil in our midst. Then, after reviewing the videos of the US airstrikes, my thoughts were confirmed. It appeared as though one air strike targeted a farm tractor while another took out a guy on a lawn mower.
As the narrative began to shift towards combating ISIS in Syria, again I found myself in support of the initiative. Afterall, Syria is essentially the base of operations for the Islamic State and eliminating the ISIS threat entirely will require engaging them there, as well.
So, why do I suddenly feel as though I need a shower?
Many of us have spent the better part of the past 3 years making the argument of why we should not be involved in the war in Syria. Through extensive research, we learned of the Obama administration’s funding and supplying of weapons to the Free Syrian Army (FSA Rebels). These are the very rebels that committed the most horrific crimes against humanity in our lifetime. Not unlike those of ISIS. The FSA rebels were responsible for the massacre of Christians in al-Duvair village in Reef on the outskirts of Homs. They were responsible for the mortar attack on a Christian elementary school in Damascus that murdered 9 innocent children. Essentially, the FSA had the ultimate goal of eradicating Christianity from Syria. And these are the “people” Obama financially supported with American tax-payers dollars, against the will of the American people.
The more we researched, the more we learned that the entire war in Syria was a facade. It was a smokescreen for the world’s petrol power-brokers to acquire Syrian land for the Qatari Natural Gas Pipeline. Qatar wanted their natural gas to flow to Europe and this pipeline was necessary to do so and Syria is along the route. Bashar al-Assad declined the initiative for the pipeline and this was the precept for the Syrian War. Afterall, there are Billions of dollars available to Qatar and all that stands in the way is Bashar al-Assad. When we looked closely at those who were supporting the ouster of Assad, we noticed it’s all of the nations that had a stake in the pipeline and the future proceeds. Qatar, Turkey, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, the US and others. This is Obama’s War for Oil.
As nations in the Middle East and their leaders were dropping off left and right during the ‘..Arab Spring..’ and being replaced by tyrannical, Islamic terrorist regimes, no one thought Bashar al-Assad would hold out as long as he did. But they were wrong. Following years of financially funding and supplying weapons to the FSA Rebels to get rid of Assad, to no avail, Obama needed a contingency plan. That’s when the Obama administration fabricated the plan for a ‘..chemical attack on the Syrian people..’ and to blame it on Assad. This plan was created with the help of Obama’s long time confidant, Ben Rhodes, a fiction writer in a previous life. It was Ben Rhodes, the White House National Security Advisor, who ran the ‘cover-up’ of the Benghazi scandal when 4 Americans were murdered during the embassy attack. Obama tried to use this “alleged” chemical attack by Assad as the motive behind launching military strikes on Assad. That is, until the United Nations inspectors presented the evidence showing ‘..it was not Assad’s Syrian Army Forces, but rather the US supported FSA Rebels that launched the chemical attack..’ But, we didn’t need the UN to tell us what we already knew. We presented the evidence of the FSA Rebel’s involvement. with the assistance of Turkey and the US, long before the findings by the UN inspectors were released.
So, as we fast-forward to the present, here we are again. Awaiting the announcement by Barack Hussein Obama as to the future US military plans for Syria. And I cannot help but wonder..are we getting the old ‘..bait and switch?..’ Is this all just Obama’s second shot at Syria and Assad? We fought so hard to prevent his previous attacks because we knew they were unwarranted and unjustified. We knew we were in the right. And those very people that stood against involvement then are standing for it now. And what has changed since then?
And who is out front in this ISIS Crisis? Mr. Ben Rhodes. So, has the fiction writer written a sequel to his prior works and is it about to be released?
Does ISIS need to be eradicated? Absolutely and unequivocally. Although, we must keep our eyes on the Obama administration very closely. And we must never allow ourselves to forget, this is all about ISIS and ISIS alone. We must make sure the Obama administration does not use this situation to redirect attacks against Assad (or) to reinstall financial funding and the supply of weapons to the FSA Rebels or any other terrorist regime.
We must not replace one terrorist regime with that of another.
Now..I’m going to take a shower.
by, Soeren Kern | Gatestone Institute
According to Burkhard Freier, the director of domestic intelligence for North Rhine-Westphalia, German Salafists are increasingly inclined to use violence to achieve their aims, and many have travelled to Iraq or Syria to obtain combat training.
“The intention of these people is to provoke and intimidate and force their ideology upon others. We will not permit this.” — Wuppertal Mayor Peter Jung.
“In Germany, German law is determinative, not Sharia law.” — Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician Volker Kauder.
Salafist ideology posits that Sharia law is superior to all secular laws because it emanates from Allah, the only legitimate lawgiver, and thus is legally binding for all of humanity. According to the Salafist worldview, democracy is an effort to elevate the will of human beings above the will of Allah.
Muslim radicals have begun enforcing Islamic Sharia law on the streets of Wuppertal, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany.
In what government officials say is a blatant challenge to the rule of law and the democratic order in Germany, groups of young bearded Islamists — some wearing orange traffic safety vests emblazoned with the words “Sharia Police” — have declared parts of downtown Wuppertal to be a “Sharia Controlled Zone.”
The self-appointed guardians of public morals have been distributing yellow leaflets that explain the Islamist code of conduct in the city’s Sharia zones. They have urged both Muslim and non-Muslim passersby to listen to Salafist sermons and to refrain from alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, gambling, listening to music, pornography or prostitution.
A seven-minute propaganda video in German, entitled “Sharia Police: Coming Soon to Your City,” shows a group of men led by a German convert to Islam, Sven Lau, roaming the streets of Wuppertal at night and pressing wayward youth to embrace radical Islam. In some instances, the men physically attempted to prevent young people from entering bars, casinos and discotheques; those who resisted were pursued and intimidated.
After local residents alerted German authorities, police stepped up their presence in downtown Wuppertal and also established a telephone hotline to enable citizens to report any possible criminal activity.
Local authorities, however, appear uncertain about how to proceed.
Wuppertal Police Chief Birgitta Radermacher said the “pseudo police” represent a threat to the rule of law and that only police appointed and employed by the state have the legitimate right to act as police in Germany. She added:
“The monopoly of power lies exclusively with the State. Behavior that intimidates, threatens or provokes will not be tolerated. These ‘Sharia Police’ are not legitimate. Call 110 [police] when you meet these people.”
Wuppertal Mayor Peter Jung said he hoped the police would take a hard line against the Islamists. “The intention of these people is to provoke and intimidate and force their ideology upon others,” Jung said. “We will not permit this.”
More than a dozen Islamists between the ages of 19 and 30 are now being investigated on charges of illegal assembly. But the men have not been arrested and police say they have no legal authority to confiscate the orange vests, even though impersonating a police officer is a crime. Wuppertal’s Public Prosecutor, Wolf-Tilman Baumert, says it remains unclear whether the men have done anything illegal. “The mere explaining of religious rules is not a crime,” he said.
The vigilantes are followers of Salafism, a radically anti-Western ideology that openly seeks to replace democracy in Germany (and the rest of the world) with an Islamic government based on Sharia law.
Salafist ideology posits that Sharia law is superior to all secular laws because it emanates from Allah, the only legitimate lawgiver, and thus is legally binding for all of humanity. According to the Salafist worldview, democracy is an effort to elevate the will of human beings above the will of Allah. As such, participation in the democratic process is polytheism (shirk in Arabic) and must be rejected.
The number of Salafists in Germany has spiked in recent years, and German authorities have been issuing increasingly dire warnings about the threat posed by the relentless encroachment of Salafist ideology there and in the rest of Europe.
Many of those attracted to Salafi ideology are impressionable young Muslims who, authorities say, are especially susceptible to perpetrating terrorist acts in the name of Islam.
Video courtesy of: RT
In an interview with the German public television broadcaster ZDF, the director of domestic intelligence for North Rhine-Westphalia, Burkhard Freier, said that German Salafists are increasingly inclined to use violence to achieve their aims, and that many have travelled to Iraq or Syria to obtain combat training.
In June 2014, approximately 400 Salafists met for a barbecue “grill fest” in the Tannenbusch district of Bonn to listen to sermons by some of the most radical Salafist preachers in Germany. Police say the purpose of the gathering was to raise funds and recruit volunteers for the jihad in Syria. But after the event, groups of young Salafists began enforcing Sharia law in Bonn by forcing women to wear veils. In one instance, they beat a teenager for drinking alcohol at a party.
The audacity of the Salafists’ actions in Wuppertal, however, has shocked the German public.
German politicians have responded by roundly denouncing the Sharia Police, although it remains unclear what they can and will do about the Salafist threat to Germany. “The Sharia will not be tolerated on German soil,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said. “No one shall presume to abuse the good name of the German police.”
According to German Justice Minister Heiko Maas, Germany is a constitutional state: “The state alone — and not the self-proclaimed Sharia police — is responsible for the enforcement of laws,” he said. “This much is sure: We will not tolerate an illegal parallel justice system.”
The center-right politician Wolfgang Bosbach said:
“The Sharia Police is a very deliberate provocation by the Salafists, who want to challenge the rule of law. The police must act forcefully against such actions. We cannot accept that the population is provoked, confused or intimidated in this way.”
A senior politician with the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Volker Kauder, said:
“We cannot tolerate under any circumstances that self-appointed Sharia police are patrolling our streets and want to dictate to people what they can and cannot do. In Germany, German law is determinative, not Sharia law.”
The general secretary of the CDU, Peter Tauber, said:
“We must confront such Salafist machinations with all severity. We need to enact a ban on their activities as quickly as possible. It was a big mistake of the Red-Green coalition [a coalition of left and center-left parties that governed Germany from 1998 to 2005] to change the law so that anti-democratic propaganda is no longer a criminal offense. We must quickly correct this. The state must show that there is zero tolerance for ideologies and organizations in Germany that are aimed at abolishing our Basic Law.”
Meanwhile, the trial of four Salafists — accused of planting a bomb at the main train station in Bonn in December 2012 and for plotting to murder an anti-Islam activist in Leverkusen in March 2013 — is set to begin in Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Authorities are worried that the trial, which could take up to two years, will provoke violent confrontations between Salafists and the many members of the different neo-Nazi groups based in North Rhine-Westphalia.
One such group, Die Rechte (The Right), has just founded its own vigilante group called Stadtschutz Wuppertal (Wuppertal City Guard), aimed at fighting the Sharia Police. In a statement, the group explained:
“Wuppertal activists from Die Rechte immediately agreed: If in our city Salafists are allowed to patrol the city’s pedestrian zones as ‘Sharia Police’ and if police allow far left-wing criminal squatters to perpetrate their mischief in the Nordstadt district, then a counter pole must be created as soon as possible. Inspired by the successful model of the Stadtschutz in Dortmund, it was quickly agreed to take this form of action.
“After a very spontaneous legal training (thanks again to the party comrades from Dortmund!), theStadtschutz Wuppertal was brought to life in less than 48 hours! New radios and red T-Shirts were purchased at personal expense. Several thousand leaflets presenting the new Stadtschutz Wuppertalare being printed and will soon be distributed.
“Together for more security, law and order in our city—DIE RECHTE ‘Stadtschutz Wuppertal.'”
The implicit message to German authorities is that if they fail to stop the Salafist vigilantes, neo-Nazi vigilantes will do the job for them. No wonder many Germans have a strong sense of foreboding about what the future holds.