May 4, 2012
A hundred Muslims gathered on the steps of the Opera Bastille in Paris to “say no to religious radicalism” and proclaimed their attachment to France and the values of the Republic.
With French flags on their jackets and under a banner saying “Together against fanaticism”, demonstrators observed a moment of silence in memory of “Children of Toulouse and Montauban,” victims of Mohamed Merah, responsible for seven murders in both cities in March, and who claimed, according to the Interior Minister, Claude Gueant, to have links with Al Qaeda.
13 August 2010
With HATIF, the first opt-out programme for Islamists, the German
Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution aims to help those
who want to leave the militant Islamist milieu. Although this new
approach has been broadly welcomed, some doubts remain over its
Through HATIF, which is the Arab term for telephone and also the
abbreviation in German for “Heraus Aus Terrorismus und Islamistischem
Fanatismus” (or “leaving terrorism and Islamist fanaticism”), anyone
wanting to turn their back on the extremist milieu or their concerned
relatives and acquaintances can contact the BfV directly via a telephone
hotline or via email to receive support in their efforts to do so.
Of course there are many voices who doubt the success of HATIF.
Questions range from who is supposed to be calling, whether someone in
that situation would trust the authorities, and if this is the right
measure to help former Islamists, so the success will have to be proven
in the future.
One year ago, the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) was found to have been using state funds for an educational seminar on Islam in which the religion was equated with fanaticism and extremism. During the seminar in question, entitled “The Basics of Islam,” the speaker Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was quoted as having said that “Islam is hostile. The Koran is evil. Muslims hate us and are in a long-term war with us.” As a result of this, the responsible funding council has recently decided that the FPÖ will have to pay back the funds they received for the seminar, though the final decision will come from the Council of Ministers.
Despite the sum in question being estimated at only between 1000 and 3000 Euros, Klaus Nittmann, the director of the FPÖ educational institute at which at seminar was held, has stated that the party is ready to take the case to court. According to him, more than anything it is a “matter of principle.”
Muslim hate fanatics plan to take over Britain by having more babies and forcing a population explosion, it has been revealed. The swollen Muslim population would be enough to conquer Britain from inside, they claim. Fanatics told a meeting of young Muslims on the anniversary of the 9/11 atrocity, that it would then be easy to impose Sharia law on the population, the Sun newspaper reported. Speaking at a meeting in London, Anjem Choudary, right-hand man of exiled preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed, said: “It may be by pure conversion that Britain will become an Islamic state. We may never need to conquer it from the outside.” He added: “We do not integrate into Christianity. We will ensure that one day you will integrate into the Sharia Islamic law.” His comments were made as voice of hate Bakri warned that the next 9/11 would take place in the UK. Speaking via video link the exiled cleric said Osama bin Laden had taught the Americans a ‘lesson’ seven years ago, but the ‘crusaders’ had not learned.
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After drawing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad with a lit bomb in his turban in 2005, Kurt Westergaard has lived under constant police protection. Now Jordan wants to prosecute the Dane. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview he discusses the legal summons and his anger.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Westergaard, I am assuming you’re not planning a vacation in Jordan this year?
Westergaard: No, I don’t think so!
SPIEGEL ONLINE: The prosecutor general in Amman has issued a subpoena against you. He wants you to face a court in Jordan for the cartoon you drew of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005.
Westergaard: Yes, but so far I haven’t received an official summons to court. I have already contacted the Jordanian Embassy in Berlin and asked them if they could inform me what the punishment would be. If I went to Amman would I be arrested as soon as I put my foot on Jordanian soil? But I never got an answer.
As the verdicts were made in the Madrid bombings trial, the debate about how best to deter similar reoccurrences of terrorism. Citing the inevitability of continued immigration, children of immigrants, and religious conversion, challenging and innovative approaches seem to be the best deterrent. Normalizing Islam, legitimizing the religion, giving citizenship for immigrants are discussed as some long-term approaches to deter fanaticism and terrorism, as opposed to perpetuating a fear and stigmatization of the different other.
This summer, a group of Muslims is touring Germany with a mosque on wheels. They hope their ”rolling mosque” will help change German public opinion, which often associates Islam and Muslims with terror and fanaticism. The Islamobil is a sort of travelling mosque, one that aims to inform Germans about Islam. A group of young Muslims from the small city of Br_hl near Cologne came up with the idea in 2001 and will travel around Germany with it this summer. One of the founders, G_l_zar Keskin, said the idea was born out of the desire to explain and illustrate Islam on-the-spot. The goal of the project is for Muslims to reach out to non-Muslims, instead of waiting for the reverse to happen, said Keskin, thus, the idea to bring the cultural dialogue directly to the Germans where they live.
By Jeremy Seabrook The British National party is expected to make gains in the council elections in the former mill towns of Lancashire and West Yorkshire and in Black Country sites of industrial dereliction. But its “success” should be judged less in terms of seats won than in its disturbing ability to connect with an older story of the meaning of Britishness. For the BNP, Islam is the new Popery. The superstition and malevolence once projected on to Catholicism appear to be made manifest once more in the fanaticism and extremism which new holy warriors believe they have located in Islam. Folk memory is a powerful generator of fables for those who know how to manipulate them. The tale the BNP tells today, in the rundown streets of the fearful old and the disinherited young, is about the spread of an alien creed, aided by the fifth column of an enemy within, and of hordes of migrant strangers at our border. The detail – “islands of Islam in our communities”, “a race relations industry kowtowing to the apologists for terror”, even “the imminent extinction of the white man” – however ghoulish, is less significant than the narrative of the nation in danger; for this resonates strongly with earlier versions of these islands in jeopardy.