In an interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, she shares her views on freedom, tolerance and intolerance, women’s rights, mainstream and radical Islam, and the differences between American and European Muslims.
A disgraced former Dutch MP and outspoken critic of Islam has published a children’s book, about a friendship between a Muslim boy and a Jewish girl, that she says seeks to fight prejudice in both communities. Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been living under heavy guard since the 2004 murder of Theo van Gogh, himself a provocative critic of Islam, who directed a film she wrote that accused Islam of condoning violence against women. Her new book, “Adan and Eva,” tells the story of a Moroccan boy and a rich Jewish girl living in Amsterdam. Adan takes Eva to Koranic school, while Adan gets drunk on wine served at a Jewish meal. Their families eventually decide to break up the friendship and Eva is sent to boarding school in Switzerland, while Adan is banished to Morocco. “Everything starts at school. That is where children learn about each other and learn to respect each other. We live in a world of adult prejudice,” Hirsi Ali told De Telegraaf daily. “Reconciliation starts with children.”
It is the kind of stunt that has many fearing the worst: Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders plans to release a film about Islam. Politicians worldwide are already trying to stop the project, before a single scene has been shown. Critics fear the film could lead to bloodshed in many countries. Let us summarize what has happened to date. On Nov. 2, 2004, an Islamic fundamentalist murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, a descendant of the painter Vincent van Gogh, in broad daylight on a street in Amsterdam. The killer, a 26-year-old Dutch citizen, the son of Moroccan immigrants, shot the filmmaker at 9 a.m. as van Gogh was riding his bicycle. He then slit his throat and, using a knife, pinned a note to his victim’s chest, claiming responsibility and explaining his motives. The killer’s true target was politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali. But she, unlike van Gogh, was under 24-hour police protection. The bloody act was also a declaration of war against Dutch society, which, as the murderer was convinced, was controlled “by the Jews.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born Dutch activist facing threats from her controversial criticism of Islam, will receive national protection anywhere in the European Union, said a top justice official in Brussels. Franco Frattini, the European commissioner for justice and home affairs said that Hirsi Ali and others who face threats for their opinions or writings would be guaranteed protection wherever they went in the EU and that the host country would bear the expenses. Frattini said: “the protection of people vulnerable or under threat is under the full competence of the member states. Hirsi Ali went to the European Parliament two weeks ago to demand that the EU pay for her protection when living in the United States. Last autumn, the Dutch government withdrew funding for her security expenses, prompting her return to Europe.
After spending the last two years in the US and recently requesting French citizenship, Ayaan Hirsi Ali went before a group of 100 EU lawmakers to request assistance in protecting her life from Muslim jihadists who vowed to hunt her down. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Dutch lawmaker whose criticism of Islam (more…) has kept her on the run since 2004, was in front of the European Parliament on Thursday pleading for a measure to help her fund a personal security detail. “The threats to my life have not subsided and the cost is beyond anything I can pay,” Hirsi Ali said to a group of European Union lawmakers on Thursday. “I find myself in a very desperate position. I don’t want to die. I want to live and I love life. I’m going to do anything legal to get help.” Hirsi Ali went before a gathering of 100 EU lawmakers who signed a declaration requesting EU member nations to assume the costs of Hirsi Ali’s security. Support by more than half of the 785 members of the European Parliament is needed by mid-March for the EU to formally take up the request.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born former Dutch MP and outspoken critic of Islam, says that she is seeking French citizenship, citing security reasons. Ali, who has received numerous death threats, will not have her security paid for by the Dutch government. She has been living under police protection since the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by an Islamic extremist in 2004. “I would be very honored and grateful if I were to become a French citizen, and the question of my protection could be resolved once and for all,” Ali said Sunday on France-2 television. She said she had chosen France because she received support from French intellectuals and expressions of understanding from French political leaders.
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each of them with 100 stripes: Let no compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day.” (Koran 24:2) In the last few weeks, in three widely publicized episodes, we have seen Islamic justice enacted in ways that should make Muslim moderates rise up in horror.
LONDON (AP) – Speaking in London late Tuesday, Ayaan Hirsi Ali said that Muslims must protest against terrorism committed in the name of religion. Hirsi is the Dutch ex-lawmaker whose criticism of radical Islam has made her a target of death threats.
Who should the West support? Moderate Islamists like Tariq Ramadan or Islamic dissidents like Ayaan Hirsi Ali? In early 2007 the French philosopher Pascal Bruckner caused a controversial debate, when publishing a polemics against an alleged liberal consensus of the West about Islam policy. Following Bruckner’s polemics, a controversial debate was carried out on the internet forums perlentaucher.de and signandsight.com. It marked an important caesura in the debate about multiculturalism and Islam in Europe. The debate has now been published in a book.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Dutch deputy who became a target of Islamic extremists, on Friday hit out at the government of The Netherlands for refusing to pay for her protection in the United States. It was not a question of money, but of principle, she said in an interview published in Friday’s edition of the Danish daily in Jyllands-Posten. “It costs less to pay an American company to protect me than to assure my safety in the Netherlands, because the threat there (the Netherlands) is a lot more real,” she told the paper…