Britain ‘giving in to sharia councils’ says Norway’s anti-immigration leader

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Siv Jensen, the 44-year-old leader of the Progress party who cites Baroness Thatcher as her inspiration, said: “What I have seen that the UK has done is to give in to the claims of sharia councils, and I don’t think we should give into that. In Norway we have one law, and that is the Norwegian law.” Miss Jensen, who is unmarried, said Britain was suffering the results of earlier mistakes in its immigration policy.

 

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who leads the party in Oslo, speaks about a cultural war with Islam. “We can’t celebrate Christmas in school, we can’t sing Christmas Carols,” he told the Telegraph. “This is a small part of our culture, which is being washed away gradually, and it’s very painful. We gave them a home, and now it’s us who have to adapt to their culture.”

 

Dutch Embassy Closes in Yemen

7 August 2013

Extending its closure of the embassy in Sana’a, the Netherlands has removed all diplomatic staff from Yemen. Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans stated that the closure and diplomatic removal was followed news that the Dutch mission was a potential target of an attack. A number of European countries including Norway, France, Britain and Germany decided to close their embassies in Yemen earlier in the week, following a US decision to close some of its embassies for fear that al-Qaeda may be planning to conduct attacks.

29-year-old Muslim woman named culture minister of Norway

The first ever Muslim minister in the Norwegian Cabinet is Hadia Tajik of Pakistani origin, who was handed the culture portfolio

On Sunday, with no precedent in Norwegian history, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg appointed Hadia Tajik, a 29-year-old Muslim woman, as minister of culture, making Tajik the youngest minister in the Norwegian Cabinet and the first ever Muslim in the Norwegian government.

Tajik, of Pakistani origin, anounced that her programme will focus on cultural diversity as part of the Norwegian people’s daily lives and how this reflects on Norweigan society as a whole. The programme will delve into the protection of minority rights, whether cultural or racial, including the right of Muslims to wear the veil in public places, among other issues.

The new focus, however, will not be unopposed. Most right wing groups are against these policy changes, considering the increase in diversity in society a challenge to European culture.

Last year Anders Breivik randomly shot 69 people at a summer camp organised by the Workers’ Youth League (AUF) of the Labour Party after blowing up a Norweigan state building. During his trial, Breivik reasoned that multi-cultural policies are harming Norway, adding that he considers Islam his enemy.

Born in Strand, Norway, on 18 July 1983, Tajik studied human rights at the University of Kingston in the UK and holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and Master’s in law, the latter awarded by the University of Oslo this year.

An activist from a young age, Tajik led the Young Workers Movement between 1999 and 2002. She also worked as a political advisor to Norway’s minister of justice, 2008-2009. During this time Norweigan women members of the police were afforded the right to wear the veil at work. The decision was, however, rescinded due to harsh criticism from conservative parties.

In 2009, Tajik was elected to parliament as a member of the Labour Party in the Oslo constitutency. She was placed on a list of six seats generally considered safe for the party.

The Alarm went off when the 33-year old did not return home

July 15, 2012

 

The suspected Norwegian al-Qaida 33 years old affiliate is seemingly an ordinary man holding some unusual political ideas. According to the Norwegian Intelligence Services (PET) his most likely present location is somewhere between the Yemen’s Abyan och Shabwah provinces. Other speculations suggest that he has been trained as an operative for the Al-Qaida network. Having Scandinavian appearance it is thought that he would play a major role in future attacks. However, (un)probable this sounds the man is not charged for any crimes. All he seems to be “guilty” of is perhaps holding extreme political opinions. This is the reason no arrest warrant has been issues by the Norwegian authorities.

 

He calls himself Muslim Abu ‘Abd Ar-Rahman and he converted to Islam in 2008. He has never been charged with a crime; however, several states’ intelligence services view him as a major operative within Al-Qaida. He grew up in a community just outside of Oslo, seemingly shy and loyal towards his friends. In his teenage years he was a fan of grunge music groups such as Nirvana etc. Was there anything which would lead him towards extremism? Nothing, one could argue. Multiple suggestions have also been developed in relation to the case of Breivik and the radicalization process that turned him into a mass-murderer. Such processes are obviously complex and often nonlinear regardless of our desire to understand such phenomena. For instance, the judge in the Breivik trial noted that he was not particularly interested in Islam or Muslims before discovering the counter-jihad ideology and rhetoric. In these circles Breivik found an “appropriate” place to express his latent hate. It is here that he could project his developing worldview where all things are either black or white.

 

For the 33 year-old Norwegian from Oslo politics was never a big issue, according to some of his old friends. His growing anti-American views and general suspicion towards his government were sparked around 2001 attacks on the U.S. buildings. This was the period when a massive number of conspiracy stories developed and this attracted him. At the same time, his spiritual quest seemed drawing him away from his everyday life. He sought to get away from the mainstream mode of life and after having fallen in love with a Muslim woman he converted in 2008.

 

Moved by a convert’s zealousness he dedicated himself to spiritual and physical purity where religion became central in all aspects of life. The few steps toward extreme interpretation of religious principles were not far away and he began to view reality in terms of black and white. His search for the ultimate truth played pivotal role after some time. One of his friends narrated Abu ‘Abd Ar-Rahman started to dislike his teachers, school, even Oslo and Norway. In the end he moved away to Yemen in 2009. All traces go cold after that. He did not contact his relatives or friends of his whereabouts, and that seemed to spark all kinds of speculations. The PET agent claimed that he studied Arabic and most likely had close relation to many radical Muslims. This in turn raised many questions among people back in Oslo. At the same time one needs to be aware that there are no evidences that he have been involved in any attack against Yemenite government or any other state for that matter.

 

Norwegian politician Mohammed Abulahoum argues that the whole thing has been blown out of proportions by the media. “Until now we have not seen any proper evidence that could confirm these stories about the Norwegian man (Abu ‘Abd Ar-Rahman). I have no reliable information from any source about the issue.”

Arne Tumyr*: Shares Breivik’s Fears

June 5, 2012

SIAN (Stop Islamization of Norway) leader Arne Tumyr shares mass murderer’s Anders Breivik Behring fear of Norwegians becoming a minority in Norway. On the prosecutor’s question if he considers the attacks on youth on the Island of Utøya was barbaric. The SIAN leader said: “Yes, of course.”

Tumyr has been, besides the leader of SIAN, an editor of newspapers Larvik, ”South Coast” and a freely available magazine Weekly News. Breivik’s defence team wanted to present the SIAN leader to demonstrate to the court that there are groups of people out there sharing, at least partly, Breivik’s views. A view that Islam is dangerous have, according to the team, encouraged Breivik’s mass murder.

“SIAN is an organization with the purpose to stop Islam and Islamization of the country. We view Islam to be a threat against the Norwegian society and the basic Norwegian values. It endangers out social model which is built on democracy, freedom of speech and religion and supremacy of the (Norwegian) law” Tumyr proclaimed.

”We are not violent,” he continued. The organization is built on preservation of human rights and Norwegian law. “People who are racist or have Nazi-sympathies cannot be members. We are using all of the available (judicially sanctioned) means to fight against Islam, which we believe, is evil and a political religion”.

SIAN leader refused to disclose how many members the organization had. This was for the fear of negative media coverage, for example publicizing that there are 10.000 haters of Islam. Tumyr even claimed that on several occasions the organization was denied to rent (meeting) places in Oslo and Kristiansand because of their opinions. “We have been labeled as racists, and that label scares people away from us, as they are afraid of repercussions. It is unfortunate that freedom of speech does not apply to us as for the rest in this country”, Tumyr complained.

He also explained that ”we have a Facebook page, and there is great activity there. In the last article we had 400 (individuals) who commented. We write about Islam, islamization and Islamic history. We tell about the prophet, about how Islam is slowly but surely taking over not only Norway but also the entire Europe. We report about the threats Islam poses to the Western societies. But (we talk) also about the lies told by the Norwegian press.”

In his attempt to substantiate his claims he told of an example from Kristiansand where a picture of a pig (allegedly in a kidergarden) had to be taken down since it was considered to be “an impure animal” which could offend Muslims.

Lippestad (defence lawyer) asked: “What in particular is dangerous in Islam?”

Tumyr mentioned the social condition in Pakistan and other Muslim countries. “Where do we find people who live under tyranny? Just as in Nazi-ruled Germany and the Soviet Union. Muslims demand benefits based on their religion. In 1969, before we had Islam in our society, the parliament adopted a law on religious communities. It decided that there are religious outside of the state church which needed support. However, such support was intended to religious communities that were decent. Those who want to leave Islam shall be executed, it is illegal for a Muslim girl to marry a Norwegian (man),” Tumyr proclaimed.

“The Parliament is on a collision course with the people. We have been attacked by Muslims and their sympathizers. We have seen riots on the streets of Oslo. It looked like a battlefield.” Tumyr even compared the current situation with that when the king was dethroned in 1945.

“You are in the process of rejecting the (Norwegian) people. It says that islamophobia is the problem, not Islam. Islam is terror. After the 11th of September 2011 (this is most likely an error in the article, the year meant is probably 2001) there have been fifty seven thousand Islamic attacks. Maybe not so many in Europe, but it could come here as well. This is not religion of peace but of war” Tumyr continued. He explained that the bulk of this information is taken from various sources on internet and printed books.

Breivik had previously explained that right-wing messages are not coming out to the public. Tumyr explained that intgernet is extremely important and that they have a facebook page, a website and a forum by which they attempt to communicate with others. ”Well, sometimes things that we do not approve are posted, we are quick to remove such material, due that they might be understood to be illegal.” Tumyr considers, for instance, that the fact that his speech was not broadcasted as other witnesses. “I feel ill-treated due to this inconsiderate process”, Tumyr added. The proceeding judge Wenche Arntzen answered; “than you are in a good company” (alluding to Breivik’s previous statement of being ill-treated by the court and the media).

*Arne Tumyr (b. 1933) is a former journalist and newspaper editor. He an extreme islamophobe and one of the initiators of Stop Islamisation of Norway (Stopp islamiseringen av Norge, SIAN: http://www.sian.no/) established in 2008. By mid-2011, it was reported that the organisation had close to 13,000 members or “likes” on its Facebook group, although it gathered only a modest attendance at its meetings and demonstrations (Wikipedia).

Krekar approves the decision of being detained for another eight weeks

It was reported last Wednesday that Mulla Krekar’s detention had been extended for another eight weeks. He accepts the decision made by the District Court in Oslo, which also informed the public that his case will be decided in a minor court hearing. Krekar’s defendant Arvis Sjöding informed the Aftonposten (Evening Newspapers) that Krekar understood that chances of him being released in wait for the trial were minimal and for that reason he had accepted the Court’s decision without official meeting in the courthouse. The newspaper further presented the details of the case by disclosing that Krekar will most likely appeal the previous conviction given by the District Court in the Court of Appeals and that he will do so most likely in October. According to the prosecutor Marit Bakkevik this is the period that suits both parties in the case.

It was on March 26th (2012) that Krekar was sentenced to five years in jail for a death threat made to Erna Solberg, a leader of the Norwegian right-wing party (http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10064736). He had appealed the court decision just a day after, however his demand was declined. The Kurdish Imam was initially arrested by the PST (Norwegian Police Security Service) only to be detained for eight weeks (in wait for the prosecutor’s initial decision to prosecute him). Subsequently, the court decided that it would be highly dangerous to let Krekar free in wait for court hearings as the nature of his threat (to Bekkevik) was interpreted to be especially serious. Krekar’s defendant Sjödin points out the Krekar is involved in several projects, one of which is writing a book.

More about Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad (Mulla Krekar):

 A 56-year-old Muslim cleric of Kurdish origin from northern Iraq and a father of four. Since 1991 he has been living in Norway claiming asylum due to high risk of imprisonment and torture in Iraq due to his political activities. He has been controversial throughout his stay in Norway which has been one of the reasons the Norwegian government did not grant him citizenship despite residing in the country for the past 21 years. Some of the alleged controversies include public statements where he had supported insurgent attacks against the U.S. and ally occupation of Iraq. He has also been the leader of Ansar A-Islam until 2003, an armed group in northern Iraq conducting violent attack against the occupying forces after 2003 and thereafter event the regional Kurdish government forces. He had denounced his leadership, nevertheless, the threat of extrajudicial treatment and torture still remains according to the Norwegian authorities who have not been willing to deport him to Iraq. In March 2012 he has been convicted to a five-year prison sentence due to repeated death threats made both to a prominent politician and a Kurdish-Norwegian writer.

Mistake after mistake in Breivik’s monologue

Over an hour Anders Behring Breivik read his 13 page document which he considers a cornerstone of his defense. Along the way, he was continuously interrupted by the presiding Judge Wenche Arntzen who ordered Breivik to keep in short and to the point.  Nevertheless, Breivik read through the entire text he had prepared. The chief prosecutor Svein Holden expressed his support for Breivik’s right to read the text seeing it as important to do so. The VG (the news paper) had noted several points from the text. These statements were later passed to the relevant experts to examine its accuracy.

Compares AUF and Hitler Jugend

Breivik compares AUF (The Workers’ Youth League) and Hitler Jugend: “Cultural Marxists and people supporting plurality of cul,tures had hundreds, perhaps thousands opportunities to change the political course since the WWII. But they have refused to change the course again and again. The question is: ‘did AUF and Labour Party (Social Democrats) do this because they are evil or because they are naïve?’ If they are naïve, shall we forgive them, or punish them? The answer is that most of the AUF-ers are naïve and indoctrinated, brainwashed. AUF is much like Hitler Jugend. Utøya (the island where the massacre took place) is an indoctrination camp for political activists.”

Breivik sees it as important to distance himself from Hitler by labeling the AUF as Hitler Jugend. At the same time, his rhetoric, is an extension of Hitler’s rhetoric, for race and “right of blood” (Jus sanguinis) give a person right of citizenship, which we also find with Hitler. Breivik’s world view kan be found in Mein Kampf, says Simon Malekenes, an expert on extreme-right rhetoric.

Breivik about secular Muslims

“One of the Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Subhi Saleh, a member of the constitutional committee said: ‘Anyone who separates religion and politics has abrogated 600 Koranic verses.’ That means that anyone who does not a religious state based on the Sharia is a non-Muslim. The same leader said that the Muslim Brotherhood does not recognize [political] pluralism as there are no secular and liberal Muslims. Accordingly, the Muslim Brotherhood, which are true Muslims, argue that Abid Raja [Norwegian lawyer and politician] and other heretical Muslims in Norway and Europe attempt to kidnap Islam for their own interests. There are no liberal and secular Muslims, there is only Islam. The righteous Muslims, such as the Muslim Brotherhood are therefore wondering who has given Abid Raja and other heretics to abolish the 600 Koranic verses. You cannot find so called secular Muslims in Norway and Europe, being that there are no such Muslims. There are only Muslims and heretics. The heretics therefore have no influence on Islam and the righteous [orthodox] Muslims.”

Twisted view

“I believe that these claims are representative of Breivik’s twisted political views. He sees the world in black and white terms. That is not the case,” said Abid Raja to the VG.

“In his view, there are no moderate Muslims. He does not recognize our role as [cultural] bridge builders. I’m born here. I have not come to take over anything at all,” said Raja.

Breivik about the Knights Templar

“I am standing here today as a representative of the Norwegian and European anti-communist and anti-Islamist resistance movement, in short, the Norwegian and European Resistance Movement. I am also a representative of Knights Templar-network. When I speak, I speak in the name of many Scandinavians and Europeans who wish to keep our native rights and our cultural and territorial rights.”

Possible Fantasy

“Research has not shown that any of these organizations exist. I believe this is a fantasy,” said History Professor Øystein Sørensen. “It can be that he had loose contacts here and there, however, more than few contacts [with likeminded people] is not likely.  I am so certain that I am willing to bet a substantial amount of money on this.”

Brevik about immigration

“Ethnic Norwegians and Europeans have been gruesomely abused since the beginnings of mass-immigration in ‘60s and ‘70s. Ever since the Norwegian and European multiculturalists have allowed this [mass-immigration] more than 30 million Muslims have poured into Western Europe. More than 90 000 of my Norwegian sisters have been raped by Muslims in Norway since 1960. Many of these have been gang-raped or commited suicide as a result of these rapes. More than 300 000 Norwegian boys and girls, men and women have been phisicaly and mentally harassed and terrorized, abused and robbed by Muslims in Norway since the 1960.”

Not documented

If we look to the statistics the [Norwegian] Central Bureau of Statistics has recorded that the police has registered 14.879 rape cases between 1960 and 2010. From 1993 until 2010 on the average there are 628 rapes reported annually. The statistics do not show how many of these reports lead to persecution. Likewise, the statistics do not show the ethnic background of the victims.

Dutch Report Identifies ‘Limited’ Terrorism Threat

3 October 2011

A report by Dutch counter-terrorism organization NCTb indicates that the country’s most significant terror threat comes from abroad, “where Muslim extremists see the country as a legitimate target because of insults to Islam”. Threat from Muslim extremists within the country remains low. Overall the report keeps the threat level at ‘minimal’.

 

Summary:

The Minister of Security and Justice for the Netherlands has submitted their most recent Terrorist Threat Assessment, announcing that threat level for the country remains ‘limited’. Domestic threat from jihadist networks within the country is still low, and the Dutch remain active against violent radicalism and terrorism. While jihadists living in the Netherlands continue to attempt to travel to jihadist areas, few have succeeded in reaching these locations or in making connections with jihadist networks. The attacks in Norway have shown that domestic threat in western countries is not only a factor of jihadist terrorism; other ideological beliefs may also inspire terrorist violence.

Profiling Multicultural Tensions in the Netherlands

14 August 2008

 

The New York Times provides a profile of Dutch multiculturalism and anti-Islam sentiment this week. In the wake of the tragedy in Norway and the sympathies killer Anders Behring Breivik with the anti-immigrant right in the Netherlands, attention has focused on “the sometimes violent European backlash against Islam and its challenge to national values” whose origins the article places in the Netherlands. The article cites tensions in multicultural Amsterdam neighborhoods, the emergence of populist politicians such as Geert Wilders who say “what many people think and don’t want to say”, and the increasing tendency for asking “Who am I? Where am I really from? Can I be Dutch?” amongst those living in the country.

To Fight Radical Islam, U.S. Wants Muslim Allies

EMPOWERING LOCAL PARTNERS TO PREVENT VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN THE UNITED STATES.

WASHINGTON — Rolling out a new strategy for combating radicalization, White House officials on Wednesday warned that casting broad suspicion on Muslim Americans is counterproductive and could backfire by alienating a religious minority and fueling extremism.

The administration also promised to identify accurate educational materials about Islam for law enforcement officers, providing an alternative to biased and ill-informed literature in use in recent years, including by the F.B.I. Denis R. McDonough, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters that Al Qaeda and those it inspired remained the biggest terrorist threat inside the United States. But he said the bombing and shootings in Norway last month, carried out by a right-wing, anti-Muslim extremist, were a reminder that the government could not focus exclusively on any single brand of radicalism.