Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Claim: Newly Arrived Migrants Arrested For Swedish Synagogue Attack

Three men have been arrested for the attempted firebombing of a Swedish synagogue in Gothenburg, and according to a far-left group all three are recent asylum seekers from Syria and Palestine.

The men, aged 18, 20, and 21, were arrested by police following the attack, which saw a group of around 20 masked individuals attack a Gothenburg synagogue with firebombs in an effort to burn the building down. The three men arrested in connection with the attack are said to be asylum seekers who came to Sweden this year from the Middle East, according to George Soros-funded far-left group Expo.
Expo, who are known for their activism against right-wing groups in Sweden, claim they spoke to President of the Swedish Western Regional Police Ulla Brehm, who confirmed the arrests. They also say that they obtained court documents which showed that all three suspects are asylum seekers and that the trio pled not guilty to charges of deliberate arson.

The attack occurred around the same time as a demonstration in the heavily migrant-populated city of Malmö, where a group of around 200 demonstrators protested the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Participants at the event chanted anti-Semitic rhetoric, declaring: “We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews.”
Expo also claims to have evidence that one of the men arrested by police in connection with the synagogue firebombing had expressed his opposition to the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but they did not note any evidence he had connections to radical Islamic extremists.
After the announcement President Trump’s decision, protests emerged in both the Middle East and European countries with large Muslim populations like the UK, where model Bella Hadid joined a “Free Palestine” protest in London.
Trump was also met with opposition from the leaders of traditional allies like Prime Minister Theresa May, who said: “The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Jerusalem should ultimately form a shared capital between the Israeli and Palestinian states.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed Mrs May, saying: “We will not be moving Canada’s embassy to Jerusalem. Canada has a long-standing policy on the Mideast. We need to work towards a two-state solution through direct negotiations.”

Austrian City Labelled Radical Islamic Extremist ‘Stronghold’

The southern Austrian city of Graz is now being labelled a “stronghold” of radical extremism after a new report revealed that half of the mosques in the city are suspected of preaching radical Islam.

Experts say that 11 out of the 20 mosques in the city have links to radical Islamic theology and are under constant surveillance by domestic intelligence and police.
Authorities have also proven that many of those radicalised in mosques in the city have travelled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State terror group, with around a dozen having recently returned, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Several large-scale raids have also occurred on mosques in the city, forcing some of them to shut down because of alleged links to terrorist groups.
In 2014, the Furkan Mosque and the Tawhid Mosque were both accused of recruiting for the Islamic State. Later in the year 40 residences and prayer houses were raided by police, leading to the arrest and imprisonment of several jihadists.
An imam from Graz who worked in the Austrian prison system has most recently been linked to a plot to stage a revolt to free incarcerated extremists. The cleric, an Egyptian migrant who was formerly a taxi driver, was originally hired to help deradicalise extremist prisoners.
Earlier this year Islamic extremist Salafist literature was found in an Austrian prison, leading to Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter admitting that authorities had found at least 30 radical Islamic books in various Austrian prisons. The incident stoked fears that Islamic radicalisation may be occurring within the Austrian prison system.
Last week a 25-year-old Bosnian migrant was arrested in Graz after police caught him plotting to attack the city’s Christmas market. The man, who lived at a local homeless shelter, constantly looked at terror-attack videos on the shelter’s shared computer, and even asked workers how he could rent a vehicle in order to emulate last year’s Berlin attack.

Veil-Wearing Muslims Leave Austria as the Niqab Ban Kicks In

Austria’s new ban on facial coverings in public has prompted veil-wearing Muslims and their families to leave the country, reports a new documentary.

Police have so far refused to give details on the law’s effect on their work, but a spokesman told news show Vienna Today that there have been around 100 violations of the ban since it came into force on October 1st.
Two thirds of these were said to concern the Islamic face veil, while the remaining third concerned people using masks or scarves to hide their face  — an act which now carries a penalty of €150 since the ban came into place.

Elif Öztürk, from ‘Documenting Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Racism’, told the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) news programme that the ban makes devout Muslims feel their identity is under attack from the state, “even when they are Austrian citizens”.
According to the NGO worker, niqab-wearing Muslims are suffering under the new law — which carries a €150 fine — and have begun to emigrate, isolate themselves from society and even lose weight, as the most common responses to the popular measure.
She said that Muslim women affected by the ban have tended to react in three ways, one of which involved women making the “very emotional decision” to ditch the controversial garment, which has been banned by a number of nations as a counter-terror measure.
“Second, there are women who have emigrated, and third, there are women who have had to stop leaving the house and instead confine themselves to their apartments,” she told the public broadcaster.
Speaking of women who contacted Documenting Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Racism over the ban, Öztürk told Vienna Today about people who had felt forced to emigrate by the ban, including one family who moved to Egypt as giving up the face veil was “out of the question”, and a woman who relocated to Serbia with her children.
Going on to detail how the law has affected lives of people in correspondence with the NGO, she highlighted a case in which a child was pulled from school in Austria “because the mother with the veil can no longer bring her child to school and the father works full-time”.
According to Austria’s Today newspaper, there is not yet any data on the number of women who have decided to leave the country as a result of the law, nor to where they have chosen to emigrate.

Germany's Batty Plan to Deter Migrants

by Stefan Frank
  • Every German knows that hardly any asylum seekers whose applications are rejected are forced to leave Germany. But if their application is rejected and they do decide to return to their home country, they are rewarded with an allowance of between €1000 ($1,200) and €3000 ($3,600).
  • This information campaign, however, must have been carefully hidden from the German public -- no major newspaper reported it at the time.
  • "The only authentic and honest thing about this movie were the closing credits...." — Henryk Broder, columnist, Die Welt.
The German foreign ministry has launched a website to discourage would-be migrants from making their journey to Germany: "Rumours about Germany: Facts for Migrants". It aims -- In English, French and Arabic -- to debunk "some of the most common false promises made by traffickers", such as:
  • "Every refugee receives a welcome payment of 2,000 euros",
  • "Germany grants a house to every refugee" or,
  • "The ship for the crossing is very big, it even has a pool and a cinema."
The new website comes in the wake of "AWARE MIGRANTS", a similar projectjointly developed by the Italian Ministry of the Interior and the International Office for Migration(IOM) in July 2016. Whereas the goal of "AWARE MIGRANTS" was to raise awareness about the dangerous journey across the African desert and the Mediterranean, "Rumours about Germany" focuses mostly on the economic aspects of asylum seekers' lives in Germany -- which the website paints as one of hardships and dismal prospects:
"Those entering Germany illegally will not be able to get a job. Also note that the German government does not provide refugees with jobs. ... Contrary to rumours and misinformation deliberately spread by human traffickers, Germany does not provide a welcome payment. Nobody will be given his own house. In fact, finding a place to live has become more and more difficult in Germany, especially in the big cities. Also note that you cannot choose freely where to live while you seek asylum and may have to stay in remote places where no one understands your language."
"With the website www.rumoursaboutgermany.info," the foreign ministry explained in a press release, "the foreign ministry continues an information campaign of the same name which it started abroad in the fall 2015".
This information campaign, however, must have been carefully hidden from the German public – no major newspaper reported it at the time. To find information about it, one has to go to the foreign ministry's website and find a press releasefrom January 2016 in which the ministry describes its anti-migration campaign in Afghanistan:
"During the first phase at the end of 2015, large billboards were placed in in Kabul, Masar-e Scharif and Herat on locations with a particularly high volume of traffic. They contain questions in the local languages Dari and Pashtu: 'Leaving Afghanistan? Are you sure?' and 'Leaving Afghanistan? Have you thought this through?'"
Obviously, the billboard advertisement did not have the effect the German government was looking for -- probably why it had to launch the new website. The foreign ministry's press release quotes Andreas Kindl, the ministry's "Agent for Strategic Communication", as saying:
"The website is optimized for smartphones and speaks in simple, clear language to people who are thinking about coming to Germany, who are on their way or who already are here."
Kindl, a graduate in Islamic Studies was, until September 2017, Germany's ambassador to Yemen. The German government might think that the job requires a certain kind of cultural expertise, but there is a problem: even if a would-be migrant happens to go to the "Rumours about Germany" website -- which seems unlikely -- why would he be convinced by claims such as this:
"Many asylum seekers do not qualify for protection and their applications are rejected -- they are not allowed to stay and have to leave Germany. Then they return [home] with no money and have to start from scratch."
Every German knows that hardly any asylum seekers whose applications are rejected are forced to leave Germany. If their application is rejected and they decide to return to their home country, they are rewarded with an with an allowance of between €1000 ($1,200) and €3000 ($3,600). Thus, contrary to what "Rumours about Germany" claims, making the journey to Germany still appears as a win-win proposition.
To the German reader, the whole campaign and its central messages must seem disturbing. Since 2015, when Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany's borders to more than a million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the German public has been kept under the impression that every single migrant entering Germany was a refugee who had fled a war zone such as Syria or Iraq. To keep up this fiction, politicians and journalists never speak of migrants, immigrants or illegal aliens, but only of "refugees" (Flüchtlinge) or "protection seekers" (Schutzsuchende).
As soon as someone without legitimate papers sets foot on German soil, he becomes, by definition, a "protection seeker". According to the German statistics agency (Statistisches Bundesamt), for instance, there are 1.6 million asylum seekers currently in Germany. So far, so good. But the foreign ministry's new campaign now raises a puzzling question: How can the idea that every newly-arriving migrant is an asylum seeker be made consistent with the new finding, according to which many are actually seeking jobs, housing or money?
Moreover, critics were quick to point out another contradiction. In 2014, the government's own Agency for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, BAMF) produced a 17-minute-long promotional video supposedly describing the arrival of a fictional refugee from Iraq: how he files an asylum request and is admitted to an refugee shelter. In the entire film, there was no mention of any obstacles or unpleasant situations. Instead, the fictional refugee encounters smiling officials who have seemingly have been waiting just for him -- their only client -- to show up. One of them even speaks Arabic. Also, the refugee shelter in the film is not an overcrowded hot-spot of violent crime, but a cozy place with just two other residents who happen to be friendly and smiling: "One of them also speaks my language. Arsalan has already been here for a few weeks and offers me his help."
A promotional video produced in 2014 by the German government shows the arrival of a fictional refugee from Iraq, with no mention of any obstacles or unpleasant situations; just smiling officials who have seemingly have been waiting just for him. (Image source: Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge)
Henryk Broder, a columnist with the daily Die Welt and publisher of the popular blog Achse des Guten ("Axis of Good") commented on the promotional film:
The only authentic and honest thing about this movie were the closing credits [with the disclaimer]: "The asylum-seekers shown in this film are actors with a fictional escape story."
As to the government's new efforts to scare away migrants by painting a somber picture of the situation of migrants in Germany, Broder says: "It's as if a drug dealer were advising his customers not to buy from him."


"Eurosion": Muslim Majority in Thirty Years?

by Giulio Meotti
  • Even if all current 28 EU members, plus Norway and Switzerland, closed their borders to migrants, the Islamic population will continue to exponentiate.... Today, it is an increase of six million in seven years. And tomorrow?
  • What will happen in major European cities, where the Muslim communities are currently based? Will London, Marseille, Stockholm, Brussels, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Birmingham all have Muslim majorities?
  • Under the "medium" and "high" projections in Pew's scenarios, how can Europe preserve all its most precious gifts -- freedom of expression, separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, rule of law and equality between men and women?
One of the most debated arguments about Muslims in Europe is the "Eurabia" claim: that high birth rates and immigration will make Muslims the majority on the continent within a few decades. For years, most of the media and analysts dismissed the claim as alarmist and racist. "Dispelling the myth of Eurabia", sniffed a major Newsweek cover.
Not many had the courage to sound an alarm. The great Arabist scholar, Bernard Lewis, sent out a warning more than a decade ago that Europe would turn Muslim by the end of this century, and dissolve into "part of the Arab West, the Maghreb". The late scholar Fouad Ajami also cautioned that "Europe is host to a war between order and its enemies, fueled by demography"; and the Italian writer Oriana Fallaci imagined a continent with "the minarets in place of the bell-towers, with the burka in place of the mini-skirt". Mark Steyn explained that "the future belongs to Islam" with an "enfeebled" West in a "semi Islamified Europe".
Ten years later, since Europe opened its borders to a massive wave of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East, the demographers reviewed their assessments.
New projections by the Washington-based Pew Research Center should be on the table of every European official and politician. The projections foretell that if the current wave of immigrants persists, in thirty years Europe's Muslim population will triple. If high migration continues, the Muslim share of Germany's population, could grow from 6.1% in 2016 to 19.7% by 2050. Even if all current 28 EU members, plus Norway and Switzerland, closed their borders to migrants, the Islamic population will continue to exponentiate. According to Pew's data, Muslims made up 4.9% of Europe's population in 2016, with 25.8 million people across 30 countries, up from 19.5 million people in 2010. Today it is an increase of six million in seven years. And tomorrow?
Pew's researchers looked at three scenarios: "zero migration" between 2016 and 2050; "medium migration", in which the flow of refugees stops but people continue to migrate for other reasons; and "high migration", in which the flow of migrants between 2014 and 2016 continues with the same religious composition.
In the medium migration scenario – considered by Pew "the most likely" - Sweden would have the biggest share of the new population at 20.5%. The UK's share would rise from 6.3% in 2016 to 16.7%. There will be similar percentages everywhere, from Belgium (15%) to France (17.4%). If high migration continues until 2050, Sweden's Muslim share will grow to 30.6%, Finland's to 15%, Norway's to 17%, France's to 18%, Belgium's to 18.2% and Austria's to 19.9%.
Pew's dramatic scenarios do not tell the whole story, however. What will happen in major European cities, where the Muslim communities are currently based? Will London, Marseille, Stockholm, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Birmingham all have Muslim majorities?
What will happen in major European cities, where the Muslim communities are currently based? Will London, Marseille, Stockholm, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Birmingham all have Muslim majorities? (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
The French demographer Jean-Claude Chesnais in his book "Le Crépuscule de l'Occident" predicted an opulent but sterile continent, one in which population is characterized by death, not birth. According to the national statistics agency Istat, fewer than 474,000 births were registered in Italy last year, down 12,000 from the year before, with an even bigger drop from the 577,000 born in 2008. Italy has "lost" 100.000 births in ten years. The loss has been called "the great Eurosion". The old continent is "frailing".
Moreover, the fastest-breeding demographic group in Europe is also the most resistant to the pieties of a secularized liberal European democracy, which is seen as a sign of moral abdication from the true "path" or "way".
Under the "medium" and "high" projections in Pew's scenarios, how can Europe preserve all its most precious gifts: freedom of expression, separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, rule of law and equality between men and women?
According to the French author Eric Zemmour:
"If tomorrow there were 20, 30 million French Muslims determined to veil their wives and to apply the laws of Sharia, we could only preserve the minimal rules of secularism by dictatorship. That's what Atatürk, Bourguiba or even Nasser understood in their day".
Will Europe retreat into a non-democratic regime to preserve its own freedoms or will it lose these freedoms under the rise of this large Islamic communities? Considering what Europe witnessed in the last couple of years under terrorism and multiculturalism, what will happen in the next thirty years?
Jean-Claude Chesnais rightly called this shift a "crépuscule", a twilight. We are living through the self-extinction of the European societies of the Enlightenment. It has shaped the humanitarian age we live in – but may not any more.

Asylum Seeker Who Escaped Psychiatric Hospital Committed Over 50 Crimes in 14 Months

Authorities in Germany have released new information regarding a dangerous asylum seeker who fled a psychiatric hospital in October, saying he committed more than 50 crimes over a period of only 14 months and is still on the loose.

27-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker Hicham B. is said to have attempted to claim asylum in several different countries including  Finland, France, and Denmark under false identities. When his lies were discovered he would simply move to another country and repeat the process, German public broadcaster Südwestrundfunk reports.
Eventually, after committing over 50 crimes including sexual assaults, violence, and even attacking police officers, and threatening other asylum seekers with a knife, Hicham B. was arrested and placed in a detention centre in Ingelheim.

He did not stay there long as he was transferred to a psychiatric hospital after attempting to set fires in his prison cell. According to other inmates, he told them that he would rather kill himself than leave Germany, and that he would also kill others if forced to leave the country.
Once in the psychiatric hospital, the 27-year-old managed to escape the facility during a football match organised for the inmates, and due to the security guards not being allowed to detain escapees he was able to get away before police arrived. He remains at large.

A spokeswoman from the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Integration also claimed that the failed asylum seeker had escaped from two other psychiatric care facilities in the past. The regional government has now vowed to deploy police officers to monitor particularly dangerous patients at the care facilities in response to his escape.
Germany has had severe difficulties in deporting failed asylum seekers, even those who commit crimes. A recent report showed that German pilots often refuse to take failed asylum seekers back to their countries of origin.
Several high-profile criminal cases, including last year’s Berlin Christmas market terror attack, have also been suspected of being carried out by failed asylum seekers, including the murder of a Romanian prostitute, the murder of a two-year-old girl in Hamburg, and the murder of a five-year-old boy in Bavaria.