Erdoğan Slams Western Countries Stoking Hatred Against Muslims

From the Daily Sabah:
The World Muslim Minorities Summit opened in Istanbul yesterday amid President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s strong criticism of the West’s anti-Islam sentiment. The four-day event, organized by the Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB), brings together representatives, academics, experts and journalists from 100 countries where Muslim minorities live and focuses both on the internal problems of the communities and the challenges they endure in the face of Islamophobia. On the first day of the summit, the participants discussed the past and future of Muslim minorities and today, they will debate issues ranging from freedom of minorities to radicalization.

On the third day, problems regarding religious services and maintaining religious education will be discussed. The summit, the first of its kind, aims to boost ties between Turkey and Muslim minorities under the motto “The Believers are but a single Brotherhood.” In an opening speech, Erdoğan lashed out at the West for stoking anti-Islam sentiment in its bid “to impose its own ideology and lifestyle.” Known for his frank criticism of what he calls the hypocrisy of Western countries who are turning a blind eye to their histories of colonialism, Erdoğan said they wanted to stain Islam through “terrorist groups engineered to accomplish that.” The president said attacks against Muslims and refugees has become “an ordinary thing” in many countries championing democracy and law.

“Racists and fascist groups target businesses, homes and places of worships belonging to Muslims, particularly in Germany, the Netherlands, France and Belgium. Muslim women are harassed because they wear headscarves, for instance, in France,” he said.

Erdoğan pointed to the multi-layered, multi-sided wave of attacks against Muslims in the post 9/11 period “through gangs with blood on their hands.” “Terror attacks by Daesh, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, FETÖ, etc. both harm us and give opportunities to anti-Islam circles to defame Islam. They ask: ‘How come Muslims do not shed blood? Isn’t Islam a religion of peace?’ They ignore the plight of Muslims and the slaying of Muslims by those groups. On the contrary, they hold Muslims accountable for these brutal murders. Most Western countries, in a bid to smokescreen their internal problems, stoke this fire,” he said. He lashed out at “seemingly clean” countries with histories of massacres and immorality. “I asked one of them in a phone call recently why they didn’t account for killing 5 million in Algeria,” he said, referring to a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Ankara has stepped up rhetoric against rising anti-Islam sentiment particularly in Europe and Parliament’s human rights committee launched a probe into Islamophobia on the continent amid reports that in Germany alone, some 950 Muslims and Muslim institutions faced attacks in 2017…..

France: Riots, Cars Burned After Woman Ordered To Remove Full-Face Islamic Veil

From Breitbart:
Hundreds of police were deployed after residents rioted and torched cars in Toulouse following a police stop of a woman wearing an illegal full-face Islamic veil.

The incident that allegedly sparked the riots took place Sunday after 5 pm when local police stopped a woman in the Toulouse district of Bellefontaine who was wearing a full-face Islamic veil, which is illegal in France.

Police asked the woman for identification and when she presented a poor photocopy of her government identification, they ordered her to remove her veil, broadcaster Franceinfo reports.

The woman refused to lift her veil and is said to have started screaming for help. She was then arrested and placed in the police vehicle.

Shortly after, around 30 locals arrived and attacked the police with projectiles, injuring one officer. The officers retreated and discharged their weapons, including a tear gas launcher, 18 times before they could escape the mob.

Police believe there may have been a link between the incident and the riots in Bellefontaine and the neighbouring district of Reynerie which erupted at around 8 pm.

Around 15 cars were torched by the rioters and 200 police mobilised during the riots which lasted several hours with some 300 tear gas grenades fired until calm was restored at around midnight.

Firefighters were not able to reach the scene until after 10:30 pm due to residents lighting fires on the road. The police station in Bellefontaine was also targetted by rioters.

“The clashes were extremely violent,” said Didier Martinez of the peacekeeping union. “My colleagues were very shocked, the events were very complicated to manage but they showed a lot of composure.”…..

Bosch Fawstin: I’m Releasing A Book Of My Muhammad Cartoons

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Yazidis Who Suffered Under ISIS Face Forced Conversion To Islam Amid Fresh Persecution In Afrin

From the Independent:
The Yazidis, who were recently the target of massacre, rape and sex slavery by Isis, are now facing forcible conversion to Islam under the threat of death from Turkish-backed forces which captured the Kurdish enclave of Afrin on 18 March. Islamist rebel fighters, who are allied to Turkey and have occupied Yazidi villages in the area, have destroyed the temples and places of worship the Kurdish-speaking non-Islamic sect according to local people.

Shekh Qamber, a 63-year-old Syrian Kurdish Yazidi farmer who fled his town of Qastel Jindo in Afrin, described in an exclusive interview with The Independent what happened to Yazidis who refused to leave their homes. He said that some were forcibly brought to a mosque by Islamists to be converted, while others, including a 70-year-old man he knew, were being lured there by offers of food and medical attention.

Even the place names of Yazidi villages are being changed. Mr Qamber recounted a conversation he had with an Islamist militant who had arrested and questioned him near the town of Azaz when he was trying to escape. He was asked by his interrogator where he was from and he replied that he was from Qastel Jindo. The Islamist, whose groups often describe themselves as belonging to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), said: “it’s no more Qastel Jindo. It’s al-Quds now. We will give it the name of Palestine’s capital. These areas were occupied by the infidels and now it is [going] back to their original owners and original names … We came here to regain our lands and behead you.”

Mr Qamber recalls that he replied to this threat to kill him by a saying that what would happen would be by god’s will. His interrogator responded: “Shut up! You are infidel. Do you really know or believe in god?” Mr Qamber said that believed in one god and soon after he was released because, he believes, he was old and sick. He eventually found his way to the main Kurdish enclave in northeast Syria which is protected by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) backed by US airpower and 2,000 US troops.

There are frequent reports that many of the Sunni Arab fighters in the FSA, who are under the command of the Turkish military, are former members of Isis and al-Qaeda. In their own videos, they describe the existing Kurdish population as infidels, using slogans and phrases normally associated with al-Qaeda.

In addition, there were “there were temples and Yazidi worship houses, but all have been blown up and destroyed by the militants after they entered the village”. The Yazidi religion is a mixture of beliefs drawn from Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Mr Qamber said he had spoken to people from the Yazidi villages of Burj Abdalo, Basufane, Faqira, and Tirende and they all said “the militants are teaching the Yazidis the Islamic prayer”….

Germany: Muslims Beat Jewish Men In Berlin


From the Telegraph:
There has been public outrage in Germany after video footage emerged of two Jewish men being violently assaulted in an apparent anti-Semitic attack in central Berlin.

The two men, who were both wearing kippah, traditional Jewish skullcaps, were insulted before being set upon and whipped with a belt in one of the city’s most fashionable neighbourhoods.

A group of three unidentified men can be heard on the video clearly shouting “Yahudi”, the Arabic word for Jew.

The two victims stood their ground and threatened to call the police before their main assailant was dragged away by his companions.

The incident was videoed by one of the victims, who was named by Israeli television as Adam Armoush, a 21-year-old Israeli citizen living in Berlin.

“They kept cursing at us and my friend asked them to stop,” Mr Armoush, who suffered minor injuries, told Kan TV. “They started to get angry and one of them ran at me and I knew it was important to film it because there would be no way to catch him by the time the police arrived.”

The video shows the attacker whipping Mr Arnoush with a belt. The 21-year-old said he had suffered bruises and minor injuries. The other victim, a 24-year-old Israeli citizen, has not been named.

The incident is the latest in a disturbing series of attacks on Jewish people in the German capital, which have seen men in skullcaps assaulted on the streets and Jewish children threatened in schools. Most of the incidents have involved Muslim assailants.

“It is intolerable for young men to be attacked here just because they are wearing a kippah,” Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said in a statement. “Jews must never again feel threatened here. It is our responsibility to protect Jewish life.”

“Anti-Semitism doesn’t belong to the Berlin we want to live in,” Michael Müller, the city’s mayor said….

Ten ISIS Fanatics Who Planned To Film A Beheading And Attack Police, Banks And Jewish People In Barcelona Are Jailed

From the AFP via the Daily Mail:
Ten members of an ISIS-linked cell who planned to launch terror attacks in Barcelona have been jailed in Spain’s National Court today.

Five Moroccans, four Spaniards and a Brazilian, calling themselves the ‘Islamic Fraternity, Group for preaching jihad’ were handed between eight and 12 years in jail.

The group, based in Terrassa, near Barcelona, had planned attacks against ‘police, banks or Jewish institutions’ and also expressed desires to join ISIS and film a jihadist execution video.

The ten men were sentenced to jail in the National Court for ‘belonging to a terrorist organisation’, documents said.

The three leaders of the group were given 12 years in jail while the seven others got eight years.

In March 2015, the main leader of the cell, a Spaniard who had converted to Islam, proposed to kidnap and decapitate an ‘infidel’ whom he had already identified, film the killing and then broadcast the video online before fleeing to Syria.

He had previously proposed that the group ‘commit an attack against the Catalan parliament, which no one had objected to,’ according to the court ruling.

‘He also justified decapitations and talked about making handmade bombs to commit attacks.’

Police found documents calling for jihad at his home and books on European organisations such as the Basque separatist group ETA or Germany’s far-left Red Army Faction, the ruling said.

Members of the cell had also gone on a recce in Barcelona, the Catalonian capital, where they took photos of the train station, a luxury seaside hotel, a shopping mall and a police station….

Germany: Three Syrian Men Detained On Suspicion Of Terror Links

From DW:
Three Syrian men have been detained in the German state of Saarland on suspicion of terrorist links. Two are thought to have been members of the jihadi group “Islamic State” in Syria.

Three Syrians have been arrested in the western German state of Saarland after half a year of investigations into their suspected links to terrorist groups, police and state prosecutors said on Friday.

Investigators say one of the detainees had tried to recruit fighters from Germany via the internet to take part in the civil war as members of the banned extremist group Ahrar al-Sham. The group belongs to the Salafist scene and wants to establish an Islamic state in Syria based on Sharia law. The others were said to have been members of the terrorist group “Islamic State” (IS) in Syria.

Two of the men are on a list of those people German police consider to be a terrorist threat….

The three men, who all live in the Saarlouis region, came to Germany in 2015 as refugees from Syria’s civil war and applied for asylum.

The investigations into the men were triggered by an employee of a refugee center outside Saarland who reported having seen a video in which one of the men was seen with hand grenades and other combat weapons while dressed in a combat uniform.

The NYPD Must Let Out The Truth About An Unsolved Cop-Killing

From the New York Daily News:
Forty-six years ago today, an NYPD cop named Phillip Cardillo was gunned down inside a Nation of Islam mosque in Harlem. No one ever served a day in jail for the crime. And for 46 years, the NYPD has been withholding evidence in his murder case from the public. It’s time they come clean.

I’m not the only one leveling that charge. Decades ago, a special prosecutor found that there had been “a concerted and orchestrated effort” by members of the NYPD to impede the Cardillo murder investigation, including withholding a secret report on the case — the so-called Blue Book — from the department’s own investigators.

In March, the watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the NYPD in a New York courtroom for failing to produce records in the case. The NYPD won’t release investigative files, a promised report and an audio tape, preposterously claiming an investigation is still “active and ongoing.”

Why would the NYPD cover up evidence in a cop killing?

It pains me to criticize law enforcement. I’ve been a loyal member of the NYPD, active and retired, for almost 60 years. I was a pretty good detective. I helped send five cop- killers to jail — a record, I think. But it’s the one that got away that haunts me.

The climate in the early 1970s, when this terrible crime happened, was awful. Terrorists with groups like the Black Liberation Army, the FALN, the Weather Underground and the Black Panthers were killing cops and bombing civilians. Illegal drugs and murders were through the roof.

The day Cardillo was gunned down, on April 14, 1972, I was at the mosque where it happened . Cardillo and his partner had responded to an emergency “10-13” call. A 10-13 is every cop’s worst nightmare: officer in distress. The 10-13 caller said he was “Detective Thomas” and he was trapped on the second floor of an address that turned out to be the mosque.

It turned out “Detective Thomas” was a fake.

Cardillo and his partner were first on the scene, racing into the mosque. The big steel doors slammed behind them. Men came rushing down the stairs shouting “Allahu Akbar!” A terrible battle ensued. Cardillo’s gun was taken from him and he was shot.

Outside the mosque, a riot began to develop. Mosque leader Louis Farrakhan emerged from his third-floor office to protest the police presence. Black cops were separated from white cops — a huge blow to police morale — as police brass feared racial unrest.

Inside the mosque, suspects were released. The crime scene was abandoned. Evidence vanished.

The mayor and police commissioner ran away from the case, not attending Cardillo’s funeral. A half-hearted initial police investigation came up with nothing.

One year later, after a public outcry, the case was handed to me. I arrested a suspect, but we had no crime-scene evidence and we didn’t know about the Blue Book, which contained significant evidence and leads. The suspect was acquitted.

In 2007, I published a book about the Cardillo killing, “Circle of Six.” Then-Police Commissioner Ray Kelly read the book and instructed the Major Case Squad to re-open the investigation; they gave me a desk and I went to work.

In 2008, during the investigation, I turned over my case records and my copy of the 10-13 tape to the NYPD. Now they refuse to give it back. They claim they can’t find the 10-13 tape.

I want to put the tape out to the public. Maybe, even after all these years, someone will recognize the voice of “Detective Thomas.” I want independent analysts and journalists to be able to see the entire case file. Maybe fresh eyes will come up with something new.

The NYPD is not turning over anything. They say they do not have to make anything public, as it may harm an ongoing investigation.

The facts contradict that claim, I’m sad to say. There is no investigation….

Macron: Europe Entering Age Of ‘Unprecedented’ Mass Migration, ‘Shares Destiny’ With Africa

From Breitbart:
‘Bombshell’ population growth in Africa means Europe is entering an “unprecedented” age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, asserting that the two continents’ destinies are “bound”.

“The migratory phenomenon we are facing will be historic,” declared the French president in a television appearance Sunday night, when he announced that “great poverty”, “climate change”, and “geopolitical conflicts” will see Africans flooding into Europe “for many years to come”.

To back up his point, Macron pointed to “bombshell” population gr0wth across the third world continent, which he added has been “tremendously well described” by French-American journalist and professor Stephen Smith in a recent book.

“[Africans] are mostly turning to Europe because the continent [of Europe] is not an island, because of our location, and because Europe has its destiny bound with Africa,” stated the vehemently pro-EU French figure during a two-hour long interview.

Smith, the Africa expert to whom Macron referred during his appearance on BFMTV, estimates that the number of Africans living in Europe will grow from nine million to between 150 million and 200 million within the next 30 years.

In The Rush to Europe, the Duke University professor describes a massive, unprecedented population transfer still in its infancy, which he explains will — “paradoxically” — be triggered largely as a result 0f Western aid money financing would-be migrants’ journeys from Africa.

Asserting he set out to provide a “dispassionate” expert view on how Africa’s demographic explosion will affect Europe, Smith in his book has outlined a number of different scenarios he believes could emerge from the situation.

“The most optimistic” of these — according to Le Figaro — is “Eurafrica”, which would see mass migration create a ‘welcoming’, multicultural Europe, which “would fully embrace being a ‘mixed-race land of immigration and interbreeding’”…..

Minnesota: Muslim Migrant Places Bag At City Hall, Writes On Facebook “Im Bouta Bomb This Town”

From SC Times:
ST. CLOUD — A man has been charged with two felony counts of making terroristic threats in connection with a bomb threat to St. Cloud City Hall on Wednesday.

Abdalle Ahmed Ege, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after allegedly making a bomb threat on Facebook, according to a Stearns County criminal complaint. Ege claimed he believed he was being radicalized and posted the threat on Facebook to garner the attention of the FBI.

St. Cloud law enforcement was advised of a bomb threat to city hall at approximately 10:13 a.m. Wednesday, according to the complaint. A Facebook post allegedly made by Ege indicated he was “bouta bomb this town” and a bag had been placed at city hall.

A bag was located outside city hall, next to a gas can, containing personal property belonging to Ege, according to the complaint. The bag did not contain any explosive material.

Ege was questioned after being taken into custody and admitted to posting the bomb threat on Facebook and placing the duffle bag at city hall, according to the complaint. He also denied that there were any explosives in the bag….