Editor’s Note: February 6 is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day aimed at eradicating the practice.
In a landmark ruling, a mother-of-three has become the first person in Britain to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that has been outlawed in the country for more than three decades.
Under British law, anyone found guilty of performing FGM can be imprisoned for up to 14 years. It has been illegal in Britain since 1985 under the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act, later amended in the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.
The UK’s Serious Crime Act defines FGM as involving “procedures that include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”
Although more than 100,000 victims of FGM are believed to be living in Britain, only three other cases of FGM — two in London and one in Bristol — have been brought to trial, all of which ended in acquittal. Analysts say that the lack of convictions is partly due to a failure by doctors and police to report FGM for fear of being branded racist.
We all know that throughout Europe today there are Muslim No-Go areas, where police and firemen enter at their peril. For they are frequently attacked by young Muslim males, who throw objects — bottles, bricks, rocks — at them, as a way of making clear that the state’s writ does not run in these areas. A sufficiently intimidating Muslim presence can be established with far less than a Muslim majority.
In these places, the police must escort firemen, who are otherwise afraid to enter. The police themselves only enter such areas in groups.
What happens to non-Muslims, especially to Jews, who continue to live in these areas?
Recently, a French Jewish woman spoke in public for the first time about her family’s harrowing experiences with antisemitism in the Paris neighborhood where they lived for nearly a decade, in an interview with one of France’s most popular talk shows.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The ongoing US-Taliban dialogue is devoid of logic. The mission of the US troops in Afghanistan is still far from complete. Washington must take the Taliban’s jihadist ideology and past record into account. They are not to be trusted.
Optimism is a virtue, but if it is the product of naiveté, it can be a vice. The Trump administration’s Afghan diplomacy seems to suffer from the latter syndrome.
If media reports are anything to go by, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is upbeat following his recent talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. He claimed on January 27 that the two sides had reached an agreement on the draft of a framework accord. In accordance with this accord, the Taliban would observe a ceasefire, guarantee against the use of Afghan territory by terrorists, and join the table with the current government in Kabul for the country’s better governance. Washington, for its part, would pull its troops out of Afghanistan within 18 months. Khalilzad hopes the Taliban delegation will confer with their leadership and come back to commit to the proposed accord when the Taliban-US dialogue begins its next round in Doha on February 25.
Where could this man have gotten such an idea? Could it be from the Qur’an? The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.
“Pfullingen (RT): Girl harassed (witness call),” translated from “Pfullingen (RT): Mädchen belästigt (Zeugenaufruf),” in “POL-RT: Einbruch, Einbruchversuch in Metzgerei, Flächenbrand, Raub von Mobiltelefon, Fußgänger gefährdet, Zeugenaufrufe, Mädchen belästigt, Auseinandersetzung vor Diskothek, Körperverletzung,” PressePortal, February 23, 2019 (thanks to Searchlight Germany):
Imagine if an American city continued to celebrate a prominent businessman who had published newspapers and books advocating overt racism and racial discrimination against Black people. Imagine if the Grand Wizard of the KKK had a picture of this man in his office and credited him with inspiring him to kill African Americans. Imagine statues and photographs commemorating the life of such a bigot. Imagine if a performing arts center was named after him and African American performers who wanted to appear in the city had to walk into a building bearing the name of this racist. The reaction would be immediate and uncompromising: all glorification of this racist must stop; statues and pictures must be removed; history must treat him as a pariah despite his positive accomplishments as a businessman.
Well, the city Dearborn, Michigan is celebrating such a racist bigot today. But no one is demanding that his images must be removed or his despicable history and ideology publicized. His name is Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company.
Ford devoted his life to two passions: making cars and demonizing Jews. When Hitler said, “I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration,” he wasn’t referring to his car manufacturing. He was referring to Ford’s anti-Semitic ideology that eventuated in the genocide of six million Jews. A large photograph of Ford was prominently displayed in Hitler’s office. The periodical Ford published weekly — The Dearborn Independent — was a polite version of the Nazi newspaper, Der Stürmer. It was circulated throughout the U.S. and around the world.
The endless pandering to the migrants in Germany will win Merkel’s party their votes, and that is apparently all that matters to Merkel and her cohorts.
Meanwhile, why does this keep happening? One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam.
The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.
“Syrian man accused of gang rape of 18-year-old girl along with ‘ten others’ in Germany will appear in juvenile court despite being aged 22,” by Sara Malm, MailOnline, February 18, 2019:
What do you get if you are caught repeatedly spewing antisemitic statements alleging that Jewish money controls American foreign policy, or that the planet’s lone Jewish state has powers that “hypnotized the world“?
If you’re freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, it’s the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Omar may thus assume that she can continue to espouse such hateful rhetoric without consequences.
News reports on Tuesday credited Omar with deleting past social media posts that also were antisemitic. But during an event in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, Omar launched another defensive rant that raised an antisemitic dual loyalty canard against critics of her antisemitism, the Jewish Insider reports.