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    French Govt. Snatching Muslim Children


    French child-snatchers target Muslim children of a French Muslim couple. Their five children were taken away from them after the father was apparently mistakenly suspected of leaving for Syria to fight jihād.

    The French authorities, which are on high alert following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, took the children away from their mother in Bourgoin Jallieu near Lyon last Thursday.

    At the time the father, Meher Msakni, was in Tunisia but he immediately returned home to France upon hearing the news.

    Msakni told 5Pillars editor Roshan Muhammed Salih that his wife was told by the authorities that he was suspected of radicalism and of having the intention of going to fight jihād in Syria.

    France is on high alert but Msakni said he never had any such intention and was instead in Tunisia (his country of origin) preparing to move his family there because they could “no longer practise Islam in France.”

    He added that despite repeated requests to see his children, he had been denied permission to do so and is still unaware of where they are being kept. The children are aged 6, 5, 4, 18 months and 3 months.

    5Pillars editor Roshan Muhammed Salih visited the police station in Bourgoin Jallieu on Monday but they refused to comment on the case.

    The Lyon-based Coalition against Racism and Islamophobia (CRI) said the mother, Aicha, received a visit from the police and social services on Thursday and on the orders of the judicial authorities they took three of the younger children. The older ones were separately picked up from their school.

    According to CRI, while this was taking place the mother was panicked and crying and was begging the authorities to let her breastfeed her 3 month old son.

    “Unimaginable cruelty”

    In a statement CRI said: “With unimaginable cruelty and violence, the children were taken to an unknown destination with devastating consequences for their psycho-emotional state, and without being able to see their mother.

    “Alerted, the father returned the next day to France without being bothered in the least by either the Customs, nor by the PAF (Air and Frontier Police).

    “We learned with amazement that the mother wanted to breastfeed her baby with her own milk and had provided a bottle for this which was refused by the police who responded ‘powdered milk will be given.’

    France: the country of human rights?

    “We are appalled by the inhumanity of separating a breastfed baby of 3 months from her mother, and to deny that breast milk be given. The mother, who is accused of nothing, asked to be locked up, if necessary, with her baby so she can breastfeed and be at his side. Even if the father is the worst of criminals we do not understand this ferocity towards the wife and children.

    “We condemn this unhealthy and dangerous climate and hold accountable politicians, media and intellectuals who have exploited the dramatic events we have experienced, and are playing with fire by allowing the spread of Islamophobia.

    Since the attacks of 7 January 2015 we have received more than 200 calls from Muslims who have been assaulted.

    “CRI calls for the establishment of a parliamentary commission of inquiry to measure the extent of this new form of racism and legislation to protect the Muslims of France who have become scapegoats.”

    The Charlie Hebdo and other attacks in January killed 17 people. Since then many observers feel that France has been in a state of hysteria with Muslims being targeted on a regular basis.

    The French media, especially, tends to focus on “radicalism” and “extremism” within the Muslim community and hardly touches on issues such as Islamophobia, racism and foreign policy.

    Fewer and fewer Muslims in the UK are under the wishful impression that this will not happen in the UK. One thing those who are waking up can and should do is remember the campaign against the CTS bill – which threatens to enshrine much worse in the UK statute.



    There was no mistake on anyone's part. They knew exactly what was going on and decided to kidnap the Muslim children so they could not be taken to their Muslim land and protected from these evil devils. They are snatching Muslim children from Muslim parents not only in France but all western countries. You won't hear about it from their media but the Muslims living in these countries will tell you how it's done..... with fake charges and accusations.

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    Paris attacks prompt fresh concerns about online Islamophobia


    Amid concerns over an increase in Islamophobic content on social media following the recent Paris attacks, BBC Asian Network has been hearing from Muslims about their experience of being the target of anti-Islamic sentiment online.

    Activist Akeela Ahmed says she uses Twitter to campaign on equality issues. Her profile picture shows her in her hijab.

    "If I tweet something to do with women's rights, I'll get tweets usually from men saying, 'How can you tweet that when you've got that thing on your head?' They're talking about my hijab.

    "Post-Paris, the abuse increased and it was a lot worse," she says, referring to negative comments posted online following the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which gunmen said they were killing in the name of Islam.

    "One particular person was quite specific in their threats and wanting to kill Muslims. Normally, I'm not threatened by it, but on this occasion I was."

    That Twitter account has been taken down. But there are concerns that some Islamophobic content remains online.

    Campaigners from the organisation Tell Mama, which monitors hate against Muslims online, sent Asian Network some examples.

    "When events like Paris happen, what seems to happen is that people on social media sites have bigger discussions,"says Bharath Ganesh.

    "The language we've seen is extremely derogatory towards Muslims.

    "Hashtags like #killallmuslims appear. Some Muslims used that hashtag to highlight anti-Islamic sentiments online."


    Akeela says she understands where the anger stems from.

    "As we see more terrorist incidents globally, many people feel anger about terror attacks and they go online and use their medium to vent their anger. But, as a result, there is an increase in anti-Muslim sentiment generally.

    "On Facebook, it's a problem too. There are some groups who promote anti-Muslim sentiments. It's about dealing responsibly with these issues."

    Facebook and Twitter both urge users to report anti-Islamic content. The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright - the government's legal adviser - has signalled he would like to meet with both firms to see what more can be done in this area.


    Mehdi Hasan is the political director of the Huffington Post UK, and says he has had death threats online.

    "It's pretty depressing. The number one issue that drives people up the wall on Twitter seems to be Islam. It's become so regular, you become immune to it. It's mainly anonymous people full of hatred.

    "As a Muslim journalist in the public eye, it doesn't matter what you write about, all roads lead back to your faith.

    "On the one hand, I expect abuse when I write about terrorism or the halal meat hysteria.

    "What I don't understand is how everything is related back to Islam - for instance, even if I interview a politician about austerity, people will say, 'Oh, it's because you're a Muslim you're writing that.'"

    Akeela says that she hopes Twitter and Facebook do more to tackle Islamophobic abuse online: "Ordinary Muslims are getting abuse for expressing their views.

    "I worked for a Muslim youth charity for a number of years, and have received Islamophobic abuse online for a while. But it has got worse."


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    Muslim brother in France arrested because of the Shahadah flag


    A French Muslim man of Moroccan origin is facing trial after police arrested him for allegedly hanging the flag of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) in his library, a charge denied by the man who said it was the Muslims’ declaration of faith.

    “These people have taken them saying it’s ours,” the man, whose name was not identified, was quoted by Morocco World News as telling the court.

    “It’s not theirs. They belong to one billion Muslims.

    “Unfortunately, we cannot do anything against them. Suicide attacks are not allowed in Islam. It is forbidden to kill innocent Muslims,” he added.

    The man, 59, attended his first appear hearing on Monday, February 9, after the police allegedly found a small flag in his bookshop bearing the Islamic declaration of faith.

    Defending the man, lawyers confirmed that the black flag was different from that used by ISIL.

    The flag carried the Islamic declaration of faith, or shahada, saying, ‘There is no god but God, and Mohammed is the messenger of God.’

    Nevertheless, the flag was deemed an “act of terrorism” for which the man faces one year in prison.

    The arrest was made last January 15, a few days after the Charlie Hebdo attacks that rocked Paris.

    Collective hysteria has apparently engulfed France since the extremist attacks.

    The National Observatory Against Islamophobia said over one hundred incidents have been reported to the police since Charlie Hebdo attacks of January 7-9.

    The rise in attacks over the last two weeks represents an increase of 110 percent over the whole of January 2014, the organization said on Monday.

    Moreover, a Muslim father was stabbed to death in his own home in southern France this week by a neighbor who claimed to be avenging Charlie Hebdo.

    Two weeks ago, an 8-year-old Muslim schoolboy was interrogated by French police after refusing to take part in a minute’s silence in honor of victims.

    The 8 year old was accused of condoning terrorism as he opposed Charlie Hebdo cartoons.


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    French Director Finds Islam After Charlie Attacks


    CAIRO – French director Isabelle Matic has announced her decision to revert to Islam on her FaceBook account, making the unexpected announcement only a few days after Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks.

    “Today, I passed through the first pillar of Islam. There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet,” Matic said in a message posted on her Facebook page on January 11.

    She followed her announcement with a series of posts in which she thanked Moroccan actor Hicham Bahloul for announcing her decision on Moroccan papers.

    In another message, she described how she took the decision and its effect on her beliefs in freedom of expression.

    “Between the massacre at the premises of Charlie Hebdo and other event that have followed: I became a Muslim,” Matic wrote.

    “Am I still for freedom of expression for all and Charlie Hebdo in particular?! Yes,” Matic wrote yesterday.

    “With regard to my position towards the caricatures of the Prophet, I will write you the text of the SMS that I received this morning from a mosque which agreed quite well with my thoughts since the beginning of the cartoons, well before I became a Muslim,” she added

    “They are making fun of Muhammad and do not harm Muhammad. They are making fun of a character that they have imagined and to whom they have given a name. This man is not our Prophet,” she wrote.

    The new Muslim referred to the early life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) when non-believers rejected his calls to Islam.

    “The Makkans laughed at Muhammad (worthy of praise) in the appellant Modamam (worthy of name calling). The prophet peace be upon him was smiling. Yes, he was smiling! And he said: They are making fun of Modamam and not me,” Matic wrote.

    “The wisdom is the answer to provocations. And this is what our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) has taught us.

    “So when Charlie Hebdo will be published insha ' allah (God willing), do not pay attention. Do not respond to the provocation. And do not give them of importance,” she added.

    In its Wednesday’s edition, Charlie Hebdo magazine features a cartoon of a man they claim to be the prophet of Islam on the cover. The cover depicts Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) with a tear falling from his cheek, holding a sign that says, "Je suis Charlie” under the headline "All Is Forgiven."

    The edition is the first after two gunmen attacked the magazine’s headquarters in Paris, killing 10 journalists and two policemen. Two of the dead were Muslims, an editor and a police cop.

    It culminates the magazine’s long history of offending millions of Muslims worldwide.


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    French Court Bans Further Publication Of Images Kate Middleton 'Topless' Photos

    By Jessica Elgot - 18/09/2012

    A French court has granted an injunction banning media from re-publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.

    Closer magazine in France, which first published the pictures, was also ordered to hand over all the images in 24 hours, and fined 10,000 euros (£8,000) for every extra day it takes to comply, according to the ruling from the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Nanterre, Paris.



    This was from 2012 when their Duchess was frolicking around naked outside at a friend's house. Where was their freedom of press then?! Freedom of Press and Freedom of Speech are nothing but sham slogans to hide behind when they attack Islam and the Muslims. The sooner the Muslims accept this the sooner they can wake up and do something about it.

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    French police and School Accuse 8-year-old Muslim boy of “defending terrorism”

    by Ali Abunimah - 01/28/2015

    Just when it seemed that the crackdown on free speech in France could not get worse, French police today questioned a second grader on suspicion of “defending terrorism.”

    BFMTV says that administrators at a primary school in Nice reported the child to police on 21 January after the boy allegedly said that he “felt he was on the side of the terrorists.”

    “A police station is absolutely no place for an eight-year-old child,” the boy’s lawyer Sefen Guez Guez told BFMTV. He said that the incident showed that France was going through a state of “collective hysteria.”

    Guez Guez said that on 8 January, the day after two French gunmen attacked the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, the boy, whose name has been reported as Ahmed, was in class when he was asked if he was “Charlie.”

    “He answered, ‘I am on the side of the terrorists, because I am against the caricatures of the prophet,’” the lawyer said.

    Since the murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the lethal attack by a third French gunman on a Jewish supermarket, French government officials and media have adopted the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” – I am Charlie – to indicate social conformity and support for official policies, all under the guise of supporting free speech.

    The Collective Against Islamophobia in France, which has taken up Ahmed’s case, provided these additional details:

    “On 8 January, Ahmed, a second grader, was called on by his teacher who asked him if he was Charlie. Being of Muslim religion and aged only eight, he opposed Charlie Hebdo because of the caricatures of the prophet, and responded naively that he was on the side of the terrorists. Angered, the teacher sent him to the principal, who was in the class next door, and who asked him three times in front of the whole class, ‘Are you Charlie?’”

    The child’s parents were called in and “played an educational role, explaining to him what terrorism really was and why one should be on the side of the Charlie Hebdo victims,” Guez Guez said.

    Principal calls police

    Instead of leaving the matter there, on 21 January, the school principal lodged two complaints with police, one against the child for “defending terrorism,” and another against the child’s father for trespassing.

    According to the lawyer, the child had been deeply upset and isolated after what happened, so his father accompanied him to the school playground on three occasions after 8 January, before being told he was not allowed to do so.

    Fabienne Lewandowski, a spokesperson for the Alpes-Maritimes regional police, confirmed to BFMTV that they received the complaints. Lewandowski revealed that the school principal claimed that the child had said “French people should be killed,” “I am on the side of the terrorists” and “the journalists deserved to die.” The child then allegedly refused to take part in a government-decreed minute of silence.

    “During our interview, the child indicated that he had said some of these words, but did not really understand what they meant,” the police spokesperson said. “The purpose of this interview was to understand exactly what had happened, and what could have led him to say this.”

    “We can regret that this took the form of an official police interview,” Lewandowski said, “but under the circumstances, we could have gone even further.”

    According to the police spokesperson, the father “showed regret for his son’s words.”

    The Collective Against Islamophobia in France said that his interview by police “was an additional trauma that illustrates the collective hysteria that has ensued since the beginning of January.”

    Prosecutors in Nice have yet to decide how to proceed in the case.

    Victim of bullying?

    Ahmed has said that he was a victim of bullying by the school principal, according to his lawyer, BFMTV reported. On one occasion, the child was playing in a sandbox. According to the child’s account relayed by the lawyer, the principal told the boy, “stop digging in the sand, you won’t find a machine-gun in there.”

    On another occasion, Ahmed, who is diabetic, alleges the principal deprived him of his insulin, saying, “Since you want us all to die, you will taste death.” The principal has denied the accusation.

    Guez Guez said that Ahmed’s parents planned to lodge a complaint about the school’s behavior.

    According to Le Figaro, the French education ministry confirmed that the school principal had also made a report about Ahmed to child protective services.

    Government crackdown

    While Ahmed’s case may seem extreme, the complaint against him is enabled by an atmosphere of intolerance and authoritarianism fostered by the French government.

    Since the attacks in Paris, the government has launched an unprecedented crackdown, condemned by Amnesty International as well as French civil rights groups, in which it has jailed dozens of people for things they have said, under the vague charge of “defending terrorism.”

    Previously, as The Electronic Intifada reported, one of those arrested was a sixteen-year-old high schooler, for allegedly posting a caricature mocking Charlie Hebdo.

    Yesterday, French President François Hollande used an International Holocaust Memorial Day speech to confirm that his government plans to tighten its control over what people are allowed to say online and stiffen penalties for illegal speech.



    They are starting to the show their hatred openly against the Muslims now. When these French ask the Muslims "who they are?" expecting the answer "I'm Charlie", the Muslims should reply with either "I am Muhammad" or "I am Abdullah" (slave of Allah). They want the Muslims to give up their belief, self-respect, and everything that makes them Muslims. They can try all they want; Allah has already promised victory to Islam and the Muslims.

    "Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad) till you follow their religion..."
    (Quran 2:120)

    "They desire to harm you severely. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse."
    (Quran 3:118)

    "...Indeed, the disbelievers are ever to you a clear enemy."
    (Quran 4:101)

    They intend to put out the Light of Allah (i.e. the religion of Islam, this Qur'an, and Prophet Muhammad)...But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it).
    (Quran 61:8)

    "...they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners."
    (Quran 8:30)

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    France's Extremist Secularism Is Driving Young Muslims Out Of School, Work And French Culture


    PARIS -- The day after the terror attack at Charlie Hebdo, 18-year-old Maroi -- who asked to be identified by only her first name -- arrived at her public school in the 14th arrondissement to find a wall covered with huge copies of the magazine’s cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. A Muslim, she was offended but kept quiet, because now to be considered French, she said, you have to “be Charlie.” This has left Maroi and many other young French Muslims feeling like there's no place for them in France and imagining a future where Muslims create their own separate space within the steadfastly secular nation.

    “The Jewish community found its place [here] because it created private structures for itself. There are a lot of Jewish schools and Jewish enterprises,” Maroi said. She did not want her last name published, like many other young Muslims, for fear of further discrimination at work and school. “We need to do the same thing. If the public doesn’t want us, we have to create our own structures.”

    After the attacks at the Charlie Hebdo offices and at the Hyper Cacher kosher market that left 15 civilians and 2 police officers dead, President Barack Obama urged France to better “assimilate” French Muslims into the community. A 2012 poll showed that 68 percent of people in France blame a lack of integration on the “refusal” of immigrants to integrate into French society. That integration includes conforming to what is called here "Laïcité," which translates roughly to “secularism,” the fundamental tenet that the French state and all of its institutions must be entirely free of any references to religion.

    It’s an ironclad separation of church and state, and while it leaves religious belief entirely free in the private sphere, it legislates it out of the public space.

    It also means that many young Muslims are being forced to choose between their religion and succeeding at work and school. Even some who don’t live in the banlieues, the immigrant (and largely Arab and Muslim) exurban ghettos, are contemplating moving there, finding it too difficult to go to school and work in the French secular system. That may only increase France’s high youth unemployment and school dropout rate.

    “I feel like I have to take off who I am. So I have to come to school empty?” said Maroi. “When I wear my veil, I just feel so good."

    Maroi is used to not wearing her veil at school, since France passed a law in 2004 banning religious symbols from public schools. According to an Open Society Foundation study, a year later 20 out of 36 women polled started wearing a niqab, a veil that covers the entire face except the eyes. In 2011, the niqab was outlawed in public spaces.

    Maroi changed schools last year because Lycée Emile Dubois, in the 14th arrodissement, offered a program that interested her. She said she felt pressured because of her religion as soon as she brought in her application. Thinking it wouldn’t be a problem since she was not yet a student, she wore her veil when she went to apply. She was told to remove it, and she did, but the principal then objected to her long skirt because of its length and color, black.

    “I told him: I don’t understand your charter, I’ve always worn my skirt to school,” Maroi said she told the principal during a meeting at which her father was present. “Then he takes out his passport and says, ‘I’ve been to Afghanistan. I’ve been to Qatar. When my wife goes there, she has to wear a [head]scarf. So when you’re in the Republic of France, you respect the law.”

    Maroi was born in France, and she has dual citizenship with Tunisia.

    It's not this strict in every school, Maroi said. Her friends who go to schools in the Parisian banlieues are allowed to wear long skirts.

    “If I have kids, there’s no way I will send them to public schools after what I endured there,” Maroi said. “I want them to dress the way they want.”

    For young Muslims who do manage to graduate, that pressure doesn’t lighten when they enter the workforce. Last year, France’s youth unemployment rate was 26 percent, with higher percentages in the banlieues. In one especially poor banlieue, Sevran, north of Paris, the overall unemployment rate is 18 percent, but it's more than double that -- 40 percent -- among the young.

    “Muslims, and especially Muslim women, can be discriminated against in access to employment and at work simply because they wear specific forms of dress,” according to a 2012 Amnesty International report. However, discrimination now transcends forms of dress in certain areas of Paris.

    “To find a job, you need to open up a business yourself. To get in with them, you need to act like them. I don’t want to do that,” said Sabrina, 28, who also did not want her last name published. A high school graduate, she has been looking for work for several years.

    Sabrina’s brother works at a construction site that sells materials to workers. Whenever he gets to work with his beard “too long,” his boss sends him home to shave. Fed up with being constantly chastised for his facial hair, her brother is thinking about quitting his job. The beard, like the skirt, has become an unofficial religious symbol in France.

    “If you walk on the street and you see a beard, they’ll immediately think Islam,” Maroi said. “If you have a Muslim name, you can get immediately overlooked. Even if you’re more qualified.”

    Both Maroi and Sabrina asked this reporter if life was as difficult for Muslims their age in cities in the U.K or the US. Maroi said her sister heard from a friend that things are easier in the U.K. They both agree that New York would be more accommodating to their religious lifestyle, and Maroi said she might even like to move to London.

    “I just want to be able to do what I like, while being who I am,” Sabrina said. She wanted to work with children, but realized she could never do so in France while wearing her veil. She hopes she’ll have better luck working with the elderly.

    “They should accept us how we are,” Sabrina said. “Just because we have a little something on our heads, doesn’t mean we’re bad people. We don’t do anything wrong, we just want to work. We just want to study.”



    They have demonstrated many times and in many ways that they want the Muslims to abandon Islam. Allah has already warned the Muslims about this...

    "Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion..." (Quran 2:120)

    "...Indeed, the disbelievers are ever to you a clear enemy." (Quran 4:101)

    Their attempts are only making the Muslims come more towards Islam. The youth know how horrible the western education system is and they don't want their children to go through it yet the ignorant Muslim adults rush to the western countries for this 'western education'.

    "...they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners." (Quran 8:30)

    Muslims need to start going back to Muslim lands; it is the western countries that need Muslims (hard work, intelligence, integrity, ethics, etc.) a lot more than the Muslims need the western countries. Muslims can't even practice Islam in these countries...don't the Muslims realize that not being able to practice your religion will be counted against you.

    Verily! As for those whom the angels take (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as they stayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory for them), they (angels) say (to them): "In what (condition) were you?" They reply: "We were weak and oppressed on earth." They (angels) say: "Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?" Such men will find their abode in Hell - What an evil destination! (Quran: 4:97)

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    80% of Anti-Muslim Attacks in France Against Women

    By Lucy Draper - 2/17/15

    80% of the anti-Muslim acts which occur in France are carried out against women a new report published today by Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, has revealed.

    The commissioner, who produced the report after visiting France in September last year, warned of increasing attacks directed at homosexuals, Jews and Muslims and said that there should be more efforts to integrate and care for immigrants and asylum seekers.

    Muižnieks recommends a national plan to promote and protect human rights as well as ratifying Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights on the general prohibition of discrimination in order to “further strengthen the legal framework.”

    Attacks on Muslims have been on the rise in France since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Earlier this month the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) published data that showed that between the Charlie Hebdo attacks on 7th January and the end of that month there were 147 ‘acts’ carried out against Muslims.

    In the week following the attacks the CFCM reported that 26 separate mosques had been attacked across the country. In some cases the buildings were firebombed and in other grenades were thrown.

    Fiyaz Mughal, the director of UK-based interfaith thinktank Faith Matters says that the term ‘acts’ covers a huge range of hostile actions. He says they have received complaints from Muslim women which include: “Spitting, general abuse, pulling and tearing at the niqab and the hijab, plus dog feces being thrown at women, as well as bottles from passing cars and people shouting things like ‘Muslim whore’ ‘Muslim b*tch’ or ‘Muzzie’.”

    On why he believes Muslim women might face more abuse than their male counterparts, Mughal says: “All our data... shows that visible women are the ones that are targeted at a street level. This means that women who wear the hijab are the ones that are sometimes targeted for abuse and those who wear the niqab suffer more anti-Muslim hate incidents and more aggressive assaults.”

    He also believes that there is a gender imbalance in terms of anti-Muslim hate at a street level, saying that victim data shows that perpetrators are usually white male and aged between 15-35, while their victims are mostly women and aged between 15-45.

    Sahar Aziz, a professor who teaches about Middle East law at the Texas A&M University School of Law wrote an article for American news site CNN in which she condemned the lack of response to these increased attacks from French feminists who had celebrated the 2011 ban on full face veils. “As Muslim women face threats to their safety in the anti-Muslim backlash, one cannot help but notice the deafening silence of French feminists,” Aziz writes.

    Muižnieks’s report addresses a wide-range of problems in France including racism and discrimination against a variety of people including Roma, migrants and those with disabilities.

    Although the commissioner commended France for combating the issues he raised in their courts and institutions, he went on to suggest that the country “include the fight against discrimination in a national plan to promote and protect human rights”.

    “It is essential to put an end to such acts, including on the internet, and to punish those responsible,” he wrote.


    "No doubt! the curse of Allah is on the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, oppressors, etc.)". (Quran 11:18)

    "And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day (ie. resurrection) when eyes will stare in horror." (Quran 14:42)

    Those foolish enough to believe in and follow feminist propaganda should realize that feminists' agenda is to destroy the family structure and the status of women; to destroy everything Islam teaches about modesty, family, and womanhood.

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    Increase in Muslim converts in France after Charlie Hebdo

    22nd February 2015

    The number of people accepting Islam in France has increased significantly after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, with imams reporting a growing number of people coming to take the Shahada at mosques.

    “It makes me want to go to Islam and to show everyone that this is not what Islam is about,” a young Muslim convert to Islam was quoted by RTL Radio a week ago.

    According to the radio station, the Great Mosque of Paris issued 40 reversion certificates to Islam.

    At the same period last year, the mosque gave certificates to 22 only, almost 50 percent of this year’s conversion rate.

    Percentage of converts to Islam in Strasbourg and Aubervilliers was also high, scoring around 30% increase.

    Lyon also followed the same trend with an increase of 20%.

    The imams said they were surprised at first by the increase in the number of new converts.

    Additionally, the diversity of those converts, including a doctor, a school headteacher or a police officer who all crossed the gate of the Grand Mosque to accept Islam.

    A few days after Charlie Hebdo attack, a French business director Isabelle Matic, announced her decision to revert to Islam on her FaceBook account.

    As well as condemning the attackers as unIslamic, French Muslims also called for the criminalization of insulting religions amid increasing anger around over Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish new cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (saw).



    They wanted to scare people away from Islam yet it's bringing more people to Islam. Notice that it is the educated people who are coming to Islam because they are smart enough to go learn about it while the retards continue attacking Islam with lies instead of educating themselves. They attack Islam and do false flag operations to defame Islam and scare people away from Islam, but Allah uses their own created publicity to guide people to Islam.

    "They want to put out the Light of Allah (Islam) with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate it." (Quran 61:8)

    "They plot and plan, and Allah too plans; but the best of planners is Allah." (Quran 8:30)

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    French cartoonist Zeon arrested for anti-Zionist work


    The French cartoonist Zeon was [arrested] Tuesday morning … by four police officers of the Brigade of Repression of Delinquency People (BRDP).

    [At 7am] four police officers woke the cartoonist to take him before the judge to the High Court Instance of Paris. A complaint appears to have been filed by the BNVCA (National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism).

    The complaint seems to refer to the drawing – for which Zeon had yet been released last year by the 17th chamber – representing a balance and unbalanced weight of several historical crimes, but also for another drawing, which was not retained by the prosecutor at the trial, representing a Palestinian child stabbed by a knife-shaped Israel.

    The judge has indicted the designer of incitement to racial, religious hatred, by speech, writing, picture or means of electronic communication. Zeon refused to answer his questions. He was set free in late morning.

    Quick reminder on the BNVCA

    The National Bureau of Vigilance against Racism and Anti-Semitism was founded by the Commissioner of Police Sammy Ghozlan in March 2002 with Union support Jewish bosses of France and the Word and Light Association (offshoot of the Simon Center Wiesenthal).

    According BNVCA site itself, this organization has a unique community privilege to make complaints of “anti-Semitic aggression.”

    Source: Alain Soral’s Egalite Réconciliation



    It's freedom of speech when a French cartoonists draws pictures to Insult Islam and Muslims, and they claim a "right to offend", but there is no freedom of speech when a cartoonist depicts the truth of what Israel does to Palestinian children. The Palestinians (ie. Arabs) are Semites just as the (original) Jews are, so the Arabs could have tried to get the Charlie cartoonists arrested and charged on anti-semitism.

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    Pregnant Muslim woman violently attacked for Hijab by French Bigots


    A heavily pregnant woman has been hospitalised in France after being assaulted by two men in what her husband claims was an 'Islamophobic act'.

    One of the attackers hit 29-year-old Kedidja, who was wearing a headscarf, several times and threw her to the ground as she dropped her two children off at school in Toulouse, La Depeche reports.

    Her husband Munir says they grabbed her hair and pulled at her veil while yelling 'none of that here' at the nine-months-pregnant woman who is due to give birth in mid-April.

    She is now recovering and her unborn baby is believed to be unharmed, but her husband revealed that she has not stopped crying since the attack on Tuesday morning.

    He added: 'My wife had just put our two daughters to school, one in kindergarten and one in elementary school.

    'Upon leaving, she met two young men. One of them grabbed her hair, pulled on her veil and insulted her.

    'After the final few blows and a some more insults - including death threats - the two boys ran away, leaving her extremely shocked.'

    The assailant's friend reportedly stopped the attack from continuing before the pair shouted racist abuse and threatened to kill her.

    There was a similarly violent incident in June 2013 when a pregnant Muslim woman was assaulted in the suburbs of Paris by two alleged 'skinheads' for wearing a face-veil. The woman tragically suffered a miscarriage.

    Islamic clothing has been a divisive issue in secular extremist France and the country banned full-face veils from all public areas in 2010 after outlawing headscarves from all state schools in 2004.

    But French authorities have been concerned by a rise in Islamophobia since the attacks in Paris in January.

    In the two weeks following the shootings there were 128 anti-Muslim incidents registered, which is almost the same number as in the whole of 2014.


    "...Indeed, the disbelievers are ever to you a clear enemy.
    "(Quran 4:101)

    "Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad) till you follow their religion..."
    (Quran 2:120)

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    French PM calls for ban on Islamic headscarves at universities

    Manuel Valls also claims most French people think Islam is incompatible with values of Republic

    The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, has sparked controversy by suggesting the Muslim headscarf should be banned in universities and that a majority of French people think Islam is incompatible with the values of the Republic.

    The Socialist, under pressure over contested labour reforms and growing street protest movements, reopened the divisive question of whether students could be banned from wearing headscarves at French universities.

    In a long interview with the daily Libération, he was asked whether headscarves should be banned by law from universities and replied: “It should be done,” conceding that the constitution made it difficult.

    But other Socialist ministers immediately contradicted him. “There is no need for a law on the headscarf at university,” said Thierry Mandon, the higher education minister. He said students were adults, and as such they “have every right to wear a headscarf. The headscarf is not banned in French society.”

    Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the education minister, said she did not support banning headscarves from universities, adding that students were young adults with “freedom of conscience and religious liberty” to do as they please. “Our universities also have a lot of foreign students. Are we going to ban them access because in their culture there’s a certain type of clothing?” she said. [Real reason they don't want to ban it, all that money]

    In the past, figures on the right, including the former president Nicolas Sarkozy, have suggested headscarves should be banned from higher education.

    But university leaders have consistently expressed strong opposition to any ban, saying students should be able to do as they please and that discriminating against students in headscarves is illegal.

    The issue of Islamic head coverings has long been a highly contentious political issue in France, which has some of the hardest-hitting legislation on headscarves in Europe. In 2004 it banned girls from wearing headscarves in state schools, along with other religious symbols such as crosses or turbans. In 2011, Sarkozy controversially banned the niqab (a full-face Muslim veil) from all public places. State workers in the public service must by law be impartial and neutral, and so cannot show their religious belief with an outward symbol such as a headscarf.

    In December last year, the French national consulting body, the Observatory of Secularism, found it would be “neither useful, nor appropriate” to legislate on the wearing of religious symbols – including headscarves – at universities.

    Abdallah Zekri, head of the Observatory on Islamophobia and a member of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, expressed exasperation that the prime minister was suggesting Muslims in France had not already demonstrated that their religion was totally compatible with life in France.

    “We’re fed up of being stigmatised ... [and] of this populist discourse which is worse than the far-right,” he told BFM TV.

    Patrick Mennuci, a Socialist MP in the Bouches-du-Rhone, tweeted of Valls’s comments on the headscarf in universities: “Why open a debate that doesn’t exist? Let’s concentrate on real problems.”

    A Twitter hashtag sprung up called #VraisProblemesUniversite (real problems at University) in which people suggested issues that were more important to debate.

    With only a year to go until the 2017 French presidential election, François Hollande’s Socialist government, headed by Valls, is under increasing criticism from both the right and the left. Opposition to labour reforms has led to the government to back-track in order to attempt to appease young people after students and high-school unions took to the streets to protest.

    Hollande’s poll ratings have dropped dramatically and he is now the least popular French president on record, with some on the broader left raising doubts over whether he can successively run again for another presidential term next year. The tough-talking Valls, once a popular interior minister, has also seen his popularity drop to its lowest levels, with an approval rating of 22% in a recent Elabe poll for LesEchos.

    Since the Paris attacks in November, the Socialist government has led a hard line on security, surveillance and justice issues. Valls, a former mayor of the town of Evry outside Paris, recently warned that radical Salfists were“winning the ideological and cultural battle” in France. He said Salafists represented one percent of Muslims in France but their “message” was the only one that ended up being heard.


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    Burqa ban five years on - 'We created a monster'


    Exactly five years after France's controversial burqa-ban was adopted, a professor who has spent years studying its impact tells The Local it has been a "complete failure" and even helped create a real threat to France.

    Five years after France introduced its controversial ban on wearing the full Islamic face veil in public, the subject still bitterly divides opinion.

    While public opinion polls suggest most French are in favour of the so-called 2010 burqa ban, as is the Socialist government, some experts who have studied its impact tell a different story.

    Agnès de Féo, a sociologist and filmmaker who has explored the subject for ten years and studied the impact of the 2010 law, says it has been “a total failure”.

    ‘We created a monster’

    She argues it has both encouraged Islamophobia as well as given Muslim extremists more cause to feel the need to rise up against the French state.

    “We created a monster," De Féo tells The Local.

    "Those who have left to go and fight in Syria say that this law is one of things that encouraged them. They saw it as a law against Islam. It had the effect of sending a message that Islam was not welcome in France,” she says. [It is not, what else would you call it? ]

    The 2,000 or so women who wore the niqab before 2010, “were hardly a threat to French culture or society” De Feo says, unlike the home-grown jihadists who represent a real menace to social cohesion in the country.

    Defenders of the 2010 law, brought in under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, argued that its main aim as part of a security measure to bar anyone from being able to hide their identity in public. Secondly supporters said it would help promote freedom and respect for women. Those who flout the ban are subject to €150 fines, while some undergo citizenship courses.

    But critics, like De Féo argued at the time that the law was simply brought in to win votes and pander to Islamophobes.

    “Islamophobia works very well in France,” she says. “Both on the right and the left”.

    “People had the impression that the women wearing the veil were abused by men. But in ten years I have never met a woman who was forced to wear the veil by a man,” she says.

    “People presented this cliché that Muslim women needed to be saved from men.” [They do need saving but from secular extremist french men]

    De Féo says the 2010 ban has only helped to normalise and encourage Islamophobia in France.

    “We now live in a society where people think it’s normal to insult Muslim women wearing the full veil just because they are disobeying the law,” she says, pointing to several unsavoury incidents in recent years including women being attacked and having their veils pulled off their faces.

    “The more these women are insulted, the more they feel they are not accepted in France. It’s a total rupture with society.”

    She argues the law has encouraged the kind of “communitarianism”, which France is ever desperate to avoid, because those who insist on wearing the niqab stay in the housing estates where they live.

    "The don’t leave for fear of being insulted or stopped by police," de Féo says.

    Before 2010 there were considered to be only around 2,000 Muslim women wearing the veil in France, but according to De Féo the motivation for many women who wear the veil now has altered.

    Many niqab wearers are young converts, single women and often divorced.

    “Before the ban most Muslim women wore the veil for religious reasons,” she says. “Now a lot of the women who wear the niqab, started doing so after the law was introduced. They converted to Islam and began wearing the veil because it became an identity to them.

    “For them it’s an act of resistance against the state, just like the punk or skinhead movements. That’s why they are happy to pay their €150 fines.”

    Nicolas Cadenne from France Secularism Observatory agreed.

    “Certain women who wear the veil just want to provoke. They wear it in public to cause annoyance or fear and they are not scared of the police,” he told The Local.

    One niqab-wearing woman in France confirmed that view to Le Monde newspaper.

    “It’s my way of fighting, to say no to the government, who took away my liberty,” said a woman named Leila who began wearing the veil after 2010.

    Story continues below…

    That view is backed up by the figures released from France’s interior ministry to coincide with the five year anniversary since the law was brought in.

    Since the burqa-ban came into force a total of 1,623 stops have been made by police and 1,546 fines of €150 given out, but only against 908 women.

    That’s because many of those controls have involved stopping repeat offenders. Indeed one woman has been fined 33 times and five women have been fined more than 14 times each.

    And the number of fines being handed out is on the rise, with 234 being issued in 2011 compared to 397 in 2014.

    The way the law has been applied has also been a problem with many police officers more inclined to turn a blind eye, especially in sensitive suburbs, where relations between local youths and police are already fraught.

    In 2013 one police check on a woman wearing the veil provoked three days of rioting.

    Despite the views of De Féo and other critics, the ban seems here to stay.

    In 2014 it was given the backing of the European Court of Human Rights. [so called "human rights" of the hypocrites]


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    When a Swimsuit Is a Security Threat


    August 24, 2016

    Washington — Fifteen towns in France have issued bans on the full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women and nicknamed the “burkini,” citing public order and security concerns. According to the ordinance in Cannes, “Beach attire that ostentatiously displays a religious affiliation, while France and places of worship are the target of terrorist acts, is likely to create risks to public order.”

    How do pants, a long-sleeve shirt and a head covering made of swimsuit material threaten public safety?

    According to France’s prime minister, Manuel Valls, the suit is part of “the enslavement of women.” In a newspaper interview, the mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, said: “The burkini is the uniform of extremist Islamism, not of the Muslim religion.”

    These explanations may seem ludicrous, but Mr. Valls and Mr. Lisnard perfectly summed up the two contradictory public order rationales that European courts all the way up to the European Court of Human Rights use when dealing with Muslim women in religious garb. According to Europe’s highest court of human rights, Muslim women in head scarves and burqas are simultaneously victims, in need of a government savior, and aggressors, spreading extremism merely by appearing Muslim in public.

    The jurisprudence reflects a perspective deeply ingrained in the French conception of Muslims and Muslim religious garb. To the extent that these French politicians were calculating their legal risk when banning burkinis, they had to know the European Court of Human Rights, which has routinely affirmed lower courts on these issues, would be on their side if they cited public order concerns.

    The same rationale has been used to deny a schoolteacher the right to wear her head scarf in the classroom, and to bar a university student from sitting for an exam while wearing a head scarf.

    Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights is the key provision, and it lays out a broad conception of “the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe; this includes the right of a person “in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.” However, a further clause allows for exceptions — limits on the manifestation of belief as “necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.”

    Unfortunately, the European Court of Human Rights has shown time and again that a challenged state can satisfy these exceptions largely in the strength of unsubstantiated stereotypes (the notion of a burkini as a type of jihadist “uniform” comes to mind). One reason member states get away with this is the court’s consistent deference to national officials and judges — tipping the balance in favor of the government and against the plaintiff.

    This deference has been institutionalized by the makeup of the court, since each member state gets one judge on the bench, and the court always includes the relevant national judge when it hears a case, either as a seven-judge chamber or a 17-strong “grand chamber.” (Recent Muslim religious-clothing cases have gone to the grand chamber.)

    States also benefit from the court’s “margin of appreciation” doctrine, which gives wide latitude to member countries on issues of cultural identity, particularly in religious liberty cases. In the case of Muslim religious claims heard at the court, sweeping generalizations and unreasonable fears have often taken the place of rigorous legal reasoning and sound evidence.

    The jurisprudence has been consistent over years. In 2001, in Dahlab v. Switzerland, the court held that for young pupils, seeing their teacher in a head scarf could be coercive because “the wearing of a head scarf might have some kind of proselytizing effect.” Since the wearing of a head scarf, the court found, “appears to be imposed on women by a precept which is laid down in the Quran,” that made the custom “hard to square with the principle of gender equality.” The court ruled that a woman in a hijab could not deliver “the message of tolerance, respect for others and, above all, equality and nondiscrimination that all teachers in a democratic society must convey to their pupils.”

    In the 2005 case Sahin v. Turkey, the court addressed a religious liberty claim by a woman prohibited by the Turkish government from sitting for a university examination while wearing a head scarf. The court reiterated its reasoning from Dahlab, explaining that upholding the ban helped promote gender equality. It also furthered Turkey’s interest in “fighting extremism.” Here again, the woman in religious garb was simultaneously a victim and a threat.

    In 2014, the court decided S.A.S. v. France, a case challenging France’s 2010 law banning face-covering veils, including the niqab and the burqa. Despite the far broader application of this ban, the court’s grand chamber upheld it on even squishier grounds than public safety. It ruled that banning the burqa helped preserve “the conditions of ‘living together.’ ” In other words, a woman wearing the burqa in public infringed the “rights and freedoms of others” who might be offended by it.

    The same twisted logic is at play in the French ordinances against the burkini. To an American spectator, such bans probably appear a blatant restriction on religious liberty, or liberty generally, but what is striking is that the European jurisprudence upholding them speaks in the language of human rights. By couching prejudice and fear in the language of Article 9 exceptions, the court in effect uses human rights laws to limit human rights.


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    After Burkini Bans, France Moves to Open Nudist Park in Paris

    By Siobhán O'Grady - September 27, 2016

    This summer, France sparked international outrage after dozens of cities and towns banned women from wearing burkinis - full-body swimsuits favored by some Muslims - in public swimming pools and beaches.

    But going totally nude in the capital of Paris? Well, soon there will be no problem with that at all.

    By as early as next summer, nudists may be able to enjoy a special designated area of Paris where they can let it all hang out, now that city Councillors have approved pending plans for the experimental area.

    Councilman David Belliard said that there are two million nudists in France, and that count doubles during summer months when tourism booms.

    "For them Paris is the world's premier tourist destination and there's no public place for them to go," he said. "We want to try out a recreational area where nudists can freely strip off."

    France's Muslim population is about 5 million, or more than twice as large as the country's naturist hordes, at least in the offseason.

    And Parisian Deputy Mayor Bruno Julliard has said that both he and Mayor Anne Hidalgo support the plan so long as it takes place somewhere just outside of the urban center, "near a lake [or] in a regulated setting so that there is no threat to public order."

    His choice of wording is ironic, considering that burkinis worn in similar settings - at beaches, lakes, or pools - were labeled as serious threats to public disorder this summer.

    But Belliard, a Green Party member, insists he wants nothing to do with the debate over the burkini.

    "People can dress how they want to and thus choose to not get dressed at all," he said this week.


    This is their western white values where they promote nudity, porn, and promiscuity while banning modesty. These are the people we are foretold about, the ones who will have sex openly in public like animals, and upon whom the final Day of Judgment will commence.


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    President Hollande has admitted 'France has a problem with Islam' and warned that the country's national symbol will one day be a woman in a burka

    • Hollande said France 'has a problem with Islam' in a private conversation
    • Said ethnic minority footballers are 'guys from the estates without values'
    • Conversation contained in book called 'A President Should Not Say That…'

    French president Francois Hollande has admitted the country 'has a problem with Islam' and warned France's national symbol will one day by a woman in a burka.

    Hollande also branded ethnic minority football stars as 'guys from the estates, without references, without values, who leave France too early', it emerged today.

    The words were all part of a more general attack on people from Muslim backgrounds whom the Socialist Mr Hollande views as a major difficulty for his country.

    But it is his obvious disdain for outstanding sportsmen – many of whom move to Britain – that is currently causing the most controversy.
    In a private conversation contained in a new book called 'A President Should Not Say That…' Mr Hollande says footballers are all part of a serious identity crisis.

    He told journalists that there was a 'fragmentation, an ethnicisation' in the France international team and that the 'facts were terrible'.

    Mr Hollande made his comments soon after his election in 2012, where he said: 'There is no attachment in this France team. 'They are guys from the estates, with no references, no values, who leave for France too soon'. He said all were poorly educated and not 'psychologically prepared to know the difference between good and evil.'

    In fact, Paris-born Muslims such as Paul Pogba of France and Manchester United are among the most successful players in the world today. Not only did Pogba score for his country in a victory against Holland this week, but he is known for his exemplary off-field behaviour.

    So is the clean living Riyad Mahrez, of Leicester and Algeria, who as well as being a Paris Muslim was the Premiership player of the year in England last season.

    During his election campaign, Mr Holland was regularly on the estates, claiming he was at one with poor communities. But his hypocrisy has now been exposed by authors Gerard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme, Le Monde journalists who base their book on 61 interviews carried out with Mr Hollande over the last four years. He reveals that he no longer supports mass immigration, saying 'I think there are too many arrivals,' and says: 'It's true there's a problem with Islam, it's true. It's not in doubt.'

    Mr Hollande says of Marianne, the mythical female symbol of the French Republic: 'The veiled woman of today will be the Marianne tomorrow.'

    - dailymail


    So in other words, this islamophobic secular extremist nation of people have are crying now that Muslims have no loyalty to them and the sports players go to a different country? Maybe they should learn to stop oppressing minorities and stop there secular extremism. It is they who have a problem with Islam and Muslims, who have no values mentally too retarded to know the difference between good and evil or tolerance and intolerance or extremism and acceptance.

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    ‘Muslim women should wear MINISKIRTS - and not the burka,' Sarkozy blasts radical Islam

    FRENCH presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to put an end to religious extremism in a sensational attack on radical Islam.

    Less than a month before the right-wing primary election, the former leader ramped up his rhetoric in a live television interview.

    The right-winger said he, as president, would not let Muslims ‘rule’ France, and impose their own oppressive laws on women. [only oppressive law is theirs]

    He said: “Extremism must be eradicated; it’s a matter of urgency. If we don’t act now, if we turn a blind eye to Islamists, in 10 years, every single French Muslim woman will be forced to wear the Islamic face veil.” [secular extremism must be eradicated or you will see what Muslims will do]

    The hardline [extremist jewish] presidential candidate said that protecting Muslim women was his “duty” [by stripping them naked by force] and that the full-face Islamic veil should be “banned” from all French universities. [oppression much? ]

    He told television channel BFM TV: “I want Muslim women to be free [they are you moron]. I want them to be able to choose their husband [they do]; I want them to be able to wear their hair loose and uncovered [they do at home you idiot]; and I want them to be able to wear miniskirts and tight jeans [not outside the home to please your horny perverted eyes].”

    Mr Sarkozy also said France’s long-standing laws on secularism had to be respected: “We need rules. I don’t want young Muslim women to wear the face veil because their tyrannical husband, father, or brother says they have to.” [they were to stop perverted freaks like you from ogling at them]

    He also promised to ban the burkini – a body-covering Islamic swimsuit – from all French beaches if he is re-elected president next spring. He warned: “The burkini suggests that the female form is shameful and provocative, and is a symbol of Islamic extremism. In France, a woman’s body is not the devil.” [In france, women body is piece of meat for anyone to gawk at]

    Mr Sarkozy also spoke about the thorny issue of immigration, and said that sooner or later, migrants would head back to the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais, which is currently being dismantled.

    He said: “It’s not the end of the ‘Jungle’. “I don’t understand what the government is doing. Asylum seekers must be given sanctuary, but immigrants who are not fleeing armed conflict of persecution must be sent home.” [stop bombing their countries then you war mongers]



    What else can you expect from this perverted filthy secular extremists. They have stripped their own women naked and made them nothing more than sexual objects and meats to be ogled at in the streets. While the nuns and mother of Jesus cover themselves in the west, we give honor to all our women to cover themselves to the same extent. Inshallah these perverted sick pedophiles will never have their way.

    Study: Bikinis Make Men See Women as Objects, Scans Confirm

    Study: hijab is linked to positive body image in women

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    Algerians take steps to prosecute France for nuclear tests

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    The top human rights organisation in Algeria announced yesterday that it has contacted the UN Human Rights Council regarding France’s refusal to admit to the crimes of its nuclear test programme. The French government carried out 17 nuclear tests in the Algerian desert, causing the death of 42,000 individuals; thousands more were left chronically ill due to being exposed to nuclear radiation.

    The details were revealed in a statement by the National Secretary of the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights, Houari Kaddour, who is tasked with this issue, during an interview with Anadolu news agency. Kaddour stressed that his organisation “is trying to use all legal means to put the French authorities on trial and prosecute them in all international legal bodies, as well as in the EU, for their crimes.”

    Algeria marked the 57th anniversary of the French nuclear tests two days ago. They were carried out between 1960 and 1966; Algeria gained independence from France in 1962. The French authorities still refuse to admit to these crimes and instead have announced that they will pay financial compensation to the victims.

    According to Kaddour, his organisation contacted the UN Human Rights council and requested it to look into the crimes. “We also urged the Algerians in Europe to help us find lawyers specialising in international law to file a lawsuit against France in the next three months, before the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in the EU. We also plan to prosecute France in the local courts in Switzerland which specialise in international crimes.”

    Kaddour said that his organisation is coordinating with a number of human rights and international bodies in this regard, including all international human rights organisations, international organisations against nuclear testing, and French human rights groups. He noted that the Algerians had submitted over 730,000 compensation cases that were rejected by the compensation committee due to the impossible conditions imposed on the victims. Civilian victims, he added, are not recognised.

    The Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights accused the Algerian authorities of “not putting enough pressure on France to admit to these crimes.”


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    France's burqa ban upheld by human rights court

    European judges declare that preservation of a certain idea of 'living together' was legitimate aim of French authorities.

    by Kim Willsher - July 1, 2014

    Judges at the European court of human rights (ECHR) have upheld France's burqa ban, accepting Paris's argument that it encouraged citizens to "live together".

    The law, introduced in 2010, makes it illegal for anyone to cover their face in a public place. While it also covers balaclavas and hoods, the ban has been criticized as targeting Muslim women.

    The case was brought by an unnamed 24-year-old French citizen of Pakistani origin, who wears both the burqa, covering her entire head and body, and the niqab, leaving only her eyes uncovered.

    She was represented by solicitors from Birmingham in the UK, who claimed the outlawing of the full-face veil was contrary to six articles of the European convention. They argued it was "inhumane and degrading, against the right of respect for family and private life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of speech and discriminatory".

    The French government asked the court to throw out the case, claiming that the law was not aimed at the burqa or veil but any covering of the face in a public place, and also applied to hoods and helmets when not worn on a motor vehicle.

    The court heard that out of an estimated five million Muslims living in France – the exact figure is unknown as it is illegal to gather data by religion or ethnic group – only about 1,900 women were estimated to be affected by the ban, according to 2009 research. French officials told the judges this figure had since dropped by half "thanks to a major public information campaign".

    The complainant, named only by the initials SAS, was described as a "perfect French citizen with an university education …who speaks of her republic with passion".

    Her lawyer Tony Muman told the ECHR last November: "She's a patriot" adding that she had suffered "absolutely no pressure" from her family or relatives to cover herself. While she was prepared to uncover her face for identity checks, she insisted on the right to wear the full-face veil, Muman said.

    The European judges decided otherwise, declaring that the preservation of a certain idea of "living together" was the "legitimate aim" of the French authorities.

    Isabelle Niedlispacher, representing the Belgian government, which introduced a similar ban in 2011 and which was party to the French defense, declared both the burqa and niqab "incompatible" with the rule of law.

    Aside from questions of security and equality, she added: "It's about social communication, the right to interact with someone by looking them in the face and about not disappearing under a piece of clothing."

    The French and Belgian laws were aimed at "helping everyone to integrate", Niedlispacher added.

    The ECHR has already upheld France's ban on headscarves in educational establishments, and its regulation requiring the removal of scarves, veils and turbans for security checks.

    Tuesday's legal decision came a few days after France's highest court, the cour de cassation, upheld the firing of a creche worker for "serious misconduct" after she arrived for work wearing a veil. The woman has said she will appeal to the ECHR.


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    Marine Le Pen has arrived in Lebanon to find out that the Christians she thought were her allies aren't on her side at all

    The National Front leader thought that Lebanon, burdened with a million Syrian refugees, should send them home as soon as the war is over. She clearly did not know that tens of thousands of Lebanese are actually related to Syrians

    by Robert Fisk - 23 February 2017

    Marine Le Pen has been doing a little Trumping in Beirut. Yes, all the way from Paris she came to ride her French presidential election campaign through the sectarian thickets of Lebanon by refusing to wear a veil to meet the Sunni Muslim Grand Mufti. Given the nonsense she spoke to the (Christian) president of Lebanon and the schoolgirl interview she granted to the country's (Christian) French-language newspaper, many Lebanese - and a few Christians, too - concluded that this wretched lady embarked on her visit with the sole aim of insulting the country's Muslims.

    Of course, it was a publicity stunt. Marine Le Pen doesn't care about the votes of Lebanese Christians who hold French passports - her Front National (FN) anyway wants to get such dual nationals to choose their country of citizenship, so the poor old Christians of Lebanon whom Le Pen supposedly loves may have to abandon their country of origin if they want France to "protect" them from the Muslim hordes. No, her refusal to wear a veil - a mere headscarf to show respect to the Sunni Mufti, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian - was intended for her domestic audience in France. Muslims want to subjugate women. It was the old message. To hell with Lebanon. Which is surely why she was accompanied on this pantomime by more French than Lebanese journalists.

    Had the Mufti been given some decent advice, he might have declined to see this ghostly relic of the French Mandate, the post-World War One military "protection" which the League of Nations forced upon Lebanon. The latter began when a one-armed French general sent his tanks against Arab cavalry west of Damascus and ended not long after Lebanon was forced to endure a year of rule by Vichy France - whose anti-Semitic leader, Marshal Philippe Pétain, would surely have approved of Le Pen's visit.

    No wonder the Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt - on a trip to François Hollande in Paris, where Le Pen should have stayed - denounced her visit as an insult to the Lebanese people. "I hope France will make a better choice than this right-wing fascist," he said in his deceptively mild voice. But the infamous veil was essential for another reason - it successfully covered the far more sectarian interference of Le Pen in the Lebanese-Syrian crisis that has afflicted Lebanon, on and off, for 40 years. Her first visit to a head of state was to Michel Aoun, the newly installed Lebanese president whose reputation, until he arrived at the Baabda palace above Beirut, was not dissimilar to that of Donald Trump himself.

    Once a fierce enemy of the Hafez al-Assad regime in Damascus, he was later to declare himself a friend of Syria and - so desperate was he to become president - allied himself with Syria's militia ally, the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah. Thus when Marine Le Pen repeated her support for Hafez's son Bashar in his battle against Isis, she met little resistance from Aoun - of whom more later.

    But Aoun's Sunni Muslim Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who still blames the Syrians for the murder of his late father Rafic, turned on the FN leader for confusing the Muslim faith with Islamist fundamentalism. "Moderate" Muslims, who were in an overwhelming majority, were the first victims of "terrorism", he told her sharply. And a clutch of Christian leaders - whom Le Pen presumably thought would take her side - upbraided her for suggesting that France should support President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war. This was the detonation behind Jumblatt's excoriation of this sad jewel of right-wing French politics.

    Not that this affected the florid style of the FN presidential contender who went on to give an interview of unparalleled insensitivity to L'Orient Le Jour, the earnest francophone daily which serves Lebanon's minority Christian community. Like a child careening through the undergrowth of an old battlefield, Marine Le Pen marched knee-deep through the buried wreckage of civil war. She praised the Syrian government as the only alternative to an ISIS victory, urged her own government to re-open the French embassy in Damascus and even drew comparisons between Lebanon and Syria and post-war France and Germany. Would she like to meet Assad himself, Le Pen was asked?

    "Of course," she replied. "Because I want everyone to be around the table. If France and Germany could make peace, I think that Lebanon and Syria are able to make peace. And I think it's possible to make peace because of the struggle against a common enemy. This common enemy is obviously the Islamic State ISIS...I said from the start of this conflict - and I was the only one to say it at the time - that to help in the downfall of Bashar al-Assad was to allow ISIS to take over Syria." The parallels were false, of course. While it was intriguing to see how the Le Pen brain equated Lebanon with France and Syria with ex-Nazi Germany, the post-war peace in Europe was concluded not in the face of a common enemy but to ensure that Europeans never went to war again.

    But Le Pen ploughed on. "In Syria, I think that those who staked [their hopes] on a moderate opposition which was unconnected to any Islamist fundamentalism have had to conclude that this opposition, if it exists [sic], was derisory and could not provide an alternative to Bashar al-Assad. In geopolitics, you must often make the choice of the least bad, and for me the least bad is Bashar al-Assad. I am French and I consider that he was not a danger to France." Le Pen's remarks were doubly painful for the Lebanese. Firstly, because Levantine Christians, while dependent on Assad's protection inside Syria, do not necessarily support the government - indeed, tens of thousands of Lebanese Christians still demand the end of the Assad regime and loathed Le Pen's use of the word "derisory". Secondly, however, Le Pen scratched the ugly surface of the West's own compromised policy towards Assad - which originally demanded his overthrow (or promised his imminent demise) and then grudgingly (a la Boris Johnson's cringe-making performance to the Lords international affairs committee) accepted that he is going to remain in power. In other words, Assad is the only rampart against Islamist fundamentalism in Syria.

    Le Pen even thought that Lebanon, burdened with a million Syrian refugees, should send them home as soon as the war is over. It was another attempt to stitch her flagrant anti-immigration politics onto Lebanon; and it came badly undone since Le Pen clearly did not know that tens of thousands of Lebanese are related to Syrians and have extended Syrian families. Indeed, a vast throng of Lebanese regarded themselves as Syrians before Le Pen's beloved France decided to carve Lebanon out of Syria and create a border between the two after the First World War.

    This was all very strange. After all, several FN supporters joined the right-wing Christian militias during the 1975-90 Lebanese civil war; and one of them is currently a bodyguard for Le Pen herself. Didn't they tip her off that Lebanon might not be quite the place to play domestic French politics? Not by chance did one Christian Lebanese writer compare her waffle about French "protection" to the Seventh Crusade and the solemn charter of French King Louis IX, who promised the Christian Maronites of Lebanon "the special protection which we give to the French themselves".

    Perhaps she thought that President Aoun was the Christians' special protector. Another strange idea. In 1990, then Lebanese General Michel Aoun believed he was the president of Lebanon (albeit unelected) and declared that prime minister Selim Hoss was the Pontius Pilate of Lebanon - suggesting that he, Aoun, might have a more lofty role in the Biblical story. But he enjoyed a comparison to Napoleon when he launched a "war of liberation" against Syrian troops in Lebanon, then ran to hide in the French ambassador's residence as the Syrians stormed the Baabda palace. Asked by a journalist in his Paris exile if he didn't feel responsible for the Lebanese soldiers and civilians who had been killed in his earlier conflict with Syria, he replied: "C'est la guerre." Which sounded more than a little mad. When he eventually achieved the presidency, these Trump-like characteristics briefly ceased.

    But then, setting off for Egypt this month, Aoun stated publicly that Hezbollah was part of Lebanon's defense against Israel, since the Lebanese army was "weak". The Lebanese army will be less "weak" if it receives $3bn (£2.4bn) worth of arms promised by France and paid for by Saudi Arabia - but why should the Sunni Saudis bankroll an army which is supposed, according to Aoun, to fight alongside the Shiite Hezbollah - which is also fighting alongside the Syrian forces of Bashar al-Assad whom the Saudis still want to overthrow?

    Aoun's assertion was in total contravention of UN Security Council resolution 1701, which put UN troops on the Lebanese-Israeli border to safeguard the country's sovereignty. When the UN's representative in Beirut objected, she was told that the Lebanese foreign minister - who just happens to be the son-in-law of President Aoun - declined to see her. All of this passed Le Pen by.

    But one thing is certain. Unless she becomes the president of France - which still seems highly unlikely - President Assad of Syria will treat Mlle Le Pen with a great deal of caution. He and his allies - including Russia - are still winning their war against ISIS and Nusrah and other opposition fighters without any help from France. Who wants the Front National on their side?



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