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Bat Ye'or: One on One: A 'dhimmi' view of Europe

Geplaatst: Do Jul 10, 2008 12:35 pm
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One on One: A 'dhimmi' view of Europe
By RUTHIE BLUM

'I always thought I'd be writing novels," says Bat Ye'or, her wistfulness somehow adding an extra touch of class to her thick French accent. "Not such serious work."
BAT YEOR. "The whole Muslim...

BAT YEOR. "The whole Muslim world is becoming more and more radicalized  more rooted in Sharia, and less open to anything outside the religion."
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Given the gravity of her subject matter, and what some might consider her alarmist way with words, this is hard to believe. But then, so is the historian's life story, which is the stuff that sagas are made of.

Hers began in Egypt during World War II. The daughter of a middle-class Jewish family named Orebi, Bat Ye'or (her trademark pseudonym, which in Hebrew means "daughter of the Nile") fled with her parents to England in 1957 - after suffering the brunt of the anti-Semitism she claims characterized the entire Arab world.

In 1959, she married a Briton - also a historian - whom she prefers not to name, to protect his and her privacy. The couple then moved to and settled in Switzerland in 1960, where they raised their children and continue to reside.

She is the author of eight books, including The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians under Islam (1985); The Decline of Eastern Christianity: From Jihad to Dhimmitude (1996); Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide (2001); and - the one which captured international attention and catapulted her into the center of controversy - Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis (2005). Saying that Europe is basically finished, due to its kissing up to the Arabs, will do that.

Here recently to promote the release of her best-selling "cautionary tale" in Hebrew (EuroArabia, Schocken Publishers; translation by Arie Hashavia), Bat Ye'or explains why she believes the West in general, and Europe in particular, is in state of denial at best, and dhimmitude at worst. To make matters more complicated, she asserts, though the citizens of European countries long to preserve their individual and collective cultures of freedom and democracy - which they have been exhibiting at the polls - the European Union, influenced by the UN-backed Islamic leadership, advocates appeasement and passivism.

In an hour-long interview on the terrace of her Mishkenot Sha'ananim digs overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, Bat Ye'or expounds on her bleak prognosis in an articulate tirade, raising her voice now and then for emphasis, pausing occasionally to laugh. What she has to say about the state of the world, however, is more likely to make one cry.

Why do you use a pseudonym?

For many reasons. First of all, when I left Egypt and started living in Europe, I found that I had changed - that I was no longer the person I had been before.

Secondly, I have always preferred to keep my personal and professional lives separate. I have always wanted my social standing to be distinct from my being the wife of my husband, the daughter of my parents and the mother of my children. It is a matter of independence.

Why did your family leave Egypt?

We left as part of the big exodus of Jews from Arab-Muslim countries. Jews suffered from severe anti-Semitism, especially in Egypt. There was a powerful Nazi community, established by [then Egyptian president Gamal Abdel] Nasser. There were many anti-Jewish laws. There was a general feeling of insecurity. There was open hatred expressed by the Muslim Brotherhood, especially in relation to the Palestine issue. As early as World War II - particularly after the November 1945 pogroms in Egypt - Jews began leaving the country. Many went to Israel. At that time there was a Zionist underground. Zionism was made a criminal offense for which you could be jailed or even tortured. So, many young people left. For the old people, of course, it was difficult, because many were members of the bourgeoisie, and it was forbidden for Jews to take any money or assets out of the country when they left. My parents' assets were confiscated, for example, which created economic problems for our family.

Are you saying that as World War II ended, and in Europe Nazism became taboo, it was gaining strength in the Arab world?

Yes, but even before and throughout the war, both Nazism and fascism were strong in the Arab world. Hitler and Mussolini were heroes. The whole Middle East was in turmoil because the Arab-Muslim populations were all favorable to Nazism and anti-Semitic policies.

How much of what was going on in the death camps in Europe were you and other Jews in Egypt aware of at the time?

We knew everything. I remember my parents listening very carefully to the radio. And it was also in the newspaper. But also, my mother's family was in France, and they were forced to wear the yellow star. So we knew.

When you heard about the peace treaty that Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin signed with Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1979, how did you feel?

I wasn't following it that carefully, due to family problems. Nor was I familiar with Israeli politics at the time. But I trusted Begin to do the best thing for Israel. So, I did have hope. Still, what you have to understand is that the problem is much larger than Egypt. The whole Muslim world is becoming more and more radicalized - more rooted in Shari'a, and less open to anything outside the religion. This is due to the policies of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), with 57 Islamic member states and a permanent delegation to the UN. At its last summit in December 2005, it decided upon a 10-year plan, one of whose resolutions was to root the Islamic uma - the world Muslim community - in the Koran and the [oral tradition of the] Hadith, which, of course, means Wahabbism. They also resolved to make the Palestinian issue the central issue of international politics. This is why we see relentless pressure on Israel from different countries. Because the OIC is an extremely powerful body, demographically, politically and economically.

The OIC is an Islamic body. How has it managed to turn the Palestinian issue into a Western focus? And to what do you attribute the political and cultural success of its ideology in Europe and the United States?
First of all, a distinction has to be made here between Europe and America, which have chosen opposite paths in relation to the Middle East.
BAT YEOR. "The whole Muslim...

BAT YEOR. "The whole Muslim world is becoming more and more radicalized  more rooted in Sharia, and less open to anything outside the religion."
Photo: Courtesy

As for OIC influence on Europe: It is visible in immigration policy toward Muslims, and in the Muslims' refusal to integrate into European societies.

The OIC considers nationalist-European movements, European history, European culture, European religions and European languages as Islamophobic. Why? Because Europeans have begun to feel that they are losing their own identity, due to their efforts to welcome immigrants who don't want to integrate. As a result, they have adopted measures to stop illegal immigration, to control legal immigration and to curb terrorism. Europeans fear losing their historical and cultural assets - particularly those of democracy and human rights - to Shari'a law. They want one law for everybody - and it's not Shari'a, which involves things like honor killings. It is thus that in all international forums, the OIC attacks Europe and demands that it apply multiculturalism.

Now, Europeans do not want multiculturalism. But this is a problem, because European governments - and especially the European Union - do not want to fight the OIC, and so they collaborate with it. Therefore, what we have inside Europe is a clash of interests between the European citizens and their governments.

A similar claim is often made about Muslim-Arab citizens and their governments - that a majority of the former is moderate, while the latter is extremist. Do you agree with this assessment?

No, I don't agree with it at all. In fact, the opposite is the case. In the Arab world, it is the governments - as we see so well in Egypt - that are at the mercy of the radicalized, Islamized, anti-Western, anti-American and anti-Israel masses who are in a dynamic of jihad. Certainly the majority of Muslims follow the ideology of conquest; it is in the Koran and the Hadith! And every time they go to the mosque, they hear it. I mean, the first shura, that is recited five times a day, is anti-Christian and anti-Jewish. So they cannot escape from it.

Unfortunately, the Muslims who are against this trend don't have the courage to make the effort to change it. And those who do have the courage are threatened with losing their jobs and having harm done to them and their families. So Islamism is the natural culture of the Arab-Muslim world. Even in Turkey an Islamist government has taken over. So, how can we deny the reality? And anyway, if the moderates were in the majority, they would be making protests and issuing manifestos against Osama bin Laden, instead of against America and Israel.

The environment is one of jihad on the one hand and of dhimmitude [the state of being a non-Muslim subject living in a country governed by Shari'a law] on the other. European countries are becoming dhimmi countries, and people don't realize it, because they don't know what jihad and dhimmitude are, so they don't recognize what condition they're in. When you have an illness, but are unfamiliar with its symptoms, you don't know that you are sick. You feel sick, but you don't know what you've got. You therefore can't make a diagnosis or embark upon a method of treatment to cure yourself. This is the current condition of Western civilization right now.

How, then, do you explain the electoral victories of France's Nicolas Sarkozy, Germany's Angela Merkel, Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and London's replacement of mayor Ken Livingstone by Boris Johnson? Wouldn't you consider this phenomenon as indicative that Europeans are making a diagnosis of and seeking a cure to the illness you say they suffer from?

Oh yes, they are extremely important developments which prove what I am saying about European citizens having had enough of this attempt to merge - culturally, religiously and demographically - the Arab and European sides of the Mediterranean. But the pressure exerted by the OIC on European governments is very strong. In addition, there is the pressure of terrorism inside and out of Europe, and that of the oil. So the task of these new governments you refer to will not be easy, to say the least. I don't doubt their good intentions. But I don't know if they will succeed in bringing about the change their citizens want.

Furthermore, unlike President Bush - who recognizes that Israel has a legitimate right to exist as a normal nation in its homeland - the Europeans think that Israel's legitimacy should be granted by the Palestinians and the Arab states. In other words, Europe is putting Israel into a position of dhimmitude, whereby it will be recognized by Muslims if it abides by certain rules and duties.

This is in keeping with its own mentality. When the European community, in December 1973, published its document on European identity in the Copenhagen Declaration, they themselves were adopting a dhimmi mentality toward the Arab League countries. After World War II, Europeans decided that they didn't want any more wars. Then, when they suffered aggression, such as the oil boycott and Palestinian terrorism that emerged in Europe in the late 1960s, instead of fighting, they joined their aggressors. This was their concept of multilateralism - thinking that by joining those who attacked them, they would be protected. This is when a tremendous Muslim immigration into Europe began.

You keep referring to immigration. Isn't childbirth also a demographic factor, particularly since Muslims tend to have many children, while some European countries suffer from zero or minus population growth? Is it possible that by virtue of their numbers, Muslims in Europe are influencing policy - and that it is not just due to the power of the OIC?

Yes, but you have to understand that those who plan policy are Europeans. In other words, Muslim politics are conducted in Europe by Europeans themselves, based on the interests of Muslim lobbyists.

Isn't Eastern Europe different from Western Europe in this respect?


Yes, and Eastern Europe is more pro-American than Western Europe - which is what the Muslims want. It is easier to take over the West as a whole when it's divided.
BAT YEOR. "The whole Muslim...

BAT YEOR. "The whole Muslim world is becoming more and more radicalized  more rooted in Sharia, and less open to anything outside the religion."
Photo: Courtesy

How has this affected European academia?

European universities - like those in America - are totally controlled by the Arab-Islamic lobby, as are the schools. A teacher who attempts to teach according to the European view of history is thrown out. Indeed, the freedom of expression and thought that has been so crucial for European democracy has disappeared.

Many Israeli academics bemoan a similar situation in Israel. Do you see the mind frame you're describing infiltrating the Jewish state?

Yes, because the EU is spending a lot of money on Israeli NGOs in order to promote policies which will lead to the destruction of Israel. The EU considers Israel to be an accident of history that has to disappear. It thinks that if Israel disappears, relations between Europe and the Arab world will be much better. Now, the EU doesn't come out and actually say this, but all its policies, statements and actions are indicative of its aims. These aims could be developed in Israel and in America - especially when there is a new president.

Speaking of which, there is a concern among many Jews and Israelis that if Barack Obama becomes president, he will lean toward the kind of alliance with the Arab world that the EU promotes.

Yes, because he has a kind of "Third Worldism" - you know, the view that we all have to get together and appease the enemy. I'm no specialist on Obama. But I think that Bush has been a great politician, and that history will show he was right. Aside from everything else, he has woken up Europe to the calamity of global terrorism - and this is what brought about the coming to power of Merkel, Sarkozy and Berlusconi. And Europe can no longer be as anti-American.

That's ironic, isn't it, considering that most Americans now hate Bush?

That's because they don't understand what is really going on.

Given your bleak view of Europe, how is it that you didn't end up living in Israel or the US?

I love Europe. It is part of my family history and my culture. I can criticize it because I love it and want to help it. Look what Europe has given to the world: democracy and human rights, the love of peace. Look at its achievements in the field of literature, music, law, architecture. There is a tremendous richness. But we have to fight for all those values and accomplishments. Otherwise, we will be living as dhimmis in barbarity.

Finally, how do you envision Western civilization 10 years from now?

The Mishna says, "You are not required to finish the task, but neither are you free to desist from it."

Well, I feel that though I may not have done enough, I have tried the best I could.

As for the future, it is difficult to say, but we must have hope. We have to educate the European, American and Israeli youth to recover their culture and values, since it is they who will have to continue the efforts to preserve freedom and democracy - and they who will have to fight to defend them.

Re: Bat Ye'or: Geert Wilders’ Fight

Geplaatst: Ma Apr 13, 2009 10:58 pm
door Mahalingam
Een interview met bat Ye'or waar ze het over Geert Wilders en Fitna heeft.
http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=2CD59E19-2F3E-48B9-B561-482FC88E6E43
Geert Wilders’ Fight
By Véronique Chemla
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, April 13, 2009

My guest today is Bat Ye'or, the world's foremost authority on dhimmitude and Eurabia. She is the author of Islam and Dhimmitude – Where Civilizations Collide. Her recent study, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, came out in a Hebrew version in 2008, while her next book will soon be published by an Italian publisher.

Véronique Chemla: Bat Ye’or, thank you for joining me today for an interview for Frontpage Interview. It is an honor to speak with you. Let’s begin with Eurabia. Is there a difference between the American and French versions?
Bat Ye'or: Yes, the French version is shorter. I rewrote the book in French while I was staying at hospital with my daughter who had been operated for cancer. I was absolutely exhausted and finally collapsed: I just could not work any longer. Fortunately, on his side, the French publisher wanted an abridged version. I cut out the parts concerning international and American politics and added some information about how the EU and its bodies work, which is not included in the American edition as it wouldn’t have interested an American public. Remember that Eurabia was written primarily for an American, non-European audience, based on an article published in a French Jewish journal Observatoire du monde juif and which I didn’t know where to submit as it had become so long. Fortunately my friend Shmuel Trigano took it. It was another friend, Andrew Bostom, an American, who – after reading a translation on my site – insisted I make a book of it. He even found me an American literary agent. I pushed off the idea of writing yet another book as I had just finished Islam and Dhimmitude. I was flabbergasted by the success of the Eurabia article, which took off like a rocket on the Internet and spread in several languages at an incredible speed. I never thought to publish it in Europe – still less in Israel – as I am pretty well boycotted as an author in European politically correct circles, and especially by the French.

Véronique Chemla: Referring to the Hebrew edition, is there a difference with the American and French versions?
Bat Ye'or: Yes, it was published in 2008 and the publisher had asked me for an updated version with the last events.

Véronique Chemla: How was Eurabia greeted in Israel, in Hebrew?
Bat Ye'or: Very well, to my great surprise! First of all, it was the Israeli publisher who approached me – a rarity, as I usually have great difficulty finding a publisher. I didn’t take his request seriously. It seemed so unreal, as I was preoccupied with my daughter and her illness at the time, and with my book Islam and Dhimmitude in the United States, while my conference agenda was full with lectures in languages I’m not comfortable in English and Italian. After the publication of the article and the book Eurabia, I was invited to Israel to participate in conferences, give interviews and even to go on TV.

I was surprised at the success of Eurabia as for me it was not a political theme but an historical research on the source and mechanism of a fundamental and irreversible change in Europe, coupled with the contemporary expression of dhimmitude, my research theme since thirty years. I had even suggested to some friends, who I would consider more competent than me and with more time that they write the book. I would have supplied them with all my documentation. But they refused, so I took in on myself in spite of all. I never thought it would provoke such scandal.

De rest (veel tekst) beginnend over Geert is hier:
Spoiler! :
Véronique Chemla: Dutch Parliamentarian and Fitna’s director Geert Wilders was invited to a debate on freedom of speech which was to follow a Fitna screening at the House of Lords, on January 29. Lord Ahmed of Rotherham and Muslim leaders opposed that screening. The House of Lords cancelled that screening before Wilders arrival. Geert Wilders was denied entry to the UK at Heathrow Airport on February 12[i]: British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith alleged Wilder’s views “would threaten community security and therefore the public security”. Foreign Secretary David Miliband judged Fitna as a “hateful film” although he had never viewed it. His Dutch counterpart, Maxime Verhagen, insisted that Wilders be allowed as a Dutch MP to travel freely in the European Union (EU). Dutch and British media protested against the violation of freedom of speech.

Bat Ye'or: There are three main aspects[ii] to this issue.

First, Geert Wilders didn’t violate Dutch and European laws in exercising his freedom of opinion. His movie, Fitna, which David Miliband vilified without having seen it—that’s the limit!—reproduces the Islamists’ own scenes and ’statements.

Second, forbidding entry to a European MP for his opinions contravenes the European law and is an affront to the Dutch people. It is grave, the EU is trying to cement a crumbling unity.

Concerning the alleged motive - incitement to hatred which would threaten public security-, the British government wasn’t as punctilious during the Euro-Palestinian Kristallnach where shouts were heard of “Death to the Jews!”, “Death to Israel”, “Flee, you cowards, Kuffar (“miscreant” in Arabic).”

Third, this event reveals the extent of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) influence over Great Britain, and generally on the entire political, media and cultural Europe.

Véronique Chemla: What is also troubling is the circumstance in which the decision was taken to cancel the showing and the debate. I mean, when Lord Nazir Ahmed met with the Government Chief Whip of the House of Lords and Leader of the House of Lords, representatives from the Muslim Council of Britain, British Muslim Forum and other representatives from the British Muslim community on January 23. Lord Ahmed had said he was “appalled” a knighthood was given to Salman Rushdie, “a man who has not only been abusive to Muslims, but also to Christians”. He welcomed Wilders’s ban as “a victory for the Muslim community”. Is that banning a defeat for democracy?[iii]

Bat Ye'or: Yes, of course! But one is forgetting that Eurabia is no longer Europe and that we’ll always go in the direction of a more sharia-conform society. This change, so marked in Britain, is the fruit of ten years of Blairism.

Véronique Chemla: On June 30, 2008, the Dutch Prosecutor had declared that Geert Wilders’s speeches on Muslims didn’t justify any legal proceedings as they were inscribed in the context of “a public debate”. On January 21, 2009, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, referred to by plaintiffs, ordered the Prosecutor to bring proceedings against Wilders for “hate and discrimination” and in the “general interest”: “Muslim believers were insulted by Geert Wilders’s comparing Islam with Nazism”. On February 3, Geert Wilders said he will appeal to the Supreme Court…

Bat Ye'or: The Koran has very insulting and violent verses against Jews, Christians and Pagans—to whom Christians are often assimilated (mushrikûn). You can’t pretend to ignore them as that would imply assent and the Judeo-Christian West’s acceptance of them as justified and correct.

If we admit our nature is satanic, we legitimize the war led against us and the dhimmitude which aims to remove our capacity to cause harm, through our subjection and vulnerability. By doing so, we too accept that one religion – Islam – is superior to all others, with its right to decree Good and Evil, and its divine election for world governance

It is therefore imperative not to conceal those assertions, and necessary to denounce them, for silence implies consent.

In addition, if Muslims feel insulted by Geert Wilders’s remarks, they should admit that Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims feel the same by religious texts which criminalize them and doom them all to Hell.

But, they don’t admit so, because the Koran, unlike the Bible, is uncreated, consubstantial with the divine nature, and therefore cannot include errors. Its judgments are without appeal, not subject to any criticism and as true as Allah. In other words, we should not feel insulted by the denunciation of our demoniac nature, for it is the Truth itself. We should admit it, rather, and improve ourselves by conversion.

Geert Wilders’s action is inserted in a religious and political debate that a majority of Europeans asks for and is refused by their governments and the EU. These Europeans feel their own governments betray and fight them, whereas elected to be the guardians of their values and freedoms. It is a very serious situation, particularly now in this recessionary period, and could lead to excesses.

Geert Wilders has become the transformed herald of that widespread discontent. Pilgrim of Law and Freedom, sentenced to death by a law foreign to Europeans and which appalls the human conscience, Geert Wilders goes from one country to another, unarmed, alone, courageously facing up to governments influenced by the OIC’s occult power to tell people : “Wake up, it’s five to midnight!”

But when you learn of the disproportionate reaction to his message in an atmosphere of witch-hunts against freethinkers and intellectuals, in the shameful Euro-Palestinian Kristallnacht sweeping across Europe with impunity, shouting hate and death, it is in fact one to midnight.

Véronique Chemla: Geert Wilders has toured in the United States for a showing of his movie. Did you meet him?

Bat Ye'or: Yes, as luck would have it, our paths crossed, at New York. I didn’t know he was there, and I had been invited to lecture at Columbia University. My husband and I dined with him and his companions. I admire his courage and his devotion to Europe’s basic freedoms against the irresistible Eurabian tide, represented especially by the Left – though not only. Wilders does not stand-alone; there are many Muslims and apostates at the forefront of this struggle and who risk their lives with remarkable abnegation.

I hope that someday a book will come out on this struggle and these friends of freedom, of respect for the human being, for democracy, and that Europeans will acknowledge their debt to those who have come from other parts and freely chosen to offer the best of themselves. I’m thinking especially of the Anglican canon and writer Patrick Sookhdeo , a good friend, whose books are fiercely criticized, in spite of the quality of the information he provides and of the arguments he puts forward; or Sam Salomon with his impeccable scholarship, or Mohammed Sifaoui, and so many others.

Véronique Chemla: Senator Jon Kyl decided to screen Fitna in the Capitol. Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison protested against that screening. He said “it is inappropriate to use the United States Capitol as a venue for the condemnation of an entire religion.” That same day, Senator John Kerry was to hold a hearing entitled, “Engaging with Muslim Communities around the World”. Wilders proposed a European First Amendment.

Bat Ye'or: The trouble is that one just has to face up to the fact that there are negative opinions in Muslim writings on Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims. And it is pertinent, for they determine the aggressive policies and behavior of Muslim peoples. If we want to achieve peace, we cannot hide these uncomfortable aspects: they must be exposed and discussed. If Muslims don’t want to hear about it or discuss the issues, that’s their problem; but they cannot stop Westerners getting to know these writings that concern them all too directly, and to act accordingly.

Véronique Chemla: The EU condemned the “disproportionate Israeli response” to Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians. What do you think of that unanimous position against the Cast Lead Operation targeting an Islamist terrorist organization?

Bat Ye'or: The Israeli defensive reply to continuing attacks from the Gaza Strip revealed a wide phenomenon, of unequal amplitude, totalitarian by its extent, coherence and coordination by the EU institutions.

Véronique Chemla: Are you speaking of the pro-Hamas demonstrations?

Bat Ye'or: Not only the demonstrations, political speeches, biased information, academic boycott, hostility towards Jewish pupils, —Palestinianized Europe revealed with an extraordinary cohesion and uniformity its repulsion for Israel, a democracy that defends its citizens and territory against the assaults of jihadist terrorism.

This movement is part of the EU-OIC network—States, international organizations, universities, media, books, NGOs, all denying the causes of terrorism—, which infuses dhimmitude through their numerous capillaries through all pores of the EU.

Dhimmitude is the future of Europe, which only functions in that perspective.

Véronique Chemla: During the Cast Lead Operation, thousands of people participated in pro-Hamas rallies all over the US, Canada, Europe, etc. You compare those hateful demonstrations with Kristnallnacht. Why?

Bat Ye'or: It was the same hatred, the same violence. The “commandos”, mainly Muslims, were well surrounded by leftist Europeans and politicians. They sported the Palestinian killers’ kuffieh, symbol of Europe’s destruction, just as the Nazi symbols were worn, rallying signs of a policy intent on the destruction of Judaism and which covered Europe in ashes.

Véronique Chemla: How would you characterize the OIC?

Bat Ye'or: The OIC is a transnational organization which gathers 57 Muslim states or with a majority of Muslims, and 1.3 billion Muslims.

It’s unique in its conception and goals: like the Caliphate, it unites political, religious and legislative powers.

It aims at unifying the world Oumma by taking its roots in the Koranic and Sunna values and teachings.

We could say that the OIC is the antithesis of the EU which promotes the separation of politics and religion, secular law, secular political life and international relations. Like the EU, the OIC includes many institutions, among them an International Islamic Court of Justice and a Permanent Commission of Human Rights[iv] based on the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (1990).

These institutions and all the OIC organs have to comply with Islamic values and Sharia injunctions.

To sum up, the OIC re-establishes the Caliphate, but on a global scale.

The emergence of the Caliphate explains Turkey’s tougher stance. The current Islamist government of Turkey, a country which, for almost five centuries, had been the seat of the Caliphate, is to get a prominent role in the universal Oumma leadership.

Véronique Chemla: The OIC wants “blasphemy” or “defamation of religion” as well as “Islamophobia” to be condemned by international organizations, and to prevent any critical discussion of Islam[v]. Why? What are the consequences of that privileged status?

Bat Ye'or: The OIC aims to impose laws and penalties punishing Islamophobia on the UN and Western which Turkish Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan assimilates to a crime against humanity.

Refusing entry in the GB to Geert Wilders expresses Prime Minister Gordon Brown support to the OIC’s claims.

Islamophobia is not limited by critical discussion of Islam as a religion, but it also includes all the aspects of Muslim immigration in Europe, laws on asylum, the status of migrants, their political, religious, social and religious rights, as well as security and anti-terrorist measures in the West.

The OIC having granted itself a right of guardianship and protection over all immigrant Muslim communities, its power of interference on laws, politics, secondary and university education, research programs, and generally speaking on European lives, is huge and multiform.

It has to be emphasized that the EU governments which promoted a peace based on multiculturalism and multilateralism, welcome very favorably the OIC interferences in all those fields.

It seems difficult to define blasphemy in concrete terms. Does it concern divinity? Faith? The conglomerate of religious beliefs and superstitions stratified by centuries, or the resulting laws?

We also could judge blasphemous the Muslim depreciation of the Bible, assimilated to gossip without any sacred aspect and falsifying the Islamic truth. That’s Geert Wilders’ opinion. Geert Wilders underlines for that reason how difficult is the traditionalist Muslim integration in Judeo-Christian societies.

Due to the religious indifference in the West, the notion of blasphemy has become obsolete.

But, it seems that the OIC pressures to impose it again in the international organizations and in daily life of Europeans have brought us back to the Middle-Ages.

Véronique Chemla: What is the link between demanding respect for Islam, which is included in blasphemy, and dhimmitude?

Bat Ye'or: That demand is one of the pillars of dhimmitude.

It inspired a great number of Islamic laws with no equivalence in Christendom. Those laws were intended to establish the supremacy of Islam in the dhimmis’ slightest daily behavior.

The irreligious Europe can imagine living in the 21th century; it evolves in fact in the static strategic conception UE/OIC dating 8th century: jihad (dar al-harb).

Véronique Chemla: On January 14, representatives of the 24 States’ Parliaments of the OIC condemned in Istanbul (Turkey) the Cast Lead Israeli Operation in the Gaza Strip and demanded an immediate cease-fire[vi]…

Bat Ye'or: More than the fight against Islamophobia, the fight against Israel shares a central place in the OIC policy.

Besides, article 21 of its Charter (March, 2008) plans the relocation of its headquarters from Djeddah to al-Qods, name given to Jerusalem by Arab colonization[vii].

In that perspective, al-Qods was named as the capital of Arab culture in 2009.

The OIC is entirely dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood spirit. It supports not only Hamas, but also all Muslim insurgency groups considered as forms of resistance and liberation against “occupation, humiliation and oppression” on the Palestinian pattern.

It supports the Muslims’ fight in the South Philippines, in the “occupied” Kashmir, in the South Thailand, as well as the Muslim minorities’ interests in the Myanmar Republic, in India, in Western Thrace (Greece) and the Muslim’s ones in the Balkans, in the Caucasus, China, Kosovo, “Palestine”, the Muslim Turkish people in Cyprus, of Azerbaijan[viii] against “the Armenian aggression”.

Faithful to the jihadist interpretation of international relations, OIC can only qualify the Israel existence and its defensive war as an aggression[ix].

Besides, western media used words “Israeli aggression against Gaza” which revealed its subordination to the OIC, because Cast Lead Operation was a reply to continuing Hamas attacks. Portraying Israel as a permanent aggressor fits in the jihadist idea in which the infidel is always the aggressor.

Véronique Chemla: The 8th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Information issued the “Rabat Declaration” which stressed a common Islamic action in the media[x]. We must keep in mind the Islamic Mass Media Charter (Jakarta, 1980) which is very different from the Declaration of Duties and Rights of Journalists (Munich, 1971). The “Rabat Declaration” condemned Israel’s “arbitrary limitations to prevent journalists from informing about massacres and demolitions”[xi].

Bat Ye'or: At The Mecca Summit (December, 2005), OIC issued recommendations, among them several concerning media and development of a media strategy including an intellectual and humanist narrative to which international journalists would be associated[xii].

A committee composed of VIPs stayed up to define goals and topics of that campaign. It proposed to condemn expressions like “war against terrorism”, “Islamic terrorism”, and advocated drawing the attention of the international community to the dangers posed by Zionism, neo-conservatism, and radical Christian evangelism, as well as Jewish, Hindu and secular extremism, in the context of international affairs and terrorism. The committee pushed the notion that terrorism derives from poverty humiliation and despair.

Another tactic consisted in convincing Western public opinion that military means would never win over terrorism – that is war -, and only “dialogue”, that is multilateralism and its concessions to dhimmitude treaties would restore peace.

Those OIC and its organs’ media themes, such as ISESCO (Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), are propitiatorily recited by western politicians and journalists – in a nutshell, there is a perfect symbiosis between OIC and some EU official trends, especially those attached to the countless Dialogues, Forums and Alliances which make up the UE/OIC co-governance network.

Véronique Chemla: In 2006, the UE was elaborating a “lexicon” for EU politicians and officials’ communication on terrorism and Islam. For instance, “Islamic terrorism” would be banned. Instead, “terrorists who abusively invoke Islam” would be used[xiii]. In 2008, British government renamed Islamic terrorism as “anti Islamic activities”[xiv] and the Bush administration was working on a “lexicon” in order not “to legitimize” and not “to offense moderate Muslims”[xv]. The OIC edicted a convention on “Combating International Terrorism”[xvi]…

Bat Ye'or: The problem was that the OIC and the West did not have the same definition of terrorism. The jihadists who attack in Israel, Jammu and Kashmir, Armenia and elsewhere, are called “resistance fighters against the occupation” in the pure jihad tradition that requires the expansion of the Land of Islam. The West has ceded yet again to the IOC demands, whose purpose is to outlaw criticism of Islam.

Véronique Chemla: What are the effects of the OIC resolutions upon the EU?

Bat Ye'or: The EU and the OIC cooperate at all levels and in all fields[xvii].

That policy is in line with the European strategy to promote an international order based on multilateralism, international organizations and first of all the United Nations.

The OIC and its clients or allies, in particular the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM[xviii]), set up majorities in international organizations, so we can say we are coming into the era of the worldwide power of the Caliphate, a success which Europe may proudly claim, as it has largely contribute to it.

Véronique Chemla: In February 19, 2009, Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, “expressed serious concerns about the application of the Sharia Law concerning family and inheritance matters to Muslim Greek citizens in Thrace, by Muftis appointed by the Greek state”. “Given the issues of incompatibility of this practice with European and international human rights standards, it is necessary to overhaul this practice and strengthen the substantive review and control by domestic courts of the Muftis’ judicial decisions”, Hammarberg said[xix]…

Bat Ye'or: I agree with Hammarberg, but with the spread of the Muslim population across Europe and the reinforcement of the OIC’s power, it is clear that we are heading towards an Islamization of European law and culture. The OIC is asking Greece to take all necessary measures to respect the rights and the cultural identity of Greek Muslims, and this includes religious laws and the sharia.

Véronique Chemla: Muslim “Bridges TV” founder Muzzammil Hassan beheaded his wife, Aasiya Z. Hassan. He is suspected to have committed an honor killing[xx]. Dozens of women are murdered in honor killings every year in Sharia-ruled Chechnya[xxi]; that is contrary to the Russian constitution. In her recent remarkable in-depth study Phyllis Chesler distinguishes honor killings from domestic violence[xxii]. How do you explain so many people are reluctant to correctly qualify honor killings in West? Is it because of ignorance?

Bat Ye'or: No, it is self-censorship.

Véronique Chemla: Since he took his oath as “Barack Hussein Obama” in January 21, 2009, President Barack Obama has revealed his personal links to Islam[xxiii]. In his inaugural address, he defined America as “a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.”, which downgraded American Jews, and was spiritually and historically untrue[xxiv].

President Obama’s first call was to talk to Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas[xxv]. His first interview was given to al-Arabiya[xxvi]. He declared he hoped to restore “respect and partnership” that had prevailed 20 or 30 years ago. On February 1st, he “expressed his staunch confidence in the ability of the US and the OIC to work together in a spirit of peace and friendship for the sake of building a more secure world over the next four years”[xxvii]. He insists on a respectful dialogue with Iran[xxviii].

President Obama decided that the US should join the planning of the UN's Durban II "anti-racism" Conference[xxix]. In February, 2009, the US decided not to take part in that UN-led conference[xxx]. The Obama administration is seeking a seat on the biased U.N. Human Rights Council.

President Obama is surrounded by pro-Oslo process[xxxi] officials, such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He has also appointed leaders known for their anti-Israel bias: Samantha Power[xxxii] a senior foreign policy advisor, and George Mitchell[xxxiii] as his Special Envoy for the Middle East.

What do you think of all those troubling facts?

Bat Ye'or: President Obama and all his team share the European illusions that complacency, tributes, smiles and concessions to terrorist gangs will maintain the peace.

Everyone wants peace, but we have to know how far we can go without founding ourselves enslaved to dhimmitude. Dhimmitude means peace and security but in submission.

We must learn to appreciate the freedoms that we have taken for granted and that we are on the verge of losing.

[Part of this article was published in French by Guysen International News. A special thank to JB]

Notes:

[i] http://www.geertwilders.nl/
Fitna, Marh 27, 2008, http://www.ajm.ch/wordpress/?p=1028
Spencer interviews Geert Wilders, Part I, October 5, 2008, http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/022975.php
Spencer interviews Geert Wilders, Part 2, October 6, 2008, http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/022985.php
Spencer interviews Geert Wilders, Part 3, October 8, 2008, http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023016.php
Spencer interviews Geert Wilders, Part 4, October 11, 2008, http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023061.php
Spencer interviews Geert Wilders, Part 5, October 14, 2008, http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023091.php
Spencer interviews Geert Wilders, Part 6, October 21, 2008, http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/023183.php
Fitzgerald: Geert Wilders, right-wing politician, April 2, 2008, http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/a ... 020538.php
Jamie Glazov, In Defense of Wilders, January 22, 2009, http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/R ... 611738D01B
Man of the Year: Geert Wilders, January 2, 2009, http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Re ... BE634E9698
Geert Wilders, February 13, 2009, http://news.parliament.uk/2009/02/geert-wilders/
Philip Johnston, Whatever happened to free speech?, February 12, 2009, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/colu ... peech.html
The House of Lords Speech: What Wilders Would Have Said If the UK Allowed Free Speech, February 13, 2009, http://www.internationalfreepresssociet ... ee-speech/
The International Free Press Society, An Open Letter to the Government of the UK, February 12, 2009, http://www.internationalfreepresssociet ... of-the-uk/
Joan Clements, Geert Wilders to sue Jacqui Smith over decision to deport controversial film-maker, February 13, 2009, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... maker.html
Isabel Oakeshott, Home secretary Jacqui Smith scared of walking London alone, January 20, 2008, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/p ... 216678.ece
Nervous street walking, January 20, 2008, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/commen ... 216612.ece
Robert Spencer, Double standard: LePen is welcome in Britain, Wilders is not, February 14, 2009, http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024840.php

[ii] Bat Ye’or, Geert Wilders and the Fight for Europe, Does defending Western values constitute “inciting hatred”?, February 16, 2009, http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZG ... dmNWZlNjI=

[iii] Douglas Murray, Government bans Dutch MP Geert Wilders from entering Britain after Muslim leaders threaten to organise mob protest, February 11, 2009, http://conservativehome.blogs.com/centr ... -bans.html

Nick Britten, Lord Ahmed admits sending text message while driving just before fatal crash, December 2, 2008, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... crash.html

APP, British Parliament Calls Off Screening Of Controversial Film, January 23, 2009, http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?opt ... 2&Itemid=2

Thomas Landen, Muslims in the Lords, January 26, 2009, http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/3765

Melanie Phillips: Arrogant, ignorant and out of his depth, is Banana Boy Miliband our worst Foreign Secretary ever?, January 23, 2009, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/artic ... -ever.html

[iv] First Informal Consultative Meeting On The Establishment Of The OIC Human Rights Commission Is Held In Jeddah, February 15, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... 889&x_key=

[v] Janet Levy, The Erosion of Free Speech, July 4, 2008,
http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.a ... 77930F421E

Patrick Goodenough, Muslim Leaders Want UN to Outlaw 'Defamation', February 21, 2006, http://www.cnsnews.com/ForeignBureaus/A ... 0221b.html

According to the ACLJ (American Center for Law & Justice), 92.421 people signed its petition opposing the OIC, https://www.aclj.org/petition/Default.a ... 17&SC=3359
ECLJ (European Center for Law & Justice, http://www.eclj.org/index.html), “Combating Defamation of Religions” Submission to the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, June 2008,
http://www.aclj.org/Media/PDF/ECLJ_subm ... ne2008.pdf

Bob Unruh, U.N. scheme to make Christians criminals, Sharia-following Islamic nations demanding anti-'defamation' law, July 10, 2008, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php? ... geId=69163

[vi] OIC issues declaration condemning Israeli violence in Gaza, January 16, 2009, http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detay ... ink=164238

[vii] http://www.oic-oci.org/is11/english/Charter-en.pdf

[viii] Message of H.E Secretary General to the opening ceremony of the year "Baku – capital of Islamic culture-2009, February 19, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... 925&x_key=

[ix] The OIC Secretary General welcomes the resolution adopted by the UN human rights council condemning Israel's agression and human rights violations in Gaza, January 13, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... 799&x_key=

[x] Ouverture à Rabat des travaux de la réunion préparatoire à la 8ème session de la Conférence islamique des Ministres de l’Information, January 25, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... nformation

8th Session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers to be held in Rabat, January 21, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... 819&x_key=
AFP, Maroc: les ministres de l'Information des pays islamiques incités à la modernité, January 27, 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/ar ... kQwzCmmH8Q
AFP, Maroc : appel islamique pour réaliser « l’unité du peuple palestinien », January 28, 2009, http://www.la-croix.com/afp.static/page ... ww1mo7.htm
Richard Landes, Mideast Journalism’s Public Secret and the News We Get, November 11, 2007, http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/mideast_jo ... c/?print=1
http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2007/11 ... -get/print

[xi] Déclaration des devoirs et des droits des journalistes, Munich, 1971,
http://www.snj.fr/article.php3?id_article=66
Islamic Mass Media Charter, 1980, http://www.media-accountability.org/lib ... a_code.doc

[xii] Final Communiqué of the Third Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference "Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century, Solidarity In Action, http://www.oic-oci.org/ex-summit/englis ... umm-en.htm

[xiii] Reuters, EU language review shuns 'Islamic terrorism', Officials working on a 'lexicon' for communications about terrorism, Islam, April 11, 2006

[xiv] James Slack, Government renames Islamic terrorism as 'anti-Islamic activity' to woo Muslims, January 17, 2008, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... slims.html

[xv] ‘Jihadist” booted from U.S. government lexicon, Bush administration targets language in war on terrorism, April 24, 2008, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12263326/%2 ... ew%20shuns

[xvi] http://www.oicun.org/articles/55/1/OIC- ... ism/1.html

[xvii] A delegation from the European Parliament visits OIC Headquarters, February 23, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... 921&x_key=

[xviii] http://www.nam.gov.za/

[xix] Greece: “More and strenuous efforts are needed to protect minority rights” says Commissioner Hammarberg, Press release - 125(2009), https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=1409421

Report by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, following his visit to Greece on 8-10 December 2008, Issue reviewed: Human rights of minorities, Strasbourg, February 19, 2009, https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=1409 ... ged=FFC679

[xx] Phyllis Chesler, Beheaded in Buffalo: The Honor Killing of Aasiya Z. Hassan, February 14, 2009, http://pajamasmedia.com/phyllischesler/ ... -z-hassan/

[xxi] AP, Chechen leader imposes strict brand of Islam, February 28, 2009, http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/02/ ... echnya.php

[xxii] Phyllis Chesler, Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic ?, Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2009, pp. 61-69, http://www.meforum.org/article/2067

[xxiii] Daniel Pipes, Obama, the Middle East and Islam - An Initial Assessment, Front Page Magazine, February 3, 2009, http://www.danielpipes.org/6163/obama-t ... assessment

[xxiv] President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, January 21, 2009, http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/inaugural-address/

Michel Gurfinkiel :
USA/ The oath and the speech, 23 janvier 2009, http://michelgurfinkiel.com/articles/21 ... peech.html

Charles Krauthammer, Outreach, Yes. Apology, No. We've Never Been Islam's Enemy, The Washington Post, January 30, 2009, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 03444.html
Sébastien Castellion, Obama touche terre et perd ses ailes dans l’impact, 9 février 2009, http://www.menapress.com/article.php?sid=2332

[xxv] Laurent Murawiec, Les aventures de Bobo au pays des merveilles, February 12, 2009, http://www.menapress.com/article.php?sid=2336

[xxvi] President gives first interview since taking office to Arab TV, Obama tells Al Arabiya peace talks should resume, Transcript, January 27, 2009, http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/01/27/65087.html
L'interview du président Obama à la chaîne Al Arabiya ; Entretien accordé le 26 janvier à Hisham Melhem, 3 février 2009, http://www.america.gov/st/peacesec-fren ... 37244.html
Le président Obama sur la chaîne Al-Arabiya: les Etats-Unis sont déterminés à relancer le dossier israélo-palestinien et améliorer les relations avec le monde musulman, January 27, 2009, http://www.voanews.com/french/2009-01-27-voa5.cfm

Salim Mansur, Obama’s Vanity Shines Through, February 7, 2009, http://www.torontosun.com/comment/colum ... html#large

[xxvii] OIC Secretary General receives a letter from US President Obama; Washington to boost relations with OIC, February 1st, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... 836&x_key=

An Invitation to a New Partnership from the organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to President Barack Obama, January 21, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... 818&x_key=

[xxviii] Foreign policy, 21 janvier 2009, http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/foreign_policy
Pourquoi l’Iran qualifie de tactique l’ouverture d’Obama, February 10, 2009, http://www.iran-resist.org/article5154.html
Iran/Etats-Unis – Détente verbale entre Ahmadinejad et Obama, 10 février 2009,
http://tf1.lci.fr/infos/monde/moyen-ori ... ejad-.html
Iran : les mollahs cherchent à piéger Obama dans le dialogue, February 13, 2009, http://www.iran-resist.org/article5160.html

[xxix] Gérard Fellous and Richard Prasquier, Droits humains fragilisés, Le Monde, December 18, 2008, http://www.desinfos.com/spip.php?page=a ... icle=11984
Source : Blaise Lempen, ATS-Genève, Négociations tendues autour de "Durban II", January 23, 2009, http://www.prochoix.org/cgi/blog/index. ... -durban-ii
Anne Bayefsky, Obama Administration Ignores Israeli and Canadian Pleas Lends Credibility to Durban For First Time, 17 février 2009, http://www.eyeontheun.org/durban.asp?p=737
Gerald Steinberg, Obama´s high-risk engagement at the Durban Review Conference, 16 février 2009, http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/obam ... conference

OIC Secretary General Welcomes the US Administration’s Decision to Participate in the preparatory meeting of the Durban II Review Conference, February 21, 2009, http://www.oic-oci.org/topic_detail.asp ... 912&x_key=

[xxx] AFP, US will not take part in UN racism conference, February 28, 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/ar ... Ev6wKCIbAQ

[xxxi] Véronique Chemla, Mythes et réalités du «processus de paix» : le roc des refus palestiniens, January 10, 2008, http://www.guysen.com/articles.php?sid=6594
Joel Fishman and Ephraïm Karsh, La guerre d’Oslo. Ed. de Passy, 2005

[xxxii] Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy,
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/facult ... ntha-power
Hilary Leila Krieger, Appointment of Power angers some Jews, The Jerusalem Post, February 5, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite? ... 2FShowFull

[xxxiii] Daniel Pipes, George Mitchell's Return to Middle East Diplomacy, January 25; 2009, http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2009/01 ... -east.html
Véronique Chemla is an investigative journalist. She holds the Diploma and a diploma (DEA) in 20th Century History of the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po). She writes articles for L'Arche and Guysen International News. She has written articles about the al-Dura affair, the recent Europalestinian demonstrations, the Academic boycott of Israel and events at the UNESCO headquarters. Email her at [email protected]