Posted in: Anti-Semitism, Culture Wars & Censorship
Published on Feb 13, 2009 by Phyllis Chesler
Free Speech, Real Jews, Under Jihadic Siege in England, India, America, and Canada
Jihad is fully upon the West, both by stealth and by more and more open displays of Islamic aggression, hatred, and violence. Free speech (which includes truth-telling and the right to self-defense), is under the most profound siege. The United Nations has long been lost, Europe, (at least England, Holland, and possibly France), have rapidly become dhimmi states. North America is–and has been–in the cross-hairs of jihadic desire.
The recent demonstrations, ostensibly about Gaza, turned into dangerous hatefests all across the country. University campuses have become increasingly dangerous for Jewish and other pro-Israel or anti-fascist, pro-democracy students. Just the other day in Toronto, a student wearing a kippah set off a huge riot among the highly Palestinianized student body which even the Toronto police could not put down.
India has also had to live with countless Muslim terrorist attacks before the Mumbai atrocity and with attacks against authors, such as Bangladeshi Taslima Nasrin, who had been granted asylum in an Indian city. (She is now, once again, living in Europe). A friend of mine who lives in another Indian city has been writing to me about the situation but feels she cannot afford to go public with her views or her information. I am saddened, appalled by her silence, but I do understand it. I am grateful that she immediately called my attention to the incredible fuss that a recent article written by Johann Hari in the English language Statesman has caused. Hari asks why religion cannot be criticized or rather why only some religions cannot be criticized. Unbelievably, by February 12th, the editors of the Statesmen who published Hari's piece were arrested for "offending Islam."
Shame on England for deporting Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders on February 12th of this year. Wilders had been invited by British Parliamentarians to show his film Fitna, and shame on Holland for putting Wilders on trial for having made this brief film which merely cobbles together some previously televised and video-ed clips of bloodthirsty jihadic (Muslim) mobs and jihadic acts of terrorism (9/11, 3/11, 7/7 etc.) coupled with statements from the Qu'ran. (See here for a link which will allow you to burn your own dvd of this brief film). You may also watch the entire film live at Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch HERE.
Unlike Palestinian "faux-tography," which shows us fake massacres and fake civilian injuries, Wilders has not fictionalized anything. He is showing us true events which we have seen many times before but this time he couples them with true and accurate statements of what Muslims are religiously commanded to do to infidels. Yes, I know, most Muslims are not this religious but they, the "moderate" Muslims, the "good" Muslims, do not challenge or stop the Muslims who are committing such barbaric deeds in the name of Islam. C'mon: Western liberals and leftists do not stop them either. In fact, they glorify and romanticize their "cleansing" deeds.
As I've said a thousand times since 2001: Telling such truths is not "racist." Refusing to tell such truths is fake anti-racism, cheap atonement for past acts of racism, real racism—because refusing to tell the truth about Islam is usually accompanied by statements of hatred towards Jews and the Jewish state. Describing the truth as "racist" and then silencing and punishing those who tell it is always an act of appeasement by people who are terrified that the Muslim mobs might get them.
In these times, it is crucial to stand up and speak the truth. I applaud Rachel Ehrenfeld's bold and brilliant stand on behalf of free speech for American authors; Daniel Pipes's creation of a Legal Project for those who are legally threatened because they have told the truth and in so doing, have criticized Islam; and David Horowitz's recent appeal on behalf of Joe Kaufman.
I challenge all the many True Believers in the First Amendment to stand up and be counted now. Tomorrow may be too late.
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