Dhimmitude: Media’s Silence on Increasing Muslim Violence


Like many news junkies, I’ve noticed that stories putting Muslims in a bad light
tend to be sketchy and underreported. A minor example is this comment by the
head Muslim chaplain of New York City’s prisons: "The greatest terrorists in the
world occupy the White House." In Manhattan, remarks like that are nearly as
conventional as talk about the weather, so the controversy was fairly small.

It might have been larger if the media had shown any interest in other points
the imam made. For instance that Muslim prisoners are being tortured in
Manhattan, and that Muslims must be "hard against the kaffir" (i.e., nasty to
infidels), which presumably city employees are not paid to recommend. (By the
way, why are clergymen city employees at all?)

A much bigger example is the misleadingly low-key reporting of the Ilan
Halimi murder in Paris. We now know that Halimi was killed as a classic
expression of Jew hatred. But with so much evasiveness and misdirection by
police, government and press, it took a month to get that fact clearly on the
table. Halimi, a cell phone salesman, was kidnapped and held for ransom by a
mostly Muslim gang. He was horrifically tortured for three weeks, then slain.
From time to time, neighbors had come to watch the torture or to participate in
it. Nobody called the gendarmes.

At first the government and the press presented this story as a
straightforward kidnapping for ransom. A spokesman said Jewishness may have
played a role simply because the kidnappers thought Jews were rich. AP and UPI,
in feeds to the United States, barely mentioned the possibility of
anti-Semitism. After arrests were made, the BBC worked hard to avoid using the
word "Muslim," though verses from the Quran were recited during the torture.

The Los Angeles Times account of Feb. 28 shows how hard candor can be. It
reported that the gang made hundreds of abusive phone calls to Jews and had
systematically tried to kidnap Jews. But the reporters wrote this: "Rather than
a premeditated anti-Semitic murder, it seems a more complex product of
criminality and dysfunction in the narrow world of thug culture: a poisonous
mentality that designates Jews as enemies along with other faces of

Oh, please. If whites had tortured and killed a black man, I doubt that
reporters would be carrying on about how complex and unpremeditated it all was.
They would just say it was a lynching.

In an excellent article last week, Colin Nickerson of The Boston Globe said
the crime was being attributed to a "predominantly Muslim youth gang" notorious
for "virulent anti-Semitism." The gang’s taunting phone calls to Halimi’s father
were filled with anti-Semitic slurs and a rabbi had been told, "We have a Jew."
The Globe said hatred of Jews is now a hallmark of what’s cool in France, even
among young immigrants from non-Muslim nations. Very strong article. No dancing
around, just good reporting.

Governments and the media often avoid calling terrorism by its proper name.
Presumably the idea is to calm the public and avoid embarrassing Muslims. It
took nine months for the

FBI and the
government to admit that the attack on L.A. airport in 2002 was a terrorist
operation. We had been told that personal reasons might explain why a
pro-Palestinian gunman, who openly admitted the desire to kill civilians, would
kill two people at an El Al counter.

The same verbal dance took place recently when an Iranian student rented a
large van and tried to run down and kill as many students as possible in North
Carolina. He said he was attempting to "avenge the deaths of Muslims around the
world." But the university tried desperately to avoid the obvious T-word.

Tony Blankley wrote a Washington Times column, March 8, on the underreporting
of Muslim violence. He said British politicians tell him there is increasing
radical Muslim street violence, explicitly motivated by radical Islam, but not
reported or characterized as such. Blankley said rioting Moroccan youths in
Antwerp went on a rampage, beating up reporters and destroying cars, but police
were instructed not to arrest or stop them. A database search shows little
reporting on Antwerp riots.

The scary riots in Australia last December, pitting Lebanese immigrants
against native whites, were well-covered. But nobody seems quite sure that we
are getting the full story about other serious disturbances. From time to time
the Internet carries reports of riots that don’t make the newspapers, but they
are mostly uncheckable.

Suppressing news, whether out of multicultural deference or fear, is a
perilous business. We can’t know how to react to upheavals if we aren’t told
about them.

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