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and leader of the anti-jihadist Dutch Freedom Party Geert Wilders must stand
trial for the alleged "crime" of inciting hatred against Muslims with his short
film "Fitna," released last year.
In "Fitna," Wilders juxtaposes verses of the Koran with Islamic terror
attacks, mosque sermons inciting believers to murder non-Muslims, and
proclamations by Islamic clerics that Islam must kill all the Jews, conquer the
world and subjugate non-believers.
The second half of the 15-minute film is devoted to Holland. It highlights
the massive immigration of Muslims to the country over the past 15 years, and
calls by Islamic leaders in Holland to kill homosexuals, subjugate women, stone
adulteresses, and take over the country. "Fitna" ends with a call for Muslims to
expunge Koranic verses commanding them to conduct jihad from their belief
system, and with a call for Dutchmen to defend their country, their culture and
their civilization from the rising current of Islam in Europe.
All the material presented in "Fitna" is accurate. And it is also explosive.
But it is hard to see how it could be illegal. And by presenting the material in
the way that he does, Wilders is not demonizing Muslims, he is challenging –
indeed he is practically begging – his countrymen to engage in a debate about
whether or not his dim assessment of Islam is correct.
Wilders has been living under 24-hour police protection since a Dutch
jihadist murdered filmmaker Theo Van Gogh in 2004. Van Gogh was murdered after
he released his short film "Submission," which described the misogyny of the
Islamic world and the systematic terrorization of women in Islamic societies.
Since then numerous Muslim clerics have issued religious judgments, or fatwas,
calling for Wilders to be murdered.
Last month Wilders visited Israel and was the keynote speaker at a
counter-jihad conference at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem
sponsored by MK Dr. Aryeh Eldad. Speaking to a standing-room only crowd, and
under heavy guard, Wilders argued that Israel is a frontline state in the global
jihad. The war against Israel, he claimed has nothing to do with territory, and
everything to do with ideology. Israel, as the forward outpost of Western
civilization in the Islamic world, stands in the way of Islamic expansion.
Consequently, he claimed, when Israel defends itself by fighting its enemies, it
is also protecting Europe and the rest of the free world.
As he put it, "Thanks to Israeli parents who see their children go off to
join the army and lie awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep
well and have pleasant dreams, unaware of the dangers looming." Unfortunately,
the Dutch court's decision to prosecute Wilders for calling attention to the
threat of jihad in Europe demonstrates that the Europeans aren't particularly
grateful to their defenders. Indeed, they despise them. Films like "Fitna," and
Israel's use of its military to defend its citizens from Islamic supremacists,
serve to remind them of the growing threat they desperately seek to ignore.
Consequently, Europeans embrace every opportunity to blame any messenger.
THE RIPPLE effects of Wilders' indictment were immediately evident. In
England, the British Muslim community mobilized to prevent his film from being
screened in public. "Fitna" was scheduled to be shown at the House of Lords on
January 29. But last Friday, with the threat of mass Muslim riots hanging
thickly in the air, the House of Lords announced that it was cancelling the
British Lord Nazir Ahmed called the decision to prevent the
thought-provoking, factually accurate film from being shown, "a victory for the
Muslim community." Wilders' indictment is a textbook example of blaming the
victim. Wilders has been forced to live a miserable life for the past four
years. He has no home.
forces move him from place to place . Since Van Gogh's murder, Wilders' entire life has become one
long attempt to dodge the bullet permanently pointed at his head by radicalized
Muslims in Holland and throughout the world. These would-be killers wish to see
him dead not to avenge any violence Wilders committed, but rather, they believe
he must die for doing nothing more than talking about Islam and how he
interprets its message and meaning.
Needless to say, the Dutch Muslims Wilders in Fitna calling for an overthrow of the Dutch
constitutional order and threatening homosexuals have not for inciting hatred. Likewise, Lord Ahmed, who blocked Fitna's
screening in the British Parliament was made a British peer after supporting the
late Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 against British novelist .
AND THAT'S the thing of it. Increasingly, throughout Europe, those who point
out the dangers of radical Islam are hounded – first by Muslims – and then by
legal authorities. In contrast, those who seek to intimidate and physically
silence them are embraced by the states of Europe as legitimate leaders of their
This dismal state of affairs, where jihadists are supported and their victims
are oppressed, is true not only of people like Wilders who actively fight
radical Islam's encroachment on European freedom. It is also the case of people
who are victimized solely on the basis of their ethnic identity.
At the same time Wilders and people like him are forced into hiding, Jews
throughout Europe find themselves assaulted under siege not because of anything
they have done, but because they are Jews.
Incidents of anti-Semitic violence in Europe reached post-Holocaust record
highs over the past month. Jewish children have been violently attacked in
France, barred from schools in Denmark, and harassed in England, Sweden,
Switzerland, Holland and Germany just for being Jews.
In Britain, Muslims have now taken to entering into Jewish-owned businesses
and kosher restaurants to threaten the owners and patrons – just because they
are Jewish. Synagogues have been firebombed and defaced. Calls have been issued
in the US Muslim community on the Internet for Muslims in America to similarly
intimidate Jews by entering into synagogues during prayer services and condemn
worshippers for supporting Israel.
Jewish men have been brutalized by Muslim gangs in Britain and viciously
stabbed in France, just because they are Jewish. In Sweden, pro-Israel
demonstrators were attacked with stones by Muslims this week. Even in the US,
anti-Semitic violence and intimidation has reached levels never seen before. And
in almost all cases, of anti-Semitic violence throughout what is commonly
referred to as the free world, the perpetrators of the violence and intimidation
are Muslims. They attack with the full backing of non-Muslim multiculturalists
as well as neo-Nazis. The two groups, which usually assumed to be at
loggerheads, apparently have no problem converging on the issue of hating Jews.
And in almost all the cases anti-Semitic violence, the Islamic identity of
the attackers has been de-emphasized or obscured by the media and by
politicians, or used as justification for their crimes. In France, for instance,
from the way government officials talk it would be reasonable to assume that a
dozen Muslim teenagers wouldn't have felt it necessary to viciously beat a
ten-year-old Jewish girl if the IDF hadn't attacked Hamas in Gaza.
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