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The Real Agenda Behind the Push for ‘Islamophobia’

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Originally published at Gatestone Institute.

Islamophobia has almost become a fad for a certain group of academics and Muslims across North America. 2013 was a bumper year for Islamophobia conferences in America and abroad.

  • “Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia: an International Conference” was held at Indiana University, Bloomington on March 29-30, 2013.
  • Islam, Politics and Islamophobia,” an international conference of the Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair, took place at the Indiana Memorial Union Faculty.
  • International Conference on Islamophobia: Law & Media“, hosted in Istanbul, was organized by the Directorate General of Press and Information, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and under the auspices of Mr. Bulent Arinc, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, and took place in September, 2013. The website starts off by stating “Islamophobia, which is a term used to express the groundless fear and intolerance of Islam and Muslims, has swept the world, becoming detrimental to international peace especially in recent years.”
  • The IWIC’s 2013 conference on “Women in Islam,” in Atlanta, Georgia from November 22 to 24, used the theme, “Eradicating Islamophobia.”

One would think that four conferences in one year would be enough for the International group of speakers to discuss, debate and hash out that, in their view, there is an epidemic of Muslim-bashing taking place in North America.

However it seems that these are not enough to complete the agenda of the Islamists. Therefore this year the University of California, Berkeley is hosting its fifth annual International conference on the study of Islamophobia, from April 14 to 19, 2014.

It is frightening to realize that this is their fifth such conference; the website states, “the obsessive pre-occupation of everything related to Islam and Muslims, congressional and parliamentary hearings criminalizing Muslims and violations of their civil liberties and rights, domestic and international surveillance programs exclusively on Muslims and Arabs, extra-judicial use of force on Muslims and Arabs, interventions, military campaigns, and policies rationalizing its exercise, are, in essence, what we see and bear witness in the Muslim world. These are the direct effects of latent Islamophobia.”

University of California, Berkeley is home to Professor Hatem Bazian, who directs the school’s “Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project,” and teaches a course titled, “Asian American Studies 132AC: Islamophobia.”

Seriously? A course on Islamophobia? Recently, Professor Bazian told 100 students in his class to tweet about Islamophobia — all being done to promote an agenda of “victimhood.”

Obviously the Islamophobia conferences, the courses and the tweeting professor must find support for their self-serving propaganda somewhere. Part of this support comes from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), an international organization consisting of 57 Arab and Muslim member states, including the entity of the Palestinian Authority. The organization states that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and works to “safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony.” The term “Muslim world” is offensive: no one speaks for all Muslims, and for the OIC to consider itself the “voice of the Muslim world” is dictatorial in the extreme.

No surprise, then, that on their website they have an Islamophobia Observatory, where they mention their support of Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, adopted in 2011, on “Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based on religion or belief”.

What is ironic and hypocritical about all the Islamophobia hype by members of the OIC is their double standards when it comes to minorities in their own lands. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sudan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, the Palestinian Authority and Iran are among OIC members that have appalling human rights violations against minorities, and are routinely ignored under UNHRC Resolution 16/18.

Egypt’s Islamists Obsessed not Only With Power, but Sex too

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Egypt’s Islamists have been exhibiting a relentless control over their country. First with President Morsi’s granting to himself sweeping powers, then enforcing a constitution that eliminates the opposition and isolates religious minorities and then by harassing the media with a court ruling that imposes a month-long suspension on YouTube. Their lust for power is apparently not their only vice; evidence suggests they are also obsessed with sex and controlling women’s bodies.

The Arabic website of the Russian state news channel , Russia Today, reported for example, that the Consular General of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Khirat Al-Shatir, had married a 21-year-old Syrian model through an “unofficial marriage decree,” known in Egypt as “Orfi.”

Orfi marriage, according to the report, is a marriage documented only by a mere non-government-registered hand-written marriage decree, which in effect, gives the husband sexual privileges with his young Syrian wife while securing for her none of the rights of marriage.  According to the “decree,” Al-Shatir paid the young model one million U.S. Dollars as a dowry to confirm that “any offspring resulting from this reunion will become a legitimate heir to Al-Sahtir’s wealth,” thereby excluding the wife herself from inheritance.

According to the Muslim Brotherhood’s hierarchy, Al-Shatir is president Morsi’s leader and Murshid or “Guidance-provider.”

In June 2012, a Salafist parliament member Ali Wanees was arrested along with a young woman for indecent exposure in a car. An audio recording of the incident was leaked to the Egyptian media.  In the recoding, a police officer can be heard ranting “I swear to almighty God I would have thought she was his daughter.” While the young woman kept exclaiming, “He was going to marry me…he was going to marry me!”

Wanees belongs to a group which calls for the implementation of Sharia law, according to which, he should be stoned to death for committing adultery. Nonetheless, his Salafist followers in the Egyptian government have not been calling for him to be punished according to Sharia.

Furthermore, some of Egypt’s top Islamists officials have been making sexist statements to the media. In September 2012, Salah Abdul Maksoud, Egypt’s Information Minister and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was interviewed by Palestinian-Syrian TV anchor, Zeina Yazji. As Yazji began asking questions, Maksoud commented, “I hope your questions are not as hot as you are!” Maksoud is in charge of Egypt’s state media and oversees the government’s public image.

In February of this year, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kindil, also a Muslim Brotherhood member, was asked on television about the economic conditions of rural areas. He failed to address the economic woes, but did say, “I know the Egyptian rural area of Bani Sweif, women there are so ignorant that they breast-feed their babies without cleaning their breasts causing the babies to have diarrhoea,” adding, “women in Bani Sweif who go out to bathe in public ponds get raped too.” While Kindil’s off-point responses resulted in the secular opposition movement seeking to sue him for his demeaning comments, there are no signs that his boss, Morsi, is unhappy with him.

Egypt’s Islamists’ sex-obsession even extends to Egyptian men.  Take the case of Bassem Youssef, dubbed Egypt’s Jon Stewart with his political comedy show “El Bernameg.”  Youssef has been a fearless critic of the ruling Islamists in Egypt.  As a result, Youssef has come under a ruthless defamation campaign by the Islamists.  One of those is Abu Islam– a Salafist preacher and a TV anchor on Al-Omah Islamist television.

Abu Islam publically addressed Bassem Youssef in his “religious” show which is watched regularly by the average Egyptian household.  Abu Islam told Youssef he was “so pretty he had to wear a Burkka,” because “you are prettier than women with your hairless face”.  In Egyptian culture, these comments are a subliminal indication that Bassem Youssef was to be sexually pursed by men.  As Abu Islam put it, “We [men] are not allowed to look at your pretty face according to Sharia.”

To further insult Youssef, Abu Islam even spoke about female genitalia in details and mentioned Youssef’s wife: “Do you know what a **** is Bassem? I am sure you know; it is the little thing right above your wife’s genitalia.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/egypts-islamists-obsessed-not-only-with-power-but-sex-too/2013/02/27/

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