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‘Caliphate Conference’ Seeks to Islamize Europe, US

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

A Muslim fundamentalist group is organizing a conference focused on turning Austria and other European countries into Islamic states.

The “Caliphate Conference 2012” will be held on March 10 in the Austrian town of Vösendorf, situated just south of Vienna. The main theme of the event will be “The Caliphate: The State Model of the Future.”

The conference is being organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir [Party of Liberation], a pan-Islamic extremist group that seeks to establish a global Islamic state – or caliphate – ruled by Islamic Sharia law.

Hizb ut-Tahrir — which is banned in many countries, including Germany, but is free to operate in Austria — is virulently opposed to Western capitalism and democracy and seeks to extend the future caliphate to Europe and the United States.

According to a promotional video (in German) for the conference, “the Islamic Caliphate is the only social and political system that has the right solutions to the political, social and economic problems of humanity.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir has been banned from holding a similar conference in Belgium that had been scheduled for March 4. The group also organized a Caliphate Conference in Amsterdam last July, 2011, and well as a year earlier in Chicago in June, 2010.

Analysts say the open nature of the conference in Vienna indicates that Hizb ut-Tahrir is enhancing its recruiting efforts among European Muslims.

According to Steven Emerson, a leading authority on Islamic extremist networks, Hizb ut-Tahrir is emulating the three-stage process by which Muslims established the first Islamic caliphate after the death of the Islamic Prophet, Mohammed, in the year 632.

During the first stage, Hizb ut-Tahrir builds a party by cultivating a small number of supporters to engage in recruitment and propaganda. In the second stage (which Hizb ut-Tahrir is now entering in Europe and the United States), the group educates Muslims in order to recruit a larger group of people to join Hizb ut-Tahrir and support its revolution. Finally, having won the support of Muslims, Hizb ut-Tahrir moves to establish a Sharia-ruled Islamic government.

While Muslims are busy working to Islamize the West from within, they simultaneously insist that Westerners should not be allowed to criticize these efforts.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a group of 57 Muslim countries that purports to be the collective voice of the Muslim world, sponsored an anti-Islamophobia symposium in Brussels on February 15 and 16, 2012.

The first-of-its-kind event was entitled “Smearing Islam and Muslims in the Media,” and was “aimed at establishing information mechanisms to face up to the slanderous campaigns against Islam in the media.”

The workshop was part of the so-called Istanbul Process, an aggressive effort by Muslim countries to make it an international crime to criticize Islam.

The explicit aim of the Istanbul Process is to enshrine in international law a global ban on all critical scrutiny of Islam and Islamic Sharia law.

Based in Saudi Arabia, the OIC has long pressed the European Union and the United States to impose limits on free speech and expression about Islam.

But the OIC has now redoubled its efforts and is engaged in a determined diplomatic offensive to persuade Western democracies to implement United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 16/18, which calls on all countries to combat “intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of … religion and belief.” (Analysis of the OIC’s war on free speech can be found here and here.)

Resolution 16/18, which was adopted at HRC headquarters in Geneva in March 2011, is widely viewed as a significant step forward in OIC efforts to advance the international legal concept of defaming Islam.

However, the HRC resolution — as well as the OIC-sponsored Resolution 66/167, which was quietly approved by the 193-member UN General Assembly on December 19, 2011 — remains ineffectual as long as it lacks strong support in the West.

The OIC therefore scored a diplomatic coup when the Obama Administration agreed to host a three-day Istanbul Process conference in Washington, DC on December 12-14, 2011. In doing so, the United States gave the OIC the political legitimacy it has been seeking to globalize its initiative to ban criticism of Islam.

Following the Obama Administration’s lead, the European Union now wants to get in on the action by hosting the next Istanbul Process summit.

Up until now, the European Union has kept the OIC initiative at arms-length. But Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the OIC, says the EU’s recent offer to host the meeting represents a “qualitative shift in action against the phenomenon of Islamophobia,” according to the International Islamic News Agency (IINA), the OIC’s official news and propaganda organ.

Nine Dead, Hundreds Wounded in Egyptian Protests

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

At least nine people have been killed and over 300 wounded in two days of violent clashes between Egyptian security forces and protestors.

Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers taking orders from the incumbent Egyptian military council, beat and electric-shocked protestors to the ground on Saturday. They also burned down a protestors’ field hospital and erected a wall of concrete blocks to divide Tahrir Square from the area of the parliament and cabinet buildings. The clashes began late Thursday, after anti-military protestors demanding an end to military rule and the transfer of power to civilian authority were ousted from their camp near Tahrir square, with one protestor being beaten by military police.

Tahrir had once been the backdrop of an 18-day protest leading to the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.  At that time, the military was seen as a partner in the revolution and a protector of the people.

The new protests against the military council and the council’s subsequent crackdown took place after the first rounds of democratic parliamentary elections saw large turnouts, particularly in favor of the militant Muslim Brotherhood and the fundamentalist Salafi/Wahhabi parties.

In November, over 40 people were killed in six days of crackdowns on demonstrators.

Kamal el-Ganzouri, who was appointed interim prime minister following the unseating of Mubarak by the military, addressed the nation on Monday, denying that forces had shot anyone or used violence, and accusing some protestors of having less-than-pure intentions in their activism.

In the meantime, protestors contended that soldiers were indeed firing on them, as well as confiscating cameras and other journalistic equipment, and videos being released showed military police pointing guns and protestors and hitting them.  The military council on Friday issued a statement claiming soldiers were acting self-defense against lawless insurgents armed with Molotov cocktails and rocks.

The Muslim Brotherhood condemned the crackdown, saying the military council had betrayed the Egyptian people’s trust, disrupting the democratic process, instigating unrest, and destabilizing the handover of power.

Egyptian Elections Draw Crowds, Support for Islamist Parties

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The first day of a historic democratic election in Egypt has come to a close, with a higher than expected turnout and a strong showing for Islamist parties.

 

Egypt’s first election day since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak saw overwhelming public participation, with polling stations being asked to stay open an additional 2 hours to accommodate the large number of voters.  Parliamentary elections will continue until early January.

 

Electoral overseers received hundreds of complaints of voting violations, including vote buying and the abuse of a law forbidding campaigning on election day.  Delays in the delivery of ballot slips to polling stations and the late arrival of ballot supervisors were included in the list of grievances.

 

On Sunday, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the interim President and head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, urged Egyptian citizens to participate in elections, even as citizens called for the army to cede power.  Also on Sunday, protestors in Cairo demonstrated against Tantawi, demanding that he and his fellow generals immediately resign.

 

Protests against Tantawi’s government have continued throughout the country, with particular gusto in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.  Yet some protests have focused on hate for Israel, including a special Muslim Brotherhood rally in Cairo on Friday entitled “Kill The Jews.”  Since Saturday, more than 42 people have been killed and 2,000 injured.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood, a radical pro-Jihadist organization poised to win the first stage of elections, will likely use their victory to enforce anti-Israel policies in Egypt and garner support for the Palestinian Authority (PA).  Their credo states “God is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.”  The state of Israel is the number one threat to Egyptian security, according to the body, making Jews “the most serious problem in terms of Egypt’s national security.”

 

On Monday, the gas pipeline between Egyypt and Israel was targeted again, with masked gunmen exploding the line near El-Arish in the northern Sinai.  The line has been attacked 8 times this year.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/egyptian-elections-draw-crowds-support-for-islamist-parties/2011/11/28/

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