The following opinion piece provides some interesting “food for thought” in regards to current events impacting the Middle East and Europe, particularly the flood of refugees from North Africa. In the U.S., similar concerns have been voiced regarding refugee immigrants as we reported in Resettlement: an Islamist path to the west?.
Some view these concerns as being far fetched conspiracy theories promoting bigotry and are simply dismissed as Islamophobia. Others point to the social problems affecting some European nations that have experienced an influx of Muslim immigrant populations attracted by liberal social programs.
Islam lies in wait for Europe
From: Israel Hayom
By: Dr. Ephraim Herrera, May 21, 2015
The demographic trends are clear: Europe is committing suicide. The fertility rate to maintain a country’s population, known as the replacement rate, is generally considered to be 2.1 births per woman. The average fertility rate in Europe is 1.6. In Germany and Italy, it is 1.4. To increase its population, Europe has let in immigrants, to the point that they comprise some 10 percent of the population in Spain, the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany. In Austria, their proportion is 15 percent.
A significant number of those immigrants are Muslim. They hail from the lower rungs of society in their countries of origin and decided to leave in search of a life of comfort in the West.
But the influx of millions of immigrants from Asia and Africa is more than just about their socio-economic plight. Islamic thinkers have tried to capitalize on this wave. Although these thinkers are still lying in wait, they hope they can eventually use the immigrants as a means of conquering Europe. This strategy has been propagated by Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi for the past 30 years. Qaradawi has tremendous clout in the Sunni Arab world, to the point that his rulings are considered authoritative by the Muslim Brotherhood. The strategy is terribly simple: Tap into the local Muslim community and lure its teens to the “real” Islam, then go up the rungs of power in the major parties and seize the reins of government through the democratic process.
Rest of Article: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=12655
For decades, the Muslim Brotherhood has found American academia to be fertile ground to push it’s agenda with the Israeli/Palestinian issue frequently in the forefront.
In 2005, the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel movement (known commonly as BDS) was started as a campaign for “the Palestinian struggle for justice“. Critics have labled it antisemitic and linked to the terror group Hamas. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is considered a key part of the BDS movement.
On December 30, 2013, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia had issued a statement denouncing the boycott.
A January 2014 Washington Post article noted that, “Many university leaders in the Washington region and elsewhere are denouncing a movement to boycott academic institutions in Israel” adding that, “… presidents of several major universities in Maryland, Virginia and the District in the past two weeks have issued, co-signed or endorsed statements of opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.”
13 Georgetown professors apparently do to not share the views of DeGioia and other DC area university heads. On September 16, 2014, Georgetown University’s student newspaper The Hoya reported:
13 Professors Boycott Israeli Universities
After receiving 13 professors’ signatures, Georgetown has become the most-represented university involved in the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions since the petition’s creation last month.
Georgetown professors who signed the boycott petition include Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Director Osama Abi-Mershed, Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding John Esposito, Yvonne Haddad and Judith Tucker, among other signatories.
The boycott is a part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, which aims to aid Palestinian civil society by increasing economic and political pressure on Israel. The academic petition came as a response to recent turmoil regarding the Israeli military occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
It was noted that Tucker, Haddad and Esposito said that their involvement in the boycott will in no way affect their roles as professors at the university, yet the Hoya article included:
The petition’s signatories pledge that they will not publish in Israeli academic journals, teach at Israeli institutions, attend conferences at Israeli universities or work on any projects with Israeli academic institutions.
Esposito said he believed the boycott could help prevent violations of Palestinian rights:
[I hope] to put pressure on and to boycott institutions that violate international law and as a result violate the rights of Palestinians,” Esposito wrote in an email. “There can be no excuse for the cycle of violence that has taken so many lives in Palestine/Israel over the years, and terrorized both Palestinians and Israelis, and most recently in Gaza, the slaughter of so many innocent civilians, especially women and children must be stopped.
Dr. Esposito has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations including having served on the advisory board of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in the UK headed by Azzam Tamimi, a leader in the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood and often described as a Hamas spokesman. Dr. Esposito has also served with global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi on the Steering Committee of the Circle of Tradition and Progress and enjoyed a close relationship with the United Association For Studies and Research (USAR), part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and part of the Hamas support infrastructure.
The Cardinal Newman Society has also reported on the boycott, pointing out:
Committed to increasing American understanding of the Muslim world, Esposito is no stranger to controversy and has been accused by pro-Israel groups of working too closely and in sympathy with leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2001, Stanley Kurtz of the Hudson Institute charged Esposito with believing that “the political program of Islamic fundamentalism is in fact democratic” and that it is America’s “narrow Western definition of democracy” that causes misunderstanding.
The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, which Esposito directs, was founded in 1993. In 2005, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal donated $20 million to the Center, which was renamed in his honor. Although Alwaleed reportedly fired a television chief for his public Muslim Brotherhood ties last year, the Prince has also been connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in the past. In 2002, he gave $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, according to The Clarion Project.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: For decades, the Muslim Brotherhood has found American academia to be fertile ground to push it’s agenda with the Israeli/Palestinian issue frequently in the forefront. We recently mentioned Dr. Esposito in, New University of Florida Islamic Center launch to feature Muslim Brotherhood supporter .
From the Global Muslim Daily Report
March 14, 2013
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has announced that the director of its Washington office met in an “intimate” meeting with President Obama to discuss issues pertaining to his upcoming trip to the Middle East, including Israel. According to the MPAC announcement:
March 11, 2013, MPAC along with other Muslim and Arab American leaders met with President Barack Obama to discuss issues that will pertain to his upcoming trip to the Middle East. Haris Tarin, the Director of MPAC’s Washington, DC, office, attended the intimate meeting with the President, as he prepares his agenda for this visit to Palestine, Jordan and Israel. The group discussed with the President and his senior advisers how his trip can be a catalyst for restarting the dialogue that will lead to the implementation of a comprehensive peace plan in the coming months. Ideas were also presented on how to engage the Palestinian people, especially the burgeoning youth population. Tarin and others shared with the President some of the important work being done by the Palestinian people in achieving their aspirations for an independent and viable Palestinian state. The group also made recommendations on key messages and policy issues that must be considered by the Americans, Israelis, Palestinians and other people in the region to ensure a just and sustainable peace process. =‘This meeting is an important first step by the President and his administration in ensuring that reliable voices of Palestinians and other concerned group and people in the region are heard,’ Tarin said. We are heartened that the President is beginning his second term with a trip to the region, and we hope that we can build a constituency for peace-making here in the United States and ensure that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a zero-sum issue in our domestic discourse.”
Other media reports indicate that Presidential meeting also included representatives of the Arab American Institute, the American Task Force on Palestine, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine.
Full Article: http://globalmbreport.org/?p=8033
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: This trend by the Obama administration to have face-to-face meetings with the groups mentioned provides an air of legitimacy to them, their causes and goals. This should be a major concern, considering past positions taken by said groups. Founded in 1988, MPAC has a history of defending supporters of terrorism and even co-sponsoring events advocating anti-Israel rhetoric and violence. Far from being a supporter of law enforcement efforts to fight terrorism, MPAC has publicly labeled them a “war on Islam”. It repeatedly dismisses investigations and convictions of U.S. terrorist fund-raisers as the “result of people who are against Islam and Muslims.” The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), reports that MPAC has also held a past position of defending it’s representatives for praising Osama bin Laden. The IPT site offers a quick reference dossier on MPAC.
Other groups at the meeting were the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and Arab American Institute (AAI). Both are supporters of Hamas and Hezbollah and very anti-Israel. Having MPAC, ADC an AAI advise President Obama on how to deal with issues in the Middle East shows a very dangerous trend in U.S. foreign policy initiatives.
- Courting Controversy (freebeacon.com)
- Obama Meets With Pro-Hezbollah Groups Ahead of Mideast Trip (counterjihadreport.com)
- US Arabs urge Obama to bear message of hope to Palestinians – Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)