The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which concludes August 18, can be a time of heightened friction in Istanbul, when the beliefs of the pious clash with the lifestyle preferences of secular-minded Turks. This year, Ramadan has been marked by a secularist outcry over recent efforts to restrict the consumption of alcohol.
Tension erupted over a two-day international rock concert at Istanbul Bilgi University in mid-July that kicked off just before Ramadan began. Just half an hour before the concert an alcohol ban was enforced by University authorities under pressure from the Islamist-rooted ruling AK Party. Ironically the "One Love" concert was sponsored by the country's largest beer producer, but the thousands of parched rockers had to make do with lemonade and water instead.
The decision provoked an uproar. "This is not a battle about alcohol, but about freedom" wrote a leading columnist, Hasan Cemal, in the Milliyet newspaper on July 17. A nationwide debate ensued during the weeks of Ramadan over the direction of the country, and, in particular, its largest city, Istanbul.
by AMIL IMANI
The dictionary defines apartheid as: An official policy of racial segregation promulgated in the Republic of South Africa with a view to promoting and maintaining white ascendancy.In 1973, the General Assembly of the United Nations opened for signature and ratification the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (ICSPCA). It defined the crime of apartheid as:"Inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial [religious] group of persons over any other racial [religious] group of persons and systematically oppressing them."The declaration prohibits“Acts such as murder, infringement on freedom or dignity, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, imposition of inhumane living conditions, forced labor, or enacting measures calculated to prevent a racial [religious] group from ‘participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country’ such as denying them ‘basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognized trade unions, the right to education, the right to leave and to return to their country, the right to a nationality, the right to freedom of movement and residence, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.’"Islamic member countries of the time, such as Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia are signatories to the above declaration condemning the barbaric practices of apartheid. Yet, these same countries, as well as other Islamic nations, are the most blatant violators of the declaration.
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Nowhere in the modern world can such restrictions of personal and religious freedoms be found as in the Islamic nations of the Middle East and Africa. Guided by Sharia law, a literal reading of the Qur’an, and thousands of years of hatred and intolerance, many Islamic nations practice extreme gender and religious discrimination. This bigotry takes many forms including the subjugation of women; genital mutilation; sanctioned honor killings; the repression and killing of non-Muslims; child and sexual enslavement of non-Muslims, and the death sentence for apostates. Yet these insidious violations of human rights are barely discussed, let alone addressed in the mainstream media and on college campuses. Women’s Studies Departments in particular are inexplicably silent about the oppression of women in Islam.
During the 2012-2013 school year, the David Horowitz Freedom Center will break this silence by sponsoring “Islamic Apartheid Weeks” on 100 campuses across the country to draw attention to these egregious violations of human rights in the Muslim world.
Islamic Apartheid Weeks will be organized around two main themes: Islamic oppression of women and gays, and Islamic bigotry against other religions, particularly Christianity and Judaism. The Islamic Apartheid Weeks will feature panel discussions and film showings about this oppression. The panels will feature former victims of Sharia law and Islamic apartheid such as Nonie Darwish, who grew up behind the veil in Egypt, and Simon Deng, a Christian who was enslaved by Muslims in the Sudan when he was a child. The events will also feature experts on radical Islam such as Nonie Darwish, Wafa Sultan, Brigitte Gabriel, Walid Shoebat, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, Raymond Ibrahim, and Ephraim Karsh.
The Freedom Center will support their testimony and views by providing students with pamphlets, flyers, and films highlighting the various human rights abuses sanctioned under Sharia law and describing the ways in which these forms of apartheid are standard operating procedure in most Muslim Arab nations and Iran. We will work with students to theatrically reenact some of the most egregious crimes perpetrated in Islamic regimes such as the whipping and stoning of women and homosexuals.
Bring this hard-hitting campaign to your campus today and educate your community about the atrocities being committed in the name of radical Islam. Contact the Horowitz Freedom Center at 818-849-3470, ext. 206 or at Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org.
Anti-Israel groups with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood such as the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine have held “Israeli Apartheid Weeks” claiming that the Jewish state of Israel is an apartheid regime. The claim is false. The term “apartheid” refers to the segregation of groups on the basis of ethnicity or race, and the denial of basic civil rights to the segregated group. There is no such segregation in Israel. The apartheid claim against Israel is designed to delegitimize the Jewish state and justify the 60-year war of aggression conducted by Muslim Arabs whose goal is the destruction of the Jewish state. The Palestinian leaders have formally declared their intention of cleansing the lands they control of Jews.
To defend itself from these genocidal attacks, Israel has erected a fence and established checkpoints to protect its unarmed citizens who have been the targets of these attacks. In contrast to the Muslim Arab world which has expelled its resident Jews, Israel has granted full civil rights to Arabs and Muslims living within Israeli society, Arabs are granted full civil rights under Israeli law, which forbids discrimination on the basis of race, creed, or sex. Arabs take part fully in Israeli society and government. Arab citizens of Israel vote in national elections, have representatives in the Israeli Parliament, sit on the Israeli courts and on the Israeli Supreme Court benches, and serve as tenured professors teaching in Israeli colleges and universities. The Arab and Muslim citizens of Israel have more rights, and enjoy more freedom, education, and economic opportunity than the Arabs and Muslims of any Arab or Muslim state.
Women, homosexuals and religious minorities are also granted full and equal protection under Israeli law, which is nowhere the case in the Arab Muslim world or the Muslim world generally. Within the Middle East, in Israel --and Israel alone-- homosexuals are allowed to serve openly in the military and are protected by anti-discrimination laws. The claim that Israel practices apartheid is a lie of Hitlerian proportions and is part of the campaign that originated with the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy Israel and “push the Jews into the sea.”
Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association have it half right: there is apartheid in the Middle East. It’s just that it’s being practiced by Muslims not Jews. It is this truth that Islamic Apartheid Week will drive home by presenting authentic voices and indisputable testimony from those who have lived and studied Islamic oppression.
Women are greatly burdened in many Muslim countries. Across the Islamic world, they endure restrictions on their movements, their marital options, their professional opportunities, and more. In Kuwait and elsewhere, women cannot vote or hold office. According to Amnesty International, in Saudi Arabia “women…who walk unaccompanied, or are in the company of a man who is neither their husband nor a close relative, are at risk of arrest on suspicion of prostitution or other ‘moral’ offences.”
The oppression of women in Muslim lands is not an accident. The proposition that, as the Qur’an says, “men have a status above women” (2:228) is all-pervasive in the Islamic world. Aisha, the most beloved of the Muslim prophet Muhammad’s many wives, admonished women in no uncertain terms to submit: “O womenfolk, if you knew the rights that your husbands have over you, every one of you would wipe the dust from her husband’s feet with her face.”
The oppression of women sanctioned by the teachings of Islam, and often by its holy book, manifests itself in innumerable ways. Among its most notorious are female genital mutilation, which an Islamic legal manual approved by Cairo’s prestigious al-Azhar University states is required “for both men and women.” Then there is wife-beating, sanctioned by nothing less than the Qur’an itself, which tells men to “beat” women from whom they “fear disobedience” (4:34). The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences has determined that over ninety percent of Pakistani wives have been struck, beaten, or abused sexually — for offenses on the order of cooking an unsatisfactory meal. Others were punished for failing to give birth to a male child. Dominating their women by violence is a prerogative Muslim men cling to tenaciously. In Spring 2005, when the East African nation of Chad tried to institute a new family law that would outlaw wife beating, Muslim clerics led resistance to the measure as un-Islamic.
There is much more, including the phenomenon of honor killing. It is no accident or coincidence that Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.
The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
Gays suffer in Muslim countries as well. The Iranian government has put to death an estimated 4,000 homosexuals since 1980. According to Scott Long, director of the Human Rights Watch Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program, Iranians who are suspected of being gay commonly face torture. Hossein Alizadeh of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said Iran gays live with “constant fear of execution and persecution and also social stigma associated with homosexuality.”
This is true not only in Iran, but in all too many areas of the Islamic world. The Qur’an characterizes those who “practice your lusts on men in preference to women” as “transgressing beyond bounds” (7:81). A hadith pronounces “the curse of Allah” upon those who engage in homosexual activity. A contemporary Muslim writer, Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Al-Fawzaan, called homosexuality “one of the most sinful acts known to humankind” and said that it was “evidence of perverted instincts, total collapse of shame and honor, and extreme filthiness of character and soul.”
Legal views on punishment vary. Among the Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence (madhahib), the Hanafi school mandates a severe beating for the first offense, and the death penalty for a repeat offender. The Shafi’i school calls for 100 lashes for an unmarried homosexual, death by stoning for a married one. The Hanbali school requires stoning across the board. Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, directed his followers to “kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to him” (‘Umdat al-Salik, p17.3).
In many areas these words are still heeded. The Islamic Penal Law Against Homosexuals in Iran calls for the death penalty for sodomy and one hundred lashes for lesbianism for the first three offenses, with death for the fourth offense. Homosexuality is a capital offense not only in Iran, but also in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania. In Malaysia, it can draw a twenty-year prison sentence, and is illegal also in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan, among others.
Islamic law dictates that Jews and Christians may live in Islamic states, but not as equals of Muslims. While Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims are allowed to practice their religions, they must do so under severely restrictive conditions that remind them of their second-class status at every turn.
This second-class status was first articulated by Umar ibn al-Khattab, who was caliph from 634 to 644. According to the Qur’anic commentary of Ibn Kathir, the Christians making this pact with Umar pledged:
"We made a condition on ourselves that we will neither erect in our areas a monastery, church, or a sanctuary for a monk, nor restore any place of worship that needs restoration nor use any of them for the purpose of enmity against Muslims."
This, of course, allowed Islamic authorities to seize churches whenever they wanted. Since testimony of Christians was discounted, and in many cases disallowed, it was often enough for a Muslim just to charge that a church was being used to foment “enmity against Muslims” and then seize it.
All this is still part of the Sharia today. “The subject peoples,” according to a contemporary manual of Islamic law, must “pay the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya)” and “are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar); are not greeted with ‘as-Salamu ‘alaykum’ [the traditional Muslim greeting, “Peace be with you”]; must keep to the side of the street; may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims’ buildings, though if they acquire a tall house, it is not razed; are forbidden to openly display wine or pork . . . recite the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals or feastdays; and are forbidden to build new churches.” If they violate these terms, the law further stipulates that they can be killed or sold into slavery at the discretion of the Muslim leader.
Dhimmis (a term in Islamic law referring to Jews and Christians—it means either “protected” or “guilty” people — the Arabic word means both) were also strictly forbidden, on pain of death, to proselytize among Muslims— a prohibition accompanied by a similar death sentence for Muslims who left Islam.
Both of these, along with the other provisions of dhimmitude, remain part of Islamic law today.
In March 2007, Muslim gangs knocked on doors in Christian neighborhoods in Baghdad, demanding payment of the jizya. In December 2011, Yassir Al-Burhami, a leader of the Salafists, an Egyptian movement of rigorist Muslims, reiterated some of the classic Islamic laws regarding the dhimmis: “Appointing infidels to positions of authority over Muslims is prohibited. Allah said: ‘Never will Allah grant the infidels a way [to triumph] over the Believers.’” (Qur’an 4:141) He also declared that the Muslims of Egypt should begin again to collect the jizya from the Christians.
Meanwhile, there are other forms of collecting the jizya, even before an Islamic state is established in any given land. Muslim immigrants in Europe exist on the dole in large numbers, with the active encouragement of Muslim leaders, who tell them that taking money from the infidels is their right, in lieu of the payment of the jizya.
Today the jihad presses forward around the world because the jizya constitutes a key element of the Muslim community’s livelihood. The onerous tax burdens that Jews and Christians in Muslims domains bore simply for the privilege of being allowed to live in relative peace would become the key source of income for the great Islamic empires that carried Muhammad’s jihad into Africa, Europe, and Asia. During the caliphate of Umar (634-644), Umar told the Muslims: “I advise you to fulfill Allah’s Dhimma (financial obligation (made with the Dhimmi) as it is the Dhimma of your Prophet and the source of the livelihood of your dependents (i.e. the taxes from the Dhimmi.)”45
That is the golden age that today’s jihadists and Islamic supremacists want to restore.
Organizing an Islamic Apartheid Week on your campus is not difficult and can be adjusted to fit any schedule and budget. Some campuses may choose to hold larger events such as hosting panel discussions or keynote speakers while others may simply set up an information booth to distribute literature or hold a film screening. Whatever your budget and schedule, the Freedom Center is eager to work with you!
The Freedom Center will hold two official Islamic Apartheid Weeks, one in the Fall semester and one in the Spring. The first national Islamic Apartheid Week will be December 3-7, 2012. If it is not possible for your campus to participate during this week, you can still hold Islamic Apartheid events at another time, but for maximum impact it is best to have as many campuses participating during the scheduled week as possible.
Host a keynote speaker or a panel of speakers on “Islamic Apartheid”
The Freedom Center has assembled an excellent roster of speakers for Islamic Apartheid Week, including former victims of Sharia law and Islamic apartheid such as Nonie Darwish, who grew up behind the veil of Sharia law in Egypt and Simon Deng, who was enslaved by Muslims in the Sudan when he was a child. Our speakers list also includes experts on radical Islam such as Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Ephraim Karsh.
Please take a look at our list of featured speakers for Islamic Apartheid Week. For a first-hand look at the truths our featured speakers are relaying, you may also view video from our pilot event at Temple University.
Please contact the Freedom Center’s director of campus campaigns for assistance with invitations, scheduling, honorarium information, and ideas for suggested speakers. If you have someone in mind who you would like to invite that is not on our list, contact us and we’ll help you invite them and set up an event. You may reach Jeffrey at (818) 849-3470 ext 206 or Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org.
Screen A Genocidal Campaign and Unmasked: Judeophobia on your campus
A Genocidal Campaign:
The Freedom Center has created a short but powerful video called “A Genocidal Campaign on America’s Campuses” that outlines the battle being waged on North American campuses between the supporters of a genocidal Islamist anti-Israel campaign and the defenders of Israel and free societies. Campus organizations such as the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine act as allies of terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas to isolate and weaken Israel by spreading lies about the Jewish state and calling for boycotts of Israeli goods.
This chilling video addresses and debunks some of the biggest lies displayed on the anti-Israel “Apartheid Walls” that have been making regular appearances on campuses across the continent for several years. Order a DVD of the video from us for free or stream it online before one of your events or while tabling on campus to make a real impact in the fight to demolish lies of the campaign to destroy Israel. It also demonstrates how members of the Muslim Students Association support a second Holocaust of the Jews.
Unmasked: Judeophobia is a meticulous examination of rising anti-Jewish ideology. Filmmaker Gloria Greenfield travels from Israel to Europe to North America, covering this phenomenon from all angles, including historical Christian and contemporary Islamic polemics against Jews, the proliferation of anti-Israeli bias in academia and cultural institutions, misinformation campaigns and state-sanctioned denials of Israel’s right to exist. Wide-ranging interviews include such eloquent and respected voices as Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, Senator Joe Lieberman, former UN ambassador John Bolton, human rights activists Natan Sharansky and Irwin Cotler, British attorney Anthony Julius, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, Middle East senior fellow Caroline Glick, British journalist and blogger Melanie Phillips, and Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon, among many others.
Unmasked: Judeophobia is a call to action and urgent reminder that antisemitism is a menace not only to Jews, but to the human condition itself.
View a trailer of the film below:
Unmasked:Judeophobia normally costs $14.95, but for a limited time The Freedom Center will provide free copies of this groundbreaking film to students who will hold campus screenings for Islamic Apartheid Week. We will also provide informational literature and pamphlets on Islamic Apartheid and anti-Semitism to distribute on your campus. To request your copy of Unmasked: Judeophobia please contact Jeffrey at (818) 849-3470 ext or at Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org.
Poster your campus with the “Faces of Islamic Apartheid” flyer series
The Freedom Center has developed a series of flyers titled “Faces of Islamic Apartheid” which we encourage you place in public locations on your campus such as bulletin boards or other places where flyers are permitted. The flyers picture individuals--women, Christians, and others--who have suffered persecution at the hands of Islamic extremists.
Each flyer names the victim or victims and gives a brief description of how they suffered under the strictures of Islamic Apartheid.
We have also created an ad featuring several of these victims of Islamic Apartheid which we will take out in campus newspapers. If you would like us to consider buying ad space for this ad in your campus paper, please contact Jeffrey at Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org.
Hold a mock-stoning or whipping to showcase the victims of Islamic apartheid
The left has long used theatrical performance and reenactment to draw attention to their causes. Anti-Israel groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association regularly set up mock “checkpoints” in which students dressed as Israeli soldiers harass and arrest those impersonating Palestinians or hold “die ins” on college quads.
While these protests are misleading and based on easily refuted lies, the theatrical tactics used are highly effective at garnering attention and relaying a message. So we’re going to borrow a leaf from their book. To illustrate the brutal treatment of women, homosexuals and others who are accused of crimes such as “fornication” and sodomy in Islamic regimes, we encourage you to hold a mock stoning or whipping on your campus.
Here’s a chance to display your theatrical skills. The Freedom Center has created an informational sheet describing real, non-exaggerated cases, in which women and others have been whipped or stoned to death for various “crimes” (none of which would be considered criminal offenses in the United States). This informational sheet is available for download at www.IslamicApartheidWeek.org.
Using the examples listed on this sheet (or ones you have researched on your own) hold a re-enactment of the sentencing and punishment of these victims of violence. We would recommend that you first introduce each case by describing the basic facts surrounding it: the name of the victim, his or her age, what crime he was accused of, how quickly a judgment was rendered, etc. Then using the name of this real-life victim, read out the judgment [Example: “Sediqa and Khayam of Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. You have been convicted of the crime of adultery and have been sentenced to be stoned to death.”]
Then have members of your organization carry out the sentence using a mockwhip or mockstones (stones can be imitated using painted Styrofoam balls, balls of newspaper, paper mache, or other substances). You may also dress in costumes imitating traditional Muslim garments to help make the re-enactment more effective.
The Freedom Center will provide copies of our informational sheet on whippings and stonings in the Islamic World for you to hand out to bystanders to reinforce the point that these barbaric atrocities are not exaggerations, but real events that are common forms of punishment in Muslim nations ruled by Sharia law.
Distribute educational literature and materials on Islamic Apartheid
The Freedom Center has published a wide range of educational resources -- amphlets, newspaper ads, articles, and flyers -- highlighting the various human rights abuses sanctioned under Sharia law and the ways in which these forms of apartheid are standard operating procedure in most Arab nations.
Center titles include:
Muslim Persecution of Christians
Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future
The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam
The Muslim Brotherhood in Washington
Muslim Hate Groups on Campus
Faces of Palestine
Stolen History: How the Palestinians and Their Allies Attack Israel’s Right to Exist
We will provide these informational materials free of charge to students who will distribute them on campus. For maximum effect, it is best to set up a table in a central location on campus where students who may not be familiar with Islamic Apartheid will be offered informational literature. Distribution of literature may be combined with a display of our “Faces of Islamic Apartheid” flyer series (see above) or be used as an advertisement for other events. For a comprehensive list of available pamphlets, including descriptions and links where they may be read online, please visit the Reading Material section of our Islamic Apartheid Week website.
For far too long, the barbaric treatment Islamic regimes visit on their most defenseless citizens has been overlooked, while Israel, the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, has been false targeted as an “apartheid state.” Ignorance among the general public is so pervasive that when news of honor killings or stonings or other horrendous human rights abuses sanctioned by Islamic nations leaks into the mainstream press, such incidents are dismissed as aberrations. Sadly, these crimes against humanity are not exceptions, but matters of policy and law backed by the authority of Muslim clerics and based on the Koran and Sharia law.
Join us in setting the record straight and defending the innocent victims of religious extremism by recognizing Islamic Apartheid Week on your campus this year.
I was recently challenged by a polite academic who claimed to be dumbfounded by the fact that I rejected as absurd his use of the term “Apartheid Wall” to refer to Israel’s security barrier fence. He demanded to know why I objected to the term, and what I thought was a more appropriate name for it.
I responded that the more appropriate and correct name for Israel’s security fence is the “Leftists are Idiots Fence.” Indeed, I would urge everyone to adopt that name for it and insist that no other be used in polite company.
The security barrier should be dubbed the “Leftists are Idiots Fence” because the very need for its construction was as a countermeasure to the countless acts of murder and other violence triggered by the imposition upon Israel of the Left’s political agenda with regard to making “peace” with the “Palestinians.” The building of the “Leftists are Idiots Fence” became necessary because of the “recognition” of the PLO by Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres and all the fruits of that poisonous tree that followed. The consequential series of agreements to allow the PLO to import its army of assassins and terrorists into the West Bank and Gaza (never mind that the Hamas later evicted the PLO from Gaza) produced so many massacres of Israelis that the only way to reduce the level of violence was with large fences and barriers that prevented “Palestinians” from getting close enough to Jews to murder them.
Our first Islamic Apartheid Conference was held on April 23rd. Click here to watch the video of each of our panelists: Robert Spencer, Pam Geller, Nonie Darwish, and Simon Deng.