Swiss voters overwhelmingly vote in favor of burqa ban for Muslim women

“Those who want to integrate are welcome irrespective of their religion. But those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome.”

Source: Swiss vote for burqa ban with Muslim women hit with £6,500 fine amid terror fears | World | News | Daily Express

Muslim women can no longer wear the full-body garment in shops, restaurants or public buildings and anyone caught flouting the ban could be struck with a £6,500 fine.

The local government of Ticino approved the referendum after the Swiss Parliament ruled that the ban did not violate the country’s federal law.

Two in three voters in the canton backed the move in an overwhelming result for a referendum, in the wake of heightened terrorist alerts across Europe.

The law which MPs voted for only applies to veils which covers the body from head to foot worn by the 40,000 Muslim women in Switzerland and also applies to all tourists visiting the area.

Other face coverings such as masks, balaclavas or crash helmets are still permitted.

Heightened security measures were put in place before the vote, with metal detectors installed to screen those entering the parliament.

Giorgio Ghiringhelli, who drew up the proposal, said the result sent a message to “Islamist fundamentalists” in the country.

He added: “Those who want to integrate are welcome irrespective of their religion.

“But those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome.”

Amnesty International termed it a “black day for human rights in Ticino.”

The Ticino law was inspired by a similar French ban, which was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights in 2014.

France’s parliament passed the burqa ban in 2010, leading to protests from Islamic groups who called it discriminatory.

Women can be fined up to £150 for wearing the burqa in France, which has the biggest Muslim population in western Europe.

An attempt by a British legal team to reverse the French ban was rejected last year.

European judges ruled that the measure aimed at stopping women covering their faces in public was entirely justified, adding that the garment threatened the right of people “to live together”.

Similar laws have since been passed in Belgium and the Netherlands.

In 2009, Swiss voters backed a ban on constructing new minarets and the ruling Swiss People’s Party has made immigration a key focus of their Government.

Ohio: Clueless judge releases Muslim terror suspect on bond

Source: Bond issued for man, 40, accused of terrorist ties – Toledo Blade

Over the objections of federal prosecutors, a judge agreed Monday to release on bond one of four men charged with providing financial support to al-Qaeda.



Sultane Roome Salim, 40, of Columbus is to be released from the Lucas County jail once his mother posts a $500,000 property bond that includes her home and a commercial building in Cambridge, Ohio.


judge who freed jihadi

Judge James Knepp, U.S. District magistrate, ordered that Mr. Salim surrender his passport and be released to the of his mother, Shakila Salim, and his wife of nearly 15 years, Mehreen Sultan. Ms. Sultan, a citizen of Pakistan, also surrendered her passport and the passports of the couple’s three children.

Mr. Salim is charged with conspiracy to provide and conceal material support and resources to terrorists, providing material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Toledo that also named his brother, Asif Ahmed Salim, 35, as well as Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37, and Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 36.

Prosecutors allege the group conspired to travel to Yemen to give thousands of dollars to Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.

Michael Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said Asif Salim and Yahya Mohammad, both residents of the United Arab Emirates, were arrested overseas and flown to Virginia. Ibrahim Mohammad was arrested in Texas.

All three are being held behind bars awaiting transfer to Toledo.

Mr. Salim’s wife and his mother both took the witness stand at Monday’s detention hearing, assuring the court they would make certain Mr. Salim abided by the terms and conditions of his release and would contact authorities if he did not.

Under questioning by Christos Georgalis, an assistant U.S. attorney, Ms. Sultan said she knew nothing about the charges her husband faced, that she never heard him talk about working with his brother to provide funds to al-Qaeda, although she had heard him mention al-Awlaki in the past.

Judge Knepp told Ms. Sultan she would be in “a heckuva spot” if her husband violated the terms of his bond. She would be obligated to report him to the court, he said, and if she failed to do that, she could be charged with contempt of court and jailed.

“If that sounds scary, it should,” he told her.

Mr. Salim’s court-appointed attorney, Cherrefe Kadri, assured the court her client would comply.

This is a very well-educated man who has a lot of skills,” Ms. Kadri said, explaining that Mr. Salim is a chemical engineer who most recently worked as a financial analyst.

She said that since his arrest, he has been fired from his job and the family is being evicted from their apartment in Columbus. Ms. Kadri said he is willing to live with his mother in Cambridge where his wife and three children also plan to live.

Among the other conditions of bond, Judge Knepp ordered that Mr. Salim have no contact with his three co-defendants.

“I can’t imagine that a man would violate the terms and conditions and put his mom in that kind of peril, but above and beyond the property that your mother is posting, both she and the mother of your children are putting their very liberty at stake by undertaking this obligation,” Judge Knepp said.

“I can’t imagine that a man would subject his own mother or the mother of his children to some kind of peril in furtherance of his selfish interests no matter what may be guiding them,” he said.

Clearly the judge has no clue about Islam and how men regard their wives (plural) and children.

Reader Dee informs us that the attorney for the terror suspect is President of the executive committee of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. How convenient. We now have mosque executives representing Muslim terror suspects. If he were a member of CAIR, representing Muslim terrorists would be expected.

Also worth asking yet again, is why two of the Muslim terror suspects, both residents of the United Arab Emirates, who were arrested overseas were then flown to Virginia?

Why are we importing hard-core Muslim terrorists to the U.S.?

They will recruit and teach jihad in our prisons. They may never be deported and could be released on our streets. Sheer lunacy.

Clinton’s Muslim Campaign Aide: Syrian Refugees are “My Battle Cry” (video)

Hillary Clinton and her closest adviser and campaign vp, Huma Abedin, are not concerned with Americans. Rather, the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Abedin’s battle cry is importing Muslims to America.


via O’Keefe Releases Undercover Video Of Huma | The Daily Caller

A new undercover video released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas shows Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign vice chair, Huma Abedin, assuring an undercover reporter that the Democratic presidential candidate is committed to allowing Syrian refugees to settle in the U.S. and that Republican opposition to the plan is “really scary.”

The video, shared exclusively with The Daily Caller, also includes new hidden cam footage of Syrian refugees in Greece singing Clinton’s praises. O’Keefe’s group released a first installment of the video last week of the same Syrian men discussing using fake passports to enter Europe.

“We are a country of immigrants. We welcome people, and when you listen to the Republicans, and this is my battle cry, it is really scary on the other side,” Abedin tells an undercover Project Veritas reporter during a closed-media event held last week in New York City.

The reassurance that Clinton will provide relief to Syrian refugees is “music to the ears” of the Syrians O’Keefe’s undercover reporters interviewed last week, the muckraker asserts in the video.

In that video, filmed just after ISIS terrorists killed 130 people in Paris, the Syrian men discussed using fake passports to travel to Germany and perhaps to the U.S. And asked if the like or dislike Clinton, they said they have a favorable view of the former secretary of state.

More on the Muslim Brotherhood prodigy:



British actress rages at Uber ‘sharia’ driver who said she was dressed ‘disgustingly’

Islam: The real war on women. via Frances Barber rages at ‘sharia’ taxi driver who disapproved of her dress

Acclaimed actress Frances Barber has claimed she was verbally accosted by a “sharia” taxi driver who disapproved of her dress.

The 58-year-old star of BBC1 legal drama Silk said she flew into a rage following the incident that happened after a showbusiness awards ceremony.

Frances Barber pictured at The London Evening Standard Theatre AwardsFrances Barber pictured at The London Evening Standard Theatre Awards  Photo: David M. Benett/Getty Images

Barber had been at London’s Old Vic theatre on Sunday night for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and was wearing a full-length black skirt and high-necked top.

After the event she booked a taxi through cab-hailing app Uber, and when the car arrived she mentioned that it was a cold night.

The driver allegedly responded: “Well if you weren’t so disgustingly dressed…”

In disgust, Barber then tweeted:

The actress told a Twitter follower she was so angry she “got out of cab, slammed door & yelled”.

In response, Uber contacted her on Twitter and said:

A spokesman later said: “We were shocked about this unacceptable incident and immediately reached out to the rider to offer our full support.

“We will of course take appropriate action and would like to again extend our sincere apologies to the rider.”

Problematic Muslim Uber drivers have been reported frequently as have Muslim cabbies. And flashback for those who tend to forget, Poll reveals 40pc of Muslims want sharia law in UK (that was ten years ago).

Most recently in New York, a Muslim cabbie fined $25K for refusing ride to black family (but he claims the black woman is the racist and she admits that part).

Oklahoma: CAIR Client Arrested as Part of ISIS Cell in Turkey

Ellen (left), Saadiq Long (right)

Source: MSNBC’s ‘No-Fly List Is Islamophobia’ Poster Boy Arrested in Turkey as Part of ISIS Cell | PJ Media

A man, who just two years ago was the poster boy for the far-Left media’s attacks against the U.S. government’s no-fly list for “unfairly” targeting Muslims, finds himself and several family members sitting in a Turkish prison — arrested earlier this month near the Turkey-Syria border as members of an ISIS cell.

It’s a long way from 2013 when Saadiq Long’s cause was being championed by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Glenn Greenwald, and Mother Jones, and was being represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) terror front.

His story got considerable media attention when his CAIR media representatives here pushed the story that Long wanted to return to his native Oklahoma from his current home in Qatar to visit his ailing mother but couldn’t because he was on the TSA’s no-fly list. They said his case represented institutional “Islamophobia.”

Long’s cause got international attention when Glenn Greenwald published an article at The Guardian saying that Long was “effectively exiled from his own country.” Kevin Drum of Mother Jones branded it the “Kafkaesque World of the No-Fly List.” CAIR has 22 article entries related to Long’s case on its website.

After several months of wrangling between his CAIR attorneys and the Department of Homeland Security, Long was temporarily removed from the no-fly list and allowed to return to Oklahoma.

Once home, however, he was still subject to FBI surveillance according to claims he made during a press conference with his CAIR handlers.

After an incident with local police and the FBI, Long was apparently placed back on the no-fly list, preventing his return to Qatar.

That prompted even more outrage from the far-Left media and garnered him an appearance with his CAIR handler on Chris Hayes’ MSNBC show:

Glenn Greenwald used Saadiq Long’s MSNBC appearance to get back in on the action:

Eventually, Long boarded a bus to Mexico and got on a flight there to return home to Qatar.

U.S. and Turkish officials confirmed Long’s arrest to PJ Media, saying that he was arrested along with eight others operating along the Turkish-Syrian border. So far, no U.S. media outlet has reported on his arrest.

Long’s Facebook page has not been updated for several months. The last entry on his wife’s Facebook page was October 23.

I have emailed Long’s CAIR handler, Adam Soltani, asking for comment. An email to his attorney Gadeir Abbas was returned as undeliverable.

In first majority-Muslim U.S. city, calls to prayer from & no alcohol sales near mosques

Sharia crept in. Good luck getting it out. This is the fate of every U.S. city that continues to allow Muslim immigration and refugees. via In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future – The Washington Post

Let that title sink. The “first majority-Muslim U.S. city.” As titled by the Washington Post. November 21, 2015. A mere 14 years after 9/11 the first city has fallen.


Karen Majewski was in such high demand in her vintage shop on a recent Saturday afternoon that a store employee threw up her hands when yet another visitor came in to chat. Everyone wanted to talk to the mayor about the big political news.

Earlier this month, the blue-collar city that has been home to Polish Catholic immigrants and their descendents for more than a century became what demographers think is the first jurisdiction in the nation to elect a
majority-Muslim council.

It’s the second tipping for Hamtramck (pronounced Ham-tram-ik), which in 2013 earned the distinction becoming of what appears to be the first majority-Muslim city in the United States following the arrival of thousands of immigrants from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia over a decade.

In many ways, Hamtramck is a microcosm of the fears gripping parts of the country since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris: The influx of Muslims here has profoundly unsettled some residents of the town long known for its love of dancing, beer, paczki pastries and the pope.

Majewski, whose family emigrated from Poland in the early 20th century, admitted to a few concerns of her own. Business owners within 500 feet of one of Hamtramck’s four mosques can’t obtain a liquor license, she complained, a notable development in a place that flouted Prohibition-era laws by openly operating bars. The restrictions could thwart efforts to create an entertainment hub downtown, said the pro-commerce mayor.

And while Majewski advocated to allow mosques to issue calls to prayer, she understands why some longtime residents are struggling to adjust to the sound that echos through the city’s streets five times each day.

“There’s definitely a strong feeling that Muslims are the other,” she said. “It’s about culture, what kind of place Hamtramck will become. There’s definitely a fear, and to some degree, I share it.”

Saad Almasmari, a 28-year-old from Yemen who became the fourth Muslim elected to the six-member city council this month, doesn’t understand that fear.

“I don’t know why people keep putting religion into politics,” said Almasmari, who received the highest percentage of votes (22 percent) of any candidate. “When we asked for votes, we didn’t ask what their religion was.”

Hamtramck’s exceedingly low home prices and relatively low crime rate have proved especially attractive to new immigrants, whose presence is visible everywhere. Most of the women strolling Joseph Campau Avenue wear hijabs, or headscarves, and niqabs, veils that leave only the area around the eyes open. Many of the markets advertise their wares in Arabic or Bengali, and some display signs telling customers that owners will return shortly — gone to pray, much in the same way Polish businesses once signaled that employees had gone to Mass.

Many longtime residents point to 2004 as the year they suspected that the town’s culture had shifted irrevocably. It was then that the city council gave permission to al-Islah Islamic Center to broadcast its call to prayer from speakers atop its roof.

“The Polish people think we were invading them,” said Masud Khan, one of the mosque’s leaders, recalling that time in an interview earlier this month. “We were a big threat to their religion and culture. Now their days are gone.”

The mosque, which attracts about 500 people for its Friday prayer services, has purchased a neighboring vacant limestone building in the heart of the city that once was a furniture store. The mosque’s leaders plan to put a minaret — a spire — on the building and use it to continue broadcasting a call to prayer five times a day.

The private sale enraged city leaders, including the mayor, who sees the area as key to commercial growth. Mosque leaders estimate that the 20,000-square-foot building will hold up to 2,000 people once the renovation is finished next year.

The town’s transformation caught Mike Bugaj off guard. When the Hamtramck native left to join the Air Force in 1972, the city was widely referred to as “Little Warsaw.” When he returned from the military in 1995, “the Muslims were here,” said Bugaj, who is of Polish and Native American descent.

The new majority Muslim council has Bugaj worried that old traditions, like the Polish festival and Fat Tuesday’s paczki day, soon will be wiped away.

He and other residents are “concerned about what they would want to change, that they could mistreat women,” said Bugaj, who wore feather earrings and a T-shirt with wolves on it. “Don’t come over to America and try to turn people to your way of thinking.”

Wayne Little, who has been a pastor for nearly 40 years at Corinthian Baptist Church, said many of the city’s African American residents are also waiting to see whether the new Muslim-majority city council will represent their interests.

“They are clannish and stick together. . . . The jury is out on them.” Little said.

The discord intensified in the weeks before the election, beginning when several senior citizens living in an apartment complex complained about the volume of the 6 a.m. call to prayer from a nearby mosque.

Susan Dunn, who was on her fifth unsuccessful run for city council, raised the issue before the governing body.

“I have my own rights, as well,” she said while baking her son’s birthday cake in her kitchen. “I’m not a hater. It wasn’t a calculated move.”

At one point as she spoke, a mosque close to Dunn’s house began broadcasting the call to prayer. “You try reading a book in your back yard while your dog is barking to that,” Dunn said, clearly exasperated.


Texas: Muslim invasion means more Arabic speaking tutors needed in Austin school district

Source: More Arabic speaking tutors needed at AISD | KEYE

A University of Texas graduate student is calling for more Arabic speaking tutors to help an influx of refugees from Iraq and Syria at Austin Independent School District.

Dana El Kurd volunteers twice a week at Anderson High School and said the students she helps are struggling to adjust to a new culture and language.

“There are students who have been in refugee camps for five or six years waiting for this kind of official permission,” El Kurd said.

Part of the problem she said is that the majority of the classes the refugee students attend are in English. “Nobody speaks Arabic and a lot of them are kind of lost,” El Kurd said.

A good reason why they should be going to Muslim and/or Arab speaking countries rather than English speaking countries.

Many consider dropping out because of the lack of support and on top of that, El Kurd said refugee students report they are also being bullied. “I don’t think that a lot of their peers know where they are coming from so they are calling them things like ISIS and these people are escaping ISIS so it’s very difficult for them,” she said.

El Kurd said more volunteers would help the students adjust and be successful at school but she hopes the district will beef up support as more Syrian refugees will be settled in Texas in the coming years. “There is a humanitarian need and we need to address it,” she said.

Austin ISD was unavailable to provide a comment for this story. But according to the district’s website there is an Office of Refugee Family Support. The latest data provided shows there were 675 refugee students for the 2013-2014 school year.

Presuming each has a mother and father and at least one other sibling – although it’s usually 3-4, and the data is more than a year old, that number is easily triple 675.

The office meets with school staff for training about the refugee population and assists families with school business.

Ideally, new refugee students are placed in a Newcomer’s Program where they receive daily beginner ESL instruction and English language support.


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