Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tourists Flee ‘Nightmare’ Paris Amidst Rising Theft, Assaults, Terror


Tourists from China are avoiding France amid surging violence and crime, a Chinese tourism expert has said, reporting that customers are turning to Russia as a safer destination.

President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, Jean-François Zhou, said “increasingly violent” thefts and assaults are turning France into “one of the worst destinations for foreign tourists”.
Mr. Zhou, a representative for major Chinese travel agency Utour in France, reported a steep decline in visitor numbers from Asia, and said many tourists are now looking to Russia as a less dangerous holiday destination.
“In 2016, there were 1.6 million Chinese tourists compared to 2.2 million in 2015. The  number of Japanese tourists dropped 39 per cent, and Koreans 27 per cent. Our tourists have turned to Russia, which is less attractive but at least it is a safe country. For Putin, it is an economic windfall”, he told Le Parisien.
Rising violence and aggression account for the drop, according to Mr. Zhou, who said: “For a number of Chinese tourists, the dream of visiting France and Paris has turned into a nightmare.
“[Chinese tourists] are robbed in the palace of Versailles, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, in front of their hotel, as they leave the coaches … In high season, not a day goes by without tourists being assaulted.”
Violent incidents in France have “sparked panic” on social media in Chinese, Mr. Zhou said, recalling one in which an 80-year-old man was seriously injured as he tried to resist thieves, and he reported how female tourists have been pushed to the ground while criminals steal bags containing all their papers.
Having lived in France for 25 years, Mr. Zhou said he has borne witness to the country’s deteriorating security situation over the decades, which has resulted in Paris ranking “number one in Europe in terms of the upsurge in delinquency”.
While so far there are no organised campaigns calling on Chinese tourists to avoid visiting France, the experienced travel agent said that a boycott “has already begun”, with “several Asian operators preferring to divert Asian tourists to Italy, Spain, and Russia”.

Paris’s regional tourism office last year reported a slump in visitor numbers to the city, and attributed some of the decline to terror fears, as more than 200 people have been killed in Islamic terror in France since 2015.

Moroccan Migrant Arrested After Woman Pushed onto Subway Tracks

Police were able to arrest a suspect early Wednesday morning after a woman was knocked unconscious having been pushed onto the tracks of the Hamburg S-Bahn underground railway by a Moroccan illegal.

The 16-year-old paperless migrant who Die Welt reports had no residence permit in Germany and is in the country illegally assaulted a 34-year-old woman in the early hours of Wednesday morning. CCTV footage reviewed by officers showed the illegal youth attempting to reach into the woman’s handbag at around one o’clock in the morning, but being spotted by his intended victim.
As the woman called for help and resisted the attack, the Moroccan male pushed her backwards, causing the woman to stumble onto the tracks below, the fall knocking her unconscious. Examination in hospital showed the woman had suffered a concussion as a result of her head striking the railway track.
Fortunately, no trains were due on the line at that time and German Rail staff came to her aid.
The assailant fled the scene, but was identified from security camera footage and was later arrested. He is being held on suspicion of “predatory theft”.
Germany’s underground railways are becoming an increasing target for migrant criminals, who in addition to engaging in theft have also been reported to act with extreme violence towards other subway users. Breitbart London reported in December of a Berlin police hunt for a group of migrants who were caught on security cameras setting a homeless man sleeping on a station platform alight on Christmas day. The Syrian and Libyan gang have been charged with attempted murder.

In another incident caught on security camera, German police sought a group of Bulgarian men after they, in an apparently unprovoked attack, kicked a woman down a flight of stairs leading to the platform. The victim was admitted to hospital with a broken forearm.

66-Year-Old Sentenced for Giving Out Anti-Migrant Leaflets

A 66-year-old German man has been given a suspended three-month prison sentence for hate speech after he distributed leaflets in his town calling migrants “parasites”.

The pensioner, referred to as Wilfried M. in local media, admitted to the crime and claimed he regretted his actions. According to prosecutors, on July 31, 2016 Wilfried handed out laminated leaflets that said,”Refugees go home” and “You are parasites” in the town of Werther, North Rhine-Westphalia, reports local paper Westfalen-Blatt.
“That was the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,” said the 66-year-old who is retired and lives on the government’s Hartz IV benefit system. The court said that despite his admission, he was still guilty of “incitement to the people” and gave the man the minimum sentence of 3 months in prison suspended for a three-year period.
Prosecutors also noted the leaflets had been found in the area of a local asylum home, but the pensioner denied having placed them there, saying he had only put up fliers in the area around the Kreissparkasse cash machines and in the area between Ravensberger Strasse and the Netto Markt supermarket.
The pensioner said he had put up the leaflets in response to the way new asylum seekers behaved in the small town, which is home to around eleven and a half thousand people. According to Wilfried, the asylum seekers he saw in Werther were “disrespectful, demanding, and ungrateful”.
The lawyer for the defendant, Kerstin Koch, attempted to get the proceedings terminated by explaining the man had recently lost his wife to a failed operation and was barely managing to scrape by on the small allowance he was receiving from the government.
But both the prosecutor and the judge did not see his situation as valid extenuating circumstances and the judge prioritised the defence of the “human dignity” of migrants who had been insulted. The judge also handed down a €300 fine to the cash-strapped pensioner to be paid in €15-a-month instalments.
Hate speech laws in Germany and the prosecution of people for anti-mass migration or anti-migrant opinions has skyrocketed over the course of the migrant crisis. In some cases, men and women have been arrested and taken to court for migrant-critical social media posts and others have even had their homes raided by police for hate speech.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is looking to expand the crackdown on hate speech and “fake news” this year and has announced they will even fine platforms like Facebook if they do not take down hate speech posts in a timely enough manner.

Germany's New Propaganda Bureau: Big Brother is Watching YOU!

by Judith Bergman
  • A married couple, Peter and Melanie M., were prosecuted and convicted in July 2016 of creating a Facebook group that criticized the government's migration policy.
  • Also, in July 2016, 60 people suspected of writing "hate speech" online had their homes raided by German police.
  • None of the above seems to be enough, however, for the president of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, from Merkel's CDU party, who believes that what Facebook is already doing against "hate speech" is not enough. According to the CDU politician, there is a need for more legislation.
  • The German government's view of what constitutes "hate speech" is highly selective and appears limited to protecting the government's own policies on immigration from legitimate criticism.
  • When massive antisemitism swept large German cities in the summer of 2014, for example, no such anti-racist zeal was manifest on the part of the German government. On the contrary, there were instances of authorities practically facilitating hate speech. In July 2014, Frankfurt police let mainly Muslim "protesters" use their van's megaphone to belt out slogans of incitement in Arabic, including the repeated chanting of"Allahu Akbar" and that Jews are "child murderers".
  • Firebombing a synagogue, on the other hand, is simply an "act of protest".
Officials in Germany's Interior Ministry are urging Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to establish a "Defense Center against Disinformation" (Ab­wehr­zen­trum ge­gen Des­in­for­ma­ti­on) to combat what they call "political disinformation," a euphemism for "fake news."
"The acceptance of a post-truth age would amount to political capitulation," the officials told Maizière in a memo, which also disclosed that the bureaucrats at the Interior Ministry are eager to see "authentic political communication" remain "defining for the 21st century."
One wonders whether by "authentic political communication," the officials of the Interior Ministry are referring to the way German authorities scrambled to cover up the mass sexual attacks on women on New Year's Eve a year ago in Cologne? At the time, German police first claimed, surreally, on the morning of January 1, 2016, that the situation on New Year's Eve had been "relaxed." Cologne Police Chief Wolfgang Albers later dryly admitted, "This initial statement was incorrect." Alternatively, perhaps they are referring to the decision of Germany's public broadcaster, ZDF, not to report on the attacks until four days after they had occurred? Even a former government official, Hans-Peter Friedrich, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Interior Minister from 2011 to 2013, accused the media at the time of imposing a "news blackout" and operating a "code of silence" over negative news about immigrants. How is that for "authentic political communication"?
"Considering the [upcoming] federal elections we must act very fast," the officials urged in the memo, citing the need to combat "fake news."
In other words, the Interior Ministry's bureaucrats fear that Chancellor Angela Merkel will lose the elections in September 2017, and are willing to do whatever it takes to prevent that scenario, even if it means using (even more) federal authority to crack down on free speech by inventing an official state propaganda bureau. The current debate on "fake news" is a convenient excuse.
Germany has, of course, been cracking down on free speech for quite a while now. Already in September 2015, Merkel said, "When people stir up sedition on social networks using their real name, it is not only the state that has to act, but also Facebook as a company should do something against these statements".
Under a government program, which has enlisted the help of the German non-governmental organization, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, led by Anetta Kahane (who has turned out, in a fine twist of irony, to be a former Stasi agent and informer) German authorities are monitoring how many supposedly "racist" posts reported by Facebook users are deleted within 24 hours. Justice Minister Heiko Maas has pledged to look at legislative measures if the results turn out to be "unsatisfactory". The program is scheduled to run until March 2017.
A married couple, Peter and Melanie M., were prosecuted and convicted in July 2016 of creating a Facebook group that criticized the government's migration policy. Their page stated, "The war and economic refugees are flooding our country. They bring terror, fear, sorrow. They rape our women and put our children at risk. Make this end!"
Also, in July 2016, 60 people suspected of writing "hate speech" online had their homes raided by German police.
None of the above seems to be enough, however, for the president of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, from Merkel's CDU party, who believes that what Facebook is already doing against "hate speech" is not enough. According to Lammert, there is a need for more legislation. A law to bring social networks under penalty of fines if they fail to erase "hate messages" and "false news" has just been announced by Volker Kauder, leader of the parliamentary group in Merkel's current Bundestag and CDU/CSU faction, and Thomas Oppermann, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary group.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has also recently called on companies such as Facebook to address "false announcements" on the Internet, saying he felt that the Europeans were increasingly becoming "sensitive to who is fluttering around them and who is telling them the truth."
All of this, naturally, has Merkel's strong support. She told the Bundestag in a speech on November 23:
"I support efforts by Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to address hate speech, hate commentaries, devastating things that are incompatible with human dignity, and to do everything to prohibit it because it contradicts our values".
Those "values" are clearly circumscribed: The German government's view of what constitutes "hate speech" is highly selective, and appears limited to protecting the government's own policies on immigration from legitimate criticism.
When massive antisemitism swept large German cities in the summer of 2014, for example, no such anti-racist zeal was manifest on the part of the German government. On the contrary, there were instances of authorities practically facilitating hate speech. In July 2014, Frankfurt police let mainly Muslim "protesters" use their van's megaphone to belt out slogans of incitement in Arabic, including the repeated chanting of"Allahu Akbar" and that Jews are "child murderers".
In another such instance, a German court found that the firebombing of a synagogue in Wuppertal by two German Arabs and a juvenile accomplice was not anti-Semitic, but rather "an act of protest" to "bring attention to the Gaza war." The men were convicted of arson.
In Germany, it is criminal to bring attention to the problems that come with the government's migration policies, or to criticize those policies, because this constitutes "hate speech." Firebombing a synagogue, on the other hand, is simply an "act of protest." Perhaps, once the "Defense Center against Disinformation" is set up, such "acts of protest" will be labeled, "Officially Approved Un-Fake Communication."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top German Paper: We Need To Be ‘More Gay, More Multicultural’ To Oppose Trump

Die Welt editor in chief Ulf Poschardt claims that German need to be "more gay" to fight Donald Trump

In a new editorial, the head of the German daily broadsheet Die Welt has called on Germans to oppose U.S. President-elect Donald Trump by being more multicultural and more “gay.”

Head of Die Welt Ulf Poschardt wrote a combative editorial in response to an interview Mr. Trump did with the Bild tabloid on Monday. The highly negative reaction from many online forced the paper into changing the world “schwuler” or gay to ” more creative” after hundreds of comments were made on the paper’s website and over one thousand more on their Facebook page.
In the editorial, Mr. Poschardt claims that Germans need to oppose Donald Trump because he threatens the system of globalisation he says has greatly benefited Germany.
“Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Cabinet have been right to promote, popularize, and engage in global politics in tough diplomatic struggle,” he wrote, saying that it was good for Germans when neo-liberal globalisation ideas were spread across the world.
“The distribution of global prosperity will, in the future, be aggressively decided by the US in its favor – if we do not resist and become better, more courageous, more diligent, innovative, free, open, gay and multicultural,” he wrote initially with gay being replaced with “creative” after the torrent of comments online.
Facebook user Kirsten Zander slammed the editorial saying, “Why this martial rhetoric? To defend ourselves against the US president. Did he declare war on us? First of all, we need to take care of our own country instead of squinting at the whole world, as our chancellor does.”
Others took exception to the word gay being used with another Facebook user commenting, “What has this man smoked? Why do we become more successful when we become “gay” and STILL “multicultural”? Is there a correlation between being gay and growing multiculturalism and success?” Another wrote: “Why should we be gay? More open in dealing with gays in our society, I could understand that. But why gay when it comes to Trump?”
The comments caused Mr. Poschardt to explain why he chose the word gay which was, according to him, “was meant in the sense of the theses of Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class. When this one detail became vital and threatened to cover the rest of the comment, I changed it.”
After the change, pro-LGBT website slammed Die Welt saying Poschardt had given in to “right-wing populists” and called it “embarrassing” that he replaced gay with “creative” rather than “more tolerant” or “more diverse.”
The reaction to the election of Donald Trump among German media and German politicians has been highly negative since November. German Chancellor Angela Merkel went as far as to claim that Russian hacking directly influenced the election and warned it could influence the upcoming German federal election later this year.

Hans-Hermann Tiedje, chairman and primary shareholder of communications consultancy WMP Eurocom AG, slammed German media for its coverage of the President-elect saying, “whatever he says, whatever he does, it’s never right according to the German television class.”

Muslim Translators Deliberately Misinterpreting Christians to Get Them Deported, Says Pastor

Muslim translators are deliberately misinterpreting migrants who converted to Christianity in order to get them deported, a Berlin pastor has said.

In a damning verdict on Germany’s Ministry for Immigration and Refugees (BAMF), Rev Gottfried Martens said Afghan and Iranian migrants who convert to Christianity are subject to “kangaroo court” hearings where “almost exclusively Muslim translators” falsely translate their responses.
Rev Martens, who has baptised over 1,000 former Muslims since the start of the migrant crisis, sais officials who hear the cases are poorly trained, receiving little more than a three-week course.
In a letter to supporters, the pastor wrote: “Many are manifestly clueless about the situation of Christians in Iran and Afghanistan, and worse yet they are utterly clueless concerning questions relating to the Christian faith.”
“But all of this does not prevent them from assuming the role of self-appointed experts, whose questions ‘unmask’ the supposedly deceitful Iranian asylum applicants one after another, even when those hearing the cases don’t even know the difference between the Creed and the Our Father.”
He said the newly-converted applicants are often asked unreasonably difficult questions about their new faith, including the names of the two sons in the parable of the Prodigal Son, or how Martin Luther died.
“In this way Christians who learned the first elements of the Christian faith in their house church in Iran are well and truly hung out to dry,” he said.
He also said Muslim translators “deliberately stick the knife in our congregational members by falsely translating what they say”.
He called for Christian migrants to be housed separately to Muslims, and strongly criticised Catholic and mainline Protestant leaders who oppose this on the basis it may show the religions cannot exist peacefully.
Breitbart London reported in February how six Christians were attacked in their asylum accommodation, but ended up being expelled themselves.
The pastor referred to this incident in his letter, saying:
“In February we experienced how a group of almost 100 radical Muslim asylum applicants attacked six Christians so brutally in their residence that the police ended up having to use their dogs to protect the six Christians from a pogrom.”

“As almost always happens in such cases, a few days later the six Christians were banned from the institution that housed them.”

Greens Demand Media Blackout of ‘Populist’ Police Union Chief Who Spoke Out Against Migrant Crisis

Union chief Rainer Wendt is the “Donald Trump of the German police” and should be banished from the airwaves, according to Green Party Police Vice President Oliver von Dobrowolski.

Von Dobrowolski, a Berlin-based detective whose organisation represents Green Party backing police officers, has set up a petition which calls for a media blackout on the police union boss, who he blasts for making statements that are “deliberately populist”.
The appeal, hosted on, says “members of marginalised groups” are upset by appearances by the police union chief, and warns that exposure to Wendt’s views could cause Germans to “develop a misplaced fear of crime”.
Addressed “in particular [to] the broadcasting corporations and newspapers”, the petition demands the German media stop providing a platform for the union chief to voice “opinions on police issues and internal security policy”.
In the last 18 months, Wendt has become known for the forthright manner in which he’s sounded the alarm on some of the policing dilemmas the country faces resulting from the arrival of almost two million people since 2015.
Wendt’s belief that the mass influx of Middle Eastern and North African migrants is linked to the number of security issues Germany now faces is one of the reasons the petition states why the union boss is unfit to appear on television.
“Furthermore”, it continues, “[Wendt] has demanded rubber bullets be used against protesters, called for a fence to be built along the German border to ward off migrant flows, and made statements regarding the existence of an alleged macho culture among young Muslims”.
Another cause for concern, according to the appeal, is that Wendt has given interviews to media outlets that the petition states are “suspected of having a readership which includes people who are openly right wing and conspiracy theory-minded”.
Statements by the police union chief “generate a false picture of threat”, and are likely to lead Germans to “develop a misplaced fear of crime”, the petition says. It also alleges that Wendt’s views are ‘repellent’ to “a large part of the mainstream” as well as, “in particular, members of marginalised groups”.
The trade unionist told Junge Freiheit, a conservative weekly magazine which was among the supposedly “dubious” outlets named in the appeal, that he “laughed heartily” upon reading the petition.

Left wing politicians reacted with anger last week after Wendt blasted the leniency of Germany’s criminal justice system as a “joke”. Social Democratic Party deputy Ralf Stegner called the union boss a “ right wing populist loudspeaker with no substance”.

Turkish Migrants Form New Political Party in Austria

A new political party has been formed in Austria consisting of men and women from a Turkish migrant background, but the organisers insist the party isn’t purely Turkish or Islamic.

The new party, called the “New Movement for the Future” (NBZ) was formed on 1 January this year in the Austrian region of Voralburg. Chairman Adnan Dincer, himself a migrant from Turkey, has told Austrian media that the party is currently looking at building up its internal structure so that it can field candidates in both local and national elections, Austria’s Kurier reports.
According to Mr. Dincer, the NBZ is not an Islamic party or a Turkish party, but claims it is a centre-right Austrian party that will be aiming to represent migrant issues and call themselves “a party for the forgotten”. In regard to the role of Islam in the party, which is largely made up of Turkish Muslims, Dincer said “religion is religion, politics is politics”.
According to the NBZ in a statement published on their Facebook page in August last year, the failed coup in Turkey in July was the catalyst for the formation of the group. The NBZ makes it clear that they support controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and condemn the Gülen movement, who the Turkish government says carried out the coup attempt.
The party blames Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz for the lack of integration of Turks in Austria and slammed his comments made in the wake of the coup, when he said that migrants who weren’t loyal to Austria were welcome to leave the country. Kurz’s statement “can hardly be surpassed in his hostility of Turkey and its democracy,” they write.
The idea of migrants leaving the country is one the NBZ is not opposed to. They say that if Austria has a problem with the Turkish community, Austria can pay them to return to Turkey and that the NBZ would be open to such a proposal.
Since the failed coup in Turkey last year, the Turkish government has repeatedly attempted to crack down on opposition to President Erdoğan inside Turkey and in foreign countries.
Last week it was revealed that imams of the German-Turkish Islamic association DITIB  had actively spied on Turkish nationals and sent information to the Turkish government on people they believed to be Gülen movement supporters.

One Turkish spy was even caught in Germany on a mission to assassinate two prominent opposition leaders in Germany and Belgium. In Turkey, Erdoğan has arrested journalists, opposition politicians, and others the Turkish government feel are a threat to the regime.

Almost Half of Germans in Hesse Don’t Believe Migrants Will Adapt to Local Culture

A new poll conducted in the German region of Hesse shows that despite the slowdown in migrants over the last year a majority want a limit on migrants and almost half don’t believe they will adapt to local rules.

The poll, commissioned by Hessian Rundfunk and conducted by Hessentrend, was published Monday and shows deep social division on the subject of migration in the region. The people of Hesse, where the German financial capital of Frankfurt is located, still show a great concern over the potential of another surge of migrants and many believe that integration efforts are not working, FOCUS Online reports.
Fifty-nine per cent of those who took the survey said they wanted to see Germany implement a limit on the number of migrants who can apply for asylum each year.
The Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), the ally and sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have made the issue of a migrant ceiling a potential deal breaker on forming a coalition government after the federal elections later this year.
Almost half of the respondents, some 47 per cent, said that they didn’t believe that newly arrived migrants would respect the local rules and way of life in the area. This figure is only two per cent less than last year showing that most Germans in the region have not substantially changed their minds despite the decrease in the number of migrants arriving over a twelve month period.
Many have argued that mass migration and multiculturalism will bring enrichment to the lives of people in countries like Germany but 40 per cent of those surveyed claimed they didn’t see migrants enriching their lives at all.
Thirty-three per cent also fear that migrants will be a burden on the labour market in the long term, which is something that some economists have also claimed.  An economic report from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg last summer said the long-term impact of mass migration could damage the economies of European countries like Germany and Sweden.
Crime is also a major concern for Hessians as 52 per cent of respondents believed that mass migration would likely increase the amount of crime in the area. In neighbouring Austria, migrant perpetrated sex crimes have increased 133 per cent over the last year.
One-third of Hessians, 36 per cent, also think that mass migration could greatly impact their way of life in a negative manner.

Polls in Germany have largely shown a negative reaction to the mass migration policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the course of the past year. The rise of the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany party (AfD) and their electoral success in local elections many suggest they will have a strong showing in the German federal election later this year, likely at the expense of Merkel’s CDU.

Austrian Populist Leader Vows to Ban Islamism

The leader of the anti-mass migration Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache has vowed to ban Islamism in Austria as he sets his sights on the chancellor position.

Mr. Strache has said he wants to ban political Islam in Austria at the New Year’s celebration of the Freedom Party in a keynote speech in Salzburg. Strache said that Austria needs to pass a law along the same vein as the anti-Nazi laws to ban what he called “fascistic Islam” including Muslim symbols, saying that Islam could threaten European civilisation, Kurier reports.
The FPÖ chief told the packed meeting of party officials that Islamism is “antagonistic to women, antiliberal and corresponds to a fascist worldview”. He added any migrants who don’t respect the freedoms and values of Austria “may go back to their Islamic country, we have forced no one to come here”.
“Let us put an end to this policy of Islamisation… otherwise we Austrians, we Europeans will come to an abrupt end,” Strache said.
He also slammed Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and other members of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) who have requested a lowering of the migrant ceiling to 17,000 asylum seekers per year. “We do not need an upper limit, nor a halving of the upper limit – we need a zero-migration, in fact, a minus-migration, because of all the illegals and criminals who are in the country,” Strache said.
On the subject of the European Union (EU), Strache said the political bloc needed serious reform and reaffirmed his commitment to national sovereignty for European nations. “The national state is not dead, it is a cultural achievement ‘A model of success’,” he said.
Media in Austria and elsewhere have spread rumours there may be an upcoming battle for leadership of the FPÖ between Strache and former presidential candidate  Norbert Hofer, but Strache put the rumours to bed.
Claiming he and Hofer were so close that “a single sheet of newspaper” couldn’t fit between them, he said both he and Hofer were on the same page looking toward the next Austrian federal election that could take place this year or next year.
Hofer also spoke at the conference and took the opportunity to slam Austrian media saying, “The more you attack us, the stronger we become”. Hofer also supported the idea of a ban on Islamism saying, “this is something that we will implement when we are in power”.

The FPÖ plan echoes statements made last year by the Dutch politician, and European Parliament ally of the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders who said he would close down mosques and ban the distribution of the Quran in the Netherlands. Wilders’s party, the Party for Freedom (PVV), is set to win the most seats in this year’s national elections according to recent polling.

The Islamization of France in 2016: "France has a problem with Islam"

The Muslim population of France was approximately 6.5 million in 2016, or around 10% of the overall population of 66 million. In real terms, France has the largest Muslim population in the European Union, just above Germany.
Although French law prohibits the collection of official statistics about the race or religion of its citizens, Gatestone Institute's estimate of France's Muslim population is based on several studies that attempted to calculate the number of people in France whose origins are from Muslim-majority countries.
What follows is a chronological review of some of the main stories about the rise of Islam in France during 2016:
January 1. The Interior Ministry announced the most anticipated statistic of the year: a total of 804 cars and trucks were torched across France on New Year's Eve, a 14.5% decrease from the 940 vehicles burned during the annual ritual on the same holiday in 2015. Car burnings, commonplace in France, are often attributed to rival Muslim gangs that compete with each other for the media spotlight over which can cause the most destruction. An estimated 40,000 cars are burned in France every year.
January 3. Raouf El Ayeb, a 31-year-old French citizen of Tunisian origin, was charged with attempted homicide after he tried to run down four troops who were guarding a mosque in Valence. Although police found "jihadist propaganda images" on Ayeb's computer, they attributed the attack to "depressive syndrome" rather than terrorism because he was not heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is the greatest) during the attack.
January 7. Sallah Ali, a Moroccan born French citizen, stormed a police station in the 18th district of Paris while shouting "Allahu Akbar." He was carrying a butcher knife, and Islamic State flag and was wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt. Police opened fire and shot him dead. The belt was found to contain fake explosives. Investigators were unsure whether the attack was an act of terrorism or the work of a man who was "unbalanced."
January 11. A 16-year-old Turkish Kurd brandishing a machete attacked a Jewish teacher outside a school in Marseille. The perpetrator said he had acted "in the name of Allah and the Islamic State."
January 12. Some 80,000 people applied for asylum in France in 2015, but only one-third of the applications were approved, according to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless people (Ofpra).
January 13. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve banned three Islamic cultural organizations that ran the Lagny-sur-Marne mosque, which was closed down as part of a security crackdown. He accused the leaders of the groups of inciting hatred and calling for jihad over a period of several years.
January 15. An Ifop poll for Le Monde found that half (51%) of French Jews feel they are under threat because they are Jewish; 63% said they have been insulted; and 43% said they have been attacked. Some 70% of those who said they want to leave France said they been exposed to anti-Semitic acts.
January 27. The Ministry of Culture assigned an "18 and over" rating to "Salafistes," a documentary which features interviews with North African jihadists. The filmmakers said the government wanted to "kill the film" by banning it from being aired on public TV, and making cinemas reluctant to show it. Filmmakers François Margolin and Lemime Ould Salem insisted that the film should be given as wide an audience as possible. "What has upset the French authorities is not the violence, but the subject itself," Margolin said. "They want to prevent French citizens from knowing the truth."
January 28. The Council of State (Conseil d'État), France's highest administrative court, rejected a request by the country's Human Rights League (Ligue des droits de l'Homme, LDH) to lift the state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 terror attacks. "The imminent danger justifying the state of emergency has not disappeared, given the ongoing terrorist threat and the risk of attacks," according to a statement issued by the court. LDH had argued that the extraordinary powers given to security services posed a threat to democracy.
February 2. Six converts to Islam were arrested in Lyon on suspicion of seeking to purchase weapons in order to attack swinger clubs in France. They were allegedly planning to travel to Syria after the attacks, and had already purchased bus tickets to Turkey.
February 7. An increased police presence in northern port of Calais spread France's migrant crisis to other parts of the country. Migrant camps sprouted up in the nearby ports of Dunkirk, Le Havre, Dieppe and Belgium's Zeebrugge, as migrants sought new ways to cross the English Channel to Britain.
February 9. The Islamic State identified France's National Front party as a "prime target" in the latest issue of its French-language Dar al Islam online magazine. It also identified supporters of the National Front as targets. The publication published a photo of a National Front rally with a caption which reads: "The question is no longer whether France will be hit again by attacks like those of November. The only relevant question is the next target and the date."
February 10. The National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, approved a proposal to amend the constitution to strip people convicted of terrorist offenses of their French nationality. For the measures to be fully adopted, they require the support of the Senate, as well as a three-fifths majority of Congress, the body formed when both houses meet at the Palace of Versailles to vote on revisions to the constitution.
February 15. The Council of State upheld legal provisions that allow the government to block any website that "apologizes for terrorism." Several digital rights associations had challenged the legality of two decrees related to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2014.
February 29. Demolition teams began dismantling the southern part of the "The Jungle," a squalid migrant camp in the northern port town of Calais. The government tried to relocate the migrants to official accommodations inside converted shipping containers in the northern part of the camp. But most refused the offer, fearing they would be forced to claim asylum in France. "Going to Britain is what people here want," Afghan migrant Hayat Sirat said. "So destroying part of the jungle is not the solution."

Journalist at ‘Der Spiegel’ celebrates untimely death of German right-wing writer

Hatice Ince, a journalist at the German newspaper Der Spiegel, took to Twitter to express her joy about the untimely passing of German writer Udo Ulfkotte (56), who died of a heart attack on January 13. Ulfkotte was highly critical of Islam, immigration and the mainstream media. He wrote bestsellers like “The war in our cities” and “Purchased journalists“.
The German-born journalist of Turkish descent wrote: “A great beginning of the year” and “Udo Ulfkotte is dead. Me: Hahaha! We’ll drink to that“.
In a short op-ed last year, Ince wrote that Germany sometimes gave her the feeling that “Turks do not belong here, they do not want to integrate, are not intelligent, not German.
Whether that’s true or not, laughing and cheering at the death of someone you disagree with, surely won’t help. Shortly after receiving a tonne of criticism, Ince wrote on her blog that she was drunk – so she actually drank to it – and now has regrets (getting caught, it seems).
This man represents for me exactly the hatred, which often makes us despair. He has fueled a lot of hatred and spread conspiracy theories.