September 14, 2009
Rotterdam, Hollands second largest city and Europes busiest port is undergoing a revolutionary change that is more powerful in its impact than the bombing on May 14, 1940 that devastated the heart of that city.
Evidence of this momentous change is everywhere writes Sandro Magister, who calls Rotterdam the most Islamized city in Europe. He writes:
Here, entire neighborhoods look as if they have been lifted from the Middle East, here stand the largest mosques in Europe, here parts of sharia law are applied in the courts and theaters, here many of the women go around veiled, here the mayor is a Muslim, the son of an imam.
Giulio Meotti, Italian journalist, published a seven-part survey on Holland in the Italian newspaper il Foglio. The second in this series, entitled Islam in Europe: In the Casbah of Rotterdam, is available on Catholic Online (www.catholic.org). The following is a summary of that article.
Pim Fortuyn, who was murdered on May 6, 2002 for his outspoken criticism of radical Islam, made his home in Rotterdam. His house was bought by a millionaire who wanted to keep it intact in memory of the former owner. People still bring flowers and leave cards at the house. Someone left a card: In Holland everything is tolerated, except for the truth. Not far from a Muslim neighbourhood stands a granite statue of Fortuyn, with the Latin inscription Loquendi libertatem custodiamus, let us safeguard the right to speak.
How Not to Safeguard the Right to Speak
Muslim lawyers in Rotterdam demanded changes in court room rules because Islam teaches that all men are equal. They recognize only Allah as a superior being and therefore they do not want to show deference to anyone by standing when the judge enters the courtroom. The lawyer Mohammed Enait who heads the legal office Jairam Advocaten has persuaded the court of Rotterdam that he has the right to remain seated. The court explained that there is no legal obligation on Muslim lawyers to stand in the court because such a demand is in contrast with the dictates of the Islamic faith. Presumably, Mohammed Enaits notion of the equality does not include all humankind, because he has refused shaking hands with women.
A well-known Rotterdam theater company has complied with sharia law by creating separate seating arrangements for men and women. Another theater group wanted to stage a performance about the life of Mohammeds favourite wife Aisha. The Muslim actors in the company told the director Gerrit Timmers that they had received death threats. An article appeared in a Rabat paper saying that the actors would end up like Salman Rushdie if they went ahead. Timmers explains why he cancelled the planned performance: For me, it was more important to continue the dialogue with the Moroccans, rather than provoke them.
The mayor of Rotterdam is a practising Muslim and several of the city council members are Muslims. One of them is Bouchra Ismaili, who caused a stir last year when in a letter to newspapers he wrote: Listen up, crazy freaks, were here to stay. Youre the foreigners here, with Allah on my side Im not afraid of anything. Take my advice: convert to Islam, and you will find peace.
Sylvain Ephimenco is a prominent Franco-Dutch journalist who is well-known as a sharp critic of radical Islam . Shortly after 9/11 he wrote an open letter to all Muslims in Holland in which he warned that they are allowing Islam to be taken hostage by the jihadists unless they begin to speak publicly against them without equivocation.
Ephimenco explains the growing popularity of Geert Wilders as a response to what many see as a threat from radical Islam. He tells his interviewer: Wilders is against the Frankenstein of multiculturalism. Ephimenco, too, is against what he calls the betrayal of the Enlightenment ideals of equality of men and women, and freedom of expression.
A Great Chill
Chris Ripke is an artist who has a studio close to a mosque. Shocked by the murder of Theo Van Gogh by a Dutch Islamist in 2004, he decided to paint an angel on the wall of his studio with the biblical commandment Gij zult niet doden, thou shalt not kill. His neighbours at the mosque found these words offensive and complained to the city mayor. The mayor promptly ordered the police to erase the painting because it was racist. A television journalist camped out on the spot in protest. The police arrested him and destroyed his film.
Ephimenco joined this protest by putting up a big white sheet with the same biblical commandment, which was reported on radio and television. He says, if you can no longer write do not Kill in this country, then you are saying we are all in prison
. There is a great chill. Islamism wants to change the structure of the country.
Ephimenco thinks that a big part of the problem is that since the 1960s, religion was dying, a unique event in Europe, a collective de-Christianization. Then the Muslims brought religion back to the center of social life. Aided by the anti-Christian elite.
Behind Ephimencos house is a flourishing middle class Islamized neighbourhood with Muslim signs everywhere, including Turkish flags. Close by is an important church, but its empty, no one goes there anymore. In the middle of one square stands a mosque with Arabic writing outside. Ephimenco explains to his visitor: That used to be a church.
These six simple words tell a story that is astounding in its depth and meaning.
*Bat Yeor, a specialist in the history of non-Muslims in Muslim countries has coined the term Eurabia to describe the direction in which Europe is moving, that is, submission to Islam, or dhimmitude.