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Swiss court: No minaret in Langenthal

Posted in Loon Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2012 by loonwatch

(via. Islamophobia-Watch)

Swiss court: No minaret in Langenthal

An Islamic cultural center in the canton of Bern cannot build a minaret, despite having received permission to do so before the controversial ban on minarets.

The Bern Administrative Court ruled today that the minaret in Langenthal was an iconic structure that didn’t comply with municipal regulation on rooftop structures. A complaint against the center’s dome was dismissed.

The challenge to the minaret came from the group “Stopp Minnarett Langenthal,” which said it was satisfied with the ruling.

An appeal can be filed to a higher court within 30 days.

WRS, 3 April 2012

See also SDA-ATS, 3 April 2012

Swiss Parliament Rejects SVP Veil Ban Motion

Posted in Loon Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by loonwatch

Oskar Freysinger‘s party is upset (via. Islamophobia-Watch):

Swiss parliament rejects SVP veil ban motion

The group responsible for launching Switzerland’s anti-minaret initiative has called the rejection of a motion to ban burqas on public transport and in dealings with authorities “an affront”.

The National Council on Monday rejected a motion by Swiss People’s Party member Oskar Freysinger to ban the wearing of burqa in certain situations. The Council decided with a significant majority that imposing such a ban was unnecessary.

Social Democratic Party spokesman, Hans Stöckli, said that the majority of women wearing burqas in Switzerland were tourists, Swiss news agency SDA reported. Furthermore Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga warned that a blanket ban could violate the Geneva Convention on Refugees, as it would not distinguish between those with and without refugee status.

But the minds behind the anti-minaret initiative, the so-called Egerkinger Committee, believe a burqa ban to be worthwhile. The Egerkinger Committee claims that the rejection of the motion to ban burqas pointedly ignores the majority who expressly reject the “Islamization” of Switzerland.

The Committee maintains that while the Swiss constitution guarantees freedom of expression, wearing a veil is a denial of that freedom. “Freedom of expression is exercised in our country with an undisguised, open, readable face,” the Committee said in a statement.

The Committee said that it was ready to launch a popular initiative for the banning of the burqa “without delay”.

The Local, 7 March 2012

Update:  According to the SDA report, it was in fact the Swiss upper house, the Council of State (Ständerat), that rejected the SVP motion on Monday. The lower house, the National Council (Nationalrat), voted in favour of Freysinger’s call for “burqa ban” in September last year.

Oskar Freysinger: Board Member of SION Allegedly a Closet Anti-Semite

Posted in Feature, Loon Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2012 by loonwatch

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Oskar Freysinger

When Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and John Jay created Stop the Islamization of America based on a European organization called Stop the Islamization of Europe, Loonwatch exposed them for being hate filled zealot fanatics out to dehumanize Muslims. Following our article the SPLC and ADL* agreed with our assessment and designated SIOA a hate group.

Now the loons in the USA have decided to merge with the loons in Europe, combining forces to form a super group, the Voltron of so-called “Counter Jihadism”…Stop the Islamization of Nations.

Wallah! Presto! Let the money flow in and the Crusades begin!

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Usually the hate merchants are “careful,” while they believe they can get away with crazy, genocidal and racist rants against Muslims and Arabs, they try their best to hide the anti-Semitic and generally racist core that haunts their inner recesses. (Even though they do a poor job at this, take for example the long standing alliance Geller/Spencer and the EDL had, even while EDL thugs were giving seig heil salutes during “anti-Mosque protests.”) This is one of the reasons that individuals of conscious such as Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs broke with the “Counter-Jihad” movement, having realized how far down the river it had gone toward fascism.

The fascistic tendency of this movement was reaffirmed when Swiss politician Oskar Freysinger joined Stop the Islamization of Nations as a board member. Just like John Jay, Freysinger has a history of open and blatant anti-Muslim animus, he was after all one of the leading Swiss politicians spearheading the successful campaign to ban minarets and is currently trying to ban the niqab.

Now if the allegations hold true we can likely check off  ”Anti-Semite” next to Freysinger’s list of despicable traits. (H/T OskarFreysingerWatch)

Apparently Freysinger was in a debate with a man named Alain Soral, who seems to be close to Marine Le Pen’s party, the FN or Front National. Soral has been accused of being an anti-Semite, and speaks a lot about “Zionist conspiracies.” Nonetheless Soral claims that before the debate Freysinger stated that “a person has to declare themselves Zionist since this is a requirement to access the media in the West, and to play any type of leading political role.”

You took part in a debate with Oskar Freysinger, which will air next Wednesday on OTVQTV , in partnership with Mecanopolis . How did it go?

Alain Soral: Fine. Especially since Freysinger, which is pretty nice, has had the honesty to recognize, but off the air before witnesses, that was a Zionist state is required to access the media in the West, and to play a leading political role!(Trans. Fr)

When Freysinger was questioned about this he denied that he was the “source of the remarks” and said that he was in fact an ardent supporter of Israel. Indeed, he has in the past expressed his support for Israel in much the same way Geert Wilders does,

Our party has always defended Israel because we know that if Israel disappears, we would lose our front-line of defense. . . . As long as the Muslims are focused on Israel, our struggle will not be difficult. But the minute Israel goes, they will come after the West.

If Soral were the only one claiming Freysinger made the anti-Semitic statements I would chalk it up to a he said-he said, but facilitators of the debate confirm that Freysinger did say verbatim off tape, “a person has to declare themselves Zionist since this is a requirement to access the media in the West, and to play any type of leading political role.”

Asked yesterday by Robert Menard, who is clearly a player Mecanopolis, Oskar Freysinger denied being the source of the remarks just before take the opportunity to pledge allegiance to the Zionist entity.

Unfortunately for him, we contacted Samuel tonight, one of the facilitators of OTVQTV, as well as Zweigt Christopher, host of future circle , who were present during the taping of the show and we have confirmed that Freysinger has indeed stated, verbatim, that “to declare themselves Zionist was a requirement to access the media in the West, and to play a leading political role.”(Trans. Fr)

If the above witnesses and Soral are to be trusted Oskar Freysinger is lying, his belief that Jews run the media is an old anti-Semitic trope, as is the idea that an all powerful Jewish cabal runs the world, that’s Protocols of the Elders of Zion talk. Israeli newspaper Haaretz buttresses this point, having commented on Freysinger and his fellow European anti-Muslim politicians,

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz accused the rightists of “trading in their Jewish demon-enemy for the Muslim criminal-immigrant model” and visiting Israel only to get ”Jewish absolution that will bring them closer to political power”.

It is not far-fetched to believe the allegations leveled at Freysinger especially considering the trajectory of the anti-Muslim movement, as well as the numerous instances in which many of the   members and organizers in the movement have let slip their true hateful attitude toward Jews.

This story once again confirms what we all have known, the European fascists who used to target Jews and have exchanged the old hate for the new more acceptable hate against Muslims have not shed their anti-Semitism. For all the taqiyya talk that the loons love and obsess over it is quite revealing how they are the ones who actually have something to hide.

*Update: Due to some comments, it seems we have to make clear that we do not work with the ADL or the SPLC. I think that much should be obvious? Anyone who knows our website knows our staunch stance against all forms of bigotry and hate. We have consistently called out organizations that have failed in this regard, some betraying their own purported values. The ADL, ever since their Cordoba House debacle and about face has navigated away from “Islamophobia,” this however does not put them in the clear. They still have to answer for accepting money from arch-Islamophobe funder Aubrey Chernick: Conspiracy Theory? Zionist Connection to Organized Islamophobia. As well as their consistent apologia for war crimes perpetrated by Israel.

Israel being Courted by Right-Wing European Politicians

Posted in Loon Politics, Loon-at-large with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by loonwatch

Haartez reports an interesting development amongst the anti-Muslims who are trying to forge ties across borders.

Europe far right courts Israel in anti-Islam drive

Far-right political parties in Europe are stepping up their anti-Muslim rhetoric and forging
ties across borders, even going so far as to visit Israel to hail the Jewish state as a bulwark against militant Islam.

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has shocked the French political elite in recent days by comparing Muslims who pray outside crowded mosques — a common sight during the holy month of Ramadan — to the World War Two Nazi occupation.

Oskar Freysinger, a champion of the Swiss ban on minarets, warned a far-right meeting in Paris on Saturday against “the demographic, sociological and psychological Islamisation of Europe”. German and Belgian activists also addressed the crowd.

Geert Wilders, whose populist far-right party supports the Dutch minority government, told Reuters last week he was organising an “international freedom alliance” to link
grass-roots groups active in “the fight against Islam”.

Earlier this month, Wilders visited Israel and backed its West Bank settlements, saying Palestinians there should move to Jordan. Like-minded German, Austrian, Belgian, Swedish and other far-rightists were on their own Israel tour at the same time.

“Our culture is based on Christianity, Judaism and humanism and (the Israelis) are fighting our fight,” Wilders told Reuters in Amsterdam last week. “If Jerusalem falls, Amsterdam and New York will be next.”

While he seeks anti-Muslim allies abroad, Wilders said some older far-right parties such as France’s National Front or the British National Party were “blunt racist parties I don’t care for” and he would avoid cooperating with them.

Campaigns aimed at Muslims have been gaining ground in Europe, most notably with the Swiss minaret ban last year and France’s law this year against full facial veils in public, which Wilders said the Netherlands should copy next year.

Support for these steps has spread beyond anti-immigrant parties and towards the political centre as globalisation and the ageing of Europe’s population fuel voters’ concerns about national sovereignty, according to a leading French analyst.

Political scientist Dominique Reynie said the financial crisis had prompted more voters to agree with the far right that their political elites were incompetent.

“Some people refuse what they see as a change in their cultural or religious surroundings,” he told the Paris daily Le Monde. “These are the problems posed by mosques, burqas and the provisions of halal food.”

Some on the far right see similar trends in the United States. Wilders attended a rally in New York on Sept. 11 to protest against a mosque planned near Ground Zero and the leader of the Austrian Freedom Party, Heinz Christian Strache, has said he wants to visit the United States to meet leaders of the Tea Party movement.

Marine Le Pen, who is preparing to succeed her father Jean-Marie as head of the National Front, had in recent years toed a more moderate line before her anti-Muslim comments. She notably refused to echo the anti-Semitic views expressed by her
father.

On Sunday, she insisted all public subsidies for building mosques must stop. Several politicians and Muslim leaders have said Muslims often pray in the street because they do not have enough space in mosques and urged that more be built.

The rightists’ Israel visits set what some analysts call the “new far right” apart from older extremists who were often anti-Semitic and backed Arab countries against the Jewish state.

Declaring support for Israel gives them an opportunity to oppose Muslim opinion in their home countries, since European Muslims are often pro-Palestinian, as well as celebrate the Jewish state as the front line against militant Islam.

“It is not Israel’s duty to provide a Palestinian state,” Wilders said in a speech in Tel Aviv. “There already is a Palestinian state and that state is Jordan.”

A so-called “Jerusalem Declaration” issued by four other European rightists during their Israel visit also staunchly defended the country’s existence and its right to defend itself
“against all aggression, especially Islamic terror.”

Heinz-Christian Strache from Austria, German Freedom Party head Rene Stadtkewitz, Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth and Filip Dewinter, head of Belgium’s Vlaams Belang party, denied they were stoking Islamophobia with their statement.

“The Arab-Israeli conflict illustrates the struggle between Western culture and radical Islam,” Dewinter said in Tel Aviv. Strache made a similar link to Europe, telling a conference in Ashkelon — a city that has been hit by rockets from the nearby Gaza Strip — that Israel faced “an Islamic terror threat that aims right for the heart of our society”.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz accused the rightists of “trading in their Jewish demon-enemy for the Muslim  criminal-immigrant model” and visiting Israel only to get
“Jewish absolution that will bring them closer to political power”.