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Oh, To Be in Paris

Now that sharia is near:

At least as many anti-Muslim acts have taken place in France since the terror attacks this month as for all of last year, a leading Muslim group reported Friday.

The French Council for the Muslim Religion said 128 anti-Muslim actions or threats were reported from January 7th to the 20th — a number that does not include the densely populated Paris region. That’s compared to 133 in all of France, including Paris, in 2014.

Wow! I wouldn’t want to be Muslim in France.

Unless I were Jewish:

The cabinet will discuss Sunday a report pointing to a worrying rise in worldwide anti-Semitism in 2014, including a sharp increase in attacks against Jews.

According to the report, there was a 400 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents during July and August 2014 – likely due to Operation Protective Edge – compared to the same time the previous year.

The report, authored by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry in cooperation with the Coordination Forum for Countering anti-Semitism, found France to be “the most dangerous country for Jews today,” after “the levels of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews there have reached new heights.”

France saw an increase of 100 percent in anti-Semitic incidents in 2014, with half of the recorded “racist incidents” targeting Jews, even though they constitute less than 1 percent of the population.

The arithmetic is a little tricky, but it would seem that if anti-Muslim backlash keeps up this breakneck (ha-ha) pace, it just might reach the levels Jews saw for all of last year (the overwhelming percentage of which is committed by Muslims).

No offense, France, love you, but if I could dig up all of Burgundy and move it truck by truck to Oregon or California, I would do it, and brick up the rest of Gaul (after rescuing any remaining Jews) for 100 years. This is a problem of France’s making. We fought a Civil War to rid ourselves of an insidious ideology. Let them.

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We Are One

And this guy is a big one:

A British MP who has come under fire on numerous occasions for anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks is once again in the spotlight, this time for his controversial Tweets in response to last week’s terrorist attacks in France.

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward did not issue any condemnatory statements following Friday’s deadly attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris, although he had tweeted his solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo magazine, whose offices were attacked the previous Wednesday.

But following Sunday’s mega-rally in Paris, in which Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu joined dozens of world leaders in marching in solidarity with the French people, Ward apparently woke up, Tweeting: “#Netanyahu in Paris march – what!!!! Makes me feel sick”

Not content with that response, Ward then co-opted the solidarity hashtag #JeSuisCharlie and #JeSuisJuif (“I am Charlie” and “I am Jewish”), tweeting: Je suis #Palestinian

The left-wing MP for Bradford East has been rebuked on numerous occasions by his party for militantly anti-Israel comments, and has also been criticized for making statements about “the Jews” with distinct anti-Semitic overtones.

During last summer’s conflict between Israel and Gazan terrorists, Ward came under heavy criticism for a tweet in which he openly sympathized with Palestinian terrorists firing rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians – and mused that he would “probably” do the same if he lived in Gaza.

“The big question is – if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes,” read the tweet.

The previous year, he posted a tweet claiming “the Zionists are losing,” branding Israel an “apartheid” state and gleefully predicting the Jewish state’s demise.

Several months earlier Ward drew widespread condemnation, after accusing “the Jews” of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians” and comparing Israel to Nazi Germany – all on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

There are two words key to understanding this troll’s disgusting comments. No, not Liberal Democrat, though that is a very, very good guess. Very. Really awesomely good. Outstanding.

Where was I?

Oh yes: Bradford East:

The population of Bradford is ethnically diverse. The largest proportion of the district’s population (63.9%) identifies themselves as White British. The district has the largest proportion of people of Pakistani ethnic origin (20.3%) in England.

The largest religious group in Bradford is Christian (45.9% of the population). Nearly one quarter of the population (24.7%) are Muslim.

Do not Pakistani Muslims in Bradford deserve representation? If Bradford is “ethnically diverse”, why can’t it also be ideologically diverse? My only response is that if I lived in Leeds, would I fire a rocket at Bradford (the eastern half)? Certainly yes.

Je suis Meir Kahane.

UPDATE:

Looks like it’s not just Bradford and not just Muslims:

While interviewing a Jewish woman at the Paris rally on Sunday, a BBC reporter linked rising anti-Semitism and Palestinian suffering “at Jewish hands,” and urged the woman to see the “different perspectives” on Jew hatred in Europe.

I guess Liberal and Democrat are keywords after all.

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Who’s Up for a Backlash?

Every time there’s a Muslim atrocity (which is to say, frequently), the media hold the back of their hand to their forehead in distress over the thought of a backlash against Muslims.

But it never comes.

Well, that ends today. Bloodthirstan hereby declares backlash against Muslims. Avert thine eyes, ye weak o’stomach.

Rotten hummus:

Gross, huh? Do you feel suitably assaulted? No? How about this?

Moldy pita:

Call the ACLU! Call CAIR! This is an affront to Muslim sensibilities!

And if that’s not, this is:

Imagine stumbling across a bottle and finding a scrumptious young woman imprisoned inside. For freeing her, you are her master forever. Something Boko Haram could only (wet) dream about comes true for a white US astronaut—who later goes on to play that most American of TV patriarchs, J.R. Ewing. Choke on that, terrorists. Consider yourself well and truly backlashed.

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Try to Stay Current, Will Ya?

Today’s Muslim terror attack in France is not the same as yesterday’s terror attack in France.

Sheesh! Do you need a program or something?

At least ten people were injured, five seriously, after a van rammed into shoppers at a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes Monday evening around 7:00 p.m. local time.

The driver charged at a chalet in a stall serving hot wine, in front of which several people were gathered, a witness told AFP.

“Many were hit, with five requiring particular attention. The attacker was stabbed, but was not killed, despite very serious injuries of his own,” he continued. “The market was quickly cordoned off as emergency service workers arrived at the scene to take the injured to hospital.”

Local newspaper Ouest France, citing a police officer and witnesses on the scene, said the driver, who is being identified as either age 25 or 44, shouted “Allahu Akbar” before plowing into the large crowd of seasonal shoppers at the market.

He then stabbed himself “at least nine times” causing himself serious injuries. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he is under armed guard.

French authorities are also attempting to determine whether this was a rampage terror attack, but say, as of now, this seems unlikely.

A source was quoted as saying that the motives for the attack were unclear but did not appear to be driven by religious extremism. “As things stand, we have no account pointing to any religious demands.”

Other than Allahu Akbar, you mean.

Police from Nantes also told local reporters the man was “European” and they had established no religious motives for the incident.

We get it already! A man plows a car into a crowd of people while shouting Allahu Akbar, and you see no religious motivation whatsoever. A day after this happened:

The attack comes the day after a mentally ill man yelled “Allahu Akbar” before ramming his vehicle into dozens of pedestrians in the eastern French city of Dijon. 13 people were injured in that incident, which has been ruled to have no link to terrorism.

Monday’s attack also comes two days after a French convert to Islam was shot dead upon stabbing three police officers while also reportedly crying “Allahu Akbar” in the central town of Joue-les-Tours.

Earlier on Monday, French President Francois Hollande called for vigilance after the weekend’s attacks, and urged the public to stay calm and not panic.

Panic, shmanic. Just avoid crowded sidewalks in France anywhere Muslims might be driving, and you should be fine.

PS: That’s three attacks in consecutive days. Anyone wanna bet on Tuesday? I got ten bucks that says yes.

PPS: As Aggie is away, let me take a solo dip in the still pool of schadenfreude while the French reap the terror that their appeasement of hard-line Islam has sown. It’s a bumper crop, if you’ll pardon the pun.

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Man of the Book

Yesterday, we confirmed our suspicion that Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, the despicable assassin or two NYPD cops, was indeed Muslim.

But what kind of Muslim was he?

The gunman who killed two of New York’s Finest was estranged from his own family — with his mother terrified that her disturbed son would explode into violence.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had 19 arrests and a history of mental illness, had not seen his mother, Sheryl Brinsley, or his two sisters in more than a year.

Sheryl Brinsley also told police that her son “had a very troubled childhood and was often violent.”

Ismaaiyl lived a transient lifestyle, with no permanent address. He tried to hang himself last year, his mother told investigators.

In one bizarre Facebook anecdote, Brinsley told a story about a brawl he had with a beggar in Atlanta — a fight that quickly turned into a friendship.

“He asked me for some change. We ended up in an actual fistfight,” Brinsley wrote. “I asked him to come with me and grab a beer. Once at the bar we started talking and I found out he was Muslim too. We good now. All is love.”

Who gets into a fistfight over bumming quarters? Who goes from a fistfight to “all is love”?

He reminds me of someone:

Thirteen people have been injured after a known psychiatric patient drove into pedestrians shouting ‘God is greatest’ in Arabic in a French city.

Two of those hit by the driver, who was believed to be drunk, were in a ‘very serious’ condition in the city of Dijon after being struck shortly after 8pm on Sunday night.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet confirmed that the man was a ‘psychiatric patient’ and used expressions including ‘Allahu Akbar’, or ‘God is Great’.

He was also heard to say ‘For the Children of Palestine’, referring to deaths of more than 500 youngsters during the Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip over the summer.

It’s okay now. All is love.

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#i’lllietoyou

We were among many who reported on the big-hearted, soft-headed response to Muslim terrorism in Sydney, Australia, under the hashtag illridewithyou.

As with “hands up, don’t shoot” and “I can’t breathe”, it either didn’t happen at all, or not as portrayed:

As news of the siege unfolded, I scrolled through updates on my phone, searching for the latest information. My brother works in the city of Sydney. My husband’s office is a government building near Martin Place. I knew all were safe and sound, but I wanted to know more.

At this point I saw a woman on the train start to fiddle with her headscarf.

Confession time. In my Facebook status, I editorialised. She wasn’t sitting next to me. She was a bit away, towards the other end of the carriage. Like most people she had been looking at her phone, then slowly started to unpin her scarf.

Tears sprang to my eyes and I was struck by feelings of anger, sadness and bitterness. It was in this mindset that I punched the first status update into my phone, hoping my friends would take a moment to think about the victims of the siege who were not in the cafe.

I spent the rest of the journey staring – rudely – at the back of her uncovered head. I wanted to talk to her, but had no idea what to say. Anything that came to mind seemed tokenistic and patronising. She might not even be Muslim or she could have just been warm! Besides, I was in the “quiet carriage” where even conversation is banned.

By sheer fluke, we got off at the same station, and some part of me decided saying something would be a good thing. Rather than quiz her about her choice of clothing, I thought if I simply offered to walk her to her destination, it might help.

It’s hard to describe the moment when humans, and complete strangers, have a conversation with no words. I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

But none of those words came out, and our near silent encounter was over in a moment.

My second status was written as a heartbreaking postscript to my first. While the woman appeared to appreciate my gesture, we had both left defeated and deflated. What good is one small action against an avalanche of ignorance?

What ignorance? She just finished telling us that she barely spoke to the woman, and didn’t even know if she was Muslim. She made everything up.

I wanted to tell her I was sorry for so many things – for overstepping the mark, for making assumptions about a complete stranger and for belonging to a culture where racism was part of her everyday experience.

WTF? Fellow Australians were being held hostage, some ultimately to die, and she’s apologizing (wordlessly) to a woman who might have been Hispanic, South Asian, Buddhist, or just cold, for a “culture where racism was part of her everyday experience”? Had I been that anonymous woman, I might have let her walk with me, but only out of fear what such a psycho would do if I refused.

Lesson No. 6,348 that liberalism is based on unreality and lies.

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Not Islam Watch

Muhammed?

Not Muslim:

Atheist Ahmad Harqan: I do not believe in the existence of God. Being non-religious and leaving Islam is not something that I wanted, but having lived 27 years of my life in this religion, I decided that I could not go on [believing] in it.

Islam is a very harsh religion, and what ISIS is now doing is, perhaps, a physical manifestation of this religion.

[…]

The Quranic texts are crystal clear. When the Quran says “strike their necks,” it is very clear. When it says “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day, and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful, and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – until they give the jizya willingly while they are humbled” it is very clear, and ISIS understands and implements it in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.

Boko Haram are also implementing this when they capture women. This is what the Prophet Muhammad and his companions did.

Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee member Sheik Sayyed Zaid: I respect you as a person, Ahmad, but what you have just said is not worthy of respect.

When you say that “ISIS is like Muhammad,” and that Islam is “a criminal faith”…

Ahmad Harqan: I do say that it is a criminal faith, and that the Quran is full of teachings that incite to hatred and murder.

Sheik Sayyed Zaid: First of all, who says that ISIAS is an Islamic group? About a week ago, the American media declared that the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – who has nothing to do with Islam – is of Israeli origin. This is a Mossad ploy. America said this, not me.

Ahmad Harqan: I know that this is not true because people who used to be my friends joined ISIS.

By the logic of the politically correct, they cannot be Muslims—as indeed cannot Muhammed. Just so we’re clear.

PS: Gotta love that tin-foiled hat conspiracy theory near the end. What a hoot!

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“Islam is a World Religion That Teaches Tolerance, Justice and Honor and Promotes Patience, Modesty and Balance” Watch

Yesterday, we shared a piece with you by a woman who converted to Islam—two months after the Islam-inspired atrocities of 9/11. She assured us that she condemned those acts, indeed all acts, of terrorism, bigotry, intolerance, and dishonor committed by “a few” that besmirched her newly-adopted faith.

I said then, and repeat now, that a person’s faith is of no concern to me. Just don’t pi** on my head and tell me it’s holy water.

Today’s example:

The Lahore High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy four years ago, as her lawyers vowed to appeal.

Bibi, a mother of five, has been on death row since November 2010 after she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about Islam’s Prophet during an argument with a Muslim woman. “A two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court dismissed the appeal of Aasia Bibi but we will file an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” said her lawyer Shakir Chaudhry.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan where 97 percent of the population is Muslim and unproven claims regularly lead to mob violence.

Two high-profile politicians—then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti—were murdered in 2011 after calling for reforms to the blasphemy law and describing Bibi’s trial as flawed.

Blasphemy, injustice, mob violence, assassinations—are we to blame these acts of intolerance on the 3% who are not Muslim? They are certainly only “a few”.

But no:

Over a dozen religious clerics, including Qari Saleem who brought forward the initial complaint against Bibi, were present at the court Thursday. “We will soon distribute sweets among our Muslim brothers for today’s verdict, it’s a victory of Islam,” said Saleem from outside the courtroom as the clerics congratulated each other and chanted religious slogans.

It’s Halloween in Lahore! Candy for all in this “victory of Islam”!

In a last effort to understand, what was the original charge?

I, Asia Bibi, have been sentenced to death because I was thirsty. I’m a prisoner because I used the same cup as those Muslim women, because water served by a Christian woman was regarded as unclean by my stupid fellow fruit-pickers.

That day, June 14, 2009, is imprinted on my memory. I can still see every detail.

That morning I got up earlier than usual, to take part in the big falsa-berry harvest. I’d been told about it by Farah, our lovely local shopkeeper. “Why don’t you go falsa picking tomorrow in that field just outside the village? You know the one; it belongs to the Nadeems, the rich family who live in Lahore. The pay is 250 rupees.”

Because it was Sunday, my husband Ashiq wasn’t working in the brickworks. While I was getting ready to go to work he was still fast asleep in the big family bed with two of our daughters, who were also worn out after a long week at school. I looked at them with love before I left the room, and thanked God for giving me such a wonderful family.

When I got to the field, around 15 women were already at work, picking away, their backs hidden by the tall bushes. It was going to be a physically exhausting day in such heat, but I needed those 250 rupees.

Some of the women greeted me with a smile. I recognized my neighbor, Musarat, who was the seamstress in my village. I gave her a little wave, but she turned back to the bushes again at once. Musarat wasn’t really an agricultural worker and I didn’t often see her in the fields, so I realized times must be hard for her family. In the end, it was just our lot to be poor, all of us.

A hard-faced woman dressed in clothes that had been mended many times came over to me with an old yellow bowl.

“If you fill the bowl you get 250 rupees,” she said without really looking at me.

I looked at the huge bowl and thought I would never finish before sunset. Looking at the other women’s bowls, I also realized mine was much bigger. They were reminding me that I’m a Christian.

The sun was beating down, and by midday it was like working in an oven. I was dripping with sweat and I could hardly think or move for the suffocating heat. In my mind, I could see the river beside my village. If only I could have jumped into that cool water!

But since the river was nowhere near, I freed myself from my bushes and walked over to the nearby well. Already I could sense the coolness rising up from the depths.

I pull up a bucketful of water and dip in the old metal cup resting on the side of the well. The cool water is all I can think of. I gulp it down and I feel better; I pull myself together.

Then I start to hear muttering. I pay no attention and fill the cup again, this time holding it out to a woman next to me who looks like she’s in pain. She smiles and reaches out . . . At exactly the moment Musarat pokes her ferrety nose out from the bush, her eyes full of hate:

“Don’t drink that water, it’s haram!”

Musarat addresses all the pickers, who have suddenly stopped work at the sound of the word “haram,” the Islamic term for anything forbidden by God.

“Listen, all of you, this Christian has dirtied the water in the well by drinking from our cup and dipping it back several times. Now the water is unclean and we can’t drink it! Because of her!”

It’s so unfair that for once I decide to defend myself and stand up to the old witch.

“I think Jesus would see if differently from Mohammed.”

Musarat is furious. “How dare you think for the Prophet, you filthy animal!”

Three other women start shouting even louder.

“That’s right, you’re just a filthy Christian! You’ve contaminated our water and now you dare speak for the Prophet! Stupid bitch, your Jesus didn’t even have a proper father, he was a bastard, don’t you know that.”

Musarat comes over as though she’s going to hit me and yells: “You should convert to Islam to redeem yourself for your filthy religion.”

I feel a pain deep inside. We Christians have always stayed silent: We’ve been taught since we were babies never to say anything, to keep quiet because we’re a minority. But I’m stubborn too and now I want to react, I want to defend my faith. I take a deep breath and fill my lungs with courage.

“I’m not going to convert. I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind? And why should it be me that converts instead of you?”

Ohhh!! Why didn’t you say so? Now I understand. Tolerance and justice practically waft off the page. But to be serious for a moment, all it takes is the bigotry of “a few” for the “honor” of Islam to be sullied.

PS: I’ll keep tabs on this theme.

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Who Says Muslims Never Win Nobel Prizes?

I would have bet the house that an Israeli would win a Nobel over anyone from a Muslim country. Anyone want my rusty doublewide trailer?

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against the suppression of young people’s and children’s right to education.

Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said, “Children must go to school, not be financially exploited.”

Yousafzai came to global attention after she was shot in the head by the Taliban — two years ago Thursday — for her efforts to promote education for girls. Since then, after recovering from surgery, she has taken her campaign to the world stage.

Through the teenager’s heroic struggle, she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education, said Jagland.

According to the Nobel committee, at 17 she’s the youngest ever peace prize winner. The youngest winner before her was 32 years old.

Meanwhile, Satyarthi, age 60, has shown great personal courage in heading peaceful demonstrations focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain, the committee said.

“The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism,” it said.

Heckuva job, Islam! Muslims the world over must be very proud.

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What the Saudis Don’t Get

You’d need the Library of Congress to catalog it all, but this is the latest:

Ebola fears have stopped more than 7,000 West African Muslims attending an annual pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia implemented a travel ban.

The measure affects some 7,400 would-be pilgrims from the West African countries, which have been the hardest hit by the virus that is estimated to have killed more than 3,400 people.

‘That will continue until further notice until we are comfortable that it is not anymore an epidemic in these countries,’ Mr Faqih said.

About 12 per cent of the population of Liberia is Muslim, while more than a half are part of the religion in Guinea and Sierra Leone, reported Al Jazeera.

Silly Saudis, don’t you know that shutting the borders, banning travel, looking out for the health and safety of your own citizens is counterproductive? That’s what our health officials tell us. What are you, stupid?

That’s the least of your problems. Backward, inbred, psychotic, your intellect is hardly the issue. Just take it from your wiser Uncle Sam: when you see haggard, sunken-eyed zombies barfing a your border, throw open the gate and let them in. That’s how you cure this thing. Quarantine, bad; open borders, good.

M’kay? There’s a good little Wahabbi.

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Not-Muslims Attracted to Not-Islam in London

Not kidding:

Four men, two aged 20 and two 21, were held in the dawn raids at addresses across London yesterday.

One of those held was revealed today to be a medical student who has written online that “Allah rewards those who kill in his name”.

The 21-year-old was seized at a flat in North Kensington where he lived with his mother and sister, according to neighbours.

He has allegedly posted on the Ask.fm website that he “wants people to fight and kill” in the name of Allah and describes how Allah rewards those who fight in his name “with paradise”.

The suspect was arrested with another man at a tower block in North Kensington. Neighbours described hearing explosions — thought to have been stun grenades fired by armed police as they stormed the flat.

Friends described how the man had grown increasingly “isolated and detached” in recent years as he travelled abroad alone without his family. He told friends he was travelling to Morocco but it is also thought he may have gone to Syria.

One family friend said: “In about the last two to three years we all noticed a change in him. He used to just wear a tracksuit and then he started wearing the white religious dress clothing over the top of it, and then he just no longer had the tracksuit and would just wear the clothing and sandals.

“He also started growing a really big beard and was travelling a lot. He said he had gone to Morocco by himself. The family also used to go for about a month every year on holiday to Morocco.”

Of course he went to Morocco. He liked the food. And the beaches. But as a medical student and a Muslim, he would value life. That’s what they tell us.

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Whose Caliphate Is It, Anyway?

Or is it one at all?

A campaign to unite Australians against hatred, racism and bigotry and say “not in my name” has drawn bipartisan support, but the organiser warns that political rhetoric is part of the reason it’s needed in the first place.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, president of the Youth Without Borders organisation, said the European “not in my name” campaign, in which Muslims publicly state their opposition to the actions of Islamic State (Isis), resonated with her “because it was about taking ownership a little bit.”

“People are doing things in the name of Islam and Islamic State, but it’s neither Islamic nor are they a state,” Abdel-Magied told Guardian Australia.

So you say.

This guy says differently:

A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has appeared in a video, just a week after the Nigerian military reported that he had been killed.

The video that emerged yesterday shows a man purporting to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, surrounded by other Boko Haram soldiers mocking the Nigerian government and military.

In the video he says: “Here I am alive, you talk so much about your killing of me but that is not the point, we are still in our Islamic caliphate, reigning, we are doing the teachings of the Qu’ran.”

No, they don’t act in your name, Yassmin, they act in the name of Mohammed. And while they might not be a state, no state dares go where they are.

The Nigerian government and military continue to struggle to control Boko Haram, with attacks, killings and kidnappings becoming commonplace in the north of the country as the militant group work towards achieving their goal of creating their own Islamic caliphate.

The group whose name translates directly as “Western education is forbidden”, caused international outrage in April when they kidnapped 276 girls from a school in the northern town of Chibok.

Following the kidnapping, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, promised that he would find the girls and “crush” Boko Haram.

Nevertheless, the majority of kidnapped girls are still missing and the ill-disciplined Nigerian army seem to be making little progress.

Within the last month, Boko Haram have stated that they now control of remote areas on the Nigerian border with Cameroon.

If having a fearsome military makes one a state, Boko Haram is a state, and most of Western Europe is not. As for being Islamic or not, I think a fearsome military decides that too.

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