Raheem Kassam on ‘No Go Zones’: From Statue Destruction to Muslim Migration, the Left Wants to Erase America

Raheem Kassam/Regnery

Breitbart, by John Hayward, Aug. 15, 2017:

Raheem Kassam, Breitbart London editor and frequent host of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily, talked with Alex Marlow about his new book, No Go Zones: How Sharia Law Is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You, on Tuesday’s edition of the show.

Kassam said that writing the book involved “a lot of old-school stuff: planning and getting on buses in foreign countries, and talking to people in different languages and trying to get your head around something that wasn’t a massive established paper trail already.”

“Funnily enough, the Swedish government doesn’t want to release their rape statistics and crime statistics,” he explained. “It doesn’t suit them very well to do so. You’ve got to do a lot of pushing, a lot of pressuring, a lot of translating, a hell of a lot of digging.”

Kassam said his journey took him from cities like Molenbeek in Europe to the United States. For example, one passage in No Go Zones discusses his discoveries at the Arab-American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

“These places are open to the public, and yet you never hear about quite exactly what’s going on there,” he said. “What I found going on at the Arab-American Museum in the United States in 2017 was U.S. corporations sponsoring anti-U.S. government and anti-Israeli propaganda for public consumption. This is supposed to be a museum, and actually, what they were doing was propagandizing. There’s a lot of unique reporting in the book.”

Marlow praised Kassam’s groundbreaking work in documenting the untold story of “ghettoization of immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants, throughout the Western world right now.” He further noted that Kassam has been called a liar for uncovering evidence that large groups of immigrants are not assimilating to their Western host societies.

“When you dig into their response – and I’ve had some of this already – when you push back against them, you find out exactly where they’re coming from,” said Kassam. “They end up in a position of saying, ‘Well, why should they assimilate anyway?’ If you get all of the nonsense arguments out of the way, that these places don’t exist and so and so forth, they end up at this position that is really the argument that we’re having nowadays. The truth is that the left doesn’t want to preserve history. It doesn’t want to preserve identity.”

“Look at what we saw over the course of the last couple of weeks with the statues being pulled down,” he continued. “Yesterday, I think, even, another Confederate statue was pulled down somewhere else in America. It seems reminiscent of countries that have been liberated from tyrants, are now being played out in America, now being appropriated by the political left for their little childish tantrums.”

“They don’t actually want any history preserved. They don’t actually want any culture preserved. That’s the truth of the matter. They think that when you want to defend who you are as people, they think that is the new colonialism. They think that is the new way of projecting that you’re better than somebody, simply by being who you are and wanting to defend it. That’s where a lot of these flare-ups are beginning, that misunderstanding,” he said.

“When I get into these arguments with people over where these places are and what they truly mean, the thing I probably hear most is: ‘Oh, yeah, but you went there, so it can’t be a no-go zone,’” Kassam related.

“And I say to them, ‘Why don’t you go there and tell me how you felt? And I’ll tell you what, why don’t you take your little sister with you and tell me how she felt? And while you’re there, why don’t you see if there are any police around? Why don’t you see if there are any government workers around? Why don’t you see if any postal service is around? Why don’t you see if you can’t get there by public transport? Because some of these places you really, really cannot,’” he said.

“These are the arguments that we’re going to continue to have,” he predicted. “I’m just glad to put a marker down, quite frankly, because it’s been so up in the air on this issue for so long.”

Kassam recalled seeing video clips of journalists entering no-go zones with “big broadcast cameras – and getting beaten up, getting their property stolen, and all this sort of stuff.”

“This has become relatively routine when people go there, so you know that there are ways to avoid it. Now, if you’re writing a book, you don’t necessarily need to go in there with big television cameras. That was one of the things that kept me safe, quite frankly,” he revealed.

“I also dressed like nobody really sees me dress. You know me, Alex. I like to put on my sports coat and my pocket square and my Italian shoes. I did not do that when I went to these places. I wore rough, horrible jeans and a zip-up hoodie type of thing and a big long coat because it was the middle of winter,” he said.

“Just trying not to rattle people is very important as well,” Kassam noted. “I’m not there to cause trouble; I’m there to observe. Some people go into these places just looking for a fight because they want it on camera. My job was something different. My job was to actually observe people and see how they live their lives and make little observations, as well, that you wouldn’t make unless you were able to spend a significant amount of time on the ground.”

“One of the observations throughout the book is that a lot of these government housing projects and apartment buildings that these migrants live in en masse, they ghettoize it, I would say 90 percent had big satellite dishes on the outside, on their balconies. I looked into that, and it turns out that they have them because they don’t want to learn English. They’re watching television from their native home countries. You just don’t get to see those things, learn those things, by spending ten minutes there and then getting chased out,” he said.

Kassam said his appearance was another reason he was able to enter the no-go zones without difficulty. “I’m brown, so I got a little more leeway than you might get there, quite frankly, Alex,” he told Marlow.

One of the more infamous no-go zones visited by Kassam was in Malmo, Sweden, a city he described as “absolutely beautiful.”

“Downtown in Malmo is just so phenomenal,” he said. “It’s just an incredible, stark difference and devastating change you see when you actually start going into the suburbs there. People don’t need to go there as tourists, so they don’t see it. You wouldn’t leave the beautiful cobbled streets of downtown.”

“But you go out to somewhere like Haragon, for instance, which is, again, a government housing estate, and I’ll tell you what: even the locals there – there were these two girls that me and my guide there happened upon because we went there quite late at night, and it wasn’t very well lit, so we’re sort of stumbling around and trying to find our way. We stopped these two girls, and we said, ‘Where’s Haragon?’ They pointed us in a direction, and I think they said something like, ‘Oh, good luck there,’ and they sort of started laughing to themselves, unable to fathom why these two guys were going to Haragon in the middle of the night,” he recalled.

“I started getting scared, actually,” he admitted. “That was one of the moments when I got scared during the trip. I don’t get scared when I’m in the places. I get scared when I’m on my way to the places. I don’t know why that is. I suppose anticipation.”

“It was absolutely freezing cold, the place almost deserted,” Kassam said, resuming his account. “You could hear a little bit of Arab music coming from some of the apartment buildings. There were a couple of women in hijabs running around with their kids. It was so bitterly cold, iced over. I think it had recently snowed. But this place was – I mean, it did not look like Sweden in the slightest.”

“This could have been anywhere in North Africa,” he said. “This could have been somewhere in the Middle East. This is not what I thought of as Sweden. In fact, it didn’t look anything like the Sweden of a mile away in the downtown area. I just, frankly, couldn’t believe it, but I suppose it’s totally believable when you look at somewhere like Tower Hamlets in east London and compare that to Westminster in central London. It just broke my heart.”

Kassam said that he hated to offend listeners from Detroit, but he had a sobering experience when visiting the city and its suburbs.

“I start the chapter ‘Detroit Is Hell,’ and it really is in a lot of places,” he said. “I don’t mean that as a snobbish comment; I mean that for the residents. It’s hell as well. There are incredibly large swathes of the city that still haven’t recovered, that you still see massive, massive poverty and crime and ghettoization in all different senses too. That was really shocking to me because I had never seen that before, certainly not in the Western world, and it was incredible to see it in the United States, of all places.”

“And then you get out of Detroit proper, and you get into somewhere like Hamtramck,” he continued. “This is a 2.1 square mile town with an upper estimate of about 17 mosques in that 2.1 square miles, which is a lot of mosques. It’s a mosque every other street corner, every third street corner. This is somewhere where they play the Islamic call to prayer, the adhan, out on the streets quite freely. Even the New York Times did real reporting on this in 2004, before they gained their ‘fake news’ title.”

“Again, you talk to people locally, and this was a very Polish-American city originally. Talk to people locally, and they’ll tell you just how much has changed. I think one man who was from the Piast Institute, which is a local Polish-American think tank – it prides itself on being a community group – he told me that whenever he’s asked where the Poles went in Hamtramck, he said they didn’t. They died there. What he means is people just aging and not having enough children, or the children are moving away,” said Kassam.

Obama: ‘Un-American’ Not to Take in More Muslim Refugees

Calais-Migrants-Line-Up-AP-PhotoMarkus-Schreiber-640x480Breitbart, by Ben Shapiro, Nov. 16, 2015:

President Obama wants more Syrian Muslim refugees in the West. Speaking in Turkey on Monday, Obama explained that the West needed to open its heart to Muslim refugees, who after all were fleeing from terrorism in the Middle East to the safe and warm arms of the West. Meanwhile, Obama continued to maintain that Islamic radicalism presents no threat to the world.

To President Obama, the issue of Syrian Muslim refugee immigration into the United States is a simple risk-reward analysis. The risk: terrorist attack. The reward: not being “Islamophobic.”

First, the risk. We know that President Obama believes that Americans can take a terrorist attack. Back in 2010, according to Bob Woodward, Obama stated, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever…we absorbed it and we are stronger.” And Obama acknowledged today that American intelligence officials have considered ISIS capable of attacks beyond its borders for months. So Obama knows that accepting Syrian Muslim refugees carries a risk above zero. He’s willing to accept that risk.

And the risk is substantial. We now know that at least one of the terrorists in Paris entered Europe as a refugee and carried an ID for Syrian refugees. According to CNN:

[The] bomber falsely declared himself to be a Syrian named Ahmad al Muhammad, born on September 10, 1990, and was allowed to enter Greece on October 3. From there he moved to Macedonia, then Serbia and Croatia, where he registered in the Opatovac refugee camp, the lawmaker said. Eventually, he made his way to Paris, where he was one of three men who blew themselves up at the Stade de France.

He’s not the only one. As Senator Sen. Ted Cruz explained, “If there were a group of radical Christians pledging to murder anyone who had a different religious view than they, we would have a different national security situation.” That’s true. According to The Express (UK), “An operative working for Islamic State has revealed the terror group has successfully smuggled thousands of covert jihadists into Europe.” Two Turkish refugee-smugglers agreed.

It didn’t take Syrian refugees to launch the risk of Islamic terrorism in France. In 2014, a poll showed that 16 percent of French people had positive attitudes toward ISIS, including 27 percent of French people between ages 18 and 24. According to Ann-Elizabeth Moutet of Newsweek, “This is the ideology of young French Muslims from immigrant backgrounds…these are the same people who torch synagogues.”

Beyond the risk of terrorism, heightened Islamic immigration to Europe has led to increased crime and massive cultural fragmentation as well. Yesterday, The New York Times admitted that Europe has its own no-go zones in Muslim areas; Belgium’s home affairs minister said that the government has no “control of the situation in Molenbeek,” a working-class area of Brussels. That’s been true in France for years, where “semi-autonomous” sectors have become more and more common. Increased Muslim immigration has spelled a significant rise in anti-Semitic crime as well as more crime generally. In Germany, crime rates have skyrocketed as the number of those seeking asylum has risen. In Sweden, Jews have fled certain cities like Malmo altogether over the rising threat of radical Islam; the rate of rape in Sweden has jumped tremendously as well.

So yes, increased Islamic immigration to the West is a major risk.

Which brings us to the reward. What’s the reward for allowing a certain number of Westerners to die, allowing Western welfare systems to be overloaded by poor immigrants, allowing Western culture to be fragmented by Islamic fundamentalism? Avoiding charges of Islamophobia. Today, President Obama explained that proposals by Republicans to house Christian refugees but not Muslim refugees were un-American:

When I hear folks say that maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who is feeling from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefitted from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are.

So, to be clear, it’s un-American to accept only Christian refugees from a region of the world where they are routinely persecuted for their religious persuasion, despite the heightened risk of terrorism from Muslim refugees. But it’s perfectly American for the State Department to consider ruling that Christians living under ISIS rule are not victims of an impending genocide, and to insist that the West house, feed, and clothe Muslim refugees. It’s un-American to protect American lives; it’s perfectly American to take in un-vetted refugees of the same general religious persuasion as the terrorists of 9/11 and 7/7 and Paris, without regard to the safety of the citizenry.

While the West churns its guts over Muslim refugees, Muslim countries aren’t doing so. There are fifty Muslim-majority countries all over the globe. Just five Muslim countries have taken in significant numbers of refugees: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. Only Egypt does not share a border with Syria. A huge percentage of refugees entering Europe are doing so not directly from Syria, but through Turkey, which has taken in approximately two million refugees but is housing hundreds of thousands in internment camps. This isn’t rare. For decades, Muslim countries have refused to integrate fellow Muslim refugees, which is why Palestinian Arabs still live in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan seventy years after the foundation of the State of Israel. The umma won’t deign to take in fellow Muslims the same way, say, that the Jewish state has taken in and integrated every Jewish refugee population from Russia to Ethiopia.

Nonetheless, President Obama says that morality requires the West to risk its own citizenry to save Muslim refugees without proper background checks and without any distinction between the capacity of Christians and Muslims to integrate into Christian-based societies.

No shock there. After all, President Obama obviously dislikes the West more than he dislikes radical Islam, seeing as he won’t even recognize radical Islam’s existence.

Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News, Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire.com, and The New York Times bestselling author, most recently, of the book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.

Mosque Construction and the Changing Demographics of the West

A Danish Muslim smiles while delivering the message: “Islam will dominate the whole world and we will die for it to happen.” Source: http://europenews.dk/en/node/58218

A Danish Muslim smiles while delivering the message: “Islam will dominate the whole world and we will die for it to happen.” Source: http://europenews.dk/en/node/58218

By  Paul Wilkinson:

Muslim immigration to the West has exploded and to such a degree, the demographics are changing dramatically. Britain is one of the nations most affected by this uncontrolled immigration, where the native population is being replaced, and the Britain of old is disappearing. Patriotic native Brits are brushed aside to make way for Muslim immigrants who hate the West and desire Shari’a law for the UK. In fact, the “Muslim population has surged dramatically over the past 15 years, increasing by 75%. According to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics, Muslims have the youngest age profile of the religious groups, with 48 percent (1.3 million) aged under 25.” This has regrettably sealed the future advancement of Islam in Britain.

It is also estimated that if current immigration trends continue, white Britons “will be in minority by 2066.” David Coleman, Professor of Demography at University of Oxford states:“The moment that the white British become a minority will symbolize a huge transfer of power — cultural political, economic and religious — an ‘irreversible change in British society, unprecedented for at least a millennium.’”

Britain was a harmonious monoculture country in the mid-20th Century but could be something resembling the former Yugoslavia by the mid-21st Century. This Balkanisation effect is already evident in Muslim areas of European cities where anti-Semitism is rampant towards centuries-old Jewish communities in places like Malmö, Sweden, and Norway is now virtually ‘Judenrein’ after the huge levels of Muslim immigration in the last couple of decades.

Mosque Construction Despite Conflict of Values

Islam teaches ‘values’ that are contrary to democratic Judeo-Christian societies. For example an NOP poll for Channel 4 ‘The denial of Islam requiring scrutiny, and the will to suppress free speech and criticism’ came out with these results. Even the figures that show a minority still represent a large volume of people when there are millions of Muslims in the UK.

  • 28% of Muslims agreed they dreamt of Britain becoming an Islamic State.
  • 78% wanted the Danish cartoonist prosecuted.
  • 68% want prosecutions for insulting Islam.
  • 62% disagree with the freedom of speech if it insults religious sensibilities.
  • 50% said British people who insult Islam should be arrested and prosecuted.
  • Between 5-9% say that violence to protect Islam is acceptable.
  • Whilst 10-13% found that they “understood” why young Muslims might want to become suicide bombers.

The statistics above are hardly surprising when for example, if it is taken into account that 81% of mosques in the USA that were investigated, preached violent texts to promote the installation of Shari’a. An estimated “80% of American mosques are under Wahhabi influence, described by both scholars and US officials as a radical, violent philosophical platform used by terrorists and their supporters to justify violence against Christians, Jews and other ‘non-believers’.”

The current Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was jailed for four months in 1999 after reciting to a crowd, “the minarets are our bayonets, the mosques are our barracks, the believers are our soldiers.” Now Erdoğan’s Turkish government has embarked on a mosque-building campaign throughout Germany, and Erdoğan himself attended the construction of $100M mega-mosque in Maryland, United States as it is a “symbol of friendship” (not conquest!). However a request to build a Christian church in Turkey’s capital of Ankara (where none exists) was denied by the Erdoğan government earlier this year.

Read more at Cherson and Molschky

The Islamization of Copenhagen

Bit by bit, it’s getting worse.


By Bruce Bawer

Bit by bit, it’s getting worse.

In recent years, life in the city of Copenhagen has hardly been free of, shall we say, problems related to Islam. But for the most part, the worst of it has been confined to Muslim neighborhoods such as Nørrebro. And residents of Copenhagen have at least been able to console themselves that conditions in their city were nowhere near as bad as those right across the Øresund Bridge in the now notorious Swedish burg of Malmö.

Well, as an editorial in Jyllands-Posten acknowledged last week, “conditions such as those in Malmö…are beginning to appear in Copenhagen.”

In a news story that appeared on the same day as the editorial, Jyllands-Posten reported the latest example of these “conditions”: both the Israeli ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon, and the head of Copenhagen’s Jewish community are now advising Jews in that city to stop wearing yarmulkes and Stars of David and speaking Hebrew loudly in public – even in neighborhoods that they think of as “safe.” Asked about this advice, Police Commissioner Lars-Christian Borg told Jyllands-Posten that Jews – and gays, too – should stay away from parts of the city where there is a recognized “risk of clashes and harassment.” (Nice euphemism for “Muslim neighborhoods,” that.)

The Jyllands-Posten editorial bleakly toted up other examples of what they described as the city’s increasing readiness to adapt to the ever-worsening situation in the Danish capital: Copenhagen’s Jewish school “looks like a small fortress,” supplied with an elaborate security system and police protection, a constant reminder to the children that there are people who wish to do them harm; the head of the Danish-Palestinian Friendship Society, who is also a leading figure in Denmark’s ruling Socialist People’s Party, recently opined that Hitler should have killed even more Jews than he did, and went unpunished and all but entirely uncriticized for it; Copenhagen’s mayor called on Jews not to display too many Israeli flags at a recent multicultural festival, an admonition that was generally regarded as sensible: “why pick unnecessary fights?” Why “provoke”? Once again proving itself to be morally head and shoulders above virtually every other major newspaper in Europe, Jyllands-Posten called on Danes to recognize just how dangerous it is to respond in a passive and accommodating way to Muslim hatred, and urged them to  stand up to it before it’s too late.

Read more at Front Page