Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Students demonstrate against 'gender apartheid' as UK Universities refuses to ban the separation of sexes during visits by speakers
Universities can allow men and women to be segregated if religious extremists demand it for their debates or lectures, official guidance revealed today.
The decision has sparked protests with campaigners calling it 'gender apartheid'.
In the past year there have been a number of Muslim groups forced men and women to sit apart when they spoke at British universities.
Anger: Protesters hold up placards rejecting 'gender apartheid' outside the headquarters of Universities Uk in London last night after their guidelines agreed that women and men can be segregated
Anger: The segregation by sex at university talks by visiting speakers has been called discrimination and those concerned say decision will take Britain backwards
Having considered the issue Universities UK says its 132 members should be allowed to agree to these demands but campaigners say it violates women's rights.
Campaigner Ahlam Akram told the BBC's Today programme: 'I stand firmly against this segregation. It's a decision that is going to take us backwards.
'It is a violation of women's freedom to sit wherever they want.
'Universities are the place for planting freedom of thinking and freedom of speech'.
PHD student Erin Marie Saltman told Channel Four News: 'This is a bigger issue of racism of lower expectations, of avoidance.
There is a fear of offending the Muslim community but there are a lot of modern Muslims that would never allow gender segregation'.
In May a Muslim group was banned from a university after segregating men and women during a debate.
Visitors to the event at University College London were told to use men’s or women’s entrances by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), who also told women to sit at the back, while men and couples were sent to the front.
Action: University College London has banned one Muslim group after it found one group had demanded gender segregation
Greek Islamic convert Hamza Andreas Tzortzis was a speaker at the debate at UCL, his spokesman said earlier this year that segregation was informal
A month earlier Leicester University spoke of its concerns over photos showing hand-written signs requesting that male and female students sit in separate areas at a public talk by the university’s Islamic Society.
The meeting - which discussed God’s existence - was addressed by Islamic speaker Hamza Tzortzis, who speaks at various campuses and was involved in controversy at another university last month.
Four sheets of paper attached to an entrance door with the words ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ and arrows pointing in opposite directions,
The University of Leicester Islamic Society’s website also said in a separate notice that meetings are open to the public, but it has ‘segregated seating for brothers and sisters at all co-attended events’.
A spokesman for Mr Tzortzis’s group said genders were sometimes informally segregated at events.
Universities UK said today that they had taken legal advice on the issue.
A spokesman said: 'The guidance does not promote gender segregation. It includes a hypothetical case study involving an external speaker talking about his orthodox religious faith who had requested segregated seating areas for men and women.
'The case study considered the facts, the relevant law and the questions that the university should ask, and concluded that if neither women nor men were disadvantaged and a non-segregated seating area also provided, a university could decide it is appropriate to agree to the request'.
Good thing the British government banned Pamela Geller and me from entering the country. If we had gone in, Muslims might have gotten angry, become "radicalized," and started operating jihadi websites plotting the murder of Infidels. No, wait --
"British National Pleads Guilty to Operating Jihad Websites," by Abha Shankar for the Investigative Project, December 10:
A British national charged in the United States for operating websites promoting jihad pleaded guiltyTuesday to providing material support to al-Qaida and other jihadi groups.Babar Ahmad operated a chain of jihadi websites called "Azzam Publications" through a service provider based in Connecticut, court records show. The al-Qaida-tied websites sought to recruit individuals to be mujahideen as well as solicit funds for jihad, including for the Chechen Mujahideen and the Taliban.Ahmad, a resident of the United Kingdom, was extradited to the United States last year after a protracted legal fight.He used the Azzam websites to communicate with a U.S. naval enlistee Hassan Abujihaad who served as a signalman on the destroyer USS Benfold. Abujihaad disclosed to Ahmad "then-classified information about his battle group's itinerary, listing dates for anticipated port calls in Hawaii and Australia, and for the battle group's transit through the Strait of Hormuz." Abujihaad also "discussed the battle group's perceived vulnerability to terrorist attack."Investigators found that secret Navy information on a floppy disk in the London apartment of one of the website's organizers during an investigation into Azzam Publications. Abujihaad was sentenced in 2009 to 10 years in prison for material support to terrorism and leaking classified information.
Above are two other recent British martyrs, Choukri Ellekhlifi, 22, and Mohammed el-Araj, 23. The pair are shown here at a jihadist internet café in Atmeh, a Syrian border town that is now firmly under ISIS control. After they died, another British fighter wrote this glowing tribute to el-Araj on Facebook:“This brother need no introduction. Those who knew him knew he was always working for his deen [religion]! He had the best manners, he came with a brother and left this world with the brother! They where tight and where both at the top of their classes and within a month where graduated as commandos and started teaching others! They both got married and left their wives within a week an went fi sabilillah [for the sake of Allah] coz they cud not sit around whilst the ummah [global Muslim community] was in this state! They were harsh towards the disbelievers and humble towards those who breathed la illaha illa llah ["there is no god but Allah"], they didn't bother arguing with a Muslim even if they where in the right! Wollahi [I swear to Allah] they stood out from amongst those who are the best of us in jihaad! May Allah the all mighty, the all wise, the magnificent, the ruler over all, the king of all kings accept all their efforts, forgive them their sins, allow us to reunite with them, keep firm those whom they left behind, keep us all steadfast upon the haqq [truth] and to earn HIS Allah swt pleasures until HE the supreme looks at us and smiles! Peace and blessing be to the best of man kind our beloved muhammed s.a.w, his family and the sahaba [companions] r.a. My brother philistini who beat us to the finish line! We soon come insha ALLAH ta'la.”
"They were harsh towards the disbelievers": "Muhammad is the messenger of allah. And those with him are harsh against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves." -- Qur'an 48:29
The high casualty rate suffered by British and other European jihadists – referred to in the martyr tributes below – at least partially refutes claims by the relatively secular FSA rebels that ISIS and their allies rarely, if ever, fight the regime:
The quote on the photo is from the Qur'an. The "green birds" reference below is from this hadith: "It has been narrated on the authority of Masruq Who said: We asked 'Abdullah about the Qur'anic verse: 'Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they are alive, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord..' (iii. 169). He said: We asked the meaning of the verse (from the Holy Prophet) who said: The souls of the martyrs live in the bodies of green birds who have their nests in chandeliers hung from the throne of the Almighty. They eat the fruits of Paradise from wherever they like and then nestle in these chandeliers. Once their Lord cast a glance at them and said: Do ye want anything? They said: What more shall we desire? We eat the fruit of Paradise from wherever we like. Their Lord asked them the same question thrice. When they saw that they will continue to be asked and not left (without answering the question). they said: O Lord, we wish that Thou mayest return our souls to our bodies so that we may be slain in Thy way once again. When He (Allah) saw that they had no need, they were left (to their joy in heaven)." -- Sahih Muslim 4651
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Vicious rapist we can't deport – because of his right to family life... even though he has no wife or children
Mustafa Abdullahi, 31, was jailed for ten years after he threatened to kill his victim and repeatedly assaulted her.
He was set to be deported on release, but immigration judges have ruled he cannot be kicked out because his mother and other family members live in the UK.
They said he had been here so long, it would breach his right to a private and family life to force him to return to Somalia.
The judges also gave him credit for having ‘faced up to what he has done’ and having put his criminal behaviour ‘behind him’.
They also concluded he posed a ‘low risk’ of committing further offences, based on evidence from a psychiatrist who only saw him for a couple of hours.
The case is the latest in a series of human rights judgments in which judges favour the rights of criminals over those of victims and the wider public.
Tory MP Dominic Raab said: ‘This vicious man should be on the first plane back to Somalia.
It makes a mockery of British justice and human rights to see such a dangerous thug dance rings around the UK system.’
Abdullahi came to Britain aged 11 in February 1993 to join his mother, brother and sister, who arrived three years earlier. They were all given indefinite leave to stay in 2000.
But in 2007 he was sentenced to ten years in prison for the horrific sex attack, in which he repeatedly raped a ‘vulnerable’ pregnant woman in her early twenties who had been sleeping at her home, after holding a knife to her throat and threatening to kill her.
Despite the evidence against him he refused to accept his guilt, forcing his victim to go through the ordeal of a trial.
Even while in jail he refused to admit what he had done.
When the Home Office began efforts to deport him, he immediately claimed asylum.
This application was rejected last year, by which time he was out of prison after serving half his sentence. But Abdullahi’s lawyers appealed against his deportation on human rights grounds.
Earlier this year, a Home Office lawyer told a tribunal Abdullahi should be deported because of the ‘very serious and disgusting nature of his offence’.
The Home Office pointed out that even after he was released from prison he continued to show ‘no respect for the law’.
For example, while on probation, he was caught using cannabis but instead of being returned to jail, he was given a £60 fine.
Abdullahi said he was ‘afraid’ to return to the Somaliland region because of the civil war.
He claimed that he wasn’t a practising Muslim, despite having ‘Allah’ tattooed in Arabic on his arm and chest.
And because his parents had never taught him about the clan structure in Somalia, he would also struggle to fit in, he said.
The tribunal accepted that because he had tattoos, which are considered un-Islamic in Muslim countries, he would be ‘vulnerable to serious harassment’, but concluded it was safe for him to return.
However, they then allowed him to stay because of his right to a private and family life under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
Despite not having any children or a wife in Britain, they said it would be wrong to send him home because of the length of time he has lived in Britain.
The judges also decided he could stay because of his ‘close relatives’ here and ‘very regular contact with his parent and siblings’.
First Tier Tribunal Judge Nadine Finch, sitting in London, said that even though he did not admit his guilt in prison, he had since owned up and completed a ‘victim empathy’ course while on probation.
She concluded it was ‘shame and fear that he would be disowned by his family’ that meant he did not confess at the time, and attributed his lack of candour to the fact that it was his first time in prison and that the offence was ‘against the sensibilities of his own community’.
Psychiatrist Dr Harriet Hunt-Grubbe said that Abdullahi would be ‘deprived of the emotional support of his mother and immediate family if deported to Somaliland’.
'We are extremely disappointed with the court’s decision and plan to appeal. Those who come to the UK must abide by our laws and if they do not we will seek to remove them' Home Office spokesman
After speaking to him for just two hours, she said there was only a low risk that he would commit serious sexual or violent crimes.
She said he was ‘depressed as a result of possibility of deportation and from witnessing his brother committing suicide’.
Sending him to Somalia would also increase his suicide risk because he would be unlikely to have access to the anti-depressants and therapy he receives on the NHS.
She concluded that he was a ‘well-loved member of his family and his friendship network and that his deportation would have a negative impact on their own lives’.
The Home Office appealed but this was rejected by an Upper Tribunal, which said: ‘Although he has committed serious offences, he has at last faced up to what he has done and has taken significant steps to put behind him that kind of criminal behaviour.’
Abdullahi, of Fulham, South West London, said: ‘I’m not commenting about the case.
You’ll have to speak to my solicitor.’ His aunt, Sali Abdullahi, said he did not want to go back to Somalia because he had ‘no family or friends there and it is dangerous’.
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We are extremely disappointed with the court’s decision and plan to appeal.
‘Those who come to the UK must abide by our laws and if they do not we will seek to remove them.
In 2012 we removed more than 4,500 foreign national offenders.
‘For too long the Human Rights Act has been abused by foreign criminals to avoid deportation.
'That’s why we introduced tough new rules to protect the public that are being included in our Immigration Bill.’
'Muslim Patrol' jailed for harassing couple holding hands and men drinking in a bid to enforce Sharia law in London
Jordan Horner and another Islamic extremist told one couple they could not hold hands while walking down the street, because it was in a 'Muslim area'.
The radicals also attacked a group of men drinking in the road, and told a woman she would face 'hell fire' because of the way she was dressed.
Horner, 19, Ricardo MacFarlane, 36, and a 23-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons were sentenced to 68 weeks, 12 months and 24 weeks in prison respectively.
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Jailed: Jordan Horner, and Ricardo MacFarlane, have been sentenced to prison along with another man for their role in the self-styled 'Muslim Patrol'
The court earlier heard that last December Horner and the 23-year-old man drove alongside Joshua Bilton and Anna Reddiford in Bethnal Green, and started yelling at them through a megaphone.
The teenage convert shouted: 'Let go of each other's hands. This is a Muslim area!' - but the couple initially assumed it was a joke.
They stopped holding hands after the men repeated the message - and when they started again, the car blocked their way until they let go.
Two weeks later, Horner and MacFarlane attacked men drinking in Shoreditch, shouting: 'Kill the non-believers.'
Horner then punched two of the group, hitting James Forward in the jaw and knocking out Patrick Kavanagh with a sucker punch to the head.
On January 13, Horner and the 23-year-old harassed another couple, Clare Coyle and Robert Gray, as they were walking in Stepney - accusing Miss Coyle of being a 'slag'.
In an exchange filmed on Horner's phone, she replied, 'This is Great Britain. I can dress how I wish,' while the group shouted: 'Remove yourselves now. Muslim Patrol. Move away from the mosque.'
Horner, an associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary who has declared he wants to bring Sharia law to Britain, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and two charges of using threatening words and behaviour.
He was jailed earlier this year for beating up a photographer, and has been seen putting up posters across East London 'banning' alcohol.
MacFarlane, who pleaded guilty to affray, has previous convictions for criminal damage for painting over advertisements of women in the street.
The 23 year-old admitted two counts of using threatening words and behaviour.
Prosecutor Alex Chalk told the court: 'This is a case about religious vigilantism. These men were members of a self-styled Muslim Patrol who threatened, intimidated and even assaulted members of the public who they perceived to be behaving in an un-Islamic manner.
'The men accosted members of the public in neighbourhoods of East London which they claimed were Muslim areas, and where according to them different law applied.'
Radical: Horner, 19, is close to jihadist hate preacher Anjem Choudary, pictured during a demonstration
Judge Rebecca Poulet QC told them: 'One of the many good things about living in Great Britain is the tolerance and respect members of the public generally show to one another's religious beliefs, his dress or his chosen way of life.
'When on occasions a person shows their intolerance of another individual whether by aggression or violence and in such a way as to cause real fear to the individual then the law can be invoked to protect that individual.
'This law would protect you if someone treated you in this way. It is the very same law that now brings you before this court for your conduct.
'My understanding is that Islam is a peaceful religion and this conduct was unfortunately anything but.'
Lisa Wilson, representing Horner - who calls himself Jamal Uddin - said: 'He recognises that the offences are serious and recognises the custodial threshold is clearly passed.
'Actual bodily harm were of course serious and people were harmed. The incidents themselves lasted for a very short duration.
'Mr Uddin for his part felt provoked. He has three previous convictions all committed in 2010, he was a drug user and his life has changed since then - he has found a religious calling.
'He has a wife and two children, a 14-month-old son and a daughter born six days ago.
Up until now he has been a young man who was immature and easily led.
He now wants to work in the retail sector.'
Susan Meek, representing the 23 year-old, said: 'He is a relatively young man, he has an offending history a lot of it is prior to him converting to Islam - this offending relates to his religious choice.
'He said he didn't think about the effect it would have on the victims, didn't think about the consequences and he has said he feels very stupid.'
Friday, December 06, 2013
A new mother has spoken of her horror at discovering that her loving boyfriend tried to abort their baby by slipping a pill into her food.
Helen Dean thought that partner Karim Habibi was pleased to hear that she was pregnant - he even 'twirled her around' in celebration when she told him the news.
But he secretly visited a GP's surgery and asked a nurse to give him an abortion pill - only for her to call the police when he admitted what it was for.
Trauma: Helen Dean, pictured with her baby son Amin, discovered her partner tried to abort the child
Crime: Karim Habibi has been given a suspended sentence after admitting trying to slip Ms Dean a pill
The 26-year-old cafe owner has now been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend and their baby son Amin for the next five years.
'I thought it was a loving relationship and that he wanted children,' said Ms Dean, 32, who was five weeks pregnant at the time of Habibi's arrest in June 2012. 'I was so outraged that he tried to kill our baby.
'We'd been together for three years and decided it was the right time.
'When I first told him he seemed so excited. He twirled me around and said: "You're going to have our baby."'
Rebuilding: Ms Dean is now focussed on bringing up her son as a single mother after her partner's arrest
In fact, however, Habibi was plotting to end the pregnancy and made an appointment at his local GP's surgery in Newport, South Wales.
There he told a practice nurse that he wanted a pill which would abort Ms Dean's baby - but she sent him away and called 999.
Police rushed to the pregnant woman's home to make sure Habibi had not already tried to poison her, which she had to undergo tests in hospital.
'The police ransacked my house searching for evidence to see if he'd already tried to harm our baby,' Ms Dean said. 'I was too devastated to believe what I was hearing.
'They took samples of my butter and milk. They tested food in my cupboards and all my medication.
'At hospital they took my blood and urine and kept me under observation for two days. I was terrified. And I had no one to turn to now that Karim was in custody.'
She was moved to a women's refuge, and in February this year she gave birth to Amin, who weighed in at 8lb at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales.
Afghan-born Habibi initially insisted that the nurse had misunderstood his request, but in September he pleaded guilty to attempting to procure a poison to induce abortion at Newport Crown Court.
He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years, and given a five-year restraining order.
Healthy: The 32-year-old gave birth to Amin in February in Cardiff and both are now doing well
Sentence: Habibi was given a suspended prison sentence although he initially denied the crime
Recorder Gregory Bull QC told him his crime was 'outrageous', adding that to trick his own girlfriend into having an abortion was 'a terrible thing to do'.
Now Ms Dean has vowed to move on from the trauma as she continues to look after her young son.
'I have to look forward and rebuild a life for me and Amin,' she said. 'He is my world and reason to get up in the morning.
'Amin will be one in February and I can't wait to spoil him. I tell him every day how special he is.
'One day I will have to explain why he doesn't see his daddy like other little boys and that breaks my heart, but all that matters to me is that he is well.'