Tag: Canadian Muslims


Oh No, Canada: Ruthie Blum, Israel Hayom, Jan. 26, 2016 — It was clear that it wouldn't take long for Canada's new government to sink its liberal fangs into Israel.

How Can We Stand Aside as the World Falls to Poisonous Totalitarian Beliefs?: Robert Fulford, National Post, Jan. 22, 2016— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still has CF-18 fighter jets supporting the anti-ISIL campaign but he’s made it clear this is only a temporary measure.

Canada’s Growing Jihadi Cancer: Dana Kennedy, Daily Beast, Dec. 14, 2016 — Ignore growing Muslim fundamentalism and extremism in Canada at your peril.


On Topic Links


Canada to Send 'Tough Message' on Violence to Ally Israel: Jerusalem Post, Jan. 25, 2016

Sorry Israel, Canada is Climbing Back on the Fence. And Other Reasons to Fear for Humanity: Kelly McPharland, National Post, Jan. 26, 2015

Why Jews Will Continue to Support the Tories: Michael Taube, Canadian Jewish News, Jan. 21, 2015

When Foreign Policy Hits Foreign Reality: Konrad Yakabuski, Globe & Mail, Jan. 25, 2016



OH NO, CANADA                                   

     Ruthie Blum                                                                                              

Israel Hayom, Jan. 26, 2016


It was clear that it wouldn't take long for Canada's new government to sink its liberal fangs into Israel. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's loss to Justin Trudeau in October virtually guaranteed an end to the honeymoon between Ottawa and Jerusalem. Sunday's message from Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion to the Jewish state, then, though contemptible, was not the least bit surprising.


Borrowing a page from the U.S. State Department's playbook — and emulating an abusive marriage — Dion professed his love and commitment while throwing a punch. "As a steadfast ally and friend to Israel," his statement read, "Canada calls for all efforts to be made to reduce violence and incitement and to help build the conditions for a return to the negotiating table." This little of piece of immoral parity came on the heels of a couple of particularly horrifying stabbing attacks by Palestinian terrorists against two Israeli women — one slashed to death in front of her traumatized teenage daughter; the other wounded while pregnant.


But the above brutal assaults are merely drops in the bucket of the uprising that began in September and has been continuing daily without letup. Nor is the purpose of this "lone-wolf intifada" — spurred by incitement on social media and given the stamp of approval by Palestinian Authority officialdom — to bring about a "return to the negotiating table." It is, rather, to beat the Jewish state into submission and defeat. Because the terrorists have not succeeded in this mission, a number of Israel's good "friends" in the West have been trying to lend a hand.


In Europe, which is now having its own experience with Islamist terrorism, Israel is literally and figuratively being labeled as the culprit of the Palestinian war being waged against it. The idea is that if settlements in Judea and Samaria ceased to exist, both peace and Palestinian statehood would emerge. The United States under President Barack Obama also holds this preposterous position, as its ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, made clear in his speech last week at a national security conference in Tel Aviv. In his bosses' eyes, there are "two sides" to the Palestinian-Israeli violence, and each has to do its part to curb it. In other words, Israel has to cease adopting policies that cause terrorists to go out and murder innocent people.


But Canada — O Canada — had a different approach. Harper and his foreign ministry did not qualify their country's loyalty to the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. The sole conditions about which they spoke were those that had to be met by the PA. It was thus with a heavy heart that the Israeli government and conservatives in Canada and elsewhere parted with Harper and watched an Obama clone replace him.

Indeed, it was the Canadian Conservative Party that responded most loudly to Dion's statement for "equat[ing] … terrorist attacks with Israeli settlement construction. This is unacceptable."


On Monday, as Shapiro "apologized" for the poor timing of his comments from the previous week, Dion's spokesman, Joe Pickerill, "clarified" Canada's reprimand and explained why a longer "tough message" to Israel was soon to be delivered. "We're not necessarily equating the violence by any means on both sides," Pickerill said. "But there have been issues, and we need to be in a position to point that out."


These words coincided with a stabbing attack on two women at a grocery store in a Jewish community northwest of Jerusalem. The terrorists were killed by a security guard before they had the chance to detonate the pipe bombs they had brought with them to maximize carnage. Shame on you, Canada.






                Giulio Meotti

     Arutz Sheva, Jan. 25, 2016


What better place than the Davos Forum in Switzerland to offer "the new image of Canada" to the people who count? Like George Soros, who elected Justin Trudeau his favorite politician. The compassionate Canadian premier in Davos was shown with a Jamaican who praised the green energies at the Caribbean and a woman who told him of her suffering in Gaza. 


Since being elected, “baby face” Trudeau has excelled in photo opportunities and tears. There is the photo of Trudeau receiving, between “ahlan sahlan wa” (welcome in Arabic) and a selfie, the first group of Syrian migrants at the Toronto airport, reaching out to them with warm clothes to face the Canadian winter. There is the photo in which Trudeau, to atone for his sense of guilt, is dressed in a robe of Indian natives and dances to a Punjabi song. There is a photo in which Trudeau appears in a sort of gay nativity alongside an MP of his party, his partner and their two daughters conceived with the surrogate mother.


But the first real test of leadership, the massacre in Burkina Faso and the killing of six civilians who were Canadians, served to wipe off Trudeau’s smile. Yves Richard, who lost his wife Maude in the massacre, hung up on the phone call from the Canadian Prime Minister, who had waited three days before presenting his condolences. Maude’s mother has instead told Trudeau that if he wants to honor her murdered daughter, he must abandon his plans for disengagement from the war on the Islamic state.


The day after the killing of Canadians in Burkina Faso, where they had gone to build schools and hospitals, Trudeau visited a mosque in Peterborough. And when he spoke at the podium, Trudeau equated the terrorist attack with the arson at a mosque in Canada. He used stronger words for the mosque than those he used to condemn the massacre in Burkina Faso. It is the impossible paradox of a liberal prime minister who, since being elected, defended the right of Canadian women to wear the hijab (Islamic veil), but also praised Canadian secularism and in whose government,  half of his ministers chose not to pronounce the words of the rite “So Help Me God” during their oath.


The first political gesture by Prime Minister "baby face" Trudeau was the withdrawal of the six Canadian fighter bombers engaged in the war on ISIS. This despite the fact that Canada is, in proportion to its population, the country from which more volunteers left to fight for the Caliphate. Terrorism has not been the priority of Trudeau in these three months, not like “gender equality”, global warming and the injustice committed centuries ago against the Natives. And the Prime Minister has already made it clear that for Israel, which had a great and principled ally in Harper's Canada, the music has already changed.


Trudeau’s government itself is a postcard vision of political correctness: half of the ministers are women ("we are in 2015!" chanted Trudeau at the presentation of the executive), there are two Aboriginal and three members of the Sikh minority, including a disabled person and an Afghan refugee. A policy of “inclusion” that Trudeau has also applied to migrants is open doors for male homosexual Syrians, less to heterosexuals because those are more likely to embrace ISIS. At least in the magical world of Justin Trudeau who, according to the perfidious Ezra Levant, “cannot distinguish Hummus from Hamas”. Trudeau's stupid smile is the mirror of the Western decadence.






TO POISONOUS TOTALITARIAN BELIEFS?                                

                    Robert Fulford

National Post, Jan. 22, 2016


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still has CF-18 fighter jets supporting the anti-ISIL campaign but he’s made it clear this is only a temporary measure. He plans to withdraw the fighters and deal with the Islamist threat through non-military means — medical aid, help for refugees, training of soldiers. He believes we can accomplish much through diplomacy. That’s the Canadian way, the peaceful way, as his statements since taking office indicate. But his approach reveals a misunderstanding of both Canada and the current emergency.


The Islamist progress across the globe resembles the wave of poisonous totalitarian beliefs that swept across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, first conquering the continent under Hitler and later subjugating Eastern Europe for half a century under the Soviet empire. The Nazis and communists had the great advantage of an industrial base to provide armaments. The Islamist totalitarians, on the other hand, have the advantage of a religious fervour that attracts supporters among some fellow Muslims as far away as China and Indonesia.


In defending democracy in the 1940s against the Nazis and the communists, Canadians played a direct and costly part. They did not hope that the dictators would be handled by diplomatic means. The Canadian tradition is to use military means when necessary, as it was in the past and appears likely to be in the current onslaught. We love to see ourselves as peacekeepers but forget that Canadians have often been warriors. Jack Granatstein, the distinguished historian, has claimed for years that we have ignored our military history while over-emphasizing our claims of keeping the peace. It’s important to know that Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who won the Nobel peace prize for inventing the UN force in the Suez crisis, was also among the inventors of NATO, the most powerful military alliance in history.


Islamists constitute a fierce, angry and intensely savage element in politics. A UN report this week said ISIL has about 3,500 Iraqis, mainly Yazidi women and children, “currently being held in slavery.” The Yazidis, a non-Muslim minority in northern Iraq, are considered devil-worshippers by ISIL. Francesco Motta, head of the UN human rights office in Iraq, said ISIL seeks to “eliminate, purge or destroy minority communities. The intent seems clear — genocide.” The report said doctors, teachers and journalists opposed to ISIL ideology have been singled out and murdered. Motta also described the use of children as young as nine being forced to give their blood, compelled to operate as suicide bombers and drafted for armed combat roles.


The jihadists have learned to fight with car bombs, sending them in waves against their targets. They use small drones for reconnaissance. They impose what they consider correct sexual morals with horrendous fury. Videos show ISIL soldiers punishing homosexuals by throwing them off seven-story buildings in Syria. One victim, who somehow appeared to survive the fall, was quickly stoned to death by the watching crowd below.


This is no longer a question limited to the Middle East, and it reaches far beyond ISIL. It is now a global problem, a form of spiritual and military colonialism that reaches into every corner of the planet. Just last weekend, six Canadians engaged in African humanitarian work, including the building of a school, were killed in a Burkina Faso hotel attack by al Qaida terrorists. On Wednesday Singapore arrested 27 Bangladeshi construction workers as Islamists.


Islamists, while by no means unified, share the belief that much of Muslim civilization has fallen into heresy and drifted away from the Koran, adopting alien practices from the West. They hope to reconstruct society according to their definition of “pure Islam” by killing heretics or forcibly converting them. Waves of would-be jihadists have come to the Middle East to take part in this movement or have set themselves up as foreign emissaries who can act out Islamist violence at home, anywhere from Indonesia to Canada. They all claim to be heading in the correct direction but so far ISIL, with its claim to embody a Caliphate to rule the world, appears to have the most attractive reputation.


It’s possible that the U.S.-led coalition will defeat ISIL (it already shows signs of weakness) and kill its chief, Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi (also known as The Caliph Ibrahim). But the Islamist ideology is strong and infectious enough to revive itself and remain a menace to the world for decades. If most of the democracies consider this movement an imminent danger that must be opposed, Canada should not stand by and watch.





Dana Kennedy

Daily Beast, Dec. 14, 2015


Ignore growing Muslim fundamentalism and extremism in Canada at your peril. That’s the message an increasingly vocal number of moderate and secular Canadian Muslims and counterterrorism experts want to send to the United States and the rest of the world. The attention focused … on the Ontario branch of al-Huda, the same religious school the San Bernardino killer Tashfeen Malik attended in Pakistan, is just one example of increasing Saudi-funded Islamic fundamentalism all over Canada.


Radical mosques with reported ties to terrorist organizations have flourished in and around Toronto as well as in Montreal, while some politicians, including Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, have been reluctant to constrain or even criticize these groups, defending them in the name of diversity and multiculturalism.


For instance, the Mississauga, Ontario, branch of the al-Huda school closed for at least one day last week after CBC reported that four girls who studied there left Canada to join the so-called Islamic State. “Farhat Hashmi runs al-Huda and denies that jihad is being taught there,” Dr. Farzana Hassan of the moderate Canadian Muslim Congress told The Daily Beast. “She’s not telling the truth. I’ve listened to her podcasts in the Urdu language. She praises jihad and says women should participate. There is a possibility of impressionable young women hearing that and being radicalized.”


Canada’s new telegenic Prime Minister Trudeau, 43, the ultimate anti- Donald Trump, was pictured last week warmly greeting the first of an estimated 25,000 Syrian refugees arriving between now and March 2016. (Canada’s population is about one-tenth of the United States, so that’s as if 250,000 Syrian refugees were arriving in the U.S. in the space of just four months.)


But the feel-good photo op for Trudeau and his Liberal Party could portend trouble for Canada, according to Brian Levin, a former NYPD officer turned counter-terrorism and extremism specialist at San Bernardino State. “People talk about Mexico,” said Levin. “They totally overlook Canada. Nobody has any idea what’s going on up there. In my opinion it’s a bigger threat than Mexico.”


Given Prime Minister Trudeau’s good looks, his political pedigree, a one-time TV-anchor wife who the New York Post called “the hottest First Lady in the world,” and his headline-making cabinet featuring many women and minorities, he recently scored a spread in Vogue. But he’s come under fire at home for what some see as pandering to the Muslim vote and an extreme political correctness. He has said he will revamp aspects of C-51, the controversial anti-terrorism bill that the Conservative Party enacted this year.


Trudeau visited mosques all over Canada as part of his political campaigns leading up to his recent win. He visited a notorious Montreal mosque in 2011, a month before the U.S. classified it as an al Qaeda recruitment center. He addressed a mosque with ties to Hamas and, unlike his Conservative Party predecessor, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he defends the right for Muslim Canadian women to wear the niqab, a veil covering the face, when they take their citizenship oaths.


In 2011 Trudeau objected to the word “barbaric” in a Canadian citizenship guide for new immigrants that included the passage: “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, honor killings, female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.” “There’s nothing the word ‘barbaric’ achieves that the words ‘absolutely unacceptable’ would not have achieved,” said Trudeau, who later retracted his statements after a Twitter firestorm.


Trudeau’s key aide helping him nail the Canadian Muslim vote was Omar Alghabra, 46, a Saudi-born Syrian immigrant. Alghabra was once president of the controversial Canadian Arab Foundation which lost government funding in 2009 because of its support for groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, which are officially listed as terrorist groups in Canada. Trudeau just named Alghabra as his Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (Consular).


Alghabra once denounced Toronto’s police chief for taking part in a charity walk for Israel and also said the chief’s official visit to Israel was akin to going to meet with Saddam Hussein. When Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat died, Alghabra put out a press release expressing “sorrow and regret.” He condemned a major Canadian newspaper for using the term “terrorist” to describe Islamist terrorist groups like al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.


Canada has had its share of terrorist plots, some of them aimed at the United States. The so-called Toronto 18 were arrested in 2006 before the could carry out planned attacks involving bombs, storming the Parliament, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and beheading the prime minister. According to former NYPD counter-terrorism analyst Mitchell Silber in his book The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West, members of this group were also linked to an infamous British jihadist, Aabid Khan, who wanted to use Canada as a staging area for attacks on the United States. Two men in Atlanta, Georgia, were arrested after sending him video of potential targets in and around Washington, D.C.


Algerian-born al Qaeda member Ahmed Ressam, the so-called Millennium Bomber, lived for awhile in Montreal while plotting to bomb The Los Angeles International Airport in 1999. Suspicious border agents arrested him after they found explosives in his car on a ferry from Vancouver to Washington State. In retrospect, the Ressam operation staged out of Canada was seen in counter-terror circles as a small-scale prelude to the horrors of the 9/11 attacks.


The mastermind of the attacks on New York and Washington had plotted to carry out a second wave using at least one naturalized Canadian citizen originally from Tunisia, Abderraouf Ben Habib Jdey, also known as Farouq al-Tunisi. The United States has a $5 million reward on Jdey’s head, noting on the State Department’s official website, “Authorities remain concerned that Jdey may attempt to return to Canada or the United States to plan or participate in a terrorist attack.”


Last year Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian convert to Islam and the son of a Libyan father, fatally shot a soldier in Ottawa and stormed Parliament before being killed by police. But, at least so far, homegrown attacks in Canada are fairly rare. Mubin Shaikh, a former Muslim extremist turned counter-terrorism operative who went undercover for Canadian intelligence to infiltrate the Toronto 18, says the low incidence of terror attacks is precisely because of Canada’s policy of multiculturalism.


“Our multiculturalism is a protective factor and one of the reasons why Canada has seen lower numbers [of terrorist incidents] is largely due to the fact that Muslims are treated very well,” Shaikh told The Daily Beast. “This is the whole point, that when you actively prevent isolation and marginalization, so too do you see a low level of extremism,” said Shaikh. “The problem in the U.K. is that although there is multiculturalism, there is a colonial history that grievances-centered people can take advantage of.”


Others disagree and say multiculturalism has spawned a more subtle type of fundamentalism taking over some communities to the point where they look like areas of the Middle East with a corresponding mind-set—and dangers. A public middle school not far from Toronto made news in 2012 when the principal bowed to local pressure and allowed the cafeteria to be used as a mosque for Friday prayers led by a local imam known for his fundamentalist rhetoric. The girls have to sit behind the boys and menstruating girls are forced to stand in the back.


The notorious Toronto imam Aly Hindy of the influential Salaheddin mosque is well known for calling the 9/11 attacks a CIA operation, praising the Toronto 18 terrorists, calling homosexuality “invented garbage” and mocking Canada. When denouncing what he called “illegal sexual acts,” Hindy once added, “Illegal means illegal in Islam, not illegal in the Canadian law, because everything is legal in the Canadian law, except children. Other than that, they allow everything.” …

[To Read the Full Article Click the Following Link—Ed.]





On Topic


Canada to Send 'Tough Message' on Violence to Ally Israel: Jerusalem Post, Jan. 25, 2016—Canada's new Liberal government said on Monday it was delivering a "tough message" to Israel as a good friend after expressing concern about Israeli-Palestinian violence, Israeli settlements and unilateral Palestinian moves.

Sorry Israel, Canada is Climbing Back on the Fence. And Other Reasons to Fear for Humanity: Kelly McPharland, National Post, Jan. 26, 2015—Just what Canada needed is Ottawa climbing back on the fence of moral relativity in relations with Israel and Palestine. So, for 10 years we acknowledged the reality of Israel’s right to exist without being attacked, bombed, threatened or invaded by neighbours who want to wipe it off the earth, but now we’re back to pretending Israel could somehow end the violence if only it was nicer to the people who hate it.

Why Jews Will Continue to Support the Tories: Michael Taube, Canadian Jewish News, Jan. 21, 2015 —Not long after the Tories were defeated in last year’s federal election, some pundits started to speculate that Canada would experience a long-term political shift. What would this entail? The pundits didn’t know for sure. Yet their magical crystal balls of (ahem) wisdom suggested a significant realignment of policies, ideas, individuals and groups.

When Foreign Policy Hits Foreign Reality: Konrad Yakabuski, Globe & Mail, Jan. 25, 2016—There is something perversely reassuring about the Liberal government’s insistence that it will stand by a controversial arms sale to Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom’s egregious human-rights record, exemplified by the recent execution of an outspoken Shia cleric. It suggests that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau understands that foreign policy is often more about dark arts than sunny ways.












Quel Honneur?





Le PAJU et l’imposture antisioniste
David Ouellette
davidouellette.wordpress.com, 10 novembre 2011

La haine des Juifs a de tout temps été une affaire de diabolisation. Littéralement, au Moyen-Âge, dans le cas de l’antijudaïsme chrétien, pour lequel le Juif était le diable incarné voué à la destruction de la chrétienté et figurativement dans le cas de l’antisémitisme moderne, pour lequel le juif incarne la perversion du genre humain.


L’antisionisme est l’avatar contemporain de la diabolisation des Juifs. Si dans la foulée du génocide des Juifs européens aux mains des nazis et de leurs collaborateurs, il est désormais de mauvais ton d’avilir les Juifs comme tels, l’État des Juifs et le mouvement national qui lui a donné forme, le sionisme, font aujourd’hui office, par légère procuration, de cibles socialement acceptables pour les contempteurs du peuple juif.


Le groupuscule «antisioniste» Palestiniens et Juifs Unis (PAJU), auquel on doit l’infâme campagne de harcèlement de commerçants de la rue Saint-Denis pour cause de vente de chaussures israéliennes, nous en offre cette semaine une  illustration pertinente. Le 7 novembre dernier, le président du PAJU, Bruce Katz, a accordé une entrevue à Press TV, le télédiffuseur de langue anglaise du régime iranien, qui, à l’instar du gouvernement antisémite aux velléités génocidaires qu’il dessert, nie la réalité historique du génocide des Juifs et offre régulièrement des tribunes à des néo-nazis. Bruce Katz, que notre propre société d’État Radio-Canada invite à commenter l’actualité moyen-orientale, y a assimilé à mots découverts le concept de peuple juif à l’idéologie des pires tortionnaires que celui-ci ait connus dans sa longue histoire, le nazisme:


«Il est ironique que lorsqu’on examine le discours politique d’Hitler, on a essentiellement exactement le même discours mis de l’avant par Benyamin Netanyahu», pérore le Juif montréalais «antisioniste» Bruce Katz. «Comme dans le cas de la nation allemande aryenne détentrice d’une terre sur laquelle seule la nation aryenne a le droit de vivre – sur cette terre particulière [Israël], seule la race juive a le droit d’y vivre et, par conséquent, les Arabes doivent être non-juifs de la même manière que les Juifs étaient non-aryens [et] devaient être expulsés de la terre», poursuit-il.


Emblématique du discours antisioniste, la nazification d’Israël n’est pas seulement antisémite parce qu’elle diffame le peuple juif en lui imputant les attributs racistes et mortifères des assassins de six millions de Juifs, mais parce qu’elle perpétue la tradition antisémite d’identification des Juifs avec le mal absolu. On le sait, aucun État n’est au-dessus de la critique légitime de ses politiques à l’aune de critères universels. Or, l’antisionisme n’est pas l’exercice de la critique légitime des politiques israéliennes, mais une odieuse imposture idéologique qui sous couvert de sympathie envers les Palestiniens diabolise l’expression nationale du peuple juif en l’accablant des attributs les plus détestables.

Canada: les crimes d'honneur sont des actes "barbares" (Farzana Hassan)
Postedeveille.ca, 7novembre 2011

Version originale anglaise: We shouldn't hesitate to call honour killings barbaric

Adaptation française: Poste de veille

 Farzana Hassan dénonce haut et fort le politiquement correct des progressistes et des multiculturalistes qui sont davantage préoccupés de ménager la sensibilité des fondamentalistes que de protéger la vie des musulmanes. Elle établit clairement le lien entre la conception dégradante de la femme véhiculée par les fondamentalistes, et les crimes d'honneur. 


Dans un récent éditorial dans Le Devoir sur le quadruple crime d'honneur dans la famille Shafia, Josée Boileau écrit que l'islam le plus dangereux n'est pas celui des prédicateurs extrémistes de l'iREA récemment invités à Montréal par l'association des étudiants musulmans de l'université Concordia, mais celui qui se vit en famille et qu'on ne veut pas voir. Ce que Mme Boileau semble ne pas voir, et que les multi/interculturalistes ne veulent pas voir, c'est que l'un mène à l'autre: l'islam radical répandu sur les campus universitaires et dans bien des mosquées et centres islamiques perpétue la culture de l'honneur dans les familles, laquelle mène au crime d'honneur.


[…] Dans un récent communiqué de presse, le Conseil canadien des femmes musulmanes a appelé les crimes d’honneur des «meurtres coutumiers». Le député libéral Justin Trudeau a également reproché au gouvernement conservateur de qualifier ces crimes de «barbares». […]


Il y a plusieurs raisons à ces détournements du langage et à l’obscurcissement de la réalité des crimes d’honneur qui en découle. Certains craignent les islamistes et évitent la terminologie établissant un lien entre ces crimes et l’islam fondamentaliste. Les multiculturalistes de gauche croient également qu’il faut respecter chaque sous-culture au Canada malgré l'abus massif des femmes au sein de ces communautés. Ils rejettent donc certains mots vus comme ayant une forte charge culturelle. En outre, ces progressistes promeuvent l'idée selon laquelle ces meurtres se produisent dans toutes les communautés religieuses et ethniques. En voulant paraître ouverts et respectueux de la diversité au Canada, ils tolèrent sans le vouloir des pratiques misogynes au sein de ces communautés.


Le temps est venu d’appeler un chat un chat. Les meurtres des sœurs Shafia (si les accusés sont reconnus coupables), d’Aqsa Parvez et des autres victimes de la fureur islamiste sont des crimes d'honneur; il ne s’agit pas de crimes coutumiers ou de violence domestique  Il est impératif d'utiliser une terminologie précise pour décrire ces crimes et la pathologie qui les inspire. Le lien entre ces crimes et l'honneur comme construction sociologique est indéniable. La notion d’honneur est ancrée dans la conception médiévale des femmes comme propriété des hommes, qui sont responsables de leur conduite. L’islam ultraorthodoxe encourage certainement ce point de vue par l’emphase qu’il met sur la ségrégation des sexes et le port du voile. De plus, les hommes ont la responsabilité de voir à l’application de cette ségrégation, par des mesures punitives si nécessaire.


Selon ce point de vue, une femme ne doit même pas parler à des hommes non membres de sa famille car cela pourrait conduire à l'immoralité et à la promiscuité. Ces rôles sexuels strictement délimités deviennent fermement ancrés dans l’esprit des fondamentalistes. Ainsi, pour ces fanatiques religieux, les femmes ayant bravé les normes sociales, culturelles et sexuelles doivent être sévèrement réprimandées et punies. Les hommes doivent aussi exercer sans hésitation leur autorité et leur contrôle sur les femmes, à défaut de quoi ils seront perçus comme des hommes faibles. Parfois, ils estiment qu’ils doivent tuer une femme pour démonter leur autorité ultime. Pour eux, c’est la seule façon de retrouver leur honneur perdu. C’est leur manière de prouver au monde que peu importe ce que font les femmes, les hommes exercent le contrôle ultime sur leur vie. Bien que les meurtres d'honneur se produisent aussi dans d'autres communautés patriarcales, l’obsession de l’islamisme pour le contrôle de la sexualité des femmes explique que les crimes d'honneur sont beaucoup plus susceptibles de se produire chez les musulmans fondamentalistes. […]


Les musulmans du Canada,
pas d'unanimité dans la façon de penser

Daniel Pipes
Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 1 novembre 2011

Version originale anglaise: Canada's Muslims, Not of One Mind

Adaptation française: Anne-Marie Delcambre de Champvert

Dans leur étude pour l'Institut Macdonald-Laurier, «What Do Muslim Canadians Want? The Clash of Interpretations and Opinion Research» Christian Leuprecht et Conrad Winn commencent par une discussion sur les méthodes pour comprendre l'attitude des musulmans au Canada, puis ils passent à la discussion des données spécifiques. Je suivrai leur schéma d'approche et discuterai de ces deux questions séparément, [le tout] suivi d'une conclusion.

Les modèles pour la compréhension de l'attitude des musulmans: deux des trois modèles qui font partie de l'hypothèse formulée par Leuprecht et Winn supposent une communauté musulmane homogène, avec l'un d'eux voyant les musulmans comme hostiles à l'unanimité aux méthodes occidentales et l'autre les voyant comme acceptant à l'unanimité ces méthodes. Seul le troisième modèle, celui auquel on m'a associé, perçoit une multiplicité de points de vue.


Il tombe sous le sens que les musulmans sont en désaccord entre eux – quel groupe humain ne l'est pas? Il va de soi que, en particulier, ils diffèrent sur la compatibilité de l'islam avec les valeurs canadiennes, une question clé à une époque de djihad et d'efforts pour appliquer la charia (loi islamique) en Occident.


Avant d'examiner les résultats particuliers du sondage, il convient de mentionner, avec Stephen Schwartz, du Center for Islamic Pluralism (Centre pour le pluralisme islamique), que «l'islam canadien est plus modéré, plus diversifié et plus ouvert au débat que l'islam américain ou même l'islam britannique.» Pourquoi est-ce ainsi? Ceci est dû principalement à la nature de l'immigration musulmane, qui a inclus de façon visible Qadiri et ce genre de soufis, des musulmans traditionalistes, des musulmans hétérodoxes d'Afrique sub-saharienne, et des laïcs de la Tunisie et de l'Algérie. Schwartz conclut sur une note positive: «Nous devrions être heureux que le Canada soit différent, et offre un lieu où la raison musulmane est appréciée, plutôt que rejetée.»


Les résultats du sondage: Les résultats du sondage confirment cette différence canadienne, caractérisée par une attitude plus positive envers le pays d'accueil que celle que l'on retrouve chez d'autres populations musulmanes de l'Occident. Les scores très élevés de satisfaction témoignée au gouvernement du Canada, comparables à ceux de la population en général, offre une base pour ce qui suit, tout comme le fait que les musulmans canadiens généralement rejettent la notion du Canada comme un pays raciste.


Les questions spécifiques sur les attraits et les aversions révèlent une meilleure appréciation pour les valeurs générales (la démocratie et la liberté) que pour les situations personnelles (recherche d'emploi). J'ai trouvé particulièrement encourageant le fait que les musulmans canadiens comprennent la démocratie pas seulement comme un système pour choisir les dirigeants, mais comme un état d'esprit et un style de vie permettant à un individu d'avoir l'autonomie de penser et d'agir en toute liberté, pour développer ses propres opinions, et se retirer complètement de la politique.


Trouver un emploi se détache comme étant une question clé dans l'enquête de l'Institut Macdonald-Laurier. Pour comprendre l'inquiétude, imaginez que vous devez postuler pour un emploi avec le nom de Mohammed ou de Fatima; les employeurs non musulmans sont réticents pour embaucher du personnel musulman pour des raisons allant du terrorisme, à des demandes de privilèges spéciaux, à des craintes d'un litige juridique. D'une part, les non musulmans ont besoin d'apprendre à gérer leurs propres préjugés, mais d'autre part, les musulmans doivent reconnaître les problèmes qu'ils ont causés et les aborder sérieusement et de façon constructive.


La question de l'application de la charia est en fait celle de ses importantes implications. Une importante majorité de 62 pour cent souhaite que la charia soit d'une certaine façon mise en œuvre: quand on exclut la catégorie «ne sait pas»/«refus de répondre», alors ce nombre grimpe à 75 pour cent. Cela montre ce qui est peut être le problème le plus épineux à propos des musulmans canadiens: leur désir de choisir une autre voie [faire cavalier seul]. Que 15 pour cent des musulmans souhaitent «exiger que les musulmans soient jugés par des tribunaux islamiques» est particulièrement alarmant; cela confirme également mon évaluation que les islamistes représentent environ 10-15% de la population musulmane


Le soutien de 3 pour cent à Al-Qaïda pointe l'élément noyau dur islamiste au Canada – pas très gros, mais 3 pour cent d'une population musulmane de quelque 700.000 personnes, cela conduit à un chiffre d'environ 20 000 individus ayant des sympathies et des idées très dangereuses. Cette information devrait éveiller des craintes et réveiller les services d'immigration et autres services de sécurité de ce genre.


L'approbation d'Israël par 13 pour cent, dans cette étude, diffère d'un score remarquable transmis par Conrad Winn en 2004, quand il a laissé entendre qu' un cinquième de la population musulmane du Canada pensait: «Israël a raison sur à peu près tout», mais les chiffres ne sont pas radicalement différents et le nouveau chiffre peut être considéré comme une confirmation de l'ancien ordre de grandeur. De même, l'observation de la présente étude que «les sentiments pro-israéliens ont parfois été exprimés comme une réaction contre la violence anti-Israel» fait écho à l'observation de Winn sept ans plus tôt, à savoir que «Assez souvent, [une perspective pro-israélienne] est une réaction contre ce qu'ils considéreraient comme des leaders extrémistes dans leur propre communauté ou dans leur pays d'origine.»


Quand il s'agit de points de vue extrémistes, Leuprecht et Winn avouent leur surprise: «nous nous attendions à ce que les participants religieux dans les groupes de discussion soient plus radicaux dans leurs opinions. Par opposition à cela [et faisant contraste], les opinions politiques les plus radicales étaient plus susceptibles d'être exprimées par des personnes relativement laïques, souvent diplômées de l'enseignement supérieur en sciences sociales, tandis que les musulmans pratiquants étaient parfois les plus ardents défenseurs du Canada et de la démocratie.» Ce modèle établit que la piété islamique n'est pas en soi un problème, et que l'attitude politique est la clé des attitudes [différentes]. Les laïcs peuvent être extrémistes et les pieux, modérés.


Conclusion: Leuprecht et Winn constatent que tandis que les attitudes qu'ils ont découvertes ne s'ajustaient parfaitement à aucun des trois modèles, ils concluent que les résultats des sondages «suggèrent que les musulmans canadiens s'ajustent le mieux au modèle d'une communauté divisée avec des opinions hétérogènes comme cela a été formulé par Daniel Pipes.»


D'un côté, je me réjouis de cette conclusion. D'un autre côté, je me demande comment on pourrait caractériser autrement une communauté constituée de centaines de milliers d'individus. Assurément personne ne s'attend à ce qu'ils pensent tous de la même façon, ce qui impliquerait que l'islam transforme les croyants en automates qui perdent leur capacité à penser par eux-mêmes mais sont au lieu de cela dominés par une direction qui les programme. Aucune population humaine ne correspond à cette description.


Et même si cette description d'une population passive était autrefois convaincante, à coup sûr les émeutes du Moyen-Orient au cours de 2011 suggèrent que même les peuples qui obéissent pendant des décennies conservent un feu intérieur qui de façon imprévisible peut faire tomber leurs dirigeants. Les Libyens, dont beaucoup sont supposés avoir accepté les divagations de Mouammar al-Kadhafi, se sont avérés, par exemple, avoir pu penser par eux-mêmes.


L'étude de Leuprecht-Winn révèle un certain nombre d'attitudes problématiques, du désir de la charia au soutien à Al-Qaïda, mais elle établit également que le Canada a la population musulmane la plus modérée, diversifiée et ouverte en Occident. Non seulement ceci est un avantage sur lequel s'appuyer, mais cela suggère un rôle potentiel pour les musulmans modérés du Canada, celui de porter leur message et peut-être leurs institutions à d'autres pays occidentaux.