The photo above is from a protest in Istanbul. Note the flag following the coffin, featuring the swastika and the Star of David. What does demonizing Israel have to do with this case? Why, nothing — but it is all part of the larger jihad against the West.
The selectivity of the outrage here is stunning. Alexander Wiens has apparently committed a heinous crime, and he should be punished to the full extent of the law. But to pretend that his crime is a manifestation of some pandemic “Islamophobia” is simply political manipulation. Muslim groups in America and Europe need “hate crimes,” because “hate crimes” confer victim status, and victim status confers privilege. Victimhood is big business: insofar as Muslim groups can claim protected victim status for Muslims in the U.S. abd Europe, they can deflect unwanted scrutiny and any critical examination of how jihadists use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism.
That’s most likely why CAIR and others have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes.” They want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.
But note: while Barack Obama spoke in Cairo about his determination to protect the right of Muslim women in America to wear the hijab, no one is speaking up for the Muslim and non-Muslim women in Islamic countries and in Muslim families in the West who have been threatened or murdered for not wearing the hijab. No one demonstrated for Aqsa Parvez, murdered by her father in Canada for not wearing the headscarf. No one demonstrated for the women killed in Iraq and elsewhere for not wearing it.
The outrage here is selective, and nakedly manipulative.
“German Murder Trial Is Focus Of Anger in Islamic World,” from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, October 28 (thanks to James):
It is a story that has gripped both the Muslim and Western worlds.
It began in 2008, in the German city of Dresden, when an Egyptian-born woman, Marwa al-Shirbiny, asked a man to make room for her 3-year-old son on a children’s playground swing.
The man, Alexander Wiens, responded by calling al-Shirbiny — who was wearing an Islamic headscarf at the time — a “terrorist” and a “slut.”
Al-Shirbiny summoned the police, and Wiens was subsequently fined the equivalent of $480 on charges of verbal abuse.
When Wiens attempted to appeal the conviction this July, al-Shirbiny, then pregnant, attended the hearing. As she was leaving the courtroom, the court records charge, Wiens leapt at her and stabbed her 18 times with a kitchen knife.
Her husband, Elwi Ali Okaz, tried to protect her, and also suffered multiple stab wounds.
To make matters worse, in the melee a policeman shot Okaz in the leg, apparently assuming that the Egyptian man was the attacker, rather than the German defendant.
The murder trial of Wiens, a 29-year-old ethnic German born in Russia, began in Dresden October 26 in the same courtroom where the murder took place. The dead woman’s husband, Okaz, attended on a pair of crutches.
Ayyub Axel Koehler, the head of Germany’s Central Muslim Council, told Reuters before the trial started that Muslims everywhere are intensely interested in this case.
“This trial is getting huge attention in the Muslim world,” Koehler said. “There were riots in some Islamic countries because of this murder. So it’s up to us Germans to defend our reputation.”
Koehler, a convert to Islam, was referring to demonstrations in Egypt and Iran, and Tehran’s request for the United Nations to become involved.
He also said that Germany’s Muslim community — the biggest in Europe after France — has been badly shaken by the affair.
“We’re looking at this trial with great anticipation, because our women and girls are obviously scared,” he said. “They are already being discriminated against in public and looked down on.”
Koehler said Germany’s reputation has suffered badly, and that politicians have ignored Islamophobia and its consequences in society….