Islamic racism in Action.
The French liberation of Gao has given us look into life under Islam. The system that the Jihadis had implemented in Mali looks a good deal like the same Islamic colonialism that scarred Africa and produced the slave trade.
There was a tier with black Malians on the bottom and lighter skinned Arab and Pakistani Jihadists on top.
Over the last two days, I’ve had something of a tour of the justice system the Mujao, which is Movements for Jihad and Unity, installed in Gao, Mali, during their nine months of rule. They took over what used to be the mayor’s office and turned it into the “justice” centre.
Two men, accused of homosexuality, who were supposed to be executed last Friday, showed me the room they were taken to be tried and beaten. On the floor I found a file with lists of names – these were the women who had been whipped for failing to wear the veil, and the men punished for smoking.
A large airless room in the back of the compound became the Sharia court. Here they and other prisoners were brought to sit in front of two or three Islamic judges who they call marabouts.
They said that the judges were mainly Pakistanis and some Tunisians and the whole proceedings were overseen by the Moroccan jihadi in charge of the town, known as Abdel Karim
As the judges passed sentence, a crowd of jihadi supporters behind them watched. Some of the women were flogged right there in the court house. A black patch in front marks the place where cigarettes were ground into the sand and smokers whipped. A few yards away is the stadium where the residents of Gao once watched football and were now forced to come to watch amputations.
One of the most disturbing things I’ve learnt is that those condemned to these harsh punishments were all black Malians – Sonrai, Peul, Bamba, and Della, traditionally the slaves of the Tuareg. The jihadis were a mixture of Malian Arabs and Tuaregs as well as many foreign jihadis.
“They would never do this to one of their own,” said Issa.
The Islamic Jihad isn’t just about religion, it’s also about race. It’s an imperialistic movement by Arab-speaking peoples who built an empire around the world, exporting their language, culture and religion as supremacism. Their current Jihad, whether in Africa or in Europe, is more of the same.
The Jihad divides by ethnicity and group, even within Africa. The Tuaregs were traditional slave owners and slave ownership is clearly one of the privileges that they still desire.
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As British jihadists venture abroad to capitalise on the aftermath of the Arab Spring and then return to the UK, they are likely to bring a greater level of violence back home, Maajid Nawaz, the chairman of the Quilliam Foundation, suggested.
His comments follow incidents in which groups of Muslim vigilantes, dubbing themselves ‘Muslim Patrols’ have approached Londoners and demanded they behave in an Islamic way by not drinking.
They have also told women to put more clothes on, claiming they are entering ‘Muslim areas’.
Their actions could be “a sign of things to come” and are part of a pattern of extremism spreading across Europe in different forms, be it far right fascism or Islamism, Mr Nawaz said.
Writing in The Times, he said: “While this street-level problem festers across Europe, al-Qaeda and its affiliates are busy capitalising on the chaos of the post-Arab Spring world.
Syria, Libya, Mali and Somalia are being ravaged by jihadist outfits, and all of them are attracting European-born Islamists seeking the thrill of real combat…
“Scores of young European-born Arabs and Somalis are following in the footsteps of British Pakistanis in travelling to lawless conflict zones.
“What happens when these men, schooled in the use of political violence in far-flung places, return to Britain?”
Five people, including two teenagers, were arrested in London this month after a group calling itself the Muslim Patrol posted footage on YouTube showing a gang hurling abuse at a homosexual man and described white women as “naked animals with no self–respect”.
But their alleged offences could be just the tip of the iceberg, according to Mr Nawaz.
“The Muslim patrols could become a lot more dangerous and, perhaps willing to maim or kill if they are joined by battle-hardened jihadis,” he wrote.
He compared the Islamist vigilantes to extremists like the far-right Golden Dawn supporters in Greece and right-wing vigilantes in France who ran Roma families out of a Marseilles estate and burnt down their camp.
Countries such as Denmark and Spain have also seen Islamist extremists trying to enforce their own sharia law, he noted.
All were imitating Hitler’s Brownshirts by “enforcing with threats and violence their version of the law in neighbourhoods,” said Mr Nawaz, who spent years in his youth as a leadership member of a global Islamist group.
Mr Nawaz is now a leading critic of his former Islamist ideological dogma, while remaining a Muslim.
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Nearly two weeks after a violent robber began attacking Asian residents of East Harlem, the authorities arrested a man on Tuesday aboard an interstate bus in southern New Jersey.
The Police Department had made catching the robber one of its priorities, deploying additional officers into the neighborhood, assigning Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking officers to talk to people in the community and papering the area with fliers in multiple languages. They identified Jason Commisso, 34, as a suspect over the weekend.
The string of mostly daytime crimes followed a brutal pattern, the police said: a single robber would follow men and women — all of Asian descent, most over 40 — as they entered apartment buildings. He then shadowed them into elevators, where he would repeatedly punch them in the face before making off with their belongings. At least eight people have been attacked, the police said.
The apparent singling out of one ethnic group led to the involvement of the department’s hate crimes unit, though Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly cautioned late last week that it had not yet been established that the robberies were hate crimes.
The first attack came at 8 a.m. on Jan. 17. A 44-year-old Asian woman, who was not identified by the police, entered a residential building elevator and was assaulted, suffering injuries to her face. The assailant robbed her of a bag that contained several credit cards.
The last attack occurred a little after 10 a.m. on Saturday, shortly before local elected officials held a rally condemning the robberies and warning residents to be alert. The robber broke the nose of a 57-year-old Asian man and stole his cellphone and wallet, the police said.
Lt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police said state troopers and New York City detectives removed Mr. Commisso from a southbound Greyhound Bus at the side of the New Jersey Turnpike near Philadelphia. Mr. Commisso was being held by New Jersey authorities pending extradition to New York, Lieutenant Jones said.
A version of this article appeared in print on January 30, 2013, on page A24 of the New York edition with the headline: Man Arrested in Robbery Attacks on Asians in East Harlem.