No grand mosque in Helsinki: Bahrain-funded proposal ditched by authorities

Authorities in Helsinki have denied a Muslim foundation permission to secure land for a grand mosque in the city, expressing concern about the funding of the project – which would have come from the Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Oasis Center, which was to be located in an old industrial area, would have had room for 1,200 worshipers, as well as a Moorish-themed garden, sports facilities and a community center open to the public. But the Urban Environment Division of the City of Helsinki unanimously voted to reject the proposal on Tuesday, declining permission for a patch of land to be set aside in the Hanasaari area for the complex.

The main reason behind the city’s refusal was the source of money for the project, which had earlier been pledged by the Bahraini royal family.

“The scope of the project under consideration and the open questions and uncertainties surrounding it – namely, the origin of the funding and the possible effects of the sources of funding – do not form a sustainable basis for carrying out the proposal,” the UED said in a statement quoted by the Helsinki Times.

Although Finnish authorities were not opposed to the mosque in principle, the news that it would be built with Bahraini money unsettled officials, including Tarja Mankkinen, the head of the Ministry of the Interior’s anti-radicalization program, and Helsinki’s Mayor Jan Vapaavuori. Bahrain, a Shia-majority kingdom in the Persian Gulf, is ruled by a Sunni royal family with close ties to the other Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia, which follow a strict version of Sunni Islam. Bahrain’s harsh clampdowns on Shia protesters and dissidents have drawn severe criticism from human rights groups.

“The role of the actors who fund the mosque and its activities might consist a [security] risk if it decreases the feeling of belonging to the Finnish society among the Muslim population,” Mankkinen told the Middle East Eye back in May.

“I am delighted that we managed to unanimously block the so-called Grand Mosque project. Together we showed that Helsinki is not anti-Islamic or against Muslims, but on the other hand, neither is the city blue-eyed in its naivety,” Atte Kaleva, a local politician, wrote on Facebook after the vote.

Germany: “Palestinian” protesters disrupt Christmas market with loud Arabic music

“These people know that those cowardly Germans will do nothing about it.”

Of course. To do anything would be “Islamophobic.”

In any case, with the Islamic State threatening to commit jihad mass murder at Christmas markets in Europe, a little Arabic music is a reprieve. These protesters must be “moderates.”


“German Christmas market disrupted by Palestinian protesters with loud Arabic music,” Voice of Europe, December 16, 2017:

Yesterday evening, a new video was posted on the Facebook page of the local branch of Germany’s populist AfD party. On the page they say the video shows a Christmas Market in the German town of Bad Doberan (Weihnachtsmarkt in Bad Doberan).

While a man films secretly from his car, loud Arabic music is being heard and a group of people are waiving Palestinian flags. It clearly looks like a pro-Palestinian protest or a provocative way to make a statement. A reply on the post shows probably the same group walking with the same flags through the German town.

Most people are disgusted by the video and one person reacts with:

“These people know that those cowardly Germans will do nothing about it”


Miss Iraq and her family forced to flee Iraq after getting death threats over her selfie with Miss Israel

“Miss Iraq forced to flee country over Instagram photo alongside Miss Israel,” by Benjamin Brown, Fox News, December 15, 2017:

So much for diplomacy by selfie.

Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, and her family had to flee their homeland after receiving death threats over a photo she posted online last month.

Why? Because Idan posed with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, at a Miss Universe International Beauty Pageant, the Times of Israel reported.

Idan came under fire for posting the photo to Instagram, captioned, “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel,” in addition to modeling a bikini.

“The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home where people made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title, that they would kill her,” Adar Gandelsman told Israeli TV, the paper reported.

In another Instagram post, Idan apologized to those who thought the photo was “harmful to the Palestinian cause,” clarifying that it was not a political statement, but instead meant to “express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” the paper reported.

She added, it “does not signal support for the government of Israel and does not mean I agree or accept its policies in the Arab homeland.”…

Quebec probes ban on women at construction sites near mosques

Quebec’s labor minister on Wednesday called for a probe into reports that women have been banned from working at public works construction sites near Montreal mosques on Fridays, the Muslim day of prayer.

Dominique Vien asked the province’s Construction Commission to open the investigation following statements from officials at two public works companies on the exclusion of three women from a work site near a Montreal mosque.

A spokesman for one of the mosques has denied making any such request and said he learnt of the matter through the media.

TVA news reported Tuesday that officials from two mosques asked a manager of one of the companies to halt construction work on Fridays.

When the contractor refused, they reportedly got the Friday female worker ban.

The request, if confirmed, is “totally unacceptable,” Vien said at a press conference.

“Equality between men and women is a fundamental right,” Vien said. “The right to work is a right in Quebec and women can work wherever they want.”

Moayed Altalibi, speaking for the Ahl-ill Bait mosque – which faces one of the sites – denied making such a request.

The mosque “has had good relations with the contractor since the beginning of the project,” Altalibi said in a statement, adding that they reacted “with surprise and astonishment” to the TVA report.

Mosque officials have “never asked for anyone to be excluded. This request, if it exists, does not come from our organization.”

The statements in the TVA report “are not only false, but fuel cynicism and harm the entire communities,” the statement read.

Anti-Israel Students Spread Jew Hatred at McMaster University: ‘Hitler Should Have Took You All’

Anti-Israel students at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada have published multiple social media posts praising Adolf Hitler, demonizing Jews, and glorifying terrorist organizations, The Algemeiner has learned.

Dozens of individuals affiliated with the campus group Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) published incendiary comments on Jews and Israel in recent years — among them the “openly anti-Semitic Mac SPHR students” Rawan QaddouraEsra Bengizi and Nadera Masad, the anonymous watchdog group Canary Mission charged in a new report.

According to screenshots obtained by Canary Mission, Qaddoura — a political science and economics major who unsuccessfully ran for the SPHR presidency in 2016 — tweeted in September 2012, “i just don’t like jews lol #sorrynotsorry”

On August 2013, she wrote, “‘@judeZAdude: The whole world is controlled by Zionist Jews and until you understand that, life will never make sense.’”

Qaddoura also repeatedly praised Hitler, tweeting in January 2012, “I honestly wish I was born at the time of the second world war just to see the genius, Hitler, at work.”

She doubled down on these sentiments in June 2013, writing, “everytime I read about Hitler, I fall in love all over again.”

Qaddoura’s invective against Jews and admiration of Hitler — which extended to tweetsdemonizing Israel and Zionism — echoed that of fellow McMaster student Bengizi, who identified herself in August 2016 as a fourth year “double majoring in English & French.”

On July 2015, Bengizi tweeted a photo of Hitler — captioned with heart emojis — alongside the fake quote, “The only Religion I respect is Islam. The only prophet I admire is the Prophet Muhammad.”

A year earlier, she wrote, “‘@KMKurd: Where is hitler when u need one?’ I literally ask this every day.” On the same Twitter thread, she added, “hitler did more than just kill. He was also a great leader & role model to many. And all governments kill innocent people everyday.”

Bengizi’s admiration of Hitler sometimes accompanied tweets that were explicitly antagonistic towards Jews. “I’m actually going to the rule the world and get rid of anyone who doesn’t have basic common sense or if you’re yahoodi [Jewish] #QueenE,” she tweeted on May 2014. Bengizi praised Hitler as “so intelligent” later on the same thread.

New Jersey Mosque Imam Calls for Genocide

On Friday, December 8th, the Islamic Center of Jersey City featured a Friday khutbah (sermon) given by Imam Aymen Elkasaby. In it, he rages at Israel for its control over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling the Jews “apes and pigs” and “the most cowardly of nations [and the] weakest of all peoples,” and says that fighting to regain control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a religious obligation for all Muslims. He closes his sermon with the following charming prayer: “Allah, make us among your armies…. Allah, we ask you to grant us martyrdom on the threshold of Al-Aqsa Mosque…. Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one on the face of the Earth.”



Elkasaby is apparently new at the Center; the first video on ICJC’s YouTube channel featuring him is from this August. And his rabid extremism seems out of place at a mosque which just last month was host to the second annual “Interfaith Gathering of Unity,” sponsored by the Hudson County Brotherhood/Sisterhood Association. Moreover, the president of the mosque, Ahmed Shedeed, is considered mainstream enough to be the invited guest of Cory Booker during President Obama’s final State of the Union address in 2016. One might wonder why the mosque brought on such an extremist as Elkasaby.

Ironically enough, Imam Elkasaby was a featured participant in the abovementioned Interfaith Gathering of Unity. Perhaps its organizers should take better care to identify the extremists who feign tolerance, all the while calling for mass murder.