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Dearborn No-Go Zone: Where Islam Rules and Christians Are Stoned

Thu, June 28, 2012

by: 
Clare Lopez

By now, close to 270,000 viewers have seen the video (see below) of the Christian street preachers being assaulted on the streets of Dearborn, Michigan. They were walking in public areas of the annual Dearborn Arab Festival on Sunday 17 June 2012 (Father’s Day), carrying placards and wearing T-shirts bearing mild statements of their belief in Jesus Christ.

An unruly crowd of many dozens of Arab Muslim Festival-goers, both men and women, old and young, and including children became verbally abusive and then physically violent with the Christians, pushing, shoving, and hurling objects at them that included bottles, eggs, and rocks.

Clearly visible on the video are images of dozens of these projectiles that came flying at the Christians, whose grunts of pain at being struck are as clearly audible as the shrieking mob’s chants of “Allahu Akbar.”

Repeatedly, the Christians asked for protection from Wayne County Sheriff’s Department (WCSD) officers who were present at the melee and, repeatedly, they were denied that protection. WCSD Deputy Chief Mike Jaafar, whose implausible excuses for inaction were caught in their entirety on the video, steadfastly refused to provide even one or two law enforcement officers to defend American citizens who were clearly in imminent danger of physical injury.

Assault and battery are the least of the possibly applicable charges that could have been and ought to be brought against numerous individuals among that mob; dereliction of duty and misprision of assault and battery are among the potential charges that come to mind for Deputy Chief Jaafar and Ms. Ursula K. Henry, Director of Legal Affairs for the WCSD, who was also present. This was as clear-cut an example of law enforcement failure to defend the First Amendment rights of American citizens as will ever exist.   

This incident crystallized in a single afternoon what happens when a sovereign nation relinquishes legal control of portions of its territory. So-called “No Go Zones” have become ominously commonplace across Europe: These are places that are effectively off-limits not only to non-Muslims but to the law enforcement and security forces of the country as well. In France, they go by the anodyne name of “Zones Urbaines Sensibles” (ZUS).

By 2006, there were already over 750 of them and they were helpfully published on the internet, complete with town, neighborhood and street information. In Britain, where Islamic law has been enforceable nationwide since 2008, there are dozens of No Go Zones, including all-Muslim enclaves in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Bradford where “Shariah Zone” stickers went up on utility poles and lamp posts in July 2011.

A group called “Muslims Against the Crusades” openly campaigns for the establishment of autonomous Muslim enclaves ruled entirely by Islamic law outside the reach of the British legal system. In Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden, the governments have allowed unassimilated Muslim immigrants to carve out sharia law zones in numerous cities where local law no longer is enforced, even for violent crimes such as murder.

As Daniel Pipes has noted, the most accurate name for such places is Dar al-Islam, meaning a place governed by Islamic law (sharia). In this case, the No Go Zone, perhaps America’s first, is located in the 45% Muslim city of Dearborn, Michigan. The pattern of behavior seen on this video at the Arab Festival and in Dearborn was spontaneous in one sense, but also follows a plan, one that is well-known to the intelligence and security services of the Western world.

There is a Muslim Brotherhood document, dubbed “The Project,” that was discovered in a November 2001 raid by Swiss authorities on a villa in Campione, Switzerland, that was owned by Youssef Nada, director of the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano and one of the top international leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood for more than 50 years.

The 14-page plan seized at Nada’s villa was written in Arabic and dated December 1, 1982. It is nothing less than the Muslim Brotherhood’s 12-point strategy paper for the establishment of “an Islamic government on earth.”

By contrast with the spectacular, violent attacks mounted by jihadist groups like al-Qa’eda, the Muslim Brotherhood plan is flexible, multi-phased and long-term in concept. Immigration and societal infiltration are described as key components of a “cultural invasion” of the West and deception and propaganda are emphasized to ensure the authorities don’t catch on too quickly.

The success of Brotherhood infiltration and influence operations at the top levels of U.S. national security, incredibly, has delivered what used to be the leader of the free world to open support of Brotherhood takeovers in country after country in the Middle East.

Now, with the stoning of Christians in broad daylight in Dearborn while local law enforcement officers stood by refusing to protect them, “The Project” is coming to America. No Go Zones are territories where American constitutional law no longer is enforced.

In the case of Dearborn, the legal system of sharia, in effect, was enforced by default by officers who are sworn to defend American law, not Islamic law. Sharia law says that any speech a Muslim finds offensive is slanderous, a crime that can be punishable by death under sharia.

In this case, the Christians were “only” pelted with stones. If the U.S. permits Muslim No Go Zones to exist or proliferate across this country, our cities soon could resemble not just Brussels, Malmo or Rotterdam, but Cairo and Gaza.

Clare Lopez is a senior fellow at RadicalIslam.org and a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defense and counterterrorism. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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