Extremist youth group storms French mosque after releasing anti-Arab manifesto

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“A Declaration of War” by the French rightist group Génération Identitaire.

A French youth nativist group that rose to international notoriety last week for an anti-Arab viral video that condemned “coexistence” and the “mixing of races” has stormed a mosque in an aggressive move to drive Muslims out of the city of Poitiers. Around 70 members of Génération Identitaire broke into the Great Mosque of Poitiers, unfurling from the roof a hand-painted banner with the organization’s name.

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French extremist on the roof of a Poitiers mosque. (Photo: Cocorico/PartisansMarine.com)

“We don’t want extra-European immigration anymore, nor buildings of mosques on french soil,” said the group in a statement claiming responsibility for the vigilante outburst. Génération Identitaire also called on its members to “fight” against immigrants, and cites a historical battle and present economic woos for their reason to rid France of perceived newcomers:

1300 years ago, Charles Martel stopped Arabs in Poitiers after an heroic battle which save our country from the Muslim invasion. It was the October 25th of 732. Today, we’re on 2012 and the choice is still the same : live free or die. Our generation refuse to see her people and her identity disappear through indifference. We’ll never be the Native Indians of Europe. From this place, important symbol of our past and bravery of our ancestors, we call to memory and fight !

Génération Identitaire first posted “A Declaration of War,” a video manifesto with a high production value at the beginning of October. Within days the black and white images of French youth speaking out against a so-called “explosion of anti-white racism,” May 1968, and “sexual liberation,” was translated into seven languages, even earning the attention of notable American Islamophobes including David Horowitz’s Front Page Magazine. YouTube’s German censors stepped in and banned the video.

The manifesto’s overt racism is shocking. In part it is because the video was made by a diverse group of self-proclaimed “guard[s] of the youth,” confirming France’s fringe rightists have trespassed into a cross-section of society. Such nationalism rings of the hate speech that preceded World War II. When Génération Identitaire said in the manifesto, “We no longer believe that ‘Khader’ could ever be our brother,” where “Khader” is a signifier for all Muslims, and then the group carries out grandiose measures like occupying a mosque, it confirms that hate speech has now become hate attacks.

Additionally the video touches on a deeper level of dehumanization against Muslims and/or peoples of Middle Eastern descent that has existed with varying intensity in Europe for hundreds of years, but now has the backing of centrist public officials.

Earlier this year on the eve of Francois Hollande’s 2012 victory as the next president of France, Yascha Mounk warned in Slate that despite the socialist parties inevitable win, the real victor was the extremist groups. “At no point in Europe’s postwar history has the far right’s influence been as pervasive as it is now,” said Mounk. Even during the run up to elections both Hollande and Sarkozy vowed to protect the school cafeterias of la France from the evils of halal meat.

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  1. Dan Crowther
    October 21, 2012, 10:23 am

    Fckin Nationalism man. You got clowns in Israel who think they’re the direct descendants of Abraham, clowns in France who think they directly descend from the Gauls and so on and so on. Anyone using the word “we” to describe events from centuries ago is an idiot. I would comment more on Israeli/Jewish involvement in this current iteration of racist nationalism in Europe, but then I be tempted to also mention how many Jewish big wigs in Italy and Germany were huge supporters of early fascism in those countries in the 20’s and 30’s and that might upset someone……….

  2. LeaNder
    October 21, 2012, 10:30 am

    Thanks Allison, in March the imam of a mosque in Anderlecht was killed in an arson attack in the larger Brussels region. We of course had serial attacks against Turkish Germans already, propaganda against mosques from surprising circles too. That’s why I fear this mindset so much. They are playing with fire.

    Strictly there is a law against incitement in French law too, as far as I know. Well yes, FrontPageMag, nothing to add in that context. Or maybe this?

    I am sure the mental arsonists both here in Europe and in the US are celebrating. Finally the right type of youth has got it. Do I have to add irony alert?

    • Miura
      October 21, 2012, 12:06 pm

      Don’t be offended, it’s just free speech.

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  3. Annie Robbins
    October 21, 2012, 11:14 am

    this is really frightful. i wonder how the authorities will react. i pray it doesn’t come to this in our country.

    • Walid
      October 21, 2012, 12:22 pm

      It is frightful, Annie, but some immigrants are going out of their way to piss-off people in host countries. Of course, most are decent, law-abiding and grateful citizens, but there are troublemaking a-holes among them that are spoiling it for the rest and it’s wrong to not acknowledge that these creeps exist.

      • Ellen
        October 21, 2012, 1:54 pm

        Walid,

        Exactly what do you mean, going out of their way?

        And while you are at it, what do you think of the Parisian suburbs? You know, the ones with fourth generation decedents from North Africans, still living on the fringes of French life, still considered not French?

      • Walid
        October 21, 2012, 6:14 pm

        Ellen, I hope I didn’t give you the impression that I was letting those French racists off the hook. Going out of their way examples include making a big stink about a brand of pâté de foie gras being marinated in armagnac when all they have to do is pick another brand of pâté on the shelf that’s alcohol-free. Another example is the insistence of some to continue wearing their national or religious dress that make the people in host countries uncomfortable. And another example is when newly arrived North-Africans start demanding private swimming pools for their daughters in public schools or demanding more halal and kosher butchershops in their areas.

        As to the banlieues, a more appropriate name would be bidonvilles and that says it all but in France, they don’t believe there’s anything wrong with those. The French are now complaining about Qatar that decided to invest some serious money into changing the miserable lifestyles of the people there. They prefer to keep the people in the mess rather than accept Qatar’s generous offer.

      • thankgodimatheist
        October 21, 2012, 10:14 pm

        Not really new. Already in 2011 “Le Bloc Identitaire”(same Lambda logo) was organising anti-Halal actions in supermarkets and in front of shops and stalls, though no violence used as yet.

  4. Elisabeth
    October 21, 2012, 11:39 am

    Why are they against the sexual liberation promoted by the generation ’68? Usually ‘Khader’ is painted as a threat to sexual freedom, so what is this statement doing in an anti-immigration/anti-Muslin declaration of war?

    • Shmuel
      October 21, 2012, 1:17 pm

      Why are they against the sexual liberation promoted by the generation ’68? Usually ‘Khader’ is painted as a threat to sexual freedom

      Different nuances in different countries. In France, “68” is the root of all evil; it’s when “the left” destroyed France for generations to come. Nationalism, laïcité (AND the Church), discipline, honour, industriousness, patriarchy – whatever sets the heart of any true Frenchmen aflutter was attacked in 68, and all that is wrong with France today (including the “Khaleds” in Poitiers) can be traced back to the evil spirit of that year. Sarko (long may he enjoy his retirement) used to go on and on about ’68.

  5. Taxi
    October 21, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Goebbel’s School of Film, circa 2012.

  6. piotr
    October 21, 2012, 12:50 pm

    There were condemnations by Prime Minister and Interior Minister link to en.apa.az Also, the police came relatively quickly and the occupation of the construction cite ended with no incidents.

    I am increasingly suspicious how Google News search operates. For example, the story I linked is from an almost dubious source, the official news agency of Azerbaijan. However, it is hard to see why they should biased to the point of inventing the story. (I think that they may some reason to stress the positive attitude of French government.)

    Assuming that the Azerbaijani did not invent it, they probably got it from some French sources. But Google does not link to any French language sources.

    By the way, as I pass daily my local mosque, I started to be curious how it operates. It is in a quiet residential nook 5-10 minutes walking from a huge university campus. (It probably takes 20 minutes walk to walk from one end of campus to another) Tidbit one: it shares parking entrance with a Korean protestant church, two: students are walking in for Friday noon prayers, three: (micro-interview) the same student sometimes goes to inter-denominational chapel in the middle of campus, and sometimes to the mosque, four: this seems the only mosque in this part of the state and it is used for lectures by Muslim Student Association that is routinely denounced as extremist by our national anti-Jihadist (I did not spot them in this neck of the woods).

    • Allison Deger
      October 21, 2012, 3:00 pm

      @Piotr: I found the story from L’Orient le Jour (the first link in the article), but it’s all over major Francophone media and starting to trickle into the English Press. The AP picked up the story yesterday:
      link to google.com

      And today Front Page did a second article on the mosque storming, referring to the French rightist as dissidents against the “Islamic colonization of France.” Funnily, FP calls the mosque a “MegaMosque.”

      link to frontpagemag.com

      • piotr
        October 21, 2012, 6:58 pm

        I meant the specific information that PM and Interior Minister issued condemning statements. Someone asked that question and I have found only one link about that.

      • Allison Deger
        October 21, 2012, 7:47 pm

        Ah yes, they both are quoted in French sources condemning the act of “provocation” and “hatred.”

        See Liberation:
        link to liberation.fr

      • Walid
        October 21, 2012, 8:19 pm

        The French Interior Minister Valls, a Spanish Jewish immigrant, threatened to expel any Muslims that would disturb French public order. He made this declaration at the time of the anti-Islam video about 3 weeks ago while inaugurating Strasbourg’s 20th mosque, a mega one and France’s largest:

        “Le ministre de l’Intérieur s’exprime depuis Strasbourg, il inaugure la Grande mosquée.

        «Je n’hésiterai pas à faire expulser ceux qui se réclament de l’islam et représentent une menace grave pour l’ordre public et qui, étrangers dans notre pays, ne respectent pas nos lois et nos valeurs», a affirmé le ministre de l’Intérieur Manuel Valls ce jeudi, en marge de l’inauguration de la Grande mosquée de Strasbourg.

        Des appels à manifester avaient été relayés la semaine dernière, malgré les interdictions, sur les réseaux sociaux et par SMS contre un film anti-islam amateur et les caricatures de Mahomet parues dans Charlie-Hebdo (photo AFP). Mais elles n’ont rassemblé qu’une cinquantaine de personnes à Paris. Le samedi précédent, une manifestation spontanée contre le film islamophobe devant l’ambassade américaine à Paris avait donné lieu à 150 interpellations.

        link to liberation.fr

      • dimadok
        October 21, 2012, 9:16 pm

        You see, Walid, the sad fact is that Mr. Valls is not Jewish but you are as racist as it can be. His only “fault” is to be married to Jewish woman.

      • piotr
        October 21, 2012, 10:35 pm

        Valls is from a Catolic Catalan family. The number of Jews in Spain is very very small (check Ferdinand and Isabela).

      • Taxi
        October 21, 2012, 11:17 pm

        dim,
        You’re the Apartheid loving bot around here deary.

        First off, it don’t make it a racist crime if someone got someone’s religion by mistake. Besides how do you know mister Valls didn’t convert, ideologically that is? For instance, in 2002, he opposed the store Franprix Évry that intended to sell only halal products. Can you see him objecting to a kosher-only store? NO! That’s why for at least the last ten years, he’s been an islamophobe. And don’t tell me his marriage to a jewish woman has no ideological influence on him.

        Yes indeed, looking like you and mister Vall are promoters of intolerance and racism. NOT WALID!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • piotr
        October 21, 2012, 11:55 pm

        I think that on the occasion of “movie scare” Valls behaved like a total jerk, but like Hispanics, jerks can be of any race and any religion.

        It usually looks a bit better if you reserve some criticism to “your own people” but that may be hard, especially if you overdo it. Recently I learned that Epimenides was not a sophist trying to confuse people, instead he was a Cretan who criticized bitterly fellow Cretans as liars because they were showing the place where the immortal Zeus died. Several hundred years later that confused St. Paul who wrote about Cretans who are liars according to their own prophet. Which brings forth a paradox: can we use the authority of Epimenides of Crete to show that Cretans invariably lie? St. Paul has a good company, the same logical mistake was repeated until early 20th century (by mathematicians, normal people use such arguments all the time).

      • Walid
        October 21, 2012, 11:56 pm

        dimadok, on careful scrutiny you appear to be right but what made you think my refering to him as a Spanish Jewish immigrant was a fault? I was stressing the fact that he was himself an immigrant, having been naturalized at age 20 and now he was threatening to expel to expel Muslim protestors against the Islamophobic video and the nude Mohamed cartoons in the Charlie Hebdo magazine. What may have thrown me off was his stand against the veil while at the same time telling the Jews of France they could proudly wear their kippas and the short video of him wearing one. I had no idea that his wife was Jewish. Here’s the video that threw me off:

        BTW, I’m against the veil myself but I’m against Valls playing favourites with the Jews.

      • tree
        October 22, 2012, 12:30 am

        Dim,

        Well, you don’t understand the meaning of discrimination, and you certainly don’t understand the meaning of racism. Walid misidentified Valls as Jewish, but Valls is a Spanish immigrant. Do you honestly think that threatening the expulsion of citizens based on their religion is not a “fault”? That’s just fine with you? I get that you are an Israeli and probably grew up with propaganda that justified expulsions based on religion, but you can’t even recognize that the same kind of crap was used to justify the expulsion of Jews in Europe?

      • Walid
        October 22, 2012, 4:56 am

        Thanks, Taxi. You know, of course, that only dimadok and his compatriots are allowed to bring up the cherry tomatoes issues and stuff like that. When we do, we’re called racists.

      • gamal
        October 22, 2012, 9:04 am

        “I’m against the veil myself” who has asked you wear one? Surely you are not dictating what a woman can or cant wear.

      • dimadok
        October 22, 2012, 10:32 am

        @Walid- I’m sorry you’ve lost me here.
        Your quote not mine:”what made you think my refering to him as a Spanish Jewish immigrant was a fault”- he is not Jewish. Therefore bringing the false fact to the argument makes your argument worthless and promoting the incitement against “Muslim-hating/persecuting Jew”. Simple as that. Judging by the “cavalry” support shown here- I make a valid point.

      • Walid
        October 22, 2012, 11:28 am

        All the more power to veil wearers, I’m not dictating anything to anyone, gamal, just expressing a personal dislike of something that has nothing to do with religion that make people in Western countries uneasy.

      • Walid
        October 22, 2012, 11:35 am

        “Judging by the “cavalry” support shown here- I make a valid point.”

        I don’t think it was so much as question of the cavalry showing up to support me as much as their having grown used to your calling “wolf” at every little thing, like this little mistake on my part of thinking the guy was Jewish. Had I said a “Zionist”, you would have had a valid point.

      • dimadok
        October 22, 2012, 1:18 pm

        @ Walid. I think it’s one of my rare comments about your post and about Jewish subject in general, without any regard to Israel or Palestine.

      • Taxi
        October 22, 2012, 3:37 pm

        By your own argument, gamal: surely you are not dictating what a man can or cannot stand for or against. You prefer all women to be veiled? You’re against hair? Against human mouths and noses?

        What a ridiculous comment you made to Walid! You pulled the hostile word “dictating” out of your zone of intolerance, not out of Walid’s sentence or context. Or sub-context, for that matter.

        Sorry to tell you pal: you’re projecting in this instance.

      • Walid
        October 23, 2012, 3:53 am

        Taxi, all the Qur’an asked for in regards to dress was that it be modest. The veil was a tribal custom that predates Islam by a few hundred years. Full covering of desert women back then was to shelter them from the sight of visiting marauders that were in the habit of helping themselves to the women. But I don’t object to women being veiled if this is what they want and I find that some veiled women are actually very elegant like the caped burnoosed ones in Qatar that don’t totally cover the hair and ears.

      • Taxi
        October 23, 2012, 5:47 am

        Pre-islamic Arab women also wore face covering to protect their faces from the harsh exfoliations of sandstorms while caravanning across the desert.

        Here in the south of Lebanon where I’m visiting, I see women in headscarves, super tight jeans and stilettos all the time – it looks like more of a fashion statement than a religious one.

        I’m told that during the prophet Mohamad’s time, women went into battle without headcovering etc.

      • gamal
        October 23, 2012, 8:23 am

        ah you mean uneasy in what way? as Tariq Ali said of western leftists when they hear the word “Culture” they pale. you are quite right if i hear another idiot go on about the “obligatory” veiling, a very poorly attested notion, to be polite, one of the most depressing things about us is the habit of hadith mining, people who really shouldnt be bothering themselves which things plough in to bukhari, muslim, tabari et al and read it as if it was the quran, the hadiths contain a vast and confusing mass of stuff, none can possibly be used to establish anything some Muslims refuse to have anything to do with them, some are very beautiful, I have always liked the “do not punish with fire” story and the definition of bigotry one, but as you imply the greatest abusers of Islam are Muslims.

        The making westerners uneasy is however more problematic lots of stuff makes them uneasy, i am a westerner, albeit severely hyphenated, many Muslim women are in an invidious position i remember a security guard attacking an Emirati in a Tripoli (Libya) hotel who complained that the beautiful young woman behind the desk was unveiled it was funny, westerners get bent over all sorts of stuff breast augmentation bothers me but i tend to keep such things to myself and wouldnt bomb or even evince the mildest incivility to its adherents or the augmented, not really any of my business, Lola Ferrari was a tragic figure, i was sitting in a Newcastle NSW traffic queue when the radio began discussing some guy whose personalized number plate was “LUV VAG” he was a divorcee apparently, women have a rough time, guys can be idiots. On the same program a couple were discussing their daughters birth which he attended at “the business end” as he described it and when asked to offer his feelings, he said “It was like watching your favourite Pub burn down” i am pretty uneasy about the culture that underlies all that, have always been involved with feminist academics and activists as was my late father, who famously advised women to remove their Hijabs if it was a compromise to their security, post 911, the response from some elements of our community, hysterical claims of the absolute obligation of women was one of the most sickening periods of my former professional life, as my father remarked Muslims dont know much about the Shari’ah or Fiqh,

        you know the three hells sufi joke?

        a great scholar has a vision and meets Jibreel, the angel asks him if there is anything he would like to see, “I want to see Hell” he asks, Jibreel takes him to a pool of fire the size of a large well, above stand two enormous Jinn armed with great hammers and forks the beings inside were trying desperately to escape their torment but the demons drove them back in, “That is the Hell of the Jews” next he came to pool of fire the size of a lake above stood three Jinn who drove the vast mass of beings who were attempting to get out back with their weapons, “That is the Hell for the Christians”, the Scholar nodded approvingly, finally they came to a pool of fire the size of a Sea, there were no demons on its shores and the surface was smooth as glass and calm, “That is the Hell of the Muslims” the scholar surprised asked “But is it empty?” “Oh no says” Jibreel “Honestly its fuller than the others, but we have no need of demons as it is the Muslims themselves who keep each other in the flames”

      • gamal
        October 23, 2012, 9:01 am

        oh my long probably irrelevant comment got eaten, i have heard of such things first time its happened to me.

        well yeah fair enough, it is depressing when Muslims go one about its obligatory nature and yes it has nothing to do with religion except for those who wear it for religious reasons i suppose, however it is a very powerful statement of a despised identity, in Melbourne I am of course staying in the arab quater, in Roxie, many Hijab wearing women sporting broad Australian accents in English, a large Assyrian community like my neighbours perhaps those uncomfortable westerners might want to delve into the origins of their discomfort, all sorts of stuff makes this hyphenated westerner uncomfortable, but i dont feel privileged to judge others, its their life and they will experience the consequences of what they do, not me, so my discomfort is not any big deal is it, aboriginal women dont veil and are t thus held in the highest regard here in Australia, i spent a convivial evening with some folks in NSW who regalled me with Abo stories all to the constant refrain of “We are not racist but…”, it was a martial arts event, many of them were commando’s from the Oz military, it seemed pointless to engage them, they moved on to Lebo’s, not veiling seemed not to do the Abo’s much good, they werent uncomfortable during the subsequent training i accidentally injured my partner leading to much hilarity as they presumed i was exacting some kind of revenge, really just clumsy and unsure about his level of conditioning, all these westerners seemed pretty at ease, so we move in different circles. i doubt i could discomforted them if tried.

      • Walid
        October 23, 2012, 11:00 am

        Liked your story about the Muslim hell, gamal. The veil that distresses me and makes Westerners justifiably uneasy is the black full face-covering one. You can’t tell if it’s a man or a woman behind the veil.

      • Walid
        October 22, 2012, 4:42 am

        “on the mosque storming”

        Storming of the mosque? That’s too dramatic. After all, it was not a fort but simply a building under construction; it was more like the guy who charged a windmill believing it was a giant.

        The Islamophobe Front Page also had a full disparaging article on the various other grand “mega” mosques (mosques with seating capacities of over 1000) built or being built in various European cities resulting from an ongoing competition between the Gulf monarchs vying to surpass each other in sizes of mosques each is funding. The major players are Saudia, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Turkey and Iran. The winner until now is Saudi Arabia with the Grand Mosque of Rome with a capacity of 12,000. The Saudis will should remain number 1 because they appear to have outbid Dubai or Abu Dhabi in acquiring the former bullfight arena in Barcelona that will be eventually converted into a grand mosque complex with a capacity of 20,000.

  7. NorthOfFortyNine
    October 21, 2012, 1:43 pm

    >> “High productions values.”

    I wonder who funded this effort?

  8. Ellen
    October 21, 2012, 1:46 pm

    “We’ve discovered our land, our blood, our identity.”

    Gee, doesn’t that remind us of one of those other “isms?”

    How is Génération Identitaire different from Zionism and it’s cries for Zionist self identity?

    Isn’t the Zionist message exactly the same?

  9. piotr
    October 21, 2012, 2:26 pm

    As I wrote, in most of USA mosques are peaceful buildings, neither attacking innocent passersby, nor attacked. But as we brace for the next holiday season, a danger looms in the form of turkeys: link to nymag.com

    As a bicyclist, this gives me a serious dilemma. My supermarkets is giving me points that entitle me to a gasoline discount — if you do not drive, gasoline can be used as an explosive, or in arson, but I am not a terrorist either. The only other possibility currently on offer is Thanksgiving turkey. But how will I know that this is not a halal turkey?

    By the way, the article that I linked is a bit misleading. Number one, it was reported that some butchers in NYC use double halal-halachic supervision (the procedure of slaughter is essentially the same for observant Muslim and Jews, only the prayers and supervisions are different). Thus if you buy a kosher turkey it could well be also halal one. Number two, this method of slaughter increases the cost, however minutely, so it is extremely unlikely to be applied to main assembly lines in slaughterhouses. However, it is still possible to unwittingly partake on kosher or halal meats. When the faithful purchase parts of the animals, they may fail to consume all of it, perhaps they eat necks more often then legs or vice versa. Rather that throw it out, the surplus is sold to other meat processors. Thus if you want to maximize the probability of eating halal or kosher meat against your will, you should try bologna etc.

    It also seems that halal poultry is dominated by chicken, so I would recommend chicken bologna or frankfurters. Make yourself a delicious sandwich or a hotdog, partake and then get a good panic attack: perhaps some of the meat was halal!

    • Walid
      October 21, 2012, 8:00 pm

      “However, it is still possible to unwittingly partake on kosher or halal meats”

      piotr, the problem is not in eating halal or kosher since these are probably healthier and cleaner than other foods, but with religious people unwittingly eating food that isn’t halal or kosher. Ironically, those fervent adherents of rigid dietary laws at times make the silliest of mistakes. The halal double stroke of the butcher’s blade and the kosher single stroke are intended to cause zero pain to the animal being slaughtered. If you go back to the story of the Muslims in France that made a big stir about their favourite foie gras being marinated in brandy, little do they know (or probably care) that the foie gras, even if alcohol-free is the liver of a goose that was painfully force-fed to bloat up its liver to a super size before it was slaughtered for its liver. In addition to the suffering that the goose has had to endure, which is against dietary laws, the foie gras most probably contains some porc meat (another no-no) added to keep it moist. That’s the ironic part.

      • piotr
        October 21, 2012, 10:01 pm

        I was snarky. Personally, I could not care less who said what prayers and when. I was pointing out that if one shares the paranoia of Ms. Geller then her advise is totally wrong. It is exactly kosher poultry that can be made simultaneously halal, and NYT reported that. What she advises to avoid is most guaranteed to be non-halal.

        From my impromptu investigation, if you are a chicken or a turkey, perhaps you would prefer the old-fashioned method, when your owner would chase you through the backyard on the day of the fateful dinner, grab you, bring to the wooden stump and chop off the head (the Christian mistress would probably wring the head off in one swift motion). With luck, you could jump over the fence and another chicken would be caught. Until then you would eat some grain but also walk freely around the house searching for more interesting stuff like earthworms.

        Now they first transfer you from ridiculously overcrowded facility that is never exposed to sunlight to a ridiculously overstuffed cage and a big pile of those cages is trucked to the meat packing facility. Then in one swift motion you are transferred from the cage to hang upside down from hooks on the production line. At that point, the precise method of finishing your suffering does not matter to much.

        If anything, it may mean something to the workers. Whatever the method, industrial production lines move so fast that workers miss from time to time so they rip off heads of the missed birds. Religiously correct method has to be more accurate, hence slower, so probably causes less of repetitive motion injury.

  10. eljay
    October 21, 2012, 2:50 pm

    >> 1300 years ago, Charles Martel stopped Arabs in Poitiers after an heroic battle which save our country from the Muslim invasion. … Today, we’re on 2012 and the choice is still the same : live free or die. Our generation refuse to see her people and her identity disappear through indifference. We’ll never be the Native Indians of Europe.

    Supremacist bullshit. “The Muslims” aren’t invading your country, stealing your land and cleansing or slaughtering your native population; so, no, you’ll never be the Native Indians of Europe.

    You’ll only be like Zio-supremacists: Hateful and immoral aggressor-victims. And that’s one tough gig… :-(

  11. seanmcbride
    October 21, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Génération Identitaire first posted “A Declaration of War,” a video manifesto with a high production value at the beginning of October.

    Who funded and produced the video?

    One should point out the obvious: this brand of white nativist Islamophobia will easily morph into classical antisemitism and Judeophobia. European Christian white nationalists are Zionists in the same way that many Nazis were Zionists in the 1930s. Jewish neoconservatives have been egging on these cultural trends for decades now with little opposition from the Jewish establishment.

  12. lareineblanche
    October 21, 2012, 6:21 pm

    I was unaware that was happening here, thanks for putting this up. Get them while they’re young, I guess, they’re easier to propagandize.
    The organization seems well-funded, and the website is rather slick. Clearly there’s some real organizing going on behind this. The anti-68 rhetoric is an effort to roll back much of the progress which was made in French society in the late 60s, and a reaction to the general movement towards more liberal policies around the world since then.

    They’re part of a larger effort, and were apparently formed as the “youth” wing of a far right wing group formed in 2003 called Bloc identitaire – who became known for their media stunts, and other activities, such as organizing “soupe identitaires” (soup kitchens for homeless -but with pork, for obvious reasons), and hors-d’oeuvres outside of mosques in Paris and the like. It looks rather like a French version of the islamophobic charades of members of the “clash of civilizations”/Muslim menace network, such as Pam Geller, Robert Spencer and Geert Wilders.

    All in all, though, it seems pretty small in numbers.

    Such proto-fascist ideologies will likely continue to gain strength across Europe if the economy continues to stagnate and scapegoats are identified. We can’t say that we haven’t had our share of these things in the US, however…

    • lareineblanche
      October 21, 2012, 6:36 pm

      They are also selling items from their website – including a book called “1571 – Lépante”. In 1571, an Ottoman sultan’s flotilla was defeated in a battle in the Gulf of Lepanto, Greece. All of which confirms their “clash of civilizations”/Gates of Vienna narrative :

      The Battle of Lepanto took place on 7 October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of southern European Catholic maritime states, decisively defeated the main fleet of the Ottoman Empire in five hours of fighting on the northern edge of the Gulf of Corinth, off western Greece. The Ottoman forces sailing westwards from their naval station in Lepanto (Turkish: İnebahtı; Greek: Ναύπακτος or Έπαχτος Naupaktos or Épahtos) met the Holy League forces, which had come from Messina.

      The victory of the Holy League prevented the Mediterranean Sea from becoming an uncontested highway for Muslim forces and helped to prevent the Ottomans from advancing further along the Mediterranean flank of Europe. Lepanto was the last major naval battle in the Mediterranean fought entirely between galleys, and has been assigned great symbolic importance.

      link to en.wikipedia.org

  13. DICKERSON3870
    October 21, 2012, 6:49 pm

    RE: “A French youth nativist group that rose to international notoriety last week for an anti-Arab viral video that condemned ‘coexistence’ and the ‘mixing of races’ has stormed a mosque in an aggressive move to drive Muslims out of the city of Poitiers.” ~ Allison Deger

    MY QUESTION/COMMENT: Another OAS in the making?

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Organisation de l'armée secrète]:

    [EXCERPTS] The Organisation de l’armée secrète (OAS — or Organisation armée secrète, lit. “Organization of the Secret Army” or “Secret Armed Organization”) was a short-lived, French dissident paramilitary organization during the Algerian War (1954–62). The OAS used armed struggle in an attempt to prevent Algeria’s secession from French governance. Its motto was L’Algérie est française et le restera (“Algeria is French and will remain so”).
    The OAS was formed out of existing networks, calling themselves “counter-terrorists”, “self-defence groups”, or “resistance”, which had carried out attacks on the FLN and their perceived supporters since early in the war. It was officially formed in Francoist Spain, in Madrid in January 1961, as a response by some French politicians and French military officers to the 8 January 1961 referendum on self-determination concerning Algeria, which had been organized by General de Gaulle.
    After the March 1962 Evian agreements, which granted independence to Algeria and marked the beginning of the exodus of the pieds-noirs, the OAS tried by a campaign of assassinations and bombings to stop the on-going political process. This campaign culminated in Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry’s 1962 assassination attempt against president Charles de Gaulle in the Paris suburb of Le Petit-Clamart. Another prominent target was the philosopher and public intellectual Jean-Paul Sartre, who supported the FLN.
    The OAS still has followers among the nationalist movement. In July 2006, some OAS sympathizers attempted to relight the flame of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the Oran massacre on 5 July 1962.[1] . . .
    . . . The main hope of the OAS was to prove that the FLN was secretly restarting military action after a ceasefire was agreed in the Evian agreements of 19 March 1962 and the referendum of June 1962; So, during these three months, the OAS unleashed a new terrorist campaign to force the FLN to abandon the ceasefire. Over 100 bombs a day were detonated by the OAS in March in pursuit of this end. It was the most wanton carnage that Algeria had witnessed in eight years of savage warfare. OAS operatives set off an average of 120 bombs per day in March, with targets including hospitals and schools. Dozens of Arab residents were killed at Place du Gouvernement when 24 mortar rounds were fired from the European stronghold of Bab el-Oued.[7] On 21 March, the OAS issued a flyer where they proclaimed that the French military had become an “occupation force.”[5] It organized car bombings: 25 killed in Oran on 28 February 1962 and 62 killed in Algiers on 2 May, among others.[5] On 22 March, they took control of Bab el-Oued and attacked French soldiers, killing six . . .

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    Algiers Damaged By O.A.S. Plastic Bombs… 1962 (no sound) [VIDEO, 01:00] – link to britishpathe.com

  14. Mayhem
    October 21, 2012, 7:08 pm

    These people belong to extremist, fringe groups that really are insignificant in the full scheme if things. In fact they emerge as a reaction to the current circumstances. Rather than wasting time focussing on them per se, it is far more beneficial to look at the socio-political situation that leads to their appearance.

  15. DICKERSON3870
    October 21, 2012, 7:15 pm

    RE: “Our generation refuse to see her people and her identity disappear through indifference. We’ll never be the Native Indians of Europe.” ~ Génération Identitaire

    SPEAKING OF “THE NATIVE INDIANS OF EUROPE”, SEE:

    *The Saami – Samisk – Sámi*
    Prehistoric Genetic Link of the Amazigh and Saami

    [EXCERPT] A study by Achilli et al.(2005) found a genetic link between the Saami people [of northern Scandanavia ~ J.L.D.] and the North-African Amazigh People. Instead of Berber I will use the term Amazigh (plural: Imazighen), since this is the name preferred by the indigenous people of North Africa.
    The genetic connection of U5b1b [marker 309 C] is about 9000 years old and is shared between Saami from Scandinavia, Italians, Spanish, Amazigh, Yakut man from Siberia and Fulbe (Fulani) from Senegal.

    SOURCE – link to saamiblog.blogspot.com

  16. Stogumber
    October 22, 2012, 2:38 am

    I’ve nothing against leftists creating a “territorialist” or “soil-ist” identity, be it in France or in Palestine. But would you please accept that, as long as you’re not successful in creating such territoralist identities, in the meantime a lot of people still have “tribalist” identities, be it Jew, Arab or “Francaisdesouche”. There’s no reason to hate or to vilify people only because of the shape of their identity.

    Occupying a building might be seen as a kind of nonviolent protest. The declared intention was promoting a referendum (about French immigration policy). There’s nothing essentially different from leftist political methods.

    Ms. Deger seems to have got the halal-cafeteria problem wrong. The problem is, that schools tend to order only one kind of meat, which would mean that halal meat is imposed on all children, haram meat is inaccessible for them. Which is, understandably, seen as ominous w.r.t. the survival of “haram” (native) culture.

    • RoHa
      October 22, 2012, 7:15 am

      “which would mean that halal meat is imposed on all children,”

      And everyone knows that eating halal meat turns you into a swarthy, unshaven, wild-eyed, fanatical Muslim terrorist. Just one mouthful will do it.

  17. Shingo
    October 22, 2012, 4:07 am

    Someone needs to give these punks a history lesson about their proud colonial heritage and the people’s they have destroyed.

    • Shmuel
      October 22, 2012, 4:31 am

      Someone needs to give these punks a history lesson about their proud colonial heritage and the people’s they have destroyed.

      No, no, Shingo. The whole problem is that “Khaled” didn’t get the memo (or couldn’t read simple French, despite our best efforts to civilise him). “Identity” means we go to your country to rape, loot and pillage (and administer and bestow our superior culture, of course), and you stay there and say “merci, maitre”. What part of “mission civilisatrice” didn’t you understand? But it’s really not your fault. It was those damn soixante-huitards who invited you and offered you free love. How could you refuse? So we’ll just let you go back where you (or your parents or great-grandparents) came from, and call it quits, hein?

      I once met a young man in Portugal, who was bemoaning the fact that his country was being “overrun” by Angolese and Mozambiquean immigrants, but added “I guess we deserve it, after everything we’ve done in and to their countries. They are now taking their just revenge.”

      • Walid
        October 22, 2012, 5:40 am

        Shmuel, aside from the revenge factor, what Europeans are failing to recognize is that they had been welcoming all these immigrants not for any humanitarian reasons but to resolve their own demographic problems. Europe and Canada opened their doors without giving serious considerations to the social aspects of such moves and ended up with lots of people completely disorientated in their new environments. You probably saw that in Canada with the influx of Haitians and then with the North-African French-speaking Arabs and the Rusian Jews to help with Canada’s demographics. You saw that with the odd influx of Arabs in snowy Norway and Sweden and you saw it in Italy and other European countries. Everybody wants immigrants to help with the future demographics but no one is interested in really absorbing them socially.

        Pravda had an interesting piece on the demographic problem in 2004; a small piece of it and the numbers today are probably worse:

        “… according to the European Demographic Commission, European population continues to age and decrease in size. Whereas 50 years ago Europeans made up 22% of a total amount of people inhabiting our planet, today this figure equals to 12%. (A total number of people living in Europe—814 million people). In the beginning of 2003 European population growth constituted only 0,08% (in comparison to the first months of 2002). In 1990 deficit of births has been reported only in Germany, Bulgaria and Hungary. In 2002, such problem has affected 12 more Central European countries.

        … Nowadays, people are already talking about what will happen when one working European will have to support two pensioners. Obviously, it will be rather difficult to expect any sort of economic growth then.”

        link to english.pravda.ru

        I think Europeans and others should start being nice to people they had been supposedly welcoming.

      • Shmuel
        October 22, 2012, 6:23 am

        Walid,

        I don’t think “revenge” is way up there in the motivating factors of immigration, although some ex-colonials may feel a certain sense of entitlement (an idea not entirely foreign to the colonial ethos itself) to settle in the ol’ metropole.

        Of course the immigrants are essential to the economies and societies of western Europe (immigrants have unsuccessfully tried to stage a one-day strike in Italy, and there is an Italian film about what would happen if all the immigrants were to suddenly disappear).

        I think Europeans and others should start being nice to people they had been supposedly welcoming.

        To some extent, I think they have. Anti-immigrant sentiment is not the rule in Europe, although integration certainly leaves a lot to be desired and hard times (described quite well actually in the rather slick génération identitaire clip – unemployment, consumerism, lack of social cohesion, foreign wars, etc.) are the bread and butter of racist demagogues.

      • RoHa
        October 22, 2012, 7:12 am

        “Everybody wants immigrants to help with the future demographics but no one is interested in really absorbing them socially.”

        That cuts both ways. There are immigrants who do not want to be absorbed. They want to establish a little colony or “community” which follows the culture and customs of the original country rather than becoming part of the county they have moved to.

        And it is exacerbated by societies which either simply do not to care or encourage it by preaching “multiculturalism”. (Australia used to care, and tried to assimilate immigrants, but Britain went from indifference to multiculturalism.)

        It is not a new problem. I recall it from my boyhood, when Croatian terrorists resisted assimilation and made Australia part of their battlefield. I have seen it in Britain, where people from India and Pakistan cluster together and continue to dress and act as though they were still in the sub-continent.

        And the worst offenders are those silly people in Britain who pop up in council meetings and say things like “We should put up town Christmas decorations because that will offend the Muslims in the town”. (The actual Muslims say they are quite happy for the town to put up Xmas decorations.)

      • Walid
        October 22, 2012, 11:12 am

        “That cuts both ways. There are immigrants who do not want to be absorbed”

        You have a point there. That’s what I started out with in so many other words. They adamantly hold on to their old world customs and they want the natives in the host countries to adapt to them. A queer sort of reverse assimilation.

        An oldie that depicts the situation and this discussion:

        “… A young Arab asks his father, “What is that weird hat you are wearing?”

        The father said, “Why, it’s a ‘chechia’ because in the desert it protects our heads from the sun.”

        “And what is this type of clothing that you are wearing?” asked the young man.

        “It’s a ‘djbellah’ because in the desert it is very hot and it protects the body.” said the father.

        The son asked, “And what about those ugly shoes on your feet?

        His father replied, “These are ‘babouches”, which keep us from burning our feet in the desert.”

        “So tell me then,” added the boy.

        “Yes, my son?”

        “Why are you living in the UK , and still wearing all these shit? “

    • RoHa
      October 22, 2012, 7:18 am

      “Someone needs to give these punks a history lesson about their proud colonial heritage and the people’s they have destroyed.”

      Yep. These teenage Frogs rampaged around Africa and Indo-China until they were thrown out in the 1950s, more than thirty years before they were born.

  18. wes
    October 22, 2012, 6:01 am

    true story
    went on a fishing trip with my buddies and we decided to have a barbacue .only problem all the sausages in the supermarket had pork in them.nice jewish boys do not eat pork so i look for halal sausages and lo and behold i am in luck .anyway my buddies are all non jews and they think this is very funny-start calling abdul.the sausages were not too bad so the next day we out on the ocean fishing, i took some leftovers with ,hot sun, beer in hand ,eat a few sausages ,happy man -only thing is no fish are biting and it starts to get a bit choppy -wind has come up,boats rocking up and down,up and down,up and down and those sausages are swilling around in my gut with the beer.well that was it for me -over the side big time.finally i recover and look around at my buddies and no one has caught anything.so in desperation i tie a piece of sausage on the hook and drop line .bang,almost straight away i get a bite and start reeling it in -nice size salmon-that night we had him in foil with lemon and garlic.
    moral of the story

    not only moslems eat halal

    • Eva Smagacz
      October 23, 2012, 2:47 pm

      Hi Wess,

      Where I live we have halal butchers. Meat is fresh, can be cut to your specification, and costs fraction of supermarket prices, and doesnt seem to be pumped up with proteinated water that increased “plumpness” and inflates prices.

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