Fitna – The film they tried to ban

About a year and a half ago, I pondered the question, can there ever be peace with the Islamic world? I was pessimistic then, I am even more pessimistic now. How can there ever be peace with a religion that condones – nay, encourages – the murder of anyone who dares criticise it, that encourages so-called "honour killings", the subjugation of women, that openly declares its intention  of conquering the world? We were witnesses to the campaign of terror waged by the entire Islamic world against a few Danish caricaturists whose only crime was to draw some (fairly innocuous) cartoons, against Salman Rushdie, against anyone who dares speak out against the insidious takeover of Europe by Muslims who, unlike the Jews, are not content to be allowed to practice their own religion in peace but are determined to force it on everyone else. We witnessed the murder of Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh by an Islamic extremist, because of the former’s critical attitude to Islam (he was also pretty critical of Jews and Judaism, but it never occurred to the members of the Jewish community to call for his death, unlike Dutch Islamic leaders). Now, another Dutchman, the politician Geert Wilders, has made a film highly critical of Islam, Fitna, but major TV networks have given in to threats by the Muslims and refused to broadcast it. In response, Wilders posted the film on the video-sharing website, Liveleak, but Liveleak removed it almost immediately, citing threats to their staff by Muslims. Fortunately, by then, other sites had taken up the movie. I found it on YouTube – and here it is. The movie the Muslims tried to stop you seeing. When you see it – and it is, by and large, a series of quotations from the Quran itself, interpreted by Muslim imams – you will understand why Wilders called the Quran "a fascist book" and why I am now, more than ever, pessimistic about the chances of there ever being peace with the Islamic world. Because, reading those verses from the Quran, you understand that the problem is not Muslim fundamentalism, not "the Islamic world," not the Muslims – but Islam itself.
And here is Part 2…





About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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