Thursday, 5 July 2012

BBC: again carrying water for Muslim criminals in Malmö , Sweden

Screen shot from this video.  It's shocking, not for the crimes of young
Muslims in Malmö -- bad enough -- but for the credulity and apologia
of its "acclaimed director" Joseph Rodriguez.
The BBC are at it again. (earlier here and here)
Blaming the poor Swedes for the problems of Islamic supremacism and crime in Multicultural Malmö. 

According to the BBC World Service Radio (today, here in Hong Kong) and its interviewees, native Swedes are being simply horrid to its Muslim population.  If only they would leave them alone, let them get on with their drug dealing and jew-baiting, things would be fine...

One of the guests, a convert to Islam, complained about “far right Islamophobia", saying “today it’s criticism of Muslims; tomorrow it may be the Jews”. Cunning.  But it doesn’t wash.  Christopher Hitchens skewered this false equivalence, here. Talking of the 2010 so-called “Ground Zero Mosque controversy”, he noted:

Reactions from even "moderate" Muslims to criticism are not uniformly reassuring. "Some of what people are saying in this mosque controversy is very similar to what German media was saying about Jews in the 1920s and 1930s," Imam Abdullah Antepli, Muslim chaplain at Duke University, told the New York Times. Yes, we all recall the Jewish suicide bombers of that period, as we recall the Jewish yells for holy war, the Jewish demands for the veiling of women and the stoning of homosexuals, and the Jewish burning of newspapers that published cartoons they did not like. What is needed from the supporters of this very confident faith is more self-criticism and less self-pity and self-righteousness. [Source]

The BBC line is that the problems in Malmö are all the fault of the Swedes: they discriminate against Muslims which keeps them in poverty and leads to the high crime rates amongst that community.

Nothing is said about the responsibility the Muslim community may have to help itself.  To stress education, taking on Swedish mores, adapting to the community.  Yet:

Then (2007) Swedish Integration Minister Nyamko Sabuni [now Minister for Gender Equality]—a Muslim who came to Sweden when she was 12 and the first African to become a member of government in the country—insists that the only way for immigrants to integrate into society is to learn the language and get a job.
“It is crucial that immigrants get in contact with the labour market as soon as possible after receiving their residence permit. This has to be combined with language courses,” she told AFP.

Why don't the BBC or its interviewees discuss that?

As for “hate crimes” the official Swedish police figures belie the BBC line.  It’s not Muslims but Jews that are the main target of “hate crimes”, by a factor of 70 times:

But Jews are feeling the heat disproportionately. Malmö police say that of 115 hate crimes reported in 2009, 52 were anti-Semitic. Becirov estimated there are about 60,000 Muslims in Malmö, while the number of Jews is about 700 and shrinking - it was twice as big two decades ago, according to Fredrik Sieradzki, a spokesman for the Jewish community.

In sum:

Jews: 7% of their 700 population in Malmö experienced “hate crimes”.

Muslims: 0.1% of their 60,000 population in Malmö experienced “hate crimes” And that’s assuming that all the non anti-Semitic hate crimes were against Muslims.

In other words, Jews in Malmö experienced “hate crimes” at a rate 70 times greater than did Muslims.

These hate crimes in Sweden are mirrored in the US, where we are led to believe that the Muslim population there is subject to regular “Islamophobia”.  Yet, according to the FBI:

64% of hate crimes are Anti-Jewish

13% are Anti-Islam

Nicholai Sennels is a Danish psychologist who has treated many Muslim and non-Muslim young criminals in Copenhagen.  His observations for Denmark would likely be similar to its neighbour Sweden.  He talks of deep-seated and virtually intractable differences in cultural outlook between his Muslim and non-Muslim patients.  It makes uncomfortable reading, but worth careful study, here.

Letter to BBC WorldService (

In your coverage of increasing tensions in Malmö, Sweden, your reporter (Joanne (?) Fidgin, (sp?)) and her interviewees placed all the blame on so-called “far right” parties and Swedish racism or “Islamophobia”.

But consider:

“Hate Crimes” in Malmö are overwhelmingly against Jews: at a rate 70 times that against Muslims. [ref]

Jews, not Muslims, are the ones being driven out of Malmö.
A previous Swedish (and Muslim) Minister of Immigration, Nyamko Sabuni, in 2007:
‘’…insists that the only way for immigrants to integrate into society is to learn the language and get a job.‘It is crucial that immigrants get in contact with the labour market as soon as possible after receiving their residence permit. This has to be combined with language courses,’ she told AFP.
Why no mention of this view of a Swedish Muslim Minister?  Why should the Swedes not expect the Muslim community to help itself, to “integrate into society”, to “learn the language”, as have all other previous immigrant groups?  Practicality aside, it's just polite to do so!
Related: Your BBC Video “The Other comes across rather as an apologia for Muslim crime in Sweden -- “leave us alone” says the drug dealer….  It shows whole areas of Malmö are Muslim where only Arabic is spoken.  How can this be the way to get ahead in Sweden?  How can this be a good way for society to develop?
This is not a rant against immigration in general.  Waves of previous immigrants have managed to get ahead in their host societies, in the UK as in my own Australia. The problem with Islamic immigration in many countries is that later generations are not becoming more integrated into the societies their parents chose to come to, but less, not just in Sweden, but also, as Christopher Caldwell has shown, in Germany and France as well.
Yours, etc,
Peter F.