Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Today's Arabic Lesson: Taharrush Gamea

Hat tip Breitbart and Daily Mail

It means collective harassment, and it has definite sexual overtones. It is used in the Middle East by Arab men and it has now spread to Europe as most recently seen New Years Eve in Cologne. It is basically mass sexual assault in public. CBS reporter Laura Logan learned the hard way in Cairo's Tahrir Square when she was covering the "Arab Spring" in 2011. Now German and other European women are learning what it is.

A basic question- a discussion actually- must be raised as to the attitudes of Arab men toward women. This is happening all too often. From where do they derive this attitude toward women-especially Western women? Are these the kinds of attitudes we want to see imported to the West? We have already seen way too many examples of this in the US, Canada and Europe. Have we forgotten the sexual grooming cases in the UK? There have been multiple cases of men in the UK turning young British girls into sex slaves. Boko Haram in Nigeria uses the tactics of kidnapping, forced marriage and sexual slavery.

"But wait a minute, Fousesquawk. Those are not Arab men. They are almost all Pakistanis, some even born in the UK. Boko Haram are not Arabs"

Yes! So let us investigate further. What is it that those Pakistani men in the UK and Boko Haram have in common with ISIS or the Arabs in Tahrir Square or in Saudi Arabia or in Europe? I'll give you a hint: It is a five-letter word that begins with "I". Could it be something that they are taught? See what Answering has to say.

The Quran in Sura 4:24 says:

And forbidden to you are wedded wives of other people except those who have fallen in your hands (as prisoners of war) . . . (Maududi, vol. 1, p. 319). (See also Suras 4:3 and 33:50)

"Forbidden" refers to sexual intercourse. In other translations of the Koran "those who have fallen in your hands as prisoners of war" are referred to as those "which your right hand possesses". The meaning of that is clear-sexual slaves. It should also be noted exactly whom Mohammad was fighting wars against-non-Muslims.

So should this not be part of the discussion? Not all Muslim men are rapists, I know, The vast majority, at least those who have been Westernized,  recognize it is treated as a serious crime here, But shouldn't  they (and Muslim women) be engaged with us in an honest and open examination of this "phenomenon" for lack of a better word?

Go ahead. Call me an Islamophobe. Call me a hater or what you will. In fact, why not send in one of those "Intolerance Report forms" that the University of California has instituted? Here's the link. Send a copy to the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center at UC Berkeley if you want. I don't care. Let's see how much the university really cares about sexual assaults.

1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Well, that was a pretty standard attitude toward women in Europe until the Enlightenment. I see a new organization forming... Conservative Christian Islamaphobes for Enlightenment Principles!