Sharia in the UK
Pamela Geller discusses her accurate prediction that a London borough would become an Islamic republic.
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Pamela Geller, founder, editor and publisher of the popular and award-winning weblog AtlasShrugs.com. She has won acclaim for her interviews with internationally renowned figures, including John Bolton, Geert Wilders, Bat Ye’or, Natan Sharansky, and many others, and has broken numerous important stories — notably the questionable sources of some of the financing of the Obama campaign. Her op-eds have been published in The Washington Times, The American Thinker, Israel National News, Frontpage Magazine, World Net Daily, and New Media Journal, among other publications. She is the co-author (with Robert Spencer) of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America.
FP: Pamela Geller, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
I would like to discuss with your accurate prediction about a London borough becoming an Islamic republic.
What’s going on?
Geller: Thanks Jamie.
As I predicted at my website Atlas Shrugs, a vile Islamic supremacist, Lutfur Rahman, has been elected executive mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets. And he has accomplished this through massive voter fraud – isn’t this always how they get their way?
FP: It appears to be the case, yes.
Tower Hamlets is the poorest borough in all of Great Britain, yes?
Geller: Yes, Jamie, it is. Nonetheless, as Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlet council, Rahman will have control of over a billion-dollar budget.
And remember, Rahman is an Islamic supremacist with links to jihadist groups. Mind you, Jamie, he was previously dropped from the Labour Party because of these troubling ties. He was elected as an independent. The Telegraph’s superb investigative journalist Andrew Gilligan has outlined what he calls Rahman’s “deeply problematic two years as council leader until he was removed from that post six months ago.” Gilligan explains that after Rahman
“secured the leadership with the help of the IFE, millions of pounds were channeled to front organizations of the IFE, a man with close links to the IFE was appointed as assistant chief executive of the council despite being unqualified for the position and the secular, white chief executive was forced out. Various efforts were made to ‘Islamicize’ the borough. Extremist literature was stocked in Tower Hamlets’ public libraries.”
And this election has made matters even worse. The Islamic machine went into overdrive and fraudulently gamed the system.
FP: How did they do that?
Geller: Jamie, Tower Hamlets changed from a conventional leader system to a mayoralty this year, after a successful campaign spearheading this change was waged by an Islamic supremacist organization known as the Islamic Forum of Europe. According to the local laws, just five percent of the electorate can petition a local council to change the system. So early in 2010, Abjol Miah, a Muslim affiliated with the IFE, started gathering signatures for such a petition – and in Tower Hamlets, which is only one-third Muslim, 99.3% of those who signed Miah’s petition were Muslim.
And a large number of those were fraudulent. Authorities discovered that almost half of the signatures were invalid. Miah turned in whole pages filled with names and addresses that were all written in identical handwriting – on a petition that was supposed to have been signed by thousands of different individuals. Even more unbelievable, as many as 5,000 of the names were of people whose names were not in the electoral registration records at all.
But the dhimmi court allowed it just the same.
FP: Unbelievable. Why did they want to make this change?
Geller: A leader of the IFE, Abu Talha, said this to an undercover reporter about the new system: “The mayor is going to have a lot more control. That’s why we need to get someone, one of our brothers, in there. Which we will do.”
And they did.
FP: What will this mean for Tower Hamlets and Britain in general?
Geller: It means Sharia for Britain, and the election of Lutfur Rahman is a significant step in that direction. The IFE says that its agenda is to change the “very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed… from ignorance to Islam.”
Even the way they got Rahman elected was redolent of life in a Sharia state. The Telegraph reported that Lutfur Rahman supporters were hanging around polling places all over the borough, scolding Muslim women if they were wearing what the Islamic supremacists thought was “immodest dress.” And a major player in the Labour Party in Tower Hamlets said after Rahman was elected that Tower Hamlets “really is Britain’s Islamic republic now.”
In my New York Times interview here, I repeated what I have said and thought for some time – that the first country that will be Islamic in Europe will be the United Kingdom. This terrible election victory just validates my prediction.
FP: Do you think many in Britain are aware of the implications of this election?
Geller: I hope so, Jamie. But bear in mind that according to the media and the political elites, the English Defence League is the real problem facing England today. The campaign of destruction that the media and political elites are waging against the EDL (which is, contrary to media myth, made up of Jews, Christians, Blacks, Hindus, Sikhs, et al), which is standing virtually alone in fighting Islamic supremacism and imperialism, would be laughable if it weren’t so tragic.
The separation of mosque and state needs vigilance. All you need to do is look at the current global map and the historical evidence to see what happens when you get increased assertiveness from Islamic groups, and they gain more political power. The Middle East was once a Christian region, and look at all the Muslim countries that oppress Christians there now.
We cannot ignore the Islamization of Europe. We cannot ignore the fact that there are no-go zones, where the police cannot go in France, and in England. There are even areas where the fire department cannot go. When they go, it’s a trick, it’s an ambush many times. And there are areas in Europe where the rule of law is already the Sharia.
FP: So what are we talking about? What are we looking at, if we see what Britain might be like in 10 or 20 years?
Geller: I look at Europe and I’m concerned. The British already have introduced Sharia law into their judicial system. And again you’ll say, “So what’s wrong with that?” The fact that welfare benefits in the U.K. go to multiple wives. If you have multiple wives, you get multiple benefits. Why would you encourage polygamy? And freedom of speech is in jeopardy. Religious freedom under the Sharia does not exist.
Today it all may sound outlandish, but the English will wake up one day and won’t recognize their own country. The election of Lutfur Rahman is a tragic step toward that day.
FP: Pamela Geller, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.