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Jerusalem, Israel: 2nd Jew Arrested for Calling Mohammed a Pig

Gazan Hamas-supporters on Temple Mount

Gazan Hamas-supporters on Temple Mount
Sliman Khader/By Ari Yashar

Jerusalem district police arrested a Jewish youth on Monday for his “crime” recorded on video the day before, when he said while leaving the Temple Mount that “Mohammed is a pig,” in reference to the founder of Islam.

The youth was arrested on Monday morning after arriving at the Kotel (Western Wall), and was brought in for interrogation.

The arrest made for making the statement – made all the more surprising given the ongoing open calls for violence by Arabs against Jews at the site which is the holiest in Judaism – comes after 20-year-old Avia Morris was arrested last Friday for saying “Mohammed is pig” when faced by hostile Arab women hurling threats at her on the Temple Mount.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is representing the youth, said, “it isn’t clear if the Jerusalem police don’t understand or don’t want to understand the decisions of the court.”

“Instead of arresting the Arab rioters who make provocations and incite against Jews on the Temple Mount at all times, they choose to arrest precisely the side coming under attack,” he charged.

Ben-Gvir’s statement comes after Arab mobs violently rioted on the Mount on Sunday for the Tisha B’Av fast day mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples at the site.

In making the arrest Monday, police said they would not allow provocations and disturbances to public order by both Jews and Muslims at the site – even though in the case of Morris, she and other Jews were arrested while the Muslim women who provoked the standoff by surrounding the Jews and shouting “Itbach al-Yahud” (slaughter the Jew) were not arrested.

“Don’t remain silent”

Morris told Arutz Sheva on Sunday that she visited the Temple Mount last Thursday as part of a group with women and babies, and “throughout the walk, for about 40 minutes, we were surrounded by dozens of Arabs screaming at us and following us – they shouted ‘Itbach al-Yahud’ (slaughter the Jews), Allah Akbar (Allah is greater) and made the ISIS (Islamic State) gesture.”

She revealed that police let the Arab women freely curse and approach the Jews, and furthermore the police threatened the Jews, saying “if we were to say one word they would take us down from the Mount and arrest us.”

“They did not stop their attempts to hurt our feelings and to try to insult Judaism – at one point, after more than an hour of provocations and humiliations, I decided to respond,” she recounted. “Only after we began to respond and I said, ‘Mohammed is a pig’ – then the police distanced them from us, suddenly they were able to keep them at bay.”

Radical leftists filmed the exchanged and gave the footage to the police, who arrested Morris at her home in the Binyamin area just north of Jerusalem right before Shabbat. In court they claimed Morris provoked the riot, but the judge overruled the claims after the whole video was presented. Nevertheless, she was given a temporary ban on entering Jerusalem’s Old City.

“It is impossible to remain silent over humiliation of the Jews on the Temple Mount, and the incitement to murder against us,” she said. “When we accept it, the police chief does not address it. Only if we begin to respond back will the police know how to silence them.”

Obama is a Really Big Fan of Nigeria’s Muslim Dictator

Daniel Greenfield// Obama did everything he could to undermine Nigeria’s Christian president Jonathan Goodluck in his fight against the Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram. The administration kicked and screamed against even naming Boko Haram a terrorist organization. Every offer of aid was undermined with more claims that Nigeria was violating Muslim civil rights.

Finally Obama got what he wanted. Nigeria’s former Muslim dictator was “elected” and began promptly Islamizing key portions of the military. Then he came to Washington D.C. for a victory lap.

Obama on Monday offered strong support for Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, saying he had a “clear agenda” for defeating the militant Islamist group Boko Haram and was working to root out corruption.

Obama told reporters in the Oval Office that Buhari has integrity and “a very clear agenda in defeating Boko Haram extremists of all sorts inside his country.”

Yes he certainly has a “clear agenda”. As does Obama. As for defeating Boko Haram… don’t ask, don’t tell.

The specific tactics Buhari will use against the group are still unknown, say experts who study the region.

I’m sure he’ll borrow some of the same tactics Obama used to defeat ISIS and the Taliban.

Buhari’s election was the first democratic power transition in decades, which Obama called “an affirmation to Nigeria’s commitment to democracy,”

Nothing affirms democracy like a dictator returning to power, but don’t expect the average media story to mention the minor fact that their democratic champion is a former military dictator.

U.S. cooperation with Buhari’s predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, had virtually ground to a halt over issues including his refusal to investigate corruption and human rights abuses by the Nigerian military.

By human rights abuses, Obama meant fighting Islamic terrorism.

Deport the Abdulazeez Family, It’s time to put our people first. #Chattanooga

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

Before and after 9/11, the FBI took a hard look at Youssef Abdulazeez because he had apparently donated money to Hamas through a front group. He went on a watch list. He went off the watch list. The FBI forgot about him until his son, Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez, went on a Jihadist killing spree in Chattanooga.

Just like the Tsarnaev terrorists, the media is digging into the background of this dysfunctional Muslim family. We have learned that Youssef Abdulazeez liked to beat and rape his wife. He even wanted to get a second wife to rape and beat, as permitted “under Islamic law… in the parties’ native State of Palestine.” He also included some of his kids in his Koran-approved domestic abuse.

The family is issuing statements claiming that their son, like every Muslim terrorist ever, was suffering from “depression” and that Islam is a peaceful religion. But the father’s donations to Hamas and the rants about America, Israel and Europe on his family’s social media tell a very different story.

The only obvious conclusion from all this is that the Abdulazeez family, like the Tsarnaevs, should never have been allowed into this country. And after 9/11, they should not have been allowed to stay.

Their history of domestic abuse and terrorism is abnormal by American standards, but normal by Muslim ones. The Abdulazeez family’s native Jordan has unprecedentedly high levels of support for Al Qaeda and ISIS. Honor killings of women continue to have support from inside the political system.

Among Palestinian Muslims, like the Abdulazeez family, as many as 1 in 4 support ISIS.  Palestinians who are displaced in their Jordanian homeland tend to affiliate with Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood which supports their cause, much as they do in Gaza where Hamas is the local Muslim Brotherhood franchise. All that made Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez into an even bigger threat to Americans.

Not only shouldn’t Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez have been working at a nuclear power plant, he should never have been in this country. The Chattanooga massacre did not have to happen.

Palestinian Muslims are indoctrinated in terrorism to a degree exceeding even ordinary Muslims. Their immigrants, first and second generation, who have committed acts of terrorism, include Nidal Malik Hasan, who murdered 13 Americans at Fort Hood in support of the Taliban, Mohammed Salameh, Ahmed Ajaj and Nidal Ayyad who took part in the bombing of the World Trade Center and Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, who shot seven people on top of the Empire State Building.

Of the six deadliest Muslim terror attacks against Americans, half involved Palestinian Arabs.

Muslim immigration is already a bad risk. Palestinian Muslim immigration is a bad risk even by the standards of bad risks. Muslim terrorist attacks in America have been disproportionately carried out by Egyptians, Pakistanis, Saudis and Palestinians. The latter are disproportionately involved in terrorism despite being part of a small population because they are governed by PLO and Hamas terrorists.

The Palestinian Muslims are a fake nationality groomed to be terrorists; an artificial group invested with no other identity except terrorism, no history except bombings and no future except more bloodshed.

After Chattanooga we can either waste more time puzzling through the dysfunctional, and yet entirely normal relationships of the Abdulazeez family, or we can end further immigration by a group from a place where honor killings and terrorism are normative. The social, political and religious problems of the Abdulazeez family and the Tsarnaev family are not our problems. We foolishly made them our problem by taking them in. And it doesn’t take reforming the whole Muslim world to get rid of them.

Both the Tsarnaev and the Abdulazeez families may not have spent every waking moment plotting to kill Americans, but they distinctly disliked us. No matter how “ordinary” their sons seemed, how many parties they attended and, how many of their American friends saw nothing wrong with them, they were always ticking time bombs waiting for the right confluence of theology and anger to explode.

The people of Boston and Chattanooga unknowingly lived with these ticking time bombs. Ticking time bombs just like them are all around us; Muslim families with scowling fathers, timid mothers, a history of failed businesses, growing resentment toward the infidel, sons who drift through life despite good schools and numerous opportunities until they find their focus around the black flag of the Jihad.

Americans should not have to live with these ticking time bombs. We should not be spending a fortune on failed efforts to “deradicalize” people whose degree of radicalism we wouldn’t have to worry about if we weren’t wrongly allowing them into this country.

If Youssef Abdulazeez had been deported after 9/11, Chattanooga would never have happened. His son’s killing spree would have become Jordan’s problem, Kuwait’s problem or someone else’s problem. Instead the authorities shrugged at the donation to a Hamas front group and moved on. Meanwhile in the Abdulazeez home, the time bomb went on ticking until it finally blew up.

If the United States stopped letting in people from cultures and countries where support for terrorism is widespread and affection for America is rarer than water in the desert, we would have less terrorism.

85% of Jordanians dislike America. The odds of a Muslim with Jordanian citizenship liking us were never very good. The best we could hope for was that he wouldn’t actually kill us. And that hope also failed. Instead of hoping that the Muslim immigrants who come here already hating us won’t kill us, maybe we should start rigging the odds in our favor. There are all sorts of practical ways to do that.

We could stop treating those international approval ratings as reasons to apologize to half the world and instead start using them to determine which countries we want immigrants from and which countries we don’t. If we did that, we would be getting more immigrants from the Philippines and fewer from Pakistan, there would be more Poles and fewer Palestinians, more Italians and fewer Egyptians.

And we don’t have to worry about Polish suicide bombers and Italians shooting up our soldiers for Allah.

After 9/11, there should have been zero tolerance for any support for terrorism. Youssef Abdulazeez and his entire family should have been on the first plane back to Jordan. And it’s still not too late.

After a terrorist attack, Israelis destroy the home of the terrorist. Before the Israelis, the British and the Ottomans had a history of using similar tactics. The idea is to remind the prospective terrorist that his family is responsible for his actions and to give the family a significant incentive to report an attack.

If that idea sounds abusive, we have been fighting the War on Drugs by using asset forfeiture to seize the property of pot growers even when the homes and land actually belong to their family members. Islamic terrorism is a much bigger threat than a bunch of pot and yet asset forfeiture has been used much more lightly with Muslim terrorists who have killed Americans than with a bunch of potheads.

If Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez had been growing pot in the basement, his family might have lost their home and their cars. Since he only carried out a brutal domestic terrorist attack against American military personnel, neither he nor they had nothing to worry about. And that’s just wrong.

What if the next Mohammod, Mohammed or Muhammad were to know that within 24 hours of his attack, his family would be denaturalized and on a plane back to their country accompanied by only the things that will fit in their suitcases? He might still go through with it or he might not. His family might report him or they might not. But the odds in our favor would suddenly go up.

Imagine if a terrorist attack were not followed by agonized psychoanalyzing of what went wrong, but were instead accompanied by swift and decisive action? There is no such thing as a lone wolf terrorist. The “lone wolf” acts in the name of a cause. His family is part of that cause. They may not have handed him a gun and pointed him at his target, but they helped fill his mind and heart with hate.

Now they need to go.

America needs an immigration policy and a deportation policy with zero tolerance for terrorism. It can and should begin here. It’s time to put our people first and to put those who hate us last.

Islam: The Greatest Murder Machine in History

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 When one thinks of mass murder, Hitler comes to mind. If not Hitler, then Tojo, Stalin, or Mao. Credit is given to the 20th-century totalitarians as the worst species of tyranny to have ever arisen. However, the alarming truth is that Islam has killed more than any of these, and may surpass all of them combined in numbers and cruelty.

The enormity of the slaughters of the “religion of peace” are so far beyond comprehension that even honest historians overlook the scale. When one looks beyond our myopic focus, Islam is the greatest killing machine in the history of mankind, bar none.

The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. — Will Durant, as quoted on Daniel Pipes site.

Conservative estimates place the number at 80 million dead Indians.

According to some calculations, the Indian (subcontinent) population decreased by 80 million between 1000 (conquest of Afghanistan) and 1525 (end of Delhi Sultanate). — Koenrad Elst as quoted on Daniel Pipes site

80 Million?! The conquistadors’ crimes pale into insignificance at that number. No wonder Hitler admired Islam as a fighting religion. He stood in awe of Islam, whose butchery even he did not surpass.

Over 110 Million Blacks were killed by Islam.

… a minumum of 28 Million African were enslaved in the Muslim Middle East.  Since, at least, 80 percent of those captured by Muslim slave traders were calculated to have died before reaching the slave market, it is believed that the death toll from 1400 years of Arab and Muslim slave raids into Africa could have been as high as 112 Millions.  When added to the number of those sold in the slave markets, the total number of African victims of the trans-Saharan and East African slave trade could be significantly higher than 140 Million people. — John Allembillah Azumah, author of The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa: A Quest for Inter-religious Dialogue

Add just those two numbers alone together, and Islam has surpassed the victims of 20th-century totalitarianism. However, it does not end there. Add the millions who died at the hand of Muslims in the Sudan in our lifetime.

Much of Islamic slavery was sexual in nature, with a preference for women. Those men who were captured were castrated. The mulatto children of the women were often killed, which explains why Islam was not demographically shifted towards the black race, unlike slaves in the West, who bore children to breed a mestizo class. Add in those dead children; and we arrive at well over 200 million.

Remember that in the 7th century, North Africa was almost totally Christian. What happened to them?

By the year 750, a hundred years after the conquest of Jerusalem, at least 50 percent of the world’s Christians found themselves under Muslim hegemony… Today there is no indigenous Christianity in the region [of Northwest Africa], no communities of Christians whose history can be traced to antiquity.– “Christianity Face to Face with Islam,” CERC

What happened to those Christian millions? Some converted. The rest?  Lost to history.

We know that over 1 million Europeans were enslaved by Barbary Pirates. How many died is anybody’s guess.

…for the 250 years between 1530 and 1780, the figure could easily have been as high as 1,250,000 –  BBC

In the Middle Ages…

…many slaves were passed through Armenia and were castrated there to fill the Muslim demand for eunuchs. — Slavery in Early Medieval Europe.

The same practice ran through Islamic Spain. North Europeans captured from raids up to Iceland, or purchased, were butchered in the castratoriums of Iberia. Many died from the operations that ran for centuries.

The number of dead from the Muslim conquest of the Balkans and Southern Italy is unknown, but again the numbers add up, surely into the millions over the centuries. Don’t forget the 1.5 million Armenian Christians killed by the Turks during WWI. We do know that over five centuries, vast numbers of Christian boys were kidnapped to become Islamic Janissary mercenaries for the Turks. Add those in, too.

Muslims prized blonde women for their harems; and so enslaved Slavic women were purchased in the bazaars of the Crimean Caliphate. In Muslim Spain, an annual tribute of 100 Visigothic [blonde] women was required from Spain’s Cantabrian coast.

For decades, 100 virgins per year were required by the Muslim rulers of Spain from the conquered population.  The tribute was only stopped when the Spaniards began fighting back — Jihad: Islam’s 1,300 Year War Against Western Civilisation

Add in the death toll from the Reconquista and the numbers climb higher.

Research has shown that the Dark Ages were not caused by the Goths, who eventually assimilated and Christianized:

…the real destroyers of classical civilization were the Muslims. It was the Arab Invasions… which broke the unity of the Mediterranean world and turned the Middle Sea — previously one of the world’s most important trading highways — into a battleground. It was only after the appearance of Islam… that the cities of the West, which depended upon the Mediterranean trade for their survival, began to die. — Islam Caused the Dark Ages

Add in those unknown millions who died as a consequence.

How many know the horrors of the conquest of Malaysia? The Buddhists of Thailand and Malaysia were slaughtered en masse.

When attacked and massacred by the Muslims, the Buddhists initially did not make any attempt to escape from their murderers. They accepted death with an air of fatalism and destiny. And hence they are not around today to tell their story. – History of Jihad.org

We may never know the numbers of dead.

After Muslims came to power in the early 15th century, animist hill peoples eventually disappeared due to their enslavement and ‘incorporation’ into the Muslim population of Malaya, Sumatra, Borneo, and Java via raids, tribute and purchase, especially of children. Java was the largest exporter of slaves around 1500. — Islam Monitor

In the same manner, Islam arrived in the Philippines. Only the appearance of the Spanish stopped a total collapse, and confined Islam to the southern islands.

The coming of the Spanish saved the Philippines from Islam, except for the Southern tip where the population had been converted to Islam.– History of Jihad.org

Again, the number of dead is unknown; but add them to the total.

The animist Filipinos were eager to ally with the Spanish against Islam. In fact, much of Southeast Asia welcomed the Spanish and Portuguese as preferable to Islam.

…from the 17th century successive Thai kings allied themselves with the seafaring Western powers – the Portuguese and the Dutch and succeeded in staving off the threat of Islam from the Muslim Malays and their Arab overlords.– History of Jihad.org  

A few galleons and muskets were not enough to conquer Asia. Islam had made the Europeans initially appear as liberators; and to a certain extent they were. Who were the real imperialists?

Even today…

…Malaysian Jihadis are plotting to transform multi-ethnic Malaysia into an Islamic Caliphate, and fomenting trouble in Southern Thailand.– History of Jihad.org

Add this all up. The African victims. The Indian victims. The European victims. Add in the Armenian genocide. Then add in the lesser known, but no doubt quite large number of victims of Eastern Asia. Add in the jihad committed by Muslims against China, which was invaded in 651 AD. Add in the Crimean Khanate predations on the Slavs, especially their women.

Though the numbers are not clear, what is obvious is that Islam is the greatest murder machine in history bar none, possibly exceeding 250 million dead. Possibly one-third to one-half or more of all those killed by war or slavery in history can be traced to Islam; and this is just a cursory examination.

Now consider the over 125 Million women today who have been genitally mutilated for Islamic honor’s sake. In spite of what apologists tell you, the practice is almost totally confined to Islamic areas.

New information from Iraqi Kurdistan raises the possibility that the problem is more prevalent in the Middle East than previously believed and that FGM is far more tied to religion than many Western academics and activists admit. – “Is Female Genital Mutilation an Islamic Problem?” ME Quarterly

Once thought concentrated in Africa, FGM has now been discovered to be common wherever Islam is found.

There are indications that FGM might be a phenomenon of epidemic proportions in the Arab Middle East. Hosken, for instance, notes that traditionally all women in the Persian Gulf region were mutilated. Arab governments refuse to address the problem. — “Is Female Genital Mutilation an Islamic Problem?” ME Quarterly

Remember that this has gone on for 1400 years; and was imposed on a population that had been formerly Christian or pagan.

FGM is practiced on large scale in Islamic Indonesia; and is increasing.

…far from scaling down, the problem of FGM in Indonesia has escalated sharply. The mass ceremonies in Bandung have grown bigger and more popular every year. — Guardian

The horrified British author of that Guardian article is still deluded that Islam does not support FGM, when in fact it is now settled that FGM is a core Islamic practice. Islamic women have been brainwashed to support their own abuse.

Abu Sahlieh further cited Muhammad as saying, “Circumcision is a sunna (tradition) for the men and makruma (honorable deed) for the women.”  — “Is Female Genital Mutilation an Islamic Problem?” ME Quarterly

What other tyranny does this? Not even the Nazis mutilated their own women!

Unlike the 20th-century totalitarians whose killing fury consumed themselves, reducing their longevity, Islam paces itself. In the end, though slower, Islam has killed and tortured far more than any other creed, religious or secular. Unlike secular tyranny, Islam, by virtue of its polygamy and sexual predations, reproduces itself and  increases.

Other tyrannies are furious infections, which burn hot, but are soon overcome. Islam is a slow terminal cancer, which metastasizes, and takes over. It never retreats. Its methods are more insidious, often imperceptible at first, driven by demographics. Like cancer, excision may be the only cure.

So whenever you read about this or that Israeli outrage — and there may be truth to the complaint — place the news in context. Look whom the Israelis are fighting against. Islam is like nothing else in history.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who is not Jewish, Latin, or Arab. He runs a website, http://latinarabia.com, where he discusses the subculture of Arabs in Latin America. He wishes his Spanish were better.

Ban the Flag of Islam (Thats YOU.@eBay.@amazon)

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By Jay Michaels// Whoa!  It turns Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez is a Muslim name.  Who’d a thunk?

It gets worse.  The Chattanooga shooter was a diligent student of the Qur’an and the Hadith.   He’s described as becoming increasingly “devout” recently, going to mosque each Friday and poring over the teachings of the Prophet.  Shortly before he killed four Marines and a Navy sailor, Abdulazeez texted a friend a Hadith verse:  “whoso ever shows enmity to a friend of mine, then I have declared war against him.”  On July 13 he set up a wordpress blog and posted two entries.  The first one concludes:  “We ask Allah to make us follow their [the companions of Mohammed’s] path. To give us a complete understanding of the message of Islam, and the strength to live by this knowledge, and to know what role we need to play to establish Islam in the world.”

Apparently poor Abdulazeez was not acquainted with the research of the Islamic scholar George W. Bush.  All he had to go by was what he’d read in the Qur’an and Hadith.  And his knowledge of the history of Islam.

It’s a bloody history.  Islam is a religion of conquest.  Twice Muslims have brought fire and sword to Europe.  In the 7th and 8th c. they poured out of Arabia, conquered the Christian Middle East, crossed Christian North Africa, and invaded Spain.  By middle of the 8th century all that remained unoccupied in Al-Andalus was the small kingdom of Asturia.  They then conducted raids, razzias, deep into France, until famously repulsed by Charles Martel at Tours in 732.

Hindus were not so fortunate.  The razzias of Mahmud of Ghazni in the 11th century resulted in the conquest of most of Southeast Asia.  (Attacks had begun promptly in the 7th century, but without Mahmud’s successes.)  Countless Hindu temples were destroyed and millions killed.  Population decreased by about 80 million in the five centuries after 1000.

In the 14th century, Muslims tackled Europe again.  This time it was the Turks who invaded Christendom, conquering and then ruling the Balkans for nearly 500 years.  They, too, were stopped in famous battles, in 1529 outside the gates of Vienna, and again in 1683.

Meanwhile, the Mediterranean remained a Muslim lake.  This had disrupted commerce in 7th and 8th century, and ushered in a true Dark Age.   Worse, for over a millennium, Muslim slavers not only captured travelers, but raided towns along the Italian, French, and Spanish coasts, depopulating extensive areas.  Between the 16th and 19th century alone, over a million Europeans were seized.   This is a paltry number compared to the 12-18 million or more Africans enslaved by Muslims, and untold numbers of Indians.

 

The Islamic corsairs flew the flag of Islam.  This was only adopted under the Ottomans, and there were many variants.  But for Southern Europeans, it was a far more ominous sight than the Jolly Roger.   The star and crescent was also flown by troops who entered villages in the Balkans, selected children they fancied, and shipped them off to Constantinople to become slaves of the Sultan.

The flag of slavers?  That rings a bell.  Of course, no version of the star and crescent on a green field flies over any statehouse.  So far.  But they are available on eBay and Amazon. Both sites have banned sales of the Confederate flag.

We’ve been told the Stars and Bars is a symbol of “hate.”  We’ve been told it’s “divisive” — a word has the same root as “diversity,” which is not only a Good Thing, but the Best Thing.   Go figure.

Maybe we should contact Amazon and eBay and let them know how deeply offensive it is that they are profiting from the sale of a symbol of hate.

Then we can move on to the burka, both symbol and tool of the enslavement of women.  (manufacturer’s tagline:  “when genital mutilation is not enough.”)  The burka, too, is available on Amazon.

China Confronts Islamist Terrorism

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The attention of the world has been focused on the Middle East and on the nuclear agreement with Iran that almost certainly will lead to that country becoming a nuclear power. Less attention has been paid to the link between a Muslim ethnic group in China and Islamist terrorists, and even less to the need for American-Chinese collaboration in the fight against Islamist terrorism.

China has the world’s largest population and can now be regarded as the fastest growing economy, having overtaken that of the United States in 2014. The Chinese economy has been slowing down over the last year, yet the growth has been estimated at 7 per cent during 2015.

Since the 1980s, the state socialism of the Communist system, the People’s Republic founded in 1949, has been transformed in many ways to one of private enterprise that has generated rapid growth. But that economic development has not been accompanied by political reform, and the Communist Party, the world’s largest party, retains a monopoly of power.

China has been having its share of problems. One acute one was the problem with its stock market equities and with inflationary trends. In June 2015 the Shanghai Composite Index plunged more than 30 per cent, an amount of $3 trillion, and nearly 1,500 companies halted their shares from trading. The turmoil in Chinese equities has shown that central government had failed to control events. The markets are operated and regulated by the state. However, the dramatic fall in the stock indices reflected weakness in regulation of capital markets as well as panic among retail investors, rather than weakening growth outlook.

China, using a variety of methods including threats to arrest those who were selling short, loosening monetary policy, and buying stocks directly, finally stopped the stock market plunge. China is obviously concerned with the problem that global investors, unhappy that many companies were suspended from trading during the stock market panic, are turning away from Chinese stocks.

Yet China is now concerned not only with growing its economy, but also with a threat that the democratic countries of the West and the United States have been facing and that continues to grow more formidable.

China is now forced to deal with the increasing threat of Islamist terrorism.

The main problem at present comes from the ethnic group, the Uighurs living in Xinjiang, the most northwesterly region of China, one bordering on the states of the former Soviet Union. The region contains about 20 million people of whom10 million are Uighurs, a mostly Sunni Muslim, Turkic speaking group that is recognized by China as one of the 56 ethnic groups in the country.

Mostly occupied with agriculture and trade, the Uighurs regard themselves as culturally and ethnically close to central Asian countries. The area for a few months in 1949 was declared an East Turkestan state, but then became part of Communist China. In October 1955 China set it up as an Autonomous Region, and refers to it as an inseparable part of the Chinese nation. Central authorities encouraged Han Chinese, now about 40 per cent of the Xinjiang population, to settle there. They have taken part in establishing the new industrial towns and family villages, and integrating the area into mainstream China.

The commercial and cultural activities of the Uighurs are severely controlled by the central Chinese authorities who have imposed restrictions both on the expressions of Islam and on the cultural identity of the people. Residents have difficulty in obtaining passports to travel, and women are restricted in wearing of veils.

This atmosphere of repression has led to violence. Grievances of Uighurs in the past have mostly been economic, cultural, or political in nature, involving either calls for an independent state or for greater political and cultural autonomy in China. Now, those grievances have become infused with Islamist terrorism, and pose a threat to Chinese security. Uighurs have established connections with both al-Qaeda and with the Islamic State (IS).

Information from China is understandingly imperfect and the exact danger of terrorism is arguable. What remains relatively unknown is the exact number of outbreaks of terrorism in Chinese territory although there are frequent reports of deadly clashes with police.

However, it is evident that from the 1990s Uighur separatist groups were mounting attacks against the central government: the most well-known group doing so is the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). This organization has been labeled a terrorist organization by China, by the United States, and by the United Nations Security Council. It is interesting that the Obama administration removed it from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations in 2012. The founder and former leader of ETIM was killed in 2003, and his successor was killed in 2010.

Instances of Islamist violence over the last few years have become known. Anti-government protests took place before the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and again in 2009 when riots led to 200 people being killed. In October 2013 a car ploughed into a crowd and burst into flames in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing two and injuring 40. In March 2014, stabbings in Kunming killed 29 people and injured 130 others. In April 2014 an attack was made with knives and explosives at the railroad station in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Another attack in the same town in May 2014 killed 31 and injured more than 90. On June 13, 2015, three knife-wielding terrorists trying to flee China to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria were killed.

China claims that some of these would-be jihadists received training from Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. Some of them fought in Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Uzbekistan.

The Chinese government says that 109 members of the Muslim Uighur community who had been repatriated by Thailand had gone there, perhaps assisted by Turkish diplomats, on their way to join the jihadists in Turkey, Syria, or Iraq. Presumably, the affinity of Turkey for the jihadists is due to the fact that Uighurs are also a Turkic people. Sixty-seven other Uighurs remain in Thailand which is uncertain on how to deal with them.

It appears that these would-be jihadists were radicalized by information and materials sent by the exiled World Uyghur Congress, a group based in Germany, as well as by ETIM. China believes that more than 300 Uighurs are fighting for IS in Iraq and Syria. Though little known, 22 Uighurs, captured in Asian fighting mostly in Afghanistan, are detained by the U.S. in Guantanamo Bay.

China now faces the same problem as the Western democracies and the United States. All fear the return of the local jihadists who may form a terrorist cell. The West may take lessons from China that has imposed border controls and countering those groups, especially Turks, who have given fake Turkish passports to the Uighurs whom they helped smuggle out of the country.

China, which contains about 20 million Muslims in its borders, has been forced to join in the fight against Islamist terrorism. As a result of its recent problems, China said it was willing to join that war against the Islamic State, but without joining the “international coalition,” or supporting air strikes. So far it is limiting its activity to personnel training of anti-Islamist fighters and emergency humanitarian assistance.

It is incumbent on the Obama administration to induce the Chinese to be more active in the fight against Islamist terrorism.