Friday, October 27, 2006

The News From Gothenburg

GothenburgGothenburg - or Göteborg, as it is known to the Swedes - is an attractive city on the west coast of Sweden on the Kattegat. Up until the 1980s it was relatively ethnically homogeneous, inhabited mainly by “persons of Swedish background”. However, like so many other major Swedish cities, it now hosts a large immigrant population, mostly Muslims.

Earlier this month immigrant youths in Gothenburg staged “Ramadan riots“, a celebration of vandalism and violence which has become an annual ritual in some of the larger cities of Western Europe. The “youths” get to burn cars, break windows, and loot, and the European press, in full PC denial, gets to ignore them.

On a different topic, the October 25th edition of the Swedish newspaper GT posted an article about the unprecedented number of rapes reported in Gothenburg (for reader XY’s full translation of the article, go here):
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The number of reported rapes is higher than ever in Gothenburg. Right now there are so many cases that the police lack time to investigate them all — though at the same time more cases lead to prosecution.

“We are forced to set tough priorities,” says Christina Lycke-Alhbin, assistant manager of the investigation department.

Never before have the police in Gothenburg had this many ongoing rape investigations. They are now working with about 60 reports where the perpetrator is known. There are in addition a large number of cases with an unknown perpetrator.

“There is an increase, that’s easily observed,” says Christina Lycke-Alhbin.

Since the Swedish press is still fully PC, there is no mention of the religion or ethnicity of the rapists, and the collection of such statistics is in any case officially forbidden by the authorities. But, as Fjordman has frequently reported, there is plenty of evidence that immigrant youths are overwhelmingly responsible for the recent increase in the incidence of rape.

The GT article goes on to assert that the rape increase in Gothenburg “is caused by more people reporting assaults and because the law has changed to classify more crimes as rape.” This has become the standard line from the Swedish authorities when discussing the rape crisis. But, as Fjordman’s report on Sweden’s rape epidemic has shown, this argument doesn’t hold water:

The number of rape charges in Sweden has quadrupled in just above twenty years. Rape cases involving children under the age of 15 are six times as common today as they were a generation ago. Resident aliens from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia dominate the group of rape suspects. Lawyer Ann Christine Hjelm, who has investigated violent crimes in one court, found that 85 per cent of the convicted rapists were born on foreign soil or by foreign parents.

The official explanation given by Swedish authorities to this increase is that much of it is a “technical” increase due to the fact that more victims of rape now report this crime to the police. There is not a hint of evidence for this explanation. On the contrary, intimidation of people reporting any kind of crime to the police has rapidly worsened in Sweden during the same time period.

When the “youths” of Gothenburg aren’t out rioting and raping, they’re probably down at the Bellevue Mosque listening to an incendiary sermon from one of the resident radical imams. According to this translation of an OSC Report from October 19th,

GothenburgThe Islamic Sunni Center in Gothenburg, which runs the Bellevue Mosque, has become a center for extremism in western Sweden , according to media reports. The Swedish terrorism suspect on trial in Sarajevo, Mirsad Bektasevic, attended the mosque, as did the recently arrested Abu Usama El-Swede , described by the press as Bektasevic’s “mentor”. Two extremist youth groups are also associated with the mosque. The spokesman for one of the groups and El-Swede are very active on the Internet.

One of the prominent hotheads at the Bellevue Mosque is a Swedish convert to Islam who has taken on the nom de guerre “Abu Usama El-Swede”:

Bellevue as Extremist Hub . . . The tabloid daily Aftonbladet reported that Bektasevic’s mentor at the mosque was a Swedish convert to Islam, known by his online name Abu Usama El-Swede, who was arrested by the Swedish and British police in May 2006. The British police reportedly asked the Swedes to apprehend him after they came across his name among the contacts of a British suspect in custody. Authorities believed that El-Swede was also connected with Abu Hamza in the UK. He was released after interrogation, but was told he remained a suspect under investigation (30 May 2006).

Born Ralf Wadman, El-Swede changed his name to Abdu Raouf when he converted to Islam during his first prison term in 1998, following a history of petty crime and involvement in neo-Nazi groups. After the release, he moved to Morocco, where he married his first wife. Upon returning to Sweden, he divorced and became involved in narcotics. In 2003 he was arrested while smuggling the African drug khat from Denmark to Sweden. Before he could serve his sentence, he was arrested again for threatening a policeman. During the second prison term, he reassumed his Swedish last name (Metro, 31 May 2006).

According to Aftonbladet, El-Swede is a prolific contributor to Muslim chatrooms, where he has urged readers to “destroy Islam’s enemies and put fear into the hearts of the scum.” He has also issued threats against a Swedish evangelist preacher who last year called Muhammad a “pedophile” The same paper reported that in 2004 El-Swede maintained contact with a well-known neo-Nazi via one of his websites, and that the two discussed “taking up arms” and “storming” the Swedish Prime Minister’s office (19 November 2006, 27 January 2006).

Fjordman reported last year that Abu Usama El-Swede and his associates have called for terrorist attacks on the police and Swedish authorities.

I went looking for Abu Usama El-Swede’s postings on English-language Islamic forums, and found that some of them are now nearly blank, with a note that they are “edited”. His remaining entries are innocuous: evidently Abu Usama El-Swede decided that it would be prudent to remove some of his more incendiary writings from publicly-available sources.

According to the OSC report, another firebrand at the Bellevue Mosque is Abu Malik:

Speakers Espousing Fundamentalist Views — A frequent speaker at the Bellevue Mosque and Tuff [an extremist youth group] meetings is Anas Khalifa, who is widely quoted as espousing Salafi views in the media, and is a frequent contributor to Muslim chatrooms in Sweden. Khalifa, who uses the name Abu Malik on the Internet, also runs several extremist websites.

  • Sydsvenska Dagbladet described Khalifa as a charismatic speaker who appeals to youth because he is young and speaks their language (“immigrant Swedish”). He was a petty criminal before turning to Islam. He also lectures for the fundamentalist Islamic Cultural Association in Malmö (9 February 2006).
  • Khalifa preaches segregation of the Muslim community, claiming Muslims “cannot be friends with Christians or Jews” and “must not mix with them” because then “you become like them” (Sydsvenska Dagbladet, 9 February 2006; Swedish Television, 25 April 2006).

It’s not clear from the report whether Abu Malik is another “person of Swedish background” who has converted to Islam.

Muslims like Abu Usama El-Swede are particularly attractive as recruits to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups for infiltration into the United States. Have El-Swede shave off his beard and put on normal Western clothes, get him a fake passport with a Swedish name, and he could easily pass for any other Swedish tourist.

How many blond blue-eyed converts to Islam are there in Sweden? I have been unable to find any estimates of such statistics — perhaps some of our Scandinavian readers have information that they can leave in the comments…



Hat tip for the OSC report: reader LN.

11 comments:

ric ottaiano said...

Paris is now subject to a permanent intifada and American Muslims identify more readily with their religion rather than with their citizenship.

The latter is a precursor to the former if nothing is done.

Yorkshireminer said...

I ran a traveling sex circus in Sweden during the early 70s of the last century. I was in reality the roadie who set up the sound system in the different venues. I made sure the girls got back to the hotels and were up in the morning so we could get to the next show. It was titillation, it was fun, I was young and I enjoyed myself . I have never been one to moralise and I had plenty of fun myself, I wont go into details. What was important for me was that I never forced myself on any women or young lady. I asked, and if she said no that was it. The choice was theirs. This is the important difference the choice is theirs. These animals come to places like Sweden Denmark or Norway and assume because of their upbringing that they are the answer to a maiden's Prayer, there is no way they will accept that NO means NO, they will not except that women are mens EQUAL and that women are not tube of meat to be masturbated into. They will not accept that women go to bed with a man to see if he is the right fit, both mentally and physically. In fact to see if he is the right partner. They can't understand that a women who might be profligate with her affections in her youth will be a loving and faithful partner when she has found the right partner. Rape is a political statement and if these perpetrators are not punished quickly and with long sentences then the problem will only get worse. The Swedes should stop pussy footing around and put as many of these animals away for 20 years of hard labour. Then and only then will the followers of the religion of peace get the message

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Zoe said...

Oh my gosh, what horrible news... I was planning to travel there to work for a while in the next half a year. I've been to Göteborg last year, but didn't realize that its immigrant population was that large or caused as many problems as the ones in Malmö... This is horrible, horrible news... very discouraging for me, especially because i am a female with a European background and appearance.

Although i remember a friend of mine who moved out of Malmö last year, compalian about Göteborg. He'd gone through a few nasty incidents, one of which he had his bag disappear / stolen in a blink of an eye.

Vol-in-Law said...

Yorkshireminer:

"Rape is a political statement"

The feminists have been telling us that for years, but I guess we'd forgotten that rape is a powerful weapon of war. In the Bosnian war all three sides used it I believe, Croats possibly less than the Serbs & Bosniaks.

I posted this on a different thread but it should probably go here:

"Strategic Counter-Offensive"

"To turn a favorite piece of Bushbull around, we’re fighting them there while inviting them in to fight us here. Soon enough, unless we change course, we won’t be able to fight them there or here"

http://www.d-n-i.net/lind/lind_10_27_06.htm

Mr. C said...

A danish survey by anthropologist Tina G. Jensen and religion researcher Kate Østergaard from 2004 claims 5000 danes have converted to Islam. Their conclusion is that childhood with muslim friends and youth rebellion are main reasons for conversion. Personally, I think this is a gross over-simplification but I've translated a bit from their article below...

http://www.religion.dk/religionsdebatten:ktg=islam:aid=233509

"On the internet there's an abundance of professions of conversions from ethnic danes who have converted to islam. These professions are among the few sources on the conversion that's happening in Denmark nowadays. Some of them emphasize the issue of solidarity with the third world. The religiously seeking who find a trueness and simplicity in islam, which they often contrast to different kinds of christianity or a superficial materialistic society. Another theme is that islam works a cure of sorts for earlier problems such as substance abuse, crime and loneliness. Finally there's the feminist, who find the real women's liberation in islam."

The connection between the reasons given for these conversions is screaming you right in the face. If there were 5000 convertites in Denmark in 2004, I'd think 10.000 is a conservative estimate for Sweden. And we hear convertites are often more radical to prove their comittment. Islam also offers the perfect solution if you know you should be ashamed of yourself but don't have the guts to repent and take responsibility. I think this is called cognitive dissonance. I think much of the conversion happening in jails are due to this, and it renders the punishment ineffective. But I digress...

linearthinker said...

More digression...

The comment by yorkshireminer stirred memories of happier times. Passing through Goteborg on a post-service motorcycle oddessy in '69, I took a few minutes to relax at a floating cafe moored along a canal in the old city center. Over coffee and a sandwich, I was entertained by a ritual being played out down the block from the cafe. A bar across the street fronting the canal apparently was the home of a Swedish motorcycle gang. They'd boil out of the bar, rev up their cafe bikes with the dropped handlebars, lean over their tanks, and roar off in a cloud of exhaust fumes, greasy blond hair streaming back, leaving the street canyons echoing with 500cc thunder. Before the noise had died, they'd returned, stormed into the bar for a few minutes, and then the whole cycle was repeated, probably three times in half an hour. Some kind of modern Viking mating ritual I assumed. I remember getting caught in a traffic jam during shift change at the Volvo works. I wove throught the stalled autos to leave the congestion behind. The Swedes were pissed at that disorderly conduct by a foreigner.

Seems they could use a few Hell's Angels now.

chigalum said...

It's just not Europe unless the cities are in flames and blood is running in the streets. The brief period between WWII and the present was just an interlude while sophisticated Europeans searched for and found a new and more permanent means of self-destruction.

A quick look at your options shows that social upheaval can't be avoided. There is no going back and there is no one who can help you. Europe's future is chaos or Islam.

Vasarahammer said...

Gothenburg was recently in the headlines:

http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=5155&date=20061009

Power cut sparked vandalism in some of the northeastern suburbs populated by muslim immigrants.

ln said...

Mr. C said: "...I'd think 10.000 is a conservative estimate for Sweden."


A religion sociologist at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, Madeleine Sultán Sjöqvist, a lady that, to judge from her name, seems to belong to the misled crowd herself,
has intervjued and written about some fifty swedish women who have converted to Isalm.
She is of the opinion that the convertion is a reaktion against the modern, demanding society. In Islam these (weak) women find a fixed hub, well defined norms and a clear and pronounced roll as a woman. These swedish women often claim that they have met god (allah?) as well as any amount of angels. In their new role as muslim woman they have to obey a husband and being a muslim they can escape from the stupidities of modern life: appearance-fixation and slenderness-obsession for example. Not selldom they cover up in complete equipment - only the blue eyes are to be seen. Those who convert are often singels or divorced. Many of them move to the bigger cities, where it is easier to excercise their belief or doctrine! (I deliberately will not call it a religion.) Most convertites practice literalism: generally convertites shows a tendency to become orthodox - which is supposed to be a psychological phenomenom. Daniel Pipes has in the New York Sun 2005 written about how convertites not selldom become terrorist etc. Google for: Daniel Pipes+convert+islam and you will find it! Certainly having muslim childhood- and school-friends and growing up in or near a muslim "ghetto" and meeting and/or being "friendly" raped by matcho muslim teenage boys has an influence also.

It is against the law in Sweden to record citizen's religious belonging, so there exist no officiell records. A very rough estimation should be some 5000 to 7-, 8- or 9000 swedish
female convertites. As you might know the muslims themself do not talk about "convertites", as all human beings are born muslims and allready belong to allah (what megalomania!), these poor people are called "revertites." Back to the life of slavery! As Einstein said: two things ar infinite - human stupidity and the Universe, and I am not certain about the Universe.

Salam aleykom!

ln

heroyalwhyness said...

yorkshireminer . . .a video clip from MEMRI which explains what the musselmen are listening to: http://switch3.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ai=214&ar=1295wmv&ak=null