Since passing its minaret ban in 2009, Switzerland has been considered a stalwart in the anti-jihad cause. Like Denmark, however, it has a law against “racism” on its books. And also like Denmark, it recently put a man on trial for violating that law.
Unfortunately, unlike Lars Hedegaard, Avi Lipkin was convicted of “inciting hatred or discrimination against a person or a group of persons on the grounds of their race, ethnic origin or religion”.
I’ve added Mr. Lipkin’s name to the Roster of the Silenced. Here’s a brief summary of his case from Politically Incorrect, as translated by JLH:
Jew Sentenced for “Racism Against Islam”
The lecture tour of the Israeli author and Jewish theologian, Avi Lipkin (alias Victor Mordecai), before the vote on a minaret ban in Switzerland has cost him dearly. At that time, Lipkin warned that minarets are not church steeples, but “nails in the coffin of the West.” He explained that, according to the Biblical definitions, Allah displays more characteristics of Satan than of God. Because of this bald temerity, Lipkin was judged according the Swiss Anti-Racism law.
The radical “Islamic Central Council of Switzerland is triumphant.
[skip four paragraphs of Islamic fulmination]
So, two of the most extreme Islamic hate preachers in Switzerland saunter over to the Bern police on account of Muslim “I-am-offended-ness,” lay a charge of racism against a guest speaker from Israel and are judged correct. That is the state of our justice system.
More details about the Lipkin/Mordecai case may be found below in the new listing from the Roster of the Silenced. I’ve added his case and three others (including that of Lars Hedegaard) that were not listed in the first wave:
|Denmark||Name: Lars Hedegaard|
Initial charge: December 22, 2009 (reported to the police)
Disposition or final date: Acquitted January 31, 2011
Offense: Saying in an YouTube interview: “Girls in Muslim families are raped by their uncles, their cousins, or their fathers.”
Statute: Article 266b of the Danish Penal Code
Reported to the police on December 22nd 2009. Formal charges raised on July 12th 2010. Acquitted by the court on January 31st 2011.
Offence: Saying in an YouTube interview:
“Girls in Muslim families are raped by their uncles, their cousins, or their fathers.”
Charged under article 266b of the Danish Penal Code:
Publicly making statements that threaten, ridicule or hold in contempt a group due to race, skin colour, national or ethnic origin, faith or sexual orientation.
Lars Hedegaard is a historian, journalist, book author, and the former editor of the Danish daily Information. He is Chairman of the Danish Free Press Society.
The statements were reported to the police for ‘racism’ on December 22nd by Yilmaz Evcil, chairman of the Integration Council of Århus, second largest city in Denmark. Lars Hedegaard has not been under arrest during the case.
The interview took place in a private setting conducted by Asger Trier Engberg, on December 17th 2009 in Copenhagen. It was conducted in English and is still available at Snaphanen:
Disposition: After a hearing on January 24th 2011, Lars Hedegaard was acquitted by the judge on January 31st, 2011, on grounds that the statements were not intended to be made public. The Public Prosecutor might still appeal the verdict. 15 Muslims have filed individual cases against Hedegaard for libel, which are still pending.
In a related case, Danish MP Jesper Langballe was convicted for supporting Lars Hedegaard in a newspaper piece.
|Netherlands||Name: Zoka F., a.k.a. Mohammed Rasoel|
Initial charge: Subpoena: October 15, 1990
Disposition or final date: Convicted December 16, 1992
Offense: The insult of a group and inciting hatred and discrimination
Statute: Dutch Criminal Code 23, 24, 24c; 57; 137c+d
Link: Dutch version (pdf)
Convicted by Amsterdam court judge E. J. van Schaardenburg-Louwe Kooijmans.
Details on the statutes used : 23, 24, 24c (a fine, if not paid: a jail term); 57 (the combining of crimes); 137c+d (group insult, inciting hatred and discrimination).
English version (cache)
Koenraad Elst, "The Rushdie Rules" [section "The Mohamed Rasoel Case" under "Censorship in Europe"], Middle East Quarterly, June 1998.
Zoka F., a Pakistani immigrant and vaudeville artist (born Karachi, 1951), living in the Netherlands and hired by the anonymous writer to pretend to be “Mohamed Rasoel” [Muhammad the Prophet, Predictor, or Clairvoyant], was charged for supposedly having written the book “De Ondergang van Nederland, Land der naieve Dwazen” (publ. Gerard Timmer, Amsterdam 1990) [“The Downfall of the Netherlands — Land of the Naïve Fools”]. The charges were brought by the Anne Frank Foundation [Hans Westra].
Initial research concerning the charges was conducted by the Nederlands Centrum Buitenlanders [Mohammed Rabbae]. Rasoul was accused “having written alone or with others in 1989/1990 “The downfall of the Netherlands”, which is offensive and discriminatory to Moroccans, Turks and other foreigners, and thus has incited to hatred under Article 90quater [discrimination], Penal Code, because of their race / religion” [specified to 137c+d].
In the book — written as a response on the Muslim outrage following the publication of Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” — “Mohamed Rasoel had warned in his book that the Dutch [the naïve fools] are making an error to tolerate the establishment of Islamic institutions and the mushrooming growth of their Muslim population. He predicted that this would lead to a civil war and, at best, the country's partition”* [in 2020]. The judge decided that Rasoel had made “unjustified generalizations” by contrasting “soft Dutchmen” with “crude, cruel, corrupt and bloodthirsty Muslims”,* and convicted the accused — who refused to confirm or deny whether he had written the book [he had not] — was convicted in 1992 to pay a fine of 2000 guilders (€907).
*Quotes from the article by Koenraad Elst [see above]
|Switzerland||Name: Lipkin, Avi (alias Victor Mordecai)|
Initial charge: October 12, 2009 (original offense and charge)
Disposition or final date: January 16, 2011 (convicted)
Offense: Publicly inciting hatred or discrimination against a person or a group of persons on the grounds of their race, ethnic origin or religion
Statute: Article 261 of Swiss criminal law (pdf)
Link: The Sword of Islam
Mr. Mordecai was talking about the threat of Islam symbolized in the minarets just before the minaret ban vote. He was simply quoting the Koran and explaining why Islam is targeting both Jews and Christians in the same way — Judaism on Saturday (shabbat), Christianity on Sunday.
English version of the law, pp 99-100 (pdf):
Any person who publicly incites hatred or discrimination against a person or a group of persons on the grounds of their race, ethnic origin or religion,
any person who publicly disseminates ideologies that have as their object the systematic denigration or defamation of the members of a race, ethnic group or religion,
any person who with the same objective organises, encourages or participates in propaganda campaigns,
any person who publicly denigrates or discriminates against another or a group of persons on the grounds of their race, ethnic origin or religion in a manner that violates human dignity, whether verbally, in writing or pictorially, by using gestures, through acts of aggression or by other means, or any person who on any of these grounds denies, trivialises or seeks justification for genocide or other crimes against humanity,
any person who refuses to provide a service to another on the grounds of that person’s race, ethnic origin or religion when that service is intended to be provided to the general public, shall be liable to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty.
Tip: Politically Incorrect
|USA||Name: Pastor Mark Holick|
Initial charge: August 27, 2010
Disposition or final date: November 19, 2010 (subsequent charge)
Offense: Set up a Gospel distribution project on the public sidewalk in front of a mosque. Then defended self in court, asked cogent questions, brought 30 church members to court
Statute: Loitering, Failure to Disperse, and Contempt of Court
Link: The Forum Site
First Arrest: Pastor Mark Holick of Spirit One Christian Center of Wichita, Kansas, was arrested on August 27, 2010, during Ramadan. “Police were called when Islamists witnessed Holick and 13 others handing out packets that included the Gospel of John, the Book of Romans in English and Arabic, and a DVD with testimonies of former Muslims who have converted to Christianity.”
Second Arrest: “‘Then we had a number of our members there and it’s just my opinion that he’s not used to that. At one point the judge began to talk about how people were attempting to intimidate him,’ Holick continued.’ ‘Holick told WND the result of the recent hearing in Kansas’ Sedgwick County District Court was that he was cited for contempt when he angrily responded to court restrictions on his attempts to introduce his arguments. What we think happens next is that this case has been set aside and is going to have to be retried, I’m guessing. The next thing is that I have a hearing for a contempt of court charge,’ Holick stated.”
The initial charge was Loitering and Failure to Disburse. The subsequent charge was Contempt of Court.
If you’d like to send in more candidates for the list, please include the following:
- Date of initial charge or encounter with the law
- A brief description of the offense
The following additional information is optional, but welcome:
- Final date, with disposition of the case
- The legal statute cited for the charge
- A link to a website with more information
- A few short paragraphs of notes to provide context
The entries from the roster posted above may serve as a model for what is needed.
Previous posts about The Roster of the Silenced:
|2011||Jan||15||The Roster of the Silenced|
|17||The Roster of the Silenced: First Wave|
|18||Silenced in Kansas|