The following article just appeared in VG.no, the website for Norway’s largest newspaper, and was translated by our Norwegian correspondent The Observer.
It concerns a culturally enriched young woman named Aisha Shezadi, who is touring Norwegian schools giving talks about her personal values as they inform her decision to wear the niqab. Among her other values — which she is not discussing in her school talks — are fundamentalist Islamic sentiments which mandate support for the Taliban in their fight against Western forces stationed in Afghanistan.
Ms. Shezadi’s tour is funded in part by a literary association, which one may assume — this being Norway — acts as a semi-official arm of the government. The association dismisses concerns about funding a woman who supports its soldiers’ sworn enemies by saying, “There are many writers with many different opinions, both political and religious.”
But not really, of course; not in Modern Multicultural Norway.
Why is it all right for them to sponsor Ms. Shezadi? Here’s the justification: “She doesn’t encourage others to commit violence, and what she’s writing is not illegal. So we cannot see why we should terminate our cooperation with her.”
Such tolerance! Such respect for differences of opinion!
It would be wonderful if it were true. But remember: this woman actively supports an ultra-violent Islamic terror group, and the Norwegian state has no problem with allowing her to express her views, and even pays for her to do so.
Yet the same state has hounded, demonized, and ostracized conservative writers who do not promote violence and do not support organizations that commit violence. Their only crime is to oppose mass immigration and Islamization, which views are said to have caused — actually caused, mind you — the massacre of innocents by Anders Behring Breivik.
The sheer hypocrisy of it all is breathtaking.
As The Observer notes: “Maybe the other side (conservatives) should be allowed to talk to Norwegian students too?”
Not bloody likely.
The translation from today’s VG.no:
Aisha (20) supports the Taliban: Give talks to Norwegian students
Indifferent to hate video
Aisha Shezadi (20), from Bærum, is currently visiting schools all over the country. She wholeheartedly supports yesterday’s controversial demonstration in front of Parliament.
The young woman tells VG that she is indifferent to the hate video that created such heated debate earlier in the week. She also supports the Taliban in its war against Norwegian soldiers.
On January 11, in a Facebook comment under a picture where an ISAF and a Taliban fighter are juxtaposed, she writes:
“No matter how well equipped they are, they will never eliminate the lions of Allah.”
“I support the Afghan freedom struggle against the ISAF soldiers, but I don’t necessarily support every tactic employed by the Taliban,” she says when VG confronts her with the statement.
The video was published on the Facebook page belonging to the organizers of yesterday’s demonstration against the Norwegian military involvement in Afghanistan. The PST sees the video as a direct threat to the royal family, the foreign minister, and the prime minister.
“I have really don’t have an opinion on it. Like many others I’m highly critical of the war in Afghanistan. It is a shameful war. Violence never solves anything,” the twenty-year-old says
These days she visits Norwegian schools and give talks about her values — partly paid for by the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association
She is among the very few who openly expressed support for yesterday’s controversial demonstration on social media network sites.
“I support the message of the demonstration, which is to get Norwegian troops out of Afghanistan,” she says to VG.
Shezadi has been very active on the Facebook page “Demonstration: Norwegian troops out of Afghanistan”, and she has made several controversial statements.
“In sha Allah, the demonstration will be a success … and the more attention it gets, the better it is for us — because then more will follow, we will In sha Allah (God willing) show what we can achieve […]” she wrote on January 10 on the Facebook page.
On the Facebook page Shezadi also voiced support for the Taliban Islamist movement, and says that democracy is unnecessary if there is Islamic law, Sharia.
“In theory, there’s no need for democracy if there is an Islamic state because the state itself will be governed by the principles of Sharia,” she says.
Sponsored by Norwegian organizations
The organization Les! (“Read!”) and the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association (NFF), sponsors Shezadi’s tour to teach Norwegian students about her values.
“The reason for the tour is to talk about her personal decision to wear a niqab, and she respects those guidelines. She also emphasizes that she doesn’t discuss other peoples choices or talk on behalf of other groups,” says Wanda Voldner, leader of the organization Les!
“My personal opinions on the demonstration and the video have absolutely nothing to do with this tour. I only talk about my book Unveiled and what it’s like to wear the niqab in Norway,” Shezadi says
Aisha Shezadi also reacted to statements made by Louiza Louhibi (21), who earlier this week was interviewed by VG and talked about the threats she received by the organizers behind Friday’s demonstration.
“So, good for you then that you’re engaging in censorship of those who disagree with you then … wimp,” Shezadi wrote in a comment to the group “Oppose net extremists”, a site founded and run by Louhibi.
“I think it was cowardly of Louiza Louhibi to censor comments. She removed several that she didn’t like — which basically contradicts the freedom of expression that she is championing,” Shezadi says.
You are 20 years old. You know what you’re saying can cause reactions?
“Don’t misunderstand me. I condone everything I have written and said, but because I don’t go into explicit detail about everything I write it can be perceived as controversial,” she explains.
Does not encourage violence
The association Les! has this to say about Shezadi’s Facebook comments:
“She doesn’t encourage others to commit violence, and what she’s writing is not illegal. So we cannot see why we should terminate our cooperation with her,” says Voldnes.
The Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association (NFF), sponsors the school tour. Their views are:
“There are many writers with many different opinions, both political and religious. NFF does not engage in censorship. We have no position on this, and it has no impact on our funding of the tour,” says Trond Andreassen, Secretary General of the NFF.
Aisha Shezadi did not participate in yesterday’s demonstration, as she was sick.