Thursday, September 18, 2008

Filip Dewinter Wins the “Oriana Fallaci Prize”

I just received the following report by a member of Vlaams Belang on the recent conference in Florence.

Filip Dewinter wins the “Oriana Fallaci Prize”

Filip Dewinter was invited by the “Associazione Una Via Per Oriana” for the commemoration in Florence of the Italian author Oriana Fallaci. Following this event, Filip Dewinter was honoured with the prize “Oriana Fallaci” by the president of Una Via Per Oriana, Armando Manocchia. In his speech, Manocchia stressed that the prize was awarded to Filip Dewinter “because of the courage he has, rowing upstream against the flood wave of political correctness. With ‘Cities Against Islamisation’ Filip Dewinter has funded a democratic movement of resistance that will protect our European identity and Western civilisation against the Islamic religion of conquest”.

Florence Counterjihad conference
Left to right: Bat Ye’or, Armando Manocchia, and Filip Dewinter

The conference in Florence bore the theme “Islamophobia and Freedom of Speech”. Oriana Fallaci was a well-known progressive Italian journalist who wrote two books after the terrorist attack of 9/11 with sharp criticism against Multiculturalism and Islam. These books, The Force of Reason and The Rage and the Pride were translated into many different languages, and millions of copies have been sold worldwide. Many of leading authors who are critical of Islam were present at the commemoration, including Bat Ye’or, David Littman, and others.
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Filip Dewinter addressed the audience as the president of “Cities Against Islamisation”. He said: “Oriana Fallaci was driven by a mission; her mission consisted in prosecuting the cowardice of Western and European politicians, and in breaching the European policy of consensus. After the 9/11 attacks Oriana Fallaci tried with her sharp writings to open the eyes of the European intellectual, political, and social elite that had been collectively hummed asleep by the leftist multiculturalism.”

Filip Dewinter quoted Oriana Fallaci on Islam: “Islam is like a pool, and a pool is a puddle of water standing still. Water that does not flow away, does not move, and thereby is never purified. The West is like a river nourishing life. It’s like water that flows on, that’s purified and renewed in it’s course, that absorbs other water and finally reaches the vast sea. Thanks to the force of reason we’ll eventually prevail. But hence we must continuously renew, continuously absorb other water and prevent any dam against the flow of the water current.”

The full text of the speech by Filip Dewinter, including the photo gallery of the event, can be viewed on, or here.


Western Initiatives said...

Congratulations! Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

I always liked Filip Dewinter ever since I first heard of him last October. What a deserving person of this prize.

Conservative Swede said...

I got an email from “Associazione Una Via Per Oriana” which announced several other people being awarded with the Oriana Fallaci Prize, e.g. Geert Wilders and Robert Spencer.

Here are the motivations for Dewinter and Spencer:

Hon.Filip Dewinter,
for his courage, the quality of his work for his Party and the association which he founded in a Nation in crisis from a multiculturalist Europe, in spite of being the target for deeply unjust political criticism.


Robert Spencer,
for his ability to focus and maintain world attention on Jihad and Dhimmitude, for the courage with which he writes, lives and works.

Hereby they have found that very good balance, which I have been talking about in my exchanges with Erich.

Excellent choices, and excellent formulations!

Way to go Armando, and the whole team!!!

Hesperado said...

Will Robert Spencer apologize to Filip Dewinter now?