Courtroom Terror


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The following article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

Apologists often try to explain away Islamic terrorism as a byproduct of something else. The usual argument is that, because Muslims are politically, socially, or militarily weak—the archetypal example often given is Israel vis-à-vis the Palestinians—they have no choice but to resort to terror to strike at their stronger adversaries.   In other words, they resort to terrorism simply to even the odds—hence the argument that terrorism is the “weapon of the weak.”

Though this narrative is widely accepted, it is demonstrably false.  Consider the following account that took place a couple of weeks ago in Muslim-majority Egypt:

More than 300 Muslim lawyers inside and outside a courthouse in the southern Egyptian province of Assuit today [3/16] prevented defense lawyer Ahmad Sayed Gabali, who is representing the Christian, Makarem Diab, from going into court. Mr. Diab was found guilty of “Insulting the Muslim Prophet” and was scheduled today for a hearing on his appeal. Attorney Dr. Naguib Gabriell, head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization, said there was “terror in the Assiut Court today.” He added that he was on his way to court when he was advised that Muslim lawyers have issued death threats to any Christian lawyers who attend the court session. Makram Diab was assaulted by Muslim lawyers during his transfer from the courtroom and security failed to protect him.”  Peter Sarwat, a Coptic lawyer, said that Muslim lawyers representing the plaintiffs prevented the defense team from entering court: They said no Muslim will defend a Christian. It was agreed that Christian lawyers would take over and two Coptic lawyers volunteered, but the Muslims decided later that even Christians would not defend him.” Sarwat said the Muslim lawyers wanted to assault the chief judge but he managed to leave the court via a rear door [emphasis added].

The report goes on to explain how Muslim lawyers and activists went to court to defend Diab’s right to a fair trial only to be assaulted by other Muslim lawyers: “They were assaulting us in a beastly and strange way just because we went there to defend a citizen who happened to be a Christian,” said one of the lawyers, adding that exiting the court required security intervention: “We left court in a security vehicle which took us to Security headquarters, otherwise, we don’t know what the outcome would have been for us.”

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  • Larry

    Exactly the same thing happens in Pakistan, and will happen in Tunisia, Libya, Syria when the Assad regime falls, in Iraq when we leave, in Afghanistan when we leave, is happening in Nigeria, Mali, Sudan, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc, etc, the list goes on.

  • Schlomotion

    Lest we consider that Muslim society is innately barbaric and Israeli civilization is innately kind and wonderful:

    Israeli teen jailed for one year over assaulting Arab youths: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israeli-teen

    Two Jews Arrested for Assaulting an Arab on Jerusalem Light Rail: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/Israeli+News/

    Israeli settlers assaulting Palestinian children and women: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/isra

    Yesh Kodish settlers deforest a man's property: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=4

    • Bartimaeus

      You thinking is false. “Israeli teen jailed”. “Two Jews arrested”. Israeli law is far superior and much more humane than Sharia. 7th century barbarism codified in law is not morally equivalent to western law developed to secure humane rights. The freedoms and rights enjoyed by minorities in Israel are far superior to what is going on toward non-Moslem minorities in Egypt or any other Moslem country.

      • Schlomotion

        So have you not read any books since the Baby Boom or do you deliberately use the archaic spelling "Moslem" to denote a condescending librarian's attitude toward Muslims? Do you also use the term "negro?" Do you call Chinese people "Orientals?" Do you call Jews "Hebrews?"

        • Ghostwriter

          Well,Schlobrain. I'll spell it out for you. If a Jewish teen assaulted an Muslim teen in the Muslim world,I doubt that the Jewish teen would have LIVED long enough to have been tried. He would be dead.

        • Western Canadian

          Do we call you a dishonest moron and jew-hating jackass. Well, yes to that one. But you’ve earned it, many times over.

  • scum

    Shockingly weak article, and what a pathetic example in Egypt, and what a pathetically weak definition of terrorism. Of course, resorting to 'Dictionary.com' explains alot. If that event was terrorism, then the New Orleans Saints' "Bounty-Gate" is surely the same. Move on, people.

    • Frasier

      How is the article "shockingly weak," Scum? Is it not newsworthy for you when 300 Moslem lawyers violently attack a Christian? As for the definition Mr Ibrahim gives for terrorism, that's pretty much what my dictionary says. Does your dictionary define terrorism as "Sept 11"? Maybe he linked to dictionary.com to make it easy for all readers. You think? Maybe? Scum?

      • NotYou

        Who would sign in with a handle like 'Scum?' Does he hope for pitty or outrage when people answer him by name?

        I wonder if his definition of terrorism is getting yourself arrested so you can suicide bomb the courtroom by exploding their small, bigoted inbred minds with language they will kill to supress.

  • Nobody Important

    As usual, Mr. Ibrahim, well researched and written.

    Well, maybe not AS “well researched” as it could have been, at least with respect to your hyperlink under the text “byproduct of something else,” which, to the MLM and their well-greased mannequins in the Democrat party, essentially means “poverty.” While I won't take issue with the citation you offered there, I will offer an extended selection of additional references on Another Slow News Day's blog page confirming the liberal lie that poverty causes (or even promotes) Islamic terrorism.

    http://anotherslownewsday.wordpress.com/islam-pov

    Several dozen additional pages related to Islam and the lies it perpetuates (with the assistance of their fellow travelers in the MLM, DNC and WH) are accessible from the sub-topical branches on ASND's Update Topics / Religion / Islam menu tree.