Celebrating French Dhimmitude at the New York Times

1348425635-hardline-islamists-protest-outside-the-french-embassy-in-london_1467284Last week, under the headline “A French Town Bridges the Gap Between Muslims and Non-Muslims,” New York Times reporter Alissa J. Rubin celebrated what she depicted as the multicultural harmony of Roubaix, a heavily Muslim burg in northeastern France. Muslims, she raved, “feel at home here,” largely because Roubaix “has made a point of embracing its Muslim population, proportionately one of the largest in the country.”

This deliberate “embrace” of Muslims, Rubin explained, distinguishes Roubaix from other French municipalities, where, she maintained, Muslims are systematically made to feel like “outsiders” by bigoted natives. (At the Times, of course, the only problem relating to Muslims in Europe is Islamophobia.) In France, Rubin lamented, anti-Muslim crimes have “increased 28 percent this year.” (There was no mention – surprise! – of crimes committed by Muslims, which vastly outnumber those committed against Muslims and have turned more and more French neighborhoods into no-go zones.)

Okay, so how has Roubaix succeeded in not alienating its Muslims? By breaking, Rubin said, “with a rigid interpretation of the country’s state secularism” and promoting “an active Muslim community.” Meaning what, exactly? Well, things like this: the town hospital has a Muslim chaplain; the mayor’s office helps Muslims find places to worship. Then there’s the town’s “consortium” – an official board whose members, representing various religious constituencies, try to figure out how “to respond to the needs of different groups.”

And that was about it. Rubin’s piece was bafflingly short on convincing details illustrative of Roubaix’s Muslim “embrace.” But whatever Rubin was praising, her bottom line was clear: Roubaix should be a role model for other French towns and cities. “Roubaix is a cradle…Roubaix is representative of living in harmony,” a Muslim activist told her. A mayoral spokesman called the town “a laboratory.” And Farid Gacem, the full-bearded, jellaba-wearing president of Roubaix’s Abu Bakr Mosque, pronounced that he was “comfortable in these clothes here in Roubaix.” Rubin concluded by introducing us to Josiane Derenoncourt, a French widow who long ago “converted informally” from Christianity to Islam, her late husband’s faith. “Is she Christian or Muslim?” asked Rubin, who answered her own question: “In this corner of France, she can be both.”

Thus ended Rubin’s piece – with the absurd claim that in a town that “embraces” its Muslim population, a person can somehow be both Christian and Muslim at once. Does Rubin really not know that for a Muslim to call himself a Christian amounts to apostasy, and that Islam regards apostasy as a capital crime? Does she realize that untold numbers of Muslim-born individuals throughout the Islamic world are executed annually for saying that they’re now something other than 100% Muslim? Or can it be that she’s fully aware of this fact, and is simply hoping that her readers will be unaware of it, so that they’ll buy her pretty – but preposterous – picture?

Does Rubin not know – or does she know, but not want us to know? This, as it happens, is the question one keeps asking throughout Rubin’s piece, almost every sentence of which is the product of either wholesale dishonesty or thoroughgoing ignorance. But which? Does Rubin know, for example, that Islamic militants in France call Roubaix “le beau jardin de l’islamo-gauchisme” – “the beautiful garden of Islamo-leftism”? Or did she leave that out on purpose? Does she know that as long ago as 2003, it was an established fact that the town’s Dawa Mosque is run by Salafists? Is she aware that, as I wrote in my 2006 book While Europe Slept, a public official once “met with an imam at the edge of Roubaix’s Muslim district out of respect for his declaration of the neighborhood as Islamic territory to which she had no right of access”?

The list goes on. Does Rubin know that, in partnership with the town government and with a Palestinian “charity,” the Roubaix Association of Encounter and Dialogue (ARD) – which would appear to be the “consortium” Rubin praises as central to the town’s successful multiculturalism – solicited donations in 2006 for “Palestinian orphans” who turned out to be the children of shahid (i.e. suicide bombers)? Does she know that that fundraising campaign was part of a broader venture run by radical cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and that the donations were channeled to Hamas? Does she know that in 2004, after Le Figaro unearthed a recording of a vile anti-Semitic rant by radical cleric Hassan Iquiossen, the ARD chose not to cancel but just to postpone an event featuring Iquiossen – an ARD leader explaining that he wasn’t put off by Iquiossen’s anti-Semitism but was merely responding pragmatically to “the unleashing of the media machine”?

Then there’s the president of the Abu Bakr Mosque, Farid Gacim, who told Rubin he felt comfortable wearing his jellaba in Roubaix. Does Rubin know that Gacim’s mosque was the subject of a headline-making 2010 documentary directed by Jean-Paul Lepers for France 4? Is she aware that Lepers spoke in the documentary to Gacim himself, who confessed his longing for a more “normal” society than that found in France – by which, he explained, he meant a social order of the sort imposed by the Taliban, including the enforced wearing of burkas and the stoning of transgressors?

Is Rubin even unaware of the French newsweekly Marianne‘s alarming four-page report about Islam in Roubaix? Marianne‘s article, published in 2006, painted a picture very similar to that painted by Lepers’s TV program – and very different from Rubin’s. In Roubaix, according to Marianne, “the Republic is losing ground” because “the proponents of hard-core Islam are rampant and enjoy complete impunity.” A Roubaix resident told Marianne that Roubaix is dominated by something he called “Islamo-Roubaix leftism” and that the town serves as an incubator for “violently anti-Republican” politics. Roubaix’s elected leaders, he complained, had “long given their blessing, and tens of thousands of dollars in annual subsidies, to associations whose objective is to promote political Islam.” Chief among these groups, he said, was the ARD, which had sponsored talks not only by Iquioussen but also by Tariq Ramadan, the dodgy grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Bana. When Marianne‘s reporter phoned Ali Rahni, the head of the ARD, Rahni reacted belligerently, warning: “If you play with fire, you’ll get burned!” Like Lepers’s documentary, Marianne‘s article received widespread attention. It’s available online in its entirety. And yet Rubin is silent about it. Why?

If Rubin wasn’t aware of these and the other sources I’ve cited (despite the fact that a quick Google search of “Roubaix” and of words like “mosque” and “Islam” will turn all of them up in a trice), it means one thing: she did virtually zero research for her piece, relying entirely on the testimony of a few Muslims in Roubaix and their political allies. If this is the case, it’s more than fair to ask: Why? This was, after all, a non-deadline article for the august New York Times. Couldn’t she spare an hour or two to read the materials I’ve cited? If, on the other hand, she has consulted these sources, why isn’t there any trace of that reading in her piece? Doesn’t she think it’s relevant that, for example, the charming imam who told her he was at ease wearing his jellaba on the streets of Roubaix is an advocate of Taliban-style justice?

What the Lepers documentary, the Marianne article, and the other sources I’ve cited make abundantly clear is that Roubaix is indeed a model – a model of rank, shameless official dhimmitude. Roubaix has attained social harmony – if you want to call it that – by selling out completely to the proponents of sharia. This, it would appear, is the achievement that Rubin was celebrating in her article. But the question remains: is she an outright liar who deliberately whitewashed the reality of Roubaix in order to disguise the fact that what she was celebrating was nothing more or less than dhimmitude? Or is she an utter fool, who honestly doesn’t recognize that what she witnessed in Roubaix is not some kind of triumph of multicultural concord but an ignominious capitulation?

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  • Chez

    Liar or fool? Neither….she’s an ideologue. If she was privy to the Marianne article – and she probably was, I’m sure she dismissed it outright as right-wing propaganda. Her own article was meant to validate all her ideological preconceptions. Muslims are mostly non-white, they are non-Christians, and they are anti-American. These are sanctifying qualities in the leftist ethos.

    I love the local resident’s use of the term “Islamo-leftism.” I think we in the anti-Jihad should enthusiastically adopt the phrase (I’ve been using the term ‘Islamo-Left’ for years). Doing so will alert centrists and the apolitical of the organic linkage between the two groups….and it might just compel some soul-searching among those Leftists who are not comfortable with association with Islam, Furthermore, it establishes the appropriate pecking order….that the Left is the junior partner in this alliance, and that they are destined to be subsumed by their eventual Muslim masters.

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      Liar…fool…ideologue…all accurate descriptions. Rubin is not, however, a self-respecting Jew.

  • SoCalMike

    A.J. Rubin is another false prophet and a traitor in the service of jihad.
    There is a special places in Hades with her name on it.
    The left has treason and betrayal burned into their bones and flowing through their veins.
    Spit on Ms. Rubin if you see her.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Yes, Rubin is ignorant, duplicitous, or both. Still, there’s another thing to consider: Rubin enjoys a prestigious job with the Times that stations her in Paris; even if she were so inclined, would she would seek to file stories that contradict the Times’ preferred narrative? Not very likely.

    Then again, such a person would never be in that position in the first place.

    • fscarn

      When it comes to the NYT, I believe nothing, not even the date or page numbers.

      Rule applies to most of the MSM.

  • PouponMarks

    Another suicidal, Marxist/Atheist/Socialist, self loathing Jew. She is worse than a teenage girl trollop that spreads her knees for the lowest and grubbiest boys in high school, just to spite her parents, being a “rebel”, or some other irrational, self destructive motivation.

    Her Liberalism is a mental disorder. Following in the NYT proud tradition of Walter Duranty.

  • Don Zimmer

    Europe is lost. It is only a matter of time. I believe that first country which will come under Muslim domination is Great Britain, where the appeasement of Muslims is beyond compare. France, for the reasons made clear in this article, will be next. Liberal-dominated Europe will continue on the road to dhimmitude. European liberals, like those in America, find Islam attractive for three primary reasons: it is anti-Semitic, it is anti-Christian, it is anti-free enterprise. They will find out, however, that riding the back of this Islamic tiger, will result in their being devoured by the same animal.

    • Drakken

      Europe is far from lost, the goofy left will push until the inevitable backlash begins and nothing will stop it when it begins. The one thing Europeans are really good at when push comes to shove is going nationalistic and doing things that will make a Serb blush. There will be blood and lots of it in the coming days and you can take that to the bank.

      • Hktony

        You might be right. The younger generation especially the working class are not listening to the left bullshit. Many older pe too

        • Hktony

          People too are fed up with Muslims . There maybe a backlash in time not just in Britain but europe.

        • Drakken

          The younger generation is increasingly becoming nationalistic and defending themselves from Islamic aggression, it just is never reported in the news. You ever wonder why you never hear of Islamic aggression in eastern Europe? Because they have he stones to deal with the problems and law enforcement pretty much turns a blind eye to it and in a lot of cases actively participate.
          One of the these muslim savages in the near future in a western country is going to spark the whole thing off by a small action and it will spread like wildfire to other regions and by that time it will be too late for the govts to act.

    • pinuche

      France is not lost. French republic is lost, which is far different. Trust real french people to sacrify themselves for their identity, their culture, their country, their ancestors, their children. There will be blood but France will surrender.

  • David vincent

    Good job FPM exposing these dangerous mind controlled traitors.

  • pinuche


    I’m a french citizen and I have lived in Lille, the main city of northern region, very close to Roubaix. I know this city quite well and can explain you why multiculturalism works well in Roubaix. It’s very simple : the more the time goes, the more non muslims leave this city. Every time you would have trouble with muslims because they look after your car, your young and beautiful 16 y.o daughter … whatever, you have to leave. Nobody will support you, help you. Local authorities will never support you if you have troubles with muslims. You just have to leave.
    Then yeah, it’s a very pleasant city for muslims, non muslim leave the city in silence without creating any troubles. In a few years Roubaix will be a monocultural city and leave only by traffics and social care. If the condition to make whole France pleasant for muslim is to make become every french city like Roubaix, then I’m on the evil side according Ms Rubin point of view.
    Unfortunaltely you can’t comment the article on NYT website.

  • Another French

    I am a French reader of the NYT. Please find hereunder the message I sent to the NYT and A. Rubin a few days ago …..

    A French Town Bridges the Gap Between Muslims and Non-Muslims by A. Rubin

    am a French reader and I wish to let you and A. Rubin know that this
    article is the worse piece of crap that I have ever read about France.
    Has A. Rubin ever been to Roubaix ? or is she just translating an
    article written by some French person paid by our governement to push
    down our throat this multi-culti paradise our politicians are
    desperately trying to build, their dream being to destroy the French
    culture and the French people.

    This article is a shame ! A. Rubin should look up the following links :

    She may learn more about Roubaix AFTER LISTENING THIS VIDEO !

    Hereunder, the text in French of what this charming guy (from Roubaix mosque) is explaining to the journalist :
    Le trésorier d’une mosquée de Roubaix défend la lapidation et la charia !
    Publié le 20 septembre 2010 par Catherine Ségurane – Article du nº 163

    Rappelons les faits :

    un reportage de John-Paul Lepers, diffusé sur France 4 vendredi 10 à 22
    h 45 Qui a peur de l’islam ?, on peut entendre une interview
    stupéfiante. Elle émane de Rachid Gacem, trésorier de la mosquée Abou
    Bakr Essedik dans le quartier de la Pile à Roubaix.

    Extraits :

    La lapidation, je serais dans un pays musulman, je dis oui …. c’est la
    loi divine … couper la main à un voleur, je suis d’accord »

    Et si la France devient majoritairement musulmane comme Roubaix est en passe de le devenir?

    « Si demain la France devient majoritairement musulmane, c’est la charia qui doit prendre le truc, et alors ? » .

    responsables musulmans sont présents et ne démentent pas. Ils
    essaieront ensuite en vain d’obtenir la coupure de ces passages au

    Ces propos sont parfaitemement clairs et audibles ; ils
    se suffisent à eux mêmes et ne sont pas tributaires d’éléments
    extérieurs de présentation ou de contexte. Le lecteur peut se faire sa
    propre opinion en regardant le reportage, soit par extrait, soit
    intégralement, sur Fdesouche.com

    Does A. Rubin understand French ? I hope she does ….

  • Mitch

    I am French and I can tell you that the islamisation of Roubaix is a fact, and that the French liberals (I indeed mean leftists) are indeed in favor of Muslims and against christians.