Counter Jihad Brussels: 18-19 October 2007
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Counter Jihad Brussels: 18-19 October 2007
October 19, 2007
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On October 18 and 19, over 70 organizations and individuals joined together in the European and Flemish Parliaments to create a European network of activists from 14 nations to resist the increasing Islamisation of their countries. Keynote speakers included Bat Ye’or, author of Eurabia and Dhimmitude and Robert Spencer, author of Religion of Peace, Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t. Additional speakers included David Littman, Dr. Arieh Eldad, member of the Israeli Knesset, Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, Director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, Sam Solomon, Director of Fellowship of Faith for Muslims and author of the Charter of Muslim Understanding, Dr. Marc Cogen, Ghent University, Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, and Laurent Artur du Plessis, author of a forthcoming book on shariah finance. Many participants worldwide also attended the first day of presentations online through webex conferencing.Armando Manocchio of the Italian organization Una Via per Oriana (”A Way For Oriana”) presented an award to Bat Ye’or in honor of Oriana Fallaci, including a 5,000 Euro scholarship for young journalists.
Additional anti-islamisation experts and activists from the fourteen European countries presented reports on the current state of Islamisation and jihadism in their nations, and citizen efforts to mount a defense of constitutional liberties and national sovereignty, including:
Austria: Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
Belgium: Filip Dewinter and Paul Belien
Czech Republic: Matyas Zmo
Denmark: Lars Hedegaard
Finland: Not disclosed publicly
France: Nidra Poller
Germany: Stefan Herre
Italy: Adriana Bolchini Gaigher
Netherlands: Dr. Johannes J.G. Jansen
Norway: Jens Anfindsen
Romania: Traian Ungureanu
Sweden: Ted Ekeroth and Reinhard
Switzerland: Dr. Arnaud Dotezac
United Kingdom: Gerard Batten
Other countries represented included Canada, Israel and the United States.
The first day of the Counterjihad Brussels 2007 conference was held in the European Parliament, and the second day of working groups was held in the Flemish Parliament. Selected texts, videos and supplementary documents including charters, existing laws and draft legislation as well as country and issue updates will be posted in the coming week at the conference website at CounterJihad Europa.
Assistance was provided by many organizations and individuals over the last six months including David Littman, Bart Debie, Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna and Philip Claeys.
Agenda and Presentations Below
October 18, 2007
1. Keynote speech
Eurabia – How Far has it gone?
Creeping Dhimmitude at the United Nations
15 minute break
2. Country reports –
10 minute problem statements/current and planned activity summaries
a. Belgium (Belien/Dewinter)
c. France (Nidra Poller)
h. Finland (KS)
l. Romania (Traian Ungureanu)
3. Working Lunch/
Country reports – Cont’d as above
4. What can we learn from Israel’s on-going fight with terrorism? (video, H/T Atlas Shrugs)
Dr Arieh Eldad, member of Israeli Knesset
5. From Dawa to Jihad (presentation is not public, but here is a video interview, H/T Atlas Shrugs)
Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, Director, Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity and of the Barnabas Fund
6. Opposing Jihadism
Dr. Marc Cogen, professor of International Law, Ghent University
7. The War Against Jihad : Understanding the adversary (presentation not public)
Sam Solomon, ex-Muslim and shariah law expert, author of the Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding
1 hour break – move to dinner Locale (TBD)
8. Reception (Drinks) and Dinner
Islam – Is it the real problem (video, H/T Atlas Shrugs)
The First and Last Enemy-Jew-Hatred in Islam
Working Groups (Notes distributed to participants only)
Laurent Artur du Plessis: Shariah Finance
Speaker Biographies (In order of appearance)
Born in Cairo, she found asylum in London in 1957 as a stateless refugee. After her marriage in 1959, she acquired British citizenship and settled with her husband in Switzerland where three children were born. Since 1971, she has written five books and scores of articles on non-Muslims under Islam, adopting a biblical pen name since 1974: ‘Bat Ye’or’ / ‘Daughter of the Nile’. Her first essay, Les Juifs en Egypte (1971) was followed by a major study, The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians under Islam (French/1980; English/1985; Hebrew/ 1986; Russian/1992). This remains an essential introduction to her second major work, The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam. From Jihad to Dhimmitude (French/1991; English/1996; German/2002) which put the study of this topic on a new footing and confirmed her reputation as a pioneer thinker in this field. After 9/11, Islam and Dhimmitude. Where Civilizations Collide (2002) examined the trend toward dhimmitude in the 20th century, thereby facilitating a serious assessment of the traditional Islamic ‘Ideology of Jihad’. Her latest book, EURABIA: The Euro-Arab Axis (2005; and French, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, 2006-08) facilitated an understanding of the gradual transformation of Europe into “Eurabia”, a cultural and political appendage of the Arab/Muslim world. Sir Martin Gilbert wrote about this work: “With all the drama of a master writer, Bat Ye’or [tells] the story of how the European Union is being subverted by Islamic hostility to the very ethics and values of Europe itself.” And renowned historian Niall Ferguson declared that: “No writer has done more than Bat Ye’or to draw attention to the menacing character of Islamic extremism. Future historians will one day regard her coinage of the term ‘Eurabia’ as prophetic. Those who wish to live in a free society must be eternally vigilant. Bat Ye’or’s vigilance is unrivalled.” Since 1985, all her books are reprinted.
Born in London, he graduated in history and political science from Trinity College Dublin (B.A. with Honors and M.A), followed by postgraduate studies at the Institute of Archaeology (London University). In 1959 he married and he and his wife moved to Switzerland where they settled. In 1971, under the pseudonym, “D. F. Green”, he compiled and edited jointly with Yehoshafat Harkabi, Arab Theologians on Jews and Israel (English/ French/German, 1971-1976), and published historical articles in academic periodicals from 1975-1985. From the mid-1970s he translated, from French into English, many studies by Bat Ye’or on the condition of Jews and Christians under Islam (”dhimmitude”), co-translating three of her books. Since 1986, he has been active at UN human rights bodies in Geneva as a non-governmental organization (NGO) human rights defender, known for addressing many taboo subjects. He is currently the accredited representative of two NGOs: the Association for World Education (AWE) and the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), recently addressing the UN Council on Human Rights four times at its Sixth Session in September 2007. Nearly 100 of his earlier oral and written statements to the Commission and Sub-Commission on Human Rights were published in “Human Rights and Human Wrongs at the United Nation” (WUPJ, 1986-1991, N° 1-11) and several recent statements were republished in Section 5 (pp. 305-472) of The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims. (Ed.) by Robert Spencer, New York, 2005; articles from the 1970s are republished in The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism From Sacred Texts to Solemn History. (Ed.) Andrew G. Bostom, 2008.
Belgium: Paul Belien
Paul Belien (1959) has a Law degree (specialisations in Social Security Law and European Law) and a doctorate in International Studies. He worked as a professional journalist in both Belgium and the Netherlands. Paul Belien is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and of the Property and Freedom Society. He is an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute. Paul Belien was one of the nine “founding fathers” of the Flemish liberal party VLD in 1991-1992, but he did not join this party when it became obvious that its leader, Guy Verhofstadt, was steering it into a leftist and neutralist, rather than a hayekian/libertarian and Atlanticist direction. Paul Belien is married to Irish-born Dr. Alexandra Colen, a former lecturer in linguistics at the universities of Ghent and Antwerp, and an MP for the Flemish-secessionist party Vlaams Blok since 1995.
Paul Belien is the author of numerous articles, essays and books, including, most recently, A Throne in Brussels. He is the co-author – together with Lady Thatcher, Lord Tebbit, Philippe Seguin and others – Visions of Europe (Duckworth, 1994) and – with Harvard Business School’s Prof. Regina Herzlinger – Consumer-Driven Health Care (Jossey-Bass, 2004). He has given lectures on European health care systems in various countries, including the U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia.
Belgium: Filip Dewinter
Dewinter is the most eminent person of the political party Vlaams Belang (The Flemish Interest), the Flemish-secessionist party. In November 1987 he was elected for the first time in the Belgian Parliament. Under Dewinter’s leadership, the parliamentary faction continued to grow, notably in 1991, when the Vlaams Belang, from a small party, grew to about 12% of the voters. This growth has continued ever since, making the party the biggest in Flanders according to polls. In 1995 Dewinter became a member in the Antwerp City Council. When the Flemish Parliament and the Belgian Parliament got elected separately in 1995, he chose to be a member of the Flemish Parliament en became faction leader of the group Vlaams Belang. In 2004 the Vlaams Belang faction in de Flemish parliament got 24% of the voters en became the biggest political faction in the whole Flemish Parliament.Dewinter was re-elected ever since.
Germany: Stefan Herre
Stefan Herre established the conservative weblog “Politically Incorrect” (PI – http://www.politicallyincorrect.de ) to counteract the anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in Germany. After the disputes on the Mohammed-drawings, the main subject of PI changed to Islam. Since then, the number of PI visitors increased continuously, and the team grew up to five authors. At the moment PI is the biggest political blog in Germany with 15.000 to 20.000 visitors and 50.000 to 60.000 page impressions per day. Herre is also an excellent marathon runner (best time: 2:37 h) and three time Ironman triathlete.
France: Nidra Poller
Paris editor of Pajamas Media. Published regularly in Commentary, Contentions, Wall Street Journal Europe, Makor Rishon, Washington Times, City Journal, occasionally in AtlasShrugs, jihadwatch, Jewish Quarterly, National Post, and formerly in TCSDaily, FrontPage Magazine, American Thinker, National Review Online, New York Sun, SPME Faculty Forum, Israel Hasbara Committee and, in French, Controverses, LibertyVox, Metula News Agency, Guysen Israel News, L’Arch. She lectures in the U.S., Israel, and France – on campus, including Harvard, UNCC, CCSU, Haifa U. and Tel Aviv U. -in synagogues, schools, JCCs, B’nai B’rith lodges, and think tanks. She participated in the December ‘06 Herzliya Conference on The Media as a Theater of War. Recent appearances were sponsored by CAMERA, David Project, Israel Project, JCPA. She has been interviewed by John Batchelor, Joseph Farah, Manfred Gerstenfeld, Lori L. Marcus, Dennis Prager, Rabbi Shaul Praver, Janet Parshall, Rabbi Amiel Wohl. She is the author of numerous works of fiction-novels, short stories, illustrated books for children-in English and French-and translations from French to English, including Humanism of the Other and Unforeseen History by Emmanuel Levinas (University of Illinois Press). She was born in Jessup Pennsylvania in 1935. She received a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin (1956 FKF), and an MA from Johns Hopkins University (1969 Writing Seminars).
UK: Gerard Batten
Gerard Batten was a founder member of the UK Independence Party in September 1993 and the first party secretary from 1994 to 1997. He fought local elections, a by-election, a European election, and two general elections as a UKIP candidate before being elected as the MEP for London in June 2004. He also serves as a member of UKIP’s National Executive Committee. In July 04 he was appointed to the Security & Defence Committee of the European Parliament and as the UKIP spokesman on Security & Defence.
He opposed Britain’s membership of the ‘Common Market’ in 1972 and voted for Britain to leave the European Economic Community in the referendum of 1975. He sought election as a UKIP MEP on the basis that ‘a vote for UKIP is a vote to leave the European Union’. His ‘Personal Manifesto’, published prior to his election, states the basis on which he sought election and upon which he serves as an MEP. He will devote his five years in office to working for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Gerard Batten was born in London and has lived in the East End of London all his life. He worked for British Telecom in a sales capacity for 28 years prior to his election. He has had articles published in a number of magazines and is a regular contributor to Freedom Today, the magazine of the Freedom Association, with his ‘Batten in Brussels’ column.
Sweden: Ted Ekeroth
Ted Ekeroth, born and raised in Sweden. Age 26. Master of Science, Computer science from Lund University, Technical Institute. Currently running his own IT-company.
Active in combating islam since a long time, running a pro-israeli anti-islamic website but dropped that project when he entered Swedish politics, as part of the Sweden Democrats (SD). SD is the only anti-immigration, anti-islamic party in Sweden. He has since tried to establish contact with other groups and parties around Europe. Ekeroth is blogging at http://www.sdblogg.se (Swedish).
Reinhard is in charge of FOMI, Swedish Forum Against Islamization, a web forum dedicated to covering the progress of Islamization in Sweden and providing their Swedish readership with articles about Islam, its theology, history, and current developments concerning the global jihad and the Islamization of Western societies.
Denmark: Lars Hedegaard
Lars Hedegaard is a historian, author, journalist and President of The Free Press Society – a Danish organization founded in 2005 for the protection of free speech. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the Free Press Society’s web magazine http://www.sappho.dk specializing in articles and commentaries on Islam, free speech and Western civilization that most of the mainstream press will not touch. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Copenhagen daily newspaper Information. Since 2000 he has been a commentator with the national daily Berlingske Tidende and a frequent contributor to radio and television programs.
With degrees in history (University of Aarhus) and English (University of Copenhagen) he has worked for publishing houses in the USA and Denmark and for several journals and newspapers. He is the author of a number of books on contemporary world history. During the 1990s he worked for the Nordic Council of Ministers, specializing in North European area studies. Since then he has devoted most of his time to the study of Islam’s impact on European and Western civilization, on which subject he has published a large number of articles in the Danish Press.
He contributed to Islam i Vesten: På Koranens vej? [Islam in the West: On the Path of the Koran?], edited by Helle Merete Brix and Torben Hansen (Tiderne Skifter, Copenhagen, 2002). Together with Brix and Hansen he authored the national best seller and one of the most hotly debated books in recent years, I krigens hus: Islams kolonisering af Vesten [In the House of War: Islam’s Colonization of the West] (Aarhus, Hovedland, 2003). He is also the Danish translator of Ibn Warraq’s classical work Why I Am Not a Muslim.
His contributions to the recent Danish discourse is described at length in Bruce Bawer’s bestseller While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within (New York, Doubleday, 2006).
Norway: Jens Anfindsen
Jens Tomas Anfindsen (born 1973) was a co-founder and one of two editors of the public affairs blog HonestThinking.org and is currently working as a political analyst for Human Rights Service. Anfindsen holds a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and a Masters Degree in philosophy from the University of Oslo, Norway. He has extensive experience as an academic lecturer and is a specialist in the philosophy of religion. Leaving the academia, Anfindsen has been working as a writer and journalist, and has been an active participant in Norwegian, public debate, appearing in numerous publications and media channels.
Holland: Johannes J. G. Jansen
Johannes J.G. Jansen used to be the Director of the Dutch Institute in Cairo. Since 1983, he has been a lecturer in the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Islamic Middle East at the University of Leiden. Jansen has studied Islamic extremism since the 1980s and is the author of The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins, New York 1986. His most recent book in English is The Dual Nature of Islamic Fundamentalism. In 2003 he became professor at the University of Utrecht. His book on the biography of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, will appear in German early in 2008. His website http://www.arabistjansen.nl gives further bio- and bibliographical information.
Italy: Adriana Bolchini Gaigher
Journalist and national president O.D.D.I.I. Observatory of Italian and International Law. Director of the on-line magazine Lisistrata. She is also a campaigner for social problems and participates in an independent capacity in the administrative elections of the PSI. (Partito Socialista Italiana). In 1978, she was a victim of a terrorist attack carried out by the terrorist group Prima Linea in Milan.
She is active in the social and political field, writing reviews on problems in the cities and she founded the on-line magazine, Lisistrata and an associated blog, plus hosting a network of various other websites. Some years before 2001, she began to notice problems with immigrants, particularly Muslims and began to investigate. She learned about the Muslim Brotherhood, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the terrorist strategies of Wahabbi Sunnis and its associated anti-western hatred and the conflict arising from the Khomeini revolution with the appearance of martyrs and suicide bombers which led to the massacres of the American and French military in Lebanon. After the 11 September, the nature of the Muslim invasion became an incontrovertible truth. Finally she realised that Italy is becoming infiltrated by Islamic traditions and usage, leading towards the application of Sharia, to which she is vehemently opposed and for which she has received death threats. She has found many Muslim intellectuals exist who are opposed to the radical totalitarianism of Islam and she collaborates actively with them. This led to the decision to found O.D.D.I.I., to use legal means to defend the Constitution and Italian law. As well as supporting human rights and freedom, she opposes those who have totalitarian plans and are against democracy and attempt to deprive Italians of their freedom of expression by means of both physical threats and legislation which has lost its western and democratic authority. She has already had some successes, like blocking the award made by the Tuscany Region to an individual with anti American and anti Israel views who jeopardises the freedom of Italians. Recently she has campaigned against the proposed Islamic centre in Bologna, succeeding in annulling the contract between the city council and the Muslim association involved. Because of this she has been accused of instigating attacks on mosques in Milan mosques, and she has filed a law suit for defamation, slander, incitement to religious hatred, criminal association and other crimes and will continue to fight on.
Italy: Armando Manocchio
National president of the association A WAY FOR ORIANA. As a young man he was interested in fashion and created his own label range of clothing. He spent 20 years in this industry. In 1990 he stood as an independent candidate for the Partito Socialista Italiana (PSI) and received a satisfactory number of votes, even if he was not elected.
The 11 September 2001 produced for him a change of direction and he became particularly concerned about illegal immigration and Islamism. On the death of Oriana Fallaci, he decided to carry on along the road she had started and he founded the organisation “Una Via per Oriana Fallaci”, of which he is the national president, with the objective of encouraging the local councils to recognise the contribution of this great writer and to honour her memory in public places. On a personal level he has participated in many initiatives, building up a nework of contacts with other associations and the national media and has created a prize and a scholarship in honour of Oriana Fallaci.
Switzerland: Arnaud Dotezac
Arnaud Dotezac is a Professor of Law in Lausanne, Switzerland, focusing on the law of religions, particularly islamic law, and also on the law of armed conflict. At the June 2007 conference at Pepperdine University, “The Collapse of Europe,” Dotezac proposed utilizing a common legal concept to enforce accountability on radical mosques and their preachers. That concept is the Precautionary Principle. Here, in our translation from the French original: “The Koran contains passages which constitute general calls to violence. They do not aim at individuals in particular, but readers of the Koran can think that they conform to these injunctions by aiming at individuals. I propose that this risk should be taken into account. That one should ask the people who circulate this text to match it with a warning specifying that the democratic law must prevail on the injunctions which would be contrary to it.” http://precaution.ch/wp/?p=254
Romania: Traian Ungureanu
born: Bucharest, Romania
– graduated with an MA in Romanian and English Language and Literature from the Uniersity of Bucharest
– after graqduation worked as a journalist for youth, arts and literary magazines
– fled communist Romania in 1988, got a 5 year sentence for treason, in absentia
– one year and a half in West Germany, as a political refuge
– since 1989 established in the UK
– between 1989-2003 worked as a Senior Porducer with BBC World Service, Roamnian Section
– fired in 2003 after repeted editorial clashes with the management. Main reasons of conflict: soft line on post-communists in Eastern Europe and anti-american bias of the BBC management. The sacking spills into a a press scandal both in the UK( see Financial Times and The Guardian) and throughout roamanian media
– since 2003 a free lance journalist for major romanian dailies, radio and tv stations.Weekly and monthly op/eds, columns and essays.
– awarded Civic Sociey Prize 2004, Greek-Catholic Church Order of Excellence 2004,The Timisoara Societiy Diplomma 2005, The Flacara magazine Best Journalist Prize 2006.
– published books in Romanian, at Humanitas Publishing House:The Football Manifesto 2004, The War of The Ages – Western Decline And Islamist Siege 2005, The Art of Romanian Unableness 2005, On the Communist Secret Service 2005, Popular Games and Heroes 2006
Austria: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
Born in Geneva, Switzerland. Father former Austrian diplomat. Schooling in Tehran (Iran), Vienna, Chicago. In 1990, summer position at the Austrian Embassy Kuwait, inside of which she was forced to remain after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Worked as assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Mr. Wolfgang Schüssel (1995-1997). Austrian Embassy Kuwait, Visa Section (1997-2000), Austrian Embassy Tripoli, Libya (2000-2001). Since 2001, ESL and TOEFL teacher at an English language institute in Vienna. Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff’s interest in Islam stems from having been exposed to Islam from early childhood. She was in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution of 1979, lived in Kuwait and Libya, and was thus confronted with life under the Sharia. While in Kuwait, she began doing research about women’s rights in Islam by asking why Kuwaiti women were not allowed to vote, considering that Iranian could. This research culminated in a research paper “Suffrage in Kuwait – When IS the Right Time?” during her university education. Ms. Sabaditsch-Wolff’s study of Islam has intensified since, leading her to become active in March 2007 in fighting against the Islamization of Europe. Member of the Austrian Association of Academics (Vienna chapter). Speeches about Islam and the Islamization of Europe for Austrian political parties as well as other influential groups. Publication: book, I Was Saddam Hussein’s Hostage Vienna, 1990. (German language only, out of print). Master of Arts (magna cum laude) in Diplomatic and Strategic Studies
Prof. Aryeh Eldad, M.D. ( אריה אלדד, also spelt Arie Eldad) is a member of the Israeli Knesset and a physician. He belongs to the Moledet party, part of the National Union list in the Israeli Knesset. Eldad is a professor and head of the plastic surgery and burns unit at the Hadassah Medical Center hospital in Jerusalem. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, where he earned his doctorate. He served as the chief medical officer and was the senior commander of the Israeli Defence Forces medical corps for 25 years and reached a rank of Tat Aluf (Brigadier General). He is renowned worldwide for his treatment of burns and won the Evans Award from the American Burns Treatment Association. He heads the Ethics committee of the Knesset. He is head of the sub-committee for anti corruption struggle, member of labor welfare and health committee, head of sub committees for organ transplantation and Para-Medical Professions. He is a member of the Science and Technology committee, and head of the Lobby for Anti-corruption struggle.
His publications include: About 150 papers in leading Journals of Burns and Plastic Surgery 1975-2003
Jerusalem – A challenge (Heb.) by Israel Eldad and Arieh Eldad ; Carta Publishing House Jerusalem 1978
A cat in a poke (Heb.) by Arieh Eldad ; Tamuz Publishing House, Tel Aviv 1980
Sinai Fever (Heb). by Arieh Eldad ;Keter Publishing House Jerusalem 1982
The Challenge Of Jerusalem : Betwixt thicket and altar. by Israel & Arieh Eldad; Jerusalem 1992
A weekly Column in Yedioth Aharonot ; 2002-2006
A weekly Column in Maariv; 2006-
Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo
Dr Sookhdeo was born in Guyana, South America, and is now based in the UK.
He holds a Ph.D. from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies on the impact of Islam on society. He also holds doctorates from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon and Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, Wisconsin. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy of the UK, Adjunct Professor of the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, UK. He is an author, lecturer, advisor and consultant on issues of war, conflict, society and religion. He is an adviser to the British armed forces on Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity and of the Barnabas Fund. His latest book is “Global Jihad: The Future in the Face of Militant Islam”.
Dr. Marc Cogen
Professor of International Law, Ghent University, Belgium and Co-Founder of the ‘European Friends of Israel.’ He specializes in the law of armed confict, international law and common foreign and security policy of the Europen Union. He is currently an advisor to the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sam Solomon is the Executive Director of FFM – Fellowship of faith for the Muslims, U.K. He studied Islamic law for 15 years, and became an Islamic Jurist and Professor of Shariah law. Upon his conversion to Christianity, he was given 48 hours to flee his country. He now lives in the United Kingdom where he is a consultant to Parliament. He is a leading Christian witness in the Muslim world. FFM: Fellowship of Faith for the Muslims is a Christian intercessory fellowship established by Samuel Zwemmer in 1915. FFM publishes a monthly prayer Bulletin, holds prayer days, and an annual prayer conference. It has a literature department too. It informs and educates Christians on Islam.
Solomon is one of the foremost experts on Islam from a Christian perspective active in ministry within the body of Christ worldwide. This expertise is the result of extensive and rigorous formal training in the traditions and practices of Islam from within and many years of active Christian service. Since responding to the personal call of Christ as a young man, God has given Sam a three-fold ministry vision: Sam is an educator, a legal/political advocate, and a counselor in service of believers locally and internationally. He is also a co-founder of Christian Concern for the Nation (CCFN) with Barrister Andrea William, and the Christian Law Society.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch, a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of two New York Times bestsellers on Islamic jihad. Spencer has written seven books, ten monographs, and well over two hundred articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. Along with the bestsellers The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery), he is the author of Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World’s Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter) and Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Regnery). He is coauthor, with Daniel Ali, of Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics (Ascension), and editor of the essay collection The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims (Prometheus). His latest book, Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t (Regnery), a refutation of moral equivalence and call to defend Judeo-Christian civilization from the global jihad, is now available.
Spencer (MA, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth since 1980. He is an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation, and his monographs on Islam are available from the Foundation: An Introduction to the Qur’an; Women and Islam; An Islamic Primer; Islam and the West; The Islamic Disinformation Lobby; Islam vs. Christianity; and Jihad in Context.
His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning News, Canada’s National Post, Middle East Quarterly, FrontPage Magazine.com, WorldNet Daily, Insight in the News, Human Events, National Review Online, and many other journals. He has led seminars on Islam and jihad for United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, a Department of Homeland Security task force, and branches of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Also, he has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He has also appeared on the BBC, CNN, FoxNews, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, C-Span, France24 and Croatia National Televison (HTV), as well as on numerous radio programs including Bill O’Reilly’s Radio Factor, The Laura Ingraham Show, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, Michael Savage’s Savage Nation, The Sean Hannity Show, The Alan Colmes Show, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Neal Boortz Show, The Michael Medved Show, The Michael Reagan Show, The Rusty Humphries Show, The Larry Elder Show, The Barbara Simpson Show, Vatican Radio, and many others.
Dr. Andrew Bostom
Andrew G. Bostom, M.D., M.S. (Providence, RI), is the author of the highly acclaimed The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Renal Diseases at Rhode Island Hospital, the major teaching affiliate of Brown University Medical School. Dr. Bostom has published numerous articles and commentaries on Islam in the Washington Times, National Review Online, Revue Politique, FrontPage Magazine.com, American Thinker, and other print and online publications. More on Andrew Bostom’s work can be found at http://www.andrewbostom.org, including a preview of his eagerly anticipated forthcoming book, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History.
Additional Speakers for Day 2:
Laurent Artur du Plessis
Mr. Artur du Plessis is a journalist-author, born in Bône (Algeria).
Journalist at Figaro Magazine from 1978 to 1991. Contributions to various publications: Valeurs Actuelles, France Sunday. Author of four geopolitical works, all published by editor Jean Godfrey (http://www.editionsjcgodefroy.fr)
The Third World War Has Begun (October 15, 2002 – Sold 10,000)
The total war with Islam (October 14, 2004)
10 questions on Turkey … and 10 disturbing responses (April 7, 2005)
Iran in the Third World War (October 25, 2005)
He is preparing a book in French on Islamic financing of Europe, in the spirit of “Eurabia” Bat Ye’Or’s work. He sees a major problem: Islamic banks involved in the financing of radical Islam have ramifications in Europe, but also American. This is due to the central role of petrodollars – especially those of Saudi Arabia-in the global economy. And by the duplicity of the theocratic regime of Saudi Arabia, which continues to give its financial protection to radical Islam while being officially an ally of the United States.
Czech Republic Speaker: Matyas Zmo
Matyas Zrno holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. In addition to his studies in Prague, Mr. Zrno has studied in Berlin and in the United States, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Already during his studies Mr. Zrno published regular commentaries and articles in both Czech and international media. He particularly specialises in the current political situation in the Balkans. Before joining the Civic Institute, he worked as a Foreign Desk Editor at the Czech weekly Respekt and in Czech television.
The Civic Institute is the leading representative of conservative thought in Czech society. It carries on the spirit of the vibrant subculture of Czech anti-communist dissent from which it was born. The Civic Institute promotes ideas and principles necessary for free and stable democratic societies. It firmly stays behind the ideals of freedom, the rule of law, human dignity and inalienable rights- along with the economic, social and cultural benefits tied to these ideas. http://www.obcinst.cz/en