Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Islamic invasion of Europe update (December 15, 2015)

Germany arrests Muslim preacher on charges of recruiting terrorists
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German Islamist preacher was arrested in Germany on Tuesday for recruiting fighters for a militant group in Syria and purchasing and delivering military equipment, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said.

Sven Lau, 35, is suspected of recruiting Germans living in and around the western German city of Duesseldorf to fight abroad and was believed to have recruited two fighters already, the office said in a statement.

Hundreds of Germans have left the country to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq since 2012, the interior ministry says.

Lau is a member of a wing of a group called the Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Muhajireen Brigade) which the prosecutor said supported IS.

The interior ministry of North-Rhine Westphalia state where Lau was arrested said he was suspected of supporting a "terrorist" organization abroad under the guise of providing humanitarian aid.

Merkel: Multiculturalism is a sham
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy has attracted praise from all over the world. Time Magazine and the Financial Times newspaper recently named her Person of the Year, and delegates applauded her for so long at her party's convention on Monday that she had to stop them.

The speech that followed, however, may have surprised supporters of her policies: Multiculturalism remains a sham, she said, before adding that Germany may be reaching its limits in terms of accepting more refugees. "The challenge is immense," she said. "We want and we will reduce the number of refugees noticeably."

Although those remarks may seem uncharacteristic of Merkel, she probably would insist that she was not contradicting herself. In fact, she was only repeating a sentiment she first voiced several years ago when she said multiculturalism in Germany had "utterly failed."

"Of course the tendency had been to say, 'Let's adopt the multicultural concept and live happily side by side, and be happy to be living with each other.' But this concept has failed, and failed utterly," she said in 2010.

Germany says "only eight percent" of Syrian passports presented by Muslim migrants are fake
BERLIN (AFP) - The proportion of people entering Germany with fake Syrian passports is far less than the 30 percent announced by the interior minister in September, the government has said.

[...] the government said in a written note obtained by AFP late Monday that only eight percent of the 6,822 Syrian passports examined by authorities between January and October were actually found to be fake.

France arrests three over Muslim terrorist attacks in Paris
PARIS (Reuters) - French police arrested two men and a woman on Tuesday in connection with deadly Islamist militant attacks on Paris last month and in January, judiciary officials said. [...]

One of the two men arrested on Tuesday in Villiers-sur-Marne to the east of Paris was deemed a "peripheral" suspect in the investigation into the Nov. 13 attacks, judiciary sources said.

Seven assailants died in that attack and an eighth in police raids days later, but police are still searching for another chief suspect, Salah Abdeslam, who vanished after escaping to Belgium from Paris.

Another man and a woman arrested by police on Tuesday were suspected of supplying weapons to Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a policewoman and then four other people at the kosher store on the eastern edge of Paris last January, they said.

The Muslim invaders keep pouring in
Some 108,000 people arrived in Greece in November, down from 150,000 in October.

The Warsaw-based agency said 715,000 migrants arrived on the Greek islands through the end of November, 16 times more than in the same period last year.

Most of the migrants are Syrians, followed by Afghans and Iraqis.

Desperate EU tries to strengthen its border protection
The EU's executive Commission is unveiling a proposal for a European border and coast guard agency aimed at plugging gaps in migration policy and poor management of the bloc's external borders.

The new agency would monitor the EU's borders with the outside world and have the right to send guards, ships, planes or other assets when countries are unable or unwilling to enforce border laws.

The plan is contentious because it requires countries to surrender some of their sovereignty - something many have viscerally opposed so far - and it is unclear whether the scheme will win enough backing.

Greece and Italy, but also Croatia, have proved unable to register even half of the tens of thousands of migrants who have entered their territories since July.