In the French suburb of Aubervilliers, in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, a group of Chinese immigrants recently held a rally to protest the latest killing of one of their own:
At least 500 people gathered outside the mayor’s office to remember Zhang Chaolin and protest at violence they say is being directed at them.
Mr Zhang, a textile designer, 49, died on Friday after five days in a coma.
The father-of-two had been attacked by three men while walking with a friend, a police source said.
According to the source, Mr Zhang was kicked in the sternum and fell, striking his head on the pavement. The attackers were allegedly trying to steal his friend’s bag.
The Mayor of Aubervilliers, Meriem Derkaoui i[of the Communist Party], condemned the killing as a murder “with a racist targeting”. Community representatives quoted by local newspaper Le Parisien (in French) say ethnic Chinese people are falling victim to muggings on a daily basis.
One Chinese group has recorded 100 cases in Aubervilliers alone since November, the paper says.
But what is left out of this report is the real reason for the attacks on the Chinese, and by whom:
The department of Seine-Saint-Denis is full of Muslim immigrants, from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, and in some areas, “a third of the population of the town does not hold French nationality, and many residents are drawn to an Islamic identity.”
Within this department, the town of Aubervilliers, sometimes referred to as one of the “lost territories of the French Republic,” is effectively a Muslim city: more than 70% of the population is Muslim. Three quarters of young people under 18 in the township are foreign or French of foreign origin, mainly from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. French police are said to rarely venture into some of the most dangerous parts of the township.
The southern part of Aubervilliers is well known for its vibrant Chinese immigrant community along with their wholesale clothing and textile warehouses and import-export shopping malls. In August 2013, the weekly newsmagazine Marianne reported that Muslim immigrants felt humiliated by the economic dynamism of the Chinese, and were harassing and attacking Chinese traders, who were increasingly subject to robberies and extortion. The situation got so bad that the Chinese ambassador to France was forced to pay a visit to the area.
In response, the Socialist mayor of Aubervilliers [in 2013], Jacques Salvator, suggested that the violence could be halted if Chinese companies would agree to hire more Arabs and Africans. The Chinese countered that Muslims do not work as hard as the Chinese, that they are more demanding, and that they complain too much, according to [newsmagazine] Marianne.
The Muslims in Seine-Saint-Denis are not engaged in a “racist targeting” of the Chinese. True, there is resentment of a group that is comparatively well-off because its members are industrious, as the Chinese in Aubervilliers are, and who are a standing reproach to the Muslims, so many of whom are permanently on the dole.
The Chinese are also seen as “weak and rich” (meaning: they don’t fight back when a gang of Muslims attacks, they carry large sums of cash) and thus an easy target for robbery. But above all, they are fair game because they are non-Muslims, and therefore whatever is taken from them can be justified as an informal exaction of the Jizyah, the traditional tax on non-Muslims. Anjem Choudary famously described welfare benefits as a form of Jizyah: “We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance, we take the Jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the [non-Muslims] isn’t it?”
And not just welfare payments, but robbery of the Infidels, too, can be seen as a way for Muslims to help themselves to the Jizyah that is theirs by right.
If the Chinese in Aubervilliers were perceived exactly as they now are (industrious, weak, rich) but were Muslims, they would not be the target of attacks by fellow Muslims.
It would be useful if that all-purpose word “racism” – the Mayor described the attacks as being a “a racist targeting” — were retired, and that journalists covering stories of Muslims making life difficult and dangerous for non-Muslim immigrants would discuss what the Jizyah is, and how it is not race, but faith that explains why Muslims feel they are free to prey on the Chinese in Aubervilliers.
And that raises the larger question of what the large-scale Muslim presence in Europe has meant, not only for the indigenous Europeans, but also for non-Muslim migrants of all kinds, such as the Sikhs and Hindus in the U.K. who have suffered from Muslim attacks on their temples and gurdwaras, and on their girls and women. This year, Hindus and Sikhs yet again reminded the British government that they, too, were Muslim targets:
In a joint statement, the Hindu Council UK (HCUK), the largest Hindu umbrella body in the country, the Sikh Awareness Society, a leading independent Sikh advisory board, and The Sikh Media Monitoring Group have called for the British government to recognise “the targeting of non-Muslim women” as a specific “hate crime”.
The faith leaders lambasted “political correctness” and said that lessons “must be learnt” from Rotherham, where “mainly Muslim men were allowed to rape, traffic and torture 1400 girls, unimpeded for decades, because authorities were too scared of offending Muslims.”
And both the Hindus and the Sikhs noted that “these gangs have also targeted Sikh and Hindu girls” and complained that the government ignored their concerns about such attacks.
We have seen what the Chinese in Aubervilliers have suffered, have read about Muslims bombing a Sikh gurdwara in Essen, Germany and attacking Sikhs at another gurdwara in Birmingham,U.K. We have read about Hindu temples being firebombed by Muslims all over the north of England during the last three decades.
And then there are the Sikh and Hindu girls in the U.K. who were victims, along with white girls, of Muslims for sex and forced conversions. It’s not “racism,” but Islam itself, and what it teaches Muslims they can do to non-Muslims (e.g., robbery, sexual exploitation), that explains what these non-Muslim immigrants have had to endure. One 16-year-old victim stated: “I will never ever understand what has made them so evil and ignorant that still to this day they think they’ve not done anything wrong.” What made them think they’d done nothing wrong was that the girls they exploited were non-Muslims. Mohammed Shafiq, the director of the Ramadhan Foundation, said these “young men did not see [these girls] as equal to their own daughters or sisters.”
Those white Europeans who are still afraid of being charged with “racism” and “Islamophobia” if they dare to criticize Islam may find it easier to stand up for non-white immigrants under Muslim siege than for themselves. And that may not be a bad thing, if in the end it leads them finally to understand that they are in the same boat as those Chinese and Hindus and Sikhs, Kuffars and therefore fair game for Muslims, and to realize that Islam is at war not only with the West, but at war with All the Rest.