Ally of Clonskeagh Mosque – Tariq Ramadan sacked!

Tariq Ramadan Repudiated

by Stephen Schwartz
The American Thinker
August 28, 2009

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In an important development for the fight against extremist Islam in the West,

the Dutch city of Rotterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam have dismissed

Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss-born Islamist academic, from his two local jobs.

Born in Switzerland, Ramadan is the grandson of Hassan al-Banna,

founder of the radical Muslim Brotherhood.

He is a close associate of the fundamentalist Muslim

theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi, with whom he collaborates

in the so-called European Council for Fatwas and Research [ECFR],

a Brotherhood-oriented body.* Al-Qaradawi is the leading theorist

of a “European Islam” that would abuse Western standards of

religious freedom by erecting a parallel system of Shariah

law alongside established civil law,

coupled with aggressive da’wa or Islamic proselytizing.

Ramadan has endorsed this strategy. The ECFR scheme,

and Tariq Ramadan’s involvement in it,

are documented in the recent Center for Islamic Pluralism report,

A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology in Western Europe, 2007-2009. *

Ramadan has been barred from entry into the U.S. since 2004,

when he was invited by the University of Notre Dame to

become the Henry R. Luce Professor at the

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

That ruling was based on Ramadan’s financial contributions

to two Palestinian groups designated by the U.S. Treasury

as fundraising agencies for the terrorists of Hamas.

Early in July of this year, however, given the new atmosphere

of outreach to Muslim radicals under President Barack Obama,

the Second Circuit U.S. Appeals Court reversed the lower-court ruling,

effectively nullifying the prohibition on an American visa for Ramadan.

Meanwhile, Britain in 2005 allowed Ramadan to take up a

position at Oxford University,

where he is the His Highness Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Chair

in Contemporary Islamic Studies.

Ramadan is an indefatigable self-promoter.

Few who have observed him paid attention

to his work in The Netherlands as an integration

adviser for the city of Rotterdam and a professor of

“Citizenship and Identity” at Erasmus University.

Yet while the U.S. authorities now seem inclined to allow him on our shores,

and Britain appears untroubled by his presence –

although the UK bars his associate al-Qaradawi –

the Dutch have taken action to curb Ramadan’s ambitions.

His simultaneous dismissal from the Rotterdam city post

and the Erasmus appointment was announced on August 19.

The specific reason: his weekly television program on Press TV,

an Iranian government media network which operates studios

in Britain and the U.S. in addition, of course, to the Middle East.

PressTV also employs British politician George Galloway

of the leftist-Islamist electoral alliance known as the Respect Party,

and Yvonne Ridley, a former captive of the Taliban

who became Muslim after her kidnapping.

Ramadan’s Press TV show was titled “Islam and Life”

not very different, one might note, from the notorious

“Shariah and Life” feature run by al-Qaradawi on Al-Jazeera.

Al-Qaradawi has used that platform for outrageous

sermons against Jews and Judaism, among other

objectionable opinions that support the British

decision to keep him out.

In an official statement, Erasmus University stated:

The Municipality of Rotterdam and the Erasmus

University Rotterdam (EUR) have decided to terminate

the appointment of Dr. Tariq Ramadan…

The reason for this is his involvement in the Iranian television

channel Press TV, which is considered to be irreconcilable with

his positions in Rotterdam…


Press TV is a channel financed by the Iranian government.

The excessive force used by this government in June against

demonstrators, many of whom were students, prompted a number

of journalists to cut their ties with the channel.

However, Tariq Ramadan chose not to do so, and has since justified

his decision in a statement…[T]here is no longer the essential public

support for the contribution to the city and the university

and…the credibility of Dr. Ramadan’s continued work for the

city and the university has suffered lasting damage.

Tariq Ramadan has always been extremely capable

in his manipulation of Western public opinion,

but the problematical items on his CV are not limited

to his link with Press TV.

As if his association with Al-Qaradawi were insufficient,

Ramadan was also criticized in France in 2003 when

he published a Jew-baiting attack on several leading

French intellectuals, including Bernard-Henri Lévy

and André Glucksmann. Ramadan claimed it was “curious”

that that these two individuals were the most important

Western European defenders of the Bosnian Muslims during

the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, as well as of the human rights

of the Chechens, but also supported the U.S. intervention in Iraq.

According to Ramadan, the removal of Saddam Hussein

was intended to guarantee “a greater security for Israel

with assured economic advantages.”

In the same article, Ramadan falsely alleged that

Israeli military advisers participated in the Iraq war,

and labeled Paul Wolfowitz the “notorious Zionist”

allegedly responsible for the invasion of Iraq in

the interest of Israel. He accused Lévy and Glucksmann

of abandoning universal principles and acting “as Jews,

or nationalists, as defenders of Israel.” Publication of

this screed was refused by the Parisian dailies

Le Monde and Libération, but it was eventually posted on an

Islamist website,

Tariq Ramadan hides his extremist views in plain sight.

Why do the British and now, unfortunately,

the American authorities fail to comprehend

the evidence in front of them?

The U.S. ban on him should be reviewed again… and upheld.

Stephen Schwartz is executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism.

This article was sponsored by Campus Watch ,

a project of the Middle East Forum.

Related Items

* Few in Ireland are aware that the European Council

for Fatwas and Research [ECFR], a Brotherhood-oriented

body is based in the Clonskeagh Mosque.

It has been based there since 1997.

* CIPEuroShariahStudy2009

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