Monday, November 06, 2017

By Petra Marquardt-Bigman

For an ardent Zionist like me, it is utterly disappointing to learn from the United Arab Emirates’ news site The National that “Supporters of Mr Ramadan are describing the accusations against him [as] part of a Zionist plot to destroy his name.” Obviously, there can be no doubt whatsoever that the eminent Oxford professor has the most awesome supporters who know what they’re talking about. So now the depressing question is: what took the infamous Elders of Zion so long??? Are they getting real old??? I mean, why didn’t they act well before 2009, when Ramadan was appointed “H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies and Senior Research Fellow” at Oxford’s St Antony’s College???

On the other hand, I have to admit that the Zionist plot starts to look really formidable. The first to accuse Ramadan was French ex-Salafi Henda Ayari, who – encouraged by the #MeToo campaign – went to the police to file a complaint against Ramadan for “rape, sexual assault, willful violence, harassment and intimidation.” Soon afterwards, another French woman (who remained unnamed) came forward and “gave an account of an extremely violent [sexual] assault to two French newspapers.” A third woman reportedly “told Le Parisien in an interview … that Mr Ramadan sexually harassed her in 2014 and blackmailed her for sexual favours.”

And then there was a rather stunning confession by a French official “who was considered the ‘Monsieur Islam’ of the French Ministry of the Interior between 1997 and 2014, [and who] was well acquainted with Mr Ramadan.” Reportedly, “Monsieur Islam” was really really shocked by the allegations against Ramadan: he “insisted he had ‘never heard of rapes’” – all he sort of knew was that Tariq Ramadan “had many mistresses, that he consulted sites, that girls were brought to the hotel at the end of his lectures, that he invited them to undress, that some resisted and that he could become violent and aggressive.”

Shocking, utterly shocking, isn’t it – who could ever suspect that a man known for sometimes becoming “violent and aggressive” with “girls … brought to the hotel at the end of his lectures” would rape some of those girls???

The plot (the Zionist plot, naturally!!!) thickened further when Swiss media reported that four Swiss women testified about being sexually exploited by Ramadan while they were his teenage students. And once again, “a Swiss specialist in Islam who spent years accompanying Mr Ramadan on his trips across Europe,” admitted “that he had heard various rumours and suspicions about his former close associate’s behaviour over the years.”

Of course it should go without saying that the people who kept quiet about all those allegations against Ramadan did the right thing – as the Director of Oxford’s Middle East Centre just put it so delicately: “It’s not just about sexual violence. For some students it’s just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust.”

Absolutely and obviously right: it would be plain old “Islamophobia” to focus on the fact that there have been accusations of sexual misconduct and even potentially criminal conduct against Ramadan for years and that some women finally have found the courage to come forward to testify!!!

So all we can do now is helplessly watch the monstrously evil Zionist plot against Tariq Ramadan take its course. But in the meantime, let me just highlight a bit of the record of the “prominent Muslim intellectual” whom Oxford apparently deems so worthy of the continued “trust” of students – particularly Muslim students.  

If you check out Ramadan’s own website, you will see that it has several pages worth of links to his Press TV show “Islam and Life.” According to the Facebook page of the program, it is a “weekly show with Prof. Tariq Ramadan on the world’s fastest growing religion and the daily challenges faced by its followers especially in the West.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has described Press TV as “Iran’s official English-language propaganda arm” and “one of the world’s leading dispensers of conspiratorial anti-Semitism in English.”

Maybe Oxford’s H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies and Senior Research Fellow Tariq Ramadan could devote one of his shows to the “Zionist plot” against him???




Now let’s have a quick look at some of the views the oh-so-trustworthy Oxford professor shares with his social media followers (634K on Twitter, more than 2 million on Facebook).

Some two years ago – on the same day when The Atlantic published Jeffrey Goldberg’s excellent piece on “The Paranoid, Supremacist Roots of the Stabbing Intifada” – Ramadan posted a rant entitled “ISRAELI SOCIETY IS SICK.” Naturally, no word about the ongoing wave of murderous stabbing and car-ramming attacks by Palestinian terrorists, but plenty of blood-libel style poison about how utterly evil and murderous Israeli society is, concluding with the professor’s view: “It is Israel that is the first danger of Israel, and its main disease.” One of Ramadan’s fans responded with a succinct summary: “Israel has become its worst nightmare; zionism is naziism.”

Already a few weeks earlier, Ramadan bitterly denounced “the great democrats of the world” who “talk about self-defense of Israel” which really means giving “Israel carte blanche to spread inhumanity, repression and horror.” The eminent professor concluded “Disgusting, really.”

If you’re not too disgusted by now, here are a few more similar outpourings of Oxford’s H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies and Senior Research Fellow Tariq Ramadan: “#Israel They kill in #Palestine;” “#Israel CONDEMN ! CONDEMN ! FOR GOD SAKE CONDEMN !!!;” and “ISRAEL AND STATE TERRORISM.”

Finally, it will come as no surprise that Carlos Latuff – the proud second-prize-winner of Iran’s 2006 “International Holocaust Cartoon Competition” – is the kind of “artist” who can express in a picture that is worth a thousand antisemitic words how Tariq Ramadan feels.








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