The Muslim mayor of the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands shocked audiences by going on live television to curse off Islamists who can’t tolerate the publication of offensive cartoons. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said that Muslims who refuse to integrate and accept free speech should leave the country.
“We want to keep all these people together in what I call the “We Society.” And if you don’t like it here because you don’t like the humorists who make a little newspaper—if I may dare say so—just f—k off,” he said.
"If you think this society is depraved, then go," he said last fall, addressing those who seek to join the Syrian jihad. "Hand over your passport and risk getting bombed." As for what drives these individuals, he rejected the stale socioeconomic excuses and correctly zeroed in on "the idea of living in a country where the word of God rules." Equally noteworthy, while Washington was busy blaming the Muhammad-ridiculing Innocence of Muslims video for the Benghazi disaster, Aboutaleb urged Muslims to "try and see the funny side. … You can always make your own film on YouTube as a response."
He continued to say, “This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at.”
Mr.Aboutaleb is a Muslim and the son of an imam. He moved to the Netherlands from Morocco when he was 15 years old and was appointed as the first immigrant mayor of Rotterdam in 2009. The city of 80,000 people is about 13% Muslim.
He has a long history of confronting resistance to integration and democratic principles by Muslim immigrants. This activism has earned him death threats, often traveling with security and residing at undisclosed locations.
Aboutaleb was a member of the Amsterdam city council when Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was murdered in 2004 by an Islamist. He reacted by doing interview after interview making the case for free speech.
He even spoke at AlKabir Mosque and told the audience to leave the country if they won’t integrate into Dutch society. He urged such immigrants to “catch the first plane out.”
“Stop seeing yourself as victims, and if you don't want to integrate, leave,” is another well-known quote of his.
The city of Rotterdam under Aboutaleb’s mayorship also sacked city advisor Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder, who is widely seen as a deceptive and soft-spoken Islamist.
He was fired because he had a weekly television show on Iran’s PressTV, a regime-controlled propaganda outlet. Aboutaleb also criticised him for negative comments he made about homosexuality.
Aboutaleb’s activism also demonstrates the grave errors made by Europeans who push policies that collectively punish and denigrate Muslims as a whole, regardless of their value to society and the struggle against Islamic extremism.
One can’t and should not generalise
Sadly Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders attacked the appointment of Aboutaleb as Rotterdam mayor with the words:“Appointing a Moroccan as mayor of the second largest Dutch city is just as ridiculous as appointing a Dutchman as mayor of Mecca,” Wilders said. On top of all the irony is that Aboutaleb is addressing the lack of assimilation; the very problem that Wilders’ wishes to solve.
Mr.Aboutaleb has made a major contribution to the West thats for sure. He brought attention to an important problem and demonstrated that the few and hard to find progressive anti-Islamist Muslims could be part of the solution if they where many.
All the west now needs is that western politicians listen
Mr Aboutaleb and take his advice to their constituencies as a ,party
norm regarding politically correct.