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Stand and Be Counted, By Marieme Helie Lucas, Feminist Dissent, 19 October 2020

From Feminist Dissent

Marieme Helie Lucas, an Algerian sociologist and freedom fighter, founder of the solidarity networks Women Living Under Muslim Laws, and Secularism is a Women’s Issue argues that the roots of the murder of Samuel Paty go back to the 1990s and the experience of Algerians in the ‘war against civilians’.  She argues that we should ‘Stand and Be Counted’.

Assassinations by decapitation or by the sword – which are highly symbolic of all Muslim extreme right organisations (Al Quaeda, the Taliban, GIA, Shabab, Daesh, Boko Haram, etc…) – are not a new phenomenon in France. Several cases have already happened in recent years. It points at the will of the sponsor to not just ‘execute’ the victim for his ‘crimes’, but also to send a chill down the spines of potential next victims, – in this present case anyone who will dare re-publish the ‘drawings of Mohammed’. This is why filming decapitations or taking a photograph of French teacher Samuel Paty‘s head severed from his body is a crucial step. Who will dare teach freedom of speech in French schools after the mid-term holidays? Stand and be counted…

In Algeria too, long before the ‘bloody nineties’ and the ‘war against civilians’ as we called it then, we too witnessed some such public terrifying Islamist war crimes: the first ‘execution’, in the early seventies, was a communist student, who faced an ad-hoc Islamist Tribunal inside the premises of Algiers University where I taught at that time, and was ‘executed’ by the sword then and there.

For it is important to understand that the same scenario which developed in Algeria right after independence and culminated in the nineties is being replicated in Europe: gradually, there was fundamentalist control taking place over women, their dress, their behaviour, their space for choice, etc; there was ‘Islamic punishment’, as they call it, for ‘kofr’ (unbelievers) – generally death penalty – or for ‘un-Islamic behavior’ such as smoking, drinking, not praying 5 times a day, not fasting during Ramzan/ Ramadan, etc…

But who cared for a bunch of women who did not conform, for drunkards or for gays and for unbelievers? The State certainly was not about to endanger ‘social peace’ for these un-important citizens. The French State did not do any better, when the first victims on its soil were young women or isolated intellectuals, decades before the assassination of a teacher that took place a couple of days ago. And France has, so far, not learnt from what followed suit in Algeria.

For  three decades from the 60s to the 80s, violence in Algeria mounted, until by the 90s fundamentalists deemed ‘Kofr’ any citizen who had anything to do with the ‘kofr state’, such as, for instance, sending children to school, getting treatment in government hospitals, or going to any government office for an identity document, etc. For all the critics of the government at that time, , let me remind readers that, in Algeria, education was totally free for boys and girls alike, and so was access to hospitals to all citizens. (Not many European or North American countries could say the same, when poor people still die at the doorstep of hospitals, for lack of resources to pay for their treatment.) In other words, in Algeria, not having anything to do with the ‘kofr state’ was a fundamentalist command that was impossible to comply with, in a country where everything was controlled by the state. The number of victims that received their ‘punishment’ from extreme right Islamist armed groups skyrocketed; the estimated number is 200,000 victims in the decade of the nineties.

In France, Algerian refugees from the nineties, who had already lived through this whole process, kept warning about similar developments in France. We were never heard. Moreover, we were deemed anti-Islam, as if armed Islamist groups were the sole true representatives of Islam; or we were deemed henchmen of the Algerian government, when most of us had already been persecuted by the State for being part of the progressive opposition.

International human rights organisations were at the forefront for welcoming Islamists as the victims of the State and shunning us as ‘Islamophobic’ – a concept quickly coined by the Muslim extreme right, which has now spread worldwide. Human rights organisations will carry the stigma for their inhuman political choice: I am convinced that history will judge.

During the nineties, when ordinary people tried to flee Islamist extreme right violence, they were denied visas to France on the ground that they were not persecuted by the government but by non-state actors. We all bitterly remember that and maintained full files about it – while prominent Islamists, some of them with blood on their hands, were welcomed as political refugees everywhere in Europe and North America.

In a way, France’s deliberate policy of welcoming far right Islamist opponents to the Algerian State now bears fruit. They now have developed into a full political force within France, that shows muscle in order to bend laws and democratic principles to their own theocratic ideology.

Since the nineties, there were many warning signs in France of the rise of a Muslim extreme right (as is clearly the case in the UK, as well as in other European countries); for instance: various attempts by Muslim fundamentalists to change laws, or cultural habits: for instance an attempt to have a clause on the virginity of the bride included in the law as a precondition of the validity of a marriage; several attempts to legalize the total separation of sexes (in education, in hospitals, in swimming pools, etc…); several attempts to change the curriculum in schools ( no art class, no gym for girls, no biology classes unless creationism was taught instead of Darwinism, etc…). Within France, many girls and young women were assaulted and some of them killed since the nineties, for ‘un-Islamic behavior’.

Such warning signs were ignored, despite attempts by anti-fundamentalist Algerian refugees to alert the authorities and the media, and human rights organisations as well. In vain.

Interestingly, progressive people and human rights organisations in Europe explain the crimes and violations committed by the Muslim extreme right by the racism they face in Europe. (In the case of Charlie Hebdo’s journalists and cartoonists, many on the left and within human rights circles  actually justify the killings, shamelessly declaring that they deserved their fate for insulting ‘Muslims’.) Indeed there is racism in France (or in the UK for that matter) and there is clear discrimination at the level of housing and employment; but there are also anti-racist organisations to defend the victims. And the state itself is not racist: there are no discriminatory laws (free education and health benefit all). Discriminatory practices which, of course, unfortunately exist at the level of individuals, are condemned in courts. This is more than what we can offer to foreigners in our own countries of origin, as can be seen with the waves of migrants being terribly ill treated when, on their way to Europe, they cross the North of Africa – where being black is still equated with being a sub-human.

In many ways, we are privileged, those of us coming from so-called Muslim countries: we are spared the justification of the Muslim extreme right’s crimes through racism, and we know for sure that religion per se is not at stake. Take Algeria, where virtually 99% people are officially declared Muslims by virtue of being born in a Muslim majority country, in a Muslim family; where ethnicity (Arab only, till recently), religion (Islam) and citizenship (Algerian) are conflated and virtually synonymous. Like in other countries in South Asia, Middle East or Sub Saharan Africa, it is ‘Muslims’ killing ‘Muslims ‘. Religion is the cover up for extreme right political forces; like nazis with the Aryan ‘race’, the Muslim extreme right believes they belong to the upper religion in the world; like Italian fascists invoking the Glorious Past of Rome, they justify their self-proclaimed highest status with reference to a mythified past: the Golden Age of Islam. Like fascists and nazis, they believe this superiority grants them the right and the duty to physically eliminate the untermensch (the sub-humans), which, strangely  enough – seem quite similar, from WWII to now: Jews and other ‘inferior races’, communists, etc… to which our home brand of fascists and nazis add the Kofrs. Among many other similarities, they all assign women to their place: the kitchen, the cradle and the Church/in our case, the mosque.

One of the many problems in the analysis of crimes such as the one committed day before yesterday in France against a history teacher, whose only crime was to teach the official curriculum on freedom of expression, is the lack of an adequate vocabulary to name the perpetrators. We need to qualify them in political terms, not in religious ones as is currently done in France.

The crimes and violations we witnessed in Algeria during the nineties, which are still currently perpetrated today in so many predominantly ‘Muslim’ countries, could not possibly be defined as perpetrated by ‘Muslims’ in our contexts; we were forced to identify them as political forces of the extreme right.

Naming these political forces is essential. This is the conceptual blessing I wish for France and for Europe, if we don’t want to face here as we did in Algeria, another ‘war against the civilians’. That is why I say, we have to stand up and be counted, now.

Mohammed Cartoons are an Excuse

Mohammed Cartoons are an excuse. Everything “provokes” Islamists – Being a woman, freethinker, gay, unveiled, ex-Muslim, atheist, religiously unprescribed sex, laughing out loud, music… If you think that killings will stop if you stop drawing cartoons, you cannot see the innumerable in prisons & on death row in Iran, Asia, Mid East, North Africa for “provoking” the Islamic fascists by living 21 century lives.
#JeSuisSamuel
#JesuisSamuelPaty
#JeSuisCharlie

The Woman’s Quran

On 30 September, #BlasphemyDay, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) publishes The Woman’s Quran (114 Pages for 114 Surahs).

It is blank because  all religions degrade women and because the Quran, Islam and Islamism are the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation.  (*A reference to US Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s “The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation”.)

You can download it here and fill it with your hopes, dreams and blasphemies: A6 Quran final artwork complete book for online 114 pages.

On this day, feel free to draw blasphemous messages on hearts using #BlasphemerAtHeart #TheWomansQuran #BlasphemyDay #EndBlasphemyLaws. You don’t need to show your face if you aren’t “out” yet. See examples by award-winning body-artist Victoria Gugenheim.

#TheWomansQuran
#BlasphemerAtHeart
#EndBlasphemyLaws

 

 

TikTok Video Music and performance: Shirin Mehrbod, Poem by Forough Farokhzad, Poetry: Rebellion. Full song available here.

 FARSI

در روز توهین به مقدسات، ۳۰ سپتامبر، شورای مسلمانان سابق بریتانیا،  قرآن زن (114 صفحه برای 114 سوره) را منتشر می کند. صفحات آن زن خالی است چرا که اسلام توهین به زن است.

قرآن ، اسلام و اسلامگرایی بزرگترین سد در راه رهایی زنان بوده است.*  -مریم نمازی

اشاره به نقلی از رهبر حقوق زنان در آمریکا اليزابيت كادی ستانتون-

 انجيل و کلیسا بزرگترین سد در راه رهایی زن بوده است.

 صفحات آن را با توهین به مقدسات پر کنید

موسیقی و اجرا : شیرین مهربد – اندیشه پرواز

شاعر : فروغ فرخزاد

شعر : عصیان

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Ban Islamic Republic of Iran from International Arena and Sports for Navid

JOIN CALL  TO BAN ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN FROM INTERNATIONAL ARENA AND SPORTS FOR NAVID!

INITIAL SIGNATORIES AND FARSI, ARABIC, FRENCH, GERMAN, TAMIL, TURKISH, SWEDISH TRANSLATIONS BELOW

Navid Afkari, a young Iranian wrestler was executed by the Islamic regime in Iran on 12 September 2020 despite widespread local and international pressure. He was executed on trumped up murder charges because of his involvement in anti-government protests in 2018. Many other young people have been given long-term prison sentences or are on death row for participating in the protests.

In a taped message before his execution, Afkari said he had been tortured and that “There is not one shred of evidence in this damned case that shows I’m guilty. But they don’t want to listen to us. I realised they are looking for a neck for their rope.”

We are outraged at his execution and call on the international community to:

  • Unequivocally condemn the execution of Navid Afkari
  • Politically boycott the Iranian regime and ban the regime’s officials from international arena and travel
  • Ban the Islamic Republic of Iran from international sports
  • Demand an end to executions and the release of all political prisoners

#BanIRSports4Navid
#NavidAfkari
#StopExecutionsInIran
#Iran
#TheyKillledOurNavid
#نوید_افکاری
#نویدمان_را_کشتند

FARSI

نوید افکاری ، کشتی گیر جوان ایرانی ، علیرغم فشارهای گسترده  در ایران  و در سطح بین المللی ، در 12 سپتامبر 2020 توسط رژیم اسلامی ایران اعدام شد. وی به دلیل  شرکت در اعتراضات ضد  حکومت اسلامی در سال 2018 به اتهام دروغین و ساختگی قتل اعدام شد.  در ایران بسیاری از جوانان به دلیل شرکت در تظاهراتهای ضد حکومتی به حبس های طولانی مدت محکوم شده و در زندان بسر میبرند

افکاری پیش از اعدام در پیامی ضبط شده گفت که او را شکنجه کرده اند و اعلام کرد: “در این پرونده لعنتی حتی یک دلیل وجود ندارد که من مجرم هستم. اما آنها نمی خواهند به ما گوش دهند. فهمیدم که آنها به دنبال گردنی برای طناب دارشان هستند

-ما از اعدام وی خشمگین هستیم و از جامعه جهانی می خواهیم که

اعدام نوید افکاری را به صراحت محکوم کند
ما خواهان تحریم سیاسی رژیم ایران و تحریم مقامات رژیم در صحنه های بین المللی و ممنوعیت سفرمقامات حکومت اسلامی هستیم
جمهوری اسلامی ایران را از ورزش بین المللی اخراج کنید
ما خواستار پایان دادن به اعدام ها و آزادی کلیه زندانیان سیاسی هستیم

ARABIC

نافيد أفكاري ، مصارع إيراني شاب ، أعدم على يد النظام الإسلامي في إيران في 12 سبتمبر / أيلول رغم الضغوط الدولية والمحلية الواسعة.  أُعدم بتهم قتل ملفقة بسبب مشاركته في الاحتجاجات المناهضة للحكومة عام 2018. وقد حكم على العديد من الشباب الآخرين إما بالسجن لفترات طويلة أو ينتظرون تنفيذ حكم الإعدام بحقهم  للمشاركة في هذه المظاهرات.

وفي رسالة سُجلت قبل إعدامه ، ذكر أفكاري أنه تعرض للتعذيب و قال “لا يوجد أي دليل على ذنبي.  لكنهم لا يريدون الاستماع إلينا ، أدركت أنهم يبحثون فقط عن رقبة لربط حبلهم. ”

نحن مستاؤون من هذا الإعدام وندعو المجتمع الدولي إلى :

– إدانة صريحة لإعدام نافيد أفكاري

– مقاطعة النظام الإيراني سياسياً ومنع مسؤولي النظام من دخول المحافل الدولية والسفر.

– منع جمهورية إيران الإسلامية من المشاركة في الأحداث الرياضية الدولية

– المطالبة بوقف عمليات الإعدام والإفراج عن جميع المعتقلين السياسيين

FRENCH

Navid Afkari, un jeune lutteur iranien a été exécuté par le régime islamique en Iran le 12 septembre en dépit d’une large pression internationale et locale. Il a été exécuté pour des accusations fabriquées de meurtre, à cause de son implication dans les manifestations anti-gouvernementales de 2018. Beaucoup d’autres jeunes gens ont été condamnés à de longues peines de prison ou bien sont dans le couloir de la mort pour avoir participé à ces manifestations.

Dans un message enregistré avant son exécution, Afkari déclare qu’il a été torturé et qu’ « il n’y a pas la moindre trace de preuve  de ma culpabilité. Mais il ne veulent pas nous écouter J’ai réalisé qu’ils cherchent juste un cou pour y passer leur corde. »

Nous sommes indignés de cette exécution et appelons la communauté internationale à

–       condamner sans équivoque l’exécution de Navid Afkari

–       boycotter politiquement le régime iranien et bannir les officiels du régime des arènes internationales et de voyages.

–       bannir la République Islamique d’Iran des rencontres sportives internationales

–       exiger la fin des exécutions et la libération de tous les prisonniers politiques

GERMAN

Navid Afkari, ein junger iranischer Ringer, wurde am 12. September 2020 vom Islamischen Regime im Iran hingerichtet – massiven weltweiten Protesten zum Trotz! Er wurde aufgrund einer erfundenen Mordanklage verurteilt. Tatsächlicher Grund war seine Beteiligung an regierungskritischen Protesten 2018. Viele weitere junge Demonstrant*innen wurden ebenfalls aufgrund ihrer bloßen Teilnahme an Protesten zu langjährigen Gefängnisstrafen verurteilt oder sitzen zu diesem Zeitpunkt im Todestrakt.
Vor seiner Hinrichtung sagte Afkari in einer Videoaufnahme, dass er unter Folter den Mord gestehen musste:
“Es gibt in diesem verdammten Fall nicht den geringsten Beweis, der zeigt, dass ich schuldig bin! Aber sie wollen uns nicht zuhören. Mir wurde klar, dass sie nach einem Hals für ihren Strick suchen.”
Wir sind fassungslos über seine Hinrichtung und fordern die internationale Gemeinschaft hiermit auf:
· die Hinrichtung von Navid Afkari scharf und unmissverständlich zu verurteilen.
· das Islamische Regime politisch zu boykottieren und den Regimebeamten Reisen zu verbieten sowie den Ausschluss aus internationalen Organisationen.
· das Islamische Regime Iran aus dem internationalen Sport auszuschließen.
· ein Ende der Hinrichtungen und die Freilassung aller politischen Gefangenen im Iran zu fordern.

SWEDISH

Navid Afkari, en ung iransk brottare, avrättades av den islamiska regimen i Iran den 12 september 2020 trots omfattande lokalt och internationellt tryck. Han avrättades grundat på påhittade anklagelser om mord på grund av sitt engagemang i protester mot regeringen 2018. Många andra ungdomar har fått långvariga fängelsestraff eller har fått dödsdom för att ha deltagit i protesterna.
I ett meddelande inspelat före avrättningen sa Afkari att han hade torterats och att ”det finns inte ett spår av bevis som visar att jag är skyldig i detta förbannade fall. Men de vill inte lyssna på oss. Jag förstod att de letar efter en hals till sitt rep”.
Vi är bestörta över avrättningen och uppmanar till internationell sammanslutning i att:
· Entydigt fördöma avrättningen av Navid Afkari
· Bojkotta den iranska regimen politiskt och fatt förbjuda regimens
representanter från internationella arenor och resor
· Utesluta Irans islamiska republik från internationella sportsammanhang
· Kräva att avrättningar upphör och att alla politiska fångar släpps

TAMIL

ஈரான் இஸ்லாமிய குடியரசை சர்வதேச அரங்கில் இருந்தும் விளையாட்டு நிகழ்வுகளில் இருந்தும் தடை செய்வதற்கான இணைந்த கோரிக்கை!

பரவலான உள்நாட்டு மற்றும் சர்வதேச அழுத்தங்களை புறந்தள்ளி இளம் மல்யுத்த வீரரான நவீத் அஃப்காரியை ஈரானின் இஸ்லாமிய அரசு 2020 செப்டம்பர் 12 அன்று தூக்குத் தண்டனைக்கு உள்ளாக்கியுள்ளது. 2018 இல் இடம்பெற்ற அரச எதிர்ப்பு ஆர்ப்பாட்டங்களில் தொடர்புபட்டார் என்பதற்காக போலியாக சோடிக்கப்பட்ட கொலைக் குற்றச்சாட்டுக்களின் அடிப்படையில் தற்பொழுது மரண தண்டனைக்கு உள்ளாக்கப் பட்டுள்ளார். ஆர்ப்பாட்டங்களில் ஈடுபட்ட இளவயதினர்கள் பலர் நீண்ட காலச் சிறைத்தண்டனைக்கு உள்ளாக்கப் பட்டுள்ளனர் அல்லது மரண தண்டனை நிறைவேற்றப் படுவதற்காக தடுத்து வைக்கப் பட்டுள்ளனர்.

மரண தண்டனைக்கு உள்ளக்கப்படுவதற்கு முன்னர் அஃப்காரியிடமிருந்து வெளியாகிய ஒலிப்பதிவில் தான் சித்திரவதைகளுக்கு உள்ளானதாகவும், “நான் குற்றவாளி என்பதனை காட்டும் ஒரு சிறு ஆதாரம் கூட இந்த வழக்கில் இல்லை. நாம் சொல்வதை கேட்க அவர்கள் தயாராக இருக்கவில்லை. தொக்குக் கயிற்றில் போடுவதற்காக அவர்கள் கழுத்தைத் தேடுகின்றார்கள் என்று உணர்ந்துகொண்டேன்” என்று குறிப்பிட்டு உள்ளார்.

அவர் கொலை செய்யப்பட்டமை குறித்து நாம் மிகுந்த வேதனையடைகின்றோம். சர்வதேச சமூகத்திடம் பின்வரும் கோரிக்கைகளை முன்வைக்கின்றோம்.

• நவீத் அஃப்காரிக்கு நிறைவேற்றப்பட்ட மரண தண்டனையை உறுதியாக கண்டித்தல்.

• அரசியல் ரீதியாக ஈரானிய அரசை புறக்கணிப்பதுடன் ஈரானிய அரச பிரதிநிதிகளை சர்வதேச அரங்கில் புறக்கணிப்பதுடன் பிரயாணத் தடை விதித்தல்.

• ஈரான் இஸ்லாமிய குடியரசை சர்வதேச விளையாட்டு போட்டிகள் அனைத்திலிருந்தும் தடை செய்தல்.

• மரண தண்டனைகளை நிறுத்தவும், சகல அரசியல் கைதிகளையும் விடுதலை செய்யவும் வலியுறுத்தல்.

TURKISH

İranlı genç güreşçi Navid Afkari, yaygın yerel ve uluslararası baskıya rağmen 12 Eylül 2020’de İran’da İslami rejimi tarafından idam edildi.
2018’deki hükümet karşıtı protestolara karıştığı için uydurma bir cinayet suçlamasıyla idam edildi. Diğer birçok genç, protestolara katıldıkları için uzun süreli hapis veya idam cezasına çarptırıldı.
Afkari, infazından önce banda aldığı bir mesajda işkence gördüğünü belirtti ve “Bu lanet olası davada suçlu olduğumu gösteren tek bir delil bile yok. Ama bizi dinlemek istemiyorlar. İpleri için bir boyun aradıklarını fark ettim. “diyordu.
İnfazından dolayı öfkeleniyoruz ve uluslararası topluma şu çağrıda bulunuyoruz:
· Navid Afkari’nin infazını net ve açık olarak kınama
· İran rejimini siyasi olarak boykot edin ve rejim yetkililerini uluslararası arenalardan ve seyahatlerden men edin
· İran İslam Cumhuriyeti’nin uluslararası sporlardan men edilmesi
· İnfazlara son verilmesini ve tüm siyasi mahkumların serbest bırakılmasını talep edin

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