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Re: ‘Jihad Seeker’s Allowance’

Nathaniel, re Anjem Choudary urging his followers to claim “Jihad Seeker’s Allowance”, seven years ago in my book America Alone (2006) I wrote:

Muhammed Metin Kaplan used his time on welfare in Germany to set up his Islamist group, Caliphate State; the so-called “caliph of Cologne” was subsequently extradited to Turkey for planning to fly a plane into the mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Ahmed Ressam, arrested in Washington State en route to blow up Los Angeles International Airport, hatched his plot while on welfare in Montreal. Abdul Nacer Benbrika, leader of a group of Australian Islamists, lived in Melbourne for ten years and never did a day’s work; now he’s been jailed for terrorism-related activities, and taxpayers are ponying up $50,000 a year in benefits to his wife. Abu Hamza became Britain’s most famous fire-breathing imam while on welfare in London and, after being charged with incitement to murder and sent to jail, sued the government for extra benefits on top of the £1,000 a week his family already received. Abu Qatada, a leading al-Qaeda recruiter, became an Islamist bigshot while on welfare in Britain, and only when he was discovered to have £150,000 in his bank account did the Department for Work and Pensions turn off the spigot. Oh, and here’s an item from The Times of London:

“Police are investigating allegations that the four suspected July 21 bombers collected more than £500,000 in benefits payments in Britain.”

I’m not saying every benefit recipient is a terrorist welfare queen. I am saying that the US should declare European welfare systems a national security threat.

Seven years later, Mr Choudary has come clean:

“The normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar [non-believers].

“So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.”

He went on to tell a 30-strong crowd: “We are going to take England — the Muslims are coming.”

Lenin said “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Islam has gone the Commies one better: The modern western welfare state gives them the money to buy the rope with which they will hang us.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.


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