Yazidi Girls Sold as Sex Slaves while Women March against Trump
Jan 24, 2017 by Uzay Bulut
- Some Yazidi girls were “sold” for a few packs of cigarettes.
- “Some of those women and girls have had to watch 7-, 8-, and 9-year-old children bleed to death before their eyes, after being raped by ISIS militia multiple times a day. ISIS militias have burned many Yezidi girls alive for refusing to convert… Why? Because we are not Muslims…” — Mirza Ismail, chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International.
- “This is genocide against women.” — Zeynep Kaya Cavus, leading Alevi activist.
- Sadly, many of the organizers and participants of the “Women’s March” in Washington chose to ignore women being tortured and exterminated by Islamic terrorists, and in other parts of the world, not being able to to receive an education or even leave the house without the permission of a male.
- If only these women felt as motivated to protest about the enslavement, rape and torture of Yazidi women and children, as about the cost of tampons.
On January 21, some women’s rights groups organized “Women’s Marches” in many cities across the Unites States and around the world. The rallies largely targeted recently-inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump.
There were many speakers and participants. One, the actress Ashley Judd, read a poem in Washington D.C. that asked why “tampons are taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not”.
As Ms. Judd talked about her devastating tragedy, thousands of Yazidi children and women were being forced into sexual slavery in Iraq and Syria at the hands of Islamic State (ISIS), and available for purchase at sex-slave markets.
|While actress Ashley Judd complained at a Washington D.C. “Women’s March” that “tampons are taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not,” thousands of Yazidi children and women were being forced into sexual slavery in Iraq and Syria at the hands of Islamic State.|
ISIS attacked the Yazidi homeland of Shingal in Iraq on August 3, 2014; more than 9,000 Yazidis were killed, kidnapped, or sexually enslaved. Yazidis are a historically persecuted religious minority in the Middle East.
The Islamic State has institutionalized a culture of rape and sex-slavery. ISIS is waging a literal war against women. It has even published a “price list” of Yazidi and Christian girls — as young as one to nine years of age.
Middle East scholar Raymond Ibrahim wrote about one Yazidi girl enslaved when she was 15 years old and endured months of captivity before she managed to escape:
“I remember a man who looked at least 40 years old coming and taking a ten-year-old girl. When she resisted him, he beat her severely, using stones, and would have opened fire on her if she had not gone with him. Everything against her will. They used to come and buy the girls without a price, I mean, they used to tell us Yazidi girls, you are sabiya [spoils of war, sex slaves], you are kuffar [infidels], you are to be sold without a price,” meaning they had no base value. Some Yazidi girls were sold for a few packs of cigarettes.
“Every day I died 100 times over. Not just once. Every hour I died, every hour. … From the beating, from the misery, from the torture,” she said.
Mirza Ismail, founder and chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International, said in his speech at the U.S. Congress:
“According to many escaped women and girls to whom I spoke in Northern Iraq, the abducted Yazidis, mostly women and children, number over 7,000.
“Some of those women and girls have had to watch 7-, 8-, and 9-year-old children bleed to death before their eyes, after being raped by ISIS militia multiple times a day. ISIS militias have burned many Yezidi girls alive for refusing to convert and marry ISIS men. Why? Because we are not Muslims, and because our path is the path of peace. For this, we are being burned alive: for living as men and women of peace.”
In December 2015, reports disclosed that ISIS was selling Yazidi women and children in the southeastern city of Gaziantep (or Antep), Turkey. Gaziantep has come to be known for the widespread Islamic State activities in the city.
However, this and many other threats did not stop women’s rights defenders in Gaziantep from protesting the Turkish government’s inaction in the face of IS activities.
An activist from the group “Gaziantep Democratic Women’s Platform”, Fatma Keskintimur, read a statement to the press, which said in part:
“That the jihadi gangs fighting in Syria has received the biggest support from Turkey and that the cell houses they use… [are] known by everybody. Given what kind of a danger this situation creates for those who live in Antep, the uneasiness of people is intensifying every day.”
Even under these conditions, women’s rights defenders in Turkey — particularly Kurds — kept struggling and protesting the government.
Last year, for example, the “Yazidi Women’s Assembly” commemorated August 3rd as “the day of international action against massacres against women and genocide”. Members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) organized protests in many cities across Turkey to condemn the Yazidi genocide and show solidarity with the victims.
Safak Ozanlı, a former MP from the HDP, said that ISIS still held 3,000 Yazidi women as sex slaves: “ISIS sees women in Shingal and Kobane as war booty. The women who remain alive are sold to Arab sheikhs. We — as women — will stand united against ISIS and all dictators.”
Members of the Alevi religious minority also supported the protest in Mersin. Zeynep Kaya Cavus, a leading Alevi activist, said that the Yazidi women are “kidnapped and enslaved as war booty and exposed to systematic sexual assaults and this is genocide against women”.
There are a few Americans, too, that are doing their best to help Yazidis, such as Amy L. Beam, a human rights activist who has been living with and advocating for Yazidis full time since 2014. Her book The Last Yezidi Genocide, is to be published shortly, and she is the executive director of “Amy, Azadi and Jiyan” (AAJ — “Friend, Freedom, and Life”), a humanitarian organization in Iraqi Kurdistan.
“Thousands of Yezidis have a long list of dead or missing family members under ISIS control in Iraq or Syria,” she wrote. “Their psychology is very bad as they see very little international help on the one-year anniversary of the attack.
“Yazidi girls and women with their children … are subjected to repeated beatings and rape by ISIS fighters who each was given one girl as a war trophy. Over 1,000 of these girls and women have escaped independently or been liberated from ISIS”.
One wishes that the women activists in the U.S. would raise their voices against the genocidal attacks on Yazidi women and children. But they have not. “Women’s rights groups in the U.S. have not supported the women in Iraq and Syria who really are oppressed, kidnapped, and raped,” Beam told Gatestone.
Some of the participants of the women’s march in Washington claim that Trump will take away their rights — an accusation that many women who suffer under Islamist governments or organizations would find laughable. They are worried about being able to get an abortion, and their concern is justified. But it is not ayatollahs that have come to power in the U.S. Moreover, Trump seems determined to fight radical Islamic terrorism, the greatest threat to the dignity and freedom of women all around the world. That already shows his commitment to liberty — especially liberty for women.
Radical Islamic ideology is a universal threat. Wherever it is weakened or defeated, this helps liberate victims in other parts of the world, as well.
To so many persecuted peoples in the Middle East, Trump’s presidency represents hope for a positive change.
On November 7, the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International issued a public statement titled “Yezidis look forward to a Trump presidency to help them wipe out ISIS.” A Yazidi woman in Iraq has recently named her newborn baby boy “Trump.”
The women’s march, for all the good intentions on the part of many, violated the core principle of human rights: “The worst first.”
Sadly, many of the organizers and participants of the march chose to stand by and ignore women being tortured and exterminated by Islamic terrorists, and in other parts of the world, not being able to receive an education or even leave the house without the permission of a male.
If only these women felt as motivated to protest about the enslavement, rape and torture of Yazidi women and children, as about the cost of tampons.
Acting like self-serving, delusional fanatics, whose sheer hatred of an elected president blinds their eyes to the real problems of the world, does not help anyone. There have been just as many people who might have hated other presidents.
Let us with our actions remind women in the Middle East that we take their plight to heart.
Uzay Bulut, a journalist born and raised a Muslim in Turkey, is currently based in Washington D.C.
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Academic Malfeasance: Nine Errors in Three Pages
Jan 29, 2017 by Daniel Pipes
HNN Editor’s Note: We reached out to Professor Green for a response. He chose not to provide one.
Here we go again: Another professor dealing with the Middle East or Islam who can’t get basic facts right.
This time, it’s one Todd H. Green, associate professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press, 2015). The book’s title reveals its contents: the usual academic pablum about Islamists as innocent dears while critics of Islamism are greedy and vicious haters.
And the worst of those critics are “professional Islamophobes,” being “prominent individuals and organizations that deliberately drown out the diversity of Muslim voices and consciously manufacture and exploit the fear of Islam in a manner unprecedented in mainstream political and media circles.” They are “a cadre of conservative politicians, right-wing activists and bloggers, and even disgruntled Muslims or ex-Muslims” who have available “powerful political, media, and publishing platforms” which they exploit “to generate and exacerbate Western anxieties toward the Muslim ‘Other’.” To top this off, they profit financially from their ugly work. (Sure, all those $20 million checks.)
|Todd H. Green.|
Professor Green, I regret to report, gives me pride of place in this group, calling me “the figurehead of professional Islamophobia in the United States.” He credits me, along with two others, of having “a huge impact on the misinformation about Islam that circulates so freely on the Internet, in the media, and in political circles.” (How, I wonder, does a figurehead have a huge impact?)Misinformation? Our professor friend accuses me of this, yet he does not provide a single specific of where I misinform. Allow me to turn the tables and point out that he himself purveys great buckets of misinformation. To be precise, focusing on the three pages devoted to me of his 362-page diatribe turns up a profusion of mistakes, small and large. Green writes that I:
- Have a Ph.D. from Princeton University. (No, it’s from Harvard.)
- Have “some academic training in religion.” (No, I have never taken a university-level course in religion.)
- “Left the academic world permanently in 1986.” (Tell that to my students at Pepperdine University.)
- State in Militant Islam Reaches America that “Muslim Americans present a serious threat to the United States because they are sympathetic with the goals of al-Qaeda.” (No, very few American Muslims supported 9/11.)
- “Received an appointment to the US Institute of Peace from President Bush, despite numerous objections from politicians and organizations.” (No, not a single objection had been heard when the appointment was made.)
- Created Campus Watch “to keep track of so-called activist scholars on US college campuses whose views on the Middle East did not align with a neoconservative perspective.” (No, Campus Watch accepts divergent perspectives but argues against “analytical failures, the mixing of politics with scholarship, intolerance of alternative views, apologetics, and the abuse of power over students.”)
- “Wanted to ostracize scholars critical of US foreign policy in the Middle East.” (No, I wanted to inform university stakeholders about appalling developments in Middle East studies.)
- Took down the dossiers of particularly egregious Middle East specialists in part due to charges of being “engaged in McCarthyism.” (No, charges of “McCarthyism” preceded and followed those dossiers; I took down those measly eight dossiers because they distracted from CW’s mission.)
- Hold that “because Muslims worldwide pose an existential threat to everyone else, the Western fear of Muslims is completely justified.” (No, I always distinguish between completely justified fear of Islamists and unjustified fear of all Muslims.)
|Princeton University, where I did not get my Ph.D.|
At this rate – nine factual mistakes in three pages – The Fear of Islam would have over a thousand errors in the book, errors that symbolize the misinformation that too often characterizes the contemporary American pseudo-academy and consequently (to quote Green) “circulates so freely on the Internet, in the media, and in political circles.”
How do such mistakes as Green’s happen? As I wrote on the History News Network in 2008 regarding two other academics, I see two possibilities for such errors: either
that they did so purposefully; or that bias colored their reading. I doubt they did so intentionally – no one wishes to be caught out and ridiculed for making errors. My hunch is that, in their eagerness to discredit someone whose approach differs from theirs, they read my analysis hastily and prejudicially.
There’s much talk these days of “fake news“; I submit that fake scholarship by Todd Green et al. is no less a threat to democracy.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard told CNN that she has proof the Obama administration was funding ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
Hawaii Rep. Gabbard went to Syria on a secret fact-finding mission to wade through the lies and propaganda and find out what is really happening on the ground.
Immediately on her return CNN booked her for an “exclusive” interview – and Gabbard told them exactly what they didn’t want to hear: she has proof the Obama administration was funding ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
Explaining to Jake Tapper that she met people from all walks of life in Aleppo and Damascus, Gabbard said that Syrians “expressed happiness and joy at seeing an American walking their streets.” But they also wanted to know “why is it that the United States, its allies and other countries, are providing support, are providing arms, to terrorist groups like Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, who are on the ground there, raping, kidnapping, torturing, and killing the Syrian people?
“They asked me why is the United States supporting these terrorist groups who are destroying Syria – when it was Al-Qaeda who attacked the United States on 9/11, not Syria.
“I didn’t have an answer for that.“
That was more than Jake Tapper, who was hostile from the beginning of the interview, could handle.
His face screwed up, he lashed out, saying, “Obviously the United States government denies providing any sort of help to the terrorist groups you are talking about, they say they provide help for the rebel groups.“
If that was supposed to Tapper’s knockout blow, Gabbard saw it coming a mile away.
Without missing a beat, she calmly deconstructed his ideological, and savagely wrong, talking points.
“The reality is, Jake – and I’m glad you bought up that point – every place that I went, every person I spoke to, I asked this question to them. And without hesitation, they said ‘there are no moderate rebels, who are these moderate rebels that people keep speaking of?’
“Regardless of the name of these groups, the strongest fighting force on the ground in Syria is Al-Nusra or Al-Qaeda and ISIS. That is a fact. There are a number of different other groups, all of them are fighting alongside, with or under the command of the strongest group on the ground that is trying to overthrow Assad.”
Brave Tulsi Gabbard completely deconstructed the false narrative sold by the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama administration, John McCain, Adam Kinzinger and Evan McMullin – all of whom supported the various terrorist factions within Syria – and sets the record straight:
There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria. “Moderate rebels” is an Obama-era propaganda myth. The opposition to Assad is led by ISIS and Al-Qaeda – and they are raping, kidnapping and murdering Syrian women, men and children – and any smaller rebel groups fighting against Assad are fighting in coalition with ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
These are the groups the Obama administration was funding and supporting.