EA Audio Analysis: “Non-Muslims Don’t Live in Birmingham, England” — A Resident Responds to Fox News and Terrorism “Expert”

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Last night Steven Emerson, a long-time “expert” on terrorism, explained to Fox News that Muslims were taking over Britain. For example, “Muslim religious people” were walking the streets of London, threatening to beat anyone with inappropriate fashion. And Birmingham — where EA WorldView is based — is a “no-go area” which is “totally Muslim”.

Needless to say, this came as a surprise to me as I, the son of a Christian preacher, sat in my front room in Birmingham with my non-Muslim wife and non-Muslim daughter. Muslim acquaintances — whom I don’t believe are part of any “religious police” — called us to congratulate us on our conversion.

I spoke with BBC West Midlands Radio this morning about both the black comedy and the serious consequences of Emerson’s remarks and Fox News’s provocation:

Listen to interview from 21:05

I will also be on BBC Midlands Today TV after 1330 GMT and on BBC Radio 4 between 1800 and 1830 GMT.

Meanwhile, here is Emerson’s “expert” commentary:

Emerson has now apologized for the Birmingham remark. He has not apologized for the comment about London’s “Muslim religious police” or the declaration that “Europe is now finished” because “the leadership of Muslim communities in Europe deliberately don’t want to integrate”.

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    • I’ve grown seriously tired of the panels of aging, balding, fat white men on Fox News telling millions of people what they should think and feel, and attempting to frame what reality is from their incredibly narrow and incredibly ignorant singular collective perspective. I wish it were just a case of “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,” but the problem is SO may people do.

  1. UK police arrest 5 in investigation after Europe attacks
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    LONDON – British police have arrested five people as part of an investigation following the deadly attacks in Paris and in Brussels.
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    West Midlands Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale says in a statement Friday that the arrests aim to address “any associated threat to the U.K. following the attacks in Europe.”
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    Four people — three men aged 26, 40 and 59 and one woman, 29, were arrested Thursday in the central English city of Birmingham. A 26-year-old man was arrested at London’s Gatwick Airport on Friday. The five were arrested for suspected ties to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terror.
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    Police are also searching a number of properties in Birmingham as part of the investigation.
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    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/15/uk-police-arrest-5-in-investigation-after-europe-attacks.html

  2. London terror attack investigation focuses on extremist hotspot Birmingham
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    Armed police stormed an address in Birmingham overnight with neighbours saying attacker Masood lived in the property in Hagley Road in the Five Ways district.
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    A witness, who works close to the scene said: “The man from London lived here. They came and arrested three men.”
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    Eight people were arrested by anti-terror officers in raids in London and Birmingham as the investigation into yesterday’s attack continues.
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    At least four people were killed when the knife-wielding Masood ploughed a car through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before storming the Parliamentary estate. He was shot dead.
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    Enterprise car firm confirmed the Hyundai used in the attack was one of their vehicles from its Spring Hill branch in Birmingham.
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    Research Fellow Emma Webb says the Birmingham link to the London terror attack is unsurprising with experts long identifying the West Midlands city as a hotspot for radicalisation sparking comparisons with Brussels jihadi hotspot Molenbeek.
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    Miss Webb told Express.co.uk: “With Molenbeek, it is a comparison I would make myself due to the extend of connections there. With Molenbeek and the Paris attack.They had their support network they could return to and know it was a safe environment.
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    “It is possible that maybe Birmingham is not as bad, in terms of the security services foiling plots, but the idea that these areas contain dense relationships, family and friends and are particularly deprived and segregated it becomes difficult to intervene to stop this extremism.”
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    A report published earlier this month by the Henry Jackson Society think tank found nearly a fifth of the 269 people convicted of Islamist terrorism offence or killed as suicide bombers in the UK between 1998 and 2015 came from Birmingham.
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    Birmingham, which has a Muslim population of 234,000, produced 39 of those terrorists, with just five wards in Birmingham – Springfield, Sparkbrook, Hodge Hill, Washwood Heath and Bordesley Green accounting for 26 terrorists.
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    Hannah Stuart, Senior Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society and the report’s author, said: “Birmingham has become the country’s second major terrorism hotspot.”
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    Police have confirmed detectives searched three addresses in Birmingham linked to the Westminster attack investigation.
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    Miss Webb said: “A number of us were unsurprised that there would be some kind of connection to Birmingham.
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    “There were arrests in Birmingham after the Paris and Brussels attacks.”
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    In December last year Zakaria Boufassil, from Birmingham, was convicted of funding international terrorism by supplying money to the man-in-the-hat from the CCTV of the Brussels airport attack.
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    Boufassil, a Belgian national, gave Mohamed Abrini £3,000 in a Birmingham park just before the bombings in March last year.
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    His co-defendant Mohammed Ali Ahmed, also from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2016.
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    Abrini was later arrested and accused of participating in terrorist acts and was linked to both the Brussels bombings and Paris attacks.
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    He later told investigators that during a visit to ISIS-stronghold Raqqa, in Syria, a man called Abdelhamid Abaaoud had asked him to collect the cash in the UK as a favour.
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    Miss Webb added: “Obviously Abrini would not be sent to Birmingham unless someone like Aboud knew to send him there and knew there were extremists there.
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    “It suggests Birmingham, with the Trojan Horse scandal- schools and institutions have been targeted before, it is possible that there is a long term effect of pre-existing networks.”
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    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/783157/london-terror-attack-birmingham-arrests-extremism-molenbeek-police

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