Ayaan Hirsi Ali Loses Her Home

posted at 12:05 am on April 30, 2006 by Bryan

Via Peaktalk, the story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali just gets worse. Hirsi Ali is the Somali-born Dutch parliamentarian whose outspokenness on the rights of women under Islam has made her a marked woman. Islamists have issued a fatwa calling for her death. And now she’s been evicted by court order at the request of her neighbors, who find her security concerns a nuisance. The Dutch court used superseding European law as the basis of its ruling:

The court considers in its ruling that the neighbors have been put into a situation that has contributed to them feeling less safe in their own house. That feeling is extended to the communal living spaces of the apartment complex, but also to their own apartments. The court argues that this is a severe violation of one’s private life (as per Article 8 of the European Treaty for Human Rights).

Hirsi Ali hasn’t broken any laws; she has criticized the lack of women’s rights under Islam, which under Dutch law she is supposedly free to do. The threats against her for speaking out are for real: Her friend and co-producer on the film Submission, Theo Van Gogh, was brutally murdered by an Islamist on the streets of Amsterdam. But the law that isn’t doing anything about the Islamists issuing fatwas and threatening death evicts Hirsi Ali from her own home because her security problems are too much to bear for her neighbors, citing an abstract violation of private life. It would seem to me that if there’s a violation of one’s private life going on here, it’s being done by the Islamists who are stalking Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Wherever she ends up, they will continue to stalk her. If her new neighbors sue, she will be evicted again.

Where can she possibly live where her neighbors won’t be similarly inconvenienced by the fatwa against her? I doubt the Dutch court realizes what it has wrought here. Her eviction, supposing it stands up all the way through the Dutch supreme court, is empowering to the Islamists, who can now hound the outspoken via word, action and now by proxy through the Dutch courts and the squeamishness of the average Dutch citizen. This is the beginning of state-sanctioned dhimmitude in Europe.


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I’m issuing a fatwa against fatwa-issuers.

Seriously, I think any imam issuing a fatwa while living in a western nation should be immediately deported. Why would any healthy and sane nation not take action against an extra-judicial system operating within its borders?

Oops, almost forgot. Most of Europe isn’t healthy and sane anymore. My bad.

jaleach on April 30, 2006 at 12:18 AM

The Dutch really are “dammed”.

hadsil on April 30, 2006 at 12:18 AM

“This is the beginning of state-sanctioned dhimmitude in Europe.”

I wouldn’t quite say it was the beginning… Just one more step along the road that started several years ago.

LegendHasIt on April 30, 2006 at 12:34 AM

If Dutch law made murder illegal, (sarcasm alert) it would never happen.

If Ms Hirsi’s neighbors could actually plan and execute a field of protection and interdiction, there would be no cause for fear.

Neighbors who are united against a common cause can hold a street, a block, a district; and defend themselves against the world.

The problem, to me, seems to be with the defense; especially, laws that would prohibit effective defense.

US_Citizen on April 30, 2006 at 12:42 AM

Anarchy reigns when governments fail to protect their citizenry from threats on their lives and properties. Couple this with the evils of Islamism, we have a potential of another dark period in the history of Europe.

Ms. Hirsi’s plight is just a symptom of Europe’s malady. I just couldn’t believe that the Dutch are clueless about it.

We need to do our part, however small it may be, to wake them up. Email friends, submit opinions to Dutch newspapers, and write their politicians. We cannot continue preaching to the choir here as we already get it. Actions are needed to help our allies to see the light and save the world from a great catastrophe.

TrueKatipunero on April 30, 2006 at 1:43 AM

The Flying Dutchwoman

infra172 on April 30, 2006 at 1:52 AM

The Netherlands has been lost for a long time. But even in the US most people either don’t understand what this war is about or don’t believe there’s a war at all. I’m not sure what more needs to happen to shock people out of their slumber.

modifiedcontent on April 30, 2006 at 1:57 AM

Just another sad example of what really becomes more and more obvious both in Europe and the US, violence and death threats works. Companies and places of education grapping their ankles as soon as a Muslim claims to be offended, but this is actually a freighting new development, a court is now actively supporting Muslim thugs in this way, what is next? If Muslim thugs are successful in killing her, they will not be prosecuted because she brought it on herself by being critical of Islam.
The coming of Eurabia will take a huge step forward if this verdict are allowed to stand.

defender on April 30, 2006 at 2:04 AM

Is it just me or does this capitulation to islamists reak of Neville Chamberlain esque idealism? When are we going to wake up and realize that they want to kill us if we don’t believe in their version of God? That means by any means. Ever wonder why we never heard an outpouring of support from the islamic community after 9/11? Hmmm.. perhaps that would be going against the precepts of their religeon and they would have a fatwa placed on them. Or maybe it was fear. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time to wake up! We have to stop this! For everyone’s sakes including our friends that live in despotic islamic countries. Check the headlines… Iran wants Nuclear power… hmm why on Earth would anyone invest the astronomical sum to develop that technology when you hold the Worlds 4th largest oil reserve? Are they running short of gas stoves or something? Any reasonably intelligent domesticated mammal can make the conclusion that they want a crescent shaped A-bomb. The clock is ticking. It’s sad to watch it all unfold. I can see the outcome in my nightmares. Unless the middle class of Iran (and I’m sure a few of you are reading this post) take steps to un-yoke themselves from this psycopathic islamist rule, they will face the prospect of a first strike scenario. An atomic weapon in the hands of a man who vows to wipe a country off the face of the Earth IS JUST CAUSE!

More on the matter at hand:

Apologies.. I digressed.. Her neighbors should be publicly shamed, any cleric involved should be tried for conspiracy to commit murder, and if said murder happened.. those clerics should be charged with accessory to murder. Funny thing is.. I’ve never seen a cleric strap himself with explosives.. Has anyone ever noticed that?

reflexx on April 30, 2006 at 2:05 AM

This is what happens when you have the left-wing nut jobs running your country. Seculer they call it they have lost their soul.

birdman on April 30, 2006 at 3:44 AM

fatwa was a little nickname i had for my former mother-in-law.

gary on April 30, 2006 at 6:33 AM

Hirsi Ali may be the last best hope for the Dutch. This is disgraceful.

Pablo on April 30, 2006 at 6:47 AM

I don’t blame the neighbors or the Judge for fearing for their safety. Remember what some explosives in a backpack did in London last year. In an apartment complex with innocent children, the people had to protect themselves.
That having been said, what Europe is slowly going to see is that their philosophy of moral relativism is a bankrupt philosophy. There is right and wrong, and they are going to have to learn that it is not a crime to condemn the Islamofascists, nor are the people who do so bigots for stating the obvious. Why is it that only the Islamists have feelings that need to be protected?

persecutor on April 30, 2006 at 7:40 AM

Cardinal Adrianis Simonis of Utrecht outlined the problem perfectly. He said:

“Nowadays political leaders ask whether the Muslims will accept our values, I ask, ‘What values are those? Gay marriage? Euthanasia?”

T.S. Eliot made similiar comments over half a century ago. Speaking to his liberal friends of the need for Christian faith in the face of secular totalitarianism, he wrote:

“The term ‘democracy’…does not contain enough positive content to stand alone against the forces that you dislike — it can easily be transformed by them. If you will not have God (and He is a jealous God) you should pay your respects to Hitler or Stalin.”

A debased Europe culture in which citizens attempt to skate through life with the least unpleasantness possible does not have the moral strenght to withstand totalitarians be they marxists or Islamic theocrats.

Essex on April 30, 2006 at 11:36 AM

It’s a damn shame the Dutch government turned their back on this poor brave woman by ruling against her. Hirsi Ali is entitled to protection from the Islamic terrorists that murdered her filmmaker friend.

Is it possible that some American liberals moved to her neighborhood? Otherwise why would the neighbors file a petition requesting she be forced out they’re “scared”??

Richard Davis on April 30, 2006 at 12:13 PM

Heyyy…maybe she should imminent domain to move her neighbors out!

ScottG on April 30, 2006 at 12:33 PM

Bring her to America, you know… “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.

Boycott Dhimmitude!

Joe on April 30, 2006 at 12:43 PM

That is what happened with Rushdie. Even the British government couldnt (or wouldnt!) protect him so he flees to the good old USA! It is incomprehensible in this day and age a country/government/people REFUSES to band together and protect one of their own whose only offense was speaking the TRUTH about the “ROP”.

labwrs on April 30, 2006 at 12:59 PM

They’re punishing a woman for receiving death threats? This is absolutely inexcusable. The people that need to be pushed out onto the street, and then out of the country, are the people who are threatening innocent lives. This is injustice incarnate. And if the Dutch judiciary can’t grasp that, I hope that Hirsi does come to America, because she would be protected, not evicted. Sure, we’ve got our share of PC problems, but at least we don’t let militant Islam threaten how we live. And Americans like helping people, it is our nature. I’d personally make a bed for her if I was asked.

I’m given the impression that this court battle isn’t over yet, so we’ll see what the final outcome is. Who knows? There are bad judges all over the world, maybe this is just an example of one more idiot in a black robe. If not, God help the Dutch.

Savage on April 30, 2006 at 2:25 PM

Europe (for the most part) is stuck in the sensitivity/Kumbia mode, so I am not surprised about hearing this situation concerning Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I do not see how Europe (especially the Netherlands) can hope to succeed against terrorism after this clap trap of a court ruling. Let’s hope that the Dutch Supreme Court will come to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s assitance.

Sadly, we must remember three things that are already against her-the three strikes against her:

1) She is a woman.
2) She is a woman who criticized Islam.
3) She is a woman who criticized Islamic treatment of women.

AND IT IS GOING TO GET WORSE…HARDCORE ISLAMIC/TERRORISTS WILL NOT TOLERATE A “MOUTHY CHICK.”

And, as usual, I (as far as I know) do not hear any of the members of the NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF WORTHLESS WOMEN (and their feminized significant WHATevers) protesting stuff like this.

The False Dervish on April 30, 2006 at 2:54 PM

I worry about Europe more because of what could happen to the Vatican if Muslims came to dominate the continent. It doesn’t seem very likely that the imams and other leaders would continue to grant the Vatican its status as a soveriegn city-state.

God help us all.

Tom Shakely on April 30, 2006 at 3:16 PM

Perhaps it’s now time to build that damnable fence, not only along our southern border and our northern border, but perhaps now along our seacoast! After all, if we’re to keep on the undesirable Hispanics, and we should, then we should also keep out the riff raff fleeing Eurabria in the extremely near future! We have enough nuisance Dutch, Krauts, Frogs, and Swedes as it is! The problem might not actually exist since most of them can’t stand up; they’re missing a backbone; they’ll just lie there and drown in their own tears, the poor sodding bastards!

DougW on April 30, 2006 at 4:33 PM

Perhaps it’s now time to build that damnable fence, not only along our southern border and our northern border, but perhaps now along our seacoast! After all, if we’re to keep on the undesirable Hispanics, and we should, then we should also keep out the riff raff fleeing Eurabria in the extremely near future! We have enough nuisance Dutch, Krauts, Frogs, and Swedes as it is! The problem might not actually exist since most of them can’t stand up; they’re missing a backbone; they’ll just lie there and drown in their own tears!

DougW on April 30, 2006 at 4:36 PM

Correction, please: “After all, if we’re to keep out the undesirable Hispanics”

DougW on April 30, 2006 at 4:37 PM

This is extremely telling. Hirsi Ali’s neighbors wouldn’t be going through this process if they didn’t feel threatened. What is interesting is that they are not standing up to the true enemy, rather throwing Ali to the wolves in an attempt to safeguard themselves.

History repeating itself?

Sarah D. on April 30, 2006 at 7:59 PM

You know, I’ve been thinking about it, and remember how Frank J. and Cadet Happy at IMAO made those banners for Michelle when her family was being threatened by the UC Santa Cruz whackos? Somebody should make another little banner thing for Ayaan Hirsi Ali that we could spread around. “Ayaan Hirsi Ali is welcome in my home, even if she is not welcome in hers,” or something like that. This story really upset me. I haven’t been set off like this, since… Well… Okay, the Wenyi Wang thing just a week ago. I’m a sensitive man, yet am not afraid to admit it.

Still, I’d like to do more to show solidarity for this poor woman. She’s being victimized by her government just as much as she’s being victimized by the Imams.

Savage on April 30, 2006 at 9:25 PM

It’s sad that she’s apparently not only not safe in her own country, but not welcome in her own home.

high_desert_wanderer on May 1, 2006 at 1:58 PM

Been following her story since Theo’s murder. Ali is a true hero to all freedom lovers around the world. She was living on an Air Force base in the U.S. for a while there due to all the death threats from the brave warriors of islam. Where is N.O.W.? Where is A.N.S.W.E.R.? Where is Code Pink? Rhetorical question, we all know where they are.

Tony737 on May 1, 2006 at 11:15 PM