Woman in Israel Arrested for Speaking Negatively About Islam

by Daniel Pipes
Israel Hayom
July 28, 2015

As most non-Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem can attest, groups of screaming female banshees accost them, yelling Allahu akbar and other Islamic slogans, making for a highly unpleasant experience. (Called the Murabitat, or the Steadfast, they are funded by an Islamist organization.)

On schedule, this recurred on July 23, when a Jewish group visited the holy area; worse, the banshees followed the group outside the Temple Mount and into a surrounding street, harassing and threatening the group.

Irritated, a female member of the Jewish group dressed all in white responded into a video camera sent out by the Jerusalem Information Center (Markaz A’lam al-Quds) with two words: “Muhammad khanzeer,” Arabic for “Muhammad is a pig,” obviously a very pungent insult.

The next day, Israeli police arrested the woman in white. Despite this, the video went viral and may have contributed to Sunday’s riots on the Temple Mount.


(1) It happens all the time: Islamists openly stride the streets while the victim of Islamist aggression pays the price. Think of Geert Wilders being housed in a jail cell for his protection or look at the fortress-like synagogues in France. Even the president of Egypt sleeps in an unidentified location, fearing Islamist assault.

(2) This fits into a pattern going back at least to 1997, of the Israeli authorities arresting non-Muslims who offend Islamic sensibilities. For details, see my “Israelis Insult Muslims, Face Criminal Charges.”

(3) This arrest can lead to trouble. What if thousands of Israelis uploaded videos of themselves saying “Muhammad khanzir”: Would the police arrest them all? And if not, how could it indict the woman in white?

Mr. Pipes (DanielPipes.org, @DanielPipes) is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2015 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved.

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