Rwanda: Impaka Kuhafungiwe Col Byabagamba na Gen Rusagara

Rwanda: Impaka Kuhafungiwe Col Byabagamba na Gen Rusagara

Col Tom Byabagamba na Gen. Frank Rusagara Mu Rwanda, umucamanza mu rukiko rw’ubujurire yirinze kuvugira mu ruhame ibyo yabonye mu iperereza yakoze kuri gereza ifungiwemo Col Tom Byabagamba na Gen Frank Rusagara. More »

Ingagi yo muri Nigeria iracyekwaho kumira hafi miliyoni zirindwi

Ingagi yo muri Nigeria iracyekwaho kumira hafi miliyoni zirindwi

Umwe mu bakozi yabwiye radio yaho ko iyo ngagi ari yo yakwegekwaho ayo mafaranga yabuze (ifoto yo mu bubiko) Abategetsi babwiye igisata cya BBC gitangaza ibiganiro mu rurimi rwa Pidgin ko inzu More »

Mu Rwanda ‘hadutse indwara idasanzwe’ mu bigo bimwe by’amashuri

Mu Rwanda ‘hadutse indwara idasanzwe’ mu bigo bimwe by’amashuri

Iyi ndwara ifata mu mavi imaze kwibasira ibigo bibiri by’abakobwa, uyu ni umwe mu bayirwaye Mu Rwanda haravugwa indwara idasanzwe imaze kugera mu bigo bibiri by’amashuri yisumbuye mu burengerazuba no mu burasirazuba, More »

 

Bagiye kwishyira hamwe ngo barwanye ubwami bw’Urwanda.

Uko iminsi igenda ishira ninako leta iyobowe na fpr,igenda ihura n’imbaraga zikomeye zabatavuga rumwe nayo,ariko igikomeye muri byose kandi kingorobahizi,n’uburyo ubwami bwashenywe mu Rwanda,bumaze imyaka n’imyaniko bwicecekeye,none muri’iyi minsi ikibazo cy’ubwami cyikaba kirimo kugenda kirushaho gusobanuka,ndetse alinako abanyarwanda bagenda batahura ikinyoma cya repubulika ko burya repubulika yo mu Rwanda yabagaho itemewe namategeko.


Ibi bikaba byezwa nizi nyzndiko leta y’uRwanda ilimo kugenda icisha muri za maneko zabahutu,zemeye kugurisha gakond yazo,nyuma yoguhura n’inzara nk’iya Esau yahuye nayo akemera kugurisha umugabane we,w’imfura,bigatuma ahabwa ibishyimbo birimo inyanya byari bifite isupu y’umutuku,maze aba agurishije gakondo ye ,kubera inzara y’umunsi umwe gusa!?.

Izi nyandiko zigaragaza icyifuzo cya leta y’Urwanda,zirandikwa nibinyamakuru bitavuga rumwe na Kigali byiyemeje gukorera amafaranga mu itangaza makuru,aho gukorera abanyarwanda.Nk’uko twabibagejejeho ibi binyamakuru nk’uko bikurikira:ikazeiwacu.fr,inumanews.com.veritasinfo.fr,byiyemeje gukorera leta y’uRwanda bikaba biyoborwa bikanahabwa amabwirizwa n’ikigo cy’ubutasi bw’Urwanda gikorera hanze National Security Service NSS.

 

Arikose ibi byifuzo bizakunda?kubera ko,abarepubulike bose muri rusange ikinyoma cyabo cyamaze kujya ahagaragara binyuze ku kinyamakuru inyangenews.com,bitumye yaba leta cyangwa abatavuga rumwe nayo barenga ibibatandukanya bemera gusangira umugati kugirango bishyire hamwe barwanye ubwami bw’Urwanda bwemewe namategeko burimo kugenda bugaragaza ukuli kubyabaye bikozwe nabazungu bitwaje agatsiko gato kibisambo kitwa abarepubulike.

 

Ngaho nimwisomere namwe icyifuzo cyanyujijwe kukinyamakuru inumanews.com kugirango barebe icyo abanyarwanda babivugaho,ibi bikaba bigaragaza neza uburyo ikibazo cy’uRwanda giteye gishingiye kubinyoma,none babaonye ko,akaba kageze bati twese abarepubulike yaba abo tutumvikana twemere twishyiore hamwe turebe ko,twarwanya ubwami bugendera ku itegeko nshinga,byaba Atari ibyo twese tuzabihomberamo kubera ubwami bwemewe bwamaze guhaguruka bukaba burimo gushyira ahagaragara inyandiko tudashobora kuvuguruza kubera ko,izo nyandiko zuzuyemo ukuri kose kubyabaye ibyo twakoreye ubwami n’Umwami w’Urwanda KIgeli V Ndahindurwa.

 

RWANDA: IBISABWA ABAKURU B’ AMASHYAKA NA SOCIÉTÉ CIVILE MU GUTEGURA IHINDUKA RY’ UBUTEGETSI MU RWANDA.

Ibisabwa abakuru b’ amashyaka na société civile mu gutegura ihinduka ry’ ubutegetsi mu Rwanda. Hari uburyo bwinshi bwo guhindura ubutegetsi : Inzira y’ amahoro:
1 . Binyuze mu nzira y ’imishyikirano
2 . Binyuze mu nzira ya Demokarasi n ’amatora adafifitse Inzira imena amaraso :
1 . Binyuze muri Coup d’ Etat cyane cyane ikozwe na bamwe mu ngabo z’ igihugu
2 . Binyuze muri revolution ya rubanda
3 . Binyuze mu ntambara y ’imbunda n ’amasasu Mu mateka y ’u Rwanda kugeza ubu, ihinduka ry’ubutegetsi ryagiye rirangwa n ’ inzira imena amaraso : Revolution yo muri 1959 , Coup d ’Etat yo muri 1973 n ’intambara yatejwe na FPR  Inkotanyi muri ’ 90-1994 . Aho FPR -Inkotanyi ifatiye ubutegetsi
muri 1994, nkuko byagiye bigaragazwa n ’ibinyamakuru , amashyaka atavuga rumwe na Leta n ’imiryango iharanira uburenganzira bw ’ikiremwa muntu ; ingoma yayo irangwa : n ’ubutabera budahagije , itotezwa ry’abatavuga rumwe n’ ubutegetsi kutubahiriza uburenganzira bw ’ikiremwa muntu, kwirundaho
umutungo w ’igihugu ukoresheje amayere anyuranye, n’ ibindi n ’ibindi.


Iyo miterere y’ ubutegetsi buriho ikaba yarahagurukije
abanyarwanda b ’intwari banze kuba ingaruzwa muheto cyangwa kuyoborwa butama; gufata iya mbere , barwanya ku mugaragaro ubutegetsi buriho kugirango mu Rwanda hajyeho ubutegetsi bugendera kuri demokarasi , bwubaha umunyarwanda uwo ari
we wese kandi bugendera ku mategeko ari nta muntu n’ umwe wishyize hejuru y ’amategeko kabona nubwo yaba ari umukuru w ’igihugu.


Abanyarwanda rero dufite amahitamo, gukomeza guhindura
ubutegetsi dukoresheje inzira imena amaraso cyangwa guhindura ubutegetsi dukoresheje inzira y ’amahoro . Njye ku giti cyanjye
ndahitamo inzira y’amahoro . Ari nayo mpanvu nashatse gutanga ibitekerezo byanjye kuri bimwe
mu bigomba gukorwa kugirango uwo mugambi ugerweho.


Icya mbere: Gushyira hamwe kw ’amashyaka atavuga rumwe
n ’ubutegetsi buriho Gushyira hamwe kw ’amashyaka atavuga rumwe ntibivuze kunvikana kuli byose. Ariko hagomba kugira iby ’ingenzi
bumvikanaho, bagakusanya ingufu zabo zose kugira ngo bikorwe.

 
Ibyo amashyaka agomba gukorera hamwe:
Campagne médiatique et diplomatique bien étudiée et bien planifiée ( 2015- 2017) Gushyiraho radio ya opposition yunvikanira mu Rwanda no mu bihugu duhana imbibe Gutegura no kumvikana kw’ itegeko nshinga igihugu cyagenderaho haramutse habaye ihinduka ry’ubutegetsi Gutegura no kumvikana kw’ itegeko rigenga amatora mu Rwanda Gutegura no gusaba inama igomba guhuza Leta y ’u Rwanda n ’amashyaka atavuga rumwe nayo yaba ayo hanze cyangwa ayo mu gihugu kugirango bumvikane ku mitegekere y ’igihugu  Gutegura iseswa ry’inzego za Polise n ’iz ’ingabo ziriho ubu , no gushyiraho imitwe mishya y ’ingabo na polise abanyarwanda bose bibonamo Gutegura ishyirwaho rya “ Commission Nationale de Transparence ’’ igomba gushyiraho uburyo abantu bagomba kubona akazi muri Leta hadakoreshejwe ruswa,ikimenyane, ironda akoko cyangwa ironda karere Gukomeza gusaba , ishyirwaho ry’urukiko mpuzamahanga rugomba kuburanisha  abakekwaho kuba barahanuye indege ya Habyalimana, abakekwaho gukora genocide y ’abahutu kuva muri 1994 n ’abakekwaho ubwicanyi bwakorewe aba Kongomani mu ntambara zimaze iminsi zibera mu ntara ya Kivu Gushaka inkunga iyo ari yo yose mu bihugu by’amahanga cyane cyane ibyo duturanye n ’ibyo mu gace ka Afrika.

Icya kabiri:

 

Gushyira hamwe kwa société civile zihangayikishijwe n ’ ibibera mu Rwanda Ibyo imiryango ya société civile yakorera z ’ihohoterwa ry’ikiremwa muntu mu Rwanda Gu sensibiliza imiryango mpuza mahanga ikora nkibyo bakora ku bibazo by’ ubutabera buke , ubukene , ihohoterwa no kutubahiriza uburenganzira bw ’ikiremwa bibera mu Rwanda Gutegura kugira uruhare mu nama igomba guhuza Leta y ’u Rwanda n ’amashyaka atavuga rumwe hamwe: Campagne médiatique bien planifiée ( 2014- 2017)            Gukusanya no ku documenta za evidences nayo yaba ari akorera mu gihugu cyangwa akorera hanze Icya gatatu: Gutangira kwiga umushinga wo kuzakoresha amatora electroniques mu Rwanda muri 2017.

Gukoresha amatora adafifitse n ’imwe mu nzira ishobora kuzana ihinduka
ry’ ubutegetsi mu Rwanda binyuze mu nzira z ’amahoro. Amatora adafifitse yagerwaho
ate ?


Hakoreshejwe iterambere rya Internet u Rwanda rumaze
kugeraho, amashyaka atavuga rumwe na Leta y ’u Rwanda afatanije na société civile nyarwanda , bagomba kwiga umushinga wo gukoresha amatora hakoreshejwe utwuma tugiye kumera nka cellulaire bashyiramo application y ’amatora ; kuburyo baduha abaturage akaba ari two bakoresha , bagatora nta wubahagarikiye cyangwa ngo abatere ubwoba.


Uko umuturage atoye , ijwi rye rigahita ryiyandika
(instantanement ) kuri serveur central national nayo igomba gutanga résultats y’amatora instantanement uko agenda  yinjira .Ubwo bimwe mu byakwigwa kuri uwo mushinga w ’amatora electroniques n ’ibi : Gushaka impuguke mu bya informatique zakora
application y’ amatora;


Gusaba impuguke zigakorautwuma tudahenze tujya kumera
nka cellulaires dushobora gukoreshwa mu matora ;Gushaka financement y’ uwo mushinga – Kwamamaza uwo mushinga muri Nations Unies , mu  muryango w’ ubumwe bw’ Afrika, mu miryango mpuzamahanga nka Transparency International , n ’iyindi myinshi iharanira demokarasi.


Ibi ni ibitekerezo by ’ibanze .adafifitse
ishobotse Mfunguye débat kugira ngo namwe mutange ibitekerezo byanyu turebe ibishoboka n ’ibidashoboka. Uyu ni umushinga ugomba kwigwaho witondewe n ’impuguke mu bya informatique. Ariko urakenewe kandi urihutirwa . Iyi projet y ’amatora electroniques mu Rwanda, yaba intanga rugero kuburyo yajya ikoreshwa n’ ahandi mu bindi bihugu bishaka guhindura ubutegetsi mu nzira y’ amahoro .

 

Inzira y ’intambara yagombye gukoreshwa gusa, igihe bigaragaye ko inzira zose z ’amahoro zishoboka zageragejwe bikananirana. Ndashaka kurangiza iyi nyandiko nshimira abanyarwanda bose bitabiriye politike bagamije ihinduka ry’ ubutegetsi mu Rwanda binyuze mu nzira z ’amahoro . Nkaba mboneyeho gushimira cyane cyane abanyapolitike bakoranye na FPR inkotanyi, cyane cyane usanga muri RNC , bagize ubutwari bwo kwitandukanya n ’iyo ngoma aho baboneye ko FPR iri mu kujyana
igihugu mu nzira itaboneye abanyarwanda n ’ u Rwanda.
Jotham Rwamiheto
Montreal, Canada.

Backstage at Turkey’s Shotgun Wedding with Israel by Burak Bekdil

  • There are two major problems that will probably block a genuine normalization of relations between Turkey and Israel. One is Hamas, and the other is the seemingly irreversible anti-Semitism that most Turks devour.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed more than once that Hamas is not a terrorist group but a legitimate political party.

  • Erdogan came up with the idea that Zionism should be declared a “crime against humanity.”

There is every indication that Turkey and Israel are not far away from normalizing their troubled diplomatic relations. According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, for instance, the former allies are “one or two meetings” away from normalization.

If, however, Ankara and Jerusalem finally shake hands after six years of cold war, it will be because Turkey feels increasingly isolated internationally, not because it feels any genuine friendship for the Jewish nation.

In all probability, the “peace” between Turkey and Israel will look like the definition of peace in Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary: “In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting” — despite the backdrop for peace looking incredibly (but mischievously) convenient. On May 29, a Jewish wedding ceremony was held in a historical synagogue in the northwestern province of Edirne for the first time in 41 years. A few months before that, in December, the Jewish year 5776 went down in history possibly as the first time in which a public Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony was held in Muslim Turkey in a state-sponsored event. All that is nice — but can be misleading.

There are two major problems that will probably block a genuine normalization. One is Hamas, and the other is the seemingly irreversible anti-Semitism which most Turks devour.

In a powerful article from this month, Jonathan Schanzer forcefully reminded the world that although Saleh Arouri, a senior Hamas military leader, was expelled from his safe base in Istanbul, “… many other senior Hamas officials remain there. And their ejection from Turkey appears to be at the heart of Israel’s demands as rapprochement talks near completion.”

Schanzer says that there are ten Hamas figures currently believed to be enjoying refuge in Turkey, and he names half a dozen or so Hamas militants there, including Mahmoud Attoun, who was found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of a 29-year-old Israeli. Also enjoying safe haven in Turkey are three members of the Izzedine al-Qassam brigades. Schanzer adds that,

“There are a handful more that can be easily identified in the Arabic and Turkish press, and nearly all of them maintain profiles on Facebook and Twitter, where they regularly post updates on their lives in Turkey.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed more than once that Hamas is not a terrorist group but a legitimate political party. He has held innumerable meetings with senior Hamas officials including Khaled Mashaal, head of its political bureau. In addition, Erdogan came up with the idea that Zionism should be declared a “crime against humanity.”

Turkish President (then Prime Minister) Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, meeting with Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal (center) and Ismail Haniyeh on June 18, 2013, in Ankara, Turkey. (Image source: Turkey Prime Minister’s Press Office)

Anti-Semitism, as mentioned, is the other problem. Erdogan deliberately spread anti-Semitic sentiments to an already xenophobic society until he decided to go (relatively) silent when he recently realized that Turkey’s cold war with Israel was not sustainable. This does not mean that his or Turkish society’s views regarding Jews have changed.

Earlier this year, for instance, one of Erdogan’s chief advisors appeared in pro-government media to attack political rivals as “raising soldiers for the Jews.” This sentiment is not confined to government big guns.

The first Jewish wedding at Edirne synagogue after 41 years was, no doubt, a merry event, both for the Turkish Jewish couple and politically, but it failed to mask the ugly side of the coin. Unlike a normal Turkish wedding (or, say, a Jewish wedding in the U.S.), unusually tight security measures were taken in the neighborhood around the synagogue, including the closure of roads leading to the synagogue and security searches of the wedding guests. The guests had to go through a metal detector at the door of the synagogue. Road closures and a metal detector for a wedding?!

There was more. Turks happily expressed their feelings in social media to “celebrate” the Jewish wedding. “One of my biggest dreams is to kill a Jew,” wrote one Twitter user. “[Hitler] did not do it in vain,” wrote another. The Hitler series went on with “He was a great man,” “Where are you Hitler?” and “We are all Hitler.”

This is the backstage scene in the country where a Jewish couple happily married at a synagogue for the first time in 41 years — the same country supposedly to “normalize” its ties with Israel.

Burak Bekdil, based in Ankara, is a Turkish columnist for the Hürriyet Daily and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

Babaye abahanga kumena amaraso,baba abaswa kubuganiza amata no kuyatereka kuruhimbi.

Amakuru aturuka mu biro by’umukuru w’igihugu cy’uRwanda,arahamya ko,harumugambi wo kongera kumena amaraso mu rwego rwo kurwanira ubutegetsi.Amakuru afite gihamya,aravuga yuko bamwe mu basirikare ba RDF,bamaze kuruha igitugu cy’umukuru w’igihugu ngo bakaba barimo gutegura kudeta.


Ibyo bije nyuma yahoo umukuru w’igihugu yakunze kubacyurira ko,uzatinyuka gukora kudeta ,ngo usibye ko,batanabishobora,ngo ibyo byose byagiye bituma abamukundaga bamukuraho amaboko kubera kubacyurira.Ikindi ngo ni uko bimaze kugaragara ko,umwakagara nta nshuti agira ugereranije nabari inshuti ze ubu abo atishe baramuhunze abandi arabafunga.

Iyindi mpamvu ifatika itumye igihugu kigiye kugwa mukaga gakomeye!Ngo ni uko ubutegetsi bwose umwakagara amaze kubushyira mu maboko yabanyarwanda baturutse mu gihugu cy’Uburundi kubera bamushyingiye umugore Nyiramongi Jennette Kagame.Iyo akaba ar’impamvu ifatika yanatumye kwirukana igifaransa mu Rwanda bibangamirwa nuwo mudamu babwiye yuko igifaransa kidakwiye gucika mu Rwanda ngo kuko arirwo rurimi rwabo.

Ibya kudeta birimo gutegurwa hisunzwe amategeko,amakuru afite gihamya nk’uko bitangazwa nabari hafi y’umukuru w’igihugu,ngo habanje kurebwa amategeko icyo ateganya mu gihe haramuka habaye kudeta,ngo basanga abanyarwanda bo mu bwoko bw’Abahutu aribo bari mu myanya kuburyo babaye bakoze kudeta abahutu bahita bafata ubutegetsi bitabagoye kubera ko amategeko abibahera uburenganzira.

Bikavugwa yuko mbere yuko habaho kudeta bakwiye kubanza gukura abahutu mu myanya y’ubutegetsi nk’umukuru wa Government ministiri w’intebe yahambirijwe kumanywa yihangu,hakiyongeraho umukuru wa Sena nawe uherutse guhambirizwa riva kumanywa y’ihangu.Iyi mibare bayikora bereka umukuru w’igihugu ko,amatora ya 2017 akwiye guhindura itegeko nshinga rimubuza kongera kwiyamamaza!

Barangiza bakabwira abari muriyo myanya ko,batagomba gusinyira iryo tegeko,kugirango haboneke impamvu yo kubirukana mu myanya yabo kugirango basimburwe n’Abatutsi bateganywa kuba bayobora government mu gihe umwagara bazaba bamaze kumuca igihanga.

Iyo myitgero ikaba igendana na gahunda za gisirikare guca igihanga umwakagara namasogonda igihe cyose umukino w’imibare ya kosinisi izaba imaze gutungana bizeye ko,abari mu myanya ari bene wabo. Aha rero intambara ikaba irimo gutegurwa mu buryo bwa gihanga ,ariko bakaba barananiwe kwimakaza amahoro mu gihugu n’umuco nyarwanda.

Iyo usomye ingingo y’101 mu itegeko nshinga niy’107 zombi izi ngingo ziteganya uburyo bwiza bwo gusimbura umukuru w’igihugu byaba ari ukongera kwiyamamaza cyangwa kutongera kwiyamamaza,ndetse hakaniyongeraho uburyo yasimburwa mu gihe yaba akorewe kudeta cyangwa ahitanywe n’urupfu rutunguranye.

Ubwo buryo rero bw’amategeko nibwo butumye abahutu birukanwa mu myanya yabo kuko banze gusinyira manda yagatatu y’umukuru w’igihugu.Ariko bikavugwa yuko badafite izo mbaraga zo kwanga,ko,ahubwo babujijwe kurinyira kugirango umugambi w’Uwiteka ushyirwe mu bikorwa.Nk’uko ubuhanuzi bubivuga,bazashaka uzasimbura umukuru w’igihugu ni bamara kumubona bahite bagambanira umwakagara bamuce igihanga ako ako kanya intambara izahita itangira!

Ibyari ibyuya bihinduke amaraso,aho intambara izaba inshobera mahanga kuko bazaba barwanira ubutegetsi,ariko ikibabaje ntabwo ubwo butegetsi bazaba barwanira bazabubona kubera yuko ibyo Imana yavuze nibyo bizabaho kuko Nyir’uRwanda azahita amanuka aje munda y’inyoni kugirango akize abazaba barwana.

Austrian Minister Cancels Trip to Israel, Refuses to Meet Israelis in ‘Occupied’ Jerusalem

Citing Israel’s 3,000 year-long connection to its capital Jerusalem, an Israeli minister maintained that all parts of the city are under Israeli sovereignty and everyone should recognize that- including Austria’s Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner.


Austria’s Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner canceled a planned trip to Israel over his refusal to meet an Israeli minister at a government office situated in eastern Jerusalem.

Mitterlehner, who also serves as Austria’s Minister of Science, Research and Economy, was scheduled to arrive in Israel on Sunday Israel for a four day trip to discuss various joint projects with Israel.

He was set to meet with Israeli Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis in his office, which is situated in eastern Jerusalem.

Science Minister Ofir Akunis

Minister Ofir Akunis (Twitter)

Mitterlehner refused to do so, claiming the area was occupied and requested to meet Akunis at the western part of the capital. The Austrian embassy in Israel said that they “never go to meetings that are outside the 1967 borders.”

“We could not overcome the declaration of where the meeting was assigned, because meetings which are outside the ’67 lines we do not attend,” the embassy said.

While Jerusalem was united following the 1967 Six-Day War, Austria and other countries do not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the capital’s east.

Akunis refused to move the meeting venue, and in response Mitterlehner canceled his entire trip.

“Austria will not divide Jerusalem,” Akunis stated in response to the cancellation. “With all due respect to the Austrian Minister of Science, united Jerusalem, Israel’s capital for the past 3,000 years, stands above any consideration.”

He added that Israel’s government complex in eastern Jerusalem is an inseparable part of Jerusalem by Israeli law. While he appreciated the Austrians, he said that if he agreed to “accept the demands of the guests, it would be as if I would have agreed to divide Jerusalem,which will never happen.”

“We will not divide Jerusalem, just as the Austrians will not divide Vienna,” he concluded.

In November, Akunis canceled his attendance at a joint event with the European Union in protest over the EU’s labeling of Israeli products from areas beyond the pre-1967 borders. Europe has not learned the lessons of history, Akunis stated.

By: Max Gelber, United with Israel
JNS contributed to this report.

Austria: Does the Church Really Care about Terrorism? by Judith Bergman

  • The Austrian Military Intelligence Service has predicted that up to 15 million migrants from Africa could arrive in the EU by 2020.
  • Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, recently admitted on Austrian television that he had come to “rethink” his approach to the migrant crisis: Instead of accepting all the refugees, aid should be given in the Middle East and Africa, so that migrants could stay there.
  • “Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at the end.” — Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Festival of the ‘Holy Name of Mary’, September, 2016.
  • Cardinal Schönborn subsequently backtracked, saying that his words had been misinterpreted as an attack against Muslims and refugees: “Europe’s Christian legacy is in danger, because we Europeans have squandered it. That has absolutely nothing to do with Islam nor with the refugees. It is clear that many Islamists would like to take advantage of our weakness, but they are not responsible for it. We are.”

In his Christmas sermon, broadcast live on Austria’s ORF and Germany’s ZDF TV channels, Catholic diocesan Bishop Aegidius Zsifkovics of St. Martin’s Cathedral in Eisenstadt, Austria, pontificated that tightening borders is an “erroneous opinion”:

“Barbed wire, fences and walls are now many people’s answer to the refugees [coming into] Europe. The terror of a few, as last seen in Berlin, reinforce many of us in this erroneous opinion”.

Bishop Zsifkovics declared that we cannot let “Cowardly terror attacks, like that in Berlin, succeed in destabilizing our society, making us colder and less solidary. Let us not allow the terrorists this triumph — we will not be ice cold like them!”

Since the bishop’s speech, the Austrian Military Intelligence Service has predicted that up to 15 million migrants from Africa could arrive in the EU by 2020. The report predicts that a sharp rise in unemployment across the African continent will create a new wave of economic migrants, which will dwarf the current one, which has brought over a million migrants to Europe since the migrant crisis began.

Austrian diocesan Bishop Aegidius Zsifkovics. (Image source: Catholic Church of Austria)

In November 2016, Austria’s interior ministry indicated that of the 287 Islamic radicals identified in the country in the past few years, 40 percent arrived as migrants looking for asylum. The data covers a period from early 2011 until 1 July 2016.

Bishop Zsifkovics’ sermon was broadcast only five days after Anis Amri, an illegal immigrant from Tunisia, rammed a hijacked truck through the crowd at a busy Christmas market in Berlin, murdering 12 people and injuring many others.

Bishop Zsifkovics is Austria’s representative in the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE). According to the organization’s website, “The COMECE Secretariat works for the rights of migrants, refugees and hosting societies to be harmonised and respected in the EU for the sake of the common good in the Christian spirit of welcoming the stranger”.

The Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, tipped to become the next Pope, appears to have a more realistic take on developments in Austria. His recent comments represent a sharp departure from the virtually unanimous view of the migrant crisis in the Catholic Church, represented by Bishop Zsifkovics. Cardinal Schönborn recently admitted on Austrian television that he had come to “rethink” his approach to the migrant crisis: Instead of accepting all the refugees, aid should be given in the Middle East and Africa, so that migrants could stay there, Schönborn said. He added that he was becoming “more cautious” in his attitude, as migrants had arrived in “unbelievable number” and “We have had to learn, this [crisis] goes well beyond our capacity and ability.”

His statements made big headlines, and were described by one Austrian commentator as:

“unusual words for a representative of the Church… But they are also words which prove the cardinal’s [sense of] reality. Yes, the enormous onslaught of asylum seekers has overwhelmed us — yes, you can admit that.”

That such a view is considered “unusual” says it all.

Cardinal Schönborn has clearly harbored doubts about the migrant situation for a while. In September 2016, he made headlines when speaking at the festival of the “Holy Name of Mary,” which was introduced 333 years ago to celebrate the Western victory over Ottoman forces at the Battle of Vienna, in 1683. In his speech, Cardinal Schönborn asked, “Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at the end.”

He subsequently backtracked, saying that his words had been misinterpreted as an attack against Muslims and refugees:

“Europe’s Christian legacy is in danger, because we Europeans have squandered it. That has absolutely nothing to do with Islam nor with the refugees. It is clear that many Islamists would like to take advantage of our weakness, but they are not responsible for it. We are…. One must not take my homily to be a call to defend ourselves against the refugees, this was not at all my intention.”

Already in February 2015, the British anti-extremist think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, translated an ISIS document, which detailed plans to use Libya as a gateway to Europe, sending terrorists masquerading as refugees, and urging ISIS fighters to flood into Libya from Syria and Iraq to then head for Italy and elsewhere[1].

What the ISIS document describes is known as a hijra, which means spreading Islam, or jihad, by emigration. According to the Quran:

“And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations and abundance. And whoever leaves his home as an emigrant to Allah and His Messenger and then death overtakes him, his reward has already become incumbent upon Allah. And Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran 4:100).

Unfortunately, national decision makers all over Europe ignored the news contained in this ISIS document — an ironic result considering the current hysteria over “fake news”.

One can think of many valid reasons for Cardinal Schönborn to “rethink” his approach to the migrant crisis. One of them is the inability of Austrian police to protect Austrian women from sexual assaults by migrants. In a pathetic move to cover up their helplessness, Austria’s police distributed 6,000 rape alarms on New Year’s Eve to prevent a repeat of the mass sex attacks in Germany a year ago. If activated, the complimentary gadgets emit a shrill sound aimed at chasing away potential aggressors.

The precaution does not seem to have been very effective, especially not in Innsbruck. According to the Express, on New Year’s Eve, “Vienna’s emergency services were inundated with calls across the country as reports of multiple sex attacks emerged, reportedly committed by dark-haired men with beards”. In the city of Innsbruck alone, some 18 women reported having been groped by up to 10 men on Innsbruck’s main square, where around 25,000 gathered. Senior police official Ernst Kranebitter said:

“We have not had anything like this happen here before. They were dancing around the victims and then suddenly grabbed their breast or stuck their hands between their legs. That’s what made it hard for others to notice what was going on — it all happened amid festivities.”

In Oberdorf, Upper Austria, during the annual Christmas performance by the local kindergarten, a 24-year-old Somali man suddenly appeared on the stage during the performance, took a Koran from a plastic bag and began to preach. When he was arrested, he began yelling “Allahu Akhbar” [“Allah is the Greatest”]. “We were petrified and had tremendous fear for our children,” said one of the kindergarten teachers. The Austrian news outlet, OE24, speculated: “What the African wanted to achieve with his Koran action… is still unclear”. Indeed, after so many years, the battle cry of “Allahu Akhbar” continues to baffle Europeans. What could it possibly mean?

Then there is a 72-year old grandmother refusing to eat and dying in hospital, after apparently losing the will to live. On September 1, 2015, she had offered her hand to a 17-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan to pull him out of a canal where he was swimming; he then raped her. He is due for release from prison in a few months, after serving a 20-month sentence, and will not be deported.

Are these events what Bishop Zsifkovics had in mind when he preached that accepting migrants from the Middle East and Africa must continue, as doing otherwise would destabilize society and give the terrorists the victory of making Austrians “ice cold like them”?

Since New Year’s, in the Innviertel region, statues have been beheaded, prayer books burned and sacred images destroyed. Police have said the attacks could be religiously motivated, but they have not yet identified any suspects. On New Year’s Eve, a chapel in the village of St. Radegund was attacked, and damage done to a statue of the Virgin Mary. Prayer books and wooden objects from the chapel were burned in a nearby wood. Another chapel at the nearby town of Auerbach was also attacked, with vandals smashing the glass guarding two Virgin Mary statues and stealing at least 22 murals, which they burned in the woods. A few days later, in Braunau am Inn, a third chapel was attacked. A figure of Jesus was stolen from a cross, as well as several other objects, and a statue of St. Barbara was beheaded.

In the past year, Innviertel has witnessed an influx of migrants as part of Europe’s ongoing crisis.

While it remains to be seen who did this, the beheading of religious statues certainly raises the legitimate suspicions of a religiously motivated attack. If so, might Bishop Zsifkovics and others in the church who think the same way be persuaded to rethink their stance?

Bishop Zsifkovics, unlike Cardinal Schönborn, but with so many of his peers in Western Europe, seems to view reality as something they can bend to their wishes and discard at will, especially if it offers the opportunity for moral posturing. The destabilization of Europe has already begun. Bishops such as Zsifkovics are unfortunately helping to speed it along.

Judith Bergman is a writer, columnist, lawyer and political analyst.


[1] The ISIS document states:

“… It has a long coastline and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat and note that the number of ‘illegal immigration’ trips from this coast is massive, estimated to be as high as 500 people a day, as a low estimate. According to many [of these immigrants], it is easily possible to pass through Maritime Security Checkpoints and arrive in cities. If this was even partially exploited and developed strategically, pandemonium could be wrought in the southern Europe. It is even possible that there could be a closure of shipping lines because of the targeting of Crusader ships and tankers”.

In September 2015, Newsweek Europe also reported on ISIS making calls for hijrah to Libya on social media.

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