Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has come under fire from the left for doubling down on his assertion that France has “no-go zones” in which non-Muslims are forbidden from entering.
Jindal said at London’s Henry Jackson Society that Muslim immigrants are attempting to “colonize Western countries, because setting up your own enclave and demanding recognition of a no-go zone are exactly that.”
Some public figures argue that the “no-go zones” are areas susceptible to a sudden flare-up, depending upon the current political environment. Since 2006, Harvard Professor Daniel Pipes has kept a continually updated blog on France’s “no-go zones.” Pipes explains that while well-maintained, the areas remain “potentially dangerous” in times of heightened political turmoil.
Rick Moran of the American Thinker takes another angle, that France’s “no go” zones are not “officially” designated but are known as such in practice. He explains, “What government on planet Earth would willingly admit that it doesn’t control its own territory… Perhaps it’s more accurate to refer to those areas as ‘no come’ zones.”
UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has gone on the record expressing similar sentiments. He said on January 13, “It’s happening right in Europe. We have no-go zones in most of the big French cities.” He added, “we’re seeing the police forces not doing their job because we’ve suffered from moral cowardice.”
The Gatestone Institute has explained in a comprehensive report that there are several areas throughout Europe where Islamist activists are expanding “no-go” areas in “European cities that are off-limits to non-Muslims.” The report adds, “Many of the “no-go” zones function as microstates governed by Islamic Sharia law.”
Regardless of the pundits’ current debate over whether France and greater Europe have “no-go zones” in law or in practice, Europe is dealing with a plethora of other Islam-centric issues.
There are many areas in Europe where Sharia courts rule as a separate entity, using the Koran as a guide instead of their host country’s laws. European courts are also largely ignoring cases involving Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which remains an unprosecuted epidemic. Additionally, due to Europe’s open-borders policies, people who identify with terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Islamic State-supporting hate preachers, remain unquestioned citizens of their respective nations.