NEW YORK – While longtime counter-terrorism expert Steven Emerson was strongly criticized by establishment media for his remarks in a Fox News interview about Muslim “no-go” zones in Europe where police have lost control, many of the same news outlets have repeatedly used the term for at least a decade.
“The political left in the mainstream media has decided to demonize me,” Emerson said in a WND interview. “It’s outrageous for media outlets to apologize, saying ‘no-go zones’ don’t exist in Europe, when even the New York Times for years has published articles documenting Muslim ‘no-go zones’ do exist in European countries like France.”
In a Fox News interview Jan. 11, days after two Muslim French citizens murdered 12 people while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Emerson said “there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.” He has acknowledged making an overstatement, but his critics have charged his claim has no basis whatsoever and ridiculed him for asserting that there is such a thing as “no-go” zones in Europe.
But NBC News, the New York Times, the Associated Press and others were using the term “no-go” zones for Muslim-majority neighborhoods in Paris when Muslim youth gangs were rampaging through the streets and setting cars on fire.
Emerson said he recently was in a television interview with BBC News in which “they were attacking me that ‘no-go zones’ don’t exist in Europe.”
“So I pulled up one of their own articles the BBC published, which referenced ‘no-go zones’ in print,” he said.
“They were so embarrassed, they didn’t know what to say.”
A Nov. 6, 2005, Associated Press report of “youths” leading 10 nights of violence noted some officials “suspect the unrest that reached into Paris proper early Sunday has in part been instigated by gangs hoping to turn their neighborhoods into no-go zones for police so drug trafficking and racketeering can thrive.”
In a Christian Science Monitor published the next day, the rioting French youth were identified as Muslim immigrants from Africa and the Middle East in areas once again described as “no-go zones.”
The newspaper noted then-Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, who later became prime minister, “has not backed down, promising in an opinion piece published in the daily Le Monde this weekend that ‘we will no longer tolerate ‘no-go’ zones where organized crime and mafia dealing reign.’”
On Dec. 11, 2005, the New York Times published an article by Elaine Sciolino titled “In the Paris slums, no jobs, no sun.”
The Times stated French police intelligence had 150 Muslim “no-go zones,” identified as areas where the French police fear to go.
“La Courneuve is a town that menaces, but also welcomes. Branded by France’s police intelligence agency as one of the country’s 150 ‘no-go zones’ where police officers should enter only with major reinforcements, La Courneuve was caught up in the violence in which rioters torched cars, trashed businesses and ambushed the police,” the Times said, referring to a French town “of 35,000 people of 80 nationalities and ethnic backgrounds” that is a “world away from Paris, though it is only a 10-minute ride on the train.”
Written by JEROME R. CORSI
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