A MUSLIM politician has said if followers of Islam living in the West do not appreciate its culture then they should “pack their bags” and “f*** off”
Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, made the comments on live TV hours after jihadists had massacred 12 people at the offices of newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The 53-year-old said it was “stupid” and “incomprehensible” to be against freedom of speech and those who feel that way should “vanish” from the West. The Moroccan born politician said: “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom. If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off. This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at”.
Mr Aboutaleb’s grew up as the son of an imam in Morocco before he emigrated to the Netherlands with his mother and brothers in 1976. He has long had a no-nonsense approach to immigration. Shortly after he became the Mayor of Rotterdam in 2008 he told the Observer that immigrants have to “stop seeing [themselves] as victims”.
The comments were made after the Paris terror attacks and he added “And if you don’t want to integrate, leave.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson described Mr Aboutaleb as his “hero” for the commentsWriting in The Daily Telegraph, he said: “That is the voice of the Enlightenment, of Voltaire. We can and will protect this country against these jihadi thugs. We will bug them and monitor them and arrest them and prosecute them and jail them. But if we are going to win the struggle for the minds of these young people, then that is the kind of voice we need to hear – and it needs above all to be a Muslim voice.
Mr Johnson, 50, added that during his time as editor of The Spectator he chose not to publish cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed. He said the images would have been “inflammatory” and he would not have been able to justify it “to the widows and orphans of my staff, in the event of an attack on our offices”.
Mr Johnson also commended the Association of British Muslims for condemning the killings, a response he said was “dignified and sensible”.