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Preachers of hate

Attacks in Paris and Brussels awakened Europe’s sense of security

Turki Aldakhil

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European laws that are meant to help ordinary people find refuge contain loopholes that are exploited by criminals who are wanted in their countries, and who want to kill. However, laws will not remain as they are.

For example, France’s state of alert has resulted in it taking certain measures at a quicker pace than other countries such as Britain. The Paris attacks in Nov. 2015, and the Brussels attacks in March 2016, awakened Europe’s sense of security.

Some European organizations ridiculed Arab and Gulf countries, and alleged that our war on terrorism was actually against freedom of expression.

It later turned out that a number of bombers in mosques found their way in under the cover of campaigns with slogans such as “aid the sufferer,” and under the cover of provocative Twitter hashtags.

Europe is now talking about stripping citizenship, and is implementing deportation measures. Yes, it finally realized the threat!

Turki Al-Dakhil

Taking action

Europe is now talking about stripping citizenship, and is implementing deportation measures. Yes, it finally realized the threat!

“We’ve expelled about 80 preachers of hate, and we’ll confront the phenomenon of French youths embracing extremist ideology and joining the ranks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” French President Francois Hollande said last Thursday. About 600 French people are fighting alongside ISIS.

The free environment in Europe has been exploited by evil men. Nations will not be blamed if they want to maintain their security. Europe will say this louder with time: “There’s no place for hate here!”

This article was first published by Okaz on Apr. 21, 2016.
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Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.


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