- - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ah, Europe. What a place to vacation. The wines, cheeses, architecture, beers and Fiat Puntos. How wonderful to spend your summers on the Champs Elysee, or in the Yorkshire Dales. But be careful not to stray too far. Some parts simply aren’t what they used to be. For the sake of your security, here’s a “Where Not to Go” guide for Europe:

Savile Town, England: Once an industrial town with rows of terraced housing, Savile Town is now home to the Markazi Masjid, the European headquarters of the fundamentalist Islamic Deobandi sect Tablighi Jamaat. Tablighi, also known as the Army of Darkness, set roots down here in the 1970s, and it’s now hard to find any non-Muslims in the area. Three out of four of the 2005 London bombers lived in Savile Town, and Britain’s youngest convicted Islamist, Talha Asmal, also called it home.

If you do stumble into trouble, never fear: The area near Savile Town is home to one of Britain’s many Shariah councils, which locals report even non-Muslims are called before to settle local disputes. “Go away, you shouldn’t be here. Don’t come back,” one reporter was recently told. Sue Reid of the Daily Mail noted that even the ice cream van sellers were fully niqab-clad, Muslim women. And don’t even think of sending your child to school here. The Institute for Islamic Education was recently served a statutory notice after Sky News revealed the establishment imposed a strict Shariah code for students, some of whom were threatened with expulsion for mixing with non-Muslims.

Molenbeek, Belgium: If Savile Town thought it had a claim to terror-linked fame, then Molenbeek just said: “Hold my beer.” This part of Brussels, just a short walk from the institutions of the European Union, has come to be known as Europe’s terror capital. That’s some claim for a country of only 11 million people, and a city of around 2 million.

If you do find yourself there, take a glance at the facade of 79 Rue des Quatre-Vents. This was the home of the Aberkan family, which housed Salah Abdesalam, one of the two surviving terrorists from the 2015 Paris terror attacks. The place is seminormal in the early mornings, especially before anyone has left the house. Then suddenly, a visual cacophony of burqas, niqabs and hijabs swarm the town center, bustling about, buying extraordinarily cheap goods and produce from market stalls and pop-up shops.



Local hipsters will tell you they love it, and there’s nothing wrong with the massive demographic shifts and terror links of the town. But it’s sad to watch veiled women carry their shopping home, herding their children, while the men congregate in cafes, starring holes into the sides of the heads of anyone foreign — looking, or rather, native-looking.

If you’re in the market for radical Islamic propaganda there are many stores to cater to your every whim. Want some Shariah? Sure. Fancy a sermon by an extremist preacher? No problem. Molenbeek is every fundamentalist’s dream. But don’t tell anyone I told you all this. As journalist and former Molenbeek resident Teun Voeten wrote in 2015: “Observers who point to unpleasant truths, such as the high incidence of crime among Moroccan youth and violent tendencies in radical Islam, are accused of being propagandists of the extreme right, and are subsequently ignored and ostracized.”

Paris, France: What? Avoid Paris? Well, sort of, yes. I mean, the whole of Paris isn’t a “No Go Zone,” but many parts of it have become dangerous following swift, mass migration. When I was last there, the buses wouldn’t even stop in parts of Aulnay-sous-Bois, in the northeastern part of the city. Authorities feared young migrant men would set them alight, or tip them over, or assault the drivers. It followed an altercation in which a young man accused police officers of sodomizing him with a truncheon. I knew the Parisians were sexually liberated, but this seemed outrageous.

Even in central Paris, the fast food chain Quick — owned by Burger King — has swapped out bacon from its menus, replacing it with turkey, to cater to the Muslim population.

You should, however, take a trip up to the beautiful Basilica of St. Denis, where all the French Kings are buried. It just so happens that on a street next door, France is long dead, too. While the 900-year-old church remains intact, the surrounding area has been described by one recent Trip Advisor user as “not so nice.” What an understatement. The Rue de la Republique is a horrific ensemble of tacky stores and young migrant men circling their prey — usually young women. The number of awful comments my young, female guide endured there was criminal.

Still, if you fancy, you can always pop down the Rue de la Corbillon and see the home of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, another of the Paris attackers. Just don’t hang around too long. The locals aren’t that interested in giving you a guided tour.

• Raheem Kassam is the author of “No Go Zones: How Shariah Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You” (Regnery, 2017).

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