Among those testifying for the hateful, divisive fearmongering of Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 in Senate State Affairs Wednesday was Hans Erling Jensen of Sweden. Jensen is the international director of the Hatune Foundation, a German non-profit that provides relief to the poor around the world. The founder of the Hatune Foundation is Syrian Orthodox nun Hatune Dogan, who works in refugee camps and war zones, including the ISIS conflict zone.
This non-profit organization endorsed Donald Trump for President.
Senator and Trump flunky Neal Tapio apparently recruited Jensen to testify by telephone; at the end of his remarks, Jensen told the committee that they could get his contact information through Tapio.
Senate State Affairs chairman Bob Ewing let Jensen spend nine minutes of state time on the line spreading lies. Jensen called to say that crime in his home country is out of control due to Muslim immigrants. This claim is at best an exaggeration arising largely from broader crime reporting and transparency in Sweden. Jensen repeated the false claim that Sweden is the rape capital of the world. He repeated the false claim that Muslims have set up “no-go zones” in Europe and Dearborn, Michigan.
Jensen appears to maintain that Islam offers all of humanity three choices: convert to Islam, pay a dhimmi tax, or die. Jensen’s Twitter feed is a choppy stream of hate speech deeming all Muslims evil:
Sister Hatune Dogan claims that the United States has supported ISIS with aid and weapons in the interest of controlling oil:
Interviewer: You travel to countries where the Islamic State has a hold on many areas. Rumor has it that ISIS is getting funded by Western states like the US. What do you have to say about that?
Dogan: Yes, that is the truth. When it comes down to it, it is all about the oil. While travelling, I met several persons all saying that they had witnessed the US helping the Islamic State in different ways. One thing stood out because there have been so many people who had remarked on it: When the US dropped aid and weapons over the Iraqi city of Mosul that had been in the hands on ISIS since 2014. They simply said that they had made a mistake. The people I have spoken to, soldiers fighting ISIS in that area, told me that they had witnesses similar things around 8 times.
That the minorities that get attacked like they do in Iraq, are of course partly because of religions differences. But mostly it is because there are substantial amounts of oil in the areas where they live. Therefore it is very important for the US to divide as much as possible, making the areas unstable in order for them to come in and “rescue” the situation. This we saw in Libya, and we see it all over again in Syria. The US would like to tell us that they only want the “bad Bashar al-Assad” out, but it is not about that. Everything is about who controls the oil.
I spoke to a Turkish truck driver from north Iraq who said that he and four other drivers drove trucks full of weapons from Europe to the Islamists in Mosul. The weapons he told me was from Germany, but whether the German government has any knowledge of that I don’t know. But it is worrying when you hear such things over and over again [Sanna Hill, “Aid Worker Hatune Dogan: ‘ISIS Is Getting Help from the West,” Free West Media, 2017.01.03].
Sister Hatune Dogan contends that ISIS is Islam and Islam is ISIS and that anyone contending otherwise is a liar:
The mission of (Abu Bakr) Baghdadi, of ISIS, is to convert the world completely to the Islamic religion and bring them to Dar Al Salaam, as they call it. And Islam is not peace, please. Whoever says ISIS has no connection to Islam or something like this is, he’s a liar. ISIS is Islam; Islam is ISIS [Sister Hatune Dogan, in Erick Stakelback, “Nun: ‘Islam Is ISIS. Whoever Says Otherwise Is a Liar’,” Christian Broadcasting Network, 2016.01.02].
Jensen and Dogan display the kind of fear, exaggeration, and willful falsehood motivating many of our Republican legislators.