I learned a new word today: “Taharrush”

Thanks to Geert Wilders and Machiel de Graaf at the indispensable Gatestone Institute (and Roger Simon via Glenn Reynolds), I now know that “Taharrush is the Arabic word for the phenomenon whereby women are encircled by groups of men and sexually harassed, assaulted, groped, raped.”

In other words, what happened in Cologne wasn’t just a freak incident. It was a barbaric custom that goes way back. It is a custom the West is importing, and that many European governments have signaled will now be tolerated.

The word itself shouldn’t exist, but it does. As Wilders and de Graaf say, “The existence of the word indicates that the phenomenon is widespread. Frau Merkel, Prime Minister Rutte and all the other open-door politicians could and should have known this.”

A lot of people don’t like Geert Wilders. I have to understand that a little bit since I’d rather not have known what taharrush was either.

I’ll have more on this topic later.