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An Irish man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for providing funding for the so-called Islamic State. 26-year-old Hasan Bal, formerly living at an address at O’Connell Street in Waterford, was sentenced at Waterford Circuit Court this afternoon.

He had pleaded guilty to two separate terrorist-related offences when he was arraigned on the charges at a previous sitting before Judge Eugene O’Kelly.

The article goes on to state the following:

Bal first pleaded guilty to unlawfully transferring €400 by means of an An Post/Western Union to Stevo Maksimovic in the city of Brako in Bosnia Herzegovinia on 2 October 2015.

The court heard he did this intending or knowing that the money would be used in whole or in part for the benefit of the terrorist group, also known as Daesh.

Bal also pleaded guilty to a second charge that on 23 October 2015 he communicated by phone with an intermediary in London in an attempt to collect or receive cash for Islamic State.

Jihad Watch commented on the report:

“In his comments, he also said the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Ireland do not support such radical ideologies as IS and stressed that the rise of Islamophobia should have no place in society.”

How does he know that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Ireland do not support such radical ideologies? He doesn’t. He just hopes it is true, and assumes it is true, because contemplating the alternative is too terrifying for him.

He also “stressed that the rise of Islamophobia should have no place in society.”

Did he distinguish between “Islamophobia” as referring to vigilante attacks on innocent Muslims, which are never justified, and “Islamophobia” as honest analysis of how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims? He did not, and so his warning is likely to inhibit the latter, rather than the former.

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