Murray writes in three of the last paragraphs of his piece:
Most of the extremists who have repeatedly expressed their hatred of British soldiers are themselves supported by the British state. A prominent hate-preacher—Anjem Choudary, a leader of the disbanded al Muhajiroun—was even caught on video earlier this year extolling Britain’s “jihad-seekers’ allowance.” As he explained to his followers, “The normal situation, really, is to take money from the kafir”—a slur for non-Muslims. “Allahu akbar. We take the money.”
After the video showed up online, a BBC reporter asked Mr. Choudary to clarify how much he’s taking—the press has long reported a sum of £25,000 ($37,770) per year. “It’s irrelevant,” Mr. Choudary replied.
This would not be the first time a country has paid both sides in a conflict. But if the reported figure is anywhere near accurate, it would surely be the first time in human history that a society has paid its opponents better than it pays its own. A British soldier can expect to start in the army on a salary of around £16,000 ($24,172).”
The Sun (UK) captured video and reported on Choudary in February 2013. This video and accompanying reporting documents Choudary talking about using welfare as a way to extract jizya from non-Muslims. The video likely is the same video that Murray references in his Wall Street Journal piece.
Choudary is not alone.
Muslims going on welfare in Western nations in order to extract “jizya” appears to be at least a somewhat common practice.
The Telegraph (UK) published an article in October 2010 claiming that, “Unemployment among ethnic minorities costs the economy almost £8.6 billion a year in benefits and lost revenue from taxes. Half of Muslim men and three quarters of Muslim women are unemployed.” (Note: The Telegraph article, “Britain’s coping classes at breaking point,” concentrates on the economic problems in Britain in general; the quoted sentences on Muslim unemployment do not represent the focus of the article.)
The Telegraph also reported on an Islamic mob during April 2011 (“Muslim group claims royal wedding is legitimate terror target”). The Telegraph reported the following:
“Many people feel that they have been oppressed and have a score to settle with the Royal Family. We can see why they see them as a legitimate target.”
As the group accused the Royal Family of being responsible for war crimes, onlookers shouted: “You’re all on benefits anyway” and “Long live the Queen”.
One of the Muslims retorted: “You paid for this camera, you pay for my benefits, you’re basically my slave.”And Family Security Matters published an article in March 2013 claiming that up to 80% of Turks living in Germany live off unearned income.
Finally, MEMRI published a transcript on May 24, 2013 in which a Libyan (Mojahed Bosify) speaks somewhat disparagingly of the Islamic practice of extracting jizya from Westerners by being on welfare:
Mojahed Bosify: “Sixty percent of the Muslims in the Netherlands live off social security.”
Interviewer: “They are unemployed...”
Mojahed Bosify: “Many of them consider this to be the jizya poll tax, on the basis of official fatwas.”Nor is this practice necessarily isolated to Europe. A report from WHP-TV 21 earlier this year calculated that someone living in Pennsylvania, under the right conditions, could get more than $80,000 in unearned compensation from the government. And while this example did not involve a Muslim seeking to extract jizya, it shows that the opportunity for jihadists to do so in the U.S. is just as available as it is in Europe. (Furthermore, it demonstrates the suicidal fiscal policy of the West, and the ability of non-Muslims to extract “jizya” from their fellow citizens.)
And as of now, there is no indication that Western leaders have any desire to change the welfare system or the practice of paying their enemies to wage war against the West.