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Expert Says European 'Intifada' is Coming

Director of Institute for Counter-Terrorism says Europe is about to feel what Israel did in the late 1980s.
By Shimon Cohen, Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/10/2014, 12:49 PM

British Islamists protest Danish cartoon insulting Mohammed, 2006
British Islamists protest Danish cartoon insulting Mohammed, 2006
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Dr. Boaz Ganor, the Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), predicted Tuesday that Europe will be facing a full-blown Muslim-Arab intifada soon, much like the violent uprising that Israel faced starting in the late 1980s.

Ganor based his prediction on the recent upsurge in islamist terror, and explained that the second generation of Muslim immigrants in Europe does not remember the characteristics of the lives their parents led in their countries of origin, does not feel gratitude for the European citizenship that their parents received. These second-generation immigrants and feel alienated and discriminated against, and believe they are treated as second rate citizens.

Speaking at a conference held by the Van Leer Institute, Ganor said that the main threat against Israel is Iran, because Syria and Iraq are in no condition for war. Relations with Egypt are peaceful, and the Egyptian army was badly damaged by the internecine fighting in the country.

He also pointed to cooperation regarding security arrangements along the Sinai border and in Gaza as signs that no danger is facing Israel from Egypt at the moment.