Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Across the cultural divide

This is an appalling story of interfaith love and hate in Britain. The love is between a white British man and a Pakistani woman immigrant that was doomed from the start by her families attempts to kill them for the families Islamic "honor".

That this can go on in modern Britain bodes ill for freedom in the West. It illustrates the deep tentacles Islam has insinuated into British and Western society. For the woman's family to drive the couple into hiding for 15 years, and have the authorities do nothing to stop it speaks volumes.

Of course, inviting unlimited Islamic immigration and then having the government bowing and scraping in abject fear of Muslims is at the core of the problem. Unfortunately, virtually all Western governments are accomodating every outrageous demand by the Muslim street out of fear and a desire for votes at election time.

History will look back at these Quislings with disgust and revulsion for selling out our Western heritage to Islamic barbarians.


Across the cultural divide: The Muslim woman and older British man whose love survived death threats but was doomed to fail

By Tom Rawstorne
Last updated at 9:42 AM on 13th July 2009

Before he goes to sleep, Jack Briggs goes through his nightly ritual. First, he checks there is a knife within easy reach beside his bed and a baseball bat beneath it.

It has been the same routine ever since he ran away with his sweetheart, Zena, 17 years ago. She came from a Muslim family and was supposed to wed a cousin in an arranged marriage - not Jack, a white British man ten years her senior.
And so it was that, under threat of death, the couple fled their homes and have been in hiding ever since.

Forbidden love: Zena met Jack Briggs when she was 21 and the pair had to go into hiding because their relationship was a stain on her family's honour
Now, for the first time, the Mail can reveal that the couple, who had battled not just prejudice but violence, have separated after the strain of so many years of clandestine existence finally proved too great. But remarkably, says Jack, that changes nothing. Their lives are still in danger.

'The threat to me and Zena is still there, and I don't think it will make a jot of difference when her family finds out that we have split up,' he says. 'In their eyes, the damage has been done.

'It goes back to the whole honour-based culture. We have put a mark - a stain - on their family and it will never go away.

'They believe it's passed from generation to generation and the only way they can see how to lift it is through murder. It is terrible, but it is fact.'
For a couple whose extraordinary story has been likened to that of Romeo and Juliet, news that their marriage has broken down will come as a terrible shock to the legion of supporters who have followed their plight over the years.
They met and fell in love in 1992 in Leeds, when Zena was just 21. The British-born daughter of Pakistani immigrants, her father had decreed that she would marry a cousin when she came of age.

But then Jack came along (the couple met by chance when he was visiting his sister, who lived close to Zena) and from that moment on their lives would never be the same again.

Told that their relationship was a stain on the honour of Zena's family, the couple were forced to go on the run amid a barrage of death threats.
These threats were taken so seriously by the police that they received protection from Special Branch, assumed numerous new identities and moved house no fewer than 30 times.

It is a terrible irony, then, that only when they stopped running did their relationship itself run into problems. Informed three years ago by detectives that there was no longer a 'credible threat' against them, Jack and Zena attempted to settle down.

But while Zena embraced the return to relative normality, Jack struggled to cope. A disagreement over a piece of furniture brought that fact into focus.
'We'd been out and bought a wardrobe and then brought it back to our flat,' explains 47-year-old Jack.
'We had put a stain on Zena's family'