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Bobby Jindal Defends The Muslim 'No-Go Zone' Myth On His State Website

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Apparently Jindal believes that amassing a trove of links amounts to a preponderance of evidence proving the existence of the so-called "no-go zones" in Europe. The landing page of his website links to a page titled "Setting the Record Straight," which compiles reports largely cribbed from a think tank linked to anti-Muslim activists.

Jindal's page draws in part from a list of sources that quote French politicians and journalists alleging that Sharia law is supplanting French law in certain neighborhoods. Those sources were compiled by the Gatestone Institute, a foreign policy think tank chaired by former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. Its president and founder, Nina Rosenwald, has drawn from her fortune as a Sears-Roebuck heiress to donate to several prominent anti-Islam activists.

To substantiate "no-go zones" in England, Jindal's page links to a CNN segment and refers four times to the same Daily Mail article. That article quotes Tom Winsor, the U.K.'s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, as saying "There are cities in the Midlands where the police never go because they are never called. They never hear of any trouble because the community deals with that on its own."

What Jindal's page doesn't source, though, is the chief constable of West Midlands Police's rebuttal.

"[Winsor's] characterisation of these communities as born under other skies is just wrong," Chief Constable Chris Sims told the Daily Mail. "Many members of communities in Birmingham are British-born and I find that a very odd expression."

Jindal was widely ridiculed after he slammed "no-go zones" in his speech to a conservative London think tank earlier this month. After the speech, CNN's Max Foster, who is British, pressed Jindal to name areas in London where the Muslim population discouraged non-Muslims from entering or where police didn't dare enter.

"Look, I know the Left wants to make this into an attack on religion and that's not what this is," Jindal responded. "What we are saying it's absolutely an issue for the UK, absolutely is an issue for America and other European and Western nations."