American filmmaker Ami Horowitz, known most recently for his questioning of voter ID laws, is making headlines again, but this time its for allegations of having been been brutally attacked in Sweden's immigrant-heavy "no-go zone."
Horowitz was on a trip to Stockholm to see how the migrant crisis had impacted the country's capital city and to determine the accuracy of reported "no-go zones," which are said to be areas within cities were Shariah law supersedes local law enforcement. As a result, they are deemed areas where non-Muslims — and some police — do not go.
He noted in a September Facebook post that he had been "violently attacked in Husby, a northern suburb of Stockholm," adding, "I am fine, just a bit bruised up." Now, he has shared some footage from that alleged encounter.
When Horowitz was approached by five men, his film crew hurried away, but he stayed behind with his microphone still attached to figure out why they were so opposed to him filming in the area.
But when he pushed for an answer, the documentarian — who can be clearly heard screaming for help in the short video — seemed to only further anger the men. After a little more than a minute, the video abruptly ends.
"They repeatedly punched, kicked and choked me, as a number of bystanders watched," Horowitz told the Daily Mail. "Eventually they dragged me into a building, which at the time I assumed was to finish me off."
"Once inside the apartment building vestibule," he continued, "they resumed their vicious attack. But seconds later someone opened an apartment door directly above us, and it luckily spooked them enough to run away."
Sweden experienced major rioting on the part of immigrants in 2013, 2014 and 2015. According to Bloomberg, in 2013, 60 percent of Husby residents were from overseas. And while Horowitz, a product of immigration himself, has no problem with accepting migrants, he has acknowledged the danger of being as welcoming as the Swedes have been.
"The reality of the situation, particularly across Europe, is that wholesale acceptance of migrants from Islamic countries is connected with deepening social issues across the continent," he said.
In comments to the Independent Journal Review, Horowitz explained exactly what he believes to be the problem: a "conflict with Western values."
There is a narrative out there that poverty and lack of opportunities lead to desperation and ultimately clashes among immigrants across Europe. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The problem is that a significant portion of the Islamic immigrant population is simply in conflict with Western values. That is at the crux of the conflict. It doesn't matter where they live in Sweden, that essential conflict will still exist.
Horowitz described the Swedes as "a population that goes out of its way to be supportive" of the immigrants — Muslim and others — who have made their way to Stockholm.