burka_bank_robber-vi1That would be my solution to Phildelphia’s Burqa Problem. Daniel Pipes, well-known Islamic scholar and author, would like to see female Islamic garb (full face-covering burqas and niqabs) banned in public in Philadelphia, where burqas have become the disguise of preference for criminals, especially robbers of stores and banks.

Washington Times  The Philadelphia region has had at least 15 robberies (or attempted robberies) of financial institutions in the past six years in which the thieves relied on an Islamic full-body cover. The most violent one took place on May 3, 2008, when Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was killed in a shootout following a robbery by perpetrators wearing burqas. One of the criminals also died in the exchange.


As David J. Rusin points out in his detailed survey of these crimes, Muslim garb holds two great advantages over other forms of disguise. First, plenty of covered women walk the streets of Philadelphia without criminal intent, thereby providing cover for thieves; the more head coverings around, the more likely it is that head coverings will facilitate criminal activity.

Second, the very strangeness and aloofness of these garments affords their wearers an extraordinary degree of protection. As in other cases (notably a purchase of alcohol in Toronto liquor stores by a 14-year-old boy in a burqa), clerks so fear being accused of racism or “Islamophobia” that they skip established methods, such as asking a niqabi to establish her (or his) identity.


In response, some banks have adopted policies of not allowing head coverings. For example, a PNC Bank branch office in Philadelphia boasts a sign stating: “The safety of our employees and customers is our foremost concern. We request that you remove any hats, caps, sunglasses or hoods while inside this financial institution.” Such policies may help account for the lack of burqa robberies in Philadelphia in almost a year.

Two burka-wearing bank robbers have pulled off a heist using a handgun concealed beneath their full Islamic veil.

Two burka-wearing bank robbers have pulled off a heist using a handgun concealed beneath their full Islamic veil.

Even if banks stop this crime wave, however, Islamic garb presents a more general danger. For example, a murderer wore an Islamic full-cover outfit in an attack at a barber shop in Philadelphia, also in April 2012, in which the owner was killed.

The abduction and rape of a 5-year-old child last month was less fatal, but equally horrific. A woman in a niqab signed Nailla Robinson out from the Bryant Elementary School in Philadelphia by pretending to be her mother taking the girl to breakfast. The girl then disappeared for nearly a day. Investigators believe the two walked a few blocks to where a man awaited them. Nailla was later found in a park by passersby. Last week, the police arrested Christina Regusters, 19, an employee at Bryant who apparently had prior contact with Nailla. Charges against her include criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, kidnapping, rape and recklessly endangering another person.

School kidnapping caught on CCTV

School kidnapping caught on CCTV

The usual two factors noted above were critical to this crime’s commission: the spread of full-body gear (Nailla’s mother, Latifah Rashid, wears a niqab, meaning Ms. Regusters could plausibly pretend to be her) and the Bryant school staff deferring to a niqabi (completely ignoring the many rules that restrict the withdrawal of a child from school).


These crimes prompt several reflections: First, as full-body Islamic covers spread, criminals increasingly use them to perpetrate their offenses. Second, government workers and others need to get over their timidity and apply normal security procedures to those wearing full-body coverings. Third, this is deadly serious business, involving thefts, rapes and murders. Finally, this problem has a simple solution: Ban the niqab and burqa in public places, as has been done in France and Belgium.

Daniel Pipes ( is president of the Middle East Forum.














13 comments on “BAN MUSLIMS, NOT BURQAS

  1. Now that’s what I’m talking about, ban these MUTTs calling themselves the brothers from their hood, islam, along with all of their slaves to allah and while we are at it, progressive/demonrat party needs to be taken down hard, as hard as all the misuse of their desires/disaster programs of the past, as punishment for creating this disaster we know today as “the grubmint”, they own it-period. This is a REPUBLIC, not a damned democracy.

  2. Darth Vader maybe addicted to the Dark Side but he’s got nothing on your average Mohammedan.

    By the way, that police line up is hilarious.

  3. The more this happens the better the chance that laws will be passed banning the burka in public places such as banks and so on. This is a moral dilemma but I think that eventually there will be so many thieves using the burka that laws will be passed to end the use of the burka.

    • Thanks BNI for publishing this type of burka disguise robberies and so on. The more the people are aware the sooner the burka will be banned. Then people who want to wear them may decide not to come to America. (Wishful, but hopeful thinking.)

      • cat, but CAIR is beating down doors of banks and other businesses forcing them or should I say indoctrinating them with Islamic BS to get them to allow muslim headgear. And they are winning some of the battles.

  4. It was only a matter of time before this crap started to happen. But I knew it would become used for robberies for Muslims and non Muslims too. These people ask too much BURN THE BURQUA

  5. Yes, the burka is a version of the KKK gown in more colour varieties. It is intimidating and menacing.

    Some years ago, I went into a donut shop while travelling, intending to sit and rest while drinking my coffee. But inside, the shop was full of male only customers all wearing Islamic clothing. I asked for my coffee to go; while I waited for it, a person wearing a burka entered the shop. This person was at least six feet tall and was met with great loud greetings from all the men. I couldn’t help but think the obvious, that the burka-clad person was not a woman but a man hiding his identity.

    • Joan, I can’t even enjoy a movie anymore without being afraid of being blown up, there is one working there and now 2 more working in a soup kitchen at the salvation army. Before last month, I never saw even one Muslim here in Freeport IL, all the large cities yes but the smaller ones now, They will start breeding like roaches and soon American streets will look like the streets in Iran, Iraq, etc… with rioting and murdering, burning homes and businesses, These are frightful times I hope many are saved praying and repenting every day.

  6. Like the beating up of Dutch by islamist Moroccans, we need more of this, much, much more, until the vigilantes come out in force, and effectively FORCE the police and Eric ‘MY people’ Holder to do their jobs.

    I don’t want to be a victim, but every country seems to turn a blind eye to the camel’s nose in THEIR tents, till it’s now the whole islamist head.

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