The Poland “no Muslims no terror” map is seriously misleading

A terrorist map is doing the rounds on social media claiming that the reason Poland hasn’t suffered terrorist attacks is because of its strict anti-Muslim immigration policy – but it’s completely inaccurate.

The map was released amid claims by Polish minister, Ryszard Czarnecki that the only way to protect Poland from terrorist attacks is by not allowing Muslim migrants into the country.

His words reflected a tough stance on Muslim immigration been peddled by Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło in the wake of fresh terror attacks on UK shores.

But Poland is no stranger to extremism in its country.

Far right groups are becoming increasingly prevalent domestically and overseas, where millions of Polish immigrants have made their homes in cities and towns across Europe.

What’s more, most of the propaganda being spread on social media is completely inaccurate.

This map seems to show that Islamic terrorist incidents have occurred in their droves across Europe in places with no reported terrorism activity.

Bristol in the UK is heavily cited as enduring severe terrorist attacks, as is Wisbech in Cambridgeshire and Canterbury in Kent.

There is even one terrorist incident reported in the North Sea.

It also omits the fact that Poland has scarcely been involved in the conflict in the Middle East, which has been cited as a primary motivation behind attacks in countries which were involved.

From 2002 until 2014, Polish military forces were only part of the Coalition Forces that participated in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan led by NATO.

Here is an official list of terror attacks in the UK since the Millennium according to Wikipedia:

  • 2000, 20 September: The IRA fired an RPG-22 rocket launcher at the MI6 headquarters in London.
  • 2001, 4 March: The IRA detonated a car bomb outside the BBC Television Centre in London, damaging the front of the building and injuring one person.
  • 2001, 3 August: The  IRA detonated a car bomb in Ealing, London, damaging buildings and injuring seven people.
  • 2001, 4 November: IRA car bomb in Birmingham.
  • 2005, 7 July: 7/7 central London bombings conducted by four separate Islamist extremist suicide bombers, which targeted civilians using the public transport system during the morning rush hour. Three bombs were detonated on three separate trains on the London Underground and one on a double-decker bus. 56 people were killed and 700 were injured. It was the UK’s worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and the first Islamist suicide attack in the country.
  • 2007, January–February: Miles Cooper letter bomb campaign. Miles Cooper said he was motivated by anti-authoritarianism and opposition to surveillance.
  • 2007, 30 June: Glasgow International Airport attack perpetrated by Islamist extremists. Five people were injured and the only death was of one of the perpetrators.
  • 2008, 22 May: Exeter attempted bombing in a café toilet by an Islamist extremist, injuring only the perpetrator.

2010s

  • 2013, 29 April to 12 July: Pavlo Lapshyn attacks. Lapshyn, a Ukrainian student and right-wing extremist, stabbed Mohammed Saleem, a Birmingham resident to death on 29 April. He later admitted to police that he wished to start a “race war”. Lapshyn later detonated a home-made bomb outside a mosque in Walsall on 21 June. 150 homes were evacuated but no person was injured. On 28 June Lapshyn detonated a second home-made bomb near a mosque in Wolverhampton, and attacked a mosque in Tipton with an improvised explosive device containing nails on 12 July. Friday prayers were delayed that day, and so his intended victims were still inside. Laphsyn was later sentenced to serve a minimum of 40 years.
  • 2013, 22 May: A British soldier, Lee Rigby, was murdered and decapitated in an attack in Woolwich by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, two Islamist extremists armed with a handgun and a number of bladed implements including a cleaver. Both men were sentenced to life imprisonment, with Adebolajo given a whole life order and Adebowale ordered to serve at least 45 years.
  • 2015, 5 December: A man with a knife attacked three people at Leytonstone Tube Station in East London. The attacker was 29-year old Muhaydin Mire who was shouting “this is for Syria“. The attacker was found guilty of attempted murder in June 2016. Three people were injured in the attack and one was seriously injured.[51]
  • 2016, 16 June. Labour MP Jo Cox, aged 41, was killed by Thomas Mair, according to testimony given in court. Cox was fatally shot and stabbed outside the library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she was about to hold a constituency surgery at 1:00 pm. A 77-year-old local man, Bernard Kenny, was stabbed in the stomach while trying to fend off her attacker. The Crown Prosecution Service described it as an act of terror. The judge, in his sentencing remarks, said that Mair’s violence was politically-motivated.[54]Britain First distanced itself from the attack and Mair.
  • 2017, 22 March: 2017 Westminster attack – Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British man, born in Kent as Adrian Elms, drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before crashing the vehicle into the Palace of Westminster’s perimeter. He then entered the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place of the Houses of Parliament, before being confronted by a police officer, whom he fatally stabbed before being shot himself. Six, including the perpetrator and the officer, were killed in the incident, and 49 people were injured. The attack is being treated as an act of terrorism motivated by Islamic extremism.
  • 2017, 22 May: 2017 Manchester Arena bombing – A large explosion caused by a British suicide attacker with a bomb at the Manchester Arena, Manchester, killing 22 individuals and injuring 120. The attack occurred shortly after an Ariana Grande concert had concluded, and is the most deadly terror related incident in the United Kingdom since the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
  • 2017, 3 June: June 2017 London attack. 8 people were confirmed dead and at least 48 injured, some critically. A white van drove at high speed across London Bridge, running into groups of people, then crashed. The occupants then ran to nearby Borough Market, where they stabbed many people. All three of the terrorists involved were shot dead by police eight minutes after the incident was reported. All three were wearing imitation suicide bomb vests.

This map, first published in the Washington Post, details 45 years of terrorist attacks up to 2015.

48 Responses

  1. nancy

    Could you please correct the English in this article? I really would like to refer people to it, but the poor grammar really diminishes its purpose.

    1. Jasper May

      It’s a good thing most of these alleged attacks are hoaxes, both the muslim and the non-muslim ones. Please investigate them thoroughly.

    2. bill

      you are a JACKASS jack peat….YOU cant stand the fact that muslims are terrorist is what they do…you love them so much go take yourself and your family and go live with them you left wing idiot…God Bless you Poland and keep them bastards out..

  2. Morris

    I’m sorry, you mention extremists but you fail to mention any terrorist attack on Polish soil. It seems that it is you, dear sir that is attempting to use propaganda, making claims without proof (any journalist worth its salt would have included a valid counter argument and references in the article). It seems to be a case of the kettle calling the pot black.

    1. Matt

      I don’t think there were any, which is what the original map is about. I think he’s trying to say that the terrorist attacks aren’t really the result of immigration since so many of the attackers were born in their target countries.

  3. Far

    wow this site pure hate , for them to compare country far right people to muslium of different country amazes me how the NWO own every media source and has puppet to soul theier people and their soulsjust lie lie lie pure evil

    1. W

      I would expect you to read the article carefully before attacking this guy’s credentials. He is citing the Washington Post map as a corrective (i.e. a far more reliable version) of the one doing the rounds on social media which he is criticizing earlier in this piece. Accordingly, he is doing the opposite of implying that the Washington Post publishes ‘fake news’.

      1. Chris Fishers

        It is more than a bit disengenuous to cite the WaPo map highlighting all terrorist attacks when the discussion was specifically about Islamic terrorism. I have no doubt that the viral map in question is not100% accurate, but when the refutation is done so ham handedly it leads me to suspect that viral map is probably more accurate than some would like us to believe.

  4. Martin

    Bullshit ahhaha name one terrorist attack in Poland and be specific with regarda to it location and I’ll pay u a thousand bucks !

    Far right groups in Poland ? but thats still better than far left is it ?

      1. AnnaD

        no you won’t have your thousand dollars. The guy was mentally unstable and didn’t want to harm anyone. That doesn’t count as terrorist attack “Under no circumstances did I want to harm or kill people,” the man said. Please read carefully what you post to avoid making fool of yourself

        1. John

          Everyone can say after an unsuccessful terror attack that he “didn’t wanted to harm anyone” just to have a clement sentence.
          Fact is that the bus was on service, and it was only because of the driver that spotted the bag that no one was hurt.

        2. Jimmy Dan

          I love Poland, I am a UK citizen and I have been to Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Poznan, and the people are wonderful, educated, polite and intelligent. They are all welcome in the UK. We are not racist, Africans are welcome, Indians are welcome, we just hate Muslims and their filthy barbaric 7th century bible. Their God was a paedophile, what a hero, marrying a 6 year old girl.

  5. AdamD

    Poland has had a Muslim minority since the 1300s – they were Tartars given safe haven after a succession dispute. This has never been a problem.
    There are about 100,000 Chechen Muslim refugees in Poland. They have not integrated at all and live in camps, often with poor relations with the local communities.
    Poland has taken over a million migrants from Ukraine. As Polish and Ukrainian are related languages, and many Poles have roots in the Ukraine, they are not considered any more of a burden than Scots in London.
    Poland’s current government consists of a bunch of complete nutters, but in their resistance to Muslim immigration they are expressing a view that is held by an overwhelming majority of the population. Why create a problem that currently does not exist, and which will never go away?

  6. John

    The author forgot to mention that there was at least two major terrorist attacks that were miraculously prevented at the last minute, without what they could had kill dozens of people. The one was the attempt to blow up the Parliament while seated, by a native Poles: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=fr&sl=pl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tvn24.pl%2Fwiadomosci-z-kraju%2C3%2Fplanowal-zamach-na-sejm-szykowal-4-tony-materialow-wybuchowych%2C289750.html
    The other was last year, when native Poles placed bombs on bus in Wroclaw: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=fr&sl=pl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsweek.pl%2Fpolska%2Fspoleczenstwo%2Fzamach-bombowy-we-wroclawiu%2Cartykuly%2C407255%2C1.html
    Not so great Poland.

      1. John

        Show me any other country in Europe, except of Norway, where natives want to blow up the Parliament and mass kill other natives from the same ethnic group.
        By the way, these terrorists were not retards but university graduated and quite intelligent people (if we consider their intellectual potential).
        There are many others that would like to follow them, and there is less than 2% of foreigners in Poland, and vast majority are Europeans.
        Poland is a pathetic retard country.

        1. Anna

          And this pathetic retard country will let Your – raped by Mahomet children -country sink in all shit, that you have made.
          Although my grandma always said that tastes are not to discuss… I am so curious: Since when the smarter one is fucked in the ass on his own backyard and still ask for more?! Could You explain this to the retard… I do not get it because my intelectual potential disable me so badly.

    1. aga

      there was no miracle involved in this. just a great work of polish forces.
      unlike western counterparts we arrest and deport people who can cause harm instead of giving them benefits

  7. mickey

    BUAHAHAHAH!!! I know this is soooo hard to accept simply FACT – THERE IS NO TERRORIST ATTACKS IN POLAND. NEVER. EVEN ONE. And this is thanks to our SMART govern. that LISTEN to the ppl. Can you stupid assholes beleive in your “democratic” countries that the politics LISTEN to the people and do what these ppl want? TERRIBLE! You must do something with this terrible Poland for you look like a band of idiots and liers comparing to the Poles.

  8. Lemmie

    I’ve seen this one doing the rounds.

    It is seriously misleading. Feel free to lift, use or ignore any of the following wherever you see it posted…

    Interesting map.

    The point it makes about Poland is valid. It hasn’t had a significant terrorist attack, but…

    Taken from – https://csis.carto.com/builder/60931f8e-9bcb-11e6-98fa-0e05a8b3e3d7/embed

    You can zoom in and out, and look at every specific instance shown.

    I had a look at England, Wales and Scotland. There’s a total of just under 60, “terror attacks since 2012… Using the University of Maryland’s START database, this map graphs all terror attacks from 2012 to 2015.”

    In that timeframe the vast majority of, “terrorist attacks” shown were either (failed) letter bombs by the, “New Irish Republican Army”, anarchists or attacks *on* Muslims or Mosques. Far more attacks on Muslims than by them in fact.

    The text stating, “Poland has a strict no-migrants policy” makes it clear what this map is implying… but it’s misleading.

    Most attacks on this map are not Islamist attacks committed by migrants. And those committed by Islamists are, in the vast majority of cases, carried out by nationals of the countries in which the atrocities were carried out.

    “Draw your own conclusions”

    Drawing conclusions from memes and misleading data just makes you look like an ass.

  9. This article confused me at first. The idiot that wrote it is saying that the ban on muslim immigrants isn’t really working, yet he post evidence (the map) that it is.

  10. VPat

    The map provided cites 45 years of terrorist attacks. This literally just means that the attacks in Poland could not be Islamic terror attacks. How misconstrued.

    Doing a simple google search states clearly that the most recent terrorist attacks in Poland of any significance were the assassination of the first president of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz in 1922 and the attack done on the Tarnów rail station by German agents in 1939. Neither of these attacks are even in the past 45 years.

    Hm.

  11. Martin

    Extremely bad journalism full of propaganda and bs. Basically bs from top to bottom. I’m sorry for every second of my life lost on reading this crap.

  12. well lookie here another fake fact checker lol idk about the map but you really lowballed the number of terror attacks in europe and england in particular. and well poland has not suffered even one muslim radical terror attack period google confirmed by the way. And this is why nobody trusts the mainstream media lol

  13. Jasper May

    It’s a good thing most of these alleged attacks are hoaxes, both the muslim and the non-muslim ones. Please investigate them thoroughly.

  14. What

    It also omits the fact that Poland has scarcely been involved in the conflict in the Middle East, which has been cited as a primary motivation behind attacks in countries which were involved.

    So you’re basically arguing that the terrorists are due their payback against the West?

  15. jamesbond

    The green map where there is no terrorist attack in Poland has all terrorist attacks in Europe since 2001. The yellow map on the bottom of the article show terrorist attacks since 1970. This only proves that last terrorist attack in Poland was in previous century. Poor article.

    1. LionofZion

      Exactly – the two maps are comparing different things. It takes basic intelligence to realize this, but the author thought he had blown everyone’s minds with his disinformation. The liberal media just will not stop. What I don’t understand is why does Europe (Western Europe in particular) want to throw off Christianity in favor of Islam, whose members largely hate the native populations and only want to displace them? For a thousand years, Poland has been a bulwark against Muslim invasion through Europe and now the EU elite wants everyone to lay down their national sovereignty, their culture, and their lives so that migrants can displace them and get paid by the state to do so! It’s total insanity but part of the globalist agenda.

  16. Not only was Poland “involved” in Iraq, it had its own zone of occupation. I’d suggest that it’s this article that is seriously misleading. Truth is only a Google-click away, but you have to look past “fake news” headlines like this one to get to it.

  17. Umm I’m sorry but this article is complete bullshit.

    The map is accurate in that Poland has not had any terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists.
    As for the accuracy of the terrorist attacks that are marked in the rest of Europe, sire you’re right in the most laughable way, there have been several more terrorist attacks since the creation of this map.
    Even if a small handful of these marked spots of terrorist attacks throughout Europe were wrong,, the map would still show the sane, that there are mass incidents of terrorist attacks in most of Europe, except for Poland.
    Why? Because of their immigration policy. Only sheeple and completely in denial morons will actually see your article as anything but complete propagandist bullshit and lies.

  18. Aga

    Haha I have a lot of fun with this article dear author.
    All this muslim storm overpass Poland , not beacause strict immigrant politics, not because there are patrols on the borders, but because in Poland stands Poles with slogan : Poland for Poles, Poles for Poland. We always welcome our guests but they must respect our rules and laws.
    You see? There is nothing wrong with patriotism. Warm greetings from Poland.

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