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    Islamophobia is racism, pure and simple


    Islamophobia is on the rise in Germany. That is troubling enough. But what’s even more concerning is that many of those whom I would define as Islamophobic feel very good about it. They see themselves not as racist or xenophobic, but as defenders of democracy and human rights against the adherents of a religion they believe is incompatible with both.


    Over the past few years the advance of Islamophobia can be easily observed. Anti-Muslim websites such as Politically Incorrect have expanded and become more aggressive, cherry-picking reports of crimes by Muslim perpetrators in order to confirm their prejudices; books with a clear anti-Muslim agenda – such as that of Thilo Sarrazin, a former Berlin finance senator – have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, including claims that Muslim immigrants are “dumbing down” Germany; parties such as Pro Köln, which hysterically warn of an “Islamic land grab”, have been founded.


    It is against this backdrop that we have to look at the weekly protests in Dresden against the “Islamisation” of Germany. Few of those attending are neo-Nazis or classic rightwing radicals. Instead, the vast majority are normal citizens. Interestingly, and perhaps tellingly, there are hardly any Muslims in Dresden. Islamophobia apparently has as much to do with imagination as with reality.


    To be sure, Islamophobia is no German speciality. In the Netherlands, for example, similar developments started years earlier. In fact, Islamophobia is on the rise across western Europe, not least in the UK.


    As a journalist with an Arabic name, I receive a fair amount of Islamophobic hate mail, as do many colleagues with a similar background. Three years ago, when we realised this was happening to all of us and had become more frequent, we started to stage public events at which we read from these letters to an audience. But we don’t just read the letters. We have created a show around it – a party, if you like – called Hate Poetry Slam, during which we compete over who has received the meanest, most racist, most hateful letter. It is a public act of catharsis. But much more importantly, when read out loud in front of hundreds of people, the full extent of idiocy, the lack of logic, the hysteria in these letters becomes palpable. And laughable.


    Of course, Islamophobia can’t be laughed away and ours is just small way of dealing with it. But what’s clear is that traditional racist arguments are now more likely to come in the form of abuse on the basis of religion. The argument is often that Jews share the same values as Christians, and Vietnamese immigrants are good at integrating, but for Muslims neither is true; plus, they want to take over. Which is why their religion is in fact an ideology; which is why it is OK to be against it; which in turn makes you a freedom fighter.


    What’s feeding this? Clearly 9/11 and other Jihadist terrorist attacks play a role. But that’s not all. There is fear of losing out economically, for which Muslims are scapegoated; there’s the challenge of living in a society changing rapidly in the light of globalisation; there’s anger about the increasing visibility of immigrants.


    The organisers of the Dresden demonstrations claim to be responding to street fights between Salafists and Kurds that broke out in western Germany a few weeks ago. But framing this and other problems as part of a phenomenon of Islamisation is ridiculous.


    And yet it is time we started to take this seriously. Those people in the streets of Dresden may be nonviolent but they have been infected with a smug contempt for a minority, and may embolden the more radical fringes of the Islamophobic spectrum.


    Politicians here have sensed that something is building. But until very recently, they mostly just maintained that people’s grievances should be taken seriously, rather than criticising the racist sentiment that came with their complaints.


    This needs to change – now. It needs to be made clear that Islamophobia in Germany is no legitimate expression of anger or frustration and most certainly nothing to be proud of. It’s racism, plain and simple.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...y-islamisation

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    Will Europe take Islamophobia as seriously as anti-Semitism?


    2.19.15

    Dilly Hussain asks whether Europe is allowing history to repeat itself by ignoring the rise of Islamophobia.


    Europe’s hatred towards the Jewish community is no distant memory. In fact, many of our grandparents may have been alive to have witnessed the images, or recall hearing the accounts of the atrocities committed against the Jews by the Nazis during World War 2.


    The Holocaust was not a spontaneous event, nor was the social attitudes that facilitated this horrific genocide exclusive to Germany. Anti-Semitism was widespread across Europe, including Britain, at least a century before WW2. Prior to the Holocaust, there was a popular culture of repugnance against European Jews. They were demonised and perceived with suspicion because they were outwardly different. The men wore kippahs, their hair was curled on the side, and had long beards. Jewish women used to also dress differently, covering their hair with a headscarf. The Jewish religion and culture was intrinsically different to that of secular Christian Europe. They eat kosher meat, observed the Sabbath, and followed their own legal code.


    Is anti-Semitism and Islamophobia comparable?


    From a socio-political perspective, it was no surprise that the Nazis exploited the existing anti-Jewish fervour that was prevalent not only in Germany, but in Europe in general. It also makes sense why WW2, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust are given such great importance in western academia, from schools to universities. With such a microscopic emphasis on the Holocaust, Europe’s selective loss of memory when it comes to addressing the unprecedented rise of Islamophobia, demonstrates how history can gradually repeat itself. Many would argue that anti-Semitism and Islamophobia cannot be conceptually or contextually compared, because the former is hatred towards a particular race, while the latter is hatred for a religion. Anti-Semitism is punishable under race laws, but non-violent anti-Muslim hostility is dressed up as a legitimate critique of religion, which is championed under secular liberal democracies.


    Academics and commentators who criticise those who compare anti-Semitism with Islamophobia tend to forget that anti-Jewish racism in Europe during the early 1800s was justified on cultural and religious grounds. Jews were targeted and regarded with suspicion because they were considered as an isolated “nation within the nation” – a community that failed to integrate and resisted assimilation. Similar to their Abrahamic religionists, Europe’s Muslims are also outwardly different in their appearance, culture and religion. And just like the Jewish community, Muslims follow a unique religious code stipulated in their scripture. Whilst these similarities are undeniable, it cannot be rationally substantiated why anyone would deny the stark similarities between Europe’s history of anti-Semitism, and the rise of Islamophobia post 9/11. In actuality, it was only after the rise of “social Darwinism” during the mid-19th century when “racial anti-Semitism” took root, which was framed in biological terms that led to Jews being openly discriminated against, on the premise of their purported “genetic inferiority”.


    The question contemporary European leaders must ask themselves is whether their respective governments are steadily moving towards the same direction with their Muslim minorities, as their predecessors did with the Jews 200 years ago. Is Europe’s increasing intolerance towards Muslims comparable to the initial stage of antagonism towards Jews?

    The rise of Islamophobia in Europe


    2014 marked the peak of Islamophobia, and the rise of the far-right in Europe, beginning with the right wing “Europe of Freedom and Democracy” (EFD) bloc within the EU. In France, the president of the National Front, Marine Le Pen – who obtained one quarter of all votes – demanded that schools make Muslim children “eat pork or starve”, and blamed Muslims for Islamophobia due to their alleged backwardness and unwillingness to integrate.


    In Britain, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) continues to campaign against the construction of mosques, with one parliamentary candidate who previously described the Prophet Muhammad as a “gang leader” and compared Islam to organised crime, announced earlier this week that he would “licence mosques” if elected. It is also important to note that UKIP were the biggest winners in the 2014 European elections, gaining 27.5 percent of the vote. In Germany, thousands have joined the anti-Muslim Pegida movement in Dresden, who are protesting against the supposed ‘Islamisation’ of their country. The most worrying factor of the rise of these groups is that many of their supporters do not consider themselves racists or anti-Muslim. Furthermore, the success of these groups is evidence of the fruits bore by the Islamophobic propaganda over the past 14 years.


    As for Europe’s mainstream political parties, leaders such as Prime Minister David Cameron and President Francois Hollande of France have frequently highlighted the Christian roots of their countries, as well as implementing domestic anti-terrorism laws which indiscriminately target Muslims. On the other hand, muscular liberals, neoconservatives, and even pro-Palestine ‘Muslim friendly’ leftists have also made a habit of attacking Islam. The anti-Muslim sentiment across Europe is echoed from every corner of the political spectrum. The rise of the far-right has been covertly facilitated by the hysteria created by mainstream political parties, and the media, which has made Islam and Muslims synonymous with terrorism and extremism. This growing culture of anti-Muslim prejudice has led to numerous attacks against Muslims (mainly women), and mosques in Europe.


    During Christmas week last year, three mosques in Sweden were fire bombed by arsonists amid tensions over the country’s immigration debate. In Austria, violent attacks against Muslims in public have been frequent, including one that led to an elderly woman suffering a spinal injury in broad daylight outside a bank. Numerous mosques have been desecrated and vandalised in Poland, which has become a norm in Europe. In Belgium, a young Moroccan mother escaped death when she was rammed by a car, as the driver shouted racist abuse at her for wearing the hijab. Mosques were attacked by grenades, and a Muslim man was killed in France, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris. Outside of Europe, there was a Muslim school torched to the ground in Houston this week, a Muslim teenager killed in Kansas two months ago, as well as the three Muslim students who were executed by a militant atheist last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. These are merely the incidents that made into the media. But we must also take into consideration that anti-Muslim hate crime is majorly under-reported, out of fear of backlash, and a genuine lack of faith in the judicial system to adequately punish the perpetrators. That said, it has been documented that Islamophobic hate crime numbered over 700 from the period of 2013 to 2014 in Britain. In France, it increased last month to an amount which surpassed the total number of anti-Muslim attacks in 2014. Also in the US, physical attacks against Muslims are currently five times higher than pre 9/11.

    History repeating itself


    Undoubtedly, there are significant political and socioeconomic differences between the history of Europe’s Jewish and Muslim communities – namely, the former had no state but was granted one after the Holocaust, and the latter was part of a great civilisation and empire, which Europe effectively destroyed and later colonised. Nevertheless, it makes no difference to the fact that Muslims have become the new Jews of Europe; and because the question of integration and assimilation is based upon ‘cultural differences’, it is accepted as politically correct. Usually it is immigrants that are singled out as a socioeconomic threats to European countries, but it is Muslims who symbolise the “suspicious other”. The xenophobic propaganda of Europe’s far right, as well as the ideological rhetoric against normative Islam from conservative, liberal and left-wing parties, has contributed towards creating this environment.




    Consequently, Muslims have become Europe’s scapegoats upon whom the continent’s anxieties are vented on. Right-wing politicians continuously exploit these anxieties to advance their neocon, nationalist and imperialistic agendas, while most liberals and left-wing parties have jumped on the anti-Muslim bandwagon, hoping that it will consolidate votes.


    Suggesting that Muslims have replaced the Jews of Europe does not imply that a genocide is imminent. Though history does not repeat itself in such a way, it can have a tendency to mimic the past, with all the premature warning signs. As the wider non-Muslim community’s suspicion and distrust of Muslims worsen, it is a fact that the state of Europe’s largest religious minority is facing an existential threat, and the possibility of a quasi-inquisition in the future would not be a far-fetched nightmare.


    It is imperative that we remind ourselves of that disgraceful period in European history where animosity towards a particular religious minority nearly led to their extermination. Let’s not be bystanders in allowing history to repeat itself for the sake of our governments’ foreign and domestic policies in light of the war on terror.

    http://5pillarsuk.com/2015/02/19/wil...anti-semitism/

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    Moscow Mayor says no to more mosques in the city

    March 01, 2013

    The Mayor of Moscow says there are no plans to build a new mosque in the city, and says the 'excessive' number of economic migrants was a ‘harmful thing’.

    “It has turned out that the praying Muslims are not at all Russian citizens and they are not Moscow residents. They are labor migrants. There are only 10 percent of Moscow residents among them and building mosques for everyone who wants it – I think this will be over the top,” Sergey Sobyanin said in an interview with Moscow's Echo radio.

    The top city official went on to say that “Muscovites now get irritated by people who speak a different language, have different manners, with aggressive behavior. This is not purely ethnic, but this is connected with some ethnic traits,” Sobyanin said.

    At the same time, the Moscow Mayor explained that there are no ethnic enclaves in the city and expressed the hope that such enclaves would never appear as closed districts like that usually have a very high crime rate.

    Sobyanin went on to say that the current quota of 200,000 migrant workers in the city and only 35 percent are skilled specialists. The official said that it was necessary to gradually decrease the share of unskilled workers and added that this could only be done if wages were raised.

    According to some estimates Moscow has 10 illegal migrants for every registered one. This makes the number of unregistered foreign workers in the city to well over two million. In 2012 the authorities deported 16,000 foreigners from the city for working illegally.

    Russian Muslims did not welcome the Mayor Sobyanin’s statement.

    Co-chairman of the Councils of Muftis of Russia, Nafigulla Ashirov told the Russian News Service that Muslims did not agree with Sobyanin’s plans and that they would, if the need arises, address President Vladimir Putin with a request for help.


    http://rt.com/politics/moscow-mayor-...n-the-city-669

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    They don't allow Mosques in their own countries yet they want to build churches in not any Muslim land but in Saudi Arabia, the sacred place of Muslims, and the place from where they were expelled by the Prophet (peace be upon him).

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    Switzerland to Muslim Students: Shake Your Teacher’s Hand or Pay $5,000


    When two teenage Muslim students from Syria told their school in Switzerland that to shake their female teacher’s hand would violate their religious beliefs, administrators were sympathetic. So they made an exception: Unlike the school’s other students, who shake each teacher’s hand at the beginning and end of each class period, the two boys would be exempt from shaking anyone’s hand at all.

    Turns out the Swiss national government takes their handshakes seriously. So seriously, in fact, that a regional authority announced Wednesday that the two boys would shake their female teachers’ hands from now on — or pay a $5,000 fine. The local education department in Therwil, which is near the city of Basel, said in a statement Wednesday that the final decision was made because “the public interest with respect to equality between men and women and the integration of foreigners significantly outweighs the freedom of religion.”

    This came after the citizenship process for the teens’ family was halted due to the incident. Authorities are now looking into their father’s 2001 asylum claim. He is an imam.

    Last month, Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga went on television to say that “the handshake is part of our culture.”
    “We cannot accept this in the name of religious freedom,”
    she said.

    [Cultures change from decade to decade and yet these bigots will use that excuse because they felt insulted when students refused to shake hands. These are "democratic" nations who claim to value freedom of others.]

    There are roughly 350,000 Muslims in Switzerland, and it’s unclear whether other exceptions were quietly made before this one. It’s also unclear what the two boys will do next. In an interview with Swiss media, one said they “could not just delete [their] culture as if it were a hard drive.”


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    German Mosque Bombed by White Islamophobe Terrorist

    September 27, 2016

    Bomb attacks hit a mosque and an international convention centre in the eastern German city of Dresden, police said Tuesday, adding that they suspected a xenophobic and nationalist motive.

    No one was injured in the blasts late Monday in a city that has become a hotspot for far-right protests and hate crimes following Germany's huge migrant influx.

    "Although no one has claimed the attack, we assume a xenophobic motive," said Dresden police chief Horst Kretzschmar. "We also suspect a connection with celebrations next weekend for the Day of German Unity" on Monday, October 3.

    Dresden will host national celebrations Monday to mark 26 years since the reunification of East and West Germany, to be attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck.

    "We have now switched to crisis mode," Kretzschmar said, with police deployed to guard the city's two mosques and an Islamic cultural centre.

    The first homemade bomb went off around 9:50 pm local time (1950 GMT) Monday and damaged the door of the mosque while the imam and his family were inside.

    The second blast about 25 minutes later happened at the main venue for next Monday's festivities, the city's international convention centre which also includes a hotel. It was partially evacuated.

    Dresden, a Baroque city in Germany's ex-communist east, is also the birthplace of the anti-immigration PEGIDA street movement, short for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident.

    Its members have angrily protested against the influx of refugees and migrants that last year brought one million asylum seekers to Europe's biggest economy.

    About a dozen demonstrations are planned over the long weekend, by both PEGIDA and by anti-fascist groups.

    Saxony state premier Stanislaw Tillich called the "cowardly" bombings an "attack on freedom of religion and on the values of an enlightened society" that could easily have claimed lives.

    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the mosque attack was "all the more scandalous" because it happened on the eve of the 10th annual meeting of the dialogue forum the German Islam Conference.

    Saxony state saw far-right hate crimes targeting shelters for asylum seekers rise to 106 in 2015, with another 50 recorded in the first half of this year.

    In an annual report outlining progress since reunification, the government warned last week that growing xenophobia and right-wing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/bombs-hit...083234330.html

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    ISLAMOPHOBIA IN GERMANY -THE EMBODIMENT OF RACISM AGAINST MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS

    11/2015



    They call themselves Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West or Pegida. They feel threatened by what they call Muslim attacks on the Christian culture of Germany. They believe that immigrants, and particularly Muslim immigrants, are a menace to German culture and national identity. Many Muslim leaders say that since the anti-Islam Pegida movement appeared their communities are facing new problems just because they are Muslims. In Dresden, where Pegida started, demonstrations have been growing from Monday to Monday.


    Press TV’s investigative documentary “Islamophobia in Germany,” approaches the locus of this group, i.e. Dresden. Pegida’s leaders reject press inquiries and refuse to give interviews alleging that the press misrepresents Pegida as a rightwing extremist movement. When our film team covered a Pegida rally, some protesters went way beyond shouting ‘lying press’; they identified us as foreigners and began yelling hateful racist insults. The interesting point is that ever since they began, the Pegida protesters have upset Germany’s political scene, provoking condemnation by national political leaders, and in her New Year address Angela Merkel urged citizens to reject Pegida.

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    Slovakia adopts law to effectively block Islam from becoming official state religion



    Parliament in Bratislava has approved a bill that effectively prevents Islam from being registered as a state religion in the near future.


    Sponsored by the Slovak National Party (SNS), which is a member in Prime Minister Robert Fico's coalition, the legislation was passed Wednesday, Reuters reported. The law was approved by a two-thirds majority in parliament, comprising both ruling and opposition parties.


    The new law more than doubles the required number of a religion's followers for it to qualify for state subsidies and run its own schools. At least 50,000 members, against the previous 20,000, has now been set as a threshold for gaining official status as a religion.


    Currently, 62 percent of Slovakia's 5.4 million population are declared Roman Catholics.


    Slovakia's far-right People's Party-Our Slovakia wanted to raise the bar to 250,000, but their proposal was turned down by a majority of lawmakers.


    "Islamization starts with a kebab and it's already under way in Bratislava, let's realize what we can face in five to 10 years," chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS) Andrej Danko said, as cited by Reuters. "We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future," the politician was quoted as adding.


    According to the last census, Islam has some 2,000 followers in Slovakia, Reuters reported, adding that there are no recognized mosques in the central European country. The Islamic Foundation in Slovakia, which has not commented on the new legislation so far, puts the number at around 5,000.

    https://www.rt.com/news/368755-slova...-religion-law/



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    Such is their fear and hatred of Islam that they want to stop it by whatever means they can.

    They intend to put out the Light of Allah (i.e. the religion of Islam, this Quran, and Prophet Muhammad SAW) with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it).
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    Swiss terrorist attacks Islamic center

    ISLAMIC CENTRE SHOOTING: Gunman on the RUN after wounding 3 at Zurich Muslim prayer hall


    A SHOOTING at an Islamic Centre in Zurich, Switzerland, has left three people injured as the authorities lead a manhunt for the gunman on the run.

    Three people have been hurt following a shooting at an Islamic Centre, according to Blick newspaper.


    Authorities have launched a manhunt as the gunman is reportedly on the run.


    Swiss media has reported that the shooting happened at local time 17:30, which is 16:30 GMT.


    A police spokesman has said: "Three people were injured. Nothing is known about the severity of the injuries."


    Police have closed the roads, near to a Zurich train station.


    Roughly 20 police officers were present at the scene of the shooting.


    This Islamic Centre in Zuirch is principally used by Somalians, according to Blick.


    Swiss reports have said that all of the three wounded are adults who were in Eisgasse, a small street where an Islamic centre is located.


    Attacks by armed gunman are rare in Switzerland.


    In Switzerland, two thirds of its 8.3 million residents identify as Christians.


    However, the role of Islam has becoming more strong as its Muslim population has risen to 5 percent with the arrival of immigrants from former Yugoslavia.


    In 2009, a nationwide vote backed a constitutional ban on new minarets.


    This shooting happened hours after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Turkey.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/...after-shooting

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    Romanian President Klaus Iohannis rejects country's first ever Muslim Prime Minister

    Nomination of Sevil Shhaideh is blocked, threatening a political crisis



    December 28 2016

    Romania’s president has rejected the nomination of the country’s first ever Muslim candidate for prime minister.


    President Klaus Iohannis said he had “carefully weighed the arguments for and against” appointing Sevil Shhaideh and had decided not to accept the nomination.


    Ms Shhaideh, who is a member of the country’s Muslim Tartar minority, had been put forward by the Social Democratic Party, which comprehensively won Romania's election earlier this month with 45 per cent of the vote.


    She was nominated by party leader Liviu Dragnea, who would normally have assumed the post himself but is unable to do so because of a conviction for electoral fraud.


    Some had suggested he was instead planning to run the government through Ms Shhaideh, who has only a few months' experience in government.


    ​President Iohannis called on the Social Democrats to pick someone else to lead the government but did not give a reason for rejecting Ms Shhaideh.


    Mr Dragnea has previously suggested he will fight any attempt by the president to block his choice of prime minister.


    “If Iohannis rejects our proposal, I’m not going to make a second one. We’ll see each other in some other place," he said.


    Following the rejection, Mr Dragnea said he could begin the process of seeking to remove Mr Iohannis as president.


    “It seems the president clearly wants to be suspended," Mr Dragnea said.


    “We’ll weigh our options very carefully, because we don’t want to take emotional decisions. We don’t want to trigger a political crisis for nothing, but if we come to the conclusion that the president must be suspended, I won’t hesitate.”


    Under Romania’s constitution, Mr Dragnea now has the opportunity to nominate one other candidate for prime minister, who must be accepted by the president. If that does not happen, another election will be held.

    Before her nomination was rejected, Ms Shhaideh was on course to become the first Muslim leader of an EU country and the first female Romanian prime minister.


    An economist, she previously served for six months as Minister of Regional Development in the last Social Democrat-led government but otherwise has little political experience.


    Her nomination by Mr Dragnea came as a shock, with commentators having expected a more senior member of the party to be chosen for the post.


    It led to suggestions the party leader was attempting to appoint a prime minister he could easily control.


    There is no law preventing Mr Dragnea taking the position himself but President Iohannis was elected on an anti-corruption platform and has said he will not accept as prime minister anyone who has a criminal conviction.

    Sergiu Miscoiu, a Romanian political science professor, told Reuters: “Dragnea has nominated a loyal person ... it will be a government controlled by Dragnea."


    Mr Dragnea himself appeared to echo the sentiment, telling reporters: “The political responsibility stays with me first of all."


    Ms Shhaideh’s nomination was a historic one in a country where only 0.3 per cent of people are Muslim.


    With President Iohannis being a Protestant of German heritage, it temporarily raised the prospect of Romania’s two leading politicians both coming from religious minorities in a country where 80 per cent of the population is Orthodox Christian.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...=facebook-post

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    Austria Calls For Ban On Full-Body Veil For 'Hindering Integration Into Catholic Society'

    August 18, 2016

    Austrian conservative politicians called for a ban on full body veils on Thursday, saying the veils would hinder women to integrate into the mainly Catholic Austrian society.

    Public debate about a ban on full body veils was ignited in several European countries after three French Mediterranean cities banned body-covering Muslim burkini swimwear, saying the burkini defies French laws on secularism.

    France, which has the largest Muslim minority in Europe, estimated at 5 million, in 2010 introduced a ban on full-face niqab and burqa veils in public.

    Austria's Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz from the centrist People's Party, who plans to introduce a new integration law next year, said religious symbols such as the burqa were an issue that needed to be discussed.

    "A full body veil is hindering integration," Kurz told broadcaster ORF, adding that the burqa was "not a religious symbol but a symbol for a counter-society".

    In Austria, Islam is the second most widely professed religion, practised by 7 percent of the population or around 600,000 people, according to the Islamic Religious Community.

    The country has been spared the kind of extremist attacks suffered by Germany, France and Belgium. But fears and tensions have been growing over the past months, fuelled by anti-migrant campaigns of the popular right-wing Freedom Party (FPO).

    The head of the FPO, which hopes to provide the first far-right head of state in the European Union after the re-run of the presidential elections on October 2, said it was about time to ban the full body veil.

    "We want to be able to look into peoples faces in our society," Heinz-Christian Strache said at a press conference on Thursday.

    Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka - as fellow party member Kurz seen as a hard-liner regarding migrant policy - said he would expect a full ban as problematic in terms of constitutional law. But he could imagine a partial ban as when driving a car, when crossing the border or at demonstrations, Sobotka was quoted by Oesterreich daily.

    Muslim groups called the recent ban in France unconstitutional, divisive and Islamophobic.


    http://www.dailysabah.com/islamophob...tholic-society


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    If they are so concerned about their society then they should focus on their Catholic incestuous pedophile men who have been caught holding their own daughters captive as sex slaves for 24 years and 41 years, and others not caught yet.

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    Swiss Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys, court rules


    2017



    Switzerland has won a case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) obliging Muslim parents to send their children to mixed swimming lessons.


    It said authorities were justified in giving precedence to enforcing "the full school curriculum" and the children's "successful integration" into society.


    The ECHR acknowledged that religious freedom was being interfered with.


    But judges said it did not amount to a violation.


    The case was brought by two Swiss nationals, of Turkish origin, who refused to send their teenage daughters to the compulsory mixed lessons in the city of Basel.


    Education officials, however, said that exemptions were available only for girls who had reached the age of puberty - which the girls had not reached at the time.


    In 2010, after a long-running dispute, the parents were ordered to pay a combined fine of 1,400 Swiss Francs ($1,380, £1,136) "for acting in breach of their parental duty".


    They argued that such treatment was a violation of article nine of the European Convention on Human Rights, which covers the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.


    In a statement, the ECHR said the refusal to exempt the girls had interfered with the right to freedom of religion.


    But it also said the law involved was designed to "protect foreign pupils from any form of social exclusion" and Switzerland was free to design its education system according to its own needs and traditions.


    Schools, it said, played an important role in social integration, and exemptions from some lessons are "justified only in very exceptional circumstances".



    Swimming, burkinis, and integration

    • In 2016, officials in Basel suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers who refused to shake hands with female teachers.
    • Switzerland has also applied the law to other cases - a man of Bosnian origin was fined last year for refusing to allow his daughter to take part in swimming lessons during school hours, among other activities.
    • Germany also battled with the issue of mixed swimming lessons in 2013, when a judge ruled that a 13-year-old girl must attend - but allowed the wearing of a burkini.
    • In France, in 2009, a woman was banned from swimming in a public pool in her burkini. That would be followed in 2016 by a controversial official ban on the garment in public spaces - which was eventually overturned by French courts.
    • France, Belgium, and the Netherlands all have bans on Muslim veils in public, to varying degrees.




    "Accordingly, the children's interest in a full education, thus facilitating their successful social integration according to local customs and mores, prevailed over the parents' wish to have their children exempted from mixed swimming lessons," the court said.


    The court also noted that "very flexible arrangements" had been offered as a compromise, including allowing the girls to wear burkinis during lessons rather than traditional swimwear, and allowing them to change clothes with no boys in the room.

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    Ex-British MMA fighter beats up German police officers for allegedly lifting wife’s niqab

    Jul 27, 2016

    Video footage showing a former British MMA fighter beating up two German police officers at Frankfurt Airport for allegedly trying to search his wife in the absence of a female officer.

    Whilst German and mainstream media outlets are reporting that the man lost his temper due to a delayed flight, alternative media outlets like 301+ News and other online forums are claiming that the two German police officers tried to search the woman after she refused to lift her niqab in the absence of a female officer.

    After the man objected to male officers searching his wife, an argument broke out which led to his wife fainting.

    It was after this the man can be seen to have attacked the police officers.

    Frankfurt Police issued a statement on its Facebook page about the assault, which occurred last Saturday in front of a large crowd of passengers near a Lufthansa airline check-in desk.

    They said: “Due to the bad weather in the night from Friday to Saturday, several thousand passengers were stranded at the airport.

    “A 38-year-old English passenger, who wanted to fly to England, had at the info desk launched verbal attacks and threatened employees.”

    The statement went on to say that officers tried to calm the situation without success before the fight broke out.

    Police added the incident was not related to terrorism and that it shared the video on its Facebook page to clarify what happened.

    Officer said “false messages” about the footage could lead to “anxiety and terror”.

    Both the officers and the passenger sustained minor injuries and an investigation is ongoing.

    video 1: http://viewpure.com/IwOAnKUAjSU?start=0&end=0

    http://5pillarsuk.com/video/ex-briti...g-wifes-niqab/


    Muslim Man Beats Up 2 Police Officers After They Tase His Wife at Airport


    Jul 30, 2016

    A Muslim man beat up two police officers who tased his wife in an airport this week.

    A man can be seen in a new Instagram video arguing with the officers inside an airport before their confrontation turns into an all out brawl. The man takes several people down before he is knocked to the ground himself. You can see him punching and kicking authorities using what looks like martial arts techniques. The officers and man are not speaking in English, and it’s unclear where it actually took place.

    To see more of the brutal confrontation, check out the clip.

    video 2: http://www.vladtv.com/article/219412...ife-at-airport


    British man attacks police at German airport after woman knocked over in confrontation with security


    by Cristina Criddle & Vin Shahrestani - 28 July 2016

    This is the shocking moment a British man battled several German police officers following a confrontation with airport security.

    The man, 38, can be seen near a Lufthansa check-in gate at Frankfurt Airport in a brawl with officers, single-handedly knocking at least three of them to the ground.

    The confrontation began after a woman believed to be travelling with him fell over at security. It is thought that the man lashed out after complaining about flights.

    In the footage, the man shoves an officer to the floor, turning to fight off two others with punches and kicks.

    More than four officers can be seen struggling to control the man during the confrontation. They were jeered and whistled by a crowd of onlookers.

    The man can also be heard shouting 'I am a British citizen!' before beginning his rampage.

    The tussle ends only when the man suddenly collapses to the floor as two women - thought to be known to the man - approach him.

    Spiegel Online said a Taser had not been used but it is unclear what stopped the assault.

    A police spokesman told the site: "The attacker was an Englishman who was worried about his wife. She had circulatory problems."

    Bad weather meant that around 7,000 passengers had their flights cancelled and were kept overnight in Frankfurt on Friday July 23, when the altercation is believed to have taken place.

    The mood of the travellers was described by an airport spokesman as "certainly not the best".

    Frankfurt Police denied the incident was related to terrorism.

    In a post on Facebook, they said the video was being used to spread false messages and terror.

    It goes on to explain the situation where thousands of passengers were stranded at the airport. The man threatened an airport employee and subjected them to verbal abuse, they added.

    The police intervened without success, leading to the fight in which the man and officers were "slightly injured".

    Frankfurt Police stressed that the man had no terrorist background and it was not an attack.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...woman-knocked/


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    Different websites stated different reasons, but actual truth is that the police tased the wife. Even many non-Muslims praised him for his protectiveness of his wife and beating up her attackers.


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    Islmaophobe Austria announces it will ban Islamic veils and force migrants to sign 'integration contracts' agreeing to accept 'enlightenment values'

    • Christian Kern made announcements today to stave off threat from the far-right
    • Full-face veil will be banned in public spaces as part programme over 18 months
    • Text also says civil servants must 'present themselves as religiously neutral'
    • He says plan is to prevent '600,000 Muslims feeling they are not part of society'




    1.2017
    Ugly extremist bigoted islamophobe calling the ban

    Austria's will ban the veil in public places as part of a raft of new measures to appease far-right opposition, its chancellor announced today.


    Christian Kerr said 'the full-face veil will be banned in public spaces' as he announced a raft of new plans to be implemented over the next 18 months.


    A new 35-page document also says that migrants granted the right to stay in Austria will be forced to sign an 'integration contract' and a 'statement of values'.


    There was no specific ban on headscarfs for civil servants, backed by the far right, but the guidance insists employees 'present themselves as religiously neutral'.


    The document includes details on how Austria will beef up its security services.


    It also promises the government will lower taxes and non-wage labour costs, restrict access to the labour market for foreign workers and create 70,000 new jobs.




    'Those who are not prepared to accept Enlightenment values will have to leave our country and society,' the text says.


    Kern said he wanted to avoid 'giving 600,000 Muslims in Austria the feeling that they are not part of our society.'


    Many of the measures set out in the programme must be hammered out in detail and receive parliamentary approval before they can come into force.


    The move comes eight months after Kern, 51, replaced Werner Faymann at the head of an unhappy 'grand coalition' between his Social Democrats (SPOe) and the centre-right People's Party (OeVP).


    Both are facing a strong challenge from the Freedom Party (FPOe), which like similar groups across Europe has stoked concerns about immigration, security and the EU to top opinion polls.


    There has been speculation for months that the Austrian coalition might call early elections. Monday's programme was aimed at showing it aims to govern until its mandate expires in late 2018.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ocial-facebook

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    Hate Crimes Soar in Germany as 91 Mosques Attacked

    12 February, 2017

    Germany's government has said that 91 mosques were attacked in the country in 2016.

    Twenty one of the attacks took place in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is home to the highest number of Muslim immigrants in the country, according to a report sent to AP by the German interior ministry.

    While it did not detail the extent to which mosques were damaged or desecrated, the report said police identified suspects in 12 cases and made one arrest.

    Anti-Muslim hate crimes have risen in Germany
    since the arrival of around 890,000 asylum seekers in 2015. This move, coupled with widely publicised cases of refugees being accused of rape and sexual assault led to a backlash last year from Germany's far-right, who capitalised on anti-migrant sentiment.

    According to a recent poll by Chatham House, 55 percent of people polled in ten European countries said they were in favour of an end to all further migration from Muslim countries.

    The poll of 10,000 people shed light on the widespread level of public anxiety over Muslim immigration with only 20 percent of people disagreeing with Muslim immigration bans.

    https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/ne...sques-attacked

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    Far-right [White Christian Supremacist] parties in Europe seek to expel Muslims: Scholar



    2.2017



    Hard-line Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, has launched a campaign for upcoming parliamentary elections in the Netherlands by scorning the Moroccan community in the country.

    Moroccan-Dutch people make up two percent of the Netherlands’ population. Wilders has been tried in the past for offensive remarks against them and has been also taken to court for anti-Islam comments.

    Liaqat Ali Khan, a lecturer at Washburn University, believes there is a “very strong white nationalism movement” in the United States and some parts of Europe, which seeks to expel all immigrants from Muslim countries.

    “I think there is a small segment of population and the politicians representing them, who want to get rid of all the immigrants, mostly from Muslim countries, like in the Netherlands it is Moroccans and in France there are Moroccans and other North Africans,” the academic told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

    He noted that it seems like the far-right political parties in Europe feel that Islam is threatening the Western values and, therefore, are proposing plans for barring new Muslims from coming to their countries while making life harder for the ones who are already there.

    Khan further predicted that Wilders is not going to win by a big margin, adding that there are a lot of political parties in the Netherlands, which would not join him in order to form a government.

    “So it seems like Wilders and his party - Freedom Party - will remain a fringe political party and they will continue to speak against Muslims, but I do not think they will be able to do something substantial in terms of either removing Muslims from the Netherlands or making their life difficult,” he said in conclusion.


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    Islamophobe Woman Who Urinated On Koran And Set It On Fire Facing Six Years In Prison

    by Richard Hartley-Parkinson - 21 Feb 2017

    A woman who filmed herself urinating on the Koran before burning it and then threatening all Muslims faces up to six years in prison.

    Sheila Szmerekova, 24, was seen in the clip standing in front of the Slovak national flag with the Muslim holy book which she insults, pees on and then sets alight.

    She posted the controversial video online but it has since been removed.

    Szmerekova, from the central Slovakian city of Ruzomberok, was arrested and taken into preventative custody.

    Szmerekova is accused of creating extremist promotional materials, defamation of a nation and race and incitement of national, racial or ethnic hatred.

    She covered her face with a piece of paper outside court and did not speak to media.

    According to spokeswoman of the general prosecutor's office Andrea Predajnova, the video was shared online in December 2016.

    A police spokeswoman described the video: 'In the video she shows a book with the title The Koran and she repeatedly said that it was the Koran.'

    'She tore out the pages and threw them on the ground. She urinated on the pages and wiped herself with some, and then she set them on fire.'

    Szmerekova also verbally attacked Muslims in the video. She said: 'I will hunt you all step by step. No matter if it is a woman, a child or a man. I will bump off anybody who gets in my way.

    'I do not care about the criminal complaints. It will not stop me. I have a message for everybody, including the police - nobody will stop me.'

    Her social media profiles were full of extremist opinions and hatred against Muslims. The young woman was told she faces up to six years in prison.

    http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/21/woman-...rison-6462451/

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    Anti-Muslim Poster Clouds Swiss Citizenship Vote

    by Ben SIMON - February 10, 2017

    People walk by electoral posters by the Committee Against Facilitated Naturalization/Citizenship reading "Uncontrolled Naturalisation? No" with the illustration of a woman wearing a niqab, in a train station in Zurich.

    The woman's shadowed eyes stare out from a black niqab with the poster's tagline urging Swiss voters to reject "uncontrolled naturalisation."

    But critics of the campaign image distributed across the country ahead of Sunday's referendum say the poster is really just a brazen appeal to those worried about more Muslims becoming Swiss.

    "That is exactly what they are trying to (do)", said Pius Walker, who heads the Zurich-based advertising agency Walker AG.

    "It is a very, very frightening thing that is going on here."

    The issue in Sunday's vote, the latest in Switzerland's direct democracy system, is whether the grandchildren of immigrants should be able to benefit from an expedited citizenship process.

    The government as well a majority of lawmakers and political parties support the proposal.

    They argue that children born in Switzerland, who have a grandparent who was also born in the country or had a residency card, should be able to skip a few steps in the arduous process of securing a Swiss passport.

    According to a migration department study, an estimated 25,000 people currently qualify as third generation immigrants, nearly 60 percent of whom are Italian.

    But in campaigning against the measure, the rightwing nationalist Swiss People's Party (SVP) has made clear that Italians were not its primary concern.

    "In one or two generations, who will these third generation foreigners be?" SVP lawmaker Jean-Luc Addor wrote in an opinion piece on the party's website.

    "They will be born of the Arab Spring, they will be from sub-Saharan Africa, the Horn of Africa, Syria or Afghanistan," he warned.

    - 'An attack on Muslims' -

    The SVP is not officially responsible for the niqab poster.

    It was commissioned by the Committee Against Facilitated Citizenship, which is backed by many senior SVP members, including Addor, the committee's co-chair.

    And SVP members are no strangers to campaigns denounced as discriminatory, notably a successful 2009 initiative to outlaw the construction of new mosque minarets.

    Campaigns demonising Muslims are expected from the SVP, but they are not "deemed acceptable" by the Swiss political mainstream, said Sophie Guignard of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern.

    For most politicians and journalists, the niqab poster amounts to "a violent attack against Muslims," Guignard told AFP.

    But that does not mean it won't work.

    The latest polls from the gfs.bern institute show 66 percent of people support easier citizenship for third-generation immigrants, with 31 percent against and three percent undecided.

    Polls from the news company Tamedia have it closer, with 55 percent in favour and 44 percent against.

    The "No" side has however gained about 10 points since polling opened.

    And an upset can't be ruled out, especially with the touchstone issue of Swiss identity and Islam at the centre of the debate.

    The niqab poster was created by the Zurich-based agency Goal AG, whose chief Alexander Segert was described by the Financial Times in December as "the advertising guru of Europe's new right."

    Segert has worked extensively for SVP members as well as the far-right Freedom Party of Austria and is seeking to expand his business to include Germany's political right, according to the FT.

    Among Segert's earlier Swiss work was the 2009 minaret ban campaign.

    He produced a poster with a series of minarets sketched to look like spears protruding from a Swiss flag as a similar niqab-clad woman stared out in the foreground.

    For Walker, whose agency has worked for leftwing causes and parties, Goal's religiously and ethnically charged ads have "basically copied a style" that goes back to the "Soviet Union and Nazi Germany."

    "It's a very simple trick," where a nation's problems are condensed into the image of a supposedly threatening outsider, he explained.

    He also expressed regret over the fact that rightwing parties seemed better at using such simple methods than the left.

    "Maybe fear is very simple to communicate and hope and pluralism is harder," Walker told AFP. "But that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done."

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/anti-musl...100959897.html

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    '10 attacks a day' against refugees, shelters in 2016


    Hate crimes last year injured more than 500 asylum seekers, including 43 children, interior ministry says.



    More than 2,500 refugees in Germany were attacked last year, according to a report by the interior ministry, raising fears over the safety of those who have fled war and persecution.


    In a statement on Sunday, the interior minister citing police figures said that Germany recorded more than 3,500 attacks in total against refugees, migrants and their shelters last year, amounting to nearly 10 acts of anti-migrant violence a day.


    The attacks left at least 560 people injured, including 43 children.


    "People who have fled their home country and seek protection in Germany have the right to expect safe shelter," the interior ministry said, according to the AFP news agency.


    In one case, a German neo-Nazi was sentenced to eight years in jail in February for burning down a sports hall set to house refugees, causing damage worth $3.7m.


    In another example that shocked the country one year ago, a crowd of onlookers cheered and applauded as an asylum shelter went up in flames in the country's former communist east.


    Ulla Jelpke, an MP for the socialist Die Linke party, blamed anti-migrant violence on proponents of the country's far-right and urged the government to take stronger action.



    "We're seeing nearly 10 [criminal] acts a day," she told the Funke Mediengruppe, a German regional newspaper group. "Do people have to die before the right-wing violence is considered a central domestic security problem and makes it to the top of the national policy agenda?"


    There were 988 attacks including arson on shelters for refugees and asylum seekers, a similar number to last year.

    In 2014, there were only 199 such cases.


    The sharp rise in hate crimes came after Germany, which hosts the largest refugee population in Europe, took 890,000 asylum seekers in 2015 at the height of Europe's refugee crisis.


    Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to welcome refugees polarised the country and fuelled support for far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.


    The number of arrivals fell sharply in 2016 to 280,000, mainly due to border closures on the Balkan overland route and an EU deal with Turkey to stem the flow.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/0...170920171.html

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    Muslim students' prayer rituals are banned by German school


    #Islamophobia


    Authorities said the school was legally allowed to stop people 'praying in a provocative manner'

    A high school in western Germany has banned Muslim pupils from using prayer mats and carrying out other Islamic rituals, saying they are “provocative” to fellow students.


    The Gymnasium Johannes Rau, in the city of Wuppertal, sent a letter to staff in February, saying Muslim students had been using prayer rugs and performing ritual washing in the restrooms, and that they should get a “friendly reminder” that this was not permitted and would be reported to the administration.

    The school asked staff to report any cases of Muslim pupils praying on the school premises
    , reported German media.

    The letter was posted on Facebook last week, eliciting an angry reaction from some social media users and sparking a debate about freedom of religion in the country.






    Several teachers and pupils had reported that they felt pressured by the behaviour of Muslim pupils, a spokeswoman for the regional administration of Wuppertal told news agency DPA on Thursday.

    “In the last few weeks, it has increasingly been observed that Muslim students are praying, quite visibly to others, indicated by ritual washing in the bathrooms, the rolling out of prayer rugs, and by the students putting their bodies in certain position. That is not permitted,” the letter reportedly said.

    'Unfortunate' wording

    Following this reaction, municipal authorities declared that the wording was “unfortunate” and that the school had only meant to bring affected students in to discuss a solution to allow their prayer, German newspaper Bild reported on Thursday.

    But the authorities said that the school was legally allowed to stop people “praying in a provocative manner,” reported German media. And the regional administration said it backed the school stance.

    “Banning provocative praying the school’s public space should promote peaceful coexistence and peace within the school,” Al Jazeera reported the school administration as saying.

    Germany has seen a rise in anti-immigration sentiment, following the influx of more than 1.1 million refugees and migrants from predominantly Muslim countries during the last two years.


    Commenting on the school's move in a Facebook post, the country's right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) reportedly called it an "interesting and sensible" measure.


    AfD made big gains in a series of recent elections, and has recently adopted an anti-Islam stance as part of its new manifesto.

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ge...als-1367820491



    Muslims praying is provoking to these people, what's next? Being seen as Muslims is going to be provoking them?!

    Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said:

    "The knots of Islām will be undone one by one, each time a knot is undone the next one will be grasped, the first to be undone will be the ruling and the last will be the prayer."


    (Musnad Aḥmed, ḥadīth no.31)

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    Dutch elections: Turkish minister claims 'holy wars will soon begin in Europe' after Geert Wilders beaten

    Minister claims there is no difference between liberal politicians and 'fascist' far-right leader


    A Turkish minister has claimed "holy wars will soon begin" in Europe, in spite of the defeat of far-right leader Geert Wilders in the Netherlands elections.


    Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, did not welcome the victory for Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).


    “Now the election is over in the Netherlands...when you look at the many parties you see there is no difference between the social democrats and fascist Wilders,” he said according to a translation by Hurriyet.



    “All have the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to collapse Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will soon begin in Europe.”


    Mr Wilders attempted to capitalise on an ongoing diplomatic row between the Netherlands and Turkey during his election campaign, leading a small protest outside the country's embassy and calling Mr Erdogan a “dictator”.


    His anti-Islam Party for Freedom came second in the Dutch election with 20 seats, compared to 33 for Mr Rutte’s VVD, and is likely to be excluded from coalition talks.


    French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron hailed the result as a victory for “progressives”, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Mr Rutte to congratulate him overnight.


    The dispute over political campaigning for a constitutional referendum in Turkey has intensified since a rally to be held by Mr Cavusoglu in Rotterdam was cancelled on Saturday.


    Dutch authorities withdrew permission for the foreign minister’s plane to land when he vowed to visit the country regardless, sparking a series of tit-for-tat sanctions.


    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prominent ministers have called the Dutch government “fascists” and “Nazis”, while EU leaders have called the allegations offensive and “detached from reality”.


    Turkish hackers spread the Nazi accusations across high profile Twitter accounts on Wednesday morning, posting pro-Erdogan messages and a link to the President speaking from accounts including Unicef USA, Amnesty International, BBC North America, Forbes and Justin Bieber’s Japanese account.


    “A little bit of an Ottoman Slap to you, see you on 16 April,” read the identical tweets, using the hashtags #NaziGermany and #NaziHolland.


    The dispute has sparked protests in Turkey and across Europe, while Turkish-backed rebels in Syria put out a video accusing the Dutch government of being swayed by the ideology of Mr Wilders’ “xenophobic and racist” Party for Freedom (PVV).


    A protester scaled the Dutch consulate in Istanbul and replaced the national flag with the Turkish banner during demonstrations on Sunday, while Turkish protesters have been photographed stabbing oranges and holding signs reading “fascist Holland”.


    Ankara also halted high-level talks with Dutch government officials on Monday and closed its airspace to the country’s diplomats, while repeating threats to scrap a deal struck with the EU last year to slow the flow of refugees to Greece.


    Nazi allegations were initially levelled at the German government by Mr Erdogan after several cities cancelled planned rallies.


    At least four German local authorities have withdrawn permission for pro-Erdogan campaign events, as well as areas of Austria and Switzerland.


    Allies of the Turkish President are targeting more than a million Turkish voters living in Europe who will be eligible to cast a ballot in the vote on 16 April.


    The referendum could see Turkey’s parliamentary system replaced with an executive presidency using constitutional amendments that have alarmed human rights groups by granting sweeping powers to Mr Erdogan.


    All rally cancellations have cited safety and administrative issues but were linked to concern over a crackdown seeing thousands of people detained in Turkey following an attempted coup in July.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7632571.html


 

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