Matteo Salvini: “The Only Extremism That is Worth of Attention is the Islamic One”

In the following video, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini answers a question about “right-wing extremism” prompted by the recent massacre in New Zealand.

Many thanks to He Ha for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Bringing the Jihad Back Home

The two videos below discuss the surge of predatory and violent crime that has hit Sweden since the mujahideen of the Islamic State started returning “home”.

Many thanks to Kronans Martell for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

The first video is a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the ISIS recidivists who are returning to Sweden from Syria:

The second video has more on the cultural enrichment that ISIS returnees are bringing to Sweden, plus a report on a culture-enriching crime in Katrineholm:

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The Recidivists of the Islamic State

A recent study by Swedish TV shows that a third of “Swedish” Islamic State fighters who returned “home” have engaged in criminal activities upon their repatriation. I, for one, am totally shocked that ISIS mujahideen would ever commit violent crimes — such an outcome simply never occurred to me.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Fria Tider:

One out of three ISIS returnees commits crimes in Sweden

March 14, 2019

Approximately every third returning Islamic State terrorist has been involved in a crime since returning to Sweden, an investigation done by SVT [Sveriges Television, public broadcaster] News shows.

About 150 ISIS terrorists who traveled to Syria and Iraq have returned to Sweden and similar additional number may try to return.

SVT has succeeded in charting 41 of those who have already returned.

About one third of these, 13 men, have been convicted of or are suspected of committing crimes after returning.

These include among others lynchings (murders) in Vivalla and Orebro last summer, when a large group of immigrants attacked a man and a when 31-year-old so-called “returnee” finally killed the person with scissors.

The 31-year-old is believed to have returned wounded from Syria.

He is now suspected of murder and has admitted that he hit the victim in the head, but not to kill him. The returning ISIS terrorist is believed to have slashed the victim seven times in the face. The background was a deal between rival criminals.

“I have saved people. I should get an award,” the 31-year-old said under questioning, according to Expressen. ISIS returnees have also been convicted of, among other things, drug offenses, thefts, receiving stolen goods, fraud, felony extortion, felony assault and money laundering.

Twelve of the returnees studied are women, but none of them have been convicted of anything.

“I Fought Back”

The article below by Michael Copeland was originally posted in 2014 at the LibertyGB website. It is being republished here in honor of the 15th anniversary of the murder of Kriss Donald.

“I Fought Back”

by Michael Copeland

One evening in August 2010 a fourteen-year-old schoolboy in Glasgow was walking home after playing with friends. In his own words:

“I turned a corner and these three Asian guys were standing just outside their car smoking. …They came at me with metal poles and shouted, ‘See you, you wee p***k! You’re going to be the next Kriss Donald! We’re going to murder you!’ …They punched me in the face about six times and I fell to the ground before they hit me over the head with the poles and spat at me. …Then they tried to drag me into their car… I’m quite a big lad for my age and I fought back with all my strength, and I struggled free and ran for my life. …They got back in the car and raced off but I managed to get some of their registration number… It all happened so quickly and I still can’t believe it. I’d never seen these guys before so I don’t know why they targeted me.” (DailyRecord.co.uk 6-8-2010).

That incident could have become much uglier. Kriss Donald, a fifteen-year-old also from Glasgow, had been abducted from the street in 2004 by several men of Pakistani background — complete strangers to him — and bundled into their car. He was driven around for some hours, the men torturing him in the back of the car. Eventually they drove to some waste ground in Glasgow. He was subjected to multiple stabbings, had petrol poured over him and was set on fire. He managed to crawl a few feet before succumbing to his injuries and later dying. He had been castrated and had had his eyes gouged out. His killers were later traced to Pakistan. With the noble help of a local Asian M.P. (for which he was much criticised by local muslims) they were brought to Scotland, tried, and imprisoned.

Why did they kill? Why at random? They are muslim. Are there Islamic teachings that influenced them?

“As a muslim,” explains Anjem Choudary, “I must have hatred for everything which is non Islam”. Islam indoctrinates hatred and contempt for non-muslims. They are labelled with a special pejorative term — kafir (Arabic plural kuffar): “We hate the kuffar,” stressed Usamah Ath Thahabi (Channel 4 Undercover Mosque, 2009). The Koran, which forms part of Islamic law, gives the instructions. Kafirs are “unclean” (9:28), “the vilest of beasts” (8:22), on a level with faeces, urine, corpses, blood, semen, pig and dog (islam-laws.com). Jews and Christians follow “remnant cults” of no validity (Manual of Islamic Law, w.4), and are as “apes and pigs” (5:60), “the most despicable” (98:6). Women are instructed not to shake hands with a kafir.

Muslims inhabit “Dar al Islam”, the House of Islam. Kafirs, on the other hand, inhabit “Dar al Harb”, the House of War: Islam is in a permanent state of war with kafirs. “Kill them… Fight them,” says the Koran, over and over again (www.TheReligionOfPeace.com). The Koran claims that the Jews did “alter the Scripture” (3:78), and the Christians “forgot a portion… so We caused among them animosity and hatred.” (5:14) Both have thus “chosen” not to follow the true path (Arabic “sharia”, path) and are therefore not innocent. If he does not embrace Islam the kafir is available to be killed, his property appropriated, his womenfolk and children enslaved (Koran 9:29; Bukhari 1: 2: 25).

Islam’s texts are not optional: there is no pick and choose, no freedom of conscience: “When a matter has been decided by Allah and his messenger the muslim man or woman has no choice,” says Koran 33:36. “None may change his words” (18:27) or deny them: the penalty is death, as it is for leaving Islam (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7(7)). “Whoever ceases to be a member of Islam, kill him,” said Mohammed (Bukhari 9.84.57). The Koran is promoted as “valid from eternity to eternity”, explains Sam Solomon, a former professor of Sharia Law. Islam — the word means “submission” — is a doctrine of supremacism by force.

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Converting a Lutheran Daycare Center Into a Madrassa

The only thing I can say about this disheartening story from Germany is to quote Scripture:

And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. (Mark 9:42)

Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from Politically Incorrect:

Shariah for the youngest: Pastor fetches imam for evangelical daycare

Coming up this April, right on schedule with Ramadan, the Evangelical daycare Steubenstrasse in Düsseldorf begins a large-scale Islamic indoctrination of Christian children. The idea for this experiment on the youngest of the young, and therefore most pliable in our society, wasn’t conceived by rabid Muslim parents, but by the evangelical pastor Hartmut Wölk, the supervisor of this diaconal institution.

Everything shall change now. The young Christians shall get to know Islam and presumably learn to love it all the way into their voluntary submission and conversion. That this may happen is the duty from now on of Agata Hanifa Skalska, a hijab-wearing “religion pedagogue”, and Imam Asmer Ujkanovic. The 41 children ages three to six years old, of which only about half are Muslim, will for example have to learn what Ramadan means, and also what the disgusting rituals of the bloodbathers during the Islamic eid-al-adha. Furthermore, of course, the wearing of the Islamic hijab will be thematized.

Of course Pastor Wölk didn’t call this project into existence all on his own. He received advice and direction for himself from the KDDM (District of Düsseldorf Muslims). Among other things, it is planned to celebrate the birthday of the prophet and the Islamic new year in the summer, and of course also to say prayers together. That, Wölk says, is important in order to create tolerance.

The day care leader, Isabell Fassbender, immediately fell into wild actionism and plans to acquire a Koran, prayer mats, and Islamic prayer chains. Colorful children’s books about the murder- and mayhem-cult are already in stock. Diaconia pastor Thorsten Nolting is even more serious: he muses about a future in which a Muslim educator is employed who could become an Islamic role model for the Christian children.

Therefore, no later than when the time for school enrollment comes around, it should be an accomplished fact that all freshly-brainwashed six-year-old girls would want to wear a hijab instead a cute little pink hair pin, and all boys will wish for themselves nothing more than their own prayer rug for at home.

Parents were informed at a PTA meeting. Most reacted positively. As for the “critical voices”, Isabell Fassbender said that they would be respected and it would be attempted to minimize “possible fears” through education.

In Germany, this means that those parents are considered to have a psychological problem, a so-called anxiety disorder, namely Islamophobia. And this disorder shall be exorcised via conversation. About like this: Islam is peace, shariah is a great concept, and Mohammed only abused Aisha because he protected her, etc. etc.

Imam Asmer Ujkanovic is well-practiced because these are the kinds of taqiyya stories he has ready to hand for the inmates of the JVA-Düsseldorf (Correctional facility Düsseldorf). To them he speaks to as an Islamic chaplain. He tells them that “staged and incomprehensible massacres” have nothing to do with Islam. “Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance,” says Ujkanovic.

Apparently not all parents fall for this, because since these plans were made public, the Islamophilic Pastor has been getting mean emails, among which he is dubbed the “antichrist” and as an “apostate”, as RP online reports. Pastor Wölk’s own Christian believes aren’t doing too well. A good shepherd protects his flock instead of leading it into the wolves’ den.

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Left-Wing and Muslim Jew-Hatred in the Netherlands

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating these two articles on the increase in Jew-hatred in the Netherlands that emanates from the Left and (surprise!) Islam.

The first is from De Dagelijkse Standaard:

Alarming: Anti-Semitism in the Netherlands has increased by 20% in the past year — partially thanks to the extreme Left

[Photo: Abou Jahjah with a Palestinian shawl in Amsterdam]

Becoming a good country is something we have done together. Anti-Semitism, which has never been absent, took a gigantic leap last year. Jews clearly see that they are less and less safe in this country, and especially in their immediate surroundings. The new Monitor of Anti-Semitic Incidents of the CIDI (Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Israel in The Hague) speaks frightful volumes.

Things are going bad for Judaism in the Netherlands. The tiny community that remains after the Second World War is being systematically driven away. That is the only conclusion you could draw if you read the CIDI Monitor of Anti-Semitic Incidents 2018, published today.

Last year the anti-Semitism group registered the highest number of anti-Semitism reports since 2014. And in the “immediate surroundings” category, it is the highest number ever recorded. In this, the CIDI gave the horrible example of a Jewish student who even had to change his class because his old class kept harassing him because of his Jewish background.

“For example, CIDI registered a report from a Jewish student who gets comments in the classroom and group activities such as “All Jews must die” and “Go back to the gas chambers.” The school only took action after much insistence, and the bullying only decreased when the student (at his own request) was transferred to another class.”

Much anti-Semitism was also politically motivated. Under the so-called “alt-right”, a hostile attitude towards Jews was observed, but also on the Left is anti-Semitism on the rise. We think of people such as Anja Meulenbelt and Jazie Veldhuyzen (from Sylvana’s BIJI party), but for example also the sometimes even Islamist gentlemen from DENK. The Monitor writes about this:

Not only among the extreme Right are there anti-Semitic sentiments.

Many common clichés are, for example, the “Jewish capitalist”, or simply “stock market Jew”. These supposedly control the political elite in society through the possession of gold or disproportionate power in banking.

Conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds, a banking dynasty of Jewish descent, often respond to this. The stereotypes are used as legitimization for turning the common people against the established order. With the emergence of the decolonization movement, these clichés were changed so that Jews were increasingly identified with imperialists.

The political Left often values equality, emancipation and anti-discrimination. However, sometimes the extreme Left sees inequality mainly in terms of color and social class. Because the dominant image of Jews is often that they are white and prosperous, they are, within the extreme-Left way of thinking, often portrayed as oppressors. This way of thinking can lead to anti-Semitic discourse, surely in combination with the often used implicit assumption that the Left is automatically anti-racist and thus cannot be anti-Semitic.

I hope that the next year will be a better year for Dutch Jews than the one before was. But as melancholy as it is, I have a very hard head…

The second article, also from De Dagelijkse Standaard, was published last December:

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By Your Actions So Shall You Survive

As we approach the dénouement (whatever it might turn out to be) of the Brexit fiasco, Seneca III offers his thoughts on predators, prey, and scavengers in Modern Multicultural Europe.

By Your Actions So Shall You Survive

By Seneca III

The predation by one group, species, or culture upon the territory and resources of another is as old as life itself. Human history is littered with examples, as is the animal kingdom.

Here and now the primary threat is, and has been for fourteen centuries, Islam. Yet it is axiomatic that it cannot succeed in taking over the UK, the USA and the Eurosphere as a whole and ethnically cleansing or enslaving us if we man-up, discard all this dissembling ‘multiculturalism’, ‘integration’, ‘altruism’, ‘human rights’ and ‘globalism’ garbage and learn hard lessons from our own and Europe’s past.

Essentially, there is only one way to deal with the Demented Slaves of Allah, and if we can’t be bothered to learn from our own histories then perhaps we could do so from Canis lupus. But be warned: the short video embedded below is not a safe space for snowflakes and their ilk — it is the real world, a world red in tooth and claw, not a tepid, pastel-coloured one that they yearn for in an elusive Elysium, an effete dream world in which, if it came about, they would be the first to die, no doubt screaming “But that’s not fair!”

It (the video) demonstrates a real-world solution that we could emulate to solve the Muslim problem, replacing the four-legged participants with two legged ones. Note what the world should hold for the likes of Shamima Begum and her fellow lovers of butchery in the name of Allah, and hopefully also for that of the to be unmissed and unlamented future little jihadis as is suggested at the end:

N.B. The Coyote, Canis latrans, is a predatory, scavenging species able to adapt to and expand into environments beneficially modified by humans. It is enlarging its range all the time, moving into urban areas and establishing territories in increasing numbers. So similar, that, to Islam’s modus operandi.

— Seneca III, on this 13th day of March 2019 as we close in on the Ides.

For links to previous essays by Seneca III, see the Seneca III Archives.

Thank You, Schengen Rules — The Third Rapist Escapes Abroad

As a follow-up to last month’s post about a girl who was gang-raped by culture-enrichers in Barcelona, the article below discusses one of the suspected perps, who was released from custody and has now fled the country.

Many thanks to Pampasnasturtium for translating this piece from El Nacional:

The alleged third rapist of Sabadell, Khalid Oukhlifa, escapes abroad

Barcelona
March 5, 2019

Regional police agents [‘Mossos d’Esquadra’] continue actively searching for Khalid Oukhlifa, one of the men arrested at the beginning of February for his connection to the rape of a girl in an industrial warehouse in Sabadell.

He, as well as the rest of the men arrested by town and regional police agents were brought before a judge and then released under precautionary measures. Only two of those arrested were jailed; they were the ones for whom the judge was able to find more evidence of their direct involvement as perpetrators of the gang rape of the 18 year-old girl. But the third rapist remains to be identified.

Khalid Oukhlifa, the alleged third rapist of Sabadell

Among the men he set free under precautionary measures, nevertheless, the judge is convinced that the third perpetrator of the sexual assault of Sabadell is included, although he could not gather enough evidence and had to order their release pending more evidence. And this missing third man is Khalid Oukhlifa, as explained to ElCaso.com by police sources.

He was required to show up periodically in court in Sabadell on the judge’s orders, and a week ago, when required to report, he didn’t show up. The judge issued a warrant for his arrest, and now regional police are looking for him ‘actively’.

The police, when they received the order from the judge, tried to locate him where they believed he might be, but were not able to find him anymore; the other arrested men were there, but not Khalid Oukhlifa, who has now become one of the men most sought-after by the police.

His photo has been shared at the start-of-shift meetings in most of the police stations of the Barcelona metropolitan area. Anyway, and according to what ElCaso.com has been able to discover, detectives believe that Oukhlifa has escaped from Catalonia and that he is no longer in Spain. As of today, there is no international order for his arrest, and it would be up to the judge in charge, Marcos Melendi López — who is up to date on the latest findings of the regional police — to activate it.

The man, of Moroccan nationality, was squatting in a warehouse in Sabadell, with no known income or occupation, a fact that leads the police to think that an escape abroad is possible.

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Robert Ménard on the Yellow Vest Protests

Robert Ménard is the mayor of Béziers in the south of France. He was elected with the support of Front National (now Rassemblement National, National Rally). In the following interview with Sputnik, Mr. Ménard discusses the Yellow Vest movement and the issue of mass immigration into France.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Allahu Akhbar at the Liebfrauenkirche

Cynthia loved Ahmed. She was devoted to him. She wore hijab for his sake.

Unfortunately for Ahmed, his application for asylum in Germany was turned down. When he was finally arrested and about to be deported, he asked Cynthia to come with him to Tunisia. When she refused, things turned ugly. Cynthia was later found stabbed to death.

The following video reports on what happened at the church where Cynthia’s memorial service was to be held. Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an article about Cynthia from Bild (subscription required), also translated by Nash:

Cynthia wore hijab for her killer

[Photo #1 (at the top of this post): Without makeup, but with hijab: Cynthia looks into the camera with a slightly uncomfortable look. Ahmed apparently wanted to take his girlfriend back to Tunisia.]

Worms — Her death leaves you speechless! More than 500 people participated at the funeral march on the weekend with flowers and candles for the 21-year-old Cynthia R. She had been murdered by her boyfriend Ahmed T. (22) last week.

WHY?

[Photo #2 (not shown): In front of her house, pastor George Ambadan lights a candle]

[Photo #3 (not shown): A selfie from happier times: Cynthia and Ahmed only got together at the end of last year]

Friends of the family talk about the relationship between Ahmed and Cynthia. “She wore hijab for Ahmed,” says a friend of Cynthia’s father to BILD, “and she learned to speak Arabic out of love for him.”

When the two began their relationship four months ago, Ahmed T. already knew that he was going to be deported. His asylum seeker application had been denied long ago.

So he tried to convince his new girlfriend to go with him to Tunisia. But friends of the family say that went too far for Cynthia R.

[Photo #4 (not shown): Ahmed under arrest: After his arrest, the killer was brought to the prison with shackles on hands and feet. He’s been behind bars for five days now.]

Could this be the reason he murdered her? Because she didn’t want to move to Tunisia with him? Last Monday an arrest warrant was issued for her boyfriend in order that he might finally be deported. Less than 48 hours later the situation between the two escalated.

Ahmed had registered himself under three different identities and had therefore cashed in three times the spending money in Germany. He stabbed the young woman by ramming a kitchen knife through her neck, her lungs, her hands and her back more than ten times.

[Photo #5 (not shown): Cynthia with pit bull: Cynthia loved animals; she had two dogs. Here she poses with one of the puppies.]

[Photo #6 (not shown): Her cousin: Patrick Schopp (34) is devastated by the loss of his cousin.]

“She meant so much to me and I miss her a lot,” says her cousin Patrick Schopp (34, scaffold builder) to BILD. “I will keep her in my memory as this fun-loving person who never had anything bad to say about anyone and who was very helpful with everyone.”

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Allahu Akhbar at the Allah Snack Bar

I don’t think there’s any serious doubt that cultural enrichment was involved in this little escapade of explosive arson, given that it occurred in the Neukölln district of Berlin — perhaps the most culturally enriched neighborhood in Germany — and an “Arab snack bar” was the target.

Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from the Berliner Kurier.

Explosion in Neukölln — Police suspect arson

Berlin-Neukölln — Explosion in a Neukölln apartment building on Monday morning. The police suspect arson.

Towards 3:30 AM a loud boom at the apartment building on the Neukölln Sonnenallee, at the corner of Pannierstrasse. Glass splinters from a window rained down onto the sidewalk. The explosion happened in the basement under an Arab snack bar.

By the time the fire rescue arrived, thick smoke was welling out of the snack bar and the basement windows. Eight residents of the apartment building brought themselves to safety by hurrying outside.

[Photo caption (not shown): fire rescue team bring their injured colleague to safety]

Before the fire rescue even arrived, police had already gone into the building to bring residents, among them children, to safety.

One policeman had to be guided to safety by the fire rescue using a smoke mask when the smoke in the stairway became impenetrable.

A 92-year-old resident also had to be rescued using a mask. “A medical doctor examined her,” says the fire rescue spokesperson.

Arab snack bar had just recently opened

The fire department had 40 men on location. One fireman was injured during firefighting operations and was brought to the hospital. He had dislocated his shoulder while working in the dark, smoky cellar. Another fireman suffered contusions.

While the firefighting operation was ongoing, residents of the house waited in a parked fire rescue bus. By around 5:20am the fire was under control. The Sonnenallee had been closed during the operation.

According a police spokeswoman, the fire commissioner’s office will investigate for first-degree arson. The background of the explosion is still unclear. Fire investigators were still collecting evidence in the afternoon. The Arab snack bar had only just recently opened its doors on March 1.

Culture-Enriching Junkies Steal to Feed Their Habit

Culture-enrichers in the West are often drug-dealers, but the one featured in this story from Barcelona is an addict who steals to feed his habit.

Many thanks to Pampasnasturtium for translating this article from the Catalan news site El Nacional:

Stealing to take drugs in downtown Barcelona: Six t-shirts for five euros worth of heroin

by Guillem RS
March 9, 2019

Stealing to take drugs. There’s nothing else. The purpose for the booty of some of the thieves that operate in downtown Barcelona, which has turned into the ground zero of insecurity in the capital of Catalonia, is to exchange it for drugs in the ‘narco-flats’ of the Raval neighborhood*. It depends solely on the money.

A man known to the town’s police force [‘Guardia Urbana’] suddenly appears on the Rambla promenade. Two agents in civilian attire of the Urban Criminality Group [GDU: ‘Grupo de Delincuencia Urbana’] start following him. He’s a thief who usually operates in shops but right now it is nighttime, no shops remain open, and the thief still walks around. He’s changed targets: today he is onto handbags.

The two police agents follow him. He goes up and down the promenade, up and down, crossing from one sidewalk to the other, almost not looking to see whether cars come or go. He enters the NBA Cafe Barcelona —the former, now restored, ‘Ático’ restaurant — and comes out again. Walks a bit and goes back in again. Strolls, comes across a friend of his, they enter the restaurant and come out of it quickly. Under his arm the man known to the police carries six red t-shirts he has stolen.

The two policemen, who had been following him all along, stop him and retrieve the t-shirts and file a report on the two of them for theft. After being identified, and with no t-shirts, they go back via the route they came. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last time, they will get caught. They need to steal to go to the narco-flat to buy drugs.

That’s the way he explains it himself to Elcaso.com. He’s 37 years old, came from Morocco many years ago, and spent eleven of those jailed in Brians 2 prison. He stole and also resold drugs to tourists and he got caught. It’s less than six months since he’s been out on the streets, and he’s already been arrested more than a half-dozen times.

Six t-shirts, five euros worth of heroin

Out of the six t-shirts he’s stolen, he explains that he expects to obtain some five euros worth of heroin at the narco-flat. Most of them take stuff, stolen or not, in exchange for drugs. But if one of the places you take the goods to is not interested in them, there’s no problem, there are more narco-flats that work as barter-markets.

He’ll have to steal something again; he doesn’t dissemble. He starts to notice signs of withdrawal kicking in, and he’ll need drugs soon. To pay for it he’ll have to steal and have better luck than this time, when the town police caught him.

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Nafri Gone Wild at the Milan Train Station

The following news story concerns an incident of enricher-on-enricher violence that occurred on Friday at the central train station in Milan. The Italian authorities immediately dismissed any possibility of terrorism, perhaps because both of the victims were Africans. However, the two men that were stabbed may be non-Muslim culture-enrichers — Ivory Coast has a Muslim population of about 39%. Gambia, on the other hand, is about 90% Muslim, so the Gambian victim could well be a Mohammedan.

Many thanks to He Ha for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is a brief article about the attack from ANSA:

Two People Stabbed at Milan Train Station

Libyan national arrested, Ivorian and Gambian injured

(ANSA) — Milan, March 8 — A 33-year-old Libyan national was arrested by Carabinieri police on Friday after allegedly stabbing and injuring two passers-by at Milan’s central station, sources said.

The injured people are a 31-year-old Ivorian and a 20-year-old Gambian. The attack is not thought to be terrorism-related, the sources said.

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Running While Veiled

Earlier this week the French sportswear company Décathlon caused an uproar by announcing its release of a garment designed for the use of female Muslim runners. Dubbed the “running hijab”, the suit resembles a “burkini”, the full-body bathing suit worn by some Muslimas. The blowback for Décathlon was so intense that it withdrew its new product before it went on sale.

Zineb el-Rhazoui is a French writer and a former staff member of Charlie Hebdo She was born in Morocco and apostatized from Islam in her youth. At the time of the jihad attack in 2015 she was visiting Morocco, and thus escaped death.

In the following video Ms. El-Rhazoui takes part in a panel discussion about the running hijab on French TV. Her principal interlocutor is Aurélien Taché, a member of the National Assembly for President Macron’s party.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below are excerpts from a report on the Décathlon controversy by the BBC:

Decathlon cancels sports hijab sale in France

French sportswear retailer Decathlon has scrapped plans to sell a hijab for women runners in France following a public outcry.

The firm said it had decided to suspend the product following “a wave of insults” and “unprecedented threats”.

French politicians said the “running hijab” contradicted the country’s secular values, and some lawmakers suggested a boycott of the brand.

Decathlon initially stood by the hijab, which is already for sale in Morocco.

The issues of how Muslim women dress in public has often stoked controversy in France.

“We are making the decision… to not market this product in France at this time,” Decathlon spokesman Xavier Rivoire told RTL radio on Tuesday.

He had earlier told AFP news agency that the initial decision was to “make sport accessible for all women in the world”.

The plain, lightweight headscarf, which covers the hair and not the face, was to go on sale in 49 countries from March.

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The French-owned company said it had received 500 calls and emails to complain about its “running hijab”, with some of its staff in stores being insulted, and even physically threatened.

Health Minister Agnès Buzyn told RTL that although such a product is not prohibited in France, “it’s a vision of women that I don’t share. I would prefer if a French brand did not promote the headscarf”.

The spokeswoman for President Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche party Aurore Bergé also weighed in on the issue on Twitter, suggesting a boycott.

“My choice as a woman and citizen will be to no longer put my trust in a brand that breaks away from our values,” she said.

Replying to Ms Bergé on Twitter, Decathlon said: “Our goal is simple: to offer [women who run with an often unsuitable hijab] an adapted sport product, without judgement.”

Later, the sporting goods giant said it wanted to restore peace after the “violent” reaction “went beyond our desire to meet the needs of our customers”.

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