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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In Two Countries Where They Turn Back Time

Our expatriate English correspondent Peter has published a memoir entitled In Two Countries Where They Turn Back Time. Below is the author’s summary of the book.

In Two Countries Where They Turn Back Time

by Peter

Sometime at the end of the 1980s, I decided to give up work and go travelling. There was a whole world out there and I had seen very little of it. Unfortunately, the offer of voluntary early retirement did not come until 1994, and when it did, I grabbed it with both hands. Up until then I had not gone further from home than Eastern Turkey, North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. I had spent my entire working life with my nose firmly pressed to the grindstone, a very unhealthy situation which can cause those who behave in such a manner to end up with no nose.

The narrative of this book covers a period roughly between 1991 and 1994. It includes journeys I made immediately after I retired, but the trips themselves only serve as a backdrop to other, more important, stories that needed to be told. For instance, the section on Hungary is really about labour relations in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s and the failure of the various politicians in office at the time to take control of a deteriorating situation. This opened the way for the hard-line policies of Margaret Thatcher from 1978 onwards. I was an active trade unionist beginning in the mid-1960s, and lived through it while it was happening around me. It was the time of the Cold War, and there was communist-inspired disruption around the world as communists, their sympathisers and fellow travellers created mayhem all over Europe, Asia and the USA. Regular readers of Gates of Vienna and Vlad Tepes will recognise parts of an essay I wrote in 2017 that was based on similar information.

Some far leftists believed that they could take over the UK by systematic strike-mongering. One particular person — a certain Thomas Gerard (Gerry) Healy— was convinced that his Socialist Labour League could achieve this. To make matters worse, there was a provable conspiracy within the British establishment to overthrow Harold Wilson’s Labour Government in the 1960s and replace it with a cross-party coalition with Lord Louis Mountbatten at its head. The enterprise finally collapsed when Lord Louis refused to have anything to do with it.

My first visit to Bulgaria was accidental, but it left a lasting impression. When I read subsequently about the communist takeover of that country after World War II, I realised just how brutal and ruthless communism and those who sought to impose it were. There was a veritable orgy of lies, deceit, purges, plots, conspiracies, show trials and mass murder indulged in by the communists to gain control of the state and only a few brave men attempted to thwart them. One of these was Nicola Petkov, who tried his level best to prevent the takeover but eventually paid for it with his life. However, right from the very beginning those opposing the communists had little chance of success, especially with the Red Army already in occupation.

The communists played a long and cynical game in their disposal of Petkov. They were unable to act until the formal peace treaty had been ratified by the United States, and an allied presence had to be maintained in the country until this had taken place. However, in the first week of June 1947, they were able to make their move. On 4th June, the United States Senate ratified the peace treaty, and the day after Petkov was arrested on a range of trumped-up charges. The main charges were conspiracy to overthrow the government, undermining military morale and discipline, and organising terrorist activity. There were many other charges in the 9,000-word indictment, but none of them had any substance. Petkov was merely an obstacle to communist control of the state, and needed to be removed.

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“It’s Just Racist, You Can’t Say Such Things Anyway!”

A few days ago H. Numan wrote about the latest scandal in the Netherlands, in which a teacher was suspended because Muslim students (who make up the bulk of the student body) complained about him. And what did he do to offend them? Well, it was the same thing that Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff did: He referred to Mohammed as a pedophile. The administration suspended him without even conducting an investigation, just on the say-so of the Mohammedan students.

The following video from PowNed TV (an adjunct of the state broadcaster) features a visit by an alderman and a reporter to that culturally enriched school in Hoofddorp. The two men attempt to interview the headmaster, who adamantly refuses to cooperate. However, they are able to talk to some of the young enrichers.

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

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Christianophobia and Islamophilia Among Catalonian Marxists

The two articles below discuss the anti-Christian and pro-Islamic activities of a Catalonian Marxist youth organization called Arran. The group targets Christian churches with vandalism and graffiti, but objects to those who treat mosques in a similar manner.

Many thanks to Pampasnasturtium for the translations. The first article is recent; the second, from 2017, is added to provide background on Arran’s activities.

First, from El Nacional:

Arran hangs a banner under Our Lady of Montserrat to denounce sexual abuses by the Church

Photo: Arran Juventut

Barcelona, February 10 2019

Arran, the youth organization of the Catalan pro-independence Left[1], has hung a banner at the feet of Our Lady of Montserrat[2] to denounce ‘the avalanche of sexual abuse cases within the Catholic Church’.

On the sign can be seen the faces of Montserrat’s abbot, Josep Maria Soler, Girona’s bishop, Francesc Pardo, and Tarragona’s archbishop, Jaume Pujol, and it reads: “May your God forgive you. The Church is abuse, ‘machismo’ (male supremacy) and regime’.[3]

Arran has uploaded a video on social networks where they can be seen hanging the banner on the choir of Montserrat abbey and it’s explained there that this action ‘wants to point the finger at those guilty of sexual abuses in the Church’.

[Twitter embed]

Via a public statement released this Sunday, the youth organization of the pro-independence Left has denounced ‘the sexual abuses and their cover-up afterwards, the role of the Church as a fundamental pillar of the patriarchal system, with misogynistic and male-supremacist discourses, and the Catholic Church as an indispensable piece for the machinery of the “régimen del 78” and the perpetuation of it’.

The second article is from Actuall:

After attacking Catholic and Evangelical churches, the hard Left comes out in support of a mosque

Catalan separatists of the CUP, Candidatura d’Unitat Popular, and one of the groups that form that party, youth organization Arran, have demonstrated their double standards when the time comes to relate to believers.

Author: elentir
August 24, 2017

Caption: Arran and CUP protest Islamophobia and encourage Christianophobia.

This Sunday CUP denounced insulting graffiti painted on a mosque in Sant Celoni (Barcelona) with the text ‘f***ing dead Moors’, announcing that in 12 hours the wall would be repainted, and ending with the slogan ‘love against barbarism’.

[Twitter embed: ‘Indisputable condemnation of the racist graffiti today on c. Dr Barri mosque. Tomorrow at 12 noon they’ll be painted over, love against barbarism.’]

As indicated by Fernando Díaz Villanueva, on Monday CUP was showing two pictures of members of its organization helping paint over the graffiti on the mosque, stating: ‘We condemn any display of fascism’.

[Twitter embed: ‘All together we repainted the mosque’s wall. We condemn any display of fascism. #NoPassaran’]

The attack on the mosque is without doubt immoral, but the CUP’s attitude can only be described as a colossal display of hypocrisy. And that’s because one of the groups that form CUP is Arran, a hard-Left pro-independence youth org that has taken part in violent acts of vandalism in different places.

As a sample of that, in November 2013 Arran attacked Sant Ot’s Catholic church in Barcelona, covering in purple paint its front and leaving a graffiti signed by the group, which even boasted about the attack on its website, displaying a video of the cowardly assault, carried out in the middle of the night.

Caption: Photo published by Arran of its attack on Sant Ot’s Catholic church in Barcelona, in November 2013.

A few months later, in March of 2014, Arran attacked an Evangelical church in Torredembarra (Tarragona), throwing purple paint bombs against the first two floors of the front of the building, for the simple reason that Evangelical churches defend the right to life from conception, while Arran argues that killing babies that are still unborn is a ‘right’. Once more, far from hiding, Arran defended the attack on its website.

Caption: The Christian Biblical Baptist Church of Torredembarra (Tarragona),after the attack by Arran against this Evangelical temple. (Photo: Protestante Digital)

In November 2015 the far-left organization once again proudly displayed its Christianophobia, painting a graffito signed by Arran in Premiá del Mar (Barcelona) with the text ‘The only church that lights up is the one that burns’, written in Catalan (picture which can be seen at the top of this post). Once more, on its local Facebook page Arran claimed for itself the authorship of the Christianophobic graffiti, and even justified it when faced with the huge amount of criticism it received.

Caption: Arran graffiti on Manresa’s collegiate church, a Gothic temple declared a historical monument. (Picture: NacioDigital.cat)

In September 2016 the hard-leftist org tried again, this time attacking the Basilica of Santa María de la Aurora’s College in Manresa (Barcelona) with pro-abortion graffiti, not caring in the least that it’s a Gothic building and declared a historical monument, an artistic treasure that merits special protection.

That these Christianophobes come out now protesting Islamophobia and brag about being defenders of ‘love’ is the last straw. An organization that openly defends criminal attacks as described above against Christians of multiple persuasions and even crimes against public property should be made illegal on the spot.

Notes:

1.   Arran is defined as a Marxist youth organization that “is committed to political and economic independence and reunification of the Catalan Countries, the attainment of socialism and overcoming patriarchy from a feminist perspective.” The group also promotes other issues such as environmentalism, decent housing and work, anti-fascism, anti-racism, internationalist solidarity and the defense of public and people’s education.
2.   “La Moreneta”: Our Lady of Montserrat, Patron Saint of Catalonia together with Saint George.
3.   Regime means here the status quo of Spanish political parties that was established after 1978, once the dictator Franco was dead and he had designated the King as guarantor of political transition and national unity.
 

Learning to Love Big Brother

If you want to retain your posting privileges on Facebook, you’d better not link to any videos by Tommy Robinson. And don’t post any photos of him. Make sure you don’t like anything by him. And don’t even mention his name, except to tell all your “friends” that he’s a horrible racist and fascist and you hope he gets his face gnawed away by tapirs.

Matt Bracken didn’t follow that advice, and look what happened to him:

Here’s what Matt says about this latest installment of his Facebook ordeal:

On February 27, I posted the YouTube link to Tommy Robinson’s powerful new documentary “Panodrama” on Facebook. (If you have not seen it yet, I cannot recommend it highly enough.) Shortly after the video’s release, Tommy Robinson’s account was deleted by Facebook and Instagram. Tommy had already been banned from Twitter for his earlier thought crimes.

Taking their PC restrictions a major step further, Facebook is now banning or suspending anyone who posts supportive links or messages about banned thought-criminals.

In my case, this means I am now on my eighth 30-day suspension from Facebook in the past year and a half. I was already permanently banned from Twitter for posting an anti-burka meme that did not even mention any religion.

Matthew Bracken was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957, and attended the University of Virginia, where he received a BA in Russian Studies and was commissioned as a naval officer in 1979. Later in that year he graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, and in 1983 he led a Naval Special Warfare detachment to Beirut, Lebanon. Since then he’s been a welder, boat builder, charter captain, ocean sailor, essayist and novelist. He lives in Florida. Links to his short stories and essays may be found at EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com. For his previous essays, see the Matthew Bracken Archives.

Ginger Dutch Mujahid Killed in Syria

When I post news reports about European mujahideen who travel to the Middle East to join the jihad, I often refer to their nationality in scare quotes, because they are as much Germans or Dutchmen as I am a Hottentot. However, in this case no quote marks are warranted — the late mujahid Thijs Belmonte really was Dutch. He converted to Islam in 2005 and pursued his religious vocation by beheading infidels in Syria.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translation this article from De Telegraaf:

Red-haired Terrorist Thijs Belmonte killed on battlefield

Damascus: Red-haired jihad terrorist is killed on the Iraq-Syria battlefield

The traveler was once seen in a public beheading video

The Rotterdammer Belmonte was one of around 300 Dutch travelers and a prominent ISIS fighter according to the NRC, which writes that the report of his death has been confirmed.

Passport burned

Belmonte is one of the more well-known travelers to Syria. He journeyed to the battlefield in 2013 at the age of 24. The Rotterdamer converted to Islam in 2005. Belmonte obtained military training and was impressive in battle. He advised the Islamic State on who from the Netherlands could be trusted and who could not. On Facebook, Thijs burned his Dutch passport. Return home? Never!

National Terror List

The Public Ministry summoned Belmonte to stand trial for participating in a terrorist organization. He was on the national terrorist list.

Thijs’ family, according to the NRC, declines to comment. Earlier Thijs’ father confirmed that his son was in Syria.

Thijs Belmonte made the news in 2013 when a photo of him appeared. In it, he posed in chair with camouflage clothing and an AK-47 machine gun. The Rotterdammer was believed to be living in Aleppo. Belmonte spoke fluent Arabic and could partially recite the Koran.

His heavily pregnant wife later joined him in Syria. In the war zone, he answered to the name of Anwar.

Marine Le Pen on Muslim Jew-Hatred in France

In the following video, Marine Le Pen, the leader of Rassemblement National (National Rally, formerly Front National), discusses the recent increase of Jew-hatred in France, and the fact that it correlates precisely with the increase in the Muslim population.

She also points out what should have been obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention: the Jew-haters of the traditional far right consider her their enemy, presumably because she doesn’t blame the Jews for everything that’s wrong with France.

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

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Open Letter to Angela Merkel From a Syrian Refugee


Supporters of the Free Syrian Army demonstrating in front of the Reichstag in Berlin

The following open letter to Angela Merkel was written by an actual Syrian refugee — that is, not an economic migrant. Many thanks to Oz-Rita for translating this article piece from RT Deutsch.

Note: Yes, I know that RT is funded and run by the Russian government, and clearly serves the interests of the Russian state. Nevertheless, this letter makes worthwhile reading:

“Dear Federal Chancellor” — Open letter from a Syrian refugee

January 31, 2019

The Syrian dentist Majd Abboud fled to Germany at the end of 2015. In an open letter to the Chancellor, he expressed his thanks for the welcome, but does not see the necessary conditions for integration as being fulfilled. One reason for this is Germany’s policy towards Syria.

Dr. Majd Abboud turned to RT Deutsch with the request to publish an open letter he had written to the Chancellor. Prior to this, the Syrian refugee had already written to numerous other media in this matter, but never received a positive reply — if he got any answer at all.

After the Saarbrücker Zeitung published a guest article by him last year, the 42-year-old was exposed to numerous hostilities and threats — including from compatriots who support the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Below, RT Deutsch documents the open letter of Dr. Majd Abboud to Angela Merkel.

Dear Chancellor,

Since the end of your term of office is in sight, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for helping me and my fellow countrymen in need and opening your country to people fleeing war and terror. You have saved us a great deal of suffering; we are safe here and have the opportunity to live in peace. In addition, I have always found it a great opportunity for us Syrians to get to know a new culture in Europe, and through contact with Europeans, to open up new perspectives for us and enabling us to broaden our horizons.

Unfortunately, I have learned that the conditions for genuine integration were scarcely in place and still are not today, after three years. Rather, I perceived the so-called integration as a one-way street: Germany was very accommodating to the fugitives, but did not demand any concessions from them in return. The situation was made more difficult by the fact that the German identity is hardly noticeable to immigrants. It seems as if the country is ashamed of it, and therefore has difficulties communicating its values.

In stark contrast to this, it should be noted that many refugees have an exaggerated, often radical sense of belonging to Islam which has often already caused problems for the state and society in Syria. I was full of hope that you, Mrs. Merkel, would succeed in enabling peaceful coexistence between and/or with immigrants, which we have not achieved in Syria because of an increasing radicalisation and Western investment in political Islam.

There has always been much speculation about your motives, and the answer to this question has usually been that you acted out of humanity and Christian charity. But if we are talking about humanity, then you should have ended the sanctions you recently extended against Syria. Because for years millions of people who cannot or do not want to leave their homeland have been and are still suffering from them. After all, these people also deserve charity. In a genuine democracy, for which you always campaign, these people should also be allowed to have their political opinion without being punished.

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Gottfried Curio: “Islam is Not Adaptable to European Standards of Democratic Countries”

The video below shows a portion of a speech given by Dr. Gottfried Curio of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) at the New Year’s Reception in Augsburg on February 3, 2019.

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

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A Bridge Too Far

Tabitha Korol’s latest essay concerns a recent event staged by the “Interfaith” movement — which, as Maj. Stephen Coughlin has so assiduously documented, is simply a cover for infiltration and indoctrination by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, in which naïve Christians and Jews become unwitting dupes.

A Bridge Too Far*

by Tabitha Korol

It was brought to my attention that Westmount Temple Emanu-el Beth Shalom in Montreal hosted a Muslim-Awareness Interfaith Shabbat Dinner on January 25, 2019, to pay homage to the six dead and nineteen wounded from a lone attack on a Montreal mosque two years previously. Such well-meaning, but naïve, efforts were hijacked by Muslim apologists to promote their false victimhood status to garner sympathy from others.

One might wonder why there was no outreach from Jews or Muslims for the desecration attack in March 2018 on a synagogue in Thornhill, and no homage paid for the October, 2018 massacre of eleven congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, inasmuch as Canada and the US are connected in many ways. Neither was there any form of condolence or apology offered when a small Canadian Arab newspaper, Al Saraha, published an antisemitic article that posited why Hitler killed the Jews, stated that the number of six million Jews killed during the Holocaust was severely inflated, and asserted that Jews are to blame for Germany’s economic collapse, sexual license and promiscuity.

Inasmuch as the Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Dinner so closely preceded Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day designated to confront the hatred and crimes against the Jewish people, it begs the question as to why that was not incorporated into the outreach, except that Muslims do not grant victimhood status to others, and they continue to deny the Holocaust as the systematic murder of six million Jews. Our FBI records show that Jews still experience the greatest number, by far, of attacks and assaults, yet nothing was done to honor those victims and awaken the attendees to the dire situation of antisemitism that is once again upon us.

It is pertinent to include herewith a few unpalatable facts. Muslims have killed 669 million people over 1400 years, a number quite astounding, but correct. Those who were not killed — the Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and others — were forced into captivity and conversion. They became the ancestors of today’s 1.6 billion Muslims, including the masses who are now committing unspeakable crimes in Sweden, Germany, France, England — 29 countries worldwide.

Arab-Islamic attacks on Jews began with the Battle of Khaybar in 628 AD, against Christians with raids into Byzantine lands in 630, and rapidly engulfed the non-Arab people of North Africa, Spain, Persia, and beyond. In 1801, the Barbary pirates attacked American shipping, and in 2000, the USS Cole. The World Trade Center was attacked twice, in 1993 and 2001, followed by group bombings, shootings, stabbings, and property damage — hate crimes. However, in a country the size of America, the imams have informed their jihadis that eventual conquest must be achieved by other means — through civilizational or stealth jihad. Hence, our government now has an inordinate number of Muslims in office. Unashamedly antisemitic and anti-American, they are working to change our laws to be increasingly socialist and then sharia-compliant.

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The Mosque That Won’t Go Away

A year and a half ago we reported on a “clandestine” mosque in Milan. But it wasn’t really clandestine; everyone in the neighborhood knew it was there, down in the basement under a condominium. In the previous video we featured, Matteo Salvini even paid the mosque a visit.

As I understand it, the mosque has been in operation since at least 2016. And now here we are in 2019: Matteo Salvini is the interior minister, and the mosque is still there. It’s illegal, and local politicians promised to close it down, yet it remains. Perhaps the mayor and city councilors didn’t want their houses firebombed by angry “youths”, and decided to let sleeping dogs lie.

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

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Viktor Orbán: “The Center of the New Internationalism is Brussels”

On Sunday Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave his annual State of the Nation speech in Budapest. Below are excerpts from the speech that have relevance for a non-Hungarian audience.

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

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The Muezzin Will Not Be Silenced in Karlskrona

The Sweden Democrats of Karlskrona tried to stop the Islamic call to prayer from being ululated in their town, but they failed.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Sveriges Radio:

SD (Sweden Democrats) voted down— Yes to continued call to prayer in Karlskrona

January 31, 2019

After a long and intense debate in the General Council, the motion of the Sweden Democrats to forbid religious calls in public space in Karlskrona was voted down.

The Islamic Cultural Association in Karlskrona may continue their calls to prayer from their mosque in Kungsmarken during the Friday prayer.

The mosque in Karlskrona now has all the permits that are required from the police and municipality.

But the Sweden Democrats want to change the local order charter, and suggested in a motion that “no religious call can be made in public space.” The Sweden Democrats maintain that religious freedom also means a right to avoid hearing religious messages, such as a call to prayer.

“One should not impose on anyone,” says Robert Andersson (SD).

Several members argued that that the question of religious freedom cannot be settled by changing a local charter.

“I think that the trade-offs and limits of religious freedom belong to the Parliament. We can’t have one religious freedom in Karlskrona and another somewhere else,” says Börje Dovstad (L).

The motion was voted down with a tally of 39-29. Five members were absent, and two abstained from voting.

How each individual member voted in the vote will not be made public until next week. However, according to the chairman of the council, Gunilla Ekelöf, nobody deviated from their respective party lines.

“M, KD and SD (parties) voted for the motion. And SW, C, L, MP and V voted against,” says Gunilla Ekelöf.

Damage to Catalonia

The following article describes the sexual predations of two “Catalonian” imams on minor children who were placed in their charge for Koran lessons. The graphic details of their abuse have been placed below the jump; readers who are sensitive to such descriptions are advised not to “Read More”.

Many thanks to Pampasnasturtium for translating this article from the Catalonian daily El Periódico de Catalunya:

Court decision: An imam from Barcelona to be prosecuted for sexual assault against a minor

  • The accused took advantage of the teenager’s visit to the mosque to study the Koran
  • The victim had bruises on the buttocks and complained of neck and back pains

by J. G. Albalat
February 7, 2019

[Photo caption: Court of Instruction No. 16 of Barcelona is prosecuting an imam of the Catalan capital city for an alleged sexual assault against a 13-year-old (male) child.]

A Barcelona court is prosecuting the imam Abdeslam E. J. for the alleged sexual assault of a minor, whom he was even able to penetrate anally, according to the order of committal to trial that El Periódico has had access to. The accused allegedly committed the crime when he was acting in a religious role in the Hamza Mosque, on Almenara Alta Street of the Catalan capital. [Translator’s note: Name of the street corrected from the original.] This center appears as the responsible civil subsidiary. The attorney must now present his indictment.

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