Italy: panel okays bill banning face veils

Equality in dress, Islamic style

Equality in dress, Islamic style

Italy moved closer to banning Islamic face veils in the country when a parliamentary panel approved Tuesday a measure making illegal the wearing of burqas, niqabs and other ethnic face covers.

The House Constitutional Affairs committee approved the bill backed by Premier Silvio Berlusconi‘s People of Freedom party and the right wing Northern League party, sending it for voting before the full House in September.

Under the draft law, violators will be fined $213 to $426 or community service. Those who force others to wear burqas will be penalized severely with a $14,200 fine and one-year imprisonment.

Silvio Berlusconi in a meeting

Silvio Berlusconi. Image via Wikipedia

Proponents of the bill have cited security concerns for endorsing the proposed burqa ban. A social survey also indicates that most Italians do not approve of wearing face veils in public because it degrades women.

via Italian panel okays bill banning face veils | AHN.

More here.

The only thing I don’t like is seeing here a party called Lega Norte. A party one of whose members have supported ETA murders (“We welcome a firecracker or a bomb when if comes to defending freedom“) and some others have supported Anders Breivik’s ideas.

Italy: North African immigrants riot, block highway and railway

Several hundred immigrants, who were living in Bari, have blocked roads and tracks near the community center in protest against bureaucratic delays which would delay the release of the status of refugees. According to initial reports, some protesters were armed with iron bars and they attacked the police. Police cars were damaged, there were casualties, even among some passers-by.

 

The migrants have blocked the main road, 17bis, in both directions and were causing inconveniences to the movement of trains along the tracks adjacent to the reception center for asylum seekers. A massive number of policemen arrived at the scene. “We want the documents“: this is Mohamed, one of the immigrants who took part in the protest, he answered the question by a reporter of a local television station who asked why the event degenerated into clashes. Mohamed added that he had been living in Cara di Bari for seven months and still doesn’t know anything about his request for asylum. “If they give us the documents, we end the barricade,” said another protester. The police, in riot gear and also using tear gas, forced demonstrators to retreat and tried to bring them close to the reception center for asylum applicants.

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The “Islamic Fashion Festival” Goes to Milan… and London

Starting in 2006, the Malaysian-based Islamic Fashion Festival carries the slogan “Discover the Beauty of Modesty” and aims to “take an innovative spin on the conventional fashion exhibition to boldly present Islamic culture and attire on an international platform,” It offers such features as “Hijab Fashion” and “Abaya Fashion.” The IFF has staged events in Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, Astana, Dubai, Jakarta, Monte Carlo, New York, Singapore and Bandung. Next month, the show will be brought to London.

According to Malaysian National News Agency, IFF, under the patronage of Malaysia’s First Lady, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, has been invited to participate in the Milan Fashion Week.”

via The “Islamic Fashion Festival” Goes to Milan :: Daniel Pipes.

Italy: Muslim destroys the statue of the patron saint of Agrigento in Sicily

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An immigrant from the Maghreb has entered the sanctuary of Saint Calogero and has destroyed the image of the patron saint, last July 9th.

The church was open for the 7:30 mass, when the immigrant, of North African origins, has entered and gone directly into the sacristy, where the statue of Saint Calogero was. He took it and threw it violently against the wall, destroying it completely.

A believer who was at the church had tried to arrest the immigrant, but was hurt. Four policemen were needed to control the man and then to arrest him.

Saint Calomero, a Greek saint, lived in the city in the Vth century, evangelised Sicily and is much revered in the island. He is always represented as a black man. In fact, the Agrigento’s archbishop has praised him as “an example of integration between people”.

Video (Italian):

Italy: Man condemned after killing his daughter out of honor, interviewed

honour killings

Image by the|G|™ via Flickr

Terrific. The father says: “I’m a good father, she was a good dautgher, till she began to change. I didn’t want her to be too free”.

I wrote about Mohammed Saleem here.

NOTE: The video is no longer available…

Italy: Police arrest 16 terror suspects in Naples

They were not only terror suporters but they also trafficked with illegal immigrants. Two of them are Italians.

Police in the southern Italian city of Naples on Tuesday arrested 16 people, mainly North Africans, who are suspected of having links to a terrorist cell. Two Italians were among the suspects, sources told Adnkronos. The suspects allegedly provided logistical support to terrorism by abetting illegal immigration, forging and trafficking false documents and counterfeiting bank notes.

The organised forging documents that abetted illegal immigration made it highly likely that the suspects helped subversive elements,” the source said.

One of the two Italians arrested was ‘specialised‘ in forgery, police said. Most of the arrested North Africans were Algerians, Tunisians and Moroccans, according to police.

The arrests were made during a counter-terrorism operation, code named ‘Matmata, carried out by paramilitary Carabinieri police. Police recovered forged driving licences, identity cards and official stamps during raids on dozens of properties.

via Eye On The World: Italy: Police arrest 16 Muslim terror suspects in Naples.

Bulletin of the Oppression of Women: Aug 12 – Nov 2, 2010

August 12, 2010
Iran
The ‘confession’ from a woman facing stoning.

August 13, 2010
India
A female engineer is facing threats for not wearing a veil.

August 15, 2010
USA
A Tulsa shelter helps abused Muslim women.

UK
Muslim parents are charged with beating and imprisoning their daughter over a facebook fling. Continue reading

Italy: Muslims and niqab

Title: Blatant mysogyny.

Italy’s MP Fiamma Nirenstein:”Islam Does Not Like Christians”

Jewish Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein (pictured) was reconfirmed this week as Vice President of Italy’s Foreign Affairs Committee. In addition, she was also appointed an official consultant on Israel and the international Jewish communities by Italian Foreign Minister Frattini.

Earlier this week, Nirenstein commented on Christian leaders who criticize Israel yet ignore violence by Arabs. She pointed out that “Islam does not like Eastern Christians: it has forced them to flee and now they account for only 6% of the population in the Mideast“, and added that the only country where the number of Christians has grown is Israel, where 163,000 Christians live today, a number which is expected to grow to 187,000 by the year 2020. “In Muslim countries, on the other hand, Christians are on the wane, but the 50 churches present in the Holy Land seem not to notice. They prefer to dump on Israel, where they enjoy full freedom of worship and expression,” said Nirenstein.

via Italy’s MP Fiamma Nirenstein:”Islam Does Not Like Christians” – Politics & Gov’t – Israel News – Israel National News.

She is right: just listen to the Christians from those countries and it’s clear as water (1, 2, 3). It’s really shameful that there are so many “Christians” who spend so many time critizising the “Jooooossssss” instead of searching for viable solutions for the present “unhealthy situation“.

Italy: crude imports from Iran up 85 percent

Italy’s crude imports from Iran up 85 percent | Reuters:

“Italy’s imports of crude oil from Iran surged 84.6 percent year-on-year to 6.12 million tonnes in the first seven months of 2010, Italy’s industry group Unione Petrolifera (UP) said on Wednesday.

Imports from Iran accounted for 15 percent of total Italy’s crude oil imports which came in at 43.53 million tonnes in the January-July period, up 0.2 percent from a year ago period, according to UP data published on its web site“.

I would like to know …

Italy: Muslim dances on the High Altar at Firenze’s Duomo

http://www.youtube.com/v/Iled39tspHU&rel=0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3

Basically, it says that this morning a Somali national, who is living in Italy as a political refugee, danced ON the High Altar from Firenze’s Doumo, that is the Catholic Cathedral of Firenze. Imagine if this would have happened in a mosque with a Catholic: every Western country would have been made to apologize about the “insult” to Muslims.

More comments in IBA, The Anchoress and Patrick Madrid.

Italy: Husband kills wife because she opposed their daughter’s arranged marriage

They were Pakistani immigrants. Telegraph:

The daughter, 20-year-old Nosheen Butt, was admitted to hospital with a cranial traumatism and a broken arm after her 19-year-old brother beat her with a stick in the courtyard of their building in Novi, near the north Italy city of Modena.

According to Modena prosecutors’ initial findings, the father Ahmad Khan Butt, a 53-year-old construction worker, threw his wife to the ground and beat her with a brick while the brother Umair attacked his sister.
The victim did not want her daughter to have an unhappy relationship like the one that had been forced on her,” said deputy Modena prosecutor Lucia Musti, who is in charge of the investigation.
The mother and the daughter were on the same side and this could be called a ‘cultural’ homicide because in addition to domestic violence there is the issue of the traditions that may have motivated the crime,” Ms Musti said.
The family’s three other children have been taken in by Italian social services.
The Italian political class reacted with indignation at the incident which was highly similar to the cases of a girl of Pakistani origin in 2006 and a Moroccan girl in 2009 who wanted to lead Western lives with Italian boyfriends.

According to Italian portal ADNKronos, the father didn’t like his daughter’s Western ways and that she had rebelled against his wishes. Among other reactions:

The Minister for Equal Opportunities, Mara Carfagna, asked to be admitted in the civil trial. This is another way to be close to the young immigrant women, to understand that our country is with them every time they see injured freedom and the right to be free citizens,” said the minister. Whoever does violence and abuse against women, even those who think to can dispose of their lives, can not and should not be welcomed in our country, as Italy rejects and rejects any form of abuse by a decision of men over women. And not surprisingly, we severely punish those who, whether they are Italian or not, is guilty of such crimes. There are no ethnic, religious or “father’s delusions’ alibis or excuses of any class (for ths violence). “
From the Union of Islamic Organizations and Communities in Italy (UCOII) in fact the vice president Patrizia Khadijha Del Monte recalled that “no compulsion marriage can never be justified as coming from Islam. The more pure and proper Muslim tradition – she said –. ” The Muslim leader Emilian says that “Islamic jurisprudence, for its part has established that the choice was sine qua non condition for the legitimacy of the marriage.”
Well, there are so many misunderstanders of Islamic mores and jurisprudence that is striking.

Italy: Two Islamic youths take communion wafer and put it in pocket

ANSA.it:

At the evening Mass yesterday in Sondrio, two young people of Islamic faith took the communion wafer and put it in his pocket. At the end of the collegiate’s church service, the main church of the city , the priest approached them to ask for explanations and condemn the outrageous act. The two  argued they were Muslim and weren’t willing to accept blame from  a clergyman: ‘Who are you to tell us what to do? You are not God ‘.

Found here.

These guys are the ones who then ask for respect from other people who do not share their faith. We can imagine what would have happened if instead two Islamic youths in a church, such an irrespectful act would have happened with two Catholic youths in a mosque. So many people would have condemned them and said they were intolerant!

Italy: Police arrests French national on terorrism charges – US issues travel warning

According to Yahoo.fr, the man is accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda and was arrested in Naples. Sources of the investigation have said he is of North African origins, knows how to build bombs and is 24-year-old. France has asked for his extradition because he is accused of “subversive activities” in the country.
Italian police has not released much more information about his arrest, except that his initials are R.H. and that he was in possession of “equipment which could serve to measure the components to make an explosive similar to the one which went off in Santa Barbara in Milan“. Back in 2005, a Libyan national throw an home-made explosive device against that building, hurting a soldier.
Intelligence have shown that Muslim activists linked to Al-Qaeda, particularly to its groups in North Africa, are active in Italy, where they are recruiting and funding attacks against Europe.

Meanwhile, US has issued a travel warning to all US nationals travelling to Europe regarding the credible but inspecific threat. There is no country specially singled out, but rather the warning is for the whole of Europe. It is mainly to advise US nationals to take care while in tourist areas.

Background:
US: Europe can be attacked Mumbai style.
Credible threat to Europe.
Sweden raises terrorism threat level.
Concern about terror cells’ being ready to strike in Europe.

Italy: Milan’s new Muslim party

Muslims praying outside Milan’s Catholic Cathedral, il Doumo.

From Hurricane_53 (Translation: T&P):

By now, every MSM will know about the new electoral lists to be presented at the next local elections 2011 Milan. The party will be called “The new Milan“, Esar, in short, wnd it will be a party composed of immigrant Muslims, fellow citizens in Milan.
Though the leader of the Islamic center in Milan (and responsible party of the unborn -yet- party) Abdel Hamid Shaari (who was rejected from Egypt as “persona non grata”, and who organised communal prayers on Friday in Milan, Piazza Duomo, Cardinal Tettamanzi is compliant and complacent with the idea, because he is sure it wouln’t be an Islamic party (ie, religiously motivated). But there is however, a risk that can’t be denied: that of electing someone who would ask at Palazzo Marino for the application of the Qu’ranic law, the Sharia.

Hence, as was prophetised by some, there will be a party of and by Muslims. And for them, civil law (and criminal!) must coincide with the Qu’ran, if it’s to be applied, as the Qu’ran is the first source of law. That doesn’t fit perfectly (to be euphemistic) with the Gospel, but neither with our general principles of law and good and universal Rights (you think. Eg. t the rhe right of the father of killing her daughter, the right to stoning adultery, seggregation of males and females in public places or buses opened to the public, theaters, swimming pools, etc., polygamy, the right to divorce his wife, the lack of protection for minors, etc.).
Of course, not all Muslims are devout practitioners. But … there is always a but.
Now candidates are indeed shrouded of good purposes, free from any sectarian connotations.
But once you sit on the benches of the Local Council will they be as secular as they have promised during the election campaign? Will they respect the principles guaranteed by the Constitution? Will they respect the secular establishment and the freedom of citizens’ conscience?. Will they split the religious ethics from politics, faith acts from the legislation? Will they resist pressure from the imam of the members to be more “severe”?
And what happens then? Doubt and scepticism in this matter has nothing to do with issue of immigration. But the actual situation, in which there are present strong tensions and confrontations with “cultural” ones known to all, harden the exercise of voting rights.
Are we confident that this is the right time to let Muslims enter in politics? Are Muslim candidates ready to swear on the Italian Constitution, even at the expense of their principles and their “traditions”? And in fulfilling this oath? Are they sufficiently integrated? The right to vote, in our opinion, can not be thought an instrument to implement the integration, but the consequence of this process.
Are we confident that, once elected, they will remain moderate, enlightened and intellectually honest? They do not do our Italian politicians… could not even do them. And if so … Another Sexgate, wiretapping, judicial persecution complex, etc. …
And are we ready to do healthy Italian politics, with a legal and secular opposition where it is necessary to protect our guarantees? Are they ready to defend the secular nature of the institutions or will the latter be in danger if they admit political Islam, defending the latter (considering it) “threatened” by Christians “attack”? Àre they ready to discuss about policy (which could become even cultural)? Or in the name of gooders and integration, wrongly understood, will this only cause a breakdown of our social and civic culture?
Is not that also by politics, and using our own tools, now we are delivering to them the “Islamic colonization” of Italy?
Is it not that by weakening more and more the Christian identity of both Italy and Europe we are putting we are putting the seeds of Eurabia, as Fallaci predicted? Italian! Christian (politicians and voters)! Think about it! Entering in politics, it’s hardly reassuring to hear the cry “We’re coming !!!”. And we, how do we respond?
Photo: Hurricane_53.
Background:

Italy: Islam denied share of income tax

Italy doesn’t recognise Islam as a religion, but rather as a political group, so mosques won’t be eligible for public funds and their donors will be public. From ADNKronos:
Mosques in Italy will not receive a share of income tax revenue the Italian government allocates to religious faiths each year. Hindu and Buddhist temples, Greek Orthodox churches and Jehovah’s Witnesses will be eligible for the funds, according to a bill approved by the Italian cabinet in May and still must be approved by parliament.
Until now, the government had earmarked 8 percent of income tax revenue for Italy’s established churches. The great majority of these funds go to the Catholic Church, although if they wish, individual tax payers may elect to give the money to charities and cultural projects instead.
The head of COREIS, one of Italy’s largest Muslim groups, Yahya Pallavicini, said he was bitter that Islam had been denied the revenue from Italian income tax.
“Work should be begun on legally recognising those moderate Muslims who have for years shown themselves to be reliable interlocutors who are free of and fundamentalist ideology,” he said.
Islam is not an established religion in Italy and there is only one official mosque in the country, Rome’s Grand Mosque (photo). Politicians from the ruling coalition cite radical imams, polygamy and failure to uphold women’s rights by Muslims immigrants as obstacles to recognising Islam as an official religion in Italy.

Found here and here.

Background: Milan’s 1st mosque construction faces problems.

Italy: Police discovers "huge amount of explosive" headed for Syria

Carmelo Casabona
Italian police have seized seven tons of the powerful RDX explosive which they found in a shipping container they believe were likely destined for a terrorist organization.
While the origin and destination of the contraband is still being investigated, police are convinced the huge amount of explosive was in transit, possibly from Iran to Syria.
The truly astonishing amount (of explosive) we seized leads us to believe the recipients could be large international criminal organizations, perhaps tied to terrorism,” Carmelo Casabona, the chief of police said at a press conference in Reggio Calabria today, according to the ANSA news agency.
Found at The Iconoclast.

Italy: Milan’s 1st mosque construction faces problems

Milan, the northern Italian city famed for finance and fashion, is home to about 100,000 Muslims, mostly migrant workers from North African countries. But within city limits, there isn’t a single mosque.
Local Muslims say they have been unsuccessfully seeking permission to build one for years, perhaps due to growing Islamophobia, which is particularly strong in Northern Italy, where the anti-immigration Northern League has its stronghold.

Now, the Catholic Church is backing the Milan Muslims’ quest.

Milan civil institution must guarantee everyone religious freedom,” Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, the church’s highest authority in town, told La Repubblica daily newspaper on Sept. 4. “Muslims have the right to practice their faith while respecting the law. Often the mosque issue has been distorted for political reasons, while it could become a instrument for civil coexistence.”
…Building a mosque “is not a priority for Milan,” deputy mayor Riccardo De Corato of the center-right Freedom Party told the ASCA news agency. Mr. De Corato accused the local Muslim community of being close to “jihadi fundamentalism” and suggested the city hold a public referendum on whether or not to permit the building of a mosque.
That’s pure nonsense, you never heard a politician suggesting we should have a referendum for granting the permit to build a church or a synagogue,” says sociologist Stefano Allievi, author of a study called “Conflicts over mosques in Europe.” He points out that freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Italian Constitution.
…But Matteo Salvini, a European Parliament member from the Northern League, says he has good reason to seek an exception for Islam: “In Milan there are plenty of religious buildings and we never have had any problems with Jews, Buddhists, or Protestants. How so we have had so many problems with Muslims?
Last winter there were a series of arrests in Northern Italy among Muslim immigrants accused of having ties to terrorist organizations. In November, for instance, two Pakistani nationals were arrested on the charge of having raised funds for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, where 173 people lost their lives. In a similar move, a judge in Milan issued 17 arrest warrants for people accused of raising 1 million euros ($1.49 million) to fund terrorist activities in Algeria.
To those pointing out that freedom to practice one’s religion is a constitutional right, Salvini replies that “Islam is not just a religion.” In his view, it “is a tool to spread a way of life and political views that are not compatible with Western democracy.” The Milan native says “there is no need to build a mosque here.” He agrees with the idea of holding a local referendum, confident most Milanese would reject the mosque.
…“It’s a matter of dignity, 100,000 people need a proper place to pray, until now we have been forced to celebrate Ramadan and other high holidays in the most random places, including garages, disused sheds, and movie theaters,” says Abdelhamid Shaari, president of the Islamic Institute of Jenner boulevard, one of the major Muslim organizations in town.

Italy: Minister Mara Carfagna, favourable to burqa ban law in Italy

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 11:  Italian Minister ...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeFrom Mara Carfagna’s blog:

In Italia there is no “burqa emergency” as in other countries. But that doesn’t make the problem of women forced to wear it and isolated as a result, less important. The burqa represents the negation of the rights of women and their subjugation, it causes exclusion and prevents the integration: for this reason it should be kept well away from the borders of our country.
In this sense, I support a law that, given the steady increase of migration and the emergence in Europe, should be “preventive”. I therefore hope that Parliament, after the stimulus came from France, decides to continue and complete the discussion of the bill prohibiting the use of the burqa in public places in Italy.

Fini, the Speaker of the House, seems to agree.

“It is (necessary) because of the value of our Constitution on the dignity of women, who can not be subjected to violence or imposed behaviour by different hierarchies than the law.”

Italy: Giotto tower minarets proposed for Florence mosque

Giotto tower minarets proposed for Florence mosque:

“A Muslim leader in Florence will present plans to authorities in coming weeks to build a mosque in the style of the city’s classic architecture with minarets that resemble the cathedral bell tower designed by Giotto.

The project plans, unveiled in local and national papers this week, met with mixed reactions in local communities around Florence, where roughly 30,000 Muslims live.

Islamic history shows that Muslims seek to embrace the architecture of of the places where they go,’ local imam Izzedin Elzir, who will present the plans, told Reuters on Thursday.

‘This is the basis of our idea to have a mosque in Florence which incorporates the style of our Florentine surroundings, as well as Islamic style,’ said Elzir, who is also president of the union of Islamic communities of Italy, UCOII.

He said the mosque’s minarets were meant to resemble the bell tower of Florence cathedral, designed by Italian renaissance painter and architect Giotto di Bondone.”

So, Islamic history shows that they embrace the architecture of the places where Muslims go. No, what history shows is that Islamic culture tends to mix all the different styles known thanks to the great area they conquered and then to destroy the most relevant symbols of the pre-Islamic era (or threaten to). Just consider the Talibans with the Bamiyan Buddhas, but also in Pakistan, Buddhas have also been attacked. Iranian pre-Islamic art is also menaced by the mullahs (that’s why is so silly to “loan” them the Cyrus’ cilinder) and Egyptian heritage has been destroyed in an important part because it was deemed “un-Islamic“. India also suffered from the systematic destruction of Hindu temples and heritage after the Muslim conquest.