Vandals have caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage to a proposed mosque site in Padstow in south-west Sydney. The 6,000 square metre industrial site on Enterprise Avenue has become the target of anti-Muslim groups as the factory has been peppered with anti-Islam hate stickers.
Maybe it’s time to find a different location. I hear there are 56 other countries that would be more suitable.
Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman from UMA
ABC Shaykh Shady Alsuleiman from UMA said the incidents were disheartening. “Unfortunately we had a few incidents on that site, a break and enter, vandalism and anti-Islamic stickers stuck on the place and we’re very upset to hear that,” he said. “It was very saddening and disheartening to see that some of the local members were unhappy with the presence of the UMA in Padstow. “It is very unfortunate that the religion has been dragged into this Islamophobia and this backlash within the Padstow community.”
The United Muslims of Australia (UMA) purchased the site in July this year in the hope of turning it into a mosque and multi-purpose community centre. UMA estimated the damage will cost about $50,000 to repair due to severe damage to electrical systems.
“The place has been ransacked, they’ve gone right through and ripped out all the electrical,” UMA operations officer Mohammad Kourouche said. “They’ve ripped out all the power, electricity and generators, they’ve taken the nuts and bolts out of everything and probably caused about $50,000 worth of damage.”
Sweden’s leftist minority government is in crisis after revolt of right wing Sweden Democrats, which other parties oppose because of its strong anti-Muslim immigrant stand. Sweden Democrats aim is to force the collapse of the government by siding with the center-right opposition in the budget vote.
The Guardian (h/t Maria J) ANTI-MUSLIM IMMIGRATION SWEDEN DEMOCRATS force government to call for new elections after gaining decisive victory by voting with opposition. Sweden’s far right plunged the country into unprecedented political upheaval on Wednesday by forcing the government to gamble on fresh elections in the spring after the centre-left coalition failed to push through its budget.
The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, the country’s third largest party with 13% of the vote, portrayed the new elections in March as “a de facto referendum” on immigration, currently at near-record highs as refugees flee conflict in Syria, Iraq and Somalia.
“We will focus entirely on the issue,” said Mattias Karlsson, the Sweden Democrats’ parliamentary group leader.
The right wing forced the crisis to a head when they broke with established tradition and voted with the centre-right opposition instead of abstaining after their own budget proposal had fallen, ensuring the government’s defeat on this key legislation.
In bitter remarks aimed at the centre-right, who had refused to compromise, prime minister Stefan Löfven admitted the Sweden Democrats now had a veto over Swedish politics, leaving him no choice but to call elections just six months after the country went to the polls in September.
“The centre-right parties did not take responsibility for their promise not to give the Sweden Democrats decisive influence in Swedish politics – this is an irresponsible action of these parties and is unprecedented in our political history,” Löfven told journalists on Wednesday evening.
Green party leader Gustav Fridolin said: “We cannot let the Sweden Democrats dictate the terms of politics.”
In a challenge to the centre-right to loosen their unity as a political bloc, the Social Democrats claimed the far right would continue to use their position “to create chaos” as long as the centre refused to negotiate, calling this policy “highly unfortunate and reckless” in a statement on Wednesday.
Here are the Sweden Democrats Youth League marching with a simple sign that says:
“We are also a people
Stop hostility towards Swedes”
It is the first time since 1958 that the country has seen fresh elections. But the political landscape is now radically different from the last century, for most of which the Social Democrats enjoyed stable government as the largest party, even if they were in a minority.
Before Wednesday’s budget vote there had been speculation that Löfven would attempt to defuse the crisis by ejecting the Greens from his government, thereby removing an obstacle to cross-bloc negotiation with centre-right parties. But instead he declared that he “liked the cooperation we have” with the Greens.
“I have felt calm in the last few days, it is a difficult situation but I know what we need to do,” he said.
A scene from a Sweden Democrat TV commercial that was banned as ‘racist’
The ruling red green coalition that has slipped badly in opinion polls, but the Alliance also risks being seen by voters to be relying on the far right to try to undermine the government. The Sweden Democrats are treated as pariahs by the mainstream parties and the media, but they more than doubled their vote in September on the back of rising hostility to immigration.
Liberal daily Dagens Nyheter said in a leader article that the prospects for lasting and stable majorities in Sweden’s parliament appeared to be minimal: “The mainstream parties do not seem to understand each other, and hardly even themselves.”
Speech on Islam in the Swedish Parliament – Richard Jomshof (Sweden Democrat)
“We do not want a foreign and barbaric culture that deprives us of our freedoms. When it comes to Islam, we say enough is enough.”
Dutch MP Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom speaks to a gathering of Front National members, headed by Marine LePen of France. Maybe one day, the United States will again have a leader with the same kind of courage and love of country as these two.
Islam has gradually put down roots in Japan. There are now more than 10,000 Muslims, around 60 mosques, many of them established in former private homes.
Imam Mohsen Bayoumy delivers a sermon at Osaka Ibaraki Mosque in Ibaraki, Osaka
Japan Times Mohsen Bayoumy, 55, the imam of one such mosque and a central figure in the Japan Halal Association, says awareness of the faith is on the rise. Not only are there more restaurants serving halal meals cooked in accordance with Islamic dietary laws, but waiters at nonhalal restaurants often ask Muslim customers about their needs, he said.
Bayoumy was born in a Cairo suburb in 1964 and achieved the feat of memorizing the Quran, Islam’s central holy book, when he was 9 years old, under the influence of his devout civil servant father. He studied Islamic learning at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, one of the world’s premier centers of Islamic scholarship.
Imam Mohsen Bayoumy with wife and baby?
Bayoumy knew little about the nation except that it had achieved rapid economic development after World War II — and had only a small number of Muslims. There were only a few mosques in postwar Japan, but the oldest, founded in 1935, was in Kobe.
Muslims began arriving in significant numbers during Japan’s late-1980s bubble economy, in search of jobs. They included young people from Pakistan and Indonesia. Some of them subsequently married Japanese citizens and became permanent residents. They then began raising funds to convert ordinary homes into mosques and community centers, or to buy low-cost prefabricated homes for the same purpose.
Mosque of Osaka overflowing with Muslim asslifters
That was the environment which Bayoumy found when he arrived. Over the course of the 10 years he spent in Kobe he saw an increase in Japanese people adopting Islam after marrying Muslims or otherwise being exposed to Islamic culture. “I have witnessed around 600 Japanese citizens converting to Islam,” Bayoumy said.
Islam has various disciplines that seem far removed from Japanese dietary traditions, such as a ban on the consumption of pork and alcohol. When a Japanese follower asked if he might attend his family’s Buddhist memorial service, Bayoumy said he should attend but without reciting the Buddhist sutras. “Allah orders us to have good relations with families and neighbors,” Bayoumy said.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, the Kobe mosque received a number of telephone calls denouncing Islam. Bayoumy would speak with the callers calmly, saying: “We have nothing to hide. Please come here and talk with us.”
He wears another hat, too, as head of the screening committee of the Japan Halal Association, a position he assumed several years ago. The role requires Bayoumy to visit food processing plants across Japan to examine whether their products are handled in accordance with Islamic dietary laws.
An extensive report mapping out 55 no-go zones was released Oct. 24, showing where law enforcement has all but handed control to Muslim criminal gangs.
Daily Caller Officers frequently face outright attacks when trying to enter the areas, which is a step up from the previous problem with attacks on mailmen, fire trucks, ambulances and similar services. Fire trucks and ambulances had to wait for police escort to enter the areas, but now the police themselves need protection.
The no-go areas heavily coincide with the map of the 186 “exclusion areas” aka. crowded, predominantly Muslim immigrant ghettos, where education is low, employment is lower and the only local business thriving is drug dealing.
As the real law backs away, organized crime emerges to take its place. The police report notes “a wider clientel [in the areas] are increasingly turning to the criminal authorities for justice” in a Godfather-like fashion. Unofficial courts and punishments are often meted out according to the codes of the home cultures of the dominant gangs. The report also points out that there are vehicle checkpoints at the borders of some of these areas. The bad news is it’s not the police doing them; it’s the gangs securing home turf against law enforcement and rival gangs.
The gangs try to keep a semi-low profile in many areas so as not to interfere with the “business” of dealing drugs, protection rackets and similar illicit activity. Others seek active confrontation with police to establish absolute dominance.
A pair of policemen in May were in pursuit of a suspect and unwisely entered the no-go zone of the southern city of Landskrona. Their car was rammed and the officers were forced out of the car. They were cornered by a crowd of some 50 hostile thugs and drew their weapons to hold them back and called for immediate backup.
Several nearby patrol cars responded to the call and sped towards the scene, only to be ordered to stop half a mile away — just outside the no-go border. The police commander didn’t send the backup units in, fearing escalation and all-out war. The cornered police officers were left to fend for themselves. As luck would have it, one of the officers knew a few residents who interfered and convinced the thugs to let them leave.
In response to these no-go zones, the Swedish police is expanding its soft approach of dialogue and understanding. After the extensive 2013 Stockholm ghetto riots with hundreds of burned cars and buildings, police responded by mostly staying away and sending forth special “dialogue officers” to grill halal hot dogs with the miscreants and make them see the errors of their ways.
Starting next year, the Stockholm Policy Academy will be moved to Södertörns Högskola, where the new curriculum will be “progressive” with more focus on cultural sensitivity, ethical awareness, gender issues and more. The aspiring police officers will achieve “greater understanding of the intercultural perspective.”