Monday, December 18, 2006

Danish Jews harrased by Muslims

I have mentioned this subject before and today Jyllands-Posten has a feature about the growing fears of the Jewish population in Danmark. (Link is a small excerpt in Danish, my translation)
By Kristoffer Pinholdt
The international tensions between Jews and Muslims are reflecting in the Danish society. Danish Jews fell intmidated by the Muslims and are afraid to reveal their identity when walking the streets of Copenhagen.

Jewish parents choose not to send their children to public schools with a large percentage of children with Muslim background, and outside the synagoge in Copenhagen the security guards are asking the attending jews to remove their scullcaps and Star of Davids before leaving the temple.

- There is a fear among Jews for the Muslim minority. They are afraid of beeing harrased psysical and verbally, says Jacques Blum, spokesman of the Mosiac Faithcommunity.

Karen Margrethe Grønlund is the scool principal at Klostervængets Skole on Nørrebro [a communnity in Copenhagen] where 93 percent of the pupils have an other ethnical background than Danish. She would like to see Jewish children attending her school. She wellcomes them, but knows they can be in for a rough time.

- We cannot remote-contrile the childrens behavoir. They cannot seperate the conflict in Palastine from what is going on in the school.Children are little parrots, who mimics the talk of the grown-ups about the Lebanon war and it was all the Jews fault again, she says.

She has once recomended to a teacher that he hid his Jewis identity for his own sake.

- It was a Jewish teacher hwo applied for a job here. I advised him not to use his Jewish-sounding name if he accepted the position He ended up saying no the the job, Karen Margrethe Grønlund say.

This is depressing. We have the Middle East conflicts re-enacted in the school yards and peacefull citicens are harrased in the the streets by Muslim sturm-troopers.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Religious terror against moderate muslims at Danish university

From friday's dead-tree edition of Jylland-Posten. Alas not online, translation is mine.

It appears that a smal group of hard-core muslim girls are terrorising the more moderate young women at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

According to Salihah Marie Fettah some of the girls have recived SMS-trheats like "You will end up in Hell if you don't wear a headscarf."

"Lately, there has been a serious debate between the students if it is permissible for a Muslim to lie to or slander al-kufar, or the infidels as they name all non-muslims. They are dividing the world into "us" and "them"", says Salihah Marie Fettah

Besides the more theoligical discussions the moderate girls are olso on the recieving end of a more direct approach from the radicals:
"It's also about the way they dress. They [the moderates] are not allowes to wear tight jeans or t-shirts or to dress in strong colors. They cannot listen to music, because the it is forbidden according to Islam. This have restrained several of the moderate girls from attending social gatherings because this group has warned against participating" Fettah said.
The scary thing is, that these radicals should by all standards be well-integrated into the Danish society. They are born and raised in Danmark, speak fluently Danish and are in the midst of a university education. And yet, they find together in some sort of Talabanish fellowship.
They do not themselves see what they are doing as bullying. They see it as a religious duty, and they believe that are actually trying so save the other girls from going to Hell.
At least one girl has quit and several others are considering to change to another study, according to Fettah.

Thankfully, Søren Askegaard, the leader of the Arabic-studies, where the problem is most visible has this to say:
It's difficult to do anything about it as it is going on in the private communication between the students. But of course, if the problem have consequenses for the students, we will have to consider how to handle it.
Thank you Mr. Dhimmi. That should set the Talibanistas straight.