Sweden: Four out of ten Muslim groups threatenedTensions are increasing in Sweden, too, as I have predicted before. A major mosque in Malmö, the worst Muslim ghetto in northern Europe, has suffered several arson attacks recently. When will we see open riots in Sweden, just as we do in France now?
Four out of ten Muslim groups threatened
Four out of ten Muslim organisations in Sweden have been threatened, according to an investigation by Swedish Radio's Ekot programme. Three out of ten have been attacked, vandalised and damaged. Ekot interviewed 100 organisations which together represent 80,000 Muslims in Sweden. The abuse ranged from graffiti to attacks with fire bombs. Bejzat Becirov, who runs the Islamic Centre in Malmö, said that the mosque there receives threatening mail "almost every day". One example was a newspaper cutting showing vicitims of the recent earthquake in Pakistan. On it, someone had written "dead Muslims cannot come to Sweden". According to the responses from the 100 organisations, Muslim women who wear veils are particularly likely to be harassed and discriminated against.
Malmö mosque "faces ruin"
An Islamic centre in Malmö says it is threatened with financial ruin after arson attacks earlier this year and in 2003. Now the centre’s insurance company has said it can no longer provide cover because of the risk of further attacks. Bejzat Becirov, the Chief Executive of the centre, has asked Prime Minister Göran Persson to help the mosque. Göran Persson visited the mosque during party rallying earlier this month and gave “half a promise” of financial support. He said the repeated attacks on the mosque show that Sweden “sadly has become a country with European norms”.
Muslims face most racism in Sweden
Muslims are exposed to the most racial harassment in Sweden, according to a new report from the Board of Integration. Seven out of ten reports of ethnic discrimination came from people with a Muslim background, and almost 40% of those questioned in the survey said they had witnessed verbal abuse directed at Muslims. "If you look at the whole period from 1999 to 2004 there has been a significant increase in the number of people who want to close Sweden's borders to immigration, from 35% to 45.5%," said the report's author, José Alberto Diaz.