‘I only posted ISIS videos because I liked the music’


The row erupted after a school in Therwil in the Swiss Canton of Basel-Country ruled that Muslim boys would no longer have to shake hands with female teachers.

The school reached their decision after two Syrian brothers – the sons of an imam – argued that being made to do so went against Islamic teachings which prohibit physical contact with a person of the opposite sex, aside from immediate family members.

The school’s ruling caused outrage in Switzerland with socialist politician and justice minister Simonetta Sommaruga coming out on national television to say that “shaking hands is part of our culture”.

Regional authorities in Basel-Country reacted by saying they would bring in outside legal advice to settle the issue.

Now the students, aged 14 and 16, have spoken out about the affair for the first time.

“We’re not harming anyone,” said the younger of the two brothers in an interview with Swiss weekly SonntagsZeitung, strongly denying that the refusal to shake hands with female teachers was meant as a provocation.

He said instead it was about living according to the tenets of Islam and showing respect to women.

The teenager described the reaction in Switzerland as absurd, saying journalists were hounding them “at school and at the mosque” and that they were being threatened by “complete strangers”.

His older brother, meanwhile, spoke of more sinister forces at work.

“Politicians are using us to stir up anti-Muslim feeling,” he said, making a direct reference to the nationalist Swiss People’s Party which has received international attention for its anti-immigration stance.

“We respect Swiss culture and of course we obey the laws of this country. We try as much as possible to integrate. But we have our own culture. We can’t just delete that like a hard drive,” the 16-year-old said.

He also denied arguments that the boys were being “manipulated” by religious authorities and talked down claims they had been radicalized.

Since the scandal erupted, it has emerged that his younger brother posted Isis videos on his Facebook page. But the 14-year-old said this had nothing to do with radicalization either.

I was 12 years old and didn’t even know what ISIS was. It was just about the music. I liked it,” he said.

During the interview, the boys explained they had learned about the prohibition on physical contact on the internet, with their father confirming its validity.

“No one can force us to touch someone’s hand,” the brothers told SonntagsZeitung, saying that any attempt in that direction was a form of discrimination.

In related news, on Sunday it emerged that a male student in the canton of Geneva had also refused all physical contact with a female teacher.

The incident took place early in 2015 during a physical education class while the student was doing abdominal exercises. When his female teacher attempted to correct his posture, the student rejected contact with her, citing religious grounds, according to Swiss broadcaster RTS.

The student was allowed to continue attending sports classes without physical contact with female students or teachers, the school’s director told RTS.

  • Martin B

    They need to be castrated and sent back to Syria. So does their father.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I like how you roll.

  • Millie_Woods

    The politicians are bringing in outside legal advice to settle the issue.

    This is why we continue to lose. Virtually all of our political class has turned out to be vermin.

  • Bataviawillem

    Why would somebody want to shake their hand?

    • Kathy Prendergast

      I feel kind of the same way. I’m a woman and have never really loved shaking men’s hands; so often they either squeeze my hand too hard and hurt it (I have very small hands; men often don’t seem to realize that a “firm” handshake to another man can be a bonecrusher to a woman) or hold it like a like a dead fish. I’ve grown up with this custom though and know that just because don’t love it, doesn’t mean I can get away with not following it. Shaking hands is a sign of trust and social equality, so just for that it’s worth preserving.

      • Bataviawillem

        I don’t think we are on the same wavelength.

      • Kell

        I prefer hugs with females I’m acquainted with, it shows I care about them! (not in a creepy, muz-tarded kinda way)

  • mobuyus

    They need the Shawinigan handshake.

    • Kell

      They NEED a meat grinder or wood chipper!

      • mobuyus

        There’s a whole lot of shit they’re in NEED of.

  • infedel

    Hey kiddos;you are in a Western Country because your islamic countries failed….”“We respect Swiss culture and of course we obey the laws of this country.”…bull — you love the welfare and tech and want dominance over a superior society that you did not create but demand to rule…f off boy.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Failed culture.
      Failed civilization.

      • infedel


  • What a mess.

  • tom_billesley

    “It was just about the music…..”
    Yep. Like buying Playboy for the articles.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I thought there was no music in that culture.
      Just that fucking wailing when it’s time to pray.

      • Kathy Prendergast

        Muslims have not been known throughout history for their music. There has always been a strong anti-music strain running through the religion, far more so than in Christianity. It’s because people just get too much damn pleasure from it.

  • David Smith

    Just part of the incremental take-over.

  • But we have our own culture. We can’t just delete that like a hard drive,” the 16-year-old said.

    Vee haf our vays, kinder.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      Then go to f***ing private religious schools, like ultra-Orthodox Jews do. They don’t shake hands with women either, but they avoid these conflicts by opting out of public secular education. Muslims always want it both ways, to avail themselves of all the freebies offered by the state but to opt out of any customs or practises which they find to conflict with their ways. Handshaking in schools is a Swiss custom. Once someone is given the choice of opting out of something that is customary, then it is no longer a custom. It’s just like standing up during the national anthem. Either everyone does it, or there’s no point in anyone doing it at all.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Maybe they can compromise and replace the handshake with “fist-bumping” (many germophobic people of my acquaintance prefer that anyway), but would that also be unacceptable contact to them?

    • Martin B

      All contact with infidel females is haram. Except rape.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    If they are so against physical contact with a woman, how about if they get sick or in an accident and have to be treated by a female nurse or doctor? Will they refuse treatment and die? Here’s hoping, anyway.

    • Kell

      We can only hope and pray, right?
      This custom of not shaking females hands is just another bullshit control issue, it must piss them off to no end to see females anywhere in positions of authority when they treat their women less than I would treat my dog!
      Punks and cowards is all they really are! I have a personal issue with both types, cowards will abuse a woman or someone they perceive weaker then themselves, I just bust them in the mouth when they give me crap…usually good at ending the discussion!

  • Kell

    Ironic they don’t use that same standard when it comes to gang rape and assaults on western females!
    The “men” over there really need to fucking grow a pair!
    Regardless of the consequences, a male touches my daughter against her will is all done! Gonna be stomping’s to go around…we have lots of curbs in the states!