Category Archives: Switzerland

Islam in Switzerland: The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Jihad

“…Keller-Messahli has just published a book entitled, Switzerland: An Islamist Hub (“Islamistische Drehscheibe Schweiz“). It is sort of a field guide to Islam in Switzerland. The country’s mosques belong to various networks based here and there in the Muslim world; many of the imams have been trained in Egypt or Saudi Arabia; many of the mosques receive funding — and take orders — from organizations in Turkey. In her book, Keller-Messahli draws all the connections, follows all the money trails, and spells out the poisonous articles of faith. And she prescribes strong medicine: monitor the mosques, cut off the foreign cash, and expel the preachers of jihad.”

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Leading members of Switzerland’s Islamic Council are charged with making jihadist propaganda films in Syria

The leader of a prominent Swiss Islamic group and two other top members have been charged over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos posted on YouTube.

Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber’s office alleges the three members of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) violated Swiss laws banning al-Qaida, Islamic State and associated radical groups.

His office and federal police have opened about 60 cases linked to alleged ‘jihadi-motivated terrorism,’ mostly involving propaganda.

The indictments target ICCS President Nicolas Blancho, the group’s cultural chief Naim Chernim and spokesman Abdel Azziz Qaasim Illi.

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Swiss voters to weigh in on facial covering ban

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland could become the latest country to ban facial coverings worn by some Muslim women after activists collected more than the 100,000 signatures required to put the proposal to a national vote.

The group, called “Yes to a Mask Ban,” said it will deliver the petition to federal offices in Bern on Friday, setting up a vote by 2020. Some of its leaders also spearheaded the 2009 Swiss ban on new minarets being built in the country.

Full-face coverings like niqabs and burqas are a polarizing issue across Europe, with some arguing they symbolize discrimination against women and should be outlawed. The clothing has already been banned in France.

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Swiss feel threatened by Islam, according to survey

The survey coincides with the news that the Swiss commune of Nidau is trying to get the canton of Bern to expel a Libyan imam who has preached hate. The preacher has reportedly called for the destruction of all enemies of islam, including christians, jews, hindus, Russians and shiites.

In addition, 81 % favoured banning salafism, and 83% would like a system that requires imams to get official authorisation before they can preach in Switzerland. 80% would also like rules that require muslim leaders in Switzerland to recognise equality between men and women and the principle of the separation of the state and religion.

Furthermore, 65% thought preaching should be done in a national language, while 55% thought imams should require training at a Swiss university.

Finally, 60% of people surveyed were against the idea of Islam being recognised as a state religion.

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Will Swiss Self-Rule Ward Off Jihad?

It is a commonplace that Switzerland is the only real democracy in the world: that is to say, the only country in the world where the people control the government in more than a nominal and intermittent fashion, and can call it to account at any time, on any subject, at any level of the administration.

In no country is central government less important. The President of Switzerland changes every year, and the position is purely honorific. Many Swiss do not even know his (or her) name. And what non-Swiss has ever heard of a President of Switzerland?

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Man charged with defamation for clicking ‘like’ on Facebook post

A man is facing a charge of defamation for clicking “like” on several Facebook posts, which accused another man of being a racist, according to court documents in Switzerland.

Prosecutors claimed that the defendant acted with intent to cause harm without a justifiable reason.

They further claimed that by clicking “like,” the defendant caused the defamatory posts to be seen by a larger group of people.

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Swiss police cancel commemoration event for 102nd anniversary of Battle Of Gallipoli

Swiss police on Friday cancelled an event celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the naval victory of the Ottomans against the mighty Allied forces and commemorating thousands who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign, saying it could disrupt public order.

The event named after the well-known slogan “Gallipoli is Impassable” was scheduled for Saturday in Basel city in northwest Switzerland, expecting at least 500 attendees. Turkish singers Mustafa Yıldızdoğan and Nejla Çakmakçı were also planned to perform at the event.

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Switzerland: Gunmen on the run after two dead and one seriously injured in cafe HORROR

At least two people have been shot dead and another left seriously injured following an attack in a bustling cafe, police have claimed.

…A manhunt is now underway after two men were reported to have entered Cafe 56 in Basel, Switzerland, and opened fired on the customers at 7.15pm GMT (8.15pm local time).

The attackers then fled the cafe, based in the Kleinbasel region of the city, and headed towards the Badischer railway station.

…   A police spokesman said: “The reason behind the attack is not yet known and will be investigated.”      h/t

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WTF? Mosque presses charges against duo who reported imam for inciting murder

How f&cked does your cult have to be to think this is a smart move?

The association that runs the An’Nour mosque in Winterthur has lodged a complaint with police against two members of the congregation thought to have reported their imam for inciting murder – a day after ten people were arrested for allegedly beating up the duo in revenge.

On Tuesday morning police in the canton of Zurich arrested ten suspects in a raid on a dozen houses in Winterthur.

One was later released, but eight adults and one juvenile remain in custody, accused of having beaten up and threatened two individuals at the mosque last November.

The pair are thought to have tipped off a journalist about a controversial sermon given by the mosque’s imam in which he called for the congregation to kill Muslims who do not participate in common prayer.

The reporting of the sermon in early November led to the arrest of the imam, who is now facing criminal proceedings for inciting crime and violence.

Now, the association that runs the mosque wants to press charges against the pair for allegedly secretly filming the controversial sermon, according to 20 Minutes.

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Switzerland funds Nigerian TV show urging migrants to AVOID coming to the nation illegally

THE SWISS government has funded a Nigerian television series telling migrants not to illegally emigrate to the country.

The television series is called “The Missing Step” and cost Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) more than £360,000.

Lukas Rieder, a spokesman for SEM, said: “We have seen that a lack of information or false information is one of the main problems that leads to illegal migration.

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