Category Archives: Switzerland

Geneva bans burkini and topless bathing in city’s swimming pools

Geneva authorities on Tuesday voted in favour of a new rule defining the attire people may use to swim in the city’s pools after a long-running argument.

Under the new definition, swimmers must wear a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit which comes down no lower than knee level, keeps arms bare and is not a “swim skirt or dress”, reported La Tribune de Genève.

The definition effectively bans swimmers from wearing a burkini or bathing topless, which had both been allowed under a previous rule that only came into effect in September.

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Imam found guilty of incitement to violence

An Ethiopian who served as imam at a mosque in Winterthur has been found guilty of inciting violence after calling on worshippers to murder non-practising Muslims.

The 25-year-old was handed a non-custodial sentence of 18 months and banned from Switzerland for 10 years, according to news reports.

The Winterthur district court found the defendant guilty of three counts of public incitement to crime and violence, multiple depiction of violence, and working without a permit.

The court found it proven that during Friday prayers on October 21st last year at the An’Nur mosque the accused called for the killing and burning of Muslims who refused to take part in communal prayers.

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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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