Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli custody; 16-year-old brother of Palestinian killed by medical neglect arrested

Palestinian prisoner Mohammed al-Jallad, 24, died on Friday, 10 February at Beilinson Hospital; he had been shot by Israeli occupation forces on 9 November 2016 at the Huwwara military checkpoint near Nablus.

Occupation forces accused him of attempting to stab an occupation soldier. He also suffered from lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes. He is the ninth Palestinian killed this year by Israeli occupation forces and the 210th Palestinian prisoner to die in Israeli occupation custody.

Ibrahim Awad

Only days after the death of al-Jallad, Ibrahim Awad, 16, the brother of Jaafar Awad, 24, who died in April 2015 shortly after being released from Israeli prison with severe medical conditions and whose case brought sharp focus on the medical mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners, was seized by Israeli occupation forces from the village of Beit Ummar near al-Khalil.

Ibrahim also spent 24 days in Israeli jails four months ago and paid a fine of 5,000 NIS (~$1250). Ibrahim’s father spoke to Asra Voice radio, saying that the families of Palestinian martyrs and prisoners were regularly targeted by occupation forces for further arrest and persecution.

Jaafar Awad’s case highlighted medical neglect and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Awad, who had diabetes, was administered incorrect insulin shots in Eshel prison after his arrest in November 2013, said his father. He lost the ability to speak or walk and developed heart and pancreas disease. Despite this, he was denied early release for months and received inadequate health care until he was finally released on 21 January 2015 with a high fine of 40,000 NIS ($10,200 USD). He was accused of “membership in a prohibited organization” and had been neither tried nor sentenced. He had developed acute pneumonia. Following his release, his family sought international treatment for his case, yet Israeli occupation authorities refused to allow his international travel; he was also denied permission to travel to the Israeli Hadassah hospital before his death in al-Khalil’s Mizan hospital on 10 April 2015. After the mass funeral march for Awad, his cousin Ziad Awad, 29, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces who fired on the protest after the funeral march with live ammunition.

Meanwhile, imprisoned Palestinian Jerusalemite Nazmi Azmi Muhyiddin al-Daqqaq, 28, was transferred to the Haddassah hospital for treatment after the drastic deterioration of his health. Seized by occupation forces on 20 January 2017 and accused of intending to carry out a resistance operation, he was taken to interrogation. However, no charges against him were ever proved or filed and he was instead ordered to three months in administrative detention without charge or trial. His mother and sister were forbidden from visiting him in the hospital on 12 February and his lawyer was told he may be transferred to the Ramle prison clinic to complete his treatment.

In addition, Palestinian child prisoner Ahmed Kaddour, 15, from the town of Beitunia near Ramallah, continues to suffer from a poor health situation and needs immediate release for treatment, said Palestinian lawyer Louay Akkeh of the Prisoners Affairs Commission.  He suffered from leukemia three years ago and continues to have seizures caused by epilepsy; he is not receiving appropriate medical treatment, Akkeh emphasized. Ahmed was arrested on 2 January by occupation forces who beat him with fists and rifle butts and was subjected to ongoing harassment, ill-treatment and humiliation.

Palestinian prisoner Rami Breish also continues to suffer due to medical neglect, said Palestinian lawyer Karim Ajwa. From the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah, Breish has been imprisoned since 2003 and suffers from a number of health issues, including an accelerated heartbeat and repeated ear infections and hearing loss in his right ear. Ajwa noted that Breish emphasized the continued suffering caused by the use of the “Bosta” to transfer ill prisoners for medical tests, with the transfer taking almost 24 hours to complete due to repeated stops and removals.

(Source / 14.02.2017)

Russia’s strategic vision for Israel

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take part in a joint news conference in Moscow, Nov. 20, 2013

On Feb. 11, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, stated that Iran is considering providing its air space to Russian military jets in order to support Syrian government ground operations.

The news bothered Israel, which a few days before the announcement had signaled its concern about ties between Moscow and Tehran. In an effort to calm the mood, Russian Ambassador to Israel Alexander Shein noted, “On the whole, the role of Russia in Syria is accepted by our Israeli colleagues with understanding. The only reservation they have is for them it would be best if there were US-Russian rather than Iranian-Russian cooperation in surmounting the Syrian crisis and fighting terrorism in the Middle East.” He said that Israel drew its own red lines, which is the transfer of modern weapons to Hezbollah and the “creation of an anti-Israel platform in the Golan Heights that would involve both the group and Iran.”

Maneuvering between Iran and Israel is not an ordeal. Political and military contacts between Russia and Israel are on the rise. Trying to make sense of what drives Israel’s major foreign policy imperatives and how they are shaped is getting even more important for Moscow.

First it should be said that Israelis consider their state to be in rather good shape both politically and economically. That assumption has certainly some solid ground: The country’s gross domestic product is growing, the high-tech industry is blooming, the political system is stable, Iran is not posing a direct threat to the security of the country and the Syrian army, as well as Hezbollah fighters, are preoccupied with the civil war in Syria. That does not mean Israel as a state is relaxed, because both domestic and external challenges are serious and have to be dealt with urgently and at the same time wisely.

The Israeli government is considered by both wings of the local political elite to be extremely populist. It lacks strategic views, especially on political developments and the Palestinian issue. The prime minister is under an official investigation for different corruption cases. Because of pressure from external challenges, there is a high possibility that a new election will take place within the course of this year. There are signs that elite groups have started to prepare themselves for a potential campaign.

Israelis view the Palestinian issue as an “inner problem,” but a problem that seriously affects Israel’s international standing. Both right- and left-wing politicians are offering their own ideas on how to address it. They believe that the time has come at least for Israel to formulate a distinct strategic plan for the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Proponents of this notion believe that a defensible solution for the conflict will likely bring the country to a new era both locally and globally. However, few in Moscow expect any bold moves in this direction in 2017, as Israelis would like to see what happens in Syria and what the US politics in the Middle East will be, because both aspects have direct implications on Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

One of the most sensitive tracks in Russian-Israeli relations is that Iran is still perceived in Tel Aviv as a major threat to Israel’s security, notwithstanding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Israelis worry about future nuclear developments in Iran, but Tel Aviv would again rather wait to see what Tehran is up to next. Iran’s activity in Syria and its support of Hezbollah and Hamas together with general incitement against the Jewish state make Israelis feel uncomfortable with the ayatollah regime. There is no doubt that Israel will not tolerate Shiite militias on its borders.

Israel is not a party at war in Syria. It does not support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State (IS) is not threatening Israel directly. However, Israel looks carefully at what’s going on in order to ensure the security of its northern borders.

Israel’s stable relations with Turkey, Egypt and Jordan are positive spots in the overall unstable situation in the Middle East, and Moscow welcomes such developments. Israelis tend to praise their positive developments with Saudi Arabia, and the Israeli expert community prefers to become closer to this Sunni power because it is more moderate toward Israel now. But the mainstream view from Russia is that since the Saudis are a very conservative state that tends to support fundamental Islam all over the world, their “positive inclination” toward Israel is more of a tactical move than a real desire to build working relations with the Jewish state.

Relations with the United States are another point on Russia’s radar screen for Israel. The United States is Israel’s strategic partner, and the Barak Obama administration reiterated this status even though the Israeli establishment wasn’t particularly happy with its policy toward the country. It feels like there is much uncertainty in Israel over expectations from the Donald Trump administration, but the general notion is that he will be much friendlier to Israel. One major caveat Israelis have is that Trump might continue Obama’s politics to shrink the US presence in the Middle East. That move would leave Israel alone in this unfriendly — if not hostile — to the Jewish state region that is extremely shaky nowadays. So there seems to be a strong movement among experts and politicians to shape a new modus operandi for the country “without America’s back behind Israel.”

A recent trend in Russia is to consider itself a potential major partner to Israel — a capable substitute, at least partially, for the United States. Having effectively “returned” to the Middle East, Russia is seeking to become a “fair moderator” in the region striving for its general stabilization. And Israel is perceived as a favorable partner in this scenario. But it takes two to tango: Israel is interested in building effective bilateral relations with the country that operates in a close proximity to its borders, but most probably no more than that. There are few signs that this attitude could change, unless major shifts occur in Russian domestic and foreign policy. For instance, Russia’s multifaceted cooperation with Iran is a big obstacle for a comprehensive partnership with Israel.

In a nutshell, Israel’s current most serious problems are within the country, including the Palestinian issue. Notwithstanding turmoil in the Middle East and potential major shifts in US foreign policy, Israel today is seen as strong enough to overcome its current challenges. To ensure its security in the future, Israel will have to create a framework in which it is able to have a say when local and world powers are mapping the region’s fate.

(Source / 14.02.2017)

Israel jails Palestinian for Facebook post


An Israeli court today issued a 17-month sentence against a Palestinian youth from the Shuafat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem, for inciting “terrorism” on Facebook and supporting a “terrorist” organisation.

Read: Facebook closes accounts of Palestine activists

An Israeli report said the court named 12 charges against the Palestinian citizen, all related to terrorism.

Over 200 criminal cases against Arab Israelis and Palestinians have been opened in recent months, but Israelis inciting racism against Arabs face no prosecution, an Israel-based NGO revealed last week.

In a survey covering 2016-published posts, the Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement found that 60,000 Israelis have written at least one racist post against Arabs on Facebook in 2016.

Also read: Hamas slams Facebook for blocking Palestinian activists’ accounts

A crackdown on Palestinian social media users has been carried on in cooperation with Facebook. The Israeli government agreed with the social network to combat alleged “incitement” by Palestinians as it features in their posts. As a result, a number of Palestinian activists and news outlets have had their accounts closed.

(Source / 14.02.2017)

Palestinian teenage girl convicted of ‘attempted murder’ in Jerusalem court


JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli magistrate’s court in Jerusalem convicted an imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl on charges of attempted murder and possession of a knife on Tuesday.

According to the defense lawyer Ramzi Kteilat, 17-year-old Malak Muhammad Salman was convicted for allegedly attempting to stab Israeli officers on Feb. 9, 2016 at the Damascus Gate entrance to occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
Israeli police claimed at the time that they stopped Salman for “moving in a suspicious way,” and then asked her to open her bag for inspection, when the teen allegedly pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the officers who “quickly controlled her without injuries.”
Salman has been held in Israel’s HaSharon prison since her detention, and Kteilat said that the girl would have another court session for sentencing on March 26.
Salman’s conviction is the latest in an Israeli crackdown on young Jerusalemite Palestinians, many of them women, who have been accused of involvement in attacks, while Israeli authorities have ordered lengthy prison sentences for Palestinians as young as 14 years old in both East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces have detained a number of Palestinians for allegedly being in possession of knives or having intentions to carry out attacks following a wave of unrest that began in October 2015, however, Israeli authorities’ version of events have been challenged in a number of incidents, while rights groups have also widely documented the mistreatment, abuse, and torture of Palestinian youth in detention, and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.
Meanwhile, despite “on paper” having more rights than Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank who are subject to a draconian military detention system, in practice, Jerusalem minors “do not enjoy their enshrined rights” under a discriminatory Israeli civilian court system, according to rights group Defense for Children International – Palestine.
On Sunday, an Israeli court sentenced Huthaifa Ishaq Taha, a 17-year-old resident of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, to 12 years in prison over charges of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem more than a year earlier.
Earlier this month, an Israeli court sentenced 16-year-old Manar Majdi Shweiki to six years in prison after being charged with knife possession and planning a stab attack.
Last month, an Israeli military court sentenced 16-year-old Amal Jamal Qabha to 18 months in prisonfor allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier last year.
Some of the harsher sentences to be handed down recently include a 35-year sentence to a 22-year-old Jerusalemite for allegedly assisting in a deadly stabbing attack, an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for an alleged stabbing attempt by a 17-year-old East Jerusalem girl, 16 years in prison for a 19-year-old Palestinian girl who was shot and injured while allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli settler, while a Palestinian youth was sentenced to 18 years in prison for allegedly throwing a rock at an Israeli vehicle that caused the death of an Israeli — representing the harshest sentence ever handed down for stone-throwing.
In January, prisoners’ rights group Addameer reported that Israel was holding 53 female Palestinian prisoners and some 300 Palestinian minors.
According to Addameer, among those detained between October 2015 and August 2016 were 13 underage girls, some of whom were wounded when Israeli forces detained them.
The group has also reported on the treatment of Palestinian women prisoners by Israeli prison authorities, stating that the majority of Palestinian women detainees were subjected to “psychological torture” and “ill-treatment” by Israeli authorities, including “various forms of sexual violence that occur such as beatings, insults, threats, body searches, and sexually explicit harassment.”
(Source / 14.02.2017)

Tunisian PM blasts German claims about migrants rejected by his government

Youssef Chahed, Tunisia's newly appointed Prime Minister addressing the Tunisian parliament on August 26, 2016

Youssef Chahed, Tunisia’s Prime Minister addressing the Tunisian parliament on August 26 2016

Tunisia’s prime minister has condemned the claims made by Germany that his country has been blocking failed asylum seekers from returning there. Amongst those allegedly rejected was the key suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack last year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed to discuss how the repatriation of Tunisians can be speeded up and given priority following the urgency prompted by the Berlin attack.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Daesh, on behalf of whom Tunisian Anis Amri was said to be acting. Twelve people were killed when he drove a stolen truck through the market. He had his asylum application rejected more than a year earlier but was prevented from being deported because of delays caused by Tunisian bureaucracy.

Read: Germany releases Tunisian suspect in Berlin truck attack

Chahed rejected the German claims. “One thing that I must say very clearly,” he told German newspaper Bild, “the Tunisian authorities have not made any mistakes.” Anis Amri was no terrorist when he left Tunisia in 2011, insisted the prime minister. “There were no signs that he had been radicalised.”

He explained that the Tunisian authorities acted correctly with regards to identity documents. “Here too, we are always in close contact with Germany.”

The prime minister hailed his country’s cooperation with Germany but called on Berlin to provide “clear evidence that we are really dealing with Tunisians” as far as suspected terrorists are concerned. Chahed estimates that there are around 1,000 Tunisians awaiting possible deportation from Germany. “Illegal immigrants who use false identity documents make it difficult and delay the process,” he explained.

Also read: Netanyahu compares Berlin attack to Palestinian resistance

Merkel has been under pressure to reduce the numbers of asylum seekers in Germany following the country’s absorption of over million migrants and refugees since 2015. The majority of those had fled fighting in Syria and qualified for a temporary stay. Germany has also processed asylum applications from Tunisians, Algerians and Moroccans. It is anticipating an increase in the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach mainland Europe as spring approaches.

Merkel has said she will support a proposal for Tunisia to set up “holding facilities” for those refugees rescued from the Mediterranean. She also stressed that in her meeting with Chahed they will need “to discuss calmly, with mutual respect, what possibilities exist” as well as Germany’s security cooperation with Tunisia.

(Source / 14.02.2017)

Syrian regime carried out ‘coordinated chemical attacks on Aleppo’

A Syrian child is treated in hospital after a suspected chemical attack in Idlib, Syria on 2 May 2016

A Syrian child is treated in hospital after a suspected chemical attack in Idlib, Syria on 2 May 2016

The Syrian regime carried out “coordinated chemical attacks on Aleppo”, a report by Human Rights Watch said, calling for the UN Security Council to impose sanctions.

The report published yesterday by the rights agency said that “Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during battles to retake the city late last year.”

The findings add to mounting evidence of the use of banned chemical weapons in the six-year Syrian civil war and could strengthen calls by Britain, France and the United States for sanctions against Syrian officials.

Read: Assad’s forces target civilians in Hama, Russian battleships bomb Idlib with rockets

Government helicopters dropped chlorine bombs “in residential areas in Aleppo on at least eight occasions between November 17 and December 13, 2016,” and “the pattern of the chlorine attacks shows that they were coordinated with the overall military strategy for retaking Aleppo, not the work of a few rogue elements,” the New York-based group said.

Syria and its ally Russia, which helped state troops in the Aleppo assault, have repeatedly denied using chemical weapons in the conflict. They blame opposition militants seeking to topple the government of President Bashar Al-Assad.

Russian involvement

Human Rights Watch said its report, which was based on interviews with witnesses, analysis of videos and photos and social media posts, did not find proof of Russian involvement in the chemical attacks, but noted Moscow’s key role in helping the government retake Aleppo.

However, a separate report by a Washington-based research centre, Atlantic Council, alleged that Moscow targeted civilians.

The report by the Washington think tank challenges Russian claims and shows that hospitals were bombed multiple times. It indicates that Russian aircraft used incendiary munitions and cluster bombs, despite the Kremlin’s denials, and concludes that Syrian forces used chlorine gas on a far greater scale than is commonly believed.

The analysis is presented in a report entitled “Breaking Aleppo” which was compiled using detailed digital forensic technology, satellite imagery, social media, mobile phone calls and eyewitness accounts.

Also read: Assad says One drop of Russian blood more valuable than anything else

Allegations of war crimes have consistently resurfaced throughout the war in Syria. The UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) assigned an inquiry to identify organisations and individuals responsible for the chemical attacks concluded last October that Syrian government forces had used chlorine as a chemical weapon at least three times in 2014-15. Daesh had used sulphur mustard gas in one attack, it said.

The UN Security Council extended the mandate of the inquiry, known as the Joint Investigative Mission (JIM), until November this year. It is due to issue its next report by Saturday.

(Source / 14.02.2017)

Israel tells Gaza heart patient: Spy for us or die

Ahmed was explicitly told by Israeli security forces – in order to have his operation, he would have to spy for Israel

A heart patient from Gaza has died after he refused an Israeli offer to spy on Palestinian in order to access treatment.

Seventeen-year-old Ahmed was born with a congenital heart defect and had undergone a number of operations. He regularly made the trip from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank for treatment and underwent 18 operations in Israeli hospitals.

The operation to have his heart valve replaced was postponed a number of times until finally he was asked to meet an intelligence officer at the Erez crossing, the only border passage open for Gazans to enter Israel.

Read: 28% of Gazan requests for cancer treatment denied or ignored by Israel

During the meeting, Ahmed was explicitly told that in order to have his operation, he would have to cooperate with the security forces and spy for Israel.

According to Ahmed’s father, Hassan Shubeir, the Israeli intelligence officer told Ahmed that he wanted him to help by giving Israel the names of specific locations in Gaza. He said he would send him to an Israeli hospital in exchange for the information.

Ahmed refused.

Also read: In Israeli-blockaded Gaza, more unemployment and fewer exit permits

The Israeli officer told him that if he doesn’t provide the information he would not be allowed to cross the border.

Ahmed chose to stay in Gaza even if it meant signing his own death warrant.

Back in Gaza, Ahmed’s health deteriorated and he passed away last month.

(Source / 14.02.2017)

School of Nabi Samuel … prison for 15 students


Nabi Samuel school does not have the appearance of a normal school but rather looks like a prison wrapped with barbed wire and iron bars. The village of Nabi Samuel lies northwest of Jerusalem and most of its inhabitants were forcibly displaced in 1967. The village was later separated by the Apartheid Wall in 2011, which restricted its residents’ freedom of movement.

A room and a shed

Only 15 students attend the school every morning, it has no buildings nor classrooms, just one room and a shed, which was added recently.

Nawal Barakat, the chairperson of a women society in Nabi Samuel, said that the educational sector in the village is considered a problem, pointing out that 40 students leave their homes every day to reach schools in other villages with great difficulty.

“The school includes a room and a container for 15 students from the first to the third grade, which means that the room is divided into three parts,” she added.

Barakat pointed out in a statement to Quds Press that the school is next to an Israeli settlement which is a source of constant fear and worry over the safety of children despite the barbed wire and iron bars.

“The settlement turns into a nightclub each night especially during Jewish holidays. This is not acceptable by the people of the village and sometimes clashes erupt because of that,” she continued.

Big suffering

Nabi Samuel village, sprawling over 4500 dunums, has a population of 250 people only. The educational sector is not the only problem there, but also health, economic and service sectors. The Palestinian Authority is not able to solve such problems while the Israeli occupation continues to harass its population.

Inhabitants of Nabi Samuel village experience difficulty each time they pass through Israeli checkpoints. They have to go through military checkpoints when they enter or exit the village.

Barakat pointed out that workers suffer greatly on checkpoints since there are no places to work in the village. Every time the residents tried to establish a business, it would be destroyed by Israeli bulldozers under the pretext of building without a permit.

Students suffer on daily basis due to the absence of transportation in addition to humiliating search at the Israeli road barriers and some of them leave school due to such practices.

The village contains one of the most important historic landmarks in the vicinity of Jerusalem namely the mosque of Nabi Samuel. Unfortunately, the ground floor of the mosque was turned into a synagogue for Jewish settlers to come and practice their rituals.

(Source / 14.02.2017)

Israeli police arrest Palestinian workers in Umm al-Fahm


Israeli police along with border guards on Tuesday carried out a large-scale arrest campaign against Palestinians, from Jenin province in the West Bank, while working in Umm al-Fahm city in 1948 Occupied Palestine for lacking work permits.

The PIC reporter revealed that Israeli policemen, disguised in civil uniform, stormed facilities in the city and arrested at least eight workers. They were interrogated in the field then transferred to police investigation centers.

Palestinians of the West Bank who work in 1948 Occupied Palestine are usually subjected to abuse and arrests by Israeli authorities which impose high fines on their employers as well.

(Source / 14.02.2017)

European Fundamentalism…’Metaphysics of the Current Scene’


Heinz-Christian Strache of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPOe) speaks during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, June 17, 2016. “Sicherheit” means “Safety”

Cairo – Many questions have emerged after a report issued by the Amnesty International – on 17 January – revealed that a series of new anti-terrorism laws across Europe will cause discrimination against Muslims and refugees, spreading fears and feelings of alienation.

Amnesty International expert Julia Hall – who wrote the report – said that foreigners and Muslims are being described as terrorists across the regions of the European Union, which is a stereotyped view that will affect these communities and consequently raise fears and concerns among their members.

Recalling Old Past

First, we can see that right-wing parties in Europe aimed to recall the old past-view of Islam in Europe. For example, Head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) Heinz-Christian Strache announced before his crowds that it’s time to confront the Islamization of Europe, and that banning Islamic religious slogans in the Old Continent has became a must – he also called for the confrontation of asylum waves, which brought 600,000 Muslims to Austria.

Strache and his peers among the European leaderships have recalled speeches on the Fascist Islam, which – for them – is known with its hatred for woman and its opposition to liberalism and freedom values.

Thus, the arrival of the Austrian right-wing Leader’s peers to the rule in Germany, Italy, France, and Britain will be a disaster for Europe. These prospects urged the British Daily Mail to publish a report in which it warned from the possibility of Europe drifting to religious wars in the few coming years as a rejection to transform it into a Muslim continent.

The newspaper reported that the roots of this crisis emerged in 2015 when Germany received 1.5 million refugee with the majority of them being Muslims. The ascension of fundamentalist voices in Europe has also attracted Americans’ attention, despite the problems which they already suffer from including ethnic and cultural disturbances – mainly Islamophobia.

Surprisingly, the European fundamentalist voices exploit negative views and misunderstandings to exaggerate their incitement – and although we are now living in the second decade of the 21th century but economic, social, and personal basis remain the main reasons behind conflicts and disputes between Europe and East.

According to Samuel Huntington’s theory, non-Christian voices in the Eurasian pole – supporting the European fundamentalism – contribute in inciting wars and disputes between Europe and the East.

In October 2016, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow, Pinchas Goldschmidt, warned Europeans from the “radical Islam” (as he described) on their territories. Goldschmidt considered that this “radicalism” threats the Jewish existence in Europe.

Goldschmidt is not the only one, for instance, the Buddhist Leader, Dalai Lama, also criticized the German government for receiving Arab and Muslim refugees and said that Germany can never be transferred into an Arabian country.

Cultural Superiority

The European fundamentalism is just another face for the European cultural superiority, which has dominated the European mindset hundreds of years ago. Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently stated that Europe should announce its superiority over Islam, and unfortunately his statement found supporting echoes.

Other Factors..

Many other factors have also contributed in the ascension of fundamentalism in Europe starting with the global economic crisis in 2007. This crisis generated many national and popular conflicts, for example; Britons refuse to bear the consequences of the Greek failure – Germans are tired from supporting Italians, Spanish and Portuguese – and the French are angry on everyone else.

This modern nationalism emerged from the heart of financial crises and anger among European countries, however, these countries preferred to unload their anger and concerns on refugees and Muslims.

The European scene seems unstable, in fact, it’s clearly expectable to see more fundamentalism especially amid the decisive upcoming elections across Europe.

However, Europe should reconsider its crises instead of blaming refugees and Muslims for its problems. Perhaps the near future will bring new voices that call for building connection bridges instead of walls and barriers.

(Source / 14.02.2017)