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Sydsvenskan: ”De har inte kritiserats tidigare just för att de är muslimer.”

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Alla politiker och makthavare måste utsättas för kritisk granskning i ett demokratiskt samhälle, även om de råkar vara muslimer.
Det skriver Pernilla Ouis, docent i hälsa och samhälle med inriktning på etniska relationer vid Malmö högskola.

Mehmet Kaplan och Yasri Khan. Det...Pernilla Ouis

Det stämmer inte att Mehmet Kaplan, Yasri Khan och andra muslimska miljöpartister kritiserats bara för att de är muslimer, och att det är ett uttryck för islamofobi. Jag skulle säga precis tvärtom: De har inte kritiserats tidigare just för att de är muslimer. Varför inte? Förmodligen handlar det om en rädsla hos kritiker att bli anklagade för islamofobi och rasism. Det är problematiskt, eftersom alla politiker och makthavare måste utsättas för kritisk granskning i ett demokratiskt samhälle, även om de råkar vara muslimer.

Att vara muslim innebär inte per automatik att man har en given eller gemensam uppsättning åsikter i alla frågor. Muslimer är individer som alla andra. Därtill kan islam tolkas på vitt skilda sätt, precis som alla andra religioner och ideologier.

Läs också: ”Se upp för halal-hippier”Kan vi veta något om de religiösa uppfattningar hos de muslimer som lämnat sina uppdrag i Miljöpartiet? Jo, faktiskt, eftersom dessa politiker samtidigt har representerat islamiska organisationer, vars agenda och ståndpunkter är mycket lätta att studera för den intresserade.

Det finns naturligtvis ingen anledning för något parti att ifrågasätta eller utföra åsiktskontroller av muslimer som vill engagera sig politiskt. Men det gäller inte för dem som erbjuds förtroendeposter i partiet och som samtidigt företräder organisationer som har samröre med shariaförespråkare, antisemiter och fascister. Det borde vara oförenligt i alla demokratiska partier.

Mehmet Kaplan har haft framträdande poster i muslimska organisationer som har ideologiska kopplingar till muslimska brödraskapet, en rörelse som av vissa klassas som extremistisk och fascistoid, men som av andra betraktas som demokratisk och reformvänlig jämfört med andra islamistiska grupperingar. Det dilemma dessa organisationer måste parera är anklagelser utifrån att de är alltför extrema, samtidigt med en intern kritik om kompromissande och sell-out i utbyte mot politiskt inflytande.

Vad kan man påstå om en muslims kvinnosyn utifrån ett uteblivet handslag? Det liberala argumentet att ”man får hälsa som man vill” är bara giltigt om man är konsekvent i sin hälsning gentemot andra människor, men inte om man särskiljer utifrån kön eller någon annan kategori såsom etnicitet eller religion. Ett parallellt exempel är kvinnor som måste byta plats på flygplan eftersom ortodoxa judiska män vägrar att sitta bredvid dem. Religionsutövning som kränker andra måste rimligtvis problematiseras.

Beröringsskräck med människor av motsatt kön i bokstavlig mening skulle välvilligt kunna tolkas som förenlig med ett slags särartsfeminism. Men den kan också tolkas som ett uttryck för könens isärhållande och manlig överordning; de grundläggande elementen i patriarkatet och därmed oförenligt med feminism. Vägran att skaka hand över könsgränserna kan ses som en symbolfråga med djupare innebörder.

Vissa hävdar att Miljöpartiet infiltrerats av islamister. Det är en allvarlig anklagelse som bör beläggas innan den upprepas som en sanning. Men det finns ideologiska inslag i Miljöpartiet som kan tilltala muslimer. Partiet står för en tolerant mångfald och den centrala miljöfrågan är förenlig med islamisk ekoteologi. I partiets gröna ideologi finns en uttalad solidaritet med utsatta, samtidigt som fri företagsamhet förespråkas utan en hårdför ekonomisk högerpolitik. Det är element som många muslimer kan finna förenliga med sin islamiska livsåskådning. De värden som kan tolkas in i islam, förutom kvinnoförtryck och sharialagar, diskuteras tyvärr alltför sällan. När får muslimer bli jämlika diskussionspartner, där deras religiösa uppfattningar i olika frågor tas på allvar för att kunna avfärdas eller anammas?

Miljöpartiet, som representant för de goda och toleranta, har låtit bli att kritiskt diskutera de muslimska partikamraternas hållning i vissa kärnfrågor. Det är en inställning som avslöjar både ointresse och okunskap inför den Andra. Att acceptera åsikter och handlingar hos den Andra (läs: muslimer), som är oacceptabla för en själv (läs: miljöpartister), är definitivt ett utslag av islamofobi.

Det är hedrande att Miljöpartiet har en stor andel engagerade muslimer, men det är lika vanhedrande för partiet om det inte är konsekvent i sin antifascism och feminism. Framtiden får utvisa om Miljöpartiet förmår gå stärkt ur dagens kris.

Pernilla Ouis

SKRIBENTENPernilla Ouis är docent i hälsa och samhälle med inriktning på etniska relationer vid Malmö högskola.

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Sudanes sade han var 17 år men var närmare 30

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Jonathan Nicola, center, in a basketball game in January. CreditNick Brancaccio/Windsor Star

A South Sudan immigrant and standout basketball player at a Catholic high school in Canada has been arrested after it was revealed that his true age is not 17, but closer to 29, the authorities said.

The student, Jonathan Nicola, who is 6 foot 9 and wears size 16 shoes, had been attending Catholic Central High School in Windsor, Ontario, as an 11th grader for the past six months after arriving on a student visa, The Windsor Star reported. He was so good that his coach was promoting him as a prospect to play in the N.B.A.

But the Canada Border Services Agency has accused Mr. Nicola of misrepresenting material facts on his application for a study permit. He was arrested after the authorities showed up at the principal’s office at the end of a school day this month and asked him how old he was. He admitted he wasn’t 17, immigration officials said.

In an interview with The Star, Mr. Nicola described the difficulties of gaining a visa from his home country, which has been thrown into chaos by war and terrorism. He said it took him six months, and he left South Sudan in November 2015 for a better life, arriving in Windsor, Ontario, three days before what he said was his 17th birthday.

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Jonathan Nicola, center, was so good that his coach was promoting him as a prospect to play in the N.B.A.CreditNick Brancaccio/Windsor Star

“I really am happy that I am here, happy with the nice people who support me,” he told The Star.

He had received a study permit and an athletic scholarship to Catholic Central High, reports said. Mr. Nicola lived with the basketball team’s head coach, Pete Cusumano, through a program called Canada Homestay, which finds homes for foreign students. But his rising star began to fall in mid-April.

The trouble started when the border agency took a closer look at Mr. Nicola’s application for the study permit. An agency spokeswoman, Julie Campbell, said he had listed a birth date of Nov. 25, 1998.

That would make him 17.

But information emerged that he had also unsuccessfully applied for an American visitor visa, and had given a birth date of Nov. 1, 1986, Ms. Campbell said.

That would make him 30 in November.

The authorities matched his fingerprints with those of a person who had applied to enter the United States using the 1986 birth date. The match was confirmed on April 15, and he was arrested the same day, Ms. Campbell said.

Mr. Nicola was being held at the South West Detention Center, reports say, and has had two reviews before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Another hearing is scheduled for next month.

Stephen Fields, a spokesman for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, said in an email Thursday that he could not comment on the case because of Canadian privacy laws. But, in general, he wrote, the school board had a “rigorous system” that required all international students to present valid government documentation before they enrolled.

There is still a lot more unclear about Mr. Nicola, such as the true spelling of his name (some news outlets spelled it Jonathon) and how he was able to pose as a teenager. Coach Cusumano told CTV News Windsor that Mr. Nicola was a “kindhearted young man” and added, “At some point, I’m going to forgive him.”

At one hearing via video conference, according to The Globe and Mail, Mr. Nicola told the Immigration and Refugee Board: “I am not a liar person. I did not come here to harm any people or do something bad.”

When Canadian officials visited him in the principal’s office, he told them he wasn’t really sure how old he was, a government lawyer told a hearing. The lawyer said Mr. Nicola had been born in Saudi Arabia, where his father works as a mechanical engineer and his mother lives. Mr. Nicola also told the hearing that he had moved around a lot in South Sudan, and that his mother told him he was different ages.

The arrest prompted an outpouring on social media. One Twitter user,@omersulimann, wrote in part, “So you’re telling me this whole time I was playing hard defense on a man that could basically be my dad. …”

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Kristna attackeras i Aleppo

‘At least 8 children dead’ as Christian neighbourhoods attacked in Aleppo

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Fighting has intensified in Aleppo over the past few days.

Christian and Kurdish neighbourhoods in Aleppo have come under attack and a number of children have been killed as Syria continues to struggle with intensified fighting, more than five years into its civil war.

On Monday the Christian neighbourhood of Sulaymaniyah in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria and populated mainly by Armenians and Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs, was attacked.

A Demand for Action (ADFA), a group working for the protection of minorities in the Middle East, said in an update on Facebook that Sulaymaniyah came under fire from ”terrorists”.

”It was only weeks after photos had been circulated all over the world, depicting the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II celebrating with the inhabitants of Aleppo, that Christians were finally safe. Now, they are under heavy attack again. Many children were killed today,” ADFA said.

It posted a video clip by Inews, in which Aleppo residents ”are begging the world not to forget them. They cry out: ‘They want to exterminate us. Enough is enough. We have been forgotten, why… why… we are begging…'”

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ADFA’s founder Nuri Kino, an Assyrian, confirmed to Christian Today that Kurdish and Christian children had been killed in the fighting.

”Turkish forces fighting together with the so-called opposition have been fighting the regime’s army for a couple of days now, heavy fighting. But what people could not see coming was the attacks against Christian neighbourhoods,” he said. ”Kurdish neighbourhoods have also been attacked. Both the Christians and the Kurdish are seen as the enemy, it’s a mess.”

A cousin of Kino’s mother is currently in Aleppo. She told him this morning: ”We were praying that we could get some rest from the war, that it is over, just weeks ago we started to get normal life back. Now, we have lost all hope, we just want out of here, there is no one to protect us. I can’t take it any more, I can’t see more friends, relatives or neighbours lose their children from the bombs of the terrorists.

”We are all dead, in a way or another, life came back to us as for a vacation but now dead has taken over again. We are begging the world to find a solution to stop this war, please, please, no more children suffering, tell them Nuri, tell them”.

Spokeswoman for ADFA, Diana Yaqco, said: ”All I can say on this situation [is] that it is incredibly sad and it’s not a surprise either. We are being hunted all the time, not just for being a minority people but for our religion also… This week was the commemoration [of] 101 years since the genocide of Armenians, Assyrians at the hands of Ottoman Empire.

”This genocide I feel will continue to follow us, world leaders can recognise it, stamp it onto papers, but what’s the use when we are still being killed for the same reasons we were being killed 101 years ago?”

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights today said that at least 30 people, including at least eight children, had been killed in Aleppo in the last 24 hours.

Fighting between the Syrian government’s forces and rebels across the city also injured dozens more, the monitoring group said.

According to Reuters, fighting has intensified in Aleppo over the last few days after a partial truce agreed in February almost collapsed.

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The Third Jihad – En muslims syn på politisk islam

 

The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision For America is a 2008documentary film directed by Wayne Kopping of South Africa and Erik Werth, and produced by Erik Werth and Raphael Shore, a CanadianIsraeli, with financing from the Clarion Fund.

Film dwells on idea of alleged threat of radical Islam in the United States, and centers around a Muslim Brotherhood document,[1] accepted as evidence in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development terror financing trial.

The filmmakers contend, based on that document, that radical Islamists are engaging in a “multifaceted strategy to overcome the western world,” waging a “cultural jihad” to “infiltrate and undermine our society from within”.[2] The film, narrated by Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a controversial Muslim American.

 

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