Honor Killing Case: Brothers of Slain Turkish Woman to Be Retried

Two brothers of a Turkish woman murdered in Germany in an honor killing have been ordered to be retried on charges of accessory to murder in the 2005 incident. There are suspicions that her youngest brother, who was convicted of the crime, did not act alone. A German court has ordered the reopening of the trial of two Turkish immigrants who were acquitted of charges related to the honor killing of their sister, who apparently led a lifestyle that was too Western for her conservative siblings. Germany’s Federal Court of Justice in Leipzig on Tuesday ordered the 26- and 28-year-old brothers of Hatun S_r_c_ to be retried. S_r_c_’s youngest brother, who was 18 at the time, was convicted of shooting and killing the 23-year-old single mother.

Arab House urges Muslim youth to not be seen as “a problem”

The coordinator of Investigaci_n de la Casa _rabe, Elena Agirita, emphasized yesterday the necessity to break with the image of the Muslim youth as potential elements of social conflict and maladjusted to western societies. This week, The Young and also Muslim secretary of the course . The new Muslim generation in Europe and the Islamic countries that are celebrated this week in the University the International Men_ndez Pelayo (UIMP) criticized in press conference the perpetuaci_n of the stereotypes through visions sensationalists or who emphasize the ignorance and the problems of integration of this group. La coordinadora de Investigaci_n de la Casa _rabe, Elena Agirita, enfatiz_ ayer la necesidad de “romper” con la imagen de los j_venes musulmanes como “potenciales elementos de conflicto social y de inadaptaci_n a las sociedades occidentales”. The course, “Young and also Muslim: The new Muslim generation in Europe and Islamic countries” is celebrated this week at the Universidad Internacional Men_ndez Pelayo (UIMP). In a press conference related to this event, its spokesman criticized the “perpetuation of stereotypes” through “sensationalist” reporting that emphasizes the ignorance of this groups and its problems with integration.

Imams at Center of the Regional Council of the Muslim Faith

By Azzedine Gaci, {Head of the Conseil R_gional du Culte Musulman (CRCM), R_gion Rh_ne Alpes and teacher/researcher at the _cole sup_rieure de chimie physique _lectronique of Lyon (CPE Lyon)} At the very most, France has no more than 2,000 mosques and places of Islamic worship. Daily prayers and Friday services are led by approximately 1,500 to 1,800 imams across the country. When created in May 2003, the Conseil Fran_ais du Culte Musulman (CFCM) was supposed to prioritize a program for overseeing imams in France. Internal quarrels, however, have dominated the organization and the demand for this oversight has calmed in the political sphere. Since 2003, four ministers of Interior (among them Nicolas Sarkozy) and Muslim religious leaders have been responsible for monitoring the situation. Each time a minister has brought attention to the issue, however, there has been little follow-up.

Put the Imam at the centre of the organisation of the Muslim cult

France counts today more than 2,000 mosques and places of worship. About 1,500 ti 1,800 imams lead daily prayers and celebrate the preach on Friday. When it was created in May 2003, the French Council for Muslim Cult (CFCM) had the training of imams at the top of its priorities. Hindered by internal disputes and incapable to go beyond group loyalties, the leaders of CFCM have never been able to put forward any serious proposal. Political leaders have not always seemed to grasp the importance of the issue. Since 2003, four ministers of the Interior and Cults, including current president Mr Sarkozy, have occupied the Place Beauvau (home of the Interior Ministry). Each time, the Minister aims to address the issue of the training of imams, displays a can-do attitude, and each time ho goes away without really tackling the issue. The authority of Islam in France is plural, and no personality – as respected as he may be – can pretend to express the voice of all Muslims, which is a real problem in France.

Where French Muslims battle to integrate

Leila Laouati is leaving France. At 30, she still lives in her home town of Dreux, 60 miles west of Paris, in her childhood room in her parents’ apartment. But in September she starts work teaching French in the Japanese prefecture of Osaka. The multilingual Ms Laouati has a degree in international relations from the Sorbonne. However, she is also the daughter of Algerian immigrants, and in 10 years of looking for work encountered an overt racism familiar to Muslims in France. One job interviewer expressed doubt that she could work with French people. But I am French, Ms Laouati replied. It did no good. She never found permanent work. France doesn’t need me, so I don’t need it, she says now…

Cemetery plans opposed

Plans to create a 31-acre Muslim cemetery on land surrounding the conservation village of Carmunnock in Scotland have been opposed by locals. Villagers have launched a campaign to stop green belt land around the area being used for the new cemetery. Glasgow Central Mosque insists the new site would be kept as a green area with just one or two funerals a week. {Article continues [here.}->http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=FF62AF54E1735233A0451EE6&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Imams blame foreign policy for rise in extremism

The majority of Scotland’s Islamic leaders believe UK foreign policy is the reason behind Muslims turning to extremism, a study has found. Out of 31 mosque leaders almost half believed extremist behaviour existed in Scotland with many citing UK foreign policy as the reason. A lack of parental guidance and the misinterpretation of Islam were also given as factors. The study, by the Council of British Pakistanis (CBP) in Scotland, was compiled as part of a Scottish Executive project. {Article continues [here.}->http://themuslimweekly.com/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=D083DE079C082F44CF6441D0&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Denmark: Creative Integration: Denmark to Immigrants — Let’s Ride

By Josh Ward Immigrants to Denmark have to learn how to become Danish. And if there is one thing the Danes do a lot of, it’s ride bikes. Classes to teach newcomers how to cycle have proven popular. In the summer of 2005, Denmark decided that, if you want to live in Denmark, you have to do what the Danes do. The mandated checklist includes learning Danish, understanding the “fundamental norms and values of Danish society,” and making an effort to participate in the community. Those who drafted that law, however, seem to have forgotten one vital aspect of being Danish — expert command of the humble bicycle. The country’s Red Cross though, is doing what it can to fix that omission. For three years now, the Danish Red Cross has been offering free cycling classes for immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Most of the people who take advantage of the program are women from the Middle East, according to Uzma Andresen, a consultant who helps the Danish Red Cross develop and implement integration programs.

UK Muslims suffer growing suspicion

A recent poll showing that Britons are the most suspicious about Muslims unnerved the sizable Muslim minority in the UK. LONDON – The latest Financial Times opinion poll which showed that Britons are the most suspicious about Muslims has unnerved the sizable Muslim minority in the European country, the second largest on the continent. “I would happily send my children to a Muslim school, but I know my wife wouldn’t,” David Flisher from Ipswich, a non-metropolitan district in the peninsula of East Anglia in eastern England, told IslamOnline.

Attitudes Toward Muslims Mixed in Europe and the U.S.

“A new Financial Times/Harris Poll of cross sections of adults in the five largest European countries and the United States looks at attitudes toward Muslims and finds differing opinions on Muslims as a threat to national security, prejudice towards Muslims and whether parents would object to a child marrying a Muslim.

When it comes to Muslims as a threat to national security, the British are the most wary as 38 percent say the presence of Muslims in their country is a threat, followed by 30 percent of Italians and 28 percent of Germans who believe the same. Approximately one in five French (20%), American (21%) and Spanish (23%) adults also say the presence of Muslims in their respective countries is a threat to national security. With the exception of Spain and Great Britain, where large pluralities say the presence of Muslims does present a threat to national security, majorities of adults in the other four countries say they do not present a threat.

These are some of the results of a Financial Times/Harris Poll conducted online by Harris Interactive® among a total of 6,398 adults aged 16 to 64 within France; Germany, Great Britain, Spain, the United States, and adults aged 18 to 64 in Italy, between August 1 and 13, 2007.

A summary of the report can be found here.