Italy Rightists Raze Verona Mosque

Last week, bulldozers brought down a building housing a Muslim prayer room in Verona, as the land will be turned into a park and parking lot – named after the Italian writer Oriana Falacci. The move comes from the country’s anti-immigrant Northern League, as it carries out its latest mission. Abu Shwaima, the leader of the prayer area, says that he believes the life of Italian Muslims will soon get more complicated. “The mosque destruction is sign of spiraling Islamophobia in many European countries… We live in a state of anticipation and fear after the mosque was destroyed and we want Arab and Muslim governments to pile pressures on Italy to stop anti-immigrant and anti-Islam policies,” he said. There are nearly 20,000 Muslim in the city of Verona.