Dutch ministers take action on street youth

Dutch ministers pledged to meet with local officials in neighborhoods where many immigrants live, in an effort to curb the “nuisance” caused by gangs of Dutch Moroccan youth. A heated debate in parliament erupted between home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst and justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin – this following growing unease about the behavior of Dutch-Moroccan youth who appear to be creating “no-go” areas in the city of Gouda. The ministers pledged that no-one ought to get away with making the streets unsafe. Verbal harassment, spitting, and swearing are some of the activities that the Dutch-Moroccan youth are accused of. Unemployment and leaving school early are citied among the reasons why these youth may be engaging in such activities.

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“Immigrant massacre” in Caserta stirs concern

Italy is dealing with a rise in immigrant anger this week after protests erupted against the violent attacks directed at African immigrants. At Caserta, located in the north of Naples, riots sparked after the Naples mafia was linked to the gang-related killing of six Africans – three Ghanians, two Liberians, and a Togolese. In Milan, thousands took to the streets to condemn the beating to death of a young man from Burkina Faso, who was caught stealing biscuits from a local bar. While the events are unrelated, they show an increasing divide between African descended Italian citizens and migrants, and other Italians, with underlying tensions of skin color and racist concerns. The cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi approved 500 troops to monitor Caserta, and remain in the area for thee months to safeguard the area.

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Paris Prosecutors Determine that September 6th Attack was not anti-Semitic

Paris judicial officials have decided that an attack on three Jewish youths on September 6th in eastern Paris (the same street where a Jewish teenager was beaten in June) did not have anti-Semitic motives. The five suspects were charged with simple voluntary violence. The three young yarmulkes-wearing Jews were attacked after demanding an explanation from other youths who allegedly threw a chestnut at them. One suffered a broken nose, and another a fractured cheekbone.

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Preliminary Charges In Attack on Jewish Teen in Paris

French authorities are filing preliminary charges of “attempted murder with anti-Semitic motives” against three suspects charged with beating a Jewish teenager on June 21st in Paris, who later spent two days in a coma. Libération newspaper claims that such altercations are on the rise among youth gangs in the 19th district of Paris.

The June attack was immediately condemned by President Sarkozy, who was on a three-day visit to Israel at the time and “assure[d] the victim and his family of his support and renews his total determination to fight all forms of racism and anti-Semitism.” Mohamed Moussaoui, the new president of the CFCM (French Council of the Muslim Faith) stated in Le Figaro that he was concerned about the attack like “All other French people. Not especially as Muslims. We live in harmony with the other religions. The isolated incidents of anti-Semitism carried out by Muslims should be not over generalized.” France has the largest populations of Muslims and Jews living in close proximity outside of the Middle East.

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More details on the attack here.

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Moussaoui’s comments in Le Figaro available here .