In Mayotte, Muslim leaders support Marine Le Pen

When Marine Le Pen arrived in Mayotte she was warmly greeted by Muslim leaders on the island, among them the High Cadi who prayed that she would be the 2017 president-elect.

The High Cadi and six other judges requested, using a translator, that “their role in the fight against fundamentalism would be remembered.” He also “ask[ed] God” that Le Pen become president in 2017.

Since April 2016, Mayotte’s 19 judges have depended on a social mediation service within the city council pay them.

“You have a spiritual magisterium, must we delegate the role of the Republic to a religious representative? I’m unconvinced,” she responded, while adding that she is “convinced [their] influence allowed for monitoring the possible dangers that weigh on the island due to the abandonment of the state’s role as a state.”

“I will fight against Islamic fundamentalism” she insisted. “It’s a common adversary shared with the High Cadi.” Le Pen was also received by several associations, including the presidents of the chamber of agriculture and the chamber of trade.

Catalonia admits that the regulation of the burqa causes alarm in Muslim groups

22 August 2013

The General Director of Religious Affairs of the Generalitat, Enric Vendrell, admitted that the regulation of the burqa in public spaces has generated “alarm” in the Muslim community living in Catalonia. Vendrell promises dialogue and mediation to approach this question and recognizes that the use of the burqa is residual in Catalonia. He also highlighted that in Catalonia there are “no problems of coexistence between citizens on religious grounds”.

The law (first issued by the city of Lleida) implements ban of the burqa in public space and a fee of 600 euros for the ones infringing the prohibition. After several appeals, the Spanish Supreme Court stated on the basis of the religious Freedom Law that the ban was not valid. However, now, the Catalonian Parlament has asked the Generalitat (Autonomous Government) to consider a new law prohibiting the cover of the face in public spaces due to security reasons.

Philly security firm sued over Muslim head scarf

The EEOC is suing ABM Security Services, which provides guards for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, for religious discrimination after an employee claimed she was forced to choose between keeping her job and wearing her traditional Muslim head covering.
ABM hired Tahira, a devout Muslim, and she reported for training wearing a khimar, a head covering worn by some Muslim women. Her trainer told her to take off the scarf, but she refused, explaining that her religion required it. An ABM representative told her that she could not work at the convention center while wearing the khimar and sent her home.
Tahira filed an EEOC complaint, noting that ABM never discussed accommodations that would allow her to perform the job and observe her religious beliefs. EEOC mediation attempts failed, and now, barring a settlement, the lawsuit will go to trial.

Honour Killing in Stolzenau, Lower Saxony


On Monday, a 35-year old man of Yazidi faith, who moved to Germany from Iraq in 2008, shot his 13-year-old daughter following a family mediation session with youth authorities in Stolzenau, Lower Saxony. Souzan B. had moved out of the family home due to family disputes a few months ago and had since been living in a state children’s home, supported by local authorities. Following an attempt at reconciliation between Souzan and her family, which had failed as Souzan refused to move back into the family home, the father had opened fire at her outside the authorities’ office and in front of the rest of the family. Following the incident, the man escaped and is still on the run, hunted by the police.

Mosques at the centre of local election campaign in Basque Country

The nearly 24 mosques that currently exist in the Basque country are insufficient to meet the needs of a growing Muslim population. Adding to the well-known difficulty in getting the necessary permits to open new places of worship, the Muslim communities are now faced with being a peon at the onset of municipal election campaigns. The attempt of mediation by some neighbourhood associations so as to achieve consensus between City Council proposals, Muslim communities and angry neighbours has been unsuccessful, but it becomes even more difficult as the Popular Party takes any opportunity to accuse the current government of not providing the positive and necessary answers to neighbourhood associations (read Spanish and Catholic).

Do we tolerate sexism if it is Muslim?

In Spain they’re living about 1.3 million Muslims and the question that flourish is how can to handle some extreme situations. In some cases tolerated behaviors in the immigrants’ homeland are legally prosecuted, because they transgress fundamental rights in Spain.

One main problem is how to handle with problems that affect the relation between genders. Is the solution to mediate in the situations where the rights of a women has been attacked, denying women their rights in order to avoid the conflicts with the Muslim community or should it be report to the police in order to proceed legally?

What is happening in Spain is that they’re two different perspectives about this issue. Sometimes, locally they´re using the mediation, but at state level the General Director for Religious Affairs pending from the Justice Ministry says that the first step is to offer protection and ensure the right of the victims.

The HALDE’s decision on equality between pupils

HALDE (Authority to fight discrimination and promote equality) Decision on difference between Muslim and Hinduist pupils in a school canteen. Plaintiffs invoke a discrimination based on a lack of proteic meat substitute. Since plaintiffs and defendants first agreed on a mediation phase, the HALDE confirmed that an agreement had to be reached between the parties.

Turkish “Guest workers” become “Hosts” in Germany

{Over the past several decades, the German Muslim immigrant community has undergone a transition from being one of “Guest workers” (in which immigrants lived in Germany on a temporary, seasonal basis in segregated communities) to one in which immigrants and German society are trying to facilitate a long-term integration of immigrants into mainstream society. This transition has brought formerly marginal and transient Muslim immigrants to a central place in mediation with local officials and mainstream society on behalf of newer immigrants with hopes of long-term residence and integration.} Original Title: “Turkish Guests become hosts in their community” By Hugh Williamson in Berlin The steelmills and coal mines that towered over Marxloh for decades have mostly gone, but many of the Gastarbeiter, or guest workers, who came from Turkey to dig the coal and work the furnaces remain. More than half the residents of Marxloh, a gritty suburb of Duisburg in western Germany’s former industrial heartland, are of Turkish origin. The local Turkish and Muslim shops, music and cafes enjoy wide renown as the city’s Little Istanbul. Marxloh now has another claim to fame. Next year, one of Germany’s largest mosques – with a capacity for 1,500 people – will open there, placing the area at the centre of national debate on how to foster greater co-operation between Muslims, Christians and those of other faiths…