The right wing party (Partido Popular) and the Commission for Melilla (Comisión por Melilla) attempted to discredit the political adversary with several accusations days before the local and regional elections tooks place.
Popular Party members accused the Muslim leader of CoM, Mostafa Aberchán, for his religious fanaticism and for having a message of religious “rupture”. Afterwards Coalition for Melilla (CpM) accused PP to extend the idea of “fear of the Moor” and to propagate a message of confusion a few days before regional elections. After that a Luisa Al-lal a Muslim member of the Popular Party reported an attempt to buy their votes by Coalition for Melilla (CpM)
November 17, 2010
The celebration is a new official holiday in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla. This is celebrated also in the rest of Spain, but not as an official holiday on the Spanish calendar.
November 20, 2010
For the first time the autonomic city of Melilla will witness the celebration of the Mulud, the birth of the Prophet. The activities comprise the reading of the Koran, a lecture on the life of the Prophet and a concert by the Moroccan religious group “El Soufi”. The activities are sponsored by the Instituto de las Culturas (Consejería de Coordinación y Participación Social) and they are open to all the inhabitants of the city.
The Islamic Commission of Melilla (CIM) is made up of four different Islamic entities in the city. On 8th January the Muslim population of the city was called to vote in the election for the president of the CIM. Controversy has surrounded the process.
One of the Muslim associations that comprises the CIM has denounced the lack of transparency and the existence of serious irregularities in the democratic process of election. Now, the same association is demanding a new election on the basis that the first was not legitimate.
The Association for the Defense of Human Rights (ADPH) presented a formal complaint against the authors of racist graffiti at two mosques in Melilla. The association considers the act, which occurred on December 6, as an attack on free religious expression.
World Bulletin reports that Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Northern Morocco, has approved Eid el-Kebir an official public holiday. This is the first time a non-Catholic feast will officially be designated a public holiday since the Reconquista of 1492.
Melilla has about 40,000 Muslims, slightly more than half the population. To date the city had nine Catholic religious holidays, but no Muslim, according to El Pais. Melilla will officially celebrate the Eid on November 17, 2010.
The government of Melilla announced that in 2 years time, the Muslim religions celebration of Eid will be given official status in Melilla. This marks the first time that part of the territory of Spain will give official status to a non-Catholic religion celebration. It is expected that Cueta will also begin to officially recognize Eid shortly.
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The Spanish Army is facing discrimination complaints coming from Muslims soldiers. Any soldiers that show sympathy or proximity with radicals or Islamists will be kept under close surveillance. Thirty percent of the 8,000 soldiers deployed in Ceuta and Melilla are Muslims; for most of them, being in the army it is a valid career path. General Luis Gómez-Hortiguela, ex-General Commander of Ceuta, has denied all accusations.
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Morocco has recalled its Ambassador to Italy, Tajeddine Baddou, to protest against the imprisonment of Moroccan senator Yahya Yahya in Rome. While details of Yahya’s arrest are unknown, reports claim that the senator was under the influence of alcohol, insulting police, and arguing with his wife. As a result, he was sentenced to 27 for breaching the peace and aggression against a public official. However, some have questioned these reports – including Italian MP Souad Sbai. Sbai stated that she believes the reports to be strange citing the unlikelihood that Yahya was drink, given religious prohibition of alcoholic beverages and the soon-to-begin month of Ramadan. Yahya holds Moroccan, Spanish, and Dutch citizenship – although in parliament, he represents Melilla – a city under Spanish control and claimed by Morocco. He was reportedly visiting Italy to do shopping.
Persons in Spanish occupied territories of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco have declared themselves to be enemies of the Spanish state, asking for several demands, including mosques, schools, Islamic professors, and sovereignty of the population. More than 30,000 Muslims live in Ceuta, where they comprise almost half of the population in the Spanish enclave, similar to Melilla. In response to surfacing tensions, Spain first settled in Melilla in 1496 and Ceuta in 1580. Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rabalcaca said on public television these two towns are Spanish, and Spanairds who live there want to see their king.