“They kill Christians and call us racist”

The Egyptian government has asked the Italian state and the International community to prevent racial and religious discrimination and hatred against Arab and Muslim immigrants and minorities.

This journalist calls Egypt’s accusation of being a racist country unacceptable.

The journalist, accuses Egypt of butchering minorities in its territory. Egypt, he points out, is on Amnesty International’s black list for human rights violations, armed rejections at borders, tortures employed by the State Security Intelligence and forced repatriations. Egypt, as it asks for tolerance and protection for minorities, must recall that it killed eight Christians at Christmas and built a fence to prevent Palestinians from restocking primary goods.

Italians, he concludes, cannot accept criticisms from an inhumane government.

Integration and society

Tito Boeri, a famous Italian economist, analyzes the meaning of the terrible events in Rosarno. The integration of immigrants, from his point of view, is a crucial issue in Italy. Migrants are an economic benefit, but they are also a source of social tension for hosting communities.

The events in Rosarno proves that confining the problem of integration solely into a religious dimension is reductive and intellectually dishonest. He criticizes the thesis of the impossibility of integrating Muslims, and historical arguments of three facts (according to a representative survey carried out by Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, Nov-Dec 2009):

1. One out of every three Italians don’t want Muslims as neighbors. They also don’t want Jews, right or left wing extremists, or AIDS sufferers.
2. Muslim immigrants speak Italian, send their children to public schools and have contact with Italian citizens more than other minorities.
3. Most immigrants work more than Italian citizens.

The answers to issues raised by Muslim immigration, although complex and challenging, cannot be nourished by prejudices. On the contrary, we have to be humble and doubt. We have to observe in order to learn, and to rely on facts and figures to put effective and non discriminatory policies in place.