October 24, 2013
A new mosque will open in the province of Siena. Tomorrow, Friday October 25 at 11 am, the new headquarters of the Islamic cultural center of Colle di Val d’ Elsa will open its doors to all. The opening will be welcomed by the President of the Community of Muslims and the province of Siena, Feras Jebareen, Imam of the Islamic community of Florence and the President of Ucoii (Union of Islamic community of Italy), Izzeddin Elzir and the mayor of Colle di Val d’Elsa, Paul Brogden. Civil and religious authorities at the local, provincial and regional levels were invited to the opening day of the new headquarters.
The official opening of the new headquarters of the Islamic cultural center – the construction of which has sparked debates over the past ten years and in particular since its construction in 2006 – will also be the occasion to present the eight members of the Scientific Committee, appointed by the community and comprised of an equal number of Muslims and the local authority members.
The Committee will be tasked to propose, manage and coordinate the various initiatives housed within the center with a focus on inter-culturalism and reciprocal knowledge, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 2004 between the Association of Muslim community, Siena and its province and the town of Colle di Val d’ Elsa.
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The Northern League opposes the decision of the city of Siena to sign an Italian Lebanese artist to paint the banner (“drappellone”) that will be awarded to the winner of the famous horse race held in Siena (Palio). This year the banner is dedicated to Our Lady of Provenzano and also the Virgin Mary, who plays an important role both in the Bible and the Quran. The Northern League’s regional representative considers the decision a scandal for supposedly disregarding the Christian, Italian and Tuscan tradition of one of the most famous and beautiful cultural events in the world.
Prominent Italian Muslim Khaled Fouad Allam is joining a protest against the building of a mosque in the central Italian town of Siena. “I am against the building of the mosque, not because I believe the faithful should not have the right to a place of worship but because it is premature to have mosques without controlling the imams,” said Allam. Allam is a former member of the Italian parliament, and joins centre-right Forza senator Gaetano Quagliariello to oppose the mosque. Quagliariello has stated that imams should follow a multi-disciplinary training like that of the new program offered by the Catholic Institute in Paris.
Two Kurdish journalists who have condemned in Iran, have been awarded a prestigious Italian prize for freedom of the press. Adnan Hassanpour and Khalil Boutimar were awarded in Siena’s Town Hall, and recognized for their insistence on publishing the controversial Kurdish-Farsi news magazine _Asu’ which was shut down by Iranian authorities in 2005 and later condemned to death. Boutimar is an environmental activist, and Hassanpour is an advocate for cultural rights of Iranian Kurds. Two Italian rights groups, Article 21 and ISF (Information, Safety, and Freedom) petitioned the Italian government to intervene on their behalf.
Esponenti della Lega Nord Toscana saranno presenti al Tribunale di Poggibonsi in occasione del dibattimento sul ricorso presentato dalla Lista Civica di Colle Val d’Elsa (Siena) sul referendum contro la moschea che dovrebbe sorgere, nei piani dell’amministrazione comunale, in localita’ ‘La Badia’. Lo annuncia il Carroccio di Siena. ”Dalla Magistratura, indipendente dalla politica come sancito dalla Costituzione – sottolinea la Lega Nord – ci aspettiamo una sentenza che riconsegni nelle mani della cittadinanza il diritto di decidere sul proprio futuro e che consenta, finalmente, lo svolgimento di un democratico referendum sulla spinosa questione della moschea”. Il comitato promotore ha raccolto circa 4 mila firme (il 29% della cittadinanza) nell’ambito di una petizione popolare contro la costruzione della moschea. Ma il sindaco di Colle ha detto ‘no’ al referendum, che e’ consultivo e diventerebbe vincolante se venisse approvato dalla maggioranza assoluta dei cittadini. Il nuovo centro culturale islamico dovrebbe sorgere su una superficie di 3.200 metri quadrati, con una superficie coperta pari a 576 metri quadrati, comprensiva della moschea con cupola e minareto in cristallo.