Paris police ban anti-Islamic street party

On June 15th 2010, Paris police banned a “pork sausage and wine” event planned for Friday night by a group protesting what it calls the “Islamisation” of a city neighborhood. The scheduled “Apero Géant” was organized on Facebook by a woman using the pseudonym Sylvie François. She told French daily Libération that she no longer felt at home in the Goutte d’Or, the northern Paris district where she had lived all her life:

“People of French origin can’t have a drink in peace there. If you are a woman you get hostile looks if you’re not wearing an [Islamic] veil,” she said. The street party was planned to coincide with the close of Friday evening prayers at a local mosque, when the neighborhood’s Muslims fill the streets. Algeria is also scheduled to play England at the football World Cup that night. Pork and alcohol, the event’s planned components, are forbidden by Islam.

Fadela Amara, a French government minister of Algerian origin, denounced the idea as “hateful, racist and xenophobic.” Extremist groups on the right and left had been publicizing the party on other Internet sites. Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë defended the ban and said he feared the party could have turned violent.

Al-Qaeda dismisses dutch football team as potential target

Al-Qaeda has dismissed claims it is planning to attack Dutch and Danish players and fans during the World Cup in South Africa as ‘cheap lies’, according to the Telegraaf. The statement comes after a militant arrested in Iraq claimed to be talking with his friends about attacking Danish and Dutch teams at the World Cup.

Inside the world of UK Muslim women

A major survey shows most want to marry their soulmates and enjoy high street fashion, while keeping a delicate balance with their Islamic values. She wants to marry her soulmate, shops in Primark, TK Maxx and Topshop, and dreams of starting her own business. Meet the typical Muslim woman in Britain today. A thousand women throughout the country have responded to the biggest lifestyle study of Muslim women undertaken in the UK. It appears to show that Muslim women have established a delicate balance between a desire to live a contemporary lifestyle and tap into consumer trends while sticking to values underpinning the Islamic guide to life. The survey shows that 58 per cent of Muslim women do not think the racial background of a partner matters, although two-thirds believe it is very important for their man to be knowledgeable about Islam. Success to 37 per cent of women means being a good Muslim, while 32 per cent say it is about combining work with family life, with 52 per cent wanting to run their own businesses. When asked which Muslim causes were most important, 70 per cent of women said matters affecting Muslims in their own community or in the UK were a priority against 21 per cent who said that the Middle East was the most important issue facing Muslims today. Talat Ahmed, 32, from Redbridge in east London, is a married with a three-year-old daughter and works in human resources for a charity. She said: ‘I become so English when the Rugby World Cup is on. We’re British and we love it here. Nick Mathiason and Huma Qureshi report.

Terror Averted: German Official Says World Cup Terror Attack Narrowly Avoided

German security authorities were proud of having pulled off a safe and successful 2006 Soccer World Cup. Now a German security official has revealed that a major attack on the tournament may have been averted — but the suspect got away. Ever since the 2006 World Cup came to an end, Germany has been basking in the glow of having pulled off a wildly successful tournament. But according to Bavaria’s interior minister, it almost ended in explosive failure. Joachim Herrmann, of the conservative Christian Social Union, told German television news channel N-TV on Thursday that police foiled a terror attack planned to be carried out in Munich on the first day of the World Cup in June 2006. He said that the public was deliberately not informed of the possible threat at the time to prevent panic. According to the station, a spokesman for the Bavarian Interior Ministry said that police began intensive observations of a lone man thought to be “associated with Islamist extremism” who was noticed acting suspiciously near Munich’s Allianz Arena soccer stadium. In the course of the surveillance, according to the spokesman, the suspect left Germany, perhaps as a result of growing suspicious that he was being watched.