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Muslims In Mexico Under Greater Scrutiny From U.S.

23 May 2011 General 12 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

The 2010 Mexican census says there are 3760 Muslims living in Mexico in regions as varied as Chiapas and Mexico City. The assassination of Osama bin Laden earlier this month has caused the Mexican and American governments to step up their surveillance of this little-known community.

According to M Magazine, Muslims occupy fifteen states in Mexico: Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, Michoacán, Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Coahuila, Jalisco, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Morelos and the Federal District or Mexico City. But it’s the Muslims in Chiapas who seem to draw the most ire from their government with fears that the Mayans they’ve held down for so long will call on Al-queada to help them rise up again.

A 2005 story in Germany’s Spiegel magazine, however, says Mayan Muslims have no interest in religious extremism. Their attraction to Islam lies in its perceived disinterest in race, something they’ve never experienced from their government.

“In Islam, the Indians rediscover their original values,” claims Esteban Lopez, the Spanish secretary general of the Muslim community. “The Christians destroyed their culture.” He presents the use and abuse of alcohol as proof. Alcoholism is wide-spread under Tzotzil Indians and the strict ban on spirits in Islam helps many to break the vicious circle of addiction and poverty.

In fact their white neighbors say Muslims in Chiapas are hardworking, running a pizza shop and a carpenter shop, and that the kids study Arabic and pray five times a day in the backroom of a residential building.

The second most monitored group of Muslims in Mexico are the ones in Michoacan who officials fear will have a run-in with fundamentalist Christian mennonite drug cartel La Familia. That would be a Road Warrior battle to end all battles. But there have been no problems on that front, either.

Only a couple of Muslim communities in Coahuila have been caught committing petty crimes like theft and forgery.

This hasn’t stopped the United States Department of Homeland Security from monitoring all foreign nationals entering the country of Mexico from Arab states. The most recent data, released in June 2010, indicated that during fiscal year 2009, officials detained at the border with Mexico 125 illegal immigrants of Syrian, Sudanese, Pakistani, Iranian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Yemeni, Nigerian, Somali, Algerian and Saudi Arabia origin. Among those arrested, Daniel Joseph Maldonado and Miguel Alfonso Salinas caught their attention after both were seized with documentation certifying them as Mexicans.

U.S. security officials said Maldonado has ties with Somali rebel groups and received terrorist training in Somalia in 2007. He was caught trying to enter the United States to indoctrinate young students and turn them into human bombs. Miguel Alfonso Salinas was arrested at the international bridge in New Mexico in 2006. He was subjected to interrogation by the FBI when it was discovered his real name is Ayman Kamal Sulmane, and his nationality is Egyptian.

Source: MSpiegel

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  1. trens, you must be right? i’m appearently quite dumb? this article makes no sense to me, but then again i’m a little drunk. anyways i’ll do my best to figure out what the hell the author is talking about?

    the title is “Muslims In Mexico Under Greater Scrutiny From U.S.” than the author says “But it’s the Muslims in Chiapas who seem to draw the most ire from their government” – “their government” as in the mexican government. “In Islam, the Indians rediscover their original values,” well if you don’t want to drink just don’t drink? http://www.enjoyguatemala.com/culture.htm

    then the author says that mexican muslims have only commited a few petty crimes, but “This hasn’t stopped the United States Department of Homeland Security from monitoring all foreign nationals entering the country of Mexico from Arab states.” ok so appearently america is not monitoring mexican muslims but arab muslim who fly into mexico. i think our (america’s) concern is that terrorist will come acroos the border and do us harm. they may think, let’s not try to fly to america directly, or even into canada, they have technology, let’s try mexico. sounds like something we should be watching?

    and the last two paragraphs seem like a job well done by ice??????

    i think a better title would be “arabs visiting mexico under us surveillance” and the lesson on the less than 4 thousand mexican muslims and their possible confrontation with a mennonite drug cartel has no relevance. plus i think the mennoites are pacifists. must not be “true mennonites”, strange the hypocrisy of this site.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mennonite

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  3. La Familia is not Mennonite. Mennonites are pacifists or non-resisters, with very few exceptions. La Familia is the opposite of that. Please do research before you claim something is what it isn’t.

  4. Muslims In Mexico Under Greater Scrutiny From U.S. | Islamophobia Today eNewspaper…

    The 2010 Mexican census says there are 3760 Muslims living in Mexico in regions as varied as Chiapas and Mexico City. The assassination of Osama bin Laden earlier this month has caused the Mexican and American governments to step up their surveillance …

  5. sounds like jihad

    “a battle to fight, a beauty to rescue and an adventure to live.”.

    sounds like sharia

    “The Family doesn’t kill for money. It doesn’t kill women. It doesn’t kill innocent people, only those who deserve to die. Know that this is divine justice.”

    sounds like the taliban

    La Familia cartel emphasize religion and family values during recruitment

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Familia_Michoacana

  6. I am a mexican muslim my self and I can tell sadly the article makes a lot of sense in the context of islamophobic propaganda. Muslims all around the world are viewed wether as militants against capitalism and colonial oppression, or as potential resisters of US foreign policy. Whenever one embraces is clear that we acknowledge that is no God but God and that this mean that we will not submit to anyone else. Therefore persecussion is to be expected. It happened to all muslims through the centuries.Even when the muslims were powerful, european christians were planning how to finish with Islam. So we wont deny this situation and dont take us by surprise as it is the struggle between Satan and human beings.

    Now, Mexico is not a sovereign country as many other who are in debt with the FMI and have to take orders from America. And the foreign policy of America is now to turn every mexican into a narco dealer (as they have turned every muslim into a terrorist) and then to equal us to terrorists. At the end of the day we have already watch in Fox News and the like that Mexico is a threat to the security of US…thats the foreign policy of US: blackmail, propaganda, and then occupation.

    Finally as a piece of islamophobic propaganda this article is making claims that are very difficult to prove true. Mennonites are not involved with La Familia, thats a big lie. And about muslims in Michoacan being monitored…puff, 5 or 6 girls who have embraced islam and other who have become shias! people whom btw dont even get together!!! But thats what propaganda is all about: LIES

    And about the mexican migrants who just happened to have being put together with the arab migrants…dont mean anything!!! The pollero put them together, that was just fate! we can count mexican migrants by the hundrades every month, so how come are we going to single them out. In this batches of migrants chinesse travel as well. Besides that, if those arabs are trying to reach America that only means that they like the Empire and the American way of Living, otherwise they wouldnt go.

    If this website is fighting islamophobia, maybe they should include a note on this article, or otherwise dont contribute to islamophopia it self.

  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13556974

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13528968

    pipa,

    do you think that the 9/11 hijackers “they like the Empire and the American way of Living”?

    how about just don’t take the imf/world bank/american (capitalist/colonialist/zionist) money?

    is pollero, the same as a coyote? a human smuggler?

  8. I am a Meixcan Muslim and this article makes no sense at all. It jumps from one topic to another and at times is insulting and down right racist.

    I convereted from Catholism to Islam because I believe there is one God, Allah. Does that meake me a terrorist? No! People who convert from one religion to another are seeking to find closemess to God, not sin.

    Furthermore, there are extremistist in every religion. I am happy that Mexicans are converting to Islam because its a religion that teaches peace and enlightenment, tolerance.

  9. […] 11. Muslims In Mexico Under Greater Scrutiny From U.S – Islamophobia today, 23rd May 2011. link 12. Spiegel Online, Der Spiegel, 2012 Phenomenon, RNW, Tzotzil people, Tzotzil Lanugauge, Mayan […]

  10. […] link 11. Muslims In Mexico Under Greater Scrutiny From U.S – Islamophobia today, 23rd May 2011. link 12. Spiegel Online, Der Spiegel, 2012 Phenomenon, RNW, Tzotzil people, Tzotzil Lanugauge, Mayan […]

  11. Muslims are terrorist in any country. Muslims are the most dishonest animals on earth.

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