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Spain: far right tries to exploit opposition to new mosque

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The mosque in Torrejón de Ardoz doesn’t look much like a mosque. It occupies the ground floor of a drab block of flats near the main square in this town of 120,000 inhabitants just east of Madrid. But for the last decade and a half, it has been the only place of worship for Muslims here.

“This mosque is too small for us and we need a new site that is bigger and more apt for our needs,” says Farid Bahoudi, the spokesman for Torrejón’s Islamic community, pointing to the old building. He says there are now about 10,000 Muslims in the town, mostly from north Africa.

But local Muslims’ attempts to find a more suitable site for their mosque have sparked a dispute that has pitted politicians on the far right against activists from the radical left and highlighted the issue of race relations in crisis-ridden Spain.

“We’ve tried to overcome ignorance to show people the truth about who we are and show them the reality of Islam and the reality of coexistence,” says Bahoudi. “But instead of wanting to integrate with us, the locals here would rather we moved elsewhere.”

In February of this year, the municipality gave permission for the new, bigger mosque to be built on a site near the centre of town, where two empty houses stand in a small side street. The local Muslims immediately bought the land, for nearly €500,000, with donations from members of their community.

“How would you like it if two or three hundred ‘Moors’ came wandering in and out of your street to pray each day?” says one man who lives on the same street as the proposed site for the new mosque and who prefers not to give his name.

About 2,000 locals who feel a similar way have put their signatures to a petition against the new mosque project.

On June 27th, apparently prompted by this swell of resistance, the municipal authorities performed a U-turn, approving a proposal that changed the planned site for the new mosque to an industrial park outside Torrejón.

Farid Bahoudi and the Islamic community are deeply upset at the decision, which they feel will marginalise the town’s Muslims. Like many other Muslims here, Bahoudi is Spanish, having grown up in Ceuta in north Africa, a city that belongs to Spain.

Torrejón’s dispute has taken on a national tinge in recent days, with the intervention of a far-right politician from Catalonia, several hundred miles to the northeast. Josep Anglada, leader of the Platform for Catalonia anti-immigration party, visited Torrejón at the end of June, and staged a rally against the mosque and the “Islamisation” of Spain.

“We don’t want any mosques in Torrejón or anywhere else in Spain,” he said. “The mosque will bring degradation, violence, hate and fanaticism.”

According to Leandro Ortega, a young leftist activist who took part in a counter-rally against intolerance and Anglada’s meddling in Torrejón, the politician is a “fascist”.

Original post: Spain: far right tries to exploit opposition to new mosque


  1. A religion zone is the best solution.

  2. “Like many other Muslims here, Bahoudi is Spanish, having grown up in Ceuta in north Africa, a city that belongs to Spain.”

    imperialist spanyard.


    more segregation is not the answer. the europeans hold onto their tribalism almost as much as the middle easterners, the asians and the africans.

    i doubt most catalonians even consider themselves as spanish first?

  3. What I mean is the city should have a zone specifically for religious buildings. They are telling the muslims to go to the outskirts of town and not be milling around in the town center.

  4. The Spanish ‘far right’ is absolutely correct. You need to eliminate from Spanish shores any muslum who ever tries to emigrate. In Islamic belief as Spain was once a part of the Califate it must be retaken regardless of the blood of Christians or the lives of liberals in doing so.

    Do not fall for the easy slogan, “Islam is a religion of peace.” Firstly, it is not even a religion, Islam is not a religion, but rather a totalitarian political ideology such as communism and fascism. And second, it is not of peace. It never was and it never will be. If in doubt, read the Koran. It is an idiological cancer that is spreading across the face of Europe and the world with a most insidious tenacity. They will stop at nothing untill the entire world is Islamic and they will pervert your laws against you to silence you and institute Sharia to enslave you.

    Wake up before it is too late! Watch the beautiful movie by Gert Wilders that uses only the Koran as it’s text and each sutra is quoted in full so that nothing can be said to be taken out of context. It can be found on YouTube still… “FITNA” It should be required viewing for every citizen or subject the world over. FITNA is a short film written and commissioned by Wilders that explores Koranic-inspired motivations for terrorism, and Islamic universalism. Its title comes from the Arabic word fitna, a “test of faith in times of trial”.

    No one can say it better than the honerable Mr. Wilders, “Islam is the Trojan Horse in Europe. If we do not stop Islamification now, Eurabia and Netherabia will just be a matter of time. One century ago, there were approximately 50 Muslims in the Netherlands. Today, there are about 1 million Muslims in this country. Where will it end? We are heading for the end of European and Dutch civilisation as we know it. Where is our Prime Minister in all this? In reply to my questions in the House he said, without batting an eyelid, that there is no question of our country being Islamified. Now, this reply constituted a historical error as soon as it was uttered. Very many Dutch citizens, Madam Speaker, experience the presence of Islam around them. And I can report that they have had enough of burkas, headscarves, the ritual slaughter of animals, so‑called honour revenge, blaring minarets, female circumcision, hymen restoration operations, abuse of homosexuals, Turkish and Arabic on the buses and trains as well as on town hall leaflets, halal meat at grocery shops and department stores, Sharia exams, the Finance Minister’s Sharia mortgages, and the enormous overrepresentation of Muslims in the area of crime, including Moroccan street terrorists.”

    Stand strong Spain and never let down your guard when it comes to Islamicization of your heritage.

  5. anon,

    that is probably very impractical. so would you move all the old places of worship? plus if they had already gotten a permit before the bought the land, they did their due dilligence. you can’t pull the prayer rug out from under them. we in the west need to be nations of laws, and not have policy set by mob rule. next thing you know we are stoning people in the streets.

  6. no, don’t remove the old established places, just tell people to build new ones in the religion zone and not try to barge into a neighborhood or town center with a disruptive mess.

  7. They talked to a Muslim that had grown up as a Spanish citizen. What I would want to know about was all the other Muslims from the African nations. Not all of these Muslims are going to be well educated and they may have Ideas that are poorly accepted in European society. For example they may feel it is right and acceptable to riot and kill people if someone burns a Koran. Possibly if some errant youth draws a picture of Mohammad on some wall they may feel the necessity and obligation to kill said youth in defense of their religion. Now some may say I am being an Islamophobe, but there were many in this forum that “understood” some of the past incidents I am referring to. I would want to know quite a bit more about the nature and character of this group of people before I allowed them a place in the middle of my town. I would say the same about Christians from various areas in Africa. Africa is a very troubled continent and I would not want to go out of my way to bring their problems to a location near me.

  8. Raw Fart,

    Are you a Nazi? Listen shithead, Christianity fares no better than Islam while it comes to be spreading at the gory cost of others, be they pagans, atheists or fellow Christians whatever. And Chritianity is far higher in deceiving people than Islam has ever done.

    What about Spain? A bastard nation of Celto-German dregs fucked by Phoenicians and Romans, later for generations went on to be brutally fucked by the Arabs and Moors who turned their blonde hair and blue eyes into black. This is the nation that took the Americas in the name of Christianity. Now they say have historic relations with South America. What historic? Nothing but colonialism albeit with new sugarcoated forms. Some days ago, when Argentina declared to nationalise its oil sector, Spain protested as if Argentina was occupying Spain’s oil sector. Do not shits like you see that?

    Now you have come very concerned for Spain and its freedom. Well, where were you when Netherlands tried to ban Kosher slaughter alongside the Muslim Halal slaughter? We Muslims have no problem eating Kosher food. I myself try to consume Kosher food when I go abroad; luckily, I do have some Jewish friends. Where were your yelling and howling when A B Breivik murdered people on Utoya? All they were Christians whereas the bastard tried to kill Muslims. Where were you when Iraq was vandalised though no WMD was ever found but innocent Iraqis paid with their lives? Have you been able to eliminate the so-called terrorists? No, because you use them for your interest but when they get awry, they are terrorists. Don’t you see your economies? Helpless taxpayers, whose hard earned money you bark that must not be used to build houses for a “totalitarian, barbaric, intolerant political ideology” is going to more than worse wastages called war on terror resulting in world recession? Is that a fault of Muslims? What have you achieved from this war? Doom for all.

    You never will. Because who is a greater intolerant you have proven yourself in your writings.

  9. dongo,

    “A bastard nation of Celto-German dregs fucked by Phoenicians and Romans, later for generations went on to be brutally fucked by the Arabs and Moors who turned their blonde hair and blue eyes into black.”

    “you have proven yourself in your writings.” lol.

    btw i think the spanish pulled out of the war on terror. you know, after the madrid bombings. their economy is in trouble because of socialism. they are too generous with their entitlements.

  10. Mike,

    I think the so-called “Coalition of the Willing” has no more stamina/will to fight a group of barbaric sons of bitches whom the West itself created to serve its vile interests. But when they no more served yours, they became tagged as villains and you the good guys. Nothing new/uncommon for the West.

    The so-called “Coalition of the Willing” has now become the rightly called “Coalition of the Withering/Withdrawing”.

    Are other economies of Europe, the US or Japanese run by socialist system? No. Then why are they facing economic recession?

  11. Dongo do you not want them to withdraw? I never wanted them to deploy in the first place. I will be very happy when they all withdraw. Unless the United states decides to turn these into wars of attrition there is no way to win any of these wars and thus not much point in fighting them.

  12. Criley,

    I earnestly want all unjust and meaningless wars to end. Hence, if a war is just, that may be fought. But there are different interpretations of what is just and what is not. To me, smoking is as essential as breathing but other people may have different views but I do not go to impose my choice or need over them.

    The US may be is heading for a collapse, a collapse that may take long time but ultimately put US’s existence itself into deep question. You may criticise me, but if you take a look at history, you may find some truth. The British Empire has been the largest in history to date. What happened to them? Now Britain is a normal state in Europe. Britain fought numerous wars. Before them, the Mongols formed the largest empire on earth, though a land based one. They succumbed to their first defeat to Mamelukes who were a slave dynasty. The US fought the meaningless wars in Korea and Vietnam; last one was a biiblical disaster. I fear the new two are going to be equally destructive if not more. Just study the Brown University report on cost of war the US has been involved in the new millennium.

    When you are a big power, try not to fight unnecessary wars. This endangers you, your allies and the rest of the world.

  13. I think the world wars put an end to the Brit Empire.

    I don’t understand why the US gets in these places and doesn’t leave. Only reason i can come up with is war gives economic benefits to some people. Wars are economic units as well as conflicts.

    Korea established the South as a separate successful nation and the North as a communist hell.

    In Vietnam and I think the other places the local people did not have the strength and will to fight and the enemies were financed by outside wealth. i am disturbed that Bush went on with the invasions even though the army told him they were unfeasible and to just do short term raids.

  14. Anon,

    You are right. The WWs ended the British empire.

    One thing for what the US doesn’t want to leave after getting involved is to show the world “Hey, look, we are the masters; so, don’t challenge us” mentality. Another is to test the new weapons systems on others because if tested on its own people or ally countries’, the US will be in very deep waters. But for using on others, US or allies barely needs any permission as they know that the protests will hardly be cared about, let alone addressed. Then comes selling arms. There is also satisfying the hunger for oil and other resources. When all these have been done, then they use another ploy which is create, install and sustain puppets and agents in those nations to pull the strings from behind.

  15. I used to wake up in the morning and marvel that Vietnam was still going on. It was too profitable.

    In the film american gangster, the detective says how can we dismantle this drug network? It employs too many people.

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