by Soeren Kern
….In December 2011, Islamic Sharia law arrived in the Basque Country when a Chechen immigrant attacked his 24-year-old son-in-law, a Christian, for marrying his 19-year-old daughter, a Muslim.
The victim, who goes by the pseudonym Julián Gómez because of the Islamic “death sentence” against him, said: “My father-in-law wants to kill me so that he can regain his honor because I am a Christian and I married his Muslim daughter. According to him, his daughter should only have married a Chechen Muslim.”
The daughter said: “This seems as if it is a horror movie, but it is not. I have no doubt that my father is capable of killing my husband to get what he wants. And what he wants is to send me to Chechnya. All my father wants is that we know our native language and focus on our Chechen culture and religion. But I am Spanish. I was five years old when I arrived here. This cannot be.”
In November 2011, a Muslim man stabbed and killed a 65-year-old man and injured six others in the Bilbao district of Santutxu before being constrained by local residents and subsequently arrested by local police.
In October 2011, hundreds of residents of Bilbao protested against the construction of a new mosque in the Basurto district. Bilbao Mayor Iñaki Azkuna said there were “enough” mosques in the city and he vowed to oppose the construction of any new ones. A spokesman for the local Muslim community, Redouan El Farah, promised a fight: “We are not going to give up. We are going to continue fighting until this mosque becomes a reality.”
In June 2011, residents of the Basque city of Vitoria faced off against angry Pakistanis who want to build a mosque in the Zaramaga district. Pakistanis marched to city hall to demand “respect for the freedom of religion.”
In December 2010, 24 Islamic associations banded together to form the Islamic Council of the Basque Country. The Islamic Council, which aims to become the main interlocutor between Muslims living in the Basque region and the regional government, has been lobbying for the introduction of special Muslim menus in Basque public schools, reserved spaces for Muslims in municipal cemeteries, and the construction of new mosques.
In July 2010, it emerged that 60% of the 480 public schools in the Basque Country now serve special halal meals for Muslim students. Muslim parents are now pressuring local education authorities to begin teaching Arabic in public schools.
Meanwhile, Basque and Spanish counter-terrorism authorities have arrested dozens of Islamists in terror sweeps throughout the Basque Country in recent years. One of them, a Moroccan imam by the name of Samir Ben Abdellah, was directly linked to the train bombings in Madrid in March 2004 that left 191 people dead and 1,800 wounded. Before his arrest, Abdellah was grooming future Jihadists in mosques throughout the Basque Country.
The Islamic Council of the Basque Country says Basques should view the spread of Islam in their region “not as a problem, but as an opportunity. Diversity is good.” To those who remain skeptical about Islam, the group recommends that they “change their chip.”