A mosque’s minaret and the entrance were vandalized with the Nazi symbol in Austria:
The Nazi symbol was sprayed in black paint overnight on Tuesday, around the entrance to the mosque and on some mosaic tiles.
It is not known who defaced the mosque but the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution has launched an investigation.
The mosque was opened in 2001 by the local Turkish cultural association. However, many locals protested in 2005 when the cultural association announced that it wanted to build a minaret to accompany the mosque.
Among the roughly 15,000 residents of Telfs, about 2,400 people signed a petition against the building of the mosque, and nearby homeowners threatened lawsuits.
Locals objected that the minaret would attract crowds and cause traffic congestion. Others complained that the minaret would represent a victory of Islam over Christianity.
A compromise was reached wherein the mosque’s minaret would be only 15 meters tall, rather than the 20 meters originally planned by the cultural centre. It was also agreed that there would be no muezzin call for prayers from the minaret.
For the second time this year the same mosque has been targeted in France.:
According to AFP, swastikas, Celtic crosses, and slices of ham were found on the walls of the mosque in Cognac on Sunday.
The same source said that the imam of the mosque discovered the misdeeds early Monday morning when the went to the mosque to perform the Fajr prayer, the first prayer of the day.
Abdallah Zekri, President of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, a component of the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM), told AFP that “slices of ham were spread on the steps of the entry and two crosses painted on the walls.” “This is the same group wanted to celebrate the anniversary of the degradation of the mosque last year,” Zekri estimated, confirming that a complaint was filed.
Zekri expressed his support for the Muslim community in France, calling on them to stay calm against these provocations. He recalled that Islam has nothing to do with the horrors committed in Iraq against the Christian community.
Early in 2013, a report of “l’Observatoire de l’Islamophobie” found a recent increase in anti-Muslim acts in France, a growing phenomenon that concerns the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM). “At least 50 anti-Muslim acts have been registered by the police and gendarmerie for the first quarter of 2013, up from 40 during the same period in 2012, an increase of 25%,” the document says.
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