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Italy: Getting Harassed for “Looking Muslim”


An interesting social experiment by an Egyptian Italian college student. The assumptions and connections people make if you dress a certain way are quite ridiculous. Some cultures are just more open than others it seems.


Students in six Italian colleges have also been banned from wearing the hijab

A student in Italy dressed in traditional Arabic clothing appears to have been the subject of a string of derogatory comments as the public’s reaction to his appearance was caught on camera.

Hamdy Mahisen, who is of Egyptian origin, attracted stares and insults as he walked around Milan for five hours, while holding a Koran in one hand and prayer beads in the other for a social experiment.

On a high street, someone sneers “Taliban s***” while, even more disturbingly, a woman pushing a pram with a baby in it seems to turn around as he walks by her to shout: “Taliban!”

A woman with a baby pram shouts ‘Taliban!’ at him Italy is currently on high-alert after a warning that Libyan militants inspired by Isis could make their way into Europe through the country.

This has fuelled Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment towards refugees who have fled Africa before setting off on treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean to Italy in unsafe and overcrowded boats.

Groups of teenage girls and boys do not hide their astonishment at the sight of his appearance and openly stare, laugh and turn round to look at him in the footage as he walks past.

A person within a small group of young men, in the video also published yesterday by Italian newspaper Repubblica, says “guys, you just missed the imam.”

Some people did not take too kindly to his robe and hat…

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  • George Carty

    It’s ironic that in the United States (and probably in many other western countries) that the political right is both more critical of Islam than the left, and more responsible for keeping the West dependent on Muslim oil (by promoting low-density suburbia that is uninhabitable without a car).

    Anyone who is really concerned about Saudi-funded Wahhabi terror should start by advocating Westerners move back to dense cities.

    (oops, sorry about the duplicate comment)

  • George Carty

    It’s ironic that the political right – where most of the Islam-critical politicians reside – are also mostly advocates for low-density suburbia, which (by being automobile-dependent) makes the West more dependent on Middle East oil!

  • Reynardine

    Vandalising as they went, too..

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Aha. Well, people do get around…
    Some would be surprised how many people in south-Eastern Spain (Eastern Andalusia, Murcia and Valencia) and in northern Morocco are quite fair-haired and have green or blue eyes. The Vandals passed through there too.

  • Reynardine

    I’ve heard of redheads among Cherkess, as well as among the nominally Christian Khevsur. My Bulgarian-born great-aunt had teal-gray eyes, fair, freckled skin, and sandy-brown hair in an area of Thrace where natural coloring of this kind is almost unheard of. I had the latter before I grayed, but owing to a father who was mostly German , it wasn’t remarkable.
    The greatest concentration of redheads, outside the Isle of Sky, is in certain areas of the Czech Republic, and again, we can probably blame the Vandals.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Possibly; also there are so many people in Algeria whose ancestors came from the Caucasus, like Chechens or Circassians; or Bosniaks (the surname Bosnyak exists in Algeria) In any case, it shows that it’s no good trying to divide people by race or origin. People must always be judged by their character, not by their race, religion, color of skin or ethnicity.
    And that’s what those simpletons willfully fail to understand.

  • Reynardine

    Really and truly, there was little concern about it in the U.S. until Christocranks, aided by 911, whipped it up.

  • Reynardine

    That was too utterly monumental even for Ferdinand and Isabela to accomplish. Notwithstanding the order to exclude all Moriscos from New World settlement, quite a few Arabic names can be found in some areas. I have encountered a Del Zingro, a Del Zaide, an Abuchaibe…

  • Reynardine

    The Vandal Empire left those redheads. Just because faith and language change doesn’t mean the genes go away.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    To all the people calling the dude Taliban: to me, the Taliban be pretty patriotic folk, I doubt they would wear a thawb.

  • moraka

    Yes and then the western world will then have an economical catastrophy as Muslims around the world will boycott them and their pro-western rulers will have a hard time convincing Muslims to keep buying western goods and sell them cheap oil etc. Its more of a balancing act. Muslims aren’t Roma and if the western world goes full retard it will have trouble.

  • Trimmercastle42

    Adolf Hitler would be proud

  • downwithpants

    I wish I could see a more narrow shot of the person talking or hurling insults

  • Syed Iftekharuddin

    this is nothing soon ALL muslims will be deport from the west

  • Friend of Bosnia

    That’s all the media’s fault. The mainstream media always bad-mouth Islam because they make a profit out of it. Of course that generally a majority of Western Europeans (and their descendants in the Americas too) harbor about Muslims the same thoughts as at the time of the first crusade, albeit with other words, does not help.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    I once read: “All racists are a$$holes. Everywhere in the world.” How true.
    I wish such simpletons could be taught a lesson, and if they refuse to acknowledge it, next time around a very painful one.Nevertheless, unfortunately it seems to be a very deeply ingrained human trait that one feels ill at ease in the presenve of people who look different. Even I am not 100% immune to it. I can sometimes shiver in my boots when I see people dressed in Arab garb around here (but that’s maybe because of Wahhabism).
    At least I don’t hurl abuse at anybody just for the way they dress or because they obviously look like foreigners. I don’t however, have any respect for such individuals who do.
    And Muslims aren’t immune to xenophobia either. I still recall a very ugly incident in Marrakech when I was far away from the mainstream tourist path, near a zaouia, and the people looked askance at me and even told me to go Wy. Unfortunately my practical knowledge of Moroccan Arabic is very limited (had I had the chance to live thre for about a year I’d have picked it up easy enough). Of course I look (after all, I am) European and I must have stuck out like a sore thumb. It doesn’t say on my forehead that I’m Muslim. On another occasion I did wear Arab clothes, besides that I was in the company of some Moroccan friends, and everybody was nice and friendly.
    It’s quite foolish to judge people by their face. I once knew a guy from Algeria who was red-headed and his face was full of freckles. He really looked more Irish than Maghrebi.

  • cmyfe .

    I quote “Islam began as something strange and will return as something strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.”

  • mindy1

    Sadly with all that is going on this kind of crap is to be expected >:(

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