Swiss rise in racist incidents

20th June 2011, Comments 2 comments

Racist incidents are on the rise in Switzerland according to a report published Monday by rights groups who accused politicians of contributing to the trend.

Muslim and black men were the most common victims of 178 cases recorded last year, a study by the Federal Commission against Racism and found.

It compares to 162 cases in 2009.

"In recent years a number of MPs have been employed in denying the presence of racism in our society," the report said.

"In doing so, they are creating a favourable environment for exclusion and xenophobia."

The groups said votes to ban the building of minarets and send back foreign criminals, initiated by the right-wing Swiss People's Party, were directly linked to the rise in cases.

"After the vote on minarets (in November 2009) Muslims were increasingly targeted," commission director Doris Angst told AFP.

Muslims represented the majority of cases followed by blacks from sub-Saharan Africa.

Most cases involved verbal abuse but some involved physical injury, the report said.

"Most of the perpetrators were from a higher socio-economic background," it found.

The study said that among the incidents 25 (12 of them relating to xenophobia) occurred in public places, 23 at work, and 23 during contact with the police.

Among the "shocking" cases in the report, is that of an African man forced to undress during a police search on a train. He was told that it happened because he was "black".

The Swiss government created the commission in 1995 following the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

© 2011 AFP

2 Comments To This Article

  • Daniel posted:

    on 21st June 2011, 14:15:07 - Reply

    And, in case anyone might ignorantly think that saying that islam is the nazism from the Arabian Peninsula, please allow me to provide a few examples of how that is so:

    "Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve" - Mein Qurampf (a.k.a. qur'an) 8:55

    "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" - Mein Qurampf 8:12

    "O you who believe! Fight those of the non-muslims who are near to you and let them find in you hardness" - Mein Qurampf 9:123

    "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement" - Mein Qurampf 5:33

    "And when the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters (non-muslims) wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere for them." - Mein Qurampf 9:5

    And, as another piece of evidence of how nazism and islam are similar, the latter's Judgment Day, according to words attributed to islam's Hitler, Muhammad, is dependent upon the annihilation of all Jews:

    "Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews." (Sahih Muslim 6985)

    And to the cultural and moral relativists out there that might want to scream "all religions have their extremists", such hatred is part and parcel of all islamic sermons and these texts, unlike anything violent in a Bible, have to be taken literally in islam, and they are. Furthermore, as of the time of my writing this comment, there have been 17.349 terrorist attacks committed in the name of islam since 9/11. The 10 or so abortion-clinic bombings taking place in the USA since the 1970s, though heinous crimes as well, are just a fraction of all the death and destruction caused by muslims just in the last decade.
  • Daniel posted:

    on 21st June 2011, 14:00:36 - Reply

    Since when the bedouin nazism known as islam is a race?