Sweden has an Islamic party
Islam and Islamism keep Scandinavia in suspense
Sweden, Norway and Denmark have long pursued permissive immigration policies, so that their Muslim communities are relatively large. Today they struggle with massive integration problems.
Norwegian television started the new year with reports about the fears of Norwegians. The first program was called “Swedish Conditions” and reported on Muslim immigrant ghettos such as Rosengård near Malmö, of whose 22,000 residents almost 90 percent have a migrant background. Youth riots, shootings, violent gangs and burning cars scare the locals. Unemployment and marginalization rob immigrants of any future prospects.
What about the boys? They lack role models, apart from footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His motto is emblazoned on a wall: «You can leave Rosengård. But Rosengård will never reveal you. " In 2018, three hundred shootings were registered in Sweden's suburbs, 44 with fatal results: 22-year-old Shayan was struck down with 13 shots in the back. A 17-year-old entered a pizzeria in broad daylight and shot a 25-year-old. The development is "deeply worrying," reported the police.
Poets of the suburbs
The mothers of the victims gathered for a demonstration in central Stockholm in November. They are demanding the admission of anonymous witnesses to court. “If you only talk about shootings instead of the murder of our children, responsibility and empathy dwindle. Murder remains murder, ”said a mother into the microphone of a reporter. Her 15-year-old son was shot dead while smoking a cigarette on the doorstep.
The initial spark for the march was provided by the report book “Die Mütter” (2018) by journalist Alexandra Pascalidou, who grew up in Stockholm's Banlieue Rinkeby. In twenty portraits she gives the mothers of the suburbs a voice. At the same time, the competition “Best Poet in the Suburbs” encouraged young people to take control of the story of their milieu. The final was held for the fourth time in December. Only: the poets probably met for the last time. The organizers complained of insufficient support from the authorities, financial worries and a heavy police presence.
The final sequence of the Norwegian TV report on «Swedish conditions» shows young people in Oslo's Holmlia district at the dodgeball with uniformed police officers. The reporter assures that Norway is still a long way from "Swedish conditions". Might be. In 2018, however, the journalist Einar Haakaas published the book “Warning. Swedish conditions in Norway », according to which the gang Young Bloods has Holmlia firmly under control. The gang with ties to the Albanian mafia is responsible for attempted murders, kidnappings and drug imports. Haakaas quotes a gang boss: “When society closes down, I open the door to the gang world. This is where the boys find recognition. "
Norwegian and yet not
Every third inhabitant of Oslo is a first or second generation immigrant, Pakistanis dominate. 96 percent of sons and daughters still find their spouse in the Pakistani milieu. Mixed marriages are frowned upon. In 2014 the following letter was leaked to “Aftenposten”: “I want to spend the rest of my life destroying yours. If you decide to commit suicide, I'll be happy to help. Greetings, papa. "
The immigrant children lead a sometimes risky life between worlds. “On the one hand, Norwegians told them from an early age that they were different when they didn't know any other homeland than Norway,” writes social anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen. "On the other hand, they are exposed to the pressure of their parents to remain true to traditional values and not to become too Norwegian."
In 1986, 16-year-old Khalid Hussain was the first to report on the difficult life between cultures in his novel “Packeis”, a sensation at the time. 20 years later he made a comedy about it. In his film "Import - Export" a Pakistani and a Norwegian make love while the girl's parents are preparing to marry a cousin.
"After years of youth with right-wing populist music, I lack the self-confidence to call myself Norwegian," writes Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen, son of a Pakistani and a Norwegian, in the newspaper "VG". His TV series “Taxi” tells of a young Pakistani lawyer who lives with a Norwegian journalist while he leads his family into believing that he lives in a single household. The relationship is met with rejection in both families. In the course of history, the lawyer uncovered a taxi scam and corruption in the tax office.
The support of family and religion
In fact, a few years ago a tax scandal involving 2,500 taxi drivers broke out. Three out of four swindlers were Pakistanis who built villas in Punjab with the money they had stolen. The Pakistanis come from a world, according to Rolfsen in an interview, in which only the family can be relied on. "The state is the villain." At the same time, religion gives them pride and dignity. When a professor - and this story is no fiction - wanted to catch the plane to Uganda early in the morning, he got into a taxi in Oslo. The driver stopped halfway. Before he could continue his journey, he had to do his duty of prayer, he indicated and took the prayer rug from the trunk.
The youngest immigrant group are the Somalis, many of whom are illiterate. The novel “North of Dawn” (2018) by the Somali exile Nuruddin Farah is set in Oslo, Somali: A Somali ex-diplomat living in Oslo wants to save his grandchildren from Islamist indoctrination. Åsne Seierstad reports in her non-fiction book «Schwestern» (2016) how Somali girls who grew up in Norway move from the middle-class Bærum to jihad in Syria. The western world is sinful, suggests the Islam Net revival movement. In the Koran class at the Tawfiik Mosque, the teacher Mustafa lectures: "Whoever goes to jihad will sit on God's throne in paradise."
The city of Oslo estimated a few years ago that 50 to 70 percent of Somalis use the illegal drug khat. Since they chew khat until four or five in the morning and then sleep all day, the women are responsible for looking after the family. Four out of ten Somali children are sent to the Koran school by their parents in Somalia. When they return, they find it hard to find their way around. In reports from Somalia last year, television reported on atavistic upbringing methods.
The fate of Yahya Hassan shows what can go wrong when a son dares to rebel. In 2013, at the age of 18, the Danish poet of Palestinian origin accounted for the immigrant generation of fathers and their lack of willingness to integrate in a volume of poetry. The book was sold 120,000 times. He told the newspaper "Politiken": "We who dropped out of training, bummed around, became criminals - we were not abandoned by the system, but by our parents."
Hassan became the hunted. Once he was beaten up in Copenhagen's main train station, another time a car stood in his way and men armed with sabers and clubs got out of it. At the right-wing populists' Christmas bingo, he appeared as Santa Claus. In gratitude, the party founder mocked him as an “immigrant boy with megalomania”. He announced on Facebook that he was ready to kill to defend himself. Finally he picked up a gun in a pizzeria and shot a young person in the foot. Freed after 21 months in prison, he was responsible for 42 crimes last October. The court admitted the now 23-year-old to psychiatry.
Attending school in Rinkeby has been part of the program of the Nobel Prize for Literature for thirty years. Here, the students prepare a tailor-made reception for each award winner. They presented an exhibition to Patrick Modiano for his book “Dora Bruder”, which commemorates a Jewish girl murdered in Auschwitz. Modiano had tears in his eyes: "This is the best day of my life." The school, which was once shaped by ethnic conflicts, had Sweden’s best math students in 2009, and it was called the “Miracle of Rinkeby”. The Rector is convinced that language opens the door to society: Swedish, then English and the mother tongue. He also says: Europe needs multilingual people who are familiar with several cultures.
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