What message does the prank against the Al-Ikhlas mosque in Espoo send?

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What are we to think about the event late-Friday when two unidentified Finns threw a firecracker, according to the police, outside a mosque where people were celebrating the holy month of Ramadan? 

There were several versions of what happened at the Al-Ikhlas mosque in the Espoo neighborhood of Leppävaara.

According to Supapress News from Finland in Arabic, the imam of the mosque, Abdul Hamid, two suspects in a car threw a “sound grenade” in front of the mosque as two suspects made a getaway by car.

The story appeared in several media like Iltalehti, Daily Morocco, and Extra Uutiset.

What are we to think about this story? What about the suspects? Where they there just for fun or to play a prank on some Muslims?

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Länsi Uusimaa Police: Artefact that exploded near a mosque was “a firework”

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The Länsi Uusimaa Police tweeted two and a half days later after the Al-Ikhlas mosque was targeted by a firecracker that thrown late Friday night next to the Al-Ikhlas mosque in the Espoo neighborhood of Leppävaara. 

Contrary to the police, Supapress News from Finland in Arabic quoting the Al-Ikhlas Imam Abdul Hamid, reported that the mosque was a target of a “sound grenade.”


Read the original tweet here.

Fortunately nobody was injured, and hopefully, this type of attack will escalate into something more serious.

Facebook Bashy Quraishy: A sure way to win elections in Denmark

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Migrant Tales insight: The man smiling and waving to the public and flanked by the police in the picture below is Rasmus Paludan. He incites hatred by burning the Quran and by insulting Muslims. 

This type of hatred is precisely what the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* of Finland is aiming to promote. The PS is a close ideological ally of the Islamophobic and far-right Danish People’s Party. 

We should never allow Finland to tread Denmark’s path. 


Source: Facebook.

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform has wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers in parliament plummet from 18 MPs to none. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.

Suapress News from Finland in Arabic: Two sound grenades hurled inside a mosque in Espoo

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THIS STORY WAS UPDATED AND READ THE LATEST NEWS HERE ABOUT THE AL-IKHLAS MOSQUE.

During Friday prayers during Ramadan, two Finns drove next to the Al-Ikhlas mosque in the Espoo neighborhood of Leppävaara and threw inside two sound grenades at 11.20 pm, according to Finnish-based online publication Suapress News from Finland in Arabic.

The police arrived in 10 minutes after they were alerted.

Sheik Abdul Hamid, the imam of the Al-Ikhlas mosque, was quoted as saying in Daily Morocco that the sound grenades did not cause any damage or injured anyone

“A car stopped in front of the mosque and a deafening bomb was thrown, we saw a burst and then we heard the sound of an explosion outside the mosque before the vehicle burst”, said Sheik Hamid. “We have no idea of ​​the attacker or the attackers, and we do not have a surveillance camera because we have not yet received authorization in this sense.”

The two suspects are still at large.

A sound grenade emits a high 130db sound that may cause ear damage to humans.


Two suspects threw two sound grenades inside the Ikhals mosque of Espoo during Friday prayers. Source: Suapress.

Mosques in Finland have suffered vandalism attacks in Oulu and hate graffiti in East Helsinki.

Kysymys “anna hukkua” EU vaaliehdokkaille: Onko tämä ok?

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Enintään 70 henkilöä odotetaan hukkuneena kun alus upposi Tunisian rannikolla, kirjoittaa Guardian

Migrant Tales julkaisi tällä viikkolla lista suomalaisista EU vaaliehdokaista, jotka eivät välittänet jos siirtolaisia hukkuvat Välimerellä. Alma Median vaalikonella oli seuraava väite:  

“EU:n velvollisuus on pelastaa kaikki hukkumisriskillä Välimeren ylittävät Eurooppaan pyrkivät siirtolaiset.”

36,3%* näistä eurovaaliehdokkaista vastasi ”täysin erimieltä,” ”erimieltä” tai ”neutraali” tähän Alma Median vaalikoneen väitteeseen.

Migrant Tales pyytää näitä EU vaaliehdokkaat lukemaan tämä uutisjuttu ja etsiä  vastausta seuraavan kysymyksen: Onko tämä ok?


Lue alkuperänen juttu tästä.

* Ensimmäisissä kirjoituksissa kerroimme virheellisesti 41%. 

A question to the Finnish “let them drown” MEP candidates: Is this ok?

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Up to 70 people are expected to have drowned after a vessel capsized off the coast of Tunisia, according to the Guardian

Migrant Tales published this week a list of Finnish MEP candidates who did not care whether migrants drown at sea or not, based on an Alma Meter election compass question that asks the following question:

“Is it the obligation of the EU to save all those migrants who attempt to come to Europe and who are at risk of drowning in the Mediterranean?”

Nearly 40% of the candidates disagreed with the question above or had no opinion.

For those MEP candidates who disagreed or had no opinion, Migrant Tales asks them to read the story below and search in their hearts an answer to the following question: Is this ok?

Read the full story here.

 

I am a migrant and I am proud of who I am

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With all the demonizing of migrants by xenophobic and Islamophobic parties, one is required to yell louder and more determinedly: I am proud of my roots, I am proud of my migrant background.

Why is there so much hatred of migrants in today’s Europe?

It’s because Europe is in big denial. Finland is in big denial. How can you hate migrants if millions migrated from these shores to the Americas? How can Finland have xenophobic governments and politicians if over 1.2 million people emigrated from this country between 1860 and 1999?

Incomprehensible, no?

James Baldwin gave us an answer to our question. Substitute the word “Negro” in the quote with “visible migrants,” “Muslims” or “visible minorities”: “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.”

Being a migrant is in some cases not a one-generation affair but goes on for generations.


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Immigrant children in Buenos Aires 1911. Souce: Archivo General de la Nación.

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Finns at Colonia Finlandesa in the 1930s. From left to right: Saimi Putkuri de Makkonen, Jussi Makkonen, Tauno Pitkänen, Heikki Karppinen, Federico Andersen, Aarmas Heikkilä and his wife, Maria Palo de Heikkilä.

My great grandfather left Italy because he was an anarchist and migrated to Brazil. From Brazil, he moved with my grandfather and great grandmother to Argentina. My father migrated back to Europe and then to the United States and finally Finland. I migrated to Finland and have lived in several countries (Argentina, Colombia, Italy, and Spain).

The journey that my great grandfather Dante began over a hundred years ago is still in progress.

A warning to all those politicians who are are profiting on the backs of migrants: Don’t underestimate us. We know who you are and history will expose you shamefully to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

* The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13, 2017, into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. In the last parliamentary election, Blue Reform has wiped off the Finnish political map when they saw their numbers in parliament plummet from 18 MPs to none. A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.