NEW YORK (VINnews) — In the wake of Hamas’s brutal attack on Israel, European leaders are now toughening their stance on allowing Islamic elements in Europe. Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni made several critical comments about Islam during a far-right rally which took place in her country, which was also attended by British Prime Minister Richi Sunak.Join our WhatsApp group
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According to various media reports, Meloni’s potentially explosive observation came at a political event held by the far-right Brothers of Italy in Rome, where she reportedly said that “there is no place for Islamic culture in Europe.”
“I believe that there is a problem of compatibility between Islamic culture and the values and rights of our civilization,” Meloni was reported to have said.
“The Islamic cultural centers in Italy are financed by Saudi Arabia where Sharia [Islamic law] is in force. In Europe there is an Islamization process distant from the values of our civilization,” she added.
Italian PM @GiorgiaMeloni says “there is a problem of compatibility between Islamic culture & the rights & values of our civilisation.” Saudi Arabia funds mosques which urge Sharia.
This means “stoning for adultery, death penalty for apostasy & homosexuality.” pic.twitter.com/EhMCOnolVd
— David Atherton (@DaveAtherton20) December 18, 2023
Europe’s is currently grappling with a huge influx of refugees, with tens of thousands of refugees – mostly from conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East – thronging to the continent after having escaped war or economic hardship in their home countries. A huge majority of these refugees are Muslims.
Rishi Sunak said his opponents ‘want to put their heads in the sand and hope that it goes away’.
The prime minister was delivering a speech in Rome alongside Italian leader Giorgia Meloni.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 17, 2023
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak did not speak directly about Islam but did address the “threat of growing numbers of refugees that could overwhelm parts of Europe”.
Sunak said that his opponents “want to put their heads in the sand and pretend that it [the migration issue] goes away.” He stressed that “It is a fundamental tenet of sovereignty that it is us who should decide who comes to our countries and not criminal gangs.”
Sunak cited the example of Lampedusa, an Italian island south of Sicily which has been almost overrun by illegal migrants in recent years. The British leader called this “Unfair and immoral.”