Not to worry, as in Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, anti-Muslim sentiment is not considered a hate crime in the Czech Republic. If the perpetrator is ever found, he could get a slap on the wrist for vandalism, but that’s about it. What’s more, it’s highly unlikely that police will waste much time investigating the incident.
Romea Somebody has spray-painted graffiti reading “Don’t spread Islam in the Czech Republic! Otherwise we’ll kill you” on Brno’s only mosque.
Anti-Islam activism on the rise in the Czech Republic – a country with virtually no Muslims. Just as the governments of Hungary and Slovakia, the Czech government refuses to accept the EU refugee quotas policy.
Police have been investigating the crime since Friday afternoon, spokesperson Bohumil Malášek told the Czech News Agency (ČTK). The mosque on Vídeňská Street has been the target of attack several times before.
The chair of the Headquarters of Muslim Communities in the Czech Republic, Muneeb Hassan Alrawi, told ČTK: “We are taking it seriously as a direct threat, this is not an anonymous outcry on the Internet. It is necessary to see this in the light of attacks on mosques worldwide and what I would say is, overall, a difficult atmosphere and mood in the Czech Republic,” Alrawi said.
Previous attacks on the mosque escalated after 2015, when the “migration crisis” was at its height and hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers were flowing into Europe; this most recent case has happened at a time of increased international tensions after the US assassination of Iranian Major-General Qasem Soleimani. According to news server Islamonline.sk, this is the eighth incident to target the Brno mosque in the last five years.
In December 2013 somebody hung a piece of pork on the mosque’s front door and scattered pork bones in front of the entrance. In August 2015, someone broke the mosque’s windows using an iron rod, and three months later somebody poured what was probably motor oil over the entire front door and facade.
That same year about 100 opponents of Islam also assembled in front of the mosque, led by Martin Konvička, to eat pork and drink alcohol. After that the Muslim community installed security cameras on the mosque out of fear of more attacks, and they remain operational.
OpenDemocracy The Czech public is fed a large number of frightening anti-Islamic images and news items of dubious origin on social networks. But when you report the xenophobic or racist content to the anonymous Facebook managers, you invariably receive an automated reply saying “The page does not infringe our community standards.”
While hate speech against race and religion is theoretically a criminal offence according to the Criminal Code of the Czech Republic, punishable by two years´ imprisonment, criminal charges have not been raised against the leader of the anti-Islam activist group “We do not want Islam in the Czech Republic.”
The inactivity of Czech authorities with regard to Islamophobia and anti-Arab Muslim racism may be connected with the strong and uncritical support which Czech politicians tend to show to Israel.
The anti-Islamic statements repeatedly made by the Czech President Miloš Zeman, who calls Islam “an ideology” and compares it to Nazism, have recently led to a reduction of trade links between Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic. But that’s more than made up for with trade links with Israel.