How widespread is Islamophobia in Europe, especially in Germany where a three-month pregnant Muslim mother, Marwa el-Sherbini was stabbed 18 times in a crowded courtroom in Dresden last year, can be seen
July 23, 2010 - 1700 EST
How widespread is Islamophobia in Europe, especially in Germany where a three-month pregnant Muslim mother, Marwa el-Sherbini was stabbed 18 times in a crowded courtroom in Dresden last year, can be seen from the fact that a memorial erected to her memory has been smashed.
The group responsible for the memorial, Bürger.Courage, had erected eight out of a total of 18 columns so far but three have already been vandalised. The first column was erected on July 1, on the anniversary of Marwa's brutal stabbing death. The group also said informational plaques on two of the toppled columns had been pried off and stolen.
The police opened an investigation into the property damage but said there was “no evidence as to the motive of the perpetrators.” Why the police cannot see a connection between the vandalisation of the memorial columns and the brutal murder of an innocent Muslim woman a year ago reflects the blind hatred that exists in Europe against Muslims.
It will be recalled that when Marwa was being stabbed, not one guard in the courtroom came to her rescue. When her husband tried to shield her from the blows of her assailant, the police arrived on the scene and they shot her husband, saying they thought he was the assailant.
Marwa's brutal murder, who was 31 at the time, led to huge protests in the Muslim world, especially in her native Egypt.
Organizers are in the process of erecting 18 knife-shaped concrete columns around the city of Dresden to memorialize her murder, one for each time she was stabbed.
Marwa el-Sherbini was in court last year testifying in a case against a man who called her a “terrorist” and “Islamist” in a Dresden playground. After she appeared as a witness the man took a seven-inch knife from his backpack and attacked both her and her husband in the courtroom, in front of their 3-year-old son. The guards just looked on while this brutal murder was taking place. Not one came to her rescue.
And now racist Islamophobes have vandalised and desecrated a memorial to her death.