An unidentified woman wearing a niqab assaulted a shopkeeper in Neukölln, a migrant-heavy district of Berlin, Germany.
According to Die Welt, her attacker was angered by a display containing both lingerie and headscarves. After the shopkeeper refused to kowtow to the assailant’s demands to modify the display, she was attacked, reports Breitbart.
The female, 40-year old victim, who comes from a background as an Arabic immigrant, is said to have noticed both blond hair and a tattoo on her attacker’s neck. It was also not the first time the assailant was in the shop, according to police. Last time, she only stayed long enough to insult the saleswoman in German and Turkish before being ejected from the shop, and no violence was reported at that time.
It’s fairly unsurprising that German law enforcement consider the attack to be motivated by religion, given the absurdity of the organization of a window display being offensive enough to justify violence of any kind. Policing morality is nothing new in Islam, with Sharia law being part and parcel to the religious expression of many Muslims, evidenced by the popular sentiment in Muslim-majority countries that Sharia should be the foundation of the legal system, which stands in stark contrast to the founding American principle of Separation of Church and State.
There have been reports both confirming and refuting the existence of Sharia-enforced neighborhoods around Europe, where there is a predominant Muslim population. This sort of religious violence makes it more difficult to argue the case against those claims.
Ironically, according to Politifact’s attempts to discount the claim that Sweden’s refugees are causing problems for the country, Henrik Selin, deputy director of the Swedish Institute, explicitly contradicts the premise of the article, confirming that, “Generally, there’s a certain over-representation of people with immigrant background in crime statistics,” going on to defend the criminal behavior, because they’re from neighborhoods with “high levels of unemployment, poverty, exclusion, low language and other skills.”
Citing a Swedish crime survey, the Politifact article states that the increased crime rate in 2015 essentially set the country back a full decade of dwindling crime statistics, which have been steadily decreasing since 2005, though in not as many words:
13.3 percent of about 11,900 survey respondents were exposed to one or more offenses (categories: assault, threats, sexual offences, robbery, fraud or harassment.)
The 13.3 percent in 2015 is an increase from 11.3 percent in 2014, but about the same level as in 2005, the survey said.