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The stigmatization of Islam confuses religious faith with radicalized jihadism and promotes dangerous attitudes of hatred

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the personality of the perpetrator of the attack in Algeciras on two Catholic churches that cost the life of the sacristan David Valencia and injured a priest and three other parishioners, the available information points to the solitary action of a young Moroccan , Yassine Kanjaa, suddenly radicalized and, according to the investigation, a consumer of "jihadist material" in networks.

The 25-year-old man changed his habits, clothes and convictions, including the certainty of "seeing the devil", according to the companions he lived with, in the last two months.

Fifteen days before leaving the substandard housing that he shared with other young people armed with a machete, and in the direction of two churches, he had already threatened to kill several of his own companions and in Morocco he had been under psychiatric treatment,

as EL PAÍS has been able to verify in his hometown in Morocco, Oued el Marsa.

The Prosecutor's Office of the National Court is investigating the facts as a possible act of terrorism in the variant of "jihadist Salafism", before the cry that he uttered invoking Allah while he brandished the machete against the victims.

The immediate reaction of the Muslim community of Algeciras unceremoniously condemning the act has been joined by the reaction of the Episcopal Conference and the pacifying words of the wounded priest, Antonio Rodríguez, in defense of the "evangelical values ​​of peace, harmony, love and of service".

None of this has prevented Vox from acting like the xenophobic far-right that it is and immediately launching messages on networks that expressly linked the Muslim religion, irregular immigration and violence, in messages aimed at fueling fear and paranoia against those who survive in conditions of maximum precariousness after arriving in Spain, as in this case, in a boat.

More alarming is the effort of the leader of the first opposition party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, to differentiate between the religions in whose name people kill and those others —the Catholic— in which it has not been done "for centuries."

The improvised phrase of the popular leader contains gaps in historical knowledge and a dangerous plot substrate: he speaks of "we" to refer to Catholics, a politician who aspires to govern a country in which that "we" includes citizens of very different religious beliefs .

It is impossible not to remember the model that Jacinda Ardern embodied in the attack in March 2019, when 49 people were murdered in two mosques in New Zealand by an Australian supremacist and she knew how to assure that "they are us", in reference to the murdered immigrants, many of whom of them Muslims,

The extreme difficulty of foreseeing the terrorist behavior of the so-called "lone wolves" does not devalue the work of the State Security Forces, which reacted very quickly to the first warnings about the attack in Algeciras.

It remains to determine the reasons why the expulsion order issued on November 3 was not carried out, as is the case with about 90% of orders, according to sources from the Ministry of the Interior.

The ongoing investigation and the action of justice will finally determine the motivation for this tragedy without anything inviting us to lower our guard in the face of the threat of jihadism.

Source: elparis

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