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Migrant who stabbed Americans in Amsterdam did so because “Dutch insult Islam”

Religion of Peace strikes again.

From Associated Press (via Sacramento Bee): An Afghan asylum-seeker accused of stabbing two Americans in Amsterdam believes that Islam is insulted in the Netherlands, Dutch prosecutors said Monday, giving the first indication of why they think a “terrorist motive” was behind the attack.

The 19-year-old suspect is accused of stabbing the 38-year-old tourists Friday in an unprovoked attack after he arrived at Amsterdam’s Central Station on an international train.

The American men were not targeted because of their nationality, which the alleged attacker did not know, prosecutors said. The suspect’s grievance was with the European country where the assault took place, they said in a written statement.

“It is apparent from his statements that he believes that in the Netherlands, the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, Islam and Allah are repeatedly insulted,” prosecutors said, noting that the young Afghan man specifically mentioned Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who is well known for his fierce anti-Islam rhetoric.

“From the suspect’s statements so far, it is clear the man had a terrorist motive … and that he traveled to the Netherlands for that reason,” the prosecutors’ said.

Earlier Monday, German authorities said the man had applied for asylum in Germany and was not considered a security threat there.

Wilders last week called off a planned contest for cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad following death threats and concerns other people could be put at risk. Prosecutors said the suspect did not mention the contest in his statements.

Wilders reacted with a tweet, writing: “Muslim terrorists hate our way of life and our freedoms. They answer criticism of Islam with violence.”

The prosecutors added that there was so far no indication the suspect, identified as Jawed S. under Dutch privacy rules, was working with anyone else.

Police shot him after the stabbings, and he remains in a hospital. An investigating judge held a closed-door hearing there Monday and ordered him held for two more weeks on suspicion of assaulting the Americans “with a terrorist motive.”

They suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries in the attack.

The judge extended the suspect’s custody because of fears he may flee, repeat the crime or violate the law, according to a statement by an Amsterdam court.

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Germans now the minority in Frankfurt

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From Daily Mail: More than half of residents living in the German city of Frankfurt have a migrant background, according to new statistics. Figures show 51.2 per cent of people living there are either non-German, German citizens born abroad or Germans who are the children of immigrants.
The city’s secretary of integration Sylvia Weber said: ‘We have minorities with relatively large numbers in Frankfurt but no group with a clear majority.’
Turkish migrants are the largest non-German minority that are settled in Frankfurt, accounting for 13 per cent of the population. A further 61 per cent of residents who were born abroad have come from other countries within the European Union.
The vast majority of immigrants had a legal and ‘consolidated’ status of residency.
The statistics were revealed in a 200-page document titled ‘Frankfurt Integration and Diversity Monitoring’.
The report was designed to provide a grounding for the city to better respond to inequalities in areas like employment, education and housing. ‘The trend is clear. We are a city without a majority,’ added Ms Weber.
The report also shows disparities between immigrants and German – with 49 per cent of non-Germans falling below the poverty line, compared to just 23 per cent of original native citizens.
Immigrants are also less likely to be in work, with just 73 per cent of non-German men and 59 per cent of non-German women being in employment. The data shows that 83 per cent of native German men are in work – as are 78 per cent of native German women.
It comes after a book published last year predicted that native Germans would soon be reduced to a minority in Frankfurt, Augsburg and Stuttgart.  The German cities would join others throughout Europe that have already seen immigrant numbers overtake natives, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva and London.
The book, titled Super-Diverstiy: A New Perspective on Integration, criticised politicians’ calls for migrants to inegrate.
The authors criticised politicians’ calls for migrants to innegrate, arguing: ‘In practice the result of these calls to assimilate is that an increasing number of citizens with a migrant background feels excluded and unwelcome.’
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