Geneva: Mosque goers insult exercising students

Geneva: Mosque goers insult exercising students

"You dirty Whites!  Have you no shame?"  insulted, derided, ogled and even photographed by mobile phone: about fifteen students of the Ecole de commerce André-Chavanne were caught by a group of people leaving the mosque of the Grand-Saconnex suburb of Geneva.  Their crime that they were running in a gym outfit on the athletics track of their school 'during the hour of prayer'.

The incident caused commotion among students, teachers, parents and even the higher ups of the national education ministry.  It caused strong reactions on the part of the mosque.  The imam vehemently condemned such acts in his sermon to the believers.   Today the good neighborly relationship is back.

On Friday April 3rd, in the early afternoon, the students, about 15 years old, were exercising on the course.  A dozen people leaving prayer, found themselves facing them.  To return to where they parked they took a shortcut, a newly opened rod which leads to the sports field.

Instead of avoiding passing the track, the men, young and less young, walked right through.  They disrupted the race, going through the plastic cones arranged for the exercise.  they insulted the students, roughly put them down, took a picture, and blamed them for their shamelessness before leaving.

Shocked, the young gym teacher who trained them notified the school.  On April 6th the principal, Roland Jeannet, alerted his superiors and sent a letter to the mosque administration asking them to speak in the next meeting of the mosque and to encourage their believers to more respect.

Roland Jeannet says that the imam responded very well and that the following Friday he dedicated a long part of his sermon to this issue.  He's since received letters from believers denouncing the attitude of these men and fearing for the image of Muslims.

A meeting between the principal, two mosque representative and a police agent took place at the end of April.  this reassured the school, which did not lodge a complaint.

The Islamic Cultural Foundation took the incident very seriously.  One of the leaders says that Muslims must be an example, particularly in this context, where they're often blamed.

There has been no previous incident in the area between the mosque and the school, which are close by.  However, one of the teachers says that they're sometimes a little uncomfortable when parking in the area, where hundreds of men come to prayer.  A female student at the school says that the girls who run get insistent looks at their chests.

It is possible that the shortcut between the mosque and parking will be closed again.

Source: Le Matin (French), h/t Observatoire de l'islamisation

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