This article is part of the Media Monitoring Highlights of May, a monthly overview of the most significant results of our monitoring of traditional and new media in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, and the United Kingdom.
Date of publication: 11 June 2018
Media outlet: Epoch Times Deutschland is a right-wing news website. It is the German edition of the newspaper Epoch Times, headquartered in New York City.
Author: Alfred Schlicht
Headline: “The case of Susanna and Islam - Men are above women, violence can be used”
Description of the anti-Muslim content: This article is an opinion piece following the murder of 14-year old Susanna Feldman in south-western Germany. As the BBC reports, the suspected rapist and killer is a failed Iraqi asylum seeker who was later arrested in Iraq. The author states that the murder of Susanna Feldman is the result of Muslim culture and religion and that Muslims do not want to become a part of German or European society. Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), as well as the far right and alt right, used this tragic murder case for their racist and anti-Merkel propaganda. The article in Epoch Times is part of this discourse and blames Islam as a whole for the rape and murder of Susanna.
Myth debunked: The author himself recognises that “there are also ethno-German violent offenders, is true, but an irrelevant truism.” This is not irrelevant. Statistically speaking, from Honduras to Germany, from India to South Africa, the most likely person to kill a woman is her current or former partner, or a family member. Would we say, as Alfred Schlicht says, that “ethno-Germans” kill because the Bible presents “a picture of women that is incompatible with our value system”? Would we quote Bible’s 1 Timothy 2:12, in which St Paul says “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent”? All over the world women live and experience violence and inequality of many levels in the patriarchal societies where they live, regardless of race, religion and nationality.
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