The visit of 23 European Parliamentarians to Kashmir on Tuesday had the Opposition up in arms. Many leaders questioned the ideological leanings of the delegates, with some even accusing them of being Nazi and Hitler supporters, fascists and Islamophobes.
Though 27 European Union (EU) delegates were invited to assess the ground situation in Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370, 23 made it. India Today Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) scanned through Twitter profiles of 17 invitees, and found most of them have something in common opposition to radical Islam. Broadly, the delegation that visited Kashmir was nationalist’ and anti-immigration’.
The Telegraph had earlier reported that 22 out of the 27 delegates belong to right-wing’ political parties in their countries.
Of the 17 Twitter profiles analysed, eight EU delegates have tweets against radical Islam’.
Tomá Zdechovský of the KDU-CSL party in Czech Republic said in December 2015 that Christian Democratic Parties’ alliance in Germany wanted to ban niqab and burqa in Germany. He said in Czech, According to German politicians, it does not belong to German culture.
Tomá Zdechovský (@TomZdechovsky) December 1, 2015
On this tweet, when a user asked him his opinion over the Germans’ remark, he said that he considered wearing burqa in EU as nonsense.
French members of the delegation were far more aggressive on calling out radical Islamic’ activities in their country. The four French members of the delegation analysed by DIU were from the Republican Party’ of France.
Thierry Mariani had posted a picture of him endorsing Alexander Del Valle’s book La Strategie De L’Intimidation (The Strategy of Intimidation). He quoted a line from the book and wrote (in French), The more we kill in the name of Islamism, the more Islam progresses and the more the West apologises. Our real threat is our self-blame! @dfr_paris of @alexdelvalle3 presenting the strategy of bullying’ his latest book. To read urgently!
«Plus on tue au nom de l’islamisme, plus l’islam progresse et plus l’Occident s’excuse.Notre vraie menace,c’est notre auto culpabilisation!’’
Passionnante conférence au @dfr_paris de @alexdelvalle3 présentant «la stratégie de l’intimidation» son dernier livre.
A lire d’urgence! pic.twitter.com/TKA7pdTUsp
Thierry MARIANI (@ThierryMARIANI) September 19, 2018
One can go through more of his tweets about Islam here.
Germany’s Bernhard Zimnoik actively tweets against his country’s immigration policy. Interestingly, he backed the bilateral talks agreement between India and Pakistan for Kashmir, but opposed sanctions against India.
In a tweet, his party’s Twitter handle had tweeted a video with a caption (in German), Bernhard #Zimniok is convinced: #Kashmir Conflict can only be resolved by affected conflict parties themselves. #EU can accompany this process as a mediator. Unfortunately, MEPs are taking sides and calling for sanctions against India. So they become part of the problem.
Bernhard #Zimniok ist überzeugt: #Kaschmir-Konflikt kann nur von betroffenen Konfliktparteien selbst gelöst werden. #EU kann diesen Prozess als Mediator begleiten. Leider ergreifen EU-Abgeordnete Partei und fordern Sanktionen gegen Indien. So werden sie zum Teil des Problems. pic.twitter.com/2CcuROjDDV
AfD im EU-Parlament (@AfDimEUParl) September 25, 2019
Zimniok also posted a picture from India mocking German chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policy. His tweet, originally in German, said, Only a few metres from our hotel in #India away is the big one #Armut (Poverty) clearly visible. In #Deutschland are we still far away? Under government #Merkel unfortunately, such conditions are no longer a utopia. This must be prevented!
Nur wenige Meter von unserem Hotel in #Indien entfernt ist die große #Armut deutlich sichtbar. In #Deutschland sind wir (noch?) weit davon entfernt. Unter Regierung #Merkel sind solche Zustände aber leider keine Utopie mehr. Das gilt es zu verhindern! Daher #AfD! #ltwTH2019 pic.twitter.com/j4DPYioddG
Bernhard Zimniok (@BernhardZimniok) October 28, 2019
The Italians, however, didn’t share their views on Islam in general; they were more concerned with Iran. DIU analysed three delegates from Italy Silvia Sardone of Forza Italia, and Fulvio Martusciello and Gianna Gancia of the Lega Nord.
Martusciello tweeted about an event Opposition against CPEC in Pakistan’ in the European Parliament which he hosted.
Spanish Delegate Hermann Tertsch also criticized radical Islam for having no space for the LGBT community.
DIU analysed five delegates from the UK of which Nathan Gill voiced his views against radical Islam and Bill Newton Dunn against immigration, while Alexandra Phillips and David Richard Bull posted majorly pro-Brexit tweets.
James Wells of the Brexit Party tweeted about an incident during a by-election in Peterborough, where imams were filling in voter slips for worshippers & local non-Labour Muslims had complained of intimidation.