Italian police have arrested men accused of throwing 12 Christians off of a boat during a voyage from Libya to Italy. The Jerusalem Post reports:
According to police, the suspects, all Muslim, hailed from Mali, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. The 12 Christians who were killed came from Nigeria and Ghana.
During the incident, Palermo police reported that others on the boat “strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain” and thus avoided a similar fate to those killed.
Stories like this are catnip for nationalist parties in Europe worried about the cultural effects of immigration and inter-religious tension.
Moreover, the world is seeing enormous and possibly still growing levels of refugee migration. According to the New York Times, Syria’s neighbors are being overwhelmed by more than four million refugees, and many are taking steps to restrict the flow. Western governments have still only taken in a relatively small number of Syrian refugees, despite the UN’s calls for them to open their doors.