[UnHerd] Throat-Slitting of a Priest Fails to Reignite Spain’s Debate Over Immigration

If the open-air killing of a priest by an Islamist doesn’t prompt a reckoning, it’s hard to see what will.

Jorge González-Gallarza

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On Wednesday in Spain’s southernmost most outpost of Algeciras — a mere 30-minute boat ride from Morocco across the Mediterranean’s narrowest strip of water — 25-year-old Moroccan national Yassine Kaljaa left the squalid apartment he had been illegally squatting since first arriving to the city in 2019 headed towards the church-filled old-town. In one parish, he vandalized paintings and religious artifacts, imprecated parishioners mid-prayer yelling their faith was “not the authentic one” and hacked off a priest, who has since recovered into stable condition. Later at a nearby church, Kanjaa vandalized some more, fought with a sexton, chased him down to a nearby square and ended up slitting his throat amidst cries of “Allah Akbar”, all videotaped by shocked onlookers.

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Jorge González-Gallarza

A writer in Paris, Jorge's work has featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The American Conservative, The National Interest and elsewhere.