Islamic radicalization is an increasing worry in Italy. According the last SISDE’s “confidential” document, obtained from “Il Giornale”, the Sunnite component is rapidly widening its network in the Central and Northern area: Veneto, Lombardia, Piemonte, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Marche.
The document states “The Mosque in Fermo is crediting as reality of reference for followers” of moderate movement Al-Adl wal-Ihsan (Justice and Charity). This along with the Union Muslims in Italy (UMI) is trying to gain new sites and affiliates through a proselytism activity headed mainly by the Moroccan fringes.
Willingness to engage in dialogue has been shown by local Muslim communities, in the Marchigiana area. However these areas have been suspected illicit activities for the funds procurement in support of the Pakistan movement Tablgh Eddawa Ilallah, rooted into Porto Recanati’s Mosque.
Another organization that has been suspected is the Charity Association for Solidarity with the Palestinian People (ABSPB). This organization has been suspected since early 2017.“It is suspected of using humanitarian projects as cover for the financing of organizations linked to Islamic extremism or involved in supporting terrorism organizations”
The SISDE conclusions confirm the tendencies to jihadist radicalization and to logistical-financial complicity from small-scale crime, already noted in the national safety report presented by Viminale in 2006.
The Islamic Relief Italia(IRI), subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian International Islamic Relief Organisation (ILRO) is also operating Italy. This organization has a capillary structure with offices all over the world, including Albania, Pakistan Palestine, Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan.The organization keep a low profile since in 1998 its vertices were arrested for trafficking false documents. However, throughout the cycle of spring meetings in Milan, Bergamo, Bologna, Sassuolo, the IRI criticized the Italian government which “would not allow free exercise of legitimate activities by the Islamic character”.
The ramification strategy on the territory through conferences continued in June with a series of appointments in Milan and Brescia.To be reported finally the risk of radicalization of Giovani Musulmani d’Italia (GMI). The second national meeting held in last April in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Udine) involved 300 boys and girls between the ages 16 and 30, many of whom born in Italy and absolutely practicing.
In the margins of the talks the summits decided to reduce visibility of the association. “The need of a lower external exposure seems the reflection of the recent changes in the organization leadership that have declared the reinforcement of Syrian component” write SISDE, “The risk is… a cultural involution and a consequent closure towards national community”.