Abdul Basit Abu Lifa, who also goes by Isaac Meyer, is a Danish citizen of Palestinian descent. However, unlike most Danes, Abu Lifa doesn’t enjoy cheesy Europop music or grotesque seafood dishes. Instead, Abu Lifa occupies his time trying to figure out how to be as violent as society will allow – and get off easy.
Abu Lifa’s first run-in with the law came in 2007, when he and three other Muslims were caught plotting a bombing. The evidence against the four was iffy, but there were enough bomb-making materials and Islamist propaganda to convict Abu Lifa. He was sentenced to seven years… but was free by 2013.
In 2013, Palestinian-born poet Yahya Hassan, who now lives in Denmark, published a collection of his works that abrasively criticized Muslims for failing to integrate. What did Abu Lifa do in response, you ask? Did he condemn Hassan for insulting Muhammad, pigs be upon him? Did he try to counter Hassan’s arguments about Muslims’ obvious inability to coexist in the west? Nope – instead, he proved Hassan right. When Hassan was at a train station, Abu Lifa ambushed him from behind, whacking him in the back of the head with his fist. Before Hassan could react, Abu Lifa landed several more blows to his face and body. During the attack, Abu Lifa called Hassan a “kafir” (infidel)” and said he “should die.” Thankfully, others at the train station prevented the situation from spiraling more out of hand.
Abu Lifa was taken into custody. Unfortunately, Scandinavian prisons are way too posh and thus probably won’t teach Abu Lifa not to attack again.