Don't talk about this. To do so would be "Islamophobic."
Photo thanks to The Religion of Peace.
Don't talk about this. To do so would be "Islamophobic."
Photo thanks to The Religion of Peace.
How did this convert to Islam come to misunderstand his new, peaceful religion so spectacularly? Why is there not a single program in any German (or U.S.) mosque to teach Muslim converts to reject this understanding of Islam that we are constantly told is a twisting and hijacking of the real thing? Why do no authorities ever ponder that question and its implications?
"From a German Jihadist in Syria: 'It’s Not Like You Imagine. You Can Live Well Here," by Abu-Sama at Stateless Media, December 1:
[Editor's note: This clip arrived recently. Below is a partial translation.]
“I am Abu-Sama. I am from Germany. I became a Muslim four years ago. And I’ve always wondered: to die, be born, eat, drink — that cannot be all there is. We’re not animals. Allah gave us reason. That’s why we’ve got to think about the purpose of life. And think about who brought us here, who created this world. Allah is the creator of all things, free of errors. And he created man. Think about how complicated your DNA is and your brain and your body. You wouldn’t believe that a watch was created by chance. But a human? … About the next point, I wanna say: I have emigrated to Syria to render the word of my Creator [mumbles] … Because man-made laws are unjust. And we can see it on Earth. Most of hte [sic] world’s natural resources are in Africa – but why of all people are the African people the poorest? You gotta ask yourself the question: Politicians in their suits are devils, making their own laws and they don’t want to please God because they don’t believe in God. They are doing their own thing. … I am not only addressing the infidels, but Muslims, too: Are you satisfied? You live in Germany, got a girlfriend, are going to the disco — but what is it to you. Marry! Allah has permitted you to marry. You needn’t move around. Marry a woman. You are even allowed to marry up to four women. And that is why, Brother, Sister, you must carry jihad into the world. Jihad has become the duty of every Muslim. Partake in the jihad! Support the Muslims! Donate! Spread the word! We are not the terrorists. Who are the terrorists? The Americans are the terrorists. … I love Osama-bin-Laden. Why? He’s punched the heads of injustice, he’s punched the heads of injustice. By terrorizing them as they are terrorizing us. As long as you don’t stop, we won’t stop. We were flying into the World Trade Center – why? Because you were doing the same to us. That’s why pay attention to what you are doing: Allah is almighty. You can never beat us. You will never beat us for over 50 nations have invaded Afghanistan 12 years ago. And now they are retreating. Why? They got no chance. Allah is going to help us. If Allah helps you, He will ground your feet. Have no worries. Allah is saying in (source in Arabic) in psalm 99, the gist of it in German: If you emigrate along Allah’s path, you will find wealth and an abode that will please you. And I can testify to it, I swear: In Syria … we got everything, food and drink, everything, better than in Germany, even though we had thought: When we come here, we will be sleeping on the floor. And we would be ready. But Allah has made it easy for us: He won’t demand what you cannot bear. That is why, Brothers, Sisters, make your way here. It’s not like you imagine: pure warfare all the time. There are border areas where you can live well with your families. Soon there will be schools for children. You can live well here. You can practice Islam freely. Sister, you can walk [unclear] … Brother, you can walk without evil glances.”
Yet another convert to Islam misunderstands his new, peaceful religion and gets the crazy idea that it has something to do with waging jihad against Infidels. Yet no mosque in Germany or anywhere else has a program to teach converts to reject this understanding of Islam that they supposedly abhor and oppose.
"German footballer turned Islamist killed in Syria," from The Local, November 18 (thanks to Maxwell):
UPDATE: A former German footballer who represented his country seven times at youth level has been killed after joining Islamist rebels in Syria.
Burak Karan, 26, played in the youth teams with Germany’s current crop of stars including Sami Khedira and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
But in 2008 at the age of 20 he turned away from sport towards Islam, Focus magazine reported on Monday.
He travelled to Syria to join Islamist rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad where, his brother confirmed to Bild newspaper, he was killed by a bomb.
His 23-year-old wife and two children aged three and 10 months went with him to Syria, where they are believed still to be.
A video has appeared on YouTube portraying him as a engaged rebel soldier and claiming to be him, but his brother said that he was keen to dismiss this.
“It is in Arabic. Burak wanted to learn to speak the language perfectly but he couldn't," he told the Bild newspaper on Monday.
“He didn't want to fight,” he said. Regarding pictures of Karan holding a gun he said: "He was only armed to protect his vehicles.”
"Burak said to me that money and a career were not important to him," Mustafa said. He added that his brother would often search the internet for videos of war zones. "He was confused, and filled with sadness for the victims," he said.
The federal prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into whether Karan, from Wuppertal in North Rhine-Westphalia, was helping to support an overseas terror network.
According to website transfermarket.de Karan played five times for the national U16 side and twice for the U17 team. On Monday, the website had changed its site, with “career ended” written on the 26-year-old's profile.
Nude studies have been part of Western art from time immemorial, and have no intrinsic or inherent connection with lewdness or pornography. But the example of Michelangelo and everyone else goes out the window when it comes to appeasing Muslims. The principle is absolute: in Muslim countries, non-Muslims must conform their behavior to Islamic sensibilities. In non-Muslim countries, non-Muslims must conform their behavior to Islamic sensibilities.
In the invitation to the private art show the project sounded really good. It sounded as if something good was being done for artists. Marzahn-Hellersdorf Adult Education Centre is giving artists the opportunity to present their works to a wide public on the floors of the institution. Creatives are brought together with citizens and thus exposed to criticism much more directly than in a commercial gallery. This is how the municipality describes its art exhibition space programme. "Imaginative & colourful paintings and drawings" is the name of the current exhibition of the Berlin artist Susanne Schüffel.
The show was supposed to open with a celebration on Friday evening. But the private show was not held; the artist had cancelled. She was allowed to show only some of her pictures. Six nude pictures had been removed a few days before. She is raging.
Last Monday the 46-year-old artist learned that her nude pictures could not be shown on the corridors of the adult education centre "out of respect for Muslims". That is the explanation the deputy director of the adult education centre, Gotthard Hänisch, gave. Muslims could "feel unpleasantly affected" when looking at the sketches. Muslims, including some from the asylum seeker reception home in Carola-Neher-Straße, visit the adult education centre for German courses.
Susanne Schüffel cannot accept the reasoning of the deputy director. "There was no conflict. No one had complained about the sketches. That is anticipatory obedience," says the graduate of Weißensee art school. "This is about the freedom of art." Her classical nude sketches show nothing crude or offensive. "They're about the beauty of woman."
We've also seen allegations that Muslims from the United States and Britain were involved in these jihad murders. Here again we see that the phenomenon of converts to Islam joining the jihad is international. And yet there are no calls -- none -- to Muslim communities anywhere in the West to teach actively against this understanding of Islam that converts imbibe and that the Muslim communities ostensibly reject.
"Israel: German Islamists helped in Kenya attack," from The Local, September 30:
German Islamists are suspected of being involved in the Kenya shopping centre siege, according to Israeli intelligence service Mossad. Intelligence services in Germany are not, Focus news magazine reported, ruling out claims from Mossad that German convert Andreas 'Ahmed Khaled' Müller, among others, were involved in planning the Nairobi mall attack in which 72 people died.
Mossad believes that Müller had connections with the Somalian Al-Shabaab militant group behind the Westgate siege.
President of the federal office for defence Hans-Georg Maaßen told Focus that while Germany was not currently at direct risk, there was sentiment building against the west in Somalia and neighbouring countries.
He added that the BKA was concerned that German charities based over in west Africa could find themselves “the focus of Al-Shabaab.”
As for German-based Islamists, the BKA was “keeping a close eye on the extremist Somali scene,” said Maaßen. Suspected supporters or followers of Al-Shabaab were, he added, “under observation by the intelligence services.”
Good thing we are rushing to the aid of
the Christians the jihadists.
"German jihadis kill Syrian Christians," by Benjamin Weinthal for the Jerusalem Post, September 8 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
BERLIN – Radical German Islamists participated in the murders of Syrian Christians in an early August attack on the Turkish-Syrian border, according to a report in the German magazine FOCUS.
The magazine reported last week the involvement of nearly 100 “fanatical” German Muslims, including Germans who converted to Islam, in the Syrian civil war.
Two Western intelligence agencies provided the information to FOCUS about the role of German Islamists in the August massacre.
A German police official told the magazine that “the complicity of Germans in the extermination and ethnic cleansing in Syria is a sheer intolerable condition.”
Prosecutors are examining whether the German Muslims can be charged with participation in a terrorist organization.
The growing presence of German Islamists in Syria prompted the Federal Republic’s interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich to issue a warning in April about the “calls for those Europeans who have been trained in battle [in Syria] to return home and pursue jihad.”
The Sunni Salafist movement in Germany has provided the main combatants for the conflict against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. Dirk Baehr, a German political scientist who has written about European and German jihadi groups, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that six months ago there were 60 German Islamists in Syria and now the number has climbed to 150. Many of the jihadis fighting in Syria are from Belgium, Baehr added.
In a video cited in the FOCUS report, which appears in German and Arabic, German jihadists praise the expulsion of Christians from the Syrian villages. The video shows between nine and 10 jihadis walking by dead people. Baehr said it is difficult to ascertain if the dead individuals are Christians.
One Islamic combatant strikes the head of a dead Syrian soldier in the video.
Former gangster rapper from Berlin, Denis Cuspert (a.k.a Deso Dogg), is believed to be fighting with the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front. German counter-terrorism officials view Cuspert as a powerful recruitment tool. He made a video before his departure to Syria, urging Muslims to join the jihad in Syria.
Perhaps he wanted to try to do some good deeds that might outweigh the bad deeds he had done by producing music:
Hadith Qudsi 19:5: "The Prophet said that Allah commanded him to destroy all the musical instruments, idols, crosses and all the trappings of ignorance." (The Hadith Qudsi, or holy Hadith, are those in which Muhammad transmits the words of Allah, although those words are not in the Qur'an.)
Muhammad also said:
(1) "Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance."
(2) "On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress."
(3) "Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage."
(4) "This community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones." Someone asked, "When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?" and he said, "When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful."
(5) "There will be peoples of my Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine, and musical instruments to be lawful ...." -- 'Umdat al-Salik r40.0
In looking for some good deeds he could do, he may have turned to texts like these, all from the Qur'an:
"And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter..." -- 2:191
"They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them..." -- 4:89
"Many are the Jinns and men we have made for Hell: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle - nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning)." -- 7:179
"Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies..." -- 8:60
"Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful." -- 9:5
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." -- 9:29
"Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens..." -- 47:4
"German musician trades guitar for jihad in Syria," From AlBawaba, August 20:
The Violations Documenting Center in Syria has released images of a German rapper turned Muslim convert fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad in Latakia, Syria.
Formerly known as 'Deso Dogg', this German musician now goes by the name of "German Abu Talha".
Abu Talha seems to be in high spirits as he splashes Syrian spring water around shouting "Alhumdilallah".
After securing various strategic villages in the Latakia area, which is also the homeland of Assad, the rebels were forced out of the province by Syrian troops on Monday.fr
"Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God's guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them." (Qur'an 4:34)
"Germany: Muslims break in to home of couple and beat unborn child to death to enforce sharia," by Nicolai Sennels for Islam Versus Europe, August 4:
Islamists from Chechnya have severely abused a couple in the central receiving point [for asylum seekers] in the Brandenburg, Germany. Their motivation: The couple, who are refugees from Caucasus, had behaved immorally.
Ten men forced their way into the couple's bedroom. The attackers kicked the 23-year old Zulikhan in the stomach, who thus lost her unborn child. Her husband, who was seriously injured by numerous blows, was sent to the hospital for inpatient treatment.
The 'punishment action' for allegedly immoral behavior occurred last week, on Friday. The 38-year-old leader of the Islamists has enforced 'traditional values' of Islam on several occasions in the area, according to police interrogation records.
According to FOCUS information, the man apparently belongs to the radical separatist movement "Caucasus Emirate". The two Boston bombers, the Tsarnaev brothers, were also part of this movement.
An investigator from the Federal Criminal Office told FOCUS: "The people come from the civil war, they're so brutalised."
Source: Focus.de - Islamists beat women, kill unborn child
"The youths started to yell threats at the policemen, beat the police car, and some of them attempted to attack the police officers. When the police tried to arrest the trouble-makers, one of them made a phone call and after some time, around 150 other Muslims assembled from the neighboring streets to the scene, and blocked the police officers."
"In Hamburg over 150 Muslims, shouting 'Allah Akbar', attacked policemen" from Pravoslavie.ru, July 18 (thanks to Filip):
In Hamburg, on the night of July 12, after fasting, a group of young Muslims gathered in Holstenstraße street for a night meal after the Muslim fast.
Soon after that the police received complaints from the drivers who were driving by: some people were blinding drivers in the street with laser pointers. A squad arrived in response to a call and tried to check the documents of sixteen gathered young men, however they began to behave aggressively, reports Bild.de.
The youths started to yell threats at the policemen, beat the police car, and some of them attempted to attack the police officers. When the police tried to arrest the trouble-makers, one of them made a phone call and after some time, around 150 other Muslims assembled from the neighboring streets to the scene, and blocked the police officers.
According to police evidence, those gathered were behaving extremely aggressively, making threats of reprisal and yelling, "Allah Akbar".
Only after the arrival of 100 more policemen as reinforcement did it became possible to calm down the mob. As a result, sixteen people were arrested, and two trouble-makers were sent to the hospital.
Muslim young people’s Ramadan parties (which have turned into a tradition) have become a real threat to public order in all European countries. News sources report merely report “nighttime disorder” in which "unidentified youths" participated, while the names and religious affiliation of the trouble-makers, as well as the reason for such gatherings, are not mentioned. However, the same phrase coming from the shouting crowd, "Allah Akbar", can be clearly heard in the video materials taken at the sites of these events.
There were arrests of jihadis in France today as well. One might almost get the idea that there is a jihad against Europe -- naaah, that would be "Islamophobic."
Police in Germany have raided dozens of addresses to foil an Islamist terror plot intending to use remote controlled model aircraft filled with explosives to be flown into targets.
Armed officers of the specialist G9G units raided homes in Stuttgart, Munich and Dachau after receiving information that at least one assassination attempt was being planned using the model planes as guided missiles.
Technical materials and paperwork were seized at several addresses while prosecutors spoke of plans for a 'seditious outrage'.
German intelligence officers have been warning for some time of a home-grown attack inside the country's borders as more and more Islamists return from Jihadist training camps in Pakistan ready to commit terrorist acts.
As well as the addresses in southern Germany, an Internet service provider in the state of Saxony was also raided. At least two men are in custody and authorities say the operations will continue as more intelligence is gathered.
No information was given about likely targets or exactly which Jihadist organisation the suspects are affiliated with.
One of the addresses raided was at the Olympic Village in Munich, scene of the 1972 Olympic massacre when fanatics of the Black September movement stormed the living quarters of Israeli athletes. All eleven hostages later died in a shootout at Munich Airport.
BERLIN – The head of Germany’s federal agency for domestic intelligence and the country’s Interior Ministry have recently presented a report showing Hezbollah’s use of German based mosques and their affiliated organizations to raise funds for the terrorist group’s activities in Lebanon.
According to the 2012 report published this month by the domestic intelligence agency, known as the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the terrorist organization finances its activities through “Hezbollah-affiliated mosque associations” and raises funds within the framework of “religious ceremonies” as well as membership contributions.
Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, the head of Germany’s Interior Ministry, and Dr. Hans-Georg Maaßen, the relatively new director of the intelligence agency introduced the report several weeks ago in Berlin.
It is unclear from the report if the Hezbollah funds in Germany are funneled to aid the terrorist group’s efforts in Syria to support the regime of President Bashar Assad.
The report showed a steady presence of Hezbollah members in the Federal Republic, 950 members, the same figure for 2011. The intelligence agency’s 2010 report showed the number of Hezbollah members to be 900.
The 381-page 2012 intelligence report lists the Hezbollah attack on Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, under the category of Islamic terrorism.
Although the Bulgarian Interior Minister blamed Hezbollah for the attack, which resulted in the deaths of five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver, the German report stated that “Hezbollah was brought into connection with the attack” but that the link was not yet definitively proven. The report was published before the Bulgarian government submitted new evidence, according to a JTA article last week, showing a Hezbollah operative used a printer in Lebanon to aid the terrorists with fake documents as part of their planning for the attack.
The German report also contained information about the July 7, 2012, arrest of a Hezbollah member in Cyprus who plotted to kill Israelis and Jews on the Island. Germany’s report, however, does not contain the March conviction of Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, who admitted he was a Hezbollah operative and part of the terrorist organization’s global mission to monitor Jews.
Young German Hezbollah members are strongly connected and active on the Internet, including social media and various web forums, the report noted. Growing street demonstrations involving Hezbollah supporters and members were documented, including an event attended by 1,100 Hezbollah supporters last year at the Al-Quds Day march in Berlin. At 600, the 2012 number of young members almost doubled from 2011.
According to the report, as many as 3,000 Hezbollah supporters participated in the Iranian-sponsored Al- Quds Day march in the 1990s. The event calls for the destruction of Israel and stokes anti-Western hate.
Though not cited in the agency’s report, The Jerusalem Post reported in 2012 that the Imam Ali Mosque in Hamburg, widely considered by experts in Germany and abroad to be part of the long arm of Iran’s regime in the Federal Republic, chartered buses and sent Hezbollah supporters to an anti-Israel and anti-Western demonstration. Hamburg’s local intelligence agency stated that “two buses with roughly 90 people traveled to Berlin this year. The costs for the travel were paid for by the IZH,” an organization that operates the Shi’ite mosque.
According to the report, Berlin has 250 active Hezbollah members. It revealed that in Berlin there is an annual “victory celebration of the liberation” celebrating the IDF withdrawal from south Lebanon in May 2000. On May 26, 2012, roughly 700 Hezbollah participants took part in the event.
The report noted that in September 2012, Hezbollah members in many German cities protested against the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called for worldwide demonstrations against the film.
The most recent intelligence report cited the Hezbollah-controlled Orphans Project Lebanon in Germany as a way to send money to Lebanon.
Hezbollah has long used German territory to raise funds for the families of suicide bombers involved in killing Israelis. A 2009 report from the European Foundation for Democracy titled “Hezbollah’s Fund-raising Organization in Germany” revealed that the Orphans Project Lebanon, based in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, is “the German branch of a Hezbollah suborganization” that “promotes suicide bombings” and aims to destroy Israel.
Germany still allows the Orphans Project Lebanon to operate but eliminated its tax subsidy several years ago.
With the new push by Germany, France and the United Kingdom to ban Hezbollah’s military wing in the EU, it remains unclear whether the blacklisting efforts will affect the work of the Orphans Project Lebanon. Austria, the Czech Republic and Finland have rejected the move to sanction Hezbollah within the EU.
Clearly this man has fallen under the spell of greasy Islamophobes who convinced him that Islam had something to do with violence. "Hamburg: Libyan Refugee Threatens People With Knives While Holding Koran and Shouting 'Allahu Akbar!,'" from Islam Versus Europe, June 18 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
This is the text of a Hamburg police report.
Officers from police station 11 have provisionally arrested a 24-year-old from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on suspicion of threatening with a knife. The civil protection bureau in the state criminal office has taken over the investigation.
According to what has so far been discovered, the suspect entered a tent associated with the registered demonstration "Lampedusa refugees" in Steindamm, sat at a table and sang. After a short time he stepped in front of the tent and drew two knives. This led a 47-year-old man, who was standing in front of the tent, to feel threatened. The suspect then went to the subway station Hauptbahnhof-Süd and encountered a Hamburg Rail employee. The suspect circled the 30-year-old, holding a book in one hand and a knife in the other, and shouted "Allahu Akbar!". While doing this he continually moved the blade of the knife across the ground, as if he wanted to sharpen it. As the suspect again approached the 30-year-old in a threatening manner with the knife, the injured party fled in the direction of the central bus station and informed the police.
When the two police officers reached the scene, they encountered the suspect, who held two knives in his hands and several times shouted "Allahu Akbar!".
The officers arrested the 24-year-old on a provisional basis. Both knives (kitchen knives) were secured. During his arrest, a Koran fell out of the suspect's jacket pocket.
This DW story doesn't say it, but Abdel-Samad was declared an "apostate," and hence is under the threat of death, for envisioning an Islam "without sharia or jihad, without gender apartheid." So this is yet another example of someone who would reform Islam being threatened with death -- those who think that the solution to our problems is a reformed Islam should ponder just how difficult such an Islam will be to attain.
A German author of Egyptian origin has gone into hiding after having recieved [sic] death threats from Islamists. Hamed Abdel-Samad is one of Germany’s highest-profile experts on Islam.
The news of the death threats against Abdel-Samad was announced by his publisher on Tuesday.
"Hamed Abdel-Samad is taking the call for him to be murdered seriously and has gone into hiding," the head of the Munich-based Droemer Knaur publishing house, Margit Ketterle, said in a statement.
Radical Islamists have killed four US diplomats in Libya during protests over an American film about the Prophet Muhammad. There were also anti-American protests in Cairo. (12.09.2012)
The calls for the author to be killed apparently came after a speech he gave in Cairo last week in which he criticized radical Islam and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, accusing them of spreading "religious fascism."
Abdel-Sadam reportedly also said he did not intend to insult Islam but had a right to express his views.
Shortly after his speech Assem Abdel Maged, a leading member of the radical Egyptian group Gamaa Islamiya, used a television appearance to declare Abdel-Samad an "infidel."
Numerous Islamist web sites subsequently published a picture of the author with the words "wanted dead" written above.
"We are shocked by the persecution of our author and support him as much as we can," said Ketterle, who spoke of a "smear campaign that came directly from the sphere of the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi."...
No one in Germany, however, has any will to oppose them. "Intelligence Report: Number of Islamists in Germany Grows," from Spiegel Online, June 10 (thanks to Java):
In its annual report on extremist activity in Germany, the country's domestic intelligence agency has identified a surge in support for Islamists and growth in the number of influential neo-Nazi music groups..
During the past year, Islamist organizations experienced a surge in support in Germany according to an annual report from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution obtained by SPIEGEL in advance of its planned public release on Tuesday.
The report states that the number of members and supporters of groups like Milli Görüs, the largest Islamist organization in the country, or Hezbollah in Germany rose from 38,080 in 2011 to 42,550 last year.
The largest growth was seen among members and supporters of Salafists, which increased from 3,800 to 4,500, the government agency stated. Last year, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich of the conservative Christian Social Union moved to ban three Salafist groups....
BERLIN – A group of youths attacked a rabbi on Sunday evening in Offenbach, a city near Franfurt.
Six to eight “Mediterranean looking“ youths attacked the 39-year-old Rabbi Mendel Gurewitz. The youths pushed the rabbi and called him a “shitty Jew.
The Orthodox rabbi filed a police complaint.
Police spokesman Rudi Neu, in southeast Hesse state where Offenbach is located, said a criminal complaint was filed and there was probable cause to investigate for an anti-Semitic hate crime, bodily injury and harassment.
After the initial verbal hostility, Gurewitz photographed the youths with his mobile phone, the police spokesman said. The youths ordered him to delete the photos.
The alleged attack took place in a shopping center passage. The authorities are reviewing video cameras from the shopping area for footage of the event.
Mark Dainow, the deputy director of the Jewish community in Offenbach, criticized the security personnel at the shopping location for failing to intervene to stop the aggressive activity of the youths.
Gurewitz was forced to flee the building and the youths pursued him. A friend of the rabbi drove by and rescued the rabbi by picking him up in his car. The manager of the shopping mall apologized for the conduct of the security personnel.
On May 26, three people attacked a 26-year-old Jewish man in Berlin early in the morning, lightly wounding him. He was wearing a Tshirt with a pro-Israel emblem on it, and the assailants learned that he was Jewish in the course of a conversation.
Also last month, an IDF soldier on leave was among 10 young Israelis who were subjected to an anti-Semitic verbal attack before the May 24 Beyonce concert in Berlin.
The soldier, Nathanel Zerad, told JTA that, standing at the head of the line to enter the O2 World Stadium, the Israelis were verbally attacked by a group of about 50 Germans who wanted to move ahead of them.
“Some of them noticed that we were speaking Hebrew,” Zerad said. “One of them said, ‘You stink, you should go back to Israel.’ A girl said, ‘You guys smell so bad. Why didn’t he die in the Holocaust?’” JTA contributed to this report.
Why just two years? Do the Germans really think that by two years down the line, these battle-hardened warriors of Allah will have forgotten all about jihad? If they went to Syria to wage jihad in order to impose Sharia, they want it in Europe as well. They should not be allowed back at all.
"Germany calls for two-year ban on Europeans returning to the EU from Syria over fears suspected Islamists will come back as 'homegrown terrorists,'" by Kerry Mcdermott in the Daily Mail, May 17 (thanks to Block Ness):
Germany has called for Europeans fighting the Assad regime in Syria to be temporarily barred from re-entering the EU - amid fears they could return as 'homegrown terrorists'. The German government has claimed as many as 700 Europeans have joined opposition forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad's soldiers, and warned militant Islamists could pose a threat upon returning to the EU from the battlefields of Syria.
Now the country, which has said it is aware of up to 40 people who have left Germany for Syria since the summer of 2012, wants to see suspected Islamists banned from re-entering the EU from Syria for two years.
Germany's interior minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, is expected to address the controversial suggestion at a meeting of EU governments next month, according to a report in the Guardian.
Officials at the ministry said that of 6,000 foreign militants believed to be fighting the Assad regime, between 400 and 700 are European.
Fighters could not be prevented from leaving Germany in the first place because it was impossible to prove they were going to Syria, the ministry said, adding that while passports could be confiscated, it was possible to travel to the Syrian border with just an ID card.
It is not clear how the proposed ban would be enforced, as the individuals involved would likely have EU passports as well as jobs and families in the countries concerned.
Up to 60 militants have also left Germany for Egypt, the interior ministry said.
'Most have joined the Islamists. The dangers are growing for us,' a senior official was quoted as saying.
A survey by King's College London found last month that up to 600 individuals from countries including the UK, Spain, Sweden and Germany had taken part in the Syrian conflict since the war erupted in 2011. The largest contingent was from the UK.
Jihad terrorism is just what it should be focusing upon. German officials should be challenging the Muslim leaders in Germany to back up their vague condemnations of terrorism with real action against the promotion of jihad violence in their communities. They should be challenging them to reject and teach against the supremacist doctrines that call for Muslims to work to replace the infidel form of government with Sharia. They should be telling them that they must discard the elements of Sharia that contradict freedoms guaranteed under the German constitution. But even what is undoubtedly the German government's defanged and politically approach to terrorism in this "dialogue" with Muslim leaders is enough to rile those leaders, who want the conference to be exclusively about concessions to the Muslims from the government.
"‘Terrorism’ Irks German Islam Conference," from OnIslam, May 4:
CAIRO – Repeating earlier years’ dilemma, a government-sponsored conference on Muslims in Germany has sparked a storm of criticism for focusing on terrorism as a key subject rather than promoting dialogue between the government and the Muslim minority.
“The conference only makes sense as a dialogue with Muslim religious communities,” Erol Pürlü of the Association of Islamic Cultural Centers (VIKZ) which says it represents 300 Muslim communities nationwide, told the Süddeutsche Zeitung in a report cited by The Local.de.
Taking place next week, the agenda of the German Islamic Conference has drawn the criticism of Muslim leaders across Germany.
The agenda, drafted by the interior ministry, puts terrorism as a key topic for talks.
Though his organization has accepted its invitation to attend, Pürlü made it clear that expectations were low.
Kenan Kolat, chairman of Germany’s Association of Turkish Communities (TGD), voiced similar concern.
“In its current form, it no longer has any purpose,” he said.
The conference was established by then-interior minister Wolfgang Schäuble in 2006 to improve the working relationship between the government and Muslim communities.
Topics discussed at subsequent meetings have included plans to put Islam on an equal footing with the Church, as well as Muslim religious education and the construction of mosques.
Though it was first proposed with the aim of promoting dialogue between the government and Muslim communities, the event has witnessed a loss of support over stalled talks and lack of progress.
Making a shift towards issues of security, several prominent Muslim organizations have pulled out of the talks in the past two years.
Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany said the conference needed an overhaul.
Ali Kizilkaya, chairman of the Islamic Council of Germany, described the conference as a “train travelling in the wrong direction.”
AP calls them "German-Iranian dual nationals." In what sense were they German, beyond legal technicalities? What kinship or loyalty did they have to their adopted country? From the looks of this, they were in Germany to aid the Iranian jihad, aided by a non-Muslim whose care was apparently only for the bottom line. "Germany Charges 4 With Sending Iran Reactor Parts," from the Associated Press, April 29:
BERLIN (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they have charged three German-Iranian dual nationals and a German man with breaking export laws for allegedly supplying Iran with parts needed to build a nuclear reactor in violation of the country's trade embargo.
Prosecutors said in a statement Monday suspect Hamid Kh., 80, set up contact for Gholamali Ka., 70, and his son Kianzad Ka., 25, with German businessman Rudolf M., 78, whose Thuringia firm produced valves needed for a nuclear reactor's construction. Their last names were not released in accordance with German privacy laws.
The group is accused of supplying Iran with 92 German-made valves, and another 856 Indian-made valves, in 2010 and 2011.
They're accused of supplying the parts through front companies in other countries in deals worth millions of euros in total.
"Hang on a second, I'm gonna grab a soda --"
Police in Bonn have destroyed evidence found in an Islamist's apartment that could have linked the suspect to an attempted bombing at the city's central train station, in what appears to be a major misstep in their investigation. On March 13, authorities raided the Bonn apartment of Marco G., 25, on suspicion of planning to assassinate the leader of the anti-Islam right-wing extremist group Pro-NRW. On the same day, police also arrested three other suspects in the case identified as Tayfun S., 23; Enea B., 43; and Koray D, 24. All four are adherents to Salafism, an ultra-conservative branch of Islam.
The raid of G.'s apartment uncovered a Ceska pistol and 616 grams of ammonium nitrate. However, police managed to overlook something.
While in custody, Marco G. asked a social worker to tell his wife not to go near the fridge because there was risk of an explosion. Police returned to the apartment two days later with a bomb disposal unit and discovered more explosive material in the fridge.
The police promptly took the explosives to a nearby open space, placed it in a hole in the ground and conducted a controlled explosion -- without first taking samples of the material for testing. A team of specialists and bomb analysts are now trying to determine the chemical make-up of the material with the ashes left over from the explosion....
The cost of misunderstanding what everyone knows (on pain of charges of "Islamophobia") continues to mount, and yet no Muslim groups in the West have any program to teach young Muslims the true, peaceful Islam we all must believe in (again, on pain of charges of "Islamophobia") but which no one has actually ever seen.
"German authorities move against Islamic extremists," by David Rising for the Associated Press, March 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
BERLIN – German authorities banned three ultraconservative Islamic groups Wednesday and separately announced they had foiled a suspected assassination attempt by Islamic extremists against a prominent far-right politician.
The groups banned included one whose Internet propaganda videos helped inspire the extremist who killed two American airmen at Frankfurt airport in 2011, the country's domestic intelligence chief said.
Police launched early morning raids on 21 apartments and one meeting room belonging to DawaFFM, Islamic Audios and al-Nussrah, all of which adhere to the hardcore conservative Salafi interpretation of Islam.
The groups were largely involved in recruitment, fundraising and propaganda, including videos and other postings urging people to fight against those who did not believe in their version of Islam, said Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
"These organizations are oriented against the basic right to freedom of religion, against Christians and other faiths, including Shiites," Maassen said.
For example, he said, in one DawaFFM YouTube posting, an Arabic speaker told Shiite Muslims: "If the Prophet Muhammad heard your words he'd hack off your hands and feet and banish you from the earth."
That punishment -- the hacking off of hands and feet -- is prescribed for those who make war against Allah and his messenger (Muhammad) in Qur'an 5:33.
It was also DawaFFM YouTube videos and Facebook postings that helped radicalize Arid Uka, the lone-wolf attacker who killed two U.S. airmen and injured two others at the Frankfurt Airport in 2011, Maassen said.
Uka was convicted of murder last year and sentenced to life in prison.
In an operation unrelated to the ban on the groups, police arrested four men overnight on suspicion of planning to murder the leader of a far-right fringe party known as pro-NRW.
Two of them men were arrested in a vehicle near the home of Markus Beisicht in the western city of Leverkusen, police said in a statement. Two other men were arrested when police searched private properties in Essen and Bonn, where a firearm and "material suitable for the manufacture of explosives" were also found.
"The men are considered part of the Salafi scene," police said.
The Salafi movement in Germany has been growing quickly, attracting both Muslims and converts, primarily men between ages 20 and 30. In 2011 there were some 3,800 people Salafis known to authorities and there are now some 4,500.
Some 70 percent are Germans and 30 percent are non-Germans, coming from a variety of nations including Turkey, Morocco and Bosnia, according to a security official who was only allowed to discuss the figures on condition of anonymity. About a quarter are Muslim converts.
They have been under close observation since 2010, but that was stepped up further last year after they clashed with police in Bonn last year at a pro-NRW demonstration.
Following the incident, a known German-born terrorist who is now based in Pakistan's border area with Afghanistan called on Salafis in Germany to kill members of pro-NRW as well as employees of Der Spiegel magazine, which printed photos of the demonstrators holding signs showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
"We have determined that in the past year the Salafis have begun acting not only aggressively and militantly in their prayer rooms or on the Internet but also violently on the streets," Maassen said....
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