Swiss authorities, and authorities all over Europe and North America, are eventually going to realize that the problem is not that one group is using Qur’an distribution as a front for jihad recruitment, but that the Qur’an can perform jihad recruitment all by itself.
“Zurich recommends ban on ‘radicalized’ Koran distribution campaign,” by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi, Reuters, May 5, 2017:
Zurich’s public safety office on Friday recommended towns in Switzerland’s most populous canton ban a campaign that hands out Korans in public spaces, describing it as a front for incitement of radical activities including jihadist involvement.
The recommendation clashed with an assessment by federal intelligence services published three days before which concluded a ban on the campaign’s Koran distribution would lead to a “strong conflict with the exercise of religious freedom”.
Zurich’s security department urged communities not to provide a public platform for the Islamic “READ!” campaign, which it said had ties to jihadis in Switzerland and had a number of members being prosecuted by the attorney general.
“The community is not obliged to allow public space as a platform for spreading views that are irreconcilable with our society’s basic and fundamental values,” Zurich’s Security Department wrote, citing a legal opinion it had sought.
“Such actions may thus be prohibited within the current legal framework.”
The READ campaign could not be reached for comment.
The Association of Islamic Organisations in Zurich said it did not expect any negative consequences for the Muslim community, as the measure applied only to a specific campaign.
“We generally prefer individuals to be informed about Islam in mosques or for members to engage in local dialogue,” the association said in an emailed statement.
The “READ!” campaign was initiated by Germany’s DWR “True Religion” group in 2011 with the goal of distributing 25 million Korans across Europe.
But DWR was banned in Germany last November for radicalizing youngsters and “propagating extremist ideologies and supporting terrorist organizations under the pretext of Islam”, according to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.
The organization had persuaded about 140 people in Germany to join militants in Iraq and Syria, authorities said….