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Germany sees rise in anti-Muslim attacks

19th Aug 2017
Germany sees rise in anti-Muslim attacks

By Ayhan Simsek

 

BERLIN (AA): Hate crimes against Muslims in Germany rose sharply in the second quarter of this year, reflecting a growing Islamophobia fueled by far-right and populist political parties according to new government figures. However, very few anti-Muslim hate crimes are successfully prosecuted.

At least 16 Muslims were injured in Islamophobic violence between April and June, up from two incidents in the first quarter, the Interior Ministry said.The Government said of the 13 registered crimes that resulted in the 16 injuries, all but one had a far-right motivation, while the other was put down to “religious ideology.”

In the second quarter, the police recorded 192 hate crimes against Muslims, including insults, threats, violence and attacks against mosques.

The German Muslim community organization Millî Görüş (IGMG) called the figures “frighteningly high,” and a “clear alarm signal” to German leaders. “Lawmakers are urgently called on to take appropriate measures,” IGMG General Secretary Bekir Altaş said in a statement. “Islamophobia must be fought decisively.”

The country has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred toward migrants in recent years triggered by propaganda from far-right and populist parties which have exploited fears over the refugee crisis and terrorism.

The Left Party warned Friday that Muslims are now facing a more serious threat as far-right groups are not hesitating to use violence.

Left Party lawmaker Martina Renner accused far-right populist movements and parties of encouraging hate crimes with their rhetoric.

“The rise in anti-Muslim crimes is part of a general shift to the right which is being expressed as well as strengthened by the parties like the AfD,” she told Anadolu Agency.

The far-right nationalist Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, has adopted explicitly anti-Islamic rhetoric since the European refugee crisis began in 2015, when more than 800,000 mostly Muslim refugees from Syria and Iraq arrived in Germany.

The AfD’s top candidate, Alexander Gauland, told broadcaster DW on Wednesday that “Islam as a cultural, religious entity has no place in Germany.”

The party is currently polling around eight percent in German opinion polls. Parties need to achieve a 5 percent threshold of the vote to enter the Bundestag, or German parliament.

Germany, a country of 81.8 million people, has the second largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.

Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin. Many of them migrated to Germany in the 1960s.

A study by the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2015 showed that 57 percent of non-Muslim Germans perceived Islam as a threat while 61 percent said Islam was not compatible with Western society.

Leading Muslim organizations in the country say the source of the radicalization of some young Muslims is not Islam itself but sociological problems they face such as discrimination, unemployment or a lack of future prospects.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Archive Photo: Hundreds Pegida supporters hold anti-Islam rally on Theaterplatz Square in Dresden, Germany on 26 October, 2015. Photographer: Emin Avundukluoglu/AA]

4 Responses to “Germany sees rise in anti-Muslim attacks”

Atia RehmanAugust 21, 2017

It is very sad to know that people has became so islamaphobic that Muslims are starting to get injured. 16 Muslims were injured between April and June because of Islamaphobia.

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Mansoora GondalAugust 21, 2017

It is interesting to see that people are finally understanding that there are far more acts of persecution by non-Muslims and that those so called Muslims are committing acts that go completely against the teachings of Islam.

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NazimaAugust 21, 2017

It is very painful to read that most Muslims are suffering even they are not involved in any of extremist activities. We need to bring all religions to one platform to bring peace in this world.

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Sham.AlyanaAugust 23, 2017

If hate crimes against Muslims are increasing in country then I think there is a lack of knowledge about Islam ,because Islam is a religion of peace not hate.
Any Muslim who shows hate or committs hate crime against humanity, he isn’t represent true Islam.
So people need to know that all Muslims are not responsible for an individual hate crime.

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