German police union head Rainer Wendt blasted German politicians in the wake of anti-Semitic protests over the weekend, saying that despite their condemnations of their migrant policies have made the problem of anti-Semitism worse.
The German police chief scorned politicians who condemned the anti-Semitic protests that occurred in Berlin over the weekend and said their words were not enough, Die Weltreports.
“The pithy statements of the politicians against anti-Semitism do not help us,” Wendt said, adding that “the same politicians who continue this immigration and deportation drama by illegally allowing in more and more foreigners from the most anti-Semitic region of the world and not even deporting the offenders among them, then proclaim that they are doing everything against anti-Semitism.
“3,000 Salafists have turned 11,000, including many who once came to the country as asylum seekers,” he said.Wendt called on German politicians to take action in the wake of the protests against the United States moving its embassy to Jerusalem and declaring it the Israeli capital, which saw individuals burning Star of David flags in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
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Wendt argued that police should be allowed to clamp down on anti-Semitic protests while they are “in the planning stage” saying that if 1,000 or more protestors take to the streets then attempts to stop them will likely include violence.
The police union boss also had harsh words for the German left: “I am not surprised that counter-demonstrations against this immigrant anti-Semitism did not take place at the weekend. The German Left only demonstrates against German anti-Semites.”
The German federal government has sharply condemned the flag burning with German Chancellor Angela Merkel personally condemning the protests.
German Green party leader Cem Özdemir also warned asylum seekers not to participate in anti-Semitic demonstrations, saying that migrants need to realise that the right is Israel to exist is a fundamental raison d’être for the German state.
Germany has seen a distinct rise in anti-Semitic incidents, especially in Berlin where the phrase “You Jew!” has become a commonly used epithet on school playgrounds. One Jewish pupil was even forced to move to another school last year after a torrent of abuse from other mainly Muslim pupils.
Flag burning protests also occurred in Vancouver, Canada, where Canadian Jewish organisation B’nai Brith expressed outrage as pro-Israel counter-protesters had their Israeli flags stolen and destroyed.
Similar protests occurred in Sweden over the weekend, including one in Malmo in which demonstrators chanted, “We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews.”
Also in Sweden, a Gothenburg synagogue was firebombed by a group of 20 masked individuals believed to be motivated by President Trump’s announcement.
Three men have been arrested for the attempted firebombing of a Swedish synagogue in Gothenburg, and according to a far-left group all three are recent asylum seekers from Syria and Palestine.
The men, aged 18, 20, and 21, were arrested by police following the attack, which saw a group of around 20 masked individuals attack a Gothenburg synagogue with firebombs in an effort to burn the building down. The three men arrested in connection with the attack are said to be asylum seekers who came to Sweden this year from the Middle East, according to George Soros-funded far-left group Expo.
Expo, who are known for their activism against right-wing groups in Sweden, claim they spoke to President of the Swedish Western Regional Police Ulla Brehm, who confirmed the arrests. They also say that they obtained court documents which showed that all three suspects are asylum seekers and that the trio pled not guilty to charges of deliberate arson.
The attack occurred around the same time as a demonstration in the heavily migrant-populated city of Malmö, where a group of around 200 demonstrators protested the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Participants at the event chanted anti-Semitic rhetoric, declaring: “We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews.”
Expo also claims to have evidence that one of the men arrested by police in connection with the synagogue firebombing had expressed his opposition to the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but they did not note any evidence he had connections to radical Islamic extremists.
After the announcement President Trump’s decision, protests emerged in both the Middle East and European countries with large Muslim populations like the UK, where model Bella Hadid joined a “Free Palestine” protest in London.
Trump was also met with opposition from the leaders of traditional allies like Prime Minister Theresa May, who said: “The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Jerusalem should ultimately form a shared capital between the Israeli and Palestinian states.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed Mrs May, saying: “We will not be moving Canada’s embassy to Jerusalem. Canada has a long-standing policy on the Mideast. We need to work towards a two-state solution through direct negotiations.”
The southern Austrian city of Graz is now being labelled a “stronghold” of radical extremism after a new report revealed that half of the mosques in the city are suspected of preaching radical Islam.
Experts say that 11 out of the 20 mosques in the city have links to radical Islamic theology and are under constant surveillance by domestic intelligence and police.
Authorities have also proven that many of those radicalised in mosques in the city have travelled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State terror group, with around a dozen having recently returned, Kronen Zeitungreports.
Several large-scale raids have also occurred on mosques in the city, forcing some of them to shut down because of alleged links to terrorist groups.
In 2014, the Furkan Mosque and the Tawhid Mosque were both accused of recruiting for the Islamic State. Later in the year 40 residences and prayer houses were raided by police, leading to the arrest and imprisonment of several jihadists.
An imam from Graz who worked in the Austrian prison system has most recently been linked to a plot to stage a revolt to free incarcerated extremists. The cleric, an Egyptian migrant who was formerly a taxi driver, was originally hired to help deradicalise extremist prisoners.
Earlier this year Islamic extremist Salafist literature was found in an Austrian prison, leading to Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter admitting that authorities had found at least 30 radical Islamic books in various Austrian prisons. The incident stoked fears that Islamic radicalisation may be occurring within the Austrian prison system.
Last week a 25-year-old Bosnian migrant was arrested in Graz after police caught him plotting to attack the city’s Christmas market. The man, who lived at a local homeless shelter, constantly looked at terror-attack videos on the shelter’s shared computer, and even asked workers how he could rent a vehicle in order to emulate last year’s Berlin attack.
Austria’s new ban on facial coverings in public has prompted veil-wearing Muslims and their families to leave the country, reports a new documentary.
Police have so far refused to give details on the law’s effect on their work, but a spokesman told news show Vienna Today that there have been around 100 violations of the ban since it came into force on October 1st.
Two thirds of these were said to concern the Islamic face veil, while the remaining third concerned people using masks or scarves to hide their face — an act which now carries a penalty of €150 since the ban came into place.
Elif Öztürk, from ‘Documenting Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Racism’, told the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) news programme that the ban makes devout Muslims feel their identity is under attack from the state, “even when they are Austrian citizens”.
According to the NGO worker, niqab-wearing Muslims are suffering under the new law — which carries a €150 fine — and have begun to emigrate, isolate themselves from society and even lose weight, as the most common responses to the popular measure.
She said that Muslim women affected by the ban have tended to react in three ways, one of which involved women making the “very emotional decision” to ditch the controversial garment, which has been banned by a number of nations as a counter-terror measure.
“Second, there are women who have emigrated, and third, there are women who have had to stop leaving the house and instead confine themselves to their apartments,” she told the public broadcaster.
Speaking of women who contacted Documenting Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Racism over the ban, Öztürk told Vienna Today about people who had felt forced to emigrate by the ban, including one family who moved to Egypt as giving up the face veil was “out of the question”, and a woman who relocated to Serbia with her children.
Going on to detail how the law has affected lives of people in correspondence with the NGO, she highlighted a case in which a child was pulled from school in Austria “because the mother with the veil can no longer bring her child to school and the father works full-time”.
According to Austria’s Today newspaper, there is not yet any data on the number of women who have decided to leave the country as a result of the law, nor to where they have chosen to emigrate.