Ger­ma­ny bans Isla­mist or­ga­ni­za­ti­on af­ter raids

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

GER­MA­NY - Ger­man au­tho­ri­ties ha­ve ban­ned an Isla­mist or­ga­ni­za­ti­on that they say is res­pon­si­ble for in­spi­ring 140 youths to join the Sy­ria con­flict.

Ger­ma­ny In­te­ri­or mi­nis­ter Tho­mas de Mai­zie­re an­noun­ced the ban yes­ter­day af­ter po­li­ce car­ried out dawn raids on around 200 tar­gets con­nec­ted to The True Re­li­gi­on, a Sala­fist or­ga­ni­za­ti­on, across 10 sta­tes. “As a fe­de­ral mi­nis­ter, I to­day ban­ned the or­ga­ni­za­ti­on cal­l­ed The True Re­li­gi­on,” de Mai­zie­re told re­por­ters, ad­ding that the ban ad­dres­sed “the mi­su­se of re­li­gi­on and ex­tre­mist re­li­gi­ons.” “We do not ac­cept and won’t to­le­ra­te” the acts of this net­work, de Mai­zie­re said, ad­ding that it glo­ri­fied de­ath and ter­ror. Sala­fism is an ul­tra­fund­men­ta­list branch of Islam that is par­ti­cu­lar­ly pre­va­lent in Sau­di Ara­bia. It is in­to­le­rant of what its ad­he­rents con­si­der “de­vi­ant” or main­stream Sun­ni Islam, in­clu­ding Isla­mic sects, such as Shia Islam, as well as other world re­li­gi­ons. The True Re­li­gi­on is led by pro­mi­nent Sala­fist pre­a­cher Ibra­him Abou-Na­gie, who was born in a re­fu­gee camp in Ga­za and mo­ved to Ger­ma­ny when he was 18.

He la­ter be­ca­me a Ger­man na­ti­o­nal. The raids tar­ge­ted mosques, apart­ments, of­fi­ces and stor­a­ge halls. The main fo­cu­ses of the raids we­re in the sta­tes of North Rhi­neWestpha­lia, Hes­se and Ham­burg, de Mai­zie­re said. In Ber­lin 200 of­fi­cers took part in raids on 20 si­tes, Ber­lin po­li­ce told CNN.

Abou-Na­gie trig­ge­red na­ti­o­nal de­ba­te in Ger­ma­ny in 2011 when he spe­ar­he­a­ded a dri­ve to gi­ve a co­py of the Ko­ran to eve­ry Ger­man, Swiss and Au­stri­an hou­se­hold. Fe­de­ral Po­li­ce in Sep­tem­ber said 800 Ger­man na­ti­o­nals had tra­ve­led to Sy­ria to join the con­flict. Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­ge­la Mer­kel in Ju­ly vo­wed to boost se­cu­ri­ty and im­pro­ve coun­ter-ter­ro­rism me­a­su­res fol­lo­wing three at­tacks car­ried out by re­fu­gees. Mer­kel has co­me un­der cri­ti­cism for her open-door re­fu­gee po­li­cy, which saw mo­re than a mil­li­on asylum-see­k­ers en­ter the coun­try in 2015. Ger­ma­ny has ban­ned se­ve­r­al Isla­mist as­so­ci­a­ti­ons in re­cent ye­ars, in­clu­ding ISIS in 2014 and the ji­ha­dist group Tau­hid Ger­ma­ny in 2015.


Po­li­ce of­fi­cers sei­ze evi­den­ce in a raid on The True Re­li­gi­on Isla­mist or­ga­ni­za­ti­on in Ber­lin. (Pho­to: EPA)

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