Thursday, 20 December 2012

German Muslims Urge State ‘Denazification'

An umbrella organization representing German Muslims has called for a "denazification" of German state authorities, urging state authorities and politicians to feel the consequences of their failure to detect the right-wing extremist terrorist cell.
"Those who murder Muslims today, will murder those who don't comply with them tomorrow," Erol Pürlü, spokesman of the German Muslim coordination council (KRM), told the press, The Local newspaper reported.
The KRM presented a dossier on Wednesday on the botched investigation into the National Socialist Underground (NSU) terrorist cell.

The cell, which had been murdering immigrants for years, was discovered by chance on 2011 by the German authorities.
Authorities found that at least nine immigrants, eight Turks and a Greek, and a policewoman were killed by the cell between 2000 and 2000.
Weapons involved in the murders were later found at a burned out house nearby in Zwickau that had been used both by them and by a woman called Beate Zschaepe, who has given herself up. A male suspected accomplice was arrested on Sunday.
Other evidence uncovered included graphic DVDs prepared for sending to media and Islamic cultural organizations.
They show a Pink Panther cartoon figure pointing out the scenes of the killings. Police say this indicates the group had inside knowledge of the attacks.
Following months of investigations, German Muslims say the debacle in which authorities failed to prevent the murders of nine immigrants and one police woman over a decade, was no accident, wrote the Frankfurter Rundschau on Thursday.
The leading organization added that the investigation into the murders was prejudiced, as a result of a distorted view of Islam in Germany and a widespread stigmatization of Muslims.
The council even demanded a "denazification" of German state authorities and officials, and that all responsible state authorities and politicians should feel the consequences of their failure to detect the right-wing extremist terrorist cell.
The council added that Germany should hold annual memorials for the victims of the NSU in recognition of the seriousness of the crimes.
It added that they teach children about the murders in school history lessons as "a problem arising out of the Nazi past."
Further demands laid out in the dossier included creating a special category for anti-Islamic attacks in crime statistics, and for officials to stop using the words "Islamist" and "Islamism" to refer to radical Islam.
Banning Neo-Nazis
Another leading Muslim organization, the Central Council of Muslims, also supported a ban on the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD).
Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the council, added that they were concerned about growing racism in German society, and called for the state to co-operate with Muslim organizations in fighting the trend.
The heads of Germany's 16 federal states earlier this month backed outlawing the party.
A previous attempt to ban the NPD in 2003 collapsed because informants were used as witnesses.
Many politicians are wary of trying again, not least because of the fear of pushing NPD supporters underground.
With seats in two regional assemblies, the NPD received 1.06 million euros in taxpayers' money last year.
Germany has between 3.8 and 4.3 million Muslims, making up some 5 percent of the total 82 million population, according to government-commissioned studies.
Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.
A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.
Germany’s daily Der Spiegel had warned last August that the country is becoming intolerant towards its Muslim minority.
According to a 2010 nationwide poll by the research institute Infratest-dimap, more than one third of the respondents would prefer "a Germany without Islam."


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