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Monday, July 1, 2024

Mainstream German politicians have to wake up to the threat of migrant-linked violence, before it is too late

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Mainstream German politicians have to wake up to the threat of migrant-linked violence, before it is too late

Notwithstanding the prevalence of migrant-linked attacks (or threats of attack) in Germany, what is puzzling is the authorities’ refusal to officially acknowledge the problems of widespread migration in Germany. Instead, authorities have been keeping tabs on activists like Stürzenberger for alerting the German public about the threats of militant Islam. Some of Germany’s left-liberal politicians have tried to assign blame to  the AfD for allegedly igniting social tensions.

eblast promptIn response to queries from Petr Bystron, a politician from the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, the German government revealed recently that the number of offenses regarded by German police as “anti-Christian” is on the rise, according to news reports.

Also, in April this year, after a probe by Germany's Public Prosecutor General’s Office and the anti-terror unit, ZenTer NRW,German authorities foiled a terror plot hatched by suspects planning to attack Christians attending church services as well as police stations using knives and Molotov cocktails. The suspects, who are between the ages of 15 and 16, were arrested over  Easter, as per the Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office.

“The suspects are strongly suspected of having planned an Islamist-motivated terrorist attack and of having agreed to commit it,” authorities divulged, as reported by Catholic News Agency (CNA) Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.

Moreover, North Rhine-Westphalia’s interior minister, Herbert Reul, pointed out during a press conference in Düsseldorf that the suspected terror plans were “quickly and purposefully thwarted”, based on CNA reports.

In wake of attack threats in Germany on New Year Eve last year North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul conceded that “Islamist terror is still a threat on German streets”. In April this year, over a thousand people marched through Hamburg on Saturday calling for an Islamic caliphate in Germany, as per reports by The Telegraph.

Disturbingly, the recent Easter arrests were not the only ones made by German authorities. 

In December 2023, German authorities boosted security at Cologne Cathedral after warnings of a possible attack plot. On December 31 last year, German police detained some suspects in an alleged scheme to stage an assault on the Cologne Cathedral on that same day, authorities acknowledged.

Earlier in November 2023, authorities also arrested two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, who allegedly sympathized with the Islamic State and were reported to have plotted a militant Islamist attack on a Christmas market, BBC News reported. One of the boys was a German-Afghan from the western German town of Burscheid.

Furthermore, in July 2023, German police arrested a total of seven Turkmen, Tajik and Kyrgyz nationals in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on suspicions that the group was planning to found a terrorist group with the plan of staging attacks akin to that of the Islamic State, Reuters cited prosecutors as saying.

In wake of attack threats in Germany on New Year Eve last year North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul conceded that “Islamist terror is still a threat on German streets”.

In April this year, over a thousand people marched through Hamburg on Saturday calling for an Islamic caliphate in Germany, as per reports by The Telegraph.

Joe Adade Boateng, leader of Muslim Interaktiv which organized the Hamburg march, proclaimed  in a speech at the march that Germany had to have a “righteous caliphate” to address the alleged media discrimination faced by Muslims. Boateng was cheered by chants of   “Allahu akbar”, or “God is great” by his audience, some of whom were holding up banners declaring “Caliphate is the solution”.

On May 31 this year, 25-year-old Sulaiman Ataee, a failed asylum seeker who had been living in Germany illegally for nine years, stabbed Michael Stürzenberger, an outspoken critic of Islamism, a police officer, and various onlookers at an anti-Islamism rally in Mannheim. The police officer sadly succumbed to his wounds. A spokesman for the anti-Islamist group that staged the rally said in light of the assaults that “this was not an attack, but an act of terror.”

German online magazine Tichy’s Einblick reported in 2023 that the total number of knife attacks across the entire country surpassed 21,000 in 2022, meaning that there was an average of around 60 attacks per day in that year.

Stürzenberger wrote in a Facebook post following the news of the death of the young police officer, stating:

“Political Islam is the greatest threat to our security and freedom. If the politicians and the mass media do not finally recognise this, there will probably be many more victims.”

Additionally, the activist posted a collage of TikTok posts depicting some Muslim users lauding the attack on him, declaring

Stürzenberger “had it coming to him,” and “it’s a shame he didn’t die.”

This month (June 2024), Media outlet Nius.de reported a host of recent brutal incidents involving knife-attacks and other egregious forms of violence, with migrants perpetuating many of the crimes. In fact, a 23-year-old woman was fatally stabbed by a “previously unknown person” during a jog in Schermbeck on the Lower Rhine, national media reported.

Besides, this month also witnessed a Ukrainian woman sitting on a park bench getting stabbed in the “head and neck from behind with a cutter knife,” NIUS reported, while the attacker  “continued to stab her” as she tried to flee. Later, a 19-year-old Afghan was arrested due to alleged links to the crime.

German online magazine Tichy’s Einblick reported in 2023 that the total number of knife attacks across the entire country surpassed 21,000 in 2022, meaning that there was an average of around 60 attacks per day in that year.

In turn, AfD politician Georg Pazderski lamented that “Germany has a problem with violent illegal migrants.”

Likewise, journalist Julian Reichelt bemoaned that Germany has “become a country full of horror stories.”

Similarly, AfD tweeted:

“It has been proven that non-German nationals are overrepresented as suspects in knife crimes—especially Afghans. We must therefore finally act! It is unacceptable that the Mannheim attacker and other serious criminals were able to stay illegally in our country for years. Anyone who does not have the right to stay here or commits crimes must be deported—period.”

The threat of jihadist violence in Germany is not merely a “conspiracy theory”.

Recently, Germany’s domestic spy agency noted the threat of Islamic terrorists to the country, highlighting in particular the Afghanistan-based branch of the Islamic State .The group, “has managed to bring followers to Western Europe, possibly with the wave of refugees from Ukraine, who are now staying here in various Western European countries,” Director General Thomas Haldenwang said, as cited by Russia Today (RT).

What is puzzling is the authorities’ refusal to officially acknowledge the problems of widespread migration in Germany. Instead, authorities have been keeping tabs on activists like Stürzenberger for alerting the German public about the threats of militant Islam.

Barbara Slowik, the police commissioner of Berlin, admitted in an interview with broadcaster n-tv, that most of the perpetrators of “violence in Berlin are young, male and have a non-German background.”

Nonetheless, notwithstanding the prevalence of migrant-linked attacks (or threats of attack) in Germany, what is puzzling is the authorities’ refusal to officially acknowledge the problems of widespread migration in Germany.

Instead, authorities have been keeping tabs on activists like Stürzenberger for alerting the German public about the threats of militant Islam. Some of Germany’s left-liberal politicians have tried to assign blame to  the AfD for allegedly igniting social tensions.

Also, the German parliament recently dismissed a proposal by the AfD urging the German federal government to establish an International Day against the Persecution of Christians despite mounting evidence that Christianity in Germany has been facing threats from within the country for some time already. What is more, the German state has classified the anti-globalist AfD party as a “suspected extremist organization”.

However, AfD’s promising European Parliament (EP) election victories show that German voters do not agree with the German government’s villainization of the party. Clearly, the elites in the German government under the leadership of Olaf Scholz have lost touch with the concerns of ordinary Germans.

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Angeline Tan | Remnant Columnist, Singapore

Angeline is a Catholic writer who enjoys Catholic history and architecture. Her favorite saints include Saint Joseph, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Saint Philomena and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of all Saints.