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German Government Produces Report About 'Anti-Muslim Hostility' – With Islamist Help

August 25, 2023  •  Focus on Western Islamism

A new report about "anti-Muslim hostility" commissioned by the German government has faced a barrage of criticism after it was revealed that Islamist groups linked to Iran and Turkey were involved in producing the document. Unsurprisingly, the long-awaited report paints a highly distorted picture of Muslim discrimination in Germany: It brands virtually all criticism of Islam or Islamism as "anti-Muslim hostility" and reprimands German lawmakers and even reformist Muslims who oppose the spread of Islamism in Germany.

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German Capital Lifts Hijab Ban on Public School Teachers

May 9, 2023  •  Focus on Western Islamism

Muslim teachers in Berlin, the German capital, have been authorized to wear Islamic headscarves in the classroom after a court determined that the city's religious neutrality law, which imposes a blanket ban on sectarian clothing and symbols in public schools, is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Muslim Brotherhood associated figures and organizations were instrumental in reversing the ban and are treating the decision as a major victory.

Berlin is one of eight German states with neutrality laws of this type. Berlin's abandonment of this measure is likely now to lead to Islamist efforts to rescind parallel laws in the other states.

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Crisis in France: Author Writes on Islamism, Needs Police Protection

April 27, 2023  •  Focus on Western Islamism

Islamists have leveled death threats at an influential French academic, forcing her to live under police protection after writing a hard-hitting book about the Muslim Brotherhood's strategy to Islamize Europe. Muslim activists have, as expected, denounced her work as "Islamophobic," but some Islamists and non-Muslim leftwing academics have on this occasion taken the invective to another level by falsely comparing the scrutiny of Islamism to Nazism.

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Erdoğan Builds Another Mega-Mosque, This Time in Germany

April 6, 2023  •  Focus on Western Islamism

The City Council of Wuppertal, a municipality in western Germany with a substantial Muslim population, has voted to approve the construction of a controversial new mega-mosque that will be controlled by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a tireless propagator of political Islam in Europe.

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Germany's Leftist Government Spurns Tools to Tackle Islamist Threats

March 31, 2023  •  Focus on Western Islamism

Germany's parliament has rejected two legislative proposals aimed at clamping down on political Islam in Germany. The sponsors of the proposed bills argued that Islamism is subversive and must be opposed because it poses a growing threat to liberal democracy and social cohesion. Lawmakers representing Germany's left-wing coalition government countered that measures to curb Islamism would unfairly single out Muslims.

The legislative setback comes just six months after Germany's government dissolved a high-profile expert working group on political Islam — opting instead to fight "Islamophobia."

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