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Germany's Ban of the Hamas Flag: "A Superficial Measure"

July 1, 2021  •  Gatestone Institute

The German Parliament has amended Germany's Criminal Code to ban the flag of Hamas, the terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip.

The move comes after the green and white flags of Hamas, which seeks the destruction of Israel, featured prominently at pro-Palestinian rallies across Germany during the Gaza conflict in May. Some of those rallies ended in anti-Semitic violence in German cities and towns.

German lawmakers said that banning the Hamas flag was aimed at sending "a clear signal" of support "to our Jewish citizens." Others, however, dismissed the ban as an empty gesture aimed at silencing critics of the German government's pro-Islamist foreign policy ahead of upcoming federal elections this September.

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Germany's Largest Right-Wing Extremist Group is Turkish, not German

June 22, 2021  •  Gatestone Institute

As German federal elections approach on September 26, the candidates hoping to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel are reiterating the need to thwart far-right extremism, particularly neo-Nazism, in Germany. In fact, the largest far-right extremist group in Germany is Turkish, not German, according to a new intelligence report on domestic threats to Germany's constitutional order.

The Turkish neo-fascist movement Ülkücü (Turkish for "Idealists") — popularly known as Grey Wolves — now has at least 11,000 active members in Germany, according to the new annual report (Verfassungsschutzbericht 2020) by Germany's domestic intelligence agency (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV).

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Germany's Failed Hezbollah Ban

June 16, 2021  •  Gatestone Institute

One year after Germany banned Hezbollah from operating on its soil, the Iran-backed, Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist group's presence in Germany is stronger than ever.

In the twelve months since the ban entered into effect, Hezbollah's propaganda and fundraising activities in Germany have continued apace; the number of its followers in the country has increased; and the Hamburg mosque which serves as Iran's main base of operations in Germany has gained in influence.

In retrospect, Germany's much-vaunted Hezbollah ban appears to have been little more than a publicity stunt aimed at silencing critics of the German government's pro-Iran foreign policy.

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Denmark Cracks Down on Mass Migration
"The Current Asylum System Has Failed"

June 8, 2021  •  Gatestone Institute

The Danish Parliament has passed a new law that will allow the government to deport asylum seekers to countries outside of the European Union to have their cases considered abroad. The legislation is widely seen as a first step toward moving the country's asylum screening process beyond Danish borders.

The law, proposed by the Social Democrat-led government, is aimed at discouraging frivolous asylum applications. It has been greeted with fury by those who favor mass migration, presumably out of fear that other EU countries may now follow Denmark's lead.

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European Parliament Freezes Ratification of China Investment Treaty

May 31, 2021  •  Gatestone Institute

The European Parliament has halted ratification of a controversial investment treaty with China until Beijing lifts sanctions on European lawmakers, academics and think tanks. The move, a rare display of fortitude by an institution notorious for vacillation, reflects a hardening stance in Europe toward the Chinese Communist Party.

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