Central Council of Muslims in Germany calls on government to appoint an “Islamophobia commissioner”

No attacks of innocent Muslims or any other innocent people are ever justified. The problem is that honest discussion of how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and oppression is all too often classified as “Islamophobia” as well, and not differentiated from vigilante attacks on innocent people. If Germany appoints an “Islamophobia commissioner,” it will end up stifling free discussion of the international problem of jihad, and allowing jihadis a free hand. So Merkel’s government will probably go ahead and appoint one.

“Germany’s Muslims call for an Islamophobia commissioner,” Yeni Safak,

Germany’s Muslim community has called on the government to create a new government post to counter growing Islamophobia in the country.

Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, proposed on Wednesday appointment of an Islamophobia commissioner.

“We have seen the importance of such a post after the federal government appointed a commissioner to combat anti-Semitism,” he told Bild daily.

Mazyek underlined that the appointment of an Islamophobia commissioner would be an important signal, and authorities would become more sensitive about anti-Muslim crimes.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government created an office last year for a federal commissioner to fight against anti-Semitism, following calls by Jewish organizations.

Despite suggestions for creating a similar post to address concerns of Muslim community, the government had so far been reluctant.

Mazyek said growing anti-Muslim propaganda in the country has reached worrying levels in recent months, as more than 20 mosques received bomb threats in July.

“One who is against Muslims or other minorities is in fact threatening us all in a free, democratic country. It is crucial that the society recognizes this,” he stressed.

Germany has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred of migrants in recent years triggered by the far-right parties and movements, which have exploited fears over the refugee crisis and terrorism.

Police recorded 813 hate crimes against Muslims last year, including insults, threatening letters, physical assaults and attacks against mosques….

Photo by Christliches Medienmagazin pro – Aiman Mazyek, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45955466

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