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Germany: Salafist “Aid Workers” Recruiting Refugees by Soeren Kern (Gatestone Inst.)

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Dec. 9, 2015

  • Salafists disguised as aid workers are canvassing German refugee shelters in search of new recruits from among the nearly one million asylum seekers who have arrived this year from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Some Salafists are offering gifts of money and clothing. Others are offering translation services and inviting migrants to their homes for tea.
  • “The absolutist nature of Salafism contradicts significant parts of the German constitutional order. Specifically, Salafism rejects the democratic principles of separation of state and religion, popular sovereignty, religious and sexual self-determination, gender equality and the fundamental right to physical integrity… The movement also has an affinity for violence.” — Germany’s domestic intelligence agency.
  • “Come to us. We will show you Paradise.” — Salafist literature distributed in Schleswig-Holstein.
  • Many young Muslims in Germany “believe in conspiracy theories, cherish anti-Semitic thoughts and do not think democratically.” For these people, “Islam is their only identity.” — Ahmad Mansour, former Muslim Brotherhood member, author and expert on Islam.
  • The main Muslim groups in Germany all adhere to fundamentalist interpretations of Islam and are anti-Western in outlook. — Ansgar Mönter, editor, Neue Westfälische.

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