Germany cracks downs on Islamic State supporters
Germany criminalises all support for ISIL
As a followup to our coverage of the Sharia Police story out of Germany, it is now reported that Berlin has just instituted measures banning all support for ISIS/IS (the Islamic State) on German soil.
According to a report by euronews.com:
The measures prohibit all fund raising and campaigning, including any online support or public use of their symbols.
The Netherlands is the only other European nation to have introduced similar legislation.
Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere outlined why such steps were necessary:
“The terrorist organisation Islamic State is a threat, also for Germany’s public safety. We must prevent radicalised Islamists from carrying jihad to our cities.”
The article makes mention that the Sharia Police incident caused “alarm bells” and Berlin is concerned about radicalized German citizens returning from Syria and Iraq. The full article can be viewed HERE.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: As we pointed out in our followup to the Sharia Police story, Germany will not tolerate the level of activity seen in other European nations and the U.K. The memory of World War II and the events that led up to it are permanent reminders of the tragic results of allowing any type of radical or extremist movements to go unchecked. The Salafist threat, while representing a small fraction of the country’s Muslim population has increased over the last few years. As noted in a report we highlighted last year, “… authorities are concerned that most of those attracted to Salafi ideology are impressionable young Muslims who are especially susceptible to committing suicide attacks in the name of Islam.”
The EU is about to see an increase in Muslim immigration as result of the turmoil in the Middle East and it will bring with it, increased support for Islamist ideology. Most will likely settle in Sweden or Norway – countries that offer more liberal asylum laws and welfare programs.