A major new report by the German domestic intelligence agency(BFV) shows the number of Salafist’s living in the country has more than doubled since 2012! The number of Salafist’s in Germany jumped to 10,800 in 2017, up from 9,700 in 2016; 8,350 in 2015; 7,000 in 2014; 5,500 in 2013 and 4,500 in 2012.
According to a report by the BFV Germany is now home to over 25,000 Islamist’s of which over 2000 pose an immediate threat of carrying out an immediate terror attack.
The BfV report tells us:
“Salafists see themselves as defenders of an original, unadulterated Islam. They model their religious practice and lifestyle exclusively on the principles of the Koran, the Prophet Mohammed and the first three Muslim generations, the so-called righteous ancestors (Al-Salaf al-Salih in Arabic). As a consequence, Salafists want to establish a ‘theocracy’ according to their interpretation of the rules of sharia, one in which the liberal democratic order no longer applies.
“Political and jihadi Salafists share the same basic ideology. They differ primarily in the means by which they wish to achieve their objective, the ‘Salafist theocracy.’ Political Salafists spread their Islamist ideology through intensive propaganda activities — which they describe as ‘missionary work’ (Dawa) — to transform society, through a long-term process, according to Salafist norms.
“Many political Salafists position themselves as being against terrorism. They emphasize the peaceful nature of Islam and reject open calls for violence. Nevertheless, it should be noted that political Salafism has an ambivalent relationship to violence because in principle it does not exclude religiously inspired violence as a means to achieve its goals.
“In their interpretations of Islam, political Salafists make selective use of the classical works of the Islamic legal literature, which affirms a strong affinity to violence when dealing with non-Muslims. Salafists believe that the universal claim of Islam, due to its superiority as the divine plan of salvation for all of humanity, must be imposed by force if necessary. Therefore, the fundamental affirmation of violence is an intrinsic part of Salafist ideology.
“The two Salafist currents have different but easy-to-bridge views on under which prerequisites violence may be used. This explains why the transition from political to jihadist Salafism is fluid.”
The BfV report goes onto say that Salafists are focusing their proselytizing and recruiting efforts on migrants seeking refuge in Germany:
“Under the guise of humanitarian aid, Islamists succeed in radicalizing migrants. In the past, Salafists in particular tried to reach out to migrants. They visited refugee shelters for this purpose and offered assistance. The target group was not only adult migrants, but also unaccompanied adolescents, who, due to their situation and age are particularly susceptible to Salafist missionary activities.
“The diverse propaganda activities of Salafists, which they play down as ‘proselytizing’ or ‘inviting people to Islam’ — it is in truth a systematic indoctrination and often also the beginning of radicalization — are successful: Salafism is the fastest growing Islamist trend in Germany.
“The Salafist scene represents the essential recruitment field for Jihad. Almost without exception, all persons with a German connection who have joined the jihad were previously in contact with the Salafist scene.”
Many migrants from Chechnya are being targeted by the Salafists, Chechen fighters have been entangled in numerous Jihadist campaigns since the 1990s so the targeting of refugees from this troubled area should cause great concern to the German authorities.
“Within the Salafist scene in Germany, actors of North Caucasian origin — especially from the Russian Republic of Chechnya — have gained importance. Particularly affected are federal states in Eastern and Northern Germany, as well as North Rhine-Westphalia.
“The North Caucasus Islamist scene is characterized by sprawling, Europe-wide networks and characteristics. It is largely sealed-off to the outside. A critical factor for radicalization is the personal contact spectrum, which connects elements from the religion and the traditional clan structure. The North Caucasus Islamist has established contacts with Middle Eastern jihadi groups due to the ‘successes’ of the North Caucasus fighters in Syria or Iraq.”
The report shows a direct link between the rise of Islamist movements in the country and a new Antisemitism, the Islamist see Israel and Jews as the same thing a common enemy that must be eliminated:
“Islamist propaganda often combines religious, territorial and/or national-political motives with an anti-Semitic worldview. The ‘enemy image of Judaism’ therefore forms a central pillar in the propaganda of all Islamist groups….
“The BfV recorded a large number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2017. The spectrum of incidents ranged from anti-Israeli banners at public events and anti-Semitic sermons to anti-Semitic posts on social media and verbal or physical attacks against individual Jews.
“The BfV has found that all the Islamist groups active in Germany spread and nurture anti-Semitic ideas. This poses a significant challenge to the peaceful and tolerant coexistence in Germany.”
According to BfV, the second-largest Islamist movement in Germany is Millî Görüş (“National Vision”), BFV claims there are 10,000 members in the country, other reports claim the number could be as high as 50,000! National Vision opposes all Muslim integration into European society:
“The movement believes that a ‘just’ political order is one founded on ‘divine revelation’ while those systems designed by humans are ‘vain.’ At present, the ‘vain’ Western civilization dominates, based on violence, injustice and exploitation of the weak. This ‘vain’ system must be replaced by a ‘just order,’ based exclusively on Islamic principles, rather than man-made ones and thus ‘arbitrary rules.’ All Muslims should contribute to the realization of the ‘just order.’ To do this, Muslims must adopt a certain vision (Görüş) of the world, namely a national/religious (‘Milli’) vision, a ‘Millî Görüş.'”
As well as the Salafists and Millî Görüş, BfV believes Germany is now home thousands of members of Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood
After presenting the BfV report Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has called for deportation of Islamists as they have “No control over them.”
Germany is certainly paying the price for Angela Merkel’s ill advised open border policy, the question is will the rest of the EU also reap what Germany has sown.