Holy War Arrives in Germany

Holy War Arrives in Germany (Gatestone Institute)

Not ‘holy war’- should read “Jihad Arrives in Germany”….. (or sharia police arrives in Germany).

e1b6be0e991b72ca967442505a3e7f279d292bfb76433188431558504865913dGerman Salafist convert and preacher Sven Lau.

“Never before have the sympathizers of Islamic terror appeared so openly in Germany.” — Editorial, Westfalen-Blatt.

“Anyone who thought the civil war in Syria or the barbarity of the Islamic State in Iraq does not affect us, you are wrong.” — Editorial, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“IS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Boko Haram—these four groups are the linchpins of the attempt to bomb an unstoppable modernity back into the Middle Ages.” — Editorial,Westfalen-Blatt.

“The religions of the world are increasingly being misused for ideological struggles and excesses of violence between people of different faiths. Religions are never violent per se, but the market criers of violence are using them to promote their own interests.” — Editorial, Neue Westfälische.

Supporters of the jihadist group “Islamic State” [IS] have clashed with Kurdish Yazidis in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany. (More)

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From ‘Shariah Police’ to ‘Pro Halal’

Meanwhile, the Salafist group which made headlines across Germany when they published photos of themselves in uniform as the ‘Shariah Police’ announced that they plan to rebrand themselves as ‘Pro Halal’.The group, organized around well-known preacher and German convert to Salafism Sven Lau, will patrol the streets without the official-seeming “Shariah Police” uniforms which stoked anger among politicians and the public.

A video released on Thursday showed Lau walking the streets of Düsseldorf with the group.

“We’ll keep going out on the streets and watching out for young people,” Lau said, saying that he and his followers “would travel from city to city”.

“Shariah Police” members briefly patrolled the streets of Wuppertal, challenging passers-by on their behaviour and entering shops to warn them against playing music or serving alcohol.

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Lau and his men decided to stop appearing in public with their orange vests after state prosecutors in Wuppertal and police said they were illegal. Charges of unlawful assembly and use of uniform in public were brought against 11 members of the group. But speaking about his new plan, Lau said: “I don’t need any vest for this work.”

Jäger said that the state government was taking the problem seriously, rather than playing the incidents down as some, fearful of giving the Salafists publicity, have urged. “Some want to see the people wearing vests with ‘Shariah Police’ printed on them as a minor thing, a stupid lads’ prank,” he said. “[But] this was a provocation against the rule of law, not just a publicity stunt by the Salafists.”