July 8th, 2009

“Islamophobia is not a phantom”

Central Council takes a stance on the murder in the Dresden courtroom

Dresden/Berlin – In reaction to the obviously anti-Islamic murderous attack on a young Egyptian woman at Dresden District Court last week, the Central Council of Jews in Germany expressed its sympathy and solidarity with the Muslim community. “After this terrible incident, those who have, until now, regarded the concern over Islamophobia in Germany as a phantom debate must recognise that they were wrong,” told the Council’s Secretary General, Stephan J. Kramer, the Berliner Tagesspiegel newspaper. Kramer, together with the Secretary General of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, visited the victim’s husband in hospital. “You don’t have to be a Muslim to oppose anti-Muslim behaviour, and you don’t have to be a Jew to fight anti-Semitism,” he said on the occasion of the visit. Kramer said it was necessary to join efforts in combating an atmosphere in the country in which xenophobia and far-right extremism could cause even unorganised forces to commit acts of violence.
“We all have to make sure that these seeds don’t bear fruit and that Islamophobia doesn’t become acceptable in our society,” said Aiman Mazyek. On behalf of Germany’s Muslims, he called for silent demonstrations in memory of the victim whose funeral in Alexandria on 6th July was attended by more than 1,000 people. The German government called the murder an “abominable deed”. (08.07.2009)