German Intelligence Agencies Sound Alarm Over Islamist Extremism, Antisemitism Entering Country With Flood of Refugees
German intelligence agencies have compiled a report outlining concerns over the influx of Middle Eastern immigrants holding radical anti-Jewish views, the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Monday.
A security document obtained by the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reads, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab antisemitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding.”
According to the document, Germany’s security agencies will “not be in the position to solve these imported security problems” or subsequent reactions from the German public. The agencies fear that the integration of migrants into society “is no longer possible” because so many of them already live in isolated communities across the country.
An estimated 1 million refugees are expected to enter Germany this year, many of whom are fleeing the ongoing bloody civil war in Syria and dangerous conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Daily Mail. The publication also reported a spike in violent incidents at registration centers across Germany while Bloomberg noted that the steady flow of refugees is already straining government agencies and local authorities responsible for housing and caring for them.
The Jerusalem Post quoted a senior security official saying the high influx of immigrants will lead to instability in Germany. The source explained, “Mainstream civil society is radicalizing because the majority don’t want migration and they are being forced by the political elite.”
Four major security agencies in Germany — the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Federal Intelligence Service, the Federal Police and Federal Criminal Police Office — expressed similar concerns about the flood of immigrants. Additionally, leaders of Germany’s Jewish community met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss their worry about the incoming refugees instigating and inciting to antisemitism, Bloomberg reported.
Representatives of the Central Council of Jews in Germany told Merkel that many refugees “come from countries in which Israel is viewed as the enemy” and that “these prejudices are often projected onto Jews in general,” the chancellor’s Christian Democratic Union party said in a statement Tuesday. While CDU leaders said they would tackle the issue of antisemitism “resolutely,” Merkel warned Germans that they should not expect a quick solution to the problem.
“We can’t flip a switch just like that,” she said at a news conference in Berlin. “We have to proceed step-by-step.”
The chancellor is seeking to persuade Turkey and Western Balkan countries to take in some of the refugees coming to Germany, Bloomberg said.