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Islam belongs to Germany, as former federal president Christian Wulff once said. But some of the daily experiences of Muslims in Germany are characterized by discrimination and racism. How can a better coexistence succeed? A guest comment by Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç.

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by Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç

The book market has not yet satiated its appetite for creepy stories about Islam. This shows Constantin Schreiber’s new book. After “Inside Islam” and “Children of the Qur’an” now follows a novel entitled “The Candidate”. In it, the well-known Tagesschau speaker makes a Muslim candidate for Chancellor the protagonist of multicultural dystopia. With “clan crime”, Muslim immigration, quotas for people with “different characteristics” and a “tax on whites”, Schreiber teaches his audience to fear. The literary horror script has been applauded by many and is ostensibly used as a scene of hot developments and possible future scenarios.

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Muslims like the Turkish head

Feelings of threat against Muslims are tradable and well known. They promise the audience, fame and success. Fear is fueled by conspiracy myths and infiltration fantasies. And not just imaginary, but also in the real present.

Right-wing populists in the AfD and beyond know how to use this for themselves. The trick: to hold a minority responsible for crime and violence and thus use them as Turkish heads. Rumor has it that Muslims have even imported anti-Semitism into Germany. This is extraordinary, in this country of all countries. “Critics of Islam” are confronted, Muslims are stigmatized and discriminated against collectively.

Remembrance Day against anti-Muslim racism

The week of the campaign against anti-Muslim racism wants to draw attention to this and enlighten them. From June 24, events and projects will take place nationwide again this year, which will take a stand against prejudice and commemorate Marwa El-Sherbinis. On July 1, 2009, she was killed in the Dresden district court. Sherbin wanted to defend himself against the accused, who called him “Islamist” and “terrorist”. During the trial, the perpetrator jumped on him and killed him with 16 stab wounds.

Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç

Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç is a political scientist and freelance writer. His work and research focuses on racism, anti-Semitism, Orientalism and empowerment. He is a member of the commission of experts on anti-Muslim racism in the state of Berlin. In the autumn of 2021 his book “Muslimaniac. The Career of an Enemy Image” will be published by Edition Körber.

Anti-Muslim racism can kill

Danger to Muslims, like other minorities, is still present. Let’s get Halle: On October 9, 2019, a heavily armed assassin attempted to enter a synagogue. He wanted to kill the Jews, but failed at the door. At the start of the Magdeburg trial, the terrorist explained what he intended to do next: “Kill as many Muslims and blacks as possible.”

Then came Hanau: On February 19, 2020, nine people were killed in two bottle bars for racist reasons. In his manifesto, the terrorist also agitated against “Islam”. He advocated the annihilation of “certain peoples” and listed, among others, several Muslim-majority countries.

On October 5, 2020, made the rounds of a report on a young man from the right-wing extremist scene in North Rhine-Westphalia. He allegedly bought chemicals to make explosives. His target: Jews and Muslims. Such murderous fantasies were also nurtured by the far-right terrorist group S. The trial at the Stuttgart Regional High Court began in April this year. The accused allegedly collected axes, swords and firearms and planned attacks on the mosque.

We need new visions for the future

These are not “single cases”. Last year, crime statistics counted 1,026 Islamophobic crimes, an increase of eight percent. This includes physical attacks, attacks on mosques, desecration and inscriptions on buildings, hate speech and threatening letters. Compared to a year ago, the number of injured has increased. Two people lost their lives in 2019 as a result of an attack. Anti-Muslim racism can kill. This is not a fabrication.

We need new visions of the future that are not designed to demonize “Islam”, but rather focus on working together in solidarity. This only works if you treat Muslims as equals and take their experiences seriously. .

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