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Unidentified assailants desecrated a mosque in Munster, western Germany late July 16.

The assailants tore pages of a copy of Quran at Barbaros Mosque of the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB).

DITIB representative Sebahattin Çiğdem said on Wednesday an investigation into last night's attack was launched after they saw a copy of Quran ripped up inside the mosque and called the police Wednesday morning.

He recalled, "our mosque had also been attacked on...

A mosque in the German city of Cologne was attacked yesterday by three unidentified people, who caused considerable damage to the service building of the mosque.

The Chorweiler Mosque, run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB), was targeted by three perpetrators who caused serious physical damage and broke the donation boxes. Security cameras recorded that the attackers damaged the administration room and service building, broke the donation boxes and ran away. An...

Germans are on the whole tolerant – but not towards Islam. This is shown by a new study published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s "Religion Monitor". However, the study found that irrespective of faith, there is wide support for democracy in Germany.

According to the research revealed on June 11, the majority of German citizens – 87 percent  – are open to other world views.

But 52 percent perceives the religion of Islam as a threat. For Germans living in eastern states, the...

In the latest Islamophobic attack to take place in Germany, 50 copies of the holy Quran were ripped apart in a local mosque, The New York Times reported.

Officials said the place of worship - which is located in the country's Northwestern city of Bremen - was attacked by one or more people. The attacker(s) broke into the building and went about ripping and damaging the Qurans. 

Some of the damaged holy books were found shoved in toilet seats, while Anadolu Agency reported a...

Right-wing violence in Germany rose sharply, with 48 extreme acts of violence registered in 2018 — up from 28 the previous year — including six racially-motivated murder attempts.

Figures from the annual report on the protection of Germany's democratic constitution, put together by the intelligence services to monitor anti-constitutional activities, suggest there were 24,100 right-wing extremists in the country in 2018, up slightly from 24,000 in 2017.

Right-wing extremism also...

Three German police officers and a former police member have been arrested in the northern state of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania on suspicion of stealing ammunition, the public prosecutor's office in Schwerin announced on Wednesday.

Three men stand accused of illegally procuring ammunition from the stocks of the Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state criminal investigation office in the period from April 2012.

The three men then passed on the ammunition to the fourth person...

Three mosques in Germany have suffered assaults over the past two days, a local Turkish Muslim community leader said on Tuesday.

At the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Kamen, North Rhine-Westphalia, a right-wing group desecrated the mosque walls with hateful graffiti such as “get out," said Mustafa Kose, the top official in Kamen from the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB).

In the city of Hessen, central Germany, vandals threw rocks at the Kassel Central Mosque.

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The information was published in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung following a parliamentary inquiry from the Left party.

In the first three months of 2017, German police recorded 221 religiously motivated criminal offenses against Muslims, mosques, or Islamic community centers. By the first quarter of 2018, that number had dropped to 196 and then sank against to 132 in 2019.

The full-year trends have also exhibited a downturn,from 960 incidents in 2017 to 824 in 2018.

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A top official in Germany warned the country’s Jewish community on Saturday to avoid wearing the traditional skullcap in public places in certain areas amid a rise in hate crimes.

Commissioner Felix Klein was speaking on the rise in anti-Semitic attacks across the country, and told the Funke media group that his opinion on wearing the skullcap — also called a yarmulke or kippah — has “unfortunately changed compared with what it used to be.”

“I cannot recommend to Jews that they...

A leading German-Turkish politician said on Sunday he has received numerous Islamophobic letters and death threats in recent weeks, ahead of European Parliament (EP) elections on May 26.

Haluk Yildiz, the leader of the pro-immigration Alliance for Innovation and Justice (BIG), said the letters were sent by some unknown persons and included xeonophobic insults and threats.

“In one of the letters they were saying that we have crossed the line. They were claiming that it is only...

A European Council watchdog committee has accused German police of mistreating an Afghan man who was being expelled by choking him and squeezing his genitals.

“To ill-treat a person by squeezing the genitals, a technique which is clearly aimed at inflicting severe pain to gain compliance, is both excessive and inappropriate,” the council’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) said in a report on Thursday.

It focused on an August 14, 2018 charter flight that carried 46...

German ultra-nationalists believe a civil war and an eventual demise of the state will come about, and are preparing for it by training to use firearms and explosives, a local security service has warned.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, sounded the alarm over the rise of the underground far-right, according to Die Welt. An intelligence report seen by the paper calls for increased surveillance of so-called “preppers” – a loose network of ultra-nationalists who prepare...

Germany's far-right politicians shared xenophobic conspiracies and provocative messages on social media following the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday.

In a tweet, Alice Weidel, the parliamentary group leader of the Alternative for Germany, the country's largest opposition party, implied a connection between Monday's blaze and previous anti-Christian "attacks" in France.

"During Holy Week #NotreDame burns. March: second largest church Saint-Sulpice burns...

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer gained Cabinet backing Wednesday for his Orderly Return Bill (Geordnete-Rückkehr-Gesetz).

The plan will go to parliament for debate, and could pass before the summer recess.

However, German states do not all approve of the plan which would see asylum seekers who are to be deported being held in state jails rather than pre-deportation holding facilities.

Seehofer said his package contained "strong elements" that would facilitate ...

A suspected far-right extremist verbally and physically assaulted a Muslim woman at a Berlin metro station, police said on April 15.

The incident was the latest in a string of xenophobic attacks in the German capital in recent months targeting people of foreign appearance, including Muslim women with headscarf or Jews wearing a kippah.

The 33-year old Muslim woman told police on Sunday that a man uttered racial slurs and later assaulted her at the Greifswalder metro station....