German government claims that the rise in violent crimes in the country is attributed to migrant arrivals.
Based on a report published by The German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in May 2018, 4,852 migrants were suspected of being involved in sexual crimes in 2017, up from 3,329 in 2016.
“Furthermore, there have been several terrorist attacks committed by Islamists in Germany and Europe over the last few years,” said Deputy Leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Rhineland-Palatinate Joachim Paul.
He said the rise in such crimes was “fueled by the mass influx that started in mid-2015.”
“It can be concluded, that certain parts of Muslim society are unwilling to integrate into Western societies. Instead they want to transform our society according to their beliefs.”
“If people want to become German citizens, they will have to accept our values,” said Paul.
“Those who are willing to do so are welcome to stay and everyone else is free to leave Germany and Europe”.
In response, the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), one of the largest Islamic organizations in Germany, said that some of their mosques have been attacked recently.
However, Paul countered by stating that the situation will not improve by promoting only tolerance towards Muslims:
“The state is obliged to protect the lives and the rights of every German citizen, despite their age, sex, sexual orientation and, of course, religion. If Mosques or Muslims come under attack, it’s the police’s duty to prevent them from harm.
“But I think that it is wrong to demand policies which aim to promote tolerance towards Muslims only. It is just as important to raise tolerance among Muslims.”
According to a study launched by Heritage Foundation, a Washington DC-based US conservative think tank, 44 migrants or asylum seekers were involved in 32 Islamist plots in Europe between 2014 and 2018 which resulted in 814 injuries and 182 deaths.
The research also found that the most frequent target of these plots was Germany and majority of plots had direct ties to ISIS.