German media is reporting that on 5 October 2022, the Judiciary Committee of the Berlin House of Representatives announced it will establish a permanent panel of experts monitoring anti-Muslim racism in the German capital. According to an article by Tagesspiegel:
The state of Berlin will have a permanent panel of experts on anti-Muslim racism. This was announced by Justice Senator Lena Kreck (Left) on Thursday in the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives. [Translated from German original.]
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Justice Senator Lena Kreck from Berlin’s ruling Left Party said the panel would be tasked with analyzing structural discrimination of Muslims in the German capital and recommending policy changes. The panel would be a continuation of an existing six-member commission that was set up in 2021. Over the past year and a half, it analyzed issues pertaining to anti-Muslim racism in Berlin, closely cooperating with civil society actors and social scientists. According to the article, Kreck also spoke in favor of abolishing Berlin’s neutrality law, which largely prohibits the wearing of religious symbols in parts of the public service, especially in the judiciary and education. This was proposed as part of an expert hearing before the Berlin Judiciary Committee, where German activist Lydia Nofal was given the opportunity to make several policy recommendations, including creating guidelines for the State Criminal Police on how to deal with Islamophobic crimes and abolishing said neutrality law. Nofal is head of Insaan, a Muslim advocacy group previously under surveillance by the German domestic intelligence agency and known to have historical ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in Germany.
In April 2021, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that the Berlin commission on anti-Muslim racism included two individuals with close ties to the GMB and the Hamas support infrastructure in Germany. In September 2022, the GIOR reported that the commission had published its first set of policy recommendations to curb Islamophobia.