On 4 January 2024, Der Spiegel reported that CDU MP Christoph de Vries had urged the German government to take tougher measures to counter Turkey’s influence on mosques in Germany. While acknowledging positive steps, such as a ban on accepting Turkish-trained imams at DITIB communities and instead training them locally, de Vries argued that further measures were needed. He emphasized that DITIB was not just a religious community but also a political tool in the hands of a president who combined Turkish nationalism with Islamism. The CDU also called for stricter laws, including measures to curb foreign funding of mosques. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Berlin advocated for a change in approach, stating that organizations like DITIB should no longer be considered political partners. The AJC emphasized that Diyanet leader Ali Erbaş had referred to Israel as a “rusty dagger in the heart of Islamic geography” following the Hamas attack on Israel. The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (Turkish: Diyanet İşleri Türk-İslam Birliği; DITIB) is a mosque umbrella organization that operates in several European countries. The organization is linked to the Diyanet, a Turkish government agency responsible for religious affairs.