German Jewish media is reporting that the German Millî Görüş organization has fired one of its imams over anti-Semitic comments. According to the Jüdische Allgemeine report:
January 28, 2022: The Islamic community Milli Görüs (IGMG) has dismissed an imam because of anti-Semitic statements in a video on the platform Instagram. This was announced by IGMG Secretary General Bekir Altas at the request of the “Welt” (Friday). The imam in question, from Bonn, Germany, had uploaded a video on the platform in May 2021, which lasted more than an hour, on the tensions between Israel and Palestinians. In it, the imam accused Israel of a “genocide” — “just as it also happened in Germany at that time with the Jews.” When he called Israel a “country,” the imam formed quotation marks in the air with his fingers. “We are not against Judaism either. (…) To each his own. But we are against Zionists,” the imam said. “Unfortunately, unfortunately,” 99.9 percent of Zionists are Jews, he said. The Zionists’ “world order” is well known, he said: ” ‘We are the golden race,’ they say. ‘We must kill the Muslims. We must massacre them.’ “Bekir Altas, secretary general of the IGMG, said he became aware of the content through the “Welt” inquiry: “The statements are anti-Semitic and unacceptable. We immediately contacted the imam and urged him to stop further distribution of the video.” [Translated by DeepL]
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Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş (IGMG) is a part of the Millî Görüş movement, a Turkish religious and political movement founded by Necmettin Erbakan, Turkish President Erdoğan’s political mentor and which has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey. The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has reported that according to the German government, Erdoğan’s AKP party has intensified its relations with Millî Görüş in Germany.
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