German media is reporting that the head of the Göttingen branch of a Turkish-German mosque association has resigned over accusations of antisemitism. According to the NDR report:
March 4, 2021 The chairman of the German-Islamic Mosque Association (DITIB) in Göttingen, Mustafa Keskin, has resigned from his post. He is alleged to have spread hate messages against Jews and Armenians. Keskin rejected the anti-Semitism accusation. He announced legal action. The accusations come from the socialist youth organization “Die Falken.” Keskin is said to have referred to Israeli soldiers as “Jewish dogs,” for example. Some of his posts suggested that Jews and Israelis were deliberately killing children. He also allegedly used the identifying symbol of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood on several occasions. In his WhatsApp profile, the ex-Ditib executive had used a picture depicting Donald Trump and Joe Biden as puppets of investment banker Jacob Rothschild. In anti-Semitic conspiracy myths, the Rothschild family serves as a placeholder for “the Jews” who are supposed to control financial markets and governments.[Translated by DeepL]
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The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, also known as DITIB, manages over 900 mosques in Germany. The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) determines the theological guidelines for the imams’ sermons, and the Turkish consulate pays their salaries. The report notes that DITIB distances itself from Keskin’s postings:
Meanwhile, the association on Thursday distanced itself from Keskin’s remarks. “None of the postings and opinions of the said chairman can even begin to reflect an attitude that could find toleration among a DITIB official,” said the head of department at the federation, Zekeriya Altuğ. He added that the association had demanded his immediate resignation. The incidents are now to be dealt with.
Other GIOR reporting about DITIB includes:
- In December 2020, we reported on DITIB collaborating with Millî Görüş to influence the Turkish diaspora in France.
- In November 2020, we reported on Turkish-German associations protesting a Turkish official’s request that DITIB supply candidates for Turkish teachers in mosques.
- In October 2020, we reported on the head of DITIB asking the organization’s student dorm coordinators to encourage their students to work for the organization.