Arrest of Two German (Salafi) Muslims Disturbs Inter-Cultural Dialogue and Integration

02.08.2011

In Solingen, the beginning of Ramadan is clouded by the news that the two German Muslims, who were recently arrested on terror charges at the port of Dover (as reported), were originally from Solingen and members of a regional group of Salafis. Solingen’s Muslim communities distanced themselves from any radical Islamic tendencies and, instead, emphasized their interest in promoting successful integration. Eray Ünver, the Ditib’s local commissioner for integration and also responsible for the local inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, criticized that news about arrests of radical Muslims disrupt the process of dialogue and integration, as they trigger fear and feed prejudices. Similarly, members of the local Islamic Center distanced themselves from radical preachers such as (Salafist) Pierre Vogel.

Two German Muslim Converts Arrested on Terror Charges

28./ 29./ 30.07.2011

Two German Muslim converts were arrested as they entered the UK at the port of Dover earlier this month. When authorities in Dover stopped Robert Baum (23) and Christian Emde (28) upon entry in the UK and searched their bags, they found instructions to build bombs and literature, which demonstrates their sympathy for al-Qaeda, such as “39 ways to support Jihad” as well as the by the radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki and the English “Terror-magazine” Inspire. On Wednesday, the Westminster Magistrates Court ruled that the two men have to remain in custody until August 24th. So far, neither of the two men has given any indication of how they intend to plead to the allegations.

Two German Muslim Converts Arrested on Terror Charges

28./ 29./ 30.07.2011

Two German Muslim converts were arrested as they entered the UK at the port of Dover earlier this month. When authorities in Dover stopped Robert Baum (23) and Christian Emde (28) upon entry in the UK and searched their bags, they found instructions to build bombs and literature, which demonstrates their sympathy for al-Qaeda, such as “39 ways to support Jihad” as well as the by the radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki and the English “Terror-magazine” Inspire. On Wednesday, the Westminster Magistrates Court ruled that the two men have to remain in custody until August 24th. So far, neither of the two men has given any indication of how they intend to plead to the allegations.

Turkey arrests suspected al-Qaida member wanted in Germany

Turkish authorities confirmed that they had arrested a suspected al-Qaida member wanted in Germany. Atilla Selek was detained in the central Anatolian city of Konya on charges of membership in a terrorist organization and preparing to carry out bomb attacks, with the aim of extraditing him to Germany, police said in a statement. Two German converts to Islam and a Turk were arrested in Germany in September, accused of planning massive bombings against U.S. and other facilities in Germany.