The Europol “less than 2% of terror attacks are religiously motivated” surfaces again: ‘Myths about Terrorism and Islam in Western Europe’

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Islamist terrorism has remained in the focus of daily politics in Germany.

Government, police and secrete services regularly warn about the possibility of a terrorist attack. According to a study of the Bertelsmann Foundation, 57 per cent of the German population regard Islam as a threat. For instance, the reactionary right-wing movement Pegida obtained significant support during the last year with a campaign against Islam…

…In the online newspaper The Daily Beast, Dean Obeidallah refers todata published by the European police organization Europol. In its report for 2013, Europol recorded 152 terrorist attacks in Europe. Only two of these incidents were conducted by perpetrators who appeared to be “religiously motivated”.

If you look at data fromEuropol surveying the last five years, a similar picture emerges: during this period, less than 2 per cent of all terrorist incidents in Europe were “religiously motivated”. Beenish Ahmed similarly evaluated the Europol data. In an article for the US think TankThink Progress she argued that “Islamist militants lag far behind other groups when it comes to carrying out terrorist attacks” in Europe.

According to the data by Europol, the large majority of terrorist incidents can be related to ethnic-nationalist and separatist groups, such as the separatist FLNC in Corsica, the GPRF in Greece or the FAI in Italy. Obeidallah of the Daily Beast thus asks the following questions: “Have you heard of these incidents? Probably not. But if Muslims had committed them do you think you our media would’ve covered it? No need to answer, that’s a rhetorical question”…


I have not heard of much of non-Muslim terror attacks at all since 9/11 and I’ve been following the news fairly carefully. They do exist, but they are sure not 98%.  

Europol is simply being politically correct. And highly misleading.

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