Controversial Saudi school in Bonn to close

Saudi Arabia is closing the King Fahd Academy in Bonn by the end of the year, Saudi diplomats say. Many Germans were wary of the school, which has been suspected of attracting Islamists to Germany.

…The Saudi Arabian-financed academy in the former German capital has attracted negative headlines over the years. In 2003, it came under investigation for alleged ties to the terrorist network al Qaeda and other fundamentalist Muslim groups.

Educators and security forces were worried the school – established in 1994 to provide Islam-based instruction to children whose parents were in Germany only for a short time – might be a breeding ground for Islamic fundamentalism and anti-democratic principles. The regional commissioner threatened to shut the school down.

Now, the King Fahd Academy is about to close its doors of its own accord.

Ralph Ghadban, a Berlin-based political scientist and Islam expert, welcomed the end to the Saudi academy in Germany. “We’ve waited a long time for this to happen,” he told DW. But it doesn’t spell the end to the influx of radical Islamism to Germany, Ghadhan warned. “Some radical Muslims will send their children to certain boarding schools in Britain that are known for their radical interpretation of Islam.”