The Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf on Wednesday sentenced Sven Lau, who is accused of helping fund and equip Islamist militants in Syria, to five-and-a-half years in prison.
German prosecutors had asked for a sentence of six-and-a-half years in prison for Lau, who has been in custody since December 2015.
Lau, who was detained in the western German city of Mönchengladbach , was found guilty of supporting the terror group Jamwa – the full name of which roughly translates as “army of emigrants and helpers” – which is active in Syria and which last year switched allegiance from the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) to al Qaeda.
Terrorist attacks in the Bavarian cities of Würzburg and Ansbach; a mass shooting in Munich; the truck attack at the Christmas market in Berlin. In response to these recent violent incidents, the state of Bavaria has passed a new law expanding the powers of the police.
“The most efficient defense against dangers is to not let them emerge at all,” said Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann. “We’re an open society, but in order to protect that society we need a strong state.”
Civil liberties will not be threatened by the authorities through laws or surveillance, he added, but rather by “extremists and chaos.”
When the globalists and media howl, you know someone’s doing something right. The head of the AfD just appeared in a campaign poster with her new born son emphasizing the Alternative for Germany’s family friendly policies.
A German teen who was found in Mosul after running away from home following her conversion to Islam a year ago says she regrets her decision and just wants “to go home to my family,” German media reported.
The newly unveiled ‘liberal mosque’ in Berlin was supposed to showcase a ‘gentler’ Islam. An Islam that could be reformed and modernized while it emerges as the dominant demographic force in Europe. German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle touted the opening of the mosque as a “world event in the heart of Berlin.”
In September 2015, Merkel threw open Germany’s borders to thousands of migrants to avoid a humanitarian disaster – a move that later hit her popularity and boosted the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), though her conservatives have since recovered and support for the AfD has dropped.
Martin Schulz, whose Social Democrats (SPD) are lagging far behind Merkel in the polls ahead of a Sept. 24 election, warned against a repeat scenario after more than 93,000 mainly sub-Saharan African and Bangladeshi migrants have arrived by boat in southern Italy so far in 2017, up 17 percent on the same period last year.
Josef Schuster, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, says there are still parts of the country where it is considered dangerous to be Jewish.
“In some districts in major cities, I’d advise people not to identify themselves as Jews,” he said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “Experience has shown that openly wearing a kippa or a necklace with the Star of David is enough to attract verbal or physical threats.”
Schuster said anti-Semitism was increasing in Germany, and accused the government of failing to “take the necessary actions” to tackle the trend. One important step, he added, would be the appointment of a commissioner to record attacks and serve as a point of contact for people targeted by prejudice.
While undergoing psychiatric treatment in 2015, the future Munich shooter “repeatedly” asked his fellow patients to refer to him as the “spree killer,” according to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. On Saturday, Germany marked the one year anniversary of the massacre with the unveiling of a monument to the nine victims in Bavaria’s capital.
New information is still coming to light about the teenager responsible for the July 2016 shooting. Although his family came from Iran, the shooter himself was born and raised in Munich. He considered himself Aryan, claiming that the Aryan race had originated in Iran, and declared to his friends that he was proud to share his birthday, April 20, with Adolf Hitler.
German authorities say that Ali S., as he was known before changing his name to David, signaled his sympathy for the Nazis during his treatment for depression, stress, and social anxiety in one of Munich’s clinics. He was 17 at the time.
Four German women, including a 16-year-old girl, who joined Islamic State in recent years are being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.
It said diplomats had visited the four in a prison at the airport in Baghdad on Thursday and they were doing well given the circumstances. They could face the death penalty in Iraq for belonging to the militant group, the magazine added.
It said Iraqi authorities had given Germany a list with the women’s names at the beginning of the week, identifying the teenager only as Linda W. from the small town of Pulsnitz near the eastern city of Dresden.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report.
An influential German institute has studied thousands of article published by daily newspapers during the refugee crisis. Their conclusion: journalists lost their objectivity and drove a wedge through society.
Recently, the German media has been reporting on the rise of anti-Semitism connected to the large number of recent Muslim arrivals.
New Study: Pupils of Hardline Islamic Background Behind Rise in Antisemitism at Berlin’s Schools
The results of a survey released this week in Berlin asserted that the city’s schools have seen the rise of widespread antisemitism, often instigated by students following an ultra-conservative form of Islam, the German news site Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.