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Berlin Forbids Salafi-Jihadist Organization, Police Perform Numerous Raids

In Berlin and Brandenburg, the police have raided numerous objects connected to the Islamist group ‘Jama‘atu Berlin’ a.k.a. ‘Tauhid Berlin’. This organization was just banned.

Berlin, February 25th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) — More than 800 police officers in Berlin and neighboring Brandenburg raided and searched 26 “objects” this morning. Those included offices and other facilities connected to a jihadist organization called ‘Jama‘atu Berlin’. The group, which is also known as ‘Tauhid Berlin’, was just banned by Berlin’s Interior Senator Andreas Geisel.

Antisemitic Content

Apart from the Berlin Police Department and the Brandenburg Police, the Federal Police were involved in the operation. The feds also sent an elite police unit. The raids and searches included private homes of “Islamist supporters”. In Brandenburg, the police operation took place in Königs Wusterhausen and Doberlug-Kirchhain. In Berlin, raids were performed in the Märkisches Viertel neighborhood, the Neukölln district as well as in Reinickendorf and Moabit.

The evidence collected during today’s searches is supposed to help the legal efforts to justify the ban of the Islamist group. ‘Jama‘atu Berlin’ allegedly glorified the ‘Islamic State’ on its social media channels, spread antisemitic content and called for the murder of “the infidel”.

Assets Confiscated

According to Berlin’s Senate Administration of the Interior just sent out, the group Jama’atu Berlin is not allowed to engage it any activities anymore. The organization’s assets would be confiscated, a statement said. As many as 850 police officers were involved in the operation which had commenced early on Thursday morning. Part of the objective also was to find the group’s funds.

“The ‘Jama’atu Berlin’ a.k.a. ‘Tauhid Berlin’ is a young and very radical salafi-jihadist association”, Interior Senator Andreas Geisel just said in Berlin. He explained the group had admired ‘Fussilet 33’, a similar organization which had been banned in 2017.

Significant Danger

“The ban is another clear message to all religious extremists”, Geisel stated. “We are fighting the roots of terror persistently.” He said Berlin would not tolerate realms in which terrorism was propagated and the so-called ‘Islamic State’ was glorified. “The danger posed by Islamist terrorism continues to be significant”, Geisel told the Berlin press. He explained today’s ban was “another brick in the consistent fight against extremists” who were prepared to use violence.

Senator Geisel thanked everyone involved in the ongoing operation, including the police. The legal basis of the ban is Section 3 of Germany’s Association Law. The banned jihadist group had violated the law by working against the constitution and democracy.

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