German police recorded 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017, according to new government figures announced on Tuesday.
Far-right extremists or groups carried out some 994 attacks against Muslims and mosques, which made up 92.5 percent of all Islamophobic crimes, the report by the Interior Ministry said.
Anti-Muslim crimes included physical assault, threatening letters, hate speech and spraying Nazi-themed graffiti and attacking mosques.
Last January, police began registering Islamophobic crimes under a special category, after calls by the country’s Muslim community to take more serious measures against the growing number of anti-Muslim hate crimes.
Germany, a country of 81.8 million people, has the second largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.
Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin. Many of them are second or third-generations of Turkish families who migrated to Germany in the 1960s.
The EU’s largest economy has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred of migrants in recent years triggered by propaganda from far-right and populist parties, which have exploited fears over the refugee crisis and terrorism.
The chair of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, said that he was sure that the number of crimes was higher, saying there was not yet enough awareness on the part of police and prosecutors regarding anti-Muslim offenses.
The Left Party’s expert for internal affairs, Ulla Jelpke, warned that “Islam haters” had made it into the German parliament, in a reference to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
“The haters of Islam have now made the jump from the streets into the Bundestag and contribute to poisoning the social climate with regard to Muslim life in Germany from the parliamentary tribune,” she said.
Source: The Muslim News: http://muslimnews.co.uk/news/islamophobia/germany-sees-1075-islamophobic-crimes-2017/