Several weeks ago a recent addition to the Mevlana Mosque in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin was destroyed by fire. Even before the incident was judged to be arson, German politicians fell all over themselves to express their “solidarity” with victimized Muslims in the mosque’s congregation.
Today, however, the announcement of the ethnicity of the principal suspect showed that earlier assumptions had been wrong, and no “Islamophobia” was involved.
Rembrandt Clancy has translated a series of media items about the case. We’ll begin with a news report that was televised before the ruling of arson was confirmed. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The translator notes that the incident bears comparison with the silence after the fire a year ago in the Lutheran church at Garson.
The following article from Der Tagsesspiegel, also translated by Rembrandt Clancy, discusses the determination by the police that the fire was set deliberately:
Fire in Mevlana Mosque was an Attack
27 August 2014
Having been long in question, now it is certain: The fire in the Mevlana Mosque in Kreuzberg was set deliberately, according to police investigations.
The fire in the Kreuzberg Mosque must be attributed to an arson attack, according to the assessment of the investigators. “We can now rule out a technical defect,” said Police President Klaus Kandt on Tuesday after he had visited the mosque together with the Minister of the Interior [for the City-State of Berlin] Frank Henkel (CDU). Also negligence is to be ruled out: “We are assuming an intentional act”.
Politicians demonstrate signs of Solidarity
The flames also deposited soot on the facade of the mosque. On Sunday evening the SPD chief [Social Democratic Party] and the Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel visited the crime scene and spoke of an “assassination attempt”. Also, Henkel wanted to demonstrate by his visit “a sign of solidarity”, as he put it. “When in Germany houses of God burn, it is not sufficient for the society simply to show sympathy”, said the Senator. “The society and the politicians must send a signal that such crimes must not be accepted”. The police will do everything in their power to solve the case. State security and fire experts are investigating the case in concert.
“For us it was clear from the first minute”
“We are happy that what has been clear to us from the beginning, is now also clear for the investigators”, said Mustafa Özdemir, who advises the Islamic Federation in political and legal matters. It is appropriate that the Interior Senator has now visited the mosque, he said. “That is how it should be, but it is nothing special.” It would have been more welcome had he come earlier, he added. Prior to the tour, Henkel and Kandt had met, to the exclusion of the press, with the representatives of the mosque and with the Islamic Federation.
Today’s news story informs us that the suspected perpetrator is Jordanian, and presumably a Muslim (also translated by Rembrandt Clancy). The translator notes: “It would appear Spiegel Online neutralise the embarrassment of a Jordanian perpetrator by deluging the reader with uninterpretable estimates of other attacks on mosques.”
Fire in a Berlin Mosque: The Public Prosecutor has a Suspect under Investigation.
Source: Spiegel Online
30 August 2014
Berlin — In the case of the suspected arson at the mosque in Berlin-Kreuzberg, the public prosecutor has initiated investigation proceedings against a suspect. According to a spokesman for the prosecution in response to inquiries from SPIEGEL ONLINE, the accused is a man from Jordan who had already attracted attention owing to other charges of arson and is presently under investigative detention. Now he is suspected of having set fire to the Berlin Mevlana Mosque on the night of 12 August.
The fire destroyed an addition to the place of worship (Gotteshaus) and damaged the facade. According to the Office of the Prosecution, investigations are ongoing against the suspect, inclusive of a possible motive. Whether there might be a political background to the case is presently not entirely clear.
According to statements of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, there have been twelve politically motivated attacks on mosques in Germany from January to August of this year alone. Based on this count, altogether more than 300 Muslim houses of worship have been attacked since 2001. The spectrum of the crimes ranged from swastika smearing to murder threats against Imams through to arson.
The last attack which the Interior Ministry cites from the statistics was on 17 August. On that occasion a mosque in Mölln, Schleswig-Holstein, was damaged.
Translator’s Note: Politically Incorrect (30 August 2014), after summarising the Spiegel Online report, also draw attention to the obsequious behaviour of certain German politicians as follows: “It seems Gabriel and Henkel were somewhat premature with their submissive statements” (cf. the Der Tagesspiegel report above).
Three days after the fire at the Mevlana Mosque in Berlin-Kreuzberg, several hundred Muslims demonstrated and prayed near the scene of the fire.
They knelt on prayer rugs on the street in front of the building.
The fire broke in the period between Monday and Tuesday morning [Aug. 11/12] in an unfinished extension of the mosque.
Police forensic technicians found an inflammable liquid in the fire debris.
A spokesman emphasised that that does not automatically mean it was a deliberate attack.
Hat tip for today’s article: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff.
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