The AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) is an up-and-coming political party in Germany which is skeptical about the European Union and critical of mass immigration and Islam.
Aiman Mazyek is president of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.
Earlier this month the AfD voted to approve a party platform that found Islam incompatible with German values, and proposed various measures to limit the influence of Islam in German society. Needless to say, German Muslims were unhappy with the AfD’s platform. A meeting was arranged between Aiman Mazyek and representatives of the AfD, but it didn’t work out. Mr. Mazyek refused to withdraw his statements comparing the AfD with the Third Reich, so the AfD representatives pulled out before anything was discussed.
The following news report features remarks by Frauke Petry, one of the leaders of AfD and a member of the delegation that attempted discussions with Aiman Mazyek. At the end of this clip, notice that the news anchor has to break off and cut to Chancellor Angela Merkel — in Istanbul.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is an article from The Local about the aborted meeting between the AfD and Mr. Mazyek:
Far-right AfD turns on itself over failed Muslim meeting
The co-leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Jörg Meuthen, has blamed his fellow co-head Frauke Petry for the breakdown of a clear-the-air meeting with Muslim leaders on Monday.
Speaking to tabloid Bild, Meuthen said that his party colleagues had failed to properly prepare for the meeting with Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims.
“With a meeting like this you need to clearly define what will be discussed, that clearly wasn’t the case” he said.
Meuthen was not present at the meeting, which was attended by Petry and party colleagues Albrecht Glaser and Armin-Paul Hampel.
Mazyek had invited Petry to talks after AfD members voted for a party manifesto earlier this month calling for a series of measures targeted at Islam, including bans on minarets and face veils being worn in public.
The Muslim leader had labelled the AfD “Nazis” in response to the leadership’s plans before they were confirmed by members at a party congress and said he hoped to use the meeting to convince Petry to withdraw those parts of the platform.
Petry told reporters on Monday that she broke off the meeting after Mazyek refused to withdraw his comparison between the AfD and the Third Reich.
Glaser confirmed to Bild that the three AfD representatives had agreed among themselves before the meeting that they would not discuss any other issues before Mazyek withdrew the comparison.
“That was the entrance that Aiman Mazyek had to pass through before we would talk about things with content with him,” he said.
Mazyek told the Rheinische Post he is still open to discussions “with reasonable members of the AfD.”
|0:00||…the discussion, after barely an hour we ended it,|
|0:05||regrettably we were not able to achieve our goal|
|0:09||for this discussion, the actual issues, especially the question|
|0:12||About how diverging moral concepts of how a politically-motivated Islam|
|0:18||in its fundamental characteristics is handled in a secular society.|
|0:22||Instead we had to, and that touches us personally, we had to|
|0:26||let them accuse us that we are a party from the Third Reich;|
|0:31||therefore comparisons that put the AfD again and again|
|0:35||close to the Third Reich, they were not retracted.|
|0:40||That is why multiple times we politely asked for — mind you,|
|0:43||without an apology from Mr. Mazyek and his representatives —|
|0:47||of course it is to be expected there are emotional obstacles to overcome|
|0:50||in such a discussion, but they were unwilling to do so,|
|0:53||and instead demanded that we withdraw a democratically-decided|
|0:57||party platform during the discussion, by ways of|
|1:00||alleging the unconstitutionality of the party platform, and in that sense|
|1:04||against the AfD as well.|
|1:07||That to us was shocking, especially after there was plenty of opportunity|
|1:11||prior to this meeting to acquaint themselves with the positions|
|1:15||and also with the positions of innumerable scientists, scholars|
|1:18||and studies on the subject of Islam, the subject of radicalization,|
|1:22||on the subject of acceptance of shariah law alongside our Constitution.|
|1:26||We are of the opinion that from studies such as the one by … (Mr. Krogmann?)|
|1:29||there clearly emerges…|
|1:34||Ladies and Gentlemen, we are now immediately going to our Chancellor Merkel in Istanbul.