The book market still did not satisfy its appetite for scary stories about Islam. This shows Constantin Schreiber’s new book. After the movie “Inside Islam” and “The Children of the Qur’an” they now follow a novel called “The Candidate”. In it, the famous Tageschau announcer makes a Muslim candidate for the position of chancellor the protagonist of a multicultural dystopia. Through “clan crime,” Muslim immigration, quotas for people with “diverse characteristics” and a “white tax,” Schreiber teaches his audience to fear. The literary horror script has been praised by many, and is allegedly used as a scene for hot developments and possible future scenarios.
Muslims are scapegoats
Feelings of threat against Muslims are both marketable and common. They promise audience, fame and success. Fears fuel conspiracy myths and stealth fantasies. And not only imaginary, but also in the real present.
Right-wing populists in the AfD and beyond know how to use this for themselves. The trick: holding a minority responsible for crime and violence and thus using them as scapegoats. Rumor has it that Muslims even imported anti-Semitism into Germany. That’s cool, in this country of all places. “Criticists of Islam” are dealt with, and Muslims are collectively stigmatized and discriminated against.
Remembrance Day against Racism against Muslims
A week campaign against anti-Muslim racism wants to draw attention to this and enlighten them. From June 24, there will be events and projects nationwide again this year, which will take a stand against prejudice and commemorate Marwa El-Sherbiny. On July 1, 2009, she was murdered in Dresden County Court. El-Sherbiny wanted to defend herself against the accused, who described her as “Islamic” and “terrorist”. During the trial, the perpetrator threw himself on her and killed her by wounding 16 knives.
Anti-Muslim racism can kill
The danger to Muslims, like other minorities, remains. Let’s take Halle: On October 9, 2019, a heavily armed killer attempted to storm a synagogue. He wanted to kill the Jews, but failed at the door. At the beginning of the trial in Magdeburg, the terrorist explained what he intended to do next: “Kill as many Muslims and blacks as possible.”
Then came Hanau: on February 19, 2020, nine people were murdered in two hookah cafes on racial grounds. In his statement, the terrorist also revolted against “Islam”. He advocated the extermination of “certain peoples” and listed, among other things, many Muslim-majority countries.
On October 5, 2020, a report spread about a young man from the far-right scene in North Rhine-Westphalia. He is said to have purchased chemicals to produce explosive devices. Its target: Jews and Muslims. The far-right terrorist group S also has such murderous delusions, and the trial at the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court began in April of this year. The accused are said to have stockpiled axes, swords and firearms and planned attacks on mosques.
We need new visions for the future
These are not “single cases”. Last year, crime statistics counted 1,026 Islamophobia-related crimes, an increase of eight percent. This includes physical assaults, attacks on mosques, desecration and graffiti on buildings, hate speech, and threatening speeches. Compared to the previous year, the number of infections increased. Two people died in 2019 as a result of an attack. Anti-Muslim racism can kill. This is not a fantasy.
We need new visions of the future that are not designed to demonize “Islam” but instead focus on working together in solidarity. This only works if you treat Muslims as equals and take their experiences seriously.
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