Monday, June 17, 2019
Suspicion of Islamic extremism among the Greens in Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg's Green Party leadership has instigated internal proceedings against two of the 16 newly elected Green district representatives in Hamburg-Mitte on suspicion of being close to extremism, Islamism and terrorism. Four other members of parliament expressed their solidarity with the two concerned. Some of the Greens in Hamburg's centre have suspected the Social Democrats of being responsible for numerous new members of the Greens.The two parties concerned, against whom an internal proceeding is now being examined, have not been members of the Greens for long, according to statements from the party.Shafi Sediqi and Fatih Can Karismaz are said to be close to extremist organisations. One of them is said to have called for donations on Facebook for Ansaa International, an Islamic aid organisation with links to the Islamic terrorist organisation Hamas, whose ban is already being examined by the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The 27-year-old student Fatih-Can Karismaz is said to be close to the highly controversial Islamic movement Milli Görus and to have a dubious attitude to equality between men and women.The party itself had noticed the indications of possible extremist connections, no security authorities had contacted the faction beforehand," Green party leader Anna Gallina tried to present to the tabloid Mopo. "Just as we clearly oppose the Right wing and the AfD, we must also make it clear that this form of extremism has no place here," Gallina continues.Not all Green district representatives want to support the decision. Four of them did not join the faction out of solidarity with the two accused. Not all Green district representatives want to support the decision. Four of them did not join the faction out of solidarity with the two accused. Thus, the Greens, despite their great electoral success, no longer represent the strongest faction in Hamburg Central, but fall behind the Social Democratic Party (SPD), which has 14 seats.Some of the Green party members seem to believe that the Social Democrats have their fingers in the pie and suspect the Red comrades of having been responsible for these party joins to the Greens. According to the Hamburger Abendblatt, the background to these suspicions is that one of the victims was very committed to a social project that was supported by the Social Democrats. However, there is no evidence for the Green hypothesis so far.