83 Islamophobic crimes during first quarter of 2022: German government
In response to an interrogation regarding Islamophobia crimes in Germany, the German government says 83 crimes were recorded in the first quarter of 2022.
The German government confirmed Friday that 83 Islamophobia crimes were recorded in the country in the first quarter of 2022.
The shocking numbers were revealed in the German government's response to an interrogation submitted by the Left Party regarding Islamophobia crimes committed in Germany.
The government indicated that 83 Islamophobia crimes were recorded in the first quarter of this year, in which five people were injured.
In a related context, a report prepared by the Brandeilig.org initiative of the Association Against Discrimination (FAIR), indicated that 768 attacks on mosques in Germany were recorded between January 2014 and June 2021.
The report added that the number of unreported cases is much higher.
Islamophobia in Europe has worsened
It is noteworthy that an 886-page report titled European Islamophobia Report 2020 highlighted that Islamophobia in Europe "has worsened, if not reached a tipping point."
Farid Hafez, a political scientist from Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative, had pointed out during an online panel discussion - titled Islamophobia and the Attack on Civil Liberties in Europe - that "Germany has overall documented more than 31,000 cases of hate crimes, including 901 anti-Muslim hate crimes" in 2020.
Europe has witnessed a wave of Islamophobic activity. In Sweden, far-right Swedish groups have been entangled in violent clashes with police and protesters over their insistence on burning the Quran, the holy book of Islam.
France has recorded a 38% increase in anti-Muslim attacks in 2021, but many went unreported due to a lack of faith in the legal system.
Islamophobic and derogatory comments in India
In a similar context, parts of India had witnessed unrest after Islamophobic and derogatory comments were made against Prophet Mohammad by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party spokeswoman Nupur Sharma during a television debate.
Sharma, commenting about Muslim worship and the Prophet, had made insulting comments in a debate with a Muslim opponent on television.
It is noteworthy that several Indian towns and states have seen widespread and organized campaigns of persecution against the Muslim minority in recent months, backed by radical Hindus' violence.
The decision to prohibit the wearing of headscarves in schools and educational institutions, as well as the demolition of Muslim property, have all drawn widespread outrage.