October 13, 2006

German Turk Takes on Anti-Semitic Islamic Propaganda

From German Turk Takes on Anti-Semitic Islamic Propaganda: Aycan Demirel, 38, emigrated from Turkey 16 years ago. In today's Germany, his decision to confront radical Islam places him on the frontlines of one of the stormiest social debates the country has known. According to Demirel, the recent expressions of anger by radical Muslims in Germany are just the tip of the iceberg of what he terms the "culture of hate" in Muslim communities. Daily exposure to a "barrage of anti-Semitic Islamist propaganda" led him two years ago to found KIGA (Kreuzberger Initiative gegen Antisemitismus), whose local activists - of German, Turkish, and Arab origin - work with schools and youth centers to fight anti-Semitism, primarily in Muslim communities.