"Practically all noteworthy Islamist organizations that are active in Germany" are tapping anti-Semitic themes as part of their ideology, chief of German domestic intelligence told Suddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday.
The newspaper revealed a report by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution - Germany's version of Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service - detailing some 700 anti-Semitic incidents involving Islamists and Muslims.
Without revealing names, the report mentions a Furkan Foundation outlet clerk informing their guests that Jews are "are worth less than animals," an imam at a mosque run by Millî-Görüş organization calling for Palestine to be freed from the "evil Beni Israel" and a teacher of Syrian descent proclaiming that "all Jews belong in the gas chamber."
The newspaper notes that the cases are indicative of a "virulent" nature of anti-Semitism among members of Islamist groups; in some cases, anti-Semitic abuse also came from Muslims without radical group affiliations.
On a worrying note, the report also casts a shadow on the attribution of anti-Semitic incidents in the official German reports, warning that when in doubt, the cases are ascribed to radical right-wingers.
Germany's latest report, which revealed an uptick in anti-Semitic abuse in the country in 2019, cited the right-wingers as the main abusers - and ascribed the increase to right-wing extremists.