Islamophobic vandals attack gravestones in Muslim cemetery in Germany

About 30 headstones at a Muslim cemetery in the northwestern German city of Iserlohn have been damaged, police said Saturday

The incident occurred late Friday or early Saturday, according to a statement by prosecutors and the Hagen police department

Authorities issued an appeal for information from anyone who witnessed the vandalism or has information that could help the investigation

The attack comes amid a worrying rise in Islamophobic crimes in Germany in recent years

Separately, the Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed "sadness" about the incident

It said the attack on New Year's Eve is "a new indicator of sick Islamophobic mentality which has been on rise especially in Europe and even targets Muslim cemeteries

" Also read: Attacks on French mosques, racist graffiti signs of rising Islamophobia The ministry urged officials to find the "perpetrators of this disastrous attack" and that they are "brought to justice and given the punishment they deserve

" It also asked authorities to "take the necessary measures to prevent such incidents from happening

" According to a recently published "European Islamophobia Report 2020," a total of 901 Islamophobic crimes were registered by the Federal Criminal Police Office in Germany in 2020

Eighteen anti-Islam demonstrations were held and 16 were organized by the racist PEGIDA movement in Germany during the same year

Furthermore, 2020 saw a rise in online Islamophobia as coronavirus lockdowns were imposed and life shut down across Europe, according to the report

Date:03-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link