An Iraqi vandalized mosques: German left-wing politicians and Muslims initially blamed the migration-critical AfD party for this

In Schleswig, an Iraqi was caught red-handed in a mosque for vandalism. According to police, he admitted to having rioted the mosque in July and torn a Koran apart. It is unclear whether there is any connection with other such cases. On July 5, Koran pages had been thrown in the toilet of the mosque in Schleswig and soap dispensers and washbasins had been torn down. The police had also reported “graffiti” without becoming more specific. The case had caused a stir among Muslims and the Turkish press. The Veysel Karani Mosque is run by the Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (DITIB).Following the incident in Schleswig, blame had also been attributed to the right-wing political camp: Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, had said that the attack “clearly showed that the perpetrators understood the public mood. It must not be that Muslims and communities are exposed to hatred, agitation and violence. Birte Pauls, member of the Schleswig Social Democratic Party (SPD) state parliament, commented on the case with the statement that the AfD in particular must finally understand that words can turn into violence.The police have now ruled out at least one xenophobic crime. According to information from, there are also no indications of a Kurdish background of the suspect, which could be interpreted as a possible motive. A spokeswoman of the police did not want to confirm this, the investigations continued. Two weeks after the case in Schleswig, in a DITIB mosque in Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, a Koran was torn apart in a prayer room and pages were distributed in a prayer room between excrements. On the same day a Koran was found in a toilet in the mosque of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Münster. The police started investigations for damage to property and disturbance of religious peace.According to police, there had been indications of a suspicious person there who, according to the information, had an Arab appearance. Similar to Münster, the Islamic Religious Community of Bremen, Schura, drew attention to a case there in June. According to the information, even dozens of Korans had been destroyed.

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