Germany seeks to ban controversialIslam conference

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15 September 2004 , BERLIN - The German government - in a policy shift - said Wednesday it will seek to ban a planned Islamic conference in Berlin billed by organisers as being aimed at "American and Zionist Nazism." "The Federal Interior Ministry will do everything possible to see that this congress does not take place," said Rainer Lingenthal, chief spokesman for German Interior Minister, Otto Schily. Lingenthal declined to say what measures were planned to prevent the meeting from taking place. Initiall

15 September 2004

BERLIN - The German government - in a policy shift - said Wednesday it will seek to ban a planned Islamic conference in Berlin billed by organisers as being aimed at "American and Zionist Nazism."

"The Federal Interior Ministry will do everything possible to see that this congress does not take place," said Rainer Lingenthal, chief spokesman for German Interior Minister, Otto Schily.

Lingenthal declined to say what measures were planned to prevent the meeting from taking place.

Initially the federal government said it was up to the city of Berlin to decide whether to ban the convention - but local officials declined to take action.

The "First Arab, Islamic Congress in Europe", scheduled for 1 to 3 October in the German capital, has been slammed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, an international Jewish human rights group, which wants the meeting banned.

Islamic congress organisers declare in their manifesto that people invited to take part are those wanting to make "an intensive contribution ... to the world's resistance movement against the American and Zionist Nazism."

Israel is not directly named in the six-page set of principles for the meeting, but organisers go on to say: "(The) Zionist entity is performing a global war of expulsion and of scattering and of physical liquidation of people."

Goals supported by the meeting include:

-"The liberation of all occupied territories and countries in (the) struggle against American-Zionist hegemony and occupation."

-Formation of Arab and Islamic "liberation movement."

-Forging united Arab Islamic communities in European states in order to "save our culture, tradition and religion."

Those who want to take part in the meeting are informed they must accept key principles to be eligible for admission to proceedings.

Among these are viewing the Iraqi resistance movement as "the true representative of the Iraqi people."

While the programme does not explicitly support use of violence in Iraq, organisers say the Iraqi resistance "has the legitimacy to use all legitimate means to oppose the conquering and occupying American forces and their lackey collaborating 'governmental council' that does not represent the will of the Iraqi people."

A further principle on which the congress insists is refusal to recognise the "occupation or violation" of any part of the country of Palestine as well as Iraq, Syria or Lebanon.

"The Palestinian and Iraqi resistance ... are performing a legitimate, holy and principal duty," concludes the congress programme.

The entire conference agenda can be viewed at: http://www.anamoqawem.org/berlincall.htm.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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