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40. Berlin Conference is a historical turning point

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40. Berlin Conference is a historical turning point
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2004
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38
Article number: 
40
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p. 15
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2004-09-21
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‘Abd al-Rahman al-Rashid
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The German government banned an Islamic conference because it will host what it regarded terrorists. The German government can no longer tolerate that Arabs and Muslims enjoy the freedom of expression because of the misconducts attributed to them. Germany, that used to be the number one safe harbor of runaway Islamic fundamentalists in the 1980s and 1990s, has become the first European country to declare that 'their views and policies [towards Islamists] have changed.'

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The German government has acted in the same way Arab governments usually act. It banned a conference for political reasons. The German government banned the conference because it will host what it regarded terrorists from various political trends that are anti-globalization, anti-American and anti-Israeli. This is a very unfamiliar move as the German authorities stopped a peaceful intellectual gathering. The German government can no longer tolerate that Arabs and Muslims enjoy the freedom of expression because of the misconducts attributed to them.


The German Foreign Ministry declared that it instructed all its embassies and consulates not to grant visas to the conference's invitees. "Fundamentalists and preachers of hatred have no place in Germany," A spokesman of the German Foreign Ministry stated.


The conference's organizers explained that the conference's participants belong to Arab national and Islamic trends that reject globalization and the war on Iraq. Arab Muslims are no longer welcomed anywhere because of the bloodbaths and provocative religious discourse that prevail in our region.


The world's view of us has changed because of the scenes of slaughters aired by TV channels. Germany that used to be the number one safe harbor of runaway Islamic fundamentalists in the 1980s and 1990s has become the first European country to declare that 'their views and policies [towards Islamists] have changed.'

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