NRW: Raid against Hamas support group in Duisburg

NRW: Raid against Hamas support group in Duisburg

The police are searching several properties in Duisburg. The background is the ban on the Palestine Solidarity Duisburg group by the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of the Interior.

According to North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU), the state has proven its ability to act by banning the Palestine Solidarity Duisburg group. “Our democracy has put its enemies in their place today,” said the CDU politician in Düsseldorf. “The red line was crossed.”

His house banned and dissolved the Palestine Solidarity Duisburg association, which only operates in North Rhine-Westphalia. “We have confiscated all of this organization’s assets,” said Reul. The apartments of the four leading officials were searched in Duisburg and laptops, cell phones, club documents and cash were confiscated. More than 50 officers were on duty.

“The association is openly in favor of any form of Palestinian resistance – including the armed struggle of the terrorist organization Hamas against Israel,” reported Reul. “So Israel should no longer exist. That is the goal.” The association has repeatedly propagated its anti-Israel and anti-Semitic worldview at meetings and on social media. “Jews have always been targets of hatred.” This is no longer covered by the freedom of association in the Basic Law.

Reul: “Club ban prohibits all further activities”

The initiative for the ban procedure came from the NRW Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Since the association only operates in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Düsseldorf Ministry of the Interior was able to take action. The ban is also directed against new organizations that replace Palestine Solidarity Duisburg or want to continue their program in a different form, explained Reul. “As of today, the club’s license plates and symbols are also prohibited.” The websites and chat groups are also no longer allowed to operate. “This club ban prohibits all further activities.”

Bans are not a “panacea against extremism”, but instruments that democracy has to take action against people who poison the social climate and advocate terror. “I would like the somewhat larger organizations that operate nationwide, which I have talked about often enough elsewhere, to be banned soon,” demanded Reul.

Source: Stern

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