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Raid with 850 police officers: Berlin Senator for the Interior Bans Islamist Association

BERLIN. The Berlin Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel (SPD), banned and dissolved the Islamist association “Jama`atu Berlin” alias “Tauhid Berlin” on Thursday. “This is another and clear signal to all religious extremists. We are consistently fighting the roots of terror,” said Geisel. The measure is a further building block in the resolute fight against violent extremism.

The organization, which is the successor to an association that was banned in 2017, supports the acts of the Islamic State (IS) and promotes their views. In addition, she advocates armed jihad, including suicide bombings and the beheading of the French teacher Samuel Paty by an Islamist in autumn 2020, Geisel said during a press conference on Thursday morning.

In the early hours of the morning, around 850 police officers searched apartments in Berlin and Brandenburg in order to secure the association's assets and evidence.

IS governor gets ten and a half years in prison
"Jama`atu Berlin" alias "Tauhid Berlin" therefore comprised a group of women and men. These met in private apartments and parks. They spread their propaganda to the public through the internet and handouts.

On Wednesday the Higher Regional Court in Celle sentenced the alleged chief ideologist and governor of IS in Germany , "Abu Walaa", to ten and a half years in prison. He and three co-defendants are said to have radicalized several people and sent them to war zones in the Middle East.

In April 2020, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) banned the Islamic terrorist organization Hezbollah in Germany. He justified the step at that time with the calls of the Shiite group to annihilate Israel.

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