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State of Berlin places suspected Islamists in the anti-racism commission

BERLIN. A radical Muslim has also been appointed to the “Expert Commission on Anti-Muslim Racism” recently set up by the State of Berlin. Two of the six members were provided by the Islam forum of the country's integration commissioners. Among them is Mohamad Hajjaj, who, according to Welt, was active in Islamist associations.

Hajjaj is the managing director of the Islamic association Inssan. Both show references to Islamist organizations, some of which were or are being observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. He has contacts to the Palestinian Community in Germany (PGD), which, according to the Berlin internal administration, is an organization of supporters of the terrorist organization Hamas.

According to the report, he is also chairman of the Teiba cultural center. According to the Federal Agency for Civic Education, this belongs to the network of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is mentioned in several state reports on the Protection of the Constitution.

The Berlin Office for the Protection of the Constitution listed the organization in 2016 under the items “Islamist mosque associations and aid organizations” and “connections of Berlin associations to the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic Community in Germany”. Hajjaj, who is also a member of the national board of the Central Council of Muslims, denies the allegations.

Senate is tight-lipped
The “Expert Commission on Anti-Muslim Racism” should “deal intensively with anti-Muslim racism as a specific form of racism”, announced the Senate Department for Justice and Anti-Discrimination at the end of February. The responsible Senator Dirk Behrendt (Greens) justified the appointment of the commission by saying that it was unbearable "when women in Berlin have their headscarves torn off or even small children are attacked". The country must take a closer look at anti-Muslim racism.

Faced with the Hajjaj connections, the justice senate administration referred to the integration officer. There a spokeswoman replied: "The decision to send experts to the Expert Commission on Anti-Muslim Racism was made by the Muslim representatives."

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