Berlin (dpa) – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) Berlin has spoken out for a consistent approach to the far-right Turkish gray wolf movement in Germany.
It is worrying that the Union of Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations in Europe (ATIB) is on the one hand adhered to by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, but at the same time is the interlocutor of the federal government through its membership of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), said director Remko Leemhuis presenting a study into the activities of movement. In the protection of the Constitution, there is a close link between the Union and the far-right Turkish “Ülkücü” (gray wolves) movement.
Cologne social scientist Kemal Bozay, who wrote the study “Turkish Right Extremism in Germany – The Gray Wolves” on behalf of the AJC Berlin, referred to power demonstrations by rocker clubs from the spectrum of the movement in German cities. Several German-Turkish rappers are also problematic, their anti-Semitic, nationalist and anti-Kurdish lyrics are well received by some young people of Turkish descent.
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution estimates that about 11,000 people belong to the movement in Germany. They describe themselves as “idealists” (Turkish: ülkücü). The constitutional protection report for 2019 states, “The different forms range from classical racism to the margins of Islamism”.
Last November, the Bundestag passed a joint motion by the CDU / CSU, SPD, FDP and Greens calling on the federal government to investigate a ban on the clubs of the Ülkücü movement. It is racist, anti-Semitic and anti-democratic and threatens internal security in this country.
“We need a closer observation of the movement,” demanded Cem Özdemir, a member of the Green Party, who was himself threatened by Turkish nationalists. An “information campaign” specifically targeting young people is also important.
According to the constitutional defense report, the “gray wolves” are the carriers and propagators of nationalist-right-wing extremist ideas. The organization is also linked to the ultra-nationalist MHP party in Turkey, which is forming a governmental alliance there with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP.