A dark cloud of PKK terrorism has descended over Germany, yet the authorities in Berlin remain totally silent about the problem. Last week, two mosques were firebombed by radical extremists loyal to the PKK, while further Turkish owned shops and community centres were attacked. Turkish media reports that since the beginning of March at least 42 PKK inspired attacks on Turkish targets have been committed in Germany. Thus far, no one has been brought to justice.
While Islamic leaders conducted prayers outside the remains of their mosque, many Muslims in Turkey, including those not of Turkish backgrounds, are fearing a tidal wave of anti-Islamic violence from a burgeoning unholy alliance between the PKK, neo-Nazi groups and a complicit German government whose leaders see fit to attack Islam, rather than those who violently attack the property and holy places of Muslims.
The silence of German officials on the recent wave of violent attacks by PKK cells in Germany has been complemented by a grossly offensive statement from Germany’s Interior Minister who recently stated “Islam doesn’t belong in Germany”. The clear implication is that the PKK does belong in Germany while practitioners of one of the world’s great religions are not welcome. This is an affront both to those who value the freedom to worship and the freedom to do so without the threat of terrorist violence.
The anti-Turkish sentiments of major European leaders are already widely known. This became especially apparent when Turkey’s President Erdogan was disallowed from speaking to the Turkish communities in Germany and the Netherlands last year. By contrast, Barack Obama peacefully addressed a large crowd in Berlin prior to his election without incident, while in 2017, a newly elected US President Trump addressed a mass gathering in Poland.
The anti-Turkish sentiments that Angela Merkel’s government has fostered have spiralled into a direct threat to the peace and security of Germany’s three million strong Turkish community. Radical Kurdish social media mouthpieces that vocally support the PKK have called to reduce Europe into “rubble and ash”. Thus, while Turks and Muslims are the first and most apparent targets of PKK terrorism, all Europeans are explicitly threatened by recent statements from pro-terrorist social media.
The PKK has a record of targeting both state and civilian targets, including resorts where the terrorist group has in the past killed European nationals. In its decades long campaign against the Republic of Turkey, the PKK have killed more people than the entire body count of Americans killed by terrorism in the history of the United States, including those killed on 9/11.
The German government’s condemnation of Turkey’s anti PKK/YPG Operation Olive Branch in Syria has now met with an equal willingness to look the other way against PKK acts of terror on its own soil. This irresponsible attitude puts the lives of all German residents at risk. The irrational strategy of Berlin’s elite appears to be aimed at attaining support of Germany’s Kurdish population, as well as an attempt to pander to the growing anti-Islamic far-right in the country. Oddly, they don’t seem to care about further alienating the large Turkish population who now live under constant threats of violence on formerly peaceful European streets.
This is the complete opposite of a sensible approach. All German and European political leaders must condemn all acts of terrorism and move against PKK cells based on their open threats that are being made on social media. The failure of Germany and its EU colleagues to condemn PKK terrorism, take radical police action to stop it and monitor pro-PKK social media, means that the wider international community must speak out and act out.
It is high time for the United Nations Security Council to condemn German leaders for their dangerous stance on the PKK. Germany’s refusal to use its own police resources against the threat of PKK terrorism, let alone its refusal to cooperate with Turkey to neutralise a common threat ( a height of negligence that is on par with any other state which harbours violent terrorist groups), means that the world’s highest international peace keeping body must take decisive action. Germany has become a giant safe haven for PKK terrorists and their fellow travellers and the sooner this is reversed, the sooner the streets of both Europe and Turkey can be places of peace.
Just because Germany is the largest European economy does not mean it is above the law, nor does it mean Germany’s clearly anti-Muslim and anti-Turkish leaders can somehow get away with putting all German residents at risk because of their offensive prejudices. The UN Security Council must condemn Germany and put forward a resolution which would force its government to work with Turkey and the wider international community in order to fight this very real and very dangerous problem. This is the only peaceful, proper and secure way forward.