Germany’s own domestic intelligence agency has revealed that over 1200 persons working for Hamas and Hizbullah are sheltering in the country.
Some 300 Hamas members and supporters and 950 Hizbullah activists and members are currently operating in Germany, The Jerusalem Post quoted the annual report of Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution as saying.
“The followers of Islamist-terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah striving for the abolition of the state of Israel are focused on their regions of origin, which is where they commit most of their terrorist acts of violence,” the report stated.
There was no explanation given for why the state security forces do not arrest Hamas members, whose organization is on the official EU blacklist of terrorist groups.
Gerald Steinberg, professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, told the Post that Hamas and Hizbullah cells “are ready to be activated” in Europe in the event of conflict with Israel. He also warned that “these organizations are actively raising funds in Europe and recruiting members.”
The threat to Israel took public forum over the weekend as an estimated 800 pro-Hizbullah activists and Iran supporters marched in the annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin whose theme is calling for the destruction of Israel.
“This demonstration [al-Quds Day] is directed at a state that represents the same values as Germany and the other countries of Europe,” said Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, Israel’s ambassador to Germany, at a counter-al-Quds Day demonstration. “And therefore this demonstration is not only directed at Israel. The demonstration is directed not only against Jews in the entire world. No, the demonstration is directed against the entire Western world and its values.”
He said it was a “disgrace” that for the last 20 years in Germany, demonstrating publicly against Jews and Israel is allowed.
The report also estimated the number of Islamic terrorists could be as high as 10,000 in the Federal Republic. Radical Islamists likely have infiltrated the flow of refugees entering Germany, it said.