Germany considers the deportation of Hamas followers although the organization is not banned in the country

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The German Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, spoke this Friday in favor of the deportation of Hamas supporters in Germany despite the fact that the organization is not banned in this country.

“If we can deport Hamas followers, we should do it,” Faeser told reporters after meeting officials from the Federal Criminal Police Office in the city of Wiesbaden. The intelligence services They estimate that Hamas has about 450 followers in the countrymany of whom have German nationality.

Unlike other countries, which have labeled Hamas a terrorist organization, The group is not banned in Germany since it does not have an operational structurebut it could be prohibited from operating and that is what the government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz is currently considering.

Scholz announced last week the ban on the activities of Hamas and Samidoun, a group that defends the rights of Palestinian prisoners in Israel. The Greens and the Liberals of the FDP, partners of the Government coalition, have also requested the closure of institutions such as the ‘Islamic Center Hamburg’ (IZH). According to the Hamburg State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Iran controls the IZH, which is why the agency classifies the center as extremist. The intelligence agency has been watching the organisation, which runs the Blue Mosque in the Alster, for years.

Germany has reinforced the wall against anti-Semitic demonstrations and violence since the Hamas incursion into Israel and the Federal Criminal Police Office is preparing to a possible tightening of the security situation in Germany. “At the moment we have no indications of a concrete imminent attack,” said BKA vice-president Jürgen Peter at the press conference with Faeser. “But: if the conflict continues to intensify, for example due to the Israeli ground offensive, we can expect a new increase in emotionalization and mobilization in Germany.”

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