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19 Oct, 2010 07:38

Go back to where you are happy – German author on immigration issue

Immigration tensions are rising in Germany following Chancellor Angela Merkel's statement that multiculturalism has failed in the country.

Udo Ulfkotte, a noted German journalist and author, known for his severe criticism of Islam, shared with RT his view on what is behind the integration dispute and where it may lead.

“What I believe is there is a place for Muslim in this world and for their culture, they have a place to live in,” Ulfkotte told RT. “And there is a place for European and Western culture to live in. What I don’t believe is they will live peacefully together. We have a clash not only of civilizations and religions, we have a clash of ideologies, like we had a clash between communism and capitalism. Now we have a clash because Islam is also an ideology. I believe that Islam is not going to win a battle.”

The journalist claimed that he does not believe that Muslims will overrun Europe. “Because I believe that what we have done in the past several times – the people will stand up and say ‘We are fed up, we don’t want that any more,’ and try to push them back. And that will be violent. I belong to Europe and to European culture and the Muslims belong to the places where they came from. Because whenever I ask the majority of Turks I speak to, and I ask them, ‘Are you German or are you Turkish?’ Even if they are second or third generation, they will say, ‘I’m Turkish.’”

“The Palestinians: if they live in Saudi Arabia as workers, they say, ‘I’m a Palestinian and my home is Palestine.’ I don’t blame them for that," said Ulfkotte. “I just say, ‘Okay. So if as they say they have their roots there, they are happy there, all the best. Take your suitcases and go back to where you are happy. I will be happy, you will be happy.”

Some parts of the Koran ask Muslims not to integrate, claimed the writer. In confirmation of his words he quoted Sura 3, verse 110 of the Koran: “It says, as a believer, as a Muslim, you should not learn from an unbeliever, you are not allowed. You are the ones who rule and decide what is good and what is bad because you are Muslims, and it’s not unbeliever to whom you should listen. You should obey Islam and Muslims. You should not learn in unbelievers’ schools.”

“So we have 30 per cent of Muslims, of Turkish Muslims, in Germany leaving school without learning anything. They don’t have a diploma or anything. This is going to cause conflicts. This is going to cause big problems,” he claims.

Another important but little-known issue, Ulfkotte stated, is the traditional for Islam culture problem of incest.

“You could never publicly, and especially not in the media, you could never talk about incest in the Islamic culture that people who are relatives, cousins, if they marry – and it is common in Pakistan, common in Turkey, common in Morocco – if they marry and if they do incest it will not be good, because they will have schizophrenia, they have diseases – we have to talk about that,” Ulfkotte maintains.