Germany outlaws Islamic organization for spreading ''anti-Jewish propaganda''

Published January 15th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Germany's top security official on Wednesday outlawed an Islamic organization, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which he accused of extremism and spreading anti-Jewish propaganda in universities.  


Interior Minister Otto Schily said premises across the country had been searched overnight in connection with the ban. According to AP, the Interior ministry said that 25 buildings were searched.  


"The organization is distinguished by the fact that it is active in universities with anti-Semitic slogans," Schily said, adding that the group had long been under observation by German authorities.  


The German Interior Ministry said the group advocated the 

destruction of Israel and called for the killing of Jews.  


"We have not yet been able to find recognizable organizational structures," Schily said Wednesday. "We have to assume that essentially they have their organizational base aboard."  


In the past, Hizb ut-Tahrir sharply rejected accusations of extremism, saying its aim is to restore the "Islamic way of life" in the Muslim world and that it considers violence and armed struggle to achieve that aim a violation of Islamic law. (

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