The Islamic Center Hamburg and Hezbollah - Security Threats in Germany?

Jennifer Jasberg
Christoph de Vries
Dr. Remko Leemhuis
Jörg Rensmann

A Panel Debate 

When: postponed to April 2021
Where: Patriotic Society Hamburg

In April 2020, the Federal Government issued a ban on the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Hezbollah is controlled and financed from Iran and therefore represents a danger in Germany, especially for Jewish and Israeli institutions as well as for Iranian opposition members who live in exile here.

In Hamburg, security authorities are watching around 30 Hezbollah supporters who frequent the “Islamic Center Hamburg” (IZH), among other places. Like Hezbollah, this center is influenced by Iran. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution describes the IZH as “the most important propaganda and organizational institution of the Iranian regime in Europe”.

Following the Hezbollah ban we ask the following questions: How does the Islamic Center Hamburg actually relate to the government in Tehran and can the center remain partner of the city of Hamburg, connected via a legal treaty? What consequences does the so called "State Treaty" have for the development of Islamism and antisemitism in Hamburg and beyond?

We discuss these questions with our guests:

  • Jennifer Jasberg, parliamentary group leader Die Grünen Hamburg
  • Christoph de Vries, CDU Hamburg, member of the German Bundestag
  • Dr. Remko Leemhuis, Director American Jewish Committee Berlin
  • Jörg Rensmann, Program Director Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin
    Welcome: Daniel Kohn, WerteInitiative - Jewish-German Positions
    Chair: Ulrike Becker, Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin

Due to the corona situation, there is only a limited number of places. Registration is therefore essential.

A cooperation of the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin e.V., the WerteInitiative - Jewish-German Positions, the American Jewish Committee Berlin and the German-Israeli Society Hamburg (DIG).