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    German Muslim Council to Discuss Anti-Islam Manifesto With Far-Right Leader

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    The Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) is meeting the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Monday to discuss the party's anti-Islam manifesto, a spokesperson for the AfD told Sputnik on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On May 1, AfD party members gathered in Stuttgart for a party conference where they adopted a 1,700-page election manifesto, which, in a chapter devoted to Islam, states that “Islam is not a part of Germany.”

    "They [the Council of Muslims] demand that we reject our own political platform, which we voted on on April 30th and May 1st. We demand from them that they declare our order [constitution] to be more important than Islam and especially Sharia law," Ronald Glaser said.

    In his words, the meeting with the leader of AfD Frauke Petry had been initiated by the head of the ZMD Aiman Mazyek.

    Glaser added, that although the party believes that Islam doesn't belong to German culture, “Muslims, who live here peacefully, do”.

    Ahead of the Monday’s meeting in Berlin, Petri, speaking with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, stepped up the anti-Islam rhetoric. She accused some Muslims of wishing to implement Sharia law across Germany and warned that Muslim immigration to Germany was threatening everything Europe had accomplished over the last centuries.

    Mazyek responded to Petry's comments by stating that since the Nazi regime no political party in Germany, except for AfD, attempted to "discredit an entire religious community and threaten it existentially."

    The AfD was established in 2013. The right-wing party advocates taking a tougher line on immigration to the country and has become notorious for its statements of anti-refugee and anti-Islam nature.

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