Yet authorities in Germany and all over the Western world continue to deny that jihad terror has anything to do with Islam. Their willful ignorance means suicide for Europe and the U.S., unless it is decisively repudiated, and quickly.
A German court has begun a trial of a 16-year-old German-Moroccan girl, identified as Safia S, for an alleged terror attack. The prosecutors accuse her of stabbing a police officer and links with the “Islamic State” (IS)
The court decided to exclude the media from the trial that started on Thursday, aiming to protect the young defendant from “continued exposure and the related stigma.”
Another 20-year-old suspect is also facing charges for not reporting Safia ahead of the February stabbing.
The knife attack in Hanover was the culmination of a long process of Islamic radicalization. Safia S. told police that her attack had been spontaneous. But investigators are telling a different story: The search for a motive quickly led authorities to believe that it may have been a terrorist attack. Safia S. is suspected of having contacts to radical Islamists.
A search of the contents of her cellphone expose her long path to radicalization. In their search, investigators found chat transcripts between Safia S. and members of IS. According to an investigation conducted by North German Public Radio’s (NDR) “Panorama 3,” program Safia apparently wrote the following in a chat from November 14, 2015 – the day after the Paris terror attacks: “Yesterday was the happiest day of my life, Allah bless our lions, who were in action in Paris yesterday.”
The German-Moroccan girl wears a headscarf. Online, the high school student presents herself like so many others her age: selfies in front of her bedroom mirror, photos with girlfriends, images of cats. She swoons for Justin Bieber and Allah. “A girl that quotes the Koran is not a threat,” her father says in an interview with NDR. Her mother gave her a devout upbringing. She had to go to mosque every Friday and she memorized the Koran. Yet that is where the young girl came into contact with men who were dangerously manipulative.
In 2008, at the age of seven, Safia S. appeared alongside the controversial Salafist preacher Pierre Vogel in a YouTube video. In it, she recites Koran verses with a soft voice. Vogel presented her as “our little sister in Islam” in Salafist propaganda videos, and when presenting her to supporters, as follows: “This is the new generation of Muslims, I am proud of you. Learn the Koran by heart and on Judgement Day you will move up a step for each verse you recite.”
The investigation has shown that authorities in Lower Saxony had videos like these before the knife attack. The state domestic intelligence office was even investigating the young girl for preparing a serious crime in November 2014. Safia S. is also said to have had contact with the 20-year-old German-Syrian Mohamed Hasan K. Federal prosecutors are currently investigating him as a suspect involved in planning the supposed terror attack that led to the cancellation of an international soccer match in Hanover. Since he had knowledge of Safia’s plans he is also a co-defendant in her trial. K. was able to flee Germany, but was arrested in Greece at the end of September….