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*Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,* 

   - Observers have surmised that the *real reason for the judge's leniency 
   was that he feared his family might be subjected to retribution from the 
   - "In their concept of masculinity, only power and force matter; if 
   someone is humane and civil, this is considered a weakness. In clan 
   structures, in tribal culture everywhere in the world, ethics are confined 
   to the clan itself. Everything outside the clan is enemy territory." — 
   Ralph Ghadban, Lebanese-German political scientist and leading expert on 
   Middle Eastern clans in Germany.
   - *"The state promotes organized crime with taxpayer money." *— Tom 
   Schreiber, a member of the Berlin House of Deputies.

*A court in Hanover has handed suspended sentences to six members of a 
Kurdish clan who seriously wounded two dozen police officers during a 
violent rampage in Hameln.* The court's ruling was greeted with anger and 
derision by police who said it is yet another example of the laxity of 
Germany's politically correct judicial system.

The *case* 
goes back to January 2014, when a 26-year-old clan member, arrested for 
robbery, tried to escape from the magistrate's office by jumping out of a 
seventh-floor courtroom window. The suspect was taken to the hospital, 
where he died. Members of his clan subsequently ransacked the hospital, as 
well as the court, and attacked police with rocks and other projectiles; 24 
police officers and six paramedics were injured.

The judge said he was lenient because the defendants witnessed the death of 
the 26-year-old and were traumatized. The judge also revealed that he had 
reached a deal with the clan, which among other effects prevented police 
from testifying in court.

Dietmar Schilff, chairman of the GdP police union in Lower Saxony, said 
that the ruling had left many police officers shaking their heads in 
disbelief: "All police forces expect protection and support from the 
state." He *added* 

*"If we want to protect those who ensure public security, it must be clear 
that anyone who attacks police officers attacks the state — and has to fear 
appropriate consequences. It does not matter from which milieu the 
perpetrators come."*


Observers have surmised that the real reason for the judge's leniency was 
that he feared his family might be subjected to retribution from the clan.

Middle Eastern crime syndicates have established themselves across Germany, 
where they engage in racketeering, extortion, money laundering, pimping and 
trafficking in humans, weapons and drugs.

*The syndicates, which are run by large clans with origins in Lebanon, 
Turkey, Syria, among other places, operate with virtual impunity because 
German judges and prosecutors are unable or unwilling to stop them.*

The clans — some of which migrated to Germany during Lebanon's 1975-1990 
civil war and have grown to thousands of members — now control large 
swathes of German cities and towns — areas that are effectively lawless and 
which German police increasingly fear to approach.

Ralph Ghadban, a Lebanese-German political scientist and a leading expert 
on Middle Eastern clans in Germany, *said* 
that the Hanover ruling was a massive failure of the German judicial 
system. He added that the only way for Germany to achieve control over the 
clans is to destroy them:

"In their concept of masculinity, only power and force matter; if someone 
is humane and civil, this is considered a weakness. In clan structures, in 
tribal culture everywhere in the world, ethics are confined to the clan 
itself. Everything outside the clan is enemy territory."

In an interview with *Focus*, Ghadban *elaborated* 

"I have been following this trend for years. The clans now feel so strong 
that they are attacking the authority of the state and the police. They 
have nothing but contempt for the judiciary.... The main problem in dealing 
with clans: state institutions give no resistance. This makes the families 
more and more aggressive — they simply have no respect for the 


"The state must destroy the clan structures. Strong and well-trained police 
officers must be respected on the street. It is a poor example if clan 
members are allowed seriously to injure 24 policemen and six others without 
having to fear real consequences. In addition, lawyers and judges must be 
trained. The courts are issuing feeble judgments based on a false 
understanding of multiculturalism and the fear of the stigma of being 
branded as racist....


"The clans adhere to a religious group, a kind of sect with an Islamic 
orientation. The Islamic understanding of their spiritual leader, Sheikh 
al-Habashi, who died a few years ago, justifies violence against 
unbelievers. He taught that there is only the house of ??war [*Dar al-Harb*], 
which justifies plundering unbelievers and possessing their wives...."

In *Berlin*, a dozen or more Lebanese clans dominate organized crime in the 
German capital, *according* 
to *Die Welt*. They effectively control the districts of Charlottenburg, 
Kreuzberg, Moabit, Neukölln and Wedding. The clans are committed to 
counterfeiting, dealing in drugs, robbing banks and burglarizing department 
stores. Experts *estimate* 
that around 9,000 people in Berlin are members of clans.

*The clans reject the authority of the German state.* Instead, they run a 
"parallel justice system" in which disputes are resolved among themselves 
with mediators from other crime families. A classified police report leaked 
to *Bild* *described* 
how the clans use cash payments and threats of violence to influence 
witnesses whenever German police or prosecutors get involved.

*The clans are now canvassing refugee shelters in search of young and 
physically strong men to join their ranks.* State Prosecutor Sjors Kamstra 

"The refugees come here with no money. They are shown how inexpensive money 
can be obtained very quickly. Poverty makes this seductive. Many of them 
cannot speak German and are naturally vulnerable when they are addressed by 
someone in their native language. For the clans, the refugees are welcome 
newcomers, because they are new here and are not known to the police."

The clans have also entered the refugee business by buying real estate and 
renting those properties to asylum seekers at exorbitant prices. *Focus* 
magazine *reported* 
that they are laundering dirty money while at the same time getting paid by 
the German state to house migrants.

*Focus* reporters *visited* 
a dilapidated apartment in Berlin in which five Syrian refugees were 
accommodated in 20 square meters (215 square feet). On the regular rental 
market the apartment would barely have yielded €300 ($335) a month in rent, 
but the clan collects around €3,700 ($4,125) per month from the German 
state, which pays landlords to house migrants. "Business with the refugees 
is now more profitable than drug trafficking," *said* 
Heinz Buschkowsky, a former mayor of Neukölln.

The Berlin Criminal Police Office (*Landeskriminalamt*) *confirmed* 
that "proceeds from criminal offenses, including organized crime, were 
invested in real estate by the persons concerned or by third parties." Tom 
Schreiber, a member of the Berlin House of Deputies, said the clans have 
exposed the moral bankruptcy of the German government: "The state promotes 
organized crime with taxpayer money."

*"Berlin is lost," **said* 
Michael Kuhr, a well-known Berlin-based security consultant.* "These clan 
structures have established themselves in all areas of organized crime. We 
will never go back to how things were 20 years ago. In addition, these 
people are highly dangerous and have lost all respect for the power of the 

In *Duisburg*, a leaked police report *revealed* 
that in the Marxloh district, the streets are effectively controlled by 
Lebanese clans that reject the authority of German police. They have taken 
over entire streets to carry out illegal business activity. New migrants 
from Bulgaria and Romania are contributing to the problems. Marxloh's 
streets serve as invisible boundaries between ethnic groups, *according* 
to *Die Welt*. Residents speak of "the Kurdish road" or "the Romanian road."

Police say they are *alarmed* 
by the aggressiveness and brutality of the clans, which are said to view 
crime as leisure activity. If police dare to intervene, hundreds of clan 
members are mobilized to confront the police. A local woman interviewed by 
Deutschlandfunk radio *said* 
she was afraid for her safety: "After dark I would not stand here because 
there are a lot of conflicts between foreigners, especially between 
Lebanese and Turks."

A 17-page report prepared for the state parliament in North 
Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) *revealed* 
that Lebanese clans in Duisburg divide up neighborhoods in order to pursue 
criminal activities. These clans do not recognize the authority of the 
police. Their members are males between the ages of 15 and 25 and "nearly 
100%" of them are known to police.

The report also *described* 
the situation in Duisburg's Laar district, where two large Lebanese 
families call the shots*: "The streets are actually regarded as a separate 
territory. Outsiders are physically assaulted, robbed and harassed. 
Experience shows that the Lebanese clans can mobilize several hundred 
people in a very short period of time by means of a telephone call."*

Peter Biesenbach of the Christian Democrats (CDU) *said* 
"If this is not a no-go area, then I do not know what is." He has called 
for an official inquiry to determine the true scope of the criminal clans 
in NRW.

NRW Interior Minister Ralf Jäger *rejected* 
that request because such a study would be politically incorrect:

*"Further data collection is not legally permissible. Both internally and 
externally, any classification that could be used to depreciate human 
beings must be avoided. In this respect, the use of the term 'family clan' 
(Familienclan) is forbidden from the police point of view."*

In nearby *Gelsenkirchen*, Kurdish and Lebanese clans are vying for control 
of city streets, some of which have become zones that are off-limits to 
German authorities. In one *incident* 
police were patrolling an area in the southern part of the city when they 
were suddenly surrounded and physically assaulted by more than 60 members 
of a clan.

In another *incident* 
two police officers stopped a driver after he ran a red light. The driver 
stepped out of the car and ran away. When police caught up with him, they 
were confronted by more than 50 clan members. A 15-year-old attacked a 
policeman from behind and strangled him to the point of unconsciousness.

Senior members of the Gelsenkirchen police department subsequently held a 
secret meeting with representatives of three Arab clans in order to 
"cultivate social peace between Germans and Lebanese." A leaked police 
report *revealed* 
that the clans told Police Chief Ralf Feldmann that "the police cannot win 
a war with the Lebanese because we outnumber them." The clan members added: 
"This applies to all of Gelsenkirchen, if we so choose."

When Feldman countered that he would dispatch police reinforcements to 
disrupt their activities, the clan members laughed in his face and said: 
"The government does not have enough money to deploy the numbers of police 
necessary to confront the Lebanese." The police report concluded that 
German authorities should not harbor any illusions about the actual balance 
of power: "The police would be defeated."

Another leaked police report *revealed* 
that the clans are the "executive body of an existing parallel legal system 
to self-adjudicate matters between large Kurdish and Lebanese families in 
the western Ruhr area." These clans "despise the police and German courts" 
and "settle their matters on their own terms."

The *Frankfurter Neue Presse* *reported* 
that Kurdish, Lebanese and Romanian clans have divided up the Gelsenkirchen 
districts of Bismarck, Rotthausen and Ückendorf, including around the 
central station, and have "claimed individual streets for themselves."

Arnold Plickert, the head of the police union in North Rhine-Westphalia, 
"Several rival rocker groups, as well as Lebanese, Turkish, Romanian and 
Bulgarian clans, are fighting for supremacy of the streets. They make their 
own rules; the police have nothing more to say."

In *Düsseldorf*, two members of a clan brutally *assaulted* 
a 49-year-old woman who witnessed a car accident in the Flingern district. 
Her mistake, apparently, was to corroborate the "wrong" version of what she 
saw. The *Rheinische Post* *called* 
on the German government to fight the clans:

"The threat remains, in particular wherever large families, mostly 
immigrants, place the supposed need for the protection of their loved ones 
above all else. The readiness for violence is great, the inhibition 
threshold is low. The punishment of existing laws hardly deters anyone."

In *Naumburg*, police confiscated the driver's license of Ahmed A., a 
21-year-old member of a Syrian clan, during a traffic stop. Almost 
immediately, police were *surrounded* 
by a mob of other clan members. The police retreated. The mob then marched 
to the police station, which they proceeded to ransack.

Ahmed A., a serial offender whose asylum application was rejected but who 
remains in Germany, *said* 
"Lock me up. I have nothing to lose. I am going to put a bullet in the head 
of every single police officer. I will make your life feel like hell. Then 
I'll just be a cop killer." He also *warned* 
the police officer who seized his license: "I will destroy his life. I know 
exactly where he lives." He then explained what he would do to the 
officer's wife and daughter. Ahmed A. was allowed to walk free; police said 
there were insufficient grounds for his arrest.

Naumburg police have defended their weak response as being due to a lack of 
personnel, but regional parliamentarian Daniel Sturm *pointed* 
to the big picture: "We are talking about resistance to the power of the 
state." The Interior Minister of Saxony-Anhalt, Holger Stahlknecht, *said* 
that it appeared as though the Syrian clan had established a "parallel 
society" in Naumburg. A local newspaper *noted* 
that the police's failure to act "sounds like the capitulation of the state 
of law (*Rechtsstaat*)."

In *Mülheim*, around 80 members of two rival clans got into a *mass brawl* 
following a dispute between two teenagers. When police arrived, they were 
attacked with bottles and 

stones. More than 100 police backed up by helicopters were deployed to 
restore order. Five people were taken into custody but then released.

In *Munich*, police *arrested* 
20 female members of a Croatian clan believed to be responsible for up to 
20% of all the burglaries committed in Germany. Investigators believe that 
the clan has at least 500 members throughout Germany.

In *Bremen*, police effectively *surrendered* 
to clans from Kurdistan and the Balkans because of the need to conserve 
limited personnel resources for the fight against spiraling street crime by 
migrant youths.

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