Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, says he is being confronted with constantly growing hatred. "Hardly a week goes by during which I do not receive any death threats," Mr. Mazyek told daily newspaper Heilbronner Stimme.
Threats come in via email, Twitter or Facebook, said Mr. Mazyek, adding that he occasionally received hundreds of emails with scatological content per day.
He was facing a permanent state of hatred and insults. The number of offenses "almost tripled" since 2015, Mr. Mazyek explained, adding that he consistently forwards threats to the police.
According to a survey conducted for WirtschaftsWoche, a sister publication of Handelsblatt, a whopping 56.3 percent of Germans spoke out in favor of deporting all illegal aliens. Furthermore, 26 percent want stricter regulations for Muslims entering the country.
In a recent interview with the Schwäbische Zeitung newspaper, Mr. Mazyek warned that solidarity between Muslims and non-Muslims was currently facing a major challenge. "The destructive forces, the radical influencers and extremists of all shades have become stronger. In this respect, the year 2017 could indeed become a fateful year for us Germans," he said.