The next influential position has now been filled by an Islamic functionary. The highly controversial Christian Democrat (CDU) politician Cemile Giousouf, a confessing Muslim and known by critics as the „Fifth Column of Islam“, was appointed deputy head of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). Islamism expert Sigrid Herrmann-Marschall is appalled by the appointment: „As a democrat you can only be worried and upset“. CDU politician Cemile Giousouf has taken over as head of the specialist department at the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). On Monday she started her new job in Bonn. Her field of activity includes the coordination and control of the content work and the planning processes in the different departments of the bpb. In addition, Giousouf will represent bpb President Thomas Krüger. This was announced by the Bundeszentrale bpb on Thursday.In 2013 Cemile Giousouf, now 40 years old, was celebrated by the media as the first Muslim member of the Bundestag of the CDU. With maximum support from CDU state chairman Armin Laschet, the Muslim from the Thrace region in Greece, which is populated by a Turkish minority, moved into the Bundestag. One of her first activities in the Bundestag was an inaugural visit to the Turkish ambassador in Berlin. Giousouf, who has dual citizenship, also maintained close contact with highly controversial Turkish mosque communities. In autumn 2014 it became known that she had received at the CDU district office in Hagen a delegation from the Islamic Community Milli Görüs (IGMG), which was considered anti-Semitic and at that time still observed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
In the same year, Giousouf did her utmost and demanded that the print of a caricature depicting the Turkish despot Erdogan as a chain dog be removed from a schoolbook in the state of Baden-Württemberg. She described the caricature as „completely unacceptable“.
At the same time, pictures appeared on Facebook showing the CDU politician in traditional Islamic women’s clothing in the Hagen mosque of the umbrella organization DITIB, which is under the control of the Turkish religious authority Diyanet.
Giousouf’s appearance in November 2014 at an ATIB event in Cologne was a further highlight.
The ATIB (Ayrupa Türk İslam Birliği, = European Islamic-religious umbrella organisation) is by the way attributed by the Hessian Office for the Protection of the Constitution to the spectrum of Turkish right-wing extremist Grey Wolves.
Although her appearances at events of or with Grey Wolves are documented, Giousouf rejected the accusations as „conspiracy theories“.
In the CDU there were accusations that the politician used her Parliamentary mandate unilaterally to represent Turkish interests. At the turn of the year 2014/2015 the first party members resigned from the Hagen CDU because of Giousouf’s Islamic commitment. At the same time, pictures appeared on Facebook showing the CDU politician in traditional Islamic women’s clothing in the Hagen mosque of the umbrella organization DITIB, which is under the control of the Turkish religious authority Diyanet. In the CDU there were accusations that the politician used her Parliamentary mandate unilaterally to represent Turkish interests. At the turn of the year 2014/2015 the first party members resigned from the Hagen CDU because of Giousouf’s Islamic commitment. As the magazine nrw-direkt, which has been researching Giusouf’s activities for years, reports, the Islamic functionary lost her seat in the Bundestag again in 2016.According to the internet portal nrw-direkt, the Islamism expert Sigrid Herrmann-Marschall reacted with horror to the filling of the vacancy: „As a democrat you can only be worried and upset,“ she told our editorial staff. „Those who, like Cemile Giousouf, make themselves available as testimonials for Turkish ultra-nationalists and Islamists run the risk of continuing to act in this sense in the bpb.
One can suspect that the already existing wrong way, namely to also promote questionable organizations, will be further promoted.“
If the management level of such an important federal institute reinterprets the term extremism in such a way that political Islam is no longer even seen as a problem, it is a catastrophe,“ fears the well-known expert. „The idea of participation must not lead to the use of leadership figures whose loyalty to this community – and by the way also to the CDU – can justifiably be called into question by one’s own attitude. This is not the promotion of quality through diversity, but appears to be the result of a misguided identity policy. Identity politics without a clear edge to extremism, however, opens the door to political Islam“.