A migration expert has claimed that at least 50 million Muslims worldwide support those who carry out terror attacks in order to defend their religion.
Professor Ruud Koopmans, who is Dutch, said he believes the strength of feeling among Muslims means that millions of them would be willing to sanction violence if necessary and he urged European Union nations to deny entry to anybody whose identity cannot be confirmed.
Prof Koopmans, who is a professor of sociology and migration research at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the director of integration research at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre, said that of the estimated 1 billion adult Muslims in the world “half of them are attached to an arch-conservative Islam which places little worth on the rights of women, homosexuals, and people of other faiths”.
In an interview with RP-Online, he stated that of these 500 million conservative Muslims, at least 50 million are willing to sanction violence.
He clarified his point by saying that not all of them would commit violent acts personally, but he explained: “They support the radicals, they encourage them and provide them shelter or simply keep their mouths shut when they observe radicalisation”.
He said he considers his own estimate of 50 million “an understatement”, citing studies that allegedly show eight percent of German Muslims agreed to the use of violence against “infidels”.
In his own country, Holland, 11 per cent of Muslims apparently agreed with the statement: “There are situations in which it is acceptable for me from the perspective of my religion, that I use violence”.
In several Islamic countries, 14 per cent of local Muslims think suicide attacks against innocents are “sometimes” or “often” justified to defend Islam, said Koopmans, citing a study by the US-based Pew Research Centre.
Prof Koopmans added: “I’m very conservative with my estimate of 50 million violent Muslims”, suggesting the true figure could be far higher.
He said he sees a “clear difference” between anti-Islam baiting and justified criticism of Islam, explaining: “There is nothing wrong with foreign cultures, as long as they are looking for the connection to the majority in society and actually enrich our countries. But those who are here to spread their medieval beliefs, which are unfortunately widespread in Islamic countries, must be met with zero tolerance”.