Germany slams Saudi Arabia's offer to build mosques for Syrian refugees as ‘cynical’

Published: September 22, 2015
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Andrea Scheuer, general secretary of the CSU party in Bavaria which is Chancellor Angela Merkel's ally in the state, called the offer 'cynical' given that the Kingdom is making thousands of refugees of its own in its military campaign in Yemen PHOTO: AFP

Andrea Scheuer, general secretary of the CSU party in Bavaria which is Chancellor Angela Merkel's ally in the state, called the offer 'cynical' given that the Kingdom is making thousands of refugees of its own in its military campaign in Yemen PHOTO: AFP

Politicians in Germany have criticised Saudi Arabia’s offer to build 200 mosques in the country for the ‘spiritual needs’ of Syrian refugees, given that the Kingdom has not offered to take in refugees fleeing from the civil war in Syria.

“No, it is more than cynical. This is no Muslim Brotherhood. Where is the solidarity in the Arab world?” Andrea Scheuer, general secretary of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) party in Bavaria which is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ally in the state, asked.

Read: Saudi Arabia, building 200 mosques will not help the refugee crisis

Saudi Arabia offered to build mosques in Germany as tens of thousands of refugees make their way to the Hungarian border to seek asylum in European countries, especially Germany, which will be taking in 800,000 migrants this year.

Saudi monarch King Salman reportedly made the offer through diplomatic channels and the news surfaced in Lebanese newspaper al diyar.

Read: In rich Gulf Arab states, some feel shamed by refugee response

Another German politician, Stephan Mayer, the domestic policy spokesperson of both the CSU and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in parliament in Berlin, agreed with Scheuer, adding, “Germany does not need a cash donation to build 200 mosques but solidarity with the refugees.”

CDU Deputy Chairman Armin Laschet also voiced his opinion and said, “Instead of talking about funding mosques, Saudi Arabia should be thinking about taking refugees.”

Read: Saudi Arabia claims it has welcomed 100,000 Syrians

Following the Saudi offer, there was widespread outrage in Germany, with many newspapers expressing indignation that Germany would even consider such an offer from a country which gave out extreme punishments such as stoning, flogging and limb mutiliation.

This article originally appeared on Daily Mail

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Reader Comments (16)

  • M
    Sep 22, 2015 - 1:40PM

    That’s cold, KSA.Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Sep 22, 2015 - 2:06PM

    Saudi own goal. Recommend

  • Fahim
    Sep 22, 2015 - 2:14PM

    Cynical is light word for them, add some golden words to itRecommend

  • Rex Minor
    Sep 22, 2015 - 4:39PM

    None of the political personalities from the right are bright to look at the offer positively. It is upto the provincial leaders and the communities to build houses and other facilities for the bonafied refugees from Syria that they have been clamouring about requiring homes.. The catholic church has a very large share in the properties and regularly provide to the socialy weaker families. Why cant the Saudi Monarch? Like christians and jews the muslims also need schools and hospitals as well as social centres and places of prayers.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Ali S
    Sep 22, 2015 - 6:04PM

    What a piece of work the Saudi monarchy is. They won’t take in the refugees but they’ll jump at the first opportunity to brainwash them and that too in a kind secular society. The Muslim world will be much better off as soon as the Saudis’ oil wealth dries up.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Sep 22, 2015 - 6:21PM

    Although masjids are very important place of worship for Muslims around the World. I think German were right in their opinion that these refugees must be accepted by their neighbours.Recommend

  • Haris
    Sep 22, 2015 - 7:10PM

    @Rex Minor:
    KSA should have offered a better solution, considering its one of the main parties involved in the Syrian Conflict. Besides Mosques would represent a particular brand of Islam the Saudi Brand. Countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan accepted such offers in the past, look where they stand now.

    Rejecting such offers would wise for security, and integrity of German Society. Recommend

  • MA
    Sep 22, 2015 - 7:51PM

    That’s so typical Saudis. Show off their wealth for materialistic world and not humanity. Shame on you Saudis.Recommend

  • Rex Major
    Sep 22, 2015 - 8:21PM

    @Rex Minor: “Why cant the Saudi Monarch?”

    Of course he can, in Saudi Arabia. There he has all the rights to do build all the Mosques he wants, why just 200 and why only for Syrians?Recommend

  • Nida Ali
    Sep 22, 2015 - 9:19PM

    Thank you, Germany! Recommend

  • Hitler
    Sep 22, 2015 - 11:37PM

    SHAMEFUL act by whole Arab world!Recommend

  • Tore
    Sep 23, 2015 - 3:33AM

    I agree with Germany, for how long time we are going to ignore Saudi Arabias misthreatment and lack of responsibilty and serious violation of human rights……….Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Sep 23, 2015 - 4:00AM

    @Rex Minor: This saudi offer to build 200 mosques should be rejected because these will be mosques of Wahabbi Islam which will sow seeds of jihad in Germany and ultimately destroy it Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Sep 23, 2015 - 5:22PM

    As far as I have researched on this, there is no official Saudi source for this news. All the news articles apparently have their original source as the Lebanese newspaper al Diyar which is considered pro-Syrian regime therefore biased. Additionally, it has apparently also not provided any sources for this alleged event.

    Therefore, it is quite possible that this news is false.

    Check out the detailed criticism on this news here:
    http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/30007/is-saudi-arabia-funding-200-mosques-but-not-accepting-any-refugeesRecommend

  • Tammy S
    Oct 18, 2015 - 7:34PM

    Every year the Saudis take in millions of Hajjis, house n provide water, they can afford it without blinking!! There is no positivity in the ones who claim to be the maintainers of the religion doing the least. Turkey built amazing refugee housing for the refugees and Germany is taking 800,000, the Arab countries that have taken in refugees are treating them horribly, conditions in Jordan are horrid. The United States blatantly ignore the words on the Statue of Liberty and take very few refugees, it’s a disgusting disappointment that the Saudis don’t lead by example but instead don’t help at all except in a way they see to push their agenda Recommend

  • Alex
    Nov 15, 2015 - 9:21AM

    Germany is no Muslim nation, so I highly doubt they should change.Recommend

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