“The number of attacks against mosques has increased in the past few months … and we assume that the number of unreported cases is much higher,” Burhan Kesici, chairman of the Islamic Council for the Federal Republic of Germany, told Anadolu.
“Many Muslims do not report incidents of Islamophobia because such acts are not clearly defined or because they do not trust (the authorities). So, we assume the number of unreported cases is much higher.”
Another problem Kesici pointed out is that “sometimes attacks against mosques are not listed under the category of Islamophobic attacks.”
“They are registered in other categories, for example as just arson attacks, so one needs to take a closer look at these statistics,” he said.