An Israeli with a perfectly forged Syrian passport. German social-workers that are more than helpful when trying to get refugee status, and give you advice on how to pull a fast one on German civil servants. Islamic preachers who want to speed up the “non-violent infiltration of Europe.” Muslim immigrants who seem to have no intention, from the outset, of ‘integrating’ into society. These are but a few of the elements of a story researched by the Israeli TV-journalist Zvi Yehezkeli. Yehezkeli has been making documentaries about the Arab world for years, sometimes risking his life in the process. This particular documentary, broadcast by Israeli station Channel 10, caught the attention of the German press, and for good reason.

The ‘fun’ start at Berlin airport Tempelhof. Yehezkeli says he was fearful of flying there, only to find himself in a German prison shortly after showing his false Syrian passport. Instead, a surprise awaits him. The clerk in charge of his case is a Palestinian, who came in from Gaza a few decades ago. He immediately sympathizes with the newcomer, giving him advice on social benefits and telling him:

with Allah’s help, you can begin a new, Islamic life.

Within hours, the social worker has arranged for papers allowing him to stay. When asked when Yehezkeli can expect to bring his wife and children over, the clerk says that this is legally impossible for the next three years, but

just bring them across the sea now.

Apart from this tip, he is given information about routes into Europe, and more advice about what to do after arriving. All this, Yehezkeli neatly summarises as

one false passport is enough for a whole clan.

After entering Germany, Yehezkeli interviews people in the streets of the Neukölln, a district of Berlin. Using a fake identity as a Palestinian television-reporter, he questions passers-by about whether they

would rather live under Sharia-law, or the German law?’ (…) The unanimous answer? ‘under Sharia-law, of course.’ That many have the conquest of Germany in the name of Islam in mind, becomes manifest:’do you still see any Germans here?’ asks one of the adherents to Sharia with a proud expression on his face. He points out the Turkish and Arabic stores dominating the district.

Yehezkeli also contacts the Muslim Brotherhood, under the pretext of wanting to invest in the social network of the Islamists, consisting of schools, mosques, soup kitchens and sports clubs throughout Europe. From his meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood and interviews in refugee shelters in Turkey, Yehezkeli concludes that most Muslim refugees don’t really intend to integrate into European societies, but want to remain a separated social class. Even small Syrian children tell him they want to go to Germany, because they’ve heard there are many mosques there.

It should be noted, however, not all Muslims dream about a Germany being part of a worldwide Caliphate, stretching ‘from Jakarta to Andalusia‘. Yehezkeli also interviews an Arabic speaking contact, who out of fear wished to remain anonymous. The contact says he deals with the excesses of radical Islam in Germany, and works for various German media outlets. He warns, that the biggest danger for Germany does not consist of terrorist attacks. Rather, it is the Islamic concept called ‘Da’wa‘: a creeping proselytizing, associated with political claims to power. This is outlined, for example, in the novel Submission by French author Michel Houellebecq. In Neukölnn Yehezkeli was already told that Da’wa is better than attacks:

‘The long-term plan is to change Germany,’ Yehezkeli says. He points out the speech by Yussuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most influential preachers and thinkers of the Muslim Brotherhood. Born in Egypt in 1926, al-Qaradawi has lived in Qatar since 1961. In his speech, the sheik says:’Islam must dominate Europe again,’ but it doesn’t have to do so through violence, ‘there is also such a thing as silent conquest.’

In interviews about his series, Yehezkeli is not very optimistic about Europe’s future. The Muslims whom he spoke with in Europe were very open about striving for a Caliphate and Sharia-state.

Nobody in Europe understands what political Islam means for Europe. I am not bound to the codes of political correctness, and can talk truth about Islam. The DNA of European Islam, is a radical DNA.

Yehezkeli proceeds to make the quite incendiary case that the majority of peaceful, non-radical Muslims is irrelevant, because they are afraid of the radicals and that Europe is steering towards a silent conquest by Islam. Partly, this is because the Germans do not understand their true motives. He claims that many of them live by the creed ‘you help me, so I can take over from you one day.‘ When he is accused of being Islamophobic, Yehezkeli counters:

I’m of Arabic descent myself, read the Quran. Islamophobic is what journalist call me, but they don’t hold any authority for me.