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German Muslim leader draws nationalist party Nazi parallel

  • A migrant boy shouts slogans near a banner reading " Save us or back to death" during a demonstration on a rail tracks at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 18, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    A migrant boy shouts slogans near a banner reading " Save us or back to death" during a demonstration on a rail tracks at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 18, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

  • A migrant looks on during a demonstration at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 18, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    A migrant looks on during a demonstration at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 18, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

  • A migrant holds a banner reading "Your silence killing us " during a demonstration on a rail tracks at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 18, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)

    A migrant holds a banner reading "Your silence killing us " during a demonstration on a rail tracks at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 18, 2016. More than 11,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)  (The Associated Press)

A German Muslim leader is drawing a parallel between a nationalist party and the Nazis after a prominent party member said that Islam is incompatible with Germany's constitution.

Alternative for Germany, or AfD, has seen its support swell on opposition to the migrant influx to Europe. It also has talked tough about Islam, which deputy leader Beatrix von Storch described in a weekend newspaper interview as "a political ideology that is incompatible with the constitution." She advocated a ban on minarets and muezzins.

Aiman Mazyek, the head of Germany's Central Council of Muslims, retorted Monday that AfD itself "does not conform with the constitution."

He told NDR radio that "for the first time since Hitler's Germany, there is a party that discredits an entire religious community and existentially threatens it."