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Cross Landmark Removed From Bavarian Tourist Leaflet to Appease Muslims
by Cheradenine Zakalwe
The Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen boasts the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze, topped by a landmark Christian cross which has become a symbol of the town. Despite its iconic status, however, the cross was removed from tourist leaflets published this year - but only those in Arabic. As you can see below, prospective Spanish tourists still see the cross; Arabs don't.
This wasn't a Photoshop job. They just used a very selective view of the peak that kept the cross out of sight.
The Muslim tourist business is booming in Bavaria. In the last ten years their number has increased fourfold. Particularly since the burka was banned in other European countries, Munich and its environs have been a popular travel destination for rich sheikhs.
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