June 8, 2018….. Austria said today it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and would shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on “dubious finance flows” and ‘political Islam’ that was described as ‘just the beginning’, triggering fury in Ankara. Many of Austria’s roughly 700,000 Muslims — around 8% of the population — have Turkish roots. It appears they have at best dual loyalties and at worst, anti-Western ideas. Defending the Austria First law in 2015, Kurz said, “We don’t want any imams who are employees of other governments.” Wiki reports: ‘Terror attacks by Islamist extremists to further a perceived Islamist religious or political cause have occurred globally. The attackers have used such tactics as arson, vehicle rampage attacks, bomb threats, suicide attacks, bombings, spree shooting, stabbings, hijackings, kidnappings and beheadings’ and the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Manhattan where 4 airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda members. Almost 3,000 were murdered and 6,000 injured. See the Wiki article HERE.
The U.S. Department of State reported: Europe endured terrorist threats from a variety of sources in 2016, including foreign terrorist organizations operating out of Iraq and Syria, such as ISIS and al-Nusrah Front (al‑Qa’ida’s affiliate in Syria), and from European foreign terrorist fighters who had returned to Europe to conduct attacks. In the face of increased military pressure in 2016, ISIS pursued mass‑casualty terrorist attacks against European symbolic targets and public spaces. Various European Union (EU) member states reported a marked increase in the rate of returning foreign terrorist fighters from Syria and Iraq. Indeed, approximately 30 percent of foreign terrorist fighters from EU member states are believed to have returned, although the overall number of departed foreign terrorist fighters originating from Western European and Balkan countries declined significantly in 2016 from the previous year. Concurrently, violent extremist groups espousing left-wing and nationalist ideologies, such as the Turkey-based Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), respectively, continued to operate within Europe. Austria is a member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and a member of the Defeat-ISIS Working Groups on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Stabilization.
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In 1981 a Vienna synagogue was attacked. In 1985 an attack happened at the Rome and Vienna airports. Attacks like the Theo Van Gogh murder, the Madrid Bombings, the London bombings, the Toulouse and Montauban bombings, have given rise to anti-muslim attitudes in Europe. During the 2015/2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations, there were mass sexual assaults, 24 rapes, and numerous thefts in neighboring Germany, mainly in the Cologne city center. There were similar incidents at the public celebrations in Hamburg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Bielefeld. For all of Germany, police estimated in a document leaked in 2016 that 1,200 women were sexually assaulted and that at least 2,000 men were involved, often acting in groups.
The incidents involved women being surrounded and assaulted by groups of men on the public streets. Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers stated that the perpetrators in his city were reportedly men of “Arab or North African appearance” and said that Germany had never experienced such mass sexual assaults before. The German Federal Criminal Police Office said the incidents were, “A phenomenon known in some Arab countries as taharrush jamai” (translated as “group sexual harassment”). Since 2014, 480 people have been killed in Europe by Islamic terrorists.
In 2014 there was the Jewish Museum shooting Norway terror threat Tours police station stabbing. In 2015 the Île-de-France attacks Opération Sentinelle Belgium anti-terrorist operations Nice stabbing Copenhagen shootings Frankfurt cycle race Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack Operation Ruben Thalys train attack November Paris attacks Saint-Denis raid Brussels lockdown New Year’s plots. In 2016 Jan. Paris police attack Jan. Istanbul bombing Hanover stabbing Brussels police raids March Istanbul bombing Brussels bombings Magnanville stabbing Düsseldorf plot Istanbul Airport attack Nice attack Würzburg train attack Ansbach bombing Normandy church attack Charleroi stabbing Shchelkovo police station attack Notre Dame bombing attempt Brussels stabbing Chemnitz plot Balkans plot Ludwigshafen plot Berlin attack
In 2017 the Istanbul nightclub shooting, the Orly Airport attack, the Westminster attack Saint Petersburg Metro bombing Stockholm attack April Champs-Élysées attack Manchester Arena bombing London Bridge attack Notre Dame attack June Champs-Élysées attack June Brussels attack Levallois-Perret attack Catalonia attacks Turku stabbing Parsons Green bombing Marseille stabbing Dec. Saint Petersburg raid. In 2018 the Kizlyar church shooting Carcassonne and Trèbes attack 2018 Paris knife attack. According to a review by Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå, about two thirds of attackers in Western Europe (44 out of the 68 individuals involved in the total of 37 attacks between 2014 and August 2017) have been influenced by Islamic hate preachers and became radicalised as a result of personal contact, rather than online.
British authorities and MI5 revealed they had 500 ongoing investigations into 3,000 jihadist extremists as potential terrorist attackers, with a further 20,000 having been “subjects of interest” in the past, including the Manchester and Westminster attackers. On 21 March 2017, the UK government announced new aviation security measures for flights to the UK from Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. In July 2017, it was reported that British authorities had stripped some 150 “jihadis” with dual citizenship of their British passport, to prevent them from returning to the UK. Those deprived of their UK citizenship included both jihadis and “jihadi brides”.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the Austrian government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques. When he was Minister in charge of Integration, Chancellor Kurz oversaw the passing of a tough ‘law on Islam’ in 2015, which banned foreign funding of religious groups and created a duty for Muslim societies to have ‘a positive fundamental view towards (Austria’s) state and society’. Austria takes a dim view of groups of people attempting to take over Austria by using Austria’s religious freedom laws against Austria.
‘Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our country,’ Kurz told a news conference outlining the government’s decisions, which were based on that law.
Austria plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 60 Turkish-funded Imams in a crackdown against provocative Islamist ideology. Including family members, 150 people could be affected, according to Interior Minister Herbert Kickl.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the measures in a news conference on June 7th.
Kurz said a hardline anti-Austria Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna is going to be closed.
The Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques will also officially be dissolved.
Ankara, Turkey quickly denounced the move, saying the move ‘is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave’ in Austria.
Austria passed a 2015 law that requires Muslim organizations to express a “positive fundamental view towards [the] state and society” of Austria, and bans foreign funding of religious institutions. “Austria is a land of diversity, where religious freedom is highly valued, but it is also clear that we are a constitutional state where statutory rules are needed to organize our coexistence,” Kurz said Friday. “Political Islam’s parallel societies and radicalizing tendencies have no place in our country,” said Kurz at a press conference. His vice chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, added ominously, “This is just the beginning.”
At the conference, Austrian Culture Minister Gernot Blümel told journalists that the mosques had been shut down because of suspected “extremism.” All the mosques that were shut down were believed to belong to the Salafi tradition, a strict and literalistic school within Islam.
Austria’s decision was said to be a necessary stance against radical religious extremism.
questions of where religious freedom ends and national security — or national identity — begins have been raging for years, if not decades. In a number of countries, including France, Germany, and Denmark, the niqab and burqa — religious coverings worn by some practicing Muslim women — are partially or totally banned.
Underpinning these debates is the degree to which attitudes toward Islam have become conflated with populist and nationalist concerns about preserving “European” — read: Christian — identity. Recent Pew polls have found that, increasingly, Christian identity in Western Europe has strong nationalist echoes; churchgoing Christians in most Western European countries tend to have more extreme anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant sentiments than their non-practicing or non-religiously affiliated counterparts.
In Austria, freedom of religion is largely enshrined in the country’s constitution. However, its controversial 2015 laws on Islam — which require all imams to be able to speak German, ban foreign funding for mosques and other religious institutions, and generally seek to promote what Kurz, then the integration minister, called “Islam of European character” — placed limits on Islamic expression within Austria.
At that time, a poll found that 58 percent of Austrians felt that Austrian Muslims were being “radicalized.” According to a 2016 International Centre for Counter-Terrorism report, some 230 to 300 Austrian Muslims left the country to fight in jihadist groups in Syria.
Austrian authorities have insisted the latest move is designed to combat political Islam, not Islam in general. “It is not a contradiction to be a devout Muslim and a proud Austrian,” Blümel, the culture minister, said at the press conference.