Vienna (kath.net) In Austria, there are "considerable connections" to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is according to "Kurier," citing a study by the George Washington University, which even expressly warns against activities of the Muslim Islamic Muslim Federation in Austria. The Muslim Brotherhood has "considerable connections and influence" and the close association of persons and organizations would occupy key positions for the life of Muslim immigrants in Austria. As a source for the report "The Muslim Brotherhood in Austria," which was created with the help of the University of Vienna, the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection and Counter-Terrorism (BVT) and the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF), existing publications, newspaper articles, social media articles and court records were used.
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 and has spread since the late 1950s and early 1960s in many Western countries. The goal is "the gradual Islamization of society", stated the Austrian Ministry of the Interior. "The Muslim Brotherhood is aimed at a division of society and a strengthening of the influence of political Islam," says the study. A Criticism is that a critical confrontation with Islam would be prevented by "islamophobia." "This goes all the way to the justification of violence - an attitude that is a stimulating environment for radicalization," says Vidino.
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