On July 8, 2021, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz became the first European leader to ban the Muslim Brotherhood and set new standards to fight against Islamic terrorist organizations. Over the years, the biggest problem has not been the Muslim Brotherhood but the western governments, which have allowed this foreign terrorist organization to penetrate their government and all aspects of society.
Any nation refusing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization is making a dangerous and costly mistake. The Brotherhood makes its objectives very clear, “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest aspiration.”
The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna, stated that “It is in the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and extend its power to the entire planet.” Hassan Al-Banna made violence a focal point of his movement. He wrote, “Death is art” and “Fighting the unbelievers involves all possible efforts that are necessary to dismantle the power of the enemies of Islam.”
Chancellor Kurz’s decision to ban the Muslim Brotherhood will have far-reaching implications in Austria and many other western nations. This is because the Muslim Brotherhood is the mother organization for all the terrorist groups wreaking havoc worldwide for decades, ranging from Al-Qaeda, The Islamic State, (ISIS) Hamas, and many more Muslim terrorist groups. Therefore, all nations must follow the Austrian Chancellor in his brave initiative to snuff out the power of the mother of all Islamic-terrorist groups in Austria.
Read the following French news article posted at Marianne and translated by RAIR Foundation USA:
Austria, first European country to ban Muslim Brotherhood
With the adoption of a new anti-terrorism law in the parliament on July 8, Austria became the first European country to ban the Islamist Brotherhood formed almost a century ago by Hassan al-Banna, an Egyptian.
Nothing is going well for the Islamist networks in Austria. Since the attack in Vienna on November 2, 2020, which cost four lives and injured 23 people, the Muslim Brotherhood has already been on the watch list of the Green-Conservative government. It has now been blacklisted as an organization with links to “religiously motivated crime” late last week, on July 8. Its mottos and material are banned. Their possession or propagation is now liable to a fine of 4,000 euros and a one-month prison sentence.
Vienna was then blamed on websites linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Turkish Millî Görüs organization of ” feeding islamophobia ” and ” multiplying attacks against Muslims. ” Yet Austria remains the only country in Europe to grant Islam official recognition. Moreover, the country has long been one of the main strongholds of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the financial hubs of Islamic politics on the Old Continent.
The disciples of Hassan al-Banna, who founded the Brotherhood in Egypt, established their first European networks in the mid-1960s in Graz, the capital of the province of Styria, in the southwest of Vienna. In 1969, Youssef Nada, the occult financier of the organization, set up the first cheese and dairy product production plants of his industrial empire founded with the “war chest” of the Brotherhood. Before moving to neighbor Switzerland to open the al-Taqwa bank.
Movement of Capital
Based in the Italian peninsula of Campione, in the very center of the Swiss canton of Ticino, this Islamic bank was pinpointed by American investigators in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Accused of funding terrorism, the bank quickly filed for bankruptcy. This allowed the “war chest” of the Muslim Brotherhood to escape to new financial centers.
As a result, the United Kingdom, which then hosted the command of the International Organization [Tanzim al-dawli], the obscure entity that federates all the movements linked to the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the world, became their new Islamist financial stronghold in Europe.
As Donald Trump threatened to put the Muslim Brotherhood on the list of terrorist groups in February 2017, the European branches meeting in Istanbul, including the former UOIF [Union of Islamic Organizations in France], the French branch of the Brotherhood, formally announced their “withdrawal” from the International Organization, whose very existence had been denied until then by the Muslim Brotherhood.
To prevent possible American assets from being frozen and to safeguard the “war chest” installed in the United Kingdom as quickly as possible, the choice turned to Austria, particularly Graz, where the Brothers had solid political and community connections.
Two years of investigation and a terrorist attack
But the influx of money into the city soon aroused the suspicions of Austrian investigators, and this was the trigger for a protracted legal battle that led to the outright banning of the Brotherhood. On the orders of the public prosecutor of Graz and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Styria, a large-scale investigation was initiated. Code name: “Operation Luxor.” It lasted almost two years and covered four Austrian provinces: Styria, Vienna, Carinthia, and Lower Austria. About sixty entities such as associations, mosques, socio-cultural clubs, or businesses are targeted.
After 21,000 hours of wiretapping and with the aid of 1.2 million images, the prosecutor decided to close the investigation and drew up a list of 70 personalities suspected of “links with a terrorist organization, terrorist funding, and money laundering.” A big raid was decided. It was supposed to take place on the morning of November 3, 2020. The day before, Vienna was hit by a jihadist attack.
The information about the raid leaked to the press. The public immediately saw the connection as one of causality. Especially since the Graz, public prosecutor revealed that his investigation had led to the freezing of more than 20 million euros of illegal money. And that a blacklist of personalities opposed to political Islam was circulating among the Brotherhood.
Consequently, the day after the attack, the Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer, promised to tackle “the roots of political Islam.” In the same breath, the Minister of Integration, the ecologist Susanne Raab, announced the creation of a “Documentation Centre on Political Islam” to closely monitor the Brotherhood. Furthermore, a new anti-terrorism law will be presented to the federal parliament on December 16, 2020. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s goal: “to assert the will to fight political Islam.”
Ban on Symbols
The new anti-terrorism law was adopted on July 8. It gives the authorities greater powers to oversee and control extremist groups. But the most important measure is the listing of the Muslim Brotherhood as an “extremist group linked to the religiously-motivated crime.” The name of the Brotherhood is added alongside those of Daech, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Kurdish PKK, the Turkish Grey Wolves, which are also banned in France and Germany, and the fascist Croatian Ustasha movement.
Under the provisions of this new anti-terrorism law, any detention or dissemination of slogans or materials that glorify blacklisted groups will be punishable by a fine of 4,000 euros and/or a one-month prison sentence. In the event of a repeat offense, the maximum fine will be 10,000 euros and a six-month prison sentence.
This Austrian policy of “banning symbols” has proven to be more effective than simply banning groups or associations, which are immediately re-formed under new names. According to the Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer, more than 27,000 infractions have been reported since the ban was introduced in the aftermath of the November attacks in 2020. Extending it to the Muslim Brotherhood is the harshest blow ever inflicted on the Brotherhood in Europe.