Monday, September 17, 2007

Austria's 'Jihad by Telecommute'

by Yassin Musharbash from Spiegel Online

All three of the arrested are Muslims and Austrian citizens, though not converts, and all were unemployed. They are second-generation immigrants from the Arab world. They are accused of having been involved in the production of a video published on the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), homepage on March 11 that showed a disguised Arabic-speaking spokesperson threatening attacks in Germany and Austria if those countries did not withdraw their soldiers from Afghanistan ... Ariel Muzicant, the head of Vienna's Jewish community, warned on Wednesday that the number of al-Qaida sympathizers in Austria has seen "massive growth" in recent months. A planned mosque in the state of Carinthia may be blocked if far-right politician Jörg Haider, the state's governor, is successful in his attempt to get the permits revoked by changing building laws, claiming that the mosque would disturb the "image of the place" and that "Western culture must be protected."

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