Following the raids earlier in November targeting a large number of Islamic organizations and individuals in Austria suspected of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, Austrian media is reporting that the authorities have identified the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country. According to the Der Standard article:
Investigators are said to have identified the highest Muslim Brother in Austria. Five other leadership cadres are said to rally around him. DER STANDARD took a look at the documents from the authorities that led to the house search. With the raid in the vicinity of the Muslim Brotherhood, the government obviously wanted to set an example: Take action and look carefully when agitation is carried out or money is collected in the name of political Islam. Preparations took a year and a half before access came. A total of 46 apartments and business premises as well as eight associations and foundations were searched. Thirty people were brought before the police and questioned.
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The article goes on to identify “A.S.” as the highest Muslim Brother in Austria:
According to an anonymous whistleblower of the authorities, A. S. is said to be the “leading Muslim Brother in Austria”. His wife is the sister of the alleged boss of the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany and Europe. For a while she headed an organization that trains religious teachers. Under her previous name, she was responsible for a German-Islamic primary school in Germany until 2002. This was closed only three years later for lack of constitutional loyalty because the sponsoring association apparently had a connection to the Muslim Brotherhood. A. S met three alleged activists of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas in a restaurant in Vienna at the end of July, who are also among the accused. A. currently lives in a house that belongs to the foundation of the former IGGÖ President Anas Schakfeh. The foundation is also part of the investigation. A. S. is supposed to lead a group of five more men.
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The group of the other four Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Austria is further identified as:
- “J.M.” and “A.M.” who have both founded an organization that the authorities call the “central branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Austria.”
- “D.”, who is suspected of “being a leading personality from the central Hamas environment in Austria”
- “O.” who “comes from the environment of a Muslim youth organization” and is accused of exercising a leadership role within the Muslim Brotherhood in Austria”
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A.S. likely stands for Ammar Shakir. Shakir is the husband of Amena Shakir, who was in charge of training Islamic religious teachers in Austria. In turn, Amena Shakir is the sister of Ibrahim El-Zayat, one of the most important leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany and Europe. J.M. and A.M. likely stands for Jamal and Aiman Morad, two brothers who founded Liga Kultur, an Islamic organization in Vienna and Graz representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Austria. D. likely stands for Adel Doghman, the former leader of the Palastinensische Vereinigung in Osterreich (PVO), described by the US Treasury as a “Hamas-affiliated” charity involved in raising funds for Hamas.
Finally, O. likely stands for Alexander Osman, a former leader of Muslimische Jugend Österreichs, which was a member of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO).
Earlier in November, the Global Information Operations Report (GIOR) reported that Austrian police had conducted raids targeting a large number of Islamic organizations and individuals suspected of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas in the country. The Global Muslim Brotherhood is a transnational Islamist network covered by the GIOR.