Vienna – The provincial parliament in the southern Austrian province Carinthia called on its provincial government to prepare legislation banning the construction of mosques or minarets. The province’s governor, the populist former leader of the rightist Freedom Party, Joerg Haider, had repeatedly called for anti- Muslim measures along those lines.
Mohamed M. (22), who was arrested in Vienna five weeks ago, is suspected to be the organ of Al Qaida. He himself denies the accusations. In prison, he reads the Quran, writes love letters to his wife – and denies all connections to Al Qaida.
The possible deportation of the 15 years old Arigona led to a country-wide debate on Muslim integration in Austria. Christa Salchner reports.
The University of Graz, in cooperation with the local Muslim community, has started a lecture series on Islam in Austria and Europe.
Austrian authorities said they arrested a second suspect in an attempted bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. Police said they took a man into custody in the town of Tulln, about 15 miles west of Vienna. Federal police said they were treating the suspect as a possible accomplice of a Bosnian who was arrested Monday after he tried to enter the embassy with a backpack containing explosives and nails. The Bosnian was arrested after his bag set off a metal detector and the man fled on foot. It was unclear how far he made it into the embassy. Public broadcaster ORF, citing unidentified officials, reported that a metal detector sounded an alarm as the man was passing through security checks and that he fled immediately. Guenther Ahmed Rusznak, a spokesman for Vienna’s Muslim community, issued a statement late Monday condemning the attempted bombing and rejecting radical Islam.
Austria’s right wing party FP_ has started a debate on Islamism, whereas government official warned that debates on Islamism can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
An Islamist in Vienna planed terrorist attacks during the next Football Euro Cup. The Euro Cup will take place in Austria and Switzerland in 2008.
The article gives an overview of issues in Austrian schools such as Muslim pupils in swimming classes to biology lessons. Erich Kocina reports.
The right-wing party BZ_ advocates against mosque constructions in Austria.
Negotiations about the extension of the Islam Center in Vienna have not yet come to an end.