01 Feb 2024 | Organizations

Factsheet: Österreichischer Integrationsfonds (ÖIF)

RELEVANZ: Der Österreichische Integrationsfonds (ÖIF) ist ein Fonds der Republik Österreich, der sowohl auf Bundes- als auch auf Landesebene für Integrationsangelegenheiten (gesellschaftliche Integration von Minderheiten) zuständig ist. In der Ära von Sebastian Kurz wurde der ÖIF als eine Plattform genutzt, um antimuslimische Ansichten durch Referenten und Berichte zu fördern und damit die antimuslimische Politik der Österreichischen Volkspartei (ÖVP) zu untermauern. read the complete article

17 Jan 2024 | Organizations

Factsheet: Der Wiener Akademikerbund

Der Wiener Akademikerbund wurde 1957 gehörte zur Österreichischen Volkspartei (ÖVP). Im Jahr 2011 wurde er formell aus der ÖVP ausgeschlossen, weil er das Verbotsgesetz von 1947 in Frage stellte, welches die Leugnung des Holocaust und die Verharmlosung der Nazi-Gräueltaten unter Strafe stellt. Der Wiener Akademikerbund ist eine rechtskonservative Denkfabrik (Think Tank), die für Neoliberalismus und christliche Werte einsteht. read the complete article

12 Jan 2024 | Individuals

Factsheet: Narendra Modi

Narendra Damodardas Modi is the current Prime Minister of India. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat during the deadly 2002 anti-Muslim pogroms in the state, and throughout his political career, he has promoted Hindu nationalist views. Under his leadership, India has experienced a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes and hate speech, increasing polarization and violence in society, growing restrictions on the media, and the growth of Hindu nationalist groups. Critics and human rights experts have warned that under Modi’s leadership, democracy in India is under threat. read the complete article

08 Jan 2024 | Law Enforcement

Factsheet: Operation Luxor

Operation Luxor was a large-scale police operation involving 940 officers targeting dozens of individuals and businesses that took place on November 9, 2020, in Austria. The government claimed the action aimed to “cut off the roots of political Islam.” In 2021, an Austrian court ruled that the raids were unlawful. In the three years since the raids, not a single person has been arrested or convicted. This “textbook example of governing with crime and fear” was conducted under Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who was known for his anti-Muslim policies. read the complete article

05 Jan 2024 | Organizations

Factsheet: Alp Services

Alp Services is a private global public affairs and intelligence firm based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2023, it was revealed that Alp Services worked for the United Arab Emirates,  and carried out the largest disinformation campaign against Muslims in Europe, linking successful business people, organizations, and individuals to the Muslim Brotherhood in an effort to smear and blackmail them. The campaign relied on Islamophobic tropes as it framed Muslim individuals and organizations of being tied to an alleged “Islamist movement.” read the complete article

04 Jan 2024 | Organizations

Factsheet: Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh (HSS)

Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh (HSS) is a right-wing Hindu non-profit organization registered in New Jersey. On its website, the group states its mission is “to organize a diverse and vibrant Hindu American society that can collectively address its challenges and contribute to the welfare of the world.” As of November 2023, HSS claims it has 220 Shakhas (branches) nationwide. HSS’s website venerates the early ideologues of Hindu nationalism, including those who praised Nazi Germany. Additionally, HSS has hosted prominent figures from the RSS, an Indian right-wing, Hindu nationalist, paramilitary volunteer organization. read the complete article

02 Nov 2023 | Individuals

Factsheet: Nina Scholz

Nina Scholz is a German political commentator and writer on Islamism based in Vienna, Austria. Scholz is often presented as an expert on Islam and Islamism by the Austrian media and policy circles. She produces many texts with Heiko Heinisch, with whom she served as an expert for Operation Luxor, an unlawful raid targeting the homes of 60 prominent Austrian Muslims. read the complete article

18 Aug 2023 | Organizations

Factsheet: Stop Extremism

IMPACT: Stop Extremism is a Europe-wide initiative demanding a stronger fight against extremism. It wants to introduce a joint EU-wide watch list of individuals and organizations that are labeled as extremists. A number of its... read the complete article