In Austria, hundreds of mosques and Muslim organisations across the country are funded by foreign governments including Saudi Arabia, which in turn were demanding the right to be allowed to select the imam. They often imported people directly from the Middle East with little understanding of European culture and no knowledge of the German language.
Numerous news reports exposed how these organisations were not always teaching European values. It included for example Vienna’s Saudi School – a high-profile private school for Islamic immigrants from Saudi Arabia and the Middle East – that was found to be teaching conspiracy theories and anti-Semitism to children.
It also included clerics like Ebu Tejma who was suspected of recruiting hundreds of Europeans to join the jihad for Isis. When he was arrested he was found to be living in a flat with his pregnant wife and five children where cupboards were stuffed with cash and jewellery, even though he was officially unemployed and claiming benefits.
True believers are unhappy that imams are being sent packing:
The first of the imams to leave the country was sent home this week despite an angry response from his followers and reproaches from Islamic groups. The Austrian constitutional court claimed that the fact the law only applied to Muslims was discrimination. He had been told the week before to leave the country.
While that case is being investigated, another 65 imams have been told that their visas will not be renewed, and under the current rules that leaves them with little chance to extend their stay in the country.
That’s a tiny reduction in Europe’s undoubtedly sizable Muslim fifth column.