Austrian Jewish leader: It’s Israel’s decision how to deal with FPÖ but community to continue boycott
Oskar Deutsch, the head of IKG Vienna, has stated that is up to the Israeli government to decide how to deal with the FPÖ, insisting that the community itself will continue to boycott the far-right party.
Austria shares responsibility for the Holocaust and aims for Jews to be able to live safely everywhere, Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen said on during his visit to Israel.
The Austrian Jewish community criticised the country’s foreign minister for inviting prominent Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi to Vienna’s prestigious New Year’s concert.
Austrian officials insisted that the government in Vienna remains fully committed to advancing legislation granting citizenship to the descendants of Austrian Holocaust victims.
The Jewish Community of Vienna (IKG) has awarded the Friedrich and Marietta Torberg Medal to MEP Heinz K Becker in recognition of his merit in the fight against antisemitism and in support of the state of Israel.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen warned against "the politics of scapegoating" on Thursday as his country marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazis' antisemitic Kristallnacht pogrom.