EJC President slams decision by Austrian Freedom Party to appoint antisemite to upper house of parliament

(Wednesday, November 25, 2020) – European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor has expressed outrage after the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) appointed former foreign-affairs spokesman Johannes Hübner to the Bundesrat, which is the equivalent of Austria’s Senate. In 2017, Hübner aborted an attempt to run for parliament in 2017, after an antisemitic comment he shared at a far-Right event in Germany the previous year was aired.

“The Freedom Party have claimed that they have left their antisemitic past behind them and have recently tried to revive their reputation, but this appointment represents a huge step backwards,” Dr. Kantor said. “It is unconscionable that a renowned antisemite would be given such a respectable position.”

“We call on the Freedom Party to rescind this decision and to once again turn away from its sordid antisemitic past,” Kantor concluded.

Oskar Deutsch, President of the Jewish community of Vienna (IKG), added “the political return of Mr. Hübner is a confirmation of the lack of credibility of the Freedom Party. This is exactly what happened with Udo Landbauer, who resigned after his student fraternity’s Nazi song books were seized, and then came back as a regional party leader.”

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