BDS Austria barred from holding event at Vienna cultural institution

A Vienna cultural institution barred BDS Austria from holding an event, the WUK cultural centre told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday.

“The WUK distances itself clearly from ‘Israel Apartheid Week Vienna 2017’ and its organiser, BDS Austria, and there is no place for any form or statement of antisemitism,” Christine Baumann, a spokesperson for the WUK, told the Post.

She added that the “Israeli Apartheid Week Vienna 2017” was not planned as a WUK event. “In the concrete case of BDS Austria, the use of the room was approved because the organiser was mistakenly believed to be for equal rights and against repression and far removed from antisemitism.”

BDS Austria wrote on its Facebook page that the WUK cultural centre prevented a discussion and “jumped on the comfortable train of general propaganda and agitational mood against the BDS movement.”

The BDS Austria event was slated to take place at the WUK on March 15.

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