People light up candles outside Vienna's main synagogue near the site of the terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria on November 4, 2020
People light up candles outside Vienna's main synagogue, near the site of a terrorist attack in the Austrian city, November 4, 2020
Photo: AFP
People light up candles outside Vienna's main synagogue, near the site of a terrorist attack in the Austrian city, November 4, 2020

Austria presents national strategy against anti-Semitism

Austrian government's new measures intend to battle country's surging anti-Semitism in all its forms, from online chat groups to public protests such as current rallies against coronavirus regulations

Associated Press |
Published: 01.21.21, 17:12
The Austrian government on Thursday presented a national strategy on fighting rising anti-Semitism that includes improving the protection of synagogues, improved education about Judaism and stricter prosecution of hate crimes against Jews.
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  • The Alpine country's Europe Minister, Karoline Edtstadler, stressed Austria's responsibility to fight anti-Semitism regardless of whether it comes from the far right, leftists, immigrants or anybody else, Austrian news agency APA reported.
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    People light up candles outside Vienna's main synagogue near the site of the terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria on November 4, 2020
    People light up candles outside Vienna's main synagogue near the site of the terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria on November 4, 2020
    People light up candles outside Vienna's main synagogue, near the site of a terrorist attack in the Austrian city, November 4, 2020
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    The new measures intend to battle anti-Semitism in all its forms and wherever it expresses itself -- from online chat groups to hate speech in corner bars or expressions of hatred against Jews at public protests such as the current rallies against coronavirus regulations, Edtstadler said.
    The president of the Jewish community of Vienna, Oskar Deutsch, welcomed the government's initiative.
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    Photos of Holocaust survivors vandalized in Vienna
    Photos of Holocaust survivors vandalized in Vienna
    Photos of Holocaust survivors vandalized in Vienna
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    "Jews are always the first ones who are affected [by discrimination]," Deutsch warned, adding that the fight against anti-Semitism needs to be an effort by the whole of society, not just the Jewish community.
    In 2019, Austria recorded 550 anti-Semitic incidents, Edtstadler said.
    "That is twice as much as five years ago," she added.
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