The European Jewish Congress, Austria’s Jewish Community (IKG) organization, and the Jerusalem Post have joined forces in a concerted attack upon Austria following last weekend’s election which saw the conservatives and the anti-invasion Freedom Party (FPÖ) together poll nearly 60 percent of the vote.
The Jerusalem Post was the most outspoken Jewish voice, announcing in a banner headline that Jews had a “new European foe” and that “Israel [was] challenged by [the] success of [the] far-right Austrian party.”
The Jewish newspaper said that Israel had avoided having to “engage with European far-right parties t hanks to the National Front’s loss in the French elections and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position of not including the AfD in her governing coalition.”
The paper pointed out that the last time the FPÖ formed part of an Austrian government (in 1999) “Israel responded by recalling its ambassador and downgrading its relations with Vienna for more than three years, until the coalition fell apart.”
The paper added that Jews in Austria had almost all urged the Israeli state not to have anything to do with the FPÖ: “Another element that has guided Israel in its policies toward these parties has been the position of the local Jewish communities, and these Jewish communities have come out against Israel engaging with them.”
The European Jewish Congress has called on called the conservatives not to form a coalition with the FPÖ.
“A party which has run on a platform of xenophobic intolerance and the targeting of immigrants must not be granted a seat at the governing table,” Moshe Kantor, the president of the Jewish Congress, said.
Meanwhile the head of the Austrian Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (IKG, known as the “Austrian Jewish Community) Oskar Deutsch said in his reaction that a coalition with the FPÖ could see people with “anti-Semitic, racist and eurosceptic beliefs” influence the government.
“The FPÖ behaved itself during the election campaign. But what the FPÖ says and what the FPÖ does are two different things,” Deutsch said.
The vehement Jewish opposition to the FPÖ is extreme hypocrisy, given that Israel has anti-immigrant policies which are far more strict than anything that the Austrian parties have suggested.
Israel does not allow non-Jews to immigrate to Israel at all, bans marriages between Jews and non-Jews, and bases its citizenship laws directly on race. Furthermore, Israel has refused to take in any Third World “refugees,” correctly identifying them as “infiltrators” and routinely expelling those who have managed to sneak into the Jews-only state.