The official organization of Jews in Austria has come out unanimously in support of a boycott of the government coalition Freedom Party (FPÖ)—but remains adamantly opposed to any boycott of Israel on political grounds.
“The IKG continues to maintain no political contacts with representatives of the FPÖ, including members of the government who belong to this party. The relations with the ministries, which are under the responsibility of FPÖ representatives, are conducted only on occasion and only at the official level. “
The announcement added that this attitude marked no change from its previous postion, adopted on February 17, 2000—the last time the FPÖ was in government—when the IKG adopted its first resolution to boycott that party.
The IKG statement goes on to list its complaints against the FPÖ, mainly consisting of whining about 40 percent of its parliamentarians being members of conservative student unions and other made-up “Nazi” allegations, but, probably most significantly, because that party has called for an end to all ritual slaughter of animals, both the Muslim (Halal) and Jewish (Shechita).
Both those cruel methods of slaughter involve slitting the neck of live, unstunned animals, and letting them bleed out in great pain while imams or rabbis pray over them to make the meat “holy.”
The IKG has as its last point of opposition to the FPÖ that it “demands a ban on slaughter” and provides a link to the party’s website where its opposition to animal cruelty is outlined.
The IKG ends its statement by saying that its boycott of the FPÖ has been supported by the “Jewish community in Germany, France, the European Jewish Congress, the World Jewish Congress, the umbrella organization of North American Jewish communities and official representatives of the State of Israel in the form of similar decisions.”
At the same time, the IKG has run many stories on its website attacking those who support the “Boycott, Disinvestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) campaign against Israel.
The BDS campaign is largely driven by leftists opposed to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
For example, one story on the IKG website deals with the German Central Council of Jews welcoming the recent cancellation by broadcaster ARD of collaboration with Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters for his support of the BDS campaign. Waters is, according to the IKG article, “anti-Semitic” because he supports the BDS.
The IKG—and all the other Jewish organizations listed—apparently see no contradiction in proposing and supporting a boycott of the FPÖ, while at the same time crying about a boycott by those who oppose Israeli suppression of the Palestinians.
Once again, it is one rule for Jews, another rule for non-Jews.