Austria

Austria’s highest court hears dispute over home where Hitler was born

A lawyer for the owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born is disputing the government’s right to take possession of the property in Austria’s highest court, saying authorities are using the measure “like a club” because his client refused purchase offers from authorities that were too low. The challenge is in response to a government bill...

Hotels join list of venues cancelling BDS events in Vienna

Two Vienna hotels have pulled the plug on a pro-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) event featuring a British-Palestinian lawyer in Austria’s capital city. The online news site Heute.at reported on Tuesday that Hotel Kaiserwasser cancelled Wednesday’s anti-Israel talk, saying that BDS Austria claimed the hotel was accused of antisemitism and that a hotel employee was threatened by Vienna’s...

Austrian footbal club investigates antisemitic chants

Austrian soccer giant Rapid Vienna has launched an internal probe into club supporters chanting antisemitic slogans during a reserve team game this week. A small group among the several hundred spectators were filmed shouting “Jewish pigs” after Rapid II lost 2-1 against arch rival Austria Vienna in Tuesday evening’s clash. A video of the incident was posted on social...

Austria accepts IHRA definition on antisemitism

Austria has accepted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. The move was welcomed by the EJC’s Austrian affiliate, the IKG Wien, which described itself as « very proud and satisfied by the decision ».

Record level of antisemitic incidents recorded in Austria in 2016

A record number of antisemitic incidents, ranging from verbal and online threats to assaults, were recorded in Austria last year, a non-governmental organisation said in a report published on Thursday. The number of cases rose slightly in 2016 to 477 from 465 the previous year, when the figure had jumped by roughly 200, the organisation, the Forum Against...

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...