Tag Archive for Austria

Berlin and Prague argues ICC cannot rule on Palestinian issue

Germany and the Czech Republic back Israel’s stance against the International Criminal Court’s probe against the Jewish State on major legal points: Palestine does not meet the criteria for statehood, by not having secured & internationally recognized borders, a single government over all its territory, nor the capacity to enter into relations with other States, and thus, ‘Palestine’ cannot present a case to the ICC, according to its own charter.

By i24NEWS


Germany offered to join the proceedings in the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday as a “friend of a court” — a party that is not part of the proceedings but is willing to put their information or expertise at the court’s service — alongside the Czech Republic and the Israeli Bar Association. Continue Reading »

Austrian Students’ Union rejects BDS campaign as ‘Antisemitic Boycott of Israel’

The anti-BDS resolution, passed by the Austrian National Union of Students, was nearly unanimous with no opposing votes and only a single abstention to the pledge ‘never to remain silent when antisemitism appears.’



The Austrian National Union of Students passed on Friday a motion against BDS, saying that the boycott movement targeting Israel is antisemitic, and that its demands recall the Nazis’ economic war against Jewish businesses.

It is believed to be the first time an Austrian national student union has passed such a resolution.

The Austrian Jewish students group announced on its Facebook page: “We are very happy to announce that the Austrian Students Union is the first national student union to officially pass a resolution denouncing BDS and also passing a version of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance – IHRA definition of antisemitism. Continue Reading »

Austrian court gives released Palestinian terrorist life sentence for inciting to kill Jews


Palestinian Arab who once served a 9-year sentence in Israel for terrorist acts, was found guilty in Austria of belonging to Hamas, a terrorist group, and his unlawful use of social media by urging fellow Palestinians to kill Jews in Jerusalem.

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


A Palestinian man in Austria has been sentenced to life imprisonment after an Austrian jury convicted him on terrorism-related charges for inciting fellow radicals to kill Jews in Jerusalem.

Palestinian incitement in ‘car intifada’ against Israelis – [illustrative]

The 27-year-old man, unnamed due to Austrian privacy laws, was also found guilty on Monday of belonging to a terrorist organization due to his affiliation with Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since seizing it in 2007. Continue Reading »

Austria’s Parliament cancels Holocaust event honoring anti-Israel Jewess who fled to UK in 1939




The spokeswoman for the president of the Austrian parliament informed The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that an event slated to honor Hedy Epstein – an anti-Zionist Jew and defender of Hamas – has been canceled.

Hedy Epstein. – Photo: REUTERS

“In consideration for the concerns against some of the participants, the Austrian Parliament has cancelled the event ‘In Grandmother’s Words…The Fate of Women in the Second World War,'” Marianne Lackner said. Continue Reading »

Austrian Protestant & Catholic churches apologize to Jews at World War II ceremony

At Austrian commemoration ceremony of World War II’s end, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn said the Catholic Church must acknowledge & share the responsibility for creating the climate of hatred for Jews, fueling the Nazi era.

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REPORT: Vienna school teaches ‘Jews seek control of world’


Austrian news magazine reports of a Vienna school board investigation of a private institution known as ‘Saudi School’, for teaching what the magazine calls “a smorgasbord of conspiracy theories & incitement against Jews, Israelis & divergent Muslims.”

By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


A private school in Vienna geared toward Middle Eastern immigrants known as the Saudi School is currently under investigation for reportedly teaching anti-Semitism in a history class.

The school could lose its status as a recognized educational institution if allegations are proven true - Illustrative Photo: Reuters

The school could lose its status as a recognized educational institution if allegations are proven true – Illustrative Photo: Reuters

The probe is linked to a report in the Austrian magazine News earlier this month.

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Again! Authorities discover more Nazi appropriated art in Gurlitt’s 2nd home


After discovering over 1,400 artworks worth $1.35 billion that disappeared during World War II in a Munich apartment — German authorities did not think they would find anymore masterpieces in the possession of Cornelius Gurlitt — the son of an art dealer who worked with the Nazis during the war.

Gurlitt apartment in Salzburg – Photo: GettyImages

But life is full of surprises and it was reported Tuesday that the 81-year-old Gurlitt was holding 60 additional works — including paintings by the acclaimed Picasso, Renoir and Monet — in a second home in Salzburg, Austria. Continue Reading »

Schwarzenegger Became Israel’s ‘Hero’ on Hizbullah Vote

Apparently Schwarzenegger’s letter convinced Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann to blacklist Hizbullah, when Peres and Netanyahu couldn’t.

By David Lev


One of the unsung heroes of the effort to put Hizbullah’s “military wing” on a European Union blacklist was none other than former Hollywood actor and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In a letter, Schwarzenegger convinced Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann to instruct the country’s Foreign Minister to cast Austria’s vote for the blacklist proposal, something that neither Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu nor President Shimon Peres were able to do.

Austria, along with several other countries, including Greece, Malta, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, were still “on the fence” last week when it came to the decision to blacklist Hizbullah. Continue Reading »

UN: No Russians Allowed in Golan Heights Force

The UN reported that Russia is banned from participating in the Golan Heights peacekeeping force, UNDOF.

By Elad Benari, Canada


The United Nations said on Friday that Russia cannot send troops to the Golan Heights peacekeeping force, after President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to bolster the force, AFP reported.

Russian soldiers march in Moscow

Russian soldiers march in Moscow

Putin offered troops after Austria decided to withdraw its 377 soldiers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between Syria and Israel because of growing spillover from the Syria conflict.

However, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said later on Friday that Russia was banned from taking part in the force because it is one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem to UN: Replace Austrian peacekeepers that withdrew from Golan Heights

Israel says it does regret Austria’s decision to pull its more than 300 troops out of the 1,100-strong UN force following clashes at Quneitra, but expects the UN to maintain its mandate on the Israel-Syria border.


Israel demanded on Thursday that the United Nations replace the Austrian soldiers that were pulled out of a UN peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights as soon as possible.

Quneitra Syria

Smoke rises from a fire as a result of fighting in the Syrian village of Quneitra near the border with Israel. – Photo: AP

Following the battles at Quneitra in Syria early on Thursday morning, Austria announced it was withdrawing its troops that serve in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan.

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Austria says their UN peacekeeping troops will stay on Golan…for now

Vienna warned it would pull their UN peacekeepers if EU decides to arm the Syrian rebels.




Austria retracted a threat to pull 380 peacekeepers from the UN buffer zone between Syria and Israel, saying on Tuesday that only Britain and France – not the whole European Union – were ready to arm Syrian rebels.

IDF soldier in the Golan overlooking Syria - Photo NIR ELIAS-Reuters

IDF soldier in the Golan overlooking Syria – Photo: NIR ELIAS-Reuters

Vienna had led efforts to extend an EU arms embargo on Syria, arguing that sending more weapons to the region would only fan the fighting, dash hopes for a peace deal and make Austrian peacekeeping troops potential targets for retribution.

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