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.
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 »
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.’
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
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 »
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 »
Zuroff said the choice of Epstein is “absurd” and they “should disinvite her because they are making a mockery of their event… If they [Austria’s parliament] want to talk about the Holocaust, they chose the wrong person. If they want to bash Israel, they chose the right person.”
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
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 »
60 additional works of art were found by police in Cornelius Gurlitt’s 2nd home, this one in Austria.
Suspicion: As in first find, most were taken from Jewish families by the Nazis during World War II.
By Eli Leon
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 »
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 »
The UN reported that Russia is banned from participating in the Golan Heights peacekeeping force, UNDOF.
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
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 »