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Oskar Deutsch, head of Vienna’s Jewish community, told reporters on Monday that he is concerned that the overwhelming rush of asylum seekers into Austria would result in a rise in anti-Semitism, European media reported. Deutsch argued that many of the Muslim migrants have been raised on a “diet of anti-Semitism.” He also believes Austria has already “more or less” reached its capacity for new arrivals.

Deutsch also believes that some asylum seekers in Austria are only “so-called refugees,” meaning they are not fleeing war and persecution but are merely looking to improve their economic situation.


Austria is expecting to take in close to 100,000 refugees this year, which comes to 1 percent of the population. Situated right on the east-to-west migrant trail, Austria also expects up to 130,000 refugees arriving in 2016, according to latest government figures.

Meanwhile, the Central Council of Jews in Germany has also warned of growing anti-Semitism, brought in by migrants from Islamic countries where the Jewish religion and Jews are maligned regularly. They called for a limit to be imposed on migrants entering Germany. Council president Josef Schuster told Die Welt: “Sooner or later we won’t have a choice but to set an upper limit.” He added, “Many of the refugees are fleeing the terror of the Islamic State and want to live in peace and freedom, but at the same time they come from cultures were hatred of Jews and intolerance are an integral part” of life.

The German Pro Asyl NGO criticized Schuster’s comments, saying it was unfortunate that a Jewish group was sharing the same position as the conservative Bavarian CSU party. “It’s disconcerting when the CSU and the Central Council of Jews are in fact demanding that we suspend the European Convention on Human Rights,” said Pro Asyl’s head Günter Burkhardt.


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  1. There are no simple answers to this problem. Letting large numbers of people into a country where the values and beliefs are so very different is an important consideration. Our native Americans did not let in the Europeans, but they came in anyways and think about what happened to our natives.

  2. Muslim’s already are determined to kill jews in all possible ways they not even can live in peace betwen them so block them all and dont let any door open to cause more damage probably sounds bad but it is a way to stop a direct confrontation and also its what they does deserve.
    They are picking what they seed.

  3. .
    Clergy and religious organizations are pressuring politicians to allow the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states. This reminds me of the 1600 Rabbis for Obama who I fought years ago when I was chairman of Rabbis for Romney. I am a lonely voice who is attacked by organized groups and politicians primarily democratic. I will not back down . I hope you will voice your concerns to your clergy and politicians. They are backing Obama. I believe these Muslim refugees have not been vetted enough and our country and families are in jeopardy.

  4. I do see your point. It is a pity that Jews who have always been peaceful and have even helped their enemies eg by setting up field hospitals to treat wounded Arabs during this last Gaza war, should be standing with Neo Nazis in Austria but perhaps they must choose the practical way. The way of Tikkun Olam and loving your Neighbour as yourself are all Jewish concepts but after the Holocaust and an indifferent world, it is possible that practicality is the only way. How long can we be killed?

  5. Why are the Syrians plight more important than other populations at war? Is Europe and the rest of the world suposed to admit refugees from all over the world? Why them? why now when so many have been ignored before. And why admit the people who are most likely to destroy their host countries? Would you adopt a baby crocodile in your backyard knowing that it will eat you when it grows up? Why cant they be taken as refugees for a limited time, just enough to save their lives? It is a tough endeavor that is being asked of these countries. As of Austria… it makes no difference. They already hate us without the help of the Syrians.

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