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Wall of the synagogue in Baden (Austria), naming the Jewish communities in Lower Austria before 1938.

A Jewish organization in Vienna says anti-Semitism in Austria is at its highest level in years.

The group representing the Jewish community is an NGO (non-governmental organization) called the Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde, or IKG.

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Data presented to the IKG by a second group, the Forum Against Anti-Semitism (Forum gegen Antisemitismus) indicates last year there were 465 incidents involving anti-Semitism, as compared to 255 such incidents in 2014 – an 82 percent rise.

In 2015, nearly half of the incidents involved Islamic anti-Semitism online (205 cases), according to IKG President Oskar Deutsch. There were 85 anti-Semitic incidents online in 2014.

Around 15,000 Jews live in Austria.

“There is an increasing concern in our community that – if the proportion of Muslims in Austria continues to rise due to immigration, due to the refugees – this could become problematic for us,” IKG secretary-general Raimund Fastenbauer told the European Jewish Press.

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has urged the European Union and its member states to increase efforts to combat widespread anti-Semitic cyber hate.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz reacted to the report by affirming, “Jewish life must be protected in Austria. It is the duty of the state to make Jewish people in Austria feel secure; that is for us as Austria a great responsibility.”

However, Sebastian did not outline any concrete plan to address the issue, nor did he offer any suggestion to the Jewish community on how to mitigate the threat.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

8 COMMENTS

  1. It's no surprise that Muslim refugees and migrants are anti-Jew. It's expected of them. When one of them gets in front of a camera and says he wants to live in peace with the Jews and Christians, it makes the headlines.

    But the native Austrians… 15,000 out of a population of 8.5 million and they still can't leave them alone, even after all that happened in the 20th Century. 15,000 docile, peaceful people who pay their taxes, send their kids to good schools, and leave other people alone.

    Now the Austrians have accepted some 100,000 Muslim "refugees" who are enthusiastically embracing the worst that Austria has to offer: Hitlerian bigotry, hatred, and violence against a tiny and inoffensive minority. Austria can now sleep in the bed they have made, and they will discover that they have replaced a civilized, high achieving minority with a hateful, vicious group that enjoys widespread sympathy and legal protection.

  2. every austrian without exception was a member of the nazi party. they stood on the balconies and threw flowers at the invading germans and they were happy at last. they are the quintessential Jew haters of the world exceeded only by the brain damaged nazi redux muslims who once again they welcome with open arms. let fate sort it out for the austrians. they deserve whatever befalls them.

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