Jewish Congress dissatisfied with the occurrence of «right» in the government of Austria

© Press-service of the European Jewish Congress, President of the European Jewish Congress Vyacheslav Kantor during a speech at tel Aviv UniversityJewish Congress dissatisfied with the occurrence of «right» in the government of Austria© Press service of the European Jewish Congress

The President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor expressed deep concern at the occurrence of the right Austrian freedom party led by Heinz-Christian strache, in coalition with the center-right Austrian people’s party of the Federal Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.

«The Austrian freedom party known for its anti-Semitism and xenophobia, and we are concerned about the fact that its representatives will monitor the Ministry of the new Austrian government. However, we hope that despite the current situation, the Chancellor and his party from the national party will be able to control the elements of intolerance within the Party of freedom», — quotes the words of Cantor, the press service of the EJC.

The head of the EJC also noted that the freedom Party has attempted to correct those features of their past and ideology, but to reconsider its attitude to the party, the Jewish community needs to see concrete steps, proving that this is not another publicity stunt, otherwise the freedom Party will remain for the Jews of Austria unacceptable.

«The freedom party cannot use the Jewish community as a «Fig leaf» for their political games and is obliged to show tolerance and goodwill to all communities and minorities», — said the President of the EJC.

The new government of Austria, headed by the youngest Chancellor in the history of the Republic, 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz on Monday was sworn in. From 2017 to 2021 in Austria will rule the coalition government of the conservative Austrian people’s party, led by Sebastian Kurz and right Austrian freedom party, whose leader, Heinz-Christian strache became Vice-Chancellor and Minister of sports at the same time.

Foreign Minister of the Republic appointed the 52-year-old independent candidate Dr. Karin Kneissl. The defense Ministry on the proposal «right-wing» was headed by a former military man Mario Kunasek, Ministry of internal Affairs of the country passed into the hands of the Secretary-General «sobolnikov» Herbert Cycle.