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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to Malaysian premier: Anti-Semitism is ‘unacceptable’

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“Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has proven throughout his tenure, through both words and actions, his commitment to the security and well-being of the Jewish community, as well as his immense support for the State of Israel and its flourishing bilateral relations with the Austrian government,” Lauder said.

By JNS and EJP

VIENNA/LONDON—During a 40-minute meeting in Vienna on Monday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad that anti-Semitism is “unacceptable.”

Kurz, 32, also told Mohamad, 93, that Austria is a “friend and partner of Israel.”

This comes as Malaysia banned Israel from participating in the Muslim-majority nation’s hosting of international sporting events, with the former citing the choice was motivated by Mohamad’s “rabid anti-Semitism.”

Mohamad justified his country’s ban on Israeli athletes by likening it to President Trump’s plan to build a security wall along the US-Mexico border.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah responded on Friday, saying that he is “deeply disgusted” with Israel’s condemnation, and that it is the Jewish state that has “violated the Olympic spirit.”

“For more than half a century, Israel had continued to disregard the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, while committing inhumane policies and practices that were in clear violation of international laws,” he added.

Israel and Malaysia currently have no diplomatic relations. Mohamad labeled Jews as “hook-nosed” last October and condemned Israel for creating chaos in the Middle East.

Nonetheless, World Jewish Congress applauded Kurz for standing up to Mohamad.

“Kurz has proven throughout his tenure, through both words and actions, his commitment to the security and well-being of the Jewish community, as well as his immense support for the State of Israel and its flourishing bilateral relations with the Austrian government,” said WJC president Ronald Lauder.

“Mohamad, on the other hand, has proven the very opposite,“ he added, ”trumpeting blatantly anti-Semitic and unacceptable tropes and stereotypes, in direct contradiction to his country’s own diverse cultural fabric and strong standing within the international community, as well as supporting discriminatory measures directly targeting representatives of the State of Israel, such as the objectionable exclusion of Israeli Paralympic athletes from an upcoming competition to be hosted by Malaysia.”

 

 

Austrian chancellor tells Malaysian premier: Anti-Semitism is ‘unacceptable’

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also told Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad that Austria is a “friend and partner of Israel.”

(JNS) During a 40-minute meeting in Vienna on Monday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad that anti-Semitism is “unacceptable.”

Kurz, 32, also told Mohamad, 93, that Austria is a “friend and partner of Israel.”

This comes as Malaysia banned Israel from participating in the Muslim-majority nation’s hosting of international sporting events, with the former citing the choice was motivated by Mohamad’s “rabid anti-Semitism.”

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah responded on Friday, saying that he is “deeply disgusted” with Israel’s condemnation, and that it is the Jewish state that has “violated the Olympic spirit.”

“For more than half a century, Israel had continued to disregard the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, while committing inhumane policies and practices that were in clear violation of international laws,” he added.

Israel and Malaysia currently have no diplomatic relations. Mohamad labeled Jews as “hook-nosed” last October and condemned Israel for creating chaos in the Middle East.

In an address in London on Friday night, the Malaysian Prime Minister doubled down on his well-known antisemitism, saying it was a matter of freedom of speech for him to speak “against the Jews”.

When it was pointed out his previous remarks about Jewish people being “hooked nosed” with “an instinctive sense of money” were antisemitic, he responded saying: “We are free to say what we like, we can say something that can be regarded as antisemitic by the Jews. That is their right to hold such an opinion of me. It is my right to tell them they have been doing a lot of wrong things.

“Why we can’t say anything against Israel, against the Jews?,” he asked.

The 93-year-old was also asked why, when he wanted to criticise Israel, he used the word “Jews” instead of pointing to certain policies by the Israeli government. He said: “Well, it seems most of them support the stance taken by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the Arabs, so when I say only the ‘Zionists’, people don’t understand. What they do understand is the word ‘yahudi’ or ‘Jews’.”

World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S.Lauder applauded Kurz for standing up to Mohamad.

“Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has proven throughout his tenure, through both words and actions, his commitment to the security and well-being of the Jewish community, as well as his immense support for the State of Israel and its flourishing bilateral relations with the Austrian government,” Lauder said.

“Malaysian President Mahathir Mohamad, on the other hand, has proven the very opposite, trumpeting blatantly antisemitic and unacceptable tropes and stereotypes, in direct contradiction to his country’s own diverse cultural fabric and strong standing within the international community, as well as supporting discriminatory measures directly targeting representatives of the State of Israel, such as the objectionable exclusion of Israeli Paralympic athletes from an upcoming competition to be hosted by Malaysia.”

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