Wien, 22. March 2013 Press release

Lopatka: "Zero tolerance for anti-Semitism"

State Secretary meets President of the Vienna Israelite Community

Vienna, 22 March 2013 – "There is no room for anti-Semitism in our society. Policy makers must not turn a blind eye on anti-Semitic statements. It is the mission of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, domiciled in Vienna, to draw attention to racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic tendencies in the Union. The response to any incidents in these fields must be clear, determined and unflinching", State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said after a meeting with the President of the Vienna Israelite Community, Oskar Deutsch, and Secretary General Raimund Fastenbauer.

President Deutsch mentioned his concern about current anti-Semitic tendencies in Hungary. "We are taking the concerns of the Jewish community very seriously, and I am going to raise this issue during my next visit to Budapest. I have the impression that the Hungarian government is aware of its historic responsibility, which is underlined by the most recent establishment of the Holocaust 2014 Memorial Committee. Austria is taking part in this and cooperates closely with Hungary in Holocaust remembrance", the State Secretary said. The Hungarian Holocaust 2014 Memorial Committee was constituted to mark the 70th Anniversary of the beginning of the extermination of Hungarian Jews.

Another item on the agenda was the cooperation through dialogue between the religions. "The Israelite Community has been a long-standing partner in various dialogue activities of the Foreign Ministry, and will, as such, also be able to contribute valuable input to the King Abdullah Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue", Lopatka concluded.

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