Austria’s far-right interior minister Herbert Kickl rubber-stamped Israel’s misleading “working definition” of anti-Semitism in Brussels.
'A new European Union declaration could make it harder to criticize Israel as a racist state without being dubbed an anti-Semite.
Politicians in Brussels on Thursday rubber-stamped the document.
The declaration asks all EU governments to “endorse the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.”
The move, passed by EU member states’ home affairs ministers, has already been condemned by a number of Israeli and French academics.
The declaration was spearheaded by Austria, whose coalition government includes ministers who are members of a neo-Nazi party.
The EU meeting that formally adopted the declaration on Thursday included several ministers from a number of right-wing parties which have encouraged anti-Jewish bigotry.
Austria’s interior minister Herbert Kickl was one of them.
He is from the Freedom Party, an anti-Muslim organization led by neo-Nazi Heinz-Christian Strache (now the vice-chancellor of Austria).
Kickl was accused of Nazi language in January, when he called for authorities “to concentrate asylum seekers in one place.”
His language seemed deliberately calculated to invoke the Holocaust – albeit this time primarily targeting Muslim asylum seekers.'
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