Anti-BDS resolution to be introduced to Austria parliament

All five parties in the National Council agreed on Wednesday to the text of the resolution, and it is thought that it will come to a vote in January.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swears in Austria's provisional government after a no-confidence vote by the Parliament in Vienna, Austria (photo credit: REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER)
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swears in Austria's provisional government after a no-confidence vote by the Parliament in Vienna, Austria
(photo credit: REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER)
A resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel is set to be introduced to the Austrian parliament, with advocates of the measure confident it will gain a majority.
The motion to be submitted to the lower house of the Austrian parliament, known as the National Council, will call on the government to combat antisemitism and anti-Zionism, and to deny funding and any form of state assistance to antisemitic organizations and organizations that promote BDS.
All five parties in the National Council, including the far-right Freedom Party and the Social Democratic Party on the left, agreed on Wednesday to the text of the resolution. It is thought that it will come to a vote in January.
Since all five parties back the resolution, its passage in a vote in the lower house is expected to sail through easily.
“The National Council strongly condemns all forms of antisemitism, including Israel-related antisemitism,” the proposed resolution reads. It calls on the Austrian federal government “to develop a holistic strategy” to combat antisemitism, and to “strongly condemn the BDS movement and its goals, in particular the call for a boycott of Israeli products, companies, artists, scientists or athletes.”
It also requests that the federal government “not provide premises and infrastructure” to organizations that express themselves in antisemitic terms “or question Israel’s right to exist,” and to ensure that no federal financial support goes to BDS organizations and events.
“This resolution is the necessary and logical consequence of Austria’s commitment to the non-negotiable support of the state of Israel as well as the fight against all forms of antisemitism,” said Oskar Deutsch, president of the Jewish Community of Vienna.


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