Austrian Jewish leader: Attacks targeting Jews on the rise

January 8, 2013 01:30

BERLIN – Oskar Deutsch, the head of Vienna’s Jewish community, on Monday railed against the EU in general and Austria in particular for failing to combat growing violence against European Jews.

Deutsch told the Austrian paper Kurier that “anti-Semitism seems to be respectable“ across Europe and that his community documented 135 anti-Semitic incidents in 2012.

The figure nearly doubled from that of 2011, which saw 71 outbreaks of Jew-hatred.

Asked if the EU is doing too little to fight anti-Semitism, Deutsch told the Kurier that is an understatement.

“EU representatives and politicians must say that ‘anti-Semitism should not be allowed to occur,’” he said, slamming the EU human rights agency in Vienna for not for not taking action.

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