Star of David flag vandalized in Vienna, Austria - report

Three youths destroyed a flag with the Star of David on it, according to the Algemeiner website.

A general view of the city centre skyline showing residential housing and commercial buildings in Vienna, Austria, February 10, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER)
A general view of the city centre skyline showing residential housing and commercial buildings in Vienna, Austria, February 10, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/LEONHARD FOEGER)

A flag with a Star of David was torn down last weekend in an act of vandalism in Vienna, Austria, the Algemeiner website reported on Tuesday.

Committed at the interfaith center the Campus of Religions, the act was reportedly recorded on camera and then posted on TikTok.

In the video, three youths are seen scaling a flagpole and then removing the flag and dragging it until it is destroyed, according to the Algemeiner report, which cited press reports as saying that police have opened an investigation into the incident.

“Of course, the antisemitic vandalism on the campus of religions is disturbing, but our answer is: Jewish life, both religiously and culturally!” Jewish Community of Vienna president Oskar Deutsch tweeted on Monday, 

 A police car stands guard as pedestrians pass St. Stephen’s Cathedral, after the Austrian government placed roughly two million people who are not fully vaccinated against corona on lockdown in Vienna on November 15, 2021. (credit: LISI NIESNER) A police car stands guard as pedestrians pass St. Stephen’s Cathedral, after the Austrian government placed roughly two million people who are not fully vaccinated against corona on lockdown in Vienna on November 15, 2021. (credit: LISI NIESNER)

Viennese mayor's reaction to the act of vandalism

“The act of vandalism that occurred on the construction site of the campus of religions is intolerable.”

Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig

“The act of vandalism that occurred on the construction site of the campus of religions is intolerable,” Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig said.

“Vienna is a city in which the most diverse religions and faith communities are in peaceful dialogue with one another,” he said. “In the future, the campus of religions in Seestadt Aspern should stand for this peaceful coexistence and emphasize Vienna’s role as a city of peace.”