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Animal slaughter without stunning is forbidden in Austria, although exemptions on religious grounds can be obtained, which is how kosher slaughter can be practiced in the country.
Klaus Schneeberger, the regional leader of ruling Austrian People’s Party of Chancellor Kurz, said, “Of course, nobody will have to register to buy kosher meat. There will be no such thing."
The FPO, which was founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s, came third in last year's parliamentary election.
The Austrian Freedom Party, now part of Austria's governing coalition, was founded by a former SS officer in 1956.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Austria, Kurz said, has taken a long time to be “open and honest” about its past, and the country was “not only a victim but also a perpetrator.”
By HERB KEINON
Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg accused the Likud of "dangerously flirting with the worst of the antisemites."
By GIL HOFFMAN
Israel is believed to be waiting to see how other like-minded countries deal with the new government before taking a formal stand.
Israel’s formal policy has been to avoid contact with those parties and not to engage with them or their members at a diplomatic level.
In the face of the attempts to by FPO to cozy up with Israel – only to legitimize hatred toward other ethnic and religious minorities – Israel shall be the last to give the FPO a kashrut stamp.
By AMIR PERETZ
Israel has no allies in the EU, which is now notorious for its shameless bias and double standards against the Jewish state.
By ISI LEIBLER
Israel also has a moral responsibility to take a stand against xenophobia even when not directed against Jews.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
Austrian Chancellor dissolved his coalition with the Freedom Party after the release of a video in which FP leader discussed state contracts in return for favors with a fake Russian oligarch's niece.
By ROSSELLA TERCATIN
Though representatives of camp survivors stated it would be "a renewed humiliation" to have members of the party there, the FPO insisted that it has denounced its Nazi roots.
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