Austrian Communist Party Rejects BDS, Recalls Nazi Boycott of Jews

One of the oldest communist parties in the world opposed the far-left pro-boycott trend of Israel, declaring in October its opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against the Jewish state.

“Israel’s right to exist is inviolable for the KPÖ [Communist Party of Austria]. A boycott of Israeli products, as demanded by the BDS campaign, recalls, in the context of German-Austrian history, the disgusting Nazis propaganda of “not buying the Jews” … is deeply rejected, “wrote the Austrian Communist Party for the state of Styria.

The response from the communist party came in response to thirty questions sent by politician Kurt Hohensinner of the Austrian People’s Party in Graz, the capital of Styria.

The Austrian People’s Party asked the Communist Party of Graz: “Due to the different statements, there was always repeated irritation between the representatives of the KPÖ and the Jewish community. What is your position on the BDS movement? What is your position regarding Israel’s right to exist? “

The Austrian People’s Party sent the questionnaire to the communists to assess whether the parties could cooperate in city politics and law-making. The conservative Austrian People’s Party classified BDS as anti-Semitic in a federal parliamentary vote in 2020.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Germany’s federal parliament declared BDS an anti-Semitic campaign in 2019. A year later, the Austrian federal parliament unanimously voted that BDS is anti-Semitic.

In 2019, the KPÖ in Graz refused to vote in favor of a resolution against anti-Semitism and against BDS, prompting widespread criticism across Austria, according to a Nov. 2 article in Markus Sulzbacher’s Austrian daily Der Standard.

Sulzbacher’s complaint covered the growing left-wing anti-Semitism in Austria.

The communist party said it rejected the 2019 anti-BDS resolution because it “ignored all conspiracy theories, national anti-Semites and German fraternity.” The KPÖ said that the other parties rejected its “amendments” to change the resolution.

According to the Der Standard article, the number of recorded incidents of anti-Semitism during the first half of 2021 amounted to 415 in Austria.

The number of 100 anti-Semitic left-wing outbreaks rose to 100. There were 244 far-right incidents of hatred of Jews and 71 cases of Muslim-based anti-Semites.

In May, an anti-Israel demonstration in Vienna during Israel’s conflict with the United States and the EU-designated terrorist entity Hamas displayed a large image of Leila Khaled, the condemned Palestinian terrorist, with a rifle and the phrase “La rebellion is justified. ”

Leila Khaled is a member of the US and EU designated terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Khaled hijacked TWA Flight 840 on August 29, 1969. On September 6, 1970, he hijacked EL AL Flight 219.

The Austrian Communist Party has its origins in the establishment of the Austrian-German Communist Party in 1918. The Austrian Homeland Front and the Nazis banned the communist party between 1933-1945. The KPÖ supported the founding of Israel in 1948, but turned anti-Israel after Israel’s defeated Arab armies in the Six Day War in 1967.

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