The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has welcomed the results of the Austrian presidential elections and the victory of Alexander Van der Bellen over far-right Austrian candidate Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party.
“We join democrats and all right-minded people in Austria and across Europe in breathing a sigh of relief that the first openly racist and xenophobic head of state was not elected on our continent,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “This would not just have been a disaster for Austria but also for Europe, as it might have given a strong tailwind for other similar extremists across the continent, like the National Front leader Marine Le Pen who is competing in the upcoming French presidential elections.”
“We hope that this creates momentum for mainstream and decent politicians to start to fight back against those who are using recent economic and social upheavals to push their intolerant agenda.”
The European Jewish Congress looks forward to working with President-elect Van der Bellen on issues of mutual interest and concern to the Jewish community.Monday, December 05, 2016