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  • Behind the Headlines: Austria Set to Talk Restitution, but Some Jews Balk at the Idea

    After years of failing to address the issue of Holocaust restitution, Austria’s new government says it wants to quickly enter negotiations with survivors and Jewish groups to settle outstanding claims. However, some in the Jewish world see this sudden change of heart as an attempt to dampen the criticism of the governing coalition. The government… More ▸

  • European Jewish Groups Urge World to Isolate Austria

    Some 200 of Europe’s Orthodox rabbis have aborted plans to meet in Vienna next month as a protest against the inclusion of Jorg Haider’s far-right Freedom Party in Austria’s governing coalition. The Conference of European Rabbis said it would move its scheduled March meeting to Slovakia because it was now “inappropriate” for the rabbis to… More ▸

  • Israel to Recall Ambassador if Austria Goes Through with Power-sharing Deal

    Israel has threatened to recall its ambassador to Vienna if Austria’s president approves a coalition that includes far-right leader Jorg Haider’s Freedom Party. “If such a coalition arises, there is no place for an Israeli ambassador in Austria — period,” Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy told Israel Army Radio on Wednesday, adding that Israel must… More ▸