Viennese Jews facing harassment over flotilla


(JTA) — Jews in Vienna reportedly have been facing almost daily harassment since Israel’s deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Ariel Muzicant, president of the Viennese Jewish community, told the Austrian national public broadcaster ORF that members of the Jewish community have been subjected to verbal abuse and spitting. He said the violence has been directed at those who are identifiable by their clothes as being Jewish and that there was no physical violence, according to the German news agency DPA, citing the ORF report.

Muzicant, who heads the Vienna Israelite Community, or IKG, the body that represents Vienna’s Jews, also said his organization filed lawsuits against the organizers of recent anti-Israel demonstrations because anti-Semitic slogans and images were used, according to DPA. The protesters reportedly were mostly of Turkish or Arab origin.

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