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June 4, 2003
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The leader of the Austrian Jewish community rejected as inadequate stopgap funding proposed by the Austrian government. Ariel Muzicant said a suggested interest-free loan of about $800,000 a year for 2003, 2004 and 2005 was just a means of postponing a decision on whether the state will provide the community with more substantial permanent funding. The state currently provides $900,000 in annual subsidies to the community, and Muzicant has asked the state for an extra $3 million a year. Without this extra subsidy, he says, the community will be forced to lay off staff and drastically cut activities.

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