ÖIF and Israelitische Kultusgemeinde: New seminar series against anti-Semitism in the field of integration

Course guidance by IKG Secretary General Fastenbauer / Visit by BMEIA Secretary General Peterlik, Israeli Ambassador Lador-Fresher and Expert Member Knapp

Vienna (OTS) – The new series of seminars of the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) in cooperation with the Jewish Community of Vienna (IKG) trains teachers, German trainers, counseling staff and value course leaders in their practical work are confronted with anti-Semitic behaviors. In particular, experiences from the obligatory ÖIF values ​​and orientation courses for refugees show that anti-Semitism is often a problem among Muslim refugees.

“New anti-Semitism harms social cohesion”

Raimund Fastenbauer, Secretary General of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Austria and Secretary General for Jewish Affairs of the Jewish Community Vienna, has developed the seminar series together with the ÖIF and leads it.

Fastenbauer: “Anti-Semitism has been on the increase in Europe recently. In addition to right and left anti-Semitism, the strong migration and refugee movements of recent years have significantly increased the Muslim anti-Semitism of political Islam in Europe as well as in Austria. Increasingly it comes to verbal abuse or even assaults against Jewish people, including in Austria. Often trainers and consultants report that anti-Semitism among refugees and immigrants is widespread and almost self-evident. This not only poses a great risk to the Jewish community, but also endangers living together in Austria.

Franz Wolf, Director of the ÖIF: “There must be no room for anti-Semitism in Austria. The aim of the new format in cooperation with the Jewish Community of Vienna is to offer support to those who are directly confronted with anti-Semitic behavior in their daily integration work with refugees. ”

Visit by Secretary General of the Foreign Office and Israeli Ambassador

Ambassador Johannes Peterlik, Secretary General of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA) visited on August 29, together with Talya Lador-Fresher, Ambassador of Israel in Austria, an anti-Semitism seminar at the Integration Center Vienna of the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) to learn the new seminar series.

Peterlik: “Anti-Semitic ways of thinking and behaving are still a global reality. The series of anti-semitism seminars organized by the Austrian Integration Fund and the Jewish Community is a central contribution to countering prejudices and thereby opening up access to Jewish culture and its life practices. Even if there are already many history books and brochures with facts on this topic, the persuasive power of direct conversation can not replace them. It is important to make aware of the contributions of Judaism to European culture. ”

Talya Lador-Fresher, Israeli ambassador to Austria, thanked the ÖIF and the IKG Vienna for this important initiative on behalf of the State of Israel: “In Israel and in the Jewish community in Austria, people are very worried that the number of anti-Semitic incidents and statements in Europe, but also in Austria, is growing rapidly. The only answer to counter this phenomenon is education and zero tolerance. The knowledge that is conveyed with this new series of seminars is an important measure in the work against anti-Semitic behavior. ”

Identify new anti-Semitism and react properly

During the one-day seminars, the participants will gain basic knowledge on anti-Semitism and radicalism, discuss practical case studies and learn how prevention work can be done in schools as well as German or value-based courses. Dates for anti-Semitism seminars of the ÖIF in cooperation with the IKG are planned in all federal states. Further information can be found at www.integrationsfonds.at.

Österreichischer Integrationsfonds
Michaela Reisinger, BA+43 1 710 12 03 – 338
michaela.reisinger@integrationsfonds.at