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Austrian Jewish leaders deny normalization plan with far-right party
Jewish leaders in Austria denied a report in Israel that the community had prepared a program for normalizing ties with the far-right Freedom Party, which it now shuns.
The Israeli Hebrew-language news website NRG on June 3 reported that the Jewish Community in Vienna had a roadmap for the Freedom Party to follow if it was to have formal ties. The report said the plan included disassociating from neo-Nazis and neo-Nazi events frequented by Freedom Party members, including lawmakers.
But Oskar Deutsch, the community's president, said no such plan exists and that he merely spoke hypothetically with the NRG journalist about the possibility of following such a plan.
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