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Thursday, June 22nd 2017

Broad alliance to protest against anti-Semitic "Quds"-march in Vienna on June 24th

"Quds"-organizer is official at Austria’s Religious Islamic Community IGGiÖ - Anti-Semitism and glorification of terror at core of "Quds-Day"

On June 24th the annual "Quds Day", which is orchestrated worldwide by the Iranian regime, is set to take place in Vienna again. Supporters of the Iranian regime and Hezbollah will be marching for the annihilation of Israel. One of the organizers is Erich Muhammad Waldmann, who is a member of the Council of Imams at Austria’s  Religious Islamic Community IGGiÖ and serves as an imam at Imam Ali mosque in Vienna, which has close ties to the Iranian regime.

In the run-up to and during previous "Quds" demonstrations, which are gender-segregated and led by mullahs, anti-Semitic hate was openly expressed in public. In the past, the organizers posted an anti-Semitic cartoon in their social media channel that called for the murder of Jews and disseminated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories by claiming that Israel would "breed" the "Islamic State". The Austrian Ministry of Interior registered Hezbollah and jihad flags as well as anti-Semitic banners saying "Boycott the 4th Reich, Zionists = Nazis" and depicting a Star of David mutating into a swastika. In spite of his involvement in this anti-Semitic and terror glorifying events, Waldmann was able to stage himself next to IGGiÖ-President Ibrahim Olgun last week as a co-signer of a declaration "against terrorism and anti-Semitism."

"The central goal of the Iranian regime and its European supporters - Israel's destruction - has not changed since 1979. The allegedly 'moderate' Hassan Rouhani calls Israel a 'festering tumor'. The Iranian regime openly boasts about financing Hezbollah and Palestinian terror against Israel. 'Supreme Leader' Ali Khamenei and high-ranking regime officials again and again deny the Holocaust," explains Stephan Grigat, STOP THE BOMB’s Research Director.

A broad alliance of civil society and Members of Parliament Petra Bayr, Albert Steinhauser, Sigrid Maurer, Member of European Parliament Heinz K. Becker, Vienna City Council Members Peter Florianschütz, Birgit Hebein, Peter Kraus and members of various District Councils will come together to hold a rally "Together against any form of anti-Semitism! #NoQudsDay in Vienna" on Saturday, June 24th, from 3pm at Bundesländerplatz/Mariahilfer Straße. Apart from STOP THE BOMB, the alliance is supported by Vienna’s Jewish Community, the Green Students, Republikanischer Club - Neues Österreich, the Initiative against Anti-Semitism, the Kurdish Society for Education, Integration and Culture, as well as many other groups.



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