The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) warmly welcomed Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer’s announcement on Wednesday that a common anti-Israel slogan– “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” — will be considered as a murder threat in Austria and prosecuted as a criminal offense.
“Finally,” CAM CEO Sacha Roytman Dratwa stated. “For years, this clear call for the genocide of all Jews in Israel has been treated as legitimate political discourse. However, after Hamas revealed its true intentions to the world on October 7, with its frenzied slaughter of 1,400 Israeli men, women, and children of all ages just because they lived in the Jewish state, the world can no longer be indifferent to such expressions of exterminationist hatred.”
“I urge other national and local leaders across the globe to follow Chancellor Nehammer’s lead and take this important step to protect Jewish communities from the violent incitement that we have seen an explosion of over the past two and half weeks,” Roytman Dratwa added.
Chancellor Nehammer’s announcement was made during a wartime solidarity visit to Israel on Wednesday.