Hang Your Head In Shame, ÖVP!

In connection with the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Centre for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue Austria’s Deputy Chancellor Reinhard Mitterlehner (ÖVP) said today that the Centre’s mandate is inter-religious dialogue and not the commenting of human rights violations.

Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day, which makes Mr Mitterlehner’s comment all the more remarkable, in a not so positive way.

After all, we know that many Austrians and Germans during the nazi era looked the other way because they did not think it was their mandate to comment on or oppose the human rights violations committed by the nazi regime against Jews and others.

Today, Mr Mitterlehner legitimized this excuse, at least indirectly.

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