Public Campaign for Austrian Activist Facing LawsuitPublished on Thu Jan 20 2022 - modified on Fri Jan 21 2022
A member of BDS Austria is being sued by the Municipality of Vienna for sharing a Facebook post stating: ”Visit Apartheid – Free Palestine”. The Municipality has filed a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) to deliberately repress and intimidate BDS-Austria and Palestinian rights advocates. Such a tactic threatens democratic values and fundamental rights. The hearing at the Commercial Court of Vienna will take place on the 28th of January 2022.
On the 29th of August 2021, BDS-Austria published a social media post with a picture of the famous poster stating “Visit Apartheid” that was stuck on a billboard along with the official logo of the Municipality of Vienna. The post had the sarcastic caption “We are pleased that the City of Vienna also takes note of apartheid and publicly states it”.
In November 2021, a member of BDS-Austria was notified that the Municipality of Vienna officially filed a lawsuit against him. According to the municipality, the BDS movement “incites to hatred against Israeli people” and therefore being publicly associated with BDS would amount to defamation since “the designation of the situation in Israel/Palestine as an “Apartheid” constitutes damage to our reputation”. Read the whole case summary here.
To support the activist and BDS Austria, you can:
- Share the campaign on social media with the hashtag #ViennaVisitApartheid and the Visit Apartheid poster
🚨While #Israel is enforcing apartheid by expelling Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah, @Stadt_Wien filed a lawsuit against a @BdsAustria activist for sharing online the “Visit Apartheid” poster.— European Legal Support Center (ELSC) (@elsclegal) January 20, 2022