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Europeans Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP) support BDS Austria and urge the Mayor of Vienna to desist from its lawsuit

Published on Thu Jan 27 2022 - modified on Fri Mar 11 2022

On 25 January 2022, Europeans Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP) sent a letter to the Mayor of Vienna, urging the Municipality to drop its lawsuit against a Palestinian rights advocate member of BDS Austria.

We urge the Municipality to desist from this meritless claim brought against BDS Austria in order to silence their voice. As a State institution, we ask you to stand alongside those who respect the law and to desist from your lawsuit, which constitutes an unjustified attack on the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

States the letter.

As Jewish groups which stand up for human rights and international law, they reject the allegations brought against the activist and BDS Austria as well as the anti-BDS motion of the City Council of Vienna. EJJP defends the legitimacy of BDS Austria and argues that the group lawfully criticises the State of Israel’s policies, including Israeli apartheid.

EJJP is a federation of 11 European Jewish peace groups campaigning in 9 countries throughout Europe against the occupation of the Palestinian Territories by Israel and in favour of a durable peace solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Read the whole letter here.

Also see the EJJP annex listing rulings where courts acknowledged the lawfulness of BDS advocacy.

Picture: City Hall of Vienna © Creative Commons, Wien Rathaus hochauflösend, Thomas Ledl, 3 June 2015

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