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Austria's Compulsory Courses Address Antisemitism Among Immigrants

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Nitish Verma
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Austria's Compulsory Courses Address Antisemitism Among Immigrants

In a recent address, Mirela Memic, the head of compulsory value and orientation courses in Austria, spoke on the concerns about antisemitism among immigrants. She highlighted that overt antisemitic attitudes are not immediately evident in these courses, as attendees understand the state-mandated setting is not suitable for such expressions.

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Antisemitism Module in Orientation Courses

The compulsory courses in Austria include a crucial module on antisemitism. This module aims to educate immigrants about Austria's historical burden and Judaism's significant role in society. It strives to foster understanding and break down barriers that might lead to antisemitic attitudes.

Addressing Current Conflicts

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Questions do arise reflecting the current conflicts in the Middle East, such as alleged preferential treatment of Jews or Austria's solidarity with Israel. However, according to Memic, these are not severe enough to warrant reporting under Austria's Prohibition Act.

Encouraging Reflection and Reevaluation

Memic emphasized the courses' aim is not to actively change participants' values. Instead, they are designed to encourage reflection and reevaluation of personal viewpoints, moving towards a society where antisemitism has no place.

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