Published in Le Monde (France) and in numerous newspapers across Europe
Therefore, we are calling for the Austrian government to be ostracized from Europe.
In practice, this means that the far right Austrian ministers should not be received by any of their European counterparts, who should not attend any meeting or encounter with them.
This also means a boycott by the Heads of States and governments of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union between July 1st and December 31st 2018.
Permissively letting the ideologies which have brought the destruction of Europe expand will not help build its future. Vigorously fighting for its basic humanist values will.
This is the nature of our shared destiny that is at stake.
Benjamin Abtan, President of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement – EGAM, Bernard Kouchner, Former Minister of Foreign affairs (France),
With: Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, Leaders of the Sons and Daughters of Jewish Deportees from France, UNESCO Honorary Ambassadors and Special Envoys for Education about the Holocaust and the Prevention of Genocide (Germany and France), José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Former president of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, Miguel-Angel Moratinos, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs (Spain), Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister of Canada, President of the World Movement for Democracy (Canada), Livia Fränkel, President of the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Sweden (Sweden), Vojtêch Blodig, Deputy Director of the Terezín Memorial (Czech Republic), Danis Tanovic, Film-Maker (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Rithy Panh, Writer, Film-Maker (Cambodia, France), Oliviero Toscani, Visual Artist (Italy), Jovan Divjak, Former General, Deputy Director Commander of the Defence forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Defender of besieged Sarajevo, Executive Director of “Education Builds Bosnia and Herzegovina” (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Willy Silberstein, President of the Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism (Sweden), Richard Prasquier, Vice-President of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, former President of the Representative Council of Jewish organizations of France – CRIF, Former President of Yad Vashem (France), Pascal Bruckner, Author (France), Evelynne Garbacz, Operations Manager of the Yad Vashem Foundation (United-Kingdom), Gérad Biard Editor in Chief of Charlie Hebdo (France), Naomi Kramer, President of the Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Foundation (Canada), Oriol López-Badell, Coordinator of the European Observatory of Memories (Spain), Alain Goldschläger, Former President of the Academic Committee of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, professor (Canada), Felicia Waldman, professor at the Goldstein Goren Center for Hebrew Studies at the Bucharest university, deputy head of national delegation at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (Romania), Jacques Smits, director of Territoires de la mémoire (Belgium), Audrey Pulvar, President of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation (France).
"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan