Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today harshly criticized the election yesterday of ultranationalist Martin Graf of the extremist Freedom Party as the deputy president of the Austrian parliament. In a statement issued in Jerusalem by its chief Nazi-hunter Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center called the election of Graf “ a highly-distressing result which will considerably strengthen the forces of right-wing extremism in Austria, a country whose representatives should be highly aware of the dangers of such an ideology.”
According to Zuroff:
“Graf has on numerous occasions made clear his extremist views and his membership in the “Olympia” student union is clear proof of his ultranationalist ideology. The fact that he could be elected Deputy President of the Austrian Parliament should light warning signals not only in Austria but all over Europe.”
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