An Israeli political strategist might have broken Austria’s anti-Nazi laws in launching an attack campaign against the country’s People’s Party by labeling its leader an anti-Semite.
Silberstein, who was charged with corruption in Israel over the summer, helped set up Facebook platforms that slammed Elisabeth Koestinger, head of the People’s Party, as an anti-Semite. He did so in his capacity as an adviser to the country’s Social Democrats – who said they had no hand in his activities.
The Social Democrats fired him this summer – after the charges came down in Israel. The Silberstein controversy has been a main discussion in the Austrian political scene in the run-up to parliamentary elections in two weeks.
The Social Democrats, the center-left party, are in hot contention with the center-right People’s Party to see who will retain more control in the nation’s parliament.
Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.
Israeli Politico Runs Foul Of Anti-Nazi Laws In Austria