Jewish Community of Vienna bars radical rabbi

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16 January 2007, Vienna (dpa) - The Jewish Community of Vienna barred a radical ultra-orthodox rabbi who participated in December's Holocaust conference in Iran. Moshe Aryeh Friedmann, who rejects the state of Israel, was accused by the Jewish Community of Vienna of harmful conduct, particularly through his contacts with "revisionist-historical, anti- Semitic circles." The community also denied his status as a rabbi. Friedmann, who has often called for anti-Zionist demonstrations in Vienna, was a speaker a

16 January 2007

Vienna (dpa) - The Jewish Community of Vienna barred a radical ultra-orthodox rabbi who participated in December's Holocaust conference in Iran.

Moshe Aryeh Friedmann, who rejects the state of Israel, was accused by the Jewish Community of Vienna of harmful conduct, particularly through his contacts with "revisionist-historical, anti- Semitic circles." The community also denied his status as a rabbi.

Friedmann, who has often called for anti-Zionist demonstrations in Vienna, was a speaker at the Iranian government hosted-conference aimed at minimizing the Holocaust in which more than 6 million Jews died at the hands of Nazi Germany. The two-day meeting was internationally condemned.

While in Tehran Friedmann was pictured embracing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel.

Friedmann, who is originally from the US, has been reported as saying he prays three times daily for the disappearance of Israel "by peaceful means."

DPA

Subject: German news

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