A Jewish resident in a Vienna apartment building said he was forced to take down the Israeli flag he had displayed in his window this weekend after a neighbor apparently complained to the building management. Sebestyen Fiumei said he doesn’t know who made the complaint, but believes if he had been told to remove, for example, the rainbow flag associated with gay rights, there would have been outrage. “If anyone thinks that the whole problem is just a needless Jewish oy-veying, they should consider what would have happened if it hadn’t been the Israeli flag, but e.g. the LGBT Rainbow flag,” Fiumei wrote on Facebook, referring to the Yiddish phrase often used to express woe.
Fiumei said the building administrator conveyed the message that the flag “hurts the feelings of a neighbor in the building and that I should remove it.” “Then instead of being a good Ghettojude [ghetto Jew], I sent an e-mail to the administrator and to the p. tenant [from whom he is subletting] in which I pointed out how incorrect and sad their demand is in today’s Europe, where even in recent months several attacks have taken place against the Jewish community’s members, who were indicating themselves as Jewish, by e.g. wearing a Kippah, or going to a synagogue,” he wrote. FULL REPORT