Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), and grand rabbi of Moscow, said today that populist parties in Europe were winning votes in Jewish communities due to their fear of Islamism.
In Vienna for a meeting of the CER, he declared that a "significant part of the local Jewish community voted for Norbert Hofer in the presidential elections," he said in an interview.
Norbert Hofer was the Freedom Party (FPÖ) candidate in the last election Austria. The Austrian Jewish community is estimated at 15,000 people, compared to more than 500,000 Muslims, among 8.4 million inhabitants.
The grand rabbi also mentioned the example of the Front National in France, and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. "When God gave out intelligence, everyone didn't receive it in the same way. And when these parties come with a populist message to Jews and say: 'We're going to save you from the Muslims', the propaganda works," he added.
The grand rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt expressed the opinion that Europe should respond to these worries by reinforcing security at its frontiers, and insisting on better integration of refugees.
"If the traditional European parties do not deal with these issies, they are going to lose," he declared. "Moderate Muslims are our natural allies. They are much more victims of Islamism than Jews," he added.Source
The figure for the number of Jews in Austria I saw previously was 6000. Here they're claiming 15,000. The discrepancy seems to arise from the difference between religiously practising or believing Jews and Jews defined by ancestry. It's notable that when talking among themselves, Jews seem to use the genetic figure rather than the religious one.