Austria's Engagement in Palestine: New Security Measures and Humanitarian Support

PeopleOther ♦ Published: December 14, 2023; 17:47 ♦ (Vindobona)

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg set an example for humanitarianism by meeting a group of Austrian-Palestinian dual nationals who were recently evacuated from the Gaza Strip. This meeting, which took place at the Foreign Ministry, allowed the Minister to learn first-hand about the difficult conditions in the Gaza Strip and the challenges of the evacuation operation.

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg met with evacuated dual nationals from Gaza in Vienna. / Picture: © BMEIA Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres / Gruber / Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The meeting focused on the experiences of the 31 evacuees who were brought to safety via the Rafah border crossing. Special attention was paid to the children who are now attending kindergarten and school in Vienna and have found safety in Austria. Schallenberg emphasized the importance of attaching equal value to every life and placing human rights at the forefront.