It recently became known that the left-wing radical activist and author Jean Ziegler received the Otto Bauer Award). Particularly noteworthy: Ziegler was also allowed to give a lecture within the framework of the “Vienna Lectures” financed by taxpayers’ money!For the Viennese Freedom Party (FPÖ), the Ziegler lecture, however, is a source of horror. “Such a person is honoured and admired by the Social Democrats”, the Viennese provincial Freedom Party chairman and club chairman Johann Gudenus is shocked in parliament. He emphasises: “Misusing cultural events financed by the city budget for socialist propaganda is dishonest”.The fact that the event, which is financed by the taxpayer, can be used for agitation by other SPÖ-related cadres and authors also causes criticism by the Freedom Party.
Jean Ziegler is also notorious for his anti-Israeli tirades:
In 2006, Mr. Ziegler said, “I refuse to describe Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. It is a national resistance movement.”
Ziegler has for decades acted as a propagandist for the world’s worst dictators, including Muammar Qaddafi, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Robert Mugabe, as I documented in a 2008 essay.
In 1989, shortly after Libyan agents blew up Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, Mr. Ziegler went to Libya to co-found the “Moammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize.” He announced it to the world. All of this is fully documented in our 2006 report, confirmed by the Neue Zurcher Zeitung.
Under Mr. Ziegler’s supervision, the prize was awarded to anti-Western dictators Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, and to antisemites such as Louis Farrakhan and Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Muhammad.
In 2002, Mr. Ziegler himself received the Qaddafi Prize, together with convicted Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, whom Ziegler had previously praised as a “leading thinker of our time.
Astoundingly, when challenged in 2006, Mr. Ziegler completely denied any involvement with the Qaddafi Prize. He blatantly lied on repeated occasions over seven years—until, in 2013, video evidence emerged of Ziegler receiving the prize.
Ziegler was condemned in 2005 by both U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and High Commissioner of Rights Louise Arbour for his remarks comparing Israelis to “concentration camp” guards. His references to Israel were, in Arbour’s words, “evocative of Nazi Germany,” and “inflammatory.” (…)