lundi 17 février 2014


The Islamic religious community of Linz (Austria) criticized the fact that the Red Cross rejected a blood donation campaign initiated by them because people from Southeaster Europe, North Africa and the Middle East could not be taken into consideration due to medical reasons.

The Red Cross grounded its decision on the increased incidence of Hepatitis B antibodies in Southeastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. According to the Islamic community, other groups from upper Austria have also had a similar experience.

The religious community issued on Tuesday a press release in which it was stated that a doctor had justified the rejection by saying that associations of people having Islam as their faith or with Muslim or Turk family background records would not be taken into consideration for medical reasons as a matter of principle.

The association expressed in astonishment that: „the fact that many Austrians who follow the Muslim faith are born and have grown up in Austria, and have always been members of the country’s healthcare system, seems to mean nothing”. The Red Cross itself declares on its homepage its willingness to ensure the participation of immigrants in society and safeguard the respect towards diversity. 


The head of the Central blood bank, Christian Gabriel, emphasized on a written statement that „The fact that one is allowed to donate blood is grounded purely on medical reasons, without any consideration to skin color or religion”. One has the duty to work according to the safety precaution law when dealing with blood and its products. It is a fact that Hepatitis B antibodies are more common in Southeast Europe. “Our reluctance to (accept) requests coming from cultural associations with those backgrounds“ is founded solely on this reason – he said.

Source: ORF

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