Thursday, February 12, 2015

Austria: Antisemitic incitement is now a valid political expression

Via MittelHessen

Via Oberösterreichische Nachrichten (here and here) h/t dokmz:

The prosecutor in Linz decided not to charge a Turkish-Austrian for posting on his Facebook a fictitious quote by Hitler: "I could have killed all the Jews, but I left some alive to show you why I killed them."  The man had also written that he wishes Israel would be destroyed, and that the Jews are playing with fire when they kill so many people.

The man said he had posted the photo in response to the Gaza War. He claimed he was not a racist - as a hairdresser he does not care whether his customers are Jewish.  He also said that he did not know such comments were not-legal (and besides, he's Turkish, not Austrian).

The law in Austria bans the publication of Nazi-related material.

The prosecutor decided not to press charges, as the man did not intend to glorify Hitler, but rather state his annoyance with Israel.

In other words, we don't care about the Jews, long as Austria won't turn 'officially' Nazi again.

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