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Austrian prosecutor: Call to kill Jews is legal criticism of Israel

Supporters of Karpaty Lviv hold a German Nazi flag with a swastika as they attend a soccer match against Dynamo Kiev in Kiev August 19, 2007. Poland and Ukraine denounced British press allegations of racism and mob violence at soccer stadiums and assured foreign footballers and fans on May 29, 2012 that they would be safe during the Euro 2012 tournament they will jointly host in June 2012. A BBC Panorama investigative programme on soccer violence filmed in their countries, which aired on May 28, 2012 contained footage of fans giving Nazi salutes, taunting black players with monkey noises, anti-Semitic chants and a group of Asian students being attacked at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, one of the four Ukrainian cities which will be hosting matches. Picture taken August 19, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer/Files (UKRAINE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) - RTR32TKD

“I could have annihilated all the Jews in the world, but I left some of them alive so you will know why I was killing them…,” Ibrahim B. wrote on his Facebook page in December.

Ibrahim, the 29-year-old owner of a hair salon in the city of Wels near Linz, attributed the quote to Hitler and posted a picture of the German dictator on his Facebook site. Ibrahim launched his pro-Nazi tirade in the context of criticizing Israel’s Operation Protective Edge war against Hamas last summer.

Christl on Tuesday described Ibrahim’s statements as merely expressing “displeasure toward Israel,” and not a glorification of Hitler, according to the Oberösterreichische Nachrichten paper.

Ibrahim, whose last name was not disclosed in the Austrian press, also called on Allah to annihilate the Jewish state, the newspaper wrote. The Austrian media said the quote attributed to Hitler was not an actual statement from the Nazi leader.

A Facebook user noticed Ibrahim’s postings and notified the police. The authorities opened an investigation into a violation of a law that outlaws the glorification of the National Socialists.

Stefan Schaden, a member of the advisory board of the Austria-Israel Society, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, “This position [of the prosecutor] is, unfortunately, becoming more popular. Everything passes as so-called criticism



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