Austrian prosecutor: Call to kill Jews is legal criticism of Israel
Prosecutor rules that Austrian hair stylist’s anti-Semitic Facebook posts are a legitimate way to criticize Israel.
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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