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August 20, 2012 12:20 pm

Austrian Politician Posts Anti-Semitic Cartoon on Facebook

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Heinz-Christian Strache. Photo: Christian Jansky.

The leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), Heinz-Christian Strache, has come under fire from Jewish community leaders and politicians over anti-Semitic images on his Facebook page, AFP reported.

One image was a caricature of an overweight man with a crooked nose and Star of David cufflinks.

“It’s not a coincidence that a caricature of Jews, like the ones in (Nazi newspaper) ‘Stuermer’ in the 1930s and 1940s appeared on the Facebook page of FPOe leader Strache,” said Oskar Deutsch, the president of Austria’s Jewish community.

Also appearing on Strache’s Facebook was a picture of him posing at a pig roast with a caption: “Isst du Schwein, darfst du rein” (If you eat pork, you can come in).

While Strache has repeatedly rejected accusations of anti-Semitism as well as Islamophobia, the secretary of the conservative People’s Party said, “It’s about time the FPOe finally did something against the incendiary and discriminating tones within the party itself.”

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