Austrian MP expelled over "anti-Semitic" Facebook comment

Member of Austrian far-right Freedom Party expelled over "anti-Semitic" Facebook comment

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Photo by: Reuters

Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPO) on Monday stated it would dismiss a parliamentary group member due to an anti-Semitic comment she posted on Facebook.

Susanne Winter on Friday posted a Der Spiegel article on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s arguments that links refugee crisis to billionaire George Soros a massive funder of pro-migration groups.

Winter then supported a comment posted under the link by another user that says "The Zionist money-Jews worldwide are the problem."

"Nice, you have taken the words right out of my mouth ;-) " she replied.

"There are lots of things that I am not allowed to say. This makes me all the happier about courageous, independent people!"

FPO, most popular party in Austria as polls suggest, gained support stemming from their anti-immigration stance on the overflow of refugees into Europe. In order to reduce influx of refugees, the party wants a border fence to be built around the country.

However, the party in a statement said, Winter’s comment had crossed a "red line." Winter did not resign despite FPO’s offer her to do so.

"Given that up to this point in time no announcement has been made as to the resignation of Susanne Winter, she is hereby excluded from the Austrian Freedom Party with immediate effect. In addition, the FPO continues to call for her to give up her mandate (in parliament)," the party said in a statement.

Winter denies being anti-Semitic.

"Anti-Semitic ideas were, are and will always be completely abhorrent to me and I do not support this body of thought!" she said on Facebook.

Winter is a member of the Austria-Israel parliamentary group. However, upon her “anti-Semitic” comment exchange, the group said she is "a disgrace to the Austrian parliament."

TRTWorld and agencies