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Austria: Rightist in hot water over Jewish comment

Austria: Rightist in hot water over Jewish comment

Austrian prosecutors say they have launched a preliminary investigation into whether a provincial right-wing politician broke the law when he called the head of a Jewish museum a "Jew in exile from America."
The remark Friday by Dieter Egger, head of the Freedom Party in Vorarlberg province, has sparked widespread condemnation. His comments were aimed at Hanno Loewy, director of the Jewish Museum in Hohenems, who had criticized a party slogan.
Feldkirch prosecutor Franz Pflanzner said Tuesday his office was looking into the matter based on an "initial suspicion" that Egger had engaged in incitement. It was unclear when a decision on whether to launch a formal investigation would be made.
Loewy, a German citizen, called Egger's remarks "absurd."


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:30 GMT+08:00