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ADL Condemns Austrian Politician For Posting Anti-Semitic Caricature On His Facebook Page

New York, NY, August 20, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned Austrian far-right politician Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the xenophobic Freedom Party, for posting an anti-Semitic caricature on his Facebook page.

The caricature shows a corpulent figure labeled "Bankers," who is being treated to a feast by a figure labeled "Governments," while a third figure labeled "The People" receives just a bone. The banker is shown with Stars of David on his cufflinks, dollar signs on his tie and a hooked nose.

"This latest anti-Semitic expression from Heinz-Christian Strache is all the proof anyone needs to see that he has not given up his anti-Semitic beliefs," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Now, he's promoting the anti-Semitic canard that Jews control international finance and manipulate governments to enrich themselves at the expense of non-Jews. Strache brings shame to Austrian politics and should be repudiated for his anti-Jewish bigotry."

Earlier this year, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Strache mocked victims of the Holocaust by comparing anti-fascist protests to Kristallnacht. At the time ADL lambasted his comment as an outrageous trivialization of the memory of the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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