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 was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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