Berlin – Susanne Winter, a member of the German parliament from the extremist right-wing Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), agreed with a Facebook post on Saturday that wealthy pro-Zionist Jews are the source of the world’s problems.
On Saturday, Oehlmann Hans-Jörg wrote on Winter’s Facebook page: “The Zionists money Jews are the global problem. Europe, and in particular Germany, are now getting what they deserve from Zionist Jews, particularly rich Zionist Jews in the USA, for the century-long persecution of Jews in Europe.
According to the Zionists, Europe, particularly Germany, should be cut off as economic competitors to the US.”
Winter responded to the post: “It is great. You are taking the words right out of my mouth. There are a lot of things I am not allowed to write.
Therefore I’m even more pleased about courageous, independent people.”
Winter appeared to have deleted the exchange on her Facebook page but viewers preserved screen shots.
Critics quickly weighed in.
Marco Schreuder, head of the Green Party faction in the Austrian Federal Assembly, demanded that Winter resign. He pushed for her resignation on his Twitter feed and in a press release. He asked on Twitter if Austria’s conservative foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz will call for Winter to resign.
Schreuder—one of the leading politicians fighting modern Austrian anti-Semitism–said Winter “supports the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory and moreover the Nazi terminology of ‘Money-Jews’…That is the high point of scores of anti-Semitic statements from the FPÖ. The FPÖ showed its true anti-Jewish hostility.”
Stefan Schaden, a board member of the Austrian-Israeli Society, told the Jerusalem Post on Sunday that, “An Austrian Member of Parliament in 2015 has just proudly admitted that she has an anti-Semitic world view when she said on Facebook that the expression ‘Zionist money Jews’ is something that could come from her mouth.
This anti-Semitic expression also shows her hatred for Israel as she explicitly agreed to the notion that Israeli Jews run the world.”
Schaden added, “The FPÖ apparently is a party for people with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel positions.
Now it will be interesting to see if blatant anti-Semitism has any consequences in Austria, especially as both the conservative ÖVP and Social democratic SPÖ have coalitions with the FPÖ on the regional level.”