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Anti-Semitic posts: Kurz appeals to prosecutor

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Anti-Semitic posts: Kurz appeals to prosecutor
Sebastian Kurz. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER
10:46 CEST+02:00
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) has appealed to the state prosecutor after receiving dozens of anti-Semitic comments on his Facebook page last Wednesday following a post where he called for peace in the Middle East.
"We will submit a statement of facts to the prosecutor's office to examine the hate postings," said Kurz, according to a report in the daily tabloid Österreich. 
 
Kurz's spokesman Gerald Fleischmann, confirmed to the APA press agency on Wednesday that the minister "does not want to see his site being used for such harassment." 
 
"Discussion yes, but no baiting," Fleischmann added. 
 
Using the applicable laws on incitement and discrimination, Kurz will submit a statement - which includes screenshots from his Facebook site - to the prosecutor, so the comments can be investigated. 
 
Over the past few days, Kurz has appealed to both sides of the Gaza conflict to stop the violence. His comments were subsequently posted on his Facebook page.
 
Meabwhile Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) warned against importing "conflicts from other countries to Austria".
 
She called on those who plan to join a demonstration about the Gaza conflict in Vienna on Sunday, organised by the Union of European-Turkish Democrats (UETD), to "remain calm".

Mikl-Leitner "strongly" condemned "tendencies in social media", saying that the borderline between violent speech and physical violence was becoming blurred. 

"The judiciary observes with great sensitivity anti-Semitic activities, especially in social networks," Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter said on Thursday.
 
"Our police officers will guarantee everybody's security and protect the right of freedom of speech and free assembly as usual," Mikl-Leitner said.
 
She added that Austria had "high standards in protecting its Israeli and Jewish facilities".
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