Austrian party expels member over anti-Semitic posting

AP News
Posted: Nov 02, 2015 3:07 PM

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's right-wing Freedom Party has expelled one of its legislators after she backed anti-Semitic sentiments in a Facebook posting.

In a statement Monday, the party also demanded that Susanne Winter give up her seat in parliament — something she said she would not do. Winter said she would continue to sit in the legislature as an independent.

Winter insists she is not anti-Semitic. But the Freedom Party agreed to expel her in response to last week's post in which she backed a Facebook statement by one of her supporters that said "Jews the world over are the problem."

Winter responded: "nice that you take the words out of my mouth," adding a smiling and winking emoticon.

She later deleted both postings.