A politician has been fined for comparing the Covid vaccination programme to Nazi crimes in Germany.
Florian Jäger – who served as a member of the Bundestag – ‘poured petrol’ on the fire already fueled by conspiracy theories and myths about the pandemic, a court heard.
In December 2021, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) politician posted a video on Facebook which compared the health measures with the 1938 Kristallnacht terror campaign against German Jews.
In it, he insisted that the ‘plight’ of unvaccinated people was the same as that of Jews in the Third Reich.
Jäger took a particular aim at prime minister Markus Söder, accusing him of using Nazi methods to incite ‘popular anger’ against those who are not jabbed.
‘According to a well-known pattern, a scapegoat is currently being sought for the catastrophic political failure of the governing body, and Söder has found him,’ he said.
‘It’s the “unvaccinated”.’
The video then ends with the words: ‘Let’s break through that, let’s resist, let’s take to the streets.’
At a court hearing in the city of Munich, prosecutor Andreas Franck, antisemitism commissioner of the Bavarian judiciary, argued that Jäger had intentionally sought to incite hatred.
He added: ‘As a politician, he knew exactly where the burning issues were and his video poured petrol on the fire.
‘If the Holocaust is degraded to an arbitrary object of comparison for measures that are perceived as unwelcome, then the protection of Jewish people from antisemitic attacks would also be dragged down.’
Franck also argued that with his video, the politician gave vaccination opponents a ‘blueprint’ with which they ‘can stylize themselves as resistance fighters’, the JC reported.
Jäger denied all the allegations against him and said before the court hearing that he had a ‘great passion for Israel’.
But the court ruled that the comments amounted to incitement of hatred.
He was sentenced to pay a fine of €2,700, reduced from €5,400 due to the poor state of his finances.
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