Urging a pogrom against the Muslim population in Switzerland has cost a Swiss politician more than he may have intended.
The credit insurance firm Swiss politician Alexander Müller worked for has fired him, Müller has resigned from his post with his political party, and also his spot on the local school board.
The reason for all of the relatively sudden demotions is a tweet Müller sent out calling for a new Kristallnacht, but against Islamic mosques this time. Kristallnacht is the "night of broken glass" which occurred in Austria and Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938. During the rampage, nearly 100 Jews were killed, synagogues numbering more than 1,000 were destroyed and 7,000 Jewish owned businesses were destroyed also.
MSNBC reports the tweet deemed so offensive, was in response to an acquittal for a Muslim man, who had been charged with a hate crime.
The Islamist man had said: ...it was "Sharia-compliant” for a man to beat his wife if she refused to have sex with him, the newspaper Tages Anzeiger (Daily News) and others said. Otherwise, Aziz Osmanoglu had said, the man might be unfaithful.
Although Müller erased the tweet, it made it out to the blogosphere, and achieved a quick following, which prompted all of the political and job consequences.
“we should take this pack out of the country. I do not want to live with such people” and “I would like to stand certain people up against the wall and shoot them. Less dirt on the earth would be good.”
Müller has now apologized, after calling a press conference to do so, publicly. Müller's statement also offended the Jewish population in Switzerland, with Rabbi Chaim Drukman being quoted in the publication, Islamophobia Today, as saying: “We will continue to live here peacefully with people of all faiths.”
The Anti-Defamation League national director, Abraham Foxman, also was concerned with the revelation of such a statement: “Holocaust analogies are never acceptable, but Alexander Muller’s call for a Kristallnacht against mosques is more than bigotry – it is incitement to violence,”
The Zurich leader of the political party, Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Müller belonged to , took the opportunity to condemn the statement publicly, calling the tweet "unacceptable"